Decatur County, Alabama

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Decatur County is a former county of the state of Alabama, United States. It was named for Commodore Stephen Decatur of the United States Navy. Its county seat was Woodville.

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Decatur County was established by the Alabama Legislature on December 7, 1821.[1] In 1822, Woodville was selected as the county seat. Several years later, however, a survey showed the county did not have the minimum constitutional area, and Decatur County was abolished on December 28, 1825.[2][3] was divided between Madison County and Jackson County. The section added to Madison County was known informally for many years as "New Madison".

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  1. ^ A digest of the laws of the State of Alabama: containing the statutes and resolutions in force at the end of the General Assembly in January, 1823. Published by Ginn & Curtis, J. & J. Harper, Printers, New-York, 1828. Title 10. Chapter XXXII. Pages 97-98. An Act to establish certain Counties therein named, and for other purposes.--Passed December 17, 1821.
  2. ^ Stubno, Bill. "Butler Mill". Woodville Online. Retrieved 2012-05-01. [dead link]
  3. ^ To repeal in part an act, entitled an act to establish certain counties Therein named, and for other purposes, passed December 17th, 1821; and for other purposes. Approved December 28, 1825. Alabama Act 25. Alabama Legislative Acts. Annual Session, 21 Nov 1825 - 14 Jan 1826. Pages 16-17. Access Date: 2014-01-06.

Coordinates: 34°37′31″N 86°16′24″W / 34.62515°N 86.27332°W / 34.62515; -86.27332