Alabama Official and Statistical Register
The following are miscellaneous reports (a few births and county officials) from the Alabama Official and Statistical Register, 1903, 1907 and 1911, compiled by Thomas M. Owen, Director of the State of Alabama Department of Archives and History. Many thanks to Robin Sterling.
Patrick Henry Newman, of Double Springs, was born September 20, 1846, in Elbert County, Ga., and is the son of James Henry Newman, a native of Ireland, who emigrated to Floyd County, Ga., and wife Elizabeth, daughter of Hough and Nancy Agnes Beggs. Mr. Newman received his education in the common schools of Floyd County. On August 13, 1862, he enlisted in the Nineteenth Alabama regiment, infantry, C.S.A. He was transferred in the spring of 1864 at Dalton, Ga., to the Eighth regiment, Georgia infantry, and was paroled May 12, 1865. He participated in twenty-two general battles, and many skirmishes in his term of service. After returning home he worked on a railroad; settled in Winston County; taught in the public schools for several years; and April, 1885, was admitted to the bar. in 1880, and in 1884, he was a member of the general assembly, and in 1902 he was re-elected as an independent Democrat against the regular party nominee. He is a Primitive Baptist. On March 12, 1865, he was married in Bartow County, a., to Octavia T., daughter of John and Eliza Hadder, of that county.
William Marion Barton, of Lynn, Winston County, was born August 17, 1856, at Gainesville, Hall County, Ga., and is the son of Jonathan Barton and his wife, who was a Miss Blackstock. His grandparents were Willis and Peggie Barton and Daniel and Patsy Blackstock, all of Hall County, Ga. Jonathan Barton lived at Gainesville, Ga., until 1858, when he moved to Winston County, Ala. He served one year in the 1st Alabama Regiment, Federal Army. William M. Barton was educated in the common schools of Winston County. He is a Republican; a member of the Christian Church; an Odd Fellow, and a Mason. He was married at Haley, Marion County, to Martha J., daughter of William and Martha Lambert.
James Jackson Curtis, of Haleyville, was born Aug. 18, 1871, at Double Springs, Winston County, Ala.; is the son of Benjamin F. and Eliza (Taylor) Curtis, and the grandson of Solomon Curtis and his wife, Charlotte Curtis, and of John Taylor and his wife, Eliza Taylor, of Haleyville, Ala. Solomon Curtis moved with his family from Denmark, Buncomb County, N.C. to Ala. in the early fifties. His son, Benjamin F. Curtis, lived near Double Springs; he was at one time sheriff of the county; also was once tax collector and was a member of the legislature 1878-79. The Curtis and Taylor families are descendants of early English settlers of N.C. James J. Curtis received his primary education in the country schools of Winston County; and his higher education in the State Normal College at Florence, where he graduated in 1891. He later took a course in the Birmingham Business College. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in Feb. 1895. His practice has been in Cullman, Birmingham and Haleyville. He was assistant district attorney 1895 to 1896; U.S. Commissioner, 1897 to 1903; mayor of Haleyville, 1907 to 1909; supervisor of census, 7th district, 1910; elected Judge 14th judicial district Nov. 1910. He is a Republican and has held committee positions from county to State. He is a Presbyterian, U.S.A.; and a trustee of the McGready church at Haleyville. He is a Mason; an Odd Fellow; a Knight of Phytias, a member of the Fraternal Union; and of Loyal Order of Moose. He was married June 22, 1904, at Cullman, Ala., to Lorena Hays, the daughter of Judge Asa B. Hays and his wife Minerva C. Hays of that place.
James Anthony Edmonds, of Natural Bridge, Ala., was born August 1, 1877, at Berry Station, Fayette County, Ala., and is the son of John and Manervia (Stoddard) Edmonds, the former of Natural Bridge, Ala., the latter of Stoddard Cross Roads, Fayette County, Ala., and the grandson of Nathaniel and Sarah Edmonds of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and of Samuel and Mary (Cooper) Stoddard, of Fayette County, Ala. John Edmonds served as a private in the Union army. James A. Edmonds was educated in the public schools of the county. He is a merchant, a miner, and a shipper of stone coal. He has held no office but J.P. He is a Republican; a Methodist; and an I.O.O.F, district deputy grand master. He married at Jasper, Ala., Dec. 25, 1899, Maud King, who was the daughter of Joel A. and Mary (West) King, of Natural Bridge, Ala.