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Courtland in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

McMahon House

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, June 14, 2014
1. McMahon House Marker
Inscription.  Built about 1830 for merchant Joseph Trotter, this house was purchased in 1838 by John J. McMahon, a Virginia-born cotton factor who divided his time between Courtland and New Orleans. The house remained the home of McMahon's descendants for nearly 150 years. John McMahon's wife, Harriet, was the daughter of Dr. Jack Shackelford, who in 1836 organized a military company, the Courtland "Red Rovers," to fight for Texas independence. Donated by the family to the Alabama Historical Commission in 1987, the house was privately restored under protective covenant. The McMahon house is a notable example of the Federal-period architecture brought to this area by early settlers from the Atlantic seaboard.
 
Erected 1992 by Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsWar, Texas Independence. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
 
Location. 34° 40.139′ N, 87° 18.361′ W. Marker is in Courtland, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Van Buren Street
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By Sandra Hughes, June 14, 2014
2. McMahon House Marker
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, on the right when traveling west on Jefferson Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Courtland AL 35618, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Courtland Presbyterian Church (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Courtland Cemetery (about 800 feet away); Courtland's Early Architecture (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Town of Courtland / Early Settlers (approx. 0.3 miles away); The African ~ American Experience (approx. 0.3 miles away); Early Roads / One of the South's First Railroads 1832 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Red Rovers / Red Rovers Roster (approx. 0.3 miles away); American Legion - Post 58 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Courtland.
 
Also see . . .
1. McMahon, John Jorden (1805 - 1857). John J. McMahon, Sr. was born 1805 in Augusta County, Virginia to William and Rebecca McMahon. He moved to Courtland, Lawrence County, Alabama in 1828 and entered a partnership with Andrew Bierne in a mercantile, Bierne & McMahon. (Submitted on June 16, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

2. John J McMahon. Buried Courtland Cemetery Courtland Alabama (Submitted on June 16, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 

3. Commander Alabama Red Rovers. About midnight, on the 14th, King's express reached Goliad, and Col. Fannin immediately despatched Col. Ward's Battalion to his relief. (Submitted on June 16, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
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By Sandra Hughes, June 14, 2014
3. McMahon House Marker
 

4. Federal architecture. Federal-style architecture is the name for the classicizing architecture built in North America between c. 1780 and 1830, and particularly from 1785 to 1815. (Submitted on June 16, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,023 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on June 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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