Summer in the South, Troy, AL – Search for Ancestors

12 Jul

July 12 Sweet Alabama

Left Biloxi and headed north to Greenville, AL. Again we are on these long “bridges” that carry you conveniently over the swamps, bayous, rivers and other bodies of water.  It is hard to imagine how explorers, pioneers, and settlers were able to find their way around.  The long circuitous routes they must have taken!!  We picked up a rental car  in Greenville, then drove tandem over to Troy.  A beautiful sunny day with verdant green woods, pastures and orchards. Lots of corn fields as well!    He plans to visit the library archives and he wants to explore some of the original land grants award to these ancestors.

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Driving along “on top” of all the swamps/bayous is really interesting.  It makes me wonder how the pioneers and settlers got to the various ares in this part of the country. They had to take circuitous routes.

As soon as we arrived at the Deer Run RV park and got hooked up it started to pour rain with lightening and thunder for the next 3 hours.  I made dinner and we watched TV.

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It stopped raining and I took Tyler for a walk around the lake.  We were surrounded 360˚ by dark black clouds with a stray lightening boult illuminating the sky. The center was crystal clear with the stars twinkling to the symphony of sounds provided by the cicadas, crickets and frogs. All at a pleasant 71˚    SWEET ALABAMA.

July 13

Troy is where Larry’s ancestors lived back in the early 1800s before migrating to TX. We are currently sitting in the Troy public library. Larry is currently viewing a microfiche with 1,300 pages of  private land sales written in old english cursive looking for when his ancestor sold  his property before moving on to TX.  I have my laptop and catching up on all my correspondence and social media.  Love free public wifi.

This library is brand new and beautiful.   In an economy that has caused other states, cities towns to close or consolidate libraries, I am really impressed with the City of Troy to maintain a quality library with services like computers, wifi, books, periodicals and archives for the general public.  Kudos.

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The local Masonic Lodge. Troy lodge #56.  The number indicates that it was the 56th lodge chartered in Alabama. This one was chartered in 1841, back when Larry’s ancestors lived here.

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After the library we went to the Pioneer Museum….

I love the covered bridges.  The only thing on the other side was this tiny chapel…used today for weddings.  I love the shot that looks like the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel.”

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Could have used this crib for my ADHD baby.  Although this one is meant to keep the bugs away, it might help keep them in the crib !!  Love the “port-a-poty”.  Larry decided this would be his next gun safe.  The two he has are already full.

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Doctor’s/dentist visit was only $1 or $2 for a house call back in the early 1900s


Sunday, July 14


Sunday was “hunting for dead relatives” day.  There is a private Golden/Conner family cemetery out in the middle of nowhere. With a few clues off we go to find it. Relatives got together and place a fence and some new headstones about 40 yrs ago, so we are going on the information.


We went through this one gas station/general store town called Banks and there was another Masonic Lodge.  This one is Anna Norton Lodge #569.

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The general store/gas station


The first attempt to find the cemetery Tyler and I walked 1/4 mile up a dirt road. Did not find the cemetery, but found the overlook of the land that Larry’s ancestors received from land grant lotteries back in the early 1800s.  At one time it was farming for as far as you can see.  But now most of the land has been planted with timber with active logging in progress.  We found other cemeteries on more of the country roads.  But not the Golden/Conner one.

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We finally found the right road.  About 1/4 mile in we noticed a chain link fence in the middle of the pine trees and there it was!


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The crosses say “Known Only to God”. Known ancestors had newer headstones with the vital data inscribed.  When we got back to the campground I google the cemetery and it actually showed up on the satellite map.  Why didn’t Larry think of this before we left?? But it was a fun adventure.  Kind of like geocaching 🙂

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One Response to “Summer in the South, Troy, AL – Search for Ancestors”

  1. Colleen Phipps (longdog2) July 23, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    Sounds like you are having a very interesting trip. Love the photo of the church through the wooden bridge.

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