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Re: Winston Family -Dekalb County Alabama


I just found the cemetary of your family in Valley Dale>>

Valley Head Cemetery North East

Winston, Albert (your great-great grandfather)
born. Unknown
died. May 1, 1902
Aged 54 yrs

Winston, Laura (your great great grandmother)
b. Feb 2, 1852
d. Aug 9, 1938

Winston, Addie (James' second wife)
born. 1893
died. 1947

w/o James S. Winston (possibly your great grandfather)

These people were buried next to your family>>

Winston, Andy
b. Mar 12, 1888
d. Aug 5, 1908

Winston, Benne G.
b. Jan 7, 1894
d. May 28, 1911
s/o Jerry & Lala Winston

Winston, Henry L.
b. Jan 24, 1897
d. May 4, 1942

Winston, Jerry
b. Nov 15, 1856
d. Jan 29, 1918

Winston, Jimmy
b. Apr 25, 1873
d. Jan 14, 1971

Winston, Lucy
b. Aug 1, 1881
d. Feb 22, 1910
w/o Virgil Mickens

Winston, Lula

w/o Jerry Winston

Winston, Mary Florence
b. Dec 24, 1882
d. Nov 18, 1970

Winston, Willie
b. 1879
d. 1948


The white Winston's Cemetary>>

Winston Family Cemetery Survey

Winston, Wm O.
b. May 31, 1804
d. Jan 13, 1871


You say that you have not found William Overton Winston anywhere?
Where are you looking? I found alot of info on him on Note that I have a paid subscription of And I found a lot of stuff on the web. I used Google to find most stuff. William and John G were brothers, I found that info on where the descendants of Willam O and John G and posted the family line. I thought I posted that for you. I stated also that Wiliam O marriad Mariah/Maria. They are both found in the census records. Now from every thing I have read, William O and his Father, John G Sr., moved from Virginia to Hawkins County Tenn then to Dekalb Co. Ala. John G was born in Hawkins County Virginia.

Here is William O Winston in Tenn>>

1830 United States Federal Census
about William O Winston
Name: William O Winston
Township: Not Stated
County: Hawkins
State: Tennessee

At this time John G is only about 15 so he is probably listed in the home of a family member. The 1840 census only listed the head of household.

Here is John G Winston in 1840 in Dekalb County

1840 United States Federal Census
about J G Winston
Name: J G Winston
Township: Not Stated
County: De Kalb
State: Alabama

Something interesting for you. Here is the Will of Judith Kenner. She was the mother of Lucy Beverly Kenner. Lucy B. Kenner married John G. Winston Sr. THis will mentions Lucy and some of children and also mentions some slaves as well. The will is from Hawkins County Tenn. In the will, Judith gives property to her grandsons, John G. Winston and William O. Winston. This is more proof that they were brothers.


Page 282
Dated: February 13, 1829
In the Name of God, Amen. I Judith Kenner of Hawkins County, State of Tennessee, being in perfect health of body, of sound and disposing mind and memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following, that is to say: I give and devise to my two grandsons Rodham Kenner and William W. Kenner all my land containing about 300 acres, their heirs and assigns in fee simple, to be equally divided when William W. Kenner comes of age. I give and bequeath unto my said grandsons William W. Kenner and Rodham Kenner one negro woman called Eliza together with her offspring, equally divided, when William W. Kenner cones of age. I give and bequeath unto my said grandson Rodham Kenner my walking cane, marked on the head with Rodham Kenner, also my silver table spoons. I give and bequeath unto my said grandson William W. Kenner my silver watch, also I give and bequeath unto the said William W. Kenner my silver Teaspoons. It is my desire that my negro man called Martin shall be sold and one half of the money to be put in the hands of my grandson William 0.Winston for the special benefit of his mother, my daughter Lucy, and the other half to be equally divided between my two grandsons Columbus Carden and Joseph Carden, children of my daughter Judith Carden, to be put out on interest till Joseph comes of age. In case one of them should die, the whole of said half to go to the survivor. I give and bequeath unto all my grand children all my claims and interests in the State of Virginia, to be equally divided between them, share and share alike whenever settled. I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Beverly J. Carden the bed and bed furniture on which I lay. It is my desire that my negroes called John, Nann & Caroline shall re-main on the place whereon I now live, that all my stock and household furniture and farming utensils shall be kept together and nothing sold till the time herein after mentioned, and it is my desire that Lucy Winston my daughter shall take possession & live on the place & the house whereon & wherein I now reside till William W. Kenner comes of age or so long as my said daughter Lucy sees fit to reside on said place till the coming of age of said William W. Kenner, it is also my desire that my negro woman Eliza with her children shall remain on the said place, together with John, Nann & Caroline and assist in making provisions for my two grandsons Rodham Kenner and William W. Kenner and my daughter Lucy Winston till William W. Kenner comes of age, and it is my desire that all things be kept together on said place by my daughter Lucy just in the situation as I leave them till William W. Kenner comes of age, and then my old negroes John, Nann & Caroline are to always find a home on the place whereon I now live or live with whomsoever of my daughters or grand children they see fit, that when said William comes of age it is my desire that all my stock and household furniture be sold and out of the proceeds of said sale, I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Margaret Findley $60.00, unto my grandson John G. Winston $60.00 & unto my grandson Columbus Carden $60.00, and after paying over the said sums, I give and bequeath unto my daughters Lucy Winston & Judith Carden the residue of said proceeds. And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint William Simpson to be the Executor of this my last Will & Testament, revoking and annulling all former Wills by me heretofore made, ratifying & confirming this and none other to be my last Will & Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal. This 13th day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & twenty nine.
Judith Kenner (seal)
Signed, sealed, published & declared by Judith Kenner the above named Testator as & for her last Will & Testament in the presence of us who at her request in her presence & in the presence of each -other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. 0. Rice G. W. Huntsman

Read this letter written by J W Winston. He was the son William O Winston. In the letter he talks about how great slavery was.

He writes and I quote "The mulattos seemed smarter than the pure negroes"

See the letter here>>

Take Care,


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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