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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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Jan 2016: Bios: DOYLE; County Records: 1931 County Officers; Marriage News: MOUNGER, KIMBRELL, FITE, CARPENTER; Death News: TAYLOR
Oct 2015: County: 1913 County Officers
Sept 2015: Marriage News; WELLBORN, PARKER
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
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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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