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Decatur County Civil Districts - 1860 to 1960

from the research of James H. Hanna

The excerpt from a 1950 Bureau of the Census, "Map of Tennessee" was blown up to the same scale and traced on to the adjacent large map to determine the location of the Civil District lines.  As explained in the commentary, the district lines have probably not changed much since 1860.

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The 1850 and 1860 censuses of Decatur County indicate ten and twelve CDs respectively. Although difficult to interpret today, they seem to indicate the same general location as the 1950 CDs as shown. I have found no evidence to indicate the relocation of CDs between 1860 and 1960, although the relocation of some of the common lines between the CDs is probable, for example to accommodate a land owner who prefers that all of his land be in one CD rather than straddle a CD line.

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