Chambers County Alabama Photos......Mary Elizabeth Webb Meadors ca 1893
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Contributed by Don L. Clark Jul 2005
Mary Elizabeth Webb Meadors ca 1893 & transcribed Letter
aka Mrs. Dr. Willis H. Meadors
Mary Elizabeth Webb Meadors’ Letter
“Open letter to Rock Spring Baptist Church, read before the church during the
afternoon program of homecoming day, July 21st, 1957”
June 11th, 1957
Mrs. Elizabeth Webb Meadors
212 N. 60th St., Apt. A
Birmingham 6, Ala.
Rock Spring Baptist Church
I am thankful that the Lord has given me the strength and courage to
live and be fairly active and have the use of all my faculties.
While my mind is active and my memory is good, I am typing this
letter to show the influence of the Rock Spring Baptist Church on three
generations of the Webb Family. I am eighty-two and one-half years old (the
third generation). I am the oldest living member of the Webb family. My
grandfather Abner Webb and his wife, Nancy Dedryler (Deadwyler) were neighbors
in Elbert County, GA., married and had four children there, two girls and two
boys, Margaret, nine, Elizabeth, six, Joseph Claiborne, three and his twin,
Marcus, who passed on (as) an infant.
In 1835, the Webb family moved from Elbert County, Ga., in a covered
wagon with oxen to draw them over the Indian Trail from Elberton, Ga., to
LaFayette, Ala. and lived in LaFayette a year. He planted cedar seed also on
both sides of the lane from the trail to the house and some have grown there
one hundred years and a few are there now.
My grandfather bartered with the Creek Indians for a section of land
six miles west of LaFayette, Ala., built a two-story house and dug a well
there. He planted Crape Myrtle seed in front of his house and they lived and
bloomed over one hundred years and a few are blooming there now.
Relatives and friends of the Webb family moved from Ga. to Ala. and
some settled in Chambers County. Grandfather helped to organize a church
northwest of LaFayette, Ala. and built the first Rock Spring Baptist Church on
a hill where the Webb family cemetery is used now. Below the hill there was a
spring that furnished water for a pool to baptize all young member of the
church. It was used for over fifty years and all the Webb relatives were
My father, Joseph Claiborne Webb, and his wife, Annie Ruth Turner had
five children, three boys and two girls: Henry, William, John, Margaret and
(me) Elizabeth. We were baptized in that pool. A new church was built on the
tr___ and my father bought the lumber of the old one and added two rooms to our
In 1882, there was a school building on the north side of the hill
from the spring and pool, where my brother William taught all the grades. My
sister, Margaret and I walked the three miles to that school with my brother
twice a day, five days a week. I learned all the words in McGuffy’s Blue Back
Speller and was given a new copy of it as a prize. I learned the multiplication
tables to the twelves, which were the foundation of my education. As soon as
the new church was built (in 1881), my father, James Claiborne Webb, was made
Clerk of the church and remained in that office as long as he could attend the
services. I was baptized in 1890, by our beloved Pastor, Dr. W. C. Bledsoe. My
sister, Margaret, passed on in 1882 and was laid in the Webb cemetery, where my
mother planted a gardenia (cape jasmine from our yard) and it lived for over
fifty years, without any special care.
The Baptist Association met with our church and my parents kept
fifteen of the preachers at night. I never saw so many intelligent men together
before and some had charge of Rock Spring Church.
I feel sure that the training I had at Rock Spring Sunday School laid
the cornerstone of my religious experience all these years.
In 1882 my brothers, William and John Webb, took me to school with
them and then my mother passed on and I took the examination for a scholarship
to Peabody Normal at Nashville, Tenn., where I graduated in 1893 and I taught
in Ala. twelve years and in Texas three. Married Dr. W. H. Meadors in 1908 and
enjoyed his care and companionship for forty seven years. He passed in 1955.
Having no children of our own, we helped feed, clothe and teach our nieces and
nephews how to support themselves and their children will have scholarships to
Howard College (now Samford University). The boys from Chambers County get
scholarships to Howard College also. We cared for our old folks and laid them
away as they desired. We have a lot in LaFayette Cemetery where I go and take
flowers to Dr. Meadors’ grave and have a space for me to be laid there also.
Mary Elizabeth Webb Meadors
Note - Tombstone epitaphs from LaFayette Cemetery:
Dr. Willis Henderson Meadors, February 21, 1874 – July 19, 1955
*Elizabeth Webb, wife of W. H. Meadors, December 23, 1874 – January 14, 1958
*Mrs. Meadors lived less than six months after this letter was written.
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