- John received a grant from the Federal Goverment for about 800 acres in what is now Dale County, Alabama in 1829. 80 acres, on which the old home was located, is still in the family, owned by his descendants.
His son Jim's home was called "Woodshop, Alabama" and was the Ozark area's first postoffice, founded in 1842. John Andrews was "Postmaster" and his son Jim was "Assistant Postmaster".
John J. And Sinia still lived in Darlington in 1830. I have not located a census for them there. It is said John received a grant from the Federal Government for about 800 acres in what is now Dale County, Alabama in 1829. 80 acres, on which the old home was located, is still in the family, owned by his descendants. Yet he is not found on the 1830 Dale Co. Census. In his brother William's household in the 1830 Dale census, there is a male that would fit John's age. I am thinking that John came to AL first and then later went back for his wife Sinai and family. Their first few children were born in SC up to 1832. Their next child born in 1834 was born in AL.
Children of JOHN ANDREWS and SINAI ATKINSON are:
2. i. SAMUEL JAMES ANDREWS, b. June 15, 1827, Darlington Co., South
Carolina; d. October 23, 1907, Dale County, Alabama.
3. ii. REVEREND WILLIAM EUGENE WELCH ANDREWS, b. November 19, 1832,
Darlington Dist. South Carolina; d. February 15, 1907, Dale County, Alabama.
iii. JOHN N. ANDREWS, b. 1834, Alabama.
iv. SINAI L. H. J. ANDREWS, b. Abt. 1835.
v. SOPHRONIA E. J. ANDREWS, b. Abt. 1838.
vi. MARY ANDREWS, b. Abt. 1840.
vii. SPENCER B. H. ANDREWS, b. Abt. 1843.
viii. SARAH ANDREWS, b. Abt. 1845.
There may be another child. I have in my records that Thomas Benjamin Andrews born Jan 12,1829 was a son of John's brother William. However there really is not documented proof, and many have speculated he was actually a son of John J. And Sinai. He very well could be, for their is a lapse from 1827 to 1832 in their first two son's births. This Thomas B. married Damarius J. Carraway abt 1850 in Dale Co. Their first son was named John Thomas (could be named after father and grandfather Thomas). Second child was daughter named Sinia. Thomas did not name any sons William.
It was actually that dilemma that brought me to the Mary Andrews Dick
There is a Sinia Andrews ages 73 in the 1880 Dale Co., Al census page 572 b ED61 (beat 1, Ozark) Sheet 30.... living in the household of a black family, Named Hayes Matthews, with her daughter Jane age 44. She is listed as a Farmer. There is also another woman--Can't read writing-(age 60) listed as farmer with her daughter Victoria (20), along with the black family. That is why I asked if you had found Mary in the 1880 census..wanted to check and see if Sinai was still in her household or if the above was actually her.
Thanks for sending me the Pension application document as well, good source of information. I will look to see if 1830 Darlington census is online to find John J. and Sinai.
Angela ANDREWS PIFER
I would like to comment on Angela's statement, "It is said John [Andrews] received a grant from the Federal Government for about 800 acres in what is now Dale County, Alabama in 1829."
My first thought was that 1829 was probably too early for grants in Dale Co. The General Land Office discovered early in their attempts to sell land in South Alabama that there were far too few buyers for the amount of land to be sold, and they concentrated on the most salable land first, which was not in Dale Co. Dale Co. land sales were almost non-existent until the middle 1830s.
However, there were a very few grants made before 1830 (in 1828), and all to men named Andrews. Not John, however. They were Benjamin and Thomas Andrews. A third Andrews, William, obtained grants in 1831. The first I see for a John Andrews was a grant in 1837. I don't have the actual purchase date for John, but it was probably in 1836 or early 1837. A John J. Andrews first got a grant in 1849, but it is possible that John J. and John were the same person.
All of these Andrews purchases were simple cash purchases, very likely for $1.25/acre. They could have bought as much land as they wanted (and could afford), and there was no need to live on the land, or for that matter to live in the State of Alabama.
These land purchases by the Andrews boys were unusually large for most farmers. A man could not work but a few acres by himself, and a few more if he had sons. When you look at Agriculture Schedules, you rarely see more than about 20 to 40 acres of land in cultivation for a family unless they had slaves. When you see large land holdings without slaves, you are usually seeing land speculation. Not knowing if the Andrews had slaves, I don't know what I am seeing here. I do note, however, that the 1828 grants to Benjamin and Thomas Andrews comprised 760 acres, all contiguous. Land speculation is usually dispersed acreage, picking the most desirable tracts and skipping
over the poorer land in between. Just some thoughts, for whatever it is worth.