Marshall County Alabama Genealogy

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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:

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The goal of this website is to freely provide you with as much genealogical and historical information concerning Madison County, Alabama as is practical. Since I do not reside in the county, I cannot provide onsite genealogical assistance, but can provide guidance and online assistance to your genealogical research. If you don’t ask a question then I definitely cannot help you… so please ask!

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Madison County Alabama

Biography of Dr. John E. Wilkinson

Dr. John E. Wilkinson, the well-known physician and druggist of Prattville and an elder brother of Judge William P. Wilkinson, was born near Autaugaville, Ala., in 1847, and was reared on the home farm and attended school at Autaugaville until sixteen years of age, when he joined company A, Eighth Alabama cavalry, of Gen. Clanton’s brigade and was engaged mostly in scouting throughout Alabama and on the coast, and surrendered about six months after the surrender of his general at Meridian, Miss. After the war had closed, he resumed his studies, and after being duly prepared, read medicine with Drs.…

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Biography of Judge William F. Wilkinson

Judge William F. Wilkinson, of Prattville, was born in Autauga County, Ala., in October 1849. His father, Joseph B. Wilkinson, was a native of Blount County, Tenn., born in 1813, and came to Autauga when a youth. Here he married Miss Elizabeth A. Nicholson, a native of the county, born in 1820. He began life a poor man, but was a skillful farmer and merchant, and became quite well to do. He was a great reader and became one of the best-informed men in the county. He served as county commissioner a number of years and was active in politics…

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Biography of William W. Wadsworth

William W Wadsworth William W. Wadsworth, a native of Autauga County, Ala., and one of the leading businessmen of Alabama, was born near Prattville, October 17, 1841, the son of Daniel and Sallie (Matthews) Wadsworth. The father was born in Moore County, N. C., in 1810, and the mother is a native of Georgia. In 1832, Daniel Wadsworth came to Alabama and settled in Autauga County, where he was married, passing twice through the nuptial ceremony. His first wife was Miss Matthews, who died in 1846, and his second wife was Miss M. A. Norris. Mr. Wadsworth, who was one…

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Biography of James M. Thompson

James M. Thompson, planter of Autaugaville, and ex-sheriff of Autauga county, Ala., was born in 1836 in the county named, a son of William N. and Cynthia A. (Manning) Thompson. The father was born in Wiltshire, Eng.., about 1789; was a man of great information, obtained after leaving school by constant reading, research, and observation in travel. During the war of 1812, between England and America, he was sent by his government on some public mission, and later drifted to Autauga county, where he married and engaged in farming for a number of years; he then, about 1830, moved to…

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Acker Family Bible

This Acker Family Bible is taken from a transcription on the microfilm in the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT. Earnest J. ACKER Family Record Page 1 Births E. J. ACKER Feb 20 1879Eliza Josephine ROBERTS Oct 12th 1876Jeddi Davis ROBINSON March 21st 1893Joe William ACKER Oct 30th Sunday 1904Amy Lucile ACKER Jan 14 1907Claude Randal ACKER June 9th 1909Ernest George Davis ACKER Jan 12th 1913Carrie Pearl ACKER Dec 9th 1914Ollie and Ola ACKER June 4 1917  Deaths Carrie Pearl ACKER Apr 28 1917Ola ACKER Feb 2 1920Ollie ACKER Feb 3 1920  Marriage Certificate This is to certify that Earnest J.…

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Free Black Persons – 1850 Talladega County Alabama

This record features a comprehensive list of the identified free blacks living in Talladega County, Alabama, in 1850. The 1850 census incorporated free blacks into the standard census records, while enslaved individuals were accounted for in a separate slave census. Out of the 23 million individuals counted across the United States during the 1850 census, a mere 500,000 were recognized as free blacks.
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