Once back in the Union, Alabama drafted a new constitution that would undo many of the elements required for its reinstatement. Alabama's citizens would vote on it in 1875.
In 1850, Alabama was already threatening succession from the Union if they didn't get their way, which might have motivated them to conduct their own census.
The 1866 Alabama census was just a row of numbers counting people by age group. I wondered if it was possible to cross-reference with other records to figure out who those numbers represent.
The nation was breaking apart. Would William and Elmina's union survive what was to come?
I was doing some online newspaper browsing this evening when I came across a brief article about me! It was published in The Gadsden Times of Gadsden, Alabama on 31 May 2004. Byron W. Graham Army National Guard Spec. Byron W. Graham, while pursuing an associate degree at South Suburban College, South Holland, Ill., has…