Baker County and its people, a county without a history

 

John Baker 1825-1915 - Autauga county and chilton,

John Baker 1825-1915 – Autauga county and Chilton County, brother of Alfred Baker.

Baker was created from portions of Autauga, Shelbv, Bibb, and Perry, by an act approved December 30, 1868. It 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, donating as much as half of the original building lots. He 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.

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.

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.

James Holt Clanton

James Holt Clanton

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. The town was renamed had about 200 inhabitants around 1872. It was renamed Clanton to honor the Gen. James Holt Clanton of Montgomery.

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.

There are were no towns in Baker in 1872 but Baker, (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

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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 book FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) is the continuation of the story. She is currently working on the next book in the series. For a complete list of books, visit amazon.com

4 Responses to Baker County and its people, a county without a history

  1. Very informative article on the history of Baker County. My ancestors – Jones, Woolley, Attaway, Smitherman, and Williams. When I first started my family history research, Bakery County had me totally confused. It only showed up once in the Census (1870) and then disappeared. It was one of my first experiences when I found out that genealogy research was all not easy and straight forward. I love your website. I have found much information about my Alabama families from the site and ebooks.

  2. cclapp@bellsouth.net'Clem Clapp says:

    Although there may have been no incorporated towns in Baker County in 1872, there were some goodly sized active communities well before this time.One of them, Old Maplesville came into being in the 1820’s as a stage stop at the crossroads of the Ft. Jackson Road and the Selma Road when that area was in Bibb Co. A number of businesses existed before the town moved to Maplesville Depot at the town of Cuba in 1853 were it remains to this day. The cemetery at Old Maplesville has the county’s oldest marked gave, Elizabeth Rucker who died in 1834.

  3. gccljones@bellsouth.net'Carlton Jones says:

    That should read “Baker County and Its People”.

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