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Daviston, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama

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Daviston, incorporated February 16, 1887, is believed to be the first incorporated rural town in Tallapoosa County. Daviston's first mayor was J.D. Dunn. Daviston flourished with improved roads and became the hub of migration. It had girst and saw mills, a blacksmith shop, coffin shop, general mercantile, public well, federal distillery, six saloons or inns, pharmacy, and doctors. The first land deed found was dated 1836 to S.W. Monk. The post office was established in 1853 with John Davis as the first postmaster. The story told over the years is that he used his own name for the town name. When he submitted the name to the government, due to poor penmanship or a mistake, "Davis Town" became Davidston and has remained since. The second land deed found was dated 1844 to B.F. Milam.

Daviston was a natural evolution of the opening of Indian lands in 1832. Much of the Federal Horse Path was within Creek Indian lands in 1832. With construction of Chapman Road from West Point, GA to Ft.Williams, AL on the Coosa River, land areas opened up to white settlement. 


 

Daviston Baptist Church and Cemetery

 

                                                                                                                                                      

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 33.05219, Longitude: -85.64692


Daviston School

In 1883, Walker Allen and his twin, Walter, moved to Daviston. Walker Allen was elected principal of Daviston School. In 1884, a wooden two-story building was started on land given by J.T. Moncus to be called Daviston College. It became a high school around 1912. The building burned in 1923. Another building was built and burned before being used. A third building was constructed in 1923 and received accreditation that year. Lillie Thompson, who graduated in 1916, was the first graduate of Daviston High School.

The school closed in 1988. At the time of closing, it was the smallest school in Alabama with 120 K-12 students. Thirst-eight principals served from 1883-1988. For 105 years, Daviston School served as the center of the community. In 1998, a committee formed to initiate a Daviston School Reunion to be held annually in the center of the town on the second Saturday of November.


 

PVT. BARON DEKALB WILLIAMS

Co D "Southern Rifles",
3rd Alabama Infantry Regt., CSA
Enlisted April 26, 1861 at Unions Springs, Alabama
y R. H. Powell
Wounded 27 June 1862 at Mechanicsville;
lost his right arm in action
8 May 1864, Battle of Spottsylvania
b 7 September 1836 in Georgia, d 3 October 1880 in Daviston, Alabama
Son of William Wesley Williams and Hester Minerva Fannin
Married Louisiana Antinette Motley

Pvt. Baron DeKalb Williams                                                                                                   REGIMENTAL FLAG                                                 


 

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