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					Volume 38, Issue No. 1                                                                               SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2008
                                               NEW MEMBERS - Keith Cole, Carole Gibson, Mike & Tamara Shibayama, Sandra Westgate

                                               BOARD MEETING - Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Dr. Tolbert’s office.
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                                               SEPTEMBER MEETING - Monday, September 15, 2008 at Rutherford Co. Archive. Program: Donald
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              (                                Fann, Executive Director of the Cannon County Center for the Arts, will present updates on the
           +,  -   .(                          traditional arts program at the center. Projects at the center include local arts heritage, two innovative
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                                               driving trails, The Cumberlands Craft Trail and The Uncle Dave Macon Driving Tour and Spring Fed
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                                               Records, an independent non-profit record label. In 2008 John Work III: Recording Black Culture, won
             !      0    1                     the Grammy Award for Best Album Notes and garnered feature articles in The New York Times, and
                +    0                         The International Herald Tribune. Bruce Nemerov, wrote grammy award winning line album notes for
      ,   5/ 0 !     6                         John Work III, formerly with the Center for Popular Music, and a musician will also present emphasis
   *        7          2                       on the African American quartet of Rutherford Co.
*       5        4      8*        +            OCTOBER MEETING -. Monday, October 20, 2008, 7:00 p.m. at Rutherford Co. Archive. Program:
                                               Dr. Caneta Hankins, Director, of The Tennessee Century Farms Program, will join us again and share
                                               the latest listing in Rutherford Co. and some family history about Century Farms in Rutherford Co. The
                                               butler Farm, the 27th Century Farm, was recently added to the registry. Dr. Hankins will share
All meetings are free and open to the          information about an upcoming book release. For a farm to be eligible it must be owned for at least 100
public. Membership in the Rutherford           years by the same family, maintain at least 10 acres of the original farm, one owner must be a
County Historical Society is open to all       Tennessee resident, and it must produce $10,000 in revenue annually. Some farms in Rutherford Co.
persons. Annual membership dues of             on the registry are 200 years old, such as the Bass-Batey farm established in 1807, in Blackman.
$20 per person/family are to be paid by
September 1st of each year. Each               NOVEMBER BANQUET - Saturday, NOVEMBER 15, 2008 - further details will be out in October.
annual membership is entitled to 6
issues of “Frow Chips”. Meetings are           BOOK OF RUTHERFORD CO. OBITUARIES Susan Daniel is still collecting obituaries of Rutherford
held the 3rd Monday of each month              Co. people who were born before 1900. Call Susan at (615) 849-3823 or write the Society. I would
[except November and December] at              like to finish this project by the end of 2009. I have had good response from some members, but many
7:00 p.m. (See Daily News Journal              of you out there need to look into your “stashes” of family history and get busy. PLEASE.
“Calendar of Events” for information on
each monthly meeting).             The             NEW PUBLICATION - Don Detwiler’s “Rutherford Co. Deaths and Estate Settlements, Volume
November meeting is set aside for the          1, 1804-1849" has been published and fully indexed. Information from Chancery, Circuit, Deeds, and
Annual Membership Banquet. There is            County records. COST: $25.00 + $5 mailing fee. Send your check made to Rutherford Co. Historical
no meeting in December. Regular                Society, P. O. Box 906, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0906.
meetings will be held at the Rutherford
Co. Archive, 435 Rice St.
                                                                                MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Web site [includes publication list]: It’s time to renew your membership—fun, fellowship, interesting programs, scheduled tours of historic
www.rutherfordhistory.org                 places, histories and stories of Rutherford Co.’s past. What more could you ask for your $20 a year?
                                          Those of you who have already paid for the year beginning September 2008 - August 2009, we thank
Publications for sale:                    you very, very much.              Send in your renewal payment today.
Extra copies of Frow Chips .........$4.00
For copies of past publications,          FOM THE PRESIDENT: At our August meeting, I mentioned the fires in Lancaster, SC, particularly their
please contact Susan Daniel
(615)849-3823 (e-mail to                  180 year old courthouse having suffered great devastation—the 2nd floor gutted and the roof totally
sgdaniel@comcast.net) or write the        destroyed. Arson is now being investigated. Their earlier courthouse had witnessed in 1813 the last
Society at the above address.             of the famous witchcraft trials in this country. The present structure had survived Sherman’s March, an
IN THIS ISSUE -                     Page earthquake in 1886, and a few years back, a Molotov-like explosive thrown into a bathroom. This writer
1. Sam Davis, Boy Hero                2-3 happened to be in the region at the time of the August fire and went by to view the destruction. Repairs
2. Hiram Jenkins Family                 4 will cost millions. To complicate problems, 4 other mysterious fires have been set in the county, one
3. William Riley Cobb                   4 to the solicitor’s (D.A.’s) office across the street. Lancaster Co. is south across the state line from
4. Samuel Henderson Family            5-7 Charlotte, NC. The county, even before the recent conflagrations, has had much on its plate. With the
5. Logan Henderson Family                 loss of thousands of jobs because of mill closings, unemployment from north to south in the county
       & Farmington Plantation 7-10 ranges from 5 to 15%. I mention these things in this message simply to remind us that preserving our
6. In Memoriam: Mabel Pittard          10 past comes at great costs. Count ourselves here in Rutherford Co. among the blessed. Turn to your
                                          computer to find more about Lancaster’s dilemmas. Type: Lancaster, SC courthouse fire—Click “You
                                          Tube.”                                                               James R. (Toby) Francis, President
          FROW CHIPS - VOLUME 38, Issue 1                                      -2-                                       SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2008

               SAM DAVIS (6 OCT 1842 - 27 NOV 1863                                   and had in his saddle seat full and complete maps of the fortifications at
Information taken from the book Ole Mistis (Songs and Stories from                   Nashville and other points, and an exact report of the Federal army in
Tennessee) [1902] by John Trotwood Moore (pp. 231-240) - furnished by                Tennessee. Mounted on a superb horse, he was recklessly brave, and
James R. (Toby) Francis.                                                             exposed himself unnecessarily several times. He remained over three
                                                                                     days after he should have left, to see his sweetheart, and when chased
                                                                                     from near her home by Federal cavalry the night before he was captured,
                                                                                     he ran away from them in the dark. Then turning, he ran back on them
                                                                                     again, and, to demonstrate the superiority of his mount, he slapped their
                                                                                     horses in the face with his cap as he ran by. The next day, while resting
                                                                                     in a thicket, he was captured by the Seventh Kansas cavalry.
                                                                                           Gen. G. M. Dodge, the Federal general in command at Pulaski, near
                                                                                     which Davis was captured, found the papers in the saddle seat to have
                                                                                     been taken from his own table, and correctly surmised that some one very
                                                                                     close to him had proved traitorous. A court-martial consisting of Col.
                                                                                     Madison Miller, 185h Missouri Infantry, Col. Thomas W. Gaines, 50th
                                                                                     Missouri Infantry, and Major Lathrop, 39th Iowa Infantry, condemned Davis
                                                                                     to be hanged; but Gen. Dodge, who pitied his youth and admired his
                                                                                     manliness, and who was very anxious to find out the traitor in his own
                                                                                     camp, offered Davis his freedom if he would tell the name of the party who
                                                                                     gave him the papers. This, with great firmness and dignity, Davis refused
                                                                                     to do. Gen. Dodge says:
                                                                                           “I took him into my private office, and told him it was a very serious
                                                                                     charge that was brought against him; that he was a spy, and, from what I
                                                                                     found upon his person, he had accurate information in regard to my army,
                                                                                     and I must know how he obtained it. I told him that he was a young man
                                                                                     and did not seem to realize the danger he was in. Up to that time he said
                                                                                     nothing; but then he replied, in the most respectful and dignified manner:
                                                                                     “ ‘Gen. Dodge, I know the danger of my situation, and am willing to take the
                                                                                     consequences.’
                                                                                           ”I asked him then to give me the name of the person who gave him
                                                                                     the information; that I knew it must be some one near headquarters, or who
For more than 120 years, it was generally believed that no photograph of             had the confidence of the officers of my staff, and I repeated that I must
Sam Davis existed. This amazing picture surfaced only a few years ago                know the source from which it came. I insisted that he should tell me, but
in the old family album of Capt. John W. Morton, Chief of Artillery under            he firmly declined to do so. I told him I would have to call a court-martial
Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. Morton and Davis were the same age and                  and have him tried for his life, and from the proofs we had they would be
attended the Nashville Military Academy together. (Courtesy Mike Miner).             compelled to convict him; that there was no chance for him unless he gave
                                                                                     the source of his information. He replied:
      Much has been said as to heroic deeds done on both sides in the Civil                “ ‘I know I will have to die, but I will not tell where I got my information,
War. But here’s one by a twenty-year-old boy that I do not think has its             and there is no power on earth can make me tell. You are doing your duty
equal in the annals of any war—at least I have never been able to find               as a soldier, and I am doing mine. If I have to die, I will do so feeling I am
anything similar to it. There are thousands of instances of men who have             doing my duty to God and my country.’
died fearlessly in battle, under the excitement of the contest, and numerous               “I pleaded with him, and urged him with all the power I possessed to
examples of soldiers who have been executed rather than betray their                 give me some chance to save his life, for I discovered he was a most
country or its cause, as was the case with the martyr, Nathan Hale, in our           admirable young fellow, of the highest character and strictest integrity. He
war with Great Britain. But I cannot find where any one died rather than             then said:
break his word to an enemy, as did Sam Davis, the hero of this short                       “ ‘It is useless to talk to me. I do not intend to tell. I would rather die
sketch.                                                                              than break my word. You can court-martial me, or do anything else you
      In November, 1863, when Gen. Bragg was at Missionary Ridge, he                 like, but I will not betray the trust reposed in me.’ He thanked me for the
wished to secure correct information concerning the movements of the                 interest I had taken in him, and I sent him back to prison. I immediately
Federal army in Middle Tennessee, and to find out if it was moving from              called a court-martial to try him.”
Nashville to Corinth to reinforce Chattanooga. The duty was a most                         The day before he was executed, Davis wrote the following letter to
hazardous one, and four or five scouts were selected for the purpose, but            his mother:
before going were told that the chances were small for any of them getting           “                                Pulaski, Giles co., Tenn., November 26, 1863
back alive. The men selected were Sam Davis, a twenty-year-old boy;                     Dear Mother: Oh, how painful it is to write to you! I have got to die to-
Joshua Brown, now a physician in New York City; W. J. Moore, now a                   morrow morning—to be hanged by the Federals. Mother, do not grieve for
successful farmer and horseman, Columbia, Tenn., and Capt. E. Coleman,               me. I must bid you good-bye forever. Mother, I do not fear to die. Give
commanding Coleman’s scouts. Of these, Davis had obtained the most                   my love to all. Your son,                                               Sam Davis.
important information. He had counted every regiment and all the artillery
in the Sixteenth corps, found out that they were moving on Chattanooga,                Mother, tell the children all to be good. I wish I could see you all once
          FROW CHIPS - VOLUME 38, Issue 1                                        -3-                                     SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2008

more, but I never will any more. Mother and father, do not forget me.                   regiments in Gen. Sweeney’s division in camp at Pulaski. I was close
Thank of me when I am dead, but do not grieve for me; it will do no good.              enough to see his features and countenance when he was executed. He
Father, you can send after my remains if you want to do so. They will be               was young, and seemed to be possessed of superior intelligence and
at Pulaski, Tenn. I will leave some things, too, with the hotel-keeper for             manliness, and when it was understood that he was offered life and liberty
you.”                                                                                  if he would divulge the name of the party who furnished the information in
      Gen. Dodge became still more anxious to save him and set a lady in               his possession when captured, and would not betray the sacred trust, none
Pulaski, an old friend of the boy’s mother, to the prisoner to beg him to give         of us could help but admire his trustworthiness and nobleness of character.
the information and save his life. She says that Davis wept and told her he            It was a fearful test to be put to—a young man with life and a bright future
would rather die than break his work, even to an enemy. She made two                   before him; but he proved equal to the test, and I think he is worthy of a
other attempts to persuade him, but without avail.                                     monument to forever perpetuate his memory, and as a noble specimen of
      On Friday, November 27, Davis was handcuffed, placed on his coffin,              valor as an American soldier. I saw many of our hardened and bronze-
and driven in a wagon out to the suburbs of Pulaski, where a rope had                  visaged veterans, who had seen much of carnage and suffering, draw the
been arranged for the execution. Gen. Dodge, who was a most kind-                      backs of their rough hands across their eyes as they secretly wiped away
hearted gentleman, hoped he would weaken at the last moment and tell                   tears. I think it was Gen. Sherman who said ‘War is hell,’ and so it seemed
him the name of the traitor in his camp, and after the rope was adjusted he            to me on that occasion. Everybody was deeply affected. There were few
begged Davis to tell him the name of the person who gave him the papers,               dry eyes among those who were the sorrowful witnesses, and when the
and promised then and there to liberate him, give him his horse, his side              drop fell there was such a pall of sadness and silence that the air was
arms, and a safe escort back to the Confederate lines. Davis thanked him               oppressive. He was captured, I think, by Lieut. E. B. Spalding, of the Fifty-
and said:                                                                              second Illinois Infantry, who now resides at Sioux City, Iowa. I have heard
      “If I had a thousand lives, I would lose them all before I would betray          him speak in sorrow and praise of him, and that war and fate should
my friends or the confidence of my informer.”                                          decree his untimely and ignominious death. I served four years in the war,
      He then gave the provost-marshal some keepsakes for his mother,                  was twice wounded, and lost my only brother at the battle of Shiloh, and
and turned and said, “I am ready. Do your duty, men.”                                  believed then, and do now, that our cause was right. I have no animosity
      No wonder the people of the South are erecting a monument to Sam                 against my former foes, and want to see all sectional bitterness wiped out.
Davis. Nearly two thousand dollars have been subscribed, some of it from               I want no North, no South, East or West, but one common, united country,
Gen. Dodge, his staff and officers. Capt. H. I. Smith, of Mason City, Iowa,            in which brotherly love and loyalty to a common flag will prevail, and I
in sending his contribution, wrote:                                                    rejoice in the fact that both ‘Yank’ and ‘Johnny’ share equally in the benefit
      “It was a heart-rending, sickening sight to me, and every heart went             of our victory.”
out to him in sympathy and sorrow, to see him sacrificed for an act of duty                  This is a manly letter, and Capt. Smith has struck the right chord—no
that he was ordered to perform as a soldier, and which was not a crime.                South, no North, no East, no West; and every example of loyalty to duty,
The stern necessities of grim war seemed to demand that an example                     every example of bravery, courage, devotion and glory, wherever found
should be made of some one, and fate decreed that it should be Samuel                  between the seas, to go, as this one, to the credit of the American soldier.
Davis. I don’t know of a more noble specimen of manhood that could have                Such sentiments, thank God, have almost wiped out the animosities of the
been chosen as a martyr for the sacrifice. I had nothing to do with his                war, and the time will come when the heroic deeds of both sides will be the
capture or trial, being then only a non-commissioned officer of one of the             common property of the whole American people.

“Tell me his name and you are free,”                  A tear gleamed down the ranks of blue—                      The hills smiled back a farewell smile,
The General said, while from the tree                 (The bayonets were tipped with dew)                         The breeze sobbed o’er his hair awhile,
The grim rope dangled threat’ningly.                  Across the rugged cheek of war                              The birds broke out in glad refrain,
                                                      God’s angels rolled a teary star.                           The sunbeams kissed his cheek again—
The birds ceased singing—happy birds,                 The boy looked up—‘twas this they heard:                    Then, gathering up their blazing bars,
That sang of home and mother-words.                   “And would you have me break my word?”                      They shook his name among the stars.
The sunshine kissed his cheek—dear sun;                                                                           O, stars, that now his brothers are,
It loves a life that’s just begun!                    A tear stood in the General’s eye:                          O, sun, his sire in truth and light,
The very breezes held their breath                    “My boy, I hate to see thee die—                            Go, tell the list’ning worlds afar
To watch the fight ‘twixt life and death.             Give me the traitor’s name and fly!”                        Of him who died for truth and right!
And O, how calm and sweet and free                                                                                For martyr of all martyrs he
Smiled back the hills of Tennessee!                   Young Davis smiled, as calm and free                        Who dies to save an enemy.
Smiled back the hills, as if to say,                  As he who walked on Galilee:
“O, save your life for us to-day!”                    “Had I a thousand lives to live,
                                                      Had I a thousand lives to give,
“Tell me his name and you are free,”                  I’d lose them—nay, I’d gladly die
The General said, “and I shall see                    Before I’d live one life a lie!”
You safe within the rebel line—                       He turned—for not a soldier stirred—
I’d love to save such life as thine.”                 “Your duty, men—I gave my word.”
          FROW CHIPS - VOLUME 38, Issue 1                                        -4-                                     SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2008

                             HIRAM JENKINS                                              that I know of.
from Society member, Anne Jenkins Reim, 3618 Terrace Drive, Omaha,                                 Addie’s mother’s name was Sarah Wilson, not Martha.
NE 68134 Areim22954@aol.com. I have written a 138 page, indexed                                                    Father’s Family Tree
booklet on my branch of the Jenkins family which includes Aaron Jenkins                Hiram [H.] Jenkins & brother, James T. Jenkins
(1717-1759), Aaron Jenkins (1743-1807), Hiram Jenkins (1780-1857),                           Children of Hiram H. & Nancy Jenkins: Nim [Nimrod] S. Jenkins,
Hiram H. Jenkins (1816-1870), Nimrod S. Jenkins (1851-1895) to my                            James F. Jenkins, Tobe W. Jenkins, Walter Jenkins, Alice Jenkins.
grandfather Walter (William) Jenkins (1873-1953). Both Hirams were from                Nimrod S. Jenkins
Murfreesboro. Nimrod S. Jenkins, lived in Shelbyville, and William (who                      Children of Nimrod S. & Addie Ransom Jenkins: Walter Jenkins,
always called himself Walter) was the son of Nimrod.                                         James W. Jenkins, Annie May Jenkins
She states:                                                                            Walter Jenkins
      As you requested, attached are the Bible records that came out of my                   Children of Walter Jenkins:
Grandfather’s personal Bible. My grandparents lived their entire life in               1. Walter McVey Jenkins, 8 Nov 1910 - 28 Aug 1936, Miami, OK, m.
Miami, Ottawa County, OK. After their deaths, the bible became my                            June Bigham, d. 16 Dec 1967, KS
father’s possession, and then mine. There are several errors as I                      2. Myron Layton Jenkins, 11 Mar               - 8 Aug 1936, OK, m. Kathlyn
discovered in my research. The most startling thing I discovered was that                    Elliot, d. 13 Sep 1987, OK
the man who had always called himself Walter and signed everything,                    3. George Maurice Jenkins, 12 Sep 1915 - 2 May 1942, KS, m. Joan E.
including his marriage certificate as that, was in fact named William by his                 Mulholland, d. 17 Jun 1986, KS
parents. The only census record for the family of Nim and Addie [Nimrod                                          ****************************
S. Jenkins & wife, Addie Ransom] is the 1880 record in Bedford Co., TN.                from your Editor:
Addie died when my grandfather was 12 years old and according to him,                  Hiram Jenkins, Sen., died 10 Oct 1857 in Rutherford Co., the son of Aaron
he and his brothers and sisters were separated and never saw each other                and Rebecca Baldwin Jenkins. He married 31 May 1803 in Davidson Co.,
again. William (Walter) was sent to live with his grandparents, William King           Deborah Allison, who died before 1850. He owned 960 acres on the early
and Sarah Wilson Ransom, who also lived close by. My assumption is that                tax lists for Rutherford Co. He signed the petition requesting the formation
since his grandfather was named William and he also had a son named                    of Rutherford Co. on 10 Aug 1803. He was listed as born 1780 in PA living
William, that he took the name Walter. Walter was in fact, a Jenkins name.             in the Sulphur Springs District (9th) on the 1850 Rutherford Co. census. He
His father, Nim, had a brother named Walter.                                           built his house ca 1853 at 1556 Gresham Lane at the junction of I-24 and
      There are a few errors in the Bible record, but for the most part it is          Manson Pike [this house was razed 2 years ago amid a great outcry from
correct. The errors are:                                                               the public.] The home was added to an expanded in size over the years.
           He failed to name his brother, Oscar, who would have been 5                 The 2-story structure was a fine example of Greek Revival and Italianate
           years old when his mother died. He had another brother named                influences of the 1850s. (see Hearthstones, p. 28). His original will exists
           Charley who only lived about 1½ years and is buried in the same             in the Rutherford Co. Archive dated 24 Jan 1852 with a codicil dated 3 Nov
           cemetery as his mother. It’s entirely possible that he thought              1853 and probated 2 Nov 1857. Nimrod Jenkins, his brother, also lived
           Oscar did not survive either.                                               and died in Rutherford Co. He never married. His land was located on
           He lists a Tobe W., as being a brother of Nim. That could be a              Rucker Lane (see Hearthstones). His will was dated 24 Aug 1837, and
           nickname for one of his brothers, but which one I don’t know.               recorded 15 Sep 1837 naming his brother, Hiram, “other brothers and
           Under Addie’s list of brothers and sisters, Joseph’s middle initial         sisters,” and his nephew, Nimrod Jenkins, son of Hiram Jenkins.
           should be “A” instead of “W”. She had no sister named Annie                 [—It is hoped that Ann will send a copy of her book to the Linebaugh
                                                                                       Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130]


                         WILLIAM RILEY COBB                                             were no Cobbs/Cobb/Cob in the 1830 census. I found Thomas Cobbs
from Society member, Sandra Westgate, 4442 S. Beech, Newaygo, MI                       married Eliza G. Pearson on 8 Jan 1820 in Rutherford Co.
49337 sandy49337@yahoo.com:                                                                   I went to Bedford Co. to look at land records. No Cobbs before 1840.
      I have a real brick wall that I need help with. My third great-                  The only tax records they had was 1836 and no Cobbs were listed. I did
grandfather, William Riley Cobb, states in his Civil War pension file that he          find that there was a cholera epidemic in 1833. This could be the reason
was born on 15 May 1830 in Murfreesboro, TN. His father was born in VA                 why both of his parents died. He would have been 3 years old. I found a
and his mother in TN. They both died when he was a small boy. he had                   list of people who died, but no Cobb/Cobbs were listed.
brothers and sisters, but he doesn’t name them. I cannot find anything on                     I also looked at early land records for Davidson Co. and the only Cobb
this family. The following is my research.                                             was a Jessie, who sold most of his land.
      William Riley Cobb, b. 15 May 1830 Murfreesboro, TN, married 13 Jul                     Does anyone have any ideas of where I might search for any
1851 Muhlenburg Co., KY, Lucinda Wilcox. He fought in the Civil War for                information? I have also done extensive search in Muhlenburg and
the Union from KY. He died about 1914 in Muhlenburg Co., KY.                           Hopkins Cos., KY. I found a Howell & Rice Cobb with large families. They
      I have been to Murfreesboro to look at Rutherford Co. land records.              were both in Sumner Co. in 1810, along with a Thomas Cobbs & a few
Only 2 Cobbs listed and both sold land by 1820s. I found John Cob listed               other Cobbs.
on the 1810 census and Thomas Cobbs listed on the 1820 census. There                          Any help would be most appreciated.
          FROW CHIPS - VOLUME 38, Issue 1                                        -5-                                      SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2008

    THE SAMUEL HENDERSON FAMILY OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE                                    Richard moved most of his family to Athens, Limestone Co., AL where he
Researched by Annette Batey Pittard, G.G.G.G.G. granddaughter of                       died in 1833, followed by his wife in 1856. Their children:
Samuel Henderson
                                                                                       1.   Preston W. (b. 1795) married Dorothea Teague;
     Around 1805 Samuel Henderson and his wife Mary Ann Waldrop left
their home in Laurens Co. South Carolina and moved to Middle                           2.   Permelia (b. 1796) married Pitts Chandler in Wilson Co. TN;
Tennessee. With them came at least two of their children, Richard and                  3.   Margaret Tinsley (b. 1798) married James Miller;
James, as well as several of their son Richard’s small children. Samuel and
Mary Ann would have been in their late sixties at this time, so they must              4.   Sarah "Sally" (b.1799) married Anderson Miller;
have had true pioneer spirits to leave their home and take a long                      5.   Isaac (b. 1800) married Cynthia Beaver;
treacherous journey to a new home in the Tennessee frontier. They
                                                                                       6.   Elizabeth (b. 1801) married John Tucker;
established a family line that is still present throughout the area.
                                                                                       7.   Samuel (b. 1803);
The pioneering and patriotic spirit was strong in Samuel’s family. His first
cousin Richard Henderson is famed as an explorer and first developer of                8.   Mary Ann "Polly" (b. 1806) married William Young;
the Tennessee Valley, and whose accomplishments include the founding                   9.   Richard (b. 1807) married Mary Ann Teague Simpson;
of Fort Boonesborough, Kentucky which he named in honor of his friend
and employee Daniel Boone, and the founding a temporary settlement on                  10. Robert McNeese (b.1809) married Sarah Neely;
the banks of the Cumberland River known as French Lick which later                     11. Caroline H. (b. 1811) married Thomas Stockton;
became the city of Nashville. Other members of this Henderson family
                                                                                       12. Susanna (b. 1813) married Bluford Henderson; and
include Thomas Henderson who was recognized for piloting General
Greene’s army across the Dan River during the retreat from Guildford                   13. Martha (b. 1818) married William Alexander.
Courthouse during the American Revolution, and Judge Leonard                           Preston W. Henderson (1795-1857)
Henderson who was Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court
from 1829-1833. Several counties and towns across the South have                       Preston Henderson was born in 1795 in Laurens Co. SC and came to
derived their “Henderson” name from this family.                                       Wilson Co. TN at an early age around 1805 with his parents and
                                                                                       grandparents, and lived there the rest of his life. He married Dorothea
Samuel Henderson (1737-1818)                                                           Teague (b. 1798) in 1816. She was the daughter of William Teague and
Samuel Henderson was born in 1737 probably in Hanover Co. Virginia                     Elizabeth Miller. Preston established their family home at Henderson’s
where his father Richard Henderson was High Sheriff. In 1757 Samuel                    Cross Roads, (now called Norene), TN (now adjacent to Cedars of
married Mary Ann Waldrop (b. 1738). Samuel served as a lieutenant in the               Lebanon State Park). Preston and Dorothea had eight children:
American Revolution under Colonel Francis Marion. The earliest known
record of Samuel in Rutherford County is dated Aug. 7, 1805 when Robert                1.   Richard (b. 1821, d. 1842);
Weakley and John R. Bedford deeded 244 acres to "Samuel Henderson                      2.   Harmon Luster "Lus" (b. 1826) married first Louisa Catherine
of Rutherford Co." Samuel and Mary Ann had nine children:                                   Henderson in 1846, second married Sarah Ann Phillips in 1852;
1.   Mary (b. about 1758) married Robert McNeese;                                      3.   Mary Ann (b. 1829) married James A. Blankenship, an attorney;
2.   Richard (b. 29 Dec. 1765) married Mary "Polly" Tinsley;                           4.   Henrietta (b. 1832) married Thomas Phillips;
3.   Nancy (b. 1768) married William Rodgers;                                          5.   John Bond (b. 1834) married Sarah Jane Bass;
4.   Susannah (b. 1769) married John Rodgers;                                          6.   Jeremiah Tucker (b. 1836) married Sarah E. Thompson;
5.   Patience (b. 15 Feb. 1770) married Andrew Rodgers;                                7.   Robert H. (b. 1839);
6.   Christian (b. 24 Nov. 1771) married John Davis;                                   8.   Marsalete S. E. (b. 1842) married Wilson Shelah Phillips.
7.   Sally (b. about 1783) married John King;                                          The three Phillips spouses mentioned above were the children of David
8.   Samuel T. (b about 1784) married Sally Pyles;                                     Phillips (b. 1794) and Mary "Polly" Waters (b. 1802). Mary “Polly” Waters
                                                                                       was the granddaughter of Shelah Waters the Tennessee pioneer for whom
9.   James (b. 1785) married his cousin Fannie Henderson.                              Watertown is named.
Two of Samuel and Mary Ann’s children are known to have moved to                                                         s
                                                                                       Three of Preston and Dorothea' four sons fought for the Confederacy in
Tennessee around 1805: Richard whose descendants are described here,                   the War Between the States. Harmon Luster and John Bond were in Co.
and James who also established a line of descendants in Rutherford Co.                                             s
                                                                                       D. 3rd Battalion of Forrest' TN Cavalry. Jeremiah Tucker was in the 9th
Richard Henderson (1765 – 1833)                                                        Battalion TN. John Bond rode his horse from Wilson Co. to Huntsville,
                                                                                       Alabama so the three brothers could serve together. The youngest brother,
Named for his grandfather, Richard Henderson was born 29 Dec 1765 in                   Robert (age 22) stayed behind to help his widowed mother Dorothea (age
Laurens County, SC. His wife, Mary "Polly" Tinsley, the daughter of Isaac              63) run the family farm. All three Henderson brothers survived the war.
Tinsley and Elizabeth Golding, was born in 1776 in South Carolina.
Richard and "Polly" were married March 22, 1794 in Laurens Co. South                   Preston died in 1857. Dorothea died in 1868 and is buried beside Preston
Carolina where they had the first eight of their thirteen children. Along with                                               s
                                                                                       in the Henderson Cemetery off Puckett' Lane in Wilson Co. near the home
Richard’s parents and uncle James, they moved to Wilson County, TN                     where they raised their family.
around 1805 where they had five more children. Some time after 1813
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John Bond Henderson (1834-1898)                                                     Henderson cemetery at Powell’s Chapel near their home.
John Bond Henderson (b. 1834) married Sarah Jane Bass (b. 1840) in                  Robert Clarence "Tab" Henderson (1889- 1973)
Wilson Co. TN on Nov. 22, 1855. She was the daughter of John B. Bass
                                                                                    Robert Clarence Henderson "Tab" was born Sept. 30, 1889. He went
and Susan Barbee. They had five children:
                                                                                    through life known as "Tab", a nickname his older brother, Hatton had
1.   George Thomas (b. 1858, d. 1860);                                              given him when he was a baby. “Tab” married Hattie Roberta Phillips (b.
2.   Wilson Perry "Wilse" (b. 1856) married Maggie Williams, daughter of            1885) daughter of John Houston Phillips and Susan Roberta Short on
     James A. Williams and Bertha Short;                                            Sept. 30, 1908. In 1915 they bought a family farm on the banks of Fall
                                                                                    Creek in the area known as Lamar. Here they raised their eight children,
3.   Robert Hatton "Bob" (b. 1861) married Elizabeth Jane Malone "Betty";           seven girls and one boy:
4.   Mary Floy (b. 1868) married Andrew Malone Jr.;                                 1.   Elizabeth Louise "Sissy" (b. 1909) married Frank Miller Patton;
5.   Zoa Almeda (b. 1873) married John Hickman Jones.                               2.   Ceacy Ruth (b. 1911) married Frank Blackburn Batey;
John Bond served in Forrest’s Tennessee Cavalry during the War Between              3.   Herbert Winfred (b. 1913) married Cordelia Crutcher Batey:
the States, and was always known as an excellent horseman. After the war
he was known for the fine horses he raised on the family farm.                      4.   Roberta Nell "Pretty" (b. 1915) married Charles Raymond Carter;

Sarah Jane died in 1876 when their youngest child, Zoa was only three               5.   Mary Evelyn "Price" married Theron Monroe Killough;
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years old. John Bond later married Mary Bryan. They didn'have any more              6.   Mattie Frankie (b. 1920) married Bill Allen Martin;
                                                             s
children, however, Mary cared for Sarah Jane and John Bond' children
                                                                                    7.   Zoa Syble (b. 1922) married Louis Milton Deckelmann;
and they were a loving and close-knit family.
                                                                                    8.   Sarah Marguerite (b. 1924) married Joseph Dennis Minton.
John Bond continued to live in the home at Norene, TN where he was
raised until his death in 1898 and is buried in the family cemetery in a                             s
                                                                                    Hattie and Tab' two-story colonial home had an upstairs porch where the
stand of woods a short distance from the house.                                     girls loved to sleep on pallets on warm summer nights. Their home was
                                                                                    always overflowing with people, food, music, laughter and happiness.
Robert Hatton Henderson "Bob" (1861-1943)
                                                                                    A typical summer breakfast in their home consisted of country ham from
Robert Hatton Henderson "Bob" (b. 1861) married Elizabeth Jane Malone               the smokehouse, fried chicken right off the yard, eggs straight from the
"Betty" (b. 1859) on Nov. 30,1882. She was the daughter of Andrew                                                       s
                                                                                    hen’s nest, fried corn from Papa' corn field, tomatoes from the garden,
James Malone and Amanda E. Peyton. "Betty" and "Bob" had ten children:              gravy and homemade biscuits from the oven of the wood-burning cook
1.   Andrew Hatton (b. 1883) married Florida Pilcher;                               stove, coffee, and cool milk that was kept in a tub of cool well water in the
                                                                                    well house. There was always lots of damson preserves and pear honey
2.   John Bernice "J. B." (b. 1886) married Ceacy Constance Doolin;                 made from the fruit trees that grew in the yard. But breakfast was just the
3.   Eddie, died age two;                                                           start; the big meal of the day was dinner at noon and its preparation began
4.   Robert Clarence "Tab" (b. 1889) married Hattie Roberta Phillips;               as soon as breakfast was over. Supper, the evening meal, consisted of
                                                                                    leftovers from dinner. Nobody ever left this home hungry.
5.   Gertrude B. "Gertie" (b. 1892) married Johnny Kornman Phillips;
                                                                                    Summer fun consisted of croquet, horseshoes, walking in top of the
6.   William Eugene (b. 1894) married Jean Blackwell Nichols;                       wooden plank yard fence, and going down to the waters of Fall Creek.
7.   Carrie Davis (b. 1897);                                                        Winter past times were playing the card game Rook, Parcheesi, checkers,
                                                                                    and eating hickory nuts. Year-round fun was being in the parlor with
8.   Laddie Peyton (b. 1900) married Ollie Mae Lahew;
                                                                                    Marguerite or Frankie playing the piano and everybody singing. Both Hattie
9.   Lassie Dayton (b. 1900) married Sam Franklin Adkerson;                         and Tab played the piano. Tab also played the banjo and French harp.
10. Bertha Eleanor "Nell" (b. 1904) married Anderson Rankin Smith.                  However, Marguerite their youngest child was the star musician, not only
                                                                                    performing for the family but for the public, playing both piano and organ.
This large family lived in an equally large colonial home that always               Easter was a big event every year. All the children, grandchildren, great
seemed to be full of family and friends. The writer has heard many                  grandchildren and cousins came for an unforgettable annual egg-hunt. Life
accounts of the numerous visitors and guests in this home. One of "Betty"           was busy, full, and rewarding at Mama and Papa Henderson' house.s
and "Bob’s” granddaughters, Ruth Henderson (Batey) remembers a nightly
ritual of taking an oil lamp from Grandma' room, going through the long
                                           s                                        Tab died in 1973 and Hattie died in 1975. They are buried in Roselawn
dark halls and huge rooms to the parlor where the family enjoyed music              cemetery here in Rutherford Co. where they lived their whole lives.
together. “Aunt Nell played the piano, Aunt Lassie sang and Uncle Laddie            Sadly, their antebellum home was razed by the federal government when
played the violin.” Little Ruth always stayed until the music was finished          Percy Priest Lake was built. The formerly beautiful site of their home is still
because she was afraid to go back through the big, dark house alone.                graced with an annual bloom of daffodils and lilacs. The area adjacent to
Their home has been continuously occupied by members of this family                 their home site is now a boat ramp known as Tab’s Creek in honor of the
since the original family member purchased the property in 1824, and                family that lived there.
remains in the family to this day. The house stands on Powell’s Chapel              Ceacy Ruth Henderson (Born July 21, 1911)
Road in the north part of Rutherford County.
                                                                                    Ceacy Ruth Henderson was born July 21, 1911. She married Frank
"Betty" died in 1938 and "Bob" died in 1943. They are buried in the Malone-         Blackburn Batey (b. Dec. 1904, d. June 1998) on Dec. 31, 1931. As a
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young couple, they ran a general store in Lamar, TN (now under the waters              2.   Cordelia Annette (Pittard);
of Percy Priest Lake), and moved to Walter Hill in 1946 where they
                                                                                       3.   Mary Wheeler (Richardson);
inherited a farm from Blackburn’s parents, David Frank Batey and Tempie
Ransom Crutcher. They maintained this family farm for well over fifty years,           4.   David Winfred;
and Ruth still resides in their home here. They had five children:
                                                                                       5.   Gary Henderson.
1.    Ceacy Ruth (Bradford);


     THE LOGAN HENDERSON FAMILY OF RUTHERFORD COUNTY                                   Murfreesboro, and in the haste, blood-stains remained visible over 75
                                                                                       years later. Confederate and Union troops held skirmishes in the yard,
The following information was found by excavation of the cemetery site,
                                                                                       tearing up the bricks from the walk to hurl at each other. Shot lodged in the
research and documentation by new Society member, Keith Cole, and
                                                                                       tall columns and a large cannon ball was buried in one of the trees back of
edited by Susan G. Daniel. The present owner of “Farmington,” Attorney
                                                                                       the house—not to be removed until over a half century later.
Frank Fly, presented these findings along with his own observations and
research at our Society’s July 2008 meeting.                                                In 1898, Henry Pfeil of Illinois bought the home and 115 acres of land
                                                                                       from Mr. Henderson. At his death it passed into possession of his
     The Logan Henderson cemetery is located on property owned by
                                                                                       daughter, Lillie, and her husband, William A. Snell. Frank Fly purchased
James Joe & Barbara Ellis, 3895 Manchester Pike, Murfreesboro, TN
                                                                                       the home from the Price Harrison family.
37127, Phone: 893-2061. Please ask and get permission to visit the
cemetery. You will find the cemetery by going east down Dilton-Mankin                  Generation No. 1
Rd. about 3/4 mile where you will be about 1/4 mile north of the cemetery.
                                                                                       1. JAMES2 HENDERSON (RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1735 in NC, and
The approximate Longitude - 86.34381 and Latitude - 35.78770. Figures
                                                                                       died 1793 in Gaston Co., NC (Source: Private cemetery, on bluff opposite
are probably good within +/- 50 yards of location. Most of the tombstones
                                                                                       McAdenville Mills, Gaston County, North Carolina.). He married VIOLET
had to either be up-righted or dug up from the earth. Many tombstones
                                                                                       LAWSON. She was born 1738, and died 1812 in Rutherford Co., TN.
were found broken and buried or partially buried. Many hours were spent
                                                                                       Notes for JAMES HENDERSON: From the book The Mecklenburg Signers
unburying and finding these tombstones during the winter of 2006-7.
                                                                                       and their Neighbors by Worth S. Ray, page 451: "James Henderson, who
      The 1942 edition of Hearthstones entices the reader to learn more                married Violet Lawson, daughter of Col. Hugh Lawson and sister of the
about Farmington with the headline, “This Historic Home Sheltered the                  wife of George Ewing and also the wife of Hugh Barry, along with possibly
Wives of Confederate and Union Generals.” And indeed, the wives of                     his own father and several brothers, came down from Augusta County,
Union General William S. Rosecrans and Confederate General Braxton                     Virginia, and settled in that territory which was first a part of Anson, later
Bragg were guest, even occupying the same room, in the house within a                  Mecklenburg and afterwards Tryon and finally Lincoln and Gaston
few days of each other. “Farmington,” the Henderson home, rests proudly                counties. He established a mill in the same neighborhood with the Ewings,
on the hilltop overlooking the Manchester turnpike. The land had been a                his relatives, and lived and died there. His grave is on top of the high bluff,
grant to Col. James Johnston of Lincoln Co., NC, for services rendered to              opposite the old mill site, now the Stowe Mills, and the little mill town of
that state in the Regulator movement of 1771. Col. Johnston had given the              McAdenville. In the same burial plot, surrounded by a high stone wall, is
3,000 acres to his daughter, Margaret, and her husband, Logan                          buried some of the Littles, and Adam Springs (grandson of Adam
Henderson, who with their three children had come to Rutherford Co. in                 Alexander) who bought the Henderson property from the heirs of James
1816. They built a log home of 8 rooms, its yellow poplar and cedar                    Henderson after his death. This James Henderson was the grandfather of
timbers put together with wooden pegs. The front faced what had been the               James Pinckney Henderson who became the first Governor of the great
old Indian trail, and often there were found tomahawks and                             State of Texas after it ceased to be a Republic." Notes for VIOLET
arrowheads—evidence of long ago battles between rival Indian tribes.                   LAWSON: Although tradition states that Violet Lawson married James
                                                                                       Henderson, the particular dates associated with these two, seems off and
       At his father’s death, James Franklin Henderson became the owner,
                                                                                       perhaps there is another generation between these two and their supposed
and added another wing, composed of four large additional rooms, and a
                                                                                       children, i.e., James, Logan, John, William, etc. Based on census records
hall upstairs and down. The new portico was distinguished by a gable with
                                                                                       these 4 sons were all born at least after 1775, making Violet (born 1738)
hand carved cornice, and tall square columns made of cedar logs weather
                                                                                       bearing at least 4 children after she is 37; not unreasonable, but there
boarded over the paneled poplar. The main entrance was made to face
                                                                                       must have been more children not identified.
the newly completed Manchester turnpike to the east (later US 41). The
present owner, Frank Fly, states that this information isn’t quite a true                   Vilet (sic) Henderson (A.D. 1738 - A. D. 1812) is buried in a cemetary
historical fact. He states that there are no logs in “Farmington” and that the         near Eagleville, TN off Floyd Road on top of a hill in a lot behind the dairy
original log cabin is probably the log cabin that is within 50 yards of the            bar on Old Henning Hughes farm. In this cemetery are 3 markers with no
cemetery, across the Manchester Highway and up the Dilton-Mankin Rd.                   names or dates, but well executed designs. One has a heart pierced by a
There is a water pond at the head of Lees Spring Branch, which is near the             sword; the second a heart out of which flowers grow; and the third with an
log cabin. The pond or head waters would have been a source of clean                   open book with a life-sized hand engraved over it. From "History of
filtered water. Lees Spring Branch crosses Dilton-Mankin Rd. and feeds                 Eagleville" by Mrs. John Dyer, 1972. She lists along with Vilet Henderson,
into Lytle Creek about a half mile north down Manchester Pike where                    Katharine Logan, age 43, Aug 15, 1781 - [1824] and William Logan, Jan
Dilton-Mankin Rd. interests with it.                                                   23, 1774 - Mar 19, 1823. Children of JAMES HENDERSON and VIOLET
                                                                                       LAWSON are:
    The house became a hospital at various times for Federals and
Confederates. Wounded soldiers were brought in during the Battle of
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1.   JAMES3 HENDERSON (Source: 1830 Census, Rutherford Co., TN.),                     3. JOHN3 HENDERSON (JAMES2, RICHARD1) (Source: Rutherford Co.,
     b. Bet. 1780 - 1790, NC.                                                         TN Archives, Record Book 8, p.4, Will dated Sep 12, 1825, probated Nov
                                                                                      1828 names wife, Sarah & brother, Logan.) was born Bet. 1775 - 1794 in
2.   LOGAN HENDERSON, b. 03 Apr 1785, Lincolnton, Lincoln Co., NC;
                                                                                      NC (Source: 1820 Census, Rutherford Co., TN.), and died Abt. Nov 1828
     d. 08 Dec 1846, Rutherford Co., TN.
                                                                                      in Rutherford Co., TN. He married SARAH MCEWEN 18 Sep 1810 in
3.   JOHN HENDERSON, b. Bet. 1775 - 1794, NC; d. Abt. Nov 1828,                       Rutherford Co., TN (Source: Rutherford Co., TN Archives, Marriage
     Rutherford Co., TN.                                                              Records.). Children of JOHN HENDERSON and SARAH MCEWEN are:
4.   WILLIAM HENDERSON (Source: (1) 1810 Census, Rutherford Co.,                           a. ROBERT4 HENDERSON.
     TN., (2) 1820 Census, Rutherford Co., TN., (3) Rutherford Co., TN
                                                                                           b. JAMES HENDERSON.
     Tax Lists, Owned 408 acres on 1809 & 1811 tax lists.), b. Bet. 1775 -
     1784, NC; d. Abt. 1826, Rutherford Co., TN (Source: Rutherford Co.,                   c. JANE HENDERSON.
                  s
     TN Register' Office, Deed Book R, p. 309.); m. MARY GIBSON,
                                                                                      Generation No. 3
     1805; b. Abt. 1783.
                                                                                      4. VIOLET CECILIA4 HENDERSON (LOGAN3, JAMES2, RICHARD1) was
Generation No. 2
                                                                                      born 18 Jun 1809 in Lincoln Co., NC, and died 15 Apr 1834 in Rutherford
2. LOGAN3 HENDERSON (JAMES2, RICHARD1) (Source: Cemetery,                             Co., TN (Source: Church records, 1st Presbyterian Church of Murfreesboro
Henderson Family Burying Ground, Manchester Pike, Rutherford Co., TN.)                session records - wife of William F. Lytle died Apr 15, 1834.). She married
was born 03 Apr 1785 in Lincolnton, Lincoln Co., NC (Source: Book,                    WILLIAM FRANKLIN PITT LYTLE Abt. 1826 in TN. He was born 27 Aug
"Rutherford Co. Tennessee Bible and Family Records,..." HR976.89                      1805 in Rutherford Co., TN. Children of VIOLET HENDERSON and
WPA.), and died 08 Dec 1846 in Rutherford Co., TN (Source: Church                     WILLIAM LYTLE are:
records, 1st Presbyterian Church of Murfreesboro Session Records state
                                                                                           a. WILLIAM H.5 LYTLE, b. 1827.
that Logan Henderson, Esq., died 8 Dec 1846.). He married MARGARET
EURD [sometimes stated as EWART—EURD is the name on the                                    b. FRANK H. LYTLE, b. 1829.
tombstone] JOHNSTON (Source: (1) Cemetery, Henderson Family Burying
                                                                                      5. JAMES FRANKLIN4 HENDERSON (LOGAN3, JAMES2, RICHARD1)
Ground, Manchester Pike, Rutherford Co., TN., (2) Census, 1860
                                                                                      (Source: (1) Cemetery, Henderson Family Burying Ground, Manchester
Rutherford Co., TN, Fox Camp District, Rutherford Co., TN, Fox Camp
                                                                                      Highway, Rutherford Co., TN., (2) Census, 1880 Rutherford Co., TN,
District) 05 Jun 1807 in Lincoln Co., NC, daughter of COLONEL JAMES
                                                                                      District 18, (3) Census, 1880 Rutherford Co., TN, District 18, (4) Census,
JOHNSTON. She was born 27 Feb 1789 in Lincolnton Co., NC, and died
                                                                                      1870 Rutherford Co., TN, District 18, Rutherford Co., TN, Fox Camp
13 Aug 1863 in Rutherford Co., TN (Source: Cemetery, Henderson Family
                                                                                      District) was born 04 May 1811 in Lincoln Co., NC, and died 19 Jul 1891
burying ground, Manchester Pike, Rutherford Co., TN.). Notes for LOGAN
                                                                                      in Rutherford Co., TN. He married AMANDA M. VOORHIES (Source: (1)
HENDERSON: Tombstone reads: "He was a worthy citizen attentive to
                                                                                      Cemetery, Henderson Family Burying Ground, Manchester Highway,
business faithful to his engagement Departed this life in hope of a better".
                                                                                      Rutherford Co., TN., (2) Census, 1880 Rutherford Co., TN, District 18, (3)
The Tombstone in a picture looks like it is a flat tombstone, but is actually
                                                                                      Census, 1870 Rutherford Co., TN, District 18, Rutherford Co., TN, Fox
part of an obelisk, as deep as it is wide. Basically too heavy to lift. Born
                                                                                      Camp District) 20 Dec 1832 in Maury Co., TN (Source: Records, Maury
in Lincoln Co., NC and came to Rutherford Co. in 1816, he served as
                                                                                      Co. Marriage records.), daughter of WILLIAM VOORHIES and MARY
County Judge from 1828-30. The house called "Farmington" or on the
                                                                                      SANDERSON. She was born 10 Feb 1817 in Maury Co., TN, and died 09
1878 Beers Map, "Green View", is situated at 3600 Manchester Highway
                                                                                      Mar 1896 in Rutherford Co., TN. Notes for JAMES FRANKLIN
                                                                     s
on land that was said to have been granted to his wife, Margaret' father
                                                                                      HENDERSON: James Franklin Henderson inherited the house
in 1771. This included a large tract area which now lies on both sides of
                                                                                      "Farmington" and expanded it. His tombstone reads "An honest man the
the Manchester Pike. It is now thought that the original house or cabin built
                                                                                      noblest work of God." Children of JAMES HENDERSON and AMANDA
in 1816 of yellow poplar and cedar logs lies some distance from the main
                                                                                      VOORHIES are:
house on the opposite side of the Pike and near the old cemetery. This
cabin is standing today (2008). He first appears in the Rutherford Co.                7. MARGARET J.5 HENDERSON, dau of James F. (Source: Cemetery,
census records in 1830 but not 1840. Margaret appears in the 1850 and                 Henderson Family Burying Ground, Manchester Highway, Rutherford Co.,
1860 census records. Children of LOGAN HENDERSON and MARGARET                         TN.), b. 30 Dec 1834, Rutherford Co., TN; d. 14 Mar 1839, Rutherford Co.,
JOHNSTON are:                                                                         TN. Notes for MARGARET J. HENDERSON: Tombstone reads: "A lovely
                                                                                      flower too tender for the rude storms of ??? She is removed to the genial
     4.    VIOLET CECILIA4 HENDERSON, b. 18 Jun 1809, Lincoln Co.,
                                                                                      clime of the Celestial Paradise. There to bloom in all the freshness of
           NC; d. 15 Apr 1834, Rutherford Co., TN.
                                                                                      immortal youth And of moral loveliness. Peace to thy remains. Sweet child
     5.    JAMES FRANKLIN HENDERSON, b. 04 May 1811, Lincoln Co.,                     to memory dear That lovely form shall be revived at the voice of the
           NC; d. 19 Jul 1891, Rutherford Co., TN.                                    archangel And the trump of God. and gloriously rebuilt by Him Who is the
                                                                                      resurrection of the Life. Daughter of James and Amanda Henderson."
     6.    JANE ELIZA HENDERSON (Source: Cemetery, Henderson
           Family Burying Ground, Manchester Highway, Rutherford Co.,                 8. DOCTOR EUGENE HENDERSON, son of James F. (Source: (1)
           TN.), b. 19 Jul 1813, Lincoln Co., NC; d. 08 Jan 1834,                     Cemetery, Henderson Family Burying Ground, Manchester Highway,
           Columbia, Murray Co., TN (Source: Cemetery, Henderson                      Rutherford Co., TN., (2) Census, 1860 Rutherford Co., TN, Fox Camp
           Family burying ground, Manchester Pike, Rutherford Co., TN.);              District), b. 08 Nov 1837, Rutherford Co., TN; d. 02 Dec 1866, Memphis,
           m. COLONEL WILLIAM L. MOORE.                                               Shelby Co., TN. Notes for DOCTOR EUGENE HENDERSON: He was a
                                                                                      medical doctor. Tombstone reads: Be still my spirit is with God. Cause of
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Death: Yellow Fever - died while serving as a surgeon with Confederate                     Rutherford Co., TN; d. Aft. 1910.
forces in Memphis.
                                                                                      14. FRANKLIN HENDERSON, son of James F. (Source: Census, 1880
9. DEWITT HENDERSON, son of James F. (Source: (1) Cemetery,                               Rutherford Co., TN, District 18, Rutherford Co., TN, District 18), b. 03
Henderson Family Burying Ground, Manchester Highway, Rutherford Co.,                      Jul 1856, Rutherford Co., TN; d. 22 Jul 1899, Rutherford Co., TN
TN., (2) Census, 1860 Rutherford Co., TN, Fox Camp District), b. 28 May                   (Source: Cemetery, Evergreen, Murfreesboro, TN.). Notes for
1840, Rutherford Co., TN; d. 10 Aug 1860, Rutherford Co., TN (Source:                     FRANKLIN HENDERSON: In the 1900 census for Murfreesboro,
Records, 39, "Rutherford Co. Tennessee Bible & Family Records..." HR                      Rutherford Co. is listed Sophia D. Henderson, head of household
976.89 WPA.) Notes for DEWITT HENDERSON: Tombstone reads: He                              born ca 1860, with daughter, Lavinia D. Henderson born ca 1883, and
died in great peace Blessed are the dead Who die in the Lord. None knew                   son Frank Henderson, born ca 1886. These may be Franklin
him but to love him Nor named him ???? Son of James and Amanda                                       s
                                                                                          Henderson' family.
Henderson. The tombstone does not give the day he died but from a Bible
                                                                                      15. CLIFFORD COTESWORTH HENDERSON, SEN., son of James F.,
record it notes he died Aug 10th, 1860.
                                                                                          b. 14 Mar 1860, Rutherford Co., TN; d. 12 Aug 1932, Murfreesboro,
10. MEDORA HENDERSON, dau of James F. (Source: (1) Cemetery,                              Rutherford Co., TN.
Henderson Family Burying Ground, Manchester Highway, Rutherford Co.,
                                                                                      16. ESTELLE HENDERSON, dau of James F. (Source: Census, 1880
TN., (2) Census, 1880 Rutherford Co., TN, District 18, (3) Census, 1870
                                                                                          Rutherford Co., TN, District 18, Rutherford Co., TN, District 18), b.
Rutherford Co., TN, District 18), b. 29 Jan 1843, Rutherford Co., TN; d. 06
                                                                                          1861, Rutherford Co., TN.
Nov 1891, Rutherford Co., TN; m. JAMES F. FLETCHER, JR. on 03 Nov
1870, Rutherford Co., TN (Source: Rutherford Co., TN Archives, Marriage               Generation No. 4
records - James F. Fletcher, Jr. and Miss Medora Henderson - Nov 3rd,
                                                                                      11. OCTAVIA5 HENDERSON (JAMES FRANKLIN4, LOGAN3, JAMES2,
1870.); b. Mar 1836, Rutherford Co., TN. Notes for MEDORA
                                                                                      RICHARD1) (Source: Census, 1870 Rutherford Co., TN, District 18,
HENDERSON: Tombstone reads: Medora Fletcher Wife of Jas. F.
                                                                                      Rutherford Co., TN, Fox Camp District) was born 1847 in Rutherford Co.,
Fletcher Born Jan 29th 1843 Died Nov 6th 1891 Her spirit smiles from that
                                                                                      TN. She married GEORGE HENRY WILKINSON, Abt. 1868 in Rutherford
bright shore and softly whispers Weep no more.
                                                                                      Co., TN. He was born 30 Jun 1840 in TN, and died 23 Oct 1919 in
      The Missionary Baptists organized a church at Fletcher’s                        Rutherford Co., TN (Source: Cemetery, Evergreen, Murfreesboro, TN.)
Schoolhouse on June 9, 1843, and for the following 6 years the church met             Notes for GEORGE HENRY WILKINSON: CSA veteran, 1st (Field'            s)
in this one room log structure which stood a little more than a mile from                                  s
                                                                                      Infantry - CSA widow' pension application - Octavine Wilkinson. Child of
Murfreesboro and about 2½ miles NW of Black Fox Spring. Although it                   OCTAVIA HENDERSON and GEORGE WILKINSON is:
was closer to Murfreesboro than to the spring, it is mentioned here
                                                                                           a.. CLAUDIA6 WILKINSON (Source: Census, 1870 Rutherford Co.,
because it was the first church known to have assembled near the Black
                                                                                           TN, District 18), b. Aug 1869, Rutherford Co., TN.
Fox Spring settlement. Calling themselves the United Baptist Church of
Christ, they selected Burrell Gannaway, John Mollow, and James Fletcher               12. VAN S.5 HENDERSON (JAMES FRANKLIN4, LOGAN3, JAMES2,
as deacons. On Aug 12, 1843 the church became affiliated with the                     RICHARD1) (Source: (1) Census, 1900 Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN,
Concord Assn. and Joseph H. Eaton was ordained to preach. In Jan 1849                 District 18, (2) Census, 1880 Rutherford Co., TN, District 18) was born Dec
the congregation left its location at Fletcher’s Schoolhouse and moved into           1849 in Rutherford Co., TN. He married MIT B. (Source: Census, 1900
its new building on the corner of Sevier and Spring Streets in                        Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN) about 1884 in Rutherford Co., TN
Murfreesboro.                                                                         (Source: Census, 1900 Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN). She was born
      Fletcher’s Schoolhouse was probably located some 100 yards north                Aug 1849. Children of VAN HENDERSON and MIT B. are:
of the James Franklin Fletcher plantation house which stood on the north                   a.. BESSIE6 HENDERSON (Source: Census, 1900 Murfreesboro,
side of the Bradyville Pike just outside of Murfreesboro. The location of the              Rutherford Co., TN), b. Aug 1884, Rutherford Co., TN.
farm is shown on the 1878 Beers map as being about one mile from the
intersection of the Bradyville and Manchester Rds. Homer Pittard wrote:                    b.. DOUGLASS HENDERSON (Source: Census, 1900
“The building of frame construction was large enough to accommodate the                    Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN), b. May 1889, Rutherford Co., TN.
small Baptist congregation exercises presented by Union University. The                    c. SAMMIE HENDERSON (Source: Census, 1900 Murfreesboro,
schoolhouse, which doubled as a plantation office, was probably                            Rutherford Co., TN), b. Apr 1891, Rutherford Co., TN.
constructed for the convenience of the numerous Fletcher children and
possible for those of others living in the immediate area.” Children                  13. HORTENSE5 HENDERSON (JAMES FRANKLIN4, LOGAN3, JAMES2,
believed to have been students were Sarah Childress Polk, and her                     RICHARD1) (Source: (1) Census, 1910 Rutherford Co., TN, Civil District
brothers and John Woods, who lived on a neighboring farm. Daniel Elam                 18; (2) Census, 1880 Rutherford Co., TN, District 18) was born Nov 1853
was a teacher. [Source: Homer Pittard, The Pillar and Ground,                         in Rutherford Co., TN, and died Aft. 1910. She married BENJAMIN F.
(Murfreesboro: Courier, 1968).                                                        RANKIN (Source: Census, 1900 Rutherford Co., TN, Civil District 18). He
                                                                                      was born Mar 1846 in TN, and died Aft. 1910. Children of HORTENSE
11. OCTAVIA HENDERSON, dau of James F., b. 1847, Rutherford Co.,                      HENDERSON and BENJAMIN RANKIN are:
    TN.
                                                                                           a.. ROBERT E.6 RANKIN (Source: Census, 1900 Rutherford Co.,
12. VAN S. HENDERSON, son of James F., b. Dec 1849, Rutherford Co.,                        TN, Civil District 18), b. Aug 1881, Rutherford Co., TN.
    TN.
                                                                                           b. CORINE R. RANKIN (Source: Census, 1900 Rutherford Co., TN,
13. HORTENSE HENDERSON, dau of James F., b. Nov 1853,                                      Civil District 18), b. Mar 1883, Rutherford Co., TN.
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     c. AMANDA E. RANKIN (Source: Census, 1900 Rutherford Co.,                        HATTIE BINFORD are:
     TN, Civil District 18), b. May 1887, Rutherford Co., TN.
                                                                                         a.. CLIFFORD COTESWORTH6 HENDERSON, JR., b. 18 Feb
     d. JAMES RUSSELL RANKIN, b. 17 Feb 1890, Rutherford Co., TN;                        1884, Rutherford Co., TN; d. 18 Apr 1906, Rutherford Co., TN
     d. 05 Apr 1890, Rutherford Co., TN (Source: Cemetery, Henderson                     (Source: Census, Evergreen, Murfreesboro, TN.).
     Family Burying Ground, Manchester Highway, Rutherford Co., TN.).
                                                                                         b. LENA HENDERSON (Source: Census, 1900 Murfreesboro,
15.    CLIFFORD COTESWORTH5 HENDERSON, SEN. (JAMES                                       Rutherford Co., TN), b. 12 Sep 1886, Rutherford Co., TN; d. 14 Dec
FRANKLIN4, LOGAN3, JAMES2, RICHARD1) (Source: Census, 1900                               1962, Rutherford Co., TN (Source: Cemetery, Evergreen,
Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN) was born 14 Mar 1860 in Rutherford                     Murfreesboro, TN.); m. ? MASON.
Co., TN, and died 12 Aug 1932 in Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN
                                                                                         c. HATTIE L. HENDERSON (Source: Census, 1900 Murfreesboro,
(Source: Cemetery, Evergreen, Murfreesboro, TN.). He married HATTIE
                                                                                         Rutherford Co., TN), b. Nov 1890, Rutherford Co., TN.
BINFORD 1881 in Rutherford Co., TN (Source: Census, 1900
Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN). She was born 24 Dec 1859 in TN, and                   d. BINFORD HENDERSON, b. 02 Nov 1881, Rutherford Co., TN;
died 10 Aug 1927 in Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN (Source: Cemetery,                  d. 18 Sep 1883, Rutherford Co., TN (Source: Cemetery, Evergreen,
Evergreen, Murfreesboro, TN.) Children of CLIFFORD HENDERSON and                         Murfreesboro, TN.).


                                  IN MEMORIAM: MABEL JESSE BAXTER PITTARD (2 Apr 1911 - 4 Aug 2008)
Born in Lawrenceburg, TN, she was the daughter of the late William Newel and Emma Elizabeth Ogle Baxter, Mabel and her late husband, Dr. Homer
P. Pittard, who died in July 1981, were charter members of the Rutherford Co. Historical Society. A member of the 1st Baptist Church of Murfreesboro,
she was a graduate of Middle TN Teachers College and a retired teacher, having taught at Mitchell Neilson and Central Middle School. Mable had a long
and distinguished career in the Rutherford Co. School System teaching for many decades and having taught many thousands of pupils. Her knowledge
of math was unsurpassed as she continued to tutor students of all ages, specializing in advanced algebra and calculus for pre-college and MTSU students.
Her encouragement and willingness to tutor young people was demanding but she sacrificed her time until the age of 96 mentoring and teaching eager
young people that wanted to learn. She was a member of the DAR, MTSU Dames Club, as well as RCHS. She and Homer co-authored “The History
of Rutherford County.” We are very grateful for the many contributions she and her husband have made for the preservation of Rutherford Co. history
and its people.
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