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Re: Robert Dowling b. 1730 - Descendents
Posted by: knp (ID *****9722) Date: March 30, 2002 at 18:46:12
In Reply to: Re: Robert Dowling b. 1730 - Descendents by Amy Templeton of 1619

Here is probably more information than you need. Hope it is something new for you. Good Luck
Ken Parker

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HILDRETH / DOWLING - Generation (3)
Benjamin HILDRETH (born 15 Mar 1802 -died 26 Nov 1868) (s/o Benjamin and Mary(?) HILDRETH)
+ married Jemima Anna DOWLING (born 1 Mar 1807 - died 8 Feb 1891) (d/o John and Nancy BOUTWELL DOWLING) in 1823 most likely in Darlington District of South Carolina.
Benjamin is buried in the “Old Cemetery” aka Pioneer Cemetery across the street from the Methodist Church in Greenville, Alabama.
Also buried with him is Azariah Witkowska, listed with the HILDRETH family in the 1860 Coffee County Census.
Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH is buried in the “Carmichael” - Enterprise’s City Cemetery, Coffee Co., Al.

       1800 Charleston, South Carolina Census lists a Benjamin HILDRETH with - 1 male 10-15 years, 1 male 26-44 years, 2 females under 10 years, 1 female 16-25 years on page 84 He is also listed with 2 slaves. Benjamin HILDRETH - born 15 Mar 1802 believed to be in Charleston, SC
       Records indicate that a Benjamin Griswold was christened at Independent Congregational Circular Church, Charleston, South Carolina on 10 April 1803 child of Benjamin & _____ HILDRETH, sail maker.
       Benjamin Hildreath - admitted 28 March 1811 to the Charleston Orphan House, SC @ age of 8 years by Mary Groshen, mother.# - 13 Vanderhorst St. - site of the Charleston Orphan House chapel, built ca. 1802 and designed by Gabriel Manigault, it was demolished in 1953 for a parking lot.# Benjamin Hildreath - indentured to Elizabeth Bride as an umbrellamaker - 10 August 1815 to expire 28 March 1824.#

       Benjamin Hildreth served in the Methodist Episcopal Church. This is the parent church, directly descended from the organization at Baltimore in 1784. Even with all it losses by withdrawal, expulsion, secession, separation, and division, it occupied first place in the number of Annual Conferences, ministers, churches and members, Sunday schools, officers and teachers, and scholars.
       In 1845, sixteen delegates from the Annual Conferences in the South, formed the Methodist Episcopal Church South, on the basis of the provisional plan of separation adopted by the General Conference of 1844. Its first General Conference was held in May, 1846. Two bishops, Soule and Andrew, joined the new organization, and in 1846 two additional bishops were elected. Arrangements were also made for a publishing house. In 1848 the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, declared the Plan of Separation null and void and refused to accept an overture for fraternal relations from the Southern General Conference as well as their appointed representative, Dr. Lovick Pierce.
       The Southern church, had highly acclaimed universities and colleges. With home and foreign mission work and organized benevolences, it became an influential denomination in the South, second only to the Southern Baptist Convention. Its doctrine was the same as the Northern church. It differed in the absolute power given to bishops. They could even veto General Conference legislation they regarded as unconstitutional. It had no probationary system for members and admitted lay representatives to the General and Annual Conferences. Women eventually gained the same hard-won equal rights with men that their Northern sisters had in General Conference, Annual Conference and on all the General boards.
       Differences between the two sections were increased by the Civil War and were aggravated by the entry of the Methodist Episcopal Church into the South after the war, to organize Annual Conferences, both among the white and colored people, the Methodist Episcopal Church South, coming into the northern territory the same way. The controversial period came to an end and both churches entered into negotiations for reunion. The plans for such a reunion resulted in The Methodist Episcopal Church; The Methodist Episcopal Church, South; and The Methodist Protestant Church uniting in 1939 to become The Methodist Church.

Children and known grandchildren of Benjamin and Jemima HILDRETH:
1.) William C. HILDRETH (born 1824 South Carolina) + married Milly born about 1832 in Alabama, Known children:
i. Mary A. born about January 1850 in Alabama
ii. unknown female
iii. unknown female

2.) Harriet Calloway HILDRETH (born 17 Jan 1825 Charleston, South Carolina - died 21 Feb 1883 Brandon, Hill Co., Texas) + married Henry Benjamin GRIMES (born 10 June 1820 Goldsboro, North Carolina - died 25 March 1859 Haw Ridge),
Known children:
i.Haywood Pickney,
ii. Francis Catherine,
iii. Benjamin William,
iv. John Thomas,
v. Amon Travis,
vi. Georgiann,
vii. James Buchannan,
viii. Henry Edwin.

Henry Benjamin Grimes buried in a cemetery on Ft. Rucker, Dale Co.
Harriet HILDRETH GRIMES buried in Old Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, Hill Co., TX.

3.) Susan HILDRETH (born 1827 South Carolina)

4.) Travis Zacheus HILDRETH (born 30 Dec 1830 Dale Co. - died 30 Sept 1900 Coffee Co.)
+ married (1) Quincy Ann EDGE (?)
& + married (2) Elizabeth Samantha HAYES (born 24 Mar 1837, Coffee Co., Alabama - died 23 May 1913 @ 9:00 a.m. in Coffee Co., Alabama, 76 year old widow#).
Known children of Travis Zaccheus:
i. Franklin Pierce HILDRETH (1 July 1854 / 26 Mar 1890) + married Frances Lenora Mims, (28 Oct 1861 / 2 Dec 1910)
ii. Nancy Jane HILDRETH (25 Feb 1856 / 17 Nov 1926) + James Madison Heath (10 Nov 1853 / 12 Jan 1928)
iii. Missouri Frances,
iv. Sarah Elizabeth,
v. George Travis + married Emma Missouri Mixon
vi. Marvin Bascom,
vii. Mattie Emma,
viii. Lillian,
ix. Henry Walter.
Travis Zaccheus & Elizabeth Samantha HILDRETH are buried at Old Tabernacle Cemetery, Coffee Co., Alabama.

5.) Sarah HILDRETH (born 1833 Dale Co.) + married M.J. BAILEY,

6.) James Marion HILDRETH (born June 1836 Dale/Coffee Co. - died 15 May 1908 Paul, Conecuh Co.) + married Amanda Louisa FOLSOM about 1857,
Known children:
i. John Daniel,
ii. David,
iii. Lula,
iv. Etta,
v. Robert B.,
vi. Annie,
vii. Emma,
viii. a deceased infant.

7.) Martha M. HILDRETH (born 1838 Dale Co.), and twin sister
8.) Mary E. HILDRETH (born 1838 Dale Co.),

9.) Frances HILDRETH (born 6 May 1840 Dale Co. - died 1 July 1913) + married Elbert Wright CURENTON, (born Oct. 12, 1839 in Barbour Co., Al. - died March 5, 1896 in Dale Co., Al.) about 1861.
Known children:
1. Emma Curenton (born Feb. 28, 1962 - died 1928) m. William Beagles
2. Laura Curenton (born Sept. 16, 1864 - died May 14, 1944) m. John C. Archer
3. Jasper C. ( Dick ) Curenton (born Sept. 6, 1866 - died Mar. 1930) m. April 20,
1887 to Lulu Parrish daughter of Albert Parrish and Emma Gibson.
4. Reece C. Curenton (born Jan. 9, 1868) m. May 27, 1889 to Jennie Edwards
5. Ophelia Curenton (born May 1871 - died Oct. 30, 1931) m. Jesse F. Parrish (
brother to Jasper's wife Lulu ).
6. Mellon C. Curenton (born June 8, 1873) m. July 4, 1893 to Mollie Lee
7. Marvin Bishop Curenton (born April 26, 1876 - died Feb. 21, 1973) m. July 25,
1898 to Frances Lou Vanna Caraway.
8. Alvie A. Curenton (born June 23, 1881 - died Sept. 30, 1948) m. Feb. 11, 1898 to
Arnie L. Parrish ( brother to Lulu and Jesse )

Elbert CURENTON is buried at Level Plaines Baptist Cemetery, Dale Co.
Frances HILDRETH CURENTON buried at Piney Grove Cemetery, Samson, Coffee Co.

10.) John B. HILDRETH (born 1842 Dale Co. - died 14 Oct 1863 Civil War), was a member of Co. K, 33rd Alabama Volunteer Infantry having enlisted @ Greenville, Alabama 13 March 1862 @ the age of 19 years old.
John B. HILDRETH is buried at Old Tabernacle Church Cemetery, Coffee Co., Alabama.

11.) Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH (born 30 Apr 1846 Dale/Coffee Co. - died 12 Nov 1907 Coffee Co.) + married ~ (1) Julia Spikes HAMNER (born 17 Oct 1845 - died 5 Aug 1892) on 24 Dec 1868,
Known children of Robert Henry Jackson and Julia S. HILDRETH are;
i. Arie Lena,( born 22 July 1870 in Grainville, Coffee Co., Alabama and died 11 October 1898, in Butler Co., Alabama) married in December 1887, Shadrick Benjamin Majors, Jr. (born 22 Oct 1862 in Mt. Olive, Butler Co., Alabama and died 2 January 1938 in Butler Co., Alabama)
ii. Olive Victoria,
iii. Edward Homer,
iv. Buhler Elizabeth,
v. Ida Roberta,
vi. Muncie,
vii. Robert Bunion,
viii. Albert Lonnie,
ix. Vinnie Leah,
x. Daisy.

Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH + married (2) Anna Ruth CARMICHAEL (born 6 Jan 1872 - died 1 Feb 1947) on 4 July1893.
Known children of Robert Henry Jackson and Annie Ruth HILDRETH (see Marsh family below for family history of Annie Ruth Carmichael) are:
i. Benjamin Malcom,
ii. Bascom Horace,
iii. Mary Ethel,
iv. Lillie Mae.
       Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH served in the Methodist Protestant Church.
This church came about when dissention erupted over several issues: lay representation to the Annual and General Conferences, the reduction of the bishop's powers and electing presiding elders. The absolute stationing power and the appointment of presiding elders by the bishop had been points of contention from the beginning of Methodism. Maintaining the status quo meant a vote against lessening these powers. Lay representation was, however, a new idea. The ministers and laymen alike, who were strong advocates of these reforms, were suspended and expelled. Some voluntarily withdrew, seeing no hope of their reforms becoming reality, and the new denomination was organized in Pittsburgh in 1830. Among their leaders were Asa Shinn, Nicholas Snethen, a traveling companion of Asbury, and Alexander McCaine. In 1858 "slaves" became divisive and a new body emerged, calling itself The Methodist Church. A dozen years after the Civil War the two were reunited.
The Methodist Protestant Church had no bishops nor presiding elders, only presidents of each Annual Conference who continued to serve as pastors. A Committee made appointments of preachers that were then approved by the Conference. Lay representatives were elected to Annual and General Conferences. Each president of the General Conference served as superintendent for four years.
Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH, Julia Spikes HAMNER HILDRETH and Annie Ruth Carmichael HILDRETH are buried at City(Carmichael) Cemetery, Enterprise.

12.) 'Sophia' Saphronia Jane HILDRETH (born 3 Aug 1848 Haw Ridge, Dale Co. - died 22 May 1928 Pensacola, Florida) + married John Wesley LANG on 19 Nov 1868, Butler Co., Alabama.
Known children:
i. Katherine Mabel,
ii. Lillian Geneva,
iii. Minnie Celeste,
iv. Ginnie Ellen,
v. Beulah Flora,
vi. Idahlia Gertrude,
vii. Alonzo Hayne,
viii. Benjamin Chester,
ix. Willie Beatrice,
x. Dixie Bell,
xi. Sophia Jane,
xii. John Wesley Jr.,
xiii. Clara Leola,
xiv. Oliver Francis.

13.) Infant that died at birth. (born 1851 and died 1851)

14.) Azariah Witkowski (born 27 Apr 1855 - died 10 Jun 1870). Unsure as to whom this is, as part of the HILDRETH family, but listed on tombstone of Benjamin HILDRETH.
He is listed in the 1860 Alabama, Coffee Co. Census as Azariah W. HILDRETH.
He is on a List of the Names of the Militia in Coffee County, Alabama       
March 14, 1864
Beat 6              A Witkowski               gone

HILDRETH / HAMNER / Carmichael - Generation (4)
Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH (born 30 Apr 1846 Dale/Coffee Co. - died 12 Nov 1907 Coffee Co.) + married ~ (1) Julia Spikes HAMNER (born 17 Oct 1845 - died 5 Aug 1892) on 24 Dec 1868,
Known children of Robert Henry Jackson and Julia S. HILDRETH are;
i. Arie Lena,( born 22 July 1870 in Grainville, Coffee Co., Alabama and died 11 October 1898, in Butler Co., Alabama) married on 1st December 1887 in Butler Co., Alabama, Shadrick Benjamin Majors, Jr. (born 22 Oct 1862 in Mt. Olive, Butler Co., Alabama and died 2 January 1938 in Butler Co., Alabama)
ii. Olive Victoria, married on 23rd December 1886 in Butler Co., Alabama James Thomas Hollis.
iii. Edward Homer,
iv. Buhler Elizabeth,
v. Ida Roberta,
vi. Muncie,
vii. Robert Bunion,
viii. Albert Lonnie,
ix. Vinnie Leah,
x. Daisy.

Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH + married (2) Anna Ruth CARMICHAEL (born 6 Jan 1872 - died 1 Feb 1947) on 4 July1893.
Obituary of - Mrs. Annie HILDRETH, age 75, died at a Dothan Hospital, Saturday afternoon after a short illness. She was a life long resident of Enterprise. She was a member of the South Side Methodist Church in Enterprise and active in church work. She was the widow of the late Rev. R.H.J.. HILDRETH, Founder of the South Side Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. E.G. Miller of Enterprise, Mrs. Vennie Newman of Geneva and Mrs. Daisy Green of Dallas, Texas; five sons, E.H. HILDRETH and R.B. HILDRETH of Enterprise, Alabama, A.L. HILDRETH of Miami, Fla., B.M. HILDRETH of Plant City, Fla., and B.H. HILDRETH of Memphis, Tenn; one brother, Dan Carmichael of Geneva; and a host of grand children and several great grand children.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from South Side Methodist Church with Rev. G.C. Howell, Rev. Charles HILDRETH, Rev. W.O. Phillips, and Rev. Warnell Lindsey officiating. Burial in the City Cemetery with Searcy Funeral Home in charge.#
Willie Kelly Circle Attends Funeral
The Willie Kelly Circle of the Baptist Mission attended the funeral of Mrs. HILDRETH on Monday afternoon of this week in a group. There were 15 members present. #

Known children of Robert Henry Jackson and Annie Ruth HILDRETH are:
i. Benjamin Malcom,
ii. Bascom Horace,
iii. Mary Ethel,
iv. Lillie Mae.

Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH, Julia Spikes HAMNER HILDRETH and Annie Ruth Carmichael HILDRETH are buried at City(Carmichael) Cemetery, Enterprise.

HILDRETH / Marsh / Cotton - Generation (5)
Edward Homer HILDRETH, born 8 June 1874 in Greenville, Butler Co., Alabama and died 20 May 1965 in Orlando, FL; (the son of Robert Henry Jackson and Julia Spikes HAMNER HILDRETH, the grandson of Benjamin and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH) + married (1.) on 24 Dec 1893 Ida Belle Marsh, (born 24 January 1876 in Enterprise, Alabama and died 20 August 1915 @ 4:00 a.m. in Enterprise, Alabama of pellagra incurred 3 years prior in Florida#. Ida Belle Marsh was the daughter of Mark and Georgia Marsh.)
Edward Homer HILDRETH was a salesman for Singer Sewing Machine Company. Bob Holley remembers “grandpa HILDRETH, getting up in the morning, putting on a fresh white shirt, tie and his suit and then going and sitting on the front porch of his house.”

- “with tears welling up in his [Roy HAMNER HILDRETHs] eyes, he could remember it as though it were yesterday. It was a hot day in August and her coffin was transported by a big black hearse wagon about 5 miles outside of town [Enterprise, Alabama] to Calvary Baptist Church where she was buried. Roy remembered walking along behind the wagon holding on to the corner crying. He could still feel the hot dirt burning is bare feet as he walked down the dusty road. He never felt more alone in his life than he did when he walked back home.”#

The children of Edward Homer and Ida Belle Marsh HILDRETH:
1.) Early Lee HILDRETH, born 19 November 1894 in Enterprise, Alabama and died 8 May 1958, + married Daisy Jane Smith on 8 April 1916.
2.) Edward Roscoe HILDRETH, born 2 March 1897 in Enterprise, Alabama- died October 1978.
3.) Mattie Mae HILDRETH, born 6 Oct 1899 in Enterprise, Alabama and died 9 February 1984 in Orange Co., Florida, + married Otis Thomas Parker on 29 July 1917 in Columbus, Georgia.
4.) William Love HILDRETH, born 17 February 1903 in Enterprise, Alabama and died 22 November 1960 in Miami, Florida, + married Myrtice Hobbs.
FORMER MIMS RESIDENT DIES
William Love HILDRETH, 57, a former resident of Mims and a brother of Mrs. Otis T. Parker of that community, died suddenly at Miami, Nov. 22. Funeral arrangements, in charge of Smith Funeral Home of Titusville, will be announced later. Mr. HILDRETH was a welder.
Besides his sister, he leaves
his father, E.H. HILDRETH of Enterprise, Alabama,
three sons and two daughters:
Harold of the U.S. Air Force in Germany,
Lamar, living in Texas,
Tommy in Alabama,
Mrs. Louise Cobbs, of California and
Mrs. Betty Wilkerson of Georgia.
He also leaves three brothers:
Roscoe of Columbus, Ga.,
Roy of Pensacola, FL and
E.B. of Fort Pierce, FL.#
FUNERAL RITES FOR Wm. HILDRETH
Funeral services for William Love HILDRETH, 57, a former resident of Mims and a brother of Mrs. Otis T. Parker of Mims, who died Tuesday in Miami, will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Smith Chapel with Rev. Joseph Boatwright of the First Baptist Church of Mims officiating.
Interment will be in LaGrange Cemetery under direction of Smith Funeral Home.#
5.) Roy HAMNER HILDRETH, born 18 March 1907 in Enterprise, Alabama and died 15 February 1979 in Milton, Florida
+ married 1.) Eva Smith and
+ married 2.) Dolly Victoria Elizabeth Aplin Holley 13 July 1954 in Milton, Florida.
6.) Fletcher Bell HILDRETH, born 1 October 1911 in Enterprise, Alabama and died November 1980, + married Ada Marie.
Mr. Fletcher Bill(sic) HILDRETH, 71, 8226 Bay Port Drive, Orlando, died Saturday. Born in Enterprise, Alabama, he moved to Orlando from Fort Pierce in 1979. He was a former furniture storeowner and a Baptist.
Survivors:
wife: Ada Marie;
son: Fletcher E. Winter Park, FL;
sister: Mrs. Mattie May Parker, Mims, FL;
Mrs. Genell Schafer, Winter Park, FL;
Mrs. Catherine Garlick, Orlando, FL;
Mrs. Melvia Gianelloni, New Orleans, LA;
one grandson.
Carden Chapel Home for Funerals, Orlando, FL.#

7.) Fred HILDRETH, born 17 May 1914 in Florida and died 25 January 1916 @ 8:00 p.m., in Enterprise, Alabama of intestinal poisoning and complications of le grippe#. Buried in the same plot as his mother, Ida Belle Marsh HILDRETH @ Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Edward Homer HILDRETH + married (2.) on 7 Jan 1917 Pearl Lucille Cotton @ Enterprise, Alabama, (born 24 September 1897 in Daleville, Alabama and died 23 November 1946 in Enterprise, Alabama); (the daughter of Charlie and Eula Jane Cotton).
[Pearl Lucille Cotton had a daughter when she + married Edward Homer HILDRETH by the name of Melba Virginia TAYLOR who was born 20 November 1914. She + married Tommy Dukes].
The children of Edward Homer and Pearl Lucille Cotton HILDRETH:
1.) Catherine HILDRETH born 30 May 1921 in Columbus, GA and + married Raymond T. Garlick,
2.) Charles E. HILDRETH, born 24 October 1922 in Columbus, GA and + married Sheila Barnwell on 3 November 1945 in Detroit, Michigan,
3.) Genelle Merle HILDRETH, born 31 March 1926 in Enterprise, Alabama and + married 1.) James Monroe Cox and 2.) William A. Schafer,
4.) Wilson Homer HILDRETH, born 10 April 1927 in Hartford, Alabama and + married Gladys Shouppe 3 April 1943,
5.) Carlton Donald,
5.) Donelle HILDRETH, born 27 July 1931,
6.) Betty JoAnn HILDRETH, born 22 September 1934 and died 7 January 1939.

Edward Homer HILDRETH + married 3.) Waundora...

The family of
Jemima (1. Robert, 2. John) DOWLING - spouse of Benjamin HILDRETH

DOWLING / Guinn - Generation (1)
Robert DOWLING (born about 1730 in Augusta Co., Virginia - died 23 February 1808 in Darlington District, South Carolina) (s/o Robert DOWLING) [served as a Private in the 6th Regiment, North Carolina Continental Infantry under Captain White.]#
+ married Sarah Guinn (born about 1739 in Augusta Co., Virginia - died 23 February 1808 in Darlington District, South Carolina) in 1754 in Augusta Co., Virginia.
Children of Robert and Sarah Guinn DOWLING:
1. Elizabeth DOWLING
       + Ogelsbee
2. Sarah DOWLING
       + Frederick Lee
3. Stewart DOWLING
       + Mary Ann
4. William DOWLING - b. 1752 SC - d. 1783 Orangeburgs District, SC [Private in Marion’s Brigade & served during the Seige of Charleston.
       + Rebecca Walker (1757-1798) in about 1770
5. Mary Ann DOWLING - about 1755 -
       + Stewart
6. James C. DOWLING - 1758 - 1797/1802
       + Mary Elizabeth “Polly” BOUTWELL (1761-1816) in about 1779
7. John DOWLING - 1759 - 6 June 1826
       + Nancy BOUTWELL in 1783
8. Jane DOWLING - about 1770 - 1856
       + William BOUTWELL

DOWLING / Boutwell - Generation (2)
John DOWLING (born 1759 Augusta Co., Virginia - died 6 June 1826 Jefferies Creek, Darlington District, South Carolina) (s/o Robert DOWLING and Sarah Guinn), [served as a Private in the South Carolina Infantry during the American Revolution.]#
+ married Nancy BOUTWELL (born 1763 Darlington District, South Carolina - died 30 March 1849 Dale County, Alabama) in 1783 most likely in Darlington District of South Carolina. John DOWLING is believed to be buried in Darlington District, South Carolina. Nancy Boutwell DOWLING was first buried @ Zion Church Cemetery, but was moved because of Ft. Rucker Army Base. Her grave is believed to be in the Zion Church section of the Ebenezer Church Cemetery outside of Ozark, Dale County, Alabama.

Children of John and Nancy BOUTWELL DOWLING:
1. Dempsey DOWLING - 14 Dec 1783 - 26 April 1865
       + Martha Stokes on 22 September 1803. Both are buried @ Claybank Cemetery, Ozark, Dale County, Alabama.
2. Elias DOWLING - 1787 - 15 January 1865
       + (1) Mary and (2) Elizabeth Stewart on 31 March 1857
3. Lydia Ann DOWLING - 1789 - about 1873
       + John Stokes in 1840
4. Zacheus DOWLING - 29 July 1792 - 19 June 1885
       + (1) Elizabeth,
       (2) Zadie Capp1856 - Milton, FL and
       (3) Permilia Head on 3 September 1866.
       Zacheus DOWLING is buried @ Mt. Liberty Methodist Cemetery in Butler County, AL.
5. Allen DOWLING - 10 February 1794 - 8 April 1873
       + Polly Heath in 1819
6. Rhoda DOWLING - 12 December 1797 - 13 December 1835
       + Henry Stokes in 1828
7. Simeon DOWLING - 17 October 1800 - about 1826
8. Levi DOWLING - 17 October 1800 - 17 October 1862
       + Ann in 1823
9. Jemima Anna DOWLING - 1 March 1807 - 8 February 1891
       + Benjamin Hildreth in 1823. Benjamin is buried in the “Old Cemetery” aka Pioneer Cemetery across the street from the Methodist Church in Greenville, Alabama. Also buried with him is Azariah Witkowska, listed with the HILDRETH family in the 1860 Coffee County Census. Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH is buried in the “Carmichael” - Enterprise’s City Cemetery, Coffee Co., Alabama.
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Daniel Y. DOWLING, Ozark, member of the firm DOWLING Bros., composed of Daniel Y. and Noel P. DOWLING, merchants and manufacturers of all kinds of leather, was born in 1842 in Dale county. He is a son of Noel and Sarah D. DOWLING, a sketch of whom is given in connection with that of John W. DOWLING. Daniel Y. DOWLING grew to manhood and received his early education in the schools of Dale county. He enlisted at Greenville in August, 1861, as a private solider in company I, Thirty-third Alabama Infantry, and served four years. He was assigned to the western army and was under the command of Col. Sam. Adams, Lowry's brigade, Cleburne's division. Gen. Hardee's corps. He participated in many a hard fought battle and skirmish, among them the following: Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain. 03 July 1864, at the battle at the latter point he was taken prisoner and sent to camp Morton, Ind., where he remained in confinement until 13 March 1865, when he was paroled. He then came home and commenced farming, operating his father's farm for one year. He then began business for himself, continuing till 1870, when he formed a co-partnership with his brother Noel, and his firm established a tannery and leather manufacturing business, also made shoes and harness. In 1880 they established themselves in general merchandise, in which they have been eminently successful, carrying a stock of goods worth from $5,000 $10,000. In 1880 Mr. DOWLING established a branch store at Geneva Al. which he conducted for three years, then returned to Ozark. The firm now owns and operates a tannery, a leather manufactory and a large general store. 14 November 1865, Mr. DOWLING was married to Miss Rebecca J. Dick, daughter of William Dick, who was a native of North Carolina, but who settled in Alabama in 1822. His death occurred in 1861. Mrs. Dick was a native of South Carolina, but came with her parents into Alabama in 1825 and was married in Dale county in 1840. She is the mother of seven children, five of whom still survive. She now lives near Ozark, and is a member of the Missionary Baptist church. The wife of Daniel Y. DOWLING was born in Dale county in 1845, and was married in her nineteenth year. She is the mother of a large family, seven of which survive. Early is employed as a book-keeper in the store of his father; Hart: Young D.; Lannie; Mertie M.; and Irene G., students of Ozark High School. Mrs. DOWLING is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, south. Mr. D. Y. DOWLING has always been identified with everything calculated to benefit the city of Ozark. He was active in establishing the State Bank at Ozark, which was organized in 1890 with a capital of $50,000. He was elected a director for 1891 and proved himself an efficient officer. In June 1892, he was elected Vice-President of the bank, which is in prosperous and healthy condition. Mr. DOWLING is regarded as a stanch and progressive business man, public spirited and always interested in in what promises to build up the city. He is a member of Ozark lodge, No 349 F. & A. M., and of the Methodist Episcopal church. He has been a member of the municipal board for a number of years. Politically he is a straight out Democrat. The DOWLING family was founded in Virginia by John. W. DOWLING, great-grandfather of Daniel Y. His son, Dempsey DOWLING, was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal church south, in North Carolina, and moved to Alabama in 1826. John MacDonald, the maternal grandfather of D. Y., came from Scotland to the United States in 1778 and settled at Norfolk, Va., and from him sprang the family on the mother's side. No family stands higher in Dale county than that of the Dowlings, and none are more active or influential in whatever tends to benefit the community in which they live.#
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The family of
Julia Spikes, (1. Wesley, 2. Matthew, 3. Turner, 4. William, 5. Nicholas) HAMNER - Spouse of Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH
The genealogy from Thomas DE MACCLESFIELD to Nicholas HAMNER II is not clear and may not be proven. I pulled much of it off the internet, which doesn’t necessarily make it true.

Thomas DE MACCLESFIELD - 1232
Sir John De HAMNER - 1277/1309 and Hawes Versch Enon
Phillip HAMNER - 1305/ and Agnes ap David ap Rired AP REES SAYS
Sir David De HAMNER - 1332 HAMNER Co., Flint Clywd, Wales/ and Agnes AP GRIFFITH
Jenkin HAMNER and Eva AP GRONO
Edward HAMNER and Margaret Versch Jevan Guythen
Griffith HAMNER - 1429/1501 and Margaret Lloyd
Jenkins HAMNER -1464 Fenns Hall, Clwyd, Wales / and Margaret Dymock
William HAMNER - 1499/1570 Wales and Eleanor HAMNER
William HAMNER - 1529/1589 and Margaret Kynarton
Sir William HAMNER - 1558/1621 and Eleanor Dymock
Humphrey HAMNER - 29 April 1592 / January 1644/45
Nicholas HAMNER I - ca. 1640 / November 1703 and Joan Turner
Nicholas HAMNER II - 1672/ca. 1740

(Generation 1)
Nicholas HAMNER III (born 1703 James City County, VA - died before 22 February 1794 Albemarle Co., VA) married UNKNOWN. This Nicholas Hamner is believed to have signed the Albemarle Declaration of Independence along with Thomas Jefferson. Son William and grandson Turner were recognized as Patriots of the American Revolution though, it appears that none of them fought in the American Revolution.

Children of Nicholas HAMNER III
William HAMNER - b. 1730
Robert HAMNER
Henry HAMNER
Nicholas HAMNER
John HAMNER
James HAMNER

(Generation two)
William HAMNER (born 1730 New Kent Co., Virginia - died 1 January 1788 St. Anne’s Parish, Albemarle Co., VA) + married Mary Elizabeth Henley (born 1733 New Kent Co., VA - died aft 25 December 1787 St. Anne’s Parish, Albemarle Co., VA)

Children of William and Mary Elizabeth Henley HAMNER:
Elizabeth Henley HAMNER
Mary Molly HAMNER
Mildred HAMNER
Sarah HAMNER
Susannah HAMNER
Jeremiah HAMNER - b. 1749
Rebecca HAMNER - b. ca. 1750
Samuel HAMNER - b. 1751
Turner HAMNER - b. 27 December 1752
Henley HAMNER - b. 1753
Richardson HAMNER - b. ca. 1759
Nicholas HAMNER

(Generation three)
Turner HAMNER (born 27 December 1752 Albemarle Co., VA - died 15 February 1845 Taylorville, Tuscaloosa Co., Alabama) + married Nancy Ann Moore (born 27 December 1752 - died 11 November 1833 Taylorville, Tuscaloosa Co., Alabama) ca. 1774-1776.

Children of Turner and Nancy Ann Moore HAMNER:
John Harvey HAMNER - b. 30 April 1777
William HAMNER - b. 7 June 1778
Elizabeth HAMNER - b. 8 February 1780
Mary Henley HAMNER - 17 February 1783
Martha Patsy HAMNER - 20 May 1784
Matthew HAMNER - b. 25 June 1787
Sallie Sarah HAMNER - b. 17 June 1789
Turner HAMNER II - b. 1 March 1791
Samuel HAMNER - b. 16 October 1793
Susannah Bullock HAMNER - b. 19 November 1796
Lucy Patterson HAMNER - b. 8 June 1800


(Generation four)
Matthew HAMNER (born 25 June 1787 Albemarle Co., VA - died ca. 1826 Putnam Co., Georgia) + married Sarah Sallie Spikes ( born ca 1793 North Carolina - died 18 September 1849) on 22 June 1811 in Oglethorpe Co., Georgia.

Children of Matthew and Sarah Sallie Spikes HAMNER:
John Wesley HAMNER - b. 19 March 1812
Julia Spikes HAMNER - b. ca. 1813
Turner HAMNER - b. ca. 1815
Mary Polly HAMNER - b. 1822
Elizabeth Betsy HAMNER - b. 1823
William HAMNER - b. ca. 1824

(Generation six)
John Wesley HAMNER (born 19 March 1812 South Carolina - died 11 January 1886) + married Mary “Polly” Maria JAMES((daughter of Daniel James(ca. 1773- ca 1855) and Mary Duff(ca. 1773-1821) (born 25 April 1813 - died 6 February 1895)) on 7 October 1833 in Marion Co., Georgia.

Children of Wesley and Polly James HAMNER:
Sally Sarah Jane HAMNER - b. 11 September 1835
ii. Daniel Talley HAMNER - b. 3 June 1838
iii. Martha Alice HAMNER - b. 6 February 1841
iv. Mary E. HAMNER - b. 11 May 1843
v. Julia Spikes HAMNER - b. 17 October 1845
vi. Frances H. HAMNER - b. 6 January 1848
vii. Ellenender M. HAMNER - b. 30 October 1850
viii. Susan Wesley HAMNER - b. 10 August 1853
ix. John Wesley HAMNER - b. 16 March 1856
x. Amanda C. HAMNER - b. 8 February 1859

John Wesley and Mary “Polly” Maria James HAMNER are buried at Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Coffee Co., Alabama.

(Generation seven)
Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH (born 30 Apr 1846 Dale/Coffee Co. - died 12 Nov 1907 Coffee Co.) + married ~ (1) Julia Spikes HAMNER (born 17 Oct 1845 - died 5 Aug 1892) on 24 Dec 1868,

Known children of Robert Henry Jackson and Julia S. HILDRETH are;
i. Arie Lena,( born 22 July 1870 in Grainville, Coffee Co., Alabama and died 11 October 1898, in Butler Co., Alabama) married on 1st December 1887 in Butler Co., Alabama, Shadrick Benjamin Majors, Jr. (born 22 Oct 1862 in Mt. Olive, Butler Co., Alabama and died 2 January 1938 in Butler Co., Alabama)
ii. Olive Victoria, married on 23rd December 1886 in Butler Co., Alabama James Thomas Hollis.
iii. Edward Homer,
iv. Buhler Elizabeth,
v. Ida Roberta,
vi. Muncie,
vii. Robert Bunion,
viii. Albert Lonnie,
ix. Vinnie Leah,
x. Daisy.

Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH + married (2) Anna Ruth CARMICHAEL (born 6 Jan 1872 - died 1 Feb 1947) on 4 July1893.

Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH, Julia Spikes HAMNER HILDRETH and Annie Ruth Carmichael HILDRETH are buried at City(Carmichael) Cemetery, Enterprise.

The family of Tavner Marsh
Great grandfather of - Annie Ruth Carmichael married RHJ HILDRETH
& Ida Belle Marsh married Edward Homer HILDRETH

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF TAVNER MARSH
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF TAVNER MARSH              STATE OF GEORGIA
I, Tavner Marsh of said State and County, knowing myself and family the uncertainty of human life, deem it right and proper both as respect my self and family that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind Provident has blessed me, I therefore make this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.
ITEM FIRST I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid by my Executor herein after named without delay.
ITEM SECOND I give and bequeath to my wife, Prudence Marsh, during her natural life in widowhood sixty acres of lot of land one hundred and thirty two in the Third District of Said County, to be laid off so as to include all the houses south of the road running by my dwelling, a man, and Isabella, a woman, all my household and kitchen furniture except such as hereinafter disposed of, one horse bridle and saddle worth one hundred dollars, one cow and calf worth ten dollars, and one sow and pig worth five dollars.
ITEM THIRD I give and bequeath to my son, Needham Marsh, as a special gift (in consequence of special favors) one hundred dollars.
ITEM FOURTH I give and bequeath to my son, Thomas Tavanor Marsh, a bedstead, bed and furniture, one cow and calf, one sow and pigs.
ITEM FIFTH I give to my daughter, Frances Marion Garner, one sow and pigs.
ITEM SIXTH I have given my son, John J. Marsh, one negro man, which I have valued at six hundred dollars; I have given my son, Needom, Jones Marsh, Joshua Marsh , each five hundred dollars. I hold three notes on my son, Alfred H. Marsh, the principal being three hundred and twenty five dollars
for which I charge no interest. I therefore, give my son, Alfred, six hundred dollars, the aforesaid three hundred and twenty five dollars to be included, I give my sons Needom, Jones and Joshua one hundred dollars each. I give my son, Thomas Tavana, six hundred dollars. I give my daughters,
Aline(Adeline) Garner and Frances Marion Garner each six hundred dollars in order to make them even with my son, John J. Marsh.
ITEM SEVENTH I have lent my daughter, Aline Garner, a negro girl named Aggy and I have lent my daughter, Frances Marion Garner, a negro girl named Jane. Both negroes are to be returned to my Executor if not previously returned to myself.
ITEM EIGHTH I desire and direct that all my estate both real and personal and all that I may hereinafter acquire (not herein otherwise disposed of) be sold by my Executor, hereinafter named and appointed and that the money arising therefrom be equally divided amongst all my children.
ITEM NINTH After the death or marriage of my wife, whichever may take place first, I desire that all the property given to my wife in Item Second, both real and personal, be sold and equally divided amongst all my children.
ITEM TENTH I hereby constitute and appoint my worthy friend, John W. Shepherd of Merriweather County, Georgia, my Executor of this, my Last Will and Testament.
This June 13th, 1854.
His Mark Tavner Marsh X
Signed and sealed, published and declared by Tavanah Marsh as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us, the subscribing witnesses, who subscribed the same in the presence of the Testator at his special instance and request and in the presence of each other this June 13th, 1864.
Wm. McKinley
Thompson Scott
Wm. O. Moss
Lineir T. Scott
Tavner Marsh and Barbara Bond
Tavner MARSH born: January 11, 1780 - South Carolina / died: September 9, 1864 Troup County, Georgia +married Barbara BOND died Jones County, Georgia
CHILDREN
1. Nathan MARSH born: About 1805 +married: January 29, 1848 Warren County, Georgia
spouse: Emily (Emiline) Newsom
2. Alfred H. MARSH born About 1807 Kershaw County, South Carolina / died After March 1862 + married June 27, 1830 Jones County, Georgia Nancy Boykin
3. Needham MARSH born February 2, 1813 Probably Kershaw County, South Carolina / died October 26, 1889 Coffee County, Alabama spouse: Mary Drewberry, Mary Justis
4. Francis Jones MARSH born About 1818 Jones County, Georgia / died About 1885 Coffee County, Alabama +married Frances A. Brooks
4a.)       George W. Marsh
4b.)       Susan Annie Marsh (13 Nov 1849 / 21 Oct 1921) + married Archibald M. Carmichael
4b1.)       Daniel Carmichael
4b2.)       Annie Ruth Carmichael (born 6 Jan 1872 - died 1 Feb 1947) on 4 July1893 + married Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH.
Obituary of - Mrs. Annie HILDRETH, age 75, died at a Dothan Hospital, Saturday afternoon after a short illness. She was a life long resident of Enterprise. She was a member of the South Side Methodist Church in Enterprise and active in church work. She was the widow of the late Rev. R.H.J.. HILDRETH, Founder of the South Side Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. E.G. Miller of Enterprise, Mrs. Vennie Newman of Geneva and Mrs. Daisy Green of Dallas, Texas; five sons, E.H. HILDRETH and R.B. HILDRETH of Enterprise, Alabama, A.L. HILDRETH of Miami, Fla., B.M. HILDRETH of Plant City, Fla., and B.H. HILDRETH of Memphis, Tenn; one brother, Dan Carmichael of Geneva; and a host of grand children and several great grand children.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from South Side Methodist Church with Rev. G.C. Howell, Rev. Charles HILDRETH, Rev. W.O. Phillips, and Rev. Warnell Lindsey officiating. Burial in the City Cemetery with Searcy Funeral Home in charge.#
Willie Kelly Circle Attends Funeral
The Willie Kelly Circle of the Baptist Mission attended the funeral of Mrs. HILDRETH on Monday afternoon of this week in a group. There were 15 members present. #
Known children of Robert Henry Jackson and Annie Ruth HILDRETH are:

4b2a. Benjamin Malcom,
4b2b. Bascom Horace,
4b2c. Mary Ethel,
4b2d. Lillie Mae.

4b3.)       Sidney Carmichael (11 April 1875 / 27 Feb 1946)

4c.)       Edward T. Marsh
4d.)       Mark L. Marsh
       + married 1.) Georgia Walls and
       + married 2.) Carrie Burris Hendley-15 April 1917 @ Bethany in Coffee Co., Alabama.

4d1.)       Ida Belle Marsh daughter of Mark & Georgia Walls MARSH (born 24 January 1876 in Enterprise, Alabama and died 20 August 1915 @ 4:00 a.m. in Enterprise, Alabama of pellagra incurred 3 years prior in Florida#),
+ married Edward Homer HILDRETH, born 8 June 1874 in Greenville, Butler Co., Alabama and died 20 May 1965 in Orlando, FL; (the son of Robert Henry Jackson and Julia Spikes HAMNER HILDRETH) on 24 Dec 1893 (born 24 January 1876 in Enterprise, Alabama and died 20 August 1915 @ 4:00 a.m. in Enterprise, Alabama of pellagra incurred 3 years prior in Florida#.
Edward Homer HILDRETH was a salesman for Singer Sewing Machine Company. Bob Holley remembers “grandpa HILDRETH, getting up in the morning, putting on a fresh white shirt, tie and his suit and then going and sitting on the front porch of his house.”
- “with tears welling up in his [Roy HAMNER HILDRETHs] eyes, he could remember it as though it were yesterday. It was a hot day in August and her coffin was transported by a big black hearse wagon about 5 miles outside of town [Enterprise, Alabama] to Calvary Church where she was buried. Roy remembered walking along behind the wagon holding on to the corner crying. He could still feel the hot dirt burning is bare feet as he walked down the dusty road. He never felt more alone in his life than he did when he walked back home.”#
The children of Edward Homer and Ida Belle Marsh HILDRETH:
4d1a.) Early Lee HILDRETH, born 19 November 1894 in Enterprise, Alabama and died 8 May 1958, + married Daisy Jane Smith on 8 April 1916.
4d1b.) Edward Roscoe HILDRETH, born 2 March 1897 in Enterprise, Alabama and died October 1978.
4d1c.) Mattie Mae HILDRETH, born 6 Oct 1899 in Enterprise, Alabama and died 9 February 1984 in Orange Co., Florida, + married Otis Thomas Parker on 29 July 1917 in Columbus, Georgia.
4d1d.) William Love HILDRETH, born 17 February 1903 in Enterprise, Alabama and died 22 November 1960 in Miami, Florida, + married Myrtice Hobbs.
FORMER MIMS RESIDENT DIES
William Love HILDRETH, 57, a former resident of Mims and a brother of Mrs. Otis T. Parker of that community, died suddenly at Miami, Nov. 22. Funeral arrangements, in charge of Smith Funeral Home of Titusville, will be announced later. Mr. HILDRETH was a welder. Besides his sister, he leaves
his father, E.H. HILDRETH of Enterprise, Alabama,
three sons and two daughters:
Harold of the U.S. Air Force in Germany,
Lamar, living in Texas,
Tommy in Alabama,
Mrs. Louise Cobbs, of California and
Mrs. Betty Wilkerson of Georgia.
He also leaves three brothers:
Roscoe of Columbus, Ga.,
Roy of Pensacola, FL and
F. B. of Fort Pierce, FL.#
FUNERAL RITES FOR Wm. HILDRETH
Funeral services for William Love HILDRETH, 57, a former resident of Mims and a brother of Mrs. Otis T. Parker of Mims, who died Tuesday in Miami, will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Smith Chapel with Rev. Joseph Boatwright of the First Baptist Church of Mims officiating.
Interment will be in LaGrange Cemetery under direction of Smith Funeral Home.#
4d1e.) Roy HAMNER HILDRETH, born 18 March 1907 in Enterprise, Alabama and died 15 February 1979 in Milton, Florida
+ married 1.) Eva Smith and
+ married 2.) Dolly Victoria Elizabeth Aplin Holley 13 July 1954 in Milton, Florida.
4d1f.) Fletcher Bell HILDRETH, born 1 October 1911 in Enterprise, Alabama and died November 1980, + married Ada Marie.
Mr. Fletcher Bill(sic) HILDRETH, 71, 8226 Bay Port Drive, Orlando, died Saturday. Born in Enterprise, Alabama, he moved to Orlando from Fort Pierce in 1979. He was a former furniture storeowner and a Baptist.
Survivors:
wife: Ada Marie;
son: Fletcher E. Winter Park, FL;
sister: Mrs. Mattie May Parker, Mims, FL;
Mrs. Genell Schafer, Winter Park, FL;
Mrs. Catherine Garlick, Orlando, FL;
Mrs. Melvia Gianelloni, New Orleans, LA;
one grandson.
Carden Chapel Home for Funerals, Orlando, FL.#

4d1g.) Fred HILDRETH, born 17 May 1914 in Florida and died 25 January 1916 @ 8:00 p.m., in Enterprise, Alabama of intestinal poisoning and complications of le grippe#.
4e.)       Noah Marsh
4f.)       John Marsh
5. Adaline MARSH       born July 20, 1820       
6. John J. MARSH       
7. Joshua MARSH       born About 1825
8. Thomas Tavner MARSH born About 1829 Georgia +married April 10, 1873 Bullock County, Georgia, Ellen T. Moss
9. Frances Marion MARSH born June 22, 1832 Jones County, Georgia / died December 26, 1906
+married August 27, 1850 Troup County, Georgia James S. Garner

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>1690<
“About 1690 the Presbyterians and Independents (Congregationalists or Puritans, from New England) formed a Church jointly which became known as the White Meeting House, and is now the Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, SC.”#

>1750<
John DOWLING father of Jemima Anna DOWLING HILDRETH born 1759 in Augusta Co., Virginia, son of Robert and Sarah Guinn DOWLING.

>1760<
Nancy Boutwell mother of Jemima Anna DOWLING HILDRETH born in 1763 in Darlington District, South Carolina.

>1770<
10 February 1772 Benjamin HILDRETH and Elizabeth Greswold were married in New York, vol. xviii, pg 32.
January 1773, Robert DOWLING received a grant of land on Boggy Gully, St. David’s Parish, Darlington District, South Carolina.

>1780<
John DOWLING married Nancy Boutwell in Jeffries Creek, Darlington District, South Carolina, 1783.
Dempsey DOWLING - son of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING born 14 Dec 1783 @ Jeffries Creek, Darlington District, South Carolina.
Elias DOWLING - son of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING born 1787 @ Jeffries Creek, Darlington District, South Carolina.
Lydia Ann DOWLING - daughter of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING born 1789 @ Jeffries Creek, Darlington District, South Carolina.

>1790<
Zaccheus DOWLING - son of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING born 29 July 1792 @ Jeffries Creek, Darlington District, South Carolina.
1794, Robert DOWLING, father of John DOWLING, died @ family plantation near Jeffries Creek, Darlington District, South Carolina.
Allen DOWLING - son of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING born 10 February 1794 @ Jeffries Creek, Darlington District, South Carolina.
Rhoda DOWLING - daughter of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING born 12 December 1797 @ Jeffries Creek, Darlington District, South Carolina.

>1800<
1800 Charleston, South Carolina Census lists a Benjamin HILDRETH with - 1 male 10-15 years, 1 male 26-44 years, 2 females under 10 years, 1 female 16-25 years on page 84 He is also listed with 2 slaves.
Robert DOWLING, father of John DOWLING and grandfather of Jemima Anna DOWLING HILDRETH died 1800 in Darlington District, South Carolina.
Simeon DOWLING and Levi DOWLING - sons of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING born 17 October 1800 @ Jeffries Creek, Darlington District, South Carolina.
Benjamin HILDRETH - born 15 Mar 1802 believed to be in Charleston, SC
1 January 1802 in Camden the 16th South Carolina Session met. Bishop was Francis Asbury. Moses Matthews (Moses, the father of Elisha Matthews and father in law of Lacey DOWLING-daughter of Dempsey DOWLING) was appointed to the Bladen charge of the Camden District with James Jenkins as presiding elder.#
1 January 1803 in Camden the 17th South Carolina Session met. Bishop was Francis Asbury. Moses Matthews (Moses, the father of Elisha Matthews and father in law of Lacey DOWLING-daughter of Dempsey DOWLING) was appointed to the Saluda charge in the Saluda District with George Dougherty as presiding elder.#
Records indicate that a Benjamin Griswold was christened at Independent Congregational Circular Church, Charleston, South Carolina on 10 April 1803 child of Benjamin & _____ HILDRETH, sail maker.
22 September 1803 Dempsey DOWLING married Martha Stokes in Darlington District, South Carolina.
1 January 1805, at Charleston, the South Carolina Session met, with the two Bishops presiding, being Bishop Asbury and Bishop Whatcoat. Moses Matthews (Moses, the father of Elisha Matthews and father in law of Lacey DOWLING-daughter of Dempsey DOWLING) and Hanover Donnan appointed to the Catawba and Lincoln charges of the Swanino District with John Watson, presiding elder.#
Jemima Annadaughter of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING born 1 Mar 1807 @ Jeffries Creek, Darlington District, SC.
Monday, 28 December 1807 the 22nd Session of the South Carolina Session convened in Charleston with Bishop Asbury presiding. Matthew P. Sturdevant volunteered to go as a pioneer missionary to the Tombigbee section of Alabama, the first Methodist preacher in that state, save for a visit of Lorenzo Dow in 1803. Moses Matthews (Moses, the father of Elisha Matthews and father in law of Lacey DOWLING-daughter of Dempsey DOWLING) was appointed presiding elder of the Camden District.#
Sarah Guinn DOWLING, mother of John DOWLING and grandmother of Jemima Anna DOWLING HILDRETH died 23 February 1808 in Darlington District, South Carolina.

>1810<
Chreitzberg gives further information for 1810 including an outline of Great Pee Dee Circuit to which William Capers ahd been sent. “Great Pee Dee, then comprehending the Black River and Pee Dee Circuits stretched from the neighborhood of Georgetown up through Williamsburg, and a part of Sumter district, near Lynch’s Creek, opposite to Darlington Courthouse: thence across that creek to a short distance above another called the Gully and then downward toward Jeffers Creek.#
Benjamin Hildreath - admitted 28 March 1811 to the Charleston Orphan House, SC @ age of 8 years by Mary Groshen, mother.# - Charleston Orphan House Chapel 13 Vanderhorst St. -
Site of the Charleston Orphan House chapel, built c. 1802 and designed by Gabriel Manigault, it was demolished in 1953 for a parking lot.#

Zaccheus DOWLING - was licensed to exhort in 1813.#
Zaccheus DOWLING - was licensed to preach in 1814.#
Benjamin Hildreath - indentured to Elizabeth Bride as an umbrellamaker - 10 August 1815 to expire 28 March 1824.#
23 December 1815 the 30th Session of the South Carolina Conference met in Charleston with Bishop McKendree presiding alone, as dear Bishop Francis Asbury was too feeble to reach the seat of the Conference. Zacheus DOWLING was appointed to the Union Charge in the Catawba District along with Jesse Richardson. Daniel Asbury was presiding elder.#
Conference at Charleston, December 23d, 1815. This conference admitted Zaccheus Dowling, Zechariah Williams, Daniel Gastman, James Bellah, Samuel Harrison, Jesse Sinclair, Daniel Christenberry, Andrew Hammil, Tillman Sneed, and David Garrettson. The following brethren located, Andrew Pickens, William Arnold, Benjamin S. Ogletree, Robert Porter, A. H. Saunders, James C. Sharp, Lucius Q. C. Deyemport, Daniel Brown, and John Collinsworth, Richmond Nolley, who had laboured here in former years, but had gone the past year as a missionary to the west, died of a cold, contracted by getting wet, when crossing a stream. Permitted this year to see Bishop Asbury once more, of whom it may truly be said, that he was the apostle of Methodism in the south.#

Zaccheus DOWLING - joined the South Carolina Conference in 1816.#
27 January 1818, the 31st Session of the South Carolina Conference was to be held in Louisville, GA but for some reason later changed to Augusta, GA. Bishop McKendree and Bishop R.R. Roberts presided. Zacheus DOWLING was appointed to Cooper River of the Edisto District with James Norton, presiding elder.#
24 December 1818 (the 2nd Conference in the same calendar year), Bishop R.R. Roberts presiding alone. Lewis Myers, Zacheus DOWLING and Henry T. Fitzgerald were appointed to Charleston in the Edisto District with James Norton presiding elder.#
1819 Allen DOWLING, 5th child of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING, married Polly Heath.

>1820<
1820 South Carolina census lists in Darlington County -
pg. 65, Dempsey DOWLING,
       John DOWLING and
       Elias DOWLING;
pg. 65-A, William DOWLING.
13 January 1820 the 34th Session of the South Carolina Conference met in Charleston with Bishops McKendree and George present. Zaccheus DOWLING was appointed to Sugar Creek in the Catawba District with Jesse Richardson, presiding elder.#
21 February 1822 the 36th Session of the South Carolina Conference met in Augusta, Georgia with Bishops McKendree and George presiding. Zacheus DOWLING and Mark Westmoreland were appointed to the Reedy River charge of the Broad River District with Henry Bass as presiding elder.# ““The Reverend “Dempsey DOWLING was recommended by the District Conference of Pee Dee District for the office of elder, and was elected” by the South Carolina Conference in session in Augusta, Georgia, Tuesday morning, February 26, 1822.”#.
Benjamin HILDRETH + married Jemima Anna DOWLING, eighth child of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING, in 1823 most likely in Darlington District of South Carolina.
1823, Levi DOWLING, 8th child of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING, married Ann.
William C. HILDRETH (born 1824 South Carolina) was the first child of Benjamin and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH.
“On 24 December 1824, as Representative Watson was finishing his creation of Dale County in the legislature--a young man, Elisha Matthews as marrying his sweetheart, Lacy DOWLING - daughter of Dempsey DOWLING, in the Jeffries Creek area of Darlington District of South Carolina. Elisha had visited and worked during the preceding summer having arrived there on 2 March 1824, teaching the children of a few of the settlers of the Block House settlement which was to be shortly changed to Dale County. The Matthews’ wagon train arrived at the Block House in Dale County on 2 March 1825.# Elisha Matthews moved from Darlington County, South Carolina, to a spot one-mile south of what is now Ozark, on the present Camp Rucker road. Elisha Matthews built a small log cabin in the wilderness and this log house still stood in 1949 although it has been remodeled since that time.#
Having received good reports from his daughter, Lacy DOWLING Matthews, Reverend Dempsey DOWLING sold his 330-acre farm in the Jeffries Creek area of South Carolina on 27 September 1825 and moved to Alabama. The Dempsey DOWLING wagon train arrived at the Fort Gaines crossing over the Chattahoochee River on 1 March 1826, and a week later they were beginning a new life at the Richmond settlement. The Reverend Dempsey DOWLING only stayed in Richmond for two years and then he moved to a new, double-pen round log house on Hurricane Creek, two miles southwest of present day Ozark, where he spent the remainder of his long life.”#
Harriet Calloway HILDRETH was born 17 Jan 1825 in Charleston, South Carolina and + married Henry Benjamin Grimes. Harriet was the second child of Benjamin and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH.
Sometime after that, perhaps in the early part of 1826, he entered abode in Dale County, Alabama, in which county he resided until his death, in 1865. He joined the Methodist Protestant Church as early as 1845. He was of the strict type of Methodists. He was of that class who reproved sin in word as well in life. He was as severe as the Judgment. In rebuking persons for sin he had the perseverance of endless patience. In the lines of Christian doctrine, experience, and life to which he gave special attention he was well advanced and thoroughly established. He was the patriarch and leader of the numerous tribe of DOWLINGs in the Methodist ranks in the section of the State (Alabama) where he lived and died. He was buried, as was his wife, who preceded him to the grave five or six years, at Claybank Meeting House, one or two miles from the present town of Ozark.”#
12 January 1826 the 40th Session of the South Carolina Conference was held at Milledgeville, GA with Bishop Joshua Soule presiding. Zacheus DOWLING and Wm. W. King were appointed to Reedy River of the Columbia District with Robert Adams as presiding elder.#
John DOWLING father of Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH died 6 June 1826 in Jeffries Creek, Darlington District, South Carolina.
“Another prominent Methodist, Dempsey DOWLING is now introduced. Coming from South Carolina in 1826, he made a genuine contribution to Methodism, not only by his own useful ministry, but also through that of a number of descendants who will live. DOWLING joined the Methodist Protestants in 1845. He died 1865, and was buried at old Claybank Church, about two miles from Ozark. In 1908, J. M. Carmichael, well-known layman, wrote a history of the Methodist churches in Dale County. He mentions the members of the DOWLING family who were preachers, either itinerant or local. These included Zachie (evidently, Zaccheus), Dempsey, John, Zinnamon, Levi, and Angus.”#
11 January 1827 the 41st Session of the South Carolina Conference was held in Augusta, GA with Bishops McKendree, Roberts and Soule presiding. Zacheus DOWLING and Joab Mershon were appointed to Lincoln in the Cheraw District with M. McPherson, presiding elder.#
Susan HILDRETH was born in 1827 South Carolina the third child of Benjamin and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH.
1828 Rhoda DOWLING, 6th child of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING, married Henry Stokes.
In 1829 the Claybank Church was built --about a mile and a half from Ozark. This was the beginning of Methodism in Ozark, Alabama.#
From 1829 - 1832 Zaccheus DOWLING was the presiding elder of the Tallahassee District.#
“For 1829 the Tallahassee District had a new presiding elder, the Rev. Zaccheus DOWLING, and he was the presiding elder on that District for four years in succession, closing with 1832.”# Quincy - Centenary church came into being in 1829 in the Tallahassee District.#

>1830<
27 January 1830 the 44th Session of the South Carolina Conference was held in Columbia with Bishop Joshua Soule presiding. Great revivals of the recent years and missionary zeal had lifted the Church membership to 65,000 in the South Carolina Conference. Much of theis expansion was in Georgia and Florida. So it is not surprising that the Georgia Conference was set off at this time. The new conference across the Savannah River began with five districts: Athens, Thomas Sanford, P.E.; Milledgeville, William Arnold, P.E.; Savannah, Josiah Evans, P.E.; Columbus, A. Hamill, P.E.; and Tallahassee, Zacheus DOWLING, Presiding Elder.#
“The Methodist Church was established in Florida, under the jurisdiction of the South Carolina Conference. The work was being carried on throughout middle Florida in a district known as Tallahassee which had been formed in January of 1825 with three appointments. In 1830 the Georgia Confernece was created from the southern part of the South Carolina Conference. This new conference included all of the state of Georgia and the territory of East Florida.”# “When the South Carolina Conference created a district known as the Tallahassee District, the presiding elder lived in Tallahassee.”#
The 1830 Alabama Census has:
Benjamin HILDRETH in Dale Co. with 1 male 10-15 yrs, 1 male 20-30 yrs, 1 female >5 yrs, 1 female 5-10 yrs, 1 female 20-30 yrs, 1 female 60-70 yrs.
Dempsey DOWLING in Dale Co. with 1 male >5 years, 1 male 5-10 years, 2 males 10-15 years, 1 male 15-20 years, 2 males 20-30 years, 1 male 40-50 years, 1 female >5 years, 1 female 5-10 years, 1 female 10-15 years, 1 female 15-20 years, 1 female 40-50 years.
Levi DOWLING in Dale Co. with 2 males >5 years, 1 male 20-30 years, 2 females 5-10 years, 1 female 20-30 years of age.
Elias DOWLING in Dale Co. but has been left blank.
Travis Zacheus HILDRETH was born 30 Dec 1830 + married (2) Elizabeth Samantha HAYES. Travis Zacheus was the fourth child of Benjamin and Jemima HILDRETH and the first child of the HILDRETH’s to be born in Alabama, born near Ozark in Dale County, Alabama.
Among the early settlers of Ozark were the Byrd, Howell, Martin, Bullard, Matthews, Andrews, Carroll, DOWLING, Barrow, Gray, Mixon, and Smith families. The first settlers of Pinckard were the Pinckards, Harrises, Snells and DOWLINGs.#
Although there was no permanent white settlement where Elba is located until about 1840, just prior to the creation of Coffee County out of the western portion of Dale, Methodism officially entered the area in 1826, with the establishment of the Pea River Mission by the Tallahassee, Florida, District of the South Carolina Conference. The Mission became a Circuit in 1830. One of the earliest preachers in this area was Zacheus DOWLING who rode the territory in the 1830's.#
The HILDRETH and DOWLING families were pioneer Methodist families in Southeast Alabama with Benjamin HILDRETH, two of his children, Robert Henry Jackson and Travis Zacheus and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETHs brothers Dempsey and Zaccheus DOWLING all being Methodist Church circuit riders.
Zachariah (sic), or [“Uncle Zachy”] DOWLING as he was called, lived in the Clay Bank community. He was a regular preacher who traveled the length and breadth of the land.# “In 1830, a new Escambia Mission appears in the Tallahassee District, Zaccheus DOWLING, presiding elder. The 1830 pastors for Chattahoochee Circuit were Robert Williams and William N. Sears; for Pea River Circuit, Mahlon Bedell and George Collier; for Escambia Mission, William Culverhouse. Escambia Mission lay principally in Butler, Conecuh and Covington Counties in Alabama, and reached to within 26 miles of Pensacola”# Madison Church came into being in 1830 in the Tallahassee District.#
1831 - Tallahassee District presiding elder, the Rev. Zaccheus DOWLING, through 1832.
1832 - Tallahassee District presiding elder, the Rev. Zaccheus DOWLING, through 1832. Monticello Church came into being in 1832 in the Tallahassee District.#
“Zacheus DOWLING, brother of Dale County pioneer Dempsey DOWLING, came to Alabama as a Methodist minister. He was assigned first to the “Tallahassee District”, but when the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Church was formed in 1832, Zacheus became a charter member of it by accepting an assignment to the Choctawhatchee Circuit.”#
“At the end of 1832 the Alabama Conference was organized, and Shanks and Zaccheus DOWLING were transferred into it, DOWLING being appointed to the Choctawhatchie Circuit in the newly formed Chattahoochee District, James H. Mellard, presiding elder.”# “The Alabama Conference’s organizational meeting was at Tuscaloosa, opening 12 December 1832, with James O. Andrew, who had a few months before been elected Bishop, in the chair. The last evening of the Conference, following the Lord’s Supper, Bishop Andrew read the following appointments, as follows: Chattahoochee District, James H. Mellard, Presiding Elder, Cedar Creek, D. McDonald, Stephen Herren; Choctawhatchie, Z. DOWLING, Humphrey Williamson; Conecuh, N. Hopkins, H.B. Farish; Holmes Valley, W. A. Smith; Montgomery, W. R. H. Moseley; Monticello, W. N. Sears, Ransom J. Jones; Pensacola and Escambia Mission, W. C. Crawford, S.S. Squires. Additional districts in the Alabama Conference were Coosa District, Tombigbee District and Tuscaloosa District.”#
Sarah HILDRETH was born 1833 Dale Co., Alabama and + married M .J. BAILEY. Sarah was the fifth child of Benjamin and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH.
“The third session of the Alabama Conference was held 10 Dec 1834 at Greensboro, Alabama with Bishop Andrew presiding. In the Irwinton (now Eufaula District) Zaccheus DOWLING was appointed to the Clayton Church.”# The country embraced in the Chattahoochee Mission for 1834 was at the close of that year and for 1835 assigned to five different appointments as follows: Clayton Mission, Uchee Mission, Line Creek Mission, Chambersville Mission, and Tallapoosa.”# “Clayton Mission was partly in Barbour County and partly in Macon County, this latter county comprising also a part of what is now Bullock County. The leading places in this mission were Clayton, seat of Barbour County, and Irwinton (now Eufaula). The first pastor was Zaccheus DOWLING. At the close of the year he reported 112 white and 48 colored members.”#
The Town of Irwinton is mentioned in an Act of the General Assembly of Alabama, approved January 16, 1834; and again in an Act approved January 8, 1836; incorporating the Trustees of the Irwinton Academy; and again in an Act approved January 9, 1836, amending an act incorporating the Town of Irwinton. The General Assembly of Alabama passed and approved an Act January 2, 1843, to alter the name of the Town of Irwinton to that of Eufaula. The Methodists commenced preaching at Irwinton at the beginning of the place, and have maintained a good organization there all the time since. Squires Finley, DOWLING, and Neal were the only preachers having charge of the territory in which Irwinton was located from the beginning there at the close of 1833 to the close of 1836. It has been stated by those claiming to know, that the Methodists erected a house of worship at Irwinton in 1835, and it was the first erected at that place by any denomination. Irweinton was set off from the Clayton charge at the close of 1837, and was put down as a station at the close of 1842.#
In the 1830s an area of Southeast had just been opened. This area was just below the Cherokee/Creek Indian line and was in the Creek Indian district. There were Creek Indians rebelling against being gathered up into stockades to be sent west to Oklahoma (1838-9, "Trail of Tears"). The Creeks hated settlers who had taken land, and as a last expression Creeks would destroy, loot and burn the homes and destroy crops. Eventually a militia group would be formed to handle the situation. A Benjamin HILDRETH was listed on roll of soldiers for 1836/37 Creek Indian War as a member of Arch Justice's Company of Wellborn's Alabama Volunteers. A battle was fought in Barbour Co., at Hobdy's Bridge, not a war as such, but was to quell local rebellions associated with the Creeks. Militia probably did not participate in the big stuff, like Andrew Jackson's Alabama battles with the Creeks (such as at Horse Shoe Bend, etc.)
“The Alabama Conference at its session at Greenesborough, Alabama, December, 1834, put in its list of appointments Wills Creek Mission, and for 1835 appointed the Rev. Jesse Ellis. For the next year, (1836) the appointment was put down as Wills Valley Mission, and two preachers, the Rev. Zaccheus DOWLING and the Rev. Edward Graves, were sent to it. At the end of the year there were, in connection with the Mission, four hundred ten white, twenty-four colored, and one hundred and sixty Indian members.”#
13 December 1835 Rhoda DOWLING Stokes died at Zion Community, Dale Co., Alabama, wife of Henry Stokes.
James Marion HILDRETH was born June 1836 Dale/Coffee Co., Alabama and + married Amanda Louisa FOLSOM about 1857. James Marion was the sixth child of Benjamin and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH.
Martha M. HILDRETH (born 1838 Dale Co.), and twin sister Mary E. HILDRETH (born 1838 Dale Co.), were the seventh and eighth children of Benjamin and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH.
Of the preachers who served the Wetumpka Station from the beginning of 1838 to the close of 1845 were, the Rev. Zaccheus DOWLING for 1839.#
Alabama Land records indicate that Benjamin HILDRETH purchased 39.83 acres in Section 33, T6-N, R23-E Dale Co. (NW of Ozark between Ebenezer Church and Marley Mill) on 20 September 1839.

>1840<
1840 Lydia Ann DOWLING, 3rd child of John and Nancy Boutwell DOWLING, married John Stokes in Daleville, Alabama.
1840 Harriet Calloway HILDRETH married Henry Benjamin Grimes.
1840 Alabama Census
1840 Dale County Census lists Levi DOWLING - 2 males under 5, 1 male 5-10, 2 male 10-15, 1 male 40-50, 1 female under 5, 2 female 15 - 20, 1 female 30-40
1840 Dale County Census lists Nancy DOWLING - 1 female 70-80 years old.
1840 Dale County Census lists Benjamin HILDRETH - 1 male 15-20, 1 male 30-40, 2 female under 5, 1 female 5 -10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 30-40.
1840 Dale County Census lists Dempsey DOWLING - 1 male 10-15 years old, 2 males 15-20 years old, 1 male 20-30 years old, 1 male 50-60 years old, 1 female 5-10 years old, 1 female 15-20 years old, 1 female 20-30 years old and 1 female 50-60 years old.
1840 Dale County Census lists Noel DOWLING with 2 males >5 years old, 3 males 5-10 years old, 1 males 20 - 30 years old and 1 female 20-30 years old.
1840 Dale County Census lists Wesley Dowlin(g) with 1 male >5, 1 male 20-30 years old and 1 female 20-30 years old.
Frances HILDRETH was born 6 May 1840 Dale Co. + married Elbert Wright CURENTON. Frances was the ninth child of Benjamin and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH.
Alabama Land records indicate that Benjamin HILDRETH purchased on 1 July 1841 39.87 acres of Section 4, T5-N, R23-E Dale Co., Alabama.
Alabama Land records indicate that Benjamin HILDRETH purchased on 10 December 1841 bought two pieces of land for a total of 80.5 acres of Section 36, T6-N, R22-E, Coffee Co., Alabama.
John B. HILDRETH was born 1844 Dale Co., Alabama. John was the tenth child of Benjamin and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH.
“There were in the bounds of the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church for 1845, two Stations, eleven Circuits and four Missions. Of the preachers adhering to that Church in the State of Alabama, so far as catalogued, at the close of 1845, was: Dempsey DOWLING. The Rev. Dempsey DOWLING was received by the Methodist Protestant Church into the traveling connection, November 24, 1845. He had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.”#
Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH - born 30 Apr 1846 Dale/Coffee Co., Alabama and married (1) Julia Spikes HAMNER, and married (2) Annie Ruth Carmichael. Robert Henry Jackson was the eleventh child of Benjamin and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH.
'Sophia' Saphronia Jane HILDRETH - born 3 Aug 1848 Haw Ridge, Coffee Co., Alabama and married John Wesley LANG. Saphronia was the twelfth child of Benjamin and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH.
Nancy DOWLING died 30 Mar 1849 at Haw Ridge, Dale Co., and is buried in Old Zion Church Cemetery, Dale Co., Alabama.# Old Zion Church, three miles southeast of Haw Ridge or about 8 miles west of Ozark, Alabama constructed chiefly by Zaccheus [“Uncle Zachie”] DOWLING, son of Nancy BOUTWELL DOWLING and brother of Jemima DOWLING, was probably the first frame church of the county.#

>1850<
The 1850 Dale Co. Alabama Census has: Dempsey DOWLING as 67 year old male born in SC as a farmer with $1,000 assets and Martha DOWLING as 64 year old female born in NC
The 850 Dale Co., Alabama Census has: Levi DOWLING, born SC
The 1850 Dale Co., Alabama Census has: DOWLING, Zacheus- 58 years of age - born in SC
The 1850 Coffee Co. Alabama Census has Benjamin HILDRETH as a 48 year old Methodist minister born in South Carolina, Jemimah as 43 years and born in South Carolina, Zacheriah T.-19yrs, a farmer with $100 of owned land, born in Alabama, James as a 14 year old farmer born in Alabama, Mary E. and Martha M. as 12 years old and born in Alabama, Francis as 10 years old and born in Alabama, John M. as 6 years old and born in Alabama, Henry R.J. as 4 years old and born in Alabama and Saffronia J. as 1 year old and born in Alabama.
1850 Coffee Co., Alabama Census also lists just below Benjamin HILDRETH a William C. HILDRETH a 25 year old male farmer born in South Carolina, Milly and 18 year old female born in Alabama and Mary J. a 9 month old female born in Alabama.
Alabama Land records from the Bureau of Land Management indicate that
Travis Z. HILDRETH bought 40.25 acres in Coffee Co., Section 36, T6-N, R22-E on 1 December 1851.
Claybank Church of Ozark, Alabama was rebuilt in 1852, of logs without nails, under the leadership of Dempsey DOWLING, a well-loved local preacher.#
Early settlers came to Haw Ridge, Alabama in 1853 when there was nothing but dense forests in this region. Some of the first settlers of the Haw Ridge community were the Browns, Carmichaels, Fullers, Prices, Bruners, Heaths, HILDRETHs and others whose names will be long remember throughout this part of the country.#
Franklin Pierce HILDRETH was born 1 July 1854, in Coffee Co., Alabama, the first of nine children born to Reverend and Mrs. Travis Z. HILDRETH; his mother was Elizabeth Hayes HILDRETH, and grandson of the Reverend Benjamin and Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH and Farmer and Mary HAYES, devout Methodists.
In the early 1850’s, the Farmer’s Academy Community, Alabama pioneers built their first school in the community. Among other teachers of this school was F. Pierce HILDRETH of the Farmers Academy Community.#
Travis Zacheus HILDRETH in 1853 married Elizabeth Samantha Hayes.
Azariah Witkowska - born 27 Apr 1855. Listed in the 1860 Coffee Co., Alabama Census as Azariah W. HILDRETH a 5-year-old male. Birth and death dates as listed on the tombstone of Benjamin HILDRETH in Pioneer Cemetery, Greenville, Butler Co., Alabama ~ born 27 April 1855 and died 10 June 1870.
The 1855 Coffee Co., Alabama Census has Benjamin HILDRETH with 4 males under 21 years, 2 males over 21 years, 5 females under 21 years, 1 female over 21 years and (1 insane within the county)
The 1855 Coffee Co., Alabama Census has Travis Z. HILDRETH with 1 male under 21 years, 1 male over 21 years and 1 female over 21 years.
The 1855 Coffee Co., Alabama Census has William C. HILDRETH with 1 male over 21 years of age, 3 females under 21 years of age and 1 female over 21 years of age.. None are listed with any slaves.
...Zacheus DOWLING [was] assigned to the Elba Circuit in 1856 as its fourth minister. His permanent residence was at Daleville at that time and it is known that he married his second wife in Santa Rosa, Florida, in July of 1856. He was 64 at the time. Zacheus DOWLING lived for 92 years and is buried in Mt. Liberty Cemetery west of Greenville Alabama.#
“6 November 1857, a Friday, the Alabama Methodist Protestant Conference convened in the basement of the Methodist Protestant Church in Montgomery, Alabama, William Rice as president. Among those appointed as Home Missionaries was Dempsey DOWLING.”#
Alabama Land records from the Bureau of Land Management indicate that -
Travis Z. HILDRETH bought 40.09 acres in Coffee Co., Alabama - Section 1, T5-N, R22-E on 1 September 1858.
James M. HILDRETH bought 240.34 acres in Coffee Co., Alabama - Section 28, T6-N, R22-E on 1 September 1858.
“The 1858 session of the Alabama Conference was held at Macon, Mississippi, 24 November - 3 December 1858, with Bishop Paine presiding. Of the twenty-one who joined the conference that year was Angus DOWLING.”# It is also recorded that Angus DOWLING joined the conference at Claybank Church, Alabama in 1858.#

>1860<
The 1860 Coffee Co. Alabama Census has Benjamin HILDRETH as a 57 year old farmer with $1600 in real estate and $250 in personal estate, born in South Carolina, Jimmimaanna as a 53 year old female born in South Carolina, Mary as a 25 year old female born in Alabama, Francis as a 20 year old female born in Alabama, John as an 18 year old male born in Alabama, Jackson as a 15 year old male born in Alabama, Saphronia as a 13 year old female born in Alabama, Sarah as an 11 year old female born in Alabama and Azariah W. HILDRETH as a 5 year old male born in Alabama.
The 1860 Coffee Co., Alabama Census has Travis Z. HILDRETH as a 29 year old male farmer with $1400 in real estate and $250 in personal estate, Elizabeth as a 23 year old female born in Georgia, Franklin P. as a 6 year old male born in Alabama, Nancy J. as a 4 year old female, Missouri as a 1 year old female born in Alabama, a 4 month old infant born in Alabama and an additional person listed with the family of Milly Sessions a 14 year old female born in Alabama.
The 1860 Coffee Co., Alabama Census has Needham, 48 yrs. born SC; and Mary E. MARSH, 48 yrs. born GA; and Mary D., 22 yrs. born GA; Sarah C., 19 yrs. born GA; Eliza J., 18 yrs. born GA; William M., 16 yrs born GA; John F., 15 yrs. born GA; Jane P., 13 yrs. born GA; Alexander M., 12 yrs. born GA; Maria A., 8 yrs. born GA; Jeremiah E., 10 yrs. born GA; and Aaron G. 7 yrs. born in AL; as living in the Clintonville, Precinct #5, Coffee Co., AL. 7-2-1860
The 1860 Coffee Co., Alabama Census has a James M. HILDRETH listed as a 27 year old male farmer born in Alabama, Louisa as a 22 year old female born in Georgia, John D. as a 3 year old male born in Alabama and a 3 month old infant female.
13 March 1862 at 19 years of age, J. B. HILDRETH was mustered into Co. K, 33rd Alabama - (private, Capt. Horn’s Co., Alabama Vols.” J. B. HILDRETH joined for duty and enrolled 13 March 1862 at Greenville, Alabama by D. N. Horn for a period of 3 years or war. A single additional record - indicates that J. B. HILDRETH - private, Co. K, 33rd Alabama was on the Company Muster Roll for January and February of 1863. Also that J. B. HILDRETH was last paid by Captain Price up to 30 June 186__. A single additional remark - “Transferred to 50th Alabama Regiment.”
“The 1862 Alabama Conference convened at Auburn, 3 December with Bishop Pierce in the chair. Of the five who were ordained elders was Angus DOWLING.”#
The Benjamin HILDRETH family moved to Butler County, Alabama after the 1860 Alabama Census.
“A little over a century ago [before 1870], Mr. D. Ogborne, George W. Hayes, and Rev. T. Z. [Travis Zacheus] HILDRETH moved from their native state, Georgia, to Haw Ridge, Alabama and then westward to Boles Creek. These pioneers with their large families, felled the trees, erected log houses, split rails, built fences, cleared the land and cultivated the soil. They were the founders of Farmer’s Academy community. These settlers established a school and church.”# [T. Z. [Travis Zacheus] HILDRETH would have been born in Dale County, Alabama, not coming from Georgia as suggested in the above note.] The pioneers of Farmers Academy community were Methodist and worshipped under a bush arbor. They appointed a building committee of Rev. T. Z. [Travis Zacheus] HILDRETH, Rev. Henry Metcalf, Bill Mixson and I. T. Law Sr., to build a church, named Tabernacle. Rev. Anthony Dickerson was the first pastor of the Tabernacle Church. Rev. T. Z. [Travis Zacheus] HILDRETH preached once a month at Tabernacle for 44 years.#
17 August 1862, John W. DOWLING’s company, (which was being raised in Ozark, Alabama) was mustered into service as Co. E, 53rd Alabama Mounted Infantry, and served with General Joe Wheeler in the Army of Tennessee and was with General Nathan Bedford Forrest during the pursuit and capture of Colonel Streight’s Union Force in North Alabama.
17 October 1862 Levi DOWLING died in Mississippi.
John B. HILDRETH - died 14 Oct 1863 Civil War, member of Co. K, 33rd Alabama Volunteer Infantry, buried at Old Tabernacle Cemetery, Coffee Co., Alabama.
The cemetery at Tabernacle Church is one of the largest in Coffee County. Among the first graves are those of the Confederate War dead. John E.[B.] HILDRETH (born 1844 Dale Co. - died 14 Oct 1863 Civil War, member of Co. K, 33rd Alabama Volunteer Infantry) who was killed on the battlefield during the Civil War was brought back to Tabernacle Church for burial, by John Mixson. The coffin was placed on a layer of charcoal in a wagon and was also covered with charcoal, as only a few of the war dead were embalmed then. It required over a week to make the trip on the wagon to Tabernacle. He was buried at Tabernacle on 23 December 1862(1863).#
15 January 1865 Elias DOWLING died in Barbour Co., Alabama.
26 April 1865 Dempsey DOWLING died in Dale Co., Alabama. Buried in Claybank Cemetery, Dale Co., AL.
“The 1865 Montgomery Conference met at Lowndesboro, 15-21 November. Of the appointments: Angus DOWLING to Troy and Orion.”#
1866 Coffee County, Alabama Census lists Travis HILDRETH with 1 male child > 10 yrs
of age, 1 male child 10 - 20 years of age, and 1 male 30 - 40 years of age, 3 female children > 10 yrs of age, 1 female child 10 - 20 years of age, and 1 female 30 - 40 years of age.
1866 Dale County, Alabama Census lists:
E.M.C. DOWLING,
Edward DOWLING,
J.W. DOWLING,
John DOWLING, Sr.,
Lineil DOWLING,
Nancy DOWLING,
S.L. DOWLING,
Wesley DOWLING,
Zacheus DOWLING, and
Zinnamon DOWLING.
14 Sept 1866 Benjamin HILDRETH deeded to Jackson HILDRETH a fractional portion (1/2 acre) of Section 23, T10,R14 of Butler Co., Alabama [bounded on the North by a bank of waste dirt on a lot now owned by Mrs. ___________, on the west by B. HILDRETH lot and on the south and east by the Spart Road, for the sum of $200.00. Signed by Benjamin HILDRETH and Jemima HILDRETH (her mark) and witnessed by Susan Turner (her mark), Mary E. Landers (her mark), John W. Lang and Saphrona J. Lang. In the witness section, it states that “B. HILDRETH and Jemima HILDRETH, his wife.”
Benjamin HILDRETH -died 26 Nov 1868 - and is buried in Pioneer Cemetery, Greenville, Alabama.
Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH + married (1) Julia Spikes HAMNER on 24 Dec 1868,
'Sophia' Saphronia Jane HILDRETH + married John Wesley LANG on 19 Nov 1868, Butler Co., Alabama.

>1870<
Azariah Witkowski (HILDRETH?) - died 10 Jun 1870. Buried next to Benjamin HILDRETH in Pioneer (the Old) Cemetery, Greenville, Butler Co., Alabama and listed on the back side of Benjamin HILDRETH‘s cemetery stone.
1870 Butler Co., Alabama Census - dated 17 June 1870 - lists
Jemima HILDRETH as a 64 year old white female (keeping house) with $500 value of real estate and place of birth of South Carolina;
Jackson HILDRETH as a “22” (should have been listed as 24) year old white male (carpenter) and place of birth as Alabama; cannot read, cannot write, and a over 21 year old male citizen of the U.S.
Julia HILDRETH as a 24 year old white female (keeping house) and place of birth as Alabama;
Susan HILDRETH as a 22 year old white female (at home) and place of birth as Alabama.
“7 December 1870, the Alabama Conference convened at Montgomery. At the 1870 General Conference, six new Conferences had been authorized, necessitating new boundaries for the Alabama, Mississippi, North Alabama and North Mississippi Conferences. So 1870 witnessed the re-establishment of the Alabama Conference, greatly reduced in size. Of the superannuated preachers was Zaccheus DOWLING. Angus DOWLING was the presiding elder of the Marianna District, one of the nine districts.”#
In 1870, while “new” Ozark was being surveyed and incorporated by act of the legislature, many of the members of the venerable old Claybank Church decided that they should build a church in the town which was sure to spring up around the new courthouse. The new church completed in 1873, was being built by Samuel Lawson DOWLING, son of John S. DOWLING and grandson of Dempsey DOWLING. It was organized as the Ozark Methodist Church on October 1873.# The first sermon was preached in the new building on 7 November 1873.#
The Reverend Angus DOWLING, son of Noel DOWLING was preacher in charge of the Ozark Circuit when the church was built.”#
“New” Ozark was founded right after the Civil War, and many people who had settled near Ozark now moved into the new town. This necessitated the establishment of a Methodist Church in the town. This church was built in 1872 or 1873. Angus DOWLING a grandson of Dempsey DOWLING, was the first pastor of the church in the town of Ozark. He served there again several years later.”#
About the year 1873, the foremost citizens of Farmer’s Academy Community, Rev. T. Z. [Travis Zacheus] HILDRETH, Elvin Jones, John H. Watson and I. T. Law, Sr. saw the need of a modern school to be as equally well constructed. A large one room building in cottage fashion was built with planks in vertical position. Square iron nails were used. There were several wooden window shutters, a door, and a huge fireplace across one end of the building.#
8 April 1873 Allen DOWLING died in Darlington District, South Carolina.

>1880<
J. Henry Carmichael came from his farm near Haw Ridge, Alabama to Enterprise, Alabama in 1881. Others from around Haw Ridge to follow were J. M. Heath, Pierce HILDRETH, and Hol Bruner.#
7 Oct 1882 - J. W. HAMNER purchased from Wesley HAMNER and Mary M. HAMNER the SE 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 18, T8,R15 Butler Co., Alabama for the sum of $125.00. Document witnessed by R.H.J. HILDRETH and J.S. Williams. (filed for record 28 Jan 1890 - Probate Judge)
Greenville Advocate Newspaper, Wednesday February 14, 1883
INVENTIONS - Rev. R. H. J. HILDRETH, who lives at Ella, Butler County, has had on exhibition here for several days a bee hive invented by himself and patented last month. The hive is known as the "American Glass Hive." It has been pronounced by many who have seen it to be superior to anything of the sort they have ever seen... This, by the way, is the second invention made by Butler County men in the last two years which have been noted.. the first being the cotton planter and guano distributor of the Tiller Brothers.
Enterprise’s First Methodist Church - founded 1883. The first services were held in a schoolhouse, and before there was a church building of any kind in Enterprise, Alabama a Methodist preacher named John Cummings held services under a brush arbor in an oak grove where Mixson Furniture Company now stands on East Lee Street in Enterprise, Alabama. It was under this brush arbor that the Methodist Episcopal Church South was constituted with 13 Charter members: J. Henry Carmichael, Mrs. J. E. Carmichael, D. D. Respass, Mrs. H. C. Respass, F. P. HILDRETH, Mrs. Lenora F. HILDRETH, S .A. Reeves, Mrs. Harriett Reeves, M. C. Morris, C. P. Stokes, S. G. Albrison, Mrs. Mary Cox and J. A. Fleming. Families prominent in the early work of the church were the Flemings, Edwards, Owens, Byrds, Stokes and HILDRETHS.#
Harriet Calloway HILDRETH - died 21 Feb 1883 Brandon, Hill Co., Texas.
19 December 1883 - John W. HAMNER sold to Robt. H. J. HILDRETH the SE 1/4 of SW 1/4 of Section 18, T8, R15 Butler Co., Alabama for the sum of $200. (filed for record 28 Jan 1890 - Probate Judge)
In the early years this new church was referred to as “Carmichael’s Chapel.” There is no record of the exact date on which Enterprise was named; however, it was probably in 1883 or 1884. Thus it is possible that the church was named before the town had its own identity. Carmichael’s Chapel was one of eight churches on the Elba Circuit in the Marianna District with John B. Cumming as pastor until December 17, 1883, when Rev. S.H. Nettles came to the circuit. Since nine of the thirteen charter members were transferred from Tabernacle and Wesley Chapel, they could be referred to as the mother churches. Four transferred from Wesley Chapel - J.H. and Josephine Eudora Carmichael, D.D. Respess and Harriet C. Respess; five from Tabernacle - Franklin Pierce and Frances Lenora HILDRETH, Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Reeves, and Monroe C. Mooris. C.P. Stokes and Mary Cox joined as their memberships were restored. S.G. Albrisson (Alberson) and J.A. Fleming joined by certificate.#
“J. M. DOWLING, grandson of Dempsey DOWLING, was one of the twenty petitioners in 1885 who asked that the little sawmill town of Poplar Head be incorporated as the Town of Dothan, Alabama. Five years later this fledgling place contained 247 people.”#
19 June 1885, Zacheus DOWLING died at Greenville, Butler Co., Alabama and is buried in Liberty Methodist Cemetery.
“16 December 1885, the 54th Conference convened at Union Springs, Bishop Wilson presiding. Of the seven memorialized was Zaccheus DOWLING - who was licensed to exhort in 1813; and to preach in 1814. He joined the South Carolina Conference in 1816, and transferred to Alabama in 1832. Here he served fourteen circuits and seven missions. After 1857 he was physically unable to continue, and was a superannuated preacher for 27 years. He went to his coronation in his 93rd year, having been a member of the Church 75 years, a public speaker 72 years, and an itinerant preacher more than 69 years.”#
8 July 1886 Sarah HILDRETH married Matthew J. Bailey in Butler Co., Alabama.
“15-20 December 1886 the 55th session of the Alabama Methodist Episcopal Church South was convened at Court Street Church, Montgomery, Alabama with Bishop Keener presiding and of those admitted to the conference was: Zaccheus Asbury DOWLING and then was transferred to the North Alabama Conference.”#
“Farmer’s Academy Community - H. W. [Henry Walter] HILDRETH built a store on his land, which he operated for the next ten years. His health forced him to retire. Then G. T. [George Travis] HILDRETH built a store, which he operated for 13 years. He, too, had to retire on account of failing health. He sold his stock of merchandise to J. B. Turner. Six months later this store and its contents burned.”#
The September 3, 1884, Christian Advocate contains a note on page three from S. H. Nettles saying that Elba's new church was dedicated last Sunday. This church was located at what was then the foot of Simmons Street on the bluff which formed the east bank of Beaverdam Creek. Simmons Street did not cross the creek at that time and the church was located on a spot approximately between and behind the Mullins and Clark homes. (Note: the Mullins home is the peach colored house across from the State Farm office on Adkinson Street that occupies the old Clark home). It was a white frame building with a small steeple. The auditorium occupied the entire building. It is presumed that Sunday School was help in the various corners. A row of large pews was located down the center of the building and short rows of smaller pews occupied the sides. A nephew of Zacheus DOWLING, Angus DOWLING, was the Elba Circuit's 20th minister, serving from 1888 through 1892. The Christian Advocate credits him with over 2,000 conversions during his ministry!#
R.H.J. HILDRETH bought from John J and Lizzie H. Flowers the south1/2 of the SE 1/4 section 13, Twnshp 8, R14 Butler Co., Alabama for the sum of $91.25 on Jan 29, 1889. The wife of John J. Flowers, Lizzie H. Flowers signed at a later time - November 30, 1889.

>1890<
Jemima Anna DOWLING HILDRETH- died 8 Feb 1891, Enterprise, Coffee Co., Alabama and is buried at City (Carmichael) Cemetery, Enterprise, Coffee Co., Alabama.
       Obituary of Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH# - born in Darlington District, S.C. March 1, 1807. She was the daughter of John DOWLING, who was a noted class leader for many years in that section. She was a sister of Rev. Zaccheus DOWLING, long a member of the Alabama Conference. Her mother was noted for sweet and steady piety. Under such parental example and teaching, her character was formed, which became the legacy of her whole pure life. At an early age she professed saving grace and joined the Methodist Church.
       In the sixteenth year of her life she + married Benjamin HILDRETH, whose early training was like hers. He became a local Methodist preacher.
       Early in 1830 they moved to Alabama and settled in Dale County near Ozark. He was an earnest and successful worker in planting Methodism in southeast Alabama. He died and was buried in Greenville, Alabama, about the close of the war.
       After the death of her husband, she made her home with her younger son, Reverend Jackson HILDRETH. Early last year he moved to Coffee county, Alabama.
       At this new home she closed her earthly pilgrimage, at 7 o'clock, Sunday morning, February 8, 1891, aged 83 years, 11 months and 7 days. Up to within a few days of her death she was remarkably well preserved in body and mind.
       Religion was her chief concern and formed the staple of her daily conversation. She never neglected secret prayer, and never allowed family prayer to be omitted. She was fully ready for death and heaven.
       She was the mother of thirteen children, nine of whom still live. Two sons, Reverends Travis HILDRETH and Jackson HILDRETH, are local preachers. Up to the time of her death seventy grandchildren and 100 great-grandchildren had been born. Most of these, of proper age, are members of the church. One grandson is a preacher in Texas. Her name and influence go down to the last generations. This will constitute her monument of earth and her rejoicing through the endless ages of eternity.
       In her last moments she received the ministrations of her preacher sons and others of her children and grandchildren.
       She was buried at Carmichael's Chapel, [now Enterprise City Cemetery] Coffee County, [Alabama] where she awaits the trump of God in the resurrection morn.
Reverend Angus DOWLING - Feb 1891
Grand Nephew of Jemima DOWLING HILDRETH
Alabama Land records from Bureau of Land Management indicate that: Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH bought 120.54 acres in Coffee Co., Section 21, T4-N, R22-E on the 1 December 1891.
The Banner, Thursday, June 9, 1892 (Ozark, AL) Unclaimed letters remaining in the postoffice at Ozark, June 4th, 1892: L. Y. DOWLING.

The Banner, Thursday, June 30, 1892 (Ozark, AL) - Marion J. DOWLING, son of Wesley DOWLING of Dale county, died near Kinzey on Sunday, June 18.
Julia Spikes HAMNER HILDRETH, wife of Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH - died 5 Aug 1892.
The Banner, 3 November 1892 (Ozark, AL) NOTICE - I hereby given that an application will be made to the next General Assembly of the State of Alabama for “An Act” making Shelly D. Dowling a legal and lawful heir of mine, with right to have and receive equally with other lawful heirs.
The Banner, Thursday, 15 Dec 1892 (Ozark, AL) Captain. Jno W. DOWLING is having city water piped into his handsome new store.
The Banner, Thursday, 15 Dec 1892 (Ozark, AL) Annual Appointments - The Alabama Conference made the following appointments for the ensuing year: Phenix City station, Angus DOWLING.
The Banner, 29 December 1892 (Ozark, AL) Uncle Ed Dowling is about to change his residence and condition - that is, he’s going to marry. A wealthy young lady living near Bell’s Mill in Coffee County has become enamored of Uncle Ed’s winning ways, and the wedding is set for today.
Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH + married (2) Anna Ruth CARMICHAEL on 4 July1893 @ Elba, Coffee Co., Alabama.
Edward Homer HILDRETH + married (1) Ida Belle Marsh (cousin of Anna Ruth Carmicahel) on 24 December 1893 @ Enterprise, Coffee Co., Alabama.
R. H. J. HILDRETH was one of the signers of the petition being filed with Judge Rushing on 25 March 1896 for the incorporation of the town of Enterprise, Alabama.#
POST OFFICES and Postmasters of Coffee County, Alabama# OPAL, Alabama -
Martin T. HILDRETH,        February 24, 1898
George T. HILDRETH,        April 4, 1901

>1900<
Travis Zacheus HILDRETH - died 30 Sept 1900 Coffee Co., Alabama.
7-12 December 1904 the 73rd Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South was convened in Church Street Church, Selma, Alabama with Bishop Wilson in charge. Of the seven memorialized that year was: Angus DOWLING, during a period of forty-five years, served twenty-two pastorates and one district. He was converted in 1854, and licensed to preach in 1857. During his ministry, he received 2,400 members into the Church. His last charge was Daleville, 1903, where failing health compelled his superannuating. A. Hood, his memorialist, tells us that on the day set to move him and family from Daleville to his own home at Ozark, some of the wagons were loaded, and all in readiness to leave, when the Master sent for His servant, calling him to his home above. His remains were carried to Ozark and reposed one night in his own home. The next day he was buried at old Claybank Church, near Ozark, there to await the resurrection of the dead.”#
Robert Henry Jackson HILDRETH - died 12 Nov 1907 Coffee Co, Alabama.
James Marion HILDRETH - died 15 May 1908 Paul, Conecuh Co., Alabama.

>1910<
Frances HILDRETH CURENTON- died 1 July 1913.
Southern Star - June 17, 1914 - The published list of polling (voting place) officers and clerks.
Beat 1, Ozark. Manager - H. O. DOWLING.
Beat 6 Pinckard. Clerk - RAY DOWLING.
Southern Star 16 October 1918 (Ozark, AL) Miss Marie Cotton has accepted a position with H. C. Dowling Ten Cent Store. Mr. H. C. Dowling has been confined to bed the past few days, but is improving.

>1920<
'Sophia' Saphronia Jane HILDRETH LANG- died 22 May 1928 Pensacola, Florida.
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