Place:Barbour, Alabama, United States

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NameBarbour
Alt namesBarboursource: Getty Vocabulary Program
James Barboursource: Wikipedia
TypeCounty
Coordinates31.883°N 85.45°W
Located inAlabama, United States     (1832 - )
See alsoBullock, Alabama, United StatesChild county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
Pike, Alabama, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)


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Barbour County is a county in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,457. Its county seat is Clayton. Its name is in honor of James Barbour, who served as Governor of Virginia.

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History

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Barbour County was established on December 18, 1832, from former Creek Indian homelands and a portion of Pike County. Between the years of 1763 and 1783 the area which is now Barbour County was part of the colony of British West Florida. After 1783 the region fell under the jurisdiction of the newly created United States of America. The Creek were removed to territory west of the Mississippi River. The fertile land was developed by southern migrants as large cotton plantations dependent on slave labor. Due to the number of slaves, the population was soon majority black, a proportion that continued for decades. In the 21st century, the population has a slight white majority, but blacks make up more than 46% of the residents, which results in highly competitive politics.

In 1833, Louisville was chosen as the first county seat for Barbour County. The county seat was moved in 1834, after an eleven-member committee selected Clayton because of its central geographic location. Its boundaries were altered in 1866 and 1868.[1] The Election Riot of 1874 occurred near Comer.

By the 1870s, the city of Eufaula had surpassed Clayton in size, sparking debate about whether the county seat should be moved to the county's commercial center or remain at its geographic center. Reaching a compromise, the legislature passed Act No. 106 on February 12, 1879, to establish county courts in both Eufaula and Clayton. Today, two county courthouses continue to operate in Barbour County.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1820 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1832 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1833 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1838 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1840 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1870 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1881 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
1840 12,024
1850 23,632
1860 30,812
1870 29,309
1880 33,797
1890 34,898
1900 35,152
1910 32,728
1920 32,067
1930 32,425
1940 32,722
1950 28,892
1960 24,700
1970 22,543
1980 24,756
1990 25,417

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Barbour County, Alabama, United States

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