The first African-Americans who lived in the Shoals were slaves of the Chickasaw tribe. When the Chickasaws from Alabama and Mississippi were removed from their homes in the 1830s, the census included 1156 slaves. Tom Melton, an Irishman who lived among the Chickasaws, most definitely had African-American slaves at his home site near present-day Rogersville.
Ashley Pentecost, University of North Alabama
William McDonald, A Walk Through the Past. University of North Alabama archives
Alabama cultural resource survey
Late eighteenth-early nineteenth century