History and Genealogy 

Town of Valley Head, AL about 1880, looking east from the corner of highway 137 and Winston St.  In the background is the train depot, and in the foreground is the Post Office.

Photo contributed by

Marion C. Vaughn

Valley Head is a tale of two histories.  The history of the Native Americans who lived here and the history of peoples who migrated to the area.

Perhaps so little is known about the Native Americans in the Valley Head area, because this area is an excellent hiding place.  And hide they did.  A clue to the successful hiding is found in the minutes of the Head Springs Primitive Baptist Church constituted 1835.   In September 1835 two new members were received, Isaac, “a man of colour the property of Elizabeth Packs” and Caty “a woman of colour the property of Elizabeth Packs”.   Elizabeth Pack was Cherokee, daughter of Chief John Lowrey.  She managed to hold her entitlements of land long after the forced migration of the Cherokee Nation.  The stories of who was or was not a Cherokee were held silent for years.  Slowly, however, the family stories  are emerging to take their rightful place in Valley Head history.
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Railroad

 

 

 

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Valley Head Yesterday and Today

History