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County was established on November 21,
1818 by an act of Alabama Territorial Legislature (one year before Alabama
was admitted as a State). As established, the county included present-day
Autauga County, as well as Elmore County and Chilton County. At the time,
Autauga (aka, Tawasa) Indians lived here, primarily in a village named
Atagi (meaning "pure water") situated on the banks of a creek by the same
name (called "Pearl Water Creek" by settlers). Autaugas were members of
the Alibamu tribe. They sent many warriors to resist Andrew Jackson's
invasion in the Creek War. This county was part of the territory ceded by
the Creeks in the Treaty of Fort Jackson in 1814. The first county seat
was at Jackson's Mill, but the court only met there long enough to select
a permanent seat at Washington, built on the former site of Atagi in the
southeast corner of the county. In 1830 the county seat was moved to a
more central location at Kingston and the town of Washington dwindled
until it was completely deserted in the late 1830s.
arrived in Autauga County in 1833 and founded the new town of Prattville,
north of Atagi on the fall line of Autauga Creek.
Seat - Prattville
His cotton gin factory quickly became the
largest manufacturer of gins in the world and the first major industry in
Alabama. It was at his factory, and with his financial backing, that the
Prattville Dragoons, a fighting unit for the Confederacy was organized in
anticipation of Civil War. Other units formed in Autauga County included
the Autauga Rifles (Autaugaville), The John Steele Guards (western Autauga
Co.) and the Varina Rifles (northern Autauga Co.). None of the fighting of
the Civil War reached Autauga County and Pratt was able to secure payment
of debts from Northern accounts soon after the war, lessening the
disabling effects of the Reconstruction period in the
Charles Atwood, a former slave belonging to Daniel Pratt
bought a house in the center of Prattville immediately after emancipation
and was one of the founding investors in Pratt's South and North Railroad.
In 1866 and 1868, Elmore and Chilton counties were split off from
Autauga County, and the county seat was moved to the population center of
Prattville, where a new courthouse was completed by local builder George
L. Smith in 1870. In 1906, a new and larger courthouse was erected in a
modified Richardsonian Romanesque style a block north of the older one.
The building was designed by Bruce Architectural Co. of Birmingham and
built by Dobson & Bynum of Montgomery.
Autaugaville -- Millbrook --
History of Autauga - by Smith and DeLand 1888
2013: Bio: WALDEN
1880 Mortality Schedule - District 3 - Transcribed by Susan
Wysocki; 1880 Mortality Schedule - District 4 - Transcribed
by Jan Grant
War Casualties - Transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman; WW2 Honor
List of Dead and Missing Army & Army Air Force Personel
from Alabama 1946 - Transcribed by Peggy
Death News: ALEXANDER, DICKINSON, GOLSON, MONCRIEF,
ROBINSON, RUSH, PROCTOR, ROY, THOMPSON - transcribed
by FOFG mz; Death Records of State Convicts 1910-1914 -
transcribed by Dawn Conway; Wills of LEWIS JONES, MARGARETT
WANE - transcribed by Janice Brazil; Wills of THOMAS L.
HUTTON, F. H. ARMSTRONG - transcribed by Jeanne Kalkwarf;
Elizabeth Forth - transcribed by Autumn
1907 Confederate Census
2012: Death: NUNN, HUNT; Industrial news
WWI Gold Stars
July 2012: List of Churches, post offices,
Jan. 2012: News: Slavery-Related
Sept. 2010: DERAMUS CEMETERY
RECORDS; HERMAN CEMETERY RECORDS; JACKSON CEMETERY
Aug. 2009: STEPHENS Obit & Tombstone
May 2009: MARRIAGE Announcements;
BROWN Death Notice;
Mar. 2009: COUNTY History
2009: THOMAS - REVOLUTIONARY Soldier
Dec. 2008: CEMETERY Index
2008: LIVINGSTON, WADSWORTH biography
Sept. 2008: Death