Place:Chilton, Alabama, United States

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Chilton County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of William Parish Chilton, Sr. (1810–1871), a lawyer who became Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and later represented Montgomery County in the Congress of the Confederate States of America. On February 4, 1861, Chilton gaveled the Confederacy into existence, as acting leader of the Provisional Congress. In 1942, the U.S. Navy commissioned a new vessel, the USS Chilton, in honor of Chilton County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 43,643. The county seat is Clanton and it is a prohibition, or dry county.

The center of population of Alabama is located in Chilton County, outside of the town of Jemison, an area known as Jemison Division.

The county is known for its peaches and its unique landscape. It is home to swamps, prairies and mountains due to the foothills of the Appalachians which end in the county, the Coosa River basin, and its proximity to the Black Belt Prairie.

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History

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Baker County was established on December 30, 1868, named for Alfred Baker, with its county seat at Grantville. Residents of the county petitioned the Alabama legislature for the renaming of their county, it was not something forced upon them. On December 17, 1874, the petitioners accepted the suggestion of Chilton County, even though the Chief Justice had not lived within its boundaries. It is not known when the county seat was moved.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1908 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1868 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1868 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1870 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1887 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

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Census Year Population
1870 6,194
1880 10,793
1890 14,549
1900 16,522
1910 23,187
1920 22,770
1930 24,579
1940 27,955
1950 26,922
1960 25,693
1970 25,180
1980 30,612
1990 32,458

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