Pioneer Families
of
Haywood County, Tennessee

CURRIE Family

Abstracted from the book, "Over to the House" From Brownsville to Blackbottom; The Currie Family Ancestrial Journey, by
Carolyn Haliburton Carter - kemetdesign@aol.com
If you like what you see on these pages and would like to see more I highly encourage you to contact the author for the full book. We were only able to include a fraction of the photos from the book. The author is still actively researching and would be interested in hearing from anyone with possible connections.


THE CURRIE FAMILY
This book is dedicated to all of our ancestors, great grandparents,
grandparents, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters,
cousins, inlaws, friends and others that passed through
“Over To The House”
Some stayed for a while, and others went on their way.
Thank you for all the laughs, lessons, wisdom and love.
For all the generations to come, you should have been there!
Carolyn Haliburton Carter aka Rudy



Back Row l to r: Beulah, Fletcie, Granny, Louise, Pooley
Front Row l to r: Margaret, Mildred, Catherine

WHERE IT BEGAN . . .

Our journey started long ago. It was with Nancy and Harrie Curry were born slaves in North Carolina. Nancy had 2 sisters and one brother. May, Ida and Rueben (They were all sold to slavery). In Caswell County North Carolina – plantation owner Mitchell Currie (b. August 1803) (d. 6-6-1980), passed ownership to wife Catherine Armstrong Currie. The Currie’s migrated to the farm in Caswell County, NC and took the slaves to Brownsville, TN in Haywood County, TN.

Nancy and Harry had a daughter, Edmonia Currie. Edmonia married Horace Currie. Edmonia and Horace owned a home of their own on the Currie Plantation in North Carolina. Edmonia and Horace and the rest of the slaves migrated to Brownsville, TN. to the now called Alta Vista Farm (formerly the Currie Plantation). Negroes lived in what was called “Districts”, several family members could live in a district and not be related, but because they were all on the same
plantation their last names were the same.

Edmonia and Horace had 21 children. Jim, Jesse, George, Eddie, Johnny, Reuben, Cora, Minor, Cornelia, LeAnn, Liza, Josie and Cassie, (don’t have the others names, because eight of them were sold as slaves and Cassie never knew them). They lived there until Edmonia died at the age of 68 years old. No record of Horace death.

Cassie was born in Brownsville, TN on May 17, 1883, at home. Cassie went to the 4th grade in school. She attended the Haywood Training School. Cassie was employed by a white lady named Ms. Bowman. At age 18, Cassie married Fletcie Kirby on March 3, 1902. Fletcie was 19 years old at the time. Cassie talked about the stories that she has heard from slave times. She said “people were whipped, beaten and lynched”. Her mother told her that once a man was beat to death in the front yard.” They would come and get you out of your bed if they wanted to kill you. The couple lived on Jefferson Street. They later moved south to Hatchett Street in Brownsville, TN, Haywood County. Fletcie made peach brandy and raised race horses in the south. His horse Kirk won several races and his other horse Bob was a black stahlin. Fletcie worked at the Oil Mill in TN.

Cassie Bianther (Currie) Kirby was the only living child. Cassie was 13 years old when her father died of a heart attack. Cassie was 20 years old when her mother died of a stroke. Both of her parents were buried in Brownsville, TN. Cassie and her family attended C.M.E. Methodist Church and all her children were baptized there. Cassie died June 24, 1993. Granny’s favorite things were cooking, canning, gardening, Garrett Snuff, Playing the Numbers.

When Cassie was a teenager, they did not experience the racism that her parents did. Cassie says “her husband Fletcie and his grandfather and father could “pass for white-folks.” The Kirby’s were very influential, because they were of Irish decent.

Cassie and Catherine kept dates and recorded them in a dairy, below are some of her entry dates.

Sons Jesse, Jim (James), George d. 7-21-1894, Eddie d. 12 or 1-1924, Johnny (John) b. 1878 d. 11-12-1925
father Jim Currie (Another John Currie b. 1836 d 1930), Reuben, Cecil d.6-11-1918
Daughters Eliza, LeAnn, Mina or Minor, Cora d. 8-3-1879, Allie, Josie, Cornelia, Monie or Edmonia

Other Currie’s Listed in Granny’s book
GE Currie d. 3-9-1932 Ophelia Currie d. 3-30-1913 Ida Currie d. 12-31-1912
Cecil Currie d. 6-11-1918 Lydes Currie d. 10-15-1941 Herman Currie d. 9-5-1931
Minor Currie d. 8-22-1954 Hannah Currie d. 6-4-1927
Cora Kirby (sister-in-law) d. 8-1961 J.W. d. 5.28.1957

Cassie Nephews - H.W. Currie, C.W. Currie, Ben Currie, Louis Currie, Buster Currie

Fletcie Kirby Jr. - "Uncle Sonny"

Descendents

Fletcie Kirby - (Beebop) was born on January 13, 1886 at home also. His mother, Margaret Drake (West Indian) and his father, Christopher Kirby (Irish and Black). Fletcie had nine brothers and sisters. Famie, Manie, Lacie, Eddie, Nicey, Will, Sanders, Mathes, Victor. Fletcie met and married Cassie on March 3, 1902. He was 19 years old. Fletcie fell in love with Cassie’s gently nature and strong womanhood. Cassie was a small and meek woman in frame, but she did not take any mess from anyone, especially Fletcie. Cassie and Fletcie moved to Detroit’s Black Bottom in 1927. The rest of the family soon followed. Fletcie worked at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. After his retirement, Fletcie drove a junk wagon and raised horses and cows. His prize winning horses were Birdy and Black Beauty, both horses won prizes at the State Fair. He won first prize (which consisted of a bale of hay and a box of candy). Cassie and Fletcie had six children born to their union. Irene, Thestira (Pooley), Beulah, Fletcie, Jr. (and a boy child born that died as an infant). There was one incident when Fletcie (Beebop) was scared for his life. A group of white men invited him to go on a fishing trip (remember Fletcie was Irish and Black). Granny and Irene felt that the real intention for the invitation was to lynch him; because they found out he was Black. So Irene packed his gun in his lunch this particular day. Fletcie said, “When they got to the river, the men drew their guns on him”, naturally he was scared out of his mind. But when he reached in his pocket and found out that he had a gun, he came out shooting. He even shot a couple of the men. Fletcie said “Those guys went running”. When he got back to town, his bossman told him, “You should have killed all of those son-of-a b’s.” He never has any trouble after that Fletcie died in Mat 25, 1965. Fletcie’s favorite things were horses, gardening, making liquor, and playing jokes on people.
Irene Possum, Cassie & Fletcie’s first child. Irene was born March 27, 1903 in Brownsville, TN at home. Irene was 12 years old when she quit school. Irene soon married after that, in this order 1. Robert Tucker- Legally 2. Verge Riddenburg - Not Legally 3. Lee Smith- Not Legally 4. Cleveland Small- Legally 5. Joe Brown - -Legally Irene was a gun tooting - shooting sister. You did not mess with any of Irene’s family or you would pay dearly. She would fight any man or anyone else. Irene went to prison for nine years for killing a woman. The shooting was an accident, but she served all those years for it. Irene was trying to shoot a man and shot the other woman instead. Irene had asthma and died in her sleep at her apartment on Hurlbut Street in 1972. Irene’s favorite things were she loved the color red, always had a switchblade, country and western music, and her men the color of coal.
Thestira - Pooley, Cassie & Fletcie’s second child. Thestira was born on December 30, 1906 in Brownsville, TN also. Thestira was to the fifth grade in school. At age 17 she also quit school. Pooley would say, “Mama, the kids in school smell so bad, that I could not stand it anymore, so I quit.” At age 18, she met and married William Taylor on August 12, 1925. William was also 18 years old. The Taylor’s were the first of the Kirby family to relocate to Detroit in 1925. Pooley Died, March 9, 1997. Pooley’s favorite things were Black Label beer, Garrett Snuff, growing roses, playing the numbers.
William Taylor - Louie-Miller-Willie, Thestira’s Spouse. Willie quit school at the age of 12 to work in the fields and help his mother. Willie had a brother his name was J.W. Taylor. J.W. never relocated to Detroit he lived in Brownsville, TN until his death. William’s mother Lula Taylor and his father Julius Straus (German and Jewish) were not married. Willie was raised by his grandmother Rachel and grandfather George Taylor. George died in 1930 and Rachel died in 1928, Lula died in 1934. Willie and Pooley moved to Detroit in 1925. Willie worked on a construction site for a few years. After his
children came, he took a job at Youngblood’s Cleaners as a presser and tailor (Coleman A. Young’s family business). He worked there for a few years and then took a job at Revere Copper and Brass for 36 years until his retirement in 1969. Willie’s first car was a Ford, then a Buick Electra, then a brown Chevrolet. Six children were born from this union. George, 1926 born dead, William/Billy born, April 25, 1931 and died in 1939 of Spiral Meningitis Buried at Detroit Memorial Park in Plymouth, Michigan Plot #269. William died in December 2, 1976. Louie Miller’s favorites were all sports especially baseball, cars and sweets, Gun Smoke Lawrence Welk, Popeye and Bull Winkle television shows.
Beulah - Tilly, Benchie Cassie & Fletcie’s third child Beulah was born on October 9, 1908 in Brownsville, TN. Beulah went to the 5th grade in school. Beulah met and married Clarence A. Davis in 1925 and they also moved to Detroit, Michigan. Beulah and Clarence did not have any children from their union, but they had plenty of nieces and nephews to call their own. Ronda and Jeanette were like their own children. Clarence worked as a Security Guard for the Teamsters in Detroit. He worked with and met both Jimmy Hoffa and Walter Reuther. Clarence loved his Beulah. He was a patient and gentle man. Clarence’s niece Mariam McClellan married the former Mayor of Detroit, Coleman A. Young, they later divorced. No children were born from this union. Clarence died 1971. Beulah died September 21, 1987. Beulah’s favorites were Pall Mall cigarettes, slo-poke and maryjane candy, dancing and alcohol.
Fletcie, Jr. Uncle Sonny Sun Boy, Cassie & Fletcie’s fourth child Fletcie, Jr. (Uncle Sonny) was also born August 17, 1910 in Brownsville, TN. Fletcie, Jr. Served in the military and was a decorated soldier and sergeant. He fought in WWII in 1940 during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he station in Fort Ham, Michigan. Fletcie, Jr. met and married Maggie Shaw in the fall of 1926. He was 17 years old and she was 13 years old. From this union five children were born, Grace, Estelle, Shirlann, Genora, Alfred, Mag (nickname), died in 1986. Uncle Sonny died on the job in 1957. He was working on a construction site and a fork-lift machine was digging a hole and the operator did not realize that he was in the hole and cut in half at the waist. He died instantly, October 4, 1957. Uncle Sonny favorite things were women, liquor and cars.

Fletcie, Cassie & Beulah

Our Family Tree
HARRY and NANCY CURRIE
Nance Currie b. 1814- d. 1876 Caswell County, NC and then Haywood County, Brownsville, TN Both Farmhands - Cassie Grandparents
HORACE and EDMONIA CURRIE
Brownsville, TN Both Farmhands, Cassie Parents
HORACE and EDMONIA CURRIE 21 CHILDREN
JIM  JOHNNY  CORNELIA  JESSE b. 3-31-1806  REUBEN b.1839  LEANNA  GEORGE
 CORA  LIZA  EDDIE  MINOR  JOSIE  CASSIE
8 SIBLINGS SOLD TO SLAVERY
FLETCIE KIRBY and CASSIE BIANTHER CURRIE
b. 1-13-1886 d. 5-25-1965 b. 5-17-1883 d. 6-24-1993
CHRISTOPHER KIRBY and MARGARET DRAKE
Fletcie Parents
CHRISTOPHER and MARGARET CHILDREN
FAMIE, LACIE, VICTOR, NICEY, MANIE, SAUNDERS, EDDIE, WILL, MATHES, FLETCIE
FLETCIE and CASSIE CHILDREN
IRENE b. 3-7-1903 d. 1972
THESTIRA b. 12-30-1906 d. 3-9-1997
BEULAH b. 10-9-1908 d. 9-21-1987
FLETCIE, JR. b. 8-17-1910 d. 10-4-1957
WILLIAM and THESTIRA TAYLOR
b. 1-13-1886 d. 5-25-1965 b. 5-17-1883 d. 6-24-1993
WILLIAM and THESTIRA CHILDREN
LOUISE
b. 2-28-1953
MILDRED
b. 6-25-1937
CATHERINE
b. 3-6-1939
MARGARET
b. 6-01-1941
LOUISE and
JAMES HALIBURTON
b. 12-7-1943 d. 11-8-1993 Married 8-19-1961
GEORGE MITCHELL b. 2-22-1928 d. 8-13-1991
GEORGE JOHNSON
George d. 1926 at birth William b. 4-21-1931 d. 1939
Never Married
Although Catherine
was never married
and didn’t birth any
children, she was
mother to many of us.
Thank you Catherine for
being our aunt,
mother, sister,
playmate and
friend.
LOUISE CHILDREN
PATRICIA J. POWELL
RONDA J. THOMAS
CAROLYN CARTER
ANGELA BULLY
VINCENT W. HALIBURTON
PATRICIA J. and WESLEY POWELL d. 1-6-2001
Child - TAMIKA L. POWELL
RONDA and WILLIE R. THOMAS
Children
WILLIE R. THOMAS, JR.
EBONI M. THOMAS
ALISHIA M. THOMAS
Alishia baby JAILEN THOMAS COTTON
CAROLYN and MARK CARTER
Children
MARK C. CARTER, II
PARIS S. QUARLES-CARTER
MARTIN K. CARTER
MALCOLM J. CARTER
ANGELA and DAN BULLY
Child - DAN BULLY, II
VINCENT and MELANIE HALIBURTON
Children
JESSICA STOREY (Kim Storey,mother)
Jessica baby LEAH
VINCENT W. HALIBURTON
JULIUS E. HALIBURTON
TAMIKA and MICHAEL VINJAH
Children - PAUL and ANNA
MILDRED and
JOHN PRYOR
b. 2-12-1939
Married 8-15-1964
MILDRED CHILDREN
KELLEY TURNER
MALCOLM RYOR
KELLEY TURNER
Children
TIFFANY JONES
Tiffany baby Nevaeh Jones
TERRELL JONES
JOSHUA TURNER
JACOB TURNER
MALCOLM and
COLLETTE PRYOR
Children
KEAIRA PRYOR
CHRIS PRYOR
KEVIN PRYOR
LAUREN PRYOR
MARGARET and
CURTIS TORRENCE
b. 3-28-1939
Married 11-20-1965
MARGARET CHILDREN
STEPHANIE T. TORRENCE
TRACY L. TORRENCE
JAMIE TORRENCE
STEPHANIE and
DOUGLAS DURRETT
Children
DOUGLAS DURRETT
DEONNA DURRETT
TRACY TORRENCE and
EDDIE DURRETT
Children
EDDIE DURRETT
KRISDON DURRETT
KYRA DURRETT
JAMIA TORRENCE and
ANDRE GRANT
Child - RAMIA

 
Beulah & Clarence Davis (Beulah is the daughter of Cassie & Fletcie)

Nicknames

“Over To The House” you were indoctrinated into the family by several means. You could have been scared by tomato worms, left talking to the“Salt Water Pickle Man” (a fake dressed up man sitting in a chair), watching live animals being prepared for dinner, being burned on a hot coal stove, playing under the dining room table, jumping off the garage, walking down the alley to Marshal’s store, eating chocolate ex lax, get a red makeup makeover, hanging over the banister at Beulah’s or playing on the homemade rope swing in the backyard. Whatever your pleasure everyone was given a nickname by LOUIE MILLER. He was the jokester for all times. Today the tradition is carried on by Jeanette and others. If you don’t have a nickname, just stick around you will.
CASSIE, Granny, Miss Open Up
FLETCIE, Beebop, Pops, Flankie
IRENE, Blind Red Horse, Korina, Possum
THESTIRA, Poley, Sadie
WILLIAM, LOUIE MILLER, Bill, Willie
BEULAH, Tilly, Benchie
FLETCIE, JR, Sonny Boy, Uncle Sonny
LOUISE, Fremous, Long Leg Lizzy, Skint Back, Man Lover, Hollywood Haliburton, Hashmo, Big Tukie
MILDRED, Bookworm, Apple Pie, Nibit
CATHERINE, Charlie, Horse, Jenkins, Pede
MARGARET, Gypsy, Dagmar, Goose, Bean Pole, Liz
PAT-JEANETTE, Skipper, Princess Hamilton Billups, Aunt Woody, Rabbit Stew
LARRY, Shellshocked Sammy or Tommy
TAMIKA, Motha, Ko-Meeka
RONDA, Bonnie-Go-Bill, Sister “T” Ronda Jean the Queen
WILLIE, SR., Ronnie, Willie “T”
EBONI, Esta, Ebby, My Ebby
WILLIE, JR., Percy
ALISHIA B, Taylor, NeeNee, LeeLee
JAILEN, J, Tootie, Pooh
CAROLYN, Rudy
MARK, SR. Mr. Entertainment
MARK, II Marky “D”, Dunnie-Poppie
PARIS, Hello Kitty, MissiMae
MARTIN, Buzz
MALCOLM C, Woody, Jimmy Neutron
ANGELA, Fidget, Bullett, Coon-a-rina, Brown Cookie
DAN, SR. Dan, "big Dan", "Gumplestilzskin", Danny San
DAN, JR. “D”, Mr. “D” "Scooby", "DanChun", "Pooper Scooper"
VINCENT, Vince, Sugar-Man, Pennington-Pete
MELANIE, Mel
JESSICA, Jess, Toula
VINCENT, JR., Vinny, Vinnyvinchinzovinchinzuwitz
JULIUS, Tony Parker, Jewish, Stuey
LEAH, Scooter
KELLEY, Busy Bee
MALCOLM P, Mackie
TERRELL, Jay
TIFFANY, Miss Piggy
JOSHUA, Toole
JACOB, Sponge Bob
STEPHANIE, Cookie
TRACY, Pretty Baby
JAMIA, Pigeon
EDDIE, JR. Duke
KRISDON, Kris
KYRA, Ki-You
DOUGLAS, JR. Dunnie
DEONNA, Little Tukie
RAMIE, Moe

             
Irene Smalls (Daughter of Cassie & Fletcie)           Margaret Drake (Mother of Fletcie)

MEMORIES
Make up the past,
present and future.
Memories are to be shared
cherished
and passed on to future
generations.




Edmonia Currie
Cassie (Granny's Mother)

'Quiet warrior' celebrates 106th birthday
Mrs. Cassie (Blanther Currie) Kirby was born May 17, 1884, in Brownsville, TN, the second youngest and only living child in a family of 20 children.
Cassie married Fletcie Kirby on March 3, 1902. Five children were born to the union. They moved to Detroit in 1927. Mr. Kirby died in 1965.
The couples' only living child is Mrs. Thestira Kirby-Taylor, 84. Four generations of family members comprise the family.
Mrs. Kirby celebrated her 106 birthday on May 17 with her great-great-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and grandchildren, and daughter and a host of loving family members and friends.
A firm believer in good health and taking care of one's self, "Granny," as she is so affectionately called, taught her children good eating habits. One of her wisest peices of advice is - "You'd better dress warm when you go outside because you will surely feel it later in life."
Mrs. Kirby's children and grandchildren have abided by her counsel these many years and attribute her sharp mind and good health to her many years of healthful living.
Carolyn Carter, great-granddaughter of Detroit, said, "We are very lucky to have our history living, loving and sharing right here with us."
The Michigan Chronicle, May 23-29, 1990 Page 2-C

            

William "Billy" Taylor (Son of Thestira & William) Alfred Kirby (Son of Fletcie Jr. & Maggie)

Currie Widsom
Superstitions and Quotes

SAYINGS AND SUPERSTITIONS
 Left hand itches – you will receive letter
 Right hand itches – you will receive money
 Bottom right foot itches – walk on strange ground
 Ringing in ears – sign of death
 If a woman buys a man a pair of shoes, he will walk away from her
 If someone sweeps your feet – spit on the broom
 Don’t throw hair away in comb, burn it, because if the birds get it you will have a headache
 Burn calendar at the end of the year
 First person in your house on New Year’s Day must be a man. If a woman comes to your house,
you can not let her in until after 12:00 noon
 Whenever it rained and stormed and the sun came out, the devil was beating his wife
 Turn TV and radio off and get quiet when storming outside, God was doing his work
 If a Black Cat crosses your path, step back a few steps
 Cook black eyed peas on New Year’s Day and put a silver dollar in the pot. Also bake a hog head in the
oven for good luck.
 Buttons on a string could determine the sex of a baby
 When you dream of fish, someone is having a baby
 First rain in May was good to wash your hair in
 Don’t leave water by your bed at night, it will bring ghost
 Don’t step on the headstones at the cemetery, it’s bad luck
 Picture fall off the wall or loud noise in the house – someone would die soon
 Coffee makes you black and little kids can not drink coffee
Little kids could not eat mountain oysters because they would be manish
 Set the table, write a letter and put it under a plate to contact the dead for them to visit you
 Remove Christmas tree before midnight New Year’s Eve; do not let the New Year come in with
the tree in the house
 If you give someone a purse, be sure to put a penny in it to keep the haints off!
 “Old Christmas” 9-10 days after Christmas – don’t wash clothes because you would wash
someone away in the family
FAMOUS QUOTES
“Make sure you always have on clean underwear, in case something happens.” Beulah Davis
“I hate that hold about you.” Cora Tyus
“Gal, why do you think that they made a car with four tires and a spare?” Irene Smalls
“If you have a quarter, save a nickel” and “We are all equal.” Cassie Kirby

Granny’s Home Remedies - Things that Kept Us Well!

Cough Due To Cold - Cod Liver Oil, Father John,
Scotts Emulsion, Rock Candy and Whiskey, Vicks
and Sugar, Honey, Lemon and Whiskey,
Peppermint Stick in a Lemon
Headache – Camphor and Whiskey, Brown Paper Bag
Soaked in Vinegar and Water Colic – Asphisity bag
around the neck, White Potato soaked in wine
Fever - Camphor, Onion slices in the sock
Muscle Ache – Watkins Sauve, Horse Horn,
Turpentine
Mumps – Goose Grease, Sardine Oil, Hog Hoof Tea
(toenails)
Chicken Pox – Calamine Lotion
Worms – Turpentine and Sugar
Eye Ache – Flax Seed in Eye
Ear Ache – Sweet Oil
Burns – Baking Soda and Syrup and Butter
Toothpaste – Baking Soda
Tettus in the Head – Motor Oil
Colon Cleaner – Soapy Water
Diaper Rash - Corn Starch
Cramps - Hot Water Bottle
Dandruff - Apple Cider Vinegar
Canker Sores - Baking Soda
Bladder Infection - Garlic Juice
Ants - Talcum Powder or Red Pepper or Lavender

                   
      Mathes Kirby (Nephew of Fletcie)        James Haliburton (Father of Carolyn Carter)
OVER TO THE HOUSE - Epilogue 2008

This is my gift to you. I have always wondered about my family history. I gravitated towards old photographs, and other family memorabilia. As you
read these historical accounts from several of the Currie Descendants, you will learn what rich family history we have, and how we all came to be, and who and what shaped our lives “
Over to the House”.
It was fascinating watching my great grandmother, grandparents and aunts and uncles daily interactions. Over the years we have kept the stories alive
the best they could, but no one ever took the baton; so I quietly and personally accepted the challenge. The more they shared the more I wanted to know. It was interesting listening to Granny’s (Cassie) accounts of life and her siblings, what she knew about slavery; before and after. She talked about this often. Her memory was crystal clear, and even though she seemed old all my life, her spirit was young. I didn’t know the right questions to ask, but I kept on asking and I listened to the stories because they became more and more interesting over time. I knew I had to preserve them some how.
This book is to share the live accounts of growing up with the Currie Family for generations to come. The stories are all true and none of the names have been changed; except for the nicknames, because when Louie Miller was talking about someone he always referred to them by their nickname, what fun we had. The memories and accounts in this book have been a 10 plus year journey to keep our history alive, and an effort to pass on the stories to our children and beyond. During this journey I have found out many things, not just about my family but about myself. Among the hundreds of letters mailed to genealogists and agencies in the North Carolina and Tennessee area, none proved to have information. I finally got lucky! After several years of searching the internet and posting information, I have found several potential family members that may in fact be ancestors of Granny’s siblings.
One person in particular, Mr. Homer Chapman of Brownsville, TN, has assisted me greatly in connecting the dots to our history. Homer is an author, genealogist and historian. Homer was referred to me by another potential relative via online, Mrs. Alba Hill of Centralia, IL; whom I had been emailing frequently. Homer’s ancestors and granny’s siblings share the same districts, names and birthdays. We are still connecting the dots and finding out more as time passes. The internet proved to be very beneficial to my research process. We have also been invited to attend the 2009 33rd Annual Currie-Gray Family Reunion in Dallas, TX. I also recently contacted the ancestors of Mitchell Currie (plantation owner), and we are having conversations about their ancestors. They being as helful as they can and I am looking forward to what the future holds, especially when I visit the remaining family that owned my ancestors to the now called “Alta Vista Farm,” in Brownsville, TN some time next year.
Thank you to God for your grace and mercy. To Jeanette who is my backbone; always on the case helping and encouraging me, to Charlie, Margaret, Mildred and Louise for your information and photos; I got your lessons - we all did, thank you. To my husband Mark and my children Mark, II, Paris, Martin and Malcolm your daily doses of love, laughter, kindness and hugs sustain me and I love you wholeheartedly, to my sisters Angela and Ronda who know me like no other; our bond is tight, and sometimes loosened, but never broken; to my only brother Vincent whose compassionate loving heart and sense of humor feeds me and us all; to my uncle Curtis, sister-in law Melanie and brother-in-laws Ronnie, Dan and Larry you are wonderful additions to this family, no getting out now - I love ya! To all my nieces, nephews, and cousins, I challenge you to carry the baton of our familyinto the future with love and thankfulness, love you all. Thank you uncle Johnny for the memories, content and your editing skills. To my father James M. Haliburton whose creative gene is embedded in my soul and to all my ancestors whose voices inspire me to achieve excellence and to keep on keeping on! Special thank you to Cassie Currie Kirby for your courage, love and blessings without you we would not be. Family - we didn’t choose you; you were given to us by God. We are not perfect; we are just family.
Remember God wants us to Love, Pray, Share and Serve! Blessings to you my family! Carolyn Haliburton Carter 12/2008
* CHAPMAN, Homer, Chaps; Historian/Genealogist, Group Administrator, Private Groups, HCHAPS2@aol.com
* Hill, Alba; Historian, Chicago, IL area, alba46@charter.net
* Census Information - Census Place District 7, Haywood, Tennessee, Family History Library Film 1255261, NA Film Number T9-1261, Page Number 156B
* Haywood County, TN - Vitals - 1930 Death Certificates - http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm, Haywood County TN - Marriages - 1850 - 1900 "C" Surname marriages
* African American Lives 2 PBS story - Between 1790 and 1860, 1 million slaves are forced to move from the upper South to the deep South to create the cotton kingdom. 1866 Tina Turner's great, great grandfather Logan Currie signs a labor contract in Madison County, Tennessee, with Jesse Currie, the man
that owned him during slavery. In exchange for land and the resources to cultivate it, Logan promises to grow grain and cotton. Such arrangements came to be known as sharecropping.1889 Benjamin B. Flag, the older brother of Tina Turner's maternal great grandfather, George Flag, sells one acre of his
land for a school, Flag Grove School House, in Haywood County, Tennessee.1939 Tina Turner is born Anne Mae Bullock in Haywood, Tennessee.
* Slave Census - Currie, Mitchell, born August 26, 1803, Caswell, NC, USA, Died, June 6, 1890, Currie Plantation, Haywood, TN, USA. Mitchell CURRIE and wife are buried in a CURRIE Cemetery in Haywood Co - CURRIE was born in NC - on ancestry.com it shows he is the son of one John CURRIE.
* Currie-Clark Cemetery, Haywood, TN - Located about four hundred feet from Riverside Drive Extended on east side of this road about two and a half miles north of Medon, Tennessee. Jonathan Smith and John L. Rochelle, who owns the land the cemetery is on the internet, Alba visited this cemetery, January
14, 1996 and found that the tombstones there had been vandalized, with only a footstone remaining, inscribed "N. C." Jonathan Smith obtained the names and dates from the tombstones that had stood there from Mrs. Frank (Ruth) Kennon of Shawnee, Oklahoma, who had copied them on a visit to this
cemetery in 1979. JESSIE CURRIE, Born Mar. 31, 1806 - Died 1876, NANCY CURRIE, Born 1814- Died 1876, REUBEN CURRIE, Born 1839 - No death date had been inscribed on this tombstone.
* Currie's Funeral Home , Frank Currie, Mortician, 160 Main St, Henning, Tennessee 38041, Phone: (731) 738-2625
* Currie's Funeral Home, 484 W Church St, Alamo, Tennessee 38001, Phone: (731) 696-4111
* Baskerville Funeral Home, 802 N 9th Ave, Humboldt , Tennessee 38343, Phone: (731) 784-1717