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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Those Places Thursday: New Decatur, Alabama

The 1911 Nashville City Directory indicated that my great-great-grandfather's brother Clarence Gatlin had moved to New Decatur, Alabama.

Nashville City Directory 1911. New York: Marshall-Bruce-Polk, 1911. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

Clarence's daughter Annie was listed as having moved to Birmingham. The directory also stated that my great-grandfather Henry Gatlin had moved to Birmingham, but he had actually moved to Chicago. (Perhaps someone provided incorrect information to reduce the chance that his bigamy would be discovered.)

New Decatur was a city in Morgan County, Alabama, located southeast of Decatur. It was founded in 1887 and incorporated in 1889. It was nicknamed "the Chicago of the South." In 1916, the name of the city was changed to Albany. In 1927, Albany became a neighborhood of Decatur after the two cities merged. In 1983, the neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Clarence Gatlin and his family were in New Decatur by 14 November 1910, when Clarence's son Clarence J. Gatlin died there. He was buried in Nashville, Tennessee. By 1912, the family had returned to Nashville.

I wonder why the family moved to New Decatur, and why they returned to Nashville in less than two years.

Postcard of the Benevolent Society Hospital, Albany, Alabama. 1920. Image available from Moody's Collectible Vintage Postcards.

Postcard of the High School, Albany, Alabama. Image available from the Postcards Project.

Albany, Decatur
Albany Historic Neighborhood, Decatur, Alabama
Decatur, Alabama
National Register of Historical Places - ALABAMA (AL), Morgan County

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