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John P. Booth


Alabama, her history, resources, war record, public men: from 1540-1872


By Willis Brewer, 1872, pp 125 & 126


John P. Booth was also a noteworthy citizen of Barbour [County]. He was born in Elbert County, Georgia, in 1806, and was the son of Col. David Booth and Elizabeth Posey. His father [Col. David Booth] served under Gen. Jackson, and died in Eufaula many years ago. The son [John P. Booth] was graduated at Franklin College and licensed as an attorney in 1826. A year later he located at Woodville, Henry County, this State, and there began to practice of the law; but spent the winters in Apalachicola. In 1832 he located in Apalachicola, and the year after was a member of the [Florida] territorial council, and president thereof. In 1835 he settled in Conecuh County, this State, as a farmer and lawyer. The year after, while he was escorting his family to Georgia, he was warned not to pass through the Creek nation, for they were hostile. He stopped in Pike County, recruited 150 men, and led them to Columbus, Georgia, in which vicinity he was slightly wounded in a skirmish. November 22, 1836, he was elected solicitor of this judicial district, and a few months later made Irwinton (Eufaula) his home. In April 1837 he was elected major-general of militia. Having resigned the solicitorship, he was elected to the legislature from this county [Barbour], and by that body, January 31, 1839, elected judge of the circuit court, defeating Messrs. Nathan Cook of Lowndes and H. W. Hilliard of Montgomery. In 1843 he resigned and left the bench. He appeared no more in public life, but practiced law. His death occurred in Eufaula, May 23, 1851. He was twice married, first to Miss Dewitt of Georgia, then to Miss Hodges of Florida, and the latter, as well as several of his descendants, reside in this county [Barbour]. One of his sons was graduated at West Point in 1848, and died in North Carolina in 1863 while serving as an officer in the Confederate army. Gen. Booth was liberally endowed by nature. His mental processes were wonderfully quick and precocious, and his memory exceedingly retentive. His temperament was ardent, his perceptions intuitive. He was learned in the law and eloquent in speech.




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