Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Patterson Family, a Town Named Finger and Puford Pusser All in One Post

I finally finished and posted the first pass at research for the Patterson family line in my genealogy.

This completed my goal of getting the families of all 16 of my second great grandparents researched and online!

I have Patterson in my genealogy through second great grandmother, Sarah E. Patterson. She married Louis Fowler and one of their daughters was Ruby Fowler. Ruby married Jim Lovelace and one of their sons was my maternal grandfather, Guy Lovelace.

One of the things I enjoyed about the Patterson family is that their migration follows a pattern I have seen over and over again in nearly every family I have researched; entry into Virginia, a move to North Carolina, a move somewhere in Tennessee and then a move to Haywood County, TN.

The first Patterson ancestor I can positively identify is John Patterson who was my 7th great grandfather. He was born in 1690 in Prince George County, Virginia in Bristol Parish. John's parents are thought to have been Joseph and Janet Patterson and they are possibly the Patterson ancestors who first came to America from Scotland.

John's son, Smith Patterson migrated north to Granville Co., NC and then Guilford Co. in the mid-1750s. Smith shows up in the October 1754 Muster Roll of the 8th Regiment in Granville County, NC, under the command of Colonel William Eaton.

Smith's son, Young Patterson, spent his entire life in Guilford County, NC.

Young's son, Wilson Patterson, served in the North Carolina militia during the War of 1812. Years later, around 1840, Wilson and many members of his family packed up their belongings and settled in the area of McNairy Co., TN part of which was later changed to Chester Co. It appears a few of them lived in Henderson, TN and a few lived in Finger, TN.

Yes, there is a Finger, TN. My family and I were passing through so how could we not stop and check out a town with a name like that?

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Downtown Finger, TN

Finger was built right beside railroad tracks and, although its a rough-looking little town now, you can really see the spirit of the town it once was. According to a Plunk family website, in the late 1800's, a man named George Dickey began hosting an annual barbeque and Picnic. It was held the first Saturday in August for over a 100 years. I couldn't tell if it was happening this coming weekend or not but if I lived a little closer, I would go check it out just in case.

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Downtown Finger, TN

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Finger United Methodist Church

One more interesting fact about Finger for you to throw out at your next dinner party; Finger was the birthplace of Buford Pusser.

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Many of Wilson Patterson's children and grandchildren are buried in the Estes Cemetery in Chester Co., TN so, while we were so close, we stopped and checked that out as well.

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Entrance to the Estes Cemetery in Chester Co., TN

According to a stone placed at the entrance, both the cemetery and the church across the road was named in honor of A. G. and Eliza Estes. The cemetery has a freshly-painted wooden fence around part of it and sits next to a classically southern house. All in all, not a bad place for your weary bones to rest.

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A Patterson Headstone in the Estes Cemetery in Chester Co., TN

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Video and Photos from Salem Cemetery and Battlefield Visit

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Gate to the Old Salem Cemetery in Jackson, TN

A few months ago, I ran across this Web site about the Salem Cemetery and Battleground so, when my family and I were headed east on I-240, we stopped in Jackson, TN to check it out.

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Entrance to Old Salem Cemetery

Originally owned by the Woolfork family, the land was donated around 1800 for use as a public park, campground, and cemetery. According to the sign, the cemetery was established in 1825. Methodist camp meetings and revival services were held there throughout the early 1800s.

Many of the founders of Madison County, TN are said to be buried in the cemetery but the graves are unmarked today because of vandals removing the stone markers and deterioration of tombstones that were made of wood.

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Adam Huntsman

One such founder who made an interesting mark in southern history is Adam Huntsman. He is the man who defeated Davy Crockett for Congress in 1836 and inspired Crockett's famous quote, "Tennessee can go to Hell, I'm going to Texas." I blogged a while back about running into old Davy in Austin. I feel a close connection to Crockett since he is the father-in-law of the wife of my third great grandmother's first cousin.

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Headstone of Adam Huntsman, upper right

Huntsman served five terms in the Tennessee state senate and one term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 12th Congressional District. He had a wooden peg-leg as the result of losing a leg in an Indian fight during the Creek Indian War. He died 23 Aug 1849 and is buried at Salem Cemetery with all three of his wives.

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The cemetery also has a Civil War connection. On 19 Dec. 1862, a battle took place between General Nathan Bedford Forrest and some of his Confederate cavalry and the Union troops of Colonel Adolph Engelmann.

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Monument at Salem Cemetery and Battlefield

About 1,000 men were engaged in a four-hour battle resulting in the Union troops withdrawing to Jackson. By the time the Union back-up arrived, Forest and the Confederates were headed to Humboldt, TN.

Although I have no way of knowing if he took place in the battle, my second great grandfather, T. J. Castellaw, fought in the war as member of Duckworth's Tennessee Calvary so it's certainly possible he was there. It's on my list to research.

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Confederate Monument at Salem Cemetery and Battlefield

When the smoke cleared, 65 of the Confederates were killed, wounded or missing while the Federals had only two soldiers killed and six wounded.

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Monument to Union Soldiers at Salem Cemetery and Battlefield

The site includes several historical markers and monuments and even has a covered area which has lots of information about the area via articles inserted in plastic sleeves and pined to a bulletin board; low tech for sure...but it works.

Below is a short video of the area I grabbed while there. For some reason, I used a funky filter I had on my ipad which made it look like I shot the video in 1965.

In case you want to check it out youself, the address of the New Salem Cemetery and Battlefield is 58 Cotton Grove Rd., Jackson, TN 38305.

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