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My name is Carolyn Golowka and I am the county coordinator for Macon County.  I actually have no personal connection to Macon so I cannot help you with personal research in this county.  I am, however, a student of Alabama history and have a great love of genealogy.  Please let me know if there are any broken links or if you have anything you can contribute for Macon County.  Take a look around and enjoy!

A Little History

"Macon was established by an act approved December 18, 1832, and carved out of the capacious region ceded by the Muscogees in that year.  Large and valuable portions have been set apart to Lee and Bullock – to the former 180 square miles, to the latter about 125." 1

"It lies in the east centre of the State, south of Tallapoosa, and Lee, west of Russell, north of Bullock, and east of Montgomery and Elmore.  Its name perpetuates the memory of Nathaniel Macon, the North Carolina statesman." 2

Macon County received its present dimensions in 1866. The county seat is located at Tuskegee, which means "warrior" in the Muskhogean dialect of the Creek Indian language. Tuskegee is also the site of Tuskegee University. Other towns and communities include Shorter, Franklin, and Notasulga. The Tuskegee National Forest is located in Macon County.3

1  Willis Brewer, Alabama:  Her History, Resources, War Record, and Public Men From 1540 to 1872, Printed 1872  (Baltimore:  Clearfield Company, Reprinted 2000) pg. 336.

2 Brewer, pg 336:   Nathaniel Macon was born in Warren County, North Carolina, in 1757, and died there in 1837.  He was a soldier in the colonial ranks in 1776-'82, and was a member of the federal congress continuously from 1791 to 1828, serving as speaker of the house and president of the senate.  John Randolph of Virginia declares in his will that "Mr. Macon is the wisest and best man I ever knew," and Mr. Jefferson said that when Mr. Macon died "the last of the Romans" would have departed.

3 Thomas McAdory Owen, History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography (Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing, 1921) page unknown.

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I do not live in Alabama so I am unable to help with your personal research questions. All the information I know about Macon County is posted promptly on this site. Please visit the "Research Resources" section of this site. I would suggest that if you don't find the information your looking for here, that you join the email list and post your question on the query board. The more places you ask the question, the better your chances of getting an answer.

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