Name: Charles 'Squire' BOOTH
Birth: ABT 1796 in Darlington District, SC
Death: JUN 1867 in Booth, Autauga Co, AL
Change Date: 27 MAY 2003
G E-Mail date 3 Aug 1998 from 181CHICKEN (Jack Rogers in Mississippi )
To: David Pope email@example.com
A native of Darlington District, South Carolina, Charles "Squire" Booth, his first wife Nancy Owen and after Nancy's death his second wife Elizabeth Boon were the progenitors of the Booth family of Autauga County, AL. The ancestors of the Booths came from England and settled in South Carolina.
"The Village of Booth in Autauga County, was named after the Charles "Squire" Booth family, who settled the area as early as the 1830's."
"Now reader, I will pass on to Prattville, some twelve miles east. On this route there were very few houses... Just after crossing Autauga Creek, you see to the left the farm of Chas. Booth, who had a large family and was poor, but highly respected. In a few years however, he made money enough to render him quite independent. His sons were raised to hard work on the farm and when they made their start in the world, they all showed energy and pluck, but some succeeded better than others. They were however all respectable young men and have raised families. S#4
"Charles "Squire" Booth was Justice of the Peace in Autauga County. S#5
(Will is provided under Will Notes)
Of interest to us is his Daughter, Martha Ann L. Booth from his marriage to his first wife, Nancy Owens. Martha Ann L. Booth married Ephriam Daniel Rogers in December 1838.
S#1 Thomas McAdory Owen, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Vol. III, p. 173. S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. c1921 (as provided by Autauga Co, volunteer researcher Larry W. Nobles from Prattville, AL in Mar. 1997)
S#2 Will Index Autauga County Alabama Book RB-17 261
S#3 1850 Fed. CENSUS of Autauga County, Alabama p. 21B
S#4 A History of Autauga County, by Shadrack Mims, published as a Bicentennial Project through a grant from Autauga County Board of Commissioners. July 4, 1976
S#5 "Old Autauga" Vol. 8, p.27
G E-Mail: According to Mims "History of Autauga, Co.", in 1885 "just after crossing Autauga Creek (Lower Kingston Road), you see to your left the farm of Charles Booth, who had a large family and was poor, but highly respected. In a few years however, he made money enough to render him quite independent. His sons were raised to hard work on the farm and when they made their start in the world, they showed energy and plunk, but some succeeded better than others. They were all respectable young men and have raised families."
1860 Census, Autauga Co. Charles Booth.
D. Letter of May 10, 1913, from Dr. Thomas McAdory Owens, to Daniel Boon Booth.
My Dear Mr. Booth,
I am very grateful for your courtesy in supplying the information called for by my recent letter to your son. It is quite full and satisfactory on many points, and yet there are some things about which I wish you could write me further. Can you not give the full names of each of your grand parents and where they lived and died? If you have any other ancestral facts I will be glad to get them also. I am sure that your children, as well as all descendents in the future would appreciate this on your part.
You refer to the marriage of Charles Booth to Nancy Owen. Were there any descendents by this marriage? Did you have any brothers and sister, and where did they locate?
Another matter: Have you any old documents or papers bearing in any way on the Constitutional Convention of 1875, of which you were a member? We are trying to get together everything bearing upon History of our Constitutional Convention and your help would be valued.
Again thanking you for your kindness in so promptly and fully replying.
Yours truly, Dr. Thomas McAdory Owens
Mr. D. B. Booth, Prattville, AL.
D. Letter of June 6, 1913, from Daniel Boon Booth, to Dr. Thomas McAdory Owens (handwritten)
June 6, 1913
Dr. Thomas M. Owens, Director, etc.
My dear sir:
Referring to your letter of May 10, I herewith enclose short sketches of the sons and daughters of Charles Booth who attained majority. I am sorry to say that I am without information that I deem wholly reliable as to my grandparents, and every one to whom I might apply for information is now dead. I do not care to go on record as to statements unless I was sure they were absolutely correct.
When I get a little stronger, I am going over to Montgomery and will call at the Capital to see you.
Very truly yours, D. B. Booth
(Enclosed short sketches. Items in parentheses ( ) are notes added by Virginia Garrison)
Charles Booth's Family
Charles Booth had by his first wife (Nancy Owen) four sons and three daughters to attain there majority.
James H. Booth, the oldest son, was born at what is now known as Booth, AL in 1827 (m. Mary Boon, 29 Sep 1847, Book 1, p. 321) and died at Prattville, AL in 1897, and is buried at Booth. He was for many years engaged in farming and milling. He was in the Confederate Army. He was tax collector of Autauga County for several years, and was probate judge of the county from 1880 to 1886. He was elected as a democrat.
John M. Booth was born at Booth in 1829, and was a farmer. He died when quite a young man and is buried at Booth.
Charles M. Booth was born in 1833 at Booth. He engaged extensively in the mercantile business at Prattville, AL prior to the Civil War. He was in Confederate Army. After the war he went to Texas where he reentered the mercantile business. He died at Beaumont, TX in 1910.
Samuel S. Booth was born at Booth in 1835. After marriage, he taught school for some time in the state of Arkansas. He returned to Alabama and engaged extensively for a long number of years in the mercantile business. He also had a large tannery, and conducted a boot and shoe manufacturing establishment. He was in the Confederate Army. He represented Autauga County in the Legislature of 1886 and 1887. He died at Dothan, AL in (blank, apparently left blank to put date of death but did not include) and was buried at Prattville, AL.
Martha (A.L.) Booth, the oldest daughter was born at Booth in 1822. She married Ephraim (iam) D. Rogers (Rodgers) of Autauga County (m. 27 Dec 1838, Book 1, p. 31). After marriage, they located in the state of Arkansas. He engaged in farming. H and his wife both lived to be over eighty years of age.
Margaret (E.) Booth was born in 1824, and married Benjamine F. Boone of Autauga County (m. 18 Dec 1839, Book 1, p. 14). He was a farmer and for a number of years was county treasurer of Autauga County. His wife died in 1866 and he died in 1870. Both are buried at Booth.
Mary (L.) Booth was born at Booth in 1831 and married James M. Cook of Autauga County (m. 2 Apr 1846, Book 1, p. 313). Soon after marriage, they moved to the same locality in Arkansas where Ephriam D. Rogers resided. Cook was a farmer. Both have been dead for many years.
Charles Booth had by his second wife marriage to Elizabeth W. Boon (m. 28 Dec 1838, Book 1, p. 183) the mother of Daniel B. Booth, six sons to attain their majority.
A sketch of Daniel B. Booth, the oldest child, has been furnished you.
Benjamin H. Booth was born at Booth in Nov. 1841. He was engaged in farming all his life after he grew to manhood except when in the Confederate Army. He served as sheriff and county Treasurer of Autauga County. He never married. He died and was burried at Booth in 1911.
Jesse H. Booth was born at Booth in 1843. He taught school when quite young, and served in the Confederate Army. He was a County Solecitor of Autauga County, County Superintendant of Education. He was a member of the State Board of Education (position now abolished). He was Probate Judge of Autauga County from 1874-1880, and was elected on the Republican ticket. He was a lawyer and a planter. He died and was buried at Booth in 1907.
Zachary Taylor Booth was born in 1848. When quite young he was employed for a number of years aa a clerk in the office of his brother, D. B. Booth, who had been appointed clerk of the Supreme Court. He also served for sometime as clerk in the office of Secretary of State. On leaving Montgomery, he came back to Autauga where he purchased land and engaged in farming. He entered the Internal Revenue service in 1877 as a deputy collector under his brother, D. B. Booth who had been appointed Collector of Internal Revenue by President Grant. In 1890, he reentered the Internal Revenue Service where he has been continuously employed ever since. His duties are confined to the Office in Birmingham and he is perhaps the best trusted man in the branch of the service in the state. He has never married.
Joseph W. Booth was born at what is now known as Booth, AL, in July 1851. He attendeded the neighborhood schools and also took a business course at the Poughkeepsie Business College. He was appointed a cadet to the West Point Military School and failed of admittance solely on account of physical disabilities. When quite young, he held a responsible position in the post office at Mobile, and was post master at Prattville, AL. For the past thirty-three years, he has been continously employed as a clerk in the U. S. Land Office in Montgomery and he is today, undoubtly the best posted man in this service in the state. He was never married.
W. Wilkes Booth was born at what is now known as Booth in 1859. He was perhaps the best educated son of Charles Booth. He went to Washington Territory when quite young. It is supposed that he drifted into Alaska and has been dead for many years. He owned the old family homestead and valuable land at Booth. He has not been heard from since 1890. His property was sold on May 26, 1913 for a division among the heirs of Charles Booth, as it is supposed he never married.
It will thus be seen that Charles Booth had six sons in the Confederate Army. None of them were killed or died in the service. Daniel B. Booth was the only one who was wounded.
The terms of public offices held by the sons of Charles Booth, supplemented by the sons of Daniel B. Booth, would amount, in the aggragate, to over one hundred and fifty years. And they have handled as such officials perhaps nearly two million dollars, and not a single one of them has ever been called upon to account for one cent after it should have been paid.
Item 3: Letter of June 9, 1913, from Dr Thomas McAdory Owens, to Daniel Boon Booth, Dictated.
My dear Mr. Booth,
I am in receipt of yours of 6th inst., enclosing data concerning the Booth family, for preservation in our collections.
What you send is quite full, and yet it is wanting some details, which I hope you may be able later to supply. If you will look up the old family Bible and give exact dates for births, deaths and marriages, it would make the record more satisfactory.
Should you later learn any more remote ancestral facts, send them without delay. It will give me pleasure to see you on your visit to Montgomery. There is much that I would like to talk with you about, and with all good wishes.
Yours truly, Dr Thomas McAdory Owens Mr. D. B. Booth, Prattville, AL
Dear Virginia and David,
Thanks so much for this information. I plan to include it in the latest AGS
"Ancestry", with due credit. I will also be sure that a copy goes in the
Booth folder at the Autauga Museum.
This raises one major question though with my own Owens research. Was Charles Booth married to Nancy Owen? Dr. Owens mentions this marriage in his first letter implying that it came from Daniel, but in his Booth family history D. B. Booth only refers to a "first wife", who you list as Mary Boon. Was there a earlier marriage to Nancy Owen?
Regards, John K. Brown, Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
Father: Mr. BOOTH b: ABT 1775 in SC
Nancy OWEN b: ABT 1800 in SC
- Nancy BOOTH
- Martha Ann L. BOOTH b: 17 FEB 1822 in Autauga Co, AL
- Margaret E. BOOTH b: 1825 in Autauga Co, AL
- James H. BOOTH b: 18 APR 1827 in Booth, Autauga Co, AL
- John M. BOOTH b: 1829 in Booth, Autauga Co, AL
- Mary L. BOOTH b: 1831 in Booth, Autauga Co, AL
- Charles M. BOOTH b: 1833 in Booth, Autauga Co, AL
- Samuel S. BOOTH b: 1835 in Booth, Autauga Co, AL
Elizabeth Ward BOON b: 1816 in NC
28 JUN 1838
in Autauga Co, AL by H.H. Horne, JP
- Note: Vol 1, p. 194
- Daniel Boon BOOTH (CSA) b: 15 MAY 1839 in Autauga Co, AL
- Benjamin H. BOOTH b: NOV 1841 in Autauga Co, AL
- Jesse H. BOOTH b: 1843 in Booth, Autauga Co, AL
- Elias J. BOOTH b: 1845 in Autauga Co, AL
- Zachary Taylor BOOTH b: 1848 in Booth, Autauga Co, AL
- Joseph W. BOOTH b: JUL 1851 in Booth, Autauga Co, AL
- Sarah BOOTH b: 1852 in Autauga Co, AL
- Washington Wilkes BOOTH b: 1859 in Booth, Autauga Co, AL