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Early Days and People of Marshall County, Alabama

Early Days and People of Marshall County, Alabama

One of the first white men to settle in Madison County was a Scotchman named John Gunter who lived among the Cherokee Indians and married a beautiful Cherokee girl. He had three sons, Edward, Sam, and John Gunter.

Edward Gunter served with Andrew Jackson at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and stayed with him throughout the war. Sam Gunter died on Town Creek, in Madison County about 1835. John and Edward became leaders among the Cherokees. They both went with the Cherokees when they were forcibly removed from Alabama about the year 1837 and both died.

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Hugh Henry was a successful merchant

Another early settler, Hugh Henry, from upper east Tennessee, sold goods at Gunter’s landing on the south side of the Tennessee River. He was successful in merchandising and accumulated some wealth but it was depleted before his death. Hugh Henry was the father to Albert G. and Patrick Henry, merchants in early Madison County, Alabama.

William Black, Arthur C. Beard and James M. McFarlane were other early prominent pioneers.

The first county seat was at Claysville, two miles opposite Guntersville, across the river. Court was held here from 1836-38. Claysville was named in honor of Henry Clay and served as the county seat of Marshall County from 1836 to 1838.

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The next three years it was changed to Marshall, a place in the center of Wyeth City, about one mile from Guntersville. In 1842, it moved to Warrenton, five miles west for six years. Guntersville was growing in 1849 and Judge Louis Wyeth, offered to donate a handsome brick courthouse to the county on condition that it remained permanently in Guntersville where it remained.

The officials of the first county court were county judge Washington T. May; county clerk Richard S. Randles; sheriff, Percival M. Bush, circuit clerk, J. M. MacFarlane.i

i Deland, T. A. & Smith, A. Davis, Northern Alabama Historical and Biographical, Illustrated, 1888: SMITH& DE LAND, Birmingham, Alabama, Chicago, MARSHALL County History -Chapter three p 59-60

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