Wilson Family Genealogy Forum
Virginia: thank You!...understanding our Native American heritage and preserving the legacy of our Indian- mixed breed families is so important...My grandfather, Henry Richard Edwards was one of 16 children born to John Henry and Adaline Sims Edwards (married 1876)..thanks to my grandfather and his wealth of old stories passed down to me..it has been a quest to discover truth from fiction..Some of his stories seemed unreal to me as a young girl.He moved from the New Market/Upper Hurricane area in the late 1940's when my grandmother, Grace Hill died.He lived with my parents most of the time in Huntsville. During the 60's, he and I would always visit kinfolks, old cemeteries, and special places in the Hurricane Valley area.. he knew where all the old trails across the mountain were. He seemed to be related to almost everybody..He always told me that in the old days if you weren't kin to an Edwards or a Campbell then you weren't from New Market..Later, when I began seriously researching the History of Madison County..I was shocked to see their names left out of so many histories..It was only after I discovered, that the area where they first settled..was not even part of Madison County..but actually was part of the old Cheroekee Nation lands..which lay only One mile east of the Town of New Market..I did the Alabama Historical marker for the Town in 1987 (and for Mount Paran Cemetery)...so I became familiar with the "blue bloods" and other early pioneers of the area..Since so many of our mixed families settled one mile away and couldn't purchase their land until 1830..their history was forgotten! Now, so much is coming to light...Some left for Indian Territory in 1828, many returned..and were still forced away! Yet their legacy and many descendants still remain in the Hurricane Valley area! My grandfather told me about his great grandparents, Jessie and Amanda Ellett living on top of the mountain..near the old homesite of Jessie's birth..and how once a year, in the fall, kinfolks would make the annual trip from Arkansas,etc to visit home and the ones stillhere..one such place up on Sharp's Mountain.. has a cemetery..with nothing but fieldstones marking the "Indian gravesites"..most of us have heard the stories of hidden gold, etc..even my grandfather showed me a cave on Putnam Mountain.. where gold was left and once a year, some of the old ones would come...make the secret trip up the mountain..and return west.. I thought his stories were fiction..but apparently not! Anyway, the Campbells and Edwards were connected with many of the prominent white families who settled here.. I am more interested in the Native American ones! Sorry for the rambling..I do have information on a William Campbell born ca 1750 in Bedford county, Va. He married an Elizabeth Crump in VA..and was a Revolutionary War Veteran..He died here in 1831...and may be buried in one one of the unmarked graves at Mount Paran..he owned land at the bottom of the hill along what is now Mountain Fork Rd..Elizabeth died in 1804..My notes from Richard Brown state he was a son of a Wm and Rebecca Caldwell Campbell.. Wm Sr's father was a Samuel Campbell.. I have an old 1816 newspaper clipping by a Mr. Crump..who stated that his cotton was 10 to 12 feet tall, with stalks almost like a tree trunk..that it was going to be a good year for cotton in Madison County..possibily Elizabeth's family..According to Richard Wm and Elizabeth Crump had 11 children..Mary born 1785 married Orson Grey..Parker Campbell born 1787, Susan born 1789..I believe she married Jessie Van Hook..Rebecca born 1794 married Thomas A Pope, Elizabeth born 1797..who married John W Pope..Judith born 1804 married Benjamin Norris, Frances Campbell born 1798..married a Key-(found with our Beller, Bakers folks in Carrol County, AK 1850's) Richard W Campbell born 1794--I think he was probably the William who is listed on the 1835 Henderson Roll-removal roll..Archer Campbell born 1791..one Arch Campbell is listed next to Wm on the 1835 Henderson Roll from here..,next to William! I believe Arch or Archer may be the Archibald Campbell in 1839 OK..(young Allen Ross was at his house when another "Indian" murder took place)Ann Campbell married William Gibson, and a William Campbell born 1801.. I believe Arch or Archibald and a R.C. Campbell are mentioned in the article about the OK murder..R.C. could be Richard W. above..that would put at least four of these Campbells out west..
My Edwards/Baker cousin Mary Ann Baker married Eli Campbell Beller Jr. on Oct. 30, 1830 here and then moved to Carroll County in 1835.. Eli was a son of Eli Beller and Polly Campbell from Stokes Cty, NC.. Polly's brother George W Campbell had a powder mill near Mount Paran on Hester's Creek in 1817..he died in Carrol County about 1838.. I believe your Nancy was a sister of Eli and George W Campbell.. Also two sisters, daughter of John and Ann Webster Campbel married Wm and Peter Beller..bro's of Eli Campbell Beller and left here for AK as well..(Martha was first married to a Wilburn)..I writing this without my files..just some notes..so hope it helps.. I know I have some notes on Eli Sanders..as soon as I find them, I'ld send you more.. I'm one of those who has boxes and boxes of "history" collected the past 25 years...and I have to go "dig" for my origional source info... but I do have it! It's best to verify anyone's info! hope I haven't bored you...haha..
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