۞      One of the Civil War-time Diaries of John Edwin McCorkle, 1839-1924, a grandson of Margaret Morrison McCorkle, 1770-1848;  also a sampler of the journals kept by John E. McCorkle’s daughter “Aunt Kate” Katie Pearl McCorkle (Fox) who died in 1962.  John E. McCorkle was my father H. Ewing Huie's maternal grandfather.

   – The Civil Wartime journal transcribed here covers parts of 1860 and 1861, also 1863. Other journals kept by John E. McCorkle, which my sister and I view to have been wrongfully converted initially, are now in the possession of the University of Tennessee at Martin Archives; ditto some of the records of our paternal grandfather Howard Anderson Huie (1870-1935) particularly his Huie & Ozier Hardware Company records of Newbern, Tennessee, circa 1900.

John Edwin McCorkle's grandchildren:


I.    Maury Adolphus Huie, 1895-1973--3 children: "Bill" Wm. Maury Huie; Edward Campbell Huie; and Joe Howard Huie, who died young


II.    2.    Una Dell McCorkle (Mrs. T.L. Caver) (Mrs. Robert N. Smith)--no issue

II.    3.    Hazel McCorkle--no issue

II.    4.    Julia McCorkle Montgomery--one daughter, Tanya Jean Messer Sandlin

II.    5.    Pat McCorkle--two children: Larey McCorkle & Patricia McCorkle Grimes

II.     5.   Noble McCorkle--no issue

II.    6.    Hubert McCorkle--no issue


III.    Sue Alice McCorkle Lee (Mrs. Robert Earl Lee)--one child:  Suzanne Lee Gaultney

III.    Annie Glenn McCorkle -- no issue


IV.  "Beth" Sarah Elisabeth Huie -- no issue

IV.  Howard EWING Huie--two children:  Sophie Cashdollar & Marsha Cope Huie

IV.  "Baby Ralph" Ralph McCorkle Huie--died as infant

The wartime diaries of John Edwin McCorkle’s brother HRA (Hiram) McCorkle are generally not included, although a "teaser" is inserted after Chapter Fifteen of this compilation.  In July 2007 the Tennessee State Library and Archives microfilmed Uncle Hiram's diaries so that they are now available to the public.

In the year 2003, Hiram R.A. McCorkle’s diaries are in the possession of David Caldwell of Newbern, Tennessee, the only child of Betty Jane Atkins & Charles Caldwell.

[Generation 1.Robert McCorkle;   2. Edwin A. McCorkle;    3. Hiram R.A. McCorkle;   4. Bettie McCorkle Cawthon;    5. Mamie Cawthon Atkins;    6. Betty Jane Atkins Caldwell;     7. David Caldwell ]

In the summer of 2006, Tanya Messer Sandlin (maternal great-granddaughter of John Edwin McCorkle through Uncle Will McCorkle & Will’s daughter Julia McCorkle Montgomery) and Earl Willoughby (local Dyer County historian) photocopied Hiram’s diaries, and we hope to transcribe them for the public.


The following offers a sample of Hiram McCorkle’s journal entries, about six (6 ) years before Hiram died in 1907:

            September 12, 1901: Death of Frelin McCorkle.

            “ Frelinghuisen McCorkle (col’d) died, aged 57 years and 8 days.

Next entry:    “We attended Frelin’s funeral at the McCorkle cemetery.  Quite a number of colored people there as also were a goodly number of white neighbors.  All of his young Masters and Mistresses in slave time who were in reach were there.  Frelin was born and raised and married and raised a large family on the old McCorkle farm. [Hiram means his grandparents’ - Robert & Margaret Morrison McCorkle’s -- farm, I guess.]  Never lived anywhere else except, I think, maybe he was hired out a few times when he was fifteen or sixteen years old.  Frelin was a good boy, a good obedient slave and after being freed he was a good colored citizen.  Always polite, truthful, honest and industrious, providing well for his wife and a large family of children, all girls, but one.  Although he had been a believer in the Christian religion for quite a number of years, he never obeyed the gospel until a few years ago.  Since which time, up to his death he has lived, as best he knew how, a Christian life.  Let us all drop a tear and let the curtain fall.  Frelin’s gone where good negroes go.  [end of quotation from HRA McCorkle....]


A freedman named Caleb McCorkle was buried there, too.


And it is beyond cavil that freedman JEFF BEAN, and wife ELLA BEAN, respected farmers in the Churchton community, are interred in front of the white-folks' fence at the old McCorkle Cemetery, in the old section reserved for slaves and former slaves.  My mother remembers, also, a Roscoe Bean.

--My mother Joyce Cope Huie's "Aunt Tempe" Temperance McMahan (widow Bean) Hendricks brought Jeff Bean with her when she came down from Ohio or Indiana to marry my mother's paternal great-grandfather, Uriah C. Hendricks, originally of Mocksville, Davie County, NC, as his 2nd wife.  Aunt Tempe's sister, Mary McMahan Hendricks, had been Uriah C. Hendricks' 1st wife; Uriah had gone from Rowan-Davie County, NC, up to Clermont County, Ohio, to marry (in 1833) Mary McMahan after her people had moved northwardly from Rowan-Davie County, NC.  [--or did the 1st wife of Uriah Hendricks, Mary MacMahan (Hendricks), bring Jeff Bean down to Tennessee with her?  We think the 2nd wife, Tempe, brought him down with her.]

Mary McMahan (Hendricks) (whose family once had been near Mocksville in Davie County, NC, next to the Hendricks family--spelled variously: Hendrix) was the mother of Narcissus Hendricks Cope, Narcissus "Sis" being the mother of Ira Mitchell Cope, my maternal grandfather; and the mother of Daisy Cope Henley and Delia Cope Grills.  Narcissus Hendricks Cope Forcum was a Methodist, so her granddaughter Joyce Cope Huie assumes Narcissus's Hendricks/Hendrix forebears were Methodists, too.

TSLA - History & Genealogy - Recent Additions

[July 2007] Recent Additions to the Tennessee State Library and Archives ... H.R.A. McCorkle Journals, written from 1848-1907-- Dyer County [microfilm #1834];
www.state.tn.us/tsla/history/recent.htm - 11k

20th TN Cavalry CSA -- Biographical Information [M] 

H.R.A. McCorkle Company G. Enlisted December 1, 1863 in Dyer Co., TN, by Col. [Tyree Harris] Bell for 3 years or the war. Roan horse valued at $900. ...

The Dyersburg, Tennessee, State Gazette - July, 1907 reprints Hiram R. A. McCorkle's obituary from the Newbern Tennessean:

DEATH OF Hiram R. A. McCORKLE; NEWBERN TENNESSEAN--On Monday morning, July 1st, 1907

The obituary is unsigned, but I know from the flowery writing style that it was composed by Hiram's niece, Ora Alice McCorkle Huie (Mrs. "Dolph" Julius Adolphus Huie), a daughter of John Edwin McCorkle.  Ora McCorkle Huie's pen name was "Victor." :


--On Monday morning, July 1st, the spirit of H. R. A. McCORKLE was called from the tenement of clay to return to God, who gave it. When the sad news, "Uncle Hiram is dead, " was flashed across the wires, many hearts were saddened. Had Mr. McCORKLE lived until November 6, 1907, he would have reached the 80th milestone of life's journey. More than 50 years ago he accepted Christ as his Savior and was buried in baptism by Elder James HOLMES. On Tuesday morning, the funeral was held at the church [Lemalsamac Christian Church] where "Uncle Hiram's" seat was seldom vacant, conducted by Elder N. B. HARDEMAN. His body was then taken to the McCorkle Cemetery to Mother Earth. Three children, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren are left to mourn his loss.


The following transcribes one of the Several Diaries Kept by John Edwin McCorkle, this one written just before and during the Civil War.  Also, there follows a sampler of his daughter’s, Katie Pearl McCorkle (Fox)’s journals.  Katie Pearl McCorkle was the beloved “Aunt Kate” of my childhood. 


Evidently, when John Edwin McCorkle began his journal in this particular little booklet, he was a student at Bluff Springs Academy.  I’m not sure of the location of Bluff Springs Academy but think it was near or in Milan in Gibson County, Tennessee, perhaps at McLemoresville.  John E. McCorkle graduated in 1860 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, then joined the Confederacy from Dyer County and went up to Columbus, Kentucky, where the South had decided, with futility, to place a chain across the Mississippi River to prevent Federal gunboats from plying those waters.

He records below that he joined “the service of Tennessee” on the 11th of June 1861.  Clearly, the sovereign for which he perceived himself to be fighting was the State, and for States’ Rights.  John Edwin McCorkle did not own any slaves, nor as far as I’ve been able to discern, did his parents Edwin Alexander & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle.  We know that John Edwin McCorkle’s mother’s uncle, David Purviance (who moved from Middle Tennessee up to Bourbon County, Kentucky, to escape Indian Troubles) preached against slavery as a minister, first a Presbyterian “elder,” then a Christian Church-Church of Christ preacher; and that David Purviance advocated abolitionism as a Kentucky then Ohio legislator. By the time of John Edwin McCorkle and the Civil War, though, there were several African-Americans surnamed McCorkle, and John Edwin McCorkle’s paternal great-grandfather Alexander McCorkle, who died in 1800 in Rowan County, North Carolina, and is buried at Thyatira Presbyterian Church, made disposition of slaves in his North Carolina will, even while writing this holographic document “in the name of God, amen.” 

Our McCorkle-Huie family tradition has it that John Edwin McCorkle contracted dysentery at Columbus which rendered him low for some time.  My father Ewing Huie (Howard Ewing Huie), 1907-1971, always told me, “Grandpaw McCorkle got dysentery up at Columbus and had to leave the army, as a First Lieutenant.” Ewing Huie’s sister Aunt Beth Huie said the same thing.  A contemporary letter corroborating Beth and Ewing Huie’s story was sent during the War from the diarist’s uncle, Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle, to RAH McCorkle’s sister, Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache, reporting that John’s health back in Dyer County, Tennessee, was still “very bad.”

The diarist’s parents were: 

(1)  Edwin Alexander [or is it ARCHIBALD?] McCorkle, born of Robert McCorkle & Robert’s 2nd wife Margaret Morrison McCorkle; Edwin having been born in Rowan/Iredell County, North Carolina on18 March 1799; removed to Middle Tennessee (Rutherford County, Murfreesboro area); then after the family’s losing the McCorkle Revolutionary War land grant for that Middle Tennessee land, Edwin removed with his family to West Tennessee (to eastern Dyer County, about 5 miles east of Newbern). He died in 1853.;  and

(2) Jane Maxwell Thomas, born 11 June 1802 in Middle Tennessee and died 30 January 1855; Jane was a daughter of Elizabeth Purviance and William Thomas.  She was wife of Edwin Alexander McCorkle.


The ff. journal of John Edwin McCorkle was typed, with editorial comments added, by Marsha Cope Huie, a great-granddaughter of the diarist through the diarist’s daughter Sophie King McCorkle Huie and Sophie McCorkle’s son Howard Ewing Huie.

The journalist’s father, Edwin A. McCorkle [was the A for Alexander or for Archibald?], born 18 March 1799 in Rowan County, North Carolina, had died 10 January 1853.  His mother, Jane Maxwell Thomas (McCorkle) had then died 30 January 1855

Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle:  We know her parents were William Thomas and Elizabeth Purviance (Thomas), and we can go back further to lineal ancestors; but researching that common name “Thomas” for collaterals is difficult if not impossible.  --Uncle Hiram R. A. McCorkle’s diary gives us one Thomas clue. He writes in 1865 that in 1865, James B. Thomas of Wilson County, Tennessee [Lebanon?] visited him (Hiram).  As mentioned, HRA McCorkle was a son of Jane Maxwell Thomas (Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle). 

Uncle Hiram also writes that in Jan. 1865, J T Burrow of Carroll County moved to “the Montgomery Place.”  Recall:  “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery (the first Mrs. Alexander McCorkle) was née Montgomery.


Who was “Nobe?”             John Edwin McCorkle was a great friend of “NobeLedsinger and mentions her often in this journal.  This is who she was:   Zenobia F. Ledsinger.  Zenobia was queen of Palmyra in the 3rd century B.C. and led a revolt against Rome, so I guess her parents were classically aware.  Zenonia F. Ledsinger  married (1st) George Fowlkes; and (2nd) Henry Archer Fowlkes.  “NobeLedsinger had these children by her 1st husband:

            I. Jennie Fowlkes (Mrs. Preston Tipton (Pigtoe) Fowlkes)

            I. Charles Fowlkes

            I. George Anna Fowlkes

            “NobeLedsinger had this child by her 2nd husband:

I. Hilliard L. Fowlkes who m. Lucy Claiborne and had 2 children, Robert Arch Fowlkes and Walter Nick Fowlkes.

            Parents of Nobe Ledsinger were

Charles H. Ledsinger, born 1813, and Nancy T. Brown,  born 1815.  John Edwin McCorkle's journal refers to Mr. Ledsinger as "C H L."  --Their children as listed in the 1850 Census:

             Mary Elizabeth Ledsinger,    m. (1st) James A. Norton & 2nd Col. Alexander Williams of Nashville.– She is the ancestor of Finis Wyatt’s wife, Evelyn Payne (Huffine) (Wyatt), who already had 4 Huffine children but had none by Finis Wyatt.

            T.M. Ledsinger

             Zenobia F. “NOBE” Ledsinger

             R.W. Ledsinger

             J.P. Ledsinger 

            L.J. (Female) 

            J.Z. Ledsinger; and 

            Thomas T. Ledsinger,    who married Mary Louise “LubieFerguson: children of TT and ML Ferguson Ledsinger were: Thad Ledsinger, who m. Kate Crenshaw and they moved to Oklahoma; Nell Ledsinger who m. Will Hudson.

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[Journal of John Edwin McCorkle]


[Frontispiece]   12 Judges

7 Kings 

 A casket of thoughts    …

J.E. M.cCorkle

[John Edwin McCorkle]                                   [page break]


Joseph McCorkle      Hernando         Desoto County Mississippi


(( Rev E Covey Swallow         ))

(( Rev C. Covey                      ))

((Swallow’s Bluff                      ))

((Henderson Co                       ))

((Tennessee                              ))


[The issues provoking an imminent Civil War were on his mind in 1860:] 



                                                                        [page break]

One ?ladies’?  Rubber Over Coat  $4.00

I love a bright blue

eyed girl of sweet

twenty one    here name

I will not disclose.

It is sweet to remember

What I have said

to you in the Parlor at Uncle’s.[[34]]

·        I was greatly disap-

pointed in not seeing you when I was up

there, but duty before

pleasure & now I am

confined to the narrow

limits of the school room.                                                                      [page break]


Bought one book of J.D. Carns [Karnes]        $          cts.

    Chemistry                                        1           50

Paid J.D. Carnes for Chemistry

[page break]

Baker [Bearer?] will

please come &

give me an acc-

ount of yourself

and of copies [?coffins?] my

visits will be few

but be not mistaken

Think not that my

ardor for you has

abated      J.E.   Sept. 21 [1860]

August the 15th 1860

J.E. M.c Corkle

at J.C. Zarecor’s [[35]]


Jennie C. W.


Tenn. ) ) ) ) ) [[36]]


God is just & the justifyer of the

Ungodly.     [Page Break]


Matt W____

June the first


Will be remem-

bered by one

(((( J.E. M.cCorkle ) ) ) ) )


July the 31st 1860

Stayed with Bro Kindrick

at Sister Sutton’s

last night &

will start to

Oceola[37] today.

(((J.E. M.cCorkle ) ) ) )   [page break]


[On the left of the following page, written vertically is:

James S. McCorkle  [[38]]

            [Then, the following is written horizontally:]

Wade Eaton 

W.B. Sawyer

Double Bridges [[39] ]

Lauderdale Co.








147    [Page Break]

My last day

in school June 25 1860 [[40]]

((J.E. M.cCorkle  ) ) )








Locke & Jim [[41]]

One Dollar

Paid in Full.      [page break]


Monday the 25th 1860

Stayed at

Perkerr’s   [?P e r Kerrs?] [Parkers?]

Friday night


Got home

the 4th of August

I heard some news

this morning from

my second best friend

Nov. 11th 1863                        [page break]


Days lost from school [42]

Sept. 17th went heare

the Elections.

Fair. Four days lost—

Election day


Jan. Went to see

Cousin Bob  sick

and lost two days. –



Brought mare

home the 28th of October                                  [page break]




Loaned T. F. L. [43]

$9.50  Nov. 21st 1860

Paid by C.H.L.[Ledsinger]                                                                        [page break]


J.S. McCorkle [44]     Dr  [Debtor]

J E McCorkle       Cr  [Creditor]

To Loan of $20.

Oct. 23   By cash     12.70

Nov. 1    By cash       7.30


20.0                                                                                                                   [page break]


J.E. McCorkle

To Capt. Wilkins

To one Sword          $50.00

To one Repeater         57.00

Oct. 22     Paid in full                                                                [page break]



J. Ed. McCorkle was born the 17th of May 1839

and was mustered into the service of Tenn.

on  the 11th of June 1861.

We left Jackson the 5th of June & arrived at Randolph Friday at sunrise.

We left Rand-olph the 26th of July and arrived at New Madrid the next day.

August the 10th  We left new Madrid went to fort Pillow   [page]

and did not unload, but came back to New Madrid.

On the 17th about sun down, we struck tents & started for Saxton [Sikeston, Missouri] marched until 1 Oclock the next day. We got to Saxton & Campbell [Missouri] for the night.

Tuesday have got to Camp Watkins.

Our provision gave out Tuesday night. We lived off beef and roasen ears[45] two days. [page break]

August 27th 1861

We left Camp Watkins this morning and arrived at Sikestown this eve at sundown & struck up tents or rather pitched tents. -- 

We are ordered to cook one day’s rations.    – Aug. 31st

We left Sikestown the 2nd of September at 9 Oclock.

at 12 Oclock 10  miles from New Madrid.

Hot & dusty.                            [page break]

Sept 2nd 1861

Sit down on the fence to rest.—

We got to New Madrid about dark – Sept. 3rd We got aboard of the Morrison at 11 Oclock in the night—stayed on the bank of the great Mississippi. [46]  Done by loon light [moon or lunar light].                                                          

[page break]

We had a battle at Hickman [Kentucky].  Two of Lincoln’s gunboats came upon us.  We fired several times.  No one hurt.  August 4th 1861 There was fifteen guns fired – between the parties --  August 5th    We left Hickman a while after sun down  --  at least we are at the casons now, to start [me?] [we?] off for Dixie  --  August 5th 1861.

[page break]

We left Hickman at 8 ½ Oclock & got to Columbus [Kentucky] at four in the morn-ing – rode on a flat [boat? railway car?]    --  camped on the bank of the Miз.  –

We had an a Larm [alarm] this morning

being Sunday.

August 8th  --

Sept. 12th  We are all on Guard to day.  Mrs. McCollough & Mrs Wilkins stayed with us last night[47]

Also Mrs. Perch [Penb? Parker?]                                             [page break]


We had an alarm to day – Sept 17th   I got a furlough to go home.

We had a storm on the sixteenth did not quite blow our Tent over  -- I got to the station at daylight.—Got Fannie [horse] & the Buggy and rode home.

In bed Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday --  Still in the house  --  at A J McC[48]

Sept. 28th /61

I was taken with diarrhea this morn-

ing.  Very bad all day

29th  I am able to be up a little –Sunday

Sunday Oct 6th /61  Went with Miз Mollie McCutchen[49] from Mr. Archibald’s.  Finis[50] went with Susan Cawthon

October 7th  We started to Columbus Ky.  Stopped at the staytion,  saw Cousin Nancy Y. Bone. Got to Columbus safe.  Carter [???????????????????] is praying.    [page break]

The best day’s work of my life. Oct. 12th 1861

At Columbus Ky was my first effort in publick prain [praying].

I have not been well in eight weeks.  –

Nov. 1st 1861  I tendered my resignation as

Brevet 2nd Lieut in Company D 13th Regiment yes-

terday – Nov. 1st /61

My ingrading   [resignation?]  was approved by Gid. [?]

I allow [“allow” is Southern for “think.”]  [The rest is not legible: ? resignation to be effective? as of the date of? ] ____ Nov 1st /61

[Editor’s note:   Col. Tyree Bell of Newbern--who post-war was shrewd enough to escape the devastation and moved to live post-war in Fresno, California--gave John Edwin McCorkle an exemption from further duty in the Confederate Army on the stated ground of Physical Disability. The inelegant translation: dysentery.]


[page break]

Started home from Columbus Ky. Nov 2nd 1861 at half after twelve Oclock A M

Battle at Columbus Ky, Nov 7th 1861

Four killed of Capt. Wilkins camp,

viz: John H. Shaw

Burwell M. Dozier[51]   W H Polk and A G Zaricor [52]

17 wounded

I saw Shaw to day.  Nov 9th 1861  [Did he mean he saw the corpse? Or that he saw another Shaw person?]

[page break]


Nov. 14th 1861

I have been sick all day  --  was at Hirams[53] yesterday at a corn husking –

Cousin Jim Scott[54] came to see me to day –

Nov. 16th 1861

I was in bed half of the day yesterday  --But did not fast owing to the fact that I forgot it until too late –

November 18th 1861

I got my mixed [mixed?] coat  to day.  No buttons on it—

Nov. 19th  There is a corn shucking at Uncle Woodss[55] to day—I am going. – J.E. M.cCorkle

Nov. 19—They are not going to finish the corn to night, it being 9 Oclock  --  J.E. M.cCorkle



[New Page]  I went to the general muster on the 30th of November. The respective companies were ordered to have half detailed as malitia [militia] to [go?] into the service of Tenn.

Hiram [McCorkle, also known as HRA or Hiram Robert A. McCorkle]

Elvin Moore & George Blankingship [Blankenship][56] were selected to say who should stay.  Some excitement — but no fighting.    [signed J.E. M.cCorkle ]         [page break]

I went to see Nobe Saturday-night the 30th of Nov. And stay-ed until Sunday evening and left here all alone--  Some good apples to eat.  Decem. the 2nd 1861  We had a snow to day.  The Moon being one day old, therefore we will have only one snow this Winter. ((((  J.E. M.cCorkle  ) ) )

[page break]

Dec. 3rd  1861  I was at Yorkville to day

some excitement.

Green  Holmes[57] was elected Capt. of the VolunteersCumings [Cummings?]

1st Lt.   J. H. Lastley [Lasley?]

2nd Lt.  Dr. Pearce Broll  [Brolt?][Brioll or Briolt?] [possibly Holt?]

2nd Lt.  J. C. Holmes

Orderly Sergeant -- 

[It may be that the diarist meant this:

[Cummings elected 1st Lt.

[J.H. Lastley [Lasley?] 2nd Lt.

[Dr. Pearce Holt [spelling?] 2nd Lt.

[J.C. Holmes    Orderly Sergeant.]


December 4th [1861]

Went to aunt Betsys [Elizabeth Smith McCorkle, widow of the journalist’s paternal uncle “JemJehiel Morrison McCorkle]

to take a letter, thence to Zarecors[58] for my dinner.  Thence home via Hirams with Latina.[59]  The malitia [militia]                     [page break]


was to have started to day, but the order was countermanded

Wm Woods[60] was detailed to go –

Leander [Scott?][61] & Ab Cowan[62] are going to go to Capt [I? J? A ?] Wilkins Company—I am not well this evening – J.E. M.cCorkle  -- At home -- 

December 5th /61

Finis [Finis A. McCorkle, brother of the diarist] and Mr. Franklin[63] here. 

Anderson [a brother, Anderson Jehiel McCorkle] gone to York.  I have

had fever today.—                    [page break]

P.M.  Anderson [brother Anderson Jehiel McCorkle] back from Yorkville

December 6th

Went to the sale

Bought two Books.

Ab. Cowan and myself went to Mr. Holts and got Elnora [Holt?] and went to Mr. James McCutchens   Stayed all night -- 

December 7th

Went home with

Elnora, then to York

then to Uncle Bob s[64] 

thence home.

thence to Jim Scotts    [page break]


December 8th /61

Come home and

fixed and went to

church, then to

[brother-in-law] John Zarecors for dinner  -- Back home.

December 9th 1861   Went to York then to Uncle Lem s[65] for my dinner,

then to Zarecors and found Messrs Cowan, Holt and Scott there.[66]

also Misses Elno [Elnora Holt?]  and Mollie McCutchen.  --  Had quite a fine time

December 10th 1861                  [page break]

Went to Newbern with Abner Cowan.  [Brother] Finis [A. McCorkle] went home with Elon[67] and J. [J? John?]  Holt went with Mollie McCutchen.

Back to John’s [John C. Zarecor’s?] for my dinner, then [sister] Latina and myself went to Mr. Strawns[68] and stayed all night  --  (Wy gone) [By? Gone? Something is “gone” but illegible]  --

J.E. M.cCorkle             

December 11th 1861

Went to Yorkville and then to [S? J?] Hall[69] & stayed all night.

Got a letter from [1st cousin] S.S. McCorkle.[70]                   [page break]


December 12 1861

Ab Cowan,[71] Jo. Hall,[72] and Jim Archibald started to Columbus [Ky.] and came home in company with Finis [brother Finis A. McCorkle].  Eat dinner by myself.  J.E. M.cCorkle

December 13th 1861

Went to York & then back home

December 13th 1861 [sic.]

Went to Newbern then back home

Dec. 14th Sunday

Went to Lemalsamac to church then home    [page break]

for my dinner, then to [brother-in-law’s] John C. ZarecorHomer Cowan died on Christmas Eve night—and was buried the day after Christmas.

I was at Uncle Scotts [Surely, this was Lemuel Scott and the diarist’s aunt, Margaret Permelia McCorkle Scott] the 25th of Dec. 1861.  --  Eat dinner at J.C. Zarecors

Dec. 26th     at Uncle [Eleazor] Woods[73] tonight.  Susan Cawthon & Susan Smith are here. J.E. M.

[page break]

December 31st 1861

[My sister] Latina and myself stayed at Mr. J.  [J?] McCutchens and on New Years day came to J. C. Zarecors.  Miss Mollie McCutchen came home with us the first day of 1862.

Old Christmas day

I stayed at home nearly

all day, it being

Sunday.  J.E. McCorkle            [page break]



[No pages are missing here in this little book, but some 18 months are missing; the diary begins again on August 20th 1863]

August 20th 1863

Went to Uncle Charles Ledsingers   Nobe [Zenobia Ledsinger, who was to become a Mrs. Fowlkes in the Dyersburg area] not at home.

21st Went to Dyersburg with Sallie Rodgers[74] --back to Uncle John’s.[75]  Went to night meeting with Nobe

22nd  Come [sic.] home    23rd  Meeting at Oak-Grove.  Went to meeting Monday

25th  Started to Ft. Pillow. Stayed all night at McKnights 2 miles below Dyersburg

26th  Crossed at Halls ferry.  Traipsed [?] through Ripley & camped at [J?] Gillespies.[76]

27th  Got to the Ft and took the oath and come back to Judge Greens saw-mill on Hatchie [River].  28th  Stayed at Double Bridges   29th  Got home, being Saturday.

30th  To [?No?] meeting.     Sunday night singing at Union Grove.[77]  31st  Started to Tom Harris[78] only got a mile above Trenton.  Come back to Uncle Bobs[79]  [page break]

and stayed all night.  Sept. 1st  Come home

2nd  At home  --  Wedding at Mrs. Headdens[80]

3rd  Mason day at York

4th Went to H. Parkers & then to [brother] A J’s.  Saw M. & G.

[Polly? Molly? Sally?  Golly?] come [sic.] home with [brother] Hiram.  I went to the exhi-bition with her then home with [sister] Latina.        J E Mc

Aug. 5th  Joined the Masons.  Stayed at Uncle Woods

6th  to Oak Grove & Jim Strawn & myself to Bethesda  --  to Dr. Cawthon’s[81] then to prayer meeting

7th  At home

8th  Come to Hurricane Hill & went to [church] meeting.  Ben McCluskey preached.

9th   Reed preached

10th  Capt. Robinson took all between the ages of 18 & 45   [page break]

and carried us home to Bell’s headquarters.  Stayed all night with Dr. Harris.

11th  Bell released me and I came home.

12th  Eat dinner with Dr. J T Bone[82]

13th  [Brother] David[83] & myself went to Stephen Woods[84] funeral.

14th  Went to Weakley [County, Tennessee,] after Jim & Lizzie.[85]

15th  Come home by Thos. Harris 

16th  At home

17th  Cas [Caswell] A. Goodloe and             [page break]


eat dinner at Sam Sayne’s  [Payne’s? Saine?] --  then to York.

Federals in Trenton

Rained and turned cold.  18th  Very cold

Stayed all night with Cousin Mag.[86]  Had a fine conversation about B. and B. Come home.  Mistake about the Fed’s being in Trenton

19th Frost last night --  Come to Mr. Ledsinger s.  Miзes [s-tset] Fowlkes, Johnson, and Finch. Ed. Smith and wife here [page break]

Mark Jones and Tommy are here.[87]

20th Heavy frost last night.  S S McC.[88] [S E McC?]

Went to Hurricane [Hill]  -- Come to C. H. L.’s   Tab. Bettie. Dick and George Segraves here.  --  John Ed. Mc

21st  Commenced with school—13 scholars—

22nd  15 scholars—I am mighty lonesome.

23rd   Dry and dusty

24th   still dry

25th    Come home

26th    Aunt Margaret[89] fixed my coat at [brother] A. J. M [AJ McCorkle’s?]


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Sept. 1863

26th  Sunday   went to York, then to Lem’s[90] to Nebo with Mag  -- 

27th  Home to A J M’s then to Lem-alsamac to church—then home in company with A S. [A G ? ] Carter.[91]  Stopped at John’s     Mag and Susan there.  Come to C H’s. Doog gone—

28th  Monday 1863.  Twenty five students at Dr. Whites to night.

29th  Heared the fight was still progressing [s-tset] on wednesday --  [page break]

29th   Commenced Anatomy  [?Pancoast? Pentecost?]  Nat. Tarrant here to night.   

J. Ed. McCorkle

30th   [Brother] Finis brought my trunk to me

Th Oct. 1st 1863--  Rained a little last night – clear to day

2nd Friday   I intend to go home to night.

Come to Newbern Lodge, saw three initiated

3rd  Took Second degree in Masonry.  Come to Uncle                         [page break]


Woods and went to Union Grove

4th Sunday

Left Uncle Woods’ [Eleazor Woods’] for A J McCorkle’s, to Bethesda [Church] to Union Grove [then, probably then a Cumberland Presbyterian church], to John’s for dinner, then to H.H. [his school at Hurricane Hille]   Sarah Harrison & Kate Booths here.    I am sick with bad cold.

15th  Heavy frost

6th Rained

7th Sick all day.  No school to day

8th  Martha Hurt here. I am going home after dinner.   [page break]


9th  At [brother] David’s[92]  10th  Stayed all night with [sister] Latina.[93]  11th /63.  Come to C H’s 12th  Rained  no school

13th  Resumed school

14th  Heavy fogg 15th  Dan. HEATH[94] paßed [passed, but what does that mean?] my school house  16th  Friday  clear and pleasant.

17th  Went to Dyersburg—a heavy rain.

18th  Robert Mahan preached at Hurricane Hill.  Caswell A. GoodloeJames M. Dickey, Addie [page break]

Northern and Salle L. Rodgers at church  went home with us for dinner.  Then Nobe[95] and myself went with them to uncle John R.   I in the buggy with Addie [Northern]Ben McClusky  Tab. Fowlkes and the widow Cooper there.  --  We all left early the next morning.  19th  Clear and cold.  I have thirty students.  Cas [Caswell A. Goodwell], Jim, Add., Sallie and Nobe [Ledsinger] got caught in town by Capt.                       [page break]


Moon’s command and had to stay until after dinner.

20th  Cloudy.  C. N Lasby started to Mo.  Miз [Miss] Angeline Johnson here to night.  21st  I went to Newbern to the Lodge.  Bob Crenshaw stayed at C.H.’s.  2 fellow Craft degrees conferred--Jim Cole and W.J. Scobey.  22nd  Rained  23rd  Nobe come [sic.] to the school house & I and her [such grammar, Grandpaw John E. !] went to               [page break]

[brother-in-law] John ZarecorJohn Gregory [destined to become the diarist’s brother-in-law, marrying his sister “Tina “ Latina McCorkle] & Clay come and stayed until bed-time.  24th  [Friend] Nobe, [sister] Latina & [brother] Finis and myself went to Lem’s.  I and Sallie, Finis & Nobe went to church.  I & Sallie went to Uncle Bobs for dinner.  I went to Presbytern with Miз Agnes C.  [Cawthon? I don’t know.]  With her to church at night.  25th  Left Bobs for Lem’s.  Went with Nobe to church & back to Lem’s   Miз [page break]

Matt Weakly and Dr. Fryer there.  After dinner Nobe & myself start to H.H. [Hurricane Hill, to the schoolhouse].

26th  Eighteen S. [scholars] paзed [passed] my school.

27th  Nothing of note to day.  28th  Got a letter from Bob Ledsinger.  29th  Mrs. Hambrick  Lucy Rodgers & McKnight here last night.  Rained last night and to day.  31st  Nobe and myself went to Tyne [Tline?] Harris &  [page break]


stayed all day—November 1st being Sunday—I went to H.H. [Hurricane Hill] with NobeMark Jones & Tom, Chas. Bewford [Benford ?] here--  2nd  Bob Crenshaw at my school-house    3rd  Misting rain   4th  Nobe started to see her Aunt.  Frank  Nat T. & Tom Jones here.  5th Waddy Smith here to night.  6th  I am going home this eve.  Come to J.C. Z’s [John C. Zarecor’s] – Clay here.  [Does he mean his uncle Jehiel Morrison McCorkle’s son Henry Clay McCorkle, who was to die in the Battle of Guntown, Miss., or some other Civil War battle? I don’t know.] 7th  Went to York &   [page break]


took the 3rd degree in masonry.  Went to Lems.  The York boys cut a tree for a rac-

coon but he got away.  8th  Went to [brother] A.J.s then to [brother] Hiram thence to Lemalsamac [Church]. Then to AJ’s with Cousin Mag.[96]  Then to U [Union] Grove –then to C.H.s.  Woods afire.  9th Dick Johnson  at School-house.  10th  Cold.  11th  Tom Burk here.  12th  Burk still here--  13th  Soldiers come & took John Wynne [John G. Wynne, I think] Wyanie?]-- Ray [page break]

14th Dickerson  [unclear:  Ray Dickerson?] here for dinner.  Aunt Betsy [Mrs. Jehiel Morrison McCorkle], Sallie [Rodgers] & Lucy here.  Mrs. Peacock and Mr. Menzies[97] Sr. here to night.  Norton and Mary here.  15th  Sunday  McClusky & Sarah Harrison here for Day [for Day? For din.--short for “dinner?”]  Bob Crenshaw here to night. He repeated all of [the biblical book of] Peter by heart to Nobe & myself.  16th  Misses [uses s-tset] Hibbits and Alexander here      17th  Nothing of note

18th  E.T. Klink to be in town

                                                                                                            [page break]


to day—swaped [swapped] buttons with J.G. WynneNobe [Zenobia Ledsinger (Fowlkes)] sewed the buttons on my coat.

19th  Heard that 106 of Richardsons’ [Richardson’s]  men were captured at Hamptons. [Hamptons Crossroads?]          [

 20th  came home.  Met Tom Ledsinger22nd Dr. Buck & myself went to Clements [does he mean to Elizabeth Obedience Clements, Mrs. James Scott McCorkle’s, family in Weakley County?]  by the way of Hunters Ferry—swam the Obion [River].  22nd  Buck with Agnes & I with Helen & Fannie [Fannie his horse?]

 to Uncle Anthony’s & prayer[98]                                                           [page break]


meeting.  Then back to Tom Clements for dinner.  Then home  swam the river.  Got to Uncle Bob’s for supper. Then to Lem’s, then to AJ M [to brother Anderson Jehiel McCorkle’s].  23rd  started by day light to school  --  Miзes [s-tset] Luby Ferguson and Sallie Rodgers there to night.    24th  Luby & Sallie still here.  Dab & Sit. [Lit.? “sis” for “Sister”?] here.  (George Segraves & Garrett at the School-house.  Fry’s squad pass –25th )              [page break]


26th  Neely Johnson passed my school-house.  Hick Doyle & Ples [Tles?] Tipton here to night.

27th  Tab came by school-house   28th  Rained & snowed a little.  29th  Bob Crenshaw here.  30th  Col. Bell at Enoch’s to night.  December 1st  Tuesday  Twenty two C.S. [Confederate Soldiers?] paзed [passed].  3 McCluskeys stay. with me 

2nd  Heard that [brother] Hiram[99] was making a company.  3rd  Two soldiers came                 [page break]


to my schoolhouse to conscript me, but I talked them out of it.

4th  Road [rode] to school.  Expect to go home to night.  Eat supper at John’s- & went to Davids [brother David Purviance McCorkle, I suppose].  5th  Went to York.  Saw W H Greer initiated  -  Hall raised.  Come to [brother] Hirams. Stayed all night.  6th  Soldiers started-- [The diarist’s three brothers:] Hiram, Anderson & Finis.  I & W.T. went to C.H.L. stay-

ed all night.  7th  [page break]

Capt. F. eat dinner at C.H.L.  Come to [sister] Becca’s[100]--  8th

Ninth  Went to [brother] Hirams



[Now, there are three blank pages in the little booklet]

[On the fourth page thence, the following accounts have been scribbled through in pencil, but are nevertheless barely legible:]



J E McCorkles Expences

On the carrg [?] [carriage?]  [credit?]                       $     .95

Mule & buggy                                                              1.25

Lining for coat                                                              2.00

Trimmings                                                                     2.00

Sundries                                                                       1.50

Mending Watch                                                            1.00

Dec. 8th  Elder Holmes [preacher]                               5.00

  “    11th  A Letter J.S. Mc                                                            .05


[Blank page, next]






B.M. Dozier


I H. Shaw  [?J.H. Shaw?]


Wm. H. Polk


A.G. Zaricor


The above was done

on the seventh day

of November 1861

at Columbus Ky.


[Blank page now, but I think he once had a ribbon placed on this page, because the next page says:]

This ribbon was donated to A.H. Algea[101] & myself

By Miз Mollie E. [G?] Hubbard of Jackson                            [page break]


1862  D.P. McCorkle  [brother of the diarist:  David Purviance McCorkle]

To J E McCorkle   Dr [Debtor]

Jan. 6th  Loan [for?] tax   $  7.90

Jan. 6th  A.J. McCorkle     12.00

Uncle Bob

Shoes      7.35

Candles   5.60

had         2.36


Arch a


[end of page]


]This following is the last page of the diary, because several pages afterwards have been torn out:]


Wm T Cowan [or Wm. F. Cowan] to

1861  J E McCorkle, Dr [Debtor]

Nov. 11  To Pistol    $50.00

Settled by Cash


1861 Dec. 9th

Loaned [brother] D.P. McCorkle  [David Purviance McCorkle]

Ten dollars --  $10.00

Settled by Cash


[Brother Hiram] H.R.A. McCorkle to

    J.E. McCorkle Dr [debtor]  

Dec. 11th  Accounts     $53.00  [Then, amount stricken through]


Nov. 11th  R.E. Holmes

To J.E. McCorkle, Dr

To a 1st. Sash         $3.00

All of the above

accts are settled

Feb. 15th 1862

             J.E. M cCorkle



On the inside-back binder, the diarist has written:

Paul Jones



Isolated Post-Civil War events recorded by John Edwin McCorkle’s brother, the journalist Hiram R. A. McCorkle:


In the fall of 1866, Robert Quincy Roache and wife, Rebecca Sunderland Roache, of the town of California, Missouri, came for a visit and remained a week, their first visit since they had left the Newbern area in 1857. Quincy was a son of Elmira Sloan McCorkle & Dr. Stephen Roache.

In 1866 W.L. Woods built a cotton press.

After the war, Hiram wrote:  December 17, 1866: “Very cold.  My place is clean of negroes.” 

And on Oct. 20, 1870, Hiram’s 1st wife,  Margaret Cowan McCorkle, died at the Nashville asylum, but HRA does not know this, evidently, as he did not record her death.

The railroad came through Newbern after the Civil War, not to Yorkville.  And that helps explain why Yorkville is no longer the “better town” as the Huie emigrants from North Carolina had thought when the western district of Tennessee was opened up for settlement.  Many towns that didn’t accept the railroad and wouldn’t give it a right-away withered, as has Yorkville.  In fact, in the year 2000, there is almost no commerce in the village of Yorkville, only a telephone company and a bank and one store offering general merchandise.  People drive to the Wal-Mart at Dyersburg for provisions, and small retailers cannot compete with the low prices offered.


            13 July 1882: the RR began through Newbern to Memphis.  The railroad gave a trial tun to Memphis to the leading citizenry [all male] of Newbern, with a photograph of them in the local paper.  The following boarded the train in Newbern: the diarist Hiram Robert A. McCorkle; Hiram’s 1st cousin Dr. James Scott McCorkle; Hiram’s brother John Edwin McCorkle; Hiram’s brother Finis Alexander McCorkle; Smith Parks; H.C. Porter; and a Mr. Barrett.  The train reached the Hatchie River, where it stopped and a ceremony was held.  Hiram R.A. McCorkle received the honor of driving the last spike in the R.R. over the Hatchie River, where speeches ensued and the railroad provided dinner.  Then the train then took them all down to Memphis, where they stayed the night at the Hotel Peabody, returning early the next morning and arriving at Newbern at approximately 2 a.m.  --  Somewhere I have a newspaper clipping about this great event for Newbern.




John Edwin McCorkle’s daughter, Aunt Katie Pearl McCorkle (Mrs. Ed Lee Fox), also kept journals.  Aunt Kate had no children but acquired two grown step-children when she married Ed Lee Fox rather late in her life: Lorraine Fox Puckett and Dr. Edward Fox of Miami, Florida.  Aunt Kate died in 1961, when I was 15 years old.  Her last surviving sibling was her half-brother, Errett Cotton McCorkle.  She wanted to be, and was, buried in the Fox Cemetery in Obion, Obion County.

Katie Pearl McCorkle was a daughter of John Edwin McCorkle & 1st wife Tennessee Alice Scott (Tennie Scott) (McCorkle).  My paternal great-aunt Katie Pearl McCorkle (Fox) kept records, as had her father John Edwin McCorkle.   She lived most of her life on the McCorkle home-place about 5 miles east of Newbern, Tennessee; but after her late-in-life marriage to Ed Lee Fox of Obion County, Tennessee, she moved with him for awhile to Sultana, California, and perhaps other places in California of which I’m unaware. He is said always to have had a scheme, just one more plan, for making a fortune, which never quite materialized.


Here is Aunt Kate’s list about events in the Churchton-Yorkville-Newbern community.  The list is entitled:


U.S. Soldiers 1944


M Fred      Banks Jr

Gilbert      Brasfield


Lonnie        Carroll   ?  not called

Verne         Flatt

Charlie       Flatt

Marshall     Fowlkes

George M.             Gibbons

Carl Ridley             Grills

Herman                  Hare [Haire]

Herschel                 Hendricks

Joe Frank              Jackson

Roy Howell           Kirby


Joe Harris                 Moore

Leon                        Morgan

Haywood                 Pope

Alvin                        Rose

Ralph                       Rose

Billy Jack Smith                 [Willie T. Smith Newsom’s brother]  

Wilmere Headden               [Baby Boy] Smith

Bill                                     Thomason

James H.                  Williams

Leon                        Worley

Aubrey                     King

A J                           Grills [AJ Grills died circa 2004; his wife Mayme or Mamie predeceased him. Even more than a century ago, I think, there was an AJ Grills in the community.]


Major Edward F.     Fox

 [Aunt Katie Pearl McCorkle’s stepson, a medical doctor in Miami]

Edward Campbell     Huie [grand-nephew]

Pat P.                       McCorkle [nephew]

Noble S.                  McCorkle [nephew]

Henry C. Moore  December 31, 1942.


What of the year just gone?  Our country is in war. [Nephew] Pat McCorkle, T.L. Caver [then-husband of niece Una DELL McCorkle], David McCorkle (now in German prison)[descendant of Finis Alexander McCorkle’s son Gentry Purviance McCorkle] and a number of others who I know are in the war.  Edward Fox [stepson] is Maj Marine Corps at Camp Forrest.  Bob Messer [father of Tanya Sandlin by Julia McCorkle] is at Ft Myers, Fla.  He married [niece] Julia McCorkle Dec. 12. 1942.

Today I was at [brother] Glenn’s. Annie Glenn McCorkle, Notie Cope, and Joyce Cope Huie there also.


For the New Year 1943. May we all live nearer to God our Father than ever before.

1.             Study to show yourself approved unto God.

2.             Be ye kindly affectionate one to another forgiving

3.             Let your light so shine that others may see and

4.             Overcome evil with good.

5.             [blank]


Jan. 1, 1943             Beautiful day. Ollie Gregory here. [“Cousin” Ollie Gregory was née Ollie Pace (a cousin to Aunt Una Pace, who became Mrs. Will McCorkle and therefore John Edwin McCorkle's daughter-in-law). Ollie Pace married a son of Margaret Latina McCorkle Gregory and so Ollie’s husband was a 1st cousin to Katie Pearl McCorkle. Glenn [Roache McCorkle] and Fred Banks went with Joe Harris Moore to take his father to State Hospital in Bolivar, Tenn.

Jan 2.       It rained some last night.  Partly fair

Jan.3.       Clear morning. Windy and cloudy p.m.  Maury [Huie], Nell [Huie,] Edward [Huie], Ewing [Huie], Joyce [Huie] and Sophie [Huie][later Sophie Cashdollar] here.  Ollie Gregory and Drucilla Garner [later Huie] here in p.m.  I went to church.  Began reading St. John.


[END of one of AUNT Katie Pearl McCorkle’s numerous notebooks]


[34]  “Uncle” seems to be Eleazor Woods (who died 1875 in Dyer County).  Eleazor Woods was a brother-in-law to the diarist’s mother, Jane Maxwell Thomas (Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle), who was born 11 June 1802 and had died 30 Jan. 1855.  One of Jane’s sisters, Sarah Purviance Thomas (Woods), born 22 Jul 1804,  married Eleazor Woods, 1813-1875.  This was almost certainly John Edwin McCorkle’s “Uncle Woods.”  Eleazor Woods was born 8 Jan 1813 in Middle Tennessee (Sumner County) and died 4 Apr 1875 in Dyer County.  At one point, Sarah Purviance Thomas Woods' sister, "Peggy" Margaret Thomas (Dickey) lived with Eleazor & Sarah Woods; or perhaps they lived in HER home; I do not know.

Children of Eleazor Woods and Sarah Purviance Thomas (who married 1832, I suppose in Middle Tennessee) would have been first cousins of John Edwin McCorkle, viz., “Billy” William T Woods , who was born 1833 in Dyer County, Tenn.    John Edwin’s brother, Hiram R.A. McCorkle, was also a 1st cousin to William T. Woods; and Hiram’s daughter Lulu or Lula McCorkle married the son of “Billy” William T. Woods: “Johnny” John R. Woods.  Lulu McCorkle, stated another way, married her second cousin. Nevertheless, Uncle Hiram her father refused to place Johnny Woods’ name on Lulu’s tombstone in the McCorkle Cemetery. Lula/Lulu is buried as 'McCorkle.'

An earlier Purviance-Woods connection was this:  Anna Purviance, born 1774, married Samuel Woods, 1776-1840. [Isn’t this Samuel Woods’ son the above “Uncle Woods” : Eleazor Woods.  That would make the Purviance-Woods-Thomas connection rather inbred.]

The diarist’s father was Edwin Alexander McCorkle, born in Rowan County, North Carolina, 18 March 1799 (or 1798?) and died 10 January 1853

[35] John Edwin McCorkle’s sister “BeccaRebeccah McCorkle married John C. Zarecor. 

[36] Just before the Civil War, Bluff Springs Academy granted John Edwin McCorkle a Bachelor of Arts degree in the year 1860.  I think Bluff Springs Academy was in Gibson Co., Tenn., near Milan, but am not certain.  Reading the 1860 Tennessee census, I tracked down some of the faculty who signed John E McCorkle’s diploma as living in Milan, Tennessee, but these names’ being in the census of Milan may be mere coincidence.  John E. McCorkle's 1st wife Tennessee Alice Scott’s 1st cousin Thomas Elihu Scott also attended Bluff Springs Academy, according to GOODSPEED’s History of Tennessee, Dyer County Biographical Section.  T. Elihu Scottt was a brother to, inter alia, Sarah Elizabeth Scott Huie.

[37] Osceola, Arkansas, across the Mississippi River from western Tennessee.

[38] James Scott McCorkle, M.D., was a son of Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle, RAH McCorkle being a brother to the writer’s father, Edwin Alexander McCorkle.  James Scott McCorkle was therefore a 1st cousin to John Edwin McCorkle.

[39] Jennifer Catherine Huie’s husband, Stephen Fisher Tucker, who died in the spring of 2005, was a great-grandson of  Dr. Tucker, whose ancestral home was at Double Bridges

[40]  It seems this was John Edwin McCorkle’s last day at Bluff Springs Academy. 

[41]   Probably the diarist was referring here to Locke McCorkle, a son of “JemJehiel Morrison McCorkle & Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith McCorkle. Locke McCorkle was to be mortally wounded at the Civil War Battle of Atlanta. I’m not sure whether he died in the battle or subsequently.    --  I know that John Edwin McCorkle’s 1st cousin,  Howard Harris Roache, buried in our McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer County, Tennessee, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Shiloh (1862) and died shortly thereafter.  John E. McCorkle and Howard H. Roache’s uncle, Robert Alexander Hope McCorkle, met either Howard Roache, or Howard’s earthly remains, at the Trenton railroad station and tended to the burial, in the McCorkle Cemetery.  I think but am not certain that Howard H. Roache’s mother, Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache, placed a memorial stone for Howard H. Roach in Moniteau County, city of California, State of MissouriElmira added a second, grander, tombstone in our McCorkle Cemetery to the simple marker her brother Robert A. H. McCorkle had placed there during the Civil War.

It may be that “Jim” was the James Scott McCorkle who was a son of Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle & wife Tirzah Scott McCorkle.  Another son of Robert & Tirzah was “Uncle Joe McCorkle,”  Joseph Smith McCorkle, obviously named during the father’s (if not the mother’s) short foray into Mormonism.  Or, it may be that "Jim" was James Allen Scott, born in 1839 as twin to Sarah Elizabeth Scott (Huie). This latter "Jim" moved on a good time after the war to Cleburne, Texas (just south of Fort Worth).   --  I imagine “Uncle Bob” was John Edwin’s father’s brother RAH McCorkle.

[Tirzah Scott McCorkle was one of the daughters of James Scott,  1777-1853, and wife Sarah Dickey Scott, 1777-1838.  Another of Tirzah Scott McCorkle’s several siblings was the James Scott ("Jimps") who married Viola or Violet B. Roddy (Scott) and who begot “Sade” Sarah Elizabeth Scott (the 2nd Mrs. Julius M. Huie. Sade lived 1839-1893. Sade Huie being the mother of four surviving to adulthood, viz.,  Julius AdolphusDolph” Huie; Howard Anderson Huie, 1870-1935; “Aunt Bettie” Violet Betty Huie, Mrs. Ed Gregory of Newbern; and  “Aunt PhronieSophronia Huie, Mrs. John Will Thompson of Obion County, Tennessee). –I presume Howard Anderson Huie got his middle name from Anderson Jehiel McCorkle, who married a sister to the mother of Howard Anderson Huie: Sade Scott Huie.

[Another of Tirzah Scott McCorkle’s several siblings was the William Scott who moved to Hardeman County, Tennessee, near Grand Junction, married Nancy Alice Edwards Wellborn, and begot, inter alia, Tennessee Alice Scott. (It was this “Tennie” Scott who became the first wife of the diarist John Edwin McCorkle).  To state the obvious, Tennie Scott McCorkle and Sade Scott Huie were 1st cousins. ]

[42]  Evidently in 1863 the diarist was teaching school, presumably still at Hurricane Hill in Dyer County, outside Dyersburg.  Leaves of paper must have been scarce, as he recorded an 1863 incident where he could, mixed in with his 1860 entries.

[43]   I have no idea who this was.  Was it a, but I do wonder if it could have been a LOCKE. (? ) Richard “Dick” Locke intermarried with the Scotts. Would he have been at Bluff Springs Academy, too?  Or could it have been “L” for “Ledsinger?”

[44]  James Scott McCorkle, a 1st cousin of John Edwin McCorkle.  Parents of James Scott McCorkle were Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle & wife Tirzah Scott McCorkle. 

[45]Roasen ears” is Southern for roasting-ears of corn.  I, Marsha Huie, born 1946, grew up thinking “rosenears” with a sibilant “s”  was a real term; also, Osch potatoes (Irish potatoes).

[46]  For the first double “s” in Mississippi, he uses the old-fashioned s-tset (з).

[47] It was not uncommon during the Civil War for women, including wives of the troops, to accompany the battle.  Often, they cooked and rendered domestic services for the soldiers.

[48] One of the brothers of John Edwin McCorkle was Anderson Jehiel McCorkle.  John E. usually referred to this brother as “A.J.”  Uncle Anderson fought for the Confederacy and was, I think my father Ewing Huie told me, at the Battle of Shiloh (1862); but it may have been that Daddy said his great - “Uncle Hiram” was the McCorkle brother who fought at Shiloh. I cannot remember. I think Ewing Huie said “Uncle Anderson” was rendered deaf in battle; I know Ewing Huie’s 1st cousin Annie Glenn McCorkle has always told me that tall and imposing Uncle Anderson with his big, intimidating ear-trumpet frightened her as a child, as well as her sister Sue Alice McCorkle (later, Mrs. Robert Earl Lee of Chattanooga).  – I think Uncle Finis A. McCorkle rode with General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

[49] The 1850 Census of Tennessee reveals many McCutchens living in the area. I don’t know from which family Mollie McCutchen sprang. Eddy McCorkle, a son of John Edwin McCorkle’s brother Hiram R.A. McCorkle, would marry Dona McCutchen.

[50] One of the brothers of John Edwin McCorkle was Finis A. McCorkle.  Uncle Finis also fought for the Confederacy. His descendants ended up moving first to Texas, then California.

[51] In the 1850 Census for Gibson County, Tennessee, Burwell Dozier was listed as aged 13 and living with Peter  S.  Dozier, male aged 41, farmer, born North Carolina; wife Elizabeth  Dozier, aged 36, also born in N.C.  Children all listed as born in Tennessee: William Dozier, 16; Isaac Dozier, 15  M; Burwell Dozier, 13; Mary Dozier, 8 , F; Joseph Dozier, 6; Amanda Dozier, 5  F; Oscar Dozier, aged 1, male; Adelia Dozier, female, aged 1 month.          
    Next door to the above Dozier family lived Phillip Dozier, aged 63, farmer, born in North Carolina; Annie Dozier, aged 30  F, born in N C; and Phillip Dozier, aged 16.         

[52]   Later, on the last page of this diary, he says that B.M. Dozier was killed at Columbus, Ky., on this day.

[53] Hiram Robert A. McCorkle or HRA McCorkle was one of the brothers of John Edwin McCorkle. {I think the “A” was for “Archibald.”]  Uncle Hiram also fought for the Confederacy.  Hiram’s first wife was Margaret Cowan; alas, she died in Nashville in the state mental asylum. Hiram’s 2nd wife was Janette Menzies.   Janet or Jeanette Menzies?

[54] James Scott [I], born 1777, and wife Sarah Dickey Scott, also born 1777, had a son named James “JIMPSE” Scott [II] (a generation older than John Edwin McCorkle) who married Violet B. Roddy or Roddey.  [There was a Confederate general from Alabama named Phillip Dale Roddey.] I imagine “Cousin Jim Scott” was the son [denoted here for convenience as James Scott III, but which may not be entirely accurate as this “James Scott III” was actually born James Allen Scott; “James Scott III” (James Allen Scott) was born in 1839 of this son [James Scott II “JIMPSE”] who m. Violet B. Roddy and who was himself the father of, inter alia,  Sarah Elizabeth Scott (Mrs. Julius M. Huie) and her twin James Allen Scott, twins who were born 1839. James Allen Scott [here, “James Scott III,” born 1839, married Jennie Miller and moved on to Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas.  John Edwin McCorkle’s aunt by marriage was Tirzah Scott (Mrs. Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle), Tirzah being a sister to the James Scott who married Violet B. Roddy and begot the twins, James Allen Scott [“James Scott III” here]  & Sade Scott Huie, who were born in 1839.  “Cousin Jim Scott” could be James Scott II or III but is probably Jamese Scott III,  “James Scott III” being the son of  James Scott & Violet B. Roddy who was born in 1839 as the twin to Sarah Elizabeth Scott Huie (Mrs. Julius M. Huie). James Scott I died in 1853, so it is not he.

[55] The mother of John Edwin McCorkle was Jane Maxwell Thomas (Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle), and Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle was the daughter of Elizabeth Purviance and William Thomas.  One of Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle’s brothers was David Thomas, a hero of the Texas Revolution.  Another of Jane’s Thomas siblings married Eleazor Woods.  This Thomas woman’s husband would surely be “Uncle Woods,” uncle-by-marriage of John Edwin McCorkle.

[56] A Maude Blankenship married Will Morrow of Churchton. They moved to Breckenridge, Texas, and he became some sort of judge there.  Will was a brother to Cattie Morrow (Mrs. Will Flatt).  Will Morrow’s nephew Carl Flatt from Newbern used to visit him in Texas, and occasionally would get a bit liquored up and release his uncle’s prisoners. –Before leaving Tennessee, Will Morrow had a business with Joyce Cope Huie’s uncle, Elmer Headden (who had married Lula Morrow, a sister to Will Morrow).  Imogene Whiteside was a daughter of Elmer Headden & Lula Morrow (Headden).  My maternal grandmother, Notie Headden Cope, and grandfather, Ira Mitchell Cope, raised Imogene Headden Whiteside after the death of her mother Lula Morrow Headden.  --  Back to the story:  When Uncle Elmer & Will Morrow’s business failed, Elmer’s father Winfield Scott Headden paid off their debts, and Will Morrow moved to Texas, I think in reverse order.

[57]  I’ve thought Green Holmes is buried in the Old Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, but newfangled Internet transcriptions of that cemetery fail to list him as interred there; so I may be wrong.


[58] The diarist’s sister, “Becka” Rebecca McCorkle Zarecor.

[59]  Twins Latina “Tina” McCorkle (later Mrs. John Gregory) and Finis A. McCorkle were left young without parents (Edwin Alexander McCorkle & wife Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle) and lived with siblings. 

[60]   William Woods was a son of Miss Sarah Purviance Thomas and Eleazor Woods;  and I think that Eleazor Woods was a son of Anna Purviance & Samuel Woods.  The above  “Billy” William T. Woods was a 1st cousin to John Edwin McCorkle.  I cannot understand this entry of John E. McCorkle, because I thought I had read that Wm T. [?Thomas?]  Woods enlisted on the Union side during the Civil War, and I still think so. The Union affiliation would explain why William T. Woods lost his lands in numerous foreclosure lawsuits brought in Dyer County after the war. It would also expain why Uncle Hiram McCorkle despised “Billy” William T. Woods’ son Johnny Woods, even though Uncle Hiram was a 1st cousin to William T. Woods.  But:  “Miss” Cattie Morrow Flatt’s letter about her Woods direct ancestors said that “Billy” Willy T. Woods never fought in the Civil War, though he had terrible “troubles” during the war.  So, I don’t know….]  Eleazor Woods’ son   Billy Woods [William T. Woods] begot John R. Woods who was to marry Lulu McCorkle, a daughter of Hiram R. A. McCorkle and therefore (Lula was) a neice of the diarist John Edwin McCorkle.  Uncle Hiram McCorkle would not place the name of his son-in-law on Lulu McCorkle Woods’ tombstone in the McCorkle Cemetery.  If you visit, you see the marker:  Lulu McCorkle.

[61] A child of Margaret Permelia McCorkle [an aunt of the diarist] and her husband Lemuel Locke Scott was Leander Scott, who contracted tuberculosis later and lived his last years in, I think, Spencer, Van Buren County, Tennessee, where the doctors sent him; at which time John Edwin McCorkle acted as Leander’s guardian in Dyer County, Tennessee.  Here, siblings married siblings:  Margaret Permelia McCorkle (Scott) and Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle were siblings; and they married siblings, respectively:  Lemuel Locke Scott and Tirzah Scott (McCorkle).  The two Scott siblings (Lemuel Locke Scott and Tirzah Scott McCorkle) were children of James Scott, born 1777 from York District, South Carolina, and wife Sarah Dickey Scott, also born 1777.  I moved the markers of James & Sarah Dickey Scott in 1984 from the then-in-ruins Old Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery to the McCorkle Cemetery, a few years before restoration of the Old Yorkville, Tennessee, Cemetery.  --  I had thought Sarah Dickey Scott was born of a Purviance woman and a John Dickey, silversmith of Pennsylvania; but lately Natalie Cockroft Ragon’s husband James Ragon has almost proven that Sarah Dickey (Scott) was a child of Sarah Robinson & James Dickey of South Carolina.

[62] Benjamin Huie, 1798-1879, had two wives. His first, and my ancestor, was Lavinia Cowan of Iredell/Rowan County, North Carolina.  We do not think Lavinia Cowan (Huie) removed westerly to West Tennessee, but are not certain.  I presume these are her Cowan relatives who settled around Yorkville.


[63]  Frances C. Franklin “Fannie” Franklin married Joseph G. Huie, a son of Benjamin Huie by his 2nd wife Margaret Betts.  Fannie C. Franklin & Joe Huie moved from West Tenn. to the Vernon, Texas, area of Wilbarger County; then they moved up to Hobart, Oklahoma, where he is last listed on a U.S. census as town clerk of Hobart.  They left some children buried in the McCorkle Cemetery of Dyer County.  They had at least one child who survived to adulthood, viz., Theckla Huie Hazelwood.  On <ancestry.com> the Social Security death records list her as having lived to be almost a centenarian and dying in Oklahoma City.  Several Franklins, including I think the parents of Mrs. Joseph G. Huie, are buried in the McCorkle Cemetery.  On ancestry.com:  Theckla Hazelwood, born 2 August 1881; died Sept 19, 1979, in Oklahoma City. [In the 1920 Census, a Theckla Hazelwood appears in Nashville, Tennessee, but is this the same person?  And in the 1930 census, a Theckla Hazelwood appears in Nashville.  Why does she not appear on subsequent census records???]



[64]  “Uncle Bob” was probably Robert /  RAH / Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle. He was John E’s uncle; he was a brother to Edwin Alexander McCorkle, John Edwin McCorkle’s father.


[65] Lemuel Locke Scott, who married the diarist’s aunt, Margaret Permelia McCorklePermelia was a daughter of Robert McCorkle, emigrant from Rowan Co., N.C, and Robert McCorkle’s second wife, Margaret “Peggy” Morrison, also an emigrant from Rowan Co., North Carolina. 

[66] Evidently, Abner Cowan;  _____ Holt; and Jim Scott [probably the younger Jim Scott, Jamese Allen  Scott, who was born in 1839, the son of James Scott the elder and wife Violet B. Roddy.



[68] One son of John Edwin McCorkle & 1st wife Tennie Scott, Will McCorkle who married Una Pace, named one of their children:  Hubert STRAWN McCorkle.  Hubert Strawn McCorkle moved to and lived in Los Angeles, and never married.

[69] Jonathan and Loumira Hall, buried McCorkle Cemetery, were the parents of Artie Hall, Mrs. Thomas Elihu Scott, who would have been born circa 1850. Perhaps The J. Hall to whom the diarist refers was a brother to Artie Hall (Scott), but this is speculation.

[70] S S McCorkle was a son of “JemJehiel Morrison McCorkle & wife Betsy Smith McCorkle.  He eventually moved to Yorkville.  One of his sons was David E. McCorkle, superintendent of schools of Dyer County.   S S McCorkle was a 1st cousin of John Edwin McCorkle. 

[71] Abner Cowan is listed in the 1850 Gibson County, Tennesssee, census.  His father was John F. Cowan, aged 47, born in NC; and mother, Elizabeth  Cowan, aged 40.  I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that John F. Cowan was a brother to Benjamin Huie’s first wife, Lavinia Cowan [Huie] from Rowan Co., NC; but this is speculation.  John F. Cowan did seem, according to adjacency in the census records, to live next door to Benjamin Huie.                   

[72] I don’t know who this is, but Jonathan & Loumyra Hall are buried in the McCorkle Cemetery. They were parents of, inter alia, the Artie Hall (Scott) who married Church of Christ minister Thomas Elihu Scott.  Thomas Elihu Scott would have been more likely to be the age to join the Confederacy; I would calculate that Elihu Scott’s father-in-law (the Jonathan Hall, herein supra) would have been too old….

[73] The diarist’s mother, Jane Maxwell Thomas [McCorkle], had a sister who married Eleazor Woods. He would have been “Uncle Woods.”

[74]   Didn’t Sallie Rodgers marry Richard W. “Dick” Locke?  Check this.  I’ve always assumed the Lockes around Churchton-Yorkville-Newbern descended from the family of the Revolutionary War general Francis Locke in Rowan Co., N.C. Several Locke folks are buried in the Old Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery.

[75] [This time the diarist used an apostrophe for the possessive case.] JOHN THOMAS was a brother to Jane Maxwell Thomas (Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle), the mother of the diarist.  John Thomas would’ve been John Edwin McCorkle’s Uncle, but he was dead in 1857.   John Purviance Thomas was born 22 Feb 1792 in Sumner Co., TN, USA; in 1816 he m. Catherine Espey. He died in 1857 Coffeeville, Yalobusha County, Mississippi. Another Thomas uncle was Hiram Jacob Thomas, M.D., who ended his years in Vernon, Mississippi; Hiram J. Thomas had no children, I think.


[76] John E. McCorkle’s paternal grandfather, Robert McCorkle who died in 1828, had a brother named Rev. Samuel Eusebius McCorkle who married Margaret Gillespie in Rowan Co., NC.  I’ve no idea if these Gillespies were kin to the diarist’s grandfather’s sister-in-law, Margaret Gillespie McCorkle.  Sophia Maxwell McCorkle, born of Samuel Euseius McCorkle & wife Margaret Gillespie McCorkle, 1786, in Rowan Co., NC, died 31 July 1864 in Sumner Co., Tennessee.

[77]   Back then, it seems, members of the Church of Christ/Christian Church freely mixed with other church denominations at worship.  I think at that time Union Grove would have been a Cumberland Presbyterian congregation.  When the C P s died out at Union Grove, my maternal grandmother Notie Headden Cope, 1886-1993 (?), though born a Presbyterian (Cumberland), moved over to Mt. Carmel Methodist Church.

[78]   Joe Harris Moore’s mother, née Harris,  was, I think, from around Trenton.

[79]  Check to see if the diarist’s paternal uncle, Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle, was still alive at this time.  If so, he was probably “Uncle Bob.”  But, this entry reads as if Uncle Bob lived closer to Trenton than to Yorkville. (??)

[80] We can check the Headden Family Bible (in 2003 in possession of my mother Joyce Cope Huie) and see who married in 1863.

[81] Hiram Robert Andrew McCorkle had these children by his 1st wife Margaret CowanWinfield Purviance McCorkle (Eminence, KY); Almeda McCorkle (Mrs. Priest Pope); Elizabeth Jane “Bettie” married Johnny Cawthon; Lula (Mrs. Johnny R. Woods); Tolbert (killed young); and these children by his 2nd wife Janette MenziesEdwin Archibald McCorkle who m. Dona McCutchen.

[82]  Dr. James T. Bone is interred in the Old Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery:  James T. Bone, born Mar 10, 1806, died Aug 13, 1878.  --  A 1st cousin of Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle was Nancy Thomas (Mrs. Bone).   I don’t know if Nancy Thomas m. Dr. James T. Bone, but the dates fit.

[83]  David Purviance McCorkle, brother of the diarist, moved up a bit to Obion County, contiguous to Dyer County.

[84]  I’ve no idea what connection Stephen Woods was to “Uncle” Eleazor Woods’ family.

[85]  The diarist’s 1st cousin, James Scott McCorkle, married “Lizzie” Elizabeth Obedience Clemments of Weakley County, Tennessee.

[86]   I presume that was Margaret somebody….

[87]   The diarist’s sister Eliazabth “Lizzie” McCorkle Reeves who removed to Gadsden near Humboldt, Gibson Co., Tenn., had, I think, a daughter who married a Jones, but CHECK THIS.

[88]  Again, SS McCorkle was a son of “JEM” Jehiel Morrison McCorkle & Betsy Smith and therefore a 1st cousin to John Edwin McCorkle.  Here is the 1880 Tennessee census.  S S McCorkle’s wife is listed as M.B. McCorkle, and one son, David E. McCorkle, became superintendent of Dyer County Schools at Dyersburg, and an attorney. S. S. Mccorkle Age: 52. Estimated birth year:   <1828>  Birthplace: Tennessee. Occupation: Farmer.  Head-of-household.     Home in 1880: Yorkville, Gibson County, Tennessee. Married White Male. Spouse's name: M. B. Mccorkle.     Father's birthplace: NC    Mother's birthplace:  TN .  Children:  Mary L, 28;  James L, 24;  David E. McCorkle,  21; Leona J, 26 ;  F V, 19;   L T McCorkle, 17;   [son] A L, 24;   S A McCorkle, 12;  plus a Granddaughter living with them: not named but says in parentheses: (Not Married).  I suspect that means the granddaughter was born outside wedlock. My father Ewing Huie called such a person a “woods colt.”  I guess that means conceived in the woods.


[89]  Was this Margaret Permelia McCorkle who married Lemuel Locke Scott?  Probably.

[90] Lemuel Locke Scott?

[91] Finis A. McCorkle’s daughter Jennie McCorkle married a Dr. E E Carter and moved to Arkansas. Kin?  Jennie lived with John Edwin McCorkle’s family circa 1900, not with her father and stepmother Mag Gossum, who my Aunt Beth Huie though poisoned her stepson and Jennie’s brother, Gillum McCorkle.--  I think Dr. Carter’s name was Edward E. or Edwin E. Carter.  There is a man with a 2nd wife living in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in the census records; he would fit.

[92]  David Purviance McCorkle.

[93]  Margaret Latina “Tina” McCorkle Gregory, twin to Finis A. McCorkle.

[94] The diarist’s son Glen Roache McCorkle was to marry Ann Heath of Milan, Gibson County, Tennessee. I have no idea if this Dan. Heath was kin to Mrs. Glenn Roache McCorkle.

[95]  Is this Nobe Ledsinger?  She was Zenobia Ledsinger, and she married a Mr. Fowlkes of Dyer County.

[96]  Didn’t Anderson Jehiel McCorkle marry Margaret Scott as his first wife, a sister to, inter alia, Sarah Elizabeth “Sade” Scott Huie?  Yes, and Sade Scott Huie named her son Howard: Howard Anderson Huie, born 1870, evidently after her brother-in-law Anderson McCorkle.

[97] Hiram, HRA, McCorkle married as his 2nd wife after the death of first wife Margaret Cowan (McCorkle), a Menzies woman. 

[98] [Here, with “Uncle Anthony’s” he actually used the apostrophe correctly.]

[99] Hiram Robert Alexander McCorkle, aka HRA McCorkle. 

[100] "Becky" Rebecca McCorkle Zarecor, a sister of the diarist.

[101] Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle & wife Tirzah Scott McCorkle had a daughter who married Jonathan Francis Algea, probably kin to this A.H. Algea.