ENSLAVED AND FREEDMAN MAHONE FAMILIES IN ALABAMA



Note:  The information appearing in this section was derived from a variety of primary and secondary sources.  Primary Sources include:  Macon County deeds, mortgages and wills  filed in Probate Judge’s office of Macon County Courthouse, Tuskegee, Alabama, and Alabama Death Certificates. Secondary sources include: various internet U.S. Federal Census records, family tree, marriage and death records; oral histories provided by family members and descendants of allied families from The Ridge; and, the four volume series A Rockaway in Talbot: Travels in an Old Georgia County.  Submission of information and documentation from site visitors to correct and/or expand on the information appearing in this section is requested.  Click here  to submit corrections and/or additional information.   The surname Reed referenced in the following information occurs with several spelling variations to include Read, Reid and Ried in the U.S. Federal Census and other records and documentation.  The “Read” version of the surname is used consistently throughout this summary.

Research of the U.S. Federal Census population schedules for Alabama indicate that there are African Americans with the surname Mahone found in three distinct Alabama locations:  Creek Stand in Macon County, Notasulga in Macon County and Rutlegdge in Crenshaw County. It is presently unknown if there are blood ties between the three groups of black Mahone families in these areas of Alabama.   However, there appears to be a connection of the three groups tracing back to slaves held by Rowland, Peter Flournoy and Thomas Mahone from Georgia.  

Of the three Mahone brothers, Thomas Mahone was the only one who migrated to Alabama during the era of Alabama Fever. His sons: Marion, William and Stephen all owned slaves and made their homes in different areas of Alabama. 

  
Marion – born 8/13/1812; died 7/22/1879 – buried in Loachapoka Cemetery 

William – born 1/2/1815; died 11/24/1888 – buried in Rutledge, Crenshaw County 

Stephen Marshall– born 11/1/1816; died 12/22/1857 – buried in Warrior Stand Cemetery.  Married Nancy Ray Kennon 1835 in Georgia.  Nancy was born November 22, 1816 in Lincoln County, Georgia.  She died April 5, 1886  in Rutledge,  Crenshaw County, Alabama.

 

MAHONES IN CREEK STAND, MACON COUNTY, ALABAMA

 

Sallie (Sarah) Reed was enslaved in Harris County, Georgia by Asa Reed.  She migrated with Asa’s son Nathan Reed to Macon
County, Alabama.  Her children were Harriett and Sidney.  

 

Sidney Reed Mahone

 

Sidney Reed Mahone was born about 1848 in Alabama.  He died about 1911 in Macon County near Creek Stand.  Sidney’s father was Grandison Mahone (a.k.a. Grand and Granderson Mahone), who was enslaved by Stephen Marshall Mahone.  Grandison is listed on an 1857 inventory of slaves belonging to Stephen Mahone.  For some reason, Sidney preferred the surname Reed over that of Mahone, although he was known by both names within the local community and according to legal documents, including the U.S. Federal Census. 

 

Late in the Civil War, Sidney served in the U.S. Colored Troops Infantry, 138th Regiment, Company G.  His rank was Private. According to a deposition by William Reed that is found in Sidney’s Civil War pension records, Sidney joined with Union forces lead by General James Wilson as they passed from Montgomery, Alabama to Columbus, Georgia in April 1865 during the famous campaign of “Wilson’s Raiders.”  In his pension papers, Sidney indicated that during slavery, his mother Sallie was owned by Nathan Reed and that he was owned by Nathan’s wife Eliza Reed.  Eliza Reed’s maiden name was Elizabeth Kennon. Eliza was the sister of Nancy Ray Kennon who married Nathan Reed’s colleague Stephen Marshall Mahone. In 1848, Nathan Reed and Stephen Mahone jointly purchased about 120 acres of land located near Warrior Stand. 


Sidney Reed Mahone became an original trustee of the Creek Stand AME Zion Church.  Sidney’s occupation was farmer.  According to a document found in one of the Macon County Mortgage Books located in the Probate Judge’s office in Tuskegee, Alabama, Sidney entered into joint agreement with Fed Lloyd to borrow money from N.P. Banks & Company for $80.00 in order to procure the necessary team, provisions and farm implements to make a crop for that year.  Fed Lloyd was Sidney’s brother in-law, the  husband of Sidney’s sister Harriett. The collateral for the note was the entire crop except for one bale of cotton which was set aside for payment of rent.  This type of mortgage agreement was common for that era and was written in favor of the lender as indicated by the waiver of the benefit of all laws that protected the borrower’s property ownership.