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Alabama Ancestors

Updated April 24, 2006

Steve C Groh

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Greetings! This home page is dedicated to presenting my research on my Alabama Ancestors. The surnames on this page are all from my maternal line. Many of my ancestors were from South Carolina, Georgia or Florida. But, on every one of these lines, I have direct descendants that called Southeast Alabama home. I hope you will take the time to look through my files on these pioneer families. You may find that we are distant cousins.

Some of the surnames included are: Atkinson, Boyett, Camp, Dowling, Griffith, Mathison, Wright, and others.

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Family Photos

  • Hellen Kelly (Allie Camp's daughter) (32 KB)
    This photo is of my first cousin once removed. It was taken on Helen's 82nd birthday on October 22, 1999. This was only 25 days before she passed away. She is the grand-daughter of Henry Stanton Camp.
  • Robert "Bob" Mason Hooker, II (12 KB)
    Bob is my third cousin once removed on the Mathison side. We are both descendants of Malcom Mathison born in 1813.
  • The Kelly Family - Camp relatives (43 KB)
    Helen Kelly's Family (Taken at conclusion of her memorial service)Mike Kelly on the far left and Pat Kelly on the far right (behind his wife Becky) are my second cousins on the Camp side. Henry S. Camp is our common ancestor.
  • Soloman Leslie Mathison and Family - about 1927 (30 KB)
    This photo was taken in Headland, Alabama around 1927. It shows my first cousin three times removed, Solomon Leslie Mathison (1886-1949), with his wife Mary Lena Grace and their two children, Leslie Kermit and Helen Grace.
  • Claybank Church (exterior), Ozark, Alabama (55 KB)
    This photo shows my mother standing outside the historic Claybank church. This building was constructed in 1852 using fat, light-wood stumps for the foundation and board shingles which were split by hand. The pulpit and benches are original and date from when this was the center of community life.
  • Helen Mathison Hooker and Family - 1980. (42 KB)
    Left to Right: Robert Mason Hooker, Amanda Grace Taylor, Helen Grace Mathison Hooker (my 2nd cousin twice removed), Tousley Mason Hooker, Helen's daughter - Mary Adelaide "Perky" Taylor and her husband Jerry, Mary Lena Grace Mathison and Helen's son - Robert Mason Hooker, II. Photo taken on Thanksgiving, 1980 at Helen and Robert's home.
  • Mary J. Guilford's headstone, Henry county, AL (91 KB)
    Mary "Mollie" Mathison is the 7th child of Malcolm & Eliza Mathison. She married William Everett Guilford on May 11, 1869. They had nine children. She is buried at New Prospect cemetery near her parents.
  • J.M Mathison in the Abbeville Herald, 1931 (35 KB)
    This photo shows a clipping from the Abbeville Herald of September 3, 1931. It is announcing that James Malcolm Mathison (1874 - 1948) has been appointed Register of the Circuit Court of Henry County. This son of George Washington Mathison also served as Mayor of Abbeville. He married Maggie Bell Wood on March 11, 1896.
  • Rooster (My Grandfather) (34 KB)
    Rufus Mathison's senior photo and accompanying text from the 1934 Palmer College yearbook known as "The Palmera". Palmer College, in operation from 1907 until 1936 at DeFuniak Springs in northwest Florida, is often considered to be the first junior college in the state.
  • 80th Mathison Family Reunion, June 29, 2002 (58 KB)
    This photo shows Pennie Mathison Carrol in line for lunch with other Mathison relatives. I took this photo at the Perry Recreation Center in Ozark, Alabama. Pennie is one of over 70 great grandchildren of Malcolm and Eliza Mathison.
  • The next Rudy Vallee? (46 KB)
    This is Clyde (Rev. Si) Mathison's senior photo and text from his college yearbook - "The Palmera." Although he may have been an aspiring singer at the time, he grew to be one of the South's most prominent Methodist preachers. Palmer College no longer exists, but it was in DeFuniak Springs, Walton County, FL.
  • G.H. Boyett's headstone at Mt. Enon cemetery (74 KB)
    This photo was taken in June of 2002, and shows me at the grave of my gg grandfather, George Love Harrison Boyett. He fought with Company I of the 11th Georgia Infantry in the Civil War. He was only 17 when he enlsited and was only 19 when he fought at Gettysburg. He is buried at Mt. Enon Baptist cemetery in Houston County, AL.
  • My Great Great Uncle - James Levin Mathison (97 KB)
    Taken from page 30 of Glen Wells' "History of The Fist United Methodist Church in Ozark, AL"
  • Skipperville United Methodist Church, Dale County (38 KB)
    This church in the northeast section of Dale County has been a site of worship for over a century. My gg grandfather, John W. Mathison, Sr., was the founder of this church. His brothers, Rev. George W. and Rev. James Levin, were also intrumental in the establishment and leadership of this church.
  • Clopton, Dale County, Alabama (54 KB)
    This photo shows the Clopton grocery store in July of 2002. This is the small rural town where my gg grandfather, John Wesley Mathison, Sr. was born and raised. My gg grandfather, Wiley Camp, also called this place home.
  • Rev. Dempsey Dowling's headstone (69 KB)
    This photo shows the headstone of my 4th great grandfather. He is buried at Claybank cemetery in Dale County, Alabama. Rev. Dempsey sold his 330 acre farm in the Jeffries Creek area of South Carolina on September 27, 1825 and headed to Alabama on the advice of his daughter, Lacy Mathews. Lacy and her husband, Elisha Mathews had moved to Dale County a few years earlier.
  • Rev. Dempsey Dowling's grave at Claybank (67 KB)
    This is a photo of me at the grave site of my gggg grandfather. He had 14 children and 111 grandchildren! It has been alleged that over 42 preachers descended from this patriarch of the Dowling clan.
  • Boiled Peanuts! (67 KB)
    Any Southern Family web site is incomplete without a steaming heap of boiled peanuts. Help yourself!
  • The Temple of Love (42 KB)
    This photo of my wife, Marisa, and I was taken by a friend of ours at Mt. Storm park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Behind us is the "Temple of Love" where I got down on my knee and asked this beautiful girl to marry me!
  • Johnny Lois Mathison (51 KB)
    Lois (1906-1924) was the first born child of John Wesley Mathison, Jr. and Maldra Clyde Dowling. This is her senior photo and text from the 1924 Palmer College yearbook. She would die within months from a heart condition. According to my grandfather, she graduated at home in bed with her classmates at her side.
  • Lois & Clyde "Si" Mathison (20 KB)
    This photo was taken around 1911 and shows my Great Aunt who died at age 17, standing with her baby brother, Marion Clyde Mathison...who would grow up to be Rev. Si Mathison.
  • Mathison Cousins (20 KB)
    This photo was taken last summer at Skipperville, United Methodist Church. It shows me standing with some of my Mathison cousins I had never met before. (L to R) Verna Vaughn, Wilma Brown, Me, and Imogene. They are wonderful ladies.
  • Pennie Mathison Carroll and Steve Groh (42 KB)
    Here is a picture of me with my 2nd cousin, twice removed. Pennie is a wonderful woman and I am happy to call her a cousin. This photo was taken at the 80th Mathison reunion in 2002.
  • Headstone of Henry S. Camp & Annie J. Boyett (81 KB)
    This is a photo of my mother at the gravesite of her grandparents on her mother's side. They are buried at Mt. Enon Baptist Church cemetery in Houston County, Alabama.
  • Donita Groh (My Mother) (30 KB)
    Here is a cute photo of a young Donita Mathison...many years before she became a Groh.
  • Headstone of Mollie F. Boyett (57 KB)
    This is the headstone of my great grandmother, Mary "Mollie" Francis Cliatt. She married George Love Harrison Boyett on September 18, 1865. They had six children.
  • John Wesley Mathison, Sr. (38 KB)
    My great great grandfather was born December 31, 1841 in Henry County, AL, and died March 28, 1928 in Dale County, AL. He fought in the Civil War with Company H of the 37th Alabama Infantry and was the founder of Skipperville United Methodist Church.
  • Mt. Enon Baptist Church and cemetery, Houston Co. (41 KB)
    This photo was taken in the summer of 2002 and shows the cemetery where some of my Camp, Boyett, & Cliatt ancestors are buried.
  • John Wesley Mathison, Jr. (graduating) (24 KB)
    My great grandfather was born in Henry County, AL, on Jan. 11, 1869, moving shortly afterward to Skipperville. He received his early education in the Alabama public schools and later attended Southern University at Greensboro, AL, near where he taught school for some time. After moving to DeFuniak Springs, FL, he taught both in Palmer College and Thomas Industrial Institute. He entered the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, early in life, and was licensed to preach in 1892.
  • Marriage license of Weatherby and Mathison (71 KB)
    This photo was taken from a book of marriage licenses at the courthouse in Abbeville. It shows the license of Seaborn Aldo Weatherby and Sarah Mathison. Sarah was a daughter of Malcolm and Eliza. This couple moved to Upshur County, Texas and I am interested in learning more about them. They were married on Jan. 30th, 1869 and they had 7 children.
  • Maldra Clyde Dowling (1883-1973) (30 KB)
    My great grandmother married John W. Mathison, Jr. on February 17, 1904 in DeFuniak Springs, FL.
  • Signatures of Malcolm & Eliza Mathison (23 KB)
    This photo is a close-up from an old land deed in the Henry County courthouse. Between Eliza's first and last name is an "x" and "her mark" is written nearby. Malcolm also has a scribble off to the right. I assume this indicates that Malcolm and Eliza were illiterate. He was born in 1813 and she was born in 1823, so this would not be very unusual. If anyone interprets this differently, please let me know. Malcolm & Eliza are my ggg grandparents.
  • Me & My Parents (54 KB)
    This is a photo of me with my parents, George and Donita Groh, on my wedding day - June 27, 1998.
  • Marriage license of J.H. Mathison & Amanda Peebles (27 KB)
    I am not sure how J.H. Mathison fits into my family tree, however, I am very confident that he is a relative. This license is recorded in the marriage books in the Henry County courthouse. If you have any information about this couple, I would really love to hear from you.
  • Mysterious Mathison grave, New Prospect cemetery (89 KB)
    This headstone is in the New Prospect Free Will Baptist cemetery where Malcolm & Eliza Mathison are buried. It is difficult to read, but it says, "A.J. Wife of J.H. Mathison, born May 3, 1853 and died July 11, 1913." Is this the Amanda Peebles that married J.H Mathison on March 2, 1897? A photo of their marriage license can be found on this web site. Again, I have no idea how these two people fit into the Mathison family tree, but given that the wife is buried near Malcolm and Eliza, they are certainly related. Please contact me if you can help unravel this mystery.
  • George W. Mathison's marriage license (73 KB)
    This photo was taken from the marriage books at the Henry County courthouse. It shows the marriage license of Rev. George Washington Mathison (1846-1931) and his bride, Callie Mahulda Weatherby. They were married on January 26, 1871 at the home of Wade Hampton Weatherby and had three children.
  • Marriage License of L.H. Mathison (26 KB)
    On this document, L.H. Mathison is shown marrying M.E. Davis on January 28, 1894. This marriage license is in the marriage books at the courthouse in Henry County. For a long time I had no idea how L.H. fit into the family tree, but I was sure there was a connection. As you can see, my gg uncle, Rev. George W. Mathison, performed the ceremony. I now know that LH was the son of George's brother, Rev. Elias Tipton Mathison. LH died in Texarkana in 1945.
  • Camp postcard (38 KB)
    Allie Camp - born 1893 & Addie Boyett - born 1892 This photo was taken around 1909 and appears on an old postcard.
  • My grandfather, Rufus Mathison,at his wife's grave (36 KB)
    This is a recent photo of my grandfather at the grave of his wife Eunice Mathison (1910 - 1980). Her Maiden name was Eunice Hortense Camp.
  • John Wesley Mathison, Jr. (5 KB)
    This is a photo of my great grandfather. He was born Jan. 11, 1869 and died on Aug. 15, 1935.
  • Maldra Dowling's headstone - Magnolia Cemetery (15 KB)
    This is the headstone of my great grandmother. It is in Magnolia Cemetery, DeFuniak Springs, FL.
  • Rufus the Fullback (20 KB)
    This photo of my grandfather, Rufus Mathison,was taken from his 1932 Palmer College yearbook. The caption next to it reads, "Speed, that's Rufus! Conscientious and admired for his persistent playing in spite of injuries. Long will his brilliant playing at Chipley be remembered." The following year the caption read, "Rufus, crippled most of the year, played in every game and always came through when called upon. A jarring hard-hitting blocker and tackler, he cracked lines wide open. He was fast and elusive - his motto, 'They shall not pass' won games for Palmer."
  • New Prospect Cemetery - near Edwin, Alabama (9 KB)
    This is the cemetery where my oldest known Mathison relatives are buried. Malcolm and Eliza's headstones are in the foreground.
  • Rufus Mathison portrait (166 KB)
    This is a portrait of my grandfather as a fairly young man.
  • John Wesley Mathison, Jr. (56 KB)
    This is a photo of my great grandfather. He was a Methodist minister and also served as a county judge in Defuniak Springs, Florida
  • Eunice and Rufus Mathison (16 KB)
    This photo from the 1970's shows my grandfather with his first wife, Eunice Hortense Camp. She died from Leukemia in 1980.
  • Si Mathison and sons (36 KB)
    This is my great uncle with his two sons, John Ed and George Mathison. They are all Methodist preachers
  • Sandra Mathison as a baby (15 KB)
    This photo shows my mother's only sibling, Sandy. She is married to Jack Cady and they have one daughter, Kristina Cady.
  • Headstone of John W. Mathison, Sr. (111 KB)
    This is a photo of my mother at the grave of her great grandfather, John Wesley Mathison, Sr. He fought with the 37th Alabama infantry in the Civil War with two of his brothers. All three returned home alive. J.W. is buried next to his wife Annie Jane Creel in the Skipperville United Methodist cemetery.
  • Annie Jane Boyett (1872-1945) (240 KB)
    This is my great grandmother. She married Henry Stanton Camp about 1896. They lived in a small community called Keyton near Dothan, Alabama.
  • Smiling Maldra (94 KB)
    My great grandmother, Maldra Clyde Dowling, in a good mood. She married John Wesley Mathison, Jr.
  • The almost non-existant town of Keyton, Alabama (58 KB)
    My great great grandfather, Henry Stanton Camp (1870-1934), operated a general store just outside of Dothan, Alabama in Houston County. This area has now been incorporated into Dothan. In this photo I am on some rural road not far from Mt. Enon Baptist church. I was told Keyton was in this area, but that I would find nothing but sparse homes or farms there now. The man I spoke with was right, my mother and I could find no trace of any old public buildings from the past.
  • Henry Stanton Camp with Boyett sisters (42 KB)
    This photo shows my great grandfather with his wife and her sisters. Henry ran a general store in Keyton (near Dothan) and died on July 19, 1934.
  • Unknown Children (549 KB)
    Looking for anyone who might be able to identify these two children. They are probably Mathison children, but I don't know for sure.
  • Headstone of Buford Camp, Mt. Enon cemetery (102 KB)
    This photo shows the headstone of Louis Buford Camp, one of the children of my great grandparents, Henry S. Camp and Annie Jane Boyett. Buford died December 14, 1910 from a liver disease known as "Bright's disease." He was only seven years old.
  • Unknown Girl (21 KB)
    Looking for anyone who might be able to identify this young girl...Dowling? Mathison? Camp? other?
  • Clopton country store, Dale County, Alabama (67 KB)
    According to the Dale County Heritage book, a deed shows that Thomas T. Smith sold the Clopton country store to W.M. Camp in 1869. I have no idea if this is the original building, but it is clearly very old. I am confidant that the W.M. Camp mentioned in the deed is my gg grandfather Wiley Camp. In Census records Wiley is often listed by the initials W.M. Camp. He died in Clopton in October of 1878. He was only about 40 years old.
  • Portrait of Clyde Camp, Sr. (18 KB)
    This photo is a portrait of my grand uncle as a young man. He lived near Dothan, Alabama.
  • Eliza Wright Mathison's Headstone (75 KB)
    This photo shows the headstone of Eliza Wright who married Malcom Mathison on March 31, 1839 in Henry County, Alabama. She was born in Georgia in 1823 and was a daughter of Levin Wright and Tabitha Evans. She is buried next to her husband at New Prospect Free Will Baptist cemetery.
  • James Malcolm Mathison (1874 - 1948) (30 KB)
    This portrait hangs in Abbeville City Hall. J.M Mathison was Mayor of Abbeville, AL from 1924 - 1926. Etoil Mathison who lives in Abbeville sent me this image 5/1/00.
  • Annie Jane Creel Corbit Glover Mathison (76 KB)
    This is the headstone of my gg grandmother, Annie Jane Creel. Her marriage to J.W. Mathison, Sr. in 1867 was her third. She married E.J. Corbit on May 20, 1857 in Barbour county at the home of her father. This husband did not last long (for reasons unknown), but two years later she was at the alter with Eli S. Glover. They were married in Henry county in the home of Solomon Sikes on Jan. 11, 1859. He died in the Civil War on Feb. 16, 1865 in Elmira prison camp. She married my gg grandfather two years later. They had six children.
  • John Wesley Mathison, Sr. with grandson (47 KB)
    This photo shows my great great grandfather with his grandson, Hendricks, on his lap. He fought with his two brothers in the Civil War and lived in Skipperville, Alabama
  • Henry, Dale & Barbour County (106 KB)
    This map shows the area of Southeast Alabama that many of my ancestors called home. Ozark, Skipperville & Clopton are three of the towns that were well known to them and they appear frequently in the photos on this web site.
  • THE FREE PRESS, Ozark, Dale County, Alabama (45 KB)
    I am interested in finding out more about this old newspaper. It was published on Thursdays by C.W. Mathison who I believe is Charles Wesley Mathison (1872-1940), the son of Rev. James Levin Mathison. The Alabama Department of Archives and History has the following years of The Free Press on microfilm: 1896 September 17 - 1900 December 27.
  • Map showing New Prospect Freewill Baptist church (60 KB)
    This map shows the location of New Prospect church where Malcolm & Eliza Mathison are buried.
  • Riley Groh at 6 months (77 KB)
    Flashing that winning smile!
  • William Maldree Atkinson and Ursula E. Griffith (36 KB)
    This is a pastel drawing of one set of my great great great grandparents. It was probably created in the early 1840's.
  • Steve and Marisa Groh (58 KB)
    This is a photo of my wife and I having fun at Kaldi's Coffee House in Downtown Cincinnati. We were still just dating at the time.
  • John Ed Mathison (son of Si Mathison) (3 KB)
    John Ed is my first cousin once removed. He is the Senior Pastor at Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Mary Jane "Mollie" Mathison? (25 KB)
    This tintype photo was sent to me by Roger Guilford, a descendant of Mary Jane Mathison and William Guilford. "Mollie" was a daughter of Malcolm Mathison and this picture may have been taken sometime around or after her wedding in 1868. Though the identity of the woman in the photo cannot be proved yet, the photo was discovered in the home of Mollie's son, John Harrison Guilford. Please write me if you have any info that would help verify the identity.
  • C. V. Atkinson's house (66 KB)
    This photo shows the house built by my great granduncle in Newton, Alabama. Cornelius was born June 29, 1844 and died February 3, 1931. He fought in the Civil War with the 15th Alabama Regiment and was captured at Gettysburg. He was only 17 years old.
  • Four Generations of women (964 KB)
    This wonderful photo shows my great grandmother, Maldra Dowling with her daughter Lois Mathison on her lap. Maldra's mother, Ursula R. Atkinson is on the far right and my ggg grandmother, Ursula Eugenia Griffith (1826-1917) stands in the center. I've referred to all of them by their maiden names.
  • Malcolm Mathison's Headstone (63 KB)
    This photo was taken at Prospect Cemetery near Edwin, Alabama. It is the headstone of my great great great grandfather. Born shortly after the War of 1812, Malcolm traveled from South Carolina to Alabama sometime before 1830. Most southern Mathisons share this common ancestor.
  • Me and my Atkinson Cousins (57 KB)
    This photo shows me with Jane Linton (left) and Lynn White (right) at the Newton Cemetery. We are standing next to the grave of our common ancestor - my 4th great-grandfather, Judge Oliver Herrin Griffith. He lived to be 91 years old.
  • John Wesley Mathison, Jr. with his hounds (45 KB)
    Here is a photo of my great grandfather with two of his hunting dogs. He was a methodist minister and judge in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.
  • Sarah Ann Mathison & her husband Seaborn Weatherby (42 KB)
    This great photo is of Seaborn Aldo Weatherby and Sarah Ann Mathison with their son Rev. Charles Wesley Weatherby. Seaborn served in the civil war at 27 years of age. Four years after civil war he married Sarah Ann Mathison. There is a civil war marker at his grave in Grice Cemetery, Upshur County, TX This is the only photo I have ever seen of Sarah Ann, the sixth child of Malcolm & Eliza Mathison. Thanks to my distant cousin Lynne Hall who sent this to me.
  • Clyde Camp, Sr. (1898-1971) and ??? (35 KB)
    This is an old photo printed on a postcard. It shows my granduncle, Clyde Camp, Sr. on the right. The man on the left may be his brother, George, but this has not been established as fact.
  • Riley Pennington Groh (44 KB)
    Marisa and I are proud to announce the birth of our first child. He weighed in at 7 pounds 3 ounces and measured 20 inches. We are very excited to be starting a family.
  • Rev. Elias Tipton Mathison (1855 - 1899) (123 KB)
    Here is a photo of a photo of my gg granduncle. He married Elizabeth Weatherby in 1873 and they had two children: Lemuel "LH" Mathison and Namon Mathison. Elias moved to Texas sometime in the late 1800's/early 1900's....though he is buried at New Prospect Church in Henry County, Alabama.
  • Clyde Camp, Jr. (31 KB)
    This photo of my first cousin once removed was taken in 1968 when he was assigned to Air Force Hq. in the Pentagon. He is the grandson of Henry Stanton Camp.
  • Old Mathison Reunion (early 1920's?) (86 KB)
    This photo shows an old Mathison reunion in or near Skipperville, Alabama. Although the date on the bottom says 1960, it is believed that this is a copy of a much older photo. I would love to hear from anyone who can identify these people.
  • Edwin, Henry County Alabama (173 KB)
    Malcolm Mathison (1813 - 1897) owned many acres of land not far from the small community of Edwin, Alabama. Edwin is located in the Northwest corner of Henry County, near the Barbour County line.
  • Mathison Family Portrait - 1904 (42 KB)
    This amazing photo was sent to me by Constance Henslee, the grand-daughter of Charles Edgar "Uncle Ed" Mathison. Uncle Ed is pictured standing in the top left, and my great grandfather (his brother, John Wesley) is in the center. The man standing on the far right is William Marvin Sowell (a grandson of Aniie Jane Mathison through her earlier Corbitt Marriage.The older seated gentleman is John Wesley Mathison, Sr.(about 63 yrs. old.) AND...I have reason to believe that the old lady on the far left is his mother...ELIZA! She would have been 81 at this time and she died the following year.
  • Malcolm Mathison's headstone, 2002 (75 KB)
    This photo was taken at New Prospect Free Will Baptist Church cemetery in July of 2002 (Henry County, Alabama). Malcolm and his wife, Eliza, had 11 children and over 40 grandchildren.
  • Claybank Church (interior), Dale County, Alabama (43 KB)
    The first church at this site was built in 1829 & 1830. This current structure was built in 1852 and is still in good condition. Many of my Dowling ancestors preached at this church, including my gggg grandfather, Rev. Dempsey Dowling (1783-1865). This photo shows me inside the church in the summer of 2002.

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