Received this email infromation concerning Huntsville, Dekald Co., AL and hope it will help other researchers:
Saw your post to the Dekalb Board - sorry, don't know anything about the murder.However, I notice you mentioned he obtained land in "Huntsville, Dekalb Co, AL".
There may be a Huntsville in Dekalb Co, but if so, I've never come across it.I wonder if he had land that was "identified" on a plat map with respect to the "Huntsville Meridian", which is the reference point for all formerly "public land" in Dekalb County?
You may find that where he lived in Dekalb was the same as the land identified as "Huntsville, Dekalb".(Huntsville is in Madison County, I think.)I've chased deeds for several ancestors who were in Dekalb, Jackson and Marshall Counties and all of the deeds for any farm lands are always identified with respect to a quandrant system that references "Huntsville" for that top right corner of Alabama.
Not significant to your question, and you may not care, but thought I'd pass along my experience in chasing land locations in Dekalb.