ALEXANDER LATHEN MINTZ and MARY CATHERINE WILEY

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Alexander Lathen, (11 Oct 1862 - 16 Jan 1926  )

Alec, as they say in the south, was the 3rd child of Charles and Susan. He was born, 11th Oct 1862, in York county, SC, while Charles was away at War. 

After the War Charles moved his young family to Alabama. Based on the observation that Ellen was born in Alabama in 1868, James Marcus, the oldest, would not have been older than 12, Mary Elizabeth not older than 10, Alex not older than 6 and little Robert not older than 3 years when the family moved..

A story told to me by Era Lawson Mintz, son of Robert E. Lee Mintz, goes this way. Charles left South Carolina, on horseback, and scouted out an area to farm, returning to York county, he packed up a wagon and sometime in early spring 1867 led the family to the new promised land. I think part of the reason they left for Alabama was Susan's folks had moved out that way in the 1820's.

The Wiley (Wily, Wylie) family plays a significant role in the Mintz family. Era Lawson inherited George Wiley's rifle and some land upon which he had originally settled. His son, David, still has a truck with newspaper clippings, handwritten poems and letters written by Jane.

I am not sure of all the children of Lawson George Wiley and his wife Sarah Ann Gore but they had at least two daughters, Jane and Mary, both of whom marry into the Mintz family. Alex and Mary Catherine apply for a marriage license on 15th Sept 1880 from L.W. Carson, Judge of the Probate in Calhoun County. They are married, in her parents home, on 19th Sept 1880 by Elder R.W. Inzen. Robert E. Lee marries Mary's sister, Jane Iantha, 13 years later, on 2 April 1893.

Mary Catherine was born 11th Dec 1863. At some point during Mary's life she became a member of the First Baptist Church of Anniston. Prior to her death Mary was living with her daughter, Ora M. Parker, in Oxford. She died on 19th Oct 1946 and was buried next to Alex, in the Edgemont Cemetery, Anniston, Ala. 

Alex and Mary had 8 children:

Ora Bell, (19 Jan 1883- ?   )  married Obie D. Parker and lived in Blue Mountain, Ala. She had five (5) children: May Ida, Arthur, Grace Elmer and Erma. Ora is buried at Edgemont.

Wiley Dean, (12 Aug 1884 - 10 May 1966)  married Ida Missouri White on 7th Jan 1906.                   Ida (1 Oct 1886 - 19 Aug 1975) was the daughter of Henry Harrison White and Lucinda Mays. Wiley was a farmer. They lived in the Peaseburg community of Calhoun county for most of their lives. Prior to WW2 they lived in the "Dark Area". This property, between two mountains, became Fort McClellan and so they moved back to Peaseburg. Both are buried in Edgemont Cemetery in Anniston, Ala. W.D. and Ida had 8 children: Mary Lou, Walter Ernest, Ralph Lowell, Leonard Bell, Cora Lee, Wallace Meharge, Vera LaDorothy and Martha Dean.

William Forney, (24 June 1886 -  ) married Mary Estelle Chitwood on 20th Oct 1907.

Forney and Mary had 7 children: George Lathen, Anna Lucille, William Grady, Bertha Estelle, Herston Olen, Jessie Mae, Charles Ray.

Irma Lee   (1st Oct 1887)

Clemmie Carrie (27 March 1891 - 4th April 1984) married Roland Lee Watson on 24 Nov 1915. Roland (6 Aug 1888 - 13 Sept 1949) They lived life as farmers, near Oxford, Ala but during the depression lost the land. During WW2 Roland worked as a carpenter on the base at Fort McClellan. Roland and Clemmie had eight children: Catherine (died at birth) Charles Calvin, Lena Alice, Mary Estell, John Lindsey, Robert Lee, David Frank and James Richard. Catherine is buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Little Rock, Ark. while Roland is buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Alexandria, Ala.

Quill Arthur (18th Aug 1893 - 22 Sept 1976) married Pearl Hawkins. One known son, Carl Leon ( 2 Nov 1923). Quill remarried to Susie M. Hallman, no known children. Quill is buried at Forest Lawn cemetery in Gadsden, Ala.

Eddie Crook (11th Aug 1887 - 23 Oct 1974)  married Grace Elizabeth Steadman.                         Grace (26 Feb 1900 - 4 May 1944) Eddie and Grace had 8 children: Earl, Hoyt Eddie, Harold Acton, Betty Joyce, Margaret Frances, Bernice Wadeen, Virginia Louise, and Herbert Donald.

John Olen (1st Jan 1900 - 8th March 1953) married Grace Annabell Reaves on 23 Dec 1922. Grace 7 May 1900 6 Nov 1986. Both are at rest at Crescent Hill Memorial Cemetery in Columbia, SC.

Mary Catherine (? died at about 6 weeks)


The following is a reproduction of a newspaper article, detailing the death of Alex.

 

ANNISTON STAR 18 JANUARY 1926

Seek Clues to Solve Murder of Watchman

Officers Unable to Establish Motive For Slaying Of Mintz At Plant

BEATEN TO DEATH WITH AN IRON ROD

Theory of Robbery Abandoned Watch and Pistol Found with Body Gun Missing from Office

Officers investigating this case are still puzzled as to who was the assailant and the motive for brutally murdering A. L. Mintz, 64 year old watchman, of the Alabama Pipe Foundry, late Saturday night. No clue as to the identity of the slayer had been found today. The body of Mr. Mintz was discovered about 5:30 o'clock Sunday morning in the southern end of the storage shed at nineteenth street and McCoy Ave., by J.H. Blackwelder, day watchman, who went to the plant to relieve Mintz.

The last time Mr. Mintz had punched his clock was at 10:30 o'clock, the chart of the instrument showed. It is believed that the murder took place shortly after 10:30 o'clock Saturday night. Mr. Mintz was beaten to death with a blunt instrument. An iron rod about three feet long, which was found lying beside the body, is believed to have been use. His face was battered, the flesh was torn, and his jaw bones, nose, and skull fractured. It is believed that Mr. Mintz did not die instantly for his face and head had swollen. Coroner J. Ralph Usrey and Chief of Police O.F.White were called to the scene of the murder and arrived there about 7 o'clock Sunday morning. The investigation began immediately and at noon today no clues had been traced down.

In the office of the plant, Mr. Mintz had left his lunch basket open and had poured coffee into a cup. Part of one sandwich was eaten. In the end of the shed where the killing took place, the light switch had been pulled, and Mr. Blackwelder stated that the lights were off when he arrived to take up his duties Sunday morning.

REVOLVER MISSING

The lights in the southern end of the shed can be seen from the office where Mr. Mintz had been eating his lunch, and it is believed that Mr. Mintz saw the lights go out and went to investigate. A .38 calibre Smith and Wesson revolver, where Mr. Mintz was eating his lunch, was missing Sunday morning. One theory advanced is that he carried the weapon with him to investigate the trouble with the lights and that the murderer took the gun from the nightwatchman.

Another theory advanced is that Mintz was making his regular rounds and that he stumbled over a wire about a foot off the ground tied from one stack of pipe to another, and that his assailant took advantage of the fall to commit the crime. The chart in the clock shows that Mr. Mintz completed his 10:30 rounds. On each round he began at the first key which is in the office where he was eating and continued a regular route through the shop until he ended. Some are led to believe that if he had been on his regular round time that there would have been an indication on the clock charts. There were no punches on the 11:00 o'clock round and to get to the point where he was killed, Mr. Mintz had passed several keys.

INQUEST PROBABLE

Coroner Usrey stated that he would probably hold an inquest Wednesday if later developments justifies. When Mr. Blackwelder arrived for his duties Sunday morning he saw the body of Mr. Mintz lying on the ground with a small keg over his face. Mr. Blackwelder could not recognize the dead man until he had struck a match. Mr. Blackwelder did not know the man when he looked in his face but identified him by his clothing and his punch clock. The ground for several feet around the body of Mr. Mintz showed indication of a hard struggle. His flashlight was badly battered and it is believed his assailant received blows from the search light.

The watchman's coat was torn and his hands bloody which leads to belief that he put up a hard fight. A .32 Smith and Wesson revolver, which Mr. Mintz carried on his person while on duty was found lying beside his body. It had not been fired.

ROBBERY NOT MOTIVE

The idea that robbery was the motive was abandoned by officers when it was learned that it was customary for the dead man to carry no money on his person and that his watch was lying on the ground under his body.

The funeral services will be held from the residence at 1624 Moore Ave, Tuesday, at  3: o'clock. Reverend L. N. Claxton, pastor of First Baptist Church will be in charge of the service.

Interment will be in Edgemont cemetery.

The Standard and Alabama plants will be shut down 2 hours early, Tuesday afternoon, in order that the employees of both plants may attend the funeral. It was announced from offices of the Alabama Pipe Company monday morning.

Mr. Mintz is survived by his wife, Mary; Five sons, W. F. and Q. A. of Gadsden, W. D. and A. C. and J. O. of Anniston; Three daughters, Mrs.O. D. Parker of Blue Mountain; Mrs. R. L. Watson, of Alexandria; Miss Erma Mintz of this city; and his parents, Mr. & Mrs. C. H. Mintz of Reeds; Three brothers, Robert of Duke, Jake and Will of Reed; Four sisters, Mrs. John Thomas, of Reeds; Mrs. George Woodard, of Glencoe; Mrs. John Howell of Gadsden; and Mrs. William Gilbert of Dallas, Texas.

SECOND MURDER

About eight years ago, nightwatchman, Hamilton, generally known as "Fido" Hamilton, was killed at the northern end, of the same plant, in generally the same manner, in which Mintz met his death.