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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
Towns and Cities:
(part of McKenzie is in Conecuh