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Doublehead Reserve 1810 Document

Historical Marker for Doublehead Reserve

Historical Marker for Doublehead Reserve

Lessees and squatters on the lands of the native americans were numerous. Among them were several lines of our families. The petition against the removal from lands of Double Head Reserve follows. Even though no date is known of when the petition was drawn up, it would seem that the year would have been 1810. It was received in Washington DC in December 1810.The locale of these petitioners seems to have been in the northwest section of what would become the

 state of Alabama in 1818. They lived inpresent day Lauderdale, Franklin and Colbert County. All spelling of names are original.

DoubleHead Squatters
Petitioners Names
Benjamin BirkJames Cummins

David Hudspeth


C.L. Burney

John Beard

John Butler

Gabriel Butler

J.G. Hemphill

Jos Lemaster

Green Hudspeth

R. H. Alpes

Kames Hannegan

Julius Alford

Isreal Harman

Henry Tucker

Hutson Alford

Andrew I. Kavanaugh

Justin Readford

Adam Lacky

James Hooper

James M. Petigrew

James Petigrew

Thomas Caplin

D.B. Potter

Matthew Jones

Hampton Strowell

William Strowell

Samuel Burney Sr.

Samuel Burney Jr.

Charles Burney

_____ Hayes

Carlis Hays

Elisha Wilborn

Elisha Wilson

David Bains

Willis Stevens

Jessee Stevens

James Brion

Alexander Cambrel

William Wilborn

Jos C. Wilborn

Mosser Moss

Benjamin Oberly

James Ellis

M. Armstrong

Thomas Grisham

John Kilough

David Kilough

Amus Wilks

Philop Mebery

Frederick Peeler

Benjamin Yardley

Allen Kilough

Hennery Morehead

Richard Haley

William Welch Jr.

Rebekeah Hays

Charles Moorhead

Jeremiah ____

Moses Norman

William Welch

Benjamin Moore

Thomas Yardley

Jonathan Little

James Young

Jno Crowly

Thomas Bowman

Mathew English

Thos G. Butler

James Brown

Jos Brown

Thos Redish

Richard Butler

Edmund Hatch

James Welch

Joshua Golner

J. N. Coe

Thomas Casey

Nathaniel Casey

John Manley

Archibald Sanders

Joseph Edwards

Hennery Tucker

Hennery Tucker

John I. Moss

John Cavenner

Marlin Towns

Tyre G. Dabney

Joel Wilbourn

James Wilbourn

William Wilbourn

Carlton Wilbourn

H. A. Hays

William Carwood

John Young

John Cole

Abraham Cole Sr.

Abraham Cole Jr.

Mason Moss

Alexander Carrel

Charles Hulsy

James Ellis

10 responses

  1. Joni Crowell Collopy

    The John Manley listed on the squatters list for Doublehead may be my ancestor. His son may have been my Thomas L. Manley (1821-1870), listed on different census reports as being born in either, Alabama, Georgia or Tennessee. He lived in both north Alabama and Tennessee (no proof of Georgia). Thomas’ son was John Manley (1849-1895).

    February 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    • Joni, then this would likely qualify you for First Settlers status, or Pioneer status, whatever it is called now.

      February 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm

  2. Joni Crowell Collopy

    Oh. I have never even heard of that. I believe I would need to prove completely that this is my John Manley. How does one “get” a First Settlers status? My Key ancestors were in Lawrence County by about 1819 or so.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    • Yes, you would need other documentaion, but this would be one proof that would be helpful.

      February 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

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  4. B Ozment

    I also have a relative on this list. Were does one find out about First Settler or Pioneer Status and how to claim?

    November 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm

  5. 3rd grandfather william warren wilburn may have been one of the first settlers. there is a james, william, and carlton wilbourn listed. evon wilburn daw

    June 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

  6. J.R. Cottles

    This is such interesting and amazing history. I’ve lived in the Mitchell Town Community for over 45yrs. Early settler Gabriel Butler , built the Bluewater Primitive Baptist Church in 1823 , near present day Blue Water Cemetery. The church moved to where I was raised and live now on Co. Rd. 33 across from James ( Jim ) Mitchell’s Gristmill. I remember when the last parts of the Gristmill was moved . The farthest I ever moved was 1/10 of a mile south of here where I lived in a mobile home next to Jim Mitchell’s two story home which was vacated in the early 1960’s and was used as a barn until it was torn down in 1996. I grew up roaming Mill Creek and Blue Water Creek and The Bottoms where the two creeks joined and all down Blue Water passed the Polo Field , all of this was Chief Double Heads Village around 1800.

    August 7, 2016 at 2:15 pm

  7. Tammie johnson

    Notice no Terry or loves on this list…..because Doublehead was their relative.

    August 20, 2016 at 4:19 am

  8. A. R.

    There appeared to be some skepticism on the matter of Samuel Riley being doublehead’s son-in-law. I don’t know if this will clear up anything, but he and Gu-Lu-Sti-Yu are my 6th great grandparents. Marriage records say they were married a good 30 or more years before doublehead’s death and my 5th great grandmother (their daughter) had already been born by 1786, but you probably know more than me though.

    January 25, 2018 at 8:24 pm

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