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Re: FACTUAL HISTORY OF JACKSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE (followup to email transmitting website for Encyclopedia of Alabama)

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  • Alan & Tina Lathrom
    Ann - that s a great history. Is there also a source that explains what records were lost, etc., so that can be tied to those time frames? I had thought there
    Message 1 of 3 , Sep 21, 2008
      Ann - that's a great history. Is there also a source that explains
      what records were lost, etc., so that can be tied to those time
      frames? I had thought there was a fire since marriage records before
      1851 are not available?


      --- In jacksongenealogy@yahoogroups.com, "Ann B. Chambless"
      <rabc123@...> wrote:
      >
      > My version of history of the Jackson County Courthouse based on
      > documented research :
      > *When Jackson County was created in 1819, Sauta Cave was
      established as
      > the temporary seat of justice, but shortly thereafter it was moved
      to
      > the village of Sauta located near Birdsong Spring. In 1828, county
      > records were moved into the new brick, two story courthouse in
      > Bellefonte which served as the county seat for 40 years. In 1859,
      a
      > county election was held to determine whether a new court house
      should
      > be more centrally located in Stevenson or Scottsboro. Stevenson
      was
      > chosen but the Civil War nullified this action, and the matter was
      not
      > settled until 1868.
      > On September 5, 1868, the Commissioners Court met in Bellefonte and
      > voted to remove the county seat from Bellefonte to Scottsboro,
      named for
      > its founder Robert T. Scott, a native of North Carolina. In
      November
      > 1868, county records were moved from Bellefonte to a small brick
      house
      > in Scottsboro rented by Probate Judge David Tate. (In the 1980s
      this
      > "little brick" was moved to the grounds of the Scottsboro-Jackson
      County
      > Heritage Center located one block from the courthouse square.)
      > The new courthouse was completed in 1870 at a cost of $25,000 and
      served
      > the county until 1912 when the county commissioners began
      dismantling
      > its walls. The new building was inspected and accepted in January
      1913
      > and cost the county $44,503.03. Forty-one years later, a mass
      > renovation was completed in 1954. In 1967 new office additions
      were
      > added to the courthouse. The four small glass panes in the north
      door
      > transom are the only components remaining in continuous use since
      the
      > original building was constructed in Scottsboro in 1870.
      >
      > Ann B. Chambless,
      > Editor of Jackson County Historical Association's quarterly
      publication,
      > THE JACKSON COUNTY CHRONICLES
      > NOTE: I have researched county history, including the county
      > seats/courthouses, for the past 35 years and published a history
      of the
      > Jackson County Courthouse in the July 1979 edition of THE JACKSON
      > COUNTY CHRONICLES.*
      >
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