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Butler County History
Founded December 13, 1819, Butler County was formed from Conecuh and Monroe Counties. The name of Fairfield was first proposed for this county, but was changed on the passage of the bill to Butler, in honor of Captain William Butler.
Named in honor of Captain William Butler, who was born in Virginia, fought in the Creek War, and who was killed by native Americans near Butler Springs on the morning of 20 March 1818.
The earliest settler of no dispute is James K. Benson, who settled in the Flat in 1815, and built the first house ever erected in Butler County, near where Pine Flat Methodist Church now stands. Shortly after, William Ogly and John Dickerson came with their families and made a settlement on the Federal Road, about three miles south of where Fort Dale was later erected. In the fall of 1816, a party from the state of Georgia came to settle in Pine Flat, including Thomas Hill, Warren A. Thompson, Captain John Watts, and Benjamin Hill.
The county seat is Greenville

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(part of McKenzie is in Conecuh County)






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Website Updates:
Nov 2014: Wesley Chapel Cemetery - Transcribed by Debra Hudson
Bio: PARMER - Transcribed by Kim Mohler
October 2014: Mil: 1925 List of Confederate Pensioners
Sept 2014: 1830 US Census - Transcribed by Debra Hudson
July 2014: Mil: Civil War: Southern Claims Commission Applicants
May 2014: Mil: WWI Wounded List of 1918 - Submitted by Rose Stout
April 2014: History: Water Mills of Butler County in 1886
February 2014: Cemeteries: Pioneer Cemetery
January 2014: Death News: RAY, MURPHY; Bio: BROOK; List of Known Newspapers of Butler County

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Conecuh County (southwest)
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