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THE HIGHTOWERS
James A. Hightower and Nancy A. Humphrey
James A. Highhtower, Jr. and Mary Jane House
W. Richard Hightower and Kate MacKinnon Tervin

Mary Emma Hightower and John Andrew Williams
Richard Clarence Hightower and Addie Troy Lanier

With thanks to Janet Ricke and to Doug Bell!
Marriages listed here in detail from "Monroe and Conecuh County, Alabama Marriages 1822-1880", by Dr. Lucy Wiggins Colson and Dr. Robert Ellis Colson. (Book available form Boyd Publishing Company). Many thanks to Steve Travis.


JAMES A. HIGHTOWER, SR. and NANCY A. HUMPHREY

James Alexander Hightower

LifeNotes: we have been searching for him for over 100 years. Appears in the 1860 Monroe Co., AL census as age 46 with wife Nancy and 10 children. He was a mason / plasterer. Neighbors in Monroe Co., were Marshall, Carter, Orman, Thompson, Sigler, Daniel, Loften, Lambert. He was sheriff of Monroe Co. from 9/27/1854 to 9/12/1855.

Bureau of Land Management Records:
Pattenttee: JAMES HIGHTOWER
land office: CAHABA
Date: 1835/04/15
township: ST. STEPHENS
Doc. #: 18470
Base line: 17N 12E
Range: 24 27.1000 acres

Pattenttee: JAMES HIGHTOWER
land office: CAHABA
Date: 1854/10/02
township: ST. STEPHENS
Doc. #: 43611
Base line: 6N 6E
Range: 2
41.0250 acres

Appears in the 1860 Monroe Co., AL census as age 46 with wife Nancy and 10 children. He was a mason / plasterer. Neighbors in Monroe Co., were Marshall, Carter, Orman, Thompson, Sigler, Daniel, Loften, Lambert.

James A. Hightower was sheriff of Monroe Co. from 9/27/1854 to 9/12/1855.

He is shown as security for the marriage of his son James A. Hightower, Jr. in 1866. (Monroe and Conceuh Counnty, Alabama Marriages if 1833-1880, Dr. Lucy Wiggins Colson and Dr. Robert Ellis Colson, Southern Hist. Press)

From Janet Rickes, Hightower Quest: 1870 Census Monroe Co., AL, Dennards Bluff, p.427: James 57, stone mason; Nancy 53; Mary Emma 17; Richard 15; Elizabeth 13; Queen 11; Frances 21 mulatto servant.

Born: 1814, Monroe Co., AL
Married: 6/14/1838, Monroe Co., AL Witness, E. L. Moore. Married by J. H. Schroebel.
Died: 1872, Escambia Co., FL, per death record from Wm. Williford. He is shown as security for the marriage of his son James A. Hightower, Jr. in 1866.
Parents: we want to know

Nancy A. Humphrey

LifeNotes: She may have had a sister named Isabella Umphrey, who married Samuel Bussy 8/15/1844, with C. H. Foster as security,

Born: 1817, Monroe Co., AL or GA (she is shown in the 1860 census as born in GA and as age 43).
Married: 6/14/1838, Monroe Co., AL. Witness, E. L. Moore. Married by J. H. Schroebel.
Died:
Parents: probably Joseph Humphrey and Elizabeth ?? of Monroe Co., AL

Their children were:

Found in the Escambia County, FL Obit Index
ACKERMAN John B. 26 15 Dec 1889
ACKERMAN John R. 36 15 Dec 1889VS
ACKERMAN Marjorie Barlow 12 Oct 1997
ACKERMAN Mrs. J. C. 73 07 Feb 1892
ACKERMAN SR. John Mott 78 9 Dec 1980
Unclear as to connection to Queen, but surely the last entry was a grandson.

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JAMES A. HIGHTOWER, JR. and MARY JANE HOUSE
Not of my direct line but of interest to others

James Alexander Hightower, Jr.

LifeNotes:Appears in 1860 census. Mason apprentice. On the muster roll for Company A, 42nd Alabama Infantry during the Civil War.

Born:1842, Burnt Corn, Monroe Co., AL.
Married: on 9/12/1866, with his father James A. Hightower, Sr. as security, and married by B. A. Sigler.
Died:
Parents: James A. Hightower, Sr. and Nancy Humphrey

Mary Jane House

LifeNotes: Application of Mary Jane House / Houss Application #3358

Born: in Claiborne, Monroe Co. AL
Married: on 9/12/1866, with James' father James A. Hightower, Sr. as security, and married by B. A. Sigler.
Died:
Parents: Isaac Gilbert House or Houss and Levitia Hollinger, daughter of William R. Hollinger and Levitia Hettie Moniac, Creek Indians of Monroe County, AL. Isaac Gilbert House was born in Binghampton, New York. (Eastern Creek Applications research in progress: Earnest E. Hightower Application # 18538)

Their children were:

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MARY EMMA HIGHTOWER and JOHN ANDREW WILLIAMS
Not of my direct line but of interest to others

Mary Emma Hightower

LifeNotes: Appears in 1860 census as age 8. She was my Richard Hightower's sister.

Born: 1852, Burnt Corn, Monroe Co., AL; Married: ; Died:
Parents: James A. Hightower, Sr. and Nancy Humphrey

John Andrew or Anderson Williams

LifeNotes: See his page.

Born: ; Married: ; Died:
Parents: James M. Williams, Sr. and Margaret E. Miles or Myles. Margaret was daughter of James Miles or Myles and Nellie Franklin. Nellie was daughter of Thomas Jefferson Franklin and Elizabeth "Betsy" Sizemore; James Miles was son of James E. Miles.

Their child:

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W. RICHARD HIGHTOWER and KATE MacKINNON TARVIN

W. Richard Hightower

LifeNotes: He was from a Monroe Co., AL (Burnt Corn) family and married into a DeFuniak Springs (Walton Co., FL) family. He and his wife Kate Tarvin Hightower had several children; the family lived in Freeport, FL Dick Hightower worked at Southern States Land & Timber Company's mills, Millview, FL. His sister Queen Hightower lived in DeFuniak Springs; she was married to John Mott Ackerman. Sadly, a month after the birth of Kate, their baby, Kate Hightower was taken ill with yellow fever, and she died. The younger children and the new baby were sent to relatives in Talladega until their father make better arrangements.

On July 3. 1892, Dick took his 11-year-old son Jamie and some other children for a sailing excursion in Perdido Bay. Far from shore, things went terribly wrong-- Jamie fell overboard. Dick went into the water to save his dear boy. The children left in the boat did not know how to handle the boat and it drifted away from Dick and Jamie. According to reports, Dick made a valiant struggle to pull his child to shore but his strength gave out and both drowned. See the write-up of the accident.

So were left orphaned three very small children, Clarence, Katherine and baby Kate Hightower. Kate was taken in by the Tervin family and friends but Clarence and Katharine were put in Talladega Orphanage where they were adopted by Miss Lucy Smith of Columbiana, AL.

The happy ending here is that those children grew up to be wonderful productive people; they were very close to each other all their lives.

Born: 10/1855, Burnt Corn, Monroe Co., AL. Appears in 1860 census as age 5.
Married:
Died: 7/3/1892 in Perdido Bay, FL Buried at Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church, Walton Co., FL.
Parents: James A. Hightower, Sr. and Nancy Humphrey

Kate MacKinnon Tarvin

LifeNotes: See her Tarvin page.

Born: 5/5/1854 in Walton Co., FL
Married:
Died: 12/28/1891, Freeport, FL. Buried at Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church, Walton Co., FL. See the note she wrote to her sister Emma Tervin McLean shortly before she died.
Parents: Sarah Douglass McKinnon and George Franklin Tervin.

Their children were:

Her obituary: Died-- At DeFuniak Springs. June 26th, 1886, Sallie E. Hightower, infant child, the bereaved parents who mourn the loss of their precious little Jewel, have our heart felt sympathy, in this sad hour to them. Dear parents, grieve not for her who was so briefly lent to gladden your hearts and home, but remember the words of an all wise ruler when He said 'Suffer little children to come unto me for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."

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RICHARD CLARENCE HIGHTOWER (adopted later as SMITH) and ADDIE TROY LANIER

Richard Clarence (born Hightower) Smith

LifeNotes: After the deaths of his parents, he and his sister Katherine were adopted by Miss Lucy Smith of Columbiana, AL. Clarence became a school teacher at age 17. Worked in Wilsonville, AL for the Pope family. Became a pharmacist and worked at Dewberry Drugs in downtown Birmingham, AL for many years until he retired. He was extremely well-read. Clarence had a wonderful sense of humor. He lovingly cared for his invalid wife until her death in 1947. His second wife was Lucy Creel.

Clarence died in Birmingham, AL and is buried beside Troy at Laniers, AL cemetery in Talladega Co. He was dearly loved by all and is dearly missed.

Born: 2/10/1883 in Freeport, FL
Married: 1st-10/12/1912 in Laniers, Talladega Co., AL. See thir wedding writeup.
Died: 6/30/1965 in Birmingham, AL; buried in Laniers, AL
Parents: W. Richard Hightower and Kate McKinnon Tarvin

1st-Wife: Addie Troy Lanier

LifeNotes: She was born to a well-to-do family. She was also an artist. Sadly, her father James Crawford Lanier died while she and Clarence were on their honeymoon.

Born: 9/22/1888 in Lincoln, Talladega Co., AL
Married: 10/12/1912 in Laniers, Talladega Co., AL See thir wedding writeup.
Died: 6/4/1947 in Birmingham, AL; buried in Laniers, AL
Parents: James Crawford and Mary Elizabeth Sproull Lanier

Their children were:

2nd-Wife: Lucy Creel

LifeNotes: She was a delightful lady and a wonderful grandmother to all of Clarence's grandchildren. Lucy's Sunday dinners are still talked about-- fried chicken, rice and gravy, THE BEST green beans (LucyBeans, we call them, and all of us still try to duplicate them) and THE BEST lemon icebox pie.

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