Mike and Laura,
The name of Brownville (sometimes Browneville, Brownsville) was changed
to Phenix City in 1889. In 1923, Phenix City and Girard were merged
under the name Phenix City and the Lee / Russell County line was
changed to include the entire city (as of that date) within Russell Co.
I have a more detailed history of all that I can send you (or anyone
else - please request it) as an attachment.
I will have all my maps and materials with me when I come back in
October and will be glad to meet y'all at the cemetery to get a bearing
on where the various landmarks were. I learned some interesting things
during my visit with Michael Harris - we tramped all over the bank and
through the woods there, from above the dam almost to the Bypass bridge.
I will be writing up an account of my observations and posting it some
I will email y'all privately about other needs the organization has at
present. Thanks for your willingness to get involved.
John in TX
> Was Columbus or Bibb city once called Brownsville? And if yes are
> there any other names it was called that would help me with the search?
> Is there someone who could meet with me at the cemetery to help make
> sure that I understand where the mill, houses, and church were located?
> And is there anything that I can be doing right now to help?
> Michael and Laura
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