Thomas Hunter Molton

Thomas Hunter Molton

Death 14 Oct 1931 (aged 77)
Burial Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 108458794 · View Source
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Born on his father's plantation on Wares Ferry Rd., eight miles from Montgomery. His family on both sides came from England and settled in Virginia and North Carolina during colonial days. Thomas was extremely proud of his heritage and the fact his ancestors had distinguished themselves as soldiers and patriots in the Revolutionary War.

Thomas Molton's struggles in life began with the death of his mother in 1867 when he was 13. His father, who had lost everything in the Civil War died 4 years later in 1871. This left Thomas the responsibility of raising the remaining 6 orphans in the home.

As a young man he tried farming but this was unsuccessful. It was not until he began to deal in real estate he found his calling. He moved from Montgomery to Birmingham on Oct. 18, 1886 and there he remained. He built theaters, hotels, an auditorium and many beautiful homes, 3 of which were for himself as circumstances caused him the need to move.

In 1911 he served as a Jefferson county member of the State Legislature where he introduced several bills that were considered good laws on the books.

On Nov. 6, 1888 he married Mrs. Lizzie Linn Scott, daughter of Charles Linn. This union produced 4 children, Mrs. Albert (Ellen) Upmann, Kate, who died in infancy, Mrs. Elliot (Gertrude) Tuttle Williams and Thomas Hunter, Jr. who died Christmas day 1911.

The son's death which came as a result of a tragedy that rocked the city, rocked his parents to their core. Lizzie, who had suffered from a heart condition passed away on April 29, 1919.

Following Lizzie's death his health began to fail and on January 1, 1921 he went to Fairhope, AL and established a country home. He seems to have recovered his health after this and shared his time between Birmingham and Fairhope.

Excerpted from: Daniel Decatur Moore (1922) Men of the South: A Work for the Newspaper Reference Library. Southern Biographical Association. pp. 50, 152
Contributor: Dawna Westbrook

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