The history of Butler County, Alabama

The people of Butler County have long expressed a desire to have a book published, containing the interesting history and a review of the natural resources of the County. The author was requested, by some of the prominent residents of the County, to undertake the preparation of such a book.

While in the County, during the summer of 1884, he began the collection of the data for a complete map of the County, and the materials for writing her history. These facts have been arranged by the author, at odd hours, during the last six months. The author has endeavored to present facts in a plain and simple way, without aiming at the graces of elaborate history or the vivid coloring of exciting romance.

 

Table of Contents

PART I

CHAPTER I.
Geographical Position Geological Formations Different Varieties of Soil Virgin Growth Slopes Drainage, Etc. 15

CHAPTER II.
Earliest History Formation of the County Early Settlement, Etc. 19

CHAPTER III.
The Ogly Massacre Death of Captain Butler and Others The Erection of Forts, Etc. 25

CHAPTER IV.
The Rapid Settlement of the County After the Indians are Driven Away, Etc. 34

CHAPTER V.
Establishment of Commerce Mail Routes The Seat of Justice Located at Greenville General Growth and Prosperity of the County 40

CHAPTER VI.
Great Need for Conveniences, such as Grist Mills, Gins, Blacksmith Shops, Etc. 44

CHAPTER VII.
Biographical Sketch of Ex-Governor T. H. Watts 47

CHAPTER VIII.
The War Between the States The County During this Time 53

CHAPTER IX.
Condition of the County After the War 58

CHAPTER X.
A General Description of the Present Resources of the County and Its Prospects for Future Development 60

PART II
CHAPTER XI.
Pine Flat 71

CHAPTER XII.
Fort Dale 74

CHAPTER XIII.
Greenville 78

CHAPTER XIV.
Greenville, 1885 95

CHAPTER XV.
Ridgeville 100

CHAPTER XVI.
Sketch of Hon. W. H., Crenshaw 103

CHAPTER XVII.
Manningham 105

CHAPTER XVIII.
Sketch of Warren A. Thompson 108

CHAPTER XIX.
Dead Fall 111

CHAPTER XX.
Sketch of Judge Benj. F. Porter 114

CHAPTER XXI.
Monterey 120

CHAPTER XXII.
Sketch of Colonel T. L. Bayne 132

CHAPTER XXIII.
Butler Springs 136

CHAPTER XXIV.
Sketch of Judge Anderson Crenshaw 141

CHAPTER XXV.
Ancient Mounds in Butler County 143

CHAPTER XXVI.
Oaky Streak 145

CHAPTER XXVII.
Garland 154

CHAPTER XXVIII.
South Butler 156

CHAPTER XXIX.
Sketch of Colonel Sam. Adams 158

CHAPTER XXX.
Sketch of W. W. Wilkinson 160

CHAPTER XXXI.
Forest Home 165

CHAPTER XXXII.
Georgiana 172

CHAPTER XXXIII.
Starlington 175

CHAPTER XXXIV.
Sketch of Colonel H. A. Herbert 177

Chapter XXXV.
Shackelville 186

CHAPTER XXXVI.
Boiling 188

CHAPTER XXXVII.
Sketch of Mrs. I. M. P. Henry 191

CHAPTER XXXVIII.
Sardis 195

CHAPTER XXXIX.
Toluka 197

CHAPTER XL.
McBride's 198

CHAPTER XLI.
Press of Butler County 200

CHAPTER XLII.
Bear s Store 210

CHAPTER XLIII.
Rocky Creek 212

CHAPTER XLIV.
Roper Wells 213

CHAPTER XLV.
Sketch of J. K. Henry, Judge 215

CHAPTER XLVI.
Steiner's Store 216

CHAPTER XLVII.
Dunham Station 218

CHAPTER XLVIII.
Mobile and Montgomery Railroad 219

CHAPTER XLIX.
The Medical Profession in Butler County 221

CHAPTER L.
The Bar of Butler County 224

CHAPTER LI.
County Officers, 1885 232

CHAPTER LII.
Voting Precincts 236

CHAPTER LIII.
Churches and Places of Worship 237

CHAPTER LIV.
Our Wealthy Men 239

CHAPTER LV.
Members of the State Legislature 241

CHAPTER LVI.
Officers of the County 244

CHAPTER LVII.
List of Post-Offices, Etc. 247

CHAPTER LVIII.
War Record of the County 248

CHAPTER LIX.
Conclusion 252

 

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This county is situated a little south of the center of the State, and borders Lowndes on the north, Crenshaw on the east, Covington on the south, Conecuh on the southwest, Monroe on the west and Wilcox on the northwest. It originally contained thirty townships, but has been diminished by the formation of Covington and Crenshaw Counties. There are twenty-one and one-half townships now in the county, making about 765 square miles of territory, the most of which is woodland.