- Introduction. . . .
Hi everyone. I'm Carmel Thomaston. I live in Lee County, Alabama just
outside of Auburn. I'm a former newspaper editor who "retired" four years
ago to write fulltime. Primarily, I write non-fiction, including family
history, local history, and research materials for other writers. I publish
two weekly e-mail newsletters for writers and researchers. I also run a
web-based writers' colony and electronic bookstore. I've written my family
history and have several family-related projects in the works. I've also
written three books of fiction, two with Alabama settings and one with a
Georgia setting. One book is a glorified doorstop. The other two have been
recommend for publication.
My family moved to Jefferson County from Laurens, S.C. in the 1830's,
settling in the Valley Creek/Johns area southwest of Birmingham so I'm very
interested in local history information from that area. I also collect
information on the family names Parsons, Roberts, Goodwin, Payne, and
Satterfield, among others.
I have a particular interest in Alabama folklore, the Civil War as it
pertains to Alabama, and treasure legends. I'm currently working on
projects involving the Black Warrior River, Bryce state hospital, and women
and newspaper writers in the Civil War so if anyone has information to
share, I'd be thrilled to hear from you.
I hope the rest of you will introduce yourselves and that we can get some
discussion going on this list about Alabama history.
I would like to take a second to introduce myself to the group. My
name is Ira T. Holt. I work for the State of Alabama, Alabama State Parks
Division, Oak Mountain State Park. I am 43 years old, married, with 2
children. I have always had a fasination with the history of this great
state. In my carrier with the State Parks I have been privaliged to stories
and legends of the surrounding parks that I have worked at. Speaking of
parks that I have been at these include; DeSoto State Park (DeKalb Co.),
Buck's Pocket State Park (DeKalb, Jackson, Marshall Co.), Wind Creek State
Park (Tallapoosa Co.) and presently Oak Mountain State Park (Shelby Co.)
As an introduction I would like to submit a couple of history shorts
for everyones enjoyment. <attached>.
I look forward to the discussions as I feel the preservation of our states
history is important to us all..
Ira T. Holt
- In a message dated 09/02/1999 7:56:11 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< Feel free to introduce yourself to the list if you wish and tell us a
little bit about yourself and your interest(s) in Alabama history.
I have just joined the list and wanted to briefly introduce myself. I
am 33yo and I live in Sylacauga. I have always been fascinated by the local
folklore and history of this region. Does anyone have any information about
Sylacauga to share? I am particularly interested in the early Cherokee
settlements of the area. Does anyone have any information about an area in
Sylacauga called "Tan Yard Hill"?
I am looking forward to expanded my knowledge and getting to know