Enoch Albritton and Penelope Frizzle

Dr. Tim Hudson

Enoch Albritton was born in 1771, Pitt County, North Carolina. Family tradition has that Enoch was the son of James Albritton, Jr. and Mary Arnett. This is supported by the process of elimination (James Jr.’s nephews are all known), but no proof has yet been found that gives the children of James Albritton, Jr. The Albrittons were a very early settler of the Pitt County, North Carolina area; James Albritton, Sr. arrived in that area that later became Pitt County in the 1730s.

Penolope Frizzle was born 27 Jan 1772, near the present-day community of Rountree Crossroads, near Little Contentney Creek in southwestern Pitt County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Frizzle and Mary Rountree. John Frizzle was born about 1717, probably in Virginia. He fought in the French and Indian War of 1746 (King George’s War), serving with the Virginia militia in Canada. He arrived in Pitt County betwee 1762 and 1764 and married Mary Rountree about 1770.

Enoch and Penelope married in 1792 or 1793 in Pitt County. They bought a farm there and by 1806 had a large family of children. In 1806 they sold their farm and left North Carolina. They settled in Wilkinson County, Georgia. Little is known about their life in George, as the counties they lived in, Wilkinson and Twiggs, both have suffered courthouse fires.

About 1821 and 1822, Enoch and Penelope moved from Twiggs County, Georgia to Wilcox County, Alabama, settling near the village of Snow Hill. Enoch was a constable for Wilcox County, in 1833. They were probably members of Bethsaida Primitive Baptist Church in Snow Hill.

Enoch Albritton died in 1834 and was buried in the Snow Hill Cemetery. By this time, all of Enoch and Penelope’s children had married except for their youngest son, George Washington Albritton. He continued to live with his mother, Penelope, until he married in about 1842.

Between 1845 and 1849, a severe drought plagued most of Georgia and Alabama, and thousands of people left their homes and moved west. Probably for this reason, many Snow Hill residents left Alabama in 1847 and moved to Union Parish, Louisiana. George Washington Albritton and his sister, Lavincy Albritton Lee, and her husband, Martin B. Lee all moved to Louisiana in 1847. G. W. Albritton was a widower and he left his two young sons in Alabama. He returned to Snow Hill in late 1849, remarried, and returned to Union Parish with his new wife and sons.

By mid 1850, Penelope Frizzle Albritton was living with her children in Union Parish, Louisiana. It is not known if she accompanied them to Louisiana in 1847, or if she came later. It is also not known how long she remained in Union Parish. By 1860, she was again living in Snow Hill with her granddaughter. This is the last known record of her. I believe that due to her age (she was 88 years old in 1860) and the war, she remained in Alabama and died there, probably buried next to Enoch in the Snow Hill Cemetery.

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