The very first transportation routes in the Alabama Territory and the newly formed Henry County, mainly followed old Indian paths. Early settlers entering the new lands, now Henry County, stayed close to Ft. Gaines, Georgia for protection from the Indians.  There were no roads on which to venture into the unsettled wilderness.  Among the early settlers that were settling just across the river in the first town in Henry County, Franklin, were Daniel Jackson and Matthew Jackson, brothers seeking a new life in a new land circa 1820. They had a third brother whose name is not known.  It is said that brother lived to be 114 years old.  Daniel and Matthew Jackson cut the very first road in Henry County and Southeast Alabama in 1820.