Hi - I am new to the Message Board, but have used it in the past for research. Such good information and thorough research.
I am a descendent of both Alexander Cobb and John Thames who lived in the north Chilton/south Shelby County area (Yellow Leaf Creek) during the middle to late 1800s. John Thames was married to Alexander Cobb's daughter, Rutha Banks Cobb.
I have read Alan Pitts' postings and paper on the Blackwell Gang and am intrigued since it includes people on two sides of my maternal line. John Thames (my 4th great-grandfather) was hanged in 1865, supposedly by members of this Blackwell Gang.
I am hoping to get in touch with Mr. Pitts through this Board to ask more about his research and information. Hoping it will help fill in some of the gaps. Thanks!