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He Never Moved But He Had Been A Citizen Of Five Counties

Do you wonder why your ancestor frequently moved around the State of Alabama? Sometimes our ancestors didn’t move – the county did.


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Photograph of the Waddell house (see film) being moved in Alabama (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

HE NEVER MOVED BUT WAS A CITIZEN OF FIVE COUNTIES

(Transcribed from the Times Daily July 11, 1890)

Among the curiosities developed by the census enumeration is the one from Cullman County. Robert Calvert, aged 17 years, pre-empted the homestead, where he now lives when he was 21 years of age. He has never moved since, but has been a citizen of five counties Blount, Walker, Hancock, Winston and Cullman, whose lines have in turn enclosed his home.

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By (author): Donna R Causey
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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me
All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .
For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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5 comments

  1. Maggie Walker

    Had a GG Grandfather who lived sometimes in MS and sometimes in TN. Thing is, he lived on the same piece of property his entire adult life. It was the state line that kept waffling back and forth.

  2. Elisa Sanford

    i have to reminding me of this , that until the 1850’s there was no Walker or Winston Counties…

  3. Carlo Tinon

    Last name Mander, first name Gerry.

  4. Walker County was formed on Dec. 26, 1823. Winston Co. was formed on Feb.12, 1850, from what was part of Walker County.

  5. During my life time the address of our family home was Helena, Birmingham, Siluria and finally Pelham. Before I was born it had been Highland and who knows what else.

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