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Don Griffith (#46985178)
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RE: Coit Bailey

I have had quite the journey researching Sam Bailey. Wow what a life he lived.

A man named Johann Gottried Cullmann founded a German Colony in an area that reminded him of where he grew up in Germany. He bought nearly 400,000 acres in 1875 and invited fellow German immigrants to come and live at his Colony where only German language was spoken. He advertised all over the US. Undoubtedly he heard of Cullmann's colony plans while living in Lordstown, Ohio with his Bailey clan. The colony was successful and it became "Cullman, Alabama" March 1875.

Sam heard about the land grants he was issuing and apparently he moved to Bluford Johnson's (Township 11, Range 2W) about 1879 and bought land and settled it as a farmer. Interestingly, Bluford Johnson sold his farm to allow for the right-of-way for Cullmann's railroad (he was also the L&N railroad Land Agent while building his German colony as a civil engineer) that split his farm. The county returned the favor by naming the community "Johnson's Crossing". Johnson was later murdered!

Guess where that community is? I couldn't believe it at first -- it is about 1 mile northwest of where Barbara is buried in Hopewell Cemetery. Somewhere within Township 11, Range 2W's 5 square miles is Sam's farm. Johnson Crossing is basically at US 31 and Co 616 just north of Hopewell Road. There is a JetPet gasoline station on the corner.

He also married 3 times and buried two of his wives. He had 16 children, raised 14, 2 died young, and included 9 sons, 2 step-sons, and 3 daughters. Wife, Dollie out lived him. She has an interesting life too. She is buried in Freeman's Chapel cemetery outside Crossville, AL with her first husband, Charlie Williams. She is buried as "Dollie Williams".

I think I have most of my questions answered!

Thought you'd like to know.
Added by Mountainbiker on Oct 18, 2017 10:02 PM
Connie Clark
RE: Thanks!
You are very welcome! Fixed the sideways photos!
Best Wishes, Wayne and Connie
Added by Connie Clark on Oct 15, 2017 1:04 PM
RE: Coit Bailey

I was getting tired and didn't re-recheck the cashe memory save of the link. I usually check before sending.

Please try these references for Coit Luther:; 2); 3) and consider revising your memorial. Was his name "Colt"?

I was at the cemetery yesterday looking for creating a picture of Samuel's grave headstone. I found the Quattlebaum family plot (which who are also in my family), and saw the C.S. Bailey's and his sibling's grave. I missed Barbara's, but now see a picture of it on Find A Grave.

Is Samuel buried next to Barbara's grave as unmarked? I was close perhaps?

The Bailey's have a huge family in Lordstown that I am very familiar with. Do you know why Samuel and Barbara moved to Alabama from Ohio? That is very curious to me.


Added by Mountainbiker on Oct 15, 2017 10:42 AM
Bryan Anderson
RE: Buford Selvey
Thank you!

Added by Bryan Anderson on Jan 05, 2017 10:43 AM
Bryan Anderson
Buford Selvey
Dear Don,

I am researching my paternal grandfather's WWI army unit, Company B, 355th Infantry, 89th Division. According to the History and Roster of the 355th Infantry, Buford Selvey also belongs to this unit.

I'm not sure where my project is headed, but I do want to eventually publish something. When I do, may I use your photograph of the grave of Buford Selvey (Find A Grave Memorial# 43493083)?

Thank you,

Bryan Anderson
Added by Bryan Anderson on Jan 04, 2017 10:50 PM
Thanks for the kind and thoughtful words - I sent Christina your way, I forgot to yesterday.
Added by Jeni on Jun 06, 2015 11:45 AM
Bryan Anderson
RE: Buford Selvey
His name appears on a roster of the 355th Infantry which shows him as being in Company B, 355th Infantry, 89th Division. Glad to help.
Added by Bryan Anderson on Dec 17, 2014 9:57 AM
Bryan Anderson
Buford Selvey

Due to the poor quality of the headstone, you indicate you are uncertain of the writing on the stone. Buford Selvey was a member of Company B, 355th Infantry, 89th Division. I happen to be researching all I can find regarding this unit, which happens the same company my grandfather served with.

Hope this helps.

Added by Bryan Anderson on Dec 16, 2014 5:40 PM
A Horan
The Gramandos at ANC
Thank you for your photo requests for Louis and Kathleen Gramando at Arlington National. You may know that their son, Robert Stephen, is also buried at ANC -- I didn't have time to go to his site the other day, but he is on my list, so there's no need to ask for the photo -- I'll take it this weekend, post the photos, and notify you.

Thank you!
Added by A Horan on Oct 01, 2014 5:33 PM
Hi Don, I didn't know Joan passed away until I saw your photo. Could you repost the photo from William's (115514123) onto Joan's (118049808) memorial that I just created? I'm so thankful for your help, as I've been looking for these cousins for several yrs. The two memorials that you created are also cousins. If you transfer them to me I can add information in the coming weeks. J.L.(#47713575)
Added by J.L. on Oct 02, 2013 11:00 AM
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