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Near Rogersville in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (South Central)
 

Gabriel “Old Gabe” Butler

1779~1856

 
 
Gabriel “Old Gabe” Butler 1779~1856 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 28, 2019
1. Gabriel “Old Gabe” Butler 1779~1856 Marker
Inscription.  

Gabriel Butler “Ole Gabe” was born in the Carolinas in 1779, about the time of the Revolutionary War. His name is on records in Kentucky in the 1800s. He married his first wife, Sarah Whitesides, in Warren County, KY, on December 26, 1803. Gabe was among the earliest white settlers of Lauderdale County. He arrived here during the early 1800s and leased land from Cherokee Indian Chief Doublehead on the Chief’s Reserve. After Doublehead was killed in 1807, the government directed the settlers on his Reserve to leave. Gabe and other settlers signed a petition in 1809 asking to remain; however, the settlers were evicted around 1811. Gabe and his family moved to the north into Tennessee. Indian Treaties signed in 1817 allowed the creation of Lauderdale County in February 1818. The Federal Land Office was established allowing land to be sold here beginning in March of 1818. Gabe traveled to Huntsville on November 14, 1818, and purchased land here along Bluewater Creek. Eventually, he owned several acres in this area.
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Gabriel “Old Gabe” Butler 1779~1856 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 28, 2019
2. Gabriel “Old Gabe” Butler 1779~1856 Marker
land was fertile, with an abundance of good water, timber, and game. He built his home on the hill across Bluewater. He expected the road between Huntsville and Florence to be built nearby, giving him easy access to his farmland on the other side of the creek. However, the road was built 1 1/2 miles south in the general vicinity of the modern-day US Highway 72. After 1824, Gabe built his second home southwest of here on this side of the creek. Old Gabe donated two acres of land to start the Primitive Baptist Church at Bluewater on May 16, 1840. The churches at Mitchell Town and Elgin Crossroads developed from that church. The cemetery at this location, one of the earliest in Lauderdale Country, was established by Gabe and named for him. Gabe died in November 1856, at the age of 77. He and some of his family members are buried within the rock walls. Old Gabe had three wives and 11 children, nine of whom married and raised families in this area. Many of the descendants of “Old Gabe” are buried in this cemetery.
 
Erected 2017 by Alabama Heart of Dixie East Lauderdale Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 52.238′ N, 87° 25.028′ W. Marker is near Rogersville, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on CR 421. Marker and cemetery are both located
The nearby Butler Cemetery signs image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 28, 2019
3. The nearby Butler Cemetery signs
at a dead end of CR 421. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rogersville AL 35652, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cherokee Chief Doublehead's Village Around 1800 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Daniel White (approx. 1.2 miles away); Jesse James Gang Canal Payroll Robbery/Trial of Frank James (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mitchell Town Community (approx. 1˝ miles away); Elgin/Elgin Crossroads (approx. 2 miles away); Springfield Community 1810/Springfield Church and School (approx. 2 miles away); Center (Centre) Star (approx. 2.2 miles away); Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogersville.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansWar, US Revolutionary
 
Gabriel “Old Gabe” Butler gravesite at Butler Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 28, 2019
4. Gabriel “Old Gabe” Butler gravesite at Butler Cemetery
"...The cemetery at this location, one of the earliest in Lauderdale Country, was established by Gabe and named for him. Gabe died in November 1856, at the age of 77. He and some of his family members are buried within the rock walls."
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2019, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2019, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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