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We have compiled and continue to refine an extensive knowledge base of pre-1830 Henry County, Alabama pioneers and history for genealogy researchers to use to quickly determine if their ancestors were inhabitants of Henry County prior to 1830 and, when possible, to help them identify their ancestors’ kin, acquaintances, professions, migrations, etc. Heretofore, there hasn’t been a comprehensive compilation of the county’s earliest pioneers. This effort is particularly important because the 1820 US census for Henry County was destroyed and early tax lists were lost. Fortunately, there are microfilms and transcriptions of old records from this early era in the Alabama State Archives, the Henry County courthouse, and LDS Family History Library as well as books, published family histories, old Bibles, etc. that are good sources for compiling our census.

This website currently contains web pages for 1,245 pre-1830 Henry County pioneers with more likely to come. Among the pioneers are numerous women, children, and slaves. Accompanying the pioneers are approximately 4,000 factoids with dates and sources, and, incredibly, there are even a few photos of pre-1830 pioneers. Furthermore, there are transcriptions of five remarkable 1873 "Old Settler" articles from the Henry County Register on the History page; 146 individuals on the Excluded Individuals List who are mentioned in early Henry County records but who do not qualify as pre-1830 pioneers; a poignant letter from pioneer James Murphy eulogizing a few of his old countrymen; and much more. Yet, as Winston Churchill said, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." There are additional pioneers in records that have not yet been researched and innumerable details on existing pioneers to discover and share.

Feel free to search for your ancestors or just browse. If you don't find anyone or anything of interest, stop by again later. The knowledge base is continually growing and evolving. If you discover a mistake or an omission or want to share information on your pioneer ancestors, please start a thread to let us know. There is a place to start a thread at the bottom of every page. Better yet, join our team and help us improve and expand the pre-1830 Henry County, Alabama knowledge base or simply take ownership of your ancestors' pages. It's completely free and easy and no knowledge of HTML is required. Just click the Sign Up! button above and follow the simple instructions.

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Dedicated to the memory of John Steven Elliott (July 17, 1957-May 24, 2008), passionate Henry County historian, consummate raconteur, and friend to all with roots in Henry County.




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