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Lamar County History

The Alabama Territory was formed in 1818, and the current Lamar County was actually part of a very large Tuscaloosa County.  On February 13, 1818, a rather large Marion County (usually referred to as "Greater Marion County") was formed from the northern part of this giant Tuscaloosa County, and included present-day AL counties of Marion, Walker, Winston, Lamar, Fayette, Pickens, Greene, and Western Tuscaloosa County, plus all of present-day Mississippi Counties of Monroe & Lowndes, east of the Tombigbee River.  (Please see the new Northwest Alabama Territory Website for more information on all of these counties)

The two MS counties were thought to be part of the AL Territory and remained a part of "Greater Marion County" until 1821 when the present-day state line was confirmed.  In 1919, Greene, Pickens and Western Tuscaloosa counties (present-day) were removed from "Greater Marion County."

In 1824, Fayette (incl. South Lamar Co.) and Walker/Winston counties broke awa from Marion.  Winston County was formed from Walker in 1850.  Northern Lamar County remained a part of Marion County until 1867-68.

What we now call Lamar County was formed from Marion, Fayette, and Pickens counties in February of 1867 and named Jones County, in honor of E.P. Jones of Fayette County.  In November of the same year, the county was abolished, but was recreated in October 1868 as Sanford County.  The name was changed to Lamar County in 1877 to honor Senator L.T.C. Lamar of Mississippi, who was born in Georgia.

The county seat of Lamar County is Vernon.  In 2000, the population was 16,441, with 5,500 of this number being registered voters.  Lamar County is bordered on the West by the following Mississippi Counties:  MsGenWeb - Lowndes County and MSGenWeb - Monroe County.

Source:  The Heritage of Lamar County, AL 2000 Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., County Heritage, Inc. and The Lamar County Heritage Book Committee (copies are still available)

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