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Researched by my mother, Annette Batey Pittard, May 10, 2000
Updated by Billy Pittard July 22, 2013

This is the story of my Henderson ancestry in Rutherford County, Tennessee. It begins with Samuel Henderson, my first Henderson ancestor to move to the area, and comes forward to my mother’s generation. This story was researched and prepared by my mother, Annette Batey Pittard in the year 2000. I have made a few edits to bring it up to date, and added pictures. My mother was a G.G.G.G.G. granddaughter of Samuel Henderson (1737-1818), the progenitor of my Henderson line in Rutherford County.

1958, Four generations of Henderson descendants at the golden wedding anniversary of Tab and Hattie Henderson.

1958, Four generations of Henderson descendants at the golden wedding anniversary of Tab and Hattie Henderson.

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Crutcher-Blackburn albumSome time after the Civil War my GG grandparents, Garrard Dudley Crutcher and Mary Blackburn left their Woodford County, Kentucky home and moved to Rutherford County, Tennessee where I grew up and recently returned to live. They brought with them strong ties to their Kentucky family and friends – and a wonderful small album of photos of their family and friends, as well as celebrities and curious photos of the era. I am confident that this album was the personal property of Mary Blackburn (1840-1894) from whom I received my middle name “Blackburn.” (more…)

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Note: My mother, Annettee Batey Pittard and I collaborated on the original version of this article in 1991. I have made a few updates and added photos for this blog.

Garrard Dudley Crutcher was born September 10, 1841 at the home of his parents Bartlett Crutcher and Mary Hancock Crutcher five miles south of Frankfort, Kentucky. Their two-story home was built of logs and later covered with weatherboarding. Garrard left an interesting memento in his childhood bedroom. He carved a secret “drawer” in the log wall where he could hide his valuables. The secret compartment was still there 150 years later. In 1991 the house was still occupied and in good condition.

Garrard was born at the home of his parents Bartlett and Mary Hancock Crutcher five miles south of Frankfort, Kentucky

Garrard was born at the home of his parents Bartlett Crutcher and Mary Hancock Crutcher five miles south of Frankfort, Kentucky

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