Near Athens in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Lucy's Branch/Legacy of The Little Elk Community
This site is named for Lucy Bedingfield, daughter of a slave and a Cherokee Indian. She was born 1832, and her Indian name was Finch. She married Meredith Bedingfield, a slave and had 9 children. Lucy was an astute and avid storyteller. She purchased 170 acres in June 1888, for $600, recorded by U.S. Patent #43463. One of the last known Indian Chiefs in the area formerly occupied this land. Lucy mortgaged the farm several times by making her mark. She used "Gold Coins of the present standard of weight and fineness" to make payments. Lucy and her descendants farmed this land until the TVA purchased it in 1935 for the creation of Wheeler Lake. Lucy relocated to Oklahoma in later years and is buried there.
Legacy of the Little Elk Community
This was Chickasaw Indian land until it was ceded to the United States in 1816. Existing Earthen mounds give testimony of earlier Indian presence. The land was then settled by a heterogeneous society of Blacks, Whites and Indians. African-American children were educated at Little Elk M.B. Church est. 1874 until a school was built on Snake Road in 1930. Located nearby are some old home sites and Lucy's cemetery containing over 60 graves. The descendants of these early settlers have spread the unique culture and strong principles of the Little Elk community
Erected by Erected by Limestone County Historical Society and Friends of Lucy's Branch.
Location. 34° 46.783′ N, 87° 13.145′ W. Marker is near Athens, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is on Snake Road. Touch for map. This marker is located near Wheeler Lake about 14 miles west of Athens on Snake Road and about 2 miles south of U.S. Highway 72 just before crossing the Elk River. Marker is in this post office area: Athens AL 35614, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lauderdale County High School 1912 (approx. 5.2 miles away); Lamb’s Ferry Road (approx. 5.3 miles away); Heritage Park (approx. 5.4 miles away); Rogersville Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (approx. 5½ miles away); Lentzville Cemetery (approx. 5.7 miles away); Return of a Native (approx. 6.2 miles away); General Joseph Wheeler (approx. 6.7 miles away); Samuel Burney: 1763-1849 Revolutionary War Veteran / Burneys Creek/First Creek Wheeler Lake (approx. 6.8 miles away).
Categories. • African Americans • Native Americans •
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