Failetown, Alabama

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Failetown, Alabama

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Failetown is a ghost town in Clarke County. Lewis Faile and his children, Richmond, Terrell and Morgan Faile settled Failetown in the 1850s when they moved west from South Carolina,

Today all that remains is the Fail Cemetery at the Cross Roads of Woodsbluff Road and Pearl Drive. Failetown is the site of the October 4, 1813, Bashi Skirmish of the first Creek War that was fought between the United States and the Creek Indians. Colonel William McGrew leading a group of twenty five militia was ambushed leaving five dead. Colonel McGrew and Captain William Bradbury, both veterans of the Battle of Burnt Corn, were killed along with Edmund Miles, Jesse Griffin and David Griffin. David Griffin’s body was never found.

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Subject: FAILETOWN

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I note an error in your history of Failetown.  

Lewis (Louis) Faile was never known as FAILS. On his grave marker the last name is spelled Fail(e).

There are  4 Lewis (Louis) Fail(e)(s) buried in the Faile Cemetery. Lewis the one that settled Failetown, Lewis, his grandson, Little Louis and a Louis Fails, a cousin. The grave marked as Louis Fails with the birth date and death date of Lewis, the founder of Failetown is in error. This is a new marker and has recently been placed there.

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Today the only thing that remains of the town is the Faile Cemetery which contains the graves of the Faile, Mott and Agee families.

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