Newspapers on microfilm at the Alabama Room

Published 12:38 am Wednesday, October 2, 2002

By By LYDIA GRIMES – Forgotten Trails
I want to start by including a letter that I received from Glenda Sue Wilson Vize. She is doing research on the families of Wilson, Vickery, Hammock, Godwin and Sparkman. If you can help her in any way, please do so.
William Henry Harrison Wilson, born about 1836 in AL. He died before 1870. His father was Henry Wilson, born in NC. His mother was born in SC (I do not know her name).
William Henry Harrison Wilson had the following brothers:
Elijah Littleton Wilson Sr. born January 19, 1825 in Escambia County, Fla. - married to Susan Elizabeth Vickery, Henry T. Wilson Sr. born December 25, 1830 in Blackshear, Baldwin County, Ala. – married to Mary Ellen Vickery, James Wilson born about 1834 in Ala. – married to Atta (no last name), John Wilson born about 1837 in Ala., Charles Wilson born about 1838 in Ala. – married to Josephine Hammock
William Henry Harrison Wilson was married to: Pharaba Emma Godwin born 1836 in Fla. and died in Sumter County, Fla. The parents of Pharaba Emma Godwin were Thomas Godwin, born April 08, 1807 in Ga and Mary Sparkman, born about 1817 in Ala.
Glenda Sue Wilson Vize
10655 Breiner Drive
Dubuque, IA 52001-8202
Phone: 563-556-4546
E-mail: dubsampler@mchsi.-com
We have had several people come by the newspaper checking on old newspapers. I know that we have a lot of bound volumes in our building, but there are a lot of them that are not housed here.
I think this would be a good time to tell you what The Escambia County Historical Society has collected in the way of newspapers and placed at Jefferson Davis Community College. They have bound copies of The Brewton Standard for the years: 1906, 1909-1910, 1912, 1914-1921, 1923, 1926-1930, 1932-1951, 1956-1958. They also have most of those years on microfilm of The Brewton Standard from 1906 to 1994. The Alabama Room has microfilm of The Tri-City Ledger and The Atmore Advance but I didn't get the dates for those. I suggest you go to the Alabama Room and see what all is there.
This would be the right time to tell you that newspapers are a valuable source of various information. I was given a subscription to The Southern Star from Ozark several years ago. I liked having it so much that I have kept subscribing. There are so many things in the newspaper to help the genealogist. I have been away from Ozark for 34 years and I still recognize names and faces I see in the newspaper. I clip and save articles that have anything to do with the families I am researching. Births, deaths, and marriage announcements are very useful items to save.
I decided a long time ago that you can tell how old you are by what you read in the newspaper. When you are in your 20s, you check the marriage announcements to see who is getting married. In your 20s and 30s you check to see who is having babies and who their parents are. The problem come when you realize you are checking the obituary notices to see who has died that you knew as a youngster. That's when you know for sure that you are getting old.
This column is a little short, but I didn't want to start my next in a small amount of space. Next week I am going to tell you a little story and a little history. I think you will enjoy it.
Happy Hunting!
– Lydia Grimes is the features writer with The Brewton Standard. She can be reached at

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