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COUNTY INFORMATION
 
Brief History:
Calhoun county is named in honor of John C. Calhoun, member of the United States Senate from South Carolina. Its county seat is Anniston. Benton County was established on December 18, 1832, named for Thomas Hart Benton, a member of the United States Senate from Missouri, with its county seat at Jacksonville. Benton, a slaveowner, was a political ally of John C. Calhoun, another slaveholder and a U.S. senator from South Carolina. Through the 1820s-1840s, however, Benton's and Calhoun's political interests diverged, with Calhoun increasingly using secession as a weapon to maintain and expand slavery throughout the United States. Benton, on the other hand, was slowly coming to the conclusion that slavery was wrong and that preservation of the union was paramount. On January 29, 1858, Alabama supporters of slavery, objecting to Benton's change of heart, renamed Benton County as Calhoun County. The county seat was moved to Anniston after years of controversy and a State Supreme Court ruling in June 1900.
Calhoun County Courthouse - Circa 1930's - Photo from old postcard



 CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES

* Alexandria * Anniston* Blue Mountain * Bynum*
 * Hobson City * Jacksonville * Ohatchee * Oxford (Part in Talladega County)
* Piedmont (Part in Cherokee County) * Saks  * Weaver * West End * Cobb Town *

 
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 Website Updates: 
Jul 2015: 1939 Confederate Pensioners
Apr 2015: Death Records: 1860 Mortality Schedule (partial - pages 1-3)
Mar 2015: Obit: HORTON - Submitted by Candi Horton
Feb 2015: Bio: WATKINS
Jan 2015: History: History of Anniston by Oldham - 1888; History of Jacksonville;  Advertisers:1861 Jacksonville Business Directory; Bios: NUNNALLY, FOSTER, MONK, DU BOSE, WEST, McKLEROY, JOHNSTON, CALDWELL, MACDONALD, WILLETT, VAN SYCKEL, WILLIAMS. MCCARTEY, STEVENSON, LARNED, PATRICK, CANFIELD, BREWER, MCPHERSON, WILLIAMS, COMER, MCCARTY, SAWYER, LE GRAND, WALKER, LANE, GIBSON, HAMMOND, HAMES, BROTHERS, MONTGOMERY, CROOK, SWAN, WEAVER, MONTGOMERY, DEAN, ROWAN, GABOURY, ELLIS;  Marriage News: CAMP, ALEXANDER, NUNNELLY, MCADAMS, BURTON, SNOW, CALDWELL, GRANT, WEAVER, BUCHANAN; Death News: JENKINS, CRANKFIELD, CROSS; History: Anniston's entry from Alabama: Guide to the Deep South - 1941
Dec 2014: Bio: VANDIVER; Court: Petition for Naturalization Index, Cemeteries: Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery
Oct 2014: 1925 List of Confederate Pensioners
Sep 2014: Brick Wall - CAWTHON - Submitted by Tracy Ward
Aug 2014: Obit: LOTT
Jul 2014: Mil: Civil War: Southern Claims Commission Applicants; Obit: HOOPER, MITCHELL, MCCARTNEY, PALMER, HUDSON
Marriage News; ROBERTS, DICKERSON, WARE, WILLIAMS, HOUSTON, ALLEN, SMYRE, SMITH, BANCROFT, LAWRENCE
Jun 2014: Bio: CAMBRON - Transcribed by Kim Mohler; Memories and Obit: PEEBLES - Submitted by Gwen Jackson
May 2014: Brick Walls: POSEY - Submitted by Fran Wilson
Apr 2014: History - Water Mills of Calhoun County in 1886
Mar 2014: Bio: VANDIVER - Transcribed by Vicki Bryan
Feb 2014: Industry News: Anniston Gold Mining Co; Cemeteries: Landers Cemetery, Dudley Snow Cemetery, Lloyds Chapel
Jan 2014: Obit: CLIFTON - Submitted by Dorothy Clifton Bishop; Marriage: CLIFTON, GUNN - Submitted by Dorothy Clifton Bishop; Bio: ROBERTS - Transcribed by Debbie Gibson; Obit: CHAMPION; List of Known Calhoun County Newspapers

 
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HELPFUL SITES
 
AlaBenton Genealogical Society
 
Alabama Room at Anniston Library
 
List of the Microfilm located in the Alabama Room at the Anniston Library
THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS
 
Diann Hale
Charles J "Chuck" Licari
Dorothy Clifton Bishop

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Adjacent Counties

* Cherokee County (northeast)

* Cleburne County (east)

* Talladega County (south)
 

St. Clair County (west)

Etowah County (northwest)

 


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