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The short life of Baker County, Alabama, a county without a history – was created on December 30th

On this day, December 30th, in 1868, the county of Baker was created from portions of Autauga, Shelby, Bibb, and Perry, by a legislative act.

There were no towns in the county of Baker in 1872 and it had no history, so in 1872 it was not entitled to representation in Alabama.

The county was named for Mr. Alfred Baker (1828-1896) a resident of the portion taken from Autauga. He was credited with founding the town of Clanton, in Chilton County, Alabama. He donated as much as half of the original building lots. Baker was the first mayor and built a storehouse east of the railroad. He later built a more modern depot west of the railroad along with a two-story hotel.

John Baker,  brother of Alfred Baker (1825-1915)

John Baker 1825-1915 - Autauga county and chilton,

Make Your House Do the Housework

Served in the Confederacy

Mr. Baker was a 2nd Lieutenant and member of the Autauga Rangers Home Guard. He enlisted at the age of 34 in Autauga County, Alabama. He served as the Justice of Peace of Autauga County, Alabama and served as on the Governor’s Correspondence from 1863-64. After the war, he was a member of the State Legislature and Post Master at Grantville, the county seat of Baker.

Alfred Baker tombstone

Alfred A. Baker tombstone

 

Baker County was in the center of the State

He was married to Rebecca Ann Mims (1830-1912) Baker County was in the center of the State, west of Coosa, north of Autauga, south of Shelby, and east of Bibb and Perry. It had an area of about 700 square miles. There were forty-four and a half miles of railroad in the county; thirty-two miles of the road from Montgomery to Decatur, and twelve and a half miles of the Selma to Rome Railroad. The Coosa river was the eastern boundary line, but was not made navigable.

Baker county seat at Grantville

The original county seat was at Grantville but when the courthouse burned in 1870, It was moved to Goosepond, a stop on the Louisville and Nashville railroad. Goosepond was renamed Clanton in honor of James Holt Clanton, an American soldier, lawyer, and legislator. Clanton enlisted in the United States Army for service during the Mexican–American War, and later was a Confederate Army general during the American Civil War. Following the war he returned to practicing law and later was murdered in a private feud in Tennessee.

Goosepond Park, Clanton, Alabama

Goose Pond Park, Clanton, Alabama

 

James Holt Clanton

James Holt Clanton

Viewed him as a Carpet Bagger

As Baker’s political and business affiliations grew, the people of Clanton began to view him as too cooperative with the Northern Carpet Baggers and led a successful campaign to rename the county, changing it to Chilton County in honor of William Parrish Chilton, the Alabama Delegate to the Confederate Congress. The town had about 200 inhabitants around 1872.

The only town in Baker County in 1872 was Baker, which later became Chilton County, Alabama and Baker had no history, and was not entitled to separate representation in the general assembly.

SOURCES:

  1. Alabama, her history, resources, war record, and public men By Willis Brewer
  2. findagrave.com 6673735 & 95770859
  3. Clanton history
  4. Chilton County Historical Society
  5. Check out all the books on Alabama Pioneers…

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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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