Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Bailey Butler 1779 - 1842

Marker ID: THC 2D 42
Location: Hwy 53 between Celina and Gainesboro TN
County: Clay
Coordinates: N 36° 29.576    W 085° 33.678
  36.49293333    -85.5613
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMB0QW


During the War of 1812, Bailey Butler, an early 19th century pioneer of Clay (then Jackson) County and a Captain of the West Tennessee Volunteer Militia, fought in the Battle of Talladega under Commander Andrew Jackson. Butler was named first postmaster of what became known as Butler's Landing in 1831. The first county court met nearby in 1871 on land first owned and operated by Bailey Butler and his family. The Butlers built their houses, a large log store, and operated a river ferry and landing site on the Cumberland River at it's juncture with Mill Creek and Dry Fork Creek.