Monday, August 16, 2004

Over the past few weeks I've been in contact with William T. Lawler, Jr., a great-great-grandson of John Hart Crenshaw. His father, William T. Lawler, Sr., was one of the those descendants of Crenshaw, and particularly Crenshaw's son-in-law Gen. Michael K. Lawler who was fascinated by his family's history and spent years collecting genealogical information about the Lawler clan.

One of the things he's shared with me is his father's typed history of Guineaville, the coal mining community that once stood below the Old Slave House on the south side of the road leading up to the house from Route 1 and on the west side of the highway. I had seen a copy of it before.

William gave me permission to post the history online and I have uploaded it onto the Gallatin County ILGenWeb site, a genealogy, local history and folklore site for the county. Here's the link for the history of Old Guineaville.

Along with the history I've also uploaded a picture Lawler sent to me of the old store building that stood at Guineaville as well as part of the 1916 topo map of the area that shows the rows of houses in the community.

Some place in my stack of materials I have a picture Vernon Crest's granddaughter sent me of the old Hickory Hill Mine which stood southwest of the Old Slave House down below the hill. It was the mine that employed the workers who lived in Guineaville. The 7-acre mine site is part of the 9.7 acres acquired by the state for the Old Slave House site. Whenever I find the binder that it is in I'll scan and upload it as well.


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