Southern Star Sept 16, 1914 Arrival in Alabama of John Andrews1832

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Southern Star Sept 16, 1914
Arrival in Alabama of John Andrews1832 - Visit to Deutch- land. I hall begin toy atory...
Visit to Deutch- land. I hall begin toy atory to day in th middle of my trip recent, ly along the ChorktawhaU-hee and Judah river, because the latter portion of it include cur rent event which would be stale as newt or next week. ItUhlatory thit the Dutch owner, Mr. M. T. Heath. He Is coinforUhly dated forliv- InK and ha good farm, t-'urth er out I came to the laee where Tout Siwller eUkd wlteo he came here from Uoeitka m fore Hie war. ltlownM now by Mm. H. '.. t'drker, and t'lyde Johinton, her wn iu law live theru The liouw v, huiit by Tolly Parker about Hut The houite occupied by Speller utood a little back from her. the mlony coming to thin territory j present one In and a little tiorlh from South Carolina between 120 and 1!2 made their nettle ment near the confluence of the Choctawhatchee and Judah rivers, the latter taking iu name from one of the famlliea. They brought with them the tradf-lion and cuatou) of the Fader-land, which have not vanished after more than ninety year citizenship here. They are industrious, frugal, patriotic, and li?e jnoependenfly in their homes, careing little for the fads and fashion of modern time. If you visit their homes ' you will be cordially received and during your stay your entertainment will be the very bent they can afford. Altogether these decendents of the Netherlands are clever people and good citizens. But to the story. Leaving the John Windham old settlement It wa here thut .vii.h.-I!v1 John Ward got the cue which re aulted Ln the anNaliution of Lieutenant &ieat and ih"Herl oua wounding of Alex SH-tlcr near Noel Dowllnu about the middle of October, 1MU. Ward had heard that all tliooo lto li I u bulimies in the Confederate army had Uhmi called to u!,o up arm, ulso. iu defense of our homes and hretiidea. He hod employed Wash Peacock to go in his place. He went to Newton on Sunday to see whether the atory be true, or not. He was told he must go to the war wher-upon he svfrore he would not, and resolved to go to the woods. On the way home he stopied to spend the night at Tom Spellers Alex and Nut, sons of Tom Seller were getting ready to start to Montgomery Monday morning with a four mule team to bring on top of the hill south of the! back ammunition and provisions bridge on the Daleville and Skip-perville road I started towards Judah river. Going down the hill to a point something like two hundred yards from the bridge where a road used to turn west to William Dick's, I was on virgin sou, i nad never ' been there before. I noticed the large white oaks and other sentinels of the centuries as I drove slowly along, and I thought of one da? long years ago. It was latejon the afternoon of March the 24th 1882, that John Andrews of Darlington, S. C. went along up this hill with his family, and these same trees witnessed the scene. He bad his wife, Mary, stepdaughter, James, my father-er then live years old, and his sister Hester the baby. When higher up the hill, knowing he wasnearing.thehomeof an old South Carolina friend, he hallowed several times. Old aunt Gin-nie Windham heard him and ox-claimed, "That is John's voice," referring to John Andrews. The family gathered and went down the road to meet the new comers, but old .friends, and what a time of rejoicing. Beyond the bridge Thomas Speller built a mill in the middle of the fifties. Thomas Windham and a man named Clayton had a contract to get out the timbers and hired Tom Willis, thenaboy to help them. It has been owned by several masters since then, but has no .existence to day. I am told signs of it remain, but I could see nothing of them from the road on account of the thick growth. for CVpt H rear's Home Guards, and Lieut. Spears was to join them on the way. Ward made inquiry about the return route and at what time. Not knowing nor suspecting Ward's motive, he was told the whole plan.i morning came the team pointed drivers started for Mont-' uien A PLEASANT THOUGHT. A little farther up and I came right to this excellent home by the titles of tradition as well as the purchase by hard cash. I found Aunt Lucy Bartlett in the home, a relative. She is sprightly and enjoys most excellent health for a woman nearing the octogenariun mark. Soon after Mr. and Mrs- Jim Holmes, and their pretty daughter, Miss Annie Belle Homes, came in and the day was spent most pleasant, ly. Mrs. Judah was not expecting company but she was read.v A little wav nut and T ramo tn with a most excellent dinner. a nice pecan grove, and further The best butter beans, peas, up the hill to the rieht lives its preserves, new sweet potates. and Ward towards his'' Holmes home. He organized his possee, and laid in wait at a camp in a ravine between Noel Dowlings, andGordan Matthews. Saturday morning he took his men and went out near the road just beyond where the roads fork for Newton and Ozark. When the wagon approached Spears was walking along behind leading his horse, and was shot down from ambush, and Alex Speller was shot sitting in the wagon. It is said Ward tried to restrain his men, but like Billy Weather-ford, the Indian Chief in the war of 1812-14, h had raised a storm he could notquell, and they fired against orders. twelve

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