An Alabama Farmer In The Mid 1800s
Reason Bell migrated his family by way of covered wagons from the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia to Calhoun County, Alabama.
Mr. Bell was a farmer. It was the only thing his father was able to teach him and he was good at it.
With only the education one learns from living, Mr. Bell, like his father before him, learned how to work the land and make the land work for him. He produced enough crops to support his wife and five children, keeping them from complete poverty, which shadowed so many of the families during the mid 1800s.
After Mr. Bell reached Calhoun County he used every penny he had saved to purchase land. He knew he could easily clear the land and plant good crops, giving him a means to support his family. It wasn’t easy, but he didn’t consider it hard. It was just what he knew he had to do. He felt lucky the land came with an old shack sitting smack dab in the middle.
The struggling farmer and his wife, as well as the children, each with their specific chores, worked hard tilling the Alabama soil making it suitable for planting. Once the land was ready to accept seed, they planted cotton, sorghum and black-eyed peas.
They left just enough space up close to the old shack for Mrs. Bell’s to plant vegetable. They even had enough space for her herb garden she knew they would need for medicinal purposes.
During the 1850s, while everyone around them was going hungry, old man Bell and his family had plenty to share. They shared their bounty with neighbors and friends, knowing full well the tide could turn at any moment. Mr. Bell’s generosity would be his legacy, left for his widow and children.
An Alabama farmer in the mid 1800s didn’t have much to believe in, save for God, his family, what his daddy taught him through the years and his generosity.
Mr. Bell didn’t die a wealthy man, but died with the love he gave for his fellow man, reciprocated more than his family could have imagined.
An Alabama Farmer In The Mid 1800s is a tribute to the generosity of a great man.