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TBT: Oldest man in Lauderdale in the 1890s was born in 1788


The Oldest Man in Lauderdale Dead

(Transcribed from Times Daily July 18, 1890, Florence, Alabama)

David Hutchings was born in Morganton, S. C. about 1788 and was over one hundred years of age, and up to March 1st of this year was a remarkably active, industrious old man. He came to North Alabama in 1817 as foreman for his master, Col. John Hutchings and General Jackson, and they settled a farm on the south side of the Tennessee river, near Melton’s Bluff, opposite the mouth of Elk river.

melton's bluff sign

Taken to the Indian Nation

Whilst here General Jackson took Dave to wait upon him as campman down in the Indian Nation to hold a treaty. He went also with General Coffee to run the treaty line from the mouth of the Cane creek south. Melton Bluff being so sickly, Col. Hutchings died and many of their negroes.

andrew jackson

General Andrew Jackson

General Jackson moved them in 1819 (the year of the first Florence land sale) into this county and turned them over to General Coffee as administrator for Hutchings. Dave continued as foreman until 1833, when his young master, Col. Andrew J. Hutchings, took charge and made him gardener and carriage driver.

Col. Hutchings died in 1841

Col. Hutchings died in 1841. He had offered Dave his freedom. He went as foreman again until the war broke out, during which he was faithful and true to his owner, as he had ever been, and the family was much attached to him. He had done the weaving of the negroes’ clothes all these years and his devotion to the memory of Katie, his wife, who was born in 1792 and died in 1842, was remarkable.

He died a Christian

He never married again, but went every day to her grave and prayed. He died a Christian.

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  1. Agnes Golden Tatum

    Donna, have you researched Talisi and Tuckabatchee? If so, what efforts are being made to preserve those sites?

    1. Alabama Pioneers

      Yes, I have completed some research. Here is one article on Tuckabatchee You can type the name of a place in the search box to see what I have on the website about any location. Thanks for mentioning them.

    2. Agnes Golden Tatum

      Is anything being done to preserve? Also, what about Talisi?

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