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History of Henry County
The act of Creation named William C. Watson, John Fannin, Joel T. McClendon, Johnson Wright, Captain S. Smith as commissioners for the location of the seat of justice and establishment of the boundaries of Henry County.
They named the county site, Richmond remembering his speech there. “Give me Liberty or give me death” (From newspaper clippings (Montgomery Advertiser one of a series written by Peter A. Brannon) (1. Owens History of Alabama& Dist. Alabama Biog. paragraph I & II pg. 686. 2. The Story of Alabama Marie B. Owens p. 436 Vol. I).
At Richmond they immediately elected a representative to State Legislature, Benjamin Harvey. Precincts were located at homes of William C. Watson, John Fannin and Captain S. Smith.
The first court was held in the home of John G. Morgan, the sheriff, by Judge Reuben Saffold, a judge of the second district Circuit Court in 1820.
George Jones and Peter Simmons filled vacancies caused by the death of Benjamin Harvey and The resignation of Bartlett Smith on June 27, 1827.
Ca 1828 - The next legislature appointed commissioners: Moses Kirkland, Joel T. McClendon, Sion Smith, Moses Weems and Andrew Gamble.
The county was reduced in size by the establishment of Covington and Pike on December 21, 1821, Coffee, Geneva and parts of Dale came from Covington County; Dale, December 22, 1824; Barbour, December 18, 1832; Houston, February 9, 1903. Present boundaries - Eastern, Chattahoochee River; Northern, Barbour County; Western, Barbour and Dale Counties; Southern, Houston County. The area 565 square miles.
The county roads were in poor condition the ones leading to Richmond from every direction were almost impassible, travel only by horseback could be made without difficulty. This location better known as Wiggins Springs is now known as Wiggins Church, constituted in 1859. Dissatisfaction arose as to the location. It was decided to move it to Columbia in 1826. The log court house and jail built in 1820 fell within the limits of Dale County, the court house was sold and moved, the site bought by Stephen Wiggins June 26, 1829 Agreement between Thomas H. Freeman, Timothy Pittman, Ira Atkins. Deed Book A. B. p. 23 Duties as Tax Assessor and Tax Collector.
1822 – The first County seat was in Richmond, Henry County Alabama.
1826 – The first Courthouse was built in Columbia Henry County Alabama
1833 – Courthouse Built in Abbeville, Henry County Alabama
1845 – Courthouse Built in Abbeville, Henry County Alabama
1889 - Courthouse Built in Abbeville, Henry County Alabama
1966 – Current Courthouse Built in Abbeville, Henry County Alabama
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