William Dabbs Home from Anniston Star - 13 Feb 1963

kocian_thomas Member Photo

Clipped by kocian_thomas

William Dabbs Home from Anniston Star - 13 Feb 1963 - 10 QJ!f Annlalmt tar Wednesday, February 13,...
10 QJ!f Annlalmt tar Wednesday, February 13, 1963 History Of Indian Hill Farm Goes Back Into Indian Days JNDIAN Hill Farm in the Eastaboga Community has been home to many, including farmers, businessmen, Indians and slaves. At the present time, it is the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Dabbs and their three children. The first deed for the farm, signed by Andrew Jackson, was made out to Yoholo Emarthla who was, according to the document, "a Creek Indian listed on the census roll of Chockolocko Town of Indians." The copy of the deed which the Dabbs have was not dated; however, a deed dated Feb. 14, 1834, shows that the 320 acres was sold for $400 by the Indian to a Mr. Bagley. About two years later, on Jan. 11, 1836, Bagley sold the same 320 acres to James Montgomery for $4,000. Up until this time, no mention of a house was made on any of the deeds, and it has been assumed rl it'O, 111 Mll veit immismnmM www v tj ' 1 m U 4-1 I'n mi' inn ., ' ".. IT v. Ml M IS, in w J I A J "S 1 II ill Z'zau . .imi I PRESENT OWNERS Mr. and Mrs. William Dabbi have owned Indian Hill Farm since 1945. On the fireplace mantel behind them is a Seth Thomas clock around a hundred years old which still announces every hour with a resounding: gong. Every room In the Dabbs' home has a fireplace. that Mr. Montgomery built the house after he purchased the land in 1836. Additional records indicate that the property passed through other hands until one of its owners went bankrupt and the farm was taken over by Birmingham Trust Savings Company which rented the property for the next 20 years. John Shaddix Buys Place In 1940, John F. Shaddix. Mrs. Dabbs' father, bought the house and 40 acres of the farm, and the remainder of the farm was split and sold to individuals. The late Mr. Shaddix and his wife, who taught school in Clay County before her marriage, came to Talladega County from Clay County in 1912 when they married. A prominent farmer, he cultivated not only the acreage at Indian Hill Farm but other land in that area as well. He was serving his second term as a Talladega County commissioner at the time of his death in December of 1956. In 1945, Mr. and Mrs. Shaddix gave the Indian Hill Farm and house to their daughter and son-in-law as a Christmas present. They continued to live there upstairs until Mrs. Shaddix's health prevented her from climbing stairs and they built a house just a small distance down the road where Mrs. Shaddix presently lives. It Is Over 125 Years Old Mr. and Mrs. Dabbs have four children: Mrs. Billie Sue Walker of Washington, D. C; Frank, 16, a sophomore at Lincoln High; Brenda, 14, a freshman at Lincoln High, and Martha, 9, in the fourth grade at Eastaboga Junior High School, where Mrs. Dabbs has taught the first grade for the past seven years. The Dabbs house is believed to be well over 125 years old. Sitting on a slight hill, at one time the two-story home was surrounded by 11 large cedar trees. Due to age and disease, the trees had to be cut down several years ago. The house was built with handhewn 12xxl2 sleeper joists and 22-foot-long studs which extend from the floor to the base of the rafters. Wooden pegs were used throughout the house with boards mortised. Every room has a fireplace and there are two stairways to the three bedrooms upstairs. Mr. Dabbs, a disabled veteran, explained that one stairway led to INDIAN HILL FARM Mr. and Mm. William Dabbs and their two daughters, Brenda and Martha, are seen In front of their big two-story home on Indian Hill Farm in the Easta the girls' bedroom and one to the other bedroom, with no doorway upstairs between. This guaranteed absolute privacy for the girls. Laths split with an axe were used on the plastered walls. The plaster contained some kind of fibrous material indicated by hairy-looking fibers seen in the crumbling plaster. Dungeon Was Built Underneath the house a dungeon was constructed with walls of red clay brick which now crumble quite easily. Holes for ventilation were left in the brick. Reports indicate that during the days of slavery, an unruly slave would find himself confined here with four brick walls and the bare earth for a floor. The kitchen, which has since been torn down, was constructed separately behind the house and contained both a large and a small fireplace for cooking. About 100 yards back of the house is a family graveyard with tombstones dating back to the 1800s. The oldest marker records a death in 1851. There are approximately 20 graves in the plot which still belongs to the Montgomery family. An historic landmark, Indian Hill Farm has been the setting for many events. Families of three races have lived on its land. Through years of both war and peace, it has been home, a haven for those who loved it. M . 'III .BsR? I f H t'Jiw- v Ni, News From The Markets Trading Is Active CHILDREN AT HOME The Dabbs have three children unruly slaves were kept. Places for ventilation may be seen at home and a married daughter in Washington. At left, between the bricks. At right, Brenda points to a pet; where Frank and Brenda, students at Lincoln High School, show the floor Joists are mortised In, as is done throughout ths two huge steel bells which were used at one time on the house. Twenty-two-foot studs extend from the floor to the farm to summon the workers to eat. In the center, Brenda base of the rafters. Wooden pegs were used In building the and Martha are seen in the dungeon under the house where house. (Borgfeldt Photos)

Clipped from
  1. The Anniston Star,
  2. 13 Feb 1963, Wed,
  3. Page 10

kocian_thomas Member Photo
  • William Dabbs Home from Anniston Star - 13 Feb 1963

    kocian_thomas – 03 Dec 2016

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in