Simeon Perry Houk (7.12) was born on May 15, 1818 in Jones Cove, Sevier County, Tennessee to Michael Preston Houk and Lydia Layman, both from Tennessee.
Tobitha Murray (7.13) was born, at my best estimate, in the early 1820’s. She was a native to Jackson County, Alabama, where she spent her entire life.
Simeon and Tobitha married, probably around 1835 and likely in Jackson County, Alabama. In 1838 they had their first child, a son whom they named George Washington. The 1850 United States Census shows the family had an additional five children, Lydia Ann (1842), James Marion (1843/4) (7.6), William Midas (1845), Bradford Perry (1848), Martha Caldonia (1849). At this time, the family lived in District 21 of Jackson County, Alabama. Simeon owned property amounting to $650. The Census records show Simeon was in the profession of farming, however other sources list him as one of the well and favorably know Baptist preachers in the Mud Creek Association.
Miles Taylor (7.14) was born in 1814 in South Carolina to parents who were both from Virginia. On August 19, 1838 he married a gal named Margaret Nugent in Franklin County, Tennessee. Margaret was born November 3, 1816 in Roark's Cove, Franklin, Tennessee to John and Elizabeth Neighbors Nugent. The 1840 United States Census shows Miles living in Franklin County, Tennessee with a female between the ages of 20 and 30 (his wife, Margaret) and a female under the age of 5 (his daughter, Rebecca A, born in that year). Their second child, William A was born in 1843 at Roark's Cove, Franklin, Tennessee.
Around 1844 the Taylor foursome moved to District 21, Jackson County, Alabama. They added two sons Benjamin (1845) and James E C (1858) and two daughters Sarah Elizabeth (1846) (7.7) and Manerva Jane (1849) to the family. Miles supported his family as a farmer.
According to the 1860 United States Census dated June 8, the eight family members, including the last born son, James E C (1859), lived in District 3, Jackson, Alabama.
1860 United States Census (June 8) - Jackson County, Alabama
She may not have been the belle of the picnic at Twelve Oaks known as Scarlett O’Hara, but I still like to romanticize the story of Sarah E Taylor (7.7) and James Marion Houk (7.6). These two were old enough to be affected by the inevitable pride and unfortunate tragedy of the Civil War. I imagine young Sarah and James experienced the sorrow of losing family or friends, the devastation of poverty and destruction and the insecurity from invasion and occupation. Completed by 1854, the railway from Jackson County to Chattanooga, Tennessee is said to have made Jackson County an obvious pass through for the Northern invaders during the Civil War and for some time after. "No part of the South suffered more than the people in Jackson County."
"It was in this county that first one army and then the other passed, from the beginning of 1862 until the close of the war. If one army failed to get what you had the other one took it. And besides General Sherman's army wintered in this county, and it was his policy to cripple the enemy by taking his property to support the war."
An observation that strikes me as ironic is that almost 30 years earlier, "Congress passed a law in 1834, providing for the removal of the Cherokees in Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia, to the Indian Territory." The same settlers who participated in this invasion and forced removal of the Cherokee Indians were now experiencing the same unfair fate forced upon them by the Northerners.
1865 not only marked the end of the Civil War, but introduced a happier time as Sarah E Taylor (my great-great-great grandmother) married James Marion Houk (my great-great-great grandfather) on August 12 in the city of Woodville, Jackson County, Alabama. As James’ father was a reverend it could be a likely assumption that he performed their wedding ceremony. The twenty-something couple began to build their family in 1866 when they introduced their first child, a daughter they named Margaret Ann Houk (7.3). They continued to build their brood with an additional seven children in this order: Francis J (1869), Benjamin B (1871), Miles Simeon (1872), Elizabeth Ernie (1874), Eliha (1876), James Paul (1877) and John A (1879), all of whom were born in the city of Limrock in Jackson County, Alabama.
At age 61, Simeon Houk died in Jackson County, Alabama on January 4, 1879, 33 years before his wife Tobitha who passed away on July 12, 1912. Both are buried at Peter's Cove Cemetery.
The last census I could find Miles Taylor was in 1880 where he was 66 years old. His wife was not on this census, so I assume she passed away between 1870 and 1880.
James Marion Houk died in 1899. My assumption is that both he and wife, Sarah E died in Jackson County, Alabama.
Quotes were from this souce: http://www.reynoldsrecords.com/alabama/jackson_history.html