Forgotten Trails: Harold information continues

Published 5:11 pm Wednesday, May 21, 2008

By Staff
I wrote this article a couple of weeks ago and somehow it was not included in the paper for that week. I include it today so that the material on the Harold family is concluded.
I want to continue with the Harold family this week. I have accumulated a lot of information on them but it is scattered. I am trying to include some of the information that has not been readily known. But first, let me get to the children of George and Elizabeth Harold.
Charles Ashley Harold died at a young age soon after the birth of his daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Harold. He and his brother, Henry Harold, were coon hunting in the Conecuh County swamp and cut down a tree with a coon in it. A large limb fell on Charles and killed him.
Harold and his wife built a house on what is now Ashton Street in East Brewton. The house was still standing until a few years ago and had the distinction of being the oldest in the city of East Brewton.
Henry died Jan. 23 1908, and is buried at Fort Crawford. He and Amanda had six children; Mary Elizabeth Harold, 1867-16 April 1940) who married first Green Carnley and second, Thomas J. Scott and third, Buchanan Brantley, Charles Harold (12 Jan. 1869-7 Apr. 1916) who married 11 May 1893) Sarah Frances Blair, Lottie Delano Harold (11 April 1870, 21 Aug. 1948) who married James Dan Brantley, Celia Dora Harold (22 Oct. 1872-30 Nov. 1920) who married Charles McArthur and George Britain Harold (20 Dec. 1874-21 April 1903) who married Annie Lavisa Williamson, and Lettie Amanda Harold (1 June 1878-23 April 1940) who married William Harrison Travis.
Henry Harold (8 April 1809-6 Oct. 1889) brother to George, married Dora Rehinhart (13 Aug. 1819-3 Sept. 1904) and migrated to what would become Escambia County. They were the parents of Eva Harold who married John Carlovitz, Margaret R. Harold (26 Aug. 1842-23 July 1895) who married Riley Franklin, Elizabeth Harold (12 March 1843-11 July 1917) who married John D. Franklin, Cournal Baeur Harold (1 May 1852-6 March 1922) who married James Martin Franklin, George C. Harold (14 Sept. 1846-26 Feb. 1932) who married Ann Mariah Weaver, Andrew Harold (Oct 1850-abt. 1922) who married Malinda Oliver, Lucinda Harold who married William J. Jernigan, Pauline Harold, and James Henry Harold (27 Sept. 1863-9 Feb. 1910) who married Arizona Lola Seal.
The Harold family was involved in the lumber and timber business. They built and operated a large sawmill with many acres of timberland. Their general merchandise store, which is the two-story part of the old Robbins and McGowin building downtown, was the first brick building built in Brewton. In addition, the Harold family owned and operated a large hotel in Brewton.
The Harold family is well represented in many families that still live in Escambia County. Many may not even be aware of the fact that they have good Harold blood running through their veins.
For those of you who have done studies in your family tree, it's no surprise at just how much valuable information can be found just by looking at census records.
Next week, I plan to explore census records for families who are known to have lived in this area. I may even touch on part of your family.
If you have a family history that you are interested in seeing in this column, please let me know. I enjoy finding out about families in our area, past and present.
I may not be able to find what you're hoping to get, but I'm certainly willing to check and see what I can do for you. If I can't find what you're looking for, I may be able to put you in touch with someone who can help.
You can get in touch with me at the office by calling 867-4876 or by dropping me a line by email at I'd love to hear your stories and ideas for other stories.
Until next week, happy hunting.

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