Place:Winston, Alabama, United States

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NameWinston
Alt namesHancocksource: Family History Library Catalog
Hancock Countysource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS1029580
Winstonsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates34.15°N 87.367°W
Located inAlabama, United States     (1850 - )
See alsoCullman, Alabama, United StatesChild county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
Walker, Alabama, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Winston County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama, formerly known as Hancock County before 1858. Its name is in honor of John A. Winston, the 15th Governor of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,484. Its county seat is Double Springs.

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History

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Winston County was established under the name Hancock County on February 12, 1850, from territory formerly in Walker County.[1] It was originally named for John Hancock, Governor of Massachusetts and famous signer of the American Declaration of Independence, with its county seat at Houston. On January 22, 1858, the county was renamed Winston County to honor Alabama Gov. John A. Winston.

During the American Civil War, Winston County gained attention for its opposition to secession, a sentiment so strong that the county is sometimes referred to as the Republic of Winston. The county today plays on its reputation as the "Free State of Winston" to attract tourists. The county's opposition to the Confederacy is briefly mentioned in the novels To Kill a Mockingbird and Addie Pray. Tap Roots, a 1948 movie based on a novel, presents a highly fictionalized and inaccurate version of Winston County's Civil War history.

In 1883 the county seat was moved from Houston to Double Springs to be near the center of the county, since Cullman County was created from the eastern part of Winston County.

The civil-rights judge Frank Minis Johnson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit was born in Delmar, in Winston County.

National Register of Historic Places

Winston County has four sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Archeological Site No. 1WI50, Feldman's Department Store, the Houston Jail, and the Winston County Courthouse.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1850 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1880 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1889 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1891 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1891 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1891 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1892 Court 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
1850 1,542
1860 3,576
1870 4,155
1880 4,253
1890 6,552
1900 9,554
1910 12,855
1920 14,378
1930 15,596
1940 18,746
1950 18,250
1960 14,858
1970 16,654
1980 21,953
1990 22,053

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