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Walterhill damI grew up feeling that Walterhill, Tennessee was my true home: the place where my roots were deepest. My maternal grandparents Ruth and Blackburn Batey lived at the crossroads of Jefferson Pike and Lebanon Road – which is arguably the heart of Walterhill. I lived the first five years of my life there, and it was my second home throughout childhood. In this area lived not only my grandparents, but also two sets of great grandparents, four sets of GG grandparents, two sets of GGG grandparents, two sets of GGGG grandparents, and three sets of GGGGG grandparents – not to mention an uncountable number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives. It remained the place where I felt most deeply connected until my grandmother Ruth Henderson Batey passed away at age 97 in 2008. (more…)

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A view of the family cemetery of Captain William Batey

A view of the family cemetery of Captain William Batey

This is the story of the final resting place of Captain William Batey, veteran of the Revolutionary War, progenitor of the Batey family of Rutherford County, Tennessee, and my GGGG grandfather. (more…)

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Oakwell Hall, ancestral home of the Batey/Batte/Batt family in Birstall, West Yorkshire, England

Oakwell Hall, ancestral home of the Batey/Batte/Batt family in Birstall, West Yorkshire, England

Genealogy is a kind of a personal treasure hunt – and in my ancestor, Captain William Batey, I struck gold. Below is a record of thirty generations of his ancestry (I have much more in my files). I owe the discovery of this treasure to William Addams Reitwiesner, the famed genealogist and one of the foremost authorities on medieval ancestry – who coincidentally happens to be a descendant of Captain Henry Batte, an early Jamestowne “Adventurer,” and therefore my distant cousin. Get ready to walk back in time to the meet the Kings of England, William the Conqueror, Charlemagne, and beyond. (more…)

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The following family history was originally written by my mother, Annette Batey Pittard on November 1, 1999, and updated by myself in 2014. Captain William Batey is the progenitor of the Batey family of Rutherford County, Tennessee with countless descendants living here today. He is my GGGG grandfather. I am descended from his oldest son, Christopher T. Batey, who was born to Captain William’s first wife Mary Betty. Most of Captain William’s descendants were born to his second wife, Ann Bass. (more…)

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John Basse is my GGGGGGGGGGG Grandfather.

John Basse was born in London, England on September 7, 1616, the third of a dozen children born to Nathaniel and Mary Jordan Basse. Little could anyone know that this well-born English child would be the sole survivor of an enormous massacre in a far-away land, that he would be raised as a member of an Indian tribe, that he would marry an Indian princess, have eight children with her, live to the age of 85, and have countless descendants, many of whom would still tell his story four hundred years later. But he was born in a time of change, and this great adventure was his destiny.

Engraving of Pocahontas, 1616

Engraving of Pocahontas, 1616

Three months before John’s birth, the exotic Indian princess, Pocahontas and her English husband, John Rolfe arrived in England amid great fanfare along with the very first shipment of tobacco from a far away colony in a little-known place called Virginia. Only nine years earlier, the first intrepid band of English adventurers had established a settlement there called Jamestowne. It was to become the first permanent settlement of English speaking peoples in the New World.

John’s grandfather, Humphrey Basse and his brothers, William and Thomas were French Huguenots who immigrated to London during the reign of Elizabeth I seeking religious freedom. Humphrey married Mary Bouchier, daughter of Dominick and Genevieve Bouchier, also French Huguenots. Humphrey was an entrepreneurial man, first as a merchant haberdasher, and then as an investor and stockholder in the Virginia Company which financed settlements in Jamestowne, Virginia. Humphrey invested in the Third Charter of the Virginia Company signing as a founder on March 12, 1612. (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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The year-and-a-half that was

IMG_70452011 and 2012 were years unlike any others in my life. After living in Los Angeles for 27 years, in 2011 I decided to move back to my hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee so that I could be closer to my parents and my son could be closer to family. Realizing that some day this move might be a necessity, I decided to make it a choice instead of an emergency situation – or worse. My work had always required me to be in a big media center like Los Angeles, but a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity fell into my lap with a position at Middle Tennessee State University, so that triggered the move – and a prophetic one it was. (more…)

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Many of our family cemeteries have fallen into terrible disrepair. Rutherford County’s recent population growth and real estate development seems to have accelerated the damage and decline of our family cemeteries. Headstones and tombs are being toppled, broken and even bulldozed. Even the more remote cemeteries are falling into ruin through neglect and the advance of nature. If we don’t act soon, these ancestral grounds may be lost forever.

The Hoover Family Cemetery at Walterhill has fallen into complete disrepair, and was essentially lost to the family until recently. Most of the headstones are down and broken.

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David Christopher Batey and his wife, Sallie Wheeler Hunt Batey, summer of 1912

David Christopher Batey, my great great grandfather, was born December 22, 1834 on his parent’s plantation in Rutherford County, Tennessee.

His parents were Christopher Thrower Batey and Mahala Parilee Puckett Batey, both of whom were born in Rutherford County. His father was the oldest son of Revolutionary War veteran, Captain William Batey. (more…)

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Mahala Puckett Bateys family bible

One of the joys of genealogical research is occasionally finding treasures. Sometimes it’s a matter of climbing up the family tree and then back down a different branch. Not only do you get to meet distant cousins, but you might also find treasures. Such is the case with the family bible of Mahala Puckett Batey (1804–1883), my GGG Grandmother. (more…)

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