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

Samuel Burney: 1763-1849 Revolutionary War Veteran / Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake

 
 
Samuel Burney: 1763-1849 marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 25, 2014
1. Samuel Burney: 1763-1849 marker
Inscription.  
(side 1)
Samuel Burney: 1763-1849
Revolutionary War Veteran

Samuel Burney, Sr., was born on January 30, 1763, in Guilford Co., NC. He was among 17 known Revolutionary War veterans to settle in the area that became Lauderdale Co., AL. Burney, at the age of 15, volunteered to fight the British in the fall of 1778. Pvt. Burney served two terms, a total of 14 months, as a mounted rifleman in Charleston, SC. After the war, his family moved to Abbeville District, SC. In 1806, he and other Burney families moved to Rutherford Co., TN., and in 1808 to what is now Lauderdale Co., AL. Samuel leased 1600 acres of land on Chief Doublehead’s Reserve in the vicinity of Rogersville. Soldiers from Ft. Hampton, east of Elk River, evicted the Burneys around 1811, so they moved to Giles Co., TN. After the 1816 Chickasaws and the 1817 Cherokee Treaties opened the area for U.S. land sales, Samuel Burney, Sr. and Jr. returned and made purchases at these sales. Sr. purchased 79.81 acres of land in March 1818, near the intersection of Huntsville and Lambs Ferry Roads. He was a farmer and Justice of the Peace. His wife, Martha Waters,
Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 25, 2014
2. Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake marker
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died in the early 1840s, and he married Nancy Moss in October 1844. Samuel died on March 31, 1849, and is believed to be buried near Martha in the Liberty Cemetery in Rogersville.
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Burneys Creek/First Creek
Wheeler Lake
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As early as 1817, the creek west of here was known as Burneys Creek. It was later renamed First Creek. In the 1930s, excavation revealed an ancient Indian village and mound on the east bank near the creek’s mouth. Before construction of dams on the Tennessee River, the water dropped 137 feet over a distance of 37 miles from Browns Ferry to Florence. To enhance navigation on the river, the first Muscle Shoals Canal opened in 1836 and closed in 1838. A second canal, 14.5 miles long with nine locks, opened in November 1890, with Lock One at the west bank of the mouth of First Creek. Wilson Dam, near Florence, was completed in 1925; the lock opened in 1927. Wheeler Dam, downstream from First Creek, was completed in November 1936. This dam created Wheeler Lake which extends into First Creek. In the late 1960s, a state bond issue funded the development of the Joe Wheeler State Park at the confluence of First Creek and Wheeler Lake. The park’s lodge opened in 1974. This park also had a golf course, a marina and
Samuel Burney: 1763~1849/Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 25, 2014
3. Samuel Burney: 1763~1849/Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake
Marker is located just a few feet from the entrance to Joe Wheeler State Park
other recreational facilities which, with Wheeler Lake and First Creek, are a recreational mecca. First Creek Bridge, on U.S. Highway 72 was renamed Samuel Burney Bridge in March 2014.
 
Erected 2014 by East Lauderdale Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1807.
 
Location. 34° 49.933′ N, 87° 19.187′ W. Marker is in Rogersville, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of Lee Highway (U.S. 72) and County Route 66, on the right when traveling west on Lee Highway. 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Return of a Native (approx. ¾ mile away); Bettie Anne Highway (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rogersville Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (approx. 1.4 miles away); Heritage Park (approx. 1½ miles away); Lamb’s Ferry Road (approx. 1½ miles away); General Joseph Wheeler (approx. 1½ miles away); Lauderdale County High School 1912 (approx. 1.7 miles away); Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rogersville.
 
Also see . . .  Samuel Burney Grave site. In the early
Samuel Burney: 1763~1849/Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, December 25, 2014
4. Samuel Burney: 1763~1849/Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake
1800s in the little sleepy town of Rogersville, Alabama resided one of its earliest settlers and American Revolutionary War veteran, Samuel Burney, Sr. (Submitted on December 27, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 
 
Wheeler Lake image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, April 10, 2010
5. Wheeler Lake
Joe Wheeler Lodge and Marina image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, April 10, 2010
6. Joe Wheeler Lodge and Marina
Wheeler Dam image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, April 10, 2010
7. Wheeler Dam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,775 times since then and 171 times this year. Last updated on June 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 27, 2014, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 15, 2022