Place:Lauderdale, Alabama, United States

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NameLauderdale
Alt namesElksource: Family History Library Catalog
Lauderdalesource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates34.9°N 87.633°W
Located inAlabama, United States     (1818 - )
Contained Places
Inhabited place
Anderson Creek
Anderson
Antioch
Aqua Vista
Arkdell
Bailey Springs
Beckman
Beechwood
Bellemeade
Bethel Grove
Big Oak
Blackburn
Briarcliff
Brooks Acres
Buckingham
Canaan
Cave Spring
Cedar Grove
Center Hill
Center Star
Central Heights
Chisholm Hills
Cloverdale
Comer
Confluence
Country Club Acres
Creekwood
Cypress Crest
Cypress Forest
Dart
Dells Vista Shores
Edgemont
Elgin
Elk Shores
Elm Acres
Emerald Shores
Fairview
Falconhead
Ferry Shores
Florence ( 1818 - )
Glen Oaks
Grassy
Gravelly Springs
Green Hill
Heathrow
Hideaway Hills
Hines
Holloway
Houstontown
Indian Springs
Ingram Ford
Johnson Crossroads
Kendale Gardens
Key Spring
Keys Chapel
Killen
Kimbrough Crossroads
Kingtown
Lake Coves
Lakeside Acres
Lakeview Heights
Lakeview
Lauderdale Beach
Lexington
Lingerlost
Lock Six
Lock Three
Lockland
Lovelace Crossroads
Lucys Hill
Mansion View
McGee Town
Mitchelltown
Moody Ford
Morningdale
Morningside Heights
Mount Olive
Murphy Cross Roads
New Hope
Northwood Park
Oak Hill
Oakland
Oliver
Parker Landing
Parkertown
Petersville
Pine Haven Shores
Pinedale Acres
Poplar Springs Branch
Powell
Pruitton
Rhodesville
Rivermont
Roberson Beach
Rogersville
Romine
Savannah Ford
Sharps Mill
Sharps Shores
Shoals Acres
Six Points
Sky Park
Smithsonia
Sombrero Acres
Springfield
St. Florian
Stewartville
Sullivan Crossroads
Suncrest
Sweet Gum
Terrace View
Thornton
Thorntontown
Three Forks
Threet
Toonersville
Twin Brooks
Twin Oaks
Underwood
Underwood-Petersville
Vestavia Gardens
Village Pines
Waterloo
Whitehead
Wilkes Park
Wilson Heights
Wilson
Windcrest
Windsor Heights
Woodland Landing
Woodland
Woodlawn
Wright
Wrights Landing
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source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Lauderdale County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of Colonel James Lauderdale, of Tennessee. It is part of the Florence - Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Statistical Area known as "The Shoals". As of the 2010 census the population was 92,709. Its county seat is Florence.

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History

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Lauderdale County was named in honor of Col. James Lauderdale who was born in Virginia about 1780. In the early 19th century, Lauderdale, who moved to West Tennessee, became a major in General John Coffee's cavalry of volunteers. Later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded a brigade of mounted riflemen, serving under Andrew Jackson in many battles against the Indians. According to reliable historians, Col. Lauderdale did not die in the Battle of New Orleans, but was wounded in the Battle of Talladega and died on December 23, 1814, seventeen days before Jackson's crushing defeat of the British at New Orleans. Several towns and counties in the southern states were named in his honor, though it is said that he never set foot in Lauderdale County.

Lauderdale County was established in 1818, a year before Alabama became a state, Florence, the county seat of Lauderdale County, was also established in 1818. At this time a group of investors, under the name of Cypress Land Company purchased from the government of land consisting of the original town site. Other towns in Lauderdale County competing for early settlers because of their proximity to the river were Savage's Spring, nine miles (14 km) below Florence and Waterloo, some downriver.

Among the older settlements in the county is Center Star, located between Killen and Rogersville. This area was once claimed by both the Chickasaw's and Cherokees, necessitating a cession of territory from each tribe before the settlement could be established. The remains of an old Indian village could be seen at one time southwest of Center Star. Other old settlements included Middleton and Elgin, the latter known first as Ingram's Elgin Cross Roads.

Rogersville, lying some to the east of Florence, was named for John Rogers, an Indian Trader, whose sons were fast friends of the great Sam Houston. The late Will Rogers is said to have been a descendant of this same family. An early ferry that operated for many years was Lamb's Ferry near Rogersville.

Lexington, Springfield, and Anderson lie to the north of the Lee Highway, the town of Lexington being a part of the territory once claimed by the Cherokees. Many of the settlers of that area came from Tennessee and the Carolinas. The first post office of record at Lexington was on the Loretto Road, north of town, in 1880. Mail at that time was brought in from Loretto, Tennessee, by horseback and carts.

The town of St. Florian was established in 1872 on the Jackson Highway and named by its German Catholic founders for their patron saint.

Four Alabama governors were from the County, Hugh McVay, Robert M. Patton, Edward A. O'Neal, and Emmett O'Neal.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1818 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1818 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1818 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1820 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1820 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1820 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1858 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1820 4,963
1830 11,781
1840 14,485
1850 17,172
1860 17,420
1870 15,091
1880 21,035
1890 23,739
1900 26,559
1910 30,936
1920 39,556
1930 41,130
1940 46,230
1950 54,179
1960 61,622
1970 68,111
1980 80,546
1990 79,661

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