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Huntsville, Alabama, USA - Church of St. Mary of the Visitation 222 N Jefferson St., Huntsville, ALABAMA 35801 Established 1861 Source: Google maps

Huntsville is known as the rocket capital of the World.

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Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Church of St. Mary of the Visitation
222 N Jefferson St., Huntsville, ALABAMA 35801
Established 1861
Source: Google maps

Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Washington St., Hunstville, Ala.

Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Dallas Mills, Huntsville, Ala.

"Dallas Mill was a manufacturer of cotton sheeting in Huntsville, Alabama, United States. The first of four major textile mills in Huntsville, the mill operated from 1891 until 1949, before it was converted for use as a warehouse in 1955 and burned in 1991. The village, constructed to house workers and their families, was incorporated into the city in 1955. The mill and its mill village are listed on the National Register of Historic Places." (wikipedia)

Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Washington Street Looking North, Huntsville, Ala.

Huntsville, Alabama, USA

First Methodist Church

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  • 1805 - Huntsville, Alabama founded
  • 1812 - Huntsville Academy founded in Huntsville

  • 1834 - April 26 - Killer frosts were reported in the Deep South. The frost was quite severe around Huntsville AL, and highlighted a backward spring in the South that year.
  • 1854 - Huntsville
    Huntsville, a neat, thriving town, capital of Madison county, Alabama, on the Winchester and Alabama railroad, 150 miles N. N. E. from Tuscaloosa, and 116 miles S. by E. from Nashville. It contains many handsome brick buildings. The court house cost $45,000. The bank, which is a stone edifice, with an Ionic portico, cost about $80,000. It also contains an academy, 5 or 6 churches, a United States land-office, and 3 newspaper offices. The route of the Memphis and Charleston railroad passes through this town. Population in 1853, about 4000.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1887 - April 26 - Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity
  • 1895 - Huntsville
    Hunts'ville, a city, the capital of Madison co., Ala., on the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, 212 miles E. by S. of Memphis, 98 miles W.S.W. of Chattanooga, Tenn., and about 200 miles N. of Montgomery. It contains 13 churches, 3 banks, public schools, a male academy, the Huntsville Female College, a court-house, a foundry, a saw-mill, cotton mills, and 2 manufactories of sash and blinds. Four weekly newspapers are published here. This is the most populous and important town of Northern Alabama. Pop. in 1890, 7795.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • 1896 - Stone on Trial for Murder. Negro Kills His Friend with a Fence Rail in Alabama.
    Huntsville, Ala., December 4. - (Special.) Circuit court has on trial the case of Oscar Stone, colored, for the murder of his friend, Governor Jolly.

    In the early part of last spring a crowd of negroes were returning from a church festival near Maysville, when Stone began to abuse the negro Jolly. Jolly did not want to fight and ran away, when Stone attacked him. He lost his hat in the fight and returning to recover it, was waylaid by the man from whom he sought to escape. Stone seized a fence rail and killed Jolly by fracturing his skull.

    The evidence is very clearly against the defendant.
    The Atlanta Constitution
    Atlanta, Georgia
    December 5, 1896
  • News  1897 - END OF A QUEER FEUD - Ashford Killed as He Rode Past Brown's Home. IT BEGAN WITH A WOMAN.
    Two Men Live on Opposite Sides of a Street and Have Been Watching Each Other for Months.

    Huntsville, Ala., January 1. - (Special.) - The killing of Fred Ashford by Felix Brown in Courtland yesterday afternoon may be the beginning of another one of those terrible feuds that have existed in the south from time to time. Both Ashford and Brown are highly connected and have a number of hot-blooded male relatives.

    The friends of Ashford claim that he was killed in a cowardly manner an they mean to get even with the man who killed him.

    The tragedy was the result of a feud which started about a year ago over a woman. At one time the trouble between the two men was submitted to arbitrators whose award was that Brown leave Courtland permanently. Brown left town, but returned when he thought the affair had quieted down. He was met in the road by Ashford, who said:

    "If you are armed, defend yourself; if not, here is a pistol."

    Brown pulled a pistol and began firing. The two men... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - Huntsville's Cotton Oil Mill
    Hunstville, Ala., May 20. (Special.) - T. W. Pratt, of Huntsville and W. A. Rigsby and others, of Augusta, Ga., have formed a company with a capital of $50,000 for the building and operation of a cotton oil mill in this city. The proposed mill will consume about sixty tons of seed a day and will employ about eighty men. It will be located in West Huntsville.

    The new mill will be run in opposition to the trust and will compete with the Alabama cotton oil mill of Huntsville for the business of the Huntsville district.
    The Atlanta Constitution
    Atlanta, Georgia
    May 21, 1900
  • 1916
    Huntsville, a banking post-town, the capital of Madison co., Ala., on the Southern and the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Rs., 98 miles WSW. of Chattanooga, Tenn. It contains the Central Alabama Academy, the State Normal and Industrial School (colored), Huntsville Female Seminary, and the Huntsville Female College, and has a foundry, machine-shops, oil-works, cotton-factory, etc. Pop. in 1900, 8068.
    Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
  • News  1950 - May 14 – The Huntsville Times runs the headline, "Dr. von Braun Says Rocket Flights Possible to Moon."
    May 14, 1950
  • 1954 - July 04 - WMSL TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
  • 1956 - The Army Ballistic Missile Agency was established at Huntsville's Redstone Arsenal.

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male ancestorPatrick ZERGER (1815, , Alabama, USA - 18 December 1889, Huntsville, Alabama, USA)
male ancestorWalker J. WOOD (1824, , Georgia, USA - 23 April 1891, Huntsville, Alabama, USA)
male ancestorDavid WOODALL (1841, , Alabama, USA - 23 May 1888, Huntsville, Alabama, USA)
male ancestorP. H. WOOD (1842, , Ohio, USA - 30 September 1894, Huntsville, Alabama, USA)
male ancestorJames B. WOOD (1861, , Alabama, USA - 10 November 1891, Huntsville, Alabama, USA)
male ancestorJames WOODLOW (1871, , Alabama, USA - 30 October 1894, Huntsville, Alabama, USA)
male ancestorMike YOUNG (1875, , Alabama, USA - 14 January 1893, Huntsville, Alabama, USA)
male ancestorOscar Lee MCCOY (7 August 1877, Huntsville, Alabama, USA - 25 April 1957, )
photo of Bertha Kathlyn PASHBYBertha Kathlyn PASHBY (October 20, 1898, Burlington, Vermont, USA - August 6, 1966, Huntsville, Alabama, USA)
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