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Re: Col Gilbert Christian Russell, Sr., 3rd US Inf
Posted by: Sue Moore (ID *****7803) Date: November 07, 2005 at 05:09:10
In Reply to: Re: Col Gilbert Christian Russell, Sr., 3rd US Inf by JamesAlfred MillerJr of 449


Please email me privately. We would like very much to get copies or scans of the pictures that you mention for the book. Pictures of that era are hard to find! Your folks were influential members of the part of the Mississippi Territory that became Alabama, as you know.

Yes, the Callers were from Bute - Warren, NC. Malone came with them when they left that place around 1802. If I remember correctly, Caller's Ordinary is on the Collett map - though misspelled. I have heard of the map, but don't have a copy.

In 1818 a slave ship was captured off Mobile. There were over a hundred slaves in board. While it was being decided in a law suit who would get the prize money, the slaves were bonded out to four or five local people, including James Caller and Gilbert C. Russell. Caller's nephew, Robert,(the one who had made the trip with Malone according to Pickett's history) absconded with most of the ones bonded to Caller and ran off to Texas. It was quite a scandal.

John Flood McGrew was a member of the St. Stephens Lodge, also. He was a member of the territorial counsel - sort of the upper house of the MS Territory. He was married to one of John Caller's daughters.

Please check your materials for any St. Stephens references you can share with us since this is the focus of the new book. "They Say the Wind Is Red" is non-fiction, and about the Alabama Choctaws.

My husband's Moores were from GA via VA.

Please email me at

Sue Moore

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