27 Jul 2000: Mrs. Barbara Smith, widow of the late Roy Lester
Smith, sent me copies of some of Roy's work. Roy is a direct descendent
of my ggg-uncle, Isham Gwin, brother of my gg-grandpa, William Gwin, both
of Cahaba, AL. Our common ancestors are Isham and William's parents,
John and Jane Walker Gwin. Among that work is a 16-page typewritten
transcription containing excerpts from the diary of the Rev. (C. J. L.?)
Cotten--some 58 entries, many of which contain references to my Gwin
ancestors. In a Jan 1997 letter to Barbara Ward, Roy said the
diary copies were sent to him by the Cawhaba Project where the original
manuscripts of the diary are on file. For an alphabetical listing
of the over eighty individuals referenced, there, click
Thursday, 6 Apr 1849: Cotten's church elected brethren Guinn and Bassett as Trustees to handle borrowing the $700 or $800 dollars necessary for the completion of the new building. [Question: What are the given names of these two? Is the Guinn William, or is he his father, John? Since two of John's daughters married Basset brothers during this time, this Basset almost has to be one of the children of John James Louis Basset and Mary Miles Basset. Then is he William? Louis?]
Thursday, 26 Apr 1849: "The people in Selma have some jealousy
of the R.Road from this place [Cahaba] to Marion....The brethren seem to
feel much interest in the prosperity of the church--that is those present;
but alas! so few come out. Two bro. Guinns, bro. Ulmer, and
bro. Francis are class leaders." [Question: What are the given
names of these two? Are they father and son--i.e., John and William?
Or are they two blood brothers, William and...whom? Isom? Thomas?
Charley? Most like the father and William.]
Thursday, 17 May 1849: "This evening I married two couples--a Mr. Turner to Mrs. Rowark and Bro. McKnight to Miss Louisa Guinn, both the brides being daughters of bro. Guinn, after which I went to the church and expounded the 15th Psalm." [ Mrs. McKnight's given name was unknown to me until today--Louisa! Hooray! Also, this is the first and so far the only indication known to me that John Gwin had a daughter who had married a Rowark! Could she have been another daughter heretofore unknown to me? Following is a list of John Gwin's children known to me, including this new daughter as child number eight, if indeed this possibility is correct. The only other possibilities seem to be that either Sarah or Mary Ann were married THREE times--once to Rowark, once to Turner, and finally to a Basset brother.] [NOTE:: Now I see in other notes of Roy L. Smith that Mary Ann Gwin was really two people--Mary Gwin and Ann Gwin!) Roy's records show: Mary Gwin; m1. 27 Dec 1838 in Dallas Co., AL, to Drury H. Roarck (Rowark?); m2. 17 May 1849 in Cahaba, AL, to Mr. Turner and Ann Gwin m. 19 Jan 1843 Joseph Lavalett Basset
4.1--William Gwin m. 12 May
1842 to Rosam Carlisle Jones Wilson
Saturday, 30 Jun 1849: "...Came back home this evening and went in bathing with bro. Bassett and bro. Wm. Guinn. " [Question: Is the Bassett William? Louis? Another?]
Sabbath,5 Aug 1849: "Preached this morning according to
appointment from Col [Colossians?]--on the responsibilities and
__ties [duties?] of masters. Had a large congregation.
One (Col. Walker) [Question: relative of John Gwin's wife, Jane
Walker? Could be, as there's no reason more than one family could
not have made the move from east TN to AL. Any Colonels in
her line?] up and complimented the sermon very highly. So far
as I know, they were generally well pleased, through there had been some
curiosity to know what I would say. Preached this evening to the
cold. people [Reader, can you figure out the abbreviation?] from
I Cor 13 chap. Bro. Guinn [Cotten spells their name this way consistently
throughout] held class meeting with them this morning as I did not
wish them to be present at the church. [Why not? Because of the
sermon topic, of course!] Had cold. people this evening.
At night I preached from Mat. __ 28-30."
Sabbath, 11 Nov 1849: Preached this morning from Rom 5:1-5. This afternoon preached to the servants from Mat. 7:7-11. Tonight preached from Luke 14: 16-24. Sorry to see Judge Saffold has got back. I hope I have praise with God. This morning in company with bro. Guinn I visited the jail.