This is the restored log home that belonged to M.T. Crossland. Picture taken September 2004 and yes that is my sister (Carol) standing in front of the home in Echola, Alabama. The home is over 175 years old...

In 1996 John Webb bought the property that once belonged to Meridith Taylor Crossland and discovered the log dugout and spent the next 2 years restoring the home. The log house consisted originally of two log rooms on either side of a very narrow hallway, with two matching exterior-end chimneys. At the end of the hall was an open porch and down the left side was two more rooms from which you entered via an open hall (the halls have now been enclosed). The house was an "L" shape and the two back rooms consisted of the kitchen and dining room with a brick stack chimney between each room. The fireplaces were used for heating and cooking. In the front room on the left side of the house is a narrow and steep stairway leading to the second floor. There is one original window in the attic room. In this part of the house there are still some of the original flooring of wide pine boards, logs notched and pegged and small logs used for roof rafters. The board were hewn with an ax not a saw. The ax goughes are clearly visible. The front of the home, porch area and south side are all original (occasionally reparired) and exposed to the elements. The thought comes to mind that our ancestors were artisians in building these structures and knew what they were doing.

From family lore, passed down through the generations, M.T. was of partial Cherokee Indian descent. The name "Cross" and "Crosslin" are on the "Trail of Tears" list of Cherokees from Tennessee. The same names appear on the later Cherokee registry. Some of M.T.'s siblings and his parents went to Oklahoma.

In 1865 M.T. Crossland took "Amnesty Oath" in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama

In Civil War history books, M.T. is recognized as one who fed and helped southern soldiers. His sons and sons-in-law served in the Confederate Army. He served as Constable and Justice of the Peace in Tuscaloosa County. He owned slaves who helped with the family farm operations prior to the war. After the Emancipation Proclamation he let former slaves live on his land as sharecroppers. In 1868 he ran and was elected to the Alabama Legislature on the Republican ticket. Family members felt he ran to help hold the overriding Federal control during reconstruction. Statements have come down through the generations and are still discussed at family gatherings in Echola, Alabama that an argument had ensued at a community store concerning some former slave owner's slaves who were now sharecropping on M. T.'s farm. Most of the citizens in West Tuscaloosa County did not agree with M.T.'s thinking regarding the freed Negroes. Words passed and tempers flared; a statement was made that M. T. would never get to Montgomery to be sworn in. On November 11, 1868, M. T. and Simeon Brunson, State Representative of Pickens County, were riding horseback on their way to Tuscaloosa to meet with others to travel to Montgomery, Alabama, to attend the Oath of Office Meeting. As the two were riding on the Upper Columbus Road near the Sipsey River, only a few miles from his home they were ambushed on the wooden covered bridge known as the Shirley Bridge.  M.T. was carried back to his house and died three days later of his wounds. There was an investigation, but no one was ever charged with his murder, although there was a $5,000 reward posted.

James Crossland
Born January 2, 1800 

John V Crossland
Born 1801 in Cooke County, Tennessee


Meredith Taylor Crossland
Born June 4, 1806 in Cocke County, Tennessee

Margarent M Crossland
Born April 19, 1808 in Cooke County, Tennessee and died April 30, 1876 in Webster County, Mississippi

Ann Crossland
Born abt 1810 

Joseph Crossland


Samuel Crosslin or Crossland
Born appox 1780 in Fairfield, Tennessee









Annie Johnson
Born in Bedford County, Virginia




Evaline Cleveland
Born in 1810

Lucinda Cleveland
Born Born in 1812 and died June 4, 1849. She married Meredith Taylor Crossland

Castleton Lyon Cleveland
Born in 1814. He married Rebecca Wallis

Anna Cleveland
Born in 1816 and died in 1883. She married Aaron Shirley

Thomas Anderson Cleveland
Born in 1818 and died in 1873. He married Rhoda Holland

George Cleveland
Born in 1820 and he married Mary E ?

John Meeks Cleveland
Born in 1822 and married Emily Pugh

Elizabeth Cleveland
Born in 1824 and died in 18972. She was married to Daniel Clark and then married Robert Boland

Andrew Jackson Cleveland
Born in 1825 and died in 1862. He married Easter Sullinger

Joseph Cox Clevland
Born in 1827 and died in 1887. He married Maude Butcher


Joseph Cleveland
Born in 1790 and died in 1858. Joseph served in the Georgia Militia, 208th District Company during the War of 1812 and received 80 acres of land after 1850 for his service. He married May 2, 1809 in Franklin County, Georgia



Wyatt Cleveland


Jacob Cleveland
Born appox 1729 and died in 1791. He married Milly White October 10, 1756 in Culpepper County, Virginia

Milly White
Her parents were Revolutionary Colonel Jeremiah White and Mary Martin She was born appox 1739 and died in 1806

Temperance Freeman



John Meeks 
Born appox 1783 and died in 1876. He married Elizabeth Henderson and had 3 children: Thomas Harvey, Felix Grundy and John Henderson, then married Elizabeth Byrnes Lane in 1819 and had 3 children: Orvil L, Martha  & Willis

Martha "Patsy" Meeks
Born in 1792 in Pendleton District, South Carolina and died in 1852

Mark Meeks
Born July 12, 1795 in Pendleton District, South Carolina he married S.A.Coker and then married Ann Chambers

William Sheldon Meeks
Born March 20, 1798 in Pendleton County, South Carolina and died March 15, 1891 in Union County, Georgia. He married Rebecca Davis

Jesse Meeks
Born appox 1800 and died about 1882 in Upshur County, Texas. He married  Sarah about 1827 in Franklin County, Georgia and died between 1870-1880 in either Claiborne Parish, Louisana or Upshur County, Texas

Susan Meeks  
Born February 11, 1802 and died in 1849. She married Russell Holcomb in 1823

Ignatius or Nacy Meeks
Born April 11, 1806 in Franklin County, Georgia and died in 1895. He married Elizabeth Chamnbers in 1830

Littleton Meeks Jr
Born appox 1808 and died in 1865. He married Frances Lucinda Brown

Elizabeth Meeks
Born June 20, 1811 in Franklin County, Georgia and died in 1888. She married Patrick Perry



Priddy Meeks   
Born   (brother)

Athe Meeks
Born (brother)

Jesse Meeks  
Born (brother)

Ignatius or Nacy Meeks
Born (brother)

Littleton Meeks
Born February 8, 1766 in .Pendleton, South Carolina (Viriginia) and died September 22, 1852 in Banks, Georgia. In October 1781 he was with the Revolutionary troops when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown. He was the first Baptist missionary to the Indians in northeast Georgia. He was also a physican. He could not read or write until after his marriage when his wife taught him.

William Meeks
Born appox in 1725 in Allen's Creek, Hanover, Virginia and died before 1800 in Greenville, South Carolina

Elizabeth Ivie or Ivey
Born appox 1768 in Pendleton, South Carolina and died November 22, 1857 in Haberaham, Georgia




Nathan Lott Ivey

Winifred Huckaby



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