By Rhoda C. Ellison
This version county historical past chronicles 100 years within the lifetime of a consultant Deep South county. The background of Bibb County among 1818 and 1918 is in lots of methods consultant of the adventure of significant Alabama in the course of that interval. Bibb County stocks actual features with the components either to its north and to its south. In its northern part is a mineral district and in its southern valleys fertile farming kingdom; for this reason, its electorate have occasionally allied themselves with the hill counties and infrequently with their Black Belt neighbors. Both sections of the county constructed in keeping with the encompassing counties. Bibb's foundries have been verified throughout the related time and by way of an identical iron masters as Shelby County, and its coal mines within the similar decade as Jefferson County. Its farmers planted an analogous plants and confronted a similar difficulties as these in Perry, Autauga, and Tuscaloosa counties. Like Tuscaloosa, Bibb endeavored to advertise river transportation for either its commercial and its agricultural products. This conscientiously documented background relies on numerous unique assets, from own letters to executive documents. it really is generously illustrated with early maps and with previous photographs of Bibb landmarks, a lot of that have now vanished.
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In writing of the house his father hewed out of the wilderness five miles northeast of Centreville around 1880, Charles Collier Dailey described the type that many settlers built: "The first unit of the old home was one large room, about 18 × 20 feet, with a shed type of porch on the front. . For ventilation, aside from the doors, there was a high window with shutters on each side of the fireplace. . ' My older brother and my father cut the logs and hewed them smooth on two sides and hauled them out of the woods.
The community planted and harvested together, each family raising enough for its own members and storing the excess in common storehouses. David Crockett, who assisted General John Coffee in burning Black Warrior Town, recorded that "there was a large held of corn standing out and a pretty good supply in some cribs. "22 Corn was the Creeks' principal crop, though they also raised kidney beans, squash, pumpkin, melons, and cane. 23 They taught the white men their method of pounding corn into meal.
In these and later appointments, he was apparently approving recommendations sent or brought to him at St. Stephens, the territorial capital, by residents of the county. Sheriff Andrew Henshaw on June 2, 1818, sent him a list of proposals, some of which the governor acted upon. 1 The settlers first named to office included John Canterbury, chief justice; John Cates and James Smith, justices quorum; Andrew Henshaw, sheriff; Ezra Tate, clerk of the superior and county courts, later in the year assessor.