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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ghosts in the house

Mama was a great storyteller but she was also truthful. Her ghost story was not something she remembered so much as it was something told to her many times. In the late summer of 1926, when Mama was seven years old, two birds got into their house. The same week her mother saw two shooting stars. Old wives tales said these were both signs of upcoming death in the family. 

On Sept. 15, Mama's fourteen-month-old baby sister died. Three days later on Sept. 18, Mama's grandmother, who lived in the same house with them, died. Soon after the family hired a live-in housekeeper and cook to help Mama's very pregnant mother with her chores. One morning at breakfast the housekeeper said she could not sleep the night before because of a blue-eyed baby girl who kept looking in the door at her. But when she got up to check the baby was gone. The little baby that had died had bright blue eyes. The next youngest child had brown eyes so it could not have been her looking through the door. A few day later the housekeeper said that when she was sleeping the night before an old woman came to her bed. The old woman said, "This is my bed and my feet are cold and you need to move over." The old woman disappeared. 

The housekeeper announced she was quitting and would not be back. The bed had belonged to the grandmother who had recently died. And she always complained of cold feet and would warm bricks by the fire to put at the bottom of her bed. Wish Mama was here to tell me that story one more time.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Russell Family of Pond Creek

Betty Sellars and Jimmy Allen contributed to this report.



James Russell was born ca 1747. (I don't know where the year birth is from, may just be a guesstimate.  I think he may have been born as late as 1760.) Many genealogies say he was born in Wake County, NC, however Wake County was not created until 1771. He died in Davidson County, Tennessee on July 27, 1819 and is said to be buried at Gower's Chapel in the Gower family cemetery off River Road and Charlotte Pike in Davidson Co, TN.  He has a tomb stone in that cemetery that was placed in the 1930's by a DAR group. James Russell was a Revolutionary War soldier and enlisted in North Carolina, where he served as a private. It is from his final pension payment voucher that we get his date of death.

He was one of the pioneer settlers of Davidson County, Tennessee.  He was a dispatch carrier for General Robertson and Governor Blount and he also worked as a surveyor. In 1780, James Russell was a member of the party that went by land to the present site of Nashville, Tennessee. His signed the Cumberland Compact on May 1, 1780.   Also, on the expedition was James' father-in-law Able Gower and brother-in-law Able Gower Jr. Both Gower's were killed by Indians in the fall of 1780 at Clover Bottom.

We don't know why James Russell did not receive a preemptors grant. He was here to sign the Cumberland Compact and should have been eligible for a preemptors grant.  He may have sold his preemptors right to someone else, and it was recorded in another person's name.  He may have returned to North Carolina for a few years.  He must have returned by April of 1784 as his son William was born in Davidson County at that time.  He does not appear in the records again until October of 1785.
 
In December of 1789, James Russell purchased 100 acres of land on Pond Creek, in Davidson County,  as assignee of Martin Armstrong.  In January of 1793, Thomas Russell purchased 100 acres of land on Pond Creek, in Davidson County, as assignee of Martin Armstrong.  There were many other land transactions for James Russell. He was an early owner of what is called Gower's Island in the Cumberland River.

On the 4th of February 1794, James Russell, Robert Shannon and William Con, on their way from Nashville to Knoxville, were ambushed in the Cumberland Mountain, eighteen (18) miles from South West Point, by a party of Indians consisting of about 25, who fired on them and wounded Russell thru the body and arm.  He suffered with this would for the rest of his life. James was a chain bearer for Colonel Rutherford in laying out the veterans claims for land grants in Davidson Co, TN which was issued for service in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

James Russell married Elizabeth Gower the daughter of Abel Gower, Sr.  We do not know the marriage date. They could have married in North Carolina.  The marriage could have taken place in Davidson County, Tennessee, prior to 1789.  Marriage records for the county are lost before that time.

The following have been named as children of James and Elizabeth Gower Russell.  Others have been named in various sources but with no documentation.   It is highly possible that some of these are the children of Thomas Russell and Angley Gower Russell.  Thomas is believed to be the brother of James Russell.  There are may be other children of James and Thomas. 


        William RUSSELL b April 11, 1784; married Mary Ann Polly Kellum, September 13, 1805; died February 20, 1856, Madison Co., MO while visiting family.  Lived on Pond Creek; moved to Calloway Co., KY; He was a Justice of the Peace and performed many marriages in Davidson County. This is the William Russell who gave land for Bethel Church in 1825, on Pond Creek in Davidson County, now in Cheatham Co., TN.

       Pharaba Russell, born 10 October 1786; married George Sugg Allen, 21 November 1803; died  21 September 1866. Lived on Pond Creek, all of her life.

         Elizabeth Russell, born abt. 1790 ; married Martin Patterson 20 February 1810, Davidson Co, TN

James Russell Jr; born 20 December 1790, Davidson Co., TN; died 29 May 1843. Davidson Co., Tennessee.  Married Elizabeth Duren 25 December 1809 Davidson Co TN.   There are numerous copies of deeds of land purchased by James Russell. Jr. on or near Pond Creek. 

          Sally Russell, born abt. 1796; married Jeptha Hooper, 18 April 1810, Davidson Co, TN. this family moved to Calloway Co., KY  

      Arnold Russell, born 3 April 1796; died 25 Nov. 1872, Yazoo Co, Mississippi.

         Nancy Russell born abt. 1797; married Churchill Hooper 23 Aug. 1814 Davidson Co TN

        Peggy Russell, born abt. 1798; married Scott Larkin 10 November 1818

      John Russell, born abt. 1799 
  
      Martha Patsy Russell, born abt. 1804; married Wilson L Hooper 8 March 1824

  

Thomas Russell, is believed to be a brother of James Russell.  He was born before 1770; died 1824 in Davidson Co. TN; He married Angley Gower  13 November 1789. 

Children of Thomas Russell and Angley Gower Russell;

           Isaac Russell

          Polly Russell ; married James Daugherty 30 June 1816.

       Thomas Russell, Jr born 1798; married Ann Hooper 19 July 1829.

       Other children mentioned but not named in will of Thomas Russell.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Turkeys, and coyotes but no silly rabbits.



As the crow flies, our house is about three miles from the historic courthouse in downtown Nashville.  We have lived in Inglewood for 39 years, moving from East Nashville.  My family lived in Northeast Nashville when I was born and I grew up there.  My husband spent most of his childhood and teen years, a couple of blocks from East Nashville High School.  Wildlife in our childhood urban neighborhoods consisted of songbirds, pigeons, or an occasional toad. There must have been possums around but I don't remember seeing them. When we moved to Inglewood, rabbits were abundant, sometimes we spotted a possum crossing the road or a garter snake slithering through the grass.

The times they are a changin with the urban wildlife.  There are more birds and a bigger variety. Crows as big as ravens rule the treetops.  We have seen deer walking up our street.  Neighbors post photos of turkey, deer, and coyotes on Facebook.


Tom Turkey showing off for his lady friend, Inglewood, June 2015, Debie Oeser Cox

We have heard the eerie call of the neighborhood fox. One morning we looked out the window to see a coyote in front of the house. A family of raccoons lives in a neighbor's tree.


Mama Raccoon, Inglewood, June 2017 Debie Oeser Cox

Young Raccoons, Inglewood, June 2017 Debie Oeser Cox

We still see an occasional possum.  Rabbits and stray cats are a rare sight, but Hawks, of more than one type, are plentiful.  A neighbor has seen a heron fishing in her backyard pond.  We have seen a Great Horned Owl and often hear the call of the Barred Owl. Bobcats have been spotted in outlying areas of Davidson County.  Curious to see what changes might occur with wildlife in Inglewood in the coming 20 years.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Memory of Mama

This is a little note from facebook a couple of years ago.

I found a note that Mama wrote, listing her utility bills with the amounts in 1978, when she and Daddy were living at 1022 Pennock, in Papa Oeser's old house. In May, she wrote, telephone 11.50; gas 7.34; paperboy 7.28; lights 14.68 and water 7.19. Did anyone else say light bill, instead of electric bill? When mama was young, lights were about all that used electricity in a house. Not much more than that when I was a kid. We had a TV, a radio and a refrigerator, and in summer, window fans. Our cook stove and heat used gas.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Wash Day!

This beautiful day, November 29, 2016, reminds me of wash day.  It was easy to wash clothes in the summer in Nashville, TN.  OK not easy, but convenient.  Most days from June through September ranged from warm to very hot, and not a lot of rainy days.  Fall, winter, and spring provided challenges for getting the washing done.  Any fall (or winter or spring) day that started as this one has, became wash day.  For my mama that meant up early to fill the wringer washer with hot water and all the dirty white clothes for the first load.  I always had an automatic washer but did not always have a dryer.  The washing was easy for me, just putting in a load of clothes and letting the machine do it's job.  Still, I had to start early to get all the clothes dry on the shorter days of fall time.  I loved hanging out the clothes and it was especially pleasant to take them off the line and smell the goodness of the sunshine and fresh air.  I often just had to bury my face into an item and just take it all in.  It was more than a smell.  It was an experience, like no other. Like anyone else who had no access to a dryer, I hwould hang out clothes, year round.  If the weather was particularly bad for an extended time, I had to resort to the laundromat, or wishy-washy as we called them in Nashville.  I hated that, so I hung the clothes out whenever possible.  Why is it that we never think to make a photograph of the simple everyday things, that once they are gone, become so important in our memories?  I did find a photo on pinterest that remind me of mama's clotheslines, but there was no credit.

Copied from pinterest, no credit given



I borrowed this excerpt from another of my blog posts to share here.

Washing clothes! Oh if kids today only knew.  At our house wash day started early, as soon as Mama got Daddy off to work and out of the house.  We had a wringer washer and she had to use the bath tub as a rinse tub.


Mama would pull the washer near the bathroom door and fill it with hot water and add powdered tide.  White clothes always went first. If there were a lot clothes the water would be changed but usually one tub of water did all the clothes.  Load the clothes into the hot water, let the machine agitate for awhile.  Then run each piece of clothing through the wringer and place it in the tub.  The machine I remember most was electric but the older ones had to be agitated by hand and the wringer had a handle that was turned to wring the clothes.  Ours had a motor that turned the wringers as clothing was fed through.  After the clothing was rinsed in the clean water, it went back through the wringer again and into a basket.  Then out to the clothes lines.  We had five or six lines strung between metal "T" poles that had been secured into the ground with concrete, so the weight of the wet clothes would not pull them down.



Once I was tall enough I helped hang the clothes.  Mama wouldn't let me use the wringer.  She got her hand caught in one and was afraid I would get hurt.  We had a lot of people in our house at times and a lot clothes.  By the time enough had been washed that all the lines were full, usually the first clothes hung, had dried and were taken down to make room for the next load.  In the summer my sister Ann and I were always home to help but once school started Mama was on her own.  It was an all day job and Mama washed the clothes and hung them out year round.  Rainy days would delay wash day and in the winter she sometimes had to wait for the warmer days.  I do remember when clothes froze on the lines, but they seemed to dry anyway.  When I was about 10, I think, an automatic coin laundry opened in the old Roxy theater.  By then my sister was married and she would bring her laundry and we would take Mama's and go there to wash clothes in bad weather.  Mama still washed and hung the clothes in good weather until she moved from Meridian in 1972. And next came ironing day!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas memories

We had more than one Christmas dinner in our family while I was growing up in the 1950's and 60's.  I think a lot of families did back then. Mama had dinner at our house for her family, usually on the Sunday after Christmas.  Christmas Eve was reserved for the Oeser family.

On Christmas Eve, Daddy and his nine siblings would all gather at their parent's home.  Mama and Papa Oeser lived at 1022 Pennock Ave., for most of their married years.  We lived across and down the alley, and we always walked to their house.  Daddy was named Ernest for his father.  Daddy had six brothers, Robert, Herbert "Corky", Paul "Peanut", Jimmy, Orville and Ronnie and three sisters, Ruth "Sis", Margaret and Dot.  Our last family Christmas before Mama Oeser died, was in 1963.  I believe 24 of what would  eventually be 31 grandchildren, had been born by that time.  My sister Ann, was the only grandchild who had married at that time, and she had two children.  There would have been about 49 immediate family members and probably a few family friends. Ruth Allen, who had been a next door neighbor, in years past, sometimes came with her son Don. Cousin Evelyn Sharer and her husband Vernon were likely to drop by.  The house was a small Queen Anne Victorian, with a wrap-around front porch.  The house had two entry doors from the porch, at the front and around to the side.  There were five rooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom and it was here that the ten children had grown up.    The living room was L shaped, with a mantel and fireplace.  On Christmas Eve every room was filled with aunts, uncles and cousins.  My grandmother, my mother, and aunts prepared a feast.  Turkey and dressing with every accompaniment imaginable.  On the side board there was Spice Round, and Mama Oeser's special potato salad, green beans, fried corn and what seemed like endless bowls of this and that.  There were plenty of desserts, including Mama Oeser's fabulous jam cake and a beautiful coconut cake.  There was always homemade fruit cake. And of course boiled custard, served from the crystal punch bowl.

When I was young, we exchanged gifts among all the cousins but as the grandchildren multiplied we started a tradition of drawing names, a few weeks before the big night.  The ceilings in the old house were high and Mama Oeser always had a tall tree, and under the tree was a winter village.  My uncle Robert made lighted houses and a church for the village.  There were miniature cars on the road in front.  The tree skirt was covered with cotton and looked like snow.  In the middle of the village was a frozen pond made from a mirror with ice skaters. It was a magical wonder to a little girl.  It was a wonderful time from which many cherished memories are stored.

The younger cousins, may not remember Christmas at Mama Oeser's.  After she died in 1965, our aunt, Margaret Oeser Allen took upon herself the tradition of Christmas Eve dinner for the Oeser family.  Many wonderful and cherished memories from Christmas at Margaret's home.  We are all getting older and we have our own growing families, with children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.  We no longer gather as a large family on Christmas Eve.  But sometime tonight, I am sure that memories of Christmas with the Oeser's, will cross the minds of many.

Click here to read more about the Oeser family. 

 

Merry Christmas to all my Steele cousins

Wishing a Merry Christmas to all my Steele cousins.  

Pawpaw Steele sitting at center.
When I was a child we had a Christmas dinner every year at our house with Mama's family.  Her dad and any siblings who were Nashville at the time, along with their families, would come together, usually on the Sunday after Christmas.  Mama was the best cook and we had so much good food to share.  Mama's family was scattered across the country and we didn't see all of them every year or even know some of them very well.  We knew that the ones who could not be present, were with us in spirit, and that Mama thought of and missed each one of them, especially at Christmas time.  We were fortunate to spend many Christmas seasons, with Mama's dad, Wilmoth Steele.  He was our Pawpaw. His sister's Neva and Ila, had Christmas with us also.  Pawpaw's wife Minnie, died before any of her grandchildren were born, but she was always in Mama's thoughts and we loved her through the stories Mama shared. This Christmas, as I take time to remember Christmas past, I think of the many family members who are no longer with us.  At  Christmas, I really miss my Mama and Daddy and my brother Ernest and my nephew Paul.  My uncles, Ed Steele and wife Elsie, Paul Steele and wife Elaine, Felix Steele, Bob Steele, Gerald Steele and wife Phoebe, Walter Steele, and Aunt Neva's husband, Wallace Hunley.  Also my aunt Lorena Steele Clingan and her husband George Marion Clingan.  This past year we lost our uncle Raymond Larry Steele and our aunt Mary Steele Gifford Cole just one week apart.  They are all in my thoughts.  At this time of year, I always remember Mama's baby sister Ila Ruth, who died when she 14 months old.  Mama was only seven at the time but she never let Ila Ruth be forgotten.  Only Neva is left now, out of twelve children.Thinking of Aunt Neva, all of my cousins and all of their families, near and far, those who are still with us, and those who have passed on.   

Steele family 1972

Click the link to read more about the Steele family -  One of Twelve 




Thursday, October 15, 2015

Steele family obits from the Gospel Advocate

Steel, John W.
John W. Steel was born on November 23, 1851; was married to Mary A. L. Buchanan on September 15, 1874; obeyed the gospel of Christ about thirty-five years ago; and died on January 20, 1909. His neighbors and those that knew him well testify that he lived a faithful and devoted life. He was a useful member of the church at Donelson, Tenn., manifesting a lively interest in the prosperity of the cause at that place. He was devoted and faithful as husband and father, exerting a good influence in his family and in the neighborhood where he lived, and a large audience was present at the funeral to show their respect for the dead and to manifest their sympathy for the bereaved family. He leaves a wife, three children, and also many relatives and friends, to bear the loss of one they loved. By all these, and by the congregation of which he was a member, the loss of Brother Steel will be deeply felt. But they will not sorrow as those who have no hope; and if they will all follow his example in faithfully serving the Lord to the end of life, they may meet him where these sad farewells will no more be felt or feared.
E. G. S.
Gospel Advocate, February 11, 1909, page 183.


Steele, Annie Moore
Annie Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Steele, was born on September 24, 1887; was baptized into Christ by Brother Felix Sowell in 1904; and died on June 9, 1907. Sister Annie is said, by those that knew her, to have been an earnest Christian girl; pleasant and affectionate at home, kind and gentle toward her associates, and esteemed by all as faithful in all the relations she sustained. She was in her twentieth year when the fatal typhoid fever carried her into the beyond. She was a treasure in the family, highly esteemed in the church and esteemed by all who knew her. She had attended to the one thing needful, the salvation of her soul, by entering into and continuing in the service of the Lord until death. Thus she leaves to her family and friends the joys and consolations of the precious hope of the gospel of Christ. Let her family and friends also be faithful to the Lord until death, and they may meet her in the home where changes never come, and where sad farewells will never again be said.
E. G. S.
Gospel Advocate, June 27, 1907, page 414.


Steele, Samuel
Brother Samuel Steele died, at his home, ten miles east of Nashville, Tenn., on May 30, 1903. He was born in White County, Tenn., a few miles east of Smithville, now the county seat of DeKalb County, in June, 1822. From there he came to Davidson County in 1846, and had lived here ever since. Before leaving the place of his nativity, he became a Christian, being baptized by Brother Jesse Sewell. On January 5, 1851, he married Miss Mary Binkley. For thirty-four years, hand in hand, they trod the path of life. To them were born ten children. The wife and mother died on August 8, 1884. In 1886 he married Mrs. Kelly (a widow), of Williamson County, Tenn., who in his declining years helped him to pass the time, in sickness and in health, in that way and manner becoming a good wife. Three of his children preceded him to the grave. Brother Steele was loved and respected by all who knew him. His integrity was unquestioned; he strove to do right. His Christian character was above reproach; he read the Book, believed what it taught, and tried to shape his conduct by its precepts. He was an honored member of the congregation at Donelson, Tenn.; and the great number of friends and acquaintances who attended his funeral attested the esteem in which he was held. His family and friends may sorrow, but they should be comforted by the hope that he has attained unto an defiled, and that fadeth not away. May all profit by his example strive to emulate his virtues, covering his faults with the mantle of charity. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
James E. Scobey.
Gospel Advocate, June 18, 1903, page 394.

Monday, August 17, 2015

John Buchanan, Sr. Davidson Co. TN



Records concerning the estate of John Buchanan Sr.  who died in Davidson County, Tennessee in April of 1787.  John Buchanan, Sr. and his son Samuel, died intestate, without a will.  Their estates were administered by James Mulherin and John Buchanan Jr.  Provided is both the original page from the will book and a typed transcript of the record. 



Davidson County Will Book 1, page 69, Inventory John Buchanan Sr.


Davidson County Will Book 1, page 69, Inventory of the estate of John Buchanan Sr., as transcribed by the Works Progress Administration, 1937



The following document is the settlement of the estate of John Buchanan, Sr. and Samuel Buchanan as administered by John Buchanan, Jr. and James Mulherin. Samuel Buchanan son of John, Sr. died on May 1, 1786, killed by Indians.  John, Sr. died in April, 1787, killed by Indians. The amount from the sale of the estates of John and Samuel Buchanan was 275 pounds, 17 shillings and 6 pence. After debts were paid the cash from the estate was divided, one and half shares to the widow, 63 pounds, 15 shillings and four equal shares, 42 pounds, 10 shillings, to the other legatees. The real estate was divided into four parts, increasing the shares of the legattees, other than the widow, to 49 pounds and 5 shillings.  Statement of Geo. Parks, atty for James Buchanan says that he received 49 pounds, and 5 shillings for James Buchanan.  It is possible that James Buchanan was a minor child of John Buchanan, Sr., at the time of the estate settlement, and was appointed an attorney to see after his interests. Another possibility is that Buchanan had some sort of health or mental problem that would require someone to look after his interest in the estates. It is possible that he had moved away and/or his whereabouts unknown, also requiring someone to look after his part of the estate.  Proof of this may be in county court records from that time.  The settlement was accepted and filed September 30, 1796.  The order filed by the court also mentions the estate of John Kennedy, which was also administered by John Buchanan, Jr. and James Mulherin and presented at the same time for settlement.

Davidson County, Tennessee Will Book 2, page 58




Davidson County, Tennessee, Will Book 2, page 58 as transcribed by the Works Progress Administration, 1937.





Legatees are not usually named in an estate settlement.  There is an exception here because of the receipt given by George Parks in which he names James Buchanan.  The widow received one and one half shares of the estate in the amount of 63 pounds 15 shillings and 1 pence. The remaining four heirs received equal shares in the amount of 42 pounds 10 shillings and 1 pence.

We know that one of the four legatees was James Buchanan.  Children of John Buchanan, Sr. known to be living at the time the estate was settled were; John Buchanan, Jennie Buchanan Todd and Nancy Buchanan Mulherrin.

There are few records to identify or document the children of John Buchanan, Sr.  Most of what we know comes from reports of happenings at that time and from family records and stories. Alexander Buchanan, killed at the battle of the bluff on April 2, 1781 is known to be a son from reports given at that time and preserved in written history.  Samuel Buchanan killed on May 1, 1786, is known to be a son from reports given at that time.  Family records and stories give us the names of daughters Jennie and Nancy.  And son John Buchanan, Jr., better known as Major John Buchanan, is known to be a son from reports given at that time.  A granddaughter of John Buchanan, Sr. wrote a story about her life. She was Rebecca Todd Davisson, born in 1783 in Davidson County, Tennessee.  She wrote about her grandparents, her uncles Alexander, Samuel and Major John.  She wrote of her uncle James Mulherin who had married her mother's only sister, but did not name her aunt. 

Children of John Buchanan, Sr. and wife Jane Trindle.
John Buchanan, Jr., eldest child born 1759.
Alexander Buchanan, killed April 2, 1781
Samuel Buchanan, killed May 1, 1786
Jennie Buchanan, married James Todd
Nancy Buchanan, married James Muherrin
James Buchanan

I cannot come up with any explanation for James, other than he is a child of James Buchanan, Sr.   He shared equally in the estate and his attorney gave a receipt to the administrators which stated, "Then recd. of John Bucchanan the just and full sum of forty nine five shillings it being in full of James Bucchanan part of his father's decd. estate and his brother Samuel it being in full of sd. estate, I say recd. by me Novr. 12th 1792," Geo Parks, atty for Jas. Bucchanan. [George Parks came to Tennessee from Guilford County, NC and was a resident of Davidson Co., TN and later of Sumner Co., Tennessee, where he died in 1810.]  It has been suggested that James Buchanan had to hire an attorney to get his share of the estate.  There is no evidence of that or that George Parks was an attorney. He does not appear in Davidson County or Sumner County court records acting as an attorney. It was very common to give power of attorney to someone to act on behalf of another in legal matters.  Appointing someone to act on James Buchanan's behalf, might add to evidence than James was an adult, and not living in Davidson County at the time of the settlement. The receipt given by George Parks was dated Nov 12, 1792. At that time George Parks was still living in Guilford County, NC.  James Buchanan is not mentioned in accounts of the attack on Buchanan's Station in 1792, suggesting that he might have been living elsewhere.  Their is a James Buchanan living in Guilford County, NC, in the 1780's and 1790's.  Perhaps James Buchanan did not come to the Cumberland settlements with the rest of the family, or left early on. One could speculate forever, but the truth is, at this time, we know only that James Buchanan was a son of John Buchanan, Sr, a brother of Samuel Buchanan and was alive in November of 1792.

I did find on bit of evidence that James Buchanan may have lived in Davidson County.  John Buchanan's book of arithmetic, was a book owned by and written by Major John Buchanan.  The book is part of the Buchanan Collection at Middle Tennessee State University. A coverage date of 1780 to 1789 is given for the book.  Within the book near the back is written, "James Buchanan his hand."

Possible signature of James Buchanan son of John Buchanan, Sr.



Major John Buchanan's Arithmetic Book  - Middle Tennessee State University

Sunday, July 5, 2015

K-K-K-Katy - Annie Lorena Capps Hunt

Mama was a storyteller and on hot summer evenings she entertained me and my cousins with tales of her childhood and her family.  We did not know that we learning the story of who we are and where we came from, we just enjoyed hearing Mama's stories.  Some were sad and some were funny and she even had a few a ghost tales to share.

Mama told many stories about her maternal grandparents, Felix and Lorena Hunt.  She called them Little Grandpa and Little Grandma.  They were both small people and the names fit them.  Little Grandpa was a kind and good man and his grandchildren all had good memories of him.  Little Grandpa died before most of her grandchildren were born.  Mama was only seven when her grandmother passed away from tuberculosis.  They were living in a house at 1815 Long Avenue in East Nashville, at the edge of Shelby Park.  During her growing up years Mama and her parents and siblings often shared a house with the Hunt grandparents and with Grandpa Hunt, after Little Grandma died.

Annie Lorena Capps was born on June 20, 1868, daughter of John Walker Capps and Margaret Louisa Sharpe Capps.  She was a pretty girl with dark hair and eyes so dark, they sometimes appeared to be black. 



Annie Lorena Capps Hunt


I only have a few photos of her, and just this one of her as a girl.  She was so cute, maybe a bit of tomboy.  Her hat was possibly inspired by Annie Oakley, who would have been very popular at the time. While she was a child, Annie Lorena lived with her family on the south side of the Cumberland, in a house on North Market Street (now 2nd Ave. N.), near Broad Street.  In the early 1880's the family crossed to the north side of the Cumberland to East Nashville.  Annie Lorena was just a week past her 18th birthday when she was married to Felix Zollicoffer Hunt, on June 28, 1886.  At the time they were married Annie Lorena and her parents were living at 620 Shelby Ave. Coincidentally, a few years later, Alex Steele purchased the house at 620 Shelby and his son Wilmoth Steele was born there.  In 1915 Wilmoth Steele would marry Minnie Hunt, daughter of Annie Lorena Capps Hunt. Felix and Annie Lorena moved a lot.  I don't think there is a street in East Nashville that they did not live or near. 

Little Grandpa loved to sing and even belonged to a barber shop quartet.  In 1918 the song, "K-K-K-Katy" was a big hit and one of Little Grandpa's favorites.  He began to call Little Grandma Katie. 

K-K-K-Katy, beautiful Katy
You're the only g-g-g-girl that I adore.
When the m-moon shines, over the mountain.
I'll be waiting at your k-k-k-kitchen door.

Little Grandpa adapted the lyrics to suit himself, but it was close to the original.  Mama remembered Little Grandpa singing K-K-K-Katy, long after his wife had passed away.  One granddaughter was named Katie, in honor of Little Grandma's nickname.