CHAPTER THREE

Edwin Alexander McCorkle & wife Jane Maxwell Thomas (McCorkle), including her Purviance and Thomas Ancestry.

 

Children of Edwin Alexander McCorkle & wife Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle:

 

Hiram R. A. McCorkle

Rebecca "Becky" McCorkle Zarecor (Mrs. John C. Zarecor)

David Purviance McCorkle

Anderson Jehiel McCorkle

Elizabeth McCorkle Reeves

John Edwin McCorkle

Twins:  Finis Alexander McCorkle and Margaret LATINA McCorkle (Mrs. John T. Gregory)

Hiram R. A. McCorkle--the "Hiram" is for the mother Jane's brother, Dr. Hiram Jacob Thomas;

      Rebecca McCorkle Zarecor --alias Mrs. John C. Zarecor;

      Elizabeth McCorkle Reeves;--she moved to Gadsden near Humboldt in Gibson County, Tennessee;

     Anderson Jehiel McCorkle (an "uncommon good man," his uncle RAH McC wrote to his aunt Elmira);

     David Purviance McCorkle--he moved north just a bit to contiguous Obion County, Tennessee;

     John Edwin McCorkle, 1839-1924--he remained in Dyer County;

     the twins Margaret Latina McCorkle Gregory --Mrs. John T. Gregory-- &

     Finis Alexander McCorkle;

 

 

Below: Uncle Hiram R. A. McCorkle's descendants, some grandchildren of "Nan" Nancy McDiarmid Norling, the oldest daughter of John McDiarmid, Ph.D.; son from Allie May McCorkle (Mrs. Errett Weir McDiarmid):  The McCorkle descendant in this photo is Christine Norling, who was somehow deleted by me from the photograph.  Shown is Christine's husband ANDREW SCOTT JONES with Christine and their children.

Above: Andrew & Christine Norling Jones and children, Christine being a daughter of Nan Norling, a descendant of Hiram R A McCorkle. I do not know what happened to the right half of this photograph, Nan's daughter Christine, but I made the error, for which I apologize.

"Nan" Nancy McDiarmid Norling is John McDiarmid's oldest child.  Her brothers are John McDiarmid II and David McDiarmid. Nan's daughter  Christine and her family were supposed to have been pictured above.  Christine's husband Andrew works with CARE, and they have just returned to the D.C. area from Africa after an assignment where he has been in charge of the CARE operation in Rwanda.  Prior to that, he was in Nairobi. Now, they are very glad to be back nearer family, and  their families are glad to have them back home.  Christine has her M.A. in museum studies and worked in that field prior to their move to Africa. She plays and teaches violin, and has taught English in the schools in Africa. 

 

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Photo above: 1897, Union Grove School Photo, Union Grove School, Churchton Community, Dyer Co., Tenn.


 

We begin with Edwin & Jane's first child, HRA (Hiram) McCorkle.  Hiram must have been named after his mother's brother, Hiram Jacob Thomas, M.D., who moved on from Lebanon, Wilson County, Middle Tennessee, down to Mississippi, q.v. .

 

     Some of    HIRAM R. A. McCorkle’s Descendants, particularly through his eldest son Winfield Purviance McCorkle:  For HRA’s other children, please see Arahwana Ridens’ book on the earliest families of Dyer County, Tennessee.  Ditto for the Gregory descendants of Margaret Latina McCorkle Gregory, another child of Edwin Alexander McCorkle & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle.  I hope to add here the descendants of another child, “Aunt Becky Zarecor,” a.k.a. Rebecca McCorkle Zarecor, who moved just over the line into Gibson County.

 

[Generation I. The immigrants to America, Alexander McCorkle & “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery McCorkle.

 Generation II. Robert McCorkle & Margaret Morrison McCorkle. 

Generation III. Edwin Alexander McCorkle & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle.

 Generation IV. Hiram R. A. McCorkle & Margaret Cowan McCorkle. 

Now to McCorkle Generation V: Winfield Purviance McCorkle:]

 

Note:  Just before going to “press” (placing this on my web site) I found reference from Dyer County researcher Sam Alsup to an 1850 census that seems to list as Hiram & Margaret Cowan McCorkle’s 1st child an O.F. McCorklle.  Assuming the census taker was correct and such a child was born to their union, evidently the child did not live, for none of us has ever heard of it.

 

<HRA1: Winfield Purviance McCorkle who m. MaryMamie” King (McCorkle) of Eminence, Kentucky, where he had moved to teach school; Mamie King McCorkle was a daughter of Gideon King & Sophia Woodruff (King) of Eminence, Henry County, Kentucky. Gideon King was a Cotton 1st cousin to the 2nd wife of John Edwin McCorkle of Newbern:  that is to say, Gideon King was a 1st cousin to Mary Elizabeth Cotton (McCorkle) of Botland near Bardstown, KentuckyMary Elizabeth Cotton (McCorkle)’s father was John Cotton and her mother was Juliet Tong (Cotton). This John Cotton was a brother to Mrs. Mountjoy King, the Cotton-born mother of Gideon King, Gideon being the father of Mrs. Winfield Purviance McCorkle (Mary King). Grandma Mary Elizabeth Cotton McCorkle’s father, John Cotton’s father, was Henry Cotton.  There are Crumes buried in the old cemetery in which John Cotton lies (father of Mary Elizabeth Cotton McCorkle).

For example, John W. Crume married Elizabeth Cotton (Crume), a daughter of Henry Cotton and Mary Harrell on 26 Mar 1811 in Nelson County, Kentucky. Elizabeth Cotton (Crume) was born on 20 Mar 1789 in Nelson County, Kentucky, and died on 11 Sep 1823 in Nelson County, Kentucky, and is buried in Poplar Flat Cemetery, Nelson County, Kentucky.

          In 2003 we placed a new grave marker for John Cotton[1] at Botland, Kentucky, near Bardstown, in what has become now a Baptist church cemetery; astoundingly, an interstate highway now runs closeby. John Cotton died in Ky. in either 1852 or 1853 and left a widow, Juliet Tong Cotton, who died in Dyer County where her daughter Mary E. Cotton McCorkle lived.  -- Winfield Purviance McCorkle moved from Dyer County, Tennessee [where he resided at his father Hiram R. A. McCorkle’s in the 1870 census], up to Eminence, Henry County, Kentucky. Uncle Hiram’s journal records during the Civil War that little Winfield cried when the Federals stole his horse.  Census records show this:

 

Winfield Purviance Mccorkle, born about 1851, was living in 1870 in District 9 of Dyer County, Tenn.  He moved to Eminence and in the 1910 census is shown as living in Eminence, Henry County, Kentucky. The 1920 census lists him as still living in Eminence.

A granddaughter living today, in 2006, of Graham King McCorkle (Winfield Purviance McCorkle’s son and Uncle HRA McCorkle’s grandson) lives in the Indianapolis area. She is the daughter of Jean and her name is FRAN SEYER.

 

          Gideon King Excursus:  Children of Gideon & Sophia Woodruff King [parents of Mrs. Winfield Purviance McCorkle]:

 One. Allie King Haymaker.  Allie F. King (Haymaker) was a sister of Winfield Purviance McCorkle’s wife (the wife was née Mary P. King [McCorkle]).  Allie F. King became Mrs. Jesse Newton Haymaker, later of Wichita, Kan..  Allie F. King Haymaker was born ca. 1860, a dau of Gideon King & Sophia Woodruff King.  Allie F. King [Haymaker] appears as 1 year old in the 1860 census of Eminence, Ky. Other children of Gideon & Sophie W. King listed are [Two:] “Mamie” Mary P., aged 3, daughter [later, Mrs. Winfield Purviance McCorkle]; and [Three:] James P. King, aged 12.  Also listed is [Four:] Almedia S. King, female aged 28.

Gideon King is listed in 1860 as being 42, his wife Sophia Woodruff King as 34.

            The daughter of Gideon King named Allie King,  who m. Jesse Newton Haymaker, married a Christian missionary and moved to Wichita, Kansas.  -- Grandma Mary Elizabeth Cotton was out in Kansas visiting the Haymakers when Mr. Shumate “broke the bank” in Newbern, of which Grandpa John Edwin McCorkle was a director; and Grandma had to come home to West Tennessee.  Back then, bank directors had to make good the investors’ losses from their personal funds.  -- Jesse Newton Haymaker as a missionary moved through Ellis Island  circa 1900, traversing the ocean to France and England.  One son, Henley Haymaker’s, name is on a building at Kansas State University in Manhattan. [The daughter of Gideon & Sophie Woodruff King who m. Winfield Purviance McCorkle was “Mamie” Mary King. ]  Herbert Henley Haymaker was born 28 Nov. 1892.  –I think a Pat Floersch is a Haymaker descendant.

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Margaret Gooch, Ph.D., of Tufts University (retiring in the fall of 2006) sent me the following information in March of 2006:

 

Allie May McCorkle [McDiarmid] b. May 3, 1877.

 

Her sister, Bertha McCorkle, was born Dec. 6, 1878 and died sometime after 1937. 

 

Florence Woodruff McCorkle b. Oct. 20, 1883  -- died aged about 21. Margaret Gooch of today has transcribed her Eminence, Ky, personal journals. It is tragic that Florence died so young, as her life was just blooming.

 

Graham King McCorkle b. Jan 5 (?) 1887

 

Mary Foster Haymaker b. Dec. 19, 1858

Herbert Henley Haymaker, b. Nov. 28, 1892

 

“These are from a page my father [Cowen Gooch] wrote out and left with other genealogical info in Gideon King’s Bible.

 

“I found a newspaper clipping reporting Florence McCorkle’s death that said she was about 21 when she died of a sudden illness.  I know that Bertha lived some length of time beyond 1937, when I was born, but I don’t know how many years.  Since she was largely or wholly deaf, she would not have been a music teacher, so probably that info applies to Allie May rather than to her.  I never heard her referred to as Bertie, but that could have been her nickname growing up.  Also, I have a paperweight showing the name Allie Mae McCorkle, but otherwise, I never saw my grandmother’s name written other than as Allie May.  (Hope this is helpful, at whatever point you may be making adjustments.)

 

“,,,[Please] mention our mother Florence’s trip to Washington D.C. to be recognized for her Wednesdays in Mississippi involvement by the Children’s Defense Fund (just a few years back)….  “   --Florence McDiarmid Gooch, long living in Jackson, Mississippi, received an award from Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund for her work towards interracial understanding in the early civil rights movement.  Story typed and appended to this document.

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Below are the children of Winfield Purviance McCorkle & Mary King McCorkle as listed on the 1900 census for Eminence, Henry County, Kentucky, with my additions:

      Allie May McCorkle (McDiarmid), born circa 1877, aged 23, music teacher; she was to m. Errett Weir McDiarmid.  Allie Mae McCorkle was a college graduate.  Was her college Hamilton College which merged into Transylvania College, now Transylvania University? The Christian Church lists him amongst its “Heroes of the Faith.”

The 2nd of the two daughters of W.P. McCorkle & Mary King McCorkle was Allie May McCorkle who married Errett Weir McDiarmid, who taught at Hamilton College; then for a time at Texas Christian University, where he was sent for dryer air (tuberculosis).  Allie May McCorkle McDiarmid lived at the end in Jackson, Mississippi, and upon the death of her husband switched from membership in the Disciples of Christ-Christian Church to Christian Science. Errett W. McDiarmid & Allie May McCorkle McDiarmid are listed in the 1930 census as residing in Fort Worth, Texas, home of Texas Christian University:  E.W. McDiarmid is listed as aged 53 in 1930, having been born in Canada circa 1877, but an American citizen whose parents had each been born in Ohio; spouse’s name: Allie May [McCorkle]McDiarmid.   Mr. E.W. McDiarmid is listed as a college teacher. As mentioned, materials published by the Restoration Movement list E.W. McDiarmid, Sr., as a “hero of the faith.”—His son, a “junior,” was called “Weir.”

The children of E.W. McDiarmid, Sr., and Allie May McCorkle are:  [(1) Archie Campbell McDiarmid was born and died in 1906.] 

      (2)  Florence  Woodruff McDiarmid (Gooch), born March 10, 1908;  m. in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 15, 1931: “Cowen” Luther COWEN Gooch  and Florence lived in Jackson, MississippiLuther Cowen Gooch was born 10 May 1903 and died 20 Dec. 1996,    with his last residence listed as Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  Cowen Gooch served as president   of the Mississippi society of accountants.  His uncle was Cecil Gooch of Memphis, who   amassed a fortune in the lumber business and determined to give his fortune away for educational purposes; Mr & Mrs Cecil Gooch were philanthropists in West Tennessee, endowing numerous educational scholarships, and members of Idlewild Presbyterian Church of Memphis [or was it Evergreen Presbyterian Church?]  The three children of Florence McDiarmid & Cowen Gooch were:

          Margaret Gooch, Ph.D. in Literature and librarian at Tufts University in Massachusetts; born 1 July 1937.

 

          Martha Ann Gooch (Hogrefe) who m. Charles Hogrefe (Robert Charles Hogrefe) -- each is a 1962 graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis (when it was Southwestern at Memphis).  She was born July 2, 1940. After graduation from college, he was stationed in the military in Blytheville, Arkansas, circa 1962, where Martha Ann was asked to teach math and thus began her teaching career.  He worked with computers at, and retired from, the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, and she taught at a private high school. 

They have 3 children:

          a daughter Sarah Ellen Hogrefe, born 1974,  who is a nurse in Mississippi;

          a son James Errett Hogrefe who is a physicist-engineer who married a female physicist from Rumania, Oana Hogrefe; to this union of Errett & Oana Hogrefe was born, on August 16, 2006, a daughter,  Mary Anca Hogrefe; who weighed 7 lbs. 8oz. and clocked in as 19 ½  in. long.

          Laura Christine Hogrefe, who in 2006 is getting a master’s degree in music (voice) at the University of Indiana Bloomington.

 

Generation I.  James? Matthew? Samuel? McCorkle;  II.  Alexander McCorkle; III.  Robert McCorkle;   IV. Edwin Alexander McCorkle; V. Hiram Robert A. "HRA" McCorkle; VI. Winfield Purviance McCorkle; VII.  Allie May McCorkle McDiarmid; Florence McDiarmid Gooch; Martha Ann Gooch Hogrefe; Errett Hogrefe.

 

Added in Summer 2007:  Corrigenda:

The following is from Errett Hogrefe, for which I am most grateful:

 

" minor additions and corrections to our branch of the family (chapter 3).  I (James Errett Hogrefe) was born in 1971.  My wife is Oana Tataru Hogrefe, and she is originally from Bucharest, Romania.  We have two children.  Roy Peter Hogrefe (Roy) was born in September of 2004.  Mary Anca Hogrefe (Mary) was born in August of 2006.  We are both educated as physicists (I have a Master's degree, my wife a Ph.D.), but we both work as engineers (me as an electrical systems engineer, my wife as a software engineer).

My middle sister (born Sarah Ellen Hogrefe, now Sarah Hogrefe Mabary) was  born in 1974.  She is married to Jody Mabary, a general contractor in Hattiesburg, MS.  Sarah is a 2006 graduate of the University of Indiana with a Master's degree in vocal performance.

My youngest sister (born Laura Christine Hogrefe, now Laura Hogrefe Knight) was born in 1977.  She is married to Jason Lee Knight, Sr (Jason).  They have two children together.  Jason Lee Knight, Jr. (Lee) was born in August
of 2001.  Hannah Elizabeth Knight (Hannah) was born in May of 2003.  Laura is a registered nurse in Jackson, MS.  Jason works as an EMT in Jackson, MS."

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          James Cowen Gooch , attorney in Nashville, born December 27, 1942.  The following appears in the Nashville Post, by David A. Fox, January 2003, about this son of Florence Woodruff McDiarmid Gooch:

“Best Lawyers in Nashville    -         Trusts & EstatesJames Gooch -- Bass, Berry & Sims   Over the past 30 years, has built the best book of trust and estate planning clients in the city. Began in the U.S. Army’s JAG Corp, then earned an LL.M. in tax from New York University. Relied upon by many of Nashville’s wealthiest families to handle their complex tax matters. A former president of the Tennessee Federal Tax Institute. A Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a trustee of the Southern Federal Tax Institute."

By 1st wife Julia Davidson (Gooch), there were two children, viz.,

Anne Davidson Gooch, daughter, born March 25, 1983, Nashville; and

a son James Cowen Gooch II or Jr. (an attorney turned finance person, in Atlanta), born in November of 1970.   

Nashville attorney James Cowen Gooch Sr.'s second wife is  Jennie Smith

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PURVIANCE:  Elizabeth Purviance (Mrs. William Thomas) was the mother of Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle.

Purviance (French:  Purvaiance or de Purvaiance) Huguenots escaped up to Ireland after revocation of the toleration for Protestants that had been granted in the Edict of Nantes.  Two or three years ago Ralph and I naively toured old cemeteries in La Rochelle, ancient center of Huguenot activity, but found no Purviance graves.  We should have gone to the Mairie --to the town official's office to check birth and death records.

Generation I. Revolutionary war soldier John Purviance born  June 6, 1743 (in either Lancaster Co., PA, or in Northern Ireland) died 6 August 1823 from infection incurred in a scratch on his heel when tree branch fell.  This story was related by his grandson Levi Purviance of Preble County, Ohio (a son of David Purviance, the preacher), in Levi’s biography of his father “elder” David Purviance.  JOHN PURVIANCE 1743-1823, married Mary Jane Wasson in Rowan County, NC, on August 2, 1764.  She died aged 68 in 1810.

Generation II.  Elizabeth Purviance m. William Thomas.

  Generation III.  Jane Maxwell Thomas m. Edwin Alexander McCorkle. 

 Generation IV.  Hiram R. A. McCorkle m. 1st wife Margaret A. L. Cowan.

 Generation V. Winfield Purviance McCorkle m. “Mamie” Mary King of Eminence, Ky.

 Generation VI.  Allie May McCorkle McDiarmid.

Generation VII.  (1)  Florence Woodruff McDiarmid Gooch; Errett Weir McDiarmid, Ph.D.; and John McDiarmid, Ph.D.

VII. (2)        WeirE.W. McDiarmid Jr., born 13 July 1909, a child of Allie May McCorkle McDiarmid, aged 20 in 1930 and born in W.Va. [Was this the McDiarmid homeplace? or perhaps the Woodruff homeplace?] Weir McDiarmid m. Orpha Nelson.  was on the faculty at the University of Minnesota.  Born 13 July 1909 in Beckley, West Virginia, he died 27 April 2000 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  He had a PhD from the University of Chicago and was a librarian there.  He amassed an impressive collection of Sherlock Holmes-iana, and was critical to the founding of the Sherlock Holmes society at the University of Minnesota.

VIII.   Weir had three daughters, the first of whom is director of admissions at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences:  Emly McDiarmid, Sage Hall,  205 Prospect Street, New Haven, Connecticut. Admissions.   Emly May McDiarmid, born Jan. 29, 1939, m. SN Klaus by whom she had two children before divorce:  Jeffrey Klaus, born March 28, 1961; and Peter Klaus, born July 4, 1963.

VIII. Weir McDiarmid’s 2nd daughter:  Anne McDiarmid (Brahmey), born January 22, 1943.  She had a son before divorce:  Michael Weir Brahmey.

VIII.  Weir McDiarmid’s 3rd daughter:  Mary McDiarmid was  born June 10, 1947.  She has never married.

Third child of Cousin Allie May McCorkle McDiarmid:

 

VII. (3) John McDiarmid, child of Allie May McCorkle McDiarmid, then aged 18 and b. in West Virginia. He had a Ph.D. and married a woman whose panache greatly aided his career, viz., Darice Elmer McDiarmid::   born May 12, 1915, in Trenton, NJ.   Darice died in March1990.  John & Darice McDiarmid had two sons and a daughter.

Aunt Katie Pearl McCorkle (Fox)’s record in Dyer County, Tennessee, says John McDiarmid was a political-science professor at Princeton.  He is in International Who’s Who, which lists him as having been at one time director of personnel for the United Nations.

 

Unbeknownst to us in 1970-71, John McDiarmid was at that time director of the U.N.’s programme for India, when my sister Sophie Joyce Huie Cashdollar and her husband Parker Ditmore Cashdollar were in India for Parker’s Agency for International Development grant to study building a dam for Mysore State.  --  Sophie kept infant Hunter Huie Cashdollar in the city of Bangalore. During his early childhood years, after returning to the states, Hunter quoted his ayah Philapena and made clucking noises to “cluck the bullocks” as he had heard on the streets of Bangalore.

 

The following is in Int’l Who’s Who about our John McDiarmid:  … … … … …[to be added later]  … … * * * * * * * * * * *

              

 

John McDiarmid, Ph.D.,  was born 12 August 1911 and died November 4, 1982.  He is buried in the Titusville N.J.  Stakes Vault, Titusville, New Jersey.  He had three children:

VIII.1st    Nancy McDiarmid Norling, eldest, was born July 23, 1940, in Los Angeles.  nan norling <norling@udel.edu>  Nan (Mrs. Parry McWhinnie Norling) had two children.  Parry McWhinnie Norling was born April 17, 1939, in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Nan & Parry married September 11, 1965.

 

                    IX.1. Christine McDiarmid Norling, born August 7, 1967, in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  A photograph of Nan’s daughter ChristineJones  and her family appears below (if I’m lucky; sometimes my photos do not appear on my web site and I don’t know how to make it work).  Christine's husband Andrew Scott Jones works with CARE, and they have just returned (2006) to the D.C. area from Africa after a two year (?) assignment where he has been in charge of the CARE operation in Rwanda.  Prior to that, he was in Nairobi.  Christine has her MA in museum studies and worked in that field prior to their move to Africa. She plays and teaches violin, and has taught English in the schools in Africa.  -- Christine married Andrew Scott Jones on October 10, 1992  Andrew Scott Jones was born on May 23, 1966, in Darien, CT.

                             X. Children of Christine McDiarmid Norling & Andrew Scott Jones are:

    X.1.         Nathaniel Scott Jones, born September 9, 1996, in Atlanta GA.

   X.2.          Darice McDiarmid Jones, born November 17, 1998, in Atlanta.

   X.3.          Evan Marshall Jones, born May 22, 2002, in Nairobi, Kenya.

                    IX.2. Jonathan Norling, born Feb. 13, 1969;   Nan's child named Jonathan Norling lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a lawyer in environmental law.  Jonathan is also a musician and plays violin with a blue grass group there. Jonathan married Kelly Jeffries on September 4, 1999.   Kelly was born on November 22, 1966, in Indiana.  She and Jon have two children:

                   X.1. Beck Jeffries Norling, born in Portland OR on Sept. 6, 2001.

                   X2.  Elsa Claire Norling, born in Portland OR on June 30, 2003.

Back to children of John McDiarmid and Darice Elmer McDiarmid:

VIII.2nd   John McDiarmid, married but divorced Candy Cunniberti (1977)  --  This John is a son of John McDiarmid Sr., Ph.D.;

 

VIII.3rd   David Weir McDiarmid, born 4 March 1946.  Married Margaret Colvin. Three children:

     Jeremy McDiarmid, born January of 1974

     John Douglas McDiarmid, born April of 1977;

     Andrew McDiarmid, born Nov. 14, 1979.

 

--  How far many of Uncle Hiram’s descendants have come from the frontier of West Tennessee!!!  Some of their accomplishments certainly make the rest of us seem a bit rustic, I’m afraid.  It shouldn't be surprising, though, for Uncle Hiram McCorkle's journals reveal valor, tenacity--even stubbornness--ingenuity, and deep religious belief  (he was always concerned with whether particular people had, as he phrased it, "obeyed the Gospel"). The journals evince money-savvy, an interest in swapping horses and mules, in planting and harvesting crops.  During the Civil War his journals reveal complete lack of fear as he rode a horse relentlessly throughout the South, evidently enjoying a good skirmish with the "federals."  Without emotion he recorded battle deaths and the weather.  Post-war, he heard of a man's doing a widow out of a horse, and he appeared at the scoundrel's door; and he got the horse back pretty soon. I just don't find any fear in his journals.  In religion he was ecumenical back then, despite the less liberal attitude of today's typical member of the Church of Christ. He must have known that his grandmother's brother, David Purviance, was in on the beginning of the denomination. He must have known of the remarkable literary talent of his grandmother, Margaret Morrison McCorkle, some of whose letters are transcribed & reproduced herein.  He incessantly visited around the community attending all kinds of church services.  Even when on duty around Nashville, at a time surrounded by a battle, he took time off to visit and spend a night with preacher Tolbert Fanning and discuss religion.  --His journals never wallow in the tragedy it must have been for him to commit his beloved 1st wife née Margaret A. L. Cowan to the insane asylum in Nashville.  Knowing his strength and intent to achieve moral rectitude (by his lights it was just fine to kill "federals") it made me sad recently, in the spring of 2007, to find an old letter written from Eminence, Kentucky, by his eldest son's wife, Mary "Mamie" King McCorkle, to my great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Cotton McCorkle, by then living in the Newbern area as Mrs. John Edwin McCorkle & sister-in-law to Hiram.  Mamie King McCorkle discusses that her elderly, perhaps by then not quite altogether, father-in-law Hiram R A McCorkle had inequitably left his property only to his youngest child, his son by the Menzies-born 2nd wife Janette.  Mamie King (Mrs. Winfield Purviance McCorkle) up in Eminence, Kentucky, by correspondence reveals no rancor, but merely hopes that Eddie McCorkle will do the Christian thing and properly distribute Hiram's property as Hiram would have done in his more compos mentis days.  --And so the curtain falls, as Hiram once wrote in his diary about freedman Frelin McCorkle,  on what I have been able to write about Uncle Hiram, whom I'm not able to do pay proper credit.

 

To repeat, to remind us where we have been:

1. Alexander McCorkle & “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery of Northern Ireland then Pennsylvania then Rowan County, North Carolina. 2. Robert McCorkle & Margaret Peggy Morrison of Rowan County, NC, then Middle Tennessee and perhaps environs of Lexington, Ky; then Dyer County, Tennessee. 3. Hiram Robert Archibald McCorkle & Margaret Cowan of Dyer County, Tennessee.  4.  Winfield Purviance McCorkle & Mary “Mamie” King of Eminence, Ky.  5. Allie May McCorkle & Errett Weir McDiarmid.  6.  John McDiarmid. & wife.  7.  Nancy McDiarmid Norling. 


From: Martha Ann Hogrefe [mailto:mahogrefe@hotmail.com]
Sent: Thu 4/27/2006 9:39 AM
Hi, Marsha.  Here is the response from my cousin Nancy McDiarmid Norling to my request for family names and dates.  I hope you can use this information to add to or correct data.  Nan is John McDiarmid's oldest child.  When I get the correct information about her brothers John and David I'll send it on. 

I thought you would like to see the picture she sent of her daughter Christine and her family.  Christine's husband Andrew works with CARE, and they have just returned to the D.C. area from Africa after a two year - I think - assignment where he has been in charge of the CARE operation in Rwanda.  Prior to that, he was in Nairobi.  I think they are very glad to be back nearer family, and I know their families are glad to have them back home.  Christine has her MA in museum studies and worked in that field prior to their move to Africa. She plays and teaches violin, and has taught English in the schools in Africa. 

Nan's other child, Jonathan, lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a lawyer in environmental law.  Jonathan is also a musician and plays violin with a blue grass group there.  If I get any pictures of Jonathan's family, I'll send them on for you to see. 

I'm including the email addresses I have of the McDiarmid cousins in case you want to contact anyone directly.  I think my cousin Mary McDiarmid (Errett Weir McDiarmid, Jr.'s third daughter) in St. Paul, MN, is interested in family history - you may have already been in touch with her. 

Charles and I leave Saturday for a week at the beach with our children.  The weather promises to cooperate, and it should be fun to be have all the grandchildren together for a few days. 

Hope all is well with you!

Love, MA

________________________________________________________________________From: "nan norling" <norling@udel.edu>
To: "Martha Ann Hogrefe" <mahogrefe@hotmail.com>
Darice Elmer McDiarmid::   born May 12, 1915, in Trenton, NJ.   Died in March, 1990 married John McDiarmid:  

Their daughter: Nancy McDiarmid Norling:   born July 23, 1940, in Los Angeles CA. Married Parry McWhinnie Norling (born April 17, 1939, in Lincoln, NE) on September 11, 1965.

 

    Christine McDiarmid Norling,    born August 7, 1967 in West Chester, PA.

 

    Jonathan McWhinnie Norling,  born February 12, 1969,  in West Chester, PA.

 

Christine married Andrew Scott Jones on October 10, 1992.  Andrew was born on May 23, 1966, in Darien, CT. Their children are:

 

    Nathaniel Scott Jones, born September 9, 1996., in Atlanta GA.

 

    Darice McDiarmid Jones, born November 17, 1998, in Atlanta.

 

    Evan Marshall Jones, born May 22, 2002, in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

Jonathan married Kelly Jeffries on September 4, 1999.   Kelly was born on November 22, 1966, in Indiana.  She and Jon have two children:

 

    Beck Jeffries Norling, born in Portland OR on Sept. 6, 2001.

 

    Elsa Claire Norling, born in Portland OR on June 30, 2003.

 

I think that's going to be it for our grandchildren!  But here's a picture of some of them.  [information from Nan McDiarmid Norling]

 

A photograph should follow of some grandchildren of Nan McDiarmid Norling:

[This turned out to be my mother Joyce Cope Huie, and I can't fix the mistake.]

PLC Blackwell with his 90-year-old GreatGrandmother Joyce Cope Huie, 2006

 

 

The above email came from Martha Ann Gooch Hogrefe

Sent: Sunday, April 09, 2006 6:19 PM


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Many thanks to Martha Ann Gooch Hogrefe of Mississippi and her sister Margaret Gooch of the Boston, Massachusetts, area for helping me gather information on Cousin Allie May McCorkle McDiarmid’s descendants.  As an example stands this email from Martha Ann Hogrefe   to: emly.mcdiarmid@yale.edu ; norling@UDel.Edu ; dmcdiarmid@rcsltd.net ; jm7@comcast.net ; mmcdiarmid@pioneerpress.com

Dear Cousins,    I have been in touch with Marsha Huie - a realtive of ours through our King/McCorkle ancestors.  Some of you may already be familiar with her research.  She has collected an impressive amount of family history dating back …to the early 1800's.  If you visit her site at www.marshahuie.com, be sure to explore the Old McCorkle Letters. … It is nice that someone in the family is interested in our shared history and is making an effort to make our family tree accessible to those who might like to know more about their roots.

Back to the children of Winfield Purviance McCorkle & wife Mary King McCorkle:

          ‘Bertie’ C. McCorkle, Bertha was born circa 1877, aged 21 at time of this census. 

[Bertha was another child of Winfield Purviance McCorkle & wife Mary King McCorkle]  She contracted scarlet fever and became totally deaf, making her life tragic. Her sister, Allie May McCorkle McDiarmid, considered Bertha to be the pretty one.

 

          Florence McCorkle, born circa 1884, aged 16

[Another child of Winfield Purviance McCorkle & wife Mary King McCorkle]

 

          Graham King McCorkle, born 5 January 1887 in Kentucky; died Nov. 1964 in Chicago, Illinois.  He was president of the Illinois Bell Telephone Company. Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity still lists him as one of its distinguished “Pike” alumni.

[Another child of Winfield Purviance McCorkle & wife Mary King McCorkle.]

                        Winfield Purviance McCorkle begot one son, Graham King McCorkle who was circa 1930 the president of Illinois Bell Telephone Co., Chicago—I know this because my father’s maternal uncle, Errett Cotton McCorkle, 1888-1976, kept in touch with his cousin Graham King McCorkle.  Errett Cotton McCorkle & Graham King McCorkle were 1st cousins through their McCorkle fathers (John Edwin McCorkle & Hiram R.A. McCorkle) and were 2nd cousins-once removed through their Cotton ancestors:  Mrs. Mountjoy King (mother of Gideon King) and John Cotton (mother of Mary Elizabeth Cotton McCorkle, Mrs. John Edwin McCorkle) were 1st cousinsErrett Cotton McCorkle lived in Chicago and St. Louis, having moved from the farm near Newbern up to his aunt Laura Cotton Hunter’s in Louisville, Kentucky, where Uncle Errett attended night law school.    I found this Social Security Death Certificate of Graham McCorkle on www.ancestry.com

        Graham McCorkle, SSN 320-10-1293, born 5 January 1887 in Kentucky; died Nov. 1964 in Illinois.  His World War I draft registration card was issued from Chicago City, Cook County, Illinois.

 

Graham King McCorkle, son of Winfield Purviance & Mary “Mamie” King McCorkle, born January 5, 1887.  He married Frances McFarland on June 7, 1911.  Two children were born:

 

Jean Frances McCorkle Mesick, born August 5, 1913 and died 1984.  She married in 1937: William Mesick , and they had two children:

          Frances Louise Mesick (Mrs. John Szyer), who had two sons Szyer.  In 2006, FRAN SEYER lives in the Indianapolis area.

          Stephen Graham Mesick was born to the above union

 

Mary Elizabeth McCorkle Hess, born December 1925. Married in 1946:  Robert L. Hess. 

          Gail Graham Hess Meade, born 1949 (Mrs. Robert G. Meade), who had two sons:

                                      Kristyn Graham Meade and

                                      Evan Joseph Meade.

          Philip Arthur Hess, born 1951, m. Debra Franks.

          Lindsey Hess LaMarche, born 1955, married Michael Joseph LaMarche. One daughter:  Amber LaMarche.

 

[Gideon & Sophie King/ their non-McCorkle daughter Allie King Haymaker/ connection:  Floersch?   A King/Haymaker kinswoman named Pat Floersch placed the following material on the Internet about the Haymaker-King connection:


… in reply to “Haymakers in
Southern Indiana” by Barb W): Check out the Ohio River Valley database prepared by David Distler. It's at http://www.orvf.com I believe that Anna Crum, dau of John Crum and Elizabeth King, m. John Haymaker 26 Apr. 1824 in Clark Co. Indiana.  Their children were:
1. Joseph M. Haymaker, b. ??
2. John Wesley Haymaker, b. 1829
3. George Washington Haymaker, b. 1831
4. Isaac Newton Haymaker, b. 1836
5. Mary E. b. 1838
6. Margaret E. b. 1844
7. Amanda b.1847  
Looking for Crum information may help you with Haymakers as the two families used the same first names and traveled as part of a group from Quaker meeting house to meeting house. Also look into the
Henley family, Foster family, Newby family and Mayo family… …”]

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      Anyone interested in uncleHiram R. A. McCorkle should read parts of his journal as excerpted by the late Arahwana Ridens of Newbern.  The journal is now in the hands of HRA’s g-g grandson David Caldwell of Newbern, Tennessee.  My father Ewing Huie, who was born in 1907 the year of Hiram’s death, called HRA McCorkle “Uncle Hiram,” so I do, too.  Uncle Hiram faithfully kept his journal throughout the Civil War. Occasionally when he was away from home, his brother, my father’s maternal grandfather, John Edwin McCorkle, made journal entries for Hiram. One of my treasures, given me by Edward Campbell Huie (died 2001), probably to deflect me from pestering him for genealogical information as he became one of our oldest survivors, is an old ledger book jointly kept by HRA & John Edwin McCorkle.  Just after the Civil War they had a general store that seemed to sell all dry goods.  John E. kept meticulous accounts.

          An extant letter from Robert A. H. McCorkle (son of Robert & Margaret Morrison McCorkle) writes his sister Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache of the sad condition of the mental health of Margaret Cowan McCorkle, that there is no joy in her company. And RAH then states that his nephew Hiram, Margaret’s husband, just goes on making money.

           

      As far as I know, the rest of Uncle Hiram R. A. McCorkle’s children (other than Winfield Purviance McCorkle, supra, who moved up to Eminence, Kentucky) remained in the area of Newbern, Tennessee.  One entry in HRA McCorkle’s diary concerns his train trip up to Eminence accompanied by a sister, Kate Cawthon Pace, to his orphaned granddaughter Mamie Cawthon (later Mrs. Clint Atkins, the mother of Bettie Jane Atkins, Mrs. Charles Caldwell of Newbern).  It was a great event for Hiram and granddaughter, perched on reclining leather seats.

 

 –And when the railroad finally came through Newbern to go on down to Memphis, it was Uncle Hiram who got the honor of driving the last spike across the Hatchie River. All the McCorkle brothers living in Newbern at the time were treated to the train ride from Newbern down to the Peabody Hotel, and return.  Source:  Diary of Hiram R.A. McCorkle; and the “Newbern Enquirer.

 

      Why have I concentrated here on Uncle Hiram McCorkle’s son Winfield Purviance McCorkle? -- in part, because Arahwana Ridens [2] of Newbern published a book on early Dyer County families including the descendants of HRA McCorkle other than those of Winfield Purviance McCorkle. I felt the need to fill in the Winfield gap.  In part, other reasons:  My father Ewing Huie’s mother, who died in 1915 when he was just 7 years old, was née Sophie King McCorkleWhen I was convalescing in the old Huie homeplace and found carefully preserved letters back and forth from Eminence, Kentucky, I still had not been able to learn why the Sophie “King.” [As usual, nobody seemed to care but me.]  It took me years to determine that the first Sophie King was née Sophie Woodruff, the wife of Gideon King of Eminence, Kentucky.  Gideon King turned out to be a 1st cousin to Mary Elizabeth Cotton (McCorkle), whose father was John Cotton, while Gideon King’s mother was Mrs. Mountjoy King, née Cotton.  As mentioned, there were, and are, in the old Huie home occupied by my mother, old letters to “Mollie” Mary Elizabeth Cotton McCorkle in Newbern from the Gideon King family in Eminence. The children addressed her as “May Toffie.” 

           --  Mary Elizabeth Cotton (McCorkle) (the 2nd Mrs. John Edwin McCorkle) was displaced by the Civil War.  She sewed for a living, I think my Aunt Beth Huie (her maternal granddaughter) told me.  Her father, John Cotton, died on or about 1852 or 53.  My sister Sophie and I got him a new tombstone recently up in Botland, Kentucky, near Bardstown.   I’ve not been able to learn whether her brother Rease Cotton [Pease or Reese Cotton?] was killed in the war, but I know Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” Cotton at one time had to live with the family of a Christian Church minister, Brother J. B. Briney, who had at least one son: Newt Briney.  At one time, Grandmaw McCorkle, as my father Ewing Huie called his maternal grandmother, lived with the Brineys up in Maysville, Kentucky, near the Ohio border.  My dad always said Mary Cotton was kin to the Jim Beam bourbon family of Bardstown.  And sure enough, many Beams are buried with the Cottons in the Botland Cemetery near Bardstown which now lies adjacent to a Baptist Church, as are Crumes.  [The tombstone we recently, in 2003, acquired for John Cotton, my father’s maternal great-grandfather [father of Mary Cotton McCorkle] is in Mill Creek Cemetery.] --  One old letter from Juliet Tong (Cotton) in Kentucky to her newly married daughter who had recently arrived in Dyer County, Tennessee, said, “I think you should tell Mr. McCorkle [John Edwin McCorkle] it was wrong to discharge the cook.”  John E McCorkle’s courtin’ letters to Mary Elizabeth Cotton up in KY were arch and seductive, beginning “My highly esteemed friend.” Evidently, with his 4 living children from his first marriage, he did not apprise Mary of his intent to fire the cook once she came on down to West Tennessee as his 2nd wife.  One of Mary’s sons, Errett Cotton McCorkle, in his old age placed on her old tombstone: “She hath done what she could.”

 

<HRA2:  Almeda McCorkle (Pope) (Mrs. Priest Pope)—this is not as I had once thought the McCorkle daughter whose mother chased her across the corn field in an unsuccessful effort to prevent her marriage, as Uncle Hiram recorded in one of his journals; that fleeing descendant of Hiram was née Janette Pope, and she married a Mr. Barkley.  – I think Priest Pope’s full name was Eugene Priest Pope; and I think my Unce Mutt’s  (Maury Adolphus Huie’s) “Cousin Meda” would have been this Mrs. Priest Pope --  ;

 

<HRA3: Elizabeth Jane “Bettie” McCorkle (Cawthon) married Johnny Cawthon; this is the ancestor of Mrs. Charles Caldwell, mother of David Caldwell of Newbern who now has possession of Uncle Hiram’s diaries.  We hope to transcribe these diaries for public viewing in the year 2006.

 

<HRA4: Lula McCorkle (Woods) (Mrs. Johnny R. Woods), who died peri-childbirth & is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery as “Lulu McCorkle” because, Aunt Beth Huie said, Uncle Hiram despised his cousin/son-in-law Johnny Woods as a drunkard, although John R. Woods was a son of Hiram’s maternal first cousin “Billy” William T. Woods, and John R. Woods was a grandson of Eleazor Woods & Sarah Purviance Thomas.  -- Sarah Purviance Thomas (Woods), born 22 July1804, married Eleazor Woods, 1813-1875.  [John Edwin McCorkle’s 1860-61 journal refers often to Eleazor Woods as “Uncle Woods.”] Sarah Purviance Thomas Woods was a sister to Hiram McCorkle’s own mother, Jane Maxwell Thomas (Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle).—This sad story about the ill-fated Lulu Woods McCorkle intrigues me, because I suspect that the real root of the dissonance was that William Thomas Woods (“Billy” Woods) probably joined the Union Army from Dyer County, while I know Uncle Hiram McCorkle joined and fought for the Confederacy.  A letter of Billy Woods’ descendant, the beloved “Miss” Cattie Morrow Flatt of my childhood, says not, that Billy Woods never joined “the army” but she writes of troubling times for Billy Woods.  I know from old newspaper articles that William T. Woods [Is the “T” for “Thomas?”]  lost his lands in Dyer County in numerous foreclosure lawsuits brought after the war.  And so I remain to be convinced that William Thomas Woods did not enlist on the Union side.  If he did, I applaud his courage.   

 

<HRA5: Tolbert McCorkle (died young; I would guess that his middle name was Fanning, because Tolbert Fanning was a noted Church of Christ-Christian Church preacher).  The family records of Aunt Ora McCorkle Huie and her younger sister Aunt Katie Pearl McCorkle (Fox), as updated by Maury A. Huie, state that Tolbert fell from his mother’s lap while riding in a buggy and was mortally wounded by being run over by a surrey--  whether the culprit was the buggy from which the child fell, or an oncoming one, I cannot tell.   --  

 

and Uncle Hiram R.A. McCorkle also begot:

 

      one child, a son, by his 2nd wife Janette Menzies:

 

<HRA6Edwin Archibald McCorkle (a.k.a. Eddie McCorkle) who m. Dona McCutchen.  Uncle Hiram’s 1st wife (née Margaret Cowan) died in the “lunatic asylum” at Nashville, Tennessee, as it was then called, and his own diary records her death, Margaret Cowan’s, without comment.  He visited her grave when attending a Civil War Confederate Veterans reunion in Nashville and remarked upon the cemetery’s unkempt state.  Sad to say, HRA McCorkle succinctly records lynchings in Dyer County this way: “Captain Lynch is at work in Dyer….”   Unconnected to the shameful lynchings, HRA mentions shedding a tear at the funeral service conducted on the grounds of the McCorkle Cemetery after the Civil War for freed slave Frelinhuisen McCorkle, deciding that Frelin had gone ‘where good Negroes go.’ So, we know Frelinghuisen McCorkle is one of the African-Americans buried in the McCorkle Cemetery whose markers have been lost.

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Descendants of Anderson Jehiel McCorkle should go here.

 

Descendants of Elizabeth McCorkle Reeves should go here.

 

Descendants of David Purviance McCorkle should go here.

 

 

Descendants of Becky McCorkle Zarecor should go here.

 

And Descendants of Margaret Latina McCorkle (Mrs. John Gregory) should go here.

 

 

I.          Generation One.  Alexander McCorkle m. “Nancy” Agness Montgomery, the mother of his children; and 2nd Rebecca Brandon

II.         Robert McCorkle m. 1st Elizabeth Blythe; then 2nd Margaret Morrison, a daughter of Andrew Morrison & Elizabeth Sloan (Morrison).[4][2]

III.       Edwin A. McCorkle [Edwin Alexander or Edwin Archibald?] m. Jane Maxwell Thomas (McCorkle).

IV.       John Edwin McCorkle m. 1stTennieScott (Tennessee Alice Edwards Scott) (daughter of William  SCOTT & Nancy Edwards Wellborn and granddaughter of James & Sarah Dickey Scott, the Scott grandparents having each been born in 1777, emigrants from York District, South Carolina,  and buried in the Old Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery.

IV.  John Edwin McCorkle  m. 2nd Mary Elizabeth Cotton of Botland near Bardstown, Kentucky.  She was a daughter of John Cotton & Juliet Tong Cotton. John is buried Mill Creek Cemetery in Botland near Bardstown; and Juliet is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery in Dyer County, Tennessee.

The following explains why we have a Julius M. Huie – John Edwin McCorkle Reunion almost every summer in Tennessee.  For this purpose (not to be exclusionary of other relatives, who are always welcome) I’m singling out my direct ancestor:  Generation IV. John Edwin McCorkle who married “Tennie” Scott and then Mary Elizabeth Cotton.

Generation V.  Children of John Edwin McCorkle & Tennie Scott (McCorkle):

V.               Ora McCorkle (Mrs. Julius Adolphus Huie—“Dolph” Huie), mother of

VI.            Maury Adolphus Huie, 1895-1973. Maury’s father was  “Dolph” Julius Adolphus Huie and Dolph Huie was a son of Julius M. Huie (d. 1911) and Julius’ 2nd wife “Sade” Sarah Elizabeth Scott (Huie), 1839-1893.  Maury married Nell Campbell of Florence Alabama, whom he met at Milligan College in upper eastern Tenn.  Maury & Nell Huie had 3 children:  VII. Joseph Howard “Joe” Howard Huie, who was severely afflicted and died aged 8; VII. Bill Huie; and VII. Edward Huie. Maury & Nell lived on the old Huie farm on the Dyer-Gibson County line (Newbern-Yorkville highway) but moved on to the town of Newbern.

VII.        (“Bill”) Reverend William Maury Huie m. Iris Lathbury. Bill and Iris are buried in Morehead, KY, where son Bill Huie & wife Jeanne Kegley Huie live.  Bill and Iris Lathbury met in Bible College.  Bill died in 2001 but after his brother Ed had died in early 2001. Bill and Iris had 2 children, Becky and Billy: 

VIII.      Generation VIII. “Becky” Iris Rebecca (Cornelius), who moved to North Haven, Connecticut. Becky graduated from Milligan College in upper eastern Tennessee where her paternal grandmother Nell Campbell Huie had received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree. Becky Huie, born 1943, is the mother of one child, viz., Generation IX. Beth Cornelius (White), who lives now in Lexington, Kentucky. Graduate of the U of Kentucky. Beth’s husband Steve White is an architect and in the year 2006 they expect to make a contribution to Generation X. “Ellie” Ellington White, born Lexington, Ky, in 2006.

  – [ We hopefully expect four contributions in 2006 to this new generation from Jessica Huie Cashdollar (Blackwell), now living in Memphis/Cordova—Update: Parker Louis Cashdollar Blackwell, was born 14 April 2006; from Helen Huie (Burns), now living near Charlotte, NC—“Livi” Livingston Ann Burns, born late April or early May 2006; from Heather Huie Hatley, now living in Wisconsin; and from Beth Cornelius (White), now living in Lexington, KY.—to be named Rebecca Ellington White.  – For us, that’s a lot of children; we are poor breeders.] 

Bill & Iris Huie’s 2nd child is:  Generation VIII. “Billy” to me but William Maury Huie II to others.  Generation VIII Bill Huie, born 1946 m. Jeanne Kegley and they have 3 children:

            Generation IX. Kathryn, born 1970, Vanderbilt U graduate, in U.S. Forestry         Service, remarried in winter of 2006 in Bandera, TexasKathryn Marie Huie         and Christopher Warren Furr married in a private ceremony on Feb. 18, 2006,  in Bandera, Texas.  New address:  125 as Sundrift Road, Drasco, Arkansas. 72530.  870 -668- 4020.

Generation IX. Heather Huie (Hatley), graduate of Southern Methodist University ; and

 Generation IX. Jay Huie (male), an engineer with IBM in NY, graduate of Case Western Reserve University.

VII.      Edward Campbell Huie, younger brother of Bill Huie above,  married Drucilla Garner.  Ed died in 2001 and is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery.  Ed and Drucy lived in Newbern, then, after the death of Aunt Kate McCorkle (Fox), they renovated and moved into the old 1863 John E. McCorkle home place about 5 miles east of Newbern on Highway 77.  Ed and Drucy had 3 children, viz., Generation VIII. Jennifer Catherine Huie (Mrs. Stephen Fisher Tucker, Sr.), born 6 April 1946; Generation VIII. “Joe” Joseph Headden Huie, born 21 June 1949, undergraduate and law degrees from U Tenn. Knoxville; and Generation VIII. John Ewing Huie, born 1952, graduated from U Tenn. Knoxville.

Generation VIII. Jennifer Catherine Huie and Stephen Fisher Tucker, Sr., had 3 children: Generation IX. Stephen Fisher Tucker, Jr., who lives near Athens, Georgia; Generation IX. Alison Campbell Tucker (Keogler), who lives near Atlanta; and Generation IX. Mary Brennan Tucker, who lives in Dickson, Tennessee, graduate of Middle Tenn. State U in Murfreesboro.

Generation VIII.  “Joe” Joseph Headden Huie, an attorney in Knoxville, m. Ann Livingston of Knoxville.  Each graduated from U Tenn. Knoxville where they met. Joe and Ann had 3 children:  IX. Helen Huie (Burns), graduate of Vanderbilt U, mother of spring 2006-born “Livi” Livingston Ann Burns; IX. Catherine Christopher Huie, graduate of Vanderbilt U and to graduate in 2006 from the U of Tenn. law college; and IX. Garner Huie (male), to graduate in 2006 from  Miami University of Ohio, of which David Purviance had been a founder and often president pro tem.

Generation VIII.  John Ewing Huie m. Joan Simpson of Newbern and had 3 children:  Mackenzie; Walker; and Tyler.  Generation IX. Mackenzie Huie (Warren), mother of John Beverley Warren IV, graduate of the U of Tenn.;  IX. Walker John Alexander Huie;.  Generation IX.  Walker John Alexander Huie m. Kelly Wood and they have two daughters, X. Allie Huie and X. Aubrey Huie.  Generation IX.  Edward Tyler Huie is 16 in 2006 and a high-school student in Newbern.

V. Will McCorkle (son of John Edwin McCorkle & 1st wife Tennie Scott McCorkle).  In John E. McCorkle’s journals he calls this son “Willie.”

 Will McCorkle m. Una Pace.  Will McCorkle begot through Una Pace:

VI. Pat McCorkle who had VII.1. Larey McCorkle who married Zayda Brborich  [yes: Brborich] from Ecuador and VII.2. Patricia McCorkle (Grimes).

Sean will graduate from GMU also with a degree in Information Technology.

 

Generation VII. Larey McCorkle & Zayda B. McCorkle had 3 children, Generation VIII: two daughters VIII.  Natalie, VIII. Lis a, and son VIII. Sean McCorkle. One of the daughters has a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City.

The Generation VII Larey McCorkle graduated from George Mason University (Virginia) after being a soldier on the ground in the VietNam War; and so did Larey’s wife Zayda graduate.  Larey & Zayda's family are all well-educated and live in the Washington, D.C., area-- Woodbridge, Virginia).  

 Generation VIII Lisa McCorkle was born Sept. 17, 1969’; SHE IS a civil engineer who graduated from George Washington University.  Lisa McCorkle (Vish) is to marry Jeff Vish in the pre-spring of 2006. Lisa and Jeff are marrying March 11, 2006 in the Bahamas and all her immediate family are to attend the wedding ceremony. 

Generation VIII Natalie McCorkle was born Sept. 8, 1973; SHE IS AN architect. Natalie McCorkle (Erdly) and Mark Erdly.  Natalie will marry Mark Erdly on June 3, 2006.  Natalie is an architect graduate from Virginia Tech and holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in NYC.

 and  

Generation VIII Sean McCorkle (male) was born Sept. 15, 1977.  Sean graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Information Technology in May  2006.

VI. Pat McCorkle through Virginia begot also: VII. Patricia McCorkle Grimes.  Patricia has one child. VIII Lauren Grimes, in the D.C. area also.

Will McCorkle & Una Pace’s youngest child was VI. Julia Dale McCorkle (Mrs. Bob Messer) (Mrs. “Monty” Elbert Montgomery).  Julia had only one child, VII. Tanya Messer Sandlin. After Julia and her daughter Tanya had both raised their families, they moved back from the Rio Grande Valley around Harlingen, Texas, to Newbern.  Tanya Messer Sandlin had two children:  VIII. Benjamin Sandlin, Newbern, Tennessee;  and VIII. Dana Sandlin, Bandera, Texas.

Will McCorkle & Una Pace had other children who had no issue, viz.,

VI.  Hazel Glen McCorkle who is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery; VI. Nobel McCorkle who m. Mary Ellen, a tax attorney in Washington, D.C.; VI. Hubert who lived in Los Angeles; and VI. Una Dell “Dell” McCorkle (Mrs. T.L. Caver; Dell was his 1st wife) (Mrs. R.N. Smith of Harlingen & Mission, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley—Dell was his 2nd wife).

V. Glenn Roache McCorkle m. Annie Heath of near Milan in Gibson County.  They had two daughters, Sue Alice McCorkle Lee & Annie Glen McCorkle.

VI. Sue Alice McCorkle Lee of Chattanooga (Mrs. Robert Earl Lee) had only one child: VIISuzanne Lee Gaultney (Mrs. James Dement Gaultney).  We lost Suzanne too early, in her 50s.

Suzanne Lee Gaultney had two sons of near Charleston, SC:  VIII. Mark Gaultney and VIII. Robert Gaultney, born 1975.

Generation VI.  The younger daughter of Glenn Roache McCorkle & Annie Heath McCorkle was Annie Glen McCorkle.  Annie G. McCorkle, born 1916, never married and lives in Nashville, moving there from the Churchton community at age 25. Annie has always been one of the joys of my life.  When I was a child, we used to meet her at the bus station at Dyer, then Milan, for she usually came from Nashville to spend her vacations with us on the farm in West Tennessee.  After she was much older, Uncle Errett Cotton McCorkle gave her money with which she purchased an automobile. How times have changed!

After the death of Annie Heath McCorkle, Uncle Glenn McCorkle married Irma King, who bore no children but had nephews surnamed Harris.

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Generation IV.  John Edwin McCorkle and his 2nd wife Mary Elizbeth Cotton had these children:  Generation VSophie King McCorkle Huie, 1882-1915; twins Jamie & Juliet who died; V.  Ralph McCorkle, died 1900 aged 16; and V.  Errett Cotton McCorkle, 1888-1976, no issue.  Uncle Errett moved to up Louisville, KY, where he lived with his aunt Laura Cotton Hunter (Mrs. John Crittenden Hunter) and attended night law school. Then he moved to St. Louis and Chicago, where he was personnel manager for Reynard or Renard Linoleum or Rug Company.  He was a successful investor and businessperson.

V.  Sophie King McCorkle (Mrs. Howard Anderson Huie) gave a valedictory address at either Bourbon College, a female institute in Paris, Kentucky, or the other college we know she attended:  Georgia Roberson College in Henderson, Tennessee.  I can’t place my hands on the valedictory address at the moment.  The real tear-jerker is the final letter she wrote, from her bed of pain at the old St. Joseph’s Hospital in downtown Memphis, to her only living full brother, Errett Cotton McCorkle, 1888-1976, charging Errett with caring for the three children she knew she must soon leave behind in life. The children were left young with her widower, Howard A. Huie.  Sophie McCorkle Huie’s people were told she had a tubercular kidney, but after my diagnosis aged 30 with ovarian cancer I’ve come to suspect my paternal grandmother’s true mortal illness was the same.  I do not know, though.

Sophie McCorkle (Huie) had three children when she passed into heaven in 1915:  VI. Sarah Elisabeth “Beth” Huie, 1904-1993, who never married;

VI.  Howard Ewing Huie, 1907-1971, who had 2 daughters, Sophie and Marsha; and VI. Baby Ralph” Ralph McCorkle Huie, 1914-1916.

All three of Sophie & Howard Huie’s children are interred in the McCorkle Cemetery.

VI.  Howard Ewing Huie m. Joyce Rebecca Cope, born Nov. 11, 1915. They married 2 May 1939 in Milan, Gibson County, Tennessee.  Joyce graduated from the U of Tennessee Knoxville in 1938. After high school in Newbern, she began college with a scholarship to Milligan College in upper eastern Tennessee and studied there two years.  Ewing attended Abilene Christian College, Milligan and Union U.  Joyce and Ewing Huie had:

VII. Sophie Joyce Huie who m. Parker Ditmore Cashdollar, Ph.D.  Sophie, graduate of U of Memphis; MA from Austin Peay State U; and worked for PhD at U Tenn while teaching English on the faculty there until husband Parker received his Ph.D.   Sophie Joyce Huie Cashdollar (my only sibling) and Parker Cashdollar had two children:

 VIII. Hunter Huie Casddollar, born May 19, 1970, licensed attorney (Georgetown B.B.A., summa cum laude, and Vanderbilt J.D. degrees) and a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service; and

IX.            Jessica Huie Cashdollar (Mrs. Brian Louis Blackwell), born April 18, 1975, occupational therapist (U Tenn. Medical Units) with MBA degree too, from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.  Mother of Parker Louis Cashdollar Blackwell, born 14 April 2006 in Memphis.

Our hopes ride on the New Generation as linchpin

 

PLC” Parker Louis Cashdollar Blackwell, June 2006, at 6 weeks of age, below.  Born April 14, 2006. In his first bathing costume ever, at the John Edwin McCorkle Family Reunion, Montgomery Bell State Park near Nashville.

Soon,  Joyce Cope Huie, aged 90, was to quieten her great-grandson Little PLC Blackwell.

 

Ewing and Joyce Huie also had your compiler, Generation VII, Marsha Cope Huie, no issue, born 1 August 1946 (please note that I’m much younger than Jennifer Huie Tucker, supra.)  On Thanksgiving Day, at age 53, Marsha married a 2nd husband, Ralph Ervin Williamson of Midland and San Antonio, Texas. The marriage was in the old circa 1830 Benjamin Huie/ Julius M. Huie/ Howard Anderson Huie/ Howard Ewing Huie/ Huie home on the Newbern-Yorkville Highway with a Methodist preacher officiating and “Miss” Llewellyn Wyatt Jones playing the piano.  The following is on the University of Memphis web site about me for Spring 2006:  “Marsha Cope Huie  Visiting Professor of Law, Herff Chair of Excellence.  B.S., 1968; M.A., 1970, Tennessee; J.D. 1976, Memphis; L.L.M., 1986 Cambridge University.”

This Ewing & Joyce Cope Huie branch of the family have indeed been poor breeders.  With humility and gratitude to God we announce the birth in Memphis on April 14, 2006, Good Friday, of Parker Louis Cashdollar Blackwell, born at the Methodist Germantown Hospital to Jessica Huie Cashdollar & Brian Louis Blackwell. 

 Maury A. Huie’s branch have produced more children.  –Joe & Ann Huie’s daughter, Helen Huie Burns, soon followed suit with the birth in Charlotte, NC, of a beautiful little white-haired girl, Livingston Ann Burns, whom they plan to call “Livi.”

And we with hope await the birth in 2006 of Heather Huie Hatley’s second child, a grandchild of Billy & Jeanne Huie; as well as the birth of Rebecca Ellington White to Beth Cornelius White of Lexington, Kentucky, the only child & daughter of Becky (Iris Rebecca) Huie.  Male Jay Huie is supposed to marry in 2007; we wish for them many happy children.

 

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Now we go to Uncle Finis McCorkle:

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DESCENDANTS OF FINIS A. McCORKLE, twin to Margaret Latina McCorkle (Gregory):

Generation I.          Alexander McCorkle m. ‘NancyAgness Montgomery. They were Scots who lived in or around Ulster Plantation, Northern Ireland, and both were immigrants to the region of Harris Ferry, Pennsylvania (now Harrisburg), thence to Iredell-Rowan County, NC   Buried in Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

                                                                                   

Generation II.               Robert McCorkle & “Peggy” Margaret Morrison.  She was his 2nd wife.  After the death of his 1st wife, Elizabeth Blythe, in Middle Tennessee, Robert went back to Rowan Co., NC, and married Margaret Morrison, daughter of Andrew Morrison & Elizabeth Sloan (Morrison).  Robert and Margaret may have either moved back to Sumner County around Lebanon, Tennessee, or temporarily gone on back up to Bourbon County, Kentucky--near Cane Ridge Meeting House outside Paris, Kentucky--to which the Purviance and McCorkle families, and possibly Thomas family, fled after John Purviance, Jr., had been scalped by hostile Indians in Sumner County in 1792.[3] It is known that sometime around or after1808, Margaret & Robert removed [either from the Lebanon area or the Bourbon County, Kentucky, area] to Stone’s River, Tennessee; thence, to Dyer County, Tennessee)

 

Generation III.       Edwin Alexander McCorkle  & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle.  (Edwin moved from Rowan Co., NC, to Rutherford County, in Middle Tennessee, to Dyer County, Tennessee, and perhaps had more moves of which I’m unaware.  Jane Maxwell Thomas, daugher of Elizabeth Purviance and William Thomas, died in 1855, having been widowed in 1853 upon the death of Edwin. Edwin’s brother RAH McCorkle wrote their sister Elmira that Edwin had died of typhoid pneumonia on the 10th of January 1853.)

 

Generation IV. Finis Alexander McCorkle & first wife Sallie Jo Jackson -- “Sallie” Sarah Josephine “JoJackson, Dyer County, Tennessee. I wonder if she is buried in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery just north of Newbern but in Obion County, where her preacher father & mother are buried; and is Finis himself buried there?  or is Finis buried in the Dyer County McCorkle cemetery but without a marker?  --Once I read an old letter that said:  Finis and John Edwin McCorkle were away at school at Bluff Springs Academy.  We have John E. McCorkle’s diploma (Bachelor of Arts 1860), but I would expect the supervening Civil War prevented the younger brother Finis from graduating.  The war began very soon after John E’s graduation. Something I recently read made me think perhaps Bluff Springs Academy was in McLemoresville, Tennessee, not Milan as I had thought.

 

I think Sallie Jo Jackson McCorkle is buried in Obion County, perhaps in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery's community of Palestine (?).  Sarah Josephine Jackson’s father, I think, was named Gillum or Gilliam Jackson, a minister, and we know she named an ill-fated son Gillum McCorkle.  In the 1880 Census of Tennessee, Finis McCorkle, listed as aged 36, appears with Sallie Jo Jackson McCorkle (aged 30) in the community of Palestine, with resident children Gentry Purviance McCorkle, aged 10; Gillum McCorkle, aged 7; “Jennie” Susan Jane McCorkle (Carter) (who later m. Dr. E. E. Carter and moved to Arkansas—I think), aged 5; and Homer McCorkle, aged 2.

Finis’ children by his 1st wife included Gentry Purviance McCorkle who m. a Cason woman (inter alia; in fact Gentry married at least 2 more alia) (Dyer Co, Tennessee, to Texas, to California); Homer McCorkle (Dyer Co., TN, to Texas, to California–a jeweler); Gillum McCorkle (buried as a teenager in the McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer Co., Tennessee—the neighbors gossiped that his step-mother “Mag” Margaret HART McCorkle poisoned him, but he is officially listed as a suicide & is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery east of Newbern). His uncle Hiram RA McC’s diary recorded that Gillum had shot himself while in bed with his brother Homer--the two brothers slept in the same bed in Newbern. ; and Jennie McCorkle Carter (who I know from old photographs lived with her uncle John Edwin McCorkle & Mary Cotton McCorkle circa 1900, not with her father and step-mother, and who, according to my Aunt Beth Huie (Sarah Elisabeth Huie, 1904 –1993) became the wife of a Dr. E. E. Carter of Hot Springs, Arkansas—I think she said Hot Springs). I think the doctor’s name was Edward E. Carter, and I think he removed to Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Jennie McCorkle Carter died in Hot Springs in 1906.

Jennie McCorkle Carter: Recently, I found a Dr Edward E Carter in the 1920 (I think) census records for Arkadelphia, Arkansas, whom I presume to have been Jennie McCorkle Carter’s widower; but I’m not certain.—In her 1900 photograph taken of her uncle John Edwin McCorkle’s home, Jennie McCorkle sits on the porch with a lyre (or mandolin or guitar) so she must have been musical. Aunt Beth Huie said that Jennie McCorkle Carter was a special friend, and of course 1st cousin, of my paternal grandmother, Sophie King McCorkle Huie.  --  Aunt Beth Huie lost track of Jennie McCorkle Carter, so I know nothing more except that she died in Hot Springs in the year 1906.

 

Below: Susan Jane McCorkle Carter (Jennie) with her brother Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Senior: Photo courtesy of Cornelia Taylor, sister-in-law to Deanna Glenn Taylor [Deanna Glenn Taylor being a daughter to Mary Helen McCorkle (Glenn), a.k.a., Mrs. Glen Glenn, late of Hollywood].

 

 

Jennie McCorkle married Dr. E E Carter of Hot Springs, Arkansas.Gentry P. and little sister Jennie McCorkle

 

 

 

  Jennie died young, fairly soon after her marriage.

 

 

Gentry Purviance McCorkle with his children.

Gentry Purviance McCorkle, president of Bandera County Bank, Bandera, Texas, near San Antonio.  His brother Homer also moved from the Newbern, Tennessee, area to Bandera, where he was a jeweler.  Each brother moved on to California after Texas.  Photo courtesy of Cornelia Taylor sister-in-law of Deana Glen Taylor, daughter of Gentry's daughter Mary Helen McCorkle.

 

 Gentry Purviance McCorkle.

 

 

"Jennie" Susan Jane McCorkle lived with her uncle John E. McCorkle & wife Mary Elizabeth Cotton McCorkle, not her stepmother and father Finis A. McCorkle.  John E McCorkle (my father's grandfather through John E & Mary's daughter Sophie King McCorkle (Mrs. Howard A. Huie) is thought to have built this house just after the Civil War, circa 1868.

 

Finis A. McCorkle’s child by his 2nd wife “Mag” Margaret HART was Mada McCorkle Montgomery who lived to become a centenarian in California. Maida married Howell Montgomery. When I spoke by telephone with Maida, living in California in 1983, she replied that no, she did not know the burial site of her father, Finis A. McCorkle. I presume he is interred in the McCorkle Cemetery; if so, Finis is, sad to say, the only brother without a tombstone; but Finis A. McCorkle may be buried in Obion County where his 1st wife had a church connection.  (I doubt it.)  Finis McCorkle last appears in Dyer County, in the 1910 census as living with his 2nd wife Mag Hart, at which time no children resided with them. Finis A. McCorkle’s youngest child, Maida McCorkle, had only one child, a daughter, Margaret Montgomery, who never married, had no children, was a librarian, lived in California, and is now [2003] deceased.  --  Finis fought for the Confederacy, so at least should have a “CSA” grave-marker. 

 

Generation V.  Homer McCorkle m. ?HELEN? Cason (a sister to the Ruth Cason who was the 1st  to marry Homer’s brother, Gentry Purviance McCorkle) (Homer moved from Dyer County to Center Point, Texas –near San Antonio–& eventually to California.) The Cason sisters who married two McCorkle brothers, Gentry & Homer, were from Henderson, Tennessee, south of Jackson.

 

Homer McCorkle      appears on the 1910 Census as being aged 21 and living in Newbern, Dyer county,Tennessee.  He appears in the Alameda, California, obituaries: Born 27 Nov. 1879 in Tennessee, he died at Alameda on 26 June 1964. He registered for the World War I draft  requirement in Kendall County, Texas. I know he lived for years, after leaving West Tennessee, at Center Point, Texas, near San Antonio

Hiram R. A. McCorkle’s diary records in October 1892 or ‘93 that a Mrs. M.E. Peacock removed from Center Point, Texas, to make Newbern her home but makes no connection between her and Hiram’s nephews, Gentry Purviance McCorkle and Homer McCorkle who were later to move to Center Point / Bandera, Texas.  On 18 August 1895, Homer McCorkle rode his bicycle, joined by some friends, out to the Churchton community. The friends whom Uncle Hiram lists are Ed Braidy, Robert Montgomery, and Earl Arnett.

 

Generation VI. Casey’ McCorkle  m. (2nd) Lois Miller McCorkle. (removed from Texas, to the San Francisco area.)    Bowden Cason McCorkle died recently, leaving Lois Miller McCorkle his widow in San Leandro, California, and a daughter named Kathleen McCorkle (Brudno) in California, area code 530.  Had it not been for Casey McCorkle, many of these old letters herein would not be available for us all. Requiescat in Pace, Casey McCorkle.

 

As mentioned immediately above, Casey McCorkle had by his first wife Floy Disney two children, Carter McCorkle and Lynn McCorkle,  and by Lois Miller McCorkle a daughter named Kathleen McCorkle (Brudno).  Casey had two brothers, now deceased:

 

Generation VI. Horace Jackson  McCorkle, M.D., at the University of California San Francisco Medical College, from whom his brother Casey was estranged. Casey’s sister-in-law Marjery Manchester McCorkle told me soon before her death that her other brother-in-law, Dr. Horace Jackson McCorkle, in the doctor’s old age said he had switched to Casey’s view, that Casey had been right. Casey had generously assumed an unfairly apportioned burden to take care of their elderly parent(s) when Casey himself had wanted to pursue further education but could not.  --  .  I do not know the names of the children if any of Horace Jackson McCorkle, M.D. 

 

Generation VI.  Homer McCorkle’s baby son wasTom” Homer Thomas McCorkle, Ph.D., born 20 July 1914 in Texas; and died 11 April 1994 in Alameda, California. “Tom” was an anthropologist, University of California Berkeley. Homer’s son “Tom” married Marjery Manchester (McCorkle) who was also a U California Berkeley graduate.  The ff. records the death of Homer & Helen Cason’s son Tom McCorkle, Ph.D:   “McCorkle, Homer Thomas.  Born 30 July 1914 in Texas [Center Point?]; died 11 April 1994 in Alameda, California.  Mother’s maiden name: Cason [misprinted as ‘Carson’].”

 The children of Tom McCorkle, by wife Margery Manchester of Berkeley, California, were: Generation VIIMargery “MaggieMcCorkle Pinson now of Galveston, Texas; Generation VII. Susan McCorkle [Susannah McCorkle], 4 Jan.1946 - 19 May 2001, an accomplished & critically acclaimed vocalist; and a 3rd daughter, Generation VI., Kate McCorkle, of California.

Maggie McCorkle Pinson has the M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Finis A. McCorkle of Dyer County, Tennessee, enlisted on the Southern side of the Civil War. I would assume the initial “A” stands for “Alexander” after the middle name of his father, Edwin Alexander McCorkle, and after his paternal great-grandfather Alexander McCorkle, the immigrant to the American colonies who died in 1800 and is buried in Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rowan County, N.C.  The mother of Finis A. McCorkle was Jane Maxwell Thomas (McCorkle), a daughter of Elizabeth Purviance & William Thomas. Again, an old letter records that John Edwin McCorkle and his younger brother Finis A. McCorkle were away at school at Bluff Springs Academy. Although John Edwin McCorkle graduated in 1860 just before outbreak of Civil War, I would suspect that war caused the school to close. Finis’ twin sister was Margaret Latina McCorkle (Mrs. John T. Gregory). It was unusual that John T. Gregory enlisted to fight for the Confederacy as did his son; the father was older than most soldiers.—NevadaVada” Gregory Wyatt, an aunt, sent Anna Lois Gregory Kuykendall and her younger brother Max Edwin Gregory, Ph.D., to college.  In 2006 Anna Lois lives in Yorkville, and Max lives with his wife Ellen in Blowing Rock, N.C.  “Aunt Vada” lived in Washington, D.C., and married Carl Wyatt from back home, too. She gained admission to the D.A.R. so many of the McCorkle descendants could use her DAR materials.

 

Finis A. McCorkle should have a marker at the McCorkle Cemetery in Dyer County, Tennessee, even if his 2nd wife Mag Hart McCorkle dumped him in the Mississippi River.  (Aunt Beth Huie referred to her great-uncle Finis A. McCorkle’s 2nd wife as “Mag Hart not Mag McCorkle, for whatever that’s worth from a woman who never spoke evil of anyone.)

 

Finis A. McCorkle had a son other than Homer McCorkle who removed to California, viz., Gentry Purviance McCorkle.  He’s the one I most wish I as an adult could have met. One of Gentry Purviance McCorkle’s children, I think I recall, was named Mary Helen McCorkle (Glenn). I know Gentry Purviance McCorkle’s daughter, whether her name was Helen or Mary or Mary Helen, married PervicalGlen” Glenn of the Glen Glenn Sound Recording Studio in Hollywood.  Sad to say, Glen Glenn & wife née Mary Helen McCorkle drowned while on vacation, in 1959. I think I remember seeing a Christmas card which Helen McCorkle Glenn sent to Aunt Kate McCorkle (died 1961) in Dyer County with pictures of Helen and children Molly, Deanna, & David Glenn;  but I am 57 years old, & that was probably more than 45 years ago & memory fades.    Mary McCorkle is listed in the 1930 US Census of California, living in Cucamonga County, San Bernardino, California, as a daughter aged 13 of Gentry Purviance McCorkle & wife Ruth Cason McCorkle.  Born 1913.  --  

Sarah Josephine [“Sally Jo”]  Jackson (1st wife of Finis A. McCorkle) was born 1849 and died 1880; she was, again, the  mother of, inter alia,  Gentry Purviance McCorkle & was the paternal grandmother of Mary Helen McCorkle (Mrs. Glen [Percival] Glenn); Gentry Jr; and David McCorkle.  Sallie Jo Jackson’s father was Gilliam [Gillum?] Jackson, a minister of Obion County, Tennessee.  One of Sallie Jo Jackson McCorkle’s brother(s) was John Jackson; source:  1937 letter from Gentry P McCorkle Sr transcribed below in which he names Uncle John Jackson as one of his very favorite uncles and mentions the death of that uncle’s son, another John Jackson.

 

n     Aunt Katie Pearl McCorkle (late in life Mrs. Ed Lee Fox) died in 1961 in Dyer County an aged woman, the last to die of the children of John Edwin McCorkle by his 1st  wife née Tennessee Alice Scott, Aunt Kate outliving her siblings all but a half-brother, Errett Cotton McCorkleErrett Cotton McCorkle was a child of John Edwin McCorkle & his 2nd wife, Mary Elizabeth Cotton McCorkle of Botland near Bardstown, Kentucky.  Mary Cotton & John Edwin McCorkle married in Eminence, Kentucky, presumably because Mary’s 1st cousin Gideon King & wife Sophie Woodruff (King) resided there, and the Kings’ son-in-law was there, viz., Winfield Purviance McCorkle.  Winfield, 1st son of Hiram, was John E’s 1st nephew.  Uncle Hiram’s Civil War diary records that Winfield cried when the Yankees stole his four-legged animal (I forget if it was a horse or a mule). 

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Finis A. McCorkle’s son Gentry Purviance McCorkle in California became a Seventh Day Adventist & used to irritate his 1st cousin Uncle Glenn Roache McCorkle back in Dyer County by trying to proselytize. Gentry Purviance McCorkle got himself into some wonderful money-scheme scandals out in California (Llano del Rio, a communitarian utopian endeavor that failed for lack of water) & married 3, the 1st Maggie Loraine Meeks (McCorkle), or Ruth E. Cason, from Henderson, Tennessee, born March 1870, m. 1 April 1903 in Center Point, Kerr County, Texas; and the second, or 1st  Maggie Loraine Meeks  b. 24 Nov 1892 in Tennessee.  Gentry had, I think, a 3rd wife whose surname was, I think, “Riley. [Was she Maude Sim(m)ons Riley?] ”  Gentry Purviance McCorkle died in 1962 in Glendale, California. 

 

Religion & Religiosity at Lemalsamac:  Uncle Glenn McCorkle & at Aunt Katie Pearl McCorkle, brother & sister, were devout members of the Church of Christ.  Although the Lemalsamac crowd, mostly my father’s cousins, succeeded in preaching my father out of the Lemalsamac congregation [he decided to leave, so his sister Elizabeth “Aunt Beth” Huie went with him], they were not successful in running off Uncle Glenn McCorkle, son of John Edwin McCorkle.  When they forbade Uncle Glenn from preaching in public at the old family church, he responded, “I wasn’t praying to them anyway; I pray to God.”  An evangelist named Stoy [Something] came through and stirred up the troops when learning that Ewing Huie (my beloved father) had dared to lead the singing for his cousin Bill Huie’s week-long meeting at the Newbern Christian Church.  There, in Newbern, they sang with a piano, anathema to the Lemalsamac crowd back in 1952.  My daddy went on to Newbern, and we all happily joined the Christian Church there, and didn’t worry that piano music would transport us automatically to hell.  --  I’m told that John Edwin McCorkle’s 2nd wife, Mary Elizabeth Cotton McCorkle, dutifully attended Lemalsamac but that as soon as he died, in 1924, she began attending the Newbern Christian Church.

 

Above:  Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Sr., with daughter Mary Helen McCorkle (Mrs. Glen Glenn) of Hollywood, California, just before her fatal accident in 1959. Wasn't she beautiful....!

 

A letter from Gentry Purviance McCorkle (son of Finis Alexander McCorkle & Sarah Josephine Jackson McCorkle) to his first cousin Katie Pearl McCorkle Fox (daughter of John Edwin McCorkle) back in Dyer County, Tennessee.  The typed letter comprises 3 ½ pages: Provenance:  from Aunt Kate to her niece Annie Glen McCorkle to Marsha Cope Huie:

 

"Glen Glenn Sound Company

Hollywood Studios

4516 Sunset Blvd. Olympia 2131

Hollywood

 

November 16 1937

Dear Katie Pearl:-

 

“First of all you, and you only, can ever understand how terrible I feel about the news your letter brought me of [your sister and] my dear [first] cousin Ora [Ora McCorkle Huie].  After her long life of usefulness and cheerfulness it is depressing to me to have it end like this [in the insane asylum at Western State Hospital in Bolivar, Tennessee].  It makes me pray all the more fervently:  “O Lord Thy Kingdom Come”.  For then, our youth will be restored.” 

“These two letters of your delight me no little.  They are so filled with the news of my remnant acquaintances and old time friends in the homeland.  It seems but yesterday that I was riding ‘old beck’, uncle Hiram’s mule, to Lemalsamac [Christian Church, now Church of Christ] with Ona on a pad behind me and now I’m as old as my Dad was at the date of his death.

You did not tell me about Kate Cawthon [Mrs. Pace].  How is she?  Still a teacher in the schools?  I always thought a lot o’ her.  [--Kate Cawthon Pace’s husband, Mr. Pace (father of Harry Pace), was killed at the Newbern railroad tracks by a man from Trimble who did more than merely brandish his walking stick.  This man from Trimble was the father of “Miss” Mattie ????? who ran the Trimble library until circa 1985.  No one was prosecuted; each participant in the deadly fisticuffs was considered a bit contentious.]    I’m sorry now that I did not write the letter to cousin Sallie Tobe  before her death.  I had it in mind a hundred times   [Quaere: Mmight Sallie Tobe have been some connection to “Tobe” Allen Scott, a sister to Mrs. Julius M. Huie, (Sarah Scott Huie’s dates of life 1839-1893)?].  Eddie [McCorkle, the only child of Hiram R. A. McCorkle by Hiram’s 2nd wife n ée Dona McCutchen]  is a first-class rascal:  I have written several letters to him since 1884 when I left uncle Hiram’s to live at home but has he ever answered a single one?  Nay Pauline ! ! ! !  His boy Hiram [McCorkle] was in California but I did not get to see him.

And, so, Baz Brown is dead; that good old man;

We ne’er shall see him more;

He used to wear a long tailed coat

All buttoned up before:

 

With his departure goes my last known living enemy in the state of Tennessee and maybe in the USA.  He hated me without reason.  I never did understand the reason why Mattie McConnell [Brown] ever married him!  He was a goose!! He did not enjoy first-class principle.  I has always despised him.


Maggie L. [Meeks McCorkle] and Mattie and I were friends together and had our little happy times together and after Mattie married him she seemed to be afraid of him and permitted him to alienate Mattie’s friendly relations from both Maggie and me.  I feel sure she is happy to be rid of him and his nasty vulgarity.  The community will sustain no loss and the world is better off.  If I did not consider it ill manners to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the dead, I’d devote another paragraph or two to that bird..    [At one time in her life “Miss” Mattie Brown kept a boarding house in Newbern.]

 

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Just how old is Florene [Hamilton]?  Maybe you knew she and I were conducting a burning courtship once upon a time and then the fire all of a sudden went out.  I saw her once, only, when she was married to Clennie.  She was good-looking then, I thought, and was favorably impressed.  So, in time, Clennie and Momsie both died and I wrote to her.  Was she 15 years or more older than he was?  That was reported by the Hamiltons.

[Florene Hamilton was the one who had the ladies’ Dixieland band that traveled all over West Tennessee.  She was tall and thin and, after coming to Newbern where she married Mr. Hamilton, she brought with her a niece named Florene Wood, who was not so tall as she.]

 

No, Katie Pearl darling, I’m not married yet but by golly I am going to be some o’ these days.  As many darling women as there are in this earth and as much as I love a precious woman, when I does love her, I’ll be dad-blamed if I’m going to spend the next 35 years o’ my life doin’ without one.  SO:

 

But, they’re difficult to find.  That is, the gal I desire to have as a [third] wife is scarce in California.  Maybe I’ll have to do as I did the other two times, go back to Tennessee.   I am a lookin’ all the time and a hopin’ and prayin’ for the sort who can love me and whom I also can rave about forever.

 

She should be a Seventh Day Adventist; Not over 40; Not too fat nor yet too thin; not too tall and neither too short; a demi-blonde; not too brilliant and not too dumb; not too rich and never too poor; a pretty face and a well developed form; auburn hair preferred; brown will do; well educated; widow; (Old maids above 40 are too exacting) who plays the piano.

 

There are 12 women to one man in the SDA church and if there are any such as this in Tennessee she might consider me.  I’m still as gentle as a lamb, as light on my feet as a fox; my fingers are as nimble as those of a boy of 25.  There are many such women as I have enumerated but mostly all married.  But whenever I find the gal, which I will, and she names the day, which I’m sure she will, I’ll send you her picture and invite you to the wedding.  I have one such in the horizon but have not met her and she does not know what I’m a thinkin’.

 

Well, Katie darlin’, the Signs O’ The Times have the name of the lawyer John Doe in my story but did not want me to use his real name.  I thought you would know him at first sight but maybe you do not remember him.  I heard him make just the speech at the meeting as described in the story.  He was a brilliant lawyer there for years, was a drunken bum for a long period of time and then reformed, opened his law-office again, made good, married a beautiful and talented woman, was supt of the christian sunday school at Newbern and was restored    [

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I’m sure uncle John E [John Edwin McCorkle, 1839-1924] would call his name the first name he would pronounce.  Think over all the people of that generation and if you fail to recall him, I’ll tell you in my next letter.  He was always a friend o’ mine.

 

I have not seen [my ½-sister] Mada [Mada McCorkle Montgomery, a.k.a. Mrs. Howell Montgomery] since she came back [to California] from Tennessee.  She owes me $50.00 borrowed money and $3000.00 additional which she and Howell and [their daughter] Margaret [Montgomery] squandered and this makes her shy about coming around since she received her insurance money from the death of her husband.  [My brother] Homer [McCorkle] is shy also on account of $1600.00 and $250.. and $150.00 which I loaned to him in Texas in 1905.  But it is more blessed to lend than it is to borrow and I’m thankful enough that I’ve always been on the lending end o’ the pole rather than the borrowing end.

 

I’d be very much pleased to hear from Ona.  I think I’ll write another letter and take a chance.  Where is her step-mother now?  I believe, also, I’ll write to [our McCorkle first-cousin] Hiram Reeves [son of Elizabeth McCorkle Reeves, who was a sister to Finis Alexander McCorkle, GP’s father]

 

Well darlin’ cousin o’ mine, I’ll not enter into any controversy with you for remaining with the church of our fathers.  But I will say this:  Quoting you:  “We have the same bible”:  The law did indeed bring us to Christ.  But which law?  Do not forget that there were two laws.  The moral law and the ceremonial law.  The Earthly Sanctuary question discloses that.  All things revolve about the two laws and the sanctuary.

 

The hand of the Lord Himself wrote the Decalogue.  It was laid IN the ark of the covenant.  It is this law whereby we are to be judged.  It stands forever.  It has never been supplanted.  The ceremonial law brought us to Christ.  The high-priest in the Holy of Holies had his hand raised to slay the sacrificial lamb but dropped his knife when the Lord Jesus said ‘It is Finished’ and the lamb went free for the reason the moment Jesus paid the price no further animal blood was efficacious.  The ceremonial law was there nailed to the cross because it had in fact ended when the veil of the temple was rent in twain.

 

One other:  Acts 20:7 does not recite that His followers are to meet on the first day to break bread in memory of His death and resurrection.  I believed that once also.  It says they came together to break bread.  Another way of expressing a coming together to have a meal.  No change of the Sabbath is suggested.

 

                                                               “4”

The death of my [first] cousin John Jackson saddens me no little.  I did not know him very well but always liked him.  He was the son of my uncle John Jackson who was one of my favorite uncles of them all.

 

But great scott, gal:  This is such a long and such a dull letter.  I have another story coming out this week or next in the SIGNS which maybe you’ll like to read and I’ll send one to you.  You will recall some of the events and times and characters.  Read it and tell me if you think it’s “sea worthy”. 

 

Write to me again.  I do not like to be forgotten.  Neither do I wish to forget any of you.  It was a terrible disaster about the Crenshaw bank wreck [in Newbern, Tennessee][1], The paper said the money was stolen by some one inside.  Who did it?  Who got the money?  Tell me the inside facts and maybe I’ll write another Newbern Bank Story:  With all my love to you and to all the kin I am

Your cousin,

Gentry

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 The McCorkle-ROACHE ROCKING CHAIR

Pictured below is a daughter of Glen Glenn & Mary Helen McCorkle (Glenn):  Deanna Glenn (Taylor). born 1939 and aged about 13 above.  Deanna sits in a rocking chair inherited from the Roache family of Elmira Sloan McCorkle (Roache) & Dr. Stephen Roache.  Down in the left-hand corner is her brother, James Lionel Glenn ("Jimmy Glenn"), born 1947 and died 1975. 

   Photo courtesy of Cornelia Taylor, sister-in-law to Deanna Glenn Taylor.

 

 
 


 

Gentry Purviance McCorkle ’s children (beside Mary Helen McCorkle Glenn) included HRA McCorkle, Jr.  [Hiram Robert A. (HRA like Gentry’s uncle Hiram Robert Archibald or H.R. Alexander McCorkle)]; and  David McCorkle, b. 1916.  David McCorkle was a WWII prisoner of war. Another child of G.P. McCorkle [Senior] was Gentry Purviance McCorkle Jr.– I think I remember seeing that one of the sons was a POW in WWII in the records kept by my great-aunt, Aunt Katie Pearl McCorkle.  And I think I remember that Aunt Kate kept this David World War II photograph in her album at her home,.

 

The  Old John Edwin McCorkle homeplace in Dyer County, Tennessee, which, after the death in 1961 of Aunt Kate, Katie Pearl McCorkle Fox, became the home of Edward C. Huie and wife Drucilla Garner Huie, still inhabited after Ed’s death in 2001 by “Drucy” Huie.

His daughter Katie Pearl Mccorkle Fox wrote that her father’s house was constructed in the year 1868.

 

 The home of Edwin Alexander McCorkle before destruction by fire sat across the road from his son John E’s house and was known as the “Red House.”  Edwin A. McCorkle (1798-Jan. 10, 1853) was born at the end of the 18th century in Rowan County, NC; moved with his parents and siblings to receive a Revolutionary War grant of land situated near Murfreesboro, Tennessee; then upon losing the land to title-dispute litigation accepted a Revolutionary War land grant made in lieu to his father Robert and therefore removed with his parents and living siblings to the newly opened Western District. He was appointed by the governor of Tennessee (a state stricken off from NC in 1796) as an initial magistrate of Dyer County.

 

–In my childhood (1950s and 69s), “Cousin Ollie” Gregory, widow of EDWIN GREGORY, a son of John T. Gregory and wife Tina McCorkle Gregory (a daughter of Edwin Alexander & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle and wife of John Gregory of Churchton), lived across the highway, in the field of the burnt Red House.  Cousin Ollie Gregory was the mother of three sons, viz., Maurice J. Gregory, Guy Gregory, and Garrett Gregory.  The grandmother, Margaret Latina McCorkle Gregory, was a twin sister to Finis Alexander McCorkle.  I’m almost certain her formal name was Margaret Latina Gregory but will have to wait and defer to her great-grandchildren whom I know, Anna Lois Gregory Kuykendall and Max Gregory, Ph.D.  It is with regret that I report the death of Anna Lois Gregory Kuykendall on or about September 1, 2006, at her home in Yorkville, Tennessee, and interment in the McCorkle Cemetery.  She leaves her husband, Lloyd Kuykendall, and two daughters.  Miss Anna Lois was my Home Economics teacher at Yorkville School and her husband Lloyd Kuykendall was the reason I managed to pass Chemistry in college.  Their daughter, Roseanne K. Spain, was in my class for 12 years at Yorkville, Tennessee, School, and the little sister, “Kathy” Vada Kathryn Kuykendall was there also.  Maurice Gregory’s wife, Robyn Jones Gregory (whose mother was a Herndon) , was our beloved 5th –grade teacher at Yorkville.  Guy and wife Aline Gregory lived in Trimble where he ran the cotton gin, and they had one son Bobby Gregory.  Garrett and wife Cherry Gregory lived in Newbern and they had one son Eddy Gregory who married Judy Gibbs (Gregory)  of Newbern and died way too young of colon cancer but left children in Newbern. 

Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Sr., circa 1925 (photo courtesy of Cornelia Taylor, sister-in-law to Deanna Glenn Taylor, GP’s granddaughter).

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Some of the following is duplicative, but here is more about the lineage of Finis A. McCorkle, twin to Margaret Latina McCorkle Gregory. I’ll have to integrate the two entries later:

Generation I.         Alexander McCorkle & Agnes Montgomery McCorkle

Generation II.         Robert McCorkle & 2nd wife Margaret Morrison McCorkle

Generation III.        Edwin Alexander McCorkle, born circa 1798 in Rowan Co., NC., and died 10 Feb. 1853 in Dyer County;  & wife Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle, a daughter of William Thomas & Elizabeth Purviance Thomas.

Generation IV.       Finis Alexander McCorkle & 1st wife “Sallie Jo” Sarah Josephine Jackson.  Something in Uncle Hiram’s (Finis’s oldest brother’s) diary said that Finis rode on his horse during the Civil War to find Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.  And something in John E. McCorkle’s journal made me think that Finis attended, with John E., Bluff Springs Academy.

                   Children of Finis Alexander & Sallie Jo [actually, Sarah Josephine] Jackson McCorkle:

1.     Gentry Purviance McCorkle, born May 31, 1870 – died 28 July 1962. 3 wives:  Maggie L. Meeks; Ruth Elizabeth Cason of Henderson, Tennessee; and Maude Simons Riley. We have a wonderful letter written in 1937 by GP in California to his 1st cousin Katie Pearl McCorkle (Fox) back in Dyer County. He had left the family church (Christian Church) and joined the Seventh Day Adventists, which would not have pleased Aunt Kate.  Evidently GP was writing “Signs o’ the Times” and including stories about Tennessee characters whom he had known.  He was not unhappy about the death of a Mr. Bas Brown in Newbern, for, Gentry wrote, Bas had alienated Bas’ wife Mattie Brown from her friends GP and GP’s by-then deceased wife.  My mother Joyce Cope Huie says ‘Miss’ Mattie Brown ran a boarding house in Newbern.

                             Son of Gentry Purviance McCorkle: Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Jr., California.  Born Center Point, Texas, on June 6, 1903; and died in California in 1983.  His wife was Marguerite Moreman, born April 2, 1905.    G.P. McCorkle, Jr., had one son, named Micnael Moreman McCorkle, born 29 November 1938.

                             Son of Gentry Purviance McCorkle: Hiram  Robert Anderson  (?) Archibald?) McCorkle, California

                             Son of Gentry Purviance McCorkle: David McCorkle, not Hiram, was I think the one who was a WWII prisoner of war, according to Aunt Kate Pearl McCorkle (Fox)’s journals.

                             Daughter of Gentry Purviance McCorkle:  Mary Helen McCorkle (Mrs. Glenn Glen), Hollywood, California.             If you’ve watched Lucille Ball  & Desi Arnaz “I Love Lucy” reruns, you will have noted the Glenn Glen Recording/Sound Studios name. Actually, “Glenn” Glen’s name was Percival Glenn.

2.     Gillum Edwin McCorkle, b. Aug. 6, 1872--died 21 Feb. 1894. Evidently, the ill-fated Gillum was named after his Jackson grandfather, Gillum Jackson, a minister in Obion County, Tennessee, and his McCorkle grandfather, Edwin A. McCorkle. My aunt thought his stepmother may have poisoned Gillum, but no proof exists. Uncle Hiram R.A. McCorkle’s diary records, “Gillum McCorkle shot himself last night (in bed with Homer)”.  [Homer was Gillum’s brother. Evidently some of the neighbors thought poison induced a suicidal state.]

3.     Jennie” Susan Jane McCorkle (Carter), b. 7 July 1874-died in Hot Springs, Arkansas as wife of Dr. E.E. CARTER of Arkansas, death recorded as October of 1906.  Above is a photograph of Jennie’s brother Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Sr., with his children.

 

 

Somewhere farther above: Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Sr.  1904.  President of Bandera County Bank, Bandera, Texas.

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Now to HOMER McCORKLE, a son of FINIS A McC

 

4.     Homer Thomas McCorkle – I suppose the “Thomas” was for his grandmother Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle’s maiden name.

5.     Jodie L. McCorkle, August 12, 1880-October 2, 1880.

6.     (only child by Finis Alexander McCorkle’s 2nd wife (Mag) Margaret F. Hart:) Maida Maxwell McCorkle (Montgomery), born Jan. 13, 1895 (Mrs. Howell Montgomery). Maida lived over 100 years. One daughter Margaret Montgomery never married & was a librarian in California; no issue. Born 8 Oct. 1908; Margaret now dead.  –Maida Montgomery told me on the telephone circa 1983 that she had no knowledge of where her father Finis Alexander McCorkle is buried.

Generation V.         Homer McCorkle (1877, Newbern, Tenn. – died 1964 San Leandro, Calif) & wife Helen Hart Cason

Generation VI.        Casey McCorkle & Floy Disney (mother of 2 children) and Lois Miller (mother of Kathleen “Kate” McCorkle Brudno)  --     Casey McCorkle, born March 21, 1909, of sacred memory, had three children, viz.,

 

Generation VII.  Carter McCorkle, b. 22 Feb 1936  --  [Was Carter McCorkle named after Casey’s father’s sister, Susan Jane [Jennie] McCorkle Carter of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Homer’s sister who m. Dr. E E Carter and moved from Newbern, Tennessee, to Arkansas, dying there in 1906?].  Carter McCorkle’s children:  Jamees McCorkle b. circa 1963; Elizabeth McCorkle b. circa 1964; and Catherine McCorkle b. circa 1968.

Generation VII.  Lynn McCorkle, born 1937, married but returned to McCorkle surname for herself and her three children, viz., Debra Jo McCorkle, born circa 1960; Michael McCorkle, born circa 1962; and Mark McCorkle, born circa 1963.

Generation VII.  Cathleen [Kathleen?] McCorkle Brudno, born 8 February 1945; California.

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Casey McCorkle’s siblings, also sons of Homer & Helen Hart Cason, were:

 

Casey’s older brother Horace Jackson McCorkle, M.D., born 5 Feb  1905 in Center Point, Texas; removed to San Francisco. I know nothing further about his family;

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Casey’s younger brother “Tom” Homer Thomas McCorkle, Ph.D., born b. 30 Aug 1914 in Comfort, Texas; removed to California. Graduate of University of California Berkeley.  Married Margery Manchester, b. August 13, 1917. –Tom had three daughters, viz., Kate, Susan, & Marjery. As Susannah McCorkle became famous, the reader can easily find photographs of her; but this compilation is not about celebrity, although your compiler was amazed at the genius of her art.  In my view, and this is my highest praise, she ranked with Nina Simone.

 

 

Marjery “Maggie” McCorkle Pinson,

Maggie Pinson, International Manager

 

Maggie Pinson, International Manager

M.A. Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin 25 years of experience in international education 10 years of experience at UTMB Active Member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators Recipient of National Defense League Fellowship for language and area studies, 1978-1979 Chair Houston Area Forum of Advisors to Internationals, 2002-2003 NAFSA Distinguished Service to International Education Award, November 2004.

“Providing assistance to UTMB internationals has been my greatest professional ....."

M.A. Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin. Daughter of

Tom McCorkle, Ph.D., and Marjery Manchester McCorkle of California; granddaughter

of Homer McCorkle; and great-granddaughter of Finis Alexander McCorkle & Sarah

Josephine Jackson McCorkle of Tennessee.

 

 

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ALL THE CHILDREN OF EDWIN & JANE MAXWELL THOMAS McCORKLE:

 

 

  Rebecca McCorkle Zarecor of Yorkville area  -- will go here.

 

 

Margaret Latina McCorkle Gregory toward Newbern

--will go here

 

Elizabeth McCorkle Reeves of Gadsden near Humboldt, Tennessee  -- will go in this chapter.

 

are To be placed here…

 

 

 

 

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END OF CHAPTER THREE—Edwin Alexander & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle

 

 

Alexander  McCorkle of Northern Ireland, Scots-Irish Immigrant to the Colonies

            The Last Will and Testament of Alexander McCorkle, dated July 31, 1800, the year of his death, leaves property to his 2nd  wife Rebekah.  His first wifeNancy” Agnes Montgomery McCorkle had predeceased him.  The amanuensis spells the 2nd wife’s name variously “Rebekah” and “Rebeca.”  The Will of Alexander McCorkle reads thus:

 

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Signing & Sealing Thereof

Thomas King                  Jurat     [Thomas King]                       A lexander M c Corkle

Robert Ramsey               Jurat    [Robert Ramsey][2]

Samuel King                  Jurat     [Samuel King[30]]                      *<0< SEAL û<;:981

 

In the name of God Amen

I Alexander McCorkle of the County of Iredell & State of North Carolina being of sound & perfect mind & memory bleßed be God do this thirty first Day of July in the year of Our Lord one thousand Eight hundred make & publish this my last Will & Testament in manner of allowing that is to say First.  I give & bequeath all my books with all my household and kitchen furniture excepting one Chest of Drawers also her Saddle & bridle & horse two Cows two Calves & four Sheep of her own Chooseing with all the wool Flax Cotton Yearn & Cloth to me belonging to her uße and behoof forever.

 

[ ¶ ]   I Do Also bequeath to my Wife Rebecah Eighty pounds in money to be raised out of my Estate in Case That She does Relinquish her wright of Dower in land.  But if my Wife Rebekah dients from this my Will & retains her dower in land then & in that Case I ordain that the above mentioned Eighty pounds Shall be Divided Among all my Children eaqually Share & Share.  I do also bequeath to my Wife Rebekah the ue benefit & Servis of the two rooms in the East end of the [page break] house in which I now live During her widowhood.  I also bequeath to my wife Rebekah the use benefit & Servis of my Negro man Tom during her widowhood & at the expiration of her widdowhood I ordain that the Said negro man Tom shall be under the direction of my son John.  I do also bequeath to my wife Rebekah the use benefit & Servis of my Negro girl Mary untill she the sd. girl shall have an Isue in which case I ordain that the Said negro girl Mary & her Isue shall be sold & the money ariseing thereof I bequea[-]th to my wife Rebekah forever & in case the Said negro Mary shall have no isue before my wife Rebekah’s Death I Ordain that she Shall then be Sold & the money[arising  there from eaqually divided amongst all my Children.

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[ ¶ ]   I Also ordain & appoint that said [2nd] Wife Rebekah Shall have & receive a comfortable & honourable maintainance on & from the land on which I now live dureing her reside in Widdowhood on sd. lands.   I also ordain a suficie[n]t Supp[ort] to her stock above mentioned which maintainance I Expect & require my son Robert with the assistance of the negroes in her Servise to grant & perform.

                                                           

[ ¶ ]   I Do also grant & Devise bequeath & make over to my son Robert & his heirs or assigns forever all that Track [tract] of [im]proved Land on which I now Live held by a title from John B[?ef?] bearing date May the Twenty sixth one thousand seven Hundred & fifty Six [1756]. 

[Is 1756 the date Alexander McCorkle settled in Iredell Co.? Later, this part was Rowan Co.]

 

            I also bequeath Devise & make over to my Son Robert all that tract of land lying & being on the North Side of the above named land held by a title from the [page 3 begins here] State of North Carolina bearing Date May the Eighteenth day One Thousand Sevenhundred & Eighty nine. [1789 was the year of adoption of the US Constitution and the year that George Washington became President of the US.] I also bequeath to my son Robert all my Farming & mecanick tools & ] Negro Gearl Esther to his behoof forever.  I also bequeath to my son Robert all my farming & Mecanick tools & Equipage.

 

[ ¶ ]  I do also bequeath to my Son Alexander forty pounds in money I also ordain that my Body Clothes be vandued among my Sons that Can or may be conveniently Conveined for that purpose & the money therefrom Ariseing & the monies ariseing from the Sales of other property not otherwise bequeathed & all monies to me belonging not otherwise ordained be Divided into Eleven eaqual Shares two of which shares I bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth & the remaining nine to my other Children eaq[-]ually Share & Share.

 

[ ¶ ]  I Do Also bequeath to my sons Wm. & Robt. all my rite interests or Claim to a track or parcel of Land entered in John Armstrongs office Located on the watters of Duck River fountain Creek or the reimbursement of the monies or interests thereon expended to be eaqually divided  among between them or their lawful Heirs.

 

[ ¶ ] And I hereby ordain & Appoint my sons John [,] Alexander [,] & Robt. McCorcle Executors of this my last Will & Testament.

 In witneß whereof    I    Alexander McCorcle McCorkle have to this my last Will & Testament Set my Hand & Seal the day and Year above Written                            

 

Signed Sealed published & Declared by the Said Alexander McCorkle the Testator as his last Will & Testament in the presence of Us who were Present at the time of Signing

 

                                                                                                Alexander McCorkle

 

[End of Will of Alexander McCorkle, Iredell County, North  Carolina]

 

*********        Note appended by Marsha Cope Huie:

            The above-bequeathed “waters of the Duck River” land --  devised to sons William McCorkle & Robert McCorkle  --  must be the land that had been granted for Alexander McCorkle’s Revolutionary War service that placed son Robert McCorkle on Stone’s River, Rutherford Co., TN [Murfreesboro area].  Robert’s brother William McCorkle also went there, at least for awhile.

            William McCorkle’s wife, nėe “Mattie” Martha King, had 1st been  married to the John Purviance, Jr., who was scalped by hostile Indians in Middle Tennessee (Sumner County). The scalping incident caused the Purviance family to move on up to Cane Ridge, Bourbon Co., KY, to find more civilization.  If indeed Martha King (Purviance)(McCorkle) fled to Kentucky her husband’s murder, I would think the erstwguke Mrs. John Purviance, Jr. (by then Mrs. William McCorkle) would have been reluctant to move back down to Middle Tennessee with new husband William McCorkle, but this is pure speculation on my part. It is known that Martha predeceased William McCorkle, for he married a 3rd wife née Jenny or Jennie Graham. [1st wife née “Peggy” Margaret Blythe, a sister to the Elizabeth Blythe who was the 1st wife of Robert McCorkle; 2nd wife née “Mattie” Martha King; 3rd wife née Jenny Graham.]

 

            The sons of the immigrants Alexander & Nancy Agness Montgomery McCorkle were:

 

1.         Samuel Eusebius McCorkle, Doctor of Divinity, Presbyterian minister, Thyatira Church, Rowan Co., NC. The State of North Carolina maintains an historical marker to Samuel McCorkle and his classics school that was located nearby Thatira Presbyterian Church, outside Mooresville & Salisbury, NC.  He called his school for classical training Zion Parnassus. He was a founder of the University of North Carolina and is memorialized at Chapel Hill.  His education was at a precursor of Princeton College, and his D.D. from Dickinson College (Pennsylvania). His wife was Margaret Gillespie (McCorkle), and they are buried at Thyatira Cemetery.[Was she a widow? Was Gillespie her maiden or widowed name?)

2.     John McCorkle  --  His niece Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache described him as “rather eccentric.”  If so, he fits right in with the rest of us. ;

3.     Joseph McCorkle;       

                                         

4.     Alexander McCorkle [Aleck]  --  His niece Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache wrote that Aleck was emotional in character and joined the Methodists. ;

 

5.     William McCorkle  --  His niece Elmira wrote that he became a Christian Church/Disciples of Christ minister, set his slaves free, and “went to preaching.”  He had 3 wives, viz.,Maragaret Peggy” Blythe; Martha “Mattie” King (widow of “scalped” John Purviance); and Jennie Graham 

 

6.     James McCorkle, 1768-1840; 

 

7.     Robert McCorkle.– 1st wife Elizabeth “Lizzie” Blythe; 2nd wife: Margaret (Peggy) Morrison.  Robert was born in Rowan Co., NC; moved to Middle Tennessee; married Elizabeth Blythe, his 2nd wife, in Sumner County, Tennessee (then, I suspect, a generic term for “Middle Tennessee”);  at one time was a member of  a Presbyterian or Cumberland Presbyterian Church congregation in Kentucky; removed to the Murfreesboro area of Rutherford County , where the father’s Revolutionary War land grant was lost in a land-title dispute litigation; then removed to West Tennessee, Dyer County, where he died and is buried in the 1st grave of the McCorkle Cemetery about 5 miles east of Newbern, Tennessee, although it should be noted that before the advent of railroads in the wesetern district, and before the Civil War, Yorkville was the better town. A study of Civil War maps will show Yorkville, but not Newbern. —Aunt Beth Huie said her Huie family [Benjamin Huie, b. 1798 in N.C.] settled 1st  just west of Yorkville a bit down the road and up the hill from what is now a Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with a house on the south side of the road; then moved west about 2 miles, building a house on the north side of the road; and did not buy the land where the Tigrett family settled, further toward Newbern, because Yorkville offered more “community.”  One notes that RAH McCorkle [Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle] sends his Civil War-time letters, reproduced here, with the inside address as “Yorkville.” 

 

 The immigrants’ 3 daughters were:

 

1.         Mattie McCorkle,

2.         Bettie McCorkle [Elizabeth McCorkle, who received 2 of 11 shares in her father’s will], and

3.         Nancy McCorkle.

 

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is the county seat of Rutherford County, Tennessee.  In the 1980s I went there to look for family deed and will records.

Land records of Rutherford Co., Tennessee, that may or may not be pertinent, circa 1830:

 

C           David Morrison to Obadiah Cole [Cale?] , deed book S, p. 586

C           David Morrison from Thomas Powell, 1832, book S, p. 392.

 

            As mentioned, Robert McCorkle had a granddaughter, Elizabeth Anderson, by Robert McCorkle’s 1st wife Lizzie Blythe [The granddaughter Elizabeth Anderson was a dau. of Mrs. Elizabeth McCorkle Anderson, Mrs. Thomas Anderson, of Middle Tennessee – Sumner Co. at the time.] The granddaughter, Elizabeth Anderson married J. Mitchell McMurray, a Cumberland Presbyterian minister, who long preached at McMinnville, Tennessee, but retired to Lebanon, Tennessee, where he died in 1875.

C           Deed to Joseph A. Montgomery from Hugh McMurry.  Deed Book U, page 614.

C           Deed from Robert McMurry to James A. Montgomery.  Deed Book U,  p. 54.

C           Deed to Thomas Murry from Benj. Cruch   Book T, p. 397.

C           Deed from James A. Montgomery to Robert McMurry, 1834. Mortgage deed, Book U, p. 54.

 

C           Thomas Murray to Henry Goodloe, Jr. , Book U, page 232.

[William T. Woods, born Dyer Co, TN., 1833,  married Cattie Doak in 1854.  Then in 1862, William T. Woods married Susan A. Goodlow, the mother of John R. Woods (who married Lulu or Lula McCorkle, a daughter of Hiram R. A. McCorkle.-- Eleazor Woods, b. 1813 in Sumner Co., TN, by wife Sarah Purviance Thomas (Woods), begot William T. Woods, b. 1833.]

 

C           Robert Maxwell from Isaac Hendrix [Isaac Hendricks] of Williamson County, Tennessee

I wonder if Isaac Hendricks was kin to Joyce Cope Huie’s great-grandfather Uriah C. Hendricks who is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer Co., Tenn. Uriah C. Hendricks’ father was Daniel Hendricks. (A Daniel Hendricks Sr. and a Daniel Hendricks Jr. [Jr. being a son of Sr. & a brother of Uriah C. Hendricks] are both interred in the McCorkle family cemetery in Dyer Co., Tenn. I suspect that the grave of Daniel Hendricks, Sr.,  who m. Isabel Pendry or Penry (Hendricks) is one of the oldest graves in the cemetery, close behind  the grave of Robert McCorkle; but I would have to be there in Tennessee to check the dates.)

                                                                                                                                               

In an extant Deed Index in Murfreesboro, TN, courthouse: Robert McCorkle, Grantee, from Joseph Fitzgerald. 1804.  Book G, p. 241.  But the deed itself was destroyed with many of  the records in the Murfreesboro court house during the Civil War.  This makes one wonder if Robert & Margaret Morrison McCorkle arrived in Rutherford County, TN, from Rowan County, NC, in the year 1804.  The Obsequies paid their daughter, Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roach (1797-1890), state that Elmira was eleven when she moved with her parents to North Carolina, which would have been in the year 1807 or 1808. 

We could trace the following deeds to see what property Robert McCorkle and family  lived on in Rutherford County, Tennessee, couldn’t we?

C           Robert McCorkle, grantee, from Joseph Fitzgerald. 1804. Deed Book G, page 241. In Deed Index only, Deed Book not extant.

C           Robert McCorkle, grantee, from John Jenkins. 1804? Book G, 313.  Actual Deed Book destroyed. [Spelled McKorkle in Index.]

C        Robert McKorkle, grantee, from George and Jane F. Pechels. 1816.  Book M, page 122.  Deed says “delivered to Edwin McKorkle 20th June 1820.”  Edwin Alexander McCorkle was a son of Robert & Margaret Morrison McCorkle; and Edwin Alexander McCorkle married Jane Maxwell Thomas.

 

C        Robert McKorkle, grantor, to Robert G. Cummings. 1826.  Book R, page 87.  –  [Can we find 1826 litigation records between Cummings & McCorkle?]

This must surely mark the date (1826) when Robert & Margaret “Peggy” Morrison McCorkle lost their land in Rutherford Co., Tennessee.  Soon after this date, they would have moved westward to take a land grant in the Western District of Tennessee in lieu of the one they had lost to a lawsuit (title dispute) in Rutherford County, Tennessee.  – I suppose we could run title to this piece of land to see where Robert & Margaret McCorkle lived in 1826 just before removing to Dyer County.  When Robert & Margaret (Peggy) Morrison McCorkle lost the McCorkle Revolutionary War land grant [presumably granted to Robert’s father Alexander McCorkle from the State of North Carolina, but perhaps also to Margaret Morrison’s people], in a land-title dispute, the court in Rutherford County, Tennessee, would have required that Robert McCorkle deed the land to the claimant whose land title had been adjudged more worthy.  This is almost certainly the critical deed, if their daughter Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roach’s death records are correct in indicating that her parents removed to the Western District of Tennessee in 1827.  How sad to think that Robert McCorkle lived only one year after removing to Dyer County, Tennessee, leaving an aged widow to cope with frontier living.

 

Another deed in the Murfreesboro, Tennessee, courthouse of interest to the McCorkle - Karnes family:                                                                  

C           John McCorkle to William D. Carns. Book S, 477. 1830.

Was the grantor a brother of Robert McCorkle, who most certainly did have a brother named John McCorkle ? Is the Carns kin to the Karnes family who married into the McCorkle family in Dyer Co., TN., after they moved to the Western District of Tennessee.  Given all the misspellings of the time, the answer is very probably “yes.”  Blaine Karnes and son T. C. Karnes were morticians in Gibson County, Tennessee (in the towns of Rutherford and Dyer) during the 20th century. A Karnes man married one of our McCorkle women; she is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery in Dyer Co.,Tenn.                            

 

Purviance Connection.  Excursus added immediately below:

[ I sent a great deal of Purviance - Thomas - McCorkle - Huie genealogical information circa 1984 to Stuart Hoyle Purvines for inclusion in his Purviance Family book.  Stuart Purvines produced a huge, red volume circa 1986, which if not still available for purchase, should be available for reading in a genealogical library somewhere.]

            Colonel John Purviance [Senior] on August 2, 1764, married  Mary Jane Wasson. For convenience, Col. John Purviance is referred to here as “John Purviance Senior,” who fought in the Revolutionary War.  (Two Purviance brothers married twoWasson sisters: Colonel John’s brother James Purviance married Mary Jane Wasson’s sister Sara Wasson.)  From Pennsylvania, John settled for a while with wife Mary Jane Wasson (Purviance) on the Yadkin River in Rowan Co., N.C.  In 1791 they removed to Sumner Co., Tenn. [perhaps then just an early generic name for “Middle Tennessee”], but after the second son, John Purviance Jr. [whose widow, Martha King Purviance, married Robert McCorkle’s brother William McCorkle, as her 2nd husband] was scalped by the hostile Indians, John Purviance Sr. and some family members at least moved to more civilized territory: up to Cane Ridge, Bourbon Co., KY, site of the Cane Ridge Meeting House where the Christian Church / Church of Christ originated circa 1802-1804.  Col. John Purviance [Sr.] and Mary Jane Wasson Purviance [I think] later moved back down to Wilson County, Tennessee (Middle Tennessee). Their son David Purviance, who remained for a time up near Paris,[31] Bourbon County, Kentucky, signed the Last Will & Testament of a certain Presbytery there and in so doing joined Barton Stone and the “New Light” Doctrine and thus was one of the founders of the Christian Church.  Our David Purviance is often listed as a co-founder with Barton Stone, with David Purviance spreading the movement into Ohio [“Elder” David Purviance died in Preble County, Ohio].  It appears the Purviance parents (Col John Purviance [Sr.] and Mary Jane Wasson Purviance] remained Presbyterians, Cumberland Presbyterians by then, however.  --  Cumberland Presbyterianism began at a site now included in the lands comprising the Tennessee Montgomery Bell state park near Dickson).

            Something I read in 2003 on Mark Freeman’s website about his Purviance/Maxwell wife – he lives in Garland, Texas--  mentioned a reference he had found; someone once described a Maxwell grave as being in Brown Cemetery, perhaps in or near Spring Hill, Tennessee, and as being adjacent to the grave of a “Mr. Pevines.”  It is not impossible that this would be the grave of our ancestor Col. John Purviance, also known sometimes known as John Purviance, Sr.

Col. John Purviance by wife Mary Jane Wasson begot three sons and eight daughters, videlicet:

C           “Elder” David Purviance  – signed the Last Will & Testament of the Cane Ridge Presbytery to begin with Barton Stone a new denomination; served in the Kentucky then Ohio state legislature; and is buried in New Paris Cemetery, Preble Co., Ohio. He also served as needed as president pro tempore of Miami University of Ohio.  In 2003, Garner Huie, the son of Joseph Headden Huie & Ann Livingston Huie, living in Knoxville where Joe practices law, is attending Miami University of Ohio. --Unfortunately, Ann Livingston (Huie) of Knoxville lost her father, Harrison Livingston of Knoxville, who died aged 90 in the year of 2005. Ann L. Huie has one brother.

C           Eleazor Purviance [Eliazor Purviance?] [Eleazer Purviance?]

C        John Purviance (scalped by Indians; his widow married William McCorkle, a brother of our ancestor Robert McCorkle, our Robert having died in 1828 soon after removal to Dyer County, Tennessee.  William McCorkle went on to marry again.  William McCorkle’s 3 wives were (1) “Peggy” Margaret Blythe (McCorkle), presumably a sister to the 1st wife of Robert McCorkle; (2) “Mattie” Martha King (Purviance) (McCorkle); and (3) Jennie Graham (McCorkle).

      In searching for our “Mattie” Martha King (Purviance) (McCorkle), I found the following on www.ancestry.com but don’t know what to do with it. All I’m certain about is that she is not the wife (2nd wife) of William McCorkle.  :     Martha K. McCorkle, aged 68 in 1880 census [born about 1812].  Home in 1880: Oxford, Lafayette Co., Mississippi.  Widowed.  White female.  Mother and father both born in North Carolina

C           Anne Purviance (Mrs. Samuel Woods)  – One might see my Internet entry on the Roots Web pages for Dyer County, Tenn., families. Anne Purviance Woods moved to Dyer Co., Tenn., for a time, but ended her days in Benton County, Arkansas.

C           Margaret Purviance (Mrs. James Cropper)

C           Martha Purviance (Mrs. Fleming)

C           Sarah Purviance (Mrs. Samuel Harris)

C           Mary Purviance (Mrs.       Cowan)  – I wonder if this Mr. Cowan was kin to Lavinia Cowan from Rowan Co., NC, who was the 1st wife of Benjamin Huie, 1797-1879. Pure speculation. This Mrs. Benjamin Huie was a daughter of Samuel Cowan & Rachel Lewis (Cowan) of North Carolina.

C           Our ancestor, Elizabeth Purviance, 1775-1849, who married William Thomas, born 1765.  One of Elizabeth Purviance and William Thomas’ children was our ancestor, Jane Maxwell Thomas (Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle).  Edwin Alexander McCorkle was a son of Robert and Margaret Morrison McCorkle.  – Just think of it: Elizabeth Purviance Thomas’ brother, John Purviance, was scalped by hostile Indians in Middle Tennessee !!!

C           Jenette Purviance   (Mrs. Richard Maxwell)                                   

            – Child of Jenette Purviance Maxwell: Mary Maxwell, born 16 August 1796 in Bourbon Co., KY, and died 23 July 1860.

 

Purviance-Thomas Excursus:

 

I.             William Thomas married Elizabeth Purviance.  Their children are listed as Generation II immediately below.

 

Generation Two:  II.1.         John Purviance Thomas, Jr., born 1792, married Kitty Espey  [?Catherine?]

[Now I’m wondering about a Thomas connection with historic Espy Tavern in Bedford, Pennsylvania, which I visited with my good friend Steve Dunkle circa 1998.  ESPY HOUSE is a National Historic Landmark.  There, President George Washington established headquarters during the Whiskey Rebellion.]

One of the children of Kitty Espy & John Purviance Thomas, Jr., was David E. Thomas, a lawyer who moved to Austin, Texas. This David E. Thomas was a first cousin to John Edwin McCorkle and was the one with whom John E. corresponded about recovering the Texas-granted lands then-unclaimed by the estate of their uncle, David Thomas.

 

II.2.         Peggy Dickey = Margaret  Purviance Thomas (Dickey), born 1793, married a Mr. Dickey.  No issue.                  “Peggy” Margaret Purviance Thomas Dickey is the one who gave the land for building Lemalsamac Christian Church in Dyer County, Tennessee (now, in 2003, called a Church of Christ). I do not know the name of Peggy Dickey’s husband.

Just before Christmas of 2006, James Ragon of Jackson, Tennessee, sent me a wonderful present, the will of “Peggy Dickey.”  It appears below after the email from James Ragon is reproduced:

 

Last Will and Testament of MARGARET [Thomas] DICKEY dec'd
Set up and established November Term 1869

State of Tennessee Dyer County I MARGARET DICKEY being in usual good health of body and of sane mind do this the 20 day of January declare this to be my last will and testament, 1st I will my body to the Earth whence it came. And my Soul to God who gave it 2nd It is my will that out of my worldly effects, at my decease that all my just debts shall be paid and a sufficiency used to secure my body a decent burial 3rd I then will that my brother HIRAM J. THOMAS shall have the use of all means belonging to me that he shall have in his hands at my death for the space of four years by him paying simple interest on same

4th I then will to my nephew D. P. McCORKLE ESQ. Four hundred dollars in money

5th I then will to my nephew JOHN E. McCORKLE Three hundred dollars in money.

6th I then will to my nephew ANDERSON J. McCORKLE the use of my house and lot in the town of Trenton Gibson county Tenn. Twelve months.

7th I then will to my nephew FINIS A. McCORKLE Three hundred Dollars in money 8th I then will to my niece ELIZABETH J. REEVES (wife of WYATT REEVES) Four hundred dollars in money 9th I then will to my niece LATINA McCorkle GREGORY (wife of JOHN GREGORY) four hundred dollars in money - 10th I then will to my nephew W.T. WOODS the tract or parcel of land willed to me by my Father said land lies adjoining the said WM. T. WOODs land on which he now lives and contains by estimation Sixty acres more of less I also will to the said nephew W.T. WOODS one half of my town lot in the Town of Trenton Gibson county Tenn. (after ANDERSON J. McCORKLE has the use of it twelve months) which I hold by deed to me from J. P. THOMAS 11th I then will the other half of the above described house and lot after - after ANDERSON J. McCORKLE has the use of it twelve months) to CORA ALICE daughter of the above named nephew, WM. T. WOODS 12th I then will to niece my MARTHA ANN DOAK wife of W.E. DOAK four hundred dollars in money - 13th I then will to my niece SARAH JANE GREEN (wife of A. GREEN four hundred dollars in money. 14th I then will to my niece SUSAN A. TROUT (wife of WILEY S. TROUT) Four hundred dollars in money, and if there be a remainder of my effects after the above distributions are made as therein specified it is my will that such remainder shall be equally distributed to the above named legatees. I hereby appoint my nephew DAVID P. McCORKLE Esqr. As my Sole Executor to the within last will and testament made and subscribed to by me and my seal affixed thereto in the presence of the subscribing witnesses this 20th day of January A.D. 1869

MARGARET DICKEY (SEAL)

Test
M.R. HENDRICKS
W.H.
FRANKLIN

____________________________________________________________

I had sent the following email to James Ragon in Jackson. A retired engineer, James has a very sharp mind and helps keep me straight on generations and where people should be placed in history.  I wish we lived closer to each other.

Dear James:

Direct Descendants of John (Sr.) DICKEY
                                
    1      John (Sr.) DICKEY    b: 1703 in Belfast, Coantrim, Antrim, North Ireland    d: Aft. 13 Feb 1789 in York, York County, South Carolina                
          +Martha McNEELY    b: 1706 in Antrim County, Ireland    d: 1895 in Bullock Creek, York County, South Carolina    m: Abt. 1737 in Augusta County, Viriginia            
        2      Jane DICKEY    b: 1738 in Albemarle Co., VA    d: Nov 1763 in Jackson County, Georgia                
        2      John (Jr.) DICKEY    b: 25 Aug 1740 in Albemarle Co., VA    d: Bet. 22 Mar - 06 Apr 1801 in York Co., SC                
        2      George (Sr.) DICKEY    b: 15 Apr 1742 in Albemarle Co., VA    d: 04 Aug 1817 in Madison Co., AL                
                +Mary (Polly) SCOTT    b: 1746    d: 1826 in Wabash, Indiana    m: Apr 1762            
               3      John DICKEY    b: Abt. 1765 in Albemarle Co., VA    d: Bef. 1870                
               3      Rebecca DICKEY    b: 1766 in Albemarle County,  Virginia    d: 19 Sep 1832 in Madison County, Tennessee                
               3      Ephraim E. DICKEY    b: 1770 in York County, South Carolina    d: 1840 in Lincoln County, Tennessee                
               3      Martha Jane DICKEY    b: 18 May 1774    d: Unknown                
               3      Jane DICKEY    b: 15 May 1778 in York County, South Carolina    d: 25 Feb 1858 in Round Rock, Williamson County, Texas                
               3      Mary Polly (Molly) DICKEY    b: 11 May 1781 in York County, South Carolina    d: 06 Jun 1843 in Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana                
               3      George (Jr.) DICKEY    b: 15 Feb 1785 in York County, South Carolina    d: 05 Oct 1870 in Dyer County, Tennessee                
                       +Anna CALLAHAN    b: 04 Dec 1785 in Alabama    d: 27 Aug 1869 in Dyer County, Tennessee    m: Bef. 1812            
                      4      Matthew (Sr.) DICKEY    b: 1812 in Madison County, Alabama    d: 11 Aug 1886 in Dyer County, Tennessee                
                      4      Madison DICKEY    b: Abt. 1818 in Madison County, Alabama    d: 1839 in Dyer County, Tennessee                
                      4      Anderson DICKEY    b: 31 Jul 1820 in Madison County, Alabama    d: 31 Jan 1867 in Dyer County, Tennessee                
               3      Nancy DICKEY    b: 1788 in York County, South Carolina    d: Unknown                
               3      Sarah DICKEY    b: Feb 1792 in York County, South Carolina    d: 1892 in Warwick County, Indiana                
               3      Eleanor DICKEY    b: Dec 1775 in York District, South Carolina    d: Sep 1825                
        2      Ebenezer (Ebner) DICKEY    b: 15 Nov 1744 in Albemarle Co., VA    d: Bef. 25 Sep 1784 in Kentucky                
        2      Robert (Sr.) DICKEY    b: 25 Nov 1745 in Albemarle Co., VA    d: 24 May 1817 in South Salem, Ross County, Ohio                
        2      Mary Eleanor (twin) DICKEY    b: 18 Oct 1747 in Albemarle County, Virginia    d: 12 Dec 1834 in Livingston, Kentucky                
        2      David (twin) DICKEY    b: 18 Oct 1747 in Albemarle Co., VA    d: 07 Nov 1823 in Washington, Daviess County,  Indiana                
        2      Susannah DICKEY    b: Abt. 1751 in Albemarle Co., VA    d: Aft. 1784 in York County, South Carolina                
        2      Mary (Polly) DICKEY    b: 11 Apr 1753 in Albemarle Co., VA    d: 12 Dec 1834 in Livingston, Crittenden County, Kentucky        Burial: 15 Dec 1834 Bethany, Livingston County, Kentucky        
        2      Martha DICKEY    b: 12 Jan 1756 in Albemarle Co., VA    d: Unknown                
        2      William (Sr.) DICKEY    b: 06 May 1764 in York Co., SC    d: 28 Jun 1832 in Macon, Illinois                


79.     x.      GEORGE JR. DICKEY, b. February 15, 1785, York Co., South Carolina; d. October 05, 1870, Dyer County, Tennessee

 James, Could this be the husband of Margaret “Peggy” Thomas (Dickey), who donated the land for Lemalsamac Christian Church???????]  The dates fit, as she was born in 1795.   

 


Sincerely, Marsha Cope Huie (Mrs. Ralph Ervin Williamson) MHuie@satx.rr.com

 

James Ragon responded,   This George is a first cousin of our Sarah [Dickey Scott], and his wife is Anna Callahan.  George, Jr., is not mentioned in Margaret Dickey's will;  see below.  Margaret may have married one of the Rowan Co., NC. Dickeys.
Take care and have a Merry Christmas, James

___________________________________________________________End of Blurb about Margaret “Peggy” Thomas Dickey

 

 

 

 

II.3.  David  Purviance Thomas, born 1795 – died 1836 a hero of the Texas Republic.  [Some say he was main drafter of the Texas Declaration of Independence, but that’s not in our family records.]

  [Other records erroneously say he was born 1801; but our McCorkle-Huie records say 1795; the State of Texas shrine at San Jacinto near Houston, Texas, lists David Thomas’ birthdate as 1801. I’m going with Ora McCorkle Huie & Katie Pearl McCorkle Fox’s records. They were 2 sisters who kept meticulous family records.    I might get connections mixed up, but I don’t think Aunt Ora and Aunt Kate did.]

David Purviance Thomas was mortally wounded near San Jacinto Battleground, Texas.  First attorney general ad interim, Republic of Texas; and Secretary of War.

I hope to get to visit the Texas State Archives in Austin to see his handwritten records. Circa 1998 I met the Texas archivist elsewhere and she told me, yes, she was very familiar with our David Thomas. She said she could tell by the degree of shakiness of David Thomas’ handwriting just how closely approaching was Santa Ana’s Mexican Army. --  I wish the State of Texas could reassure me it would preserve the quilt we have that was pieced by this David Thomas’ family. It came to me from Sue Alice McCorkle Lee, a daughter of Glenn Roache McCorkle, who was a son of John Edwin McCorkle. Sue said she thought I would treasure the quilt, and I do.

              An entry follows further down, the article I placed on Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia:

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II.4.         Jane Maxwell Thomas (McCorkle), b.1802, married Edwin Alexander McCorkle, an initial magistrate for Dyer County appointed by the governor of Tennessee. Named after a Jane [Purviance?] Maxwell [an aunt?] who appears in Cumberland Presbyterian church records in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky.  – As mentioned above, one of Jane’s aunts, a Purviance woman (Janette Purviance) married a Maxwell man (Richard Maxwell) .  Another aunt married a Mr. Maxwell also.  Jane is my father Ewing Huie’s paternal great-grandmother.Jane’s husband  Edwin A. McCorkle died 10th January in 1853; and Jane died in 1855, both too young.

 

II.5.         Sarah Purviance Thomas, b ca.1803, m.  Eleazor Woods

See Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee Dyer County. 

 

II.6.         Hiram Jacob  Thomas, M.D., born 1813, married Rebecca Stephens.  He removed from Wilson County, Tennessee, to Vernon, Madison or perhaps Jasper County, Mississippi; and then to Yazoo, Mississippi.

                     Obituary from The Weekly Clarion, May 22, 1878, page 3, in the Mississippi Department of Archives & History.  Transcribed 13 May 1980 by Evelyn D. Cushman.

 

                                         [1878] Obituary

Dr. Hiram J. Thomas died at his residence in Yazoo County on 17th inst., after a protracted illness, aged 72 years.  He was a native of Wilson County, Tennessee, and removed in early life to Vernon, Madison County, Mississippi, where he successfully practiced his profession until 1835, when he moved to Yazoo, and continued his practice in connection with planting. [I don’t think 1835 is correct, for he received a letter in 1836 from his brother David Thomas, sent from Texas, addressed to Vernon, Mississippi.]  In 1852 he married Miss Rebecca Stephens, who died the following year.  He was for a number of years a member of the legislature from Yazoo county, and although without pretensions to oratory, his clear judgement, accurate information, familiarity with parliamentary rules and urbanity of address, gave him more weight in that body than could mere gift of words.  He is said to have been more frequently than any other member called to the chair during the absence of the Speaker. 

“In all that constituted a good citizen and neighbor he was pre-eminent.  He was charitable, just, and public spirited, his purse and hand were ever ready to aid in any work of public good, whether religious, charitable, social or political.  He was in his convictions and opinions inflexibly firm, yet always respectful of those of others; without ostentation, he dispensed charity with a liberal hand.  After a long life of public and patriotic usefulness, he goes down to the grave with a memory revered and blessed by troops of friends.  He died without an enemy, and his walk and conduct, his justice, his love of truth, his unvarying integrity in all the relations and duties of life, his charity, and his kindness to his fellow man, his fidelity to every trust, show that in its broad and full sense he was a true Christian, although not a member of any church.  He met death with that calmness and composure which a Christian with a conscious sense of the rectitude of his life should meet the end of earthly things.         R.B. “

 

Back to: David Thomas Wikipedia online dictionary entry:

 (10 December 1795–1836) was a signatory of the Texas Declaration of Independence and the first Attorney General (ad interim) and acting Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas.

Early life and family

David Thomas was the third of six children of William and Elizabeth (Purviance) Thomas of Wilson County, Tennessee. He was born on 10 December 1795 (State of Texas records say 1801), presumably in Wilson County, Tennessee. His parents removed from Middle Tennessee to Dyer County in the newly opened Western District of Tennessee.

David Thomas's father, William Thomas, was from the area of Statesville, North Carolina, then Tennessee. His three brothers, Henry, James, and John, were also soldiers in the Revolutionary War. William's father was Jacob Thomas of Rowan County, North Carolina, also a Revolutionary War soldier, who married Margaret Brevard.

David Thomas's mother Elizabeth was the daughter of Revolutionary War soldier John Purviance of Rowan County, who married Mary Jane Wasson. One of Elizabeth's brothers was David Purviance, who is listed as a co-founder with Barton Stone of the Christian Church-Church of Christ which originated at the Cane Ridge Meeting House in Bourbon County, Kentucky, outside Paris, Kentucky, circa 1804. David Purviance served in the Kentucky and Ohio legislatures, where he continually advocated abolitionism, and founded Miami University, serving often as its president pro tempore. Levi Purviance wrote a biography of the father David Purviance.

A birth quilt made by his family is crafted "D.O. Thomas", but his middle name is unknown and it is possible that the intent was "DP" for "David Purviance Thomas", reflecting his mother's maiden name.

David Thomas later became a lawyer. It is known that Sam Houston read law at Maryville College in eastern Tennessee, but is not yet known where his friend and colleague David Thomas read law, whether with a preceptor or at college.

The independence of Texas

David Thomas affixed his signature to the Texas Declaration of Independence alongside that of Sam Houston, each from Refugio on March 2, 1836. His writings in the Texas State Archives as Secretary of War reveal, by the degree of shakiness of handwriting, the relative proximity to the Texans of Santa Anna's troops heading toward San Jacinto.

On 3 March 1836, David Thomas was amongst those appointed to the Constitutional Committee for the nascent Republic of Texas and is thought to have been a principal drafter of the Constitution of the Republic of Texas: on the committee were, inter alia, David Thomas and Sam Houston of Refugio, Texas, and Robert Hamilton of Red River and James Collinsworth of Brazoria.

Death and legacy

Thomas died 1836 after suffering an accidental mortal wound from a musket ball in the leg on the steamship Cayuga when fleeing troups of Santa Anna (Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna) with the new government of the Republic of Texas as part of the Runaway Scrape. David Thomas is buried in a hero's grave in the de Zavala Cemetery in the San Jacinto battlefield state shrine near Houston.

An extant letter sent from Groce's Plantation, some 12 miles below Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas to his brother, Hiram Jacob Thomas, M.D., dated just before David Thomas's death in 1836 states unequivocally, "I am attorney general of Texas." He reports that their fellow Tennessean Colonel David Crockett has been killed at the Alamo. By 1836, his brother Dr. H. J. Thomas had removed from Tennessee to Vernon in Jasper County, Mississippi. The letter, in the University of Texas libraries, is handstamped "Nashville T," where evidently the recipient paid for and picked up the letter, in a time before the government issued stamps and when the addressee had to pay to receive mail:}}

" Großes Pass [Groce's Plantation]

            March 20th 1836
            13 miles below Washington [-on-the-Brazos]

" Dear Brother

" I have only time to write you a few words Major Green has just arrived and tells me that he saw you lately at New Orleans, afterwards at Vernon [Mißißippi].

" The convention has adjourned, and after a declaration of Independence and adoption of a constitution and electing a President -- one Presidente [sic], Secratary [sic] of State of War of the Navy of The Treasury, and attorney general all forming the 3 cabinets--I have not time to write to you in detail. I am the attorney General of Texas.

" You will I have no doubt see from the papers a full account of the proceedings of Texas. The President & his cabinet will find their residence at Harrisburgh on the Waters of the Trinity on [or?] Galveston Bay where you will be good enough to direct your letterξ ---------

" I have not speculated any as yet - times are a little difficult at this time. Santa Anna is in the country--San Antonia [sic] was stormed on the 8th day of this month, not a man escaped to tell the news, about one hundred & eighty Americans were butchered col Croket amongst them and I expect Major Autry of Jackson [Tennessee? Mississippi?] It is said that there was between two & three Thousand Mexicans who made the attack. There was according to their own account upwards of five hundred killed and as many wounded

" Gen. Houston is in the field with 800 men in the Colorado his force increasing dayly [sic]. Col Fannis is at Goliad with five or six hundred men, all volunteers from the United States they have fortifyed [sic] and have, I have no doubt, been attacked before this time. I am anxious to hear from there All my acquaintances are there that belong to the army.

" I have very little doubt but Santa Anna will attempt to storm that force, if he should succeed they will suffer the fate of those in the Alamo. But I feel confident this place will be able to sustain itself.

" I will write to you again soon

                       Yourξ &c. [et cetera]
                            David Thomaξ

" Dr. H.J. Thomaξ " [End of Letter]


[Envelope handstamped as received at "Nashville T."]

                        Dr. H.J. Thomaξ
                        Vernon
                        Mißißippi
                        U.S.

_______________________________David Thomas's land grant from the State of Texas was posthumously claimed by his nephew in West Tennessee John Edwin McCorkle (1839-1924), Tennessee state legislator, on behalf of all the nieces and nephews of David Thomas. One of them was David E. Thomas, by then an attorney in Austin, Texas, who responded to an inquiry from McCorkle that the land grant was not worth claiming, for it was subject to Indian depredations and back taxes amounting to more than its fair market value. Nevertheless, McCorkle claimed the land for the heirs of the decedent David Thomas.

This is what the land-grant document says:

"No. 525-- IN THE NAME of the STATE OF TEXAS: To all to whom these Presents shall come, know ye: I, :F.R. Lubbock, Governor of the State aforesaid by virtue of the power vested in me by Law and in accordance with the Laws of said state in such case made and provided by these presents GRANT to the Heirs of David Thomas, deceased, their heirs and assigns forever, One Third of a League of Land, situated and described as follows: In Callahan County, Survey No. 801, on the waters of Pecan Bayou, a tributary of the Colorado River and between the East and West Caddo Peaks, by virtue of Headright Certificate No. 165, issued by the Board of Land Commissioners for Bastrop County, on the 2'd day of November A.D. 1838. ...*********** In Testimony whereof, I have caused the Great Seal of the State to be affixed, as well as the SEAL of the General Land Office. Done at the City of Austin on the Twenty Fifth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and Sixty Two [1862] .....[signed] F.R. Lubbock, Governor...."

Sources

See for the presidents of the Republic of Texas: David G. Burnet, Sam Houston, Mirabeau B. Lamar, and Anson Jones.

The Texas Declaration of Independence online: www.tsl.state.tx.us/treasures/republic/odeclar-10.html

Comptroller's Office, Austin, Texas, Certificate of Redemption No. 675 P. A., April 16, 1880: "Whereas, At a sale of Lands for Taxes for the year 1877 the following described Real Estate was sold for the taxes of said year and costs of sale, and the same was bid off to the State: Original Grantee: David Thomas; No. of Acres: 99; Brown County; Unrendered: This is to certify that John Edwin McCorkle [nephew, 1839-1924, representing the heirs of David Thomas] has exhibited at this office satisfactory evidence that he has paid...taxes for which said property was sold...amounting to $4.18 in accordance with 'An act for the relief of all persons whose lands have been sold for taxes and bought in by the State,approved March 22, 1879.'"

Stuart Hoyle Purvines, PURVIANCE FAMILY (privately published 1986).

1836 letter from David Thomas to his brother Hiram Jacob Thomas, M.D., in University of Texas library for American History, donated by Evelyn d'Arcy Cushman, wife of Alfred Cushman, a descentant of David Thomas' other brother John Purviance Thomas, born Middle Tennessee (Sumner County) 22 Feb. 1792, died 1857 Mississippi (and wife Catherine Espy Thomas). John Purviance Thomas' children were American J. Thomas (Mrs. Milton Hue Johnson), c.1817-1860, of Gibson County, West Tennessee, mother of Sarah Jane Johnson McGee, 1845-1892, grandmother of Henry Johnson McGee, 1869-Memphis 1919, great-grandmother of Lucille McGee Cushman, born in Gibson Co, Tenn., to Houston, Texas, and gg-grandmother of James Alfred Cushman IV whose wife Evelyn donated the 1836 letter to the University of Texas libraries; David E. Thomas, 1822-1887, attorney in Austin, Texas, m. Olivia Tulley; Albert H. Thomas, 1825-1884, Methodist minister in Memphis who m. a daughter of Judge Greer; and Melvina E. Thomas Riley.

Family photograph of Dr. Hiram Jacob Thomas, brother of David Thomas; and papers concerning John Edwin McCorkle's redemption of land grant to David Thomas for back taxes, both in the hands of Marsha Cope Huie.

Purviance-Thomas-McCorkle-Huie Family Records of Dyer County in West Tennessee, possessed by Marsha Cope Huie.

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Thomas_%28Texas_politician%29"

 

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The following reproduces a 2001 email from Juanita Cook of West Memphis, Arkansas, to Marsha Cope Huie:

       I do have lots of Thomas info---my gggg-grandfather and William Thomas who married Elizabeth Purviance, were brothers.  I became a DAR member through my John Thomas. ... I have a copy of a letter from (as written) Mrs. Ora McCorkle Huie.  I was shocked when I saw your Huie name [on the Dyer County, Tennessee, web site]!!  This was written to a Mr H. J. McGee in Memphis TN from Mrs. Huie in Newbern TN on Mar 7, 1912.  It concerns a [Texas land] dispute in the family, somehow, I don't understand it--you probably do.

[It was about the Estate of David Thomas, 1st attorney general ad interim of the Republic of Texas; signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence if not the main drafter, his signature inscribed beside Sam Houston’s signature, each listing himself as representing Refugio, Texas; and Secretary of War. John Edwin McCorkle circa 1880 succeeded in redeeming the land grant. He got together the unpaid taxes on the land. By then the only land Texas had to grant was westerly, I think in Brown County near what is now Brownwood, Texas: I have custody of the pertinent old records, given me as mere bailee by Annie Glen McCorkle, a daughter of Uncle Glenn Roache McCorkle. John Edwin McCorkle first inquired by letter to his 1st cousin, David E. Thomas, an attorney by then in Austin, Texas, whose response is in the old records. David E. Thomas, Attorney, seemed never to have heard of his 1st cousin John Edwin McCorkle of Dyer County, Tennessee. He responded that his Uncle David’s land grant would be subject to Indian depredations, and that unpaid taxes would have accrued.]

I also have a copy of an old newspaper page that has an obituary of William Thomas. Also a small death notice of Col. David Thomas. Do you have a copy of  " Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses" which has a long article about David Thomas?

Most of my info on this line of Thomases came from Evelyn Cushman of Bedford, Texas. Her husband, James Alfred Cushman, was a descendant of the Purviance line. Evelyn did all the research---she helped me so much when I was gathering Thomas info for my DAR application.  I think she and her husband are in bad health now; they are a bit older than I am  and that's OLD!  I'm 79 and have been at this for many years and wish that I had started earlier! 

 

Marsha, did you know that your William Thomas [who married Elizabeth Purviance] and 3 other  brothers were in the Revolutionary War? All sons of Jacob Thomas & Margaret Brevard Thomas: my John was the oldest, then James--HenryWilliamJohn stayed in Statesville, NC (old home-place) but the other 3 came into Tennessee.

 

I live in West Memphis, Arkansas, and have been into Gibson, Crockett, and Dyer Co. many times--I know where the McCorkle Cemetery is located.  My dad was from Crockett Co. and his mother, Cora Lee Thomas, was from Gibson Co. Some of the Thomas family settled in and around Humboldt-Jackson, Tenn., area.   --Thanks for writing---I will be happy to help you and share any info that I have!  Just let me know.  –  Juanita

  

[End of the above Email from Juanita Cook to Marsha Huie]

[Immediately below is another email transmission from Juanita Cook to Marsha Huie:]

 

“     My  John Thomas married  Mary Jetton--she was a daughter of Elizabeth Brevard and John Jetton. A son of John's, Isaac Thomas, married Asenath Houston.

My gggg- grandfather and the William Thomas who married Elizabeth Purviance,[32] were brothers.  I became a DAR member through my John Thomas.  I have a copy of a letter from (as written) Mrs. Ora McCorkle Huie. This was written to a Mr H. J. McGee in Memphis, TN, from Mrs. Huie in Newbern, TN, on Mar 7, 1912.  I also have a copy of an old newspaper page that has an obituary of William Thomas. Also I have a small death notice of  Col David Thomas

Juanita Cook writes further:

(1) “I think the Thomas men did stop over in Middle Tennessee before stopping in Dyer County, Tennessee.    According to one pension application, he was living in Sumner Co., but expecting to go to Gibson Co. I can't remember which Thomas it was.

(2) John Thomas, James Thomas, Henry Thomas, and William Thomas – all four Thomas brothers – were in the Revolutionary War. 

 

And so begins the Thomas Genealogy

Generation I. Jacob Thomas and Margaret Brevard of Rowan County, NC. Their children =Generation II.

Generation II.        Children of Jacob Thomas & Margaret Brevard Thomas:

CII  John Thomas, the oldest brother.  –This John Thomas remained in Statesville, Rowan County, North Carolina; but the other three Thomas brothers migrated into West Tennessee. Generation II. John Thomas married Mary Jetton. [The wife of this John Thomas, Mary Jetton, was a daughter of Elizabeth Brevard and John Jetton.]

 

C              II James Thomas  – James Thomas was in Gibson County, Tennessee, in 1834, for he gave witness in Dyer County on 2 July 1834 to Elizabeth Purviance Thomas’ (Mrs. William Thomas’), his sister-in-law’s, affidavit made in applying for a Revolutionary War widow’s pension. [The brother John Thomas stayed in Statesville NC (old home-place) but the other 3 came into West Tennessee.]

C              II Henry Thomas  –  Please recall that the brother John stayed in Statesville NC (old home-place) but the other 3 came into West Tennessee, including this Henry Thomas.

C               IIWilliam Thomas, born Rowan County, NC, on 3 Sept. 1761, and lived there until end of Revolutionary War; moved to Wilson County in Middle Tennessee for many years, then circa 1830 moved westward to Dyer County where he died 1 April 1833.  – William’s brother John stayed in Statesville NC (old home-place) but the other 3 came into West Tennessee. [William Thomas  married Elizabeth Purviance in Rowan County, North Carolina, on 19 May 1791.  = ancestors of Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle (Jane Maxwell Thomas).  Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle’s children: John Edwin McCorkle; Anderson Jehiel McCorkle; David Purviance McCorkle; Finis A. McCorkle; Hiram R. A. McCorkle; Rebecca (Becky) McCorkle Zarecor; Elizabeth Lizzy Reeves (Mrs. Hiram Reeves of near Humboldt, Gibson County, Tennesssee). Thus William Thomas by Elizabeth Purviance begot a host of descendants, including my only sibling, Sophie Huie Cashdollar and her 2 children, Jessica Huie Cashdollar & Hunter Huie Cashdollar; and me, your compiler, Marsha Cope Huie.]

Generation II.  Elizabeth Thomas (Sherrill), daughter of Jacob Thomas, was born circa 1763, married on 17 January 1782 Samuel Wilson Sherrill, born 1758.  Bondsman:  James Thomas, her brother.  Aunt of Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle (Jane Maxwell Thomas).    –It took me forever to figure out what the Thomas-Sherrill connection was, for even Aunt Katie Pearl McCorkle Fox in her collection wrote, “I don’t really understand all these Sherrill entries.”  I, Marsha Huie, even placed the Sherrill details (Elizabeth Thomas Sherrill’s children) on www.ancestry.com , anonymously of course.

Generation II.    Annie Thomas (Sherrill), daughter of Jacob Thomas, sister of Elizabeth Thomas Sherrill and of William Thomas, inter alia.  Annie Thomas (Mrs. Able Sherrill) was born 16 August 1772 in Lincoln or Rowan County, NC.  Able Sherrill & wife Annie Thomas Sherrill moved to Wilson County, Tennessee. Their descendants moved to Independence County and Isard County, Arkansas, viz., Samuel Wilson Sherrill.

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                Generation III.  John Thomas and Mary Jetton Thomas had a  son, Isaac Thomas,  who married Hannah McKnight.  Or is this correct:  Isaac Thomas, son of John Thomas and Mary Jetton, married Asenath Houston.

Juanita Cook writes, “I'm not sure but I think her, Asenath Houston’s, family tied to old Sam Houston some way.”

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Generations Later: The “John Thomas married Mary Jetton” union produced Juanita Cook. John Thomas was her  gggg-grandfather.  This John Thomas and Marsha Huie’ss William Thomas, who married Elizabeth Purviance, were brothers. Juanita Cook became a DAR member through this John Thomas, and says we could do the same through William Thomas.

 

I think the ff. is repetitious, but have spent way too much time editing this document, so here it may be again, with apologies to the reader:

 

Generation I. Jacob Thomas and Margaret Brevard. [ Their children = Generation II.]

Generation II.       William and Elizabeth ( Purviance) Thomas

Their children = Generation III:

C               Generation III.

John Purviance Thomas, b  1792  married  Kitty Espy  –“ Juanita, I’ve been to see an old Espy Tavern in Pennsylvania [ Bedford, Pa.].  The old records from West Tennessee, to which I don’t have access in Tulsa, mention a story about an Espy Tavern.  George Washington visited it, I think.  – Juanita Cook says: “John Purviance Thomas’s son, David E. Thomas, was a lawyer and moved to Austin TX.”  Marsha Huie says, “I have a letter from this Attorney David E. Thomas to my paternal great-grandfather John Edwin McCorkle about the estate of their uncle David Thomas. (David Thomas was David E. Thomas’ paternal uncle and John Edwin McCorkle’s maternal uncle.)”

Generation IVDavid E. Thomas, attorney in Austin, Texas

 

C               Generation III.

Margaret Thomas, b  1793   m   Mr Dickey – the “Peggy” Dickey who provided land for the building of Lemalsamac Christian Church, later after the schism the Lemalsamac Church of Christ, which still stands in the year 2003.  She was herself a Purviance descendant, from the Purviances who began their life in America in the colony of Pennsylvania. Mr. Dickey’s ancestors, if not he himself, came from Pennsylvania as well.  – [The following of the Scott-Huie line was also born a Dickey: James Scott, b. 1777, m. Sarah Dickey, also born 1777 but died Yorkville, Tennessee. (Tombstones moved circa 1984 from old Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, then in terrible disrepair, to McCorkle Cemetery in 1984 by me); James Scott m. Violet B. Roddy; Sarah Elizabeth Scott m. Julius M. Huie; Julius Dolph Huie and Howard Anderson Huie, brothers, married two McCorkle sisters, Ora McCorkle Huie and my grandmother Sophie King McCorkle Huie, respectively.  Maury A. Huie, 1895-1973, and my father Howard Ewing Huie, 1907-1971, double-first-cousins, son of Ora and son of Sophie, respectively.  Maury fathered Bill Huie & Edward C. Huie, each of whom died in 2001, and an afflicted son named Joe Huie who lived to be aged about 8; Ewing Huie, 1907-died 1971, married in 1939 Joyce Cope Huie and begot Sophie Huie Cashdollar & Marsha Cope Huie. Sophie Joyce Huie Cashdollar of Dyersburg, Tennessee, married Parker Ditmore Cashdollar, Ph.D., whose children are Hunter Huie Cashdollar & Jessica Huie Cashdollar (Mrs. Brian Louis Blackwell).                             

                                                                                                               

                Generation III.

C        David Thomas, born 1795 according to my great-aunt’s records, that is, the records of Katie Pearl McCorkle (Mrs. Ed Lee Fox), who lived until her death circa 1963 on the old McCorkle Home-place in eastern Dyer Co., Tennessee.  Aunt Kate’s records supplemented those of her sister Ora McCorkle Huie (Mrs. Julius Adolphus Huie). 

o       Texas records state David Thomas was born 1801.  – It’s very clear to me that David Thomas and Sam Houston had some connection.  – As mentioned, Juanita Cook has written the ff. about Isaac Thomas, a son of her John Thomas:  “Isaac Thomas married Asenath Houston.” Her John Thomas was an older brother of our WILLIAM THOMAS, who married ELIZABETH PURVIANCE. As mentioned, Juanita Cook wrote by email to Marsha Huie:

                “My  John Thomas married  Mary Jetton--she was a daughter of Elizabeth Brevard and John Jetton. A son of John's, Isaac Thomas, married Asenath Houston. …My gggg- grandfather and the William Thomas who married Elizabeth Purviance,[33] were brothers.” 

               

Generation III.

C               Jane Maxwell Thomas, born 1802, married Edwin Alexander McCorkle.  They removed from Rutherford County, Tennessee (Murfreesboro area) and settled with his parents, Robert & Margaret Morrison McCorkle in the newly opened Western District of Tennessee. [I don’t know for certain about Jane Maxwell Thomas’ parents, William Thomas & Elizabeth Purviance Thomas – whether they came to West Tennessee or not, but I’ve seen records saying they died in Dyer County, Tennessee.]  Edwin A. McCorkle was the son of Robert McCorkle and Margaret Morrison McCorkle, buried McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer County, Tennessee.                          

 

Generation III.

C               Sarah Purviance  b circa 1803,  m  Eleazor Woods.  Sarah P and Eleazor Woods are in  Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee, biographies of Dyer Co, Tennessee.

 

Generation III.

C                    Hiram Jacob Thomas, M.D., born 1813,  married  Rebecca Stephens. She soon died and he had no issue.  An obituary about him in Mississippi stated that although he was a member of no denomination, he was an exemplar of Christian behavior. A letter from his brother, David Thomas, saying “I am attorney general of Texas” was mailed in 1836 to Dr. H J Thomas, Vernon, Mississippi.  We have a tintype or daguerreotype of him.

 

 

1834 Application of Elizabeth Purviance Thomas (Mrs. William Thomas) for Revolutionary War Widow’s Pension, Number 53780

William Thomas  was born to Margaret Brevard & Jacob Thomas in Rowan County, North Carolina, on 3 September 1761, and died 1 April 1833 in Dyer County, Tennessee, having removed there, some 3 years prior, from Wilson County, Tennessee. 

             [Jane Maxwell Thomas (Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle) was a daughter of Elizabeth Purviance (Thomas) and husband, Revolutionary War soldier William Thomas.  Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle was therefore a sister-in-law to Margaret Permelia (Pamela) McCorkle Scott (Mrs. Lemuel Locke Scott, 1802-1853); to Jehiel Morrison McCorkle (died 1849); to RAH McCorkle; to Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache,  to Rebecca Cowden McCorkle Thompson, inter alia.

 

Dyer County, Tennessee, 2 July 1834

 

     This day appeared before me GEORGE W. TINKLE, one of the acting justices of the peace for the county of Dyer, ELIZABETH [PURVIANCE] THOMAS, widow and relict of WILLIAM THOMAS, deceased, late of said county, at the residence of the said ELIZABETH [PURVIANCE] THOMAS because from age, said Elizabeth was unable to appear before me, and made the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed the 7 of June A.D. 1832.She states that on the first of April 1833 her husband WILLIAM THOMAS departed this life being then a citizen of Dyer county where he had resided about 3 years having removed from the county of WILSON where he had lived for many years, to the county of Dyer where he died.  She states that she intermarried with the said WILLIAM THOMAS, deceased, some time about 19 May 1791 in the state of North Carolina.  She further states that the said William Thomas in his life time made his declaration to avail himself of the benefits of the aforesaid act of Congress and departed this life, which declaration was returned for informality.  She further states that [her son-in-law] EDWIN A. McCORKLE, one of the executors of the said WILLIAM THOMAS, deceased, in like manner made an amended declaration which was in like manner returned.

 

     And the said ELIZABETH [PURVIANCE] THOMAS, widow and relict of the said WILLIAM THOMAS, deceased, further declares and says that the said WILLIAM THOMAS has always been held and taken for a soldier of the Revolution and a man of good character and undoubted veracity, and that the substance of his declaration is herewith embodied and set forth which the said ELIZABETH THOMAS believes to be true, having often many years heretofore heard the said WILLIAM THOMAS repeat the same, the substance of which is as follows:

 

     Declarant [William Thomas] stated that he was born in the county of Rowan, North Carolina, on the 3rd day of September 1761, where he continued to reside until the close of the revolutionary war and he stated that he entered the service of the United States and served under the following officers; that sometime in the year 1780 he was drafted to go into South Carolina to ??serve??? a tour of three months against the British.  The company to which declarant belonged was commanded by James Purviance, Lt. Abel Armstrong, Ensign John Lucky [?].  He rendezvoused at Salisbury, North Carolina, where the command of the regiment was taken by Col. MARTIN ARMSTRONG.  At this place the troops joined Gen l Rutherford who took command of the whole.  After lying there awhile, they were marched on to meet Gen l Gates whose army they fell in with after crossing Peedee River in South Carolina from when they proceeded to HUGULY’s  (?) mills not far from Camden, where he was detached under Colonel Graves (Isaacs?) to join Gen l Sumter who was lying at the Catawba River.  After lying here awhile, they heard of the defeat of Gen l Gates, when they were marched up the Catawba River where they were overtaken by a body of British who attacked the troops and defeated them.  From thence the declarant went home.

 

   Shortly after this, declarant was again called out, his time of service not having expired, by Gen l Davidson, when they went to Mecklenburg where he remained until the expiration of his tour of service and he was regularly discharged by Maj JOHN JOHNSON, which discharge has since been lost.

 

Declarant further stated that some time in 1780 he was called into service to go against the Loyalists in N.C. under Col. HUGH BREVARD.  They were marched towards the south fork of the Catawba.  Here they were engaged for some time against the tories some of whom they took prisoners and dispersed others.  He further stated that they then returned home.  He further stated that within the last of 1780 or the first of 1781, they were again drafted to serve a tour under Gen’l DAVIDSON against the British under Cornwallis, who were pursuing Genl MORGAN [Swamp Fox: Francis Marion Morgan] after the battle of COWPENS.  They were marched under Gen’l DAVIDSON to the Catawba river in N.C. and were stationed at the ford to oppose the crossing of Cornwallis.  Shortly after they took their station here, the British came up and commenced a passage of the river at day-break, when the action commenced, the British repulsed them and in their retreat he saw Gen’l DAVIDSON a few minutes before he fell.  After  this event, they were ordered to retreat by Maj. WM. POLK.  He stated that he then returned home.  He was again called into service under Col. FRANCIS LOCKE to join Gen’l GREEN in Virginia.  They accordingly marched from the Yadkin [River] in N.C. and shortly after joined GREEN.  He remained with the army till his term of 3 months expired, and was discharged and returned home.

 

“He stated that he then remained in Iredell County, N.C., until the year 1791, when he removed to SUMNER COUNTY, Tennessee, where he remained until 1799, when he removed to Wilson County, Tenn., where he remained till the year 1830, when he removed to Dyer County, Tenn., where he resided at the time of his death.  He stated that he was 71 years of age on the 3rd of September 1832, according to a copy of the record of his father’s [Jacob Thomas’s] family bible in N.C. which he had in his possession; that he had no documentary proof to prove his service, his discharge being lost.  He referred to [his brother] HENRY THOMAS to prove 3 months of the service, whose affidavit proved 3 months of service time mentioned in said affidavit and the said [widow of the declarant] ELIZABETH [PURVIANCE THOMAS] states that the said HENRY THOMAS is now dead.  He stated that his name was not on the roll of pension agency for any state and the said ELIZABETH hereby relinquishes all claim whatever for a pension or annuity except the present.  And the said ELIZABETH THOMAS refers to DANIEL HENDRICKS [then aged 51; Joyce Cope Huie’s great-great grandfather through her father Ira Mitchell Cope’s mother, “SIS” Narcissus Elizabeth Hendricks Cope (later Mrs. Forcum) and EDWIN A. McCORKLE [then aged 35 her son-in-law], citizens of Dyer county as to the reputation of the character  and services of the said WILLIAM THOMAS, dec’d, as well as to her intermarriage with the said WILLIAM.  She further refers to [her brother-in-law] JAMES THOMAS .of Gibson county, whose affidavit will be hereto attached.

 

“Sworn to and subscribed before me this 2nd day of July 1834

George W. Tinkle, J.P.

“[signed]    ELIZABETH THOMAS   

 

[…Pension Application also contains Affidavits of reputation for veracity of William Thomas and wife Elizabeth Purviance Thomas made by affiants Daniel Hendricks and Edwin A. McCorkle….]

[The related affidavit of James Thomas of Gibson County was made on 2 July 1834, aged about 78 years, at the residence of Elizabeth Purviance Thomas in Dyer County.  He avers that he is a brother to William Thomas and that the latter was twice drafted during the Revolutionary War for 3-month periods.

 

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Some Maxwell marriages in Preble County, Ohio, of interest to the Purviance family are:

C                             Thomas Purviance to Nancy Maxwell, 15 March 1810, 001 008 by John Fleming, JP [presumably, Justice of the Peace].                       

C                             Richard Maxwell, son of William Maxwell, was b. in Va. in 1776 and married (1st ) Jennette “Janie” Purviance, daughter of John Purviance and Mary Jane Wasson Purviance, Jennette b. aft. 1776.  He m.(2nd) Anna McCutcheon in Bourbon Co., KY.                                                                            

Nancy Purviance (Mrs. Thomas  Maxwell)  – 

In Sept. 2003, on the Internet [markfreemn@comcast.net], I found information about the Maxwell families that were attached to the Purviance family, and by extension to the Thomas and McCorkle families.  This is the crux of Mark Freeman on Thomas Maxwell and Nancy Purviance Maxwell, at  <http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~markfreeman/maxwell >:

Re: Nancy Purviance: Eleazor Purviance lived two doors from Thomas Maxwell in the 1820 or 1830 census for Giles Co., TN. [Then, kind of a generic term for Middle Tennessee, I think.] Nancy Maxwell’s will, executed by her in 1839 and probated in 1839 – meaning she died in 1839  –  lists her children as Cynthia Maxwell, Sarah Maxwell, Thomas Mulky Maxwell, David Purviance Maxwell, John Purviance MaxwellJane Purviance Maxwell, and James W. Maxwell.  Executors of will of Nancy Purviance Maxwell: two sons John Purviance Maxwell & David Purviance Maxwell.

 

More about the children of Nancy Purviance Maxwell (Mrs. Thomas Maxwell):

C              1.            Cynthia Maxwell, oldest daughter, born about 1811 in Bedford Co., TN.  She married [unknown] Carl.

C              2.             Sarah Maxwell, youngest daughter

C              3.            Thomas [Mulky] Maxwell, youngest son– Thomas [Mulky] Maxwell, born 23 Dec. 1813 in Giles Co., TN, died on the way to Oregon.  He married [Unknown] Newton.  According to Calloway Leander Maxwell, in Memoirs dated 22 April 1926, Thomas Mulky Maxwell was known as such and was a Presbyterian preacher. He moved to Benton Co., Ark., for a short time.  He may later have moved to Illinois. He then set out for Oregon and died on the way.       

C              4.            David Purviance Maxwell.

C              5.            John Purviance  Maxwell – born 18 April 1812, died 16 Aug. 1882 in Benton Co., Arkansas.

C              6.            Jane P. Maxwell, born 27 March 1814 in TN, died Nov. 1871 in Hunt Co., TX   [This would be near Greeneville, TX, which is about 60 miles east of Dallas.]

C              7.            James W. Maxwell, born 21 Jan 1816 in Giles Co., TN, died 1st July 1890 in Benton Co., Arkansas.

 

Thomas Maxwell, born 1792 = the generation 4 denoted by Mark Freeman’s web pages.  Father of Thomas Maxwell = generation 3 and is unknown.  Generation 2 = William Maxwell.  Generation 1 is unknown.

               Thomas Maxwell, b.1792, d. about 1828 [?] in Giles County, Tennessee.  Thomas Maxwell married Nancy Purviance on 15 March 1810 in Preble County, Ohio.  Nancy Purviance [Mrs. Thomas Maxwell] was a daughter of [Rev. War Colonel] John Purviance [Sr.] and Mary Jane Wasson Purviance.  Nancy Purviance Maxwell was born before 1795 and died after 1839 in Benton County, Arkansas.  – But, Mark Freeman’s Internet pages say in the year 2003, Thomas Maxwell may have been in Arkansas in 1836 with his wife.

               Alternatively, records show a Thomas Maxwell buried in Giles Co., Tennessee, listed in the “Brown Cemetery in Giles Co., Tennessee, records as having died in 1831; this Thomas Maxwell is buried in “Brown Cemetery” adjacent to a Mr. Pevines.  This name is probably some variation of Purviance.  If this 1831 death in Giles Co., TN., is our Thomas Maxwell, then his father-in-law was a Mr. Purviance.  In fact, the name of Thomas Maxwell’s father-in-law would have been John Purviance.   Therefore, according to the above, this could be where our ancestors, Col. John Purviance and wife Mary Jane Wasson Purviance, are buried.  A likely spot, then, is  Brown Cemetery, Middle Tennessee, formerly Giles County, Tennessee.  This bears further investigation. [Today, this site seems to be in Spring Hill, Tennessee; but I’m not sure.]

 

1839, Will of Nancy Purviance Maxwell, Will Book A, page 36, Benton County, Arkansas:

               I Nancy Maxwell of the County of Benton and State of Arkansas being in bad health but sound in mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament.  First of all I resign my body to the dust from whence it came and my soul to God who gave it.

               Second I give and bequeath to my oldest daughter Cynthia two beds and bed cloths one cow and one side saddle. 

               Third I give and bequeath to my youngest daughter Sarah two beds and bed cloths one cow and one stand of curtains, one set of plates and one set of cups and saucers, one set of knives and forks, one bedstead, one trunk and two head of sheep.  I also want her to have three months of schooling

               Fourth I give and bequeath to my youngest son Thomas my bay colt a good saddle and one cow.  I also wish him to have five months of schooling.

               Fifth I wish all my just debts paid and then what remains divided equally between all my children and last of all I do hereby appoint my two sons John P. Maxwell and David P. Maxwell executors.

 

               Acknowledged and signed in the presence of us this 14 day of July 1839:

 

                               Witnesses: [signed] W i l l i a m H. W o o d s      [signed] Samuel Whitehead

 

                                                           End of Purviance Excursus

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McCorkles in Virginia:

 

               Our McCorkle people were almost certainly in the Lexington, Virginia, area (Rockbridge County) for a time on their migration from Pennsylvania down to Rowan County, North Carolina. Some of them would have probably have remained in Virginia.  My husband, Ralph Ervin Williamson, recently read a biography of Sam Houston, dated in the early 20th century and now out-of-print, which said the Houston family traveled with the McCorkle family, and settled for a time, at least, around Lexington, Virginia.                      

               This would explain “Peggy” Margaret Morrison McCorkle’s references in her correspondence to the likelihood of various relatives’ being in Virginia to “settle old lawsuits.” This would also explain the obvious connection in Texas in the early 19th century between Sam Houston and our David Thomas, brother of Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle of Dyer County, Tennessee (Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle).

               David Thomas and Samuel Houston seemed to appear in Texas at the same places until our David Thomas was mortally wounded by a musket ball not actually in, but sometime around the time of, the Runaway Scrape, fleeing Santa Anna’s army, rushing toward what became the San Jacinto Battlefield, near Houston, Texas.

               Our David Thomas is buried in a hero’s grave, at the San Jacinto state park, in the de Zevala Cemetery.  Texas has listed David Thomas’ birth date erroneously, at least according to our records, as 1801. Sam Houston and David Thomas each signed the Texas Declaration of Independence as being from Refugio, Texas.  Their signatures are adjacent on the document.  Sam Houston read law at Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee.  This makes me wonder if that’s where our David Thomas studied law, but that’s mere speculation.  As mentioned, our David Thomas was both Secretary of War and 1st attorney general ad interim of the Republic of Texas.  He died, I thought, in the de Zavala home at San Jacinto, Texas, from an injury received around the time of  the Runaway Scrape; but Texas official entries debate whether he was killed immediately or was carried injured to the private home. I hope to see what I’ve been told, that David Thomas’ handwriting at the Texas State Archives became steadily more shaky as the Mexican army approached. –It’s ironic to think that by the late 1800s General Santa Ana was up in New York City peddling questionable bonds and other securities.

 

               I got the following McCorkle family in Virginia information from Mark Freeman’s Roots Web pages, 2003 A.D.  These data place the McCorkle family in the same area (Lexington, Virginia) as the family of Sam Houston, which might explain why David Thomas and Sam Houston seemed to appear in Texas at the same places until David Thomas was killed heading toward San Jacinto Battlefield, Texas. For example, Sam Houston & David Thomas signed their names side by side to the Texas Declaration of Independence and listed themselves each as representing Refugio, Texas:

 

               I pulled the following information regarding Rockbridge County, Virginia,  from Mark Freeman’s web pages:

“             Rebecca Anderson5 McNutt (John4th Generation , Alexander3rd Generation , Alexander2nd Generation , John 1st generation One MacNauchtan) was born circa 1755 in Augusta Co., Va, & died Jan 1818 in Rockbridge Co., Va. She married (1st ) a John McCorkle in 1772 in Rockbridge Co., VA. John McCorkle was born 1750 in Rockbridge Co., Va, and died 1781 from the Revolutionary War Battle in Cowpens. She married (2nd ) Arthur Glasgow ca. 1782; Glasgow born ca.1750 in Scotland; d..May 1822 Rockbridge Co., Va.

               Mark Freeman lists the children of Rebecca McNutt and John  Mc Corkle as:

“ 64 i. Rev. Alexander6 McCorkle, born 07 Aug 1773 in Rockbridge Co., VA; died 01 Mar 1851.

“65 ii. Rebecca McCorkle, born 03 May 1781 in Rockbridge Co., VA;died 11 Feb 1862 in Grant Co., Indiana. Rebecca McCorkle married Joseph C. Walker 19 Apr 1804 in Rockbridge Co., VA; Joseph C. Walker, born 13 Oct 1782.

 

Mark Freeman then lists the children of Rebecca McNutt by her 2nd husband, Arthur Glasgow:

“66 i.          Joseph6 Glasgow, born 14 Oct 1783 in "Green Forest", near Lexington, Rockbridge, Va; died in Rockbridge Co., Va.

“67 ii.         John Glasgow, born 1785.  ”  ______________________________________________________________

 

      Mark Freeman lists the following information about the surname Morrison. [I searched because Margaret Morrison McCorkle was née Margaret Morrison]:

            “Sarah5 Walker (John4 , Henry3 , James2 , Robert1 ) was b. 1755 in Derry Twp., Lancaster, Pennvylvania, and d. 30 Oct 1798. She married William Morrison after1782, William Morrison being the son of Samuel Morrison and Mercy Mayse. Wm.was born 1747 in Bucks Co., Pa; died Aug 1810. ”

----- END of Topic of: “Were our McCorkle people in the Lexington, Virginia,

area for a time on their migration from Pennsylvania down to Rowan County,

 North Carolina?”

Many thanks to Mark Freeman for placing his information on the Internet.   [End of Chapter Three]

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APPENDIX to CHAPTER THREE

 

Sent from Marsha Huie to Conny Green. Provenance of letter:  Gentry Purviance McCorkle to his 1st cousin Katie Pearl McCorkle (Fox) to Aunt Kate's niece Annie Glen McCorkle; to Marsha Cope Huie, a daughter of Annie Glen McCorkle's 1st cousin Howard EWING Huie.            

 

 

 

Cornelia Taylor Correspondence by Email with Marsha Cope Huie

"Glen Glenn Sound Company

Hollywood Studios

4516 Sunset Blvd. Olympia 2131

Hollywood

 

November 16 1937

Dear Katie Pearl:-

 

“First of all you, and you only, can ever understand how terrible I feel about the news your letter brought me of [your sister and] my dear [first] cousin Ora [Ora McCorkle Huie].  After her long life of usefulness and cheerfulness it is depressing to me to have it end like this [in the insane asylum at Western State Hospital in Bolivar, Tennessee].  It makes me pray all the more fervently:  “O Lord Thy Kingdom Come”.  For then, our youth will be restored.” 

“These two letters of your delight me no little.  They are so filled with the news of my remnant acquaintances and old time friends in the homeland.  It seems but yesterday that I was riding ‘old beck’, uncle Hiram’s mule, to Lemalsamac [Christian Church, now Church of Christ] with Ona on a pad behind me and now I’m as old as my Dad was at the date of his death.

You did not tell me about Kate Cawthon [Mrs. Pace].  How is she?  Still a teacher in the schools?  I always thought a lot o’ her.  [--Kate Cawthon Pace’s husband, Mr. Pace (father of Harry Pace), was killed at the Newbern railroad tracks by a man from Trimble who did more than merely brandish his walking stick.  This man from Trimble was the father of “Miss” Mattie ????? who ran the Trimble library until circa 1985.  No one was prosecuted; each participant in the deadly fisticuffs was considered a bit contentious.]    I’m sorry now that I did not write the letter to cousin Sallie Tobe  before her death.  I had it in mind a hundred times   [Quaere: Mmight Sallie Tobe have been some connection to “Tobe” Allen Scott, a sister to Mrs. Julius M. Huie, (Sarah Scott Huie’s dates of life 1839-1893)?].  Eddie [McCorkle, the only child of Hiram R. A. McCorkle by Hiram’s 2nd wife n ée Dona McCutchen]  is a first-class rascal:  I have written several letters to him since 1884 when I left uncle Hiram’s to live at home but has he ever answered a single one?  Nay Pauline ! ! ! !  His boy Hiram [McCorkle] was in California but I did not get to see him.

And, so, Baz Brown is dead; that good old man;

We ne’er shall see him more;

He used to wear a long tailed coat

All buttoned up before:

 

With his departure goes my last known living enemy in the state of Tennessee and maybe in the USA.  He hated me without reason.  I never did understand the reason why Mattie McConnell [Brown] ever married him!  He was a goose!! He did not enjoy first-class principle.  I has always despised him.


Maggie L. [McCorkle] and Mattie and I were friends together and had our little happy times together and after Mattie married him she seemed to be afraid of him and permitted him to alienate Mattie’s friendly relations from both Maggie and me.  I feel sure she is happy to be rid of him and his nasty vulgarity.  The community will sustain no loss and the world is better off.  If I did not consider it ill manners to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the dead, I’d devote another paragraph or two to that bird..    [At one time in her life “Miss” Mattie Brown kept a boarding house in Newbern.]

 

[page two:]                                                                          ”2”

 

Just how old is Florene [Hamilton]?  Maybe you knew she and I were conducting a burning courtship once upon a time and then the fire all of a sudden went out.  I saw her once, only, when she was married to Clennie.  She was good-looking then, I thought, and was favorably impressed.  So, in time, Clennie and Momsie both died and I wrote to her.  Was she 15 years or more older than he was?  That was reported by the Hamiltons.

[Florene Hamilton was the one who had the ladies’ Dixieland band that traveled all over West Tennessee.  She was tall and thin and, after coming to Newbern where she married Mr. Hamilton, she brought with her a niece named Florene Wood, who was not so tall as she.]

 

No, Katie Pearl darling, I’m not married yet but by golly I am going to be some o’ these days.  As many darling women as there are in this earth and as much as I love a precious woman, when I does love her, I’ll be dad-blamed if I’m going to spend the next 35 years o’ my life doin’ without one.  SO:

 

But, they’re difficult to find.  That is, the gal I desire to have as a [third] wife is scarce in CaliforniaMaybe I’ll have to do as I did the other two times, go back to Tennessee.   I am a lookin’ all the time and a hopin’ and prayin’ for the sort who can love me and whom I also can rave about forever.

 

She should be a Seventh Day Adventist; Not over 40; Not too fat nor yet too thin; not too tall and neither too short; a demi-blonde; not too brilliant and not too dumb; not too rich and never too poor; a pretty face and a well developed form; auburn hair preferred; brown will do; well educated; widow; (Old maids above 40 are too exacting) who plays the piano.

 

There are 12 women to one man in the SDA church and if there are any such as this in Tennessee she might consider me.  I’m still as gentle as a lamb, as light on my feet as a fox; my fingers are as nimble as those of a boy of 25.  There are many such women as I have enumerated but mostly all married.  But whenever I find the gal, which I will, and she names the day, which I’m sure she will, I’ll send you her picture and invite you to the wedding.  I have one such in the horizon but have not met her and she does not know what I’m a thinkin’.

 

Well, Katie darlin’, the Signs O’ The Times have the name of the lawyer John Doe in my story but did not want me to use his real name.  I thought you would know him at first sight but maybe you do not remember him.  I heard him make just the speech at the meeting as described in the story.  He was a brilliant lawyer there for years, was a drunken bum for a long period of time and then reformed, opened his law-office again, made good, married a beautiful and talented woman, was supt of the christian sunday school at Newbern and was restored    [

`````````````````````````````````````````”3”

 

I’m sure uncle John E [John Edwin McCorkle, 1839-1924] would call his name the first name he would pronounce.  Think over all the people of that generation and if you fail to recall him, I’ll tell you in my next letter.  He was always a friend o’ mine.

 

I have not seen [my ½-sister] Mada [Mada McCorkle Montgomery, a.k.a. Mrs. Howell Montgomery] since she came back [to California] from Tennessee.  She owes me $50.00 borrowed money and $3000.00 additional which she and Howell and [their daughter] Margaret [Montgomery] squandered and this makes her shy about coming around since she received her insurance money from the death of her husband.  [My brother] Homer [McCorkle] is shy also on account of $1600.00 and $250.. and $150.00 which I loaned to him in Texas in 1905.  But it is more blessed to lend than it is to borrow and I’m thankful enough that I’ve always been on the lending end o’ the pole rather than the borrowing end.

 

I’d be very much pleased to hear from Ona.  I think I’ll write another letter and take a chance.  Where is her step-mother now?  I believe, also, I’ll write to [our McCorkle first-cousin] Hiram Reeves [son of Elizabeth McCorkle Reeves, who was a sister to Finis Alexander McCorkle, GP’s father]

 

Well darlin’ cousin o’ mine, I’ll not enter into any controversy with you for remaining with the church of our fathers.  But I will say this:  Quoting you:  “We have the same bible”:  The law did indeed bring us to Christ.  But which law?  Do not forget that there were two laws.  The moral law and the ceremonial law.  The Earthly Sanctuary question discloses that.  All things revolve about the two laws and the sanctuary.

 

The hand of the Lord Himself wrote the Decalogue.  It was laid IN the ark of the covenant.  It is this law whereby we are to be judged.  It stands forever.  It has never been supplanted.  The ceremonial law brought us to Christ.  The high-priest in the Holy of Holies had his hand raised to slay the sacrificial lamb but dropped his knife when the Lord Jesus said ‘It is Finished’ and the lamb went free for the reason the moment Jesus paid the price no further animal blood was efficacious.  The ceremonial law was there nailed to the cross because it had in fact ended when the veil of the temple was rent in twain.

 

One other:  Acts 20:7 does not recite that His followers are to meet on the first day to break bread in memory of His death and resurrection.  I believed that once also.  It says they came together to break bread.  Another way of expressing a coming together to have a meal.  No change of the Sabbath is suggested.

 

                                                               “4”

The death of my [first] cousin John Jackson saddens me no little.  I did not know him very well but always liked him.  He was the son of my uncle John Jackson who was one of my favorite uncles of them all.

 

But great scott, gal:  This is such a long and such a dull letter.  I have another story coming out this week or next in the SIGNS which maybe you’ll like to read and I’ll send one to you.  You will recall some of the events and times and characters.  Read it and tell me if you think it’s “sea worthy”. 

 

Write to me again.  I do not like to be forgotten.  Neither do I wish to forget any of you.  It was a terrible disaster about the Crenshaw bank wreck [in Newbern, Tennessee][1], The paper said the money was stolen by some one inside.  Who did it?  Who got the money?  Tell me the inside facts and maybe I’ll write another Newbern Bank Story:  With all my love to you and to all the kin I am

Your cousin,

Gentry

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Pictured below is a daughter of Glen Glenn & Mary Helen McCorkle (Glenn):  Deanna Glenn (Taylor)She sits in a rocking chair inherited from the Roache family of Elmira Sloan McCorkle (Roache) & Dr. Stephen Roache.  In the left-hand corner is her brother,      -          .  Photo courtesy of Cornelia Taylor
__________________________________


AboveGentry Purviance McCorkle, Sr., with daughter Mary Helen McCorkle (Mrs. Glen Glenn)

of Hollywood, California.


The following was placed on the Internet by Mark Freeman of Texas.


 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 1


1.

Margaret Thomas was born 22 DEC 1793, and died 23 OCT 1869 in Dyer Co., TN. She was the daughter of 2. William Thomas and 3. Elizabeth Purviance. She married [Unknown] Dickey.

 

 

 

 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 2


2.

William Thomas was born 3 SEP 1765, and died 1 APR 1833 in Dyer Co., TN.

 

3.

Elizabeth Purviance was born 12 MAY 1765 in Rowan Co., NC, and died DEC 1849 in Dyer Co., TN. She was the daughter of 6. John Purviance , Jr. and 7. Mary Jane Wasson.

 

 

 

Children of Elizabeth Purviance and William Thomas are:

 

  i.

John Purviance Thomas was born 22 FEB 1792 in Sumner Co., TN, and died ABT 1857 in Coffeeville, Yalobusha, MS. He married Catherine M. Espy ABT 1816. She died ABT 1875 in Coffeeville, Yalobusha, MS.

1.

  ii.

Margaret Thomas was born 22 DEC 1793, and died 23 OCT 1869 in Dyer Co., TN. She married [Unknown] Dickey.

 

  iii.

David Thomas was born 10 DEC 1795 in TN, and died APR 1836 in Republic of Texas.

 

  iv.

Jane Maxwell Thomas was born 11 FEB 1802 in Wilson Co., TN, and died 30 JAN 1855 in Newbern, TN. She married Edwin Alexander McCorkle 28 NOV 1821 in Lebanon, TN. He was born 18 MAR 1799 in Rowan Co., NC, and died 10 JAN 1853 in Newbern, TN.

 

  v.

Hiram Jacob Thomas was born 8 SEP 1803, and died 15 MAY 1878. He married Rebecca Stephens.

 

  vi.

Sarah P. Thomas was born 22 JUL 1804, and died 13 AUG 1853 in Newbern, TN. She married Eleazor Woods 1832, son of Samuel Woods and Anne 'Anna' Purviance. He was born 8 JAN 1813 in Preble Co., OH, and died 1875 in Dyer Co., TN.

 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 3


6.

John Purviance , Jr. was born 6 JUN 1743 in Lancaster, PA, and died 6 AUG 1823 in Wilson Co., TN. He was the son of 12. John Purviance and 13. Margaret McKnight.

 

7.

Mary Jane Wasson was born 15 JUL 1746 in Chester Co., PA, and died 1810 in Wilson Co., TN. She was the daughter of 14. Archibald Wasson and 15. Elizabeth Woods.

 

 

 

Children of Mary Jane Wasson and John Purviance , Jr. are:

3.

  i.

Elizabeth Purviance was born 12 MAY 1765 in Rowan Co., NC, and died DEC 1849 in Dyer Co., TN. She married William Thomas 19 MAY 1791. He was born 3 SEP 1765, and died 1 APR 1833 in Dyer Co., TN.

 

  ii.

David (Elder) Purviance was born 14 NOV 1766 in Iredell Co., NC, and died 19 AUG 1847 in Greenville, OH. He married Mary Ireland 1789, daughter of John Ireland and Martha Purviance. She was born 24 FEB 1763.

 

  iii.

John Purviance was born 1768 in Rowan Co., NC, and died 7 MAY 1792 in near Gallatin, TN. He married Martha 'Mattie' King 26 DEC 1791 in Sumner Co., TN. She was born ABT 1767 in Rowan Co., NC.

 

  iv.

Robert Purviance was born BEF 1773.

 

  v.

Anne 'Anna' Purviance was born 3 FEB 1774 in NC, and died 17 AUG 1858 in Bentonville, Benton, AR. She married Samuel Woods 8 SEP 1796 in Montgomery Co., KY. He was born 17 FEB 1776 in Rowan Co., NC, and died 4 DEC 1840 in Bentonville, Benton, AR.

 

  vi.

Jennette 'Janie' Purviance was born AFT 1776, and died BEF 1800. She married Richard Maxwell BEF 1796, son of William Maxwell and Jane Pilson. He was born 15 OCT 1776 in VA, and died BET 1840 AND 1850 in Sullivan Co., IN.

 

  vii.

Sarah Purviance was born BEF 1780, and died 1803. She married Samuel Harris , Jr. 2 SEP 1795. He was born BEF 1775.

 

  viii.

Eleazor Purviance was born 6 SEP 1782, and died 19 NOV 1869 in West Lebanon, Warren, IN. He married Elizabeth Orr 1809. She was born 24 DEC 1782, and died 10 MAR 1839 in West Lebanon, Warren, IN.

 

  ix.

Margaret Maria Purviance was born 1786. She married James Cropper 17 AUG 1808.

 

  x.

Mary Purviance. She married [Unknown] Cowan.

 

  xi.

Nancy Purviance was born BEF 1795, and died AFT 1839 in Benton Co., AR. She married Thomas Maxwell 15 MAR 1810 in Preble Co., OH, son of [Unknown] Maxwell. He was born 1792, and died ABT 1828 in Giles Co., TN.

 

  xii.

Martha Purviance was born ABT 1784, and died in Drakesville, Davis, IA.

 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 4


12.

John Purviance was born 1712 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died BEF 12 JAN 1748/49 in Lancaster Co., PA. He was the son of 24. John Purviance.

 

13.

Margaret McKnight was born ABT 1712 in Ireland, and died in Lancaster Co., PA.

 

 

 

Children of Margaret McKnight and John Purviance are:

 

  i.

James Purviance was born 14 JAN 1732/33 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died 26 APR 1806 in Bourbon Co., KY. He married Sarah Wasson ABT 1764 in Iredell Co., NC, daughter of Archibald Wasson and Elizabeth Woods. She was born 15 JAN 1745/46 in Rowan Co., NC, and died ABT 1800 in Bourbon Co., KY.

 

  ii.

Mary McKnight Purviance was born 1734 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died 5 OCT 1784 in Iredell Co., NC. She married Andrew Morrison. He was born 1718, and died 5 FEB 1770 in Iredell Co., NC.

 

  iii.

Martha Purviance was born 14 OCT 1737 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died in Cane Ridge, Bourbon, KY. She married John Ireland 1750 in PA. He was born BEF 1738 in Co. Tyrone, Ireland, and died AFT 26 APR 1796 in Cane Ridge, Bourbon, KY.

 

  iv.

David Purviance was born ABT 1743.

6.

  v.

John Purviance , Jr. was born 6 JUN 1743 in Lancaster, PA, and died 6 AUG 1823 in Wilson Co., TN. He married Mary Jane Wasson 2 AUG 1764 in Rowan Co., NC, daughter of Archibald Wasson and Elizabeth Woods. She was born 15 JUL 1746 in Chester Co., PA, and died 1810 in Wilson Co., TN.

 

  vi.

Sarah Purviance was born 1747.

 

  vii.

William Purviance was born ABT 1749.

 

 

14.

Archibald Wasson was born 1719 in Ireland, and died 4 AUG 1785 in Rowan Co., NC. He was the son of 28. John Wasson.

 

15.

Elizabeth Woods was born 1720 in Ireland, and died 1766. She was the daughter of 30. [Unknown] Woods.

 

 

 

Children of Elizabeth Woods and Archibald Wasson are:

 

  i.

John Wasson was born ABT 1740 in Rowan Co., NC, and died BEF 11 OCT 1825 in Preble Co., OH. He married Barbara Gordon ABT 1760.

 

  ii.

Archibald Wasson was born ABT 1743 in Rowan Co., NC. He married Ann Lansdill 27 JAN 1769 in Rowan Co., NC. She was born BEF 1748.

 

  iii.

Joseph Wasson was born 25 DEC 1744 in England, and died 23 JUN 1822 in Richmond, Wayne, IN. He married Sarah Smith 1770. She was born 17 MAR 1753 in England, and died 16 JAN 1832 in Richmond, Wayne, IN.

 

  iv.

Sarah Wasson was born 15 JAN 1745/46 in Rowan Co., NC, and died ABT 1800 in Bourbon Co., KY. She married James Purviance ABT 1764 in Iredell Co., NC, son of John Purviance and Margaret McKnight. He was born 14 JAN 1732/33 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died 26 APR 1806 in Bourbon Co., KY.

7.

  v.

Mary Jane Wasson was born 15 JUL 1746 in Chester Co., PA, and died 1810 in Wilson Co., TN. She married John Purviance , Jr. 2 AUG 1764 in Rowan Co., NC, son of John Purviance and Margaret McKnight. He was born 6 JUN 1743 in Lancaster, PA, and died 6 AUG 1823 in Wilson Co., TN.

 

  vi.

James Wasson was born BET 1747 AND 1755 in Rowan Co., NC, and died 1813 in Bourbon Co., KY. He married Catherine [Unknown] 1773 in Iredell Co., NC. She was born 1757 in Rowan Co., NC, and died 18 JUL 1839.

 

  vii.

Nancy Wasson was born ABT 1748 in Rowan Co., NC.

 

  viii.

Agnes Wasson was born ABT 1749 in Rowan Co., NC. She married William Mordah 4 NOV 1769 in Rowan Co., NC. He was born BEF 1745.

 

  ix.

Elizabeth Wasson was born ABT 1752 in Iredell Co., NC.

 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 5


24.

John Purviance was born BEF 1681 in Ireland, and died in Ireland. He was the son of 48. Jacques Purviance.

 

 

 

Children of John Purviance are:

12.

  i.

John Purviance was born 1712 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died BEF 12 JAN 1748/49 in Lancaster Co., PA. He married Margaret McKnight BEF 1733 in Ireland. She was born ABT 1712 in Ireland, and died in Lancaster Co., PA. He married Janet [Unknown] BEF 1742.

 

  ii.

Samuel Purviance was born ABT 1701 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died in PA. He married Lettice Dinsmore 2 APR 1725.

 

  iii.

James Purviance was born ABT 1714 in Castle Finn, Donegal, Ireland, and died BEF 18 MAY 1748 in Lancaster Co., PA.

 

  iv.

David Purviance was born 1708 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died 1743 in Dauphne Co., PA.

 

  v.

Sarah Purviance was born AFT 1720 in Ireland. She married Hugh Carruthers. He died AFT 31 JUL 1782 in Rocky River, Mecklenburg, VA. She married Hugh Carruthers. He was born BEF 1720.

 

 

28.

John Wasson was born ABT 1700.

 

 

 

Child of John Wasson is:

14.

  i.

Archibald Wasson was born 1719 in Ireland, and died 4 AUG 1785 in Rowan Co., NC. He married Elizabeth Woods 1741 in Rowan / Iredell Co., NC, daughter of [Unknown] Woods. She was born 1720 in Ireland, and died 1766. He married Ann [Widow] Lansdale AFT 1755.

 

 

30.

[Unknown] Woods.

 

 

 

Children of [Unknown] Woods are:

15.

  i.

Elizabeth Woods was born 1720 in Ireland, and died 1766. She married Archibald Wasson 1741 in Rowan / Iredell Co., NC, son of John Wasson. He was born 1719 in Ireland, and died 4 AUG 1785 in Rowan Co., NC.

 

  ii.

[Unknown] Woods was born ABT 1720.

 

  iii.

Sarah Woods.

 

  iv.

Matthew Woods.

 

  v.

Oliver Woods was born ABT 1710, and died ABT 1760 in Rowan Co., NC. He married Martha [Unknown].

 

  vi.

Samuel Woods was born BET 1710 AND 1730. He married Sarah [Unknown].

 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 6


48.

Jacques Purviance was born AFT 1630. He was the son of 96. Jacques de Purvaiance.

 

 

 

Children of Jacques Purviance are:

24.

  i.

John Purviance was born BEF 1681 in Ireland, and died in Ireland.

 

  ii.

Samuel Purveyance was born ABT 1660 in Royan, France, and died 18 JUL 1747.

 

 

 



 

 

[2] The 2nd Mrs. Haskins Ridens. The 1st wife of Haskins Ridens Sr. was a daughter of Lula Stephenson, a best friend of my maternal grandmother Notie Headden Cope.  Sam Ridens, father of Haskins Sr., was a member of the Newbern Christian Church, now defunct, although as a child I never saw him there, but he did donate a small organ to our church, for which we were grateful.

[4][2] Robert McCorkle’s brother Generation II. William McCorkle is mentioned prominently in this document.  William had 3 wives:  (1st)  “Peggy” Margaret Blythe; (2nd)Mattie” Martha King (widow of the John Purviance who was scalped in the wilderness of Sumner County, Tennessee); this murdered John Purviance was a son of Revolutionary War lieutenant (“colonel”) John Purviance & wife Mary Jane Wasson Purviance.  The 3rd wife of William McCorkle was Jennie Graham, whom William m. in 1800 in Sumner County, Tennessee.

It was William and Robert McCorkle, brothers, who received the Revolutionary War land grant from their father’s will.  The father was Alexander McCorkle, our immigrant McCorkle, who died and left a will in 1800 in Rowan County, North Carolina.

[3] Robert’s brother William McCorkle had 1st married Margaret “Peggy” Blythe, a sister  to Elizabeth Blythe  (the 1st Mrs. Robert McCorkle). James M. Richmond, whose wife is a descendant of William McCorkle (brother to our Robert) has identified the parents of “Peggy” Margaret Blythe as Reverend James Blythe and Elizabeth King (Blythe), parents of: (1) Mrs. William McCorkle, née Margaret Blythe; [and, I presume,  (2) Mrs. Robert McCorkle, née Elizabeth “Lizzie” Blythe].

 

[1]

[2]  I suppose this Robert RAMSAY was Alexander’s son-in-law, the one who married Alexander’s daughter, “Nancy” McCorkle (Ramsay), whose papers are in the Archives of the University of North Carolina.

[30]

[31]  Bourbon College was in Paris, Kentucky.  My paternal grandmother, Sophie King McCorkle (later Mrs. Howard Anderson Huie) attended Bourbon College.  My father Ewing Huie thought she contracted typhoid fever while in college.  --  Coincidentally, one of my mother’s roommates in the 1930s at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Margaret Russell Dyche (Mrs. Arnold Gregory) , had a mother who attended Bourbon College in Paris, Kentucky. Margaret Russell Dyche first lived at Somerset, Kentucky, then moved to Danville, Kentucky, then finally to Lexington or Louisville.  Her children were Gayle Gregory; Dyche Gregory; and another son named Steele Gregory. At least two of Margaret’s children matriculated at Stetson College in Florida.

[32]  William Thomas & Elizabeth Purviance were the parents of Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle, née Jane Maxwell Thomas.

[33]  William Thomas & Elizabeth Purviance were the parents of Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle, née Jane Maxwell Thomas.

James Lionel "Jimmy" (b 1947 - d. 1975) is down in left corner at about 6-ish.
 

 



Ahnentafel, Generation No. 1


1.

Margaret Thomas was born 22 DEC 1793, and died 23 OCT 1869 in Dyer Co., TN. She was the daughter of 2. William Thomas and 3. Elizabeth Purviance. She married [Unknown] Dickey.

 

[Marsha Cope Huie adds:  This was the "Peggy Dickey" who gave the land for the Lemalsamac Christian Church, later Church of Christ.  Her will is transcribed by James Ragon of Jackson, Tennessee, and added to my, Marsha's, collection herein.]

 

 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 2


2.

William Thomas was born 3 SEP 1765, and died 1 APR 1833 in Dyer Co., TN.

  [Marsha adds:  He lived in Dyer County only about 3 years.  He and wife obviously came west from Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee, with several families, including that of their daughter JANE MAXWELL THOMAS (Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle).  His widow applied for a Revolutionary War Soldiers' Widow's Pension from Dyer County.]

 

3.

Elizabeth Purviance was born 12 MAY 1765 in Rowan Co., NC, and died DEC 1849 in Dyer Co., TN. She was the daughter of 6. [Revolutionary War Soldier in Rowan County, North Carolina, often later called "colone" John Purviance ] John Purviance , Jr. and 7. Mary Jane Wasson.(Purviance)

 

 

 

Children of Elizabeth Purviance and William Thomas are:

 

  i.

John Purviance Thomas was born 22 FEB 1792 in Sumner Co., TN, and died circa 1857 in Coffeeville, Yalobusha, Mississippi. He married Catherine M. Espy circa 1816. She died ABT 1875 in Coffeeville, Yalobusha, MS.

1.

  ii.

Margaret Thomas ["Peggy Dickey"] was born 22 DEC 1793, and died 23 OCT 1869 in Dyer Co., TN. She married [Unknown] Dickey. [I cannot find him, but presume he came from South Carolina with the other Dickeys listed in my Dickey chapter herein.]

 

  iii.

David Thomas was born 10 DEC 1795 in [I think, Wilson County, Tennessee] TN, and died APR 1836 in [de Zavala Cemetery outside Texas State Shrine to the Battle of San Jacinto] Republic of Texas.

 

  iv.

Jane Maxwell Thomas was born 11 FEB 1802 in Wilson Co., TN, and died 30 JAN 1855 in Newbern, TN. She married Edwin Alexander McCorkle 28 NOV 1821 in Lebanon, TN. He was born 18 MAR 1799 in Rowan Co., NC, and died 10 JAN 1853 in Newbern, Tennessee.

 

  v.

Hiram Jacob Thomas was born 8 SEP 1803, and died 15 MAY 1878. He married Rebecca Stephens. [He became a medical doctor.  He moved to, finally, Yazoo County, Mississippi]

 

  vi.

Sarah P. Thomas was born 22 JUL 1804, and died 13 AUG 1853 in Newbern, TN. She married Eleazor Woods 1832, son of Samuel Woods and Anne 'Anna' Purviance. He was born 8 JAN 1813 in Preble Co., OH, and died 1875 in Dyer Co., TN.

 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 3


6.

John Purviance , Jr. was born 6 JUN 1743 in Lancaster, PA, and died 6 AUG 1823 in Wilson Co., TN. He was the son of 12. John Purviance and 13. Margaret McKnight.

 

7.

Mary Jane Wasson was born 15 JUL 1746 in Chester Co., PA, and died 1810 in Wilson Co., TN. She was the daughter of 14. Archibald Wasson and 15. Elizabeth Woods.

 

 

 

Children of Mary Jane Wasson and John Purviance , Jr. are:

3.

  i.

Elizabeth Purviance was born 12 MAY 1765 in Rowan Co., NC, and died DEC 1849 in Dyer Co., TN. She married William Thomas 19 MAY 1791. He was born 3 SEP 1765, and died 1 APR 1833 in Dyer Co., TN.

 

  ii.

David (Church "Elder)" Purviance was born 14 NOV 1766 in Iredell Co., NC, and died 19 AUG 1847 in Greenville, OH. [New Paris, Preble County, Ohio] He lived a while in Bourbon County, Kentucky, and served in the Ky. Legislature, before moving to Ohio, where he served in the Ohio legislature.] He married Mary Ireland 1789, daughter of John Ireland and Martha Purviance. She was born 24 FEB 1763.

 

  iii.

John Purviance was born 1768 in Rowan Co., NC, and died 7 MAY 1792 in near Gallatin, TN. He married Martha 'Mattie' King 26 DEC 1791 in Sumner Co., TN. She was born ABT 1767 in Rowan Co., NC. [This is the one who was scalped by hostile Indians.  He is buried near Gallatin, Rice-Henley Cemetery.]

 

  iv.

Robert Purviance was born BEF 1773.

 

  v.

Anne 'Anna' Purviance was born 3 FEB 1774 in NC, and died 17 AUG 1858 in Bentonville, Benton, AR. She married Samuel Woods 8 SEP 1796 in Montgomery Co., KY. He was born 17 FEB 1776 in Rowan Co., NC, and died 4 DEC 1840 in Bentonville, Benton, AR.

 

  vi.

Jennette 'Janie' Purviance [Maxwell] was born AFT 1776, and died BEF 1800. She married Richard Maxwell BEF 1796, son of William Maxwell and Jane Pilson. He was born 15 OCT 1776 in VA, and died BET 1840 AND 1850 in Sullivan Co., INdiana.

 

  vii.

Sarah Purviance [Harris] was born BEF 1780, and died 1803. She married Samuel Harris , Jr. 2 SEP 1795. He was born BEF 1775.

 

  viii.

Eleazor Purviance was born 6 SEP 1782, and died 19 NOV 1869 in West Lebanon, Warren, IN. He married Elizabeth Orr 1809. She was born 24 DEC 1782, and died 10 MAR 1839 in West Lebanon, Warren, IN.

 

  ix.

Margaret Maria Purviance was born 1786. She married James Cropper 17 AUG 1808.

 

  x.

Mary Purviance. She married [Unknown] Cowan.

 

  xi.

Nancy Purviance [Maxwell] was born BEF 1795, and died AFT 1839 in Benton Co., AR.[She lived a while in Dyer County, Tennessee.]  She married Thomas Maxwell 15 MAR 1810 in Preble Co., OH, son of [Unknown] Maxwell. He was born 1792, and died ABT 1828 in Giles Co., TN. [Is this Thomas Maxwell buried next to a 'Mr. Pevines.' ?]

 

  xii.

Martha Purviance was born ABT 1784, and died in Drakesville, Davis, IA.

 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 4


12.

John Purviance was born 1712 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died before 12 JAN 1748/49 in Lancaster Co., PA. He was the son of 24. John Purviance.

 

13.

Margaret McKnight was born circa 1712 in Ireland, and died in Lancaster Co., PA.

 

 

 

Children of Margaret McKnight and John Purviance are:

 

  i.

James Purviance was born 14 JAN 1732/33 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died 26 APR 1806 in Bourbon Co., KY. He married Sarah Wasson ABT 1764 in Iredell Co., NC, daughter of Archibald Wasson and Elizabeth Woods. She was born 15 JAN 1745/46 in Rowan Co., NC, and died ABT 1800 in Bourbon Co., KY.  [Marsha has seen reference to Revolutionary War 'Captain James Purviance.' Is this he?]

 

  ii.

Mary McKnight Purviance was born 1734 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died 5 OCT 1784 in Iredell Co., NC. She married Andrew Morrison. He was born 1718, and died 5 FEB 1770 in Iredell Co., NC.

 

  iii.

Martha Purviance was born 14 OCT 1737 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died in Cane Ridge, Bourbon, KY. She married John Ireland 1750 in PA. He was born BEF 1738 in Co. Tyrone, Ireland, and died AFT 26 APR 1796 in Cane Ridge, Bourbon, KY.

 

  iv.

David Purviance was born ABT 1743.

6.

  v.

John Purviance , Jr. was born 6 JUN 1743 in Lancaster, PA, and died 6 AUG 1823 in Wilson Co., TN. He married Mary Jane Wasson 2 AUG 1764 in Rowan Co., NC, daughter of Archibald Wasson and Elizabeth Woods. She was born 15 JUL 1746 in Chester Co., PA, and died 1810 in Wilson Co., TN.

 

  vi.

Sarah Purviance was born 1747.

 

  vii.

William Purviance was born ABT 1749.

 

 

14.

Archibald Wasson was born 1719 in Ireland, and died 4 AUG 1785 in Rowan Co., NC. He was the son of 28. John Wasson.

 

15.

Elizabeth Woods was born 1720 in Ireland, and died 1766. She was the daughter of 30. [Unknown] Woods.

 

 

 

Children of Elizabeth Woods and Archibald Wasson are:

 

  i.

John Wasson was born ABT 1740 in Rowan Co., NC, and died BEF 11 OCT 1825 in Preble Co., OH. He married Barbara Gordon ABT 1760.

 

  ii.

Archibald Wasson was born ABT 1743 in Rowan Co., NC. He married Ann Lansdill 27 JAN 1769 in Rowan Co., NC. She was born BEF 1748.

 

  iii.

Joseph Wasson was born 25 DEC 1744 in England, and died 23 JUN 1822 in Richmond, Wayne, IN. He married Sarah Smith 1770. She was born 17 MAR 1753 in England, and died 16 JAN 1832 in Richmond, Wayne, IN.

 

  iv.

Sarah Wasson was born 15 JAN 1745/46 in Rowan Co., NC, and died ABT 1800 in Bourbon Co., KY. She married James Purviance ABT 1764 in Iredell Co., NC, son of John Purviance and Margaret McKnight. He was born 14 JAN 1732/33 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died 26 APR 1806 in Bourbon Co., KY.

7.

  v.

Mary Jane Wasson was born 15 JUL 1746 in Chester Co., PA, and died 1810 in Wilson Co., TN. She married John Purviance , Jr. 2 AUG 1764 in Rowan Co., NC, son of John Purviance and Margaret McKnight. He was born 6 JUN 1743 in Lancaster, PA, and died 6 AUG 1823 in Wilson Co., TN.

 

  vi.

James Wasson was born BET 1747 AND 1755 in Rowan Co., NC, and died 1813 in Bourbon Co., KY. He married Catherine [Unknown] 1773 in Iredell Co., NC. She was born 1757 in Rowan Co., NC, and died 18 JUL 1839.

 

  vii.

Nancy Wasson was born ABT 1748 in Rowan Co., NC.

 

  viii.

Agnes Wasson was born ABT 1749 in Rowan Co., NC. She married William Mordah 4 NOV 1769 in Rowan Co., NC. He was born BEF 1745.

 

  ix.

Elizabeth Wasson was born ABT 1752 in Iredell Co., NC.

 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 5


24.

John Purviance was born BEF 1681 in Ireland, and died in Ireland. He was the son of 48. Jacques Purviance.

 

 

 

Children of John Purviance are:

12.

  i.

John Purviance was born 1712 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died BEF 12 JAN 1748/49 in Lancaster Co., PA. He married Margaret McKnight BEF 1733 in Ireland. She was born ABT 1712 in Ireland, and died in Lancaster Co., PA. He married Janet [Unknown] BEF 1742.

 

  ii.

Samuel Purviance was born ABT 1701 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died in PA. He married Lettice Dinsmore 2 APR 1725.

 

  iii.

James Purviance was born ABT 1714 in Castle Finn, Donegal, Ireland, and died BEF 18 MAY 1748 in Lancaster Co., PA.

 

  iv.

David Purviance was born 1708 in Castle Finn, Ireland, and died 1743 in Dauphne Co., PA.

 

  v.

Sarah Purviance was born AFT 1720 in Ireland. She married Hugh Carruthers. He died AFT 31 JUL 1782 in Rocky River, Mecklenburg, VA. She married Hugh Carruthers. He was born BEF 1720.

 

 

28.

John Wasson was born ABT 1700.

 

 

 

Child of John Wasson is:

14.

  i.

Archibald Wasson was born 1719 in Ireland, and died 4 AUG 1785 in Rowan Co., NC. He married Elizabeth Woods 1741 in Rowan / Iredell Co., NC, daughter of [Unknown] Woods. She was born 1720 in Ireland, and died 1766. He married Ann [Widow] Lansdale AFT 1755.

 

 

30.

[Unknown] Woods.

 

 

 

Children of [Unknown] Woods are:

15.

  i.

Elizabeth Woods was born 1720 in Ireland, and died 1766. She married Archibald Wasson 1741 in Rowan / Iredell Co., NC, son of John Wasson. He was born 1719 in Ireland, and died 4 AUG 1785 in Rowan Co., NC.

 

  ii.

[Unknown] Woods was born ABT 1720.

 

  iii.

Sarah Woods.

 

  iv.

Matthew Woods.

 

  v.

Oliver Woods was born ABT 1710, and died ABT 1760 in Rowan Co., NC. He married Martha [Unknown].

 

  vi.

Samuel Woods was born BET 1710 AND 1730. He married Sarah [Unknown].

 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 6


48.

Jacques Purviance was born AFT 1630. He was the son of 96. Jacques de Purvaiance.

 

 

 

Children of Jacques Purviance are:

24.

  i.

John Purviance was born BEF 1681 in Ireland, and died in Ireland.

 

  ii.

Samuel Purveyance was born ABT 1660 in Royan, France, and died 18 JUL 1747.

 

 


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