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BIOGRAPHY: William Reneau born Nov. 17, 1788

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(1788 -1852)

Lawrence County, Alabama

William Reneau became the second sheriff of Lawrence County, Alabama in 1822 and the son of John Reneau (b. Dec. 2, 1764 – d. Jan. 23, 1848) John Harris Reno/ Reneau (b. Dec. 2, 1764-  Jan. 23, 1848) moved from East Tennessee with his family. William married Elizabeth Robbins, April 13, 1811, in Madison County, Alabama when it was a Mississippi Territory. She was born Feb 1, 1788, and died September 13, 1846, in Moulton, Lawrence County, Alabama.

William Reneau was born Nov. 17, 1788. He married 2nd Celia Stepp August 3, 1848 in Lawrence County, Alabama. He is found in the 1850 Lawrence County census with Celia (b. 1804 SC); William Reneau (b. 1828 AL) and Joshua B. Reneau (b. 1832 AL).

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“William did not have much education but had energy and a very kindly disposition, almost too much so for a sheriff. The consequence was that he became very popular, and at the expiration of his term of office, he was elected to the House of Representatives of the General Assembly, in which he served during the sessions of 1835 and 1836. His deputies were Asa Hodges and Hugh M. Warren.”

William’s name is listed as Sheriff on an 1823 jury report concerning a road alteration in Lawrence County, Alabama. He is also listed as a Slave owner with 13 Slaves in the 1850 Lawrence Co., Alabama census.

 William Reneau passed away Feb. 10, 1852, and is buried in Roberts Cemetery, Wren, Lawrence County, Alabama.


  2. 1850 Lawrence County, Census
  3. Lawrence County marriages
  5. Find A Grave Memoria l#50494591  #11416323

This biography is included in the Books Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable  Alabama Pioneers Volume II and First Families of Lawrence County, Alabama Volume I

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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 All her books can be purchased at 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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