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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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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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