Chambers County Alabama Photos......Newman - Johnson House & Charles A. & Mary Hart Johnson Family
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Newman - Johnson House & Charles A. & Mary Hart Johnson Family
(See below photo for information on this house)
When the Chambers County Census of 1850 was taken, the family of Greenberry
Wilkinson (Wikerson on Deed) was living in this house. Greenberry was 48, born
in South Carolina, and listed his Real Estate Value at $1,000. His wife
Charlsey was 43, and also born in South Carolina. The census shows eight
children ranging in ages from 20 years to 1 year. Also living here was
Littleberry Wilkinson/Wilkerson, Jr., age 23. The Wilkerson house was located
directly across the road from Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church on a slight
The main body of Greenberry Wilkerson's house consisted of two large rooms
divided by a central hall. Both rooms had a large fireplace. A porch extended
across the front supported by wooden columns on independent brick piers. Shed
rooms were at the rear with a porch in between. On the west side was a dining
room and kitchen. Another large fireplace was in the kitchen. These rooms
were separated from the main body by a dogtrot. A porch extended across this
wing as well, with a pantry on the west end. The well was conveniently located
on this porch near the kitchen. Overall the house was of good design and
craftsmanship of the period.
On September 5, 1854, Greenberry Wilkerson sold his plantation to Samuel Newman
for the consideration of $1,072.50. The legal description of the property is
the SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4; and the East 1/2 of the SW 1/4 except 5 acres for
Macedonia Church privileges; and the West 1/2 of the SE 1/4; all in Section 30,
Township 23, Range 26, consisting of 195 acres. Samuel Newman continued to buy
property and soon his plantation boasted over 500 acres.
Samuel Newman (1797 - 1872) and 2nd wife Judith Armstrong Newman (1799 - 1876)
had been residents of Chambers County since at least 1838. It is in this year
that both are received by letter on February 10, into the membership of Mount
Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church near Stroud. Previous to this they had resided
in Harris County, Georgia. The Newmans at some point moved into the southern
part of Chambers County and in 1847 are found on the membership roll of
Friendship Baptist Church. Also on the Friendship roll are two slaves named
Tonny and Aggy, property of S. Newman. On January 20, 1855, the Newmans joined
the Rock Spring Baptist Church which was less than two miles east of their new
home at Marcoot. The Rock Spring record also shows that Brother Toney a
coloured brother, and wife Aggy, property of Bro. S. Newman joined by letter
the following month on February 17. The Newmans prospered and sons James M.,
William Henry and George W., established productive farms nearby. The mortal
remains of all these Newmans are at Rock Spring Cemetery.
After Judith Newman's death in 1876, it is unknown how the lands were first
divided and sold. By 1900, R. M. Boazman owns this house and in the September
26 issue of "The LaFayette Sun", he advertises his cotton gin and states that
he is buying cotton seed at Marcoot. The following summer Boazman had his farm
for sale and advertised in the July 10, 1901 issue of "The LaFayette Sun":
Bargains in Farm Property.
I have the following for sale at reasonable figures and easy terms:
Fifty five acres good farm land, good buildings and excellent water.
Also three yoke fine oxen, weight of one 2100 and the other 2600 and another 3000.
Two good Mitchell Wagons, good as new. One 2 ¾ and another 3 ¼.
One Good Jersey cow – will give milk in September.
One Fine Jersey Bull – young.
One Gin House, suitable for good barn, 80 x 20 feet. Covered with 12000 good shingles. Price $50.
One Seed House – built new last fall. $15.
For future particulars call on or write, R. M. Boazman, Marcoot, Ala.
And one month later in the August 7, 1901 issue of "The LaFayette Sun":
"Mr. Bob Boazman has moved his family down from Marcoot and is occupying the
Baird house in the southwest part of town."
The November 27, 1901 issue of "The LaFayette Sun" states that:
has moved into the residence formerly occupied by R. M. Boazman."
Johnson was the son of Oliver Johnson and wife Mary Heath Johnson. On December
27, 1885, he had married Miss Mary Hart, daughter of Benjamin & Sarah F. Daniel
Hart. The Johnsons, Heaths and Harts were all pioneer settlers of the
community. Before the move to Marcoot the Johnsons had lived in the Chapell
Hill area. In the December 11 issue of "The LaFayette Sun" this notice
Milch Cows for Sale.
I have a good lot of fine milch cows for sale or trade for dry cattle.
I am located in Marcoot, Ala C. A. Johnson.
It is unknown how long the Johnsons lived here, but presumably a number of
years. The house and property was eventually bought by Tommie and Pauline
Belcher Lindsey. Possibly during the 1950s this old house burned and a modern
brick house now occupies the site.
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