Archive for the ‘Walterhill’ Category

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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Charlton Ford 2009

Charlton Ford Cemetery in 2009

On a cloudy autumn day in 2009, Ernie Johns and I set out to find the Charlton Ford Cemetery where we both have ancestors. Ernie had last visited the cemetery in 1971 when he tackled the herculean task of documenting old family cemeteries across Rutherford County. He didn’t remember exactly where it was, (more…)

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Middle Tennessee Ancestor Map

Several years ago I started marking the precise locations of my ancestral homes and cemeteries on Google Maps. I maintain maps of several areas where my ancestors were concentrated. By far, the one with the most locations is my Middle Tennessee map. It’s pretty amazing to see most of my ancestry since 1800 so closely associated with one small area. This map includes both sides of my family. On this map, the latest of my ancestors arrived just after the War Between the States, and all else were here by the early 1800s.

Click here to see the map.

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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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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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One summer day in 1924, the descendants of my GGG grandfather, William M. “Buck” Short (1827-1913) and their families gathered at Buck’s former home at Mona in the northern part of Rutherford County, Tennessee. In the eleven years that had passed since Buck had passed away at age 85, the home had come into the possession of his ninth child, Ashkenaz, or “Ash” as he was commonly known. A total of eighty descendants and spouses gathered for this family reunion. (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.


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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