Jimmy Fisk Road
Hazel Green, Alabama 35750
The Routt Mansion in Hazel Green Alabama was once the home of the "Black Widow of Hazel Green" Elizabeth Dale. The house burned to the ground in 1968 and was rumored to have been built on top of an Indian mound. It is said that the spirit of Elizabeth Dale has been seen floating above the remains of her home and visiting gravestones of her father and unlucky husbands. It has also been reported that the ghosts of the Native American buried in the mound also haunt this property.
The story of Elizabeth Dale begins October 28, 1795 in Worcester County Maryland when she was born. Her father was Adam Dale an aristocrat, Revolutionary War and Creek Indian War soldier with bloodline ties to Lord Baltimore and Cecil Calvert. Elizabeth was described as an auburn haired beauty who easily seduced men with her charm. In 1797 her family moved to Tennessee where her father became the first settler in DeKalb County. At 18 she married a 20 year old Baptist preacher named Samuel Gibbons. After 18 years of marriage Samuel died in 1830 of yellow fever and Elizabeth moved to Columbia Tennessee to be closer to family. Shortly after moving to Columbia she married a man named Flanagan who died almost immediately after the ceremony. She did not wait long and on November 6, 1833 she married her third husband Alexander Jefferies and moved to Hazel Green Alabama. She had her only two children with Jefferies a son William and a daughter Mary Elizabeth. Alexander Jefferies died in 1845 and was buried on the property. Over the next three years Elizabeth Dale married and buried husbands four, a man named High and five a man named Absalom Brown. In 1848 she married husband number six Willis Routt who not surprisingly died short time later. When prospective husband number seven showed up a school teacher named D.H. Bingham, a neighbor and critic of the widow named Abner Tate claimed that she had poisoned her previous husbands and Elizabeth filed a $ 50,000.00 dollar slander lawsuit against him. While the lawsuit battle was raging, one of Tate's slaves shot and severely wounded him. This along with the 1851 death of her father while visiting her was blamed on Elizabeth as well. When the lawsuit finally came to court, Elizabeth lost and she sold the property and moved back to Columbia Tennessee.