Brief History of the County
Originally known as Benton County. It was created December 18th, 1832 from land ceded from former Creek Indian Territory. Its first county seat, Jacksonville, was established in 1833. Located in the southernmost part of the Appalachian Mountain. The Coosa River formed its western boundary and its northern boundary roughly follows the boundary line between the Cherokee and Creek nations. Its eastern and southern boundaries have seen some changes with land currently in Talladega and Cleburne Counties formerly being a part of Benton County. On January 29, 1858, the name was changed to Calhoun County in honor of South Carolinian John C. Calhoun and the county seat was moved to Anniston in 1899 due to the major changes in commerce bought about by the influx of the foundry industry and the resulting new homes and businesses.
It has more than 150 currently recorded cemeteries. Dating back to 1830's and 1850's the earliest ones are often found on old family farms or adjacent to the areas oldest church sites. The most prominent ones now are the various city owned and maintained memorial gardens where the some of the areas notable and obscure can be found resting together.
Your help is needed
If you have anything interesting on a small family or now neglected or hidden cemetery that you feel I may overlook please contact me. I would appreciate hearing from you. Please call or write me, William Rozier 984 Nunnally Lake Ohatchee, Ala. 36271 - 256-239-5466 - firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put ACPA in the subject line.
It is my pleasure to server you as the
ACPA Calhoun Country Representative.
Sincerely, William Rozier
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