The following excerpt is from the Forward to The Pioneers of Tuscaloosa County, a project completed by the Tuscaloosa Genealogical Socity in 1981:
In the early part of 1980, the Tuscaloosa Genealogical Society made the vital decision to collect as much information as could be found on the pioneer families of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.
For research purposes, we identified as pioneers any family or portion of a family which had settled in the county by 1830. With the arrival of the first white settlers in 1816, the establishment of the Alabama Territory in 1817, the formation of Tuscaloosa County in 1818, the creation of the State of Alabama in 1819, the location of the Federal Land Office in Tuscaloosa in 1820 and the movement of the state capitol from Cahaba to Tuscaloosa in 1826, the county had attracted a large number of persons from the poorest to the wealthiest, from the untrained to the brightest and best educated people in the state. Some of these stayed, others did not. Many descendants of those pioneers still reside in this historic county while others have long since moved to other areas of the country.
It is for these scattered descendants and in honor of those hearty pioneers that we publish this volume. It is our attempt to preserve some of the rich heritage of this region.
I want to express my deepest appreciation to June O. Reese who has served as our Pioneers Project Chairman. As a descendant of several pioneer families with a deep love for the history of our county, she has nurtured this project with wisdom and exceptional ability. She has also been assisted by many capable persons for whom I am most appreciative. These include Margaret K. Findley, Project Adviser; Becky Gardner, Charts Chairman; Billie Lockard, Research Chairman; Angie M. Cooper, Indexing; and Frances H. Blitz, Treasurer. Thanks are due to all others who have helped with the project and those who have submitted charts.
R.L. Guffin, Jr.
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