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Pickens County, Alabama

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Pickens County, AL Sections; Historical and Genealogical Information:

Pickens County was created by the Alabama Legislature on December 19, 1819, out of Tuscaloosa County. It was named for General Andrew Pickens of South Carolina, a hero of the Revolution. The first county seat was established at Picken's Courthouse (later called Pickens and Pickensville) and moved to Carrollton in 1830. Neighboring Counties include Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Sumter and Tuscaloosa in Alabama and Lowndes and Noxubee counties in Mississippi.

Early Settlers: The first white settler in the county was Joseph Tilly who was born in North Carolina or Tennessee about 1785, lived in Tuscaloosa and in 1817, settled on the bluff, now known as Tilly's Bluff, on the Tombigbee, about half a mile above Pickensville. He was a trader among the Choctaws. The second settler was Jonathan York, who settled near Tilly in 1818. Catherine, a daughter of Jonathan York, was the first white child born in the county. In the same year Robert Proffet came settling on the site of Pickensville and John Barksdale settled near that place. Other settlers also came in 1818, among these, Robert and William Ringold who settled on the Tombigbee near Ringold's Bluff, Burwell Ball, Stephen P. Doss, James Robert and Daniel Coxe, Jame Newman, Elijah Wilbanks and John G. Ring. After that year the county was rapidly settled. The majority of the immigrants were from the up country of South Carolina.

Historical and Genealogical Sections on this Site:

Books; all of the books in this section are available in the Linn Henley Research Library which is part of the Central branch of the Birmingham Public Library which is located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Contact information for the Birmingham Public Library is also listed in this section.

Marriage Records. We're still working on obtaining more marriage records to transcribe. Anyone wishing to share marriage information that does not appear on this site can contact your webmaster, B. Miller

Queries To place queries or post information pertaining to the county or any of the surname boards hosted by your webmaster.. thanks b. miller

Family Histories and Biographies Section. This section includes biographies, family bible records, statistical data and other valuable family history information.

Civil War Section This portion of the web site is dedicated to the recognition of the brave men and women who took part on both sides from Pickens County, Alabama.

Revolutionary War Section This section includes information and biographies of the brave pioneers who fought and died during the Revolutionary War.

African American Section UPDATED!

Churches and Cemeteries of Pickens County - Histories and old membership lists of some of the churches in Pickens County, AL. Also includes old burial information from some Pickens County cemeteries.

Miscellaneous Information - Includes shar cropper records, old newspaper articles, transcription of other documents that may be of genealogical or historical use to our visitors.

Links to Other Great Research Sites:

Pickens County Genealogy Society web site. PUBLICATION PAGE UPDATED 01 MARCH 2005.

Pickens County Archives includes 1850 and 1880 census records.

Genealogy and Copyrights, gives very useful information about copyright law and recent court decisions concerning the internet.

Native American Research and other historical books

Morning Side Books. New, rare, and out of print books as well as historical art prints gallery, maps, gettysburg magazine articles, and much more.

All Things Cherokee, a web site dedicated to the American Indian and assisting persons in the search for their Native American ancestors.

U. S. Growth between 1650 and 1883. This link gives an animated look at how the United States population growth took place during this time period.

Bureau of Land Management

Ship Passenger Lists Aid

Dating Old Photographs

Library of Congress

Census Tools - 35 free electronic spreadsheets for archiving federal, state, and international census data.

Visit one of our neighboring counties:

ALABAMA

Fayette Greene Lamar Sumter Tuscaloosa

MISSISSIPPI

Lowndes Noxubee

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Last updated 27 August 2006