FAMOUS GREENE COUNTY Women
According to Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century:
"Cornelia Phillips (1825-1908), daughter of James and Julia
Vermeule Phillips, married James Munroe Spencer in 1855 and went
with him to Alabama. At his death in 1861, she and her daughter,
Julia James "June" Spencer, came back to Chapel Hill. In the years
following the Civil War, Cornelia P. Spencer was instrumental in
rallying public support for the University of North Carolina,
particularly after its second closing in 1870. During her last
years, she lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her daughter
Also see the
Descendants of James Monroe Spencer contributed by Charlotte
Patterson and his
photo in the historic photo album.
Julia Strudwick Tutwiler
(1841-1916) provided leadership of the
Greene Springs School in what is now Hale County from 1877 until the
1880s when the school burned and Julia left to head what is now the
University of West Alabama in Livingston. She helped to found
Montevallo College, she wrote the song "Alabama," now the state
song, while studying in Europe. Julia reformed the prisons and penal system
throughout Alabama. Julia Tutwiler was both educated and taught at
her father's school near Havana. More information can be found on
ADAH: Alabama Moments page for Julia Tutwiler. Julia
Tutwiler is in the
Women's Hall of Fame as an educator and reformer.
Martha Strudwick Young (1862-1941) daughter of Elisha and
Anne Eliza Ashe (Tutwiler) Young, wrote seven books. Joel Chandler Harris (creator of Uncle Remus) said Miss Young was the best dialectician of the
African-American dialect of the time. Martha Strudwick Young was
born in Newbern, Alabama in 1862. When she was a young child, her
family moved to nearby Greensboro. In that small Black Belt town,
she learned Southern Black Legends and folk tales which she used
later as the basis for her fiction. She was educated at Greensboro
Female Academy, Green Springs School (begun by her grandfather,
Henry Tutwiler), Tuscaloosa Female Academy, and Livingston Female
Academy (later Livingston University, now the University of West
Writings of Martha Young in the University of West Alabama
Julia S. Tutwiler Library:
“The Pearl of Great Price” by Martha Young
“Just Why” by Martha Young
Copy of a “Progress” notebook, with writings by Martha Young.
Collection of writings entitled “The Letters He Never Read”.
Appears to be by Martha Young.
50 short poems written by Martha Young
Poem – “The Strangeness of it” by Martha Young
Story, “A North Carolina Heroine”, signed and renamed “? ?
Punch Excelsior Classics, Bowl” Half-Forgotten Stories of America,
D.H. Knowlton & Co publishers, Farmington Maine.
Two pages, written by Martha Young, beginning “I must write
something about Marion Kerby; for whom I still have an affection:”
Entry for Biographies of Alabama Authors by Mailande Cheney
Sledgem, sent in 5-12-97. Young, Martha Strudwick (1862-1941) (“Eli
Shepperd”), Works by Martha Young. (2 copies)
Martha was inducted into the
Women's Hall of Fame.