MISSION STATEMENT

To preserve the history of the Town of Valley Head, DeKalb County Alabama, and the history of the families who settled the area known as the head of Wills Valley.

“…to approach every historical claim with a critical eye and ear.  But even when oral sources exaggerated or distorted the past, they provided a drama lost to written records, a notion of how it really was to be alive then and share the anger or the sense of hopelessness- or maintain dogged determination.”  Wayne Flynt  Poor But Proud, Alabama’s Poor Whites, 1989 University of Alabama Press

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  1. Thank you for sharing all this information. I’m the great granddaughter of Eulis B Hicks and trying to find more information on her ancestry. I was told she was full Cherokee. Anything you can share would be greatly appreciated.

    Blessings
    Patricia Rogers

    1. If there is a Cherokee ancestor it may be: Martha Pack was born on 12 Jun 1810 in
      TN who married William Jacob Beene.
      Native American is not easy to trace, only DNA can tell. Elizabeth Pack was
      a prominent resident of Valley Head and Wills Valley, said to be Cherokee. Could
      be that Martha Pack is the connection.
      Listed on vhhgfamilyhistory transcription:
      Hicks, Eulis B. 1890 AL Dallas W. Phillips
      DeKalb County, AL, Marriage Index 1836-1916:
      Phillips, Dallas W. Hicks, Burley 5-6-1906 (MMDDYY)

      Burial Head Springs Cemetery, Valley Head, DeKalb County, AL
      Eulis Berline “Berlie” Hicks Phillips b. 2 Nov 1889 AL d. 14 Mar 1944
      Father: Joseph Hicks 1862-1891
      Mother: Harriet Saphronia Ellis 1870-1935
      First Marriage Listed as:
      Ellis, Susphraney H. Hicks, J. B. 10-8-1885
      Second Marriage
      Married John P Humble 12-23-1894
      Harriet S. Ellis was the daughter of Abner Ellis 1847-1900 and
      Serena Hawkins 1847-1911

      Married: Dallas Whitfield Phillips 1880-1952
      Listed On 1900 Census, DeKalb Co AL:
      Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
      John P Humble Head Male 25 Alabama
      Harriet S Humble Wife Female 30 Alabama
      Eulala Humble Daughter Female 5 Alabama
      Ora M Humble Daughter Female 2 Tennessee
      Eulis B Hicks Daughter Female 11 Alabama

      Ancestors of Eulis Berline Hicks
      Generation 1
      1. Eulis Berline Hicks daughter of Joseph B. Hicks and Harriet S. Ellis was

      born in 1889. She died in 1944.
      Dallas W. Phillips.
      Dallas W. Phillips and Eulis Berline Hicks married. They had 1 child.

      Generation 2

      2. Joseph B. Hicks was born in 1862. He died in 1891.
      3. Harriet S. Ellis daughter of Abner Jackson Ellis and Serena H. Hawkins

      was born on 06 Jul 1870. She died on 25 Mar 1935 in DeKalb Co AL.
      Joseph B. Hicks and Harriet S. Ellis were married on 08 Oct 1885 in DeKalb Co AL.

      They had the following children:
      + 1. i. Eulis Berline Hicks was born in 1889. She died in 1944.

      Generation 3
      6. Abner Jackson Ellis son of James Ellis Sr. and Mary Ann Phillips was born

      on 12 Apr 1847 in DeKalb Co AL. He died on 09 Sep 1900 in DeKalb Co AL.
      Notes for Abner Jackson Ellis: General Notes:
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1870 pg 899a. DeKalb Co AL Census 1880 pg 534b. DeKalb Co

      AL Census 1900 pg 99a.

      7. Serena H. Hawkins daughter of Raleigh R. Hawkins and Henrietta Beene

      was born on 20 Sep 1847 in DeKalb Co AL. She died on 13 Jan 1911 in DeKalb Co

      AL.
      Notes for Serena H. Hawkins: General Notes:
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1910 pg 197a.

      Abner Jackson Ellis and Serena H. Hawkins married. They had the following

      children:
      i. Charles Tolbert Ellis was born on 06 Jun 1872 in DeKalb Co AL. He

      married Pallie Margaret White on 05 Oct 1902 in DeKalb Co AL. He died on 11

      Mar 1908 in DeKalb Co AL.
      ii. Edger Ellis was born on 03 Oct 1875 in DeKalb Co AL. He married Mary

      Elizabeth Lowry on 30 Oct 1898. He died on 04 Apr 1951 in DeKalb Co AL.
      + 3. iii. Harriet S. Ellis was born on 06 Jul 1870. She married John P.

      Humble on 23 Dec 1894 in DeKalb Co AL. She died on 25 Mar 1935 in DeKalb Co

      AL.

      Generation 4

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      Ancestors of Eulis Berline Hicks
      Generation 4 (con’t)

      12. James Ellis Sr. son of William II Ellis and Hannah Davis was born in 1805

      in Carter Co TN. He died on 05 Nov 1863 in Stevenson, Jackson Co AL.
      Notes for James Ellis Sr.: General Notes:

      Alabama and Tennessee Cavalry First Regiment
      (Vidette)
      This regiment was organized as follows: Companies A, B, C, G, and H at Stevenson

      and Bridgeport, Alabama, from September 10, 1863, to April 26, 1864; and

      companies D, E, and F, at Tracey City and Nashville, Tennessee, from December 9,

      1863 to February 24, 1864, to serve one year. It was mustered out of service June

      16, 1864, in accordance with orders from the War Department.
      http://www.geocities.com/chedar0001/videtterosters.html

      Second Lieutenant James Ellis……….died of disease……..November 05, 1863
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1850 pg 406b.
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1860 pg 33.
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1870 pg 899a.

      13. Mary Ann Phillips daughter of Richard Phillips and Susannah Chambers

      was born on 27 Feb 1811 in Jasper, Marion Co TN. She died in Aug 1874 in DeKalb

      Co AL.
      James Ellis Sr. and Mary Ann Phillips were married on 28 Jul 1828 in Marion Co

      TN. They had the following children:
      i. Susannah Ellis was born in 1832.
      ii. William D. Bud Ellis was born in Nov 1833 in TN.
      Notes for William D. Bud Ellis: General Notes:
      Member of Co C, 1st Ala&Tenn Ind Vid, Union. Alabama and Tennessee Cavalry
      First Regiment (Vidette)
      This regiment was organized as follows: Companies A, B, C, G, and H at Stevenson

      and Bridgeport, Alabama, from September 10, 1863, to April 26, 1864; and

      companies D, E, and F, at Tracey City and Nashville, Tennessee, from December 9,

      1863 to February 24, 1864, to serve one year. It was mustered out of service June

      16, 1864, in accordance with orders from the War Department.

      http://www.geocities.com/chedar0001/videtterosters.html

      DeKalb Co AL Census 1860 pg 33.
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1870 pg 899a.
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1880 pg 534b.
      William ELLIS Self M Male W 48

      TN TN TN
      Martha ELLIS Wife M Female W 41 AL TN TN
      Mary ELLIS Dau S Female W 18 AL TN AL
      James ELLIS Son S Male W 14 AL TN AL
      Hinah ELLIS Other S Female W 12

      AL TN AL
      Hanah J. ELLIS Other S Female W 9 AL TN AL
      Rolley ELLIS Other S Male W 6 AL

      TN AL

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      Ancestors of Eulis Berline Hicks
      Generation 4 (con’t)
      Eller ELLIS Other S Female W 2 AL TN AL
      Alesia ELLIS Other S Female W 3M AL TN AL
      Source Information:
      Census Place Township 4, Beat 13, De Kalb, Alabama
      Family History Library Film 1254012
      NA Film Number T9-0012
      Page Number 534D

      iii. Richard Ellis was born in 1836.
      iv. Jacob Ellis was born in 1838.
      v. James C. Ellis was born in 1841 in Marion Co TN. He married Nancy York

      on 19 Jul 1860 in DeKalb Co AL. He died on 12 Jul 1863 in Confederate Prison, OH.
      Notes for James C. Ellis: General Notes:
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1870 pg 892b.
      vi. Alfred Ellis Sr. was born on 17 Mar 1843 in DeKalb Co AL. He died on 12

      Sep 1895 in DeKalb Co AL.
      vii. Leunna Ellis was born in 1844.
      viii. Hannah Ellis was born on 11 Feb 1845.
      + 6. ix. Abner Jackson Ellis was born on 12 Apr 1847 in DeKalb Co AL. He

      died on 09 Sep 1900 in DeKalb Co AL.
      x. Nancy Elizabeth Ellis was born in 1850.
      xi. Sarah C. Ellis was born on 31 Mar 1852 in Sulphur Springs, DeKalb Co

      AL. She married John Dean on 23 Dec 1869 in DeKalb Co AL. She died on 23 Apr

      1888 in DeKalb Co AL.
      xii. Mary Ann Missanar Ellis was born on 11 Feb 1855. She married Thomas

      Van Buren Gifford on 16 Mar 1871 in DeKalb Co AL. She died on 23 Nov 1937 in

      DeKalb Co AL.
      14. Raleigh R. Hawkins son of Benjamin Hawkins and Mary Molly Taylor

      was born on 12 Nov 1800 in NC. He died on 15 Oct 1882 in DeKalb Co AL.

      Notes for Raleigh R. Hawkins: General Notes:
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1850 pg 406a & 406b. DeKalb Co AL Census 1860 pg 1.
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1870 pg 889b.
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1880 pg 534b. “Rolley”
      Rolley HAWKINS Self M Male W 80 NC Farmer Retired VA VA
      Henaretah HAWKINS Wife M Female W 70 TN Keeping House GA

      GA
      Josophene HAWKINS GDau S Female W 25 AL At Home AL TN
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      Ancestors of Eulis Berline Hicks
      Generation 4 (con’t)
      Source Information:
      Census Place Township 4, Beat 13, De Kalb, Alabama
      Family History Library Film 1254012
      NA Film Number T9-0012
      Page Number 534D
      15. Henrietta Beene daughter of William Jacob Beene and Martha Pack was

      born on 12 Jun 1810 in TN. She died on 13 Jan 1895 in DeKalb Co AL.
      Raleigh R. Hawkins and Henrietta Beene married. They had the following children:
      + 7. i. Serena H. Hawkins was born on 20 Sep 1847 in DeKalb Co AL. She

      died on 13 Jan 1911 in DeKalb Co AL.
      ii. Nancy Hawkins was born in 1825 in McMinn Co TN. She died in 1882.
      iii. Elizabeth Jane Hawkins was born in 1827 in TN.

      Notes for Elizabeth Jane Hawkins: General Notes:
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1850 pg 406b. Son “William H. H. Gatlin” is William Henry

      Harrison Gatlin.
      DeKalb Co AL Census 1860 pg 1. Living in the house hold of father.
      iv. Mary A. Hawkins was born in 1830. She married Nathan Lowry in 1850.
      v. John Jackson Hawkins was born on 20 Oct 1836. He died on 12 Mar

      1893 in Scott Co AR.
      vi. James Taylor Hawkins was born on 16 Apr 1838.
      vii. William C. Hawkins was born in 1833.
      viii. Greenville A. Hawkins was born on 31 Jan 1840 in DeKalb Co AL. He

      died on 31 Jul 1912.
      ix. Martha L. Hawkins was born on 12 Oct 1842 in AL. She died on 29 Oct

      1899 in DeKalb Co AL.
      x. Lucinda Hawkins was born on 20 Mar 1844 in DeKalb Co AL. She died on

      17 Mar 1863 in DeKalb Co AL. She married Martin Van Buren Smith on 07 Oct

      1871 in DeKalb Co AL.
      xi. Levena H. Hawkins was born in 1846.
      xii. Harriet Hawkins was born on 11 Jun 1852 in AL.

      Prepared By:
      Preparer: VB Fillmore
      Address: PO Box 434
      Valley Head, AL 35989
      USA
      Email: vhfamilyhistory@gmail.com
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  2. This is in reference to Ellis notes regarding Troxtel stories about Robert E. Lee and Cherokee. I am a Troxtel. My father, E. F. Troxtel, was born in Valley Head. He was born in 1922. I grew up hearing variations on the same stories… related to Robert E. Lee (but my mother said it was just a coincidence because the family related Robert E. Lee was actually a farmer, married, who took up with a young woman with the last name Troxtel. She traveled on foot, alone, from another state, until the Lee family took her in. Lee and the woman had children. As he was married, the children had the last name Troxtel, not Lee). Personally, I always liked the story of the lone female traveler. She was strong, independent, and fearless.

    I also heard about Cherokee hiding in Sequoia Caverns during the Trail of Tears march, so the Troxtel’s are supposed to have Cherokee lineage.

    Another story was about an Indian Princess called Cornblossom who married Jacob Troxtel (although an internet search states the name as Troxel or Troxell. Interestingly, the original old spelling of the Troxtel/Troxel/Troxell name was Trachsel.) The Cornblossom story involved a massacre where Cornblossom died. The massacre was supposed to have occurred in Kentucky, but the Troxtel in the story was tied to DeKalb County, as well as Sand Mountain in North Georgia.

    Yet another story tells about a rather nasty Troxtel who was a carpet bagger. He was known as Scalping Jake Troxtel. I am not sure if any of the tales are true, but one of my aunts worked on the Troxtel genealogy and she found much of the above information during her research. We thought Scalping Jake was a particularly colorful character.

  3. Is anyone that uploaded pictures in the Crow gallery able to name some of the pictures for me? I am a decsendent of Joseph C Crow. My grandparents were Thurman Haney and Edith Crow.
    Thank you

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