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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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The house that Mariah and Billy Malone built. Completed in 1835. This house and property remains in the family nearly 200 years after the original log structure and its adjoining land were purchased by William N. Malone. The house is now the home of Bruce and Asta Werme. Asta is a GGG granddaughter of Mariah and Billy Malone.

Foreword

Recently it occurred to me that I happened to know quite a bit about my ancestor Mariah J. Hoover Malone, but I had never put it all together. That prompted me to write this biography. I suppose it is a prejudice of genealogical research that we tend to focus more on male ancestors. But in my family, I have come to recognize that there have been many strong female ancestors who sometimes played more critical roles in my family history than their husbands. Mariah Hoover Malone turns out to be one of those women. (more…)

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The Hoover Family cemetery in 2011

The Hoover Family cemetery in 2010

More commonly known as the Walterhill Community Cemetery, the Hoover Family Cemetery is the final resting place of John Hoover, Sr. (1777-1845) and most of his immediate family. (more…)

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I believe this house was built by John Hoover and that it is the oldest house in Walterhill.

I believe this house was built by John Hoover and that it’s the oldest house in Walterhill.

John Hoover, Sr. is my GGGGG grandfather.

Born July 13, 1777, place not known
Died June 8, 1845 at Walterhill, Rutherford County, TN.

John Hoover arrived in the Walterhill, TN area some time around 1800 among the area’s early settlers.

In 1802 “John Hoover, Esquire” is noted to have been the millwright of one of the first mills in the county. The mill was originally owned and operated by John Cummins and later was known as Pearce Mills. A century later the milldam at Pearce Mills was replaced with a concrete dam to serve as the first hydro-electric plant in the county. That concrete dam remains visible from the bridge that crosses Stones River at Walterhill. (more…)

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