Hills, Huckabees, Whites and Popes of AlabamaThe purposes of this article are to set straight a few errors that I have spotted in the family trees of some of my cousins, to fill in some of the gaps that are missing from currently available works on the Pope, Hill, Huckabee and White families, and to show how and where these four families come together. The Hill and Huckabee lines from which I and my cousins descend were most definitely pioneers of Alabama, here before Alabama was even a state.
I have seen a lot of trees in which the wife of Sterling Hill, son of Moses Hill, is given as "Eda Reed". This appears to be incorrect. According to The Heritage of Marengo County, Alabama (p.222) Eda Reed was the wife of Sterling Hill JR, son of Sterling Hill SR, son of Moses Hill. Sterling Hill SR was married twice. His first wife is not named in the heritage book. His second wife is named as being Mrs. Edith Hardy.
From what I gather, Sterling Hill SR's first wife was named Mary Phillips. They had nine children, amongst which was a son named Green Berry Hill.
In 1851, Green married Mary Ann L Squires in Marengo, AL. They had nine children: Martha, Manuel Nathan, James Franklin, Elizabeth, John A, Jessie, Marion, Mary T, and Sue.
Green enlisted in the Confederate Army. He served as a Private in C Co. 21st Regt. According to his pension records, he enlisted on 15 Aug 1862 in Sweetwater, AL. This contradicts his C.S.A. Service Cards, which indicate that he enlisted on 13 Oct 1861 in Mobile, AL.
On 28 Jun 1862 he appeared "on a consolidated REPORT of deserters from the Reserved Corps, Army of the Mississippi, Brig. Gen. Withers commanding." Remarks in the Service Card indicate that he had been "sent to interior Hospital by Surg. from Corinth", which suggests that a lack of communication may have existed and that he was erroneously listed as a "deserter" while actually in the hospital.
On 25 Oct 1864, Green "Appears on a Roll of rebel prisoners of war received at Ship Island, Miss., from New Orleans, La." The Service Card indicates that he had been captured by Union soldiers at Ft. Gaines on 08 Aug 1864. He served out the remainder of his service to the C.S.A. on Ship Island, and was released at the end of the war in 1865.
While a prisoner on Ship Island, Green was subjected to severe abuse. According to his Pension Records, the abuse was so severe that after being released he was "unable to make a living by manual labor on account of the mistreatment received at Ship Island". In one application accompanying his Pension Records, Green indicates the severety of his abuse as being "Ruptured by abuse of Negro guard", suggesting that he may have been violently and sexually assaulted by a negro guard resulting in a rectal rupture.
According to the 1870 U.S. Census for Shiloh, Marengo County, AL, Green's daughter Martha was born abt. 1863. This suggests that she was conceived at sime time during the above-mentioned absence of Green from service. Five years later, in abt. 1868, John was born.
I've been unable to locate record of what he did, but in 1880 Green appears as an inmate in the Alabama State Penetentiary in Wetumpka, Elmore, Alabama.
Shortly after his release from prison, Green married an M.J. Weaver on 12 Mar 1893 in Marengo, AL. No children are known to have been born in this marriage which ended within nine months.
On 21 Jan 1894, Green married Mollie Frances White in Marengo, AL. Mollie was the daughter of Henry F. White and Adeline Frances Huckabee, first-born daughter of Richard Nollie Huckabee, Jr. and Elizabeth Buckalew. Richard's parents, Richard Nollie Huckabee, Sr. and Elizabeth Perrett, were pioneers of Alabama.
Green and Mollie had three children, that are known: Adeline Mae, William Henry, and Levy. Mollie and the children appear in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census for Shiloh, Marengo, Alabama as living in the household of her widowed mother, Adeline White. Mollie's marital status appears as "M" (married) in the census, however Green is not listed. He may have been living in Sweetwater, Alabama at the time since that is where his post office was located in 1898 according to his Pension Records.
According to the dates in his Pension Record, Green began his petiton for pension in 1896. Following his death, Mollie F. Hill (his wife) submitted an Application Of Widows of Deceased Soldiers or Sailors of the Armies of the Confederate States of the State of Alabama. In her application, she indicated that Green had died on 22 Dec 1903.
Green and Mollie's daughter, Adeline Mae Hill ("Addie Mae"), married Marion Colie Pope on 16 Mar 1913 in Marengo, AL. Together, they had three sons: Marion Colie, Jr., Milton H., and Windell Douglas.
In 1920, Marion and Addie Mae moved to Phenix City, Lee, Alabama in search for work. Both were employed in the cotton mills of Columbus, Georgia, just across the state line from Phenix City. Marion was a Mill Operator and Addie Mae worked as a weaver in the mills.
Addie Mae died on 04 Jan 1928 and was laid to rest in Pine Grove Cemetery (Plot C-27), in Russell, AL. The 1940 U.S. Federal Census for Columbus City, GA indicates that at some time following Addie Mae's death Marion remarried to a woman eight years younger than Addie Mae would have been and that his second wife was named Lina Mae (Linda Mae?).
In 1945, Marion married his third wife, Ruth E. Green, in Dixons Mills, Marengo, AL. Nothing is known of Ruth except that she was born on 04 Jun 1895, that she died on 21 May 1984, and that she is buried with Marion in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Dixons Mills, Marengo, AL.
Marion Colie Pope was my great grandfather. It is by his marriage to Addie Mae Hill that this Pope line shares kinship with the Hill and Huckabee families - two pioneer families of Alabama.
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