Barbour County, Alabama Genealogy

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Barbour County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Barbour County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded December 18, 1832
County Seat Clayton

County Information

Barbour County, Alabama Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate Census
1881 1838 1881 1912 1833 1820 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

County Courthouse

Barbour County Courthouse
Barbour County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg

1800 Fifth Avenue North
PO Box 398
Clayton, Al 36016-0398
Phone: 334-775-8371

Judge of Probate has marriage
probate & land records from 1800's
Clerk Circuit Court has div rec from 1860
and Court Record from 1912[2]


The County was named in honor of James Barbour, who served as Governor of Virginia. The County has Clayton as its seat and the County was created December 18, 1832. [3]The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[4]


Parent County

1832--Barbour County was created 18 December 1832 from Pike County and Creek Cession. Barbour County has two county courthouses (both in use) Clayton and Eufaula. County seat: Clayton [5]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Akinsville
  • Batesville
  • Baxters
  • Bells Crossroads
  • Bethel
  • Boot Hill
  • Comer
  • Cotton Hill
  • Doster
  • Edgefield
  • Elamville
  • Gaino
  • Garmon Crossroads
  • Greens Crossroads
  • Hawkinsville
  • Hobdy
  • Howe
  • Lime Sink
  • Lindsey
  • Lugo
  • Mount Andrew
  • Mount Gilead
  • Oateston
  • Osco
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Pratts
  • Richards Crossroads
  • Spring Hill
  • Star Hill
  • Teals Crossroads
  • Terese
  • Tew
  • Texasville
  • Tullis
  • Tyler Crossroads
  • White Oak
  • Wylaunee

Neighboring Counties



African American

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:


Biographies of many notable residents of Barbour County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 394.


Cemeteries of Barbour, Alabama online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Alabama Cemeteries for more information

The following web site has additional information on Barbour county cemeteries.

  • Cemetery Records: Barbour County, Alabama, Vol. 1. 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Anderson Cemetery, Anderson Baptist Church Cemetery, Antioch Cemetery (Blue Springs, Ala.), Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Batesville Baptist Church Cemetery, Betcher Bethel Cemetery, Bethel Hardshall Baptist Church Cemetery, Blue Springs Assembly of God Church Cemetery, Clayton Cemetery, Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery, Elam Baptist Church Cemetery, Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery, Lightner Private Cemetery, New Hope Cemetery, Old Scott or Old Scotch Cemetery, Pea River Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Pleasant Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, Pleasant View Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rocky Mount Cemetery, Ryans Cemetery, Shiloh Holiness Church Cemetery, Sikes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Warren Cemetery, and Weycott Plantation Cemetery.
  • Cemetery Records: Barbour County, Alabama, Vol. 2. 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Bethlehem Cemetery, Bethsadie Cemetery, County Line Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Dykes or Lightwood Knot Cemetery, Ephesus or Cunningham Cemetery, Epworth Cemetery, Fairview Cemetery, Faulk Cemetery, Grubbs Church or Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, McElvin Private Cemetery, Methodist Cemetery (Louisville, Ala.), Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pea Creek Church Cemetery, Thomas Cemetery, and Whiteoak Cemetery.
  • Cemetery Records: Barbour County with Cherokee & Lawrence Counties Alabama, Vol. 3. 1966. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Adams Chapel Cemetery, Baptist Cemetery (Spring Hill, Ala.), Beauchamp Cemetery, Center Ridge Cemetery, Christian Grove Cemetery, Creel Cemetery, Espy Cemetery, Jones Private Cemetery, Methodist Church Cemetery (Texasville, Ala.), Mt. Andrew Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Old Spring Hill Methodist Church Cemetery, Pine Level Baptist Church Cemetery, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Pond Bethel Cemetery, Private Cemetery (Spring Hill, Ala.), Private Family Cemetery (Sandy Point, Ala.), Ramah Baptist Church Cemetery, Sardus Church Cemetery, Tucker Cemetery, Upper Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, and Zion's Chapel Cemetery.
  • Barbour County, Alabama Tombstone Inscriptions. n.d. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Clayton Cemetery, Fairview Cemetery, Louisville Methodist Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion Cemetery, Pea River Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
  • Barbour County, Alabama Cemetery Records. 1957. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Includes Adams Chapel Cemetery and Creel Cemetery.

Additional Barbour County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


For tips on accessing Barbour County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Historical populations
Year Pop.  %±
1840 12,024
1850 23,632 96.5%
1860 30,812 30.4%
1870 29,309 −4.9%
1880 33,979 15.9%
1890 34,898 2.7%
1900 35,152 0.7%
1910 32,728 −6.9%
1920 32,067 −2.0%
1930 32,425 1.1%
1940 32,722 0.9%
1950 28,892 −11.7%
1960 24,700 −14.5%
1970 22,543 −8.7%
1980 24,756 9.8%
1990 25,417 2.7%
2000 29,038 14.2%
2010 27,457 −5.4%
Sources: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  through 1960

State Census

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

Court Records

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Alabama Land and Property for additional information about early Alabama land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Barbour County, Alabama Genealogy see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Barbour County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at ($). FHL Book 976.132 E7b.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Barbour County, Alabama Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Alabama Local Histories.

  • Besson, J A. B. History of Eufaula, Alabama: The Bluff City of the Chattahoochee. Atlanta, Ga: Franklin Steam Print. House, 1875 - read full-text online
  • Thompson, Mattie Thomas. History of Barbour County, Alabama. Eufaula, Ala., 1939. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Walker, Anne Kendrick. Backtracking in Barbour County: A Narrative of the Last Alabama Frontier. Richmond, Va.: The Dietz Press, 1941. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


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Civil War

Civil War service men from Barbour County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Barbour County.

- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A (Pioneer Guards)
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B (Eufaula Rifles)
- 1st Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company I (Clayton Guards)
- 1st Battalion, Alabama Artillery, Company B
- 4th Battalion, Alabama Cavalry (Love's), Companies B and C
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K [subsequently, Company A
- 7th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B (Midway Southern Guards)
- 15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D (Fort Browder Roughs)
- 15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H (Glenville Guards)
- 15th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K (Eufaula City Guard)
- 29th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company G "Seal's Guards"
- 29th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company K
- 37th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company H
- 39th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Companies B, C, G, H, I, and K
- 45th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Companies A and C
- 59th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company D

Online Records

World War I


Finding More Alabama Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Barbour County, Alabama Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Barbour County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Barbour County, Alabama Genealogy Courthouse. Many records are on microfilm at the Family History Library.

See the wiki page Alabama Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, dower records, personal property sales, settlement records, orphans’ records, and bonds.

Online Probate Records


Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Barbour County is in District 1.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Alabama.

  • 1843; 1845; 1849–1874; 1892; 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969 at Ancestry– ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
  • 1850–1874 "Alabama Marriages, 1809-1920"at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry– ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Barbour County has three books:

Societies and Libraries

Barbour County Genealogy & Local History Society

Barbour County Genealogy and Local History Group
Meets September thru May at the
Eufaula Carnegie Library

Barbour Eufaula Carneige Library
217 N Eufaula Ave
Eufaula AL

Historic Chattahoochee Commission
P. O. Box 33
Eufaula, AL
36072-0033 334-687-9755

Eufaula Heritage Association
P. O. Box 486
Eufaula, AL
36072-0486 334-687-3793

Family History Center

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

  • Eufaula Alabama
    Hwy 131 Bakerhill Hwy
    Eufaula, Barbour, Alabama, United States
    Phone: 334-687-6146
    Hours: W 6pm-8pm

Family History Centre Locator

Barbour County Alabama Genealogy Websites

Helpful Websites

Barbour County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Barbour County, Alabama. Page 35 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 33.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 35.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Barbour County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, 05/29/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Barbour, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama 05/29/2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Barbour County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Alabama, accessed 24 September 2018.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  9. Coverage Table, "Alabama County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," FamilySearch Research Wiki,, accessed 6 August 2012.