Decoration Day
Mar22

Decoration Day

Decoration Day at my family cemetery, Haynes, has taken place on Mother’s Day weekend for as long as anyone can remember – which includes the recollection of my 94 year-old dad. As a boy, he chopped brush and pushed a reel mower to prepare the grounds. Haynes is located in the Scribner Mill community of Maury County, Tennessee. My dad grew up on a farm across from Haynes which, by the 1930s, was a resting place for several of his kin...

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The Ways of Country Justice
Apr14

The Ways of Country Justice

My grandfather Bob White worked a farm at Scribner Mill, technically owned by his brother Willis, a Columbia policeman. Bob and Willis had a gentleman’s agreement about splitting the profits and Bob’s growing ownership in the farm. This was during a time when a handshake meant something. By the way, lawmen in the White family probably dates back to Willis’s father and my great-grandfather James Lewis White who had...

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Joseph Haynes
Feb16

Joseph Haynes

If you have a family connection to Haynes Cemetery in the Scribner’s Mill Community of Maury County, be proud. A few heroes and patriots lie there – including two Revolutionary War soldiers, at least five Confederate veterans, and several who served honorably in more recent wars. There also are those who were just plain, good, wonderful, kind, hardworking, church-going people – and more than a few exceedingly colorful country...

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Reunion
Aug22

Reunion

A picture hangs on my living-room wall in Columbia, Tennessee, magnificently framed, of which I am especially proud. It is an original 1902 photograph of Confederate veterans gathered for a reunion —  friends, relatives, and comrades-in-arms of my great-grandfather James Lewis White, a private in Company F of the 48th Tennessee Infantry, who later enlisted in Company F of the 1st Tennessee Cavalry. The picture is probably taken...

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A Tennessee Treasure — Bob Duncan
Apr11

A Tennessee Treasure — Bob Duncan

One of the great county archivists and historians in the South is Bob Duncan of Maury County, Tennessee. Bob is a living encyclopedia on a fascinating middle Tennessee town of antebellum houses, tall tale tellers, and a blossoming arts and music community.                   photo by Kathie Fuston One of the best articles Bob has written was his tribute to the late Phil Everly — an...

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Knox County, Kentucky
Apr10

Knox County, Kentucky

One of the best county archives in America — perhaps only equaled by Maury County, Tennessee — is located in Barbourville, Kentucky’s Knox Historical Museum. For years Charles Reed Mitchell has edited a wonderful historical journal chronicling the rich history and unforgettable characters of this once-violent place. The Knox Countian is now accessible online at this new site: http://www.knoxhistoricalmuseum.org/...

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