Sunday, September 24, 2006


Sunday, September 10, 2006


Tried to call you but haven't connected yet. . .

I know exactly where Wakefield is- remember the Sunflower court case that went to the AL Supreme Court- the premption private claim of Wyche Whatley? Anyway, during my reconnaissance I was beating the bushes all around it ( & then was shown) where Wakefield is- talk about a ghost town.Those who seek to profit from others research had better watch their backs in those Tombigbee bottoms- it would be easy for someone to just disappear off the face of the earth- kind of like Old Wakefield did.

The Weasel, I am told, has recently announced that he thinks he has found the Fort (Ft. Louis) at Twenty-seven-mile Bluff. Talk about serial rape of the scientific method. I know that absolute truth will never truly be gleaned utilysing scientific method & theory but to hide behind such fiction and lying as has been invented (& published) by the Weasel who used up approx 800,000 tax dollars to "prove" the fort slipped into the river, only to drag it back up onto the bluff, soon after the Ala. Power Company got its permits for SALCO Industrial Park, is as despicable as it ought to be illegal. AND NOW we have to listen to his bullshit again.

Beer for my horses! Whiskey for my men!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Thirty years ago this summer, the citizens of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania celebrated the Bicentennial of the United States. We who live in what is known as The Old Southwest have yet to have an opportunity to genuinely join in on this celebration.

February of 2007 is an superb opportunity to focus public attention upon U. S. Bicentennial in The Old Southwest. In only seven years, 2013, we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the advent of the American flag in the Port of Mobile followed by the Bicentennial of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and the Battle of New Orleans.

In February of 2007 Aaron Burr was arrested at Wakefield in what is now Washington County, Alabama. His crime was that he was trying to get a little land from the Spanish crown.

In Chapter 7 of Cotterill's SOUTHERN INDIANS entitled Debts, Bribes and Cessions 1803-1811, the author writes:

The epidemic of land cessions which for several years had been devastating the Southern Indians ended with the Cherokee pact of 1806, and seven years passed before a Southern tribe suffered a recurrence of the plague. Indian respite during this period was the result not of Indian resistance, but of the forbearance of the United States, distracted by a vain struggle for neutrality, an assertion of doubtful claims to a portion of West Florida, and the prosecution of an alleged conspiracy on the part of Aaron Burr.

The following information pertains to the arrest of Burr in present-day Alabama in 1807.

This is a portion of a March 19, 2006 Mobile Register article by Llewellyn Toulmin:

Keeping the peace
Some historians credit Judge Toulmin with helping prevent war with Spain on several occasions -- a claim that, given the history of the time, is not far-fetched.

Spain controlled Mobile and Florida, but was weak, and numerous American "filibusterers" wanted to kick the Spaniards out by force. Acting on orders from President Jefferson, Judge Toulmin was able to prevent numerous minor incidents from escalating into war, and even arrested people planning to invade Spanish territory.

Toulmin even issued the arrest warrant for Vice President Aaron Burr, who was allegedly scheming to establish his own empire west of the Mississippi, with himself as emperor. Just three years earlier, Burr had killed Alexander Hamilton in the most famous duel in American history.

After Burr's arrest, Toulmin and his daughter kept Burr busy playing chess in Toulmin's log cabin for several days, until a military escort could be assembled to take the dangerous man to Washington, D.C., for trial.

Toulmin also served as a postal and road contractor, while still exercising his judicial duties. He built one of the first roads from the Mobile River at Fort Stoddard across southwest Alabama to Mississippi, established ferries on the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers, and built the first road from St. Stephens to Natchez.

Toulmin is so highly regarded that he will be inducted -- along with the Honorable Hugo L. Black and other notables -- into the Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame by the Alabama State Bar Association. That ceremony is scheduled for April 14 in Montgomery.

The first steps

To find the judge and his mystery town, I first went to the area described on my father's sketch map and interviewed local residents. Hunters were especially useful, since they often cover ground that is rarely visited. I found a local hunter who said that his uncles, now deceased, often told him about "Court House Hill" and even where the courthouse was located, near where my father estimated its location.

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Albert James Pickett: HISTORY OF ALABAMA
(Kindly contributed by William C. Bell)


Mar. 27 1804: The distance of Natchez from the Tombigby was so great that Congress authorized the President to appoint an additional Superior Court Judge for the benefit of the people settled upon that river.

The Hon. Harry Toulmin was selected. He was born at Taunton, in England, the 7th April, 1766, and descended from a learned and respectable family. He became a pastor of the Unitarian church, at Chowbert, in Lancashire, in 1788, where he occupied a prominent position, officiating before a congregation of a thousand hearers. Becoming an object of suspicion to the government, it determined to silence not only his efforts, but those of every other person who indulged in an independent expression of opinion. Frequently threatened with personal injury, and often surrounded by mobs, who extended their violence to his private residence, as well as his church, Mr. Toulmin determined to seek a land where all religious opinions are tolerated.

Landing at Norfolk, Virginia, he proceeded to Winchester, where he had the misfortune to lose two of his children. The year following, he became the President of Transylvania University, of Lexington, the duties of which he discharged for four years. He was then Secretary of State of Kentucky for the long period of eight years, and wrote most of the public documents of that day. Having pursued the study of law and attained great proficiency in it, he compiled a code of laws for Kentucky in the most satisfactory manner.

A fine writer, an excellent scholar, an amiable man, and a delightful fireside companion, Judge Toulmin won upon the hearts of his friends and engaged the confidence of the public. He came to Alabama by way of New Orleans, settled at a cantonment near Fort Stoddart, and afterwards removed to the court house, which he called Wakefield, in memory of Goldsmith's good vicar.

His first court was held in the fall of 1804, he having been diligently engaged for several months previous in arranging the judicial department of Washington county. There was no newspaper here, and Thomas Malone, the clerk, advertised libels against boats for smuggling in a New Orleans paper, published by Bradford & Anderson.

Albert James Pickett: HISTORY OF ALABAMA.
(Kindly contributed by William C. Bell)

Dec. 7 1807: The military movements of Burr increased the population and wealth of the Mississippi Territory, for hundreds of his followers became permanent citizens. About this time the cultivation of indigo was much abandoned for that of cotton, and some salutary laws were enacted in relation to the toll for ginning the latter staple. The cotton receipts obtained from the owner of a gin were also made a legal tender, and passed as domestic bills of exchange. St. Stephens was laid off into town lots. A road was cut out from thence to the city of Natchez.

Sept. 8 1807: Notwithstanding the revenue exactions upon the settlers, which now subjected them, by means of the Spanish custom-house at Mobile and the American at Fort Stoddart, to a duty of from forty-two to forty-seven per cent, ad valorem for articles essential to family comfort, while at the same time their fellow-citizens about Natchez were entirely free from such exactions, paying only four dollars per barrel for Kentucky flour, when the Tombigby planter paid sixteen--yet they remained loyal to the Federal Government; and both whigs and tories participated in an animated public meeting at Wakefield, pledging their support to the United States to avenge the wanton attack of the British upon the American ship Chesapeake, in a string of eloquent and patriotic resolutions, drafted by James McGoffin.