Winston County, Alabama Genealogy

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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
Winston County was formed as Hancock County from Walker County on 12 February 1850, renamed Winston County on 22 January 1858. July 4, 1861 Winston county seceded from the state of Alabama becoming the "Free State of Winston".  
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"The Free State of Winston is a popular name given to Civil War-era Winston County, as a reflection of the county's generally pro-Union stance and resistance to Confederate rule during the war." The name comes from a series of resolutions made by unionists on 4 July 1861 at Looney's tavern. The resolutions stated that Alabama did not have the right to secede, but if it did, then Winston County had the right to secede from Alabama.<ref>"Free State of Winston," ''Encyclopedia of Alabama'' (http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org : accessed 19 September 2011); citing Donald B. Dodd and Amy Bartlett-Dodd, ''The Free State of Winston'' (Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2000).</ref>
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July 4, 1861 Winston county seceded from the state of Alabama becoming the "Free State of Winston".  
  
 
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Revision as of 18:38, 19 September 2011

 United States  > Alabama > Winston County

Contents

County Courthouse

History

Winston County was formed as Hancock County from Walker County on 12 February 1850, renamed Winston County on 22 January 1858.

"The Free State of Winston is a popular name given to Civil War-era Winston County, as a reflection of the county's generally pro-Union stance and resistance to Confederate rule during the war." The name comes from a series of resolutions made by unionists on 4 July 1861 at Looney's tavern. The resolutions stated that Alabama did not have the right to secede, but if it did, then Winston County had the right to secede from Alabama.[1]

July 4, 1861 Winston county seceded from the state of Alabama becoming the "Free State of Winston".

Parent County

1850--Winston County was created 12 February 1850 from Walker County.  County seat: Double Springs [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1891 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. "Free State of Winston," Encyclopedia of Alabama (http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org : accessed 19 September 2011); citing Donald B. Dodd and Amy Bartlett-Dodd, The Free State of Winston (Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2000).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).