Hiram Brogden, Sr. was a long term probate judge

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 8, 2003

The family of Winnie Brogden was introduced in last week's column and will be continued in this writing. The name of Winnie's husband has not been learned by the surviving descendants of this area. Winnie and her married children appear to have arrived in Covington County with their families during the early 1880s. They all settled in the northern area of the county in the Buck Creek and Rawls communities. Their names and that of their children were outlined in the previous column, and their grandchildren are outlined today.

The only identified grandchildren of the oldest child, Jesse, and his wife, Elizabeth (Gunter), are Norma Gunter and M.T. Gunter, children of Donie (Brogden) and Elliott B. Gunter.

The next child, Elizabeth, and her husband, Andrew Jackson Fallaw, Sr., had the following children, but the names of their grandchildren are unknown: Leora, b. 1855; Velia Ann, b. 1856; Angeline Elizabeth, b. 1858, m. (1) Elijah G. Smith (2) Evans Elihu Wiggins; Lora Ann "Honey," b. 1861, d. 1953; Andrew Jackson Jr., b. 1864, d. 1909; Albert, b. 1866; Wilbern, b. 1868, d. 1903; George Forrest, b. 1870; Susan Clyde "Suzie," b. 1862; and Tillman, b. 1876, d. 1896.

The names of the grandchildren for the following siblings are not known to this writer: Mansel Brogden, Sally Brogden, and William C. "Bill" Brogden.

The next son, John B., and his wife, Mary Victoria (Kirkland), had the following grandchildren from their two children: Fannie Cornelia (Brogden) and her husband, George W. Scott, were the parents of Sadie Irene, b. 1900, d. 1980, m.Thedford B. Findley: Ruby Myrtle, b. 1902, m. Bennie Mitchell; Hubert Morris, b. 1903, d. 1986; Jesse Guy, b. 1905, d. 1982, m. Minnie Broom; Annie Lou, b. 1908, d. 1936, m. Robert Seymour; George Forrest, b. 1910, d. 1989, m. Helen Quates; Altha Jewel, b. 1912, m. Ted Hugh DuBose; Osie Emmett, b. 1915, m. Julia Peretto; Charles Taze, b. 1918, m. (1) Gladys Hutchison; Kyle Brogden, b. 1920, d. 1988, m. Violet Brook; Leslie Clarence Scott, b. 1922, m. Jeanean Whittle; Mary Catherine, b. 1925, m. William Selma Pitts; and Lillie Marie, b. 1929, m. Walter Leonard Dixon.

John B.'s daughter, Annie Lee, and her husband, Jim D. May, had the following children: John Andrew, b. 1904; and Mattie Lorene "Pat," b. 1908, m. Robert Pratt.

The next son, Adolphus A. and his wife, Mary Jane (Hogg), had the following grandchildren: Their son, James "Jim," and his wife, Joan M. (Rawls), were the parents of Rosa Lee, b. 1897, m. Marcus Murphy; James Walter, b. 1900, d. 1901; Jesse, b. 1901, d. 1932, m. Oscar Bowland; Beulah, b. 1903, d. 1968, m. J.C. Harris; Wilburn, b. 1904, m. Ira Mae Bryant; Clarence, b. 1906, d. 1985, m. Elizabeth Johnson; Lorene, b. 1908, m. Clifford Johns; Harmon "Shake," b. 1911, m. Claire Duggan; Opel, b. 1913, m. (1) Fred Roney (2) Q.P. Bailey; Infant girl, b. 1915, d. 1915; Marvin, b. 1916, d. 1918; and Jamie, b. 1919, m. (1) Libby Hartridge (2) Jimima ?.

Adolphus's daughter, Frances Samantha, and her husband, Elliott Lee Rawls, had the following children: Edna, d. 1984, m. Clarence Jones; Robert Lee, b. 1896, d. 1897; Ether, b. 1998, d. 1986, m. Willie Lee Johnson; Eva, b. 1900, d. 1962, m. Mack Jordan; and Taft, b. 1909, d. 1927.

Adolphus's daughter, Joan, and her husband, Benjamin F. "Bede" Rawls, had the following children: Gerald, m. ? Beasley; Jarol B., b. 1897, m. ? Weatherford; infant boy, b. & d. 1899; Sanford M., b. & d. 1901; and Guy, b. 1902, d. 1923.

Adolphus's son, Hosea Holland, and wife, Willie Ruth (Garvin), had the following children: Horace Clifton, m. Mamie Cunnington; Murray Adolphus, m. Eva Grace Hartin; Willie Robert, m. Zona Marie Hurley; and Forrest, d. at 2 years of age.

Adolphus's son, Hiram Jenkins, and wife, Lillian (Cottle), had the following children: Hiram Jenkins Jr., m. Thera (Grissett); and Ann, m. Young Rainer.

Adolphus's daughter, Minnie Myra, and first husband, James W. Straughn, had one daughter, Doris, m. (1) Grady Foster (2) Brunson Gibbs. Minnie Myra and her second husband, Brunson Gibbs, had four children: Mary, m. (1) Robert E. Harrison (2) Bill Williamson; Martha, m. John Wilmer Stanfield; Elizabeth, m. J.W. Rountree; and Brunson, d. as a teenager in motorcycle accident.

Adolphus's son, Edward Henry, and wife, Bessie (Grantham), had the following children: Carroll Borris, b. 1914, m. Annie Jym Elmore; Hilda Rae, b. 1915, m. Emmette Ray Sharpe; Hester Jane, b. 1917, m. Grover H. Little; Ettie Joan, b. 1918, m. Verlie D. Gilmer; Janis Olga, b. 1921, m. (1) Dennis Rubin Tucker (2) Charles David Vanstory; Frankie Maxine, b. 1924, m. Eugene Thomas; Edward Henry Jr., b. 1926, m. Ester Ruth Coleman; Mary Sue, b. 1928, m. (1) Milton McLamore (2) Allen Brown; and Betty Zane, b. 1931, m. William H. Baldwin.

Martha Ann and her husband, Fuller Huckabaa's, grandchildren included children of the following: Son Robert "Bob" and wife, Vada (Hogg), had Estie Lee, b. 1914, d. 1970, m. Cecil Whittle; and Opie Ree, b. 1914, m. (1) Melvin Hogan (2) Jim Musuall. Daughter Virginia Oliva and her husband, James Alzie Raley, had Bama, m. Walter Gantt; Ethel, m. Sherman Perdue; Bura Glenn, m. Annie Mae Langston; Ruth, b. 1907, d. 1968, m. George Martin; Lillian, m. Fred Adams; Nona, m. Marvin Henley; James Cleve, b. 1914, d. 1966, m. Hazel Lunsford; Nathan, m. Erma Nell Kimbro; Sibyle, m. (1) ? Radford (2) W.T. Harp; and Dorothy, m. ? Wallace.

Martha Ann's daughter, Dollie, and husband, Dock Straughn, had Robert, Mamie, Myrtle, Jewel, Albert, and Edgar. Her daughter, Lizzie, and husband, Jim Aplin, had Hiram, Joseph, Ernest, and Nobie. Her son, Ancil, and wife, Lillie, had Carlos, b. 1894, d. 1958, m. (1) Ruth Garvin Brogden (2) Myrtle Holloway; Clayton, b. 1897, m. Cora Ethel Brantley; Trammel, b. 1905, m. Gladys Sharpe; and Annie Clyde, b. 1908, d. 1987, m. (1) Fred Boggan.

One of Adolphus's sons, Hiram Jenkins Brogden, became quite prominent in the public affairs of the county. He received his formal education in the public schools of the county and was graduated from Troy Normel College in 1913. Before completing his degree he taught school at Andrews, Rawls, Gantt, and Oak Grove. After graduating he entered Massey Business College in Montgomery. In 1912, he was elected as Superintendent of Education for Covington County, an office he filled for about five years. During the time he led the schools in moving toward consolidation and planted seeds for improved schools and buildings.

In 1917, Hiram, was elected to serve Covington County as Clerk of the Circuit Court. After six years in the office, he was elected to serve as Judge of Probate Court. He served his community in this office for about 38 years. To quote Gus Bryan in his Covington County History, 1821-1976: "If length of years of public service are a correct measure of public confidence, it may well be said that few men in Alabama can more justly take pride in such public confidence than Hiram Jenkins Brogden, Judge of Probate Court of Covington County."

Another area of Hiram's service was in support of the military. During World War I, he was elected as a member of the Four Minute Men of Alabama who made speeches across the country in behalf of Liberty Loans. He also served on the Selective Military Service Board of Covington County. During World War II, he helped organize the county for selective service duties and became Director of the local American Red Cross and Chairman of the Red Cross Disaster Relief Section.

Hiram was also one of the leading and most active members of the Masonic Order of Covington County. He Held memberships in the Andalusia Lodge No. 434, A.F. & A.M.; Covington Chapter No. 123, R.A.M.; and Andalusia Commandery No. 24.

The Brogden family has clearly contributed significantly to the growth and development of Covington County. There are several descendants who continue to reside in the area. Appreciation is expressed to the following for sharing their family's history: Grace Brogden, Mamie Brogden, and Marie Scott Dixon.

Anyone who might have corrections to the above or additional data on this family is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 21361 Rabren Road, Andalusia, AL 36420 or Email: chthom@alaweb.com


The Covington Rifles Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 6, at the Andalusia Public Library.