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Monday, January 16, 2012

My Mama

Lola Mae Steele Oeser


Mama was a story teller and she had a fantastic memory. She shared many tales about her parents, her brothers and sisters, and her grandparents. It was from her that I learned about the family history. She knew so much about her family and Daddy's, too. Daddy's grandmother, Granny Davis, lived with Mama and Daddy for several years and Mama learned about her family through her stories.
Mama was born, on August 23, 1919, in a big old house in the 300 block of Shelby Avenue in East Nashville. The house stood just west of I-24 on property that is now a part of the Titan's stadium. Mama was the third child born to Wilmoth and Minnie Hunt Steele . Her brother Edwin had just turned three in June and her sister Lorena was 18 months old. Mama's parents were renting an apartment in the house. Her maternal grandparents, Felix and Annie Capps Hunt lived in the house as well.

Shelby Avenue House where Mama was born

Mama's father Wilmoth, was called Pat by family and friends. I don't know where the nickname came from but he was called that from childhood. Perhaps it was because of his fair, blond, red cheeked looks. Pat Steele was born in his parents, Alex and Lola Dickson Steele's, home at 620 Shelby Avenue. He was the only boy, and youngest child, in a family of four children. Though Pat's father had graduated in the first class of Peabody College, taught school and went to work as a title researcher in his uncle's title abstract firm, Pat did not finish high school. Pat worked a variety of jobs, possibly even worked briefly for the title company. Much of his life he worked as a porter in downtown Nashville hotels.
Wilmoth "Pat" Steele

Mama's mother Minnie, was the only girl in a family of five children. Minnie and Pat were married in June of 1915, at the Vine Street Christian Church. She was 16 and Pat was 22. In the 21 years following their marriage Minnie would be pregnant 14 times, resulting in 12 live births, a set of stillborn twins and one miscarriage. Minnie was a beautiful girl with black hair and dark eyes and was the apple of her father's and her four brother's eye.

Mama loved her Daddy dearly and never spoke a bad word against him. He was obviously not always a good provider for what would become a large family and they were very poor and often relied on Minnie's parents for help. Often her Hunt grandparents were living with the family, or the other way around. Grandpa Hunt worked in his family's carriage manufacturing - turned auto body shop company and often paid the rent. Mama would tell us, that when she was a girl, her family would move every time the rent came due. While not quite that often, they did move frequently. They would rent a place and stay a few months, then miss a rent payment or two or three. It was cheaper to move, than to try and catch up on the past due rent.

Mama had a great ghost story. My cousins and I would make her retell it every few months. Mama said that when she was a child, seven years old, a family member told of seeing two shooting stars. About the same time two birds had somehow gotten into the house. Local superstitious beliefs were that both were predictors of a coming death. Her fifteen month old baby sister, Ila Ruth, who was blond and blue eyed like Lorena, died on Sept. 15, 1926. Little Grandma Hunt died three days later on Sept. 18. Mama said that she helped to fix grandmother's hair after she died. It seemed very odd to her in recalling it, but was probably a normal practice back then. The family was living with the Hunt grandparents at 1815 Long Avenue. Soon after their deaths, Grandpa Hunt hired a woman to help out with cleaning, cooking, etc. There were five children, under the age of ten and Mama's mother Minnie, grieving for her little Ila Ruth, was pregnant with child number seven, Felix. Little Grandpa gave the bedroom that he and Little Grandma had shared, to the hired woman. The house was very old, with high ceilings and transom windows over the doorway. The door itself had a long clear glass panel. The bedroom had a fireplace and it had been Little Grandma's practice to heat bricks on the hearth and then place the warm bricks at the foot of her bed, to warm her feet. A few days after she was hired, the lady told Grandpa Hunt that she was quitting and would leave at the end of the day. When he asked why, the lady told him she could not sleep for all the interruptions during the night. She said that every night since she had been there, a small child, with big blue eyes, had come to the door and looked in through the glass at her. Each time she got out of bed and opened the door and the child had vanished. But the worst, she said had happened during the past night. She was sleeping, when she felt a touch and opened her eyes to find a woman standing beside her. The woman told the cleaning lady that the bed was hers and asked the lady to move over so she could get in, because her feet were cold.

Mama said her Daddy came in early one morning soon after her sister and grandmother had died to wake her up with the news that there was a new baby brother, Felix. She was instructed to get up and wash diapers and help with the baby. Taking care of babies was her chore from that time on. By the time Mama was eight, she was in charge of buying groceries for the family. Her father made tips in his job as a hotel porter. The tip money was given over to her to budget for meals for the day. Sometimes there plenty, other times little money. The family in 1927, consisted of her parents, five children and sometimes her maternal grandparents. As Mama grew older, and more babies were born into the family, her responsibility increased. She quit high school, to stay home and help with the babies, cooking, laundry and housework.

At times there was no plumbing or water in houses they lived in. Wash day meant rising very early and heating water to wash the clothes in. It depended on where they were living as to the method used. They once lived in a house in which the two adjacent houses were owned by the same landlord and the water supply for the three houses was a tap in the front yard of the middle house. Mama would have to take a large container to the water spigot and fill it and carry it back to a tub where the clothes would be rinsed. She made as many trips as it took to fill it. She also had to carry water to be heated and poured into another tub where the clothes would be washed. There was a wringer attached to one of the tubs. The clothes would be cranked through the wringer by hand, squeezing out the water, put into the rinse tub, back through the ringer again and then hung on a clothes line to dry. On a hot summer day, by the time you filled the last of the clotheslines, the first load of clothes that was hung, would be dry. You took those down and replaced them with the latest load. It was an all day job.

Mama and her sister Lorena were rivals of sorts. Only eighteen months apart in age, they had grown up very closely and yet were about as far apart as two sisters could be. The contention between them was caused in no small part by their Mother and Grandmother Hunt, who was called Little Grandma. Lorena had been the second grandchild and the first girl. She was named Annie Lorena for Little Grandma. She was gifted with golden curls, fair skin and blue eyes. Her mother and grandmother Hunt both had black hair and very dark, almost black eyes and her different look was beautiful to them. When Mama was born less than two years later, she came into the world looking very much like her Mother and Grandmother, with a head full of black hair and eyes that turned dark as she grew into a toddler. The two little girls were often introduced as Lorena, our blond, blue-eyed darling and Lola Mae, our ugly duckling. Mama never said how much that hurt her, but she told the story so many times, there is no doubt it affected her greatly. She would often say, "I knew if no one else loved me, my little Grandpa did." Little Grandpa was her Grandfather Hunt. He thought Mama was the beauty of the two girls. She, did after all, look very much like the girl he had married and his own beloved daughter. While Lorena had long curls, Mama's hair was stick straight, and was cut into a short bob. One day when Little Grandpa had care of the girls, he took Lorena to the barber shop and had her hair cut so she would be pretty like her sister Lola. He got into to trouble for that but he earned the love and respect of his young granddaughter forever.

Felix Z. Hunt, Little Grandpa

Mama and her sister Lorena viewed the world differently. Lorena had been spoiled and maybe was a little lazy. Even as a child, on the morning Felix was born, she was passed over, while Mama was told to get up and wash diapers. That may have been because Mama always eager to please and fain favor, was more reliable than Lorena. Real or imagined, Mama felt that Lorena was always the favorite and Mama spent much of her growing up years, working to prove her worth and earn her Mama's love. She did whatever needed to be done. She had given up her dream of graduating from high school to help out at home. Mama delighted in telling a story about Lorena and lemonade. One day warm early fall day in 1935, as Lorena got herself ready to go off to East High School, Mama began her day by cooking breakfast and getting the little kids ready for school and the ones too young for school dress and fed. While Lorena was at school, Mama was cleaning house and helping her Mother in looking after babies. In the early afternoon, while the babies were napping, she went to the grocery store to buy food. She had a little extra money and decided to buy a lemon, to go with the iced tea she planned to make. She returned home and put the groceries away. She and her mother started to prepare the food for cooking. Lorena came in from school and saw the lemon lying on the kitchen table and remarked how good a glass of lemonade would be. Mama quickly told her the lemon was for tea and she could not have it. Their mother broke in and said, "Lola Mae, make your sister a glass of lemonade. She has had a hard day at school." Mama made the lemonade and called Lorena to come and get it. Mama always had a big smile when she got to this part of the story. She would tell us, "Lorena came into the kitchen and I was holding the lemonade and I poured the entire glass over the top of her head." Mama did love her older sister and I am sure that Lorena loved her. Mama told other stories of them playing together, so they obviously got along sometime. She told us how Lorena would stick up for her against older girls when they teased or bullied. She and Lorena double dated and often swapped boyfriends. In fact, Mama dated the man Lorena married, Marion Clingan, before Lorena did. And Lorena dated my Daddy, Ernest Oeser, before Mama went out with him.

On October 17, 1936, Minnie Mae Hunt Steele, died. She was 37 years old and left her husband and eleven children surviving her.

Minnie Mae Hunt Steele

The children ranged in age from 20 years to six weeks old. Mama always said she was one of twelve and named them all in order. Edwin, Lorena, Lola Mae, Paul, Neva, Ila Ruth, Felix, Bob, Mary , Jerry, Raymond and Walter. Mama would often dream that she would discover that her mother had not died but was in a hospital somewhere. Mama, aged 17, and her sister Neva, aged 13, took over the job of being mother to all the little children. Edwin, Lorena and Paul were pretty much grown. Felix was nine, Bob was six, Mary was five, Jerry was three, Raymond was fifteen months, and Walter was six weeks old.

L to R - Front, Lorena Steele Clingan; Neva Steele Hunley; Mary Steele Gifford Cole; Lola Mae Steele Oeser. Back, Paul Perry Steel; Robert Eugene "Bob" Steele; Gerald Lee "Jerry" Steele; Edwin Wilmoth Steele; Walter Enloe Steele; Raymond Larrimore Steele.

I have more Mama stories to tell and will continue this another time.

My Daddy

Nostalgia

My Daddy, Ernest Oeser and and his brother Robert, lived on Pond Creek near River Road, in Cheatham County, TN for a few years around 1930, along with their parents and other siblings. They also spent many summers at Pond Creek, visiting with grandparents George Koen "G. K." Davis and Virginia "Jennie" Olinger Davis. Daddy was kin to just about all of the families that lived around there, either by blood or marriage.

When Daddy was a little fellow, his Daddy bought a chance on a pony. To his childrens delight, he won it. The family lived in Nashville at the time, so the pony was carried to Grandpap (G. K.) and Granny Davis's place on Pond Creek. Some years later they sold the pony to someone in Nashville. They had no way to get it to town other than to ride it. Papa Oeser (my grandfather)went down in his car with Daddy and Robert riding along. He decided the boys would take turns riding the pony while Papa Oeser followed along in his car. The pony didn't want to walk so Grandpap insisted on walking along side to lead the pony and to watch out for whichever boy was riding. G. K. Davis was about 70 years old at the time. He didn't drive a car and walked many miles each week to get to wherever he needed to go. He walked beside that pony from Pond Creek all the way up River Road to Charlotte Pike, then in Charlotte Pike and over to Centennial Blvd. They continued into Nashville on Centennial and Jefferson Street. Only after they crossed the Jefferson Street Bridge to North First Street did Grandpap get into the car to ride the few blocks left to the Oeser home on Pennock Avenue. Grandpap walked about 20 miles that day. He was born on Pond Creek in 1858 and lived his life there until he died in 1932.

After Grandpap died, Granny Davis moved to Nashville to live with her daughter Ruth. Granny was born in Alabama in 1862, and died at her daughter's home on Pennock Avenue in Nashville in 1955. Granny Davis was a midwife and she delivered many Pond Creek area babies and doctored lots of folks and a few animals with her home remedies. I remember being told that she delivered twins that weighed more than 16 pounds together. She had "receipts" (do you remember that word being used instead of recipe?) for cures and poultices and plasters. She used teas made from sassafras and other roots and tree bark to treat various ailments from fevers to high blood pressure. I don't know what catnip tea was supposed to cure but Granny made it for some problem my Mama had once. She used coal oil, vinegar, and turpentine. Paregoric, camphor, Epsom salt, suphur and alum were commonly used as medicines. She could also make warts disappear.

One time a neighbor asked Granny to treat a sick mule. The mule was down and couldn't get up. Granny made up some kind of elixir and told the neighbor to pour the mixture down the mule's throat. She said the mule would either "get up or die." After forcing the mule to drink, the owner stood back. The mule stated moving and managed to get up on his legs. He started out slow then begun to run and went around the yard in a circle about a dozen times and fell over dead.

Granny said that the seventh son of a seventh son could cure warts, stop bleeding, relieve burns and had other healing powers. The healer would whisper a secret phrase and touch or rub the affected area. A seventh son would pass on his secrets for cures to his seventh son. If he did not have a seventh son, he could pass his secrets to a woman of his choosing. Maybe that is how Granny learned to cure warts.

I don't know if Granny used all of these but here are some remedies I have heard of. I'm not suggesting anyone should use these old cures. Some of them might kill you instead of curing you. Don't forget about the mule. Consult your doctor when you are ill and follow his advice.

Snuff or tobacco juice on a wasp or bee sting would draw out the poison and stop the pain. Mud plasters also were used for stings. Clove oil was used to ease a toothache. For an ear ache a drop or two of warm mineral oil or garlic oil was used to stop the pain. A piece of raw pork fat was used to draw out a splinter from under the skin. Dirt daubers nest, crushed into a powder, was used for diaper rash. A poultice made from the same was a cure for boils. Fuller's Earth, a powdery clay like substance was used on diaper rash and also for acne. Cobwebs were used to stop bleeding. For a sprained ankle, a paper bag soaked in vinegar and wrapped around the ankle, was supposed to ease the pain and speed healing. A hot toddy made with whisky, lemon juice and a little honey or sugar mixed together and added to hot water was supposed to cure colds. It certainly made a person feel better. For a chest cold, camphorated oil was rubbed on the chest and covered with a warm cloth. I seem to remember that you would be in dire circumstances if you let your oiled chest get cold.

I found this cure for sore throat on the internet; Mix one cup vodka, one tablespoon of oil and the juice of one lemon. Gargle with it and then drink. Your sore throat may not be cured but it will be forgotten about for awhile.

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Boyhood recollections in a letter from F. Charles Uthman to Ernest Oeser - 1980

Nov. 21, 80
Dear Ernest

Ruth called and told me about your situation and that you were thinking about the Uthmans'. Thank you for that. I, too, think about the Oesers very often.

I think about the old days when we were kids and played and shot marbles and all those other things we did in and around 1022 and 1017 Pennock Ave. Then, too, I remember the great times we had at Grannys place on Pond Creek. Winter nights when we warmed our fannies before the fireplace and then jumped in the bed in a cold room and shivered until the feather beds (ticks) got warm. Feeding the hogs, eating green apples in the summertime. Going to the spring with the milk buckets. The sink holes and the slate in back of Granny's. Swimming in the nude. Riding the mule bare back. Eating fried chicken and fried apples. And always that covered dish of blackberry jam and cold bisquits on the table for inbetween snacks. The snake you put in your pocket and scared the hell out of Thetus White. Paul & Gladys. Hell, there is nothing I don't remember about the old place in the country. Oh, yes, the ash hopper where Granny made the lye soap. The churn we dashed for butter, the big iron pot your mother washed - boiled clothes in. The chickens and dogs under the house. Those were the greatest days of my life and I cherish all the memories. Your Mother and Father were great people and with all the kids of their own they always seemed to find room for me. I am sure you also have some fond memories.

May God bless you and help you get well and live a ripe old age.

Love Chas Uthman

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[Note - The letter writer, Frederick Charles Uthman (24 Oct 1915 - 30 May 1996) as a young boy, was a neighbor of the Ernest Oeser, Sr. family in Northeast Nashville. The Oeser's lived at 1022 Pennock Ave. and the Uthman family at 1017 Pennock Ave. The Uthman's moved to Russell Street in East Nashville about 1927, but the boys remained lifelong friends. The father, Otto Uthman was a furniture builder, trained in his native Germany, and his two sons Charles and Gert, under their father's watchful eye learned to build and restore furniture and became accomplished craftsmen.



Ernest G. Oeser, Jr. the recipient of the letter was, at the time, a patient at Vanderbilt Hospital and was very ill. He was a son of Ruth Ann Davis and Ernest G. Oeser, Sr. His grandmother, "Granny" Virginia Olinger Davis, lived with her husband George Koen Davis on Pond Creek. "Paul and Gladys" Hicks were first cousins to Ernest Oeser, Jr. They were children of Bennie Rebecca Vick (daughter of Virginia Olinger Davis by her first husband Collier Vick) and Will Hicks. Bennie died when they were small and they lived with and were raised by their grandmother Virginia Olinger Davis.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

William Hargrove

Superior Court of Law & Equity Mero District of Tennessee 1803-1805
Mary Sue Smith

Page 7 William Hargroves Guardian of Elizabeth Gardner vs William Hargroves, Admr of John Hargroves, Decd

William Hargroves, Adm of John Hargroves, dec’d was summoned to answer William Hargroves Guardian of Elizabeth Gardner in a plea of debt, that he rendered the sum of $185 lbs 18 Shillings & 4 pence North Carolina currency equal to $464.80 and damages & damages for $300.Pltf by his attorney, Bennett Searcy at May term filed the following declaration:

John Hargrove on 7 April 1791 bound himself to pay William Hargroves, Guardian for Elizabeth Gardner. John Hargroves departed this life intestate upon which at January Court 1799 William Hargroves administered all the rights and credits of said John Hargroves, dec’d but has refused to render the aforesaid amount.

William Hargrove Adm, by Thomas Stuart, his attorney, saith he has fully administered the al the goods and credits of John Hargroves, decd in his hands. continued from term to term until this term – Jury finds for the pltf. Deft to pay debt together with damages and costs of the suit. (pp29-32)

Page 57

Christopher Stump vs Josiah Green Duke

page 126

Josiah Green Duke guardian of Lucy M. Hargrove vs William Hargrove, admr of John Hargrove decd

Be it remembered that on 22 July 1803 an appeal from the county court of Davidson County was filed with the Superior Court _ “To the Court of pleas and quarter sessions – Josiah G. Duke, guardian for Lucy M. Hargrove who now sues as guardian for her ‘sometime in the latter end of the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight John Hargroves, father to the said Lucy, died intestate, at January court William Hargroves administered all the goods and credits of said John, decd and obtained an order to dispose of the perishable estate of the said John…

Considered by the court that same be dismissed and petitioner pay the costs.

Hargrave, Jno Inv WB 2:144
Hargraves, Francis DB E:295
Hargrove, Francis DB E:131
Hargrove, John Co Ct Min (2) 529
Hargrove, John Co Ct Min
Hargrove, John Co Ct Min C:131 (1597)

BENJAMIN WHITEHEAD

Montgomery TN deeds book B, p. 559
John Hargrove heirs Division of Lands
The above plat represents a tract of land belonging to the heirs of John Hargrove deceased. 503 acres divided and subdivided as follows:
Viz: No. 7 To Benjamine Whitehead Beginning 70 poles north of the orig. corner Running west 71 poles to a stake thence north Two hundred & eighty six poles to the north boundary line thence east 71 poles to the north east corner thence to the Beginning containing one hundred & twenty Seven acres and one hundred and twenty eight poles..
No. 6 Harris Duling Beginning at the north west corner of the original plat & running south 33 east 304 poles to interest with Whiteheads west boundary thence north with said line 20 poles to the said north boundary line thence west 153 poles to the Beginning for to contain 145 acres 50 poles…
No. 1 William Hargrove Beginning at the south west corner of the original tract Running East 7 poles to two gums thence north 22 west to a natural well thence north 20 east 214 poles to a stake Duling’s line thence north 33 west 155 poles to the original corner thence south to the Beginning containing ninety one acres----
No. 2 Josiah G. Duke, Beginning at two Gums Running north 22 poles to the said well thence north 20 east within Hargrove’s line 214 poles to a stake on Duling line thence South 33 east 84 poles to a stake on said Duling’s line thence south 37 west to the Beginning containing forty six acres---
No. 3 Thomas Hargrove Beginning two Gums Running North 37 east 191 poles to a stake on Duberrys line thence south 33 east 63 poles to a stake on Whitehead’s line thence south, 28 poles to Whitehead’s corner a stake thence south 64 west 141 to 2 Dogwoods thence west to the Beginning containing 42 acres---
No. 4 John Hargroves Beginning on Whitehead’s corner at two kalpens [cowpens?] running west 71 poles to a stake thence south 64 west 95 poles to a stake on this Hargroves line thence East 150 to the original line north 37 poles to the Beginning containing 28 ½ acres---
No. 5 James Cocke Beginning at the original corner at Red Oak & Dogwood Running north 3 poles to a stake at John Hargroves corner thence west with said John Hargroves line 56 poles thence south 64 west 44 poles to two Dogwoods thence East to the Beginning containing 30 acres---
The above was divided by Commissioners appointed by the court of Montgomery County at October session. [year not given DT]

Papa Oeser

My grandfather Oeser was born on November 26, 1892, on his parent's farm, in Antioch, Davidson County, Tennessee. He was the sixth son and next to the youngest child of Ernest Louis and Harriett Olivia [Rieves] Oeser's eleven children. He was named Ernest Granville Oeser. He was married in 1916 to Ruth Ann Davis and eventually they would be parents to ten children. My daddy, also named Ernest, being the oldest.

Ernest Granville Oeser, 1916


By the time I was ten my Papa Oeser, had 20 grandchildren and would eventually have 31. He never seemed to pay much attention to me. To be honest, I was a little afraid of him, when I was a child. Even though I lived nearby and was at his home almost every day, we were not close. I stayed out of his way. My grandmother died when I was 12 and those everyday visits ended after her passing. I still saw him a lot. He lived across the alley from us and my Daddy went to Papa's house everyday and sometimes I went along. I had friends who lived just two houses from him and spent many hours playing with them up and down the Pennock Ave. He was usually out on his front porch when the weather was good. By the time I was 16, I was working after school and on weekends and I saw Papa less often. I was married the summer I turned 17 and moved to my own home, though I still lived in the neighborhood. We saw Papa at Christmas and Fourth of July and went by his house occasionally. Our daughter Tammy, was born in 1971, when I was 19. I didn't drive for the first few years after I was married and we moved several miles away from the old neighborhood the year Tammy was born. When Tammy was three, I realized one day that I was depriving her by not letting her spend time with her only living great-grandparent. I was driving by that time, and a couple of days a week, I would take Jimmy to work so I could keep the car. Tammy and I started going over about once a week to see Papa at his home in Northeast Nashville. Papa seemed to enjoy our visits and he loved for Tammy to climb up into his lap. It was fun to see how he enjoyed her company and mine. He was quiet and didn't talk much, though.

I have always had an interest in history, especially local history. One day, just to get Papa talking, I started asking him questions about stories from a book I was reading. The book, Nashville 1900-1910 was written by Nashville historian William Waller. I had just read about the shooting of Nashville newspaper editor Edward Carmack. Carmack had been feuding with a local prominent citizen named Duncan B. Cooper. In the fall of 1908 Cooper and his son Robin, met up with Carmack on 7th Avenue North, near Union street. Both Carmack and the Coopers were armed and shots were fired. Robin Cooper was shot, but not badly wounded. Carmack fell dead in the street. When I asked if he had heard of that, Papa told me he remembered the incident well. He was 15 years old, and was selling newspapers on Church Street, a block away from the shooting. He. along with others, ran towards the sound of the gunfire. Papa said Carmack was laying in the street. It was so exciting to learn that my grandfather was there that day.

From that day on, I carried a notepad and pen with me on every visit. I would ask questions and Papa would tell us stories. He knew so much about Nashville's history and he filled me in on some of the Oeser family history as well. One day I asked Papa about his father, who had died when Papa was four. I knew his father had taken his own life and I didn't want to stir up bad memories. I asked if he remembered his daddy. Papa replied that he remembered the day that he died. He told me that his father Ernest, had been away from the house for awhile and his mother had sent one of the older boys to look for him. He was in the barn and had taken poison. Dr. Charlton, married to Mrs. Oeser's sister, was called for but there was nothing he could do and Ernest died later that evening.

Nashville Banner, June 7, 1897
Papa and I became friends and I enjoyed getting to know him. I could not remember that Papa had ever hugged me or told me he loved me. I was no longer afraid of him but I still sort of kept my distance.Tammy gave him a big hug every time we arrived and again when we left.She loved her Papa Oeser and I was happy that she had the sort of relationship I had missed out on with him.
The Oeser family home at 1022 Pennock Ave.

In 1976, Papa's health began to fail and he was afraid to live by himself any longer. Papa asked my Daddy and Mama to move in with him. He sold them his house and the contents in December of '76. Through the year of 1977, I once again saw Papa almost every day. Daddy and Mama moved in the first of the year and Tammy, Jim and I were very close to them and spent a lot of time with them. In the summer of 1977, a few months before Papa died, he was in the Memorial Hospital. Because we had grown to be friends, I drove out to see him. I probably would not have gone if not for the hours we had spent talking and listening to one another over those past few years. I only stayed a short time, he was tired and not interested in talking. I told him goodbye and started toward the door, but stopped. I walked over to his bed and leaned over and kissed him on the cheek and said, "I love you, Papa." He looked me in the eye and said, "I love you, too."

In October 1977 a grandson, Terry Oeser, was killed in an auto accident. Terry was just 22 and his death was a tragedy for all the family and seemed to weigh heavily on Papa . Papa died a few weeks later on November 8, 1977.


Papa Oeser and his ten children

Dowlen Family

Descendants of Harris Dowlen and Virginia Susan Hargrove


Generation No. 1

1. HARRIS2 DOWLEN (JAMES1) was born Abt. 1780 in North Carolina, and died September 13, 1855 in Robertson County, Tennessee. He married (1) VIRGINIA SUSAN HARGROVE 1799 in Davidson County, Tennessee, daughter of JOHN HARGROVE and UNKNOWN. She died Abt. 1820 in Tennessee. He married (2) SALLIE HARRINGTON Aft. 1820. She was born Abt. 1804 in TN.

Notes for HARRIS DOWLEN and VIRGINIA SUSAN HARGROVE:
Warren County NC, Will Book 7 page 25, 26 Sept. 1793. Nov. Court, 1793.
Sale of the Estate of James Dowlin, deceased. Lucy Dowlin, Adminix.
Among buyers at the sale were: Lucy Dowlin, Amos Dowlin, Anto. (?) Dowlin, Selah Dowlin, Harris Dowlin and Martha Dowlin.
(A Celia (Selah?) Dowlin married Shadrack Jones in Davidson Co., TN on April 4, 1803.)
(An Amos Dowlen age 75 is living in Blount Co., TN in 1850- TN Census, Bl-90-715)

1820 Census Robertson Co. Harris Dowlin 310010/11100/15

1850 Census Index, Tennessee, Robertson County
Dowlin, Harris 70, Sally 46, Rosanna 25 , Ercilla 25, Huldah 23, Martin 20, Henry 18, William 14, NC T, Rb-1480-256

Buried at Good Springs Church Cemetery.

See Davidson County Chancery Court Case # 579

Some of the information on the Harris Dowlen family comes from:
Red River settlers : records of the settlers of Northern Montgomery, Robertson, and Sumner Counties, Tennessee, by Edythe Rucker Whitley. Baltimore : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1980, pages 15, 16 and 17.

Some of the information on the Harris Dowlen family comes from:
The Dowland family tree [C. Reid Dowland ; compiled by Mrs. C. Reid (Gracie) Dowland. [Nashville?. : s.n.], 1978.

Some of the information on the Harris Dowlen family comes from:
The family records of Marguerite Bradley Chambliss.
There is no month given on the original marriage bond in Davidson Co., TN, only the year 1799 and the day, 16th.

Children of HARRIS DOWLEN and VIRGINIA HARGROVE are:
2. i. NANCY3 DOWLEN.
3. ii. SUSAN DOWLEN, b. September 02, 1816; d. September 22, 1887.
4. iii. SARA DELANEY DOWLEN, b. January 1804.
5. iv. JOHN "JACK" HARRIS DOWLEN, b. December 03, 1808; d. March 16, 1892.
6. v. WHITMELL DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1812, Tennessee.
7. vi. HARRIS DOWLEN, JR., b. Abt. 1816, Tennessee.

Children of HARRIS DOWLEN and SALLIE HARRINGTON are:
vii. MARTHA3 DOWLEN, m. WILLIAM BENNETT.
viii. URSULA DOWLEN, b. 1824; d. 1916; m. (1) MARTIN P. FREY; b. September 15, 1807; d. 1875; m. (2) MARTIN P. FREY, November 22, 1855; b. September 15, 1807; d. 1875.
ix. ROSY DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1825; m. BEN RAWLS.
x. HULDAH DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1827; m. (1) WILEY F. FREY; b. November 09, 1824; m. (2) WILEY F. FREY; b. November 09, 1824.
xi. MARTIN VAN BUREN DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1830; m. ELIZABETH WILLIAMS.
8. xii. HENRY DOWLEN, b. January 01, 1833, Robertson Co., TN; d. June 03, 1922.
xiii. WILLIAM DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1836; m. LAVENIA JANE FORTUNE, December 26, 1862.

Generation No. 2

2. NANCY3 DOWLEN (HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married ISHAM BLANEY FELTS.
Children of NANCY DOWLEN and ISHAM FELTS are:
9. i. JACK4 FELTS.
10. ii. CHURCH FELTS.
iii. MARY FELTS, m. BILL RAYMER.
11. iv. SUE FELTS.
12. v. HARRIS FELTS.
13. vi. BETTIE FELTS.
vii. MONROE FELTS.
14. viii. ROSE FELTS.
ix. SARAH "SAC" FELTS, m. JOE CARNEY.

3. SUSAN3 DOWLEN (HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born September 02, 1816, and died September 22, 1887. She married SAM ROSE.
Children of SUSAN DOWLEN and SAM ROSE are:
i. SAMUEL4 ROSE.
ii. SUE ROSE.

4. SARA DELANEY3 DOWLEN (HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born January 1804. She married GIDEON HARRIS LOWE February 13, 1822, son of MARVEL LOWE and MARY HARRIS. He was born 1803, and died July 30, 1853.
Children of SARA DOWLEN and GIDEON LOWE are:
i. KITTY4 LOWE, m. DR. REDDING.
ii. LOU LOWE.
iii. SARA LOWE, m. JIM VIVRETTE.
iv. LEN LOWE.
v. MARY LOWE, m. ROGERS SHEARON.
15. vi. ELIZABETH A. BETTIE LOWE, b. July 31, 1834; d. February 20, 1907.
16. vii. LETITIA TISHIE LOWE.
viii. TENNIE LOWE, m. MR. WILLIS.
ix. GID LOWE.
x. TONY LOWE.

5. JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3 DOWLEN (HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born December 03, 1808, and died March 16, 1892. He married SUSAN SHAW February 02, 1836 in Davidson County, Tennessee, daughter of JOHN SHAW and MARTHA BINKLEY. She was born November 24, 1821, and died July 23, 1905.

Notes for JOHN "JACK" HARRIS DOWLEN:
1850 Census Index, Tennessee, Robertson County
Dowlin, John 40, Susan 29, Martha 13 , Laura 11, Harris 9, Nancy 7, Sarah 5, John 2, Cicero 4/12, T T, Rb-1631-245

Goodspeed history of Robertson Co. TN
Harris Dowlen was born in Davidson County, Tenn., December 3, 1808, son of Harris and Susan (Hargrove) Dowlen. The father was born in North Carolina, and when a young man came to Tennessee, in 1795, and worked at the carpenter's trade. In 1797 he was married. The mother died in 1820, leaving six children, four now living. The father again married, and reared seven children; he died in 1855. Until twenty-seven years of age the subject of this sketch resided with his family. February 2, 1839, he wedded Susan Shaw, and immediately purchased part of the farm on which he now resides. To them were born twelve children, all of whom are living, save one: Martha V. (Sawyer), residing in Kentucky; Laura A., residing at home; Harris, Jr.; Nancy (Felts); Sarah (Felts); John S.; Cicero; Susan H. (Frey); Leonidas W.; Ella and Alma B. The mother's parents came from North Carolina. Mr. Dowlen has been a prosperous farmer, and has reared a large family of children. He has served eighteen years as magistrate of his district. He and wife are members of the Free-Will Baptist Church, and he is a Democrat in his political views. Mrs. Dowlen was born November 24, 1821, and is a daughter of John and Martha (Binkley) Shaw. Her Grandfather Shaw was born in Scotland, and came to North Carolina, and some of his descendants are now living in Tennessee. He was drowned in [p.1144] the freshet of 1824. Harris Dowlen, Jr., was born September 28, 1841. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in the Thirtieth Tennessee Infantry, and surrendered with his regiment at Fort Donelson. He was a prisoner at Camp Butler, Ill., but escaped and returned to Tennessee; but was recaptured, exchanged, rejoined his regiment, and served until the close of the war. He was at Raymond, Jackson, Chickamauga, and was with Gen. J. E. Johnson in the Georgia campaign, and was with Hood in Tennessee. October 3, 1867, he married Lucy Fontaine, born January 6, 1846, daughter of Moses A. and Martha (Freeman) Fontaine. To them eight children were born, seven of whom are living: Earnest F., Willard M., Nancy I., Martha E., Joseph E., Moses B. and John A. In 1873 Harris Dowlen, Jr., located on the farm where he now lives, and owns 310 acres of good land. His wife belongs to the Methodist Church South.

Someof the information on the descendants of John "Jack" Harris Dowlen is from the book, The Dowland family tree C. Reid Dowland ; compiled by Mrs. C. Reid (Gracie) Dowland. , 1978

1850 Census Index, Tennessee, Robertson County
Dowlin, John 40, Susan 29, Martha 13 , Laura 11, Harris 9, Nancy 7, Sarah 5, John 2, Cicero 4/12, T T, Rb-1631-245

CCHGA BYTES
Cheatham County Historical and Genealogical Association
October 2001
The Sycamore Masonic Lodge, No. 255 Greg Poole
The Free and Accepted Masons, Sycamore Lodge No. 255 was formed October 10, 1856 at Rose Bower, between Sycamore Mills and Pleasant View. For many years it met at the church located at that place. Later, the members met in the upstairs room of the Union church at Sycamore, until March, 1874, when they moved to Pleasant View, and then met wherever they could find a place. In the 1890s, they occupied the upstairs of Woodson’s Hardware Store, which they shared with the Odd Fellows. The Sycamore Lodge continued to meet there until 1946 when they moved to Ashland City. The following information was compiled from the original documents held at the Grand Masonic Hall in Nashville, Tennessee. (Editor) Original Charter "The most Worshipful Thomas McCulloch, Grand Master to All and Everyone, Our Right Worshipful and Loving Brethren, We, send greeting: Know ye that we, at the petition of our Right Worshipful and beloved brethren, W.W. Williams, Alexander Lowe, Henry Hide, P.H. Woodson, B.J. Barnes, James Ryan, J.E. Turner, F.A. Harris, George W. Hunt, A.H. Williams, D.A. Wilkins and several other Brethren, residing at or near Rose Bower, Robertson County in the State of Tennessee, do hereby constitute the said Brethren in a regular lodge of Free and Accepted Masons to be opened at Rose Bower by the name of Sycamore Lodge, No. 255. And do further hereby appoint W.W. Williams, Master; Alexander Lowe, Senior Warden and Henry Hyde, Junior Warden. Given this 10th day of October, A.D. 1856."
Return to the Grand Lodge of Tennessee from Sycamore Lodge No. 255 for the Year ending September, 1860
Moses W. Winters, W.M.; Martin P. Frey, S.W.; William J. Hunt, J.W.; James W. Hunt, Treasurer; Willie W. Williams, Secretary; John Dowlen, S.D.; William W. Felts, J.D,; George R. Head; John N. Allen, Chaplain; Thomas B. Harris, Stewart; James E. Felts; Arnold M. Allen; Nathaniel J. Alley; James R. Allen; Andrew J. Bright; Benjamin J. Barnes; John C. Balthrop; John J. Bradley; George W. Cantrell; Eli L. Darrow

Notes for SUSAN SHAW:
Goodspeed History of Robertson Co. TN
Mrs. Dowlen was born November 24, 1821, and is a daughter of John and Martha (Binkley) Shaw. Her Grandfather Shaw was born in Scotland, and came to North Carolina, and some of his descendants are now living in Tennessee. He was drowned in [p.1144] the freshet of 1824.

Children of JOHN DOWLEN and SUSAN SHAW are:
i. MARTHA V.4 DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1837; m. MR. SAWYER.
ii. LAURA ANN DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1839.
17. iii. HARRIS DOWLEN, b. September 28, 1841; d. October 10, 1911.
18. iv. NANCY A. DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1843.
v. SARAH A. "SALLY" DOWLEN, b. March 22, 1846; m. THOMAS LEANDER FELTS.
vi. JOHN S. DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1848; m. MARTHA MILLER.
19. vii. CIRCERO MONROE DOWLEN, b. March 06, 1850; d. July 06, 1921.
viii. SUSAN H. DOWLEN, b. 1853; m. THOMAS B. FREY.
ix. LEONIDAS WEST DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1854; d. 1896; m. MARTHA PILOT.
x. ELLA BRECKENRIDGE DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1859.
xi. ALMA BEATRICE DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1859.

6. WHITMELL3 DOWLEN (HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born Abt. 1812 in Tennessee. He married LUCY HARRINGTON. She was born Abt. 1811 in Tennessee.
Children of WHITMELL DOWLEN and LUCY HARRINGTON are:
i. SANDY4 DOWLEN.
ii. SUSIE DOWLEN.
iii. JAMES WHITT DOWLEN.
iv. TABITHA ANN DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1837.
v. CHARLES DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1839.
vi. MARILLA DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1841.
vii. SYLVESTER C. DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1843.
viii. ROSEANN DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1847.
ix. RICHARD DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1849.

7. HARRIS3 DOWLEN, JR. (HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born Abt. 1816 in Tennessee. He married ANN MATHIS. She was born Abt. 1832 in Tennessee.
Children of HARRIS DOWLEN and ANN MATHIS are:
i. RUSH4 DOWLEN.
ii. FINIS EWING DOWLEN.
20. iii. GIDEON HARRIS DOWLEN.
21. iv. SARAH TALITHA DOWLEN.
22. v. PRINCE DOWLEN.
vi. ANNIE LOU DOWLEN, d. 1944.
23. vii. ALLEN WHITMAN DOWLEN.
24. viii. LENA PETRONA DOWLEN.
25. ix. ALICE DOWLEN.
x. BERTA DOWLEN.
xi. ORIN BELL DOWLEN.
26. xii. SUSAN CAROLINE DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1849.
xiii. ROBERT LEE DOWLEN, b. January 19, 1863; d. March 07, 1935, Pleasant View, Cheatham Co. TN.

8. HENRY3 DOWLEN (HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born January 01, 1833 in Robertson Co., TN, and died June 03, 1922. He married SARAH ELIZABETH FORTUNE February 21, 1866. She was born August 27, 1842, and died December 05, 1922.
Children of HENRY DOWLEN and SARAH FORTUNE are:
i. RODGER4 DOWLEN.
ii. BUENA DOWLEN.
iii. DUGIN DOWLEN.
iv. MARTIN DOWLEN.
v. MARY DOWLEN.
vi. ADA DOWLEN.
vii. WALLACE DOWLEN.


Generation No. 3

9. JACK4 FELTS (NANCY3 DOWLEN, HARRIS2, JAMES1) He married VICTORIA JENKINS.
Children of JACK FELTS and VICTORIA JENKINS are:
i. MONROE5 FELTS.
ii. JOHN FELTS.
iii. GEORGE FELTS.
iv. MARY FELTS.
v. BOB FELTS.
vi. EMMA FELTS.
vii. JOSIE FELTS.
viii. NANCY FELTS.

10. CHURCH4 FELTS (NANCY3 DOWLEN, HARRIS2, JAMES1) He married MARY KEELES.
Child of CHURCH FELTS and MARY KEELES is:
i. OTIS5 FELTS.

11. SUE4 FELTS (NANCY3 DOWLEN, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married ENNIS CARNEY.
Children of SUE FELTS and ENNIS CARNEY are:
i. JODIE5 CARNEY.
ii. BEE CARNEY.
iii. NANNIE CARNEY.

12. HARRIS4 FELTS (NANCY3 DOWLEN, HARRIS2, JAMES1) He married WYLIE FREY.
Child of HARRIS FELTS and WYLIE FREY is:
i. MARY5 FELTS.

13. BETTIE4 FELTS (NANCY3 DOWLEN, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married GEORGE ANDERSON.
Children of BETTIE FELTS and GEORGE ANDERSON are:
i. CHURCH5 ANDERSON.
ii. MOLLIE ANDERSON.
iii. ED ANDERSON.
iv. NANCY ANDERSON.

14. ROSE4 FELTS (NANCY3 DOWLEN, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married BILL CASEY.
Children of ROSE FELTS and BILL CASEY are:
i. ED5 CASEY.
ii. BETTIE CASEY.
iii. MONROE CASEY.
iv. NANCY CASEY.
v. SAM CASEY.
vi. SUE CASEY.
vii. JOAN CASEY.

15. ELIZABETH A. BETTIE4 LOWE (SARA DELANEY3 DOWLEN, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born July 31, 1834, and died February 20, 1907. She married EZEKIEL S. GLEAVES April 03, 1856.
Children of ELIZABETH LOWE and EZEKIEL GLEAVES are:
i. ELIZABETH LIZZIE5 GLEAVES.
ii. ADALASKA GLEAVES.
iii. MARY L. GLEAVES.
iv. GERTRUDE S. GLEAVES.
v. PETROMA L. GLEAVES.

16. LETITIA TISHIE4 LOWE (SARA DELANEY3 DOWLEN, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married VANIAH BUD SLOAN, son of GEORGE SLOAN and CAROLINE TOWNSEND.
Child of LETITIA LOWE and VANIAH SLOAN is:
27. i. PAUL LOWE5 SLOAN.

17. HARRIS4 DOWLEN (JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born September 28, 1841, and died October 10, 1911. He married LUCY JANE TABITHA FONTAINE October 03, 1867 in Robertson County, Tennessee, daughter of MOSES FONTAINE and MARTHA FREEMAN. She was born January 06, 1846 in Tennessee, and died June 05, 1918 in Robertson Co., TN.
Children of HARRIS DOWLEN and LUCY FONTAINE are:
28. i. MOSES BENJAMIN5 DOWLEN, b. Abt. 1888.
29. ii. ERNEST FONTAINE DOWLEN, b. 1868; d. 1946.
30. iii. WILLARD MAYDELL DOWLEN, b. October 18, 1870, Pleasant View, Cheatham Co. TN; d. March 21, 1953, Bordeaux, Davidson Co., TN.
31. iv. MARY SUSAN DOWLEN, b. July 07, 1874, Davidson Co., TN; d. October 02, 1962, Davidson Co., TN.
v. MARTHA EUNICE DOWLEN, b. July 05, 1877; d. July 03, 1949.
32. vi. JOSEPH ECLESTON DOWLEN, b. 1879.
33. vii. JOHN ALDRIDGE DOWLEN, b. 1884; d. 1921.
34. viii. CARNEY HARGROVE DOWLEN, b. 1887; d. 1928.

18. NANCY A.4 DOWLEN (JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born Abt. 1843. She married SAM FELTS.
Children of NANCY DOWLEN and SAM FELTS are:
i. ED5 FELTS.
ii. LENA FELTS.
iii. IMOGENE FELTS, m. TILMAN MAYO.
iv. THAN FELTS.
v. NANNIE B. FELTS, m. MR. SIMPSON.
35. vi. ISABEL FELTS.
36. vii. BATES FELTS.

19. CIRCERO MONROE4 DOWLEN (JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born March 06, 1850, and died July 06, 1921. He married (1) SALLIE W. THOMPSON 1882. He married (2) NANNIE B. HAYNES 1908.
Children of CIRCERO DOWLEN and SALLIE THOMPSON are:
37. i. HARRY5 DOWLEN, b. 1882.
38. ii. RICHARD EARL DOWLEN, b. 1885.
iii. IRMA DOWLEN, b. 1887; d. 1899.
39. iv. JOHN SAMUEL DOWLEN, b. December 21, 1889; d. May 05, 1955.
40. v. COMER DOWLEN, b. 1894; d. 1955.

20. GIDEON HARRIS4 DOWLEN (HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) He married LULA MERRIL.
Children of GIDEON DOWLEN and LULA MERRIL are:
41. i. HELEN5 DOWLEN.
ii. PAUL DOWLEN.
iii. JESS DOWLEN.
iv. MABEL DOWLEN.
v. VERA DOWLEN, m. MR. DOYLE.
42. vi. EARL RIED DOWLEN, b. 1880, McKenney, TX; d. 1946.

21. SARAH TALITHA4 DOWLEN (HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married RUSH GOODLETT.
Child of SARAH DOWLEN and RUSH GOODLETT is:
43. i. ANNE ELIZA5 GOODLETT.

22. PRINCE4 DOWLEN (HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) He married LULA MARTIN.
Children of PRINCE DOWLEN and LULA MARTIN are:
i. PRINCE ORIN5 DOWLEN.
ii. TOM HARRIS DOWLEN.

23. ALLEN WHITMAN4 DOWLEN (HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) He married MISS (?) CARNEY.
Children of ALLEN DOWLEN and MISS CARNEY are:
i. ONYX5 DOWLEN.
ii. CARNEY DOWLEN.

24. LENA PETRONA4 DOWLEN (HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married WILL REDDING.
Children of LENA DOWLEN and WILL REDDING are:
44. i. VIVIAN5 REDDING.
45. ii. MOI LEE REDDING.
46. iii. CHLOE REDDING.
47. iv. GRETTA REDDING.

25. ALICE4 DOWLEN (HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married DARBY IZOR.
Children of ALICE DOWLEN and DARBY IZOR are:
i. SARA5 IZOR.
48. ii. RICHARD IZOR.
iii. HERSCHEL IZOR.
iv. ANNIE IZOR.
v. ROBERT IZOR.

26. SUSAN CAROLINE4 DOWLEN (HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born Abt. 1849. She married ISAAC LOONEY.
Children of SUSAN DOWLEN and ISAAC LOONEY are:
i. RUFUS5 LOONEY.
ii. MABEL LOONEY.
iii. EUGENE LOONEY, m. EFFIE HARTMAN.
iv. BERTA LOONEY, m. FORREST ROBEY.


Generation No. 4


27. PAUL LOWE5 SLOAN (LETITIA TISHIE4 LOWE, SARA DELANEY3 DOWLEN, HARRIS2, JAMES1) He married ANNE MAI JOY March 02, 1892 in Davidson Co., TN, daughter of THOMAS S. JOY.
Notes for PAUL LOWE SLOAN:
Nashville Families and Homes, Selected paragraphs from Nashville History
The Nashville Room-The Nashville Public Library 1983
Co-founder of Cain-Sloan Dept. store in 1903.

28. MOSES BENJAMIN5 DOWLEN (HARRIS4, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born Abt. 1888. He married CLAUDA Abt. 1917.
Notes for MOSES BENJAMIN DOWLEN:
Ben went to Texas as a young man and was living in Lazare, TX in 1953 when his brother Maydell Dowlen died.

29. ERNEST FONTAINE5 DOWLEN (HARRIS4, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born 1868, and died 1946. He married VIOLA BRADLEY, daughter of BELLFIELD BRADLEY and MARGARET BROWNING. She was born May 10, 1880, and died Aft. 1975 in Costa Mesa, California.

30. WILLARD MAYDELL5 DOWLEN (HARRIS4, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born October 18, 1870 in Pleasant View, Cheatham Co. TN, and died March 21, 1953 in Bordeaux, Davidson Co., TN. He married EDITH SCOTT.

31. MARY SUSAN5 DOWLEN (HARRIS4, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born July 07, 1874 in Davidson Co., TN, and died October 02, 1962 in Davidson Co., TN. She married VERNER ADOLPHUS BRADLEY, son of BURGESS BRADLEY and NANNIE COLEMAN. He was born September 21, 1870 in Robertson Co., TN, and died October 03, 1964 in Robertson Co., TN.

32. JOSEPH ECLESTON5 DOWLEN (HARRIS4, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born 1879. He married (1) MARY ETTA JUSTICE. She was born November 13, 1880, and died October 06, 1972. He married (2) MARY ETTA JUSTICE. She was born November 13, 1880, and died October 06, 1972.

33. JOHN ALDRIDGE5 DOWLEN (HARRIS4, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born 1884, and died 1921. He married BEATRICE BASFORD.

34. CARNEY HARGROVE5 DOWLEN (HARRIS4, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born 1887, and died 1928. He married FANNY BABB. She was born 1889.

35. ISABEL5 FELTS (NANCY A.4 DOWLEN, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married JIM NOE.

36. BATES5 FELTS (NANCY A.4 DOWLEN, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) He married FANNY MILLER.

37. HARRY5 DOWLEN (CIRCERO MONROE4, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born 1882. He married RUTH MARSHALL. She died 1920.

38. RICHARD EARL5 DOWLEN (CIRCERO MONROE4, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born 1885. He married MABEL HALLUMS.

39. JOHN SAMUEL5 DOWLEN (CIRCERO MONROE4, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born December 21, 1889, and died May 05, 1955. He married (1) ELLEN PASCHALL. She was born February 02, 1891, and died August 02, 1943. He married (2) MARTHA QUINTILLA BASHEM December 24, 1952. She was born March 05, 1904 in Montgomery Co., TN, and died June 14, 1983 in Madison Co., TN.

40. COMER5 DOWLEN (CIRCERO MONROE4, JOHN "JACK" HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born 1894, and died 1955. He married ELIZABETH PORTER.

41. HELEN5 DOWLEN (GIDEON HARRIS4, HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married (1) MR. KERR. She married (2) JOHN JOHNSON.

42. EARL RIED5 DOWLEN (GIDEON HARRIS4, HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) was born 1880 in McKenney, TX, and died 1946. He married BERTHA PENELOGA.

43. ANNE ELIZA5 GOODLETT (SARAH TALITHA4 DOWLEN, HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married SMITH GUTHRY MCCLUNEY.

44. VIVIAN5 REDDING (LENA PETRONA4 DOWLEN, HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married ALEX WILLIAMS.

45. MOI LEE5 REDDING (LENA PETRONA4 DOWLEN, HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married LEWIS HINSON.

46. CHLOE5 REDDING (LENA PETRONA4 DOWLEN, HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married LEWIS ZIMMERLE.

47. GRETTA5 REDDING (LENA PETRONA4 DOWLEN, HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) She married HARRY STONE.

48. RICHARD5 IZOR (ALICE4 DOWLEN, HARRIS3, HARRIS2, JAMES1) He married LOUISE WINTER.

Thomas Hargrove

Thomas Hargrove

Source: Montgomery County, Tenn. Wills & Administrations, Vol. I, 1796-1804, Laura Willis. Will Book A, p. 160

Josiah Green Duke, Administrator Bond

We, Josiah Greene Duke, Benjamin Whitehead and Shadrick Tribble, are bound to the Governor in the sum of two thousand dollars, this 28th day of July 1802. The condition of the obligation is such that if Josiah Green Duke, Administrator of the Estate of Thomas Hargroves, deceased, does make a true inventory and an account of his administration, then the obligation to be void, else to remain in full force.

Signed: Josiah G. Duke Benjamin Whitehead Shadrick Tribble

Source: Montgomery Co., Tennessee, Will Books "A" and "B" 1797 - January 1818, abstracted by Anita Whitfield Darnell.

P. 436

List of Sales of Estate of Thos. Hargrove decd. Josiah G. Duke administrator. Rend. June term 1806.

Will Book A, p. 161

Inventory of the Estate of Thomas Hargroves, deceased

Personal property includes:

A bond on Abner Harris for $35.00 the first of Febry next
Bond on Harris Dowlen for $13.50 bearing interest from the date of Jany 31, 1801
An account against Willey Barrow for $50.00 bearing interest from the 31st Jany 1802
Account against William Craddock for $12.50 on demand Christmas next
Account against John Cocke for $1.62½
An accompt. against Benjamin Whitehead for $11.50 to be paid in corn or cotton at market price
An account against Richard Whitehead for $6.00 to be paid in cotton or corn at market price
An account against Harris Dowlen for $13.00 and a third to be paid Christmas next
An account against Josiah Duke for $5.00 bearing interest form this date
An account against Harris Dowlen for $17.00 bearing interest form this date
An account against William Curtis for $34.06¼
signed: Josiah G. Duke, Administrator

October 13th 1802

Will Book A, p. 192

Sale of the Estate of Thomas Hargroves, deceased

Buyers were:

William Logons 100 lbs cotton $ 3.68
Josiah G. Duke 200 lbs cotton 7.36
Josiah G. Duke 141 lbs cotton 4.87
William Logons 100 lbs cotton 3.68
John Duke Saddle & Bridle 4.00
Thompson Harris Cow & Yearling 10.40
Thompson Harris one negro woman and child 601.00
Josiah G. Dukes Yearling bull 3.37
William Baker Slate and Buckskin 1.00
Mathew Tolbert one negro girl 360.00
Burchet Myrick inkstand .26
Total amount received from sale was $999.91, this 19th February 1803

signed: Josiah G. Duke, Administrator
Rendered April Term 1803. Source: Montgomery County, Tenn. Wills & Administrations, Vol. I, 1796-1804, Laura Willis.

Josiah Green Duke

Josiah Green Duke

BUTE COUNTY RECORD BOOK 2

http://www.rootsweb.com/~ncbute/recbk2/rcdbk2-pages/page46.htm

57 (A) Will of JOSEPH GREEN. Dated 14 June 1775. Recorded August Court 1775. Wife ANN. Land on Reedy Creek to son JOSIAH GREEN and remainder of land to son WILLIAM GREEN. Daughter CHARLOTTE DUKE. Daughter SARAH LONG & her daughter NANCEY LONG. Grandsons ALLEN GREEN & JOSIAH GREEN DUKE. Mentions land in Southampton Co., Va. Mentions the children now underage, not naming them. Exors: Son JOSIAH GREEN, JOHN DUKE, & DRURY LONG. Wit: JESSE PERSON, JAMES DOWLEN (DOWLIN), SAMUEL WILLIFORD.

Dickson Family

Dickson Family
Joseph Dickson of Montgomery Co. TN


Descendants of Joseph Dickson

Joseph Dickson was born Bet. 1760 - 1770, Died 1839 In Montgomery County, Tennessee. He married Martha Ann Cowen abt. 1798, probably in Montgomery Co. TN. She was born abt. 1780, Died Bet. 1840 - 1850.

Notes for Joseph Dickson and descendants:

ISB Manuscript - Initial information on Joseph came from the Dickson Family notes of Ila Steele Braun.; Jerry White Binkley, Knoxville has been a major contributor to the compilation of material on the Joseph Dickson family; Montgomery Co., TN Will Book H:29; Red River Settler - Edith Whitley, Dickson Family; Humphreys Co., Heritage Vol., 1 & 2. (various pages, check index); Montgomery Co. TN Deed Book R:557 (names all children, including Hugh); MCDB A:82; MCDB A:99; MCDB I:846; MCDB O:362:
Louise Dickson Townley,, Genealogical Collection at the TN State Library and Archives should be invaluable to any researcher of this Dickson family. Mrs. Townley allowed me to view her manuscript in 1987 when I visited her in Clarksville, TN. The manuscript is now available at TSLA.

Children of Joseph Dickson and Martha Cowen are:

1. Hugh Dickson (Joseph) b. Abt. 1800; d. Abt. 1839.

Notes for Hugh Dickson:
Died before his father. Mentioned in Montgomery Co., TN deed book R:557 as deceased brother "to the present legatees" in an instrument providing Martha Cowen Dickson property from the estate of her husband Joseph by her children.; Montgomery Co., Wills, Vol. H, page 195 - James Dickson, G. J. McCauley, Matthew McCauley, Allen Brown made bond 3600 dollars as Administrator of Hugh Dickson, deceased. 7 Jan. 1839.; Montgomery Co., Wills, Vol. H, page 213 - Hugh Dickson died intestate, James Dickson given letters of Administration, 7 Jan. 1839.
2. James C. Dickson (Joseph) was born February 11, 1802 in Montgomery County, Tennessee, and died December 03, 1860. He married Mary "Polly" McCauley September 14, 1830. She was born February 26, 1813, and died February 14, 1879.

Notes for James C. Dickson:
1840,1850,1860 Dickson Co., Tn Census; Ila Steele Braun Manuscript; http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/tn/montgomery/cemeteries/mcauly01.txt, John McCauley Cemetery - District 22 near the Mt. Zion Methodist Ch., Information from the records of Louise Dickson Townley, submitted by Allen Workman.

Children of James Dickson and Mary McCauley are:

i. Samuel Cowan Dickson, b. July 25, 1832; d. June 1863.

ii. Mary A. Caroline "Carrie" Dickson, b. March 10, 1834; d. January 20, 1896; m. John Hust.

iii. Newton Berryman Dickson, b. January 06, 1836; d. July 31, 1909; m. Edine White.

iv. Martha Elizabeth "Betty" Dickson, b. December 10, 1837; d. April 15, 1906; m. James Swift.

v. Angeline "Angie" Dickson, b. January 01, 1840; d. October 14, 1877; m. William M. Orgain.

vi. John McCauley Dickson (James C., Joseph) was born June 14, 1842, and died July 27, 1915. He married Martha Batson February 05, 1868 in Montgomery Co., TN. She was born June 21, 1849, and died August 13, 1937.

Notes for John McCauley Dickson:
http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/smith/nca15-04.htm, Genealogical Abstracts From Reported Deaths, The Nashville Christian Advocate 1915–1919, By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith, Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2003, (Page 14), September 17, 1915, John McCauley Dickson born Dickson Co., Tenn., June 14, 1842; son of James Corsan and Mary McCauley Dickson, one of thirteen children, three of whom "now" living, Newton, Fagan and Elnora, all of Christian Co., Ky.; in May 1861 he and brother, Newton, enlisted in the 11th Tenn. Inf. Reg., CSA; twice wounded; married Martha E., daughter of S. C. and Maria Batson, Montgomery Co., Tenn., Feb. 5, 1868 (at the same ceremony, his first cousin, John McCauley, married Anne Batson, his wife's sister and the two couples rode horseback to the McCauley home in Hustburg, Tenn.; the Dicksons established their home with his widowed mother but in a year moved to Montgomery Co.,

vii. Harriet Eliza Dickson, b. June 24, 1844; d. 1863.

viii. Virginia "Jenny" Dickson, b. March 03, 1846; d. August 13, 1913; m. Mr. Cannon.

ix. James Aiken Dickson (James C., Joseph1) was born August 18, 1848 in Dickson Co. TN, and died April 09, 1900 in Trenton, Ky. He married Ellen Moore, daughter of Jordon Moore. She was born Abt. 1853.

Notes for James Aiken Dickson:
1880 Census Place: District 3, Humphreys, Tennessee, Source: FHL Film 1255263 National Archives Film T9-1263, Page 78D; http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/smith/nca00-03.htm, Genealogical Abstracts From Reported Deaths, The Nashville Christian Advocate 1900-1901, By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith, Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2002, James Aikin Dickson born Dickson Co., Tenn., Aug. 18, 1848; married Ellen Moore, July 12, 1870; 8 children, two of whom, Clara and Nelle, predeceased him; he died near Trenton, Ky., April 9, 1900.

x. Allice Dickson, b. October 18, 1851; d. October 09, 1876; m. Mr. Laughren.

xi. Elenora "Nora" Dickson, b. December 18, 1853; d. December 12, 1941.

xii. Joseph A. Fagen Dickson, b. November 03, 1855; d. November 16, 1923.

xiii. William Edward "Eddie" Dickson, b. December 26, 1858; d. May 26, 1913; m. Maria I. Talley, September 08, 1876. [Marriage date from the Journal of Rev. Jeremiah W. Cullom]

3. Martha Dickson (Joseph) was born September 28, 1803, and died 1859. She married William Trotter Abt. 1827. He was born 1804.

Notes for Martha Dickson and William Trotter:
Initial information on Martha from ISB Manuscript; 1850 Census Montgomery Co., TN 355-315: Trotter, William 46, Martha 46, James 22, Margaret 16, Martha 12, Sally 9, William 8, Catharine 4, John B. 2; Humphreys Co., Heritage, Vol. 1, page 418, 460, 461.

Children of Martha Dickson and William Trotter are:

i. Anne Trotter.

ii. Mary Trotter.

iii. Mitchell Trotter.

iv. James Cowan Trotter, b. Abt. 1828.

v. Elizabeth Trotter (Martha Dickson, Joseph) was born Abt. 1831. She married Samuel Yarbrough.

Notes for Elizabeth Trotter:
1850 Census Montgomery Co., TN 355-315; Humphreys Co., Heritage, Vol. 1, page 418, 460, 461.; http://www.tngenweb.org/montgomery/hyarbroughbible.html, Elisabeth Yarbrough, wife of Samuel Yarbrough, died in Humphreys County, Tenn., April 26th, 1859 ( of consumption)

vi. Margaret Trotter, b. Abt. 1834.

vii. Martha Trotter, b. Abt. 1838.

viii. Sally Trotter, b. Abt. 1841.

ix. William Trotter, b. Abt. 1844.

x. Catherine Trotter, b. Abt. 1846.

xi. John B. Trotter, b. Abt. 1848.

4. Margaret Dickson (Joseph) was born September 28, 1803 in Montgomery County, Tennessee, and died November 07, 1880. She married Allen E. Brown Abt. 1827. He was born November 22, 1803, and died May 21, 1870.

Notes for Maragaret Dickson and Allen E. Brown: Initial information on Margaret from ISB Manuscript; Humphreys Co., Heritage (TN) Vol. 1, p. 418, 460, 461.; Montgomery Co., TN, WB H:349; 1850 TN Census MT 355-315;
Death Notices From The Christian Advocate, Nashville, Tennessee 1880-1882, (of those persons born up to and including the Year 1830), By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith, Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2000, July-December, Margaret Brown born August 1803; died Nov. 7, 1880; daughter of Joseph and Mary Dickson; widow of the Rev. Allen K. Brown, a local Methodist preacher.; Nashville Christian Advocate, V. 30, #23. June 11, 1870, Rev. Allen E. Brown d Montgomery Co., Tenn., May 21, 1870, in his 66th year.

Children of Margaret Dickson and Allen Brown are:

i. James Brown, b. abt. 1826.

ii. George Brown, b. January 08, 1831.

iii. William Brown, b. abt. 1834.

iv. Mary J. Brown, b. abt. 1836.

v. John P. Brown, b. abt. 1838.

vi. Joseph Brown b. abt. 1842.

vii. Josiah Brown, b. abt. 1842.

5. William Dickson (Joseph) b. abt. 1805. d. abt. 1848, never married, left his property to sister Martha Trotter

6. Anna Kate Dickson (Joseph) was born November 01, 1807 in Montgomery Co., TN, and died October 09, 1868 in Humphreys Co., TN. She married Mathew McCauley 1829 in Montgomery Co., TN. He was born January 07, 1808 in Montgomery Co., TN, and died June 27, 1891 in Humphreys Co., TN.

Notes for Anna Kate Dickson:
Initial information on Anna Kate from ISB Manuscript;. each of Anna's eight sons joined the Confederacy, Robert and Wilson were killed, 3 other's wounded.

Children of Anna Kate Dickson and Mathew McCauley are:

i. Mathew McCauley, Jr., m. Jennie L. Gould.

ii. Robert A. McCauley, b. 1831, Montgomery Co., TN; d. 1865.

iii. Wilson McCauley, b. 1832, Montgomery Co., TN; d. 1863.

iv. Jordon McCauley, b. 1833; m. Susan Box.

v. Wiley McCauley, b. 1835; m. Mary Ann Mills.

vi. Joseph John McCauley, b. 1836, Montgomery Co., TN; d. 1909; m. (1) Anna J. Larkins; m. (2) Rebecca Ann Batson, February 05, 1868; b. March 15, 1844, Montgomery Co., TN; d. August 13, 1870, Humphreys Co., TN.

Notes for Rebecca Ann Batson:
Nashville Christian Advocate, V. 30, #49. December 10, 1870, Rebecca Ann Batson b and md in Montgomery Co., Tenn., b March 15, 1844; md John J. McCauley, Feb. 5, 1868 and moved to Humphreys Co., Tenn. where she d August 13, 1870.

vii. Richmond McCauley (Anna Kate Dickson, Joseph) was born 1844 in Montgomery Co., TN, and died 1917. He married Virginia Elizabeth Moore, daughter of Jordon Moore.

viii. George Wesley McCauley, b. 1851; m. Douglas Ferguson.

7. John B. Dickson (Joseph) was born November 12, 1810 in Montgomery County, Tennessee, and died July 24, 1894 in Montgomery County, Tennessee. He married Nancy L. Binkley February 05, 1846 in Dickson County, Tennessee, daughter of Frederick Binkley and Adeline Shackelford. She was born August 21, 1818 in Davidson County, Tennessee, and died August 24, 1868.

Notes for John B. Dickson
Initial information on John B. from ISB Manuscript; 1860 Census Montgomery Co., Dickson, John 49 (m), Nancy 41(f), G. D. 13 (m), M. T. 10 (m), A. M. 8(f), N. E. 6 (m), E. A. 4(f), John Bell 1 (m), Babe 1(f).

Notes for Nancy L. Binkley:
Shackelford Clan Magazine, Genealogy of Shackelfords and Shacklefords , Editor: T. K. Jones 2306-8th St. Lubbock, Texas, $2.00 A Year Published Monthly 15c A Copy, Lubbock, Texas November 1956 Vol. 12. No. 7, Nancy B. Binkley, ninth child and eldest daughter of Frederick and Adeline Shackelford-Binkley, was born at Hermitage, Davidson County, Tennessee, about 1820. She was married to John Dickson, August 12, 1847, in Davidson County, Tenn. No other dates are shown. They had at least seven children: John, (Nep), (Gus), Annie, Emma, Milton, and Jasper. The Dicksons lived near Clarksville, Tennessee.

Children of John Dickson and Nancy Binkley are:

i. Gustavus AugustusDickson, b. 1847.

ii. Milton Foster Dickson, b. 1849.

iii. Anne M. Dickson, b. 1852; d. Abt. 1925; m. Gus Cocke.

Notes for Gus Cocke:
http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/smith/nca08-02.htm, Genealogical Abstracts From Reported Deaths, The Nashville Christian Advocate 1908-1910, By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith, Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2002, January-July 1908, February 7, 1908, Augustus Thompson Cocke born near Clarksville, Tenn., April 24, 1843; died Dec. 24, 1907; a Confederate veteran; married Anne Dickson, 1884; son, Emmett. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Tenn.

8. Joseph Dickson, Jr. (Joseph) was born October 20, 1812, and died January 07, 1858. He married Sarah Ann Duvall February 12, 1835. She was born March 31, 1816, and died July 06, 1862.

Notes for Joseph Dickson, Jr.:
Initial information from ISB Manuscript.

Children of Joseph Dickson and Sarah Duvall are:

i. Hugh A..3 Dickson, b. December 06, 1835; d. August 25, 1877; m. Annie E. Mitchell, December 01, 1868.

Notes for Hugh A.. Dickson:
Nashville Christian Advocate, Hugh A.. Dixon born Montgomery Co., Tenn., Dec. 6, 1835; married Annie E. Mitchell 1868 and moved to Brownsville, Tenn. in June 1872; died August 25, 1877.

ii. Maria L. Dickson, b. September 22, 1837; d. August 03, 1885.

iii. Rachel M. Dickson, b. October 13, 1839; d. August 1893; m. G. A. Gill, December 16, 1868.

iv. Robert C. Dickson, b. October 06, 1841; d. September 02, 1862.

v. Mary A. Dickson, b. October 11, 1843; d. May 16, 1900.

vi. Augustus M. Dickson, b. Abt. 1844; d. Bef. 1860.

vii. James M. Dickson, b. May 13, 1845; d. August 18, 1851.

viii. Landon Dickson, b. December 23, 1848; d. September 17, 1885; m. Lillian L. Harris, June 01, 1881.

ix. George Wesley Dickson (Joseph, Joseph) was born April 18, 1852. He married Ann Opie Allen November 23, 1882.

x. Martha Virginia Dickson, b. May 16, 1854.

xi. Margaret Dickson, b. May 16, 1854.

xii. Charles E. Dickson, b. May 28, 1857.

9. Abner Dickson (Joseph) was born January 10, 1814 in Montgomery County, Tennessee, and died October 06, 1879 in Humphreys County, Tennessee. He married Mary Jane Wilkerson December 23, 1841 in Wilson County, Tennessee, daughter of Meredith Wilkerson and Ann Lawrence. She was born March 30, 1823 in Wilson County, Tennessee, and died September 07, 1895 in Humphreys County, Tennessee.

Notes for Abner Dickson:
Initial information on Abner from ISB Manuscript;. Census Place: District 3, Humphreys, Tennessee, Source: FHL Film 1255263 National Archives Film T9-1263, Page 83A
Genealogical Abstracts From Reported Deaths, The Nashville Christian Advocate 1880-1882, (Of Those Persons Born Up To And Including The Year 1830), By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith, Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 1997, May 8, 1880, Abner Dickson born June 10, 1814; joined Methodist Church in 1830; married Mary J. Wilkenson in 1841; died October 6, 1879; burial in Ebenezer Methodist Churchyard.

Notes for Mary Jane Wilkerson:
http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/smith/nca94-5.htm, Genealogical Abstracts From Reported Deaths, The Nashville Christian Advocate, 1894-1896,By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith,Copyright Jonathan K. T. Smith 2002, October 24, 1895, (Page 50), Mary J. Corlew daughter of Merrideth and Ann Wilkerson, born March 30, 1823; died Sept. 7, 1895; married (1) Abner Dickson (died Oct. 6, 1879), December 23, 1841; eleven children; (2) T. W. Corlew, December 23, 1888.

Children of Abner Dickson and Mary Wilkerson are:

i. Ann Eliza3 Dickson, b. November 17, 1843, Montgomery Co., TN; m. (1) James N. Corbitt, November 24, 1862; m. (2) Henry Lankford, October 25, 1887.

ii. Robert Alexander Dickson, b. July 31, 1845, Montgomery Co., TN; d. August 23, 1926; m. Martha F. Bowden.

iii. Chloe Ann "Clara" Dickson, b. March 25, 1847, Montgomery Co., TN; m. Robert Sensing, December 24, 1866.

iv. Isaac Marshall Dickson (Abner, Joseph) was born December 29, 1848 in Montgomery County, Tennessee, and died September 15, 1885 in Big Bottom, Humphreys County, Tennessee. He married Nancy "Nannie" Elmina Arnold October 28, 1874 in Richland Creek, Humphreys Co., TN. She was born September 13, 1858 in Humphreys County, Tennessee.

Notes for Nancy "Nannie" Elmina Arnold: Daughter of Aaron Arnold

v. Thomas Franklin Dickson, b. April 10, 1850, Montgomery Co., TN.

vi. Cornelius Winfield Dickson (Abner, Joseph) was born September 22, 1852 in Montgomery County, Tennessee, and died October 27, 1891 in Humphreys County, Tennessee. He married Hester A. Batson October 24, 1874. She was born Abt. 1860.

Notes for Cornelius Winfield Dickson:
Humphreys Co., Wills Vol. F, p. 92; 1880 Census Humphreys Co., TN p. 27, 242-250; Census Place: District 3, Humphreys, Tennessee Source: FHL Film 1255263 National Archives Film T9-1263 Page 83A

vii. Florida Adelia Clementine Dickson (Abner2, Joseph1) was born October 24, 1854 in Montgomery County, Tennessee, and died December 11, 1941. She married Robert Lewis Corlew December 30, 1871 in Humphreys County, Tennessee. He was born November 04, 1849, and died June 10, 1922.

Notes for Florida Adelia Clementine Dickson:
1880 Census Humphreys Co., TN,pg 24, 213-219.

Notes for Robert Lewis Corlew:
Humphreys Co., Heritage (TN) vol. II, p. 126.

viii. Levi Theodore Dickson, b. July 24, 1856; d. June 1869.

ix. Ishel Dickson, b. August 07, 1858, Humphreys Co., TN.

x. Florence Eudora Dickson (Abner, Joseph ) was born July 22, 1860 in Humphreys Co., TN, and died January 14, 1945. She married David Campbell Kelly Binkley, May 13, 1883, son of Joseph Binkley and Martha Steele. He was born June 30, 1857, and died August 14, 1928.

xi. Lola Matley Dickson (Abner , Joseph ) was born May 28, 1862 in Hustburg, Humphreys County, Tennessee, and died January 23, 1934 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. She married Alexander Martin Steele December 22, 1880 in Humphreys County, Tennessee, son of Sameul Steele and Mary Binkley. He was born September 12, 1853 in Davidson County, Tennessee, and died March 03, 1933 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.

Notes for Alexander Martin Steele:
Graduated from the future George Peobody College, first class 1877. Taught school at Hustburg in Humphreys County. Lola Dickson was one of his students.

10. Adam Wilson Dickson (Joseph) was born July 10, 1818 in Montgomery County, Tennessee, and died 1870. He married (1) Mary E. Lewis. She was born Abt. 1818. He married (2) Lizzie Shelley.

Notes for Adam Wilson Dickson:
Initial information on Wilson from ISB Manuscript;.

Children of Adam Dickson and Mary Lewis are:

i. Gustavas Dickson.

ii. Tazwell Dickson.

iii. Louisa Dickson.

iv. Mollie Bett Dickson.

v. Clay Wilson Dickson.

vi. Edgar Dickson.

vii. Linnie Dickson.

viii. James? Dickson.

Notes for James? Dickson: Could be Jane rather than James.

This family is on Debie's maternal side.

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Hargrove Family [Hargrave, Hardgrave]

Hargrove Family
John Hargrove of Davidson Co. TN

This John Hargrove was probably a son of William and Sarah Hargrove of Halifax Co. He had siblings, William, Dudley and Thomas.

Deeds of Halifax Co. NC on 9 Mar 1761, Joseph Edmundson of Halifax sells to William Hargrave of Hanover Co., VA. 317 ac. on Marsh Swamp adj. Paces, Cades Branch and Joseph Black. On 22 Sept 1772 William Hargrove blacksmith and Sarah his wife of Halifax sell to Joseph Eubanks 122 ac. on Marsh Swamp. (there is a Joseph Eubank at John Hargroves estate sale in Davidson Co. in 1798, it is amazing how these families stay together)

The will of William Hargrave dated 7 April 1776 and probated Feb 1777 names wife Sarah all estate and at her death or marriage to all my children (not named), exec. wife Sarah and sons John and Thomas.

On 7 Oct 1796 John Hargrove of Halifax Co. the only surviving exec. of William Hargrove dec'd. sells to William Hargrove 500 ac. which sd. William dec'd acquired from James Edmundson on Elk Marsh, Cades Branch, and ____ ac. acquired from John Morris. (This means Thomas named above had died in between the time that his father wrote his will in April of 1776 and Oct of 1796)

John Hargrove was married to (1)unknown wife and had these children:
1. William
2. Sally married Josiah Green Duke, Sept. 21, 1798, Davidson Co., TN
3. Thomas
4. Virginia Susan married Harris Dowlen, 1799, Davidson Co., TN
5. Lucy M. married James Whitehead Cocke, Sept. 14, 1802, Montgomery Co., TN
6. John D. (Death Notice from Christian Advocate)

John Hargrove was married to (2) Silvy [see below] Harris, widow of Elias Harris between Oct of 1788 and Sept of 1797.
NO ISSUE

SILVIA CHAMBLISS married (1) ELIAS HARRIS Abt. 1765, son of NATHAN HARRIS and CATHERINE WALTON. He died Aft. October 16, 1788. She married (2) JOHN HARGROVE Bet. 1789 - 1797, son of WILLIAM? HARGROVE. He died Bet. September 21 - December 31, 1798 in Davidson Co., TN. She married (3) BENJAMIN WHITEHEAD September 16, 1800 in Davidson Co. TN.
Children of SILVIA CHAMBLISS and ELIAS HARRIS are:
i. SALLY HARRIS, m. MR. POPE, Bef. October 1788.
ii. LUCY HARRIS, m. MR. BLANTON, Bef. October 1788, Halifax Co. NC.
iii. ASA HARRIS, b. Abt. 1767.
iv. ABNER HARRIS, b. Abt. 1766.
v. FRANCES HARRIS, b. Aft. 1767.
vi. CATHERINE HARRIS, b. Aft. 1767.
vii. PHEBE HARRIS, b. Aft. 1767.
viii. HUGH HARRIS, b. August 23, 1780.
ix. ARTHUR HARRIS, b. Aft. 1767.
x. MARY HARRIS, b. January 07, 1777; d. September 13, 1848.

"The Deeds of Halifax Co. NC 1802-1807, abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr., 1992, page 49
Deed Book 19, 526-(445) BENJAMIN WHITEHEAD & his wife SILVIA to THOMAS TURNER. 25 Jun 1804. ELIAS HARRISS late of Halifax Co., who was the former husband of sd SILVIA, willed to her a life estate to land on March Swamp joining ISAAC HARRISS & others, being the land where sd ELIAS HARRISS died. Sd SILVIA later married JOHN HARGROVE. On 2 Sep 1797, she & sd HARGROVE made an agreement with ISSAC HARRISS & ABNER HARRISS executors of sd ELIAS HARRISS; now sd land to be sold in conformity with the agreeement. This deed make legal the transfer to sd THOMAS TURNER. 5 shillings. Wit: BENJAMIN WILLIAMS, WILLIAM KILLINGSWORTH.
Sd SILVIA was a resident of Montgomery Co. Tennessee & her consent was obtained there. Feb. Ct. 1805 CC: L. LONG

John Hargrove died in Davidson County, Tennessee late in the year of 1798. He died after Sept 21, 1798, on which date he wrote a letter of consent for his daughter Sally to marry Josiah Green Duke. He did not leave a will. According to records in Halifax Co. NC, John Hargrove was married to Silvy Harris, widow of Elias Harris, at the time of his death. They were married after Oct. 16, 1788 and before September 2, 1797. Silvy Hargrove married Benjamin Whitehead in Sept of 1800 at Davidson Co. TN.

His heirs in 1801 were:
1. John D. Hargrove
2. Josiah Green Duke (married Sally Hargrove, about September 21, 1798 at Davidson Co. TN)
3. Lucy M. Hargrove
4. Benjamin Whitehead (married Silvy Hargrove about September 16, 1800 at Davidson Co. TN. Her name was written as Sally in the marriage book but is Silvy on the original marriage bond.)
5. Harris Dowlin (married Susannah Hargrove in 1799 at Davidson Co. TN)
6. Thomas Hargrove
7. William Hargrove

Guardians were appointed for John D. Hargrove, Lucy M. Hargrove and Thomas Hargrove on January 17, 1801. Her brother-in-law Josiah Green Duke was appointed as guardian to Lucy. Willee Barrow was appointed guardian for John D. Hargrove. Wilee Barrow appointed special Guardian for Thomas HargroveThe two may have been under legal age to inherit or there could have been some other circumstance. Lucy was an unmarried woman and may have needed a guardian to look after her interests.

Davidson County Will Book 2, page 144
An inventory of the estate of John Hargrove was filed by his administrator William Hargrove, January session 1799.

Davidson County Will Book 2, page 199
An inventory of the sale of the chattel estate of John Hargrove was filed by his administrator William Hargrove, January session 1801. Among the buyers were: Josiah Duke, Wm Corbin, Joseph Eubank, Charles Kavanaugh, William Harris, Catty Chambles, Jesse Pemberton, Humphrey Baker, Abner Harris, Robert Weakley, James Lovell, George Ury, John McCormick, John Stump, Thomas Hickman, Robert Baker, William Lenox, Daniel Ross, Samuel Allen, William Hargrove, Hugh Harris, Thos. Dillon, Phillip Duke, Silvy Hargrove, Emanuel Seat, Joseph Sullivan, Mary Harris, Susanna Hargrove, Burgess Harris, John Duke, Simeon Morris, Wm Lucas, Henry Childress, Joshua Weakley, Jas. Lovell, Dennis Kennedy, Jeremiah Sullivan, Peter Stuart. 1652 dollars and04 cts (The date of the sale was not given but it must have been before the marriage of daughter Susannah as she is listed under her maiden name. Susannah was married in 1799 but the month was not given on the bond. Widow Silvy is listed as Hargrove and she was married in Sept of 1800 to Benjamin Whitehead.)

Davidson County Will Book 2, page 200
Settlement with Wm. Hargrove Adm. of John Hargrove decd. In consequences of an Order of court of January sessions of 1801 made for that purpose. To wit that the commissioners appointed by said Order having proceeded to Examine the Accounts of the Administrator of John Hargrove Decd find as to Vouchers filed that he has made the following payments To wit:

1. Judgment from the State of North Carolina for 163 dollars
2. Acct. of Mathew Talbot 25.91 1/3
3. Acct. of Jacob Lovell 146.29
Acct. of Mathew Talbot 42.33 1/3
4. Acct. of James Hammons 9.93
4. Acct. of Thomas Hickman 15.75
4. District Tax 1.33
4. Acct. of Abner Harris 10.33 1/3
4. Acct. of Thomas Hickman 83.31
4. Acct. of Roger B Sappington 29.41 1/3
4. Acct. of Robert Weakley 12.00
4. Acct. of F. Wards 106.00
4. Schooling five scholars 6.37 1/2
4. Acct. of S. Fambro 2.08
4. Acct. of Henry Hide 8.64
4. Acct. of Joseph Eubank 11.66 2/3
4. Acct. of John Duke 28.00
4. Acct. of Joseph Johnston 1.79
4. Acct. of William Stuart 11.08
4. Acct. of _______ .663/4 cts
4. Direct tax paid to Eli Hammond 4.50
4. Acct. for ferriages .90
4. Acct. of ____ Corban 3.09 1/3
4. Acct. of Wm Corbin 2.33 1/3
4. Acct. of Harris Dowlin 5.33
4. Acct. of James Hannon 3.50
4. Acct. of Mary Harris 4.12
4. Acct. of Foster & Co 8.79
4. Sundries for Family 61.57 1/2
4. Accounts previous to death of Decedent 159.08 2/3
4. 965 dollars and 97 cts

Davidson County Will Book 2, page 214
Jno Hargrove Decd His estate divided amongst his heirs August 14th 1801 The Return was made to July Sessions & is as follows

No 1 To John D. Hargrove, Negro ___ 400 dollars, Negro Isham 100 dollars, Negro Amy 90 dollars, two cows & ___ 24 dollars , one black & white stear 5 dollars 50 cents, one black steer 4 dollars 50 cents, One pair ___ ___ 12 dollars and taken from No. 6, 37 cents and from No. 2, 8 cents. This division 636.45

No 2 To Josiah G. Duke, Negro Dick 400 dollars, Negro ___ 120 dollars, Negro David 80 dollars, taken from No. 7, 33 dollars 54 cents, and one Yearling heifer 3 dollars.

No 3 To Lucy M. Hargrove, Negro Fanny & child 380 dollars, Negro Buck 130 dollars, Negro Fereby 80 dollars, one Mare 30 dollars, a cow and calf 10 dollars, a sow and pig 4.50 and a spinning wheel 2 dollars, making this division 636.50.

No 4 To Benjamin Whitehead in right of his wife, Negro Lucy & child 380 dollars, Negro Clary 160 dollars, Negro Raney 90 dollars, one black & white heifer 6 dollars and taken from No. 6, 46 cents, making this division 636.46.

No 5 To Harris Dowlin, Negro Esther & child 380 dollars, Negro ___ 200 dollars, Negro Rachel 70 dollars, from this deduct 13.54 and the division will then be 636.50.

No 6 To Thomas Hargrove, Negro Nancy 350 dollars, Negro Grace 220 dollars, Negro Sam 40 dollars, taken from No 5 13.54, One cow & calf 12 dollars, Iron tools1.75 from deducts 83 cents, and the division is 636.46.

No 7 To William Hargrove, Negro Bess & child 350 dollars, Negro Jane 320 dollars from which deduct 33 dollars 54 cents and the division is 636 dollars 46 cents. And the amount of the several divisions as calculated on the return is 4455 dollars 37 cents. Given under our hands this 24th day of February 1801. Signed Thomas Talbot, Thomas James, Thomas Hickman

Davidson County, TN Court Minutes 1792-1799 by Carol Wells
Pg. 207, January 1799, (pg. 520) Ordered Benjamin Lee, Henry Hide, Peter B Stuart, Thomas James, Jno Perce, Mathew Tolbott & Wm Hartgroves lay off a road beginning at Hickman’s ferry at mouth of Sulpher Creek running to intersect the road leading from Baker ferry to Stumps at or near Tolbotts old Still House and report.

Davidson County, TN Court Minutes 1792-1799 by Carol Wells
Pg. 211, January 17th, 1799, (pg. 530) Wm Hartgrove granted Letters of Adm on estate of Jno Hartgrove decd. Wm Hartgrove adm of estate of John Hartgrove decd returned inventory of Chattels of decd. Order Sale of so much of perishable estate of the decedent as will discharge the debt due from sd estate.

Davidson County, TN Court Minutes 1799-1803 by Carol Wells
Pg. 66, January 17th, 1801, (pg. 173) Josiah Green Duke being appointed guardeen to an Orphan Lucy Hargrove gave bond of Three thousand dollars with Jeremiah Ellis, Marvel Low & Harris Dowlin his securities.

Davidson County, TN Court Minutes 1799-1803 by Carol Wells
Pg. 66, January 17th, 1801, (pg. 173) Willee Barrow being appointed guardeen to Orphan named John D Hargrove gave bond of Three thousand dollars with John Weatherspoon & Thomas Hickman his securities.

Davidson County, TN Court Minutes 1799-1803 by Carol Wells
Pg. 66, January 17th, 1801, (pg. 174) Willee Barrow & Danl Young Esqrs apptd &c return the settlement made with Wm Hargrove relative to his admn on estate of John Hargrove decd.

Davidson County, TN Court Minutes 1799-1803 by Carol Wells
Pg. 66, January 17th, 1801, (pg. 175) William Hargrove allowed Seventy Eight Dollars and one third for his troble and Expense in administering estate of John Hargrove decd.

Davidson County, TN Court Minutes 1799-1803 by Carol Wells
Pg. 66, January 17th, 1801, (pg. 175) Ordered that Robert Weakley, Thomas James, Thomas Hickman, Danl Young & Thomas Tolbott any three to Divide personal property of John Hargrove decd among heirs of deceased. Saving only such part sufficient to discharge debts due from sd estate. Wilee Barrow appointed special Guardian for Thomas Hargrove in above Division.

Davidson County, TN Court Minutes 1799-1803 by Carol Wells
Pg. 83, July 16th, 1801, (pg. 226) Division of estate of Jno Hargove decd among heirs, made by Thomas Tolbott, Thomas James and Thomas Hickman is returned.

Davidson County, TN Court Minutes 1799-1803 by Carol Wells
Pg. 93, October 17th, 1801, (pg. 250) The petition of Josiah G Duke against William Hargrove adm of John Hargrove Decd, order summons issue accordingly.

Davidson County, TN Court Minutes 1799-1803 by Carol Wells
Pg. 93, October 17th, 1801, (pg. 250) Petition of Josiah G Duke guardian of Lucy M. Hargrove agst William Hargrove adm of John Hargrove Decd, filed this day, ordered summons issue accordingly.

Davidson County, TN Court Minutes 1799-1803 by Carol Wells Pg. 133, October , 1802, (pg. 346) Letter of Atto Thomas Hargrove to Josiah G Duke proven by Jesse Wharton.

"Superior Court of Law & Equity Mero District of Tennessee 1803-1805" by Mary Sue Smith page 199
Josiah G. Duke vs William Hargrove, admr of John Hargrove decd.
...your petitioner, Josiah G. Duke, of the county of Davidson, saith that sometime in the latter end of the year 1798 a certain John Hargroves departed this life intestate... Your petitioner further showeth that sometime previous to the death of the said John Hargroves, he intermarried with Sally Hargroves, daughter to the said deceased, and therefore in right of his wife Sally became entitled to a share of the estate of said John, deceased. Your petitioner further showeth, that after the death of the said John he did purchase from Thomas Hargrove one of the legatees, his share and part of the estate, that he was or could be entitled to by law, which said contract was made July 1801, at which time said Thomas was of full age and capable of contracting for himself.

"Superior Court of Law & Equity Mero District of Tennessee 1803-1805" by Mary Sue Smith page 200
Josiah G. Duke guardian of Lucy M. Hargrove vs William Hargrove, admr of John Hargrove deceased
Be it remembered that on 22 July 1803 an appeal from the county court of Davidson County was filed with the Superior Court _ "To the Court of pleas and quarter sessions – Josiah G. Duke, guardian for Lucy M. Hargrove who now sues as guardian for her ‘sometime in the latter end of the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight John Hargroves, father to the said Lucy, died intestate, at January court William Hargroves administered all the goods and credits of said John, decd and obtained an order to dispose of the perishable estate of the said John… Considered by the court that same be dismissed and petitioner pay the costs.

Superior Court of Law & Equity Mero District of Tennessee 1803-1805 Mary Sue Smith
Page 7 William Hargroves Guardian of Elizabeth Gardner vs William Hargroves, Admr of John Hargroves, Decd
William Hargroves, Adm of John Hargroves, dec’d was summoned to answer William Hargroves Guardian of Elizabeth Gardner in a plea of debt, that he rendered the sum of $185 lbs 18 Shillings & 4 pence North Carolina currency equal to $464.80 and damages & damages for $300. Pltf by his attorney, Bennett Searcy at May term filed the following declaration: John Hargrove on 7 April 1791 bound himself to pay William Hargroves, Guardian for Elizabeth Gardner. John Hargroves departed this life intestate upon which at January Court 1799 William Hargroves administered all the rights and credits of said John Hargroves, dec’d but has refused to render the aforesaid amount.

William Hargrove Adm, by Thomas Stuart, his attorney, saith he has fully administered the all the goods and credits of John Hargroves, decd in his hands. continued from term to term until this term – Jury finds for the pltf. Deft to pay debt together with damages and costs of the suit. (pp29-32)

Davidson County Original Marriage Bonds and Licenses, Metro Archives
Josiah Green Duke to Sallie Hargrove issued 9/21/1798 Consent - Sir please issue a marriage Lisince for the Bearer Josiah Green Duke & my Daugh. Sally Hargrove and this shall Endemnfy you for the same Witness my hand this 21 of Sep. 1798 John Hargrove

Moses Moody to Jenny Anderson, issued 3/23/1799, bondsman William Hargrove

Harris Dowlen to Susannah Hartgrave, issued 00/16/1799, bondsman George Ury

Marvel Low to Mary Harris, issued 8/25/1800, bondsman Wm. Hargrove

Benjamin Whitehead to Silvy Hargrove, issued 9/16/1800, bondsman William Hargrove Marriage book has bride's first name as Sally.

Arthur Turner to Elizabeth Glaves, issued 12/29/1800, bondsman William Hargrove

William Curtis to Polly Drake, issued 12/16/1801, bondsman William Hargrove

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TN - MARRIAGES - Early Marriage Records
Cocke, James Whitehead to Lucy C. Hargrove Sep 14 1802 John Cocke sec.

Montgomery Co. TN deeds Book B:320
Hadon Wells of Montgomery Co. to John Hargrove of Davidson Co. TN 4 Sept. 1798, for $400 503 acres on Haw Creek SS of Cumberland River, wit Frederick Ward and Abner Harris.

Source: Montgomery Co., TN Deeds, Will Book B, p. 557. John Hargrove heirs Division of Lands, 18 Dec 1802

The above plat represents a tract of land belonging to the heirs of John Hargrove, deceased.

503 acres divided & subdivided as follows:

viz: No. 7 to Benjamin Whitehead beginning 70 poles north of the original corner running west 71 poles to a stake thence north 286 poles to the north boundary line thence East 71 poles to the north East corner thence to the beginning containing 127 acres and 128 poles.

No. 6 to Harris Duling {sic} beginning at the north west corner of the original plat and running south 33 east 304 poles to interest with Whiteheads west boundary thence north with said line 20 poles to the said north boundary line thence west 153 poles to the beginning for to contain 145 acres 50 poles.

No. 1 to William Hargrove beginning at the south west corner of the original trace running east 7 poles to two Gums thence north 22 west to a natural well thence north 20 east 214 poles to the original corner thence south to the beginning containing 91 acres.

No. 2 to Josiah G. Duke beginning at two gums running north 22 poles to the said well thence north 20 east within Hargroves line 214 poles to a stake on Duling line thence south 33 east 84 poles to a stake on said Dullings line thence south 37 west to the beginning containing forty six acres.

No. 3 to Thomas Hargrove beginning two gums running north 37 east 191 poles to a stake on Duberrys line thence south 33 east 63 poles to t stake on Whiteheads line thence south 28 poles to Whiteheads corner a stake thence sourth 64 west 151 to 2 dogwoods thence west to the beginning containing 42 acres.

No. 4 to John Hargroves beginning on Whiteheads corner at two kaepens (?) running west 71 poles to a stake thence south 64 west 95 poles to a stake on this Hargroves line thence east 150 to the original line north 37 poles to the beginning containing 28 ½ acres.

No. 5 to James Cocke beginning at the original corner at Red Oak and Dogwood running north 3 poles to a stake at John Hargroves corner thence west with said John Hargroves line 56 poles thence south 64 west 55 poles to two dogwoods thence east to the beginning containing 30 acres.

The above was divided by Commissioners appointed by the court of Montgomery County at October session

"The Deeds of Halifax Co. NC 1802-1807, abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr., 1992, page 49
Deed Book 19, 526-(445) BENJAMIN WHITEHEAD & his wife SILVIA to THOMAS TURNER. 25 Jun 1804. ELIAS HARRISS late of Halifax Co., who was the former husband of sd SILVIA, willed to her a life estate to land on March Swamp joining ISAAC HARRISS & others, being the land where sd ELIAS HARRISS died. Sd SILVIA later married JOHN HARGROVE. On 2 Sep 1797, she & sd HARGROVE made an agreement with ISSAC HARRISS & ABNER HARRISS executors of sd ELIAS HARRISS; now sd land to be sold in conformity with the agreeement. This deed make legal the transfer to sd THOMAS TURNER. 5 shillings. Wit: BENJAMIN WILLIAMS, WILLIAM KILLINGSWORTH.
Sd SILVIA was a resident of Montgomery Co. Tennessee & her consent was obtained there. Feb. Ct. 1805 CC: L. LONG

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Thomas Hargrove

Benjamin Whitehead

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