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By Rhoda C. Ellison
This version county historical past chronicles 100 years within the lifetime of a consultant Deep South county. The historical past of Bibb County among 1818 and 1918 is in lots of methods consultant of the adventure of imperative Alabama in the course of that interval. Bibb County stocks actual features with the parts either to its north and to its south. In its northern part is a mineral district and in its southern valleys fertile farming state; hence, its voters have occasionally allied themselves with the hill counties and occasionally with their Black Belt neighbors. Both sections of the county constructed in line with the encompassing counties. Bibb's foundries have been tested throughout the comparable time and via a similar iron masters as Shelby County, and its coal mines within the comparable decade as Jefferson County. Its farmers planted a similar plants and confronted an analogous difficulties as these in Perry, Autauga, and Tuscaloosa counties. Like Tuscaloosa, Bibb endeavored to advertise river transportation for either its commercial and its agricultural products. This rigorously documented background relies on quite a few unique resources, from own letters to govt documents. it really is generously illustrated with early maps and with previous images of Bibb landmarks, a lot of that have now vanished.
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31 Those few Indians who were discovered living in the Bibb area are thought to have been friendly Choctaws who had moved from their nearby territory on the west. 32 Evidence of Indians in the neighborhood in the early 1820s appears in the minutes of Enon Baptist Church and in the traditions of Sandy Methodist Chapel, organized before 1825. According to a story handed down by early settlers, some Indians lingered in a camp near a spring on the present Charles England farm, just below Centreville, until they were finally pushed out by the whites in the early 1840s.
18 Ely, a businessman and philanthropist accustomed to the amenities of Hartford, Connecticut, would have made a poor pioneer. " Examples of one-unit log cabins built in this county may be seen today in the Stewart cabin, which was moved to Tannehill Page 18 State Park; and in the Merchant stagecoach inn from Randolph, now removed to Brierfield State Park as a tourist attraction. A double cabin built in 1846 by John H. Ward near the old Post Road in Bibb County was torn down and reassembled in Tuscaloosa in 1946 by Dr.
David Crockett, who assisted General John Coffee in burning Black Warrior Town, recorded that "there was a large held of corn standing out and a pretty good supply in some cribs. "22 Corn was the Creeks' principal crop, though they also raised kidney beans, squash, pumpkin, melons, and cane. 23 They taught the white men their method of pounding corn into meal. 24 Today, around a century and a half after the Indians' retreat westward, no remains of their villages can be discovered in Bibb County.