Transcriber's notes:  This history was transcribed from three photocopied
  pages of typewritten text, kindly provided to me by Leah Weatherford
  of Baldwyn, MS.  Portions of the text indicate that it was originally
  written on July 8, 1940, by Zadoc Lorenzo Weatherford.
    Every effort has been taken to transcribe the text verbatim,
  including the original spacing and line breaks.
                                            Richard Warren Blaylock

HISTORY OF THE WEATHERFORD FAMILY William Bazil Weatherford was born on the frontier of Georgia on February 14, 1806. He died on September 2, 1894 and was buried at Bexar, Alabama. His father was named William Weatherford and was probably the son or grandson of one of four or five brothers who came over from England. The date of their arrival is not known. William Bazil Weatherford had five brothers and one sister, viz: Leander, Jack, Mart, Harris, and Joe, and a sister named Biddie. She married Tom Heathcock, the father of John Heathcock, the father of Mandy Weatherford. Leander and Jack Weatherford (brothers of William Bazil Weatherford) lived and died on adjoining farms in Limestone County near Athens, Alabama. I have no history of the other brothers. William Bazil Weatherford's mother was a Flannagan and lived near Athens, Alabama. William Bazil Weatherford was married first to Diana Scott, daughter of Bradford Scott (Franklin County) and to this union was born four brothers and six sisters, viz: Mart (the eldest), Harris, Leander Jackson, and Joe. Sisters: Temp, married George Robinson of Bexar, Alabama; Rachel married Bent West of Hartford, Arkansas; Mandy, married Curt Blaylock of Monroe, Oklahoma; Mary, married George Scott of near Hodges, Alabama; Sarah, married Ben Jones and after his death married Marshal Johnson the father of Dell and Bazil Johnson; Margaret, married William Tyler and they had three children when the war broke out about the time of the Battle of Shiloh. She lived in Illinois at the time of her death. One of her daughters, Eliza, married Frank Metz. They had a daughter, Anna, who married a man by the name of George Schlingman. They lived near Macon, Illinois in 1940. William Bazil Weatherford was married a second time to a Thornton, and to this marriage was one child, Adeline, who married Jason P. Ford of Hamilton, Alabama. William Bazil Weatherford was married a third time to Bettie Young, mother of Tom Young of Marion County, Alabama. William Bazil Weatherford's oldest child, Mart Weatherford, had four children. One was named Sylvester who lived and died near Walkers Bridge. Mart Weatherford was a confederate soldier and was killed in action at Petersburg, Virginia. His wife was asister to Dock Davis. Joe Weatherford died in prison during the Civil War. His Wife was a Simmons. He was in the same Company with Fayette Kennedy. William Tyler, the husband of Margaret Weatherford Tyler, brought a load of supplies from some place north for the Union Soldiers at Shiloh and was given furlough to come back to Margaret's fathers home on Bull Mountain in Marion County, and on his way back to rejoin the Union forces was killed in a battle by the Confederate forces near Belmont, Mississippi. Leander Jackson Weatherford, the youngest son of William Bazil Weatherford, was born on Bull Mountain Creek in Marion County on the place settled by William Bazil Weatherford on February 8, 1854. He was married to Lucinda Adelia Ritter, the daughter of Mart Ritter, in about 1873. To this union was born ten children: Nolen, John Greely, Marcellus, James Harris, Martin Van Buren, Mosey, and Zadoc Lorenzo. The girls were: Rachel, Vada, and Vera. Leander J. Weatherford was married a second time in 1901 to Mrs. Mary Puckett Nicholson and to this union eight children were born, viz: Bazil, Dewey, Frona, Trannie, Archie, Carnie, and Gracie. Bazel, Dewey, Mosey, and Marcellus are dead at the time of this writing, July 8, 1940. There were eighteen children of Leander J. Weatherford by his first and second wife. He was married three times subsequent to the deaths of his second wife, but had no children. He died in 1938 and was buried in the Ridge Cemetery near Red Bay, Alabama. Of the eighteen children, some made farmers, some school teachers, and one, Zadoc L. Weatherford, was a general practitioner of medicine and lived in Red Bay, Alabama. He served as a Medical Officer in the World War. He also served one term in the State Senate, Alabama 1939-1944. There had been one other William Weatherford who served in the Alabama Legislature. He was also a Captain in the Confederate Army, as well as a Doctor and practiced his profession in Franklin County, Alabama. The Doctor William Weatherford referred to above was the grandfather of John Weatherford, Harve Weatherford, Eva Weatherford, and Mrs. Phil Nelson of Vina, Alabama and William Weatherford, deceased, and Faus Weatherford, Russelville, Alabama, who has been Tax Assessor for Franklin County for a number of years. The father of the grandchildren of Doctor Weatherford was named John Weatherford, the same as Dr. William Weatherford's father who served as Sherriff of Franklin County for a number of years. William Bazil Weatherford, the grandfather of Dr. Zadoc L. Weatherford, and Dr. William Weatherford were first cousins. It is reported that William Weatherford, the farther of William Bazil Weatherford, after the death of his first wife (Flannagan) took unto himself a Choctaw squaw and went west to Oklahoma or Texas. It is surmised that the Weatherfords in Texas and Oklahoma came from or near Athens, Alabama, and are descendents of my great grandfather William Weatherford. William Bazil Weatherford made his first boat trip when nineteen years old. He followed boating on the Tennessee River from Florence to New Orleans, for about ten or twelve years. He married near Florence, Alabama, or Athens, Alabama. He then came to Bear Creek and settled near the Chickasaw boundary line. He lived there until land was opened up by the Government. He then rode horseback to Pontotoc, Mississippi to the Government Office where he entered the 160 acres of land on which he reared his family and which land was left to Lee J. Weatherford. Here Leander J. Weatherford reared his first family. In about 1901 this land was traded to Jake Webb, and Lee Weatherford moved to Itawamba County, Mississippi, settling just across the state line from Red Bay, Alabama, in Mississippi. Mart Weatherford, brother of William Bazil Weatherford, moved to some place in Louisiana and reared his family. The great-grandfather of Dr. William Weatherford, who practiced medicine in Franklin County, Alabama was one of the four or five brothers who came over from England. He was a Baptist preacher and his name was John Weatherford. In the early days, he and three other men were arraigned in the Colonial courts for preaching the Bible. Patrick Henry, who at the time lived sixty miles away, heard of the trial that was to be and rode this distance horseback to defend these four preachres, gratis. Patrick Henry's speech was so impressive that the Judge ordered the Sheriff to set Brother Weatherford and the other three preachers free, he paying the fine of $25.00, or five pounds, for the preachers.