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History of Alabama Counties


Alabama County Timeline

Timeline created by Karon M. Bosze, 1993 and revised 1996.

YEAR MONTH DAY EVENT
1818 0 0 Autauga County Alabama formed from Montgomery County.
1866 12 7 Baine County, Alabama organized from portions of DeKalb, Marshall, Blount, Saint Clair, Calhoun, and Cherokee counties. Extinguished in 3 December 1867. Re-organized 1 December 1868 as Etowah County.
1868 0 0 Baker County, Alabama formed from Autauga, Bibb, Perry, and Shelby Counties. Name changed to Chilton County in 1874.
1809 0 0 Baldwin County, Alabama formed from Washington County and from a portion of Florida. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Baldwin County organized from Washington County. [Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1832 0 0 Barbour County, Alabama formed in 1832 from Creek Cession of 1832. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Barbour County organized from Pike County and from Original Territory. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1832 0 0 Benton County, Alabama formed from Creek Cession of 1832. Named changed to Calhoun County, 29 January 1858.
1820 0 0 Bibb County, Alabama formed when Catawba County changed its name. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] See entry for 1818.
1818 0 0 Blount County, Alabama formed from Cherokee Cession and Montgomery County. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Blounty County organized from Montgomery County. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1866 0 0 Bullock County, Alabama formed from Barbour, Macon, Montgomery, and Pike Counties.
1819 0 0 Butler County, Alabama formed from Conecuh and Monroe Counties. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Butler County formed from Conecuh and Montgomery Counties. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1818 0 0 Cahawba County, Alabama formed from Monroe and Montgomery Counties. Name changed to Bibb County in 1820.
1858 1 29 Calhoun County, Alabama was renamed from Benton County.
1832 . . Chambers County, Alabama formed from Creek Cession of 1832.
1836 . . Cherokee County, Alabama formed from Cherokee Cession of 1835.
1874 0 0 Chilton County, Alabama formed in 1874 from Baker County. Name change only.
1847 0 0 Choctaw County, Alabama formed from Sumter and Washington Counties.
1812 . . Clarke County, Alabama formed from Washington County.
1866 . . Clay County, Alabama formed from Randolph and Talladega Counties.
1866 0 0 Cleburne County, Alabama formed from Calhoun, Randolph, and Talladega Counties. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Cleburne County organized from Calhoun and Randolph Counties. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1841 . . Coffee County, Alabama formed from Dale County.
1867 0 0 Colbert County, Alabama formed from Franklin County. Abolished in 1867 and reorganized in 1869.
1818 . . Conecuh County, Alabama formed from Monroe County.
1832 0 0 Coosa County, Alabama formed from Creek Cession of 1832.
1818 0 0 Cotaco County, Alabama formed from Cherokee Turkeytown Cession. Name changed to Morgan County in 1821.
1821 . . Covington County, Alabama formed from Henry County.
1866 0 0 Crenshaw County, Alabama formed from Butler, Coffee, Covington, Lowndes, and Pike Counties.
1877 0 0 Cullman County, Alabama formed from Blount, Morgan, and Winston Counties.
1824 . . Dale County formed from Covington and Henry Counties.
1818 . . Dallas County, Alabama formed from Montgomery County.
1836 0 0 DeKalb County, Alabama formed from Cherokee Cession of 1835.
1817 0 0 Elk County was formed from the Cherokee and Chickasaw Cessions of 1806 and 1816. Name changed to Limestone County.
1866 0 0 Elmore County, Alabama formed from Autauga, Coosa, Montgomery Counties. Tallapoosa gave up land to Elmore in 1867.
1868 0 0 Escambia County, Alabama formed from Baldwin and Conecuh Counties.
1868 12 1 Etowah County, Alabama originally organized as Blaine County 7 Dec 1866, but was abolished on 3 Dec 1867 and later reorganized.
1824 0 0 Fayette County, Alabama formed from Marion, Pickens, and Tuscaloosa Counties. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Fayette County organized from Marion and Pickens Counties. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1818 0 0 Franklin County, Alabama formed from Cherokee and Chickasaw Cession of 1816.
1868 0 0 Geneva County, Alabama formed from Dale, Henry, and Coffee Counties.
1819 0 0 Greene County, Alabama formed from Marengo and Tuscaloosa Counties.
1867 0 0 Hale County, Alabama formed from Greene, Marengo, Perry, and Tuscaloosa Counties. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Hale County organized from Greene, Marengo, and Perry Counties. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1850 0 0 Hancock County, Alabama formed from Walker County. Name changed to Winston County in 1858.
1819 0 0 Henry County, Alabama formed from Conecuh County.
1903 0 0 Houston County, Alabama formed from Dale, Geneva, and Henry Counties.
1819 0 0 Jackson County, Alabama formed from Cherokee Cession of 1816.
1819 0 0 Jefferson County, Alabama formed from Blount County.
1867 2 4 Jones County, Alabama formed from Marion, Fayette, and Pickens Counties. Abolished 3 Nov 1867 and returned to parent counties. Reorganized as Sanford County, 8 Oct 1868. Named changed to Lamar County in 1877.
1877 0 0 Lamar County, Alabama formed from Sanford County. Name change only.
1818 0 0 Lauderdale County, Alabama formed from Cherokee and Chickasaw Cession in 1816. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Lauderdale County organized from Cherokee Cession. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1818 0 0 Lawrence County, Alabama formed from Cherokee and Chickasaw Cession in 1816. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Lawrence County organized from Cherokee Cession. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1866 0 0 Lee County, Alabama formed from Chambers, Macon, Russell, and Tallapoosa Counties. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Lee County organized from Chambers and Macon Counties. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1818 0 0 Limestone County, Alabama originally named Elk County.
1830 0 0 Lowndes County, Alabama formed from Butler, Dallas, and Montgomery Counties. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Lowndes County organized from Butler and Dallas Counties.[County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1832 0 0 Macon County, Alabama formed from Creek Cession of 1832.
1808 0 0 Madison County, Alabama formed from Cherokee and Chickasaw Cession of 1806/07. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Madison County organized from the Cherokee Cession.
1818 0 0 Marengo County, Alabama formed from Choctaw Cession of 1816.
1818 0 0 Marion County, Alabama formed from Tuscaloosa County. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Marion County organized from Indian Lands. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1836 0 0 Marshall County, Alabama formed from Blount County and Cherokee Cession of 1835, and Jackson County. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Marshall County organized from Blount County and Cherokee Cession. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1812 0 0 Mobile County, Alabama formed from West Florida. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Mobile County organized from the Louisiana Purchase. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1815 0 0 Monroe County, Alabama formed from Creek Cession of 1814 and Washington County. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Monroe County organized from Creek Cession. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1816 0 0 Montgomery County, Alabama formed from Monroe County.
1821 0 0 Morgan County, Alabama formed from Cherokee Turkeytown Cession. Name changed from Cotaco County.
1819 0 0 Perry County, Alabama formed from Montgomery County. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Perry County organized from Tuscaloosa County. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1820 0 0 Pickens County, Alabama formed from Montgomery County. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Pickens County organized from Tuscaloosa County. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1821 0 0 Pike County, Alabama formed from Henry and Montgomery Counties.
1832 0 0 Randolph County, Alabama formed from Creek Cession of 1832.
1832 0 0 Russell County, Alabama formed from Creek Cession of 1832.
1818 0 0 Saint Clair County, Alabama formed from Shelby County.
1868 10 8 Sanford County, Alabama formed from Marion, Fayette, and Pickens Counties. Name changed to Lamar County in 1877.
1818 0 0 Shelby County, Alabama formed from Montgomery County.
1832 0 0 Sumter County, Alabama formed from Choctaw Cession of 1830.
1832 0 0 Talladega County, Alabama formed from Creek Cession of 1832.
1832 0 0 Tallapoosa County, Alabama formed from Creek Cession of 1832.
1818 0 0 Tuscaloosa County, Alabama formed from Cherokee and Choctaw Cession of 1816. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Tuscaloosa County formed from Indian Lands. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1823 0 0 Walker County, Alabama formed from Marion and Tuscaloosa Counties.
1800 0 0 Washington County, Alabama formed from the Mississippi Territory and Baldwin County. [The Handybook for Genealogists, 8th Edition, Everton Publishers, Logan, Utah] Washington County, original county. [County Courthouse Book, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD]
1819 0 0 Wilcox County, Alabama formed from Monroe and Dallas Counties.
1858 0 0 Winston County, Alabama formed from Hancock County. Name change only.


Timeline created by Karon M. Bosze, 1993 and revised 1996.
E-mail: tmg4me@rcn.com
Home Page: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/karon_bosze

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Date conventions used: due to current limitations in the date field, if a county was formed in the January to March timeframe (before 1752 when the old style dates were in effect in the British colonies), the earlier year is used. And often the date given is the legislative enactment date.

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