Search billions of records on


1. John ECKFORD(1) (2)(3) (4) was born on 26 Aug 1766 in Innerleithen, Peebles, Scotland.(5) He appeared on the census in 1820 in Limestone Co, Ala. (pg 131) He died in Alabama or Tennessee. He was a Doctor. John emigrated to America abt 1801 since youngest son William was born in Petersburg, VA in 1802. He was in Rogersville, TN in 1805. On 23 Feb 1810 he applied to the government for a grant of 160 acres (T3S, R1E, Sec 19, SW 1/4) in Madison Co, Al and by Oct 1811 signed a contract to deliver cotton. In 1810 and 1812 John was involved in lawsuits in Madison County. He was referred to as Dr. Eckford from Peebles, Scotland in Alabama Records, vol 71, pg 77

He registered as an alien during the War of 1812:
"I John Eckford a British Subject and a native of Scotland do hereby report myself as such to William ????? ??? forty-six years old a wife and four children residing in the united States ten years, at present a citizen of Madison County Mississippi Territory my occupation that of a Physician 9th October 1812 John Eckford"
Note: He mentions only 4 children because 17-year old John was a private in the local militia.

On 3 Dec 1818 (six months after his sons bought land in adjacent Morgan County) John and Mary sold the 160 acres plus house for $3000 to Edwin Jones. That is a considerable price for the time, but the land appears to be near downtown Huntsville. One assumes that Dr. John and rest of family moved to join Thomas, John and William in Morgan County and perhaps helped finance the purchase.

Source: database eckford in version 7/27/03

He was married to Mary\Marian POW (daughter of ) on 5 Jun 1795 in Innerleithen, Peebles, Scotland.(6) Mary\Marian POW was born on 6 May 1770 in Innerleithen, Peebles, Scotland. (6) Marian's parents were John Pow and Marian Bleakie.

Source: database eckford in version 7/27/03 John ECKFORD and Mary\Marian POW had the following children:

child+2 i. Thomas ECKFORD.
child+3 ii. John (twin) ECKFORD.
child4 iii. Marian ECKFORD was born on 12 Dec 1798 in Innerleithen, Peebles, Scotland. (7) She appeared on the census in 1850 in Noxubee Co, Miss.(6) in the family of James Eckford as Mary A., age 52, born Scotland
Source: database eckford in version 7/27/03
child+5 iv. James ECKFORD.
child+6 v. William ECKFORD.
child+7 vi. Joseph R. ECKFORD.