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History

History

Wilcox County was created by an act of the Alabama legislature on December 13, 1819. It was formed from portions of Dallas and Monroe counties, which were created from Creek Indian lands acquired by the United States in the 1814 Treaty of Fort Jackson. Most of the earliest settlers came from Georgia, the Carolinas and Tennessee.

The historical significance of Wilcox County is inherent in the county’s name. In 1814 Lieutenant Joseph M. Wilcox, a young West Point graduate, found himself far from home along the banks of the Alabama River embroiled in a battle with warriors from a local Indian tribe. During the fierce fight, the young lieutenant received a fatal wound, eventually dying in his beloved new home. Residents of the area remembered their adopted son by naming the county Wilcox. Just one day older than the State of Alabama, Wilcox County is still alive and well.

McWilliams

Hank Williams, Sr.

The present-day unincorporated town of McWilliams in Alabama’s Wilcox County has ties to one of the most famous singers in the history of music – Hank Williams, Sr. Hank himself lived there for a brief time; in 1927, when Hank was just 10 years old, his family moved to McWilliams. However, McWilliams is perhaps more famously known as the burial place of Hank’s father, Elonzo Huble Williams. Elonzo, or “Lon,” was buried at Hopewell Methodist Church Cemetery following his death in 1970. Hank tragically died in 1953 at the age of 29, but not before leaving behind a legacy of music. Williams recorded a total of 35 singles that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers.

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