Richard R. and Elizabeth Hendrix Methvin


    Richard Robinson Methvin (Sept 5, 1845-March 7, 1921) was the sixth of ten children born to Cotton ("Cottie") and Martha Ann Drake Methvin of Coweta County, Georgia. He served as a private in Co. E. of the 10th Georgia Battalion, having enlisted in Newnan, Georgia on May 1, 1864. R.R. was wounded at the battle of Dutch Gap in Virginia, and in 1908 was granted a pension due to his wound causing paralysis of the right arm, shoulder and side of his face, thereby leaving him unable to make a living by manual labor.

    On March 20, 1870, R.R. married Elizabeth Jane Hendrix (April 21, 1845-January 27, 1936), the daughter of John J. and Mary Ann Williams Hendrix of Coweta County. There they had six boys and three girls named, George, Lodie, Lemuel, Mattie, Lelia, Frank, Charley Russell, Walter and Wilbur Elam Methvin.

    George A. (January 12, 1871-Nov 21, 1946) married Candice Hyatt of Cullman County, in 1891, and had six children, Hugh, Arthur, Vera, Carl, Ruth and Ruby.        

    Lodie (born November 3, 1872) married Charlie Bird of Clebourn County, in 1891, and had Eva, Ethel, Olin, Mattie Lou and Flora Bird.

    Lemuel (born January 4, 1875) married Ora Handley in Cullman County, and had seven children; Rosa, Harmon, Velma, Hilliard, Margie, Charlie and Virginia Methvin.

    Mattie Lou (born February 19, 1877) married Robert Jackson and had a son, Theo, a chiropractor who practiced in Haleyville. His son, Boyd Jackson, graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1947 and practiced in Winfield, Alabama.

    Lelia (born April 25, 1879) married Leonard Thomas and had Essie, Elizabeth, Clyde, Eunice, Lucille, Wynell, Iva Sue, Russell, James and Wilbur E. Thomas.

    Frank (born September 7, 1879), married Victoria Boone in Cullman County and had Tessie, Lizzie, Earl, E.C., Walter, Pauline and Sedera Methvin.

    Charlie Russell (born November 3, 1883) died at age 4.

    Walter John (born March 23, 1886) married Plura Moore in 1908 in Bear Creek and had Duell, Dwight and Cecil (Buck), all chiropractors.

     Wilbur Elam (May 26, 1889-August 23, 1963) married Hattie Mae Wilson, the daughter of Samuel K. and Mary Ann Downs Wilson, on March 22, 1908 in Bear Creek. Their first two children, Thomas O.C. (December 5, 1908-February 4, 1909) and Wilbur Eargle (January 10, 1910-February 22, 1910) died in infancy. Their third child, Hattie Mae, was born March 4, 1911, married James Porter Pierce and is presently living in Scottsboro, Alabama. Hattie Mae Wilson Methvin died 5 days after giving birth to daughter Hattie, and Wilbur married Florence Keller of Kentucky in 1914. They divorced in 1926 and he married Nora Elizabeth Bell North in 1828 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

    Richard R. and family moved to Clebourne County in the early 1890's, where he ran a Post Office and merchantile business in Methvin. They moved next to Trade, Cullman County, and some of them finally to Bear Creek, Marion County, in the early 1900's. He was mayor there and had a general merchandise business until just before his death.

    Due to Wilbur Elam Methvin's influence, there have been approximately 30 members of the family that became chiropractors, including Timothy Harold Pierce, W.E.'s great-grandson, who took over Boyd Jackson's practice in Winfield.

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