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CCHGA Annual Social and Dinner - April 22, 2004! 6:30 p.m. at Ashland City Church of Christ Family Center
2004- 2005 CCHGA Officers President R.D. Huffines VP Cleo Hogan Treasurer Betty Cannon Secretary Judy Mayo Assistant Sec Lisa Tinch
The PALS chapter of the Cheatham County Historical & Genealogical Association will meet March 16 at 6 p.m. at Dave and Mitzie Curtis' home, 2702 River Road. There will be an election of officers. Refreshments are welcomed. Any questions or for more information, call Dreama Davidson at 7921280.
CCHGA’s March meeting will be held March 25, 2004 at 6:00 at tthe Cheatham County Public Library.
CCHGA’s Annual Social / Dinner will be held April 22, 2004 at 6:30 at the Ashland City Church of Christ Family Center. See you there!
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Gupton’s Cross Roads Jim Allen (republished from March 1995 newsletter)
Montgomery County, Tennessee deed records show that a purchase of a 300 acre tract of land from William Ward and wife Prudence was made on July 21, 1808 for $900.00 by a Mr. Abner Gupton. The tract began at the mouth of the Raccoon Creek at Joseph Cartwright’s North West corner and was originally land granted to a Johnathan Drake by the State of North Carolina. Mr. Gupton purchased anther 320 acres from a Dorcus Gray on September 4, 1808 at a cost of $640.00 which was on the lower side of the Raccoon fork at Half Pone Creek. Abner and his wife Judith lived in this area and bore three children there named Judith, Robert Thomas and Elizabeth. The settlement was known as “Gupton’s Cross Roads”. Family tradition and history indicated that the community was later named “Henrietta” for Abner’s granddaughter, Mrs. Henrietta (Gupton) Duke, daughter of Robert Thomas Gupton and Martha Henrietta (Power) Gupton. Abner Gupton was born in North Carolina about 1761, the son of James and Sarah Gupton. He grew up during the time of the Revolutionary upheaval and became a soldier during the war. He fought and was wounded at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, March 15, 1781. In 1796 he married Judith Hunt in Franklin County, North Carolina, the daughter of James Hunt, Sr., and Mary (Rackley) Hunt. Four children, Mary “Polly”, James H., Sara “Sally” and Abner Jr. were born to them in North Carolina. Mrs. Judith (Hunt) Gupton died April 14, 1841 and Abner Gupton married Mrs. Martha A. (Ward) Power, the widow of Samuel D. Power, Sr., who was the mother of the wife of Abner’s son Robert Thomas. Abner Gupton died August 20, 1859 when he was about ninety-eight years of age and was buried near his home site on land he purchased in 1808 at what is presently known among his descendants as “The Old Quarter Cemetery”. He was one of the first to come to this area in Northern Cheatham County. A few years later, his brother Thomas and their cousin Nimrod Gupton moved here from Franklin County, North Carolina. They were the ancestors of numerable descendants in Middle Tennessee and provided Cheatham County with its Northernmost community/township “Henrietta”. Note: See Edna (Zornes Cabler’s Ashland City Times” article December 19, 1979.
Ashland City: Mr. Thomas Arthur Turner died at his residence in Ashland City, Tenn. On Monday, October 26, 1908, at the age of 68 years and 7 months. In his death that community has sustained the loss of one of its most useful and highly respected citizens. A native of Cheatham County, he spent his life among his people. “Tom” Turner was a man of kind and generous nature, a joyful, sunny disposition, an unusually winning personality, and really and truly charitable to a fault. For many months previous to his death he had been in declining health, and had retired from business and public life to spend the remainder of his days in the peace and quietude of his home. Though scarcely more than a boy when the great war began, he enlisted in Company G, 42nd Tennessee Regiment, and for four years followed the fortunes of the Confederate cause in camp, in battle and in prison. At its close, like most others, he returned penniless to his old home. For a number of years after the war closed he engaged in the mercantile business. In 1878 he was chosen by his fellow-citizens to the office of the Clerk of the County Court of Cheatham County, a position which he filled for 24 years, when he voluntarily retired. Mr. Turner was for many years an honored member of the Masonic fraternity, and his services were conducted by the members of Ashland Lodge No. 604. A brief service was conducted by the Rev. A.T. Goodloe, one of his old friends and a comrade in arms, and his body was tenderly laid to rest in the cemetery with Masonic honors. From a sketch by P.H. Duke. Esq., Ashland City, Tenn. From Confederate Veteran (Vol. 17, January, 1909, pg. 43) Ashland City: Circuit Court is in session and the Judge is making it warm for the pistol toters. Four cases were heard yesterday and in two of them fines of $50 were imposed, and the other defendants caught not only the fines, but 60 and 90 days respectively in the workhouse. Nashville Daily American, February 18, 1904 Ashland City: R.E. Harwood, Chief Engineer and D.R. Carpenter of the Tennessee Central Railroad made the final arrangements about the location of the depot at Ashland City. The building will be located on the premises of J.J. Lenox, about a quarter of a mile from the public square. There will be a passenger depot and a freight depot and the officials say the road will have a repair and work shop here, all of which will be located on the grounds obtained from Judge Lenox. Clarksville Daily Leaf Chronicle, August 21, 1903 Pleasant View: The mail carrier between Clarksville and Pleasant View during the latter part of the 19th Century was B.W. Valentine. During the Civil War he served as a Confederate soldier in Company H, 14th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. He lost a leg at the battle of Petersburg, Virginia. He spent his last years at the old Confederate Soldiers Home near the Hermitage. He died April 17, 1916. Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, April 18, 1916. Kingston Springs: W.J. Ham and William Martin, farmers of Kingston Springs got into a difficulty at the Bell House, Ashland City yesterday. As a result both are mortally wounded. Both men were in Ashland City to witness before the Circuit Court. Ham was a guest at the Bell House and Martin was stopping at the Central Hotel, but was forced to leave there because of being drunk, and went to the Bell House to secure accommodations. There he met Ham and an old difficulty, having its origin in a woman was renewed. Each man pulled out a vicious knife and a terrible cutting affray started in the hall, the men slashing each other shockingly. Nashville Daily American, February 16, 1904 Welcome all new CCHGA members and to all who renewed memberships for another year! And thank you lifetime members, we woudn’t “be in business” without any of you!
H. Elmina Sanders married David Wall January 15, 1874 in Cheatham County. Daughter of William and Sarah Smith Sanders, her siblings were Hugh, Mary, Davie, Sarah and Martha. Buried in Will Smith Cemetery.
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1858 Annotated Cheatham County Tax List - Greg Poole (Below is the transcription of the 1858 Cheatham County tax list. Tax lists can be used to locate families, document historic properties and study community history. This tax list includes adults over 21 and indicates whether they owned property or not. Because they do not contain much genealogical information, I have annotated the 1858 Cheatham County Census. The original tax list was listed in “semi”-alphabetical order. The first line represents the original tax list. I have annotated the tax list by adding biographical information that I have found in the county records. For the most part, I have made use of county court records, obituaries, Cheatham County census records and cemetery records. Any corrections and/or additions will be greatly appreciated. ed.) District 1 1. Allen, F.A. 117 acres, 1250 value; 1 buggy and money, 270 value; 1 poll (Fountain A. Allen, born 1811; farmer; born Tennessee. 1860 Cheatham Cty. Census. Inventory of the estate of Fountain A. Allen, deceased by admrs. L.J. and L.F. Allen, April 9, 1879. CC Wills, Vol. B, pg. 338-342. Born August 11, 1810-died December 16, 1878. Buried Allen Cemetery, Hale and Allen Streets, Ashland City.) 2. Allen, A.M. 70 acres, 1000 value; 1 poll (Arnold M. Allen, born 1820; farmer, born Tennessee. 1860 CC Census. Compare 1870 Cheatham County Census, District 9, HH 123.) 3. Abernathy, James, 1 poll (born 1817, overseer, born Tennessee. 1860 CC Census.) 4.
Boyt, Jefferson, 1 poll.
5. Boyt, James, 1 poll (born 1801, born Tennessee. 1860 CC Census.) 6. Biggs, Reubin, 1 poll (born 1832, day laborer, born Tennessee. 1860 CC Census. Compare 1880 CC Census, District 1, HH 107, pg. 14.) 7. Binkley, Levi, 1619 acres, 5900 value, 1 poll (born 1806, farmer, born Tennessee. See inventory of estate of Levi Binkley by J.R. Binkley, admr. Sold Feb. 8, 1876. CC Wills, Vol. B, pg. 180-184.) 8. Binkley, William L., 1 poll (born 1833, cooper, born TN. 1860 CC Census. “On motion is was ordered by the court that William L. Binkley oversee the River Road beginning at Mr. Binkley’s gate on the Ashland Road leading to Sycamore Creek and work the same down the river through David Sawyer’s farm thence down the river bottom to Sycamore Creek. Sept. Term, 1858.” CC Court Minutes, Vol. A, pg. 209.) 9.
Bell, Thomas, 1 poll
10. Boyt, Thomas J., 1 poll (born 1830, farm hand, born TN. 1860 CC Census.) 11.
Binkley, Adam for B.E. Henderson, 200 acres, 200 value.
14. Binkley, Adam, 130 acres, 800 value, 1 slave, 1000 value. (born 1839, farm hand, born TN. 1860 CC Census. Married Izorah Stewart, November 14, 1866, sol. Nov. 15, 1866. CC Marriage Records, Vol. A, pg. 41. Compare 1880 CC Census, District 1, HH 94, pg. 13. Compare 1900 CC Census, District 1, HH 183. Occupation listed as merchant.
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“Adam Binkley, No. 4 and 6, Cumberland Street, Ashland City. Dealer in Dry Goods, Family Groceries. All kinds of country produce.” Advertisement in CC Plaindealer, Jan. 17, 1877.) 15. Binkley, D.S., 402 acres, 2000 value, overage. (David S. Binkley, born 1813, farmer, born TN. CC 1860 Census. “It is ordered by the court that D.S. Binkley oversee the road beginning at the forks of the road leading to T. Stone’s store immediately below W.T. Wilkerson’s plantation and work to the county line of Cheatham Cty. in Doctor Hampton’s land. Oct. Term,1856.” CC Court Records, Vol. A, pg. 48. Compare 1880 CC Census, Dist. 1, HH 31, pg. 4. Listed as widower. Will of David S. Binkley. All debts to be paid. Son, William H. Binkley, $500 for the purpose of educating and supporting him. Two daughters, Annie Allie and Florence each $250. Executor to sell my homeplace in the 1st District of 160 acres. Nominated nephew, Adam Binkley and friend, William M. Carney executors and guardians of my minor children and grandchildren. Sept. 11, 1880. Proven July Term, 1882. CC Wills, Vol. B, pg. 418-419. “D.S. Binkley committed suicide last week. He lived near Ashland City.” Clarksville Weekly Chronicle, May 30, 1882.) 16.
17. Boyt, Alex., 110 acres, 700 value, 1 poll. (born 1821, farmer, born Tennessee. 1860 CC Census. Compare 1880 CC Census, District 1, HH 125, pg. 17.) 18. Bennett, James M., 150 acres, 500 value. (born 1825, farmer, born TN. 1860 CC Census. Married Martha E. Davis, October 1, 1852, sol. Oct. 4, 1852. Davidson Cty. Marriage Records. “On motion it was ordered by the court that James M. Bennett oversee the Nashville Road beginning at M. Edwards and work the same to the Davidson Cty. line. April Term 1858.” CC Court Records, Vol. A, pg. 349. Compare 1880 CC Census, District 1, HH 56, pg. 7.) 19. Boyt, Mathew (no poll) (born 1823, farmer, born TN. 1860 CC Census. Married Jane Tucker.) 20.
Cagle, Mrs. S. (marked out.)
Biggs, A.W., 1 poll
Barnes, Thomas, 1 poll
23. Carney, H.J., 1 poll (Henry J. Carney, born 1835, farmer, born TN. 1860 CC Census. Married 1st, M. Binkley, Dec. 29, 1857. Married 2nd, S. Delana Harris, Sept. 6, 1860. CC Marriage Records, Vol. A, pg. 20. Compare 1880 CC Census, District 1, HH 36, pg. 4 Compare 1900 CC Census, District 1, HH 87, occupation listed as farmer. CC Death Certificate, 1911, No. 7753: white, married, farmer; born Davidson Cty., now Cheatham Cty.; died March 22, 1911, Marrowbone, 1st District.) 24. Carney, Joshua, 740 acres, 1000 value, 1 poll. (born 1816, farmer, born TN. 1860 CC Census. Married 1st, Zada Binkley, March 3, 1835. Davidson Cty. Marriage Records. Married 2nd, Juliet J. Demumbra, Oct. 27, 1855. Davidson Cty. Marriage Records, Vol. B, pg. 378. Compare 1870 CC Census, District 1, HH 24. Compare 1880 CC Census, District 1, HH 75, pg. 9. See inventory of the personal effects of Joshua Carney, dec. by the admr. Hiram B. Carney, June 13, 1885. CC Wills, Vol. B, pg. 502.) 25.
Carney, Mrs. S., 50 acres, 100 value.
26. Cagle, William, 1100 acres, 700 value, 1 poll. (born 1808, farmer, born TN. 1860 CC Census. See inventory of William Cagle, sold by I.N. Cagle, April 4, 1881. CC Wills, Vol. B, pg. 391. March 2004 – Page 4
27. Cato, William H., 700 acres, 3500 value, 8 slaves, 6000 value, money and buggy, 700 value. (born 1808, farmer, born TN. 1860 CC Census) 28.
29. Carney, E.B., 980 acres, 1500 value, 1 slave, 60 value, 1 poll. (Ennis B. Carney, born 1812, farmer, born TN. 1860 CC Census. Married 1st, Unity W. Lewis, Jan. 31, 1834. Davidson Cty. Marriage Records. Married 2nd, Susan Felts, Feb. 1, 1865. CC Marriage Records, Vol. A, pg. 34. “E.B. Carney and Son, Ashland City. Dealers in Dry Goods and Notions, Boots, Shoes, Hardware, Tinware, Medicines, Cigars, Oysters and Sardines.” Advertisement in CC Plaindealer, Jan. 17, 1878. Born November 15, 1811-died Jan. 28, 1879. Buried Forest Hill Cemetery, Ashland City.) 30. Carney, A.F., 217 acres, 2500 value, 1 watch 12 value. (born 1810, farmer, born TN. 1860 CC Census. Married Mary Harper, June 29, 1859, CC Marriage Records, Vol. A, pg. 15. See inventory of the estate of A.F. Carney, sold Feb. 19, 1876. CC Wills, Vol. B, pg. 196-197.) 31. Chadowen, Jesse, 110 acres, 550 value. (Born 1816, farmer, born TN. 1860 CC Census.) 32.
Connell, G.F., 1 poll
Cochran, John, money on hand, 300 value; 1 poll
Crockett, James, 1 poll
Crockett, Mrs. M.J., 138 acres, 1500 value. Continued next issue.
Robert Fort Makes Honor Roll at APS -
The Elusive Ancestor by Merrell Kenworthy
Robert Fort, senior student of Thomasville, was among the students at APS College included in the honor roll for the winter quarter. Fort is a World War II veteran. He is active in college activities and is a licensed basketball referee. To make the honor roll a student must have at list fifteen hours of college work, make four A’s and no grade less than “B”. Ashland City Times, April 3, 1947
I went searching for an ancestor. I cannot find him still. He moved around from place to place and did not leave a will. He married where a courthouse burned. He mended all his fences. He avoided any man who came to take the U.S. Census. He always kept his luggage packed, this man who had no fame. And every 20 years or so, this rascal changed his name. His parents came from Europe. They should be upon some list of passengers to U.S.A., but somehow they got missed. And no one else in this world is searching for this man. So, I play geneasolitaire to find him if I can. I'm told he's buried in a plot, with tombstone he was blessed; but the weather took engraving, and some vandals took the rest. He died before the county clerks decided to keep records. No Family Bible has emerged, in spite of all my efforts. To top it off this ancestor, who caused me many groans, Just to give me one more pain, betrothed a girl named JONES.
Happy Birthday Jim! We Miss You March 8, 1935
THANK YOU TRACY ROBB FOR DONATION TO JIM ALLEN MEMORIAL
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Come on over and bring a friend to the Annual CCHGA Spring Social and Dinner! This event will be held Thursday April 22, 2004 at the Ashland City Church of Christ Family Center at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker Bill Maddux from the Historic Manskers Station in Goodlettsville will entertain everyone after the delicious meal catered by Whitts Barbecue from Ashland City. The Manskers Life Center staff take great pains to dress and act as 18th Century Americans. RSVP your meal for $7.00 by April 16 by sending your name and check to the CCHGA address of PO Box 703, Ashland City, TN 37015 or drop by the CCHGA office in Ashland City during business hours. PALS members can purchase tickets at their meeting March 16 !
Post Card photo from Bates Crouch. Inscription on reverse says "Hello Kids how are you progressing by this time. Write soon, please, bye, bye B.C. Bates Crouch"
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