Marshall County was created by an act of the legislature January 9, 1836. Its original territory was taken from Jackson, Blount and the last Cherokee cession. It has been greatly reduced in size to form Etowah County but compensated by a small strip from Jackson County. It has a total area of 610 square miles, or 390,400 acres. The county was named “to perpetuate” the name of Chief Justice John Marshall. The county has a total area of 623 miles, and a population of 82,231 as of the 2000 census.
The first inhabitants of the county were Cherokees, who had a village at Guntersville, as early as 1790, which they called Kusa-nunnahi, meaning “Creek Path,” because it was situated near the great passage leading from the Creek country in middle Alabama to the hunting grounds in the valleys of the Tennessee, the Cumberland and Ohio River.
The county was first settled by immigrants from Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. Upon the formation of the county in 1836, Claysville, a small village north of the Tennessee River, became the county seat by popular election, though more votes were cast for the place now known as Guntersville. In 1838 Marshall, became the county site, and continued as such until 1841, when in a general election Warrenton was chosen; in 1848 Guntersville was successful and has remained the county site ever since.
Marshall County Alabama Genealogy Research:
- Marshall County AL Official Addresses
- Marshall County AL Books
- Marshall County AL Cemeteries
- Marshall County AL Census Records
- Marshall County AL Churches
- Marshall County AL Death Records
- Marshall County AL Families
- Marshall County AL Land Records
- Marshall County AL Marriages
- Marshall County AL Military Records
- Marshall County AL Surname Research
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