The American Cyclopædia (1879)/Covington (counties)

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Edition of 1879. See also Covington County, Alabama and Covington County, Mississippi on Wikipedia, and the disclaimer.

COVINGTON. I. A S. county of Alabama, bordering on Florida, drained by Conecuh and Yellowwater rivers; former area, 1,240 sq. m., but a portion has recently been taken to form Crenshaw county; pop. in 1870, 4,868, of whom 599 were colored. The surface is uneven, and mostly occupied by pine forests, the lumber obtained from which is the principal article of export. The soil is sandy and poor. The chief productions in 1870 were 63,389 bushels of Indian corn, 16,264 of sweet potatoes, 689 bales of cotton, and 9,646 gallons of molasses. There were 462 horses, 1,796 milch cows, 3,900 other cattle, 4,250 sheep, and 7,077 swine. Capital, Andalusia. II. A S. county of Mississippi, drained by affluents of Leaf river; area, 680 sq. m.; pop. in 1870, 4,753, of whom 1,647 were colored. Pine timber occupies portions of the surface, but it is not abundant. The soil is light and sandy. The chief productions in 1870 were 109,813 bushels of Indian corn, 28,042 of sweet potatoes, and 1,605 bales of cotton. There were 965 horses, 1,979 milch cows, 3,683 other cattle, 3,766 sheep, and 8,965 swine. Capital, Williamsburg.