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by Rhoda Coleman Ellison

This model county history chronicles one hundred years in the life of a representative Deep South county. The history of Bibb County between 1818 and 1918 is in many ways representative of the experience of central Alabama during that period. Bibb County shares physical characteristics with the areas both to its north and to its south. In its northern section is a mineral district and in its southern valleys fertile farming country; therefore, its citizens have sometimes allied themselves with the hill counties and sometimes with their Black Belt neighbors. Both sections of the county developed in step with the surrounding counties. Bibb's foundries were established during the same time and by the same iron masters as Shelby County, and its coal mines in the same decade as Jefferson County. Its farmers planted the same crops and faced the same problems as those in Perry, Autauga, and Tuscaloosa counties. Like Tuscaloosa, Bibb endeavored to promote river transportation for both its industrial and its agricultural products. This carefully documented history is based on a variety of original sources, from personal letters to government records. It is generously illustrated with early maps and with old pictures of Bibb landmarks, many of which have now vanished.
Download Bibb County, Alabama: The First Hundred Years, 1818-1918 epub
ISBN: 0817301844
ISBN13: 978-0817301842
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Rhoda Coleman Ellison
Language: English
Publisher: The University of Alabama Press; First Edition edition (July 30, 1984)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1718 kb
FB2 size: 1825 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Years ago, before my "interest" in Bibb County, I met Miss Ellison at her home and found her to be everything one would expect in a college level teacher; thorough in her details, exacting in her research, resourceful in attaining photos and exhaustive in her use of footnotes. I hated them in high school but now I am so grateful we were taught about such things. When you want to know why she made a statement on a particular topic, 9 times out of 10, there is a footnote to lead you to her documentation.

This work of Miss Ellison would be on the top of my list to recommend to anyone wanting to get acquainted with the lovely county of Bibb, or if someone really wanted to dig down to research families in the area, this gives background and wonderful insights to how the county, and several neighboring counties, began in the early 1800's. I will ever be grateful for her dedication to her interests and her community.
Since my father's family lived in Bibb County for several generations from about 1825 to the 1930's, I found the information very useful in my family genealogy research even though my particular family is barely mentioned. I bought a former library copy that was in really good condition.