by Heth Hart has a great deal of the Austin/Hart connection
of Henderson County. Jeremiah Austin was born about 1805 in Austonville, Anson County, North Carolina. His wife Matilda J. Hart, d/o Thomas & Mary Hart,
was born about 1811 in Highland Co Ohio. All of the children of Jeremiah & Matilda were all born in Tennessee, I'm guessing it would have been in Henderson County.
The Duck Family in the Doe Creek Area was headed up by Jonahan Duck (1788 Anson NC - 1855 TN) and
Basheby Woodward (1793 Anson NC - 1872 TN). The arrived from North Carolina in the early 1800's. Both Jonathan and Basheby are
buried at Fellowship Cemetery in Henderson County TN. Jonathan is said to be the first person buried at Fellowship.
Elmer Duck (1878-1951) is the most well known teacher of the Doe Creek School. He taught the
one room school house for over 50 years. Mr. Duck was a man of many talents. The community looked to him for leadership. Elmer Duck
was a well respected and admired. His influence in southern Henderson County has been felt through the generations and is
a source of pride for this community that such a man was able to touch so many lives.
Mr. Duck was born 28 October 1878 here in Henderson County TN. He died 10 April 1951 and is buried here at the Doe Creek Cemetery
next to the schoolhouse that he loved so much. He was married to Suddie Mullis 18 October 1906. Sudie was born 2 January 1889 and died
12 Febraury 1971. She is buried next to her husband at Doe Creek. Elmer Duck and Sudie were the parents of 12 children. Elmer was a farmer
as well as a teacher. After his "teaching" job he went to work doing his farm chores. The family all helped with the farm.. being a large family
it was important that everyone help each other.
Elmer Duck Family History
Paris Lavelle (Duck) Medbery Letter October 3, 2009
Armistead Eason born abt 1808 in Anson County NC was the son of Shadrach & Mary Frances Stegall who came from NC and settled in Decatur County TN.
Mary Frances was born about 1782 and died about 1880. Shadrach and "Frances" were the parents of seven known
children. Harris H. Eason 1803 NC m Elizabeth / Armistead Eason / Cynthia Eason b 1809 m Robert Jackson Kennedy / Abner Eason b 1810 NC /
Steven L. Eason b 1816 NC m Elizabeth Bennett / Frances Eason b 1 Jan 1819 m Wm. Henry Massengill and Mary Eason b 1820 NC. \
Armistead married Chrischanney Duck the daughter of John Duck. Chrischanney was born about 1811 in ANson NC and died 1885 in Henderson TN.
Armistead and Chrischanney were the parent of the following children:
Written by Betty Gurley Hughes
The Gurleys of Doe Creek
Isham Gurley, son of Willis and Eliza Gurley, was born in Illinois and grewup in Mississippi. He served in the 2nd Mississippi Cavalry, CSA, in the War Between the States, during which time he saw a great deal of action in Tennessee, much of the time fightingunder the command of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. When the was was over, he was one of 19 survivors from a company which originally numbered over 200.
After the war he returned to Charleston, MS and married a widow, Mrs. M.E. Barnes, Jan. 5, 1866. They came to Decatur County and settled in the Doe Creek Community. His first wife died shortly after their arrival and is buried in the Doe Creek Cemetery. Isham then married Nannie Kennedy, daughter of Hugh Kennedy. A deed, recorded in 1868, indicates that he purchased 40 acres of land from Robert Kennedy. The story is told that he traded his overcoat inpartial payment for the land.
One common thread among the family stories of Isham is that he was an expert horseman, and he alays rode a "Big gray horse - some times for great distances." Isham was a farmer, but he found it necessary to supplement his income; to do this, he used those skills which had served him so well during the war. Some say that he was a US Marshall, but no records have been found to verify this; in reality, he may have been a bounty hunter. Whatever the correct title for his avocation, it is said that, "He always grought his man in."
The Gurleys were all reported to have been tall, robust, very strong men, and Isham was no exception. This tall, black-haired, mustached ex-cavalryman must have cut quite a dashing figure on his gray horse. In contract Nannie was a petite, dar-skinned lady with black hair and brown eyes. Isham died in 1911 and Nannie in 1923 and they are buried in the Doe Creek Cemetery. Isham is buried between his two wives. He and Nannie were the paretns of the following children; Joralles, Robert Willis, Fannie Elizabeth, Sylvester, Isham Alton, William, Jesse, Nannie, Ida Ether, Synthia E. and James L. Ida, Synthia and James died in childhood and they are also buried in the Doe Creek Cemetery.
JOHN JONES FAMILY
There were two Kennedy brothers who came from NC to settle in the Scotts Hill area. They were Hugh Kennedy born about 1795 and his
brother Robert Jackson Kennedy born about 1800. They might have been sons of Wagstaff & Behethland (Ramsey) Kennedy of Virginia who
settled in North Carolina. Both brothers left a long line of descendants and a strong impression
in the southern most section of Henderson County. I'll do my best to present their lineage below. There are a number of
different people putting information online regarding the Kennedy family-- it differs drastically..
Early History of the Kennedy Family in Henderson and Decatur
(Submitted by Ralph C. Kennedy)
Hugh Kennedy and Robert J. Kennedy (many spelling variations noted, e.g. Canada, Canida, Keneday, Kenada, Kenedy, etc.) were early Henderson/Decatur Co., TN settlers. Oral family history and other evidence suggest that Hugh and Robert were most likely brothers. To date, their parentage has not been established.
U. S. Census records consistently indicate both Hugh Kennedy and Robert J. Kennedy were born in NC. In the 1880 U. S. Census, Robert J. listed his father?s place of birth as Maryland. Oral family history and immigration patterns suggest the family was of Scotch-Irish descent. Census records indicate Hugh Kennedy was born c1780-c1798. On 18 OCT 1818, Hugh Kennedy married Jane Delaney in Greene Co., TN. Hugh died before 1850 in Henderson Co., TN.
Jane Delaney was born c1798 in TN (probably in Greene Co.) and died before 1860 in Henderson Co. Jane Delaney was a daughter of John Delaney. In 1782, John Delaney received a land grant in Washington Co., TN. The Delaneys probably immigrated to Tennessee from Pennsylvania. Early Hardin Co., TN, residents included Jane Delaney?s brothers Jacob and Wesley.
After their 1818 marriage in Greene Co., TN, Hugh and Jane Kennedy apparently resided for a time in neighboring Washington Co., TN. Hugh appeared on Capt. Sand?s Tax List in 1819. In 1821, Hugh Kennedy purchased items from the estate sale of Able Wiley in Washington Co., TN.
U. S. Census records indicate Robert J. Kennedy was born c1801. Little is known about Robert J. prior to his residence in Henderson Co., TN. In the late 1820?s, Robert J. married Cynthia Eason. Cynthia was probably a daughter of Shadrack Eason... Many of the Eason?s came from Pitt and Edgecombe Co., NC. Robert J. Kennedy died c1884 in Decatur Co., TN.
Tennessee land grant records (1823 ? 1839) indicate that Hugh Kennedy and Robert J. Kennedy separately purchased several tracts of land in Perry and Henderson Co. near the farming communities of Doe Creek, Cedar Grove, Sardis, and Scotts Hill. Hugh Kennedy?s first known land purchase in 1823, and Robert Kennedy?s first known purchase was in 1825. Robert Kennedy?s land became part of Decatur Co. in 1845. Hugh and Robert are listed in the 1830 U. S. Census in Henderson Co., TN, as ?Hugh Canada? and ?Robert Canada.?
Exactly how and when Hugh Kennedy and Robert J. Kennedy arrived in the area is unclear. There are conflicting accounts. The following sources provide conflicting accounts about the family?s arrival to the area:
J. B. Bell wrote that the Eason family made the journey from Anson County, North Carolina to Henderson County, Tennessee, with possessions in an ox cart and family members on foot before 1830. The caravan was to have included the Johnsons, Kennedys, Lacys, and Stegalls.
Zelma O'Neal, a Scotts Hill historian, wrote the earliest Kennedys, Robert, Hugh, and possibly an Isaac, arrived in the Scotts Hill area by flatboat from
middle Tennessee; the Robert Kennedy family was one of the earliest settlers around Scotts Hill; and descendents claimed Robert helped clear the first road leading from Clifton to Scotts Hill.
Oral family history suggests that three brothers of Scotch-Irish descent traveled from North Carolina to the Scotts Hill area. Two brothers were to have settled close together around Scotts Hill and the third brother another location. Some part of the travel to the Scotts Hill area may have been by flatboat.
The truth is probably a combination of facts from the above accounts.
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Sharon (Kennedy) Canan has given us some information about her Kennedy ancestors.
JWS (John William Summerfield) Kennedy and Martha Elizabeth (White), lived with my grandparents (Jess Thomas and Vernie (McNabb) Kennedy) in Caddo Oklahoma in the
early 1900's. They are both buried in the Caddo Cemetery. JWS Kennedy was interviewed by a reporter for the Caddo Newspaper around
1930. (My mother has a copy of the article and I'll send it this to you all as soon as I find it).
My grandpa and his siblings and other relatives also came to North Texas and Oklahoma, sometime in the 1890's.
I know Ector and Violet lived in Durant Oklahoma from the 1910's until their death. Uncle Ec owned and operated a small
general store in Durant in the 1940's and 1950's. I remember going there as a small child and he always gave me candy.
My grandpa (Jess T) was a life-long farmer. He raised cattle, cotton, corn, and bailed hay on rented land in Bryan County, Oklahoma,
all his life. His children have been farmers, carpenters, salesmen, machinists, etc in the southern Oklahoma area to
Dallas/Ft. Worth area. One of his sons, Calvin, earned a PhD in Accounting and is a retired Prof. in Greely CO. My brother, sister and I are teachers. Many of my cousins are also teachers, at least one cousin is an attorney in Dallas, and one is a retired Los Angles County Deputy Sheriff.
You can click her and see the Family History of David S. Kennedy
Information and photos compiled from Patricia (Outlaw) Rickman
Micajah "Cager" Scott was the town's first merchant whose log storehouse stood across the street and a little to the north from the present day Methodist Church, a spring was located a little to the west.
Micajah built the first log store in the community in the 1840's, this became an early stage stop, along the newly built Stagecoach Road. In 1850 a post office was established at this location. This is the only post office in the country named Scotts Hill. Cager honesty and store location inspired the town's name.
A salesman from Paducah, who sold Micajah a bill of goods accidentally dropped a $20 bill which the salesman, nor Micajah saw at the time.
After the salesman had gone, Micajah found this bill and knew that it must have belonged to the salesman....so he saved it, such bills were scarce here then.
When the salesman returned weeks later, Micajah asked him if he had missed any money after he was last here. The man said he was short twenty dollars when he counted up that night.
Micajah handed him the S20 bill that he had put back. The salesman was very pleased and remarked that the settlement was growing and would soon need a name.
To honor Micajah, he suggested the name Scotts Hill. Thus being how the town received it's name.