Gabriel "Old Gabe" Butler

Gabriel "Old Gabe" Butler (HM2MGM)

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N 34° 52.238', W 87° 25.028'

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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 elected 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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Gabe's 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.
Year Placed2017
Placed ByAlabama Heart of Dixie East Lauderdale Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 5:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 461875 N 3858776
Decimal Degrees34.87063333, -87.41713333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 52.238', W 87° 25.028'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 52' 14.28" N, 87° 25' 1.6799999999999" W
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