Old, superseded version of "Old McCorkle Letters." (Contains endnotes inadvertently omitted from later version.)

McCorkle  Correspondence  

Centered around, first, Yorkville in Gibson County, Tennessee, then, after the Civil War and the railroads, the new town of Newbern, Dyer County, Tennessee.   Scots-Irish Immigrants from Northern Ireland to:

(1) Lancaster County & Harrisburg, Pennsylvania;

(2) down the Great Wagon Road of the 18th century to Rockbridge County, Virginia, in the area of Lexington, whence the McCorkle and Thomas and Houston families are thought to have traveled together on down to

(3) Rowan County and other sites in the Piedmont of North Carolina near Salisbury and Statesville near Charlotte—particularly around the Thyatira Presbyterian Church; to

(4) Sumner County, Tennessee, near Lebanon and Gallatin (Northern Middle Tennessee excluding Nashville and Davidson County)—Look for some of them at the organization circa 1793 of Shiloh Presbyterian Church near Gallatin;

(5) Then with escape by some from Hostilities up to Cane Ridge and Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky; and Logan County, Kentucky, after John Purviance was “scalped” in 1792 [The John Purviance who was “scalped” and died in 1792, was a son of Revolutionary War soldier John Purviance and wife Mary Jane Wasson (Purviance).]  More work needs to be done looking for their tracks in Kentucky, certainly around Cane Ridge and Paris, Kentucky; and possibly at Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church near Lexington, Ky.;

(6) With some family members, such as “elder” David Purviance (another son of John Purviance and Mary Jane Wasson Purviance), remaining in Bourbon County, Kentucky, then later on moving on to Preble County, Ohio, to “New Paris;

(7) But with others—such as Robert McCorkle & his 1st wife Lizzie Blythe, and brother William McCorkle [1st wife Peggy Blythe] and William’s 2nd wife (“Mattie”)  Martha King the widow of the “scalped” John Purviance), and we think “colonel” John Purviance & wife Mary Jane Wasson Purviance—going back southward to the area of Gallatin and Lebanon in Middle Tennessee. Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache wrote that her father Robert and uncle William McCorkle lost their wives after moving back down to Middle Tennessee, and that William’s 2nd wife “Mattie” King died on the way from North Carolina in what was then wilderness and was buried on the trail in a “rude grave”—however,  James M. Richmond thinks there is evidence she may be buried at Shiloh C.P. Church’s King Cemetery near Gallatin.  Then, in Sumner County, Tennessee, in 1800 William McCorkle was to marry a 3rd wife, Jennie Graham.  William’s brother Robert McCorkle went back to Rowan County, North Carolina to marry “Peggy” Margaret Morrison (McCorkle) and fetch her westward to Middle Tennessee;

(8) Receipt by brothers Robert & William McCorkle of their father Alexander McCorkle’s Revolutionary War land grant in Rutherford County (Murfreesborough), Tennessee (Stone’s River and Bradley’s Creek). This land was to be lost circa 1826 in title-dispute litigation; this Rutherford County land had been devised to the two brothers upon their father’s death in  Rowan County, NC, in 1800,  and after Alexander McCorkle’s interment at Thyatira Presbyterian Church beside the wife who predeceased him, Nancy Agnes Montgomery McCorkle, and his widow Rebecca Brandon McCorkle;

(9) Then Robert McCorkle, but evidently not his brother William McCorkle, removed westwardly to Dyer County in the newly opened western district of Tennessee to claim land granted in lieu of land from which they had been disseised in Rutherford County litigation—with nearby towns first Yorkville (Gibson County, Tennessee) and then, after the Civil War, Newbern (Dyer County), Tennessee.

(10)  One of Robert McCorkle and William McCorkle’s sisters who remained in North Carolina, Nancy McCorkle Ramsay (Mrs. Robert Ramsay), engaged in correspondence with family members who had removed westwardly into Tennessee.  These papers lie in the Archives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and are not included here. Nancy McCorkle Ramsay and Robert and William McCorkle’s brother Samual Eusebius McCorkle, Doctor of Divinity, was a founder of UNC.

Compiled by Marsha Cope Huie

with significant contributions by Natalie Cockroft Ragon & husband James Ragon of Jackson,Tennessee; and by Mr. and Mrs. James M. Richmond of Napierville, Illinois.

Published in March 2006.

Any person discovering an error, will confer a favor by making it known to marshahuie@aol.com    I’ve tempted time by waiting over 20 years to make all this available. The good thing about my procrastination is the advent of the Internet, which has afforded us  much more genealogical  information than our mere old family records. My theory in publishing now, finally in 2006, is that it’s better to make a full effort, replete with errors of commission and omission, than it is to wait for a perfect edition.


I. ۞  Correspondence of (“Peggy”) Margaret Morrison McCorkle (Mrs. Robert McCorkle) and, mostly, one of her daughters, Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roach. Margaret called her new home in Dyer County, Tennessee, “Verdant Plain.”


                             I think you do me injustice to imagine me opposed to the abolition scheme at least I know that I am unfriendly to slaveholding amongst us.  I am not sufficiently acquainted with the politics of the times to judge of the measures pursued by the abolitionists therefore I wish them success only just so far as they are trying in a right manner to do what I believe to be a good work, one thing I can say with certainty that it would truly rejoice me to see all my dear posterity settled in a free state.” 


--  Letter from Margaret Morrison McCorkle to her brother-in-law James McCorkle, a brother to Robert McCorkle. James McCorkle was born 4 May 1768.  James McCorkle moved to Ohio [John Hale Stutesman wrote that his removal was to escape slavery], but James McCorkle died residing in Frankfort, Indiana, on 2 December 1840


II. ۞  Letters of Margaret’s son Robert Hope Andrew McCorkle who married Tirzah Scott and was therefore a son-in-law of James & Sarah Dickey Scott of Yorkville, Gibson County, Tennessee, each – James & Sarah Dickey Scott—having been born in 1777.  Tirzah’s parents were interred in the Old Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery.


III.  ۞   Letters of  Margaret Morrison McCorkle’s grandson John Edwin McCorkle – his correspondence concerning the estate of his uncle David Thomas.   David Thomas of Republic of Texas fame was a brother of Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle née Jane Maxwell Thomas.  [Jane Maxwell Thomas was a daughter-in-law of Margaret Morrison McCorkle. Jane’s father was William Thomas and her mother née Elizabeth Purviance.]  Edwin Alexander McCorkle: 18 March 1799 – 10 January 1853.


IV. ۞      One of the Civil War-Time Diaries of John Edwin McCorkle, a grandson of Margaret Morrison McCorkle

The one of his journals transcribed here covers parts of 1860 and 1861, also 1863. 

Other of his journals, which my sister and I view to have been wrongfully distrained, are 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.

The wartime diaries of John E’s brother HRA (Hiram) McCorkle are not included.  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. The following offers a sample of Hiram McCorkle’s journal entries, about 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. [He means his grandparents’ 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.”

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One record says that Alexander McCorkle who m. “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery had an older brother named Francis McCorkle but not Aunt Ora McCorkle Huie’s and not Aunt Katie Pearl Fox’s.

Children of Alexander McCorkle, born 1723, emigrant from Northern Ireland, and 1st wife “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery, who died in 1789, also an emigrant from Northern Ireland, both of whom are buried at Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rowan County, N.C.  After Agnes predeceased Alexander McCorkle, he married Rebecca Brandon (not the mother of his children); and he died in 1800.


II.1  Samuel   Eusebius McCorkle, D.D.,  married Margaret Gillespie  on 21 June 1811.. Samuel was educated at a precursor of Princteon College; received Doctor of Divinity degree from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. –He founded a classics school called Zion Parnassus. He was a founder of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His wife Margaret Gillespie McCorkle was kin to Elizabeth Steele, heroine of the Revolutionary War in North Carolina.There is a 2004 article about his feelings on the Great Revival: Peter N. Moore; Journal of Southern History, Vol. 70, 2004, entitled : Family Dynamics and the Great Revival: Religious Conversion in the South Carolina Piedmont


II.2  John McCorkle                   m        Katy Barr

[AJohn an elder in the church[121] and member of the Legislature useful and much beloved, died in the prime of life leaving an only son who walked in his father=s steps and enjoyed his honors.@--Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache, John’s niece. –Is John in the records of the legislature?]


II.3.  Joseph              m        Peggy Snoddy         

[AJoseph moved to Ohio at an early day B was a man of ability B but rather eccentric.”] 


II.4.  Alexander         m        Katy Morrison

 [AAleck was emotional in character and joined the Methodists@]  -- I think he went to Henry County, TN,


II.5.  William            m      1st “Peggy” Margaret Blythe, 2ndMattie” [Martha]] King [widow of John Purviance who was scalped in 1792],  and 3rd in 1800 Jennie Graham.  This Margaret ‘Peggy’ Blythe was a sister to the first wife of our Robert McCorkle, immediately below, who m. 1st Elizabeth Blythe (“Lizzie”)

[AWilliam, following Barton Stone, set his negroes free and went to preaching@]

The modern authority on William McCorkle is James M. Richmond whose wife is William’s descendant.

II.6.  Robert                m  1st Lizzy Blythe, 2nd Margaret ‘Peggy’ Morrison, born 29 Oct. 1764-died in the spring of 1828.  1828 is the date of the founding of the1st Presbyterian Church Memphis.  Robert’s granddaughter Martha D. Anderson Leath  was there as Mrs. James T. Leath.

[Moved from Rowan Co., NC, to Middle Tennessee in the environs of Lebanon and Gallatin; then up to Kentucky to escape Indian depredations; then back down to Middle Tennessee;  to Stone’s River, Tennessee, area to take up his father’s Revolutionary War land grant, then to Dyer County.]

 II.7.  James       m     1st Lizzy Hall;    [moved to Ohio; but lived at his death in Frankfort, Boone County, Indiana).

II. “Lizzie”  to her niece Elmira  [“Bettie” in her father’s will] Elizabeth McCorkle Barr—as Elizabeth Barr she appears, I think, in the church records of Shiloh Presbyterian (C.P.) Church near Gallatin, Tennessee. Mrs. William Barr;    and    II.  Nancy McCorkle Ramsay (Mrs. Robert Ramsay)—papers at U N Carolina Archives;  and  “Mattie” Martha McCorkle Archibald (Mrs. William Archibald)

V.   Frontispiece   ۞        Letter from Bowden Cason (Casey) McCorkle in San Leandro, California, to me, Marsha Cope Huie, Sept. 7, 1984, when I was living in Memphis, just before moving to Cambridge, England, then to San Antonio, Texas.  “Casey” McCorkle was a grandson of Finis A. McCorkle & 1st wife Sallie Jo Jackson McCorkle.  Casey McCorkle of California was a great-grandson of  Edwin A. McCorkle & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle; and a g-g-grandson of Margaret Morrison McCorkle (died 1828) & Robert McCorkle (died 1828):  


We can begin only with proper attribution to the honored memory of our cousin Casey McCorkle, late of San Leandro, California:




Dear Miss Marsha:


I enclose herewith a sampling of the Roach-McCorkle letters.  There are many more as it seems there was an extensive correspondence carried on for several generations.  I have no idea how these originals were preserved and came to my branch of the family.  They are now collected in a display folder.  Some of them are fairly delicate but in general well preserved.  Copying has been haphazard or what remains is the residue from extensive copying the disposition of which is unknown to me.


Obviously these papers should not be the exclusive property of any branch of the McCorkle family.  I should think complete copies should be made and the originals preserved and made available to all.  So far many have expressed agreement but no one has expressed interest in doing the job.  Perhaps you may have some ideas along these lines.


I realize there may be much similar material in existence and available to you.  I will be interested in hearing from you and your reaction to the letters.


It was a pleasant surprise to hear from you and I will be looking forward to hearing from you again.  [It was tedious work, back then before the Internet, but I dialed so many telephone numbers in California that I finally located Casey McCorkle.  He was a gracious gentleman, I thought.]


We will be out of town for a month but will return early in October.  I hope this finds you and yours well and happy.

                        Kindest personal regards,

                        B.C. McCorkle


[San Leandro, California, 1983.   --  Casey McCorkle’s 1st wife was Floy Disney (mother of Carter McCorkle, male; and of Lynn McCorkle, female) and his 2nd wife was  Lois Miller. His children: Carter McCorkle, son; Lynn McCorkle, daughter; and Kathleen McCorkle Brudno.]



Generation I.           Alexander McCorkle & Agnes Montgomery McCorkle

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

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

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 Jackson McCorkle:

1.        Gentry Purviance McCorkle, born May 31, 1870 – died 28 July 1962. Wives:  Maggie Meeks; Ruth Elizabeth Cason of Henderson, Tennessee; and Maude Simons Riley.

                                                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.

                                                Hiram ? Robert Anderson McCorkle, California—I think his name was David McCorkle, not Hiram, but I may be wrong.  I think David is the one who was a WWII prisoner of war, according to Aunt Kate Pearl McCorkle (Fox)’s journals.

                                                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.

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.

3.        Jennie” Susan Jane McCorkle, b. 7 July 1874-died in Hot Springs, Arkansas as wife of Dr.

E.E. CARTER of Arkansas, death recorded as October of 1906.  B

Below is a photograph of Jennie’s brother Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Sr., with his children:


. Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Sr.,  & Children


Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Sr.  1904.  President of Bandera County Bank, Bandera, Texas.



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.        (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; nowdead.  –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 (born 1877, Newbern, Tenn. – died 1964 San Leandro, Calif) & wife Helen Hart Cason.  What kin if any was she to his father Finis’ 2nd wife Mag Hart?

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 but think he had several children in California;


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.

Maggie Pinson, International Manager

Maggie McCorkle Pinson, International     Manager

 Maggie Pinson, International ManagerM.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. Maggie Pinson, International Manager

Susan Jane “Jennie” McCorkle (Carter) (Mrs. Dr. E.E. Carter) with her big brother, Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Sr.



Regarding Homer McCorkle’s son (the same as Finis A. McCorkle and Sallie Jo Jackson McCorkle’s grandson) Horace Jackson McCorkle, M.D., the University of California San Francisco web site says this:

                        University of California San Francisco.  Department of Surgery
The Toland Medical College opened in 1884. In 1873, the Regents incorporated the college into the University and Hugh H. Toland was appointed the first chairman of the Department of Surgery.

“One hundred years ago the surgical curriculum consisted of lectures on the principles and practices of surgery, demonstrations of surgical technique on the cadaver, and clinical lectures at the college building and the city and county hospital. In 1899, Dr. Thomas W. Huntington of the Department of Surgery performed the first total gastrectomy for carcinoma. The specimen was kept in the museum of the department for many years and it is said that the patient survived for many years without evidence of recurrence.

“Dr. Wallace I. Terry assumed the chairmanship of the Department of Surgery in 1912. The operating room suite in the Herbert C. Moffitt Hospital was named in his honor.

“The modern era of surgical education in the department dated from the appointment of Dr. Howard C. Naffziger as professor and chairman in 1929. Under his dynamic leadership the department quickly became recognized as one of the leading surgical units in the country. Among the many distinctive contributions from the department at that time was the development of the "Naffziger operation" for progressive exophthalmos. For a considerable period of time, this was the standard procedure for preventing the loss of vision in this distressing condition.

“After Dr. Naffziger's retirement, Dr. H. Glenn Bell was appointed chairman. During his tenure, the department produced some of the finest clinical surgeons in the country. A major achievement in the department was the development of a surgical research laboratory headed by Drs. Harold A. Harper and Horace J. McCorkle. A number of distinguished contributions in the field of gastrointestinal physiology came from this laboratory in the 1940's.

Dr. Leon Goldman was appointed chairman in July, 1956, and during his tenure the stage was set for the present structure of the department. By the mid-1960's, the department was well known for its contributions to vascular surgery under the direction of Dr. Edwin J. Wylie; cardiac surgery under the direction of Dr. Benson B. Roe; the transplantation of organs under Dr. John S. Najarian; and experimental and clinical gastrointestinal studies under the direction of Dr. William Silen.

Dr. J. Englebert Dunphy was appointed chairman in January, 1964, and during around that time a number of younger men joined the department. The research activities were broadened to include studies in wound healing, hyperbaric oxygenation, mechanisms of membrane transport, and immunological mechanisms in neoplasia. The development of improved methods of undergraduate education in surgery was the major interest of the chairman. Meanwhile, the tradition of graduate teaching and residency training in surgery initiated by Dr. Naffziger and    brought to a high level of fruition by Dr. Bell continued.     ****    ****    ****     ****     *** [End of quoted material from U California San Francisco web site….]

I’m almost sure I recall having read somewhere that Horace Jackson McCorkle, M.D, was at one time chief of staff at the U  California San Francisco Medical School hospital.   .. And so, the metaphysical question arises: who did more good [and more correleative harm] overall—he who did not care for an elderly parent as did his two brothers Casey and Tom; or the physician who neglects his family for the sake of advancing Science?  I don’t pretend to have The Answer.


The Peregrinations of Robert McCorkle (who died in Dyer County, West Tennessee, in the spring of 1828):

·         We know Robert McCorkle was born in Rowan/Iredell County, North Carolina, to Alexander McCorkle & “Nancy” Agness Montgomery, immigrants to, first, Pennsylvania, from Northern Ireland, then, we think but are not certain to the area of Lexington, Virginia, in Rockbridge County; then, third, the Piedmont of North Carolina near Salisbury and Statesville.

·         “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery McCorkle’s mother was née Finley, and “Nancy” Agness Montgomery (McCorkle) was a sister to Presbyterian minister Joseph Montgomery, born 1733 in Paxtang, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania & died 1794. That sibling relationship between Agness Montgomery McCorkle and Joseph Montgomery, the old family records reflect.

·         Broader historical records reveal that our Joseph Montgomery served in the Continental Congress.  This Joseph Montgomery, born 1733, is highlighted in the web site of the Presbyterian Church.  “The Political Graveyard” says this about him: Montgomery, Joseph (1733-1794) — of Pennsylvania. Born in Paxtang, Dauphin County, Pa., September 23, 1733. Delegate to Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1780-82; common pleas court judge in Pennsylvania, 1786-94. Died in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa., October 14, 1794. Interment at Lutheran Church Cemetery, Harrisburg, Pa.

·         See also: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress:  MONTGOMERY, Joseph, a Delegate from Pennsylvania; born in Paxtang, Dauphin County, Pa., September 23, 1733; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Princeton College in 1755; studied for the ministry; licensed to preach by the presbytery of Philadelphia in 1759 and ordained as a minister in 1761; held several pastorates 1761-1777; commissioned a chaplain in Col. Smallwood’s Maryland Regiment of the Continental Army and served from 1777 until 1780; delegate to the general assembly of Pennsylvania 1780-1782; Member of the Continental Congress 1780-1782; recorder of deeds and register of wills for Dauphin County 1785-1794; justice of the court of common pleas 1786-1794; died in Harrisburg, Pa., on October 14, 1794; interment in the Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Bibliography: Forster, John Montgomery. A Sketch of the Life of the Rev. Joseph Montgomery. Harisburg, Pa.: Printed for private distribution, 1879.

Martha Finley Montgomery was the mother of “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery McCorkle (that is to say, the mother of Mrs. Alexander McCorkle).  One record, not ours, says her husband’s name was John Montgomery. The mother née Martha Finley would have been born sometime around 1700.  The old handwritten Dyer County family records [kept by Aunt Ora McCorkle Huie (Mrs. Julius Adolphus “Dolph” Huie) and Ora’s younger sister Katie Pearl McCorkle (Fox); and typed up in the 1960s by Ora’s only child Maury Adolphus Huie, 1895-1973] say that this Mrs. Martha Finley Montgomery’s father, named John Finley, was somehow a founder of Princeton University. The Princeton U records reveal that a Samuel Finley was president 1761-1766.   – As I (Marsha Cope Huie) write this paragraph, I think the old records say a John Finley was our ancestor’s (Mrs. Martha Finley Montgomery’s) father who was instrumental in founding Princeton; this Finley name must however be checked for accuracy, with which I hereby charge the next generations. Perhaps John Finley was an ancestor of Samuel Finley of Princeton and Samuel Finley was a collateral to our Martha Finley Montgomery—a brother—or perhaps a nephew; I do not know.

The following is not my work; rather, it is copied directly from this web site: http://www.rootsweb.com/~pacumber/finley/aaa-468.html


“Finleys Who Died in Cumberland/Franklin County, PA, 1758 to 1809

“James Finley, d. before 18 Aug 1758, Cumberland Co18 Aug 1758 - Wife, Martha granted ltrs. of adm. (WB A:25)

“John Finley, d. before 25 July 1759, Hopewell & Lurgan Townships, Cumberland
10 August 1758 - Be it Remembered that on the 8 day of August 1758 Letters of Administration was Granted to Martha Finley & James Finley of the goods & Chattles of John Finley, Deceas'd Inventory to be Exhibited on or before the 18th day of September Next & and Acct. of the Administration Rendered in one Year after the Date hereof Given under my hand & Seal of Office Harmanus Alricks (WB A:25)

“ 25 July 1759 - Be it Remembered that on the 25th day of July 1759 Letters of Administration was Granted to Gavin Morroni & Joseph Elliott of the goods and Chattles of John Finley deceas'd Inventory to be Exhibited on or before the 25th day of August Next & and Acct. of the Administration Rendered in one Year after the Date hereof Given under my hand & Seal of Office. Harmanus Alricks (WB A:30)

“2 April 1762 - James Finley, eldest son, John intestate held 217 acre tract in Hopewell and Lurgan; Samuel Rippey, William Duncan & others to value property. (OC 1:60)

“25 May 1762 - James Finley, eldest son, report; valued at £327.9.10,  cannot be divided; Martha Finley, widow, to receive £3.11 for life; heirs are children James, Clement, Mary (wife of John Thompson), Ann (wife of Thomas Johnson); minor children with guardians Michael, Elizabeth, John, Andrew,
Samuel. (OC 1:65-67) [Perhaps Martha Finley’s son Samuel was named after her brother who might have been a Samuel Finley president of Princeton; I do not know.]

25 May 1762 - Martha, widow of John Finley asks appointment of guardians for
Michael, John, Andrew, Samuel, minor orphan children. (OC 2:15) 

“24 May 1763 - Elizabeth Finly, minor dau of John Finly, over 14, asks for
Samuel Montgomery guardian. (OC 1:99, OC 2:35)
Note: Stout thinks this is John (2-12) who married Martha Berkeley.
Note: Mildren Hurley thinks this is son of Michael and Ann (O'Neill) Finley
(ltr. 22 Oct. 1982)

[Here, Marsha Cope Huie adds:  one Joseph Montgomery, a Presbyterian minister born 1733 & died 1974 and in the Continental Congress, was a brother to our ancestor “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery McCorkle.   Who was the above Samuel Montgomery listed in the Pennsylvania records, supra, who was appointed guardian to Elizabeth Finley, a daughter of John Finley?  --  Our Martha Finley (Mrs. ?John? Montgomery) was the mother of our Rev. Samuel Montgomery born 1733 and of “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery McCorkle, or so I think. How can we reconcile the dates?  -- I have come to suspect that the President of Princeton Samuel Finley was a collateral to our Martha Finley (Mrs. Montgomery, Martha Finley Montgomery the same as the mother of “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery McCorkle (Mrs. Alexander McCorkle).]

“Robert Finley, d. before 24 August 1759, Lurgan, Cumberland County
24 August 1759 - Jane Finley and Thomas Finley granted ltrs. of adm. Be it Remembered that on the 24th day of August 1759 Letters of Administrationwas Granted to Jane Finley & Thomas Finley of the goods and Chattles of Robert Findley Deceas'd Inventory to be Exhibited on or before the 24th day of Septr.Next & an Acct of the Administration Rendered in one Year after the date hereof            Given under my hand & Seal of Office; Harmanus Alricks. (WB A:31)

20 August 1765 - Jane Weals asks for guardian, Samuel Montgomery, for Margaret Finley, minor dau of Robert Finley. (OC 2:58)

“20 August 1765 - George Weals and Jane, his wife, and Thomas Findley, adm. of Robert Findley, late of Lurgan, died intestate, possessed 100 acres. (OC 2:59-60)

“21 August 1765 - Jane Wales and Thomas Finley, accounting, George Finley, Saml Armstrong, Saml Montgomery, and Seth Duncan mentioned. Jean Wealls signs and refers to late husband, Robert Finley, deceased. (Account Box F, File #4)

“John Finley, d. before 1760, Cumberland County ??? John Finley estate, account of Ealie? Finley     1760 John Finley inventory, mentions Alles Findly  (Appraisement Box No. 5)

“17 Nov. 1763 - Alice Adams asks James Adams be appointed guardian for Elizabeth and Sarah Finley, minor daus of John Finley, under 14. (OC 2:41)

“21 Feb. 1764 - Ealice Adams asks James Adams be appointed guardian of Eizabeth and Sarah Finley, minor daus of John Finley (OC 1:107) ?? Ealee (or Ealce?) Finley alias Adams adm. of John Finley, who died intestate lists minor children: George, eldest son, Elinora, Jane, John, Elizabeth, William, Sarah. (OC 1:109-110, OC 2:43)

“16 Aug. 1768 - James Adams paid £14.5 1/2 for "rights the plantation only excepted of my father John Finley at his deceased;" dated 24 July 1766. (OC 2:99)

“17 Aug. 1768 - Alice Adams paid £10.17.9 for George, Elinora, John Finley, legatees of John Finley. (OC 2:99)

“17 Aug. 1768 - Allice Findley ask guardian, John and William Beard, for Elizabeth and Sarah Findley. (OC 2:122)

“John Finley, will 9 August 1783, Letterkenny, Cumberland County Wife: Mary     Children: Elizabeth Armstrong (wife of Joseph Armstrong)    James      Martha Jack (wife of Patrick Jack)    Hanna McConochee (wife of Robert McConochee)     Mary Rippey (wife of Samuel Rippey, Jr.)    Joseph       John

“John Finley, d. before 26 April 1791, Letterkenny, Cumberland County
2 April 1791 - James Finley, executor, account. (OC 3:87)

“26 April 1791 - James Finley, executor, account (Account Box F, No. 14)

“James Finley, will 9 July 1809, Letterkenny, Franklin County  Wife: Jane (daughter of Samuel Rippey of Shippensburg)  Children: Samuel Finley (oldest son) JohnFinley;    James Finley;   William (youngest son);  Elizabeth (wife of Stephen Duncan);  Isabel (wife of James Gilbreath);     Mary (wife of Joseph Culbertson); and Jean (wife of Samuel A. Rippey)”

            [*** End of Material Copied from Internet ***]


 Appended to this document (at the very end) are materials from the Princeton University Internet web site, which say that a Samuel Finley was an early president of Princeton, 1761-1766. – What kin was our ancestor John Finley to this Samuel Finley?  We do know, again, that our “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery McCorkle’s brother,  Presbyterian minister Joseph Montgomery (born 1733) served in the Continental Congress, so it is worthy of note that the Princeton web site says the following about its early president John Witherspoon, who also served in the Continental Congress:  “ John Witherspoon, eminent Scottish divine who held the office from 1768 to his death in 1794. Witherspoon was the only ordained clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence, and for six years thereafter he was an active and influential member of the Continental Congress….”   --  The Continental Congress nexus lends credibility to Ora and Kate’s old family records in Dyer County, as we know “Nancy” Agness Montgomery McCorkle’s brother Joseph Montgomery (a Presbyterian minister born 1733) served in the Continental Congress.


Robert McCorkle’s older brother, Samuel Eusebius McCorkle, had been born in Pennsylvania (Samuel Eusebius McCorkle was a graduate of the precursor to Princeton College; was admitted to the Presbyterian ministry for New York; & received a Doctorate of Divinity from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania).  It may be that our Robert McCorkle was born in Pennsylvania, as was his older brother Samuel, but I think that he was born in North Carolina.


Rowan County was formed in 1753 from Anson County, and was named for Matthew Rowan (d. 1760), acting governor at the time the county was formed. The county seat is Salisbury. Initially Rowan included the entire northwestern sector of North Carolina, with no clear western boundary, but its size was reduced as a number of counties were split off. The first big excision was to create Surry County in 1771. Burke and Wilkes Counties were formed from the western parts of Rowan and Surry in 1777 and 1778, respectively, leaving a smaller Rowan County that comprised present-day Rowan, Iredell (formed 1788), Davidson (1822), and Davie (1836). Surry, Burke and Wilkes subsequently fragmented further as well. Depending on where your ancestors lived, you may want to look at records for some of these later counties also. Records of very early land grants in the Rowan County area will be found with Anson County.”      

Thyatira is one of the oldest Presbyterian churches west of the Yadkin River. [End of quoted material from Internet, provided by Expedia.com Travel.] ______________________________________________________________________________________________

We know that Robert moved from North Carolina westerly to Sumner County, Tennessee (then, a generic term for northern middle Tennessee excluding Nashville and Davidson County).  Robert married (1st wife) “Lizzie” Elizabeth Blythe and had two children, Aleck McCorkle who died in infancy and Elizabeth McCorkle (Anderson) who was raised by her deceased mother’s mother.  Elizabeth McCorkle (Anderson)’s maternal grandparents were, I think: Reverend James Blythe and Elizabeth King (Blythe).  Elizabeth McCorkle (Anderson) was raised by her grandmother Blythe [Elizabeth King Blythe] in or near Lebanon, Tennessee. After Elizabeth Blythe McCorkle died, evidently after Robert had moved back down to northern middle Tennessee from having taken refuge up in Kentucky, Elizabeth Blythe McCorkle’s widower Robert McCorkle went back to Rowan County, North Carolina, to marry and fetch westwardly, as his 2nd wife, Margaret “Peggy” Morrison, daughter of Andrew & Elizabeth Sloan Morrison.

[Source:  Letter from Robert & Peggy McCorkle’s daughter Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache to her nephew, James Scott McCorkle, M.D., of Newbern.]

We also know that Elizabeth Sloan (Morrison) was herself a McCorkle descendant.

[Same source, Elmira, who thought that her mother Peggy and father Robert McCorkle were 2nd cousins; -- but from Elmira’s descriptions of their consanguinity I read them to have been first cousins-once removed.]

Robert McCorkle [and perhaps his 1st wife “Lizzie” Elizabeth Blythe? ] temporarily moved from Sumner County up to Bourbon County, Kentucky, near Paris, Kentucky, site of the Great 1801 & 1804 camp meetings which resulted in 1804 in the formation of the Christian Church/ Disciples of Christ, a part of which became, after schism around 1900, the Church of Christ.  [We should see if Robert was a member of Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church near Lexington, KY; this clue is thanks to James M. Richmond.] Some of the McCorkle & Purviance families moved up to Bourbon County to escape Indian troubles after the 1792 “scalping” of “Mattie” Martha King’s husband, John Purviance. [This scalped John Purviance was a son of an elder John Purviance, the father being the Revolutionary War Lieutenant –called “colonel” Purviance as, I think, an honorific—It was the elder John Purviance (father of the John Purviance who was “scalped” in 1792)  who married Mary Jane Wasson (Purviance).  The widow of the murder victim John Purviance (Martha King Purviance) then married William McCorkle, becoming William McCorkle’s second wife, as mentioned. --   It can get a bit confusing to discuss William McCorkle as he had  3 wives, born viz., 1st  Peggy Margaret Blythe; 2ndMattie” Martha King (Mrs. John Purviance));  and 3rd married in 1800  in Sumner County, Tennessee: Jennie Graham.  --       The scalped John Purviance’s brother, church elder “David Purviance” remained in Bourbon County, Kentucky, for years, and signed the “Last Will and Testament of the Springfield, Kentucky, Presbytery” in order to form the new “Christian Church.”  This David Purviance served in the Kentucky legislature then moved on to Ohio where he served in the Ohio legislature and served as a founder and often president pro tempore of Miami University of Ohio.  Some of the Purviance and Thomas people removed on to Preble County, Ohio, where “church elder” David Purviance moved, and died and is buried in Preble County in, I think New Paris, Ohio.   Others of the Thomas and McCorkle and Purviance families moved back down to northern middle Tennessee after troubles with the indigenous peoples resolved. 

This David Purviance who died in “New” Paris, Ohio, was, as mentioned, a son of Mary Jane Wasson [died in 1810 aged 68] &  Revolutionary War “colonel” John Purviance, who moved back down to Tennessee from Bourbon County, KY. and are presumably buried in Middle Tennessee; and a brother to Elizabeth Purviance Thomas, the mother of Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle—Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle, who in 1855 was buried in the McCorkle Cemetery; and this “elder” David Purviance was a brother to the “scalped” John Purviance; and to  alia).  This David Purviance is listed as a co-founder with Barton Stone of the Christian Church/Church of Christ.  And, again, it was this David Purviance who was a brother to, inter alia,  Elizabeth Purviance (Mrs. William Thomas), who (Elizabeth Purviance Thomas) was the mother of Jane Maxwell Thomas (Mrs. Edwin A. McCorkle), the Jane who died in Dyer County in 1855, after Edwin A. McCorkle had died 10 January 1853.  --  The Thomas and McCorkle and Purviance families, and a Scott family, are mixed up together in many ways. And the Thomases were somehow mixed up with old Sam Houston’s family of Houston. [Asenath Houston married Isaac J. Thomas; Isaac J. Thomas was a son of the John Thomas who married Mary Jetton. The John Thomas who married Mary Jetton was himself a son of Jacob Thomas who married Margaret Brevard, Rowan County, N.C.] I wish I could find where David Thomas “read law.” History records that Sam Houston himself read law at Maryville College in eastern Tennessee, but I’ve so far found no record for David Thomas. [The Isaac J. Thomas who married Asenath Houston would have been a first cousin to David Thomas, 1795-1836, David having been the first attorney general ad interim of the Republic of Texas, and acting Secretary of War just before his untimely death from a musket ball wound in 1836.]  To sum up:  Jacob Thomas & Margaret Brevard Thomas had four sons, viz., John Thomas who m. Mary Jetton; Henry Thomas who m. ___ McKnight; James Thomas; and William Thomas who married Elizabeth Purviance. It is believed that William and Elizabeth Purviance Thomas are buried in Dyer County, Tennessee.


And so John Purviance [Jr.] had been scalped in 1792 in Sumner County, Tennessee. We know that Robert’s brother, William McCorkle, married as his 2nd wife Martha “Mattie” King, the widow of John Purviance [(John Purviance, Jr.)—I’m denominating the scalped John Purviance as a “Junior” but in truth do not know if his name exactly matched the name of his father, the elder “colonel” John Purviance].  And we know that Martha King Purviance McCorkle died before 1800 because that is the year in which William McCorkle married his 3rd wife, Jennie Graham.  --  We know also that the Cumberland Presbyterian schism from the more formal Presbyterians occurred in 1810 just outside Dickson, Tennessee, in what is now a Tennessee State Park:  Montgomery Bell Historic Shrine.  Mary Jane Wasson Purviance died aged 60 in 1801 so I presume she did not join the Cumberland movement from the Presbyterians; but Levi Purviance’s biography of his father David Purviance (David a son of Mary Jane Wasson) says that “colonel” John Purviance became a Cumberland Presbyterian.


I have found record of an 1810 marriage of a Robert McCorkle in Boone County, Kentucky, to a Miss Keith:  Polly KEITH married 15 Mar 1810 to Robert McCORKLE. This is not our Robert, who was a son of Alexander McCorkle (Sr.).  It may be this other Robert who became a Cumberland Presbyterian minister. This other Robert who was in Kentucky may even have been a nephew of our Robert McCorkle, but I imagine he was from the Staunton/Lexington/Rockbridge County, Virginia (that area) McCorkles. 


It is known that a Robert McCorkle appears in the earliest Presbyterian then Cumberland Presbyterian records of Kentucky and northern Tennessee in trials for the newly formed Cumberland Presbyterian ministry and, even though he would have been over 40 years old at the time, the applicant (licentiate) may have somehow been our Robert McCorkle.  The new denomination was desperate for educated clergy.  The two reasons for separation from Presbyterianism involved, one, rejection of the Presbyterian insistence upon a college-educated clergy, which was impracticable on the frontier; and, two, rejection of the Presbyterian Doctrine of Predestination.   – Our Robert & “Peggy” Morrison McCorkle’s  daughter, Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache,wrote that her father Robert McCorkle and Robert’s brother William McCorkle had retreated up to Bourbon County, Kentucky, during troublous times with the indigenous population; then moved on back down to Sumner County [Lebanon or Gallatin area] after Indian relations improved.  [See the Cumberland Presbyterian web site on the Internet.] 


Robert and William McCorkle or their people, or some of them, appear in Sumner County, Tennessee, as members of Shiloh Presbyterian Church near today’s Gallatin. Someday I hope to visit the “King Cemetery” which is sometimes the name given the Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery.  --  James M. Richmond, alive today, 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 “Peggy” Margaret Blythe; and (2) the first Mrs. Robert McCorkle, née Elizabeth “Lizzie” Blythe.  If so, it was Mrs. Elizabeth King Blythe who raised Robert’s daughter Elizabeth McCorkle (Mrs. Thomas Anderson), who died in Lebanon, Tennessee, in the home of her daughter Elizabeth Anderson McMurry (wife of Cumberland Presbyterian minister John Mitchell McMurry who long preached in McMinnville, Tennessee, then retired to Lebanon).


Our Robert McCorkle and his brother William McCorkle claimed the Revolutionary War land grant made to their father, Alexander McCorkle (who died 1800 in Rowan County, NC, buried at Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery near Mooresville near Salisbury near Statesville).  Alexander left this land grant to only these two sons.  Robert McCorkle begins to appear on the Rutherford County, Tennessee, deed records in the early 1800s, around 1808, as does William. 

It may be that Revolutionary War “colonel” John Purviance, the one who married Mary Jane Wasson, was a member of Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church while they were up in Kentucky after in 1792  the son John Purviance had been scalped by Indians.  It may be that some of the McCorkles worshipped there also. Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church is near Lexington, Ky.

Constructed in 1801, Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church has the distinction of being the oldest Presbyterian Church building in Kentucky. The church was established in 1785 to serve the religious needs of the early pioneers. The first pastor of the church was the Reverend James Crawford who also served as a delegate to the Kentucky Constitutional Convention in Danville in 1792. In 1785, Reverend James Crawford was one of two ministers ordained at the first meeting of a presbytery in Kentucky. In 1791 he opened a school at Walnut Hill for Latin, Greek, and the Sciences. Crawford died in 1803 and is buried in the church cemetery.  [photo]Walnut Hill Presybeterian Church, as seen from the east.
Photograph from National Register collection, courtesy of H.Lynn Cravens


“The present building was constructed during the "great revival" to replace an earlier log building that stood on the site. The building is stone and as it was originally constructed had eight square windows on two levels that allowed light to enter the sanctuary at the ground level as well as in the galleries that surrounded the inner room on three sides. In 1880 the church was remodeled and eight large Gothic windows were added to replace the square windows and the galleries were removed from the inside. The church continues to serve as an active house of worship. ”

“Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church is located on Walnut Hill Rd. in southeastern Fayette County at the intersection of old Richmond Rd. ”

·                               Bean, Richard M. The Jewel on Walnut Hill : the Story of the Walnut Hill Church, Lexington, Kentucky, 1784 through 1994. Lexington: Richard M. Bean, 1995. R285.1769 W163b KY 1995

·                               Daughters of the American Revolution. Kentucky Cemetery Records v. 1-5 Lexington: Kentucky Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1960 - 1986. R976.9 D265k KY (Genealogy Ref. )

·                               Daughters of the American Revolution. Inscriptions on Tomb Stones of Old Cemeteries of Lexington and Fayette County, Kentucky. Lexington: DAR, 1984. R976.947 D265i KY 1984

·                               The Lexington Kentucky Cemetery. Lexington: Hisle’s Headstones and Kentucky Tree Search, 1986. R976.947 L591 KY 1986

·                               Milward, Burton. A History of the Lexington Cemetery. Lexington: The Lexington Cemetery Company, c1989. R976.947 L591m KY 1989

·                               Nash, Leslie. Old Union Christian Church Cemetery, 6856 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, KY 40511.Lexington: Leslie Nash, 1995.R976.947 Ol1 KY 1995

·                               Pisgah 1784-1984, Woodford County, Kentucky. [Woodford, County?] Pisgah Presbyterian Church, 1984. R285.17694 P674 KY 1984

·                               Sanders, Robert Stuart. Annals of the First Presbyterian Church Lexington, Kentucky : [1784-1984]. Tallahassee, FL: Rose Printing, 1984. R285.09769 Sa56a KY

·                               Sanders, Robert Stuart. History of Walnut Hill Presbyterian Church (Fayette Co., Ky). Frankfort, KY: KyHistorical Soc, 1956. R285.1769 Sa56hi KY   ”

·                               It may be that “colonel” [I think he was really a lieutenant but am not certain.] John Purviance and wife Mary Jane Wasson Purviance are buried at Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church in what is called the King Cemetery; but this is speculation as yet.  He outlived Mary Jane Wasson Purviance, who died in 1810 aged 68, and he may be buried in Brown Cemetery, Giles Co., TN, as there has been mention made of a Mr. Maxwell (a son-in-law?) who is buried next to a “Mr. Pevines.”  Or, John Purviance widower of Mary Jane Wasson may possibly have died when visiting his son David Purviance up in New Paris, Preble County, Ohio. These are our 33 clues:  Shiloh Presbyterian Church near Gallatin; Brown Cemetery in Giles County; and possibly up in Preble County, Ohio.  Also, somewhere in this document is a statement that a Mr. Donnell or O’Donnell preached his funeral.

·                               Recall:  Reverend James Blythe and Elizabeth King (Blythe) were the parents of two daughters, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Blythe and Margaret “Peggy” Blythe, who married two McCorkle brothers, Robert and William respectively.   Elizabeth King (Blythe) was a sister to the Rev. Samuel King who witnessed Alexander McCorkle’s 1800 will in Rowan Co., NC.



Explanations of who Some of the Above-people were


I.         More about Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache

 --  Much more is discussed further on below about the family of this daughter of Robert & Margaret Morrison McCorkle, the daughter who, though born in NC, in Middle Tennessee married Dr. Stephen Roache. There is correspondence between her and one of her brothers, RAH McCorkle (Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle) in Yorkville (at first there was no Newbern); and information is presented about the death of her son Howard Harris Roache consequent to mortal injury in the Battle of Shiloh; and about her son Addison Locke Roache, Sr., a justice of the Indiana Supreme Court; and about her son Robert QUINCY Roache, who became a wealthy banker in the town of California in Moniteau County, Missouri.


I I        More about Robert Andrew Hope  McCorkle (“RAH”) & Tirzah Scott McCorkle.

This Robert McCorkle and wife Tirzah Scott (she died 1865)are interred in the McCorkle Cemetery; Tirzah’s parents James (1777-1853) & Sarah Dickey Scott (1777-1838) are interred in the Old Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery. --  Just before I was to leave Memphis to study law  at Cambridge University in England in 1985, John Shelton and I moved James & Sarah Dickey  Scotts’ tombstones from the then-in-ruins Yorkville cemetery over to the then better-kept  McCorkle Cemetery.  (John Shelton was our beloved African-American “share cropper” for many years on the Gibson- Dyer county line, until laws changed in the 1960s making him able to get a better, salaried, job as a big-machine mechanic.) Now, of course, government monies have restored the old Yorkville cemetery and it is our family cemetery that begs for infusions of cash for restoration.

      At the end of this document, the descendants of RAH & Tirzah Scott McCorkle are gathered by James Ragon (husband of Natalie Cockroft Ragon, Natalie being a direct descendant through James Scott McCorkle of Newbern). James Ragon has finally convinced me that Sarah Dickey was not a daughter born in Rowan County, North Carolina, to John Dickey, first a silversmith in Pennsylvania, and  born of a Purviance woman; but was instead a daughter of a John Dickey of Virginia then South Carolina (York District) and his wife Sarah Robinson Dickey


            In 2003, James & Natalie Cockroft Ragon live in Jackson, where they were lovingly kind to Jennifer Huie Tucker and me when we were at the Jackson hospital in April of 2005 attending the all-too-slow death May 9, 2005, of Jennifer’s husband Stephen Fisher Tucker after a massive stroke. Steve Tucker, Sr., lived to be almost 65 years old, and was buried in the McCorkle Cemetery. Steve left three grown children, viz., Stephen Fisher Tucker, Jr.; Alison Tucker Keogler; and Mary Brennan Tucker.


III.  More about Hiram Robert Archibald or “HRA” McCorkle,

a grandson of Margaret Morrison & Robert McCorkle, through their son Edwin Alexander McCorkle (1799-1853)  & Edwin’s wife Jane Maxwell Thomas. The first child, e.g., is listed below as HRA-1.  --Hiram Robert A. McCorkle had the ff. children by his 1st wife Margaret Cowan McCorkle, who died in what was then called the “lunatic asylum” in Nashville.  Hiram visited her grave when he returned to Nashville for a Confederate veterans’ convention and noted the unkempt state of the cemetery.  One of Margaret’s children, Tolbert, had fallen accidenetally from her lap and been overrun by a surrey, a tragedy which certainly would not have helped her mental health.


Uncle Hiram’s diary entry about Frelinghuisen McCorkle, freedman who was buried 12 September 1901, mentioned above at page 2, is intriguing. Theodore J.  Frelinghuysen was a German preacher of note in the 1720s who preached in America among the Dutch Reformed.  Not only is Frelinghuisen McCorkle buried in the McCorkle Cemetery in Dyer County, Tennessee; his funeral services were held on the cemetery grounds and attended by Hiram R. A. McCorkle. 

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In 1899, Hiram McCorkle records that Jordan McCorkle (“colored”) visited HRA McCorkle’s home.  “I raised him from a one-year-old up to nearly manhood.  He lives now and has for many years at Trimble, Tennessee.”


And this entry on April 10, 1900:   Lightning struck Howard Anderson Huie’s barn and killed one mule.  [On March 9, 2006, lightning struck the electrical system of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Yorkville and burned the church down.  Almost miraculously, the pulpit did not incinerate.]

Also in the spring of the year 1900, HRA McCorkle and granddaughter Kate Cawthon (Pace), a sister to Mamie Cawthon (Mrs. Clint Atkins), took the train to Eminence, Kentucky to see Hiram’s son Winfield Purviance McCorkle


In Feb. 1901 Uncle Hiram received1 pair Wyandotte chickens from W.E. [B?] Doak of Russelville, Tenn.  [Marsha’s note:  a man named  Will E. Doak moved on up from Dyer Co., Tenn., to Hickman, Ky, but this may be someone else, and it is someone else if it’s WB Doak.]


Oct. 1901: Hiram R A McCorkle, with John D. Smith and R R Rose, was elected Poor House Commissioner (chosen by the Dyer County Court). 


A.L. “Bud” McCorkle shot one Labe Cowsert, who died in May 21, 1901, “just 3 years 2 mo. and 14 days after he was shot by A.L. (Bud) McCorkle.”  --This may (or may not) be regarding the boundary line dispute about which I remember my Aunt Beth Huie’s telling me.  Bud McCorkle was a grandson of Jehiel Morrison McCorkle & wife Betsy Smith McCorkle, through their son Samuel S. McCorkle. Stated another way, Samuel S. McCorkle was father of this “shootist” Bud McCorkle.


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* * *     Some of    HIRAM R. A. McCorkle’s Descendants, particularly through his eldest son Winfield Purviance McCorkle:


[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:]


<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, Kentucky.  Mary 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.

            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.



Margaret Gooch, Ph.D., of Tufts University 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.   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.)


“Did Martha Ann [Gooch Hogrefe] 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.


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, Mississippi.  Luther 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 Juloy 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;

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


            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:

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

a son James Cowen Gooch II (an attorney turned finance person, in Atlanta).

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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.  He 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 Cowan.  Generation V. Winfield Purviance McCorkle m. “Mamie” Mary King of Eminence, Ky.  Generation VI.  Allie May McCorkle McDiarmid. Generation VII.  Florence Woodruff McDiarmid Gooch; Errett Weir McDiarmid; and John McDiarmid, Ph.D.

(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.

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 McDiarmid, Yale Office Number (203) 432-5138.  Emly May McD, 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.

Weir McDiarmid’s 2nd daughter:  Anne McDiarmid (Brahmey), born January 22, 1943.  Son before divorce:  Michael Weir Brahmey.

Weir McDiarmid’s 3rd daughter:  Mary McDiarmid, born June 10, 1947. 

Third child of Cousin Allie May McCorkle McDiarmid:


(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.  They had two sons and a daughter.


 Aunt Katie Pearl McCorkle (Fox)’s record 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 Who’s Who about our John McDiarmid:  … … … … … … … * * * * * * * * * * *



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:

1st   Nancy McDiarmid Norling, born July 23, 1940.  Nancy (Mrs. Perry or Parry Norling) had two children” :

            Christine Norling, born August 7, 1967. 

            Jonathan Norling, born Feb. 13, 1969;


2nd   John McDiarmid, married but divorced Candy Cunniberti (1977);


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.

Late-Breaking Update about Cousin Allie May McCorkle McDiarmid’s Descendants that I don’t have time to integrate.  So here it is, in the lazy way, until I have time to make it look correct. Here is an update from Nancy McDiarmid Norling sent to Martha Ann Gooch Hogrefe.  Many thanks to them for making this information available. 

Martha Ann Hogrefe Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 9:39 AM
To: Marsha Cope Huie (mashlock)

Hi, Marsha.  Here is the response from my cousin Nancy McDiarmid Norling to my request for family names and dates.  Nan is John McDiarmid's oldest child.  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.  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. 

"nan norling" <norling@udel.edu>
To: "Martha Ann Hogrefe" <mahogrefe@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Family info
Mon, 24 Apr 2006 10:56:30 -0400

Darice Elmer McDiarmid::   born May 12, 1915, in Trenton, NJ.   Died in March, 1990 -- 

John McDiarmid:  

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 WestChester, 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.

 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.  

I don't have an email address for Anne, so perhaps Mary or Emly could fill in the blanks for her. Or better yet, I would like to have her email address, so send it to me and I'll contact her myself. 

Thanks for your help with this.  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.

from] Martha Ann 

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.


k          Florence McCorkle, born circa 1884, aged 16

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


k          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 cousins.  Errett 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.

                Stephen Graham Mesick


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 King/ his 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:

  Barb ( 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 uncle” Hiram 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; 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 McCorkle When 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 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 told me.  Her father, John Cotton, died on or about 1852 or 53.  I’ve not been able to learn whether her brother Rease Cotton [Pease 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.  We acquired for John Cotton, my father’s maternal great-grandfather [father of Mary Cotton McCorkle] a new tombstone in 2003; I think the cemetery is 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 it was wrong to discharge the cook.”


<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.


<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 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….” He 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.

Uncle Hiram McCorkle kept a joural of events in and near Newbern and Yorkville.  He lived several miles east of Newbern.  The following is an admixture of Uncle Hiram’s entries and recollections of my Aunt Beth Huie and mother Joyce Cope Huie:


Post-Civil War: 


Winfield Purviance McCorkle and W.B. Johnston were elected trustees of the Newbern Academy


      John Edwin McCorkle and Smith Parks were elected Justices of the Peace. –[Benjamin Huie had earlier bought at least one plat of land from Smith Parks.]


            In 1879, Prof. C.M. Arnold of Eminence, Kentucky, came to Newbern to take charge of the Newbern school. [ –Surely this is the connection in how Hiram R. A. McCorkle’s eldest son, Winfield Purviance McCorkle, ended up going to Eminence to teach school up there,  & marrying Gideon & Sophia Woodruff King’s daughter “Mamie” Mary King.]


            In 1881, Benjamin Lafayette Van Eaton [husband of LaMyra Huie, a daughter of Benjamin Huie & 1st wife nếe Lavinia Cowan] sold his land to Hiram R. A. McCorkle; while H. Shoffner granted land to B.L. VanEaton. [This is recorded in Uncle Hiram McCorkle’s diary.]


            Evidently, Fate Van Eaton moved to Newbern from the farm. LaMyra Huie (Van Eaton) was his wife.  Children of Benjamin Huie & Lavinia Cowan (Huie) were:  (1) Cornelius Huie (died as teenager and was carried in a pine box to be buried in the Old Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery) (2) Julius M. Huie, (3) Lydia “Liddie” Huie Pierce, (4) LaMyra Huie Van Eaton, and (5) “Nan” Huie (Tucker, last of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, and buried there in the city cemetery).  All the above  were children of Benjamin Huie of Cabarrus County, NC, (then Yorkville-Newbern) and of Benjamin’s 1st wife Lavinia Cowan (Huie).  Lavinia Cowan Huie  was a daughter of Samuel Cowan & Rachel Lewis Cowan of Rowan County, North Carolina. Evidently the mother, Lavinia Cowan Huie, never made it west to Tennessee; but we are not certain about this.  There may have been more children, but that’s all I can think of off the top of my head.  Then, in Gibson County, Tennessee, Benjamin Huie married as his 2nd wife a younger woman, Margaret Betts or Betz (Huie), the mother of Joseph G. Huie.  Joseph G. Huie--who married Frances “Fannie” C. Franklin--removed to or near Vernon in Wilbarger County, Texas, and was last known in his old age to be town clerk of Hobart, Oklahoma, not too far from Vernon, Texas.  I expect he took advantage of the “land grab” when Hobart was opened up for further settlement.



            The Saga of Aunt Nan Huie Tucker:

            In my childhood in the 1950s we still called the farm about a mile north of the Benjamin Huie /Julius M. Huie /Howard Anderson Huie / Howard Ewing Huie/ place:  “the Van Eaton Place,” as we still spoke of the “John May Place” just north of our land.-- 

            Aunt Beth Huie, as a second principle of her Christian belief, passed on virtually no gossip, and told me only reluctantly certain family stories -- only in her old age and only after unmerciful wheedling.  Aunt Beth finally yielded me this titbit:  Myra Huie (Van Eaton) had a comely young sister “Aunt Nan” Huie (Tucker).  Myra’s husband Mr. Van Eaton came to decide he wanted to rid himself of his wife LaMyra Huie [“But how, Aunt Beth?” “Oh, I’m not certain, Marsha; by placing a spider in her cup, or something like that.” ] because he wanted the younger sister Nan.  The quick result was that “Aunt Nan” Huie was speedily sent off to Arkansas (where in Arkansas?) to live with Huie or Cowan family members (or perhaps both) who had already moved westwardly into Arkansas.  Once in Arkansas,  “Aunt Nan” Huie married a Mr. Tucker and was to live out her life in Fort Smith.  – A few years ago I found her grave as Mrs. Tucker in the city cemetery of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Ever since hearing this pitiful story, I’ve hoped Aunt Nan Huie (Tucker) managed to have a happy life, as well as Aunt Myra Huie (Mrs. Van Eaton).

                                                LaMyra Huie Van Eaton, daughter of Benjamin Huie &                                                         Lavinia Cowan Huie of N.C





Moving to Texas after the Civil War:

In Sept. 1877Jo Pope, Wesley W. Pope, A.B. Rose, and John Thedford began to move to Texas, they thought; but Joe Pope and Wesley Pope remained in Texas only three months and one week before returning to Newbern. 


March 1881: John Edwin McCorkle, William H. Franklin, and H. Shoffner went to Texas.  H. Shoffner returned to get his family, then left Newbern, with his family, forever, on Dec. 12, 1882.  --  I would expect John E. McCorkle’s trip had something to do with trying to claim the land-grant available to, but not yet claimed by, the heirs of John Edwin McCorkle (and Hiram’s) uncle David Thomas, acting secretary of war for the Republic of Texas and its 1st attorney general, as well as signatory of the Texas Declaration of Independence. David Thomas was killed in 1836 from the result of enemy action and is buried at the San Jacinto Texas State Memorial, in the de Zavala Cemetery.


Then in April 1881, James H. Templeton and family (6 little girls) moved to Texas and so did John L. Dickey. –My mother Joyce Cope Huie, born 1915, still talks about Templeton Community near Newbern, but when I come home for visits I don’t know the location of these defunct communities in Dyer County.


 In 1881 Dr. A.F. Bone began practising medicine in Newbern.  --  John E. McCorkle’s diary refers to “Cousin Nancy Y. Bone” but I don’t know how he was kin to her. I think it was the Thomas (Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle) line. Some of the Bone family are buried in the old Yorkville C.P. Cemetery.  Here goes:  Hiram and John Edwin McCorkle’s mother, Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle, was a daughter of William Thomas & Elizabeth Purviance (Thomas). William Thomas’s brother, Henry Thomas m. McKnight [I think he married a McKnight], had a child named Nancy Thomas (Bone).  This would make Nancy Bone a first cousin to Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle & a 1st cousin-once-removed to her children, including HRA and John E McCorkle.  --  The Henry Thomas who was a brother to the William Thomas who m. Elizabeth Purviance had other known children beside Nancy Thomas Bone, viz., Margaret Thomas Anderson; Jane Thomas Chandler; James Thomas who m. a Miss Donarel [?Donnell?]; and Eleanor Thomas Sherrill.[1] --


April 10, 1900: Lightning struck Howard Anderson Huie’s barn and killed one mule.  –Howard Huie, 1870-1935, was father of Beth Huie and my father, H. Ewing Huie, 1907-1971.  Howard Huie married Sophie King McCorkle.


In 1900, HRA and granddaughter Kate Cawthon (Pace), a sister to Mamie Cawthon (Atkins) took the train to Eminence, Ky.—By then, Hiram’s oldest son had moved to Eminence, viz., Winfield Purviance McCorkle, who married Mamie King, a daughter of Sophie Woodruff King and her husband Gideon King.  Gideon King was founder of Eminence and donated his own land in order to get the railroad to come his way.


October 1901: Hiram R A McCorkle, with John D. Smith and R R Rose, were elected Poor House Commissioners (the Dyer County Court chose them). 


In November 1901, H.J Swindler was elected Mayor of Newbern, and one of the aldermen was J.A. Crenshaw.  J.A. Crenshaw, whose Sunday School class memorialized him with a stained-glass window at the Newbern Methodist Church, is the great-great grandfather of Parker Louis Cashdollar Blackwell who was born 14 April 2006.  J.A. Crenshaw was father of Aline Crenshaw Ditmore, “Tippah” Crenshaw who married and moved to Tulsa; Bush Crenshaw of Newbern; and Jimmy Crenshaw who lived in Dyersburg.  Aline Crenshaw (Mrs. Parker Ditmore) was mother of Doris Ditmore Cashdollar (Mrs. Stanford Edward Cashdollar) and Dorothy Ditmore (Winslow) (Holloway).  Children of Doris & Stan Cashdollar are:  Stanford Edward Cashdollar, Jr., Ph.D.; Parker Ditmore Cashdollar, Ph.D.; Robert Cashdollar who moved to Washington, D.C.; Betty Cashdollar; and Cathy Cashdollar, mother of Audrey of the San Francisco Bay area.  Dorothy Ditmore was mother of Dinah Winslow Upton; and of John Holloway.  --  At one time, Parker Ditmore Cashdollar’s father, Stan Cashdollar, was mayor of Newbern.; Stan died in November of 1977.


In Dec. 1901, Harry Cotton was elected Circuit Court Clerk. He, Harry Cotton, married a Ledsinger [kinswoman]  of “Nobe” Zenobia Ledsinger Harry Cotton was elected in December 1901 to be clerk of the Circuit Court in Dyersburg. Somehow, and I don’t know how, Harry Cotton was kin to Mary Elizabeth Cotton (the 2nd wife of John Edwin McCorkle) of Botland near Bardstown, Kentucky.  The Cottons back then in Newbern/Dyersburg kinda had the name of being “bootleggers” –and no wonder, coming from Jim Beam bourbon country (Bardstown).  Harry Cotton and my great-uncle Errett Cotton McCorkle, 1888-1976, claimed kinship; but as mentioned I don’t know how.]

Uncle Hiram R. A. McCorkle died in the year 1907, the year of birth of his nephew Howard Ewing Huie, my father.  Requiescat in Pace, Uncle Hiram, in the McCorkle Cemetery.





IV.              More about David Thomas, brother of Jane Maxwell Thomas, Mrs. Edwin A. McCorkle of Wilson County, Middle Tennessee, then Dyer County, Tennessee.  More about the (successful) effort of David Thomas’ nephew, John Edwin McCorkle of Newbern—Yorkville, to claim the Texas land granted to David Thomas, posthumously, for Mr. Thomas’s service to the Republic of Texas as its acting Secretary of War and first attorney general ad interim. David Thomas was killed in 1836.  --  This David Thomas material may be of interest only to the descendants of Robert and Peggy Morrison McCorkle’s son, Edwin A. McCorkle.  This may be so because it was Edwin A. McCorkle’s wife Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle who was a sister to this David Thomas of Republic of Texas fame.


V.                 More about John Edwin McCorkle and one of the Civil Wartime Diaries of John Edwin McCorkle, a grandson of Robert McCorkle & Margaret Morrison McCorkle, through their son Edwin A. McCorkle & wife Jane Maxwell Thomas.


Other of  John Edwin McCorkle ’s  journals, which my sister and I view to have been wrongfully taken, are 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.  We did not give those diaries and other records away, and do not know or approve of how they may have come into possession of the university.  --  The chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Martin, Nick Dunnagan, is himself a descendant of Robert McCorkle & Margaret “Peggy” Morrison, also Nick’s sister Nancy Dunnagan Biggs; and another sister whom I never met.  John Edwin McCorkle’s sister “Becky”Rebecca McCorkle married John C. Zarecor; and her descendant Sarah Zarecor on down the line married Horace Dunnagan, Junior, of Yorkville-Neboville. They moved to Caruthersville, Missouri, where Horace was a banker. Siblings of Sarah Zarecor Dunnagan:  Evelyn Zarecor Austin (Mrs. L. M. Austin of Newbern area); Bob Zarecor of Yorkville m. Frances McKnight; “Billy” George Zarecor who lived at Martin; Jack Zarecor of Yorkville whose 1st wife was mother of Harriett Zarecor; 2nd wife Georgia Legions; and, I think, last came Sarah Z. Dunnagan herself.


[The Diaries of John Edwin McCorkle’s brother Uncle Hiram McCorkle, i.e., diaries of HRA McCorkle (Hiram Robert A. McCorkle), are not included here in full, unfortunately.  HRA McCorkle was a 19th-century diarist of Newbern, Tennessee, and his journals descended to his orphaned granddaughter Mamie Cawthon Atkins (a daughter of Elizabeth Jane “Betty” McCorkle (Cawthon), also known as Mrs. Johnny Cawthon); then to Mamie Cawthon Atkins’ daughter Betty Jane Atkins Caldwell, b. circa 1920, of Newbern. Hiram’s diaries are now in the hands of David Caldwell of Newbern, Tennessee, and wife Diane Caldwell; David is the son and only child of Charles & Betty Jane Atkins Caldwell.  Uncle Hiram’s diaries are worth reading.  For example, one entry upon the death in Newbern in 1879 of Benjamin Huie (born 1798 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina) succinctly noted that the “Newbern Enquirer” newspaper had said, “Benjamin Huie died at the Newbern home of his son Joe G. Huie. One of our ablest men, he came as near as any man I’ve ever known to tending only to his own business.”



Provenance of the McCorkle-Roache Papers Preserved & sent to me in West Tennessee by “Casey” Bowden Cason McCorkle of San Leandro, California:   


The Roach(e) line of Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roach died out in California, to which state Addison Locke Roache, Jr., moved from Indiana; and in California some of their McCorkle cousins inherited their papers. The old letters & papers came into the hands of Casey McCorkle, who preserved them and left them to me.  Casey McCorkle was a son of Homer McCorkle, & a paternal grandson of Finis A. McCorkle of Dyer Co, Tenn., & Finis’ 1st wife Sarah “Sallie” Josephine “Jo” Jackson (McCorkle).


Generation I.                Alexander McCorkle m. ‘Nancy’ Agness 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” Sarah Josephine “Jo Jackson, Dyer County, Tennessee. 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 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 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 Gossum McCorkle poisoned him, but he is officially listed as a suicide & is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery east of 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. Susan Jane McCorkle Carter (Jennie) with her brother Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Senior:



Finis A. McCorkle’s child by his 2nd wife “Mag” Margaret HART was Maida 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. 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 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, this information 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 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 he 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 was “Tom” 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 VII.  Margery “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.

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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 Latina McCorkle (Mrs. Gregory).


Finis A. McCorkle should have a marker at the McCorkle Cemetery in Dyer County, Tennessee, even if his 2nd wife 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.) Maggie Pinson, International ManagerMaggie Pinson, International Manager


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 Glen Glenn of the Glen Glenn Sound Recording Studio in Hollywood.  Sad to say, Glen Glenn & wife née McCorkle drowned while on vacation. 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 children Helen, Molly, & David Glenn;  but I am 57 years old, & that was probably more than 45 years ago & memory fades.  [[I found the following on www.ancestry.com :  Glen Glenn [Junior?], born 3 November 1953 in Los Angeles, California.  I would presume his grandfather was Gentry Purviance McCorkle, son of Finis A. McCorkle. But perhaps not, for the California Birth Record is reported as listing this Glen Glenn’s mother’s maiden name as Heim. ]]    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 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 Glenn); Gentry Jr; and David McCorkle.  Sallie Jo Jackson’s father was Gilliam [Gillum?] Jackson, a minister of Obion County, Tennessee.


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 McCorkle.  Errett 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. 


Finis A. McCorkle’s son Gentry Purviance McCorkle in California became a Christian Scientist & 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 & married several wives, the 1st Ruth E. Cason, from Henderson, Tennessee, born March 1870, m. 1 April 1903 in Center Point, Kerr County, Texas; and the second Maggie Loraine Meeks  b. 24 Nov 1892 in Tennessee.  Gentry had, I think, a 3rd wife whose surname was, I think, “Riley.”  Gentry Purviance McCorkle died in 1962 in Glendale, California.  Gentry was involved in the Llano del Rio Utopian community experiment, which foundered for lack of water in California.


As a child, I had never heard of Mary Baker Eddy until seeing her tract, sent from Gentry Purviance McCorkle, at Uncle Glenn McCorkle’s home & at Aunt Kate McCorkle’s home, brother & sister who were devout members of the Church of Christ.  Gentry, though, had joined the Seventh Day Adventists, not the Christian Scientists. 

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.


Above:  Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Sr., with daughter Mary Helen McCorkle (Mrs. Glen Glenn) of Hollywood, California.



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,      -          .


Gentry Purviance McCorkle ’s children (beside Mary Helen McCorkle Glenn) included HRA McCorkle [Hiram Robert A. (HRA like Gentry’s uncle Hiram Robert Archibald or Alexander McCorkle)]; and  David McCorkle, b. 1916.  Was David McCorkle a WWII prisoner of war?  Another child of G.P. McCorkle [Senior] was Gentry Purviance McCorkle Jr.  .– I think I remember seeing that name in the records kept by my great-aunt, Aunt Katie Pearl McCorkle.  And I think I remember that Aunt Kate kept this David (or perhaps Gentry Jr’s) World War II photograph in her album at her home, the old McCorkle homeplace in Dyer County, Tennessee, of John Edwin McCorkle 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 was born at the end of the 18th century in Rowan County, NC [I think]; 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.

Gentry Purviance McCorkle, Sr., circa 1925



 –I think, but do not know, that Edwin Alexander McCorkle’s brother Jehiel Morrison McCorkle was clerk of court from the county’s nascence on; the only reason I think this is that his papers somehow have ended up in the University of Tennessee at Martin archives. The U’s publicity seems not to know who Jehiel Morrison McCorkle was; and I’m so unhappy with them about having our papers that I may not tell them. I think ‘Jem’ Jehiel Morrison McCorkle died in 1849, before his brother Edwin Alexander McCorkle died Jan. 10, 1853.  And their sister Margaret Permelia McCorkle (Mrs. Lemuel Locke Scott) died in late 1853.  Also Lemuel Locke Scott (1804-1866) suffered the death of his father James Scott (1777-1853) in 1853, as well as of two children.


I. Alexander McCorkle & “Nancy” Agnes Montgomery.  II.  Robert McCorkle & 2nd wife “Peggy” Margaret Morrison McCorkle.  III.  Jehiel Morrison McCorkle & wife Elizabeth Smith McCorkle.


Jehiel Morrison McCorkle (Jem) & Elizabeth Smith McCorkle had these Generation IV children, who would have been first cousins to Edwin Alexander McCorkle’s children, that is first cousins to: viz., Hiram R.A.  & John Edwin & Anderson Jehiel & Finis A. & David Purviance & Becky McCorkle Zarecor & Elizabeth McCorkle Reeves & “Tina” Margaret Latina McCorkle Gregory:

                IV.1.        R.E. McCorkle

                IV.2.        Samuel S. McCorkle m. Margaret Wharey who I think lived in Yorkville.

                                SS & Marg’t McCorkle’s children were:

V             Mary McCorkle

V             Leone McCorkle

V             James McCorkle

V             David E. McCorkle, who m. Lullie Vaughn & became Dyer          Co. Superintendent of Schools. See Goodspeed’s History of              Tennessee, biographical entries for Dyer County. ;

V.            Frances McCorkle;

V.            Ella McCorkle who m. Joe W. Pope.  This Ella McCorkle              Pope died Oct. 1 1946. ;

V.            A.L. “Bud” McCorkle who died 4 Jan. 1935—the “shootist”;     and

V.            Susan McCorkle.

                        IV.3.        Alexander “Dank” McCorkle –“Dank” was to be progenitor of a Governor.  Note that the governor had a 1st cousin “Bud” who was a “shootist.”

                                                                Carl E. Bailey of Arkansas.  Political Graveyard on the Internet says the following about Carl Edward Bailey, 1894-1948:  “  Bailey, Carl Edward (1894-1948) — also known as Carl E. Bailey — of Little Rock, Ark. Born in Bernie, Stoddard County, Mo., October 8, 1894. Son of William Edward Bailey and Margaret Elmyra (McCorkle) Bailey; married, October 10, 1915, to Margaret Bristol (divorced 1942). Democrat. Arkansas state attorney general, 1935-37; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1936, 1940; Governor of Arkansas, 1937-41. Disciples of Christ. Member, American Bar Association.  Freemasons. Died October 23, 1948. Interment at Roselawn Memorial Park, Little Rock, Ark.”  [End of quoted material from Political Graveyard]

Alexander “Dank” McCorkle and wife Margaret Pitt McCorkle had  these children:

V.            Jehiel McCorkle m. Bettie Hall (McCorkle) and begot:

VI. Eddie Louise McCorkle (Miller) who m. Robert Miller; and

VI. Hall McCorkle.



Photograph of Jehiel McCorkle & Bettie Hall McCorkle below:






V.            Lee McCorkle m. Emma Johnson;

VI.  Lee McCorkle & Emma Johnson McCorkle had Ilas McCorkle and another child.  Uncle Hiram R.A. McCorkle’s diary records the death of Lee McCorkle.


V.            Robert Eusebius McCorkle, Christian Church minister, m. Mrs. Nannie Smith        and they had:

VI            Anita McCorkle;

VI            Robbie McCorkle (Mrs. Frank Chambers),    who had son VII Tom Chambers; and

VI            Tom McCorkle, who enlisted in U.S. Navy    in 1942 aged 17.


V.            Alex McCorkle m. 1st a Miss Baker, then 2nd m. Maggie Sturdivant;

Alex McCorkle & Maggie Sturdivant McCorkle had

                                                VI Frank McCorkle and probably other VI children.



V.            Margaret Elmira McCorkle (Barnett) (Bailey) m. 1st Mr. Barnett, then 2nd             Mr. Bailey—mother            of a Governor Carl E. Bailey of Arkansas and probably other             children;


V.            Howard McCorkle, burnt to death;


V.            William S. McCorkle m. Lizzie Sturdivant (McCorkle) and had: 

VI.           Clara McCorkle (Mrs. John D. Pochler);

VI.           Esther (Mrs. Henry J. Wischest [?] [?Winchester?];

VI.           Nell McCorkle (Mrs. Will P. Mitchell); --{[Ora McCorkle           Huie and Kate McCorkle Fox’s book says:

                 “Lizzie’s 4th child.  [6.] Nell & Will P. Mitchell. [7.] Scott              McCorkle Mitchell. [8.] Scott McCorkle Mitchell, Jr.”]}

VI.           Wilmer Scott McCorkle;

VI.           Edyth McCorkle (Mrs. W.F. Meyers);

VI.           Edwin McCorkle m. Alma. 


V.            Beulah McCorkle (Tucker) m. Mr. Tucker and had

                                VI.           Nell Tucker, who had a child named Scott McCorkle                                                                 Mitchell



V.            Irving Adair McCorkle m. Ida Smith (McCorkle) and had

VI  Ruby McCorkle Cowan;

VI. Erin McCorkle Arnett (Mrs. Lynn Arnett)—This brings to mind the connection between Mr. Lynn Arnett and his sister Esther Arnett Poore late of Newbern, Esther May Arnett (Mrs. Aaron Poore) being mother of Jean Poore Palmer of Dyersburg and Jean’s twin sister Jane Poore Yarbrough of Newbern. This connection to the religious stirrings of minister Kenneth McCorkle in my view ultimately led to division in the Newbern First Christian Church, exacerbated by a lunatic-fringe preacher named Walizer, and to the old grand church’s ultimate demise circa 1985;

VI. Kenneth McCorkle, Christian Church preacher who, sad to say, contributed to the division of the Christian Church (from which the Church of Christ had split circa 1900) into the (more liberal) Disciples of Christ and (less liberal) Christian Church.  – Kenneth McCorkle had by his 1st wife VII. Kenneth Earl McCorkle who married Rose Marie Moore; and by his 2nd wife VII. Olwin McCorkle; and VII. Kenneth McCorkle, Jr.



                IV.4.        Locke McCorkle (son of Jehiel Morrison McCorkle & Betsy Smith McCorkle).

                                Locke McCorkle was killed in or consequent to the Civil War Battle of Atlanta. His                                              parents lost three—yes, three—sons to the Civil War.

IV.5.        E.J.  (son of Jehiel Morrison McCorkle & Betsy Smith McCorkle) – killed in Civil War –      Ed, I think he was. A wartime letter we have from Robert alias RAH McCorkle, E.J.’s                 uncle, written to RAH’s sister Elmira Sloan     McCorkle Roache advises her that Ed had      not yet returned home from the war,  nor had Locke. Nor would either, ever.

IV.6.        Clay (Henry Clay) McCorkle (son of Jehiel Morrison McCorkle & Betsy Smith      McCorkle), buried Brice’s Crossroads battlefield cemetery, Guntown, Mississippi

IV.7.        John Q. McCorkle m. Etheline Ellis [?Was he called Quincy McCorkle?] (son of Jehiel        Morrison McCorkle & Betsy Smith McCorkle)

                8.             M. Caroline McCorkle m. 1. Greer  2. Gregory    3. James O. Roache

                9.             Margaret B. McCorkle

IV.8.        E. McCorkle  --It’s possible this was the Ed McCorkle who was killed in the Civil                 War, instead of the E.J. McCorkle listed above as IV.5. I do not know who this was.


The above Generation III. Jehiel Morrison McCorkle (JEM McCorkle) and Elizabeth Smith “Betsy” McCorkle are interred in the McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer County, Tennessee.


Robert McCorkle and wife Margaret Morrison McCorkle ’s Journey from Rowan County, N.C, to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to Dyer County, Tennessee:


We know Robert McCorkle was born in Rowan/Iredell County, North Carolina, to Alexander McCorkle & “Nancy” Agness Montgomery, immigrants to 1st Pennsylvania from Northern Ireland, then to 2nd North Carolina.  Nancy Montgomery McCorkle’s mother, née Finley, was a sister to Presbyterian minister Joseph Montgomery, born 1733.

Robert’s older brother, Samuel Eusebius McCorkle (Princeton graduate; admitted to Presbyterian ministry for New York; Doctor of Divinity, Dickinson College) had been born in Pennsylvania.  We also know that Robert moved westerly to Sumner County, Tennessee, where he married (1st wife) Lizzie Blythe [I think they married in Middle Tennessee] and had two children, Aleck who died in infancy and Elizabeth McCorkle (Anderson) who was raised by her mother’s mother in or near Lebanon, Tennessee.  When Elizabeth Blythe McCorkle died, Robert went back to Rowan County, North Carolina to marry and fetch westwardly Margaret “Peggy” Morrison, daughter of Andrew & Elizabeth Sloan Morrison.  We also know that Elizabeth Sloan (Morrison) was herself a McCorkle descendant.

Robert McCorkle, and perhaps his 1st Lizzie Blythe McCorkle, temporarily moved from Sumner County up to Bourbon County, Kentucky, near Paris, after John Purviance [Junior, son of an elder John Purviance] had been scalped in 1792 in Sumner County. We know that Robert’s brother, William McCorkle, married as his 2nd wife (after 1st wife “Peggy” Margaret Blythe) Martha “Mattie” King, the widow of John Purviance [widow of the younger John Purviance who was “scalped”].

  The Cumberland Presbyterian schism from the more formal Presbyterians occurred in 1810 just outside Dickson, Tennessee, in what is now a Tennessee State Park:  Montgomery Bell Historic Shrine.  It is known that a Robert McCorkle appears in the earliest Cumberland Presbyterian records of Kentucky in trials for the newly formed Cumberland Presbyterian ministry and, even though he would have been over 40 years old at the time, it is possible the applicant is our Robert McCorkle.  Please recall though the marriage in 1810 in Boone County, Kentucky, of another Robert McCorkle, to a Keith woman; it is possible this is the Robert McCorkle applying for the C.P. clergy, and he may even have been a nephew of our Robert.  The new Cumberland Presbyterian denomination was desperate for educated clergy.  --  We are told by Elmira Sloan McCorkle (Roache), that her father Robert (after the families had retreated from Indian hostilities in Tennessee up to Kentucky) moved on back down to Sumner County after Indian relations improved.  [See the Cumberland Presbyterian web site on the Internet.] 

 Robert or his people, or both, appear in what was then called Sumner County, Tennessee, as members of Shiloh Presbyterian Church near today’s Gallatin. Someday I hope to visit the “King Cemetery” which is sometimes the name given the Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Mr. OK Smith’s daughter (and “Miss” Lady Ruth Herndon Smith’s daughter), Mary Evelyn Smith Reese, told me just yesterday on the telephone that she lives closeby.  (Someday, I’m hoping to find the grave, somewhere in Middle Tennessee ( ?),  of Revolutionary War participant John Purviance & wife Mary Jane Wasson Purviance, the grandparents of Mrs. Edwin A. McCorkle, née Jane Maxwell Thomas.  Are they buried at Shiloh Presbyterian Church?  It is conceivable that Revolutionary War veteran “colonel” John Purviance might be buried up in New Paris, Preble County, Ohio, to which location his son David Purviance, the church minister, had removed--after having moved to Cane Ridge, Bourbon County, Kentucky, near Lexington, and serving in the Kentucky legislature. The reader will recall that David’s brother John Purviance [Jr.] had been scalped by hostile Indians in 1792 in Sumner County, Tennessee, leaving a widow “Mattie” Martha King Purviance, who later married William McCorkle. This murder caused David Purviance and some kinspeople to move up to Bourbon County. Some returned to Middle Tennessee; others did not.)


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 both: (1) Mrs. William McCorkle, née Margaret Blythe; and (2) the first Mrs. Robert McCorkle, née Elizabeth “Lizzie” Blythe.  Quaere:  What kin was the wife of Reverend James Blythe (Mrs. Elizabeth King Blythe) to the Samuel King, Samuel King having been an original signator to the new Cumberland Presbytery highlighted immediately below?

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Presbyterian Roots  --  from the Cumberland Presbyterian Internet Website

“April 8, 1813.  Logan Presbytery formed from Cumberland PresbyteryAlso, that another part of the present members of this Cumberland Presbytery shall be, and are hereby directed to constitute a Presbytery to be known by the name of Logan Presbytery; to be composed of the following members, to-wit: the Rev. Messrs. Finis Ewing, William Harris, Alexander Chapman, and William Barnett; to meet on the fifty Tuesday in August next at Red River meeting-house, Logan county, Ky., the Presbytery to be opened by a sermon to be delivered by Mr. Finis Ewing, or Mr. Harris, in cause of his absence.

“The following persons shall be considered under the direction of said Logan Presbytery when constituted, to-wit:  Phillip McDonnold; Robert McCorkle, Green P. Rice, John Barnett, and Daniel Boe [Buie?] ; the boundaries of said Presbytery to be as follows: Beginning at the mouth of Duck river, thence a direct line to Cumberland river, so as to include the settlements of Yellow creek, thence up Cumberland river to the mouth of Half-Pone creek, thence a direct course to the Kentucky state line, where the old Kentucky road crosses said line, yet so as to leave Karr's Creek society in the bounds of said Presbytery, leaving out what is called the Ridge society; thence eastwadly to undefined boundaries (it is understood, however, that the counties of Cumberland and Wayne, in Kentucky, are not to be considered in the bounds of said Presbytery), thence northward and westward to undefined boundaries from each point. It is expressly understood, however, that lines striking off from said bounds of said Logan Presbytery are to include William and John Barnett and Philip McDonnold, yet not so as to include any society in the Cumberland Presbytery, or territory to form one on, and it is hereby understood that all the congregations, etc., within the natural or prescribed boundaries of either of the Presbyteries shall be considered under the care of their respective Presbyteries; and it is hereby expressly directed and mutually agreed to, that said Elk and Logan Presbyteries meet this Presbytery with their documents on the first Wednesday in October at the Beech meeting-house, in Sumner county, and State of Tennessee, for the express purpose of constituting a Synod; and it is hereby directed that the committee appointed to draw up a complete though succinct account of the rise, doctrines, etc., of the Cumberland Presbytery, make their report to the Synod when constituted.
[Source: Minutes of Cumberland Presbytery, April 8, 1813, reprinted in The Cumberland Presbyterian Review, January 1879]   ”

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Cumberland Presbyterian Connections.  The CP church began in 1810:  February 4, 1810.

In Dixon [sic.] county Tennessee State, at the Rev. Samuel M'adow's this 4th day of February 1810.  “We Samuel M'adow, Finis Ewing, and Samuel King, regularly ordained ministers, in the presbyterian church against whom, no charge, either of imorality, or Heresey has ever been exhibited, before any of the church Judicatures. Having waited in vain more than four years, in the mean time, petitioning the general assembly for a redress of grievances, and a restoration of our violated rights, have, and do hereby agree, and determine, to constitute into a presbytery, known by the name of the Cumberland presbytery. On the following conditions (to wit) all candidates for the ministry, who may hereafter be licensed by this presbytery; and all the licentiates, or probationers who may hereafter be ordained by this presbytery; shall be required before such licensure, and ordination, to receive, and adopt the confession and discipline of the presbyterian church, except the idea of fatality, that seems to be taught under the misterious doctrine of predestination. It is to be understood, however, that such as can clearly receive the confession, without an exception, shall not be required to make any. Moreover, all licentiates, before they are set apart to the whole work of the ministry (or ordained) shall be required to undergo an examination, on English Grammer, Geography, Astronomy, natural, & moral philosophy, and church history. The presbytery may also require an examination on all, or any part, of the above branches of literature, before licensure if they deem it expedient."

Minutes of Cumberland Presbytery Cumberland Presbyterian Church]  March 20 - 22, 1810

“SUMNER COUNTY, STATE OF TENNESSEE, Ridge Meeting-house, Tuesday, the 20th of March, 1810.

“Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Members present: The Rev. Messrs. Samuel McAdow, Finis Ewing, Samuel King, and Ephraim McLean; elders and representatives, Chatham Ewing, Alexander Aston, Young Ewing, Witheral Latimore, Henderson Bails, John Wheeler, Benjamin Lockhart, Hugh Telford, Samuel Donnell, and John Williamson.
”   Presbytery proceeded to choose a Moderator and Clerk. Mr. McAdow was chosen Moderator, and Mr. Young Ewing Clerk. Constituted by prayer.
”   Mr. James B. Porter delivered a discourse from John viii. 36, preparatory to his ordination, agreeably to appointment of last Presbytery, which was unanimously sustained.
”   Adjourned, by prayer, to meet to-morrow morning at nine o'clock.

   Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Members present as yesterday. Opened by prayer.

“             Mr. Kirkpatrick delivered a discourse from James ii. 26, which was unanimously sustained. Whereupon Messrs. Porter and Kirkpatrick were examined on English grammar, geography, natural and moral philosophy, Church history, and astronomy, which examination was sustained, and, after an ordination sermon was delivered by Rev. Finis Ewing, from 2 Tim. ii. 15, they were set apart to the whole work of the ministry, by solemn prayer and the imposition of hands, and were invited to, and took their seats in, Presbytery.
   Adjourned, by prayer, to meet to-morrow morning at eight o'clock.

Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Members present as yesterday. Opened by prayer.
”   Ordered, that Messrs. McLean and Kirkpatrick attend Karr's Creek Society, agreeably to the request of their representative, for the purpose of their organization, and that they administer the sacrament of the Lord's Supper at that place, at some convenient time during the ensuing summer, and that they supply the said society, together with the society on McAdow, with preaching as often as they can.
”   Ordered, that Mr. McLean administer the sacrament of the Lord's Supper in Livingston county, on the second Sabbath in May, and that Mr. Robert Donnell attend and assist upon that occasion.
”Ordered, that it be recommended to all vacant congregations, and they are hereby authorized, to call before their session any disorderly member, and deal with him or them in every respect as though there was a preacher present, but their judgment shall not extend further than suspension.
”Ordered, that Messrs. Samuel McAdow, Finis Ewing, Ephraim McLean, James B. Porter, and Young Ewing, or a majority of them, draw a circular letter, as soon as they can, which is to be carefully examined, and superintend the printing of a thousand copies, to be distributed under the direction of Presbytery; and it is further directed that all the preachers, exhorters, elders, etc., collect money from all they can, taking down the persons' names and sums paid, which collections ought to be made as soon as possible for that purpose; the surplus, if any, to be put into the hands of a treasurer, to be appointed by order of Presbytery.
”Ordered, that Mr. Hugh Kirkpatrick be appointed Treasurer, also Stated Clerk, for this Presbytery.
”   Mr. David McLin having undergone the usual examination, viz.: on experimental religion, his call to the ministry, etc., and having received a good report of his moral character, he is now received as a candidate for the ministry, and ordered to prepare a discourse to be delivered at our next stated meeting, from Isaiah iii. 10, 11.
Ordered, that an intermediate Presbytery be held on Elk river, in the bounds of Mr. Bell's congregation, for the purpose of his ordination, on the 20th of July; and that Messrs. Finis Ewing, Samuel King [what kin was Samuel King to Elizabeth King Blythe, Mrs. Rev. James Blythe, the 1st mother-in-law of Robert McCorkle?], James B. Porter, and Hugh Kirkpatrick hold said Presbytery, and that Rev. Finis Ewing preach the ordination sermon, also preside, or some other, in case of absence, inability, etc.
”   Ordered, that an intermediate Presbytery be held on Suggs' Creek, on Friday, the 27th day of July, for the purpose of ordaining Mr. David Foster, and that Messrs. Finis Ewing, Samuel King, James B. Porter, and Hugh Kirkpatrick attend and compose said Presbytery; and that Rev. Hugh Kirkpatrick preach the ordination sermon, and the Rev. Finis Ewing preside.
”   Ordered, that Mr. Robert Bell prepare a discourse from Romans v. 1, and Mr. Foster, from Ephesians ii. 8, to be delivered preparatory to their ordination.
”   Ordered, that Mr. Thomas Calhoon prepare a discourse from Romans i. 16, 17, to be considered as a popular discourse, preparatory to his licensure, at the intermediate Presbytery to be held in July, on Suggs' Creek; also prepare to stand an examination on English grammar.  [Letters of Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roach in Indiana mention the family of Thomas Calhoun.]
”   Whereas, Messrs. Robert Donnell and William Barnett have formerly been examined on experimental religion and their call to the ministry, and having received a good report of their moral character, they are now received as candidates for the ministry; ordered, therefore, that Mr. Donnell prepare a discourse from Matthew v. 8; also Mr. Barnett, from John x. 9, to be delivered at our next stated meeting.
”   Whereas, Mr. Robert McCorkle has been formerly [formally?] received as a candidate for the ministry, ordered that he prepare a discourse from Isaiah iii. 10, 11, to be delivered at our next stated meeting.
”   Whereas, Mr. Alexander Chapman has been formerly received as a candidate for the ministry, ordered that he prepare a discourse from John iii. 16, to be exhibited at our next meeting.
   Ordered, that Messrs. Samuel King and David Foster administer the sacrament of the Lord's Supper in the upper circuit some time (during) the ensuing summer or fall, and that Messrs. Calhoon and Barnett assist them.
 Ordered, that Mr. Donnell ride once around the lower circuit, and the balance of his time to be employed on the Elk River circuit.
Ordered, that Mr. Barnett ride once round the Nashville circuit, and the balance of his time on the upper circuit.
Ordered, that Mr. Bumpass ride the Nashville circuit.
Ordered that Mr. McLin ride the Livingston circuit, or what is called the lower circuit.
Ordered, that Presbytery adjourn until the fourth Tuesday in October next, to meet on that day at Lebanon meeting-house, as aforesaid.
 Closed with prayer.
   SAMUEL McADOW, Moderator.  YOUNG EWING, Clerk.

“            Minutes of Cumberland Presbytery

[of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church]

October 23-25, 1810

 LEBANON, Tennessee, Tuesday, the 23d of October, 1810.

Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Members present: The Rev. Finis Ewing, Ephraim McLean, and Hugh Kirkpatrick; Elders Robert Guthrie, Chatham Ewing, and Young Ewing; representatives David Baity, from McAdow and Karr's Creek; Samuel Smith, from Sandy Creek, Piney Fork, and Hopewell; and James Baker, from Big Spring. The Rev. Finis Ewing was appointed Moderator, and Mr. Young Ewing, Clerk.
   The Rev. Hugh Kirkpatrick preached a sermon from John v. 39.
   Presbytery opened by prayer. The minutes from the Intermediate Presbyteries, held on Elk River and Suggs' Creek, were received and read.
   Presbytery adjourned, by prayer, to meet to-morrow morning at nine o'clock.

WEDNESDAY MORNING.     Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Members same as on yesterday. Opened with prayer. Other representatives appeared and took their seats, viz.: Josiah Wilson, from Harpeth Lick, Spring Creek, and Rutherford; Jacob Scott, from Casey's Creek, Blooming Grove, and Means' Societies; and Robert Smith, elder, from Fall Creek.
WHEREAS, The Rev. William McGee voluntarily suspended his operations as a preacher for a time, owing to some difficulties in his own mind--did not consider himself a proper member of Presbytery in that situation, but has since gotten his mind clear, and feels it a duty to preach again;
Resolved, therefore (he being present), That he be considered and recognized as a regular member of Cumberland Presbytery, and that he be invited to take his seat accordingly.
Concurred in unanimously. Wherefore he was invited to, and took his seat.
Messrs. McLean and Kirkpatrick assigned reasons why they did not administer the Lord's Supper on Karr's Creek, which were sustained.
Upon examination, the committee appointed at last Presbytery to draft a circular letter, have complied with the order.
   Messrs. King and Calhoon complied with the order of Presbytery, in the administration of the Lord's Supper in the upper circuit.
   Mr. Robert McCorkle's excuse was sustained for not being prepared with a discourse at this Presbytery as a part of trial.   Mr. McLean complied with the order of last Presbytery in the administration of the Lord's Supper in Livingston.   Mr. David McLin delivered a discourse from the subject assigned him, which was sustained. Messrs. Robert Bell and David Foster, being present, and the minutes of their ordination being read, they were invited to and took their seats accordingly.
   Mr. Ephraim Dickey, Mr. Bell's elder, is now come and took his seat in Presbytery.
   Mr. Alexander Chapman delivered a discourse from the subject assigned him, which was sustained.
   Adjourned, by prayer, to meet to-morrow morning at nine o'clock.

THURSDAY MORNING.  Presbytery met agreeably to adjournment. Members present as on yesterday. Opened by prayer.
A letter to the different churches under the care of Presbytery was adopted, viz., our circular letter.
A letter to the Presiding Elder of the Methodist Society was adopted, as follows:

DEAR SIR: Having learned by Mr. Clements, that you have manifested not only a willingness, but a wish, to come to a friendly understanding with the Cumberland Presbytery, we have had the matter before us, and have determined, agreeably to your wish, to appoint Mr. McLean and Mr. William Clements to meet and confer with you on that subject. As to former causes of umbrage, the Presbytery is sorry they ever existed on either side, and wishes henceforth that they should subside, and the effects produced in the mind be buried in oblivion. Nevertheless, the Presbytery has ordered that the Rev. William McGee, one of its own body, not only because it is a matter of which our Methodist brethren complain, but because they feel in effect the whole body (to which he belongs) is, in a certain degree, affected with the charges against him respecting Mr. Harper, make his defense before our next stated Presbytery on that subject, of which time and place Mr. McLean will inform you. But let that trial eventuate as it may, the Presbytery does not wish it to affect the union between the two general bodies or societies. Our commissioners will inform you that the Presbytery is cordial and sincere in its profession of friendship, but wishes it only to be on general and not particular principles, viz., that each Society feels at perfect liberty to preach its own sentiments and exercise its own discipline. As to the subject of proselytizing, the Presbytery condemns the principle, but, notwithstanding, believes it would not be prudent to lay any particular restrictions on that subject, but allow the members of each Society to be at perfect liberty to join whom they please, without jealousy or animadversion from any quarter. The Presbytery would just add that if any individual preacher or member of either Society acts improperly in the view of the other Society, that such Society shall feel at perfect liberty to treat him accordingly, by refusing to let him preach or commune with them, without extending it to the body to which such member belongs. The Presbytery would also suggest, in order to prevent future jealousy, that neither body shall be considered inattentive because they may not always attend the communions of the other that may be convenient, the Presbytery having so great a proportion of societies to supply for the number of their preachers, that they cannot always attend the communions of other Societies when they would wish to do so, but when the bodies accidentally or designedly meet, let them be in union. You will see, sir, the above conditions are perfectly equal. We hope, therefore, they will meet with your approbation and that body over whom you preside.
                                             FINIS EWING, Moderator.
                                             YOUNG EWING, Clerk.
   October 25th, 1810.
   To L. BLACKMAN, P. E., M. S.

Ordered, that Rev. Ephraim McLean and Mr. William Clements be a committee to wait on the Elder with the foregoing letter.
   Mr. William Harris delivered a discourse from the subject assigned him, which was sustained.
   Mr. William Bumpass delivered a discourse from the subject assigned him, which was sustained.
   Mr. Robert Donnell delivered a discourse from the subject assigned him, which was sustained.
   Ordered, that Mr. Alexander Chapman prepare a popular discourse from Romans x. 4, to be delivered at our next stated Presbytery, in order to his licensure, and that he prepare to stand an examination of English grammar.
   Ordered, that Mr. Harris prepare a popular discourse from 2 Corinthians v. 21, to be delivered at our next stated Presbytery, and that he stand an examination on English grammar at that time, preparatory to his licensure.
   Ordered that Mr. Robert Donnell prepare a discourse from Romans v. 1, to be delivered at our next stated Presbytery, preparatory to his licensure, and that he prepare to stand an examination on English grammar.
   Ordered, that Mr. Robert McCorkle prepare a discourse from Isaiah xlv. 22, as part of trial, to be delivered at our next Presbytery.
   Ordered, that Mr. Bumpass prepare a discourse, as part of trial, from Psalms cxxvi. 5, to be delivered at our next Presbytery.
   Ordered that Mr. McLin prepare a discourse, as part of trial, from Hebrews ii., and first part of the third verse, to be delivered at our next stated Presbytery.
   Ordered, that all the foregoing discourses be delivered in writing.
   Ordered, that Messrs. Barnett and Bumpass supply the upper and Nashville circuits, and that Mr. Robert Donnell supply the Elk River circuit, until our next Presbytery.
            Ordered, that Messrs. McLean, McCorkle, and McLin supply the Livingston circuit, including McAdow, until our next stated meeting.
   Ordered, that Messrs. Chapman and Harris supply the societies in Warren, Logan, and Butler counties as often as convenient, and that Mr. Chapman ride once round the lower circuit.

A call was presented, through Presbytery, from the Big Spring congregation, in Wilson county, to Mr. Thomas Calhoon, which he accepted. Ordered, therefore, that he prepare a discourse from Romans iv. 25, to be exhibited at our next stated Presbytery, preparatory to his ordination. Mr. McLean is ordered to preach the ordination sermon, or Mr. Bell, in case of his absence or inability, etc.
   Ordered, that our next stated Presbytery be held in Wilson county, at the Big Spring, to meet on the third Tuesday of March next.
   Adjourned, by prayer, this 25th day of October, 1810.
                                                   FINIS EWING, Moderator.
   YOUNG EWING, Clerk.”

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“1816 October 15-17, 1816  Free meeting-house - near Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee  Moderator - Rev. Thomas Calhoon  Clerk - Rev. David Foster

Sad to report, the Yorkville, Tennessee, Cumberland Presbyterian Church burned down on the afternoon of Thursday, 9 March 2006.  It is believed that lightning struck the electrical wiring system, during a big rain thunderstormSome women of the church were in the kitchen as they were preparing funeral meals for  the services of deceased Mrs. Helen Hendricks, wife of Jamie Hendricks. ]  The Tyson [old Tyson Store] Community fire truck came; and the Yorkville fire truck; and the Dyer, Tennessee, fire truck came, and several others.  Some two hours after the fire started, a huge fire truck came from the west, but by then only the vestibule was standing (but charred). ]



So, there you have the Cumberland Presbyterian records.  When was our Robert McCorkle in Bourbon County and / or Logan County, Kentucky, and when in Sumner County, Tennessee, later Wilson county?  Did he supply the C.P. circuit as a minister in Livingston? Or was it a nephew or cousin? Did his 2nd wife “Peggy” Margaret Morrison McCorkle accompany Robert McCorkle to those places?  And did he indeed ever preach for the Cumberland Presbyterian church?


            We know that Robert and Margaret Morrison McCorkle moved on down to Rutherford County, Tennessee, on Stone’s River near Murfreesboro circa 1808, or at least that he received land there on that date.  I’m just not sure about when he was in Bourbon County and when and whether he was in Logan County, Kentucky, or whether his 2nd wife Margaret was up there with him.  We do know that Robert and William were the brothers who received their father Alexander’s rights in Revolutionary War land grants, because Alexander’s will (died 1800) devises those landgrants to sons Robert and William.  Alexander and “Nancy” Agness Montgomery McCorkle are buried in the Thyatira Presbyterian Church cemetery outside Mooresville, Rowan County, N.C. He died in 1800, after Agnes’s death; in fact Alexander McCorkle the Scots-Irish emigrant from Northern Ireland had acquired a 2nd wife, Rebecca Brandon.


                                Margaret [“Peggy”] Morrison McCorkle’s daughter, ELMIRA SLOAN McCORKLE ROACH, was born 13 Feb. 1797, and died in 1890.  As Elmira was a daughter of Robert and Margaret Peggy Morrison McCorkle, her history is pertinent to that of the McCorkles who stayed behind in West Tennessee, where Elmira and her husband remained only shortly before moving up to Indiana and Iowa, then ultimately to Missouri to live with their son Quincy Roache (Robert Quincy Roache)(President of Moniteau [County] Bank in California, Missouri).

Uncle Hiram Robert A. McCorkle’s journal records that Elmira’s son Addison Locke Roache, Senior, moved at age 12 from West Tennessee up to Indiana. Addison was to become justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, resigning that position to become president of the Indiana & Illinois Central Railroad.  His son Addison Locke Roache, Jr., I think also a lawyer, living upon his death in Alhambra, California, established by testamentary trust a lectureship at the University of Indiana Bloomington in the name of the father, Addison Locke Roache, Sr.  The history of the Indiana Supreme Court justices records that one son, probably Randolph Roache, tragically died just after qualifying to practise law in Indiana.

Elmira Sloan McCorkle and her husband, Dr. Stephen Roache, lingered in Dyer County only a brief time.  I remember once seeing a letter to her mother Margaret Morrison McCorkle in which Elmira urged Margaret McCorkle in Dyer County to move on from “that frog-pondy place.”  The peregrinations of Elmira and “the doctor” define the word wanderlust.  How could this woman have lived through moving so many times? I think I remember reading something that said they moved away from Dyer County pretty quickly after settling there, then moved back there one more time, but not to linger long before removing again. Elmira McCorkle started life in Rowan County, North Carolina, stopping Lord knows where on the way west, then to Middle Tennessee, then uprooting to migrate to West Tennessee.  And West Tennessee marked only the beginning of her pioneer journeys.  Elmira’s grandchildren were to end up in California, as far west as they could travel in the continental United States.  It is sad to know that none of her descendants survive today.  --  All my life I’ve wondered what people really mean when they say as if with special discernment, “He’s from an old family.”


The following was printed in 1890 as Obsequies paid Robert and Margaret Finally, to the obsequies printed for Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roach:


            “Robert McCorkle’s father [Alexander McCorkle, who married “Nancy” Agness Montgomery] had been a soldier of the [American] Revolution, and had rendered valuable service to his country.  As some recompense, the State of North Carolina, which then owned Tennessee, granted to him twenty-four hundred acres of land on Stone River, in Rutherford County, Tennessee.  To this land, when Elmira Sloan [McCorkle] was eleven years of age,[4] her father [Robert McCorkle] emigrated, and for some years, with the help of his three boys, Edwin [Edwin Alexander McCorkle], Jehiel [“Jem” Jehiel Morrison McCorkle], and Robert [Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle], and of some family negroes,[5] that had descended to him, he lived a happy frontier life, clearing up a fine farm and surrounding himself with the comforts and conveniences of the new country.

            “But a sad stroke of fortune was in store for him.  A conflicting claim on his land consumed many years in an expensive and harassing law-suit, ending in his losing his home, and, to pay the expenses of the law-suit, everything was swept away at one fell stroke  – lands, live stock, his trusted slaves and all.  In addition, he was suddenly stricken with total blindness [macular degeneration?]; but the brave old wife [Margaret Morrison McCorkle] took up the burden.  The State of North Carolina had made a grant of land, in lieu of the one lost, in Dyer County, Tennessee, and there the stricken family moved in 1827, and tried to carve out a new home amid the swamps and mighty forests of the western districtIn a year the old father died and his wife was left alone, but with sturdy and energetic children around her.”


Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache’s paternal grandparents, Alexander & “Nancy” Agness Montgomery McCorkle, had emigrated from Northern Ireland to today’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – then Harris’ Ferry – and migrated south down the 18th-century Great Road, almost certainly stopping off in Virginia, before settling in the Piedmont of North Carolina, near Salisbury, in Rowan/Iredell County.

As to the spelling of the surname Roache:  Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roach married Dr. Stephen Roach on January 23, 1816, at her parents’ home on Stone River, Rutherford County, Tennessee.  Their children Addison and Quincy were to spell their surname “Roache,” and I don’t blame Addison and Quincy Roache for adding the “e.” 


The following 1829 letter is from Margaret Morrison McCorkle to her grandson Addison Locke Roach [Sr.], who as an adult spelled his surname Roache.


Verdant Plain[6]                    May 27th 1829


My dear little son,


            Your favor of April 23 came to hand last week.  I am exceedingly well pleased with it, although it produced a gust of conflicting passions or feelings resembling a whirlwind at the first reception and reading of it, yet at this present moment my mind is perfectly tranquilized into a pleasing calm full of the idea that my dear little Addison still remembers me with affection.


[¶ ] As it respects news I cannot pretend to do more than barely sketch what I would wish to relate if I could see you.  Suffice it to say that I live very comfortably.  Your uncle Robert[7] purchased the half of this place.  Gave me his note for 200 dollars & answered Jehiel’s [8] claim for moving your Pa [9] & family.  I take my half on the west, but I hold a reserve of the unmolested use of half of all the present improvements during my life, I also have another obligation on Robert [Andrew Hope McCorkle] to have me well provided for during life.  I occupy the large house, your uncle [RAH McCorkle] lives in the kitchen.  He has built his new house in the same yard with us, but will not have it fit to live in before next fall.  He is accommodating and his wife [Tirzah Scott McCorkle[10]] makes herself very agreeable amongst us.

[¶] Franklin H. Dixon [Franklin K Dixon ?] [Franklin Dickson ?] has lived with us ever since last fall, he is a good boy, I think I love him almost as well as any of my grandchildren, whenever I get him taught to write, I intend he shall send you a letter.

[¶] Polly Cox[11] [Polly Cos?] [Mary Cox?]  was a long time getting well of the ague, but she is very hearty now, and grows fast.  Your Aunt Pamela[12] enjoys health & passes time pleasantly with her new sister.[13]


[¶] I have enjoyed much better health through the last winter and spring than usual.  I live easy and contented, very often I lie abed till breakfast is ready then rise without a blush and spend the day in moderate exercise or reading just as my inclination dictates.  I can card and spin and knit right smart yet, and cook a little, but I don’t offer to go to the cow-pen though we have six cows with young calves and an abundance of milk.


[¶] Jane M. Thompson[14] has grown to be a great fine likely young woman and is as blythe and merry as a lark,


[¶ ] Cousin John McCorkle[15] is raising a crop here this summer and intends moving down again fall. I expect he will keep Thomas Jr. [Jr. ?]


[¶ ] We have had a very cold dry winter and spring, crops are backward, People generally healthy in this country, no musketoes nor gnats nor flies to torment our poor brutes this spring.

[¶ ] Cousin Nancy[16] has a fine son, your aunt Jane[17] a fine son.  Your aunt Betsy[18] a fine daughter.  All healthy thriving children.


[¶] I suppose Jane Thompson will write to you sometime and tell all about her spinning and weaving etc etc etc.   Give my kind respects to your pa. & ma.[19]  Tell them I love them dearly and pray for them every day.  I wish likewise to be remembered to Mr. Travers and his wife.


[¶] Tell little Quincy & Elmira howday for me. 


Oh Addison avoid bad company as you would a mortal foe.  Language fails me when I would express my desires that you may excell in steady habits of moral rectitude, so as to become an ornament to society and a comfort to your parents.  With these reflections I bid you adieu!


                                                            M a r g r e t Mc C o r k l e              

Addison L. Roach.



[In the above letter, Margaret McCorkle did not even spell her own name “Margaret.” She later consistently spelled it Margaret).  It seems people were very casual about the spelling of names, even their own.]


Margaret Morrison McCorkle was herself of McCorkle blood.  Her mother, Elizabeth Sloan (Mrs. Andrew Morrison), was a daughter of a McCorkle woman who became Mrs. Sloan.  Thus, Margaret Morrison McCorkle (Mrs. Robert McCorkle) was a first-cousin-once-removed to her husband Robert.


Generation I.    Alexander McCorkle..d. 1800. [=siblings=]  ..... A sister of  Alex-                                                  ander McCorkle named   __?___McCorkle (Sloan).  She married a Mr. ___?__ Sloan.   [One of her children was Elizabeth Sloan (Mrs. Andrew Morrison).] Perhaps the McCorkle woman married the Sloan man in Northern Ireland, or perhaps in Pennsylvania, or Virginia, or even North Carolina.

[One version is as stated immediately above.  Another version I’ve  read somewhere has it that it was Alexander McCorkle’s father to whom Elizabeth Sloan (Morrison)’s mother was a sister. I do not know which version is correct.]


Generation II.         Robert McCorkle, son of Alexander .........   [1st cousins] .........   Elizabeth Sloan (Morrison), a child of the above sister of Alexander McCorkle.  Elizabeth Sloan(e)  became Mrs. Andrew Morrison, and Mrs. Andrew Morrison was the mother of Margaret Morrison (Mrs. Robert) McCorkle.



III.       Children of Robert McCorkle.......[=2nd cos.=]   ...............Margaret Morrison McCorkle. In other words, the children of Robert McCorkle were a 2nd cousin to their mother on the McCorkle side.  Stated another way, Margaret Morrison McCorkle was a 1st-cousin-once-removed to her husband, Robert McCorkle; and a second cousin to her own McCorkle children.[20]


Letter, 1832,  from Margaret Morrison McCorkle (Mrs. Robert McCorkle) in Dyer Co, TN, to her daughter Elmira Sloane McCorkle (Mrs. Stephen Roach):

                                                                                      August the 16th 1832

Dear Elmira,              


¶ It is with difficulty that [your sister] Pamela [Margaret Permelia McCorkle, Mrs. Lemuel Scott] has prevailed on me this morning to write you a few lines.  my infirm state of health, and lack of practice in writing, is all the apology I can make for my backwardness.  I love you as tenderly as ever I did, and have always an anxious desire to hear of your welfare.


¶ I need the consolations of kindness and friendly sympathy of my children to comfort me under my bodily afflictions.  suffice it to say that they are all very kind and good to me.  As to {?} my prospects for futurity I feel an unshaken confidence in the fulness, freeness, and sufficiency, of the gospel offer to everyone that will accept it, but I do not as fully realize my own acquiescence in the offer as I want to do.  I feel myself on the verge, and I want my sun to set in, that I may venture down without fear. 


¶ I think it is a light matter to appear religious before the world, and be a strict observer of all the moral duties, but I can never rest satisfied till I feel a living principle in my heart, of love to God constraining me to willing obedience.  This I think must be what is meant by the a kingdom of righteousness, peace, love and joy in the Holy-Ghost set up in the heart, when I look at my short comings I cannot help feeling difficulties.  I would be glad to know your prospects for eternity.


¶ I refer you to Tirzah [the addressee Elmira’s sister-in-law and Margaret’s daughter-in-law, Mrs. Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle, née Tirzah Scott] for family news.  Remember my love to all the family.

Pamela [Mrs. Lemuel Scott, daughter of Margaret Morrison McCorkle] says she intends writing to you when the rest come home again.

Margaret McCorkle.

Elmira S Roach.



Letter from Margaret (Peggy) Morrison (Mrs. Robert McCorkle) in Dyer Co., Tennessee, to her daughter Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roache, who had moved on up to Indiana.


            ...“Possibly you will smile at my infatuation when I attempt to enumerate some of my joys, but would you not rather hear of my being pleased, and thankful for the good things I do enjoy than to hear that I grieved and repined at the want of things out of my reach.  good philosophy answers yes.”...


Verdant Plain,   April 26       1836


Dear child,


Short as time may seem, since I have seen you it might neverthele occupy pages, to relate all that you would feel interested in hearing from me in that time.  Suffice it to say that, that same kind Providence in which I have long trusted has not yet failed me.  I think I may venture to say that I enjoy the good things of this world to a degree of satisfaction perhaps rarely experienced by old people.  when I thus think and speak, I mean present enjoyment, humbly trusting my future destiny in the hand of unerring wisdom and Goodne.    Possibly you will smile at my infatuation when I attempt to enumerate some of my joys, but would you not rather hear of my being pleased, and thankful for the good things I do enjoy than to hear that I grieved and repined at the want of things out of my reach.  good philosophy answers yes.


[¶ ]  My children[21] are all without exception affectionately kind to me, and as far as I can dicern friendly and obliging to each other, industriously trying to provide for their families, and I flatter myself that they poe steady principles of moral rectitude.


[¶ ] My granddaughters [through my deceased daughter Rebecca Cowden McCorkle (Mrs. Gideon Thompson)] are fine promising girls[22] and I hope will make respectable wemon. [My son] Edwin [Alexander McCorkle] and [Edwin’s wife] Jane [Maxwell Thomas (McCorkle)] are exceeding kind to [Edwin’s niece] Jane [Thompson] and I think she is well satisfied to stay with them, although she exprees a great desire to go and see you all.  The rest of my grandchildren are all lovely blooms.  they afford me a great deal of pleasure with their sweet smiles and innocent prattle[.]    [My son] Robert [Andrew Hope McCorkle] has been very fortunate in the choice of a companion.  She [Tirzah Scott McCorkle] has been particularly kind to me and if I dare not say that she is the most perfect of women, thus far I will venture to say that hitherto she has supported an uniform line of conduct that fairly entitles her in my estimation, to rank with the most amiable of her sex.


[¶ ] With respect to my circumstances I have joy to observe, that I am generally healthy, I am content, and feel like having an independent claim to a welcome home with my son Robert [Andrew Hope McCorkle] during life.  I have entirely given up with the perplexing cares of providing for a family.  I am still able to work, but I don’t feel as if neceity drove me on, for I consider my income entirely adequate to my demands.


[¶ ] Give my kindest respects to Dr Roach.      tell [your son] Addison [Roach] I would be glad to see a friendly line from him.   tell [your children] [Robert] Quincy & Elmira  howday  from grandma.


                                                                        From your affectionate mother


                                                                                    Margaret McCorkle





            ... I feel daily admonitions of my frailty.  the pins of the old tabernacle are loosening perceptibly and I must soon descend to the pale regions of the dead ... . 1837

                                                --         Margaret [Peggy] Morrison McCorkle to her daughter Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roach


            Dyer County               March 24                1837


My dear child,


I think often of you, and though I write but seldom I try generally to fill my paper when I do, and that is my excuse for not writing oftener to you.  There are many things that frequently occur here, that would do very well for you and I [sic.] to amuse ourselves to chat about if we were together, that I don’t think worth while writing about, therefore will confine myself to write what I think will be most interesting to you.


[¶ ] My own health in the first place, I generally enjoyed moderate good health for about a year past lately I have had a little touch of the influenzy though I was not entirely confined to bed but two days yet I continue weak and my head a little disordered There is pestilence in our country Some call it the cold plague some the influenzy and others it operates on as pleuresy, in this last form it attacked our friend L:  Scott [Lemuel Locke Scott (?); if so, the husband of the writer’s daughter Margaret Permelia McCorkle Scott] and brought him almost to the borders of the grave.  Thanks to our kind preserver who has spared him a little longer, he is recovering slowly.


[¶ ]  The rest of our friends here are well.  I have nine grandsons and five granddaughters here, all active thriving pretty children. [My daughter] Pamela’s [Mrs. Lemuel Scott ’s] young son was born Jan: 18th.  She was up and about in three or four days and is remarkably healthy and stout.


[ ¶ ]  [Granddaughter] Mary [Thompson, later Mrs. Dickey] is gone to Mr. Holmes ’s to learn the taylor trade She expects to stay 2 years perhaps longer   [Mary’s sister] Jane [M. Thompson, Mrs. Williams] had a son about two weeks before Pamela [McCorkle, Mrs. Lemuel Scott] had hers, she calls it John Gideon [Williams]. [Mary and Jane Thompson’s parents were Rebecca Cowden McCorkle and John Gideon Thompson, who both died in Middle Tennessee, Rutherford County, near Murfreesboro, leaving the two little girls to the care of their uncles Edwin and RAH McCorkle and wives Jane Maxwell Thomas and Tirzah Scott.] I am informed that Jane has recovered health and looks hearty and well and has a beautiful babe.  I am told that Mr. Williams and Jane are both extremely fond of it.  I would be vastly glad to see it myself though it makes me count one generation older.  They did not move as far off, as we expected them to do.  his father has given him land within three or four miles of himself.


[ ¶ ] We have got a schoolhouse built by a spring on Mr Hendricks land, the same that cousin Montgomery uses to carry water from, and all our children that are large enough are attending it.

[Presumably “Mr Hendricks” refers to Daniel Hendricks, 1784-1865, originally from Rowan Co., NC, a great-great grandfather of Joyce Cope Huie through her paternal grandmother Narcissus Elizabeth Hendricks, alias Mrs. Wilson Newberry Cope.  Daniel Hendricks & wife Isabel Pen(d)ry Hendricks and their son Uriah C. Hendricks are buried in the McCorkle McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer County, as is a brother of Uriah C. Hendricks: Daniel Roland Hendricks.    We need to get these Hendricks folks a new grave marker.   

[           --Regarding “cousin Montgomery,” Margaret Morrison’s father-in-law Alexander McCorkle married (1st) Nancy Agness Montgomery; and Margaret’s own mother, Elizabeth Sloane (Mrs. Andrew) Morrison, was a niece-by-marriage of Nancy Agness Montgomery.  These people were hopelessly intermarried!] 


[ ¶ ] We had an earthquake the 21st inst; the hardest that I have felt since I have been in the district.  I received your kind letter of Feb. 26 by last mail.  we got all the letters you mentioned in it except one of Addisons. [grandson Addison Locke Roach ’s.]  I am sorry to hear of your ill health but I rejoice exceedingly in the goodness of God in raising you up kind friends in a strange country that minister to your necessities they have bestowed on you, I feel like it was kindness shewn to me, and I hope the Lord will recompense them abundantly agreeably to his own words Matth: 25-45 and 10-42 together with several other parallel scriptures.


[ ¶ ] I have lately heard that my sister Rachel [presumably Rachel Morrison ?] died the 1st of July year 35 but I cannot tell anything satisfactory about the rest of my brothers & sister.   probably brother Andrew [Andrew Sloan Morrison] has moved into the state of Virginia in order to be convenient to attend an old law suit there

                                   [As mentioned, I wonder if Margaret had a sister                                                                        named Rachel Morrison COWDEN; the reason I                                                                      suspect this is that Margaret Morrison McCorkle named a                                                             daughter Rebecca Cowden McCorkle (later Mrs.                                                                 Thompson).  ]


[ ¶ ]   Mr [Thomas] Anderson[23] wrote to us this winter, says [his daughter] Martha [Anderson (Mrs. James T. Leath, I think] has three fine sons and has moved to the district, and located in Memphis.  the old people expect to visit them next fall, and have it in contemplation to call upon us.  I think I shall be truly glad to see them

 [Margaret Morrison McCorkle writes immediately above of the descendants of her step-daughter, Lizzie McCorkle Anderson. Robert McCorkle, Margaret’s deceased husband, had a 1st wife named Elizabeth “Lizzie” Blythe (McCorkle), by whom Robert begot  a son dying in infancy (Alexander or “Aleck”) and one daughter named Elizabeth McCorkle, who married Thomas Anderson in Sumner Co., Tennessee [Middle Tennessee] on the 13th of March 1809.  The Sumner County marriage record notes a witness:  John H. Bowen.]

(1.)  Lizzie Elizabeth Anderson (Mrs. J. Mitchell McMurray, wife of a Cumberland Presbyterian minister in McMinnville then Lebanon, Tennessee. Early Sumner County, Tenn., marriage records show that J. Mitchell McMurray married Elizabeth Anderson on 27 December 1837

(2.) Martha Anderson Leath (Mrs. James T. Leath of Memphis, I think, although that information was acquired post-2000 A.D. by Marsha Cope Huie, not from old family records) (Martha had three sons and moved to Memphis, where her husband was an attorney.  Martha Anderson Leath is listed in the 1850  Memphis census, but by 1860 had been displaced by a new wife so almost certainly died between 1850 and 1860, as people back then almost never divorced;

                                    (3.) Julia Anderson, who never married; and

(4) Robert Anderson –who may have been a lawyer in Lexington or Durant, Holmes County, Mississippi, although that information was acquired post-2000 A.D. by Marsha Cope Huie, not from old family records. I wish I knew if it were true.]

                [Early Sumner County, Tennesee, marriage records show there was a connection between the Leath and McCorkle families:  On 20 Feb. 1847, an “Eliza McCorcle” married John H. Leath, as witnessed by John W. Brigance.

                                [Also, Uncle Hiram McCorkle’s diary records in Dec. 9. 1902 that Hatton LEATH of Henrietta, Texas, was in Newbern. Was Hatton Leath perhaps a son of Hiram McCorkle’s first cousin, Martha Anderson Leath? I have no idea. [Robert McCorkle by 1st wife Lizzie Blythe begot Elizabeth McCorkle Anderson, who had a daughter Martha D. Anderson.  In Middle Tennessee, Martha D. Anderson married James T. Leath, listed as an attorney in the Memphis census of 1850.  Martha D. Leath is listed as James T. Leath’s wife in the 1850 census, but by the time of the 1860 census, he had a new wife, listed as having been born in New Jersey.]



[ ¶ ]      I think I begin to run scarce of news however I will turn back and tell you some more about myself a theme that I expect you won’t easily tire with [.]   I staid with [my daughter and the addressee Elmira’s sister] [Margaret] Pamela [McCorkle Scott] about two months this winter [.]  I went the day before Christmas and staid till her babe was near 5 weeks old[.]  little William [ Scott ][1] slept in my bosom almost every night while I was there, and became very fond of me, as likewise I did of him, I brought him home with me kept him ten days but he got sick, teething & worms, so his pa carried him away[.] I took sick in a few days after and have not got to see him since[.]   I have not worked any in along time except to mind the to feed them and darn their stockings & such like[.] I read my bible a good and like it still better the longer I read it[.]


[ ¶ ]      I find that temperance in diet is my best medicine, vegetables don’t agree with me but I can eat a little meat and eggs milk butter and coffee moderately without injury.  nevertheless I feel daily admonitions of my frailty.  the pins of the old tabernacle are loosening perceptibly and I must soon descend to the pale regions of the dead [.]


 [ ¶ ]     if I were in the habit of apologising I would say excuse my crooked lines and bad writing, my eyes are dim and my hand trembles, my strength fails.


                        I am ever your affectionate mother


Margaret McCorkle


Elmira S Roach


[Margaret Morrison McCorkle’s note to her grandson Addison Roache is written in a spidery hand on the same page as the foregoing letter to her daughter Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roach:]


Dyer              March 25                1837


            My son Addison


                I claim you as such, though I address a  line to you with diffidence [.] I fear you are like some young people I have seen who say that old grandmas dont ever know how young people feel [.]   my child I tremble when I think over the slippery scenes of youth and what you may be exposed to lest you get seduced and turn from the virtuous course you have been taught from your infancy  [ . ]      I  know that your good education your polished manners and your social turn will gain you a great many acquaintances  and perhaps a good many of them not virtuous                         


_____  ___  _________  ______  _____  _____  _______  ____________  _____ 


            No more is extant of the above letter to Addison Locke Roache, Sr., who became a judge in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Addison Locke Roache, Sr., married Emily Wedding[s].  Aunt Katie Pearl McCorkle Fox’s hand-written record states the following:

“The Tennessee relatives looked on the Roaches as their Wealthier kin.  Once Cousin Quincy [Robert Quincy Roache, brother to Addison Locke Roache] brought all the West Tennessee male relatives a pocket testament and the females a silver thimble on which was engraved R Q R.”


 [(Quincy Roache was president of the Moniteau [County] Bank in the town of California, State of Missouri.)]


Addison’s children:

                  C1        1          Mary Roache married     _______   Gillespie

                  C1        2          Emma Roache married   _______   Lamma

            3          Janie Roache, died 1941 in Alhambra, California. [Jane DePuy or DuPuy?]


·        4          Randolph Roache [this must be the one who died just after beginning to practise law in Indianapolis]

·        5          Addison [Addison Locke Roache, Jr., who died testate in California. Addison Locke Roache Jr. established by testamentary trust a lectureship in his father’s name at the University of Indiana, Bloomington]


“Robert Quincy Roache married Rebecca Sunderland & Isabel Sunderland. 

Quincy Roache had no child but reared at least two: Carrie Stephens &  her sister Emma Stephens.  I think they were his wife Rebecca Sunderland’s nieces. 

Howard H. Roache  – killed at Shiloh.”


                        [End of Katie Pearl McCorkle’s record.]



              [ Howard Harris Roache is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer Co., TN. I think I’ve read that his mother, Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache, erected a memorial stone for Howard Harris Roache up in Missouri where “QUINCY” Robert Quincy Roache, another son, was a banker, Moniteau Bank, city of California, State of Missouri.]


Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roach  – was born in 1797 in Iredell County, North Carolina, and died in 1890.  She married Dr. Stephen Roach in 1816 in Rutherford County, Tennessee, at her parents’ home, before the parents lost their land near Murfreesboro, TN, and received a land grant in lieu thereof in the newly opened Western District of Tennessee.  Elmira recorded in a letter that her parents, Robert and Margaret Morrison McCorkle, had lived on Stone’s River, then on Bradley’s Creek, in Rutherford County, Tennessee, before removal to Dyer County, Tennessee.  Her son Addison  Locke Roache, Sr., had become a judge in Indianapolis.   Elmira died in 1890 residing with her son Quincy, who was a bank president [Moniteau County Bank] in California, a town in Missouri.  Our McCorkle family oral history holds that Elmira and Dr. Roach moved to Indiana so that their boys could attend the University of Indiana.  Sure enough, Addison graduated from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, in 1836, and his brother Robert Quincy Roache graduated in 1845.

            The following information about Elmira’s children is from John Hale Stutesman’s unpublished manuscript which I read in year 1983  – At that time, 20 years ago now, this was his address:  John Hale Stutesman, 305 Spruce Street, San Francisco, California: 

Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roach’s children:

Addison Locke Roache, Sr.

            born 1817 in Rutherford County, Tennessee; died after 1901 in Indiana; please see below. [Added by Marsha Huie:  Again, we should note the LOCKE name.  The Revolutionary War general Matthew Locke or Francis Locke lived around Thyatira Presbyterian Church in Rowan Co., NC, near Salisbury-Mooresville, NC.  And a Richard W. Locke [Dick Locke] moved westward to the Yorkville-Newbern area; I’ve always presumed he was a kinsman of the North Carolinian General Locke. One of Dick Locke’s wives is buried in the Old Yorkville C P Cemetery, and another, I think, in the McCorkle Cemetery; one of the wives was, I think, a Scott woman. [Sade Scott Huie, my paternal greatmother kept a photograph of Dick Locke in her photo album.]  Now that the Old Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery has been restored, we can search those records for LOCKE people buried therein.]

Franklin Stone Roache, 1820-1827

James Travers Roache, 1821-1827  –  [One of Margaret Morrison McCorkle’s letters to Elmira implores that she be remembered to Mr. Travers.]

Robert QUINCY Roache, 1824-1908. 

Born in Rutherford Co., TN, and died in town of California in Missouri. [I don’t think Quincy Roache had issue, but Aunt Kate McCorkle thought Quincy raised 2 of his Sunderland wife’s nieces.]

Stephen McCorkle Roache, 1826-1827

Elmira Jane Roache, 1828-1830

Latina Elmira Roache, 1831-1833

[Edwin A. McCorkle & wife Jane Maxwell Thomas named one of their daughters Margaret Latina McCorkle (Mrs. John C. Gregory). Had Elmira’s daughter born in 1831 & named Latina lived, that daughter and “Tina” McCorkle Gregory would have been 1st cousins.]


Margaret Joanna Roache, born and died June 1834, Monroe County, Indiana.

Howard Harris Roache, born 20 May 1838 in Monroe County, Indiana.  [Died from wound received in battle at Shiloh in 1862 (April 10, 1862).]

[The Battle of Shiloh in West Tennessee occurred on April 6th and April 7th of 1862.  Howard’s date of death is listed on his tombstone as the 10th, and his uncle RAH McCorkle writes the mother that he died not in battle but very soon afterwards. I (Marsha Huie) think Howard may have been born in 1836.  His tombstone in the McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer Co., TN., will tell. Actually Howard H. Roache has 2 markers there: a make-do but respectable marker placed there during the Civil War by his uncle Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle, and a grander, taller marker later erected after the war by, presumably, his parents.  One wonders why Howard went south from Indiana to West Tennessee to fight with his McCorkle 1st cousins, some of whom would have been the sons of Elmira’s brother Edwin Alexander McCorkle, namely:  Finis A. McCorkle; Hiram R. A. McCorkle; John Edwin McCorkle; and Anderson Jehiel McCorkle.

Two, perhaps three,  other 1st cousins to Howard H. Roache would have been these sons of “Jem” Jehiel Morrison McCorkle, viz., Locke McCorkle, killed at the Battle of Atlanta; and Clay McCorkle (Henry Clay McCorkle, buried at Brice’s Crossroads, also called the battle of Guntown, Mississippi). And one record lists an E J McCorkle as another, third (! !),  son [of Betsy Smith & Jehiel Morrison McCorkle] who was killed in the war. 

[– I don’t know if John Edwin McCorkle and Hiram and Anderson’s other brother David Purviance McCorkle enlisted in the Confederate army, but presume he did as he was in the State Legislature of Tennessee after the war, from Obion County.]


            John Hale Stutesman’s above list of Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roach’s children would seem to contradict Elmira’s statement in the letter below: “[I have] moreover the skill of my husband to depend on, who has borne me through, successfully three times already.”  But perhaps Mr. Stutesman’s list is correct; perhaps Elmira is not counting in her correspondence the children who failed to live to adolescence.  I just don’t know the truth of it. I do know the reason I came into these wonderful old letters is that Elmira Sloan McCorkle’s Roache line died out in California.  As mentioned, her Roache descendants turned the letters over to Casey McCorkle (Bowden Cason McCorkle) in San Leandro, California, a grandson of Finis A. McCorkle.  Then in turn Casey McCorkle entrusted these precious old documents to me, Marsha Cope Huie.



                        A despondent Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roach wrote the following letter from Rockville, Indiana, to her mother, Mrs. Robert McCorkle (née Margaret “Peggy” Morrison) in Dyer County, Tennessee. Elmira, who would have been around forty years old at the time, wrote just before the birth of her last child, Howard Harris Roache, a child doomed to die in the Civil War, on April 10, 1862, after he had been wounded at the Battle of Shiloh which lasted two days:  April 6 and April 7, 1862.  Many soldiers of the era died from infection consequent to injury from munitions or otherwise.


Rockville          April 28            1838  [possibly the date is 1836?]


My dear Mother


            This may be the last time I ever will have the pleasure of addressing you by letter.  I have delayed writing from time to time either from a sense of bodily or mental inability but will put it off no longer seeing life is uncertain, and my situation at present critical.  You doubtless will be astonished when you hear, I am again in a state of pregnancy, the issue of which I expect about the fifteenth of May, which will be past before this reaches you.


 [ ¶ ] I confess my situation casts a shade of gloom over me which all the philosophy I can muster up, cannot dispel.  Oh: what a comfort it would be to have my dear Mother and sisters around at such a season.  I feel how deeply they would enter into my sorrows and alleviate my sufferings by their sympathy and kindness.  But why trouble you with words of unpleasant import, or consume time either in thinking or writing of impossibilities, I ought rather to be thankful that my prospect is no worse, that I have the necessaries of life around me, no fear of want either of food or clothing, a girl with me now, who does all my drudgery, and has promised to stay while I need her, kind neighbors, who have ever been true in sickness [,] moreover the skill of my husband to depend on, who has borne me through, successfully three times already.  I gather strength from these [ ??????].   a   ray of hope gleams through my troubled mind and imparts comfort, I love to indulge and cherish it.


There is a promise made to the woman in child bearing but I confess I do not understand it well enough to derive much comfort fom it, but the Lord has promised to be with those who trust in him, in dire troubles, and in seven [?? times seven ???] he will not forsake them.


 [ ¶ ] [Robert] Quincy [Roache] has been at home several weeks, and will remain a week yet, it will be a great trial for me to part with but we must submit to present ills for the sake of future good [.]   he is called a regular, attentive, and moral student, as far as I can learn.  The greatest objection I have to his being absent from home is the danger of contracting immoral habits without a friend to watch over and guide his path.


 [ ¶ ] Addison [Roache] left home on Tuesday and has not returned.  I am looking for him every minute.  The time has arrived when business will often call him from home, and I can expect to enjoy but little of his company.  he boards and lodges at home but reads [law] at the home of his Preceptor, to whom he is strongly attached, and I believe with good reason.  I rejoice that we were so fortunate as to be able to place him under the care of one so well qualified to guard him through the slippery paths of youth.   he appears to take great interest in his welfare and advancement [ . ]  Addison took license at the last circuit court but has not practiced any yet, nor will not, I presume untill his term of tuition expires.


 [ ¶ ] The Dr had a letter from Uncle James [James McCorkle? James Morrison?]

not  long since, he stated he had written to you, I hope you have received the intelligence

so much desired.  The old gentleman seems contented and happy and strong in the path

 of the Gospel.      

            {– This would almost certainly be Elmira’s Uncle James McCorkle, brother to Robert McCorkle and therefore brother-in-law to Margaret Morrison McCorkle. [Or maybe – pure speculation-- it could be to Elmira an Uncle James Morrison? ]  One person named James McCorkle, known to have been a brother to Robert McCorkle, was born 4 May 1768 and moved to Ohio, but died when residing in Frankfort, Indiana, on 2 December 1840.  – How far was Rockville from Frankfort, Indiana? }


 [ ¶ ] Montgomery’s family are well at present, but have had sickness occasionally for some three or four years past, he has become so exasperated at the ignorance, and vice of his neighbors, and tired out with sickness in his family, that he has resolved to hunt a new home if he should meet a lion in the way.  if he could find a place where he could make his quill support him, it would be a happy circumstance.

1.      [I don’t know who this “Montgomery” is, but Elmira’s paternal grandmother was Nancy Agness MONTGOMERY McCorkle, Mrs. Alexander McCorkle, who is buried in Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rowan Co., NC.  (Her husband, Alexander McCorkle, lived circa 1722-1800).  – Could this be “Montgomery McCorkle?’

2.            More on (Nancy) Agness Montgomery: Harriet McCorkle McGinn [a daughter of Samuel Eusebius McCorkle] wrote that Agness (Nancy) Montgomery‘s brother was Dr. Joseph Montgomery, 1733-1794, a Presbyterian minister; and that Agness (Nancy) Montgomery McCorkle’s mother was ___?_____ Finley (Montgomery), the daughter of  John Finley.  With the Montgomery-Finley line there’s a Princeton University connection, as Princeton began as a seminary for Presbyterian ministers.  – A letter in these Roache-McCorkle papers dated 1948 in Ala. and addressed to a Mr. [or Mrs.?] Walter L. Montgomery of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, states that “one Samuel McCorkle and John Montgomery from Scotland came together settling in Pa., I think in Lancaster Co., previous to 1735.” But the author of this letter includes in that one letter errors about the McCorkle genealogy, so the above quoted statement is suspect.


 [ ¶ ] The Dr [Stephen Roach] received brother Edwin’s [Edwin Alexander cCorkle’s]

favor of the 4th Feb [.] he [Edwin] speaks of having been in middle Tennessee

[in or near Murfreesboro] and seeing our friends.

[Deed records in Rutherford Co., TN, show that certain land deeds made to Robt. McCorkle, grantee, were “delivered to [Robert’s son] Edwin McCorkle.” Edwin A. McCorkle’s wife was Jane Maxwell Thomas.]


[ ¶ ] I am sorry my Aunts are not more happily situated particularly Aunt Rebecca.

[Did Margaret Morrison McCorkle have a sister or sister-in-law named Rebecca?  Did Rebecca marry ____ Morrison, son of Margaret’s brother Patrick Morrison?  Did Margaret in fact have a brother named Patrick Morrison, or was it an uncle named Patrick Morrison? These names are speculation, arising from information in this series of correspondence.  Margaret did name one of her daughters Rebecca Cowden McCorkle (Mrs. Gideon Thompson).  Is this a clue: could Margaret’s sister have been Rebecca Morrison Cowden?  This is pure speculation; I have no such record.  – Margaret’s letter reveals that she, Margaret Morrison, did have a sister named Rachel Morrison (?????).  Margaret wrote her daughter Elmira in 1838, “I have lately heard that my sister Rachel [ Rachel Morrison ? ] died the 1st of July year 35 but I cannot tell anything satisfactory about the rest of my brothers & sister.   probably brother Andrew [Morrison] has moved into the state of Virginia in order to be convenient to attend an old law suit there.”  


Aunt Mary would not be happy in any situation

  [Margaret Morrison had a sister named Mary Morrison. Jean Morrison of Cincinnati, Ohio, has placed a letter on the internet from Mary Morrion to her nephew, Joseph Pinkney Morrison, later a Cumberland Presbyterian minister in California. Mary Morrison was living in 1857 with a nephew in Hillsboro, Coffee County, Tennessee. Herletter is dated 29th July 1857, almost a decade after the death of Margaret Morrison McCorkle, and reports that she, Mary Morrison, had heard no word from the McCorkles since Robert [Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle] had last written to her.]


I know her better than she knows herself.  Aunt Rebecca may also have become fretful from age, and long listening to the others complaints.  I never could learn whether it was uncle Patrick’s son she married or not, if it was, what became of the poor children.

[Did Margaret Morrison McCorkle have a brother named Patrick Morrison?]


I never can hear of Uncle Andrew, nor any of his family. 

[Andrew Sloan Morrison? I think Andrew Sloan Morrison was Margaret’s brother; & her father’s name was Andrew Morrison as well.]


April 29

Addison has just returned.   is well.  Changed his clothing and putt off for the Presbyterian ChurchThe Dr and Quincy have also gone, and I am alone except the girl who lives with me.  The morning is cold, but the sun shines cheerily on the face of nature and gives encouragement to budding vegetation which the chilling winds seem disposed to check.  The month of March came in like a lion according to the old Dutch Saying but after a few days of blustering and cold, exchanged the angry frown for the lamblike aspect, and continued dry and warm; we had no sugary season at all, consequently will be dependent on Orleans this year.  Vegetation budded forth delightfully, bloomed out beautifully, but April has been rather chilling throughout, we have had several fine falls of snow, the last on the 6th.  I presume the peach and apple orchards have suffered, but our little garden, which is liberally set with fruitshrubs and vines, seems unscathed.   the gooseberry, currant, and strawberry present a mantle of bloom.



[ ¶ ] Jonathan Nichols was lying at the point of death on Wednesday: his family will be left destitute indeed.


[ ¶ ] Sister Elizabeth’s [Elizabeth McCorkle Anderson ’s] daughter Elizabeth is married to Mitchell McMurray and old Aunt Anna and the Calhouns are at loggerheads about the property of her defunct son, who married Thomas Calhoun’s daughter, you know the old lady, itching palm for gold.

[The Cumberland Presbyterian website mentions a Thomas Calhoun, early C.P. minister. No doubt that’s the connection. [Elizabeth Anderson McMurry was wife of a Cumberland Presbyterian minister who died in 1875 in Lebanon, Tennessee]]


May 4th

The weather has been wet and cold all this week, quite discouraging to farmers.  The Dr would have started with Quincy to Bloomington to day if the rain and deep waters had not prevented.  Tell Robert [the author’s brother Robert Hope Andrew McCorkle] to write to Addison, he is constantly looking for an answer to his last; I cannot give up all hope yet of seeing him in Rockville this spring or early in the summer.  Give my love to all my brothers, sisters, and their children, tell them that time and space does not in the least abate my affection for them, but I have given up all hopes of ever seeing them in Tennessee.


Yours affectionately

                                                                               [signature] Elmira S Roach.




Copied from pamphlet printed as Obsequies for Elmira Sloane Roache, 1797-1890:

            “Elmira had been married at the old home on Stone River [Rutherford County, Tennessee] to Dr. Stephen Roache, Jan. 23, 1816, and for some years lived near the old homestead, and there were born her sons, Addison L. and R.Q. Roache, who now survive her.  Three more, James, Andrew and Stephen, were laid in early graves there, and then Dr. Roache removed with the old people to West Tennessee, remaining there only a short time and then removing to Bloomington, Indiana, for the purpose of educating his children.  While residing there, they buried their three daughters, Elmira Jane, Latina Elmira and Margaret Joanna, all in their infancy.  Afterwards the family removed to Rockville, Indiana, then to Gosport and then back to Rockville, then for a few years to Oskaloosa, Iowa, and thence back to Tennessee.  In 1857 the last move was made to California, Missouri, which was the home of Mother Roache for one-third of a century.

            “At this day the descendants of Robert McCorkle [Elmira’s father] are so numerous in Dyer County, Tennessee, and the neighboring counties that they almost form a clan, all bearing the old Scotch-Irish characteristics of sturdy energy, honesty and morality.”

                                                 ***   ***   ***

Justice Addison Locke Roache [Senior]
(Twelfth Justice) [Indiana Supreme Court]

Justice Roache was born November 3, 1817, in Rutherford County, Tennessee, and died April 24, 1906, in Indianapolis.

He moved to Bloomington, Indiana, in 1828. He graduated from Indiana University in 1836 and was admitted to the bar in 1839.458 In 1847, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives. On January 3, 1853, he took his seat on the supreme court. He resigned in May 1854 to become president of the Indiana & Illinois Central Railroad.

458. 1 BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY, supra note 55, at 332-33.
459. 1 id.; 1 MONKS, supra note 25, at 249-50.

Source: Browning, Minde C., Richard Humphrey, and Bruce Kleinschmidt. "Biographical Sketches of Indiana Supreme Court Justices." Indiana Law Review: Vol. 30, No. 1, 1997.

 Addison Locke Roache was president of the Indiana University Alumni Association (IUAA), 1902-1903.  --  In 1897 (Dec. 13) the Fort Wayne News (Indiana) lists him as a member of the executive committee of the state historical society.


1860 Indiana Census, Marion County, Indiana:  Household of Addison Locke Roache:

Addison L Roache [Senior]

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN







Emely A Roache [Emily Weddings]

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN






Randolph S Roache

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN






Mary E Roache

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN






Emma A Roache

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN






Isabella Roache

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN














Household of Addison Locke Roache, Sr., in Indianapolis in 1870 census:

Addison [Locke]

Roache [Sr.]

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN

abt 1818






Addison [Junior?] Roache

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN

abt 1861





Ella J Roache

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN

abt 1857





Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache [Mother]

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN

abt 1797

North Carolina




Emily [Weddings] Roache -- 

[Addison’s wife]

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN

abt 1823





Emma A Roache

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN

abt 1849





Isabella Roache

Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN

abt 1855





Stephen Roache


Indianapolis Ward 2, Marion, IN

abt 1796

North Carolina






In the 1910 census, Addison, Jr., lived in San Gabriel, California, aged 45; wife Ella P. Roache was born in Minnesota and her father was born in Vermont, her mother in Ohio.  Occupation:  “own income.”


Next door to them were:

Isabella Roache, head of household, aged 54, born Indiana. Occupation:  “own income.”

And Roache, Jane (Jane?) Du Puy or DePuy, sister to the head of household, also born Indiana --“own income.”


In the 1920 census, Addison Locke Roache, Jr., is listed as aged 58, and as Red Cross Field Director. He lived with wife Ella P. Roache, aged 54, in San Gabriel township of Alhambra, California. 


In the 1930 census, Addison Locke Roache, Junior, lived in Gabriel Township, Alhambra, California.  California Death Index lists him thus: Born 23 June 1861 in Indiana; died 22 January 1945 in Los Angeles, California.


Indianapolis City Directory 1889:  Addison Locke Roache [Senior]

Addison L Roache

Location 1:

5 and 6 Talbott Block









Location 2:

593 N Penn

Addison L Roache, Jr



Location 1:

5 and 6 Talbott Block














Location 2:

b 593 N Penn


The following is on ancestry.com  about Dr. Stephen  Roach [Junior], husband of Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roach. Evidently his father’s name was Stephen Roach d. 1816

·  ID: I2124

·  Name: Stephen Roach   ·  Sex: M   ·  Birth: in NC

·  Death: Jan/Feb 1816 in Davidson Co, Tn

·  _UID: 16C2BF8A50EED411BC4A9E59C39B256D31F8

“Based upon the Davidson County probate records we can be certain that our Stephen Roache Sr. died in Davidson County circa. January/February 1816 because an inventory of his estate was filed there on March 1, 1816 by Lydia Roach and John McCain, administrators of the estate [Will Book 4, page 430]. We also know from those probate records that his children were Polly Dickson, Stephen Roach Jr., Jesse, Eli, Sally, Aaron, Anna, Selah, and Jane [Will Book 10, page 588]. Again, from those records, we know that Sally married John Penix [WB 10, p. 588; and Deed Book 5, page 93]; Selah married John W. Sanders [WB 10, p. 588; DB 2, p. 77], and Jane married a Blackaby [WB 10, p.588].

Father: William Roach b ca. 1750. Mother: Cecilia Bridgett Bryan b: ? n  Bertie Co, NC
Marriage Lydia Lovett b: ca 1771

Children  Has No ChildrenPolly Roach 

Stephen Roach [Junior]; this is the one who married Elmira Sloan McCorkle and became a medical doctor

Jesse Roach  Has No ChildrenEli Sanders Roach   Has No ChildrenSally Roach   Aaron Roach   Has No ChildrenAnna Roach   Has No ChildrenSelah Roach   Has No ChildrenJane Roach 


About Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache’s son “Quincy” Robert Quincy Roache:

·  ID: I1266  ·  Name: Robert Quincy ROACHE  ·  Sex: M

·  Birth: 16 JUN 1824 in Tennessee 1 –cemetery inscription

·  Death: 21 SEP 1908 in California, Moniteau Co., Missouri
Father: Stephen ROACH b: 1796 in North Carolina
Mother: Elmira Sloan MCCORKLE
Marriage 1 Rebecca Page SUNDERLAND b: 29 MAY 1826 in Parke Co., Indiana

·         Married: 26 NOV 1845 in Parke Co., Indiana 2

·  ID: I1329  ·  Name: Elmira Sloan MCCORKLE  ·  Sex:·  Death: AFT 1880 1  Marriage 1 Stephen ROACH , M.D., b: 1796 in North Carolina


  1. Has No ChildrenSarah ROACHE
  2. Has No ChildrenAddison Locke ROACHE [Senior] b: BEF 1823
  3. Has ChildrenRobert Quincy ROACHE b: 16 JUN 1824 in Tennessee
  4. Howard H. ROACHE b: 20 MAY 1838 [Battle of Shiloh]
    Sources: Type: Census Text: Census records; and Text: 1880-Living with Robert Quincy Roach and Rebecca      

Indiana Supreme Court
Justice Biographies


Justice Addison Locke Roache

Justice Addison Locke Roache
(Twelfth Justice)

Justice Roache was born November 3, 1817, in Rutherford County, Tennessee, and died April 24, 1906, in Indianapolis.

He moved to Bloomington, Indiana, in 1828. He graduated from Indiana University in 1836 and was admitted to the bar in 1839.458 In 1847, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives. On January 3, 1853, he took his seat on the supreme court. He resigned in May 1854 to become president of the Indiana & Illinois Central Railroad.459


McCorkle–Anderson – McMurry–Leath  Excursus

Robert McCorkle by his first wife Elizabeth ( Lizzie)  Blythe had a daughter named Elizabeth McCorkle, who according to our family records married Thomas Anderson in Sumner Co., Tennessee [Middle Tennessee, north of Nashville].  Elizabeth McCorkle was a half-sister to Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roach, whose corrpespondence appears here.  Elizabeth McCorkle (Anderson) was raised in Middle Tennessee by her maternal grandmother Blythe.  –It was Elizabeth Blythe McCorkle’s sister, Margaret “Peggy” Blythe,  who was the 1st wife of William McCorkle, brother to Robert McCorkle.

Thomas Anderson through Elizabeth McCorkle (Anderson) begot at least four children:

C           Elizabeth “Lizzie” Anderson McMurry [Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roach wrote that Elizabeth Anderson married J. Mitchell McMurry:  “Sister Elizabeth’s [Elizabeth McCorkle Anderson’s] daughter Elizabeth [Anderson] is married to Mitchell McMurray and old Aunt Anna and the Calhouns are at loggerheads about the property of her defunct son, who married Thomas Calhoun’s daughter.   you know the old lady, itching palm for gold.” The Cumberland Presbyterian inernet web site lists a Rev. J. M. McMurry who long preached in McMinnville, Tennessee, but retired with his wife Elizabeth Anderson McMurray to her original home in Lebanon, Tennessee, and died in 1875. At one time, Elizabeth McCorkle Anderson, Elizabeth Anderson McMurry’s mother, is recorded as living with her in Lebanon, Tennessee.]

C         Martha Anderson (Leath) [Surname looks more like Keigh or Leigh or Leith in Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache’s letter to her nephew James Scott McCorkle, M.D., of Newbern, Tennessee, but could be Leath]. Martha had three sons and removed from Middle Tennessee to Memphis.  --I, Marsha Huie, think she married a Mr. James T. Leath, an attorney. Source: the 1850 Memphis census, in which Martha D. Leath appears as wife of James T. Leath, attorney.  By the time of the 1860 census, James T. Leath had acquired a new wife, listed as having been born in New Jersey, so Martha Anderson Leath almost certainly died sometime between 1850 and 1860, as almost no one divorced back then.  –I recently learned that the mother of James T. Leath was Sarah Leath, member of the First Presbyterian Church of Memphis, founded in 1828, who founded what became the Porter-Leath Home, still a charitable organization in Memphis today.      [Who is the Hatton Leath of Henrietta, Texas, whom Hiram McCorkle mentions in a ost-Civil War journal entry? Uncle Hiram R. A. McCorkle records that Hatton Leath was visiting in Newbern.]

C           Julia Anderson  --  who never married, according to her aunt, Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache; and

C           Robert Anderson, who, Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache wrote, might have moved to Alabama.  --  The following is yet unproven: One person named Robert Anderson appears as an attorney in Mississippi: in the towns of Lexington and Durant, Mississippi (Holmes County).[24]  Source:  The ff. entry is on  www.ancestry.com about Robert Anderson’s father’s family:  that is, about Thomas Anderson’s family. The entry is from a James Lawler:  jhlawr@winconnect.com .  I do not vouch for its veracity, but cannot gainsay its contents. It is the only lead I have found regarding our Robert McCorkle’s grandson Robert Anderson: 

·  Thomas ANDERSON  , born circa 1774 in Orange Co., NC  ·  Died 1842 in Tenn. 

Father: James ANDERSON, b: 19 Mar 1731 in Lancaster Co., PA; later of Orange Co., NC.  Mother: Elizabeth MEBANE, b: circa 1740 in Pennsylvania; of Orange Co., NC.
Thomas Anderson’s Marriages: 1st  Sarah ATKINSON, b: ca.1780 in Orange Co., NC.--married ca.1802 in Orange Co., NC.

2nd marriage:  Elizabeth McCORKLE, b: ca 1785 in Tennessee. Thomas Anderson & Elizabeth McCorkle married circa 1809 in Sumner County, Tennessee.  [See Early Sumner County, Tenn., marriage records online]

[End of McCorkle – Anderson – McMurry - Leath  Excursus]


      The following is a copy of a copy of a letter written in 1838 by Mrs. Robert McCorkle, née Margaret Morrison.  At the end of the copy someone has written, “Copied for Elmira S[loan] [McCorkle] Roache, by S.E. Algea [Sarah E. McCorkle Algea] March 15th 1857. 

Margaret Morrison McCorkle’s son Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle through wife Tirzah Scott McCorkle begot Sarah E. McCorkle (Algea), who married Dr. Jonathan Algea.  --  In a letter I once read, RAH McCorkle wrote during the Civil War a letter to his brother-in-law Dr. Stephen Roache:  that Sarah E. McCorkle’s husband Jonathan Algea wandered around the countryside [RAH didn’t say whether Jno. Algea was in the army and had to be on the move], and dropped in only occasionally to visit his wife and even then stayed only a few minutes.  --  And at the end of his life, RAH McCorkle in his  last will and testament, made provision for Sarah to have rooms in his house for her lifetime; RAH pointedly referred to his daughter as “Sarah E. McCorkle” but called her two children by the surname Algea.  -- 

At the end of the copied letter, yet another hand has written about Margaret Morrison McCorkle: 

“Born N. Carolina, Aug. 11, 1770.  Died Tennessee Nov. 21, 1848.”

See her tombstone in the McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer Co., Tennessee. 

Provenance of this letter: Sent in Sept. 1984 by Bowden Cason McCorkle of San Leandro, California, to Marsha Huie.  “Casey” (now deceased) was a great-great grandson of Margaret Morrison McCorkle, his grandfather being Finis A. McCorkle, brother to inter alia our John Edwin McCorkle


Margaret Morrison McCorkle was writing the following letter to her brother-in-law, James McCorkle. I have placed in bold letters phrases which I found particularly felicitous:



                                    Dear Brother;  


            I was glad to receive your kind favor of January 2d, glad I say to receive a friendly line from the only living branch of a once numerous, dear very dear family to me.  It is with a mournful recollection that I look back on former times, the companions of my youth in whose society I once delighted, where are they now?  gone, some dead, the rest far away, so that my former connections are broken up, & I left in advanced life to form new acquaintances.


            However I feel that I am only a passenger who will soon have to quit this vale of sorrow & pass into an untried state of existence & I trust in the promises of the gospel to support me through the little remainder of my life & cheer me through the dark vally & shadow of death.  – I am becoming very frail particularly so this spring season, but I am amongst my children who are all very kind to me.  I have no worldly care of my own, my children provide for & are very tender of me.


            My sons are all married into respectable families & located each on a small piece of land left them by their father.  They are not wealthy but are honest, industrious farmers & provide comfortably for their families.  They are men of unimpeachable upright character & conduct as far as I know.  They & their wives are mostly all professors of religion.  My daughter Pamela is married to a man named Lemuel [Locke] Scott[25] a very respectable man.  They live within five miles of her brothers.  I suppose you have as good a chance to know how my daughter Elmira is coming on perhaps better than I have.  Rebecca’s oldest daughter is married & lives near the southern boundary of Tennessee, the other, a young woman, lives amongst us.[26]


            My children are all raising children.  I have twelve grand sons, one great grandson & eight grand daughters living, & number sixteen more of them amongst the dead.  The rest of our friends live at such a distance from me that I have no personal knowledge of them.


            With respect to the state of society here I have nothing very flattering to tell you.  speculation & the pride of life, I think generally carry the sway, but I am so old & know so little of the world that I perhaps am not a competent judge.  – I think you do me injustice to imagine me opposed to the abolition scheme at least I know that I am unfriendly to slaveholding amongst us.  I am not sufficiently acquainted with the politics of the times to judge of the measures pursued by the abolitionists therefore I wish them success only just so far as they are trying in a right manner to do what I believe to be a good work, one thing I can say with certainty that it would truly rejoice me to see all my dear posterity settled in a free state. 


            As respects New schoolmen & measures I am not well enough acquainted with them to hazzard an opinion on the merits of their proceedings so I will say nothing about them only wish them God’s speed if they are doing his work faithfully.  I think there is great need of reformation even amongst professors at least they need to be stirred up.


            My reading is mostly confined to reading the bible & though accustomed to read & hear it from my childhood yet even now in old age I find that it is an inexhaustible mine that I have scarcely begun to explore.  I discover new beauties every time I peruse the good book, knowing that my time here at most is short & uncertain, I incline to spend it in searching the scriptures in preference to any other kind of reading particularly controverted doctrines.


            If I live to see the eleventh of next August I will count my threescore & eight, little more than two years behind you.  of course I don’t expect ever to see you in this world perhaps we may yet rejoice together in a better world, be that as it may I congratulate you now, on the felicities you enjoy in that happy land of light & liberty.  I moreover rejoice to hear that your children all respectable characters in society, tell them I love them for the sake of their worthy ancestors.  I hope they will continue to imitate their virtues.


My love to all inquiring friends.[2]


Margaret M McCorkle.



James McCorkle ].



            James McCorkle was the last child to be born to Alexander and (Nancy) Agness Montgomery McCorkle, who are buried in Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Rowan County, NC.  James McCorkle was born in 1768 in Rowan County, North Carolina.  He married Elizabeth Hall, I think.  He moved to Miami County, Ohio, where he married a third wife, I think.

            James McCorkle died in 1840 at the home of a child who lived in Boone County, Indiana, and is buried in the Thorntown Cemetery there.


            John Hale Stutesman Jr’s unpublished manuscript of 1983 states the above facts and speculates that James moved north, like his brother Joseph McCorkle, to escape the institution of slavery and live in “free” territory.  Though his sister-in-law Margaret Morrison McCorkle evidently shared his sentiments, she remained in Dyer County, Tennessee, living out her last years in a slave-holding territory. 


            Though many of the graves are unmarked and time, if not outright vandalism, has misplaced what markers there once were, the McCorkle Cemetery in Dyer County, Tennessee, contains a section reserved for Negroes – it used to be the section in front of the fence, before the mowing people tore down the fence –   Many of these African Americans buried there were, according to family oral tradition, once slaves. For example, Hiram R.A. McCorkle, on Sept. 12, 1901, recorded in his journal the funeral services and burial of Frelinghuisen McCorkle at the McCorkle Cemetery, a freed slave.  For another example, my mother, Joyce Cope Huie, born Nov. 11, 1915, is almost certain that Jeff Bean is buried there. She knows that either her Meemaw’s mother or aunt [either Mary McMahon Hendricks, the mother, or Temperance McMahon (Mrs. Bean)  Hendricks, the two Mrs. Uriah C. Hendricks-es, respectively] brought Jeff Bean with her to West Tennessee. Jeff Bean, an African-American, was a respected farmer in the Churchton community of Dyer County.



The following letter was written in 1839 by Margaret Morrison McCorkle (Mrs. Robert McCorkle) to her daughter in Indiana, Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roache, wife of Dr. Stephen Roache


                                                Dyer County W: T:         April 2  1839


Dear child,


I am yet spared to address you a few lines

I feel as though this may be my last attempt to write not so much from any new intimations of a decline of health, as from the certain fact that I am on the very verge of threescore and ten,


I enjoy wonderful good health for one of my age, and not often afflicted with akes and pains as formerly, I cannot judge so well about the decline of my mental powers as that of my body, but so it is and it is to be expected, that what is called dotage is drawing on, and I have been told that I am hard to humour, if so you know that I need all the kindness and affection of my best friends to bear with me, and help to steer me into a smooth passage towards the grave.


I have not attained to the assurance of faith but I have become most feelingly sensible of the necessity of the witness in my heart that I am a child, in order to lay down my clay tenement in peace.  Not that death is so terrifying but I wish to feel more of a growing conformity to the Divine likeness in order to be meet for the inheritance of the saints in high


Our friends here are all enjoying health peace and competence as far as I know, Pamela received yours of Feb. 10th

Old friend Scott is married again to a very respectable old lady to the satisfaction of all his friends.[2]  The last let-

ter I got from you is dated September 19th 1838

I don’t recollect of writing to you since July 20 18 [??]


Give my kind respects to the Dr.   kiss the babe for me

                        I remain your ever affectionate Mother             Margaret McCorkle


Elmira S Roach. )



The following page was attached to the foregoing letter to Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roach:


My dear little son,


            Although absent in body I am never the-less present in mind with you   

I rejoice to hear that you are progressing in your studies

I flatter myself that you wont rest satisfied with the attainment of

a finished scholar in human literature but that

you will make the book of Gods revealed will your

chiefest study, read it by day and meditate on it by night.

Think of it as a pure revelation from the true [illegible word] fountain of light

apart from which, all your attain-ments in science and knoledge may serve to polish the outside but can never subdue the power of evil in your heart

I say again read the bible treasure it up in your memory and watch and see that you are

bringing forth the correspondendet fruits that are therein required

We have school in our neighborhood kept by a very good teacher

Ten of your little cousins Scholars four from Edwins three from Jehiels three from Roberts including little John Scott who boards there, he makes a fine start to learn well, and in fact there is not one dunce amongst all my grandchildren.

            Mary Thompson [Dickey] is in Hardeman [County, Tennessee], Jane [Thompson Williams] had a daughter born about Christmas, we hear from them but seldom, they were all well a few weeks ago

            Another written to Elmira 3 days later


[Robert & Morrison McCorkle’s daughter Rebecca Cowden McCorkle (Mrs. Gideon Thompson) left two orphaned daughters: Mary Thompson, later, Mrs. Williams, and  Jane M. Thompson, later Mrs. Dickey.]



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            [Margaret Morrison McCorkle died on November 11, 1848, and she   lies in a grave beside her husband, Robert McCorkle, under a monument           erected by her grandchildren in the McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer County,               Tennessee.  The grave on the other side of Margaret Morrison McCorkle is that  of her brother, William Hays Morrison, 1767-1837.  Margaret’s fluent pen and loving heart were stilled by death in 1848.                                                  

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Margaret’s son Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle (March 1807- Sept. 1873) and wife Tirzah Scott (daughter of James Scott & Sarah Dickey Scott) sustained many losses by death.

RAH and wife Tirzah Scott McCorkle  (Sept. 1806 – August 1865) buried several children, viz.,

Margaret P, McCorkle  -- who had died before RAH’s brother Edwin A. McCorkle’s death in 1853: Margaret P. McCorkle, born 11 August 1831; died 02 May 1832, and is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery.  [This makes Margaret P. McCorkle’s the 2nd grave in the McCorkle Cemetery, as far as I know, after her grandfather Robert McCorkle and before her paternal grandmother’s brother William Hays Morrison in 1837.]

Addison A. McCorkle (1834- Jan. 1854) who was to die the next year (January 1854) after his uncle Edwin A. McCorkle’s death in 1853;

Robert Eusebius McCorkle (1841- Jan 30 1861);

Parley Pratt McCorkle (28 August 1845-Feb. 12. 1865);

[Children surviving RAH were: Sarah Elmira McCorkle Algea (Mrs. Jno.Francis Algea ); “Willie” Wm Leander A. McCorkle; James Scott McCorkle [named after his Scott grandfather who lived 1777-1853]; Joseph Smith McCorkle; and Susan McCorkle (McNail).  – RAH’s Last Will & Testament was to leave the piano to son WLA but his early letter to Elmira says he had bought the “piana” for Susan.] 

Robert McCorkle & Margaret Morrison McCorkle’s son Edwin A. McCorkle died on 10 January 1853.  Edwin A. McCorkle was my great-great grandfather through his son John Edwin McCorkle, 1839-1924. January and February are usually bitterly cold months in northwestern Tennessee. Edwin’s brother “RAH” Robert McCorkle writes their sister Elmira about Edwin’s death. -- 

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January 11, 1853, letter regarding the death of Edwin A. McCorkle:

                                                Dyer Co Tenn    Jan ..  11 1853

Beloved Sister [Elmira]

            It has ever been my constant delight to correspond with you. Through all the shifting scenes of 24 years of separation none has been more prompt to inform you than I, of the paßing events or dispensations of Providence in our circle of relations either prosperous or adverse–like a faithful mirror I think I have reflected with all that moral honesty that characterized me when quite a child.

             To you it is only necessary to speak of actions in our little circle, to bring your mind into lively exercise, and you are yet enabled to look back and view at one glance, more than I could communicate through the dull medium of pen ink and paper in a whole volume.

            For several of the first years of our separation it was my highest pleasure to inform you of our prosperity and the all=most uninterrupted health of our country even tho then it fell to my lot a few times to record the fact that death had [swiped? mixed? ?not mißed?] some of our tenderest offspring.  at a more recent date [1848] it was revealed to you that our mother [Margaret Morrison McCorkle] had bid adieu to time.  A little later, our next brother [“Jem” Jehiel Morrison McCorkle] left the living circle. Still later our niece and now I am called on to communicate the solemn fact that Edwin is gone.  ––– 

             It never was my disposition to inflict sorrow on any being. Therefore I will forbear to describe my solitary sensations. [page break]

It is enough to say I am your only living brother, but when we reflect that all our friends have died in hope of a better life, we should feel thankful, and I humbly trust that you and I shall have formed characters that will with our departed relatives, enjoy eternal felicity.  ––

            Edwin’s health has been infirm for near 3 years– he had to attend to some busineß in Trenton [county seat of Gibson County, Tennessee] better than 2 months since.  The weather was inclement then, and there it was he took his death sickneß.  Has never been able to be about since.  never complained of pain but once or twiste.  The Dr. calld his disease Typhoid Pnewmonia.  he expired yesterday at 1 oclock and will be interred to day about that time –– 

            Jane [Edwin’s widow] says he has left a will tho I do not know its arrangement.

–        The family are now enjoying moderate health tho David [David Purviance McCorkle, a son of Edwin and Jane & nephew of the writer], Anderson [Anderson Jehiel McCorkle, also a son of Edwin and Jane & nephew of the writer] & Elizabeth [Elizabeth McCorkle (Reeves), a daughter of Edwin and Jane & niece of the writer] have all been sick this fall & winter ––––

and Hiram [HRA McCorkle, a son of Edwin and Jane & nephew of the writer] is lying low with the same disease at this time.  I fear he will not live, tho he appeared some better day before yesterday evening tho at that time I thought [our brother] Edwin was getting well. [Hiram R. A. McCorkle survived this illness, to die some 54 years later, in the next century, in 1907.]  ––– I intend to go up and see him as soon as his Pa is buried ––––

            Addison [Addison A. McCorkle[3][1] was a son of RAH & Tirzah Scott McCorkle, as was Robert E. McCorkle a son] and Pamelia’s [our sister Margaret Permelia McCorkle Scott, Mrs. Lemuel Locke Scott’s son: ] Leander [Scott] are off at school.  I think I will send for them to be at the burial.  They are only five miles off   ––– 

[Lemuel Locke Scott was the brother-in-law of the writer through the writer’s sister Margaret Permelia McCorkle. Lemuel & Margaret Pamelia McCorkle SCOTT had a son named Lemuel Scott—who was to marry 1st a Cowan woman and then 2nd Addie Fernandez or Fernandes.:]

 Lemuel’s health is not good tho he was able to come and see [his brother-in-law] Edwin Sunday The balance of his family are in good health.  –––– 

 [Elmira, the addressee’s, son] Quincy and [Quincy Roache’s wife] Rebecca [née Sunderland] are well ––

[Robert Quincy Roache was destined soon to move up from Dyer County to the town of California in Missouri and to become president of the Moniteau [County] Bank in California, Mo. Quincy’s mother Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache when elderly lived in Quincy’s home in California, Missouri, as did Elmira’s husband, the retired Dr. Stephen Roache ]


Wednesday the 12th at night:

            At 1 [one o’clock] yesterday we assembled at the grave, a solemn scene to me.  There lies my Father [Robert McCorkle, died 1828, son of the Northern Ireland Scots immigrants Alexander McCorkle & Nancy Agness Montgomery McCorkle, the latter buried at Thyatira Presbyterian Church, Rowan County, North Carolina], Mother [Margaret Morrison McCorkle, died 1848] , Daughter [Margaret P. McCorkle ] , Two brothers [Jehiel Morrison McC & now Edwin A. McCorkle] with some of their tender ones.  Oh if you could be here to comfort Jane.  Lemuel [Lemuel Locke Scott] and [Lemuel’s wife] Pamelia [née Margaret Permelia McCorkle] said with her last night.  She [Jane] went with them up to see [her]  poor  [son]  Hiram.  she had not got back late this evening.  I must go to see him in the morning  ––––  

             I am thankful to know Jane [Maxwell Thomas McCorkle] has a family of good children.  David [David Purviance McCorkle]  is boarding at home but works in a black smith shop about 300 yards from the house.  His boß lives on David’s place––– Anderson [Anderson Jehiel McCorkle] is an uncommon good man   timid [turned?] industrious man he is very large weighs 200.  will manage the farm.  Rebecca [née Rebecca McCorkle, then Mrs. John C. Zarecor] is living in a half a mile and can be with her mother often.  she has a sweet little daughter   ––––

             Brother Edwin was our most efficient Deacon and will be much mißed in our worshiping aßembly.  we have been in the habit of meeting on Lords days for three years.  Reading the Scripture, singing psalms, hymns & spiritual songs, prayer and breaking the Loaf has generally been our order of worship and contribution for the poor saints was not forgotten.  We seldom have preaching.

            I got a letter to day from [presumably: our father’s brother: ] John M cCorkle    he said he had seen Addison [Addison Roache, Sr., eldest son of the addressee Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache] a few days before.  they were all well  ––––

                                                                        Your affectionate brother

                                                                     R. A .H.  M c C o r k l e    



Elmira S Roache 

To the above letter from her last brother RAH McCorkle, Elmira appended this note:

My darling brother, no one knows how I miss him.   his letters were always lessons of instruction--& expressions of tenderness & deep felt affection.  Oh I feel so lonely since he is gone—a last & withered branch—of the old ! old tree.                                                                                                                      E.S. Roache


Yorkville, Tenn.     )                                              Robert McCorkle

January 15                )

                                                Mrs. Elmira S. Roache





 Edwin A. McCorkle was a son of Robert McCorkle (1764-1828) and “Peggy” Margaret Morrison McCorkle (1772-1848).  Edwin Alexander McCorkle was a paternal grandson of Alexander McCorkle (1722-1800) & Nancy Agness Montgomery McCorkle, Scots immigrants from Northern Ireland to, first, Harris’ Ferry, Pennsylvania, who married in 1745.  And Edwin Alexander McCorkle was a maternal grandson of Andrew Morrison & Elizabeth Sloan Morrison, Scots-Irish Presbyterians, also, last of Rowan County, NC. Edwin Alexander McCorkle, born about 1799 in I think Rowan County, North Carolina,  is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery east of Newbern, Dyer County, Tennessee; but in 1853 the closest town of any consequence was Yorkville.  

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             These are the children of Robert & “Peggy” Margaret Morrison McCorkle:

(1)           Rebecca Cowden McCorkle (Mrs. Gideon Thompson), both died in Middle Tenn. and Edwin & Jane and Robert & Tirzah raised their two orphaned daughters, Jane M. Thompson (Williams) and Mary Thompson (Dickey);

(2)           Elmira Sloane McCorkle m. in 1816 Dr. Stephen Roache in Middle Tenn (Rutherford County);

(3)           Edwin A. McCorkle m. Jane Maxwell Thomas on November 28, 1826  --  Edwin died 10 Jan. 1853 and she died in 1855;

(4)           “Jem” Jehiel Morrison McCorkle (died 1849)  m. Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith (McCorkle); and by my count they lost 3 sons to the Civil War, viz.,  Henry Clay McCorkle; Locke McCorkle; and Eddie McCorkle.—Recently, I’ve noticed that some of the papers of Jehiel Morrison McCorkle are in the Archives at the University of Tennessee at Martin. 

                 Their publicity doesn’t seem to know WHO JEHIEL M. McCORKLE really  was, but says he was probably the first county court clerk of Dyer County, Tennessee. ;

(4)           Margaret Permelia or Pamelia McCorkle (Mrs. Lemuel Locke Scott)  --  she died at the end of 1853, after the death of two of her children; and after the death in January 1853 of her brother EDWIN A. McCorkle.;

(5)           Robert Andrew Hope (RAH) McCorkle m. Tirzah Scott. Tirzah was a daughter of James Scott & wife Sarah Dickey (Scott), each of Tirzah Scott’s parents having been born in 1777.

                 The above 1853 letter is written by the deceased Edwin Alexander McCorke’s brother, Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle (RAH McCorkle) in Dyer County, Tennessee, to RAH and Edwin’s sister, Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache (Mrs. Dr. Stephen Roache). Elmira had been born in Rowan County, NC, but moved with her parents and siblings to the area of Murfreesborough, Tennessee (Stone’s River, Rutherford County), to take up Alexander McCorkle’s Revolutionary War land-grant. (Alexander McCorkle’s NC will left the land-grant to only two of his sons, Robert and William).   The land in Rutherford County (Middle Tenn.) was lost in title-dispute litigation. Thereafter Robert & Margaret and their children and grandchildren, including Elmira Sloan McCorkle & husband Dr. Stephen Roache, moved on to Dyer County, part of the newly opened Western District of Tennessee.  Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache and husband Stephen did not linger long in Dyer County, moving on northward from Dyer County circa 1829.  For a while their son “Quincy” Robert Quincy Roache (wife née Rebecca Sunderland) operated a store in the Newbern area.  Quincy and his oldest brother Addison Locke Roache, Sr.,  graduated from the University of Indiana Bloomington.

 Generation One. Alexander McCorkle m. 1st “Nancy” Agness Montgomery (McCorkle), the mother of his children, and they are buried in the Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Rowan County; and Alexander m. 2nd Rebecca Brandon (McCorkle).

Generation Two.  Robert McCorkle by his 2nd wife Margaret “Peggy” Morrison (McCorkle).  Robert and Peggy are buried in the McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer County, Tennessee.

Generation Three.  Edwin A. McCorkle who m. Jane Maxwell Thomas (McCorkle).  I think Edwin was born in Rowan County, NC, and know he and Jane are buried in the McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer County, Tennessee.  Edwin died in 1853 and Jane died in 1855.

Edwin Alexander McCorkle left upon his death 10th January 1853 a widow, Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle, the daughter of Elizabeth Purviance and William Thomas. [William Thomas was a son of Jacob Thomas and Margaret Brevard Thomas of  Rowan/Iredell County NC.] Soon, in 1855, the widow Jane would follow her husband Edwin into death.

Generation Four.  Edwin A. McCorkle & wife Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle had the following surviving children. I’m not sure I have them in the correct birth order. My direct ancestor, John Edwin McCorkle, came late, just before the twins Finis and Tina.

            IV.(1)        “HRA” Hiram Robert A. McCorkle; m. 1st Margaret Cowan, mother of all but one of his children, the 1st being Winfield Purviance McCorkle. Margaret suffered severe depression after the accidental death of son Tolbert and died in hospital in Nashville; Hiram’s 2nd wife was Janette Menzies, the mother of only one, Edwin Archibald McCorkle;

            IV.(2)   son who died young, I think named William Thomas McCorkle.

           IV.(3)        David Purviance McCorkle m. 1st Margaret Scott; 2nd Elizabeth   Jackson

           IV.(4)        Rebecca Elmira McCorkle m. John C. Zarecor;

            IV.(5)        “AJ” Anderson Jehiel McCorkle m. 1st Martha Scott, a dau. of Violet B. Roddy & James “Jimpse” Scott, Martha Scott McCorkle a granddaughter of James & Sarah Dickey Scott, each b. 1777; Martha Scott McC was a sister to Sarah (Mrs. Julius M. Huie). Anderson Jehiel McCorkle m. 2nd Lou Fox.  He kindly raised several of his Scott wife’s nieces/nephews.  Martha Scott’s sister Tirzah “Clementine” Scott (Trimble) left a daughter Bettie Trimble (Mrs. Hundley);  and Bettie Trimble (Hundley) had sons "Boss” Elmo Hundley and Bryan Hundley.  Also, Clementine’s husband (Trimble) and at least one son (Trimble) lived with Anderson Jehiel McCorkle (or vice versa)

            IV(6)    Elizabeth Jane McCorkle (Mrs. Wyatt Reeves), of Gadsden near Humboldt, Gibson County, Tennessee.

            (7)        John Edwin McCorkle m. 1st “Tennie” Tennessee Alice Edwards Scott, a granddaughter of James & Sarah Dickey Scott, each b. 1777; and 2nd Mary Elizabeth Cotton of Botland near Bardstown, Kentucky.

            (8a)      “Tina” Margaret Latina McCorkle (Mrs. John T. Gregory) and

            (8b)      Tina’s twin Finis Alexander McCorkle.

The above letter from the above children’s uncle RAH McCorkle refers to the above surviving children of Robert A H McCorkle’s dead brother,  Edwin A. McCorkle. We are grateful to RAH’s descendant, Carol McCorkle Branz (Roger Branz), of Spokane, Washington who sent this letter.

Misspellings in the above letter of RAH McCorkle are the author’s (Robert A. H. McCorkle, 11 January 1853) not the scrivener’s (Marsha Cope Huie, 11 February 2006).



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]  m. Jane Maxwell Thomas (McCorkle).

IV.       John Edwin McCorkle m. 1st “Tennie” Scott (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 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.  Aunt Nell whose father was a photographer in Florence, Alabama, was a descendant of John Sevier of Turkey ?Gulch? ?Gizzard? of upper northeastern Tennessee.  -- Maury & Nell Huie had 3 children:  VII. Joseph Howard “Joe” Howard Huie, who was severely afflicted and died aged 8; VII. Bill Huie, d. 2001; and VII. Edward Huie, died before his brother Bill but in 2001 also. 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.  Update:  they did, and her name is "Ellie" Rebecca Ellington White.

  – [ We hopefully expect 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.—named Rebecca Ellington White.] 

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, Texas:  Kathryn 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) in 1962, they renovated and moved into the old 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, and in 2007 married Marissa, who has children from a prior marriage; Generation IX. Alison Campbell Tucker (Keogler), who lives near Atlanta; and Generation IX. Mary Brennan Tucker, who is a graduate of Middle Tenn. State U in Murfreesboro; and currently lives with my husband and me in San Antonio, where she is a nursing student at the Baptist School of Nursing.  She worked for Ralph for over a year before entering nursing school.

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 and Jackson Huie Warren, and Mackenzie is a 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).

Generation VII. Larey McCorkle & Zayda B. McCorkle had 3 children, Generation VIII: two daughters VIII.  Natalie, VIII. Lisa, 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 AN ARCHITECT or engineer.  Lisa McCorkle (Vish) is to marry Jeff Vish in the pre-spring of 2006. Lisa and Jeff are marrying March 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 ENGINEER or architect. Natalie McCorkle (Erdly) and Mark Erdly.  Natalie will marry Mark Erdly on June 3, 2006.  and  

Generation VIII Sean McCorkle (male) was born Sept. 15, 1977.  Sean will graduate from college 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 and VIII. Dana Sandlin.

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. Anne 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: VII.  Suzanne Lee Gaultney (Mrs. James Dement Gaultney). 

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.

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

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. 

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. 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 lynchpin

Parker Louis Cashdollar Blackwell, June 2006, at 6 weeks of age.  Born April 14, 2006.


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 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 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 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, daughter of Becky Huie.


The following letter, chronicling hard times and scarcity in Yorkville, Gibson County, Tennessee, during the War Between the States, was sent to me in 1984 by “Casey” McCorkle of San Leandro, California.  The letter, 1862, is from Robert & Margaret Morrison McCorkle’s son, Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle, to his sister Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roach, living at the time in the town of California in the State of Missouri.  At the time of this writing, RAH’s wife Tirzah was still alive; Tirzah was to die just after end of the Civil War, on August 27, 1865.  --  RAH’s own son Robert E. McCorkle had just died on Jan. 30, 1861, aged about 20 (born 1841).


            Yorkville Tenn.  June 24th 1862.


Beloved Sister,


            Our paths have been strewn with trials from our childhood to gray hairs.  When you and I parted last, little did we then think that our beloved country would be plunged into fratricidal war in our life time.  but fates have decreed it otherwise.  We were taught to love our country and reverence its constitution and laws.   we ever believed no other nation on the habitable globe had such institutions.  but alas!  alas!  we are ruined.  We have suffered demagogues to lead, and ru-

in our happy country.  I can but believe there are thousands of honest hearts who have ever been for peace, altho evils did exist, yet they could have been cured without so much blood shed and misery.  But ‘tis usele for me to dwell on this part of our woes.


            On the 11. day of January last Howard [Howard Harris Roache, son of Elmira the addressee] came to my house.  I knew him and was glad to see him tho weary and worn.   we made him some new warm clothes, and he spent several weeks with us, seemed truly happy in passing among his relations, tho I observed he often thought and sighed for home.  at leangth James came home [the writer’s son James Scott McCorkle].  They enjoyed themselves very much together–visited around generally.

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When James went back he went with him, though I dident know he intended to stay until I got a letter fom him stating that he had concluded it was best to remain, from too considerations, first the Mississippi was so full he couldent get back to Gen.l Parsons til late in the spring.  The other was he was permited to join Col Wright’s Reg.t with the promise of being released the 2. [?] of June with the Reg.t   he intended then to rejoin Prices command.  Susan got a letter from him the morning he started into the Shiloah battle.  it was full of thought, expressed confidence in his Redeemer tho “before night he might be cal d to eternity.”   he esca=

ped unhurt Sunday. but Monday he was struck with a musket ball above the right eye.

The first sugeon pronounced it slight, but when he returned to camp on re examination it was thought dangerous.  On Thursday James [James Scott McCorkle] was detailed to go with him and many others.  I went Wednesday to Trenton [Tennessee, in Gibson County] to meet the wounded, some came, but our boys dident get there til Thursday night.  he died before he got to Trenton.   in Trenton, James had him neatly dressed, and a good coffin for him, and procured a hearse and got home Friday.  when I saw the hearse coming I was shocked.  Aa wounded neighbor drove up in front.  I ask him who it was.  his reply was “a friend of mine” oh!  how my heart throb.d.   he then said it was “Howard.”  I cant express my feelings.


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we kept him in the parlor that day and night.  Then I took him and laid in Our rowe beside Robert. [Our old family records list a Robert E. McCorkle as a child of RAH & Tirzah Scott McCorkle, Robert E. McCorkle having been born in 1841 and dying on Jan. 30, 1861 *] Amidst all the sorrows of the case I feel gratified that we were permitted to thus care for him, for many of our near friends lie bleaching on the plains of Shiloah.

Billy Cowan was one who fell there.  Cap t. Wilkins was mortally wounded there.  Old Saury [Saury?] Grier’s [Greer’s?] son was wounded, taken prisoner, and has not been heard from since.  After the reorganization under the Conscript law, ** many of our boys came home.  nor do I

think they will ever go back.


            The Federal army is south of us.  They hold all Tennessee.  The Mobile & Ohio R.R. is being fixed to run the trains in a day or too.  The Federals hold the Memphis & Charleston RR. and the mississippi Central.  They hold Hernando, Holly-Springs, and many other places in that state.


Yorkville is quiet tho the Federals have visited it several times.  They havent mistreated us at all. tho there is a Reg.t of “Jay Hawkers” who are waking up many along the R.R.  – Gen.l Quimby’s head qrter is Trenton. The Officials there denounce the conduct of the J.Hawkers.  They propose to restore the union and protect the loyal.  Many are flocking to the old Union Flag that wavers over Trenton.   indeed from every appearance I am conscienciously of the opinion that the unfettered voice of Tennessee spoken out, would be for the Union as it was.



            * Howard Harris Roache, who was mortally injured at the Battle of Shiloh yet lived a brief while afterwards, has two tombstones in the McCorkle Family Cemetery in Dyer County, Tennessee.  One is a decent but ordinary rock placed there by his uncle, the above writer R.A.H. McCorkle.  The other is a tall, spired monument erected later by his parents, Dr. & Mrs. Roache.  In the summer of 1985 we affixed the more modest one, which had for years been lying in neglect against the old iron fence, to the second, more elaborate marker.


            ** This letter helps restore the honor of my Huie great-grandfather, Julius M. Huie, who would have been about thirty-four years old in 1862.  Julius’ daughter “Aunt Phronie” always maintaned, “Paw hid out from the conscript in the corn bin.”  Probably that means from the Southern Confederacy conscript, but I don’t know; it could have been just as easily from the Federal conscript.  My mother, Joyce Cope Huie, says my father, Ewing Huie, didn’t like his aunt, Sophronia Huie Thompson, to tell that story about his Grandpa Julius Huie. Now it looks as if it might have been the “Federals” whom Grandpaw Julius Huie managed to evade.  The Federals and the “Confederals” each roamed in and out of Dyer and Gibson Counties throughout the war, exchanging a few volleys with no major battles; and each side, when it could, tried to “conscript” the men of the community.  – I was raised on the story that a “Yankee” was, and is, buried in our front yard, down toward Highway 77, between our house and the highway.  He is supposed to have been killed there, and buried in what was then a cow pond. 

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We are all in moderate health.  hot weather, good crops.  Legrand Whary is dead.  so is Bill Shaw. & Green Holmes. [***]   J.J. Scott is still very feeble, he is at his uncle billies.  Jno. McCorkle very feeble.[[27]****]   Leander[28] has got home from the army, Locke & Ed havent got back yet.[29]

                                                May 2

Brother’s last letter about Howard


M rs Elmira S. Roache





[RAH McCorkle wrote the following on the outside of the letter after folding it:]

            There has been no chance hitherto to communicate to you since Howard came here.   he said he sent you a letter by private conveyance from Columbus [Kentucky].  Tirzah [wife Tirzah Scott McCorkle] and I went to Union City while they were there.  Their Reg.t was ordered away while we were there.  We all came together to Rutherford Station.  There Howard gave us the parting hand at mid night the 15th March.

Tho. dark, we could see the boys weep----

I trust the way will be open for this to reach you.  If so you will write immediately to Rutherford Station Mobile and Ohio R.R. Tenn----I hope to write again.  Farewell

                                                                        R A H M.Corkle                              

Elmira S. Roache._________________

 *** Green Holmes is buried in the Old Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery. Or I should say, I thought I saw his marker there before restoration of the cemetery, but his name does not appear on the new Internet listing of cemetery graves for Gibson County, Tennessee.  --In 1983 when I received these McCorkle-Roache papers from Casey McCorkle, the old cemetery was abandoned and overgrown with brush.  Fortunately, in the late 1990s, I think because of the efforts of Congressman Ed Jones to have the cemetery declared historic, the cemetery has been restored. –“Miss” Llew Wyatt Jones just told me that Hamilton Parks of Trimble, Tennessee, contributed greatly to her husband’s efforts for restoration.

The horrible aftereffects of Civil War:

Things were to get worse in the Yorkville-Newbern area. It doesn’t appear that the actual participants, and onlookers, during the Civil War hated each other.  Post-war events seem to have engendered the bitterness and enmity more than did actual war. I’ve read from distinguished historians of the period that it was the grandsons, not even the sons, who were most bitter about the war, at least in the South, which had felt occupied and then victimized by Reconstruction.  Of course, the Radical Republicans, and many northern opponents of slavery, would say that the South only got its due.  That would oversimplify the case, though, as many southerners disliked the institution of slavery, and much of northern commerce had been mixed up with the slave trade. It was slave-trading that was, to me, the true evil. Many, many folks, and not all southerners, bear guilt for the sin of slavery.

                        Provenance of the following letter: Carol McCorkle Branz of Spokane, Washington, who found me from my postings on the Internet.  Carol McCorkle Branz is a great-great-granddaughter of RAH McCorkle through Joseph Smith McCorkle (“Joe” was a son of RAH McCorkle & Tirzah Scott McCorkle, and Joe lived in Yorkville).  Joseph Smith McCorkle had a son named Robert Jesse McCorkle, who I think moved to Missouri, just across the Mississippi River, and Robert Jesse McCorkle in turn had a son named Robert Frazier McCorkle, who begot Carol McCorkle Branz. On Jan. 30 2006, Carol Branz kindly posted several precious old letters to me in care of my mother in Tennessee (Joyce Cope Huie, 216 Newbern-Yorkville Highway, Newbern, Tennessee 38059).  We feel inestimable gratitude to Carol McCorkle Branz (rbranz@ieway.com) for sharing these relics with the Tennessee McCorkle kin. 

Carol McCorkle Branz –descendant of RAH McCorkle & Tirzah Scott through their son Joseph Smith McCorkle, immediately above, sent me the following paper showing the horrific effects of Civil War. The original is in pencil.

The threat on the front side of the leaf of paper is more frightening than the back, as the front side (in mostly all caps, except as shown below) is grammatical and, though twisted and evil, reflects education. Not so the penciled note on the back. First, the penciled note on the front:

Mr McCorkle.   We have asked you as a citizen to get rid of that negro family on your place and it seems as if you are not going to do it.

“Now.   [erasure]     you must get rid of them.  If you don’t, look out.  Your house will go UP IN ashes and we will do you more harm than that.  He cant make a crop here.  If we have to poison every well and pond on the place.   and God being our Judge we don’t want to do thatBUT HE MUST LEAVE here.


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_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

ToM Tompson

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WE Don’t Want To have                                                  [written vertically to  the right:]

any trouble out of you                                                        AND IN 10 DAYS AT THAT

but he must Leave



[Rough, Penciled

Sketch of A Man


from Tree

with rope

around his neck]

                                    MR NIGER

                                    THIS IS

                                    YOU IF YOU

                                    IS YOU IF

                                    You STAY HERE


What happened?  I do not know about this particular instance.  I have read that the “Red House” in which the McCorkle family first settled burned, but don’t know when. We know that the “Red House” was on the north of what is now the Newbern-Yorkville road (Highway 77), across the road from what became the John Edwin McCorkle home.  I do not know when the Red House burned.  More generally than the specific case above, we do know than numerous African-Americans continued to live in the neighborhood despite such threats.  --  It has been told me by old-timers, though, that in the nearby Cool Springs district of Gibson County the radical hate-mongers managed to make their community “lily white.” Not so in the McCorkle land-grant area—although in 1866 after the Civil War Hiram R. A. McCorkle writes in his journal as if in amazement, “My place is clean of Negroes.”  --But in 1901 his journal with grief records the death of Frelinghuisen McCorkle, who was buried in the McCorkle Cemetery. Uncle Hiram attended the funeral services held on the cemetery grounds and writes that he shed a tear at the death of Frelin McCorkle.


Mrs. Robert McCorkle (née Margaret Morrison) :  The Morrison Connection is extremely difficult to research. The ff. was added by Marsha Cope Huie in 2003.  Source:  Internet.  Web pages, Roots Web of Mark Freeman of Garland, Texas.  Mark Freeman responds by email to Marsha Cope Huie:

“I don’t know if these Morrisons are any kin to Margaret Morrison (Mrs. Robert McCorkle), but will investigate:  Children of Sarah Walker and William Morrison are:

                        214 i. Jean6 Morrison.

215 ii. Samuel W. Morrison.

216 iii. Benjamin W. Morrison, died 02 Feb 1818 in Lock Haven, Clinton, PA. He married Margaret Nichols.

217 iv. John H. Morrison, born Aft. 1782.

218 v. Elizabeth K. Morrison.

+ 219 vi. William Morrison, born 04 Mar 1783; died 03 Oct 1850.

220 vii. Priscilla Morrison, born Abt. 1791. She married Thomas Morrison 27 May 1818; born Bef. 1791.

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Back to Number 219 immediately above:  William  Morrison [Mark Freeman’s Generation # 6]  (Sarah5 Walker, John4 , Henry3 , James2 , Robert1 ) was born 04 Mar 1783, and died 03 Oct 1850. He married Rebecca [Unknown] 14 Mar 1818.

Children of William Morrison and Rebecca [Unknown] are:

472 i.   John7 Morrison.

473 ii. William Morrison.

[End of Email from Mark Freeman to Marsha Cope Huie]


I wrote the following in 1983 and distributed this little booklet to our John Edwin McCorkle-Julius M. Huie Family Reunion, before I had been able to ascertain that William Hays Morrison was unquestionably a brother to our Margaret Morrison McCorkle:



            This collection of papers above is dedicated to the Morrison cousin, William Morrison or possibly Gilliam Morrison, who lived 1767-1837 and was probably the brother, most certainly a kinsman, of Margaret Morrison McCorkle.  Margaret was born 11 August 1770, just before the Revolutionary War of 1775-83, and she died 11 Nov. 1848 at over 78 years’ age.  Margaret Morrison was the 2nd wife of Robert McCorkle, whose first wife was (Lizzie) Elizabeth Blythe of Lebanon, Tennessee.

            Margaret Morrison McCorkle’s parents were Andrew Morrison and wife Elizabeth Sloan (Morrison) of Rowan County, NC.  The now-unmarked grave of William Morrison lies next to that of his sister Margaret Morrison McCorkle in the McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer Co., Tennessee.  Once beloved by someone, this William Morrison [now known to be William Hays Morrison] rests somewhere near his tombstone that now lies in ruins against the fence at the McCorkle family cemetery in Dyer County.  His epitaph makes him born circa 1767 and reads thus:


Sacred to the Memory of                                                       

Wlliam Morrison                                                                   

____departed this life

____22nd 1837                                    

____70 years


[By 2003, I had read on <www.ancestry.com>  that this William Morrison has to be William Hays Morrison; and that William Hays Morrison’s wife is buried in Bedford County, Tennessee.  William Hays Morrison, born 7 January 1767 in Rowan County, North Carolina, died 22 August 1837 in Dyer County, Tennessee (McCorkle Cemetery). His wife was Mary Haynes, born 11 Mar 1779 in Rowan County, NC; died 4 Sep 1816 in Bedford County, Tennessee.  They married in 1795 in Rowan Co., NC.  www.ancestry.com lists their children as the following; but we do not have them in our old records, and I cannot vouch for veracity of the ff:

1          Eliza S. Morrison (Mrs. William Stinnett), born 1797 Iredell County, NC; married 13 Oct 1843 in Ray County, Missouri. 

2          John Morrison, born 1798 Iredell County, NC

3        Joseph Pinckney Morrison, born 7 May 1801 Iredell County, NC. Married Matilda McKee Brown; died 28 Sept. 1887 in Glennville, Kern County, California.  {He was a Cumberland Presbyterian minister,  and undoubtedly a nephew of Margaret Morrison McCorkle.  – Joseph Pinkney [sic.] Morrison was the recipient of a letter written 29 July 1857 by his aunt Mary Morrison when she was living with another nephew in Hillsboro, Coffee County, Tennessee; Mary expressed concern that Joseph P. Morrison might lose his land in Tennessee to squatters and other claimants.}

4        Elinor Panthea Morrison, born 1805 Iredell County, NC

5        Robert Donnell Morrison, born 14 July 1813 in Bedford County, Tennesseedied 4 June 1888 in Milan, Sullivan County, Missouri. Robert Donnell Morrison m. Sarah E. Sawyer, born 11 April 1817 in Lincoln County, Tennessee; died 7 March 1896 in Sullivan County, Missouri.  [The “Donnell” name was shared by an early Cumberland Presbyterian minister. I wonder if this Robert Donnell was named after him and would conclude probably so.]

6        William Mann Morrison, born 1815 in Franklin County, Tennessee.  Married Jane Daves, 1819-1880. William Mann Morrison died 1 October 1895 in Marshall County, Tennessee.

[End of William Hays Morrison, brother buried beside Margaret Morrison McCorkle in McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer County, Tennessee]


            This collection of papers is also dedicated to our immigrant ancestors Alexander McCorkle and 1st wife (Nancy) Agness Montgomery McCorkle, who emigrated from in or near Ulster Plantation, Northern Ireland, to Harris Ferry, Pennsylvania.  They removed themselves thence down the Great 18th-century migration road to the Piedmont of North Carolina, near Statesville / Salisbury, in Iredell County, this part of which later became Rowan County, North Carolina.


            Alexander McCorkle’s gravestone in Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rowan County, North Carolina, near Salisbury and Mooresville, reads:

                        In Memory of Alexander M’Corkle

who died December 24th 1800

Aged 78 years.

The inscription on the grave of Alexander’s first wife, Nancy Agness McCorkle, the mother of his children, reads:



Wife to Alex McCorkle Snr.

Deceased Sept Ye 5 1789

Aged 63 Years.


Agnes Montgomery McCorkle was known in the Scots fashion as “Nancy.”  Alexander married again, after the death of 1st wife (Nancy) Agness Montgomery McCorkle. His 2nd wife was named Rebeccah Brandon, by whom he had no issue.


This collection of papers is also dedicated to the numerous African-Americans who lie buried in the McCorkle Cemetery in Dyer County, Tennessee, in graves now unmarked.  Some had probably been slaves, like Frelinghuisen McCorkle, but most were, more likely, descendants of freedmen and freedwomen.  My mother [Joyce Cope Huie, born 1915] thinks Jeff Bean is buried there.

            [This is the Jeff Bean who came down from Indiana/Ohio when my mother’s Hendricks great-grandfather, Uriah C. Hendricks  –  who is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery  –   lost his 1st wife Mary McMahon Hendricks, whom he had married in 1833 in Clermont County, Ohio,  Mary (Polly) McMahan having come originally, we think, from Rowan Co., NC.  Ira Cope, Uriah’s grandson, said Uriah C. Hendricks rode on a horse up to get his wife.  Upon the death of his 1st wife, Uriah went north again, up to Indiana/Ohio to which the McMahon family had by then migrated, to bring south to western Tennessee Mary Polly MacMahan Hendrick’s sister, Temperance McMahon Bean (widow Bean) (Hendricks) (alias “Aunt Tempe.”)  The Temperance name can get a bit confusing because Uriah C. Hendricks seems to have had a sister—or perhaps 1st cousin—named Temperance Hendricks (Chaffin), who married Mr. William O. Chaffin in Rowan County, North Carolina in the early 1800s, either 1829 or 1833, I think I remember.]

            It is known that Temperance McMahon BEAN Hendricks brought Jeff Bean south with her, where he became well respected in the Churchton community.  Whether he had been a slave or not, my mother Joyce Cope Huie cannot now remember. Nevertheless, at the time of death of Uriah C. Hendricks ‘s 1st wife, Mary McMahon Hendricks, Jeff Bean would have been a freedman.

In the 1950s a McCorkle descendant desecrated the graves of the black men and women who had been placed to rest forever in the front of the cemetery, in front of the old iron fence that used to mark the dividing line but which fence has since disappeared.  My cousin Edward Campbell Huie who died in March 2001, long a trustee for the cemetery, told me knew who had shamed us all by destroying these markers; but I have no first-hand knowledge of the identity of the appalling miscreant so am reluctant to name him here even though he is long dead now.  I hope his soul re-incarnates, if there is such a thing as transmogrification of the soul, into a body of a very dark brown colour. Of one thing I am certain: he will have to do penance somehow, somewhere, before he rests.--  All right, so my 90-year-old mother has counseled [as she proof-reads this in November 2005 before I place it on the Internet] that I can’t mention Joe Hiram Pope, husband of Fannie Fuller Pope.   ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Mother says she never heard that story anyway.­­


This collection of papers is also dedicated to my mother, Joyce Rebecca Cope Huie, whose love and sacrifice have seen me through various personal pestilences. When cancer struck me as a very young woman and brutal treatment ensued, it was her strength of will & other resources that sustained me.  And: to my maiden aunt, Sarah Elisabeth Huie, who I really do believe had a photographic memory.  She is the genesis of most of my stories gathered here.  Aunt Beth generously shared her knowledge of God and family, but rarely ventured off our farm except for church and grocery-shopping. I’m still a bit raspy at Aunt Beth though for turning in Jennifer Huie (Tucker)  & me for smoking in the chicken coop when we were 14.

            [In 2005 I would add that it was the profound interest in all learned topics of Ralph Ervin Williamson that re-awakened my thirst for knowledge and desire to make this compilation public.  A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy & Stanford University (Petroleum Engineering), with the M.S. from the University of Texas in Earth Sciences (not to mention a law degree, which rarely leads to intellectualism), he has enriched my life immeasurably since we married, each aged 53, on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1999.  -- If I said the “curiosity” of Ralph inspired me, that although true would be amphibology.]

Note aboutVerdant Plain,” Tennessee, & Southern Consanguinity:

            According to Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roache, her mother’s mother, Elizabeth Sloane (Mrs. Andrew Morrison) [variously, Elizabeth Sloan] was a 1st cousin to Robert McCorkle.  That makes the mother of Elizabeth Sloane Morrison (the mother being __?__ McCorkle Sloane) a sister to the  Alexander McCorkle who married Nancy Agness Montgomery.  That in turn makes Margaret Morrison McCorkle a 1st cousin-once-removed to her husband Robert McCorkle. – We are hopelessly interbred.  –   Robert McCorkle died in Dyer County, Tennessee, very soon after making the journey from Rutherford County in Middle Tennessee.  Robert is buried in the McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer Co., Tennessee. – In regard to Margaret Morrison McCorkle’s listing her address as “Verdant Plain,” it is clear to me that she was referring to the McCorkle farm situated in eastern Dyer County, Tennessee, five miles east of Newbern and just west of what is today the Churchton Community.  Obviously the name “Verdant Plain” did not catch on. One wishes it had.

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 wife Nancy Agness 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][3]

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.

[ I am ashamed to type this.]                       

[ ¶ ]   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. He remained in Rowan County and had a son named JOEL McCorkle;

3.       Joseph McCorkle  -- he m. Snoddy;       


4.       Alexander McCorkle [Aleck]  --  His niece Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache wrote that Aleck was emotional in character and joined the Methodists.  He moved to Giles Co., Tennessee, then Henry County. ;


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;  the last to die.


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  the pioneer church WALNUT HILL, a Presbyterian Church congregation near Lexington, 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 in the spring of 1828 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 western 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.         Martha Mattie McCorkle,

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

3.         Nancy McCorkle --Agnes McCorkle RAMSAY, who remained in Rowan Co., NC.

 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 in 1792 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. In her old age she appears in the census as living in the same household as her Thomas-Woods sister and brother-in-law ELEAZOR WOODS.


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.]  I'm not certain his middle name was "Purviance." 

  [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.


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 Maxwell 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) .  Jane is my father Ewing Huie’s paternal great-grandmother. 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, Jasper County, Mississippi; then finally to Yazoo, Mississippi.


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. Their children =Generation II.

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

C               John Thomas, the oldest brother.  –remained in Statesville, Rowan County, North Carolina; but the other three Thomas brothers migrated into West Tennessee.

Elizabeth Thomas SHERRILL

C               James Thomas  – John Thomas stayed in Statesville NC (old home-place) but the other 3 came into West Tennessee.

C               Henry Thomas  –  John stayed in Statesville NC (old home-place) but the other 3 came into West Tennessee.

C               William Thomas  – John stayed in Statesville NC (old home-place) but the other 3 came into West Tennessee. [William Thomas  married Elizabeth Purviance = 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 & Elizabeth Purviance begat 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.           John Thomas married Mary Jetton. [The wife of this John Thomas, Mary Jetton, was a daughter of Elizabeth Brevard and John Jetton.]


                Generation III.  A son, Isaac Thomas,  who married Hannah McKnight.

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.”

***    ***    ***

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 IV David 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 Thomas  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.  I remember reading an obituary about him in Mississippi, which 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 to Dr. H J Thomas, Vernon, Mississippi.


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


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, and I give him full credit for authorship:

“             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 Penn down to Rowan County, NC?"

Many thanks to Mark Freeman for placing his information on Internet.               




The following transcribes one of the Several Diaries Kept by John Edwin McCorkle, this one written just before and during the Civil War.


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.  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” Agness Montgomery (the first Mrs. Alexander McCorkle) was nee Montgomery.


Who was “Nobe?”             John Edwin McCorkle was a great friend of “Nobe” Ledsinger and mentions her often in this journal.  This is who she was:   Zenobia F. Ledsinger married (1st) George Fowlkes; and (2nd) Henry Archer Fowlkes.  “Nobe” Ledsinger had these children by her 1st husband:

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

            I. Charles Fowlkes

            I. George Anna Fowlkes

            “Nobe” Ledsinger 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.  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 “Lubie” Ferguson: 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 eminent 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 [?Balker? 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.                                                                        [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 Volunteers—Cumings [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 “Jem” Jehiel 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?]


[new page]

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 Nobe—Mark 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. Wynne.  Nobe [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 Ledsinger.  22nd 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. [Ollie McCorkle married a son of Margaret Latina McCorkle Gregory and so Ollie’s husband was a 1st cousin to Katie Pearl McCorkle]. Glenn [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]


More on Descendants of I. Alexander McCorkle & “Nancy” Montgomery; II. Robert McCorkle & Margaret Morrison: III. RAH McCorkle & Tirzah Scott; IV. Sarah E. McCorkle m. Jno. Algea; V. Fannie Agnes Algea m. Wharey; VI. Alta Lorraine Wharey m. Hardeman.  – This Hardeman connection may plug Alta Lorraine Wharey (1887-1921] into Freed-Hardeman college in Henderson, Tennessee.


                        James Ragon & Natalie Cockroft Ragon of Jackson, Natalie a descendant of RAH McCorkle &          Tirzah Scott McCorkle:  “Alta Lorraine7 Wharey (Hardeman) (Fannie Agnes6 Algea, Sarah E.5 McCorkle, Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle4, Robert McCorkle3, Alexander McCorkle2, ?Samuel1) was born 08 October 1887 in Gibson Co., Tenn, and died 02 August 1921 in Chester Co., Tennessee.  She married Thomas Lon Hardeman 04 January 1910. ”


        I wonder if this is some Freed-Hardeman College connection. Sad to say, Freed-Hardeman College’s narrow-mindedness mushroomed as the 20th century progressed.  A man named Brody Hardeman was a big name in the Church of Christ after the schism from the Christian Church and in my view gave impetus to an unfortunate close-mindedness.  My own paternal grandmother, Sophie King McCorkle (Huie) attended a precursor to Freed-Hardeman College, in Henderson, Tennessee:  Georgia Roberson College or Georgia Robertson College or Georgia Robinson College; somewhere on the farm in Dyer/Gibson County, we have her valedictory address for that college. 

        I relate something here that I could never understand as a child, and still don’t:  John Wharey of Yorkville (19 August 1897- died 1972) was a contemporary and distant cousin of my father, Ewing Huie, 1907-1971. They talked "Church of Christ talk” a lot, and so it would make sense that John Wharey’s sister, Alta Lorraine Wharey would have married a Hardeman kin to Brody Hardeman; although I’m not sure about this.  What I could not understand about the South in general and John Wharey in particular, for he was merely representative of popular sentiment in the 1950s:  John Wharey would smile approvingly when regaling us youngsters with stories of the lynchings in Dyersburg circa 1900.  I was never more proud of my sister Sophie Huie (Cashdollar), then aged 16, than when she called him on this indecency, reflective of the times, at the Yorkville store. I don’t think John Wharey ever spoke to Sophie again.  To my shame, I kept quiet about my beliefs at the Yorkville store. That’s the way it was back in the 1950s. We learned to keep quiet in the South, “we” being women and liberal thinkers who wanted to get along with the empowered structure.] 



One of the sons of Edwin Alexander McCorkle & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle was David Purviance McCorkle, who moved just north of Dyer County to the contiguous Obion County.

I found the following entry on www.ancestry.com:

Florence Ellen McCorkle (Walker).  Born 4 May 1867 in Dyer County, Tennessee, a child of David Purviance McCorkle & wife Elizabeth Anne Jackson, she died 20 July 1937 in Obion County, Tennessee.  [Was Elizabeth Anne Jackson a sister to the Josephine Jackson who was the 1st wife of Finis A. McCorkle, a brother to David Purviance McCorkle?]  Florence Ellen McCorkle married, in 1888: Waller Bright Walker.



The following is from James Ragon of Jackson, Tennessee.  James Ragon is married to Natalie Cockroft (Ragon), a descendant of James Scott McCorkle of Newbern, and his father, Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle & RAH’s wife, Tirzah Scott McCorkle.  The following is his work, not mine, although I have added editorial comments and James Ragon, bless him, has allowed me to mix up my work with his.--  Marsha Cope Huie:


Descendants of Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle

Generation No. 1

      1.  Robert Andrew Hope4 McCorkle  (Robert McCorkle & 2nd wife Margaret “Peggy” Morrison,3 Alexander McCorkle2, ?Samuel McCorkle; this “Samuel McCorkle” name is unproven as our ancestor and not in our West Tennessee family records1). Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle was born 23 March 1807 in Rowan County, NC, and died 26 September 1873 in Yorkville, Gibson Co., Tenn.  He married Tirzah Scott on  04 December 1828 in Gibson Co., Tennessee, in the newly opened Western District.  Tirzah Scott was a daughter of James Scott and Sarah Dickey (Scott), each born 1777.  She, Tirzah Scott McCorkle, was born 23 September 1806 in SC, and died 27 August 1865 in Yorkville, Gibson Co., Tennessee. Sarah Dickey (Mrs. James Scott) was a daughter of John Dickey & wife Sarah Robinson (Dickey) of South Carolina.


The following is from Marsha Cope Huie, a great-granddaughter of John Edwin McCorkle through Sophie King McCorkle Huie and Marsha’s father Howard EWING Huie.  John Edwin McCorkle was a first cousin to James Scott McCorkle, M.D.:


Lemalsamac is a rural church in Dyer County with a long history dating back to 1847.

The charter members of the church were:

1- 2       “Jem” Jehiel Morrison McCorkle and wife “Betsy” Elizabeth Smith McCorkle;

3-4        Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle and wife Tirzah Scott McCorkle;

4-5        Sarah McCorkle Algea; and husband Jonathan Algea (J.T. Algea)  --shouldn’t this be “J F Algea? It should if Sarah McCorkle m. Jno. Francis Algea as James Ragon writes infra--  I think I’ve read that they are buried in the Poplar Grove Cemetery by the r.r. tracks just east of Newbern];

            Sarah McCorkle Algea was a daughter to RAH & Tirzah S. McCorkle.  – RAH was not happy with his son-in-law Jno. Algea during the Civil War, although he did not make a value judgment. This is what he wrote, postmarked “Yorkville, Tennessee,” to his sister Elmira on 2 Sept. 1863, in a footnote below:[5][3]  

6.       Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle (Mrs. Edwin A. McCorkle)  -- Her husband Edwin A. [Alexander or Archibald?] McCorkle, who did not die until 1853, is not listed as a charter member; perhaps he remained a Presbyterian (?) although we know from one of RAH McCorkle’s letters to their sister Elmira that Edwin acted as a deacon for the family gathering.  A letter from RAH McCorkle to Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache in January 1853 apprising her of the death of their brother Edwin A. McCorkle told her that for the past 3 years they had been having church services, seldom with preaching. RAH wrote that Edwin was their most efficient deacon at the family church services.  Robert A H. McCorkle’s mother Margaret Morrison McCorkle left us correspondence clearly showing that she remained a Presbyterian; she, Margaret Morrison McCorkle did not die until 1848, just 5 years before the death of her grandson Edwin A. McCorkle.

7.        “Peggy” Margaret Thomas Dickey [A daughter of Elizabeth Purviance and William Thomas, Peggy Thomas (Dickey) was a sister to Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle, inter alia.  Peggy Thomas Dickey is the one who gave the land on which Lemalsamac Church was built];                  and

8.        Lemuel Scott, a brother to Tirzah Scott McCorkle; husband of Margaret Permelia McCorkle, Permelia being a daughter of Robert McCorkle & Margaret “Peggy” Morrison (McCorkle).  Did Margaret Permalia McCorkle (Scott) remain a Presbyterian?

The name Lemalsamac was coined by R.A.H. McCorkle.  The names of charter members were: Lem - from Lemuel Scott; Al - from J.T. Algea; Sa - from Sarah McCorkle [Algea]; and Mac - from McCorkle.


Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache, born 1799, and husband Dr. Stephen Roach; their children, Addison Roache and Quincy Roache. Elmira was a sister of the writer, RAH McCorkle.

Locke L. McCorkle, evidently killed in Civil War, Battle of Atlanta

Lemuel Scott & Lemuel Scott's son James Scott. Lemuel Scott is the "Lem" in "Lemalsamac" Christian Church - Church of Christ.

David Purviance McCorkle & one of his wives: Margaret Scott McCorkle. I think Margaret Scott McCorkle was D P McCorkle’s 1st wife. Another wife was nee Jackson.  --  David Purviance McCorkle was a nephew of the writer RAH McCorkle & a son of Edwin A. McCorkle & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle.

Sue McCorkle (Mrs. McNail). A daughter of the writer RAH McCorkle.

Howard Harris Roache, killed from wound incurred at Battle of Shiloh; buried in McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer Co., Tennessee. Howard was a nephew of the writer & son of the addressee.

John Edwin McCorkle, nephew of the writer & son of Edwin Alexander McCorkle & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle.

Finis A. McCorkle, nephew of the writer & son of Edwin Alexander McCorkle & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle; twin to “Tina” Latina McCorkle Gregory.

Tina McCorkle, that is, Latina Elmira McCorkle, later Mrs. John Gregory, & daughter of Edwin Alexander McCorkle & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle.

"Lizza" Elizabeth McCorkle Reeves (later Mrs. Hiram [or was it Wyatt?] Reeves of Gadsden, Tennessee) & daughter of Edwin Alexander McCorkle & Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle.

Parents of the writer HRA McCorkle were early immigrants to Dyer County: Robert McCorkle & 2nd wife Margaret Morrison (McCorkle).

James [Scott] McCorkle of Newbern, a son of the writer (as was Joseph Smith McCorkle of Yorkville also a son), "is married to Miss Clemment of Weakly County" – Lizzie Obedience Clement McCorkle.


Yorkville, Tenn., Jan. 12th 1863


My dearly beloved Sister,


Yours and the Dr. Was brought from Hickman [Kentucky] last week. I embrace this the first opportunity to reply. I have not received any thing from [your son] Addison [Roache] nor [his wife] Emily. I am glad they got mine, am sorry I did not get theirs. I recd one from [your son] Quincy [Roache] and a little scrap from Becca, and answered them immediately, communication was then cut off, and there have no letters passed since I had not thought of sending by Hickman.


 After the Federals got possession of our country and the Rail Road, we became subject to their orders, and were faring tolerably well. True, Jay-hawking was rather annoying, but it might have been worse, when the spirit of guerrillaism sprung up in Dyer, then we fared badly. There have been three little fights in Dyer, which for a while seemed to restore order, but when the Federal army went further south in to Missippy, we were again annoyed by bands. You have no doubt heard of Forrests Raid into Gibson, destroying the R.R. burning a vast amount of property. The Dept's [depots] were all burned [barred?], the Citizens guns been taken by the Federals. They were all burned up. A considerable effort was made to enforce "the conscript," but very few went with them; The Federals have again got the control, they are very much exasperated, their requirements are much more rigid. They are living on the citizens. They will have the cars running through again in a very few days. We hope then to be somewhat relieved. Forest got away safely tho lossed many of his horses and men, and several cannons.


 We have no means of news from the wars, only through the Northern papers, to which you have easier access than we. How many of our dear friends have fallen at our Old Murphreesborough God only knows. We learn Eddy died after they left Tupalo, perhaps in Alabama. Locke [McCorkle] went with them to Ky. and the last certain news was, he was left at Georgetown sick. The Northern papers give a list of names of sick southern soldiers, who died in Harrodsburg Ky. among whom, there is a L.J. [L.Q?] McCorkle. It

is not impossible for it to be L.L., that would make it Locke. [Locke McCorkle was mortally wounded at the Battle of Atlanta–Marsha Cope Huie.]


 Our health has been good this winter. James [Scott McCorkle, my son] is married to Miss Clemment of Weakly Co. They are in the Office in our yard, have charge of the Academy 55 scollars. She has a sister boarding with in taking lessons on the Piana. Sue [a daughter, Sue McCorkle McNail] has been studying only three months and can perform respectably. You will excuse me for getting her a Piana. They expect to have an examination exhibition and concert the 30th and 31. Inst. [instance, that is, January 30th & 31st ].

Uncle Lem's [Lemuel Scott 's] James is dead. David's Marg. also. [David Purviance McCorkle's wife Margaret Scott is dead, also.] David has 2 children, boy & girl.


I have placed a marble stone at Howard's [Elmira Roache's son’s] head & feet, his name, age, & death–and whose son he was. We have some of his hair and will enclose it to you. I would send you a copy of his last letter to Sue but she is not here and I can't get it, but you shall have it if the way keeps open.


 John's [John Edwin McCorkle 's] health is stil very bad. [John E. McCorkle had contracted dysentery at the Columbus, Ky., battlefield.] Finis [A. McCorkle] & Tina [McCorkle, later Mrs. John Gregory] will live with David [their uncle, David Purviance McCorkle; Finis & Tina's parents had died, their parents being Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle & Edwin Alexander McCorkle].

Lizza Reaves [Lizzie McCorkle Reeves, Mrs. Hiram Reeves, who removed to Gadsden, near Humboldt, Gibson County, Tennessee] has a fine Son. None of our connection in Gibson or Dyer are in the army unless it is Locke [Locke McCorkle, son of “Jem” Jehiel Morrison McCorkle & Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith].


 From what little observation I have been able to make I conclude the mass of those who are at home, are opposed to the war. As to the justice of the war, or its probable termination, every one has his own opinion.   The time was once, when we could boast of the freedom of speech, but it's not prudent here to express too strongly, ones proclivities either way.


 My opinion has not in the least changed. But let the termination be as it may, and when it may, our beloved country is ruined. Why is it that the many will be ruled and ruined by the few? "A Nation divided against its self" is obliged to fall. The bearer is waiting.


May God bless you sister


                                                                                RAH  Mc Corkle.


Elmira S. Roache )


[Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle is buried in the family McCorkle Cemetery, Dyer Co., Tenn. beside his wife, Tirzah Scott, who was born of James Scott, born 1777, and wife Sarah Dickey Scott, also born 1777.]



End of Marsha Cope Huie’s language.  Now back to James Ragon’s collection of the descendants of RAH & Tirzah Scott McCorkle, with some editorial additions from Marsha:


Children of Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle and Tirzah Scott are:


+     2              i.   Sarah E.5 McCorkle (Mrs. Jno. Algea), born circa  1829 in Dyer Co., TN; died 11 December 1898. Marsha added: Poplar Grove Cemetery? ]

         3                   ii.   Margaret P. McCorkle, born 11 August 1831; died 02 May 1832. Buried McCorkle Cemetery.

       4             iii.   Addison A. McCorkle, born circa 1833.  –Marsha, noted above that RAH McCorkle’s sister Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roach named her oldest son “Addison” Roache. [Marsha  added: Addison A. McCorkle, born 1834 died Jan. 3, 1854.]


+     5             iv.   Susan L. McCorkle (McNail), born 08 c. April 1835 in Dyer Co., TN; died 08 August 1923.

+     6              v.   James Scott McCorkle, MD, born 16 October 1837 in Dyer/Gibson County, TN; died 11 March 1904 in Newbern, Dyer County, TN.

       7             vi.   Robert E. McCorkle, born circa 1840. [Marsha added: born 1841; died Jan. 30, 1861.]

+     8            vii.   Joseph Smith McCorkle, born abt. 1843; died 1924. [‘Uncle Joe” lived in Yorkville  --  Nota Bene. The name is Mormon. Evidently RAH McCorkle’s foray into Mormonism was before founding Lemalsamac Christian Church (circa 1847).]

       9            viii.   Parley Pratt McCorkle, born 28 August 1845   --  [note the Mormon name—died Feb. 12, 1865.  We don’t know if he was in the war but no record that I’ve seen says he was];


+     10           ix.  [“WLA”] William L. McCorkle, born 31 December 1847; died 12 January 1889  --  [This is the ‘WLA’ “Willie” or William Leander A. McCorkle who married Alice Wells and begot Eudora McCorkle Roberson; parents and daughter Eudora are all buried in the McCorkle Cemetery, with some of the finest tombstones lying therein.


Generation No. 2


      2.  Sarah E.5 McCorkle [Algea] (Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel?1) was born Abt. 1829 in Dyer Co., TN, and died 11 December 1898.  She married Jonathan Francis Algea.  Buried McCorkle Cemetery.

Children of Sarah McCorkle and Jonathan Algea are:

+     11             i.   Fannie Agnes6 Algea, born 14 July 1857; died November 1943 in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN.

       12            ii.   Carrie Algea, born 30 December 1859; died 27 July 1921.



      5.  Susan L.5 McCorkle (McNail) (Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 08 April 1835 in Dyer Co., TN, and died 08 August 1923.  She married Robert H. McNail, who was born 13 September 1818, and died 04 November 1899.  They are buried in the McCorkle Cemetery. 

Children of Susan McCorkle and Robert McNail are:

       13             i.   Robert Edward6 McNail, born 18 December 1870; died 03 November 1888. McCorkle Cemetery.

+     14            ii.   Will E. McNail, died 25 August 1934 in Detroit, Michigan.

       15           iii.               McNail m. Kitty Smith. 



      6.  James Scott5 McCorkle, MD (Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 16 October 1837 in Dyer/Gibson County, TN, and died 11 March 1904 in Newbern, Dyer County, TN.  He married Elizabeth Obedience Clement 14 August 1862 in Weakley county, Tenn, a daughter of Thomas Clement and Martha Herndon.  She was born 05 March 1843 in Weakley Co., TN1, and died 02 October 1919 in Memphis.

Last Will and Testament of Dr. J.S. McCorkle, deceased, as recorded in the Dyer County, Tennessee, Chancery Court Clerk office, probated April 11, 1904, approved April 11, 1904, recorded April 11, 1904.  Tom Ferguson, Clerk.


I, J.S. McCorkle of Dyer county and state of Tennesse, being of sound and disposing mind, do make this my last will and testament namely.

First - I desire that all my just debts be paid.  Having heretofore given to my daughters Lula, Mattie and Willie a home each and other valuables, I now will and bequeath to my daughter Iola, my home place on Grayson street, the one I now live on, and her choice of one bed and wardrobe.  I will to my daughter Sallie, the lot on Sycamore street, my Brack Herrin lot on which are the tenement houses.  I will to my beloved wife all the other property real and personal notes & c. (of which I may die seised and possessed, I want her to have free use and benefit of my home place during her natural life, and at her death, it is to be Iola's.  I want Scott Simmons to have my gold watch when he becomes eighteen years of age, if he remains with and takes care of his Mamma and grand Ma.  I now own the following lots in addition to the above mentioned, one on the Lake road north west of Newbern, that Bill Wyatt now occupies, and about five acres (vacant) field north of Newbern, and twelve ft. across the east side of the lot I sold to Simmons Atkins and the vacant lot on Grayson and Johnson street west of Mattie Blanks lot, and two building lots in the town of Kenton, Obion County, I have sold (but at this writing) have received nothing, To Frank Bryan the lot at the S.W. corner of the Cemetery.  All or any of the above mentioned lots and land I will to my wife to use or sell as she may desire and have need of for her support, and I hereby appoint her my executrix to execute this will, with full power to execute and make as good deeds to the lots herein given to her, as much so as I could was I living.  She is not required to give any bond or file any affidavit for same.  She will need I expect the counsel and advice of A.L. Rodgers and S.L. Cockroft in the management of her affairs.  I presume Iola will make her home with her mother, and take care of her at the old home, and at my wife's death, if there is a horse and buggy on hand Iola could have it.  She should have the kitchen furniture, stove and tableware, and her choice of suit of furniture, and two beds and steads beside the one above mentioned, in fact all the furniture will be old, and I want her to have plenty to be comfortable.  The unsold lots I want divided equally between my children, in some way to the best advantage.

 Witness my signature the 15th day of April 1901.

                                                J.S. McCorkle                            [James Scott McCorkle]


J.S. Chapman

L.B. Spencer

                        CODICIL TO WILL

I, Jas. S. McCorkle, having heretofore made my will now make this as a codicil to the same.  I direct that my brother, Jos. S. McCorkle, sell my interest in a track of two hundred and thirty six acres of land we own jointly in Carroll County, Tennessee.  And I nominate him, and hereby empower him to sell said land and execute to the purchaser a deed the same as if I were doing it myself.  I give to my daughter Sallie the garden lot just north of my residence, instead of the lot on Sycamore street, the lots are simply be exchanged, and I want and give to my daughter Sallie, seven hundred dollars to build a house on said garden lot, but the seven hundred dollars is not to be paid Sallie till after the death of my wife, then it is to be paid out of the lots outside of my home place, which Iola is to have.  I give to my wife the George Blanks lot for her use, but she is to pay Life Insurance for benefit of Ola Mai, and Maurine Blanks, as I have been doing.

I direct my wife to sell the lot on Sycamore Street and empower her to do the same, if any money is needed to finish paying debt on the said Carrol county land.  I give to daughters Sallie and Iola a lot just north ------------ Cooper, in West Newbern.  This March 10th 1904.

                                                Asa Dickey

                                                M.L. Fowlkes

                                                R.H. Gray




James Scott McCorkle, MD, is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Newbern, Tenn. Death from pneumonia. Medical Doctor.    Elizabeth Obedience Clements: Fairview Cemetery, Newbern, TN. She kept a diary, some of which is on the Dyer County, Tennessee, web site.    

Children of James McCorkle and Elizabeth Clement are:

+     16             i.   Lula May6 McCorkle, born 01 August 1863 in Dyer County, TN; died 05 August 1943 in Blue Mountain, Tippah Co., MS.

         17                 ii.   Nellie H. McCorkle, born 25 November 1865 in Dyer Co., TN; died 07 January 1875 in Dyer Co., TN.  Buried McCorkle Cemetery.

+     18           iii.   Mattie Idell McCorkle, born 11 January 1868 in Newbern, TN; died 01 December 1895 in Newbern, TN.

+     19           iv.   Willie Clay McCorkle, born 06 December 1869 in Dyer Co., Tn.; died 31 August 1907 in Newbern, TN.

       20            v.   Robert A.S. McCorkle, born 04 September 1871 in Dyer Co., TN; died 24 August 1875 in Dyer Co., TN.  Buried McCorkle Cemetery.

         21               vi.    Tirzah C. McCorkle, born 06 November 1873 in Dyer Co., TN; died 07 January 1875 in Dyer Co., TN.  McCorkle Cemetery.

+     22           vii.   Jimmie Iola McCorkle, born 18 October 1875 in Newbern, TN; died 17 August 1907 in Newbern, TN.

+     23          viii.   Sallie A. McCorkle, born 13 October 1878 in Newbern, TN; died 06 November 1916 in Sherman, TX.



      8.  Joseph Smith5 McCorkle (Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born circa 1843, and died 1924.  He married “Mollie” Mary C. Frazier  [married August 24, 1871] She was born 1844, and died 1891 in ?Yorkville? Tennessee. Joe McCorkle lived in Yorkville and is buried McCorkle Cemetery.          

Children of Joseph McCorkle and Mary Frazier are:

+     24             i.   Tirzah6 Eulalia McCorkle [Karnes], born 27 July 1873 [1872 ?] in Gibson Co., TN; died 18 May 1922 in Yorkville, TN.

+     25            ii.   Walter Frazier McCorkle, born circa 1875 [Oct. 14, 1874] ; died Unknown.

       26           iii.   Annie Elmira McCorkle, born 17 June 1877 [January 7, 1877] ; died in 14 sep 1934. McCorkle Cemetery.

+     27           iv.   Robert Jesse McCorkle, born abt. January 1880 [February 13, 1880] ; died Unknown.  [Didn’t he move to Missouri, across the Mississippi River?] [Carol McCorkle Branz of Spokane, Washington, his granddaughter [great-granddaughter?], can fill in these blanks for us.]

       28            v.  [ Allen Joseph Scott McCorkle, born December 6, 1882]



9.                   [WLA McCorkle]  William L.5 McCorkle (Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel?1) was born 31 December 1847, and died 12 January 1889.  McCorkle Cemetery. He married Alice J. Wells, who was born 18 August 1854, and died 30 November 1900 (McCorkle Cemetery). [Their daughter Eudora McCorkle Roberson was a special friend of Sophie King McCorkle Huie. Eudora and Sophie died as young women.  Eudora is buried beside her parents in the McCorkle Cemetery, with larger and more expensive markers than her cousins’.  I’m almost certain this is “William LEANDER McCorkle.”  I think he taught school awhile in the Neboville Community.  And I know he took the census (1880, I think it was) for Yorkville at least once.]


Child of William McCorkle and Alice Wells is:

       29             i.   Eudora Agnes6 McCorkle (Roberson), born 22 January 1883; died 14 December 1904.  She married Charles Robertson. [ – Aunt Beth Huie said Eudora was a special friend of her mother, Sophie King McCorkle Huie, who was Eudora’s cousin. ]

Generation No. 3

      11.  Fannie Agnes6 Algea (Wharey)  (Sarah E.5 McCorkle Algea, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 14 July 1857, and died November 1943 in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN.  She married James Albert Wharey 24 December 1884 in Gibson Co., Tenn. Children of Fannie Algea and James Wharey are:


       30             i.   Lillian Alline7 Wharey, born 14 September 1886 in Gibson Co., TN; died 15 November 1907 in Gibson Co., TN.


+     31            ii.   Alta Lorraine Wharey, born 08 October 1887 in Gibson Co., TN; died 02 August 1921 in Chester Co., TN.


       32           iii.   John Lipscomb Wharey, born 19 August 1897 in Gibson Co., TN; died 28 December 1972 in Yorkville, Gibson Co., TN.  [John Wharey had one son, “Pinky” Wharey, who, I think, became a jeweler and lived in Memphis.  John Wharey used to sit around the Yorkville store when I, Marsha Cope Huie, was a child.  Story related above.]


      14.  Will E.6 McNail (Susan L.5 McCorkle McNail, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born Unknown, and died 25 August 1934 in Detroit, Michigan.  He married Alice Casey

Children of Will McNail and Alice Casey are:

       33             i.   Claudia7 McNail.

       34            ii.   Bobbie McNail.

       35           iii.   Maurice Moutelle McNail, born Unknown.  – I, Marsha Cope Huie, spoke by telephone with him circa 1984, when he lived in Detroit, Michigan. He never married.

       36           iv.   Clarise McNail.

[     --My Aunt Beth Huie, born 1904, had almost a perfect memory.  Indeed, we have report cards reflecting her perfect grades of 100% at the Yorkville High School from which she graduated.  Aunt Beth told me some sort of story about a “killing” over a farm boundary very close to our Huie land that straddles the Dyer-Gibson County Line. I have a vague memory that she said around 1900, and that the death involved one of the McNails/McCorkles.  I clearly remember that at the same time she related the homicide story she said that the Barham family used to have land by ours. Did she say a Barham-McNail dispute led to a homicide? Or was it a McCorkle-McNail dispute? Oh, how I wish I could remember the good tale. (I hope I’m not libeling one of the deceased McNails.) ]



      16.  Lula May6 McCorkle (Cockroft) (James Scott McCorkle 5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 01 August 1863 in Dyer County, TN, and died 05 August 1943 in Blue Mountain, Tippah Co., MS.  She married Stansul Leonidas Cockroft 27 December 1880 in Newbern, Dyer County, TN, son of William Cockroft and Mary Sawyer.  He was born 06 December 1852 in Conway, Leake County, MS, and died 09 March 1920 in Larmie, WY. Lula May McCorkle is buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Memphis, Tn.

Stansul Leonidas Cockroft received a literary education at the University of Mississippi at Oxford, Ms., and the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, where he graduated in 1877, as the valedictorian of his class.  After graduation, he was elected superintendent of the Union Seminary at Newbern, Tn., and served three years.  During that time he rendered valuable assistance in establishing the common schol system in Dyer Co., Tn.  While in Lebanon, Oh., he took a partial course in law which he completed during the time he was teaching.  He was admitted to the bar in 1882 and formed a partnership with J.W. Burney at Newbern.  In 1886 he was elected to the office of Attorney General of the 13th Judical Circuit of Tennessee and served until 1902.  This circuit included Hardeman Co., Tn., at that time.  He was a member of the I.O.O.F.K.P., Men's Club, Board of Law Examiners from 1903-1910, and Chairman Board of Elections Commissioners of Shelby Co., in 1906.  He is buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis.  Education:  U Mississippi & National Union Seminary.  Teacher and Attorney.



Children of Lula McCorkle and Stansul Cockroft are:

+     37             i.   James Cicero Pericles7 Cockroft, born 01 April 1882 in Leake County , MS; died 19 August 1929 in Memphis.

+     38            ii.   Beatrice Maie Cockroft, born 30 April 1885 in Dyer Co., Tn.; died 1968 in Stanton, Haywood Co, TN.

+     39           iii.   Elizabeth Veeve Cockroft, born 16 September 1887 in Dyer Co., Tn.; died 23 November 1950 in Memphis.

+     40           iv.   Leonidas Still Cockroft, born 05 March 1890 in Dyer Co., Tn.; died 14 November 1965 in Memphis.

       41            v.   Robert Cormack Cockroft, born 10 March 1895 in Dyer Co., Tn.; died 09 May 1928 in Memphis. He married Bess Bilderback.

       42           vi.   Thelma Lucile Cockroft, born 11 February 1900 in Dyer Co., Tn.; died 20 May 1923.  She married John R. Peeler.

+     43           vii.   William Booth Cockroft, born 12 April 1902 in Dyer Co., Tn.; died 20 March 1987 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.

+     44          viii.   Lula Maurine Cockroft, born 21 July 1905 in Ms.; died 28 August 1956 in Blue Mountain, Mississippi.



      18.  Mattie Idell6 McCorkle (Blanks) – (James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 11 January 1868 in Newbern, TN, and died 01 December 1895 in Newbern, TN., buried Fairview Cemetery in Newbern, Tennessee.  She married George Blanks 27 November 1889 in Newbern, TN. 

Children of Mattie McCorkle and George Blanks are:

       45             i.   Iola Mai7 Blanks, born Bef. 1895; died Unknown.  She married S. V. Bryan 1910 in Carroll Co., TN.

       46            ii.   Maurine Blanks, born before 1895; died Unknown.  She married ? Schroder


19.    Willie Clay6 McCorkle (Rodgers) (James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel McCorkle [this Samuel McCorkle is not proven as our ancestor as his name does not appear in our West Tenn. family records]1) was born 06 December 1869 in Dyer Co., Tn., and died 31 August 1907 in Newbern, TN (Fairview Cemetery).  She married Albert Laurence Rodgers on the 24th of December 1885.  He was born 02 September 1863, and died 27 February 1931 in Memphis.

20.    Children of Willie McCorkle and Albert Rodgers are:

+     47             i.   Ludith7 Rodgers, born 02 February 1889; died 19 May 1942.

+     48            ii.   Mary Idell Rodgers, born 09 August 1892 in Newbern, TN; died 27 September 1970.

+     49           iii.   Margaret Elizabeth Rodgers, born 19 December 1895; died 27 July 1960 in Memphis, Tennessee.

       50           iv.   Ruth Hazel Rodgers2, born 10 January 1904.

+     51            v.   William Noel Rodgers, born 09 June 1907; died 02 February 1968.


      22.  Jimmie Iola6 McCorkle (James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1)3 was born 18 October 1875 in Newbern, TN, and died 17 August 1907 in Newbern, TN.  She married Frank Simmons before 1895.  Iola is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Newbern, TN. A Child of Jimmie McCorkle and Frank Simmons is:

       52             i.   James Scott7 Simmons, born 09 November 1895; died September 1971 in California.


      23.  Sallie A.6 McCorkle (Reeves)  (James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 13 October 1878 in Newbern, TN, and died 06 November 1916 in Sherman, TX.  She married Edgar O. Reeves 20 December 1899 in Newbern, TN.  He was born 31 October 1869 in Ga.4, and died 08 June 1927 in Sherman, TX.  Sallie A. McCorkle is buried in the West Hill Cemetery, Grayson Co., TX, as is Edgar O. Reeves.

Child of Sallie McCorkle and Edgar Reeves is:

+     53             i.   Gladys Iola7 Reeves, born 22 December 1900 in Sherman, TX; died December 1980 in San Antonio, TX.



      24.  Eulalia Tirzah6 McCorkle (Karnes)  (Joseph Smith5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 27 July 1873 in Gibson Co., TN, and died 18 May 1922 in Yorkville, TN.  McCorkle Cemetery.  She married Thomas Moses Karnes, who was born 1856, and died 1937 (McCorkle Cemetery).  --  John Edwin McCorkle’s 1860 journal, above, mentions a “Carns.”

Children of Eulalia McCorkle and Thomas Karnes were:

       54             i.   Joseph Allen7 Karnes, born November 1895; he married Clara Bradley.

       55            ii.   Ruth Dale Karnes, born 1899.

       56           iii.   Thomas Blaine Karnes, born 13 August 1902. Mortician in Gibson Co., Tenn. Father of T.C. Karnes, also a mortician.

       57           iv.   Mary Florine Karnes, born 04 July 1908.

       58            v.   Oscar Abraham Karnes, born 14 November 1908.

       59           vi.   Harry Cecil Karnes, born 23 June 1912 in Yorkville, TN; died 13 December 1993 in Loudon, TN.



      25.  Walter Frazier6 McCorkle (Joseph Smith McC5, Robert Andrew Hop McC4, Robert McC3, Alexander McC,2 ?Samuel1) was born circa 1875.  He married Cora Mayfield. Children of Walter McCorkle and Cora Mayfield are:

       60             i.   Mary Elizabeth7 McCorkle.

       61            ii.   Doris Jean McCorkle.


      27.  Robert Jesse6 McCorkle (Joseph Smith5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born Abt. January 1880, and died Unknown.  He married Vallie Gardner

Children of Robert McCorkle and Vallie Gardner are:

       62             i.   Robert Frazier7 McCorkle.  – [ Daughter: Carol McCorkle Branz of Spokane, Washington.]

       63            ii.   Mary Frances McCorkle

Generation No. 4

      31.  Alta Lorraine7 Wharey (Hardeman) (Fannie Agnes6 Algea, Sarah E.5 McCorkle, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 08 October 1887 in Gibson Co., Tenn, and died 02 August 1921 in Chester Co., TN.  She married Thomas Lon Hardeman 04 January 1910. 

Child of Alta Wharey and Thomas Hardeman is:

+     64             i.   Carl Wharey8 Hardeman. Died 27 May 1959 in Crowley, Louisiana.


      37.  James Cicero Pericles7 Cockroft (Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 01 April 1882 in Leake County , Miss., and died 19 August 1929 in Memphis, TN.  He married Jessie Lee Childress 12 February 1917 in Memphis, TN, daughter of Robert Childress and Emma Duboise.  She was born 20 October 1890 in Olive Branch, Miss., and died 29 February 1980 in Bolivar, Tenn.

James Cicero Pericles Cockroft is buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Memphis. Bookkeeper. Jessie Lee Childress is buried Forest Hill Cemetery, Memphis.  Children of James Cockroft and Jessie Childress are:

       65             i.   James Lee8 Cockroft, born December 1917; died 09 January 1919 from influenza in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.    James Lee Cockroft: is buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis;

+     66            ii.   Robert Stansul Cockroft, born 03 May 1920 in Memphis;

+     67           iii.   William Scott Cockroft, born 03 October 1922 in Memphis;

+     68           iv.   Natalie Cockroft (Ragon), born 01 October 1928 in Memphis. Lived Hardeman County; moved to Jackson.


      38.  Beatrice Maie7 Cockroft (Martin) (Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott McC5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 30 April 1885 in Dyer Co., Tn., and died 1968 in Stanton, Haywood Co, TN5.  She married Dr. Harry Leland MARTIN, Sr6 10 October 1905 in Dyer Co., Tn..  He was born 30 June 1881 in Stanton, Haywood Co., Tn., and died 12 December 1955 in Senatobia, Tate Co, MS7.

Beatrice Mae Cockroft, born April 30, 1885, in Dyersburg, Dyer Co, Tennessee, was the second child of eight born to the Attorney General of the 13th Judicial District of Tennessee, Stansul Leonidas Cockroft and wife Lula Mae McCorkle.   She and her eldest brother, Cicero, went to school in Jackson, Tenn.  Beatrice's grandmother Lizzie Obedience Clements came from Weakley County, then lived in Newbern, Tenn. [John Edwin McCorkle, a 1st cousin of Lizzie’s husband James Scott McCorkle, in his journals often records swimming the Obion River to go visit the Clements family.] In her dairy for 1901, Beatrice Cockrofr (Martin) (when Beatrice was aged 16 years) is mentioned several times:

   Jan 1   - "Beatrice off to school at Jackson."    Jan 26 - "Letter from Beatrice at Jackson that Cicero (her oldest brother) is sick."     Feb 22 - "Beatrice and Cicero cam home on a visit today."

   May  6 - "Mr. Cockroft (Beatrice's father) went to Bolivar to co[u]rt carried Beatrice and Cicero some cake and money."    May 27 - "Helped Lula [Beatrice's mother] off to Jackson to attend commencement as Beatrice and Cicero were there."     June  7 - "All of Lula children went home and she and Beatrice came from Jackson."     June 13 - "Beatrice Cockroft spent the day with us."

   July 17 - "Willie [Beatrice's aunt] having a good dinner cooking for Beatrice Cockroft and a young man from Dyersburg."     Aug 21 - "Beatrice Cockroft came in to see us on the eleven train. Iola (Beatrice's aunt), Beatrice, and Willie went to town trading. Beatrice made a engagement to go to a party, broke it and went with us to prayer meeting."     Aug 22 - "Beatrice and Ludith went to Brother Rodies.  Beatrice then took a ride with Mr. Rosenbloom for two hours.  Mose Rosenbloom and Farris called on Beatrice at Willies."

   Sept 10 - " Beatrice went to Miss to go to school in a female academy.”. (Blue Mountain College for girls in Tippah Co, MS).     Nov 6 - "I helped Lula sew made Beatrice a dress and blue chambray skirt, also cut a dress for Lizzie."     Nov 8 - "I helped Lula sew all day, we finished Lizzies dress and Beatrices."

Beatrice graduated from Blue Mountain College in 1902(?) and attended the American Conservatory of Music of Chicago. On Independence Day, July 4, 1904 Harry Leland Martin, a Baptist minister, proposed marriage to Beatrice and on October 9, 1905, they were married at Blue Mountain, MS.  One anecdote that he likes to tell is that they were married during the middle of a yellow fever scare.  Because of this, train travelers had to present credentials. "We had planned a little trip," he recalls. "I had mine (the papers), but Mrs Martin had forgotten hers.  When we got married, she had brown hair, gray eyes, a light complexion, was 20 and weighed 116. In the rush at the mayor's office, things got a bit confused.  When we gave the papers to the conductor, they read: Hair, gray; eyes, brown; complexion, fair; age, 116; weight, 20."

She was his aide and partner in his ministerial work.  She was his soloist, organist, pianist, and choir director.  She was active in denominational work as Chairman of the North Mississippi Woman's Missionary Union, state trustee for WMU training school at Louisville, KY, and associational superintendent of the WMU, Deer Creek Association, which includes six delta counties and part of a seventh.

Two years after they were married, they moved to Hollandale, Mississippi, where their son, Harry Jr., and daughter Aileen were born.  After four years, they moved to Indianola, MS where they stayed for fourteen years, and Beatrice was instrumental in organizing the 20th -Century Club.  Their final call was to Senatobia, Tate Co, Miss., 1933.  There she was founder and principal of the Vacation Bible School.  Because of their combined efforts, the Church, the Sunday School and the Women's Missionary tripled in membership and the contributions to local and denominational work increased five-fold.

Beatrice lived for 13 years after her husband's death in 1955 with her daughter and son-in-law in Senatobia, MS.  There she died in 1968 and was buried in the Martin family plot in Stanton Cemetary, Stanton, Haywood Co. MS.


Dr. Harry Leland MARTIN, Sr. :  Leland was born and raised in Stanton, Haywood Co., Tennessee, the son of Tomas Lyle Martin and Anna Jefferson Byrnes. The 1900 Census for Haywood County, TN shows that he was living with his younger sister Anna Lou and his Mother.  He was licensed to preach when he was 18 years old. His first pastorates were in Newborn (where he probably met his wife, Beatrice), Stanton, Bells, Grand Junction, and later at Rowan Memorial Baptist Church in Memphis, TN.  He attended the Southwestern Baptist University (now Union University), Jackson, TN.  He married Beatrice Mae Cockroft, October 9, 1905 at Blue Mountain, Tippah Co., Mississippi.

     He and Beatrice settled first in Hollandale, Missippi, here his first child was born:  Harry, Jr., in 1908.  He is listed in the World War I registration list for Sunflower Co., MS(1917-1918).  He graduated from the Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.

     In 1907, he and his bride of two years took his first Mississippi pastorate at Hollandale.  In 1908, his son, Harry Jr. was born, followed in 1910 by a daughter, Aileen.  In 1912, he served in Indianola, MS.  In the book  "fevers, floods, and faith," the following was described.  "A house on Catchings Street next to the Presbyterian Church, known as the 'Hairston House', was bought for the minister's residence and used until the present pastorium was built.  Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Martin were the first occupants."   In 1921, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS conferred the degree of Doctor of Divinity for "outstanding service as a pastor, evangelist and denominational leader".  Two years later, he was called to the church at Lexinton where, during the next four years, he erected a new church.  In 1931, in Jackson, MS, he was executive secretary for Mississippi Baptist Education Commission. In 1933, he moved to pastor the First Baptist Church, Senatobia, Tate Co, MS, where he retired in 1953. During this time he was very prominent in the Rotary Club, helping to organize the one at Indianola.  In 1936-37 he was district governor of the Rotary International, during which time eleven new clubs were formed.  He was founder and first president of the Senatobia club. His Rotary nickname was Hal.  He also had been Grand Prelate of the Knights Templar, Mississippi Grand Commandery and Grand Chaplain of the Royal Arch Masons of Mississippi.

     Dr. Martin was active in many other areas.  He was a state representative on the Southern Baptist Home Mission Boards, moderator of the Tate County Baptist Association, and a member of the executive board of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.  He held revival services in nearly every Southern State.  He served in many capacities in other organizations, including the American Red Cross, the Community Fund, National War Fund.  He traveled extensively in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and North Africa.

     Dr. Martin died, 12 Dec 1955 in Senatobia, Tate Co, MS of a cerebral hemorrhage shortly after returning home from surgery. Services were held at the First Baptist Church, Senatobia, MS.  Senatobia's mayor, E. W. Varner declared a closing of all businesses for 30 minutes out of respect to Dr. Martin.   He was buried in the family plot at Stanton Cemetary, Stanton, Haywood Co, TN.  --  Dr. Harry Leland MARTIN, Sr.: Occupation: Baptist Minister


Children of Beatrice Cockroft and Harry MARTIN are:

+     69             i.   Harry Leland8 MARTIN, Jr., born 28 October 1908 in Hollandale, Humphreys Co, MS; died 23 December 1958 in Arlington Hospital, Arlington, VA.

+     70            ii.   Aileen Martin, born 13 January 1911; died 06 July 1963 in Senatobia, Tate Co, Mississippi.



      39.  Elizabeth Veeve7 Cockroft (Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 16 September 1887 in Dyer Co., Tn., and died 23 November 1950 in Memphis, Shelby Co., TN.  She married Lawrence T. Lowrey 02 September 1919 in Blue Mountain, Ms..  He was born 08 August 1888, and died May 1965 in Blue Mountain, Ms.  Lawrence T. Lowrey: President of Blue Mountain College, MS

Children of Elizabeth Cockroft and Lawrence Lowrey are:

       71             i.   Robert Booth8 Lowrey, born 14 August 1920.

+     72            ii.   Jean Lowrey, born 21 September 1924 in Memphis; died 03 February 1992 in Vienna, Virginia.


      40.  Leonidas Still7 Cockroft (Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 05 March 1890 in Dyer Co., Tn., and died 14 November 1965 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  He married Lucy Lee Mosley 12 March 1912 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  She was born 1889, and died 25 December 1966 in Memphis.

      Children of Leonidas Cockroft and Lucy Mosley are:

       73             i.   Harry Leland8 Cockroft, born 05 April 1913 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN; died in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  He married

       74            ii.   William Leonidas Cockroft, born 25 May 1915 in Co.; died 1984.

       75           iii.   Rosa May Cockroft, born 04 April 1918; died 27 March 1998 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  She married S.C. Nixon; died 1996 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.

+     76           iv.   Martha Frances Cockroft, born 10 August 1920 in Wyoming; died 29 March 2002 in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn.

       77            v.   Charles Anson Cockroft, born 07 December 1924 in Co.; died 1934.

       78           vi.   Walter Edward Cockroft, born 24 February 1927 in Co.; died 1944.



      43.  William Booth7 Cockroft (Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 12 April 1902 in Dyer Co., Tn., and died 20 March 1987 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  He married (1st ) Katherine Hogan 09 October 1929 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  She was born 11 February 1904 in Jackson, Madison Co., Tn., and died 13 February 1938 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  He married (2nd) Gladys Magdalene Blades 30 June 1939 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  She was born 27 February 1913 in Brookhaven, Ms., and died in Memphis, Shelby County, TN. William Booth Cockroft is buried in the Memorial Park, Memphis, TN.       

Children of William Cockroft and Katherine Hogan are:

+     79             i.   Katherine Ann8 Cockroft, born 24 January 1932 in Memphis.

+     80            ii.   Janet Cockroft, born 23 June 1934 in Memphis.

+     81           iii.   Don William Cockroft, born 03 February 1938 in Memphis.

      Child of William Cockroft and Gladys Blades is living in 2003.



      44.  Lula Maurine7 Cockroft (Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 21 July 1905 in Ms., and died 28 August 1956 in Blue Mountain, Ms..  She married Thomas Norwood Rice 01 December 1931.  He was born Unknown in Madison Co., Tenn., and died in Madison Co., Tenn. Buried Blue Mountain, Mississippi.


Children of Lula Cockroft and Thomas Rice are:

+     83             i.   Betty Lucille8 Rice, born 25 September 1932 in Jackson, Madison Co., Tn..

       84            ii.   Harriet Rice.

       85           iii.   Patricia Rice.

       86           iv.   Thomas Rice.

       87            v.   William Rice.



      47.  Ludith7 Rodgers (Willie Clay6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 02 February 1889, and died 19 May 1942.  He married Alice Meson before 1911.

Children of Ludith Rodgers and Alice Meson are:

       88             i.   R. L.8 Jones, born November 1911.

       89            ii.   William Allison Jones, born 12 May 1912.

       90           iii.   Albert Lawrence Jones, born 16 April 1913.

       91           iv.   Margaret Elizabeth Jones, born 05 May 1914.

       92            v.   Shirley Idelle Jones, born 13 May 1915.

       93           vi.   Bernice Hazel Jones, born 29 March 1917.

       94           vii.   Robert Ludith Jones, born 06 November 1918.

       95          viii.   Clifford Noel Jones, born 23 March 1921.

       96           ix.   Lois Clay Jones, born 09 May 1925.

       97            x.   Allen Roy Jones, born 12 June 1927.

       98           xi.   Warren Jones.



      48.  Mary Idell7 Rodgers (Willie Clay6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 09 August 1892 in Newbern, TN, and died 27 September 1970.  She married William Lee Sumners Bef. 1916.  He was born 14 November 1878, and died 30 November 1948.  Mary Idell Rodgers SUMNERS is buried in the New Haven Cemetery, Lake County, Tennessee.

      Children of Mary Rodgers and William Sumners are:

+     99             i.   William Rodgers8 Sumners, born 28 October 1916.

+     100          ii.   Edith Adell Sumners, born 19 April 1921; died 22 April 1998.

       101         iii.   Robert Marr Sumners, born 16 June 1928; died 30 September 2002 in Union City, Tenn.

Robert Marr Sumners’ burial: 02 October 2002, New Haven Cemetery, Lake Co., Tenn.


      49.  Margaret Elizabeth7 Rodgers (Willie Clay6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 19 December 1895, and died 27 July 1960 in Memphis, TN.  She married Jewel Wesley Slaughter 20 April 1912 in Dyer Co., TN.  Margaret Elizabeth Rodgers is buried in the Memphis Memorial Cemetery.

Child of Margaret Rodgers and Jewel Slaughter is:

+     102           i.   Jewel Wesley8 Slaughter, Jr., born 09 April 1913 in Bardwell, KY; died 19 January 1960 in Memphis.



      51.  William Noel7 Rodgers (Willie Clay6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 09 June 1907, and died 02 February 1968.  He married Ruth ? Unknown.            

Children of William Rodgers and Ruth ? are:

       103           i.   Pattie8 Rodgers.

       104          ii.   Donald Rodgers.



      53.  Gladys Iola7 Reeves (Sallie A.6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 22 December 1900 in Sherman, TX, and died December 1980 in San Antonio, TX8.  She married Whitley R. Smith circa1922 in Texas.  He was born 30 June 1901 in Texas, and died 13 June 1977 in San Antonio, TX.

Children of Gladys Reeves and Whitley Smith are:

       105           i.   Reeves8 Smith.

+     106          ii.   Whitley R. Smith, Jr., born circa1925 in Texas.

       107         iii.   Robert L Smith, born circa 1927.



Generation No. 5


      64.  Carl Wharey8 Hardeman (Alta Lorraine7 Wharey, Fannie Agnes6 Algea, Sarah E.5 McCorkle (Algea), Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born Unknown, and died 27 May 1959 in Crowley, LA.  He married Mary Ruby Nolan 08 May 1936.   

Children of Carl Hardeman and Mary Nolan are presumed to be living in 2003.


      66. Col. Robert Stansul8 Cockroft (James Cicero Pericles7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 03 May 1920 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  He married Ada Herbert Johnson 10 August 1946 in Lexington, Ms., daughter of Henry Johnson and Mary McBee.  She was born 30 January 1920 in Lexington, Ms., and died 09 March 2002 in Columbia, MD.  Robert Cockroft attended the University of Tennesse at Knoxville, Tenn., for two years and transferred to the Universtiy of Michigan, where he earned a BS in Forestry.  Being in ROTC, he entered active duty in 1941 and served in the Tank Corps where he attained the rank of Colonel.  His wife, Ada Herbert Johnson, is buried in the Pohick Episcopal Church Cemetery, Lorton, Virginia.      

Children of Col. Robert Cockroft and Ada Johnson are:

+     114           i.   Alice McBee9 Cockroft, and

       115          ii.   Ada Carolyn Cockroft (Jones) (Brown)


      67.  William Scott8 Cockroft (James Cicero Pericles7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 03 October 1922 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  He married Gladys Louise Carpenter 28 August 1953 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  She was born 03 April 1928 in Fulton, Itawamba Co., Miss.

William Scott Cockroft attended Memphis State University before entering the U.S. Navy during WWII where he attained the rack of Lt.JG.  After his discharge he entered the Louisiana State University where he earned a BS in Forestry. Military service: Bet. 1943 - 1946, U.S. Navy.  Occupation: Lumber Broker and Retailer.  Rank: Ensign.   Unit: LST 461

Children of William Cockroft and Gladys Carpenter are:

       116           i.   Carol Ann9 Cockroft (Mrs. Robert Higgins Hughes, Jr.)

+     117          ii.   Susan Kay Cockroft

+     118         iii.   William Scott Cockroft.


      68.  Natalie8 Cockroft (James Cicero Pericles7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 01 October 1928 in Memphis, TN.  She married James Hugh Ragon 23 November 1951 in Memphis, TN, son of James Ragon and Oza Dorris.  He was born 25 June 1926 in Memphis, TN. Natalie Cockroft earned a BS in Home Economics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1951. She is a Certified Home Economist; a member of American Dietetics Association; a licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist.  She was Director Food Services WMHI 1976-1991.  She is a member of the DAR: National Society Daughters of American Revolution  #0749730.  She is a mother, housewife, and dietitian.

Her husband, James Hugh Ragon, spent the years 1944-1946 in the US Army, Co. I, 347 Inf. Regt., 87th Inf. Div. And was discharged as S-Sgt.  James Ragon was awarded: 2 Battle Stars , ETO      Combat Infantry Badge; a Bronze Star.  He earned the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 8 June 1950.  Member of: Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Phi (Engineering Honor Society). 1944, U.S. Army    Occupation: Professional Engineer. 

Rank: S/Sgt.  Unit: Co. I, 347 Infantry Regt. 87 Div. ETO

Children of Natalie Cockroft and James Ragon are:

+     119           i.   William Stansul9 Ragon,

+     120          ii.   James Ray Ragon,.

+     121         iii.   Betty Love Ragon,

+     122          iv.   Joseph Lee Ragon,

+     123          v.   Robert Allan Ragon.


      69.  Harry Leland8 MARTIN, Jr. (Beatrice Maie7 Cockroft, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 28 October 1908 in Hollandale, Humphreys Co, MS, and died 23 December 1958 in Arlington Hospital, Arlington, VA9.  He married Montez WEEKS 1930.  She was born 08 September 1910 in Doddsville, Sunflower Co, Mississippi. Harry Leland MARTIN, Jr.:  In 1925, Harry graduated from High School at Indianola, Sunflower Co, MS as honor student and class president.  He obtained his BA degree from Mississippi College, Clinton, MS. finishing the four year course in three years as cum laude with athletic honors.  He attended a summer session at the Pulitzer School of Journalism, Columbia University, NY in 1929.  He then was a teacher and coach at Moorehead High School, MS, 1928-9, and Hickory Flat Consolidate High School, MS, 1929-30.  In April 1930, Harry joined the Evening Appeal, then in 1933 the Commercial Appeal newspaper at Memphis, Shelby Co, TN.  He became a columnist and amusements editor with a daily column entitled " Footlights and Flickers". During World War II, he enlisted in the US Navy at Millington NAS, TN.  In 1945, He returned to the Commercial Appeal. Strong in the labor movement, in 1936, he founded and was first president of the Memphis Newspaper Guild.  In 1947, 1949, and again in 1951, he was elected as President of the American Newspaper Guild.  He lost his bid for a fourth term re-election in Sept 1953 by a margin of only 214 votes, 7498 to 7284.  In 1948, President Harry S. Truman appointed him as a delegate to the World Conference on Freedom of Information, in Geneva, Switzerland.  Later in 1948, he was appointed Labor Information Advisor to Ambassador Averell Harriman for the Marshall European Recovery Plan with Headquarters in Paris, France.


Representing the American Press, in November, 1948, he attended a conference of the International Organization of Journalists (IOJ) in Communist Budapest, Hungary.  Although this meeting was behind the then Iron Curtain, and he had reason to fear for his life, he walked out of the conference as a protest against the Communist suppression of information freedoms.  After that he was instrumental in founding the IFJ, the International Federation of (Free) Journalists.  He received letters of commendation from President Franklin D.  Roosevelt, President Harry S. Truman, Ambassador Averell Harriman and many others for his efforts to promote freedom of the press.


When he resigned August 20, 1953 and left Paris, he and his brother-in-law, Col J. Tom Kizer started a gift import business, Ki-Mart Imports at 2711 Union Extended, Memphis, TN.  Lacking success in this business, in November, 1955, he accepted the position in Washington, DC as National Director of Public Information for the American Red Cross. He died in Washingon, DC from Carcinoma of Ascending colon with metasteses. Services were held at the Baptist Church and he was buried in the Stanton Cemetery family plot, Stanton, Haywood Co, TN.


Children of Harry MARTIN and Montez WEEKS are:

+     124           i.   Harry Leland9 MARTIN III, born 26 May 1931 in Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN.

       125          ii.   Jon Micheal MARTIN, born 11 October 1937 in Baptist Hospital, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN; died 21 November 1937. Lived 1 Month, 10 days



      70.  Aileen8 Martin (Beatrice Maie7 Cockroft, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 13 January 191110, and died 06 July 1963 in Senatobia, Tate Co, MS10.  She married John Tom KIZER on 27th September 1937.  He was born in Sarah, MS.

John Tom KIZER was born in Sarah, MS, just a few miles west of Senatobia, where his father, John Thomas (J.T.), was in the lumber business.  When he was a small boy, the family moved to Senatobia.  Tom graduated from City High School there as valedictorian.  He attended college at the University of Colorado, Denve,r where his two sisters lived.  During the Depression, Tom returned home to help out the family as his father lost everything.  Tom was a Lieutenant in Company A, 106th Quartermaster, 31st Division (the Dixie Division), Mississippi National Guard in Senatobia.  With prospect of War in 1940, he was called to active duty, stationed at Camp Blanding,  Florida.


Tom spent most of WWII in the South Pacific, and was discharged as a Lt Colonel.  He was a recipient of the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, the Philippine Government Citation, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Purple Heart.  About the Purple Heart, he liked to say modestly that a bomb was dropped on one side of a palm tree with him passing on the other.  He was so slim that the only wound he received was his wrist, which protruded from behind the tree (true?).


Returning to Senatobia, MS he was manager of the local Movie House.  He invested and was partner in Tate-Co Feed Mill and Ki-Co Hatcheries in Senatobia. In 1954, Tom entered into partnership with his brother-in-law, Harry Martin, in the Ki-Martin Co., a high-style import gift business in a completely remodeled studio building at 2711 Union Ave. Extended, Memphis, TN.  Unfortunate circumstances caused the company to close.


Tom, with his Uncle-in-law Dr. Bill Cockroft who had a Holiday Inn franchise, built and became innkeeper for the first Inn in Jackson, MS. That alliance, along with his accountant background and new inn experience, led to the formation of a group with Lawrence Rier, Scharles Sutton, and William White.  They formed United Enterprises, which later became United Inns, Inc.  They started with an exclusive franchise to build a group of inns in the Atlanta, Ga., area.


With the acquisition of the Gaines Furniture Manufacturing Company, a chain of Mr Pride car washes and the expansion of the Holiday Inns to 38 in ten cities, United Inns went on the New York Stock Exchange.  Dr. Cockroft became chairman of the board, and Tom, board vice chairman.

Child of Aileen Martin and John KIZER is:

+     126           i.   Carolyn Ann9 KIZER.


      72.  Jean8 Lowrey (Eek) (Elizabeth Veeve7 Cockroft, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 21 September 1924 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN, and died 03 February 1992 in Vienna, Va..  She married Lauris Martin Eek, Jr. 26 July 1952 in Blue Mountain, Ms., son of Lauris Eek and Donna Sisson.  He was born 22 September 1925 in Maryville, Missouri.  Jean Lowrey is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery.

Children of Jean Lowrey and Lauris Eek are:

       127           i.   Lauris Martin9 Eek III,

+     128          ii.   Donna Veeve Eek,

       129         iii.   Jeanne Lawrence Eek.



      76.  Martha Frances8 Cockroft (Leonidas Still7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 10 August 1920 in Wyoming, and died 29 March 2002 in Memphis. She married (1st) (?) Goad?  She married (2nd ) Al Burchfield.

Children of Martha Cockroft and ? Goad are:

       130           i.   Judy9 Goad,

       131          ii.   Janet Goad.



      79.  Katherine Ann8 Cockroft (William Booth7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 24 January 1932 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  She married John Howard Lammons 17 March 1951 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  He was born 21 March 1929.

Children of Katherine Cockroft and John Lammons are:

       132           i.   John Howard9 Lammons,

       133          ii.   Katherine Carol Lammons.



      80.  Janet8 Cockroft (William Booth7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 23 June 1934 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  She married (1) Kenneth Dale Menkel, Jr. circa 1952 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  She married (2) Robert E. Tribble, Jr. circa 1958 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  [an attorney, I think]  She married (3) Frank Virgin in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  He was born 06 April 1914.

Children of Janet Cockroft and Kenneth Menkel are:

       134           i.   Kenneth Dale9 Menkel III,

       135          ii.   William C. Menkel.

Child of Janet Cockroft and Robert Tribble is:

       136           i.   Robert E.9 Tribble III.



      81.  Don William8 Cockroft (William Booth7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 03 February 1938 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  He married Peggy Hargraves circa 1956 in Memphis, Shelby County, TN.  She was born 22 October 1938.

Children of Don Cockroft and Peggy Hargraves are:

       137           i.   Debra Kay9 Cockroft,

       138          ii.   Don William Cockroft, Jr.,

       139         iii.   Deanne Cockroft.



      82.  Robert Lawrence8 Cockroft (William Booth7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) married Sarah Kathryn Caldwell

Children of Robert Cockroft and Sarah Caldwell are:

       140           i.   Pamela Cile9 Cockroft

       141          ii.   Lawrence Lee Cockroft,.

       142         iii.   Kathryn Blades Cockroft,


      83.  Betty Lucille8 Rice (Lula Maurine7 Cockroft, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 25 September 1932 in Jackson, Madison Co., Tn..  She married Donald Nathaniel Medlin. He was born 27 February 1930 in Blue Mountain, Ms..


Children of Betty Rice and Donald Medlin are:

       143           i.   Donna Maurine9 Medlin,

       144          ii.   Teresa Ann Medlin,

       145         iii.   Patricia Suzanne Medlin

       146          iv.   Sherrilyn Kay Medlin,

       147          v.   Melanie Marie Medlin,

       148          vi.   Betty Margaret Medlin

       149         vii.   Donald Nathaniel Medlin.


      99.  William Rodgers8 Sumners (Mary Idell7 Rodgers, Willie Clay6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 28 October 1916.  He married Betty White.         

Child of William Sumners and Betty White is:

       150           i.   Michael Robert9 Sumners.



      100.  Edith Adell8 Sumners (Tanner)  (Mary Idell7 Rodgers, Willie Clay6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 19 April 1921, and died 22 April 1998.  She married Emerson Beck Tanner  on 11 September 1943.  He was born 17 June 1921.

Children of Edith Sumners and Emerson Tanner are:

+     151           i.   John Sumners9 Tanner;

+     152          ii.   Robert Tyree Tanner; and

+     153         iii.   Rodger Beck Tanner.


      102.  Jewel Wesley8 Slaughter, Jr. (Margaret Elizabeth7 Rodgers, Willie Clay6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 09 April 1913 in Bardwell, KY, and died 19 January 1960 in Memphis, TN.  He married Mamie Louise Carroll 31 May 1941.  She was born 31 May 1926 in Skeen, Miss.  Jewel Wesley Slaughter, Jr.: Memphis Memorial Cemetery.

      Child of Jewel Slaughter and Mamie Carroll is:

       154           i.   Jo Carroll9 Slaughter.


      106.  Whitley R.8 Smith, Jr. (Gladys Iola7 Reeves, Sallie A.6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born Abt. 1925 in TX.  He married Mary Margaret Terry 22 December 1948.  She was born 04 June 1928, and died 1975.

Children of Whitley Smith and Mary Terry are:

       155           i.   Terry9 Smith.

       156          ii.   Whitley R. Smith III.


Generation No. 6

      109.  Mary Jeanette9 Hardeman (Carl Wharey8, Alta Lorraine7 Wharey, Fannie Agnes6 Algea, Sarah E.5 McCorkle, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) married David Roark Warren in Votow, TX

Children of Mary Hardeman and David Warren are:

       157           i.   Carla Diane10 Warren,

       158          ii.   Mary Elizabeth Warren.



      114.  Alice McBee9 Cockroft (Robert Stansul8, James Cicero Pericles7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) married John Francis Oates, Jr.

Child of Alice Cockroft and John Oates is:

       159           i.   Ada Mary10 Oates,


      117.  Susan Kay9 Cockroft (William Scott8, James Cicero Pericles7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) married Robert L. Collins, son of Robert Collins and Shirley Hunsucker

Child of Susan Cockroft and Robert Collins is:

       160           i.   Kathryn Scott10 Collins


      118.  William Scott9 Cockroft (William Scott8, James Cicero Pericles7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) married Ann Elizabeth Wade in Memphis, Shelby County, TN. 

Children of William Cockroft and Ann Wade are:

       161           i.   Kelly Louise10 Cockroft,

       162          ii.   James William Cockroft.



      119.  William Stansul9 Ragon (Natalie8 Cockroft, James Cicero Pericles7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born in Oak Ridge, Anderson County, TN.  He married Jayne Ann of Bells, TN, daughter of Robert Gaines and Mary Edwards

William Stansul Ragon:  U.S. Army. Special Forces, Medic.  After military service, William attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, TN., where he earned an Associate Degree of Nursing and later graduated from the Seventh-Day Adventist School of Anesthesia in Nashville, TN.  Education: Certificate of Nursing, Univ. of Tennessee at Martin. Military service: U.S. Army.   Occupation: Anesthetist    Rank: Medic   Unit: Special Forces


Children of William Ragon and Jayne Gaines are:

       163           i.   William Stansul10 Ragon, M.D.

       164          ii.   Robert Tucker Ragon,

       165          iii.  Mary Kathryn Ragon,



      120.  James Ray9 Ragon (Natalie8 Cockroft, James Cicero Pericles7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) married Mimi Janet Jones daughter of Richard Jones and Betty Shoup.  James Ray Ragon attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he earned an Associate Degree of Nursing and later graduated from the Seventh-Day Adventist School of Anesthesia in Nashville, TN. Certificate of Nursing, Univ. of Tn. Martin    Occupation: Anesthetist

Children of James Ragon and Mimi Jones are:

       166             i.  Kelly Rae10 Ragon,

       167            ii. Janet Rebecca Ragon.


      121.  Betty Love9 Ragon (Natalie8 Cockroft, James Cicero Pericles7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott McC5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) married James Bruister LeNoir  in Bolivar, Hardeman, TN, son of James LeNoir and Patty Litchfield.  Betty attended Blue Mountian College in Blue Mountian, MS., for two years and then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA., earning a BS in Physical Therapy.

BS in Physical Therapy, University of Pennsylvania. Occupation: Homemaker and Physical Therapist

Children of Betty Ragon and James LeNoir are:

       168           i.   Joseph McGowen10 LeNoir,

       169          ii.   Jessica Ragon LeNoir,

       170         iii.   Bruister Caleb LeNoir,

       171          iv.   Joshua Blake LeNoir.


      122.  Joseph Lee9 Ragon (Natalie8 Cockroft, James Cicero Pericles7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) married Renee' Aline Jenkins in Memphis, Shelby County, TN, daughter of Rupert Jenkins and Olivet Sutton

Joseph Lee Ragon attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, TN., for four years before entering the University of Tennessee Medical University at Memphis, earning the MD degree as a Family Practice Physician.

Children of Joseph Ragon and Renee' Jenkins are:

       172           i.   Jonathan David10 Ragon.

       173          ii.   Leslie Renee' Ragon,..

       174         iii.   Paul Joseph Ragon.


      123.  Robert Allan9 Ragon (Natalie8 Cockroft, James Cicero Pericles7, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) married Amy Lynn Jacobs in Bolivar, Hardeman Co., Tenn., a daughter of Euland Jacobs and Tommie Sain.  Robert Allan Ragon earned a BS inf Mechanical Engineering from the Tennessee Technological University at Cookville. Occupation: Mechanical Engineer and Motorcycle Dealer.

Children of Robert Ragon and Amy Jacobs are:

       175           i.   Jacob Allan10 Ragon,

       176          ii.   Jordon Lynn Ragon.



      124.  Harry Leland9 MARTIN III (Harry Leland8, Beatrice Maie7 Cockroft, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 26 May 1931 in Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN11.  He married Tasca Jean BAILEY 08 August 1953 in Methodist Church, Shreveport, LA.  She was born 07 September 1932 in Pineland, Sabine Co., Texas12.

Harry Leland MARTIN III: Harry (Hal) was born in & lived with his parents in Memphis, until his parents were divorced in 1939.  He moved to Senatobia, Tate Co, Mississippi, to live with his paternal grandparents, Dr. Harry L. Martin, Sr., and Beatrice Mae Cockroft Martin.  In 1949, Hal graduated from Senatobia City High School summa cum laude as valedictorian, with an overall scholastic average of 98%.  He participated in the Marching/Concert Band, the Glee Club, Varsity football, baseball, and debating team.  He was awarded the American Legion Scholastic Medal.  His graduation present was getting to spend the summer with his father in Paris, France.

Hal then attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for two years, where he majored in political science and was president of the sophomore class.  In 1951, Harry, as he is now called, joined the US Air Force, attended their Basic Electronics Course, at Keesler AFB, and Atomic Weapons school at Sandia Base, NM.  He was primarily stationed at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, assigned to the 301st Bomber Squadron, Strategic Air Command, as a Special Weapons Electronics Specialist.


Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the USAF as Staff Sergeant in 1955, Harry was employed by Philco Corp. as an instructor at Ft. Bliss, Texas, where he taught basic electronics and Nike Ajax/Hercules Missile Tracking Systems.  After four years, Harry transferred to the Air Defense Command Radar Surveillance System, first as a technical representative at Angel's Peak, Las Vegas, Nevada, then as Site Engineer at Mt. Laguna, California.


In 1963, Harry transferred to Miles City, MT to work with Lincoln Laboratories, MIT, on the installation and testing of a Large Aperture Seismic Array.  This array consisted to 21 Subarrays, each having 25 seismometers buried several hundred feet in the ground.  Their purpose was to provide a sensitive enough array that would not only detect earth tremors from all over the world, but would be able to differentiate between natural tremors and those caused by underground nuclear explosions.


During his assignment to Lincoln Labs, Harry made two trips to Norway to assist in the installation of a Seismic Array.  He was responsible for training the Norwegians in the operation and maintenance of the electronic modules for the array.  His assignment to Lincoln Labs completed, Harry transferred to the Goldstone Deep Space Network Tracking Stations, outside Barstow, California. There he started as an Operation & Maintenance Tech, later as Organizer and Supervisor of a Maintenance & Integration Unit for the entire Complex.

Children of Harry MARTIN and Tasca BAILEY are:

+     177           i.   Montez Aileen10 MARTIN; and

       178          ii.   Harry Leland MARTIN IV.



      126.  Carolyn Ann9 KIZER (Aileen8 Martin, Beatrice Maie7 Cockroft, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born in Memphis.  She married Robert L. KUBLER

Children of Carolyn KIZER and Robert KUBLER are:

       179           i.   Joshua10 KUBLER.

       180          ii.   Erinn KUBLER.

       181         iii.   Daniel KUBLER.



      128.  Donna Veeve9 Eek (Jean8 Lowrey, Elizabeth Veeve7 Cockroft, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) was born 05 June 1957, and died 17 September 2000 in Phoenix, AZ.  She married Dennis Edward McMillen.

      Children of Donna Eek and Dennis McMillen are:

       182           i.   Denise10 McMillen,

       183          ii.   Tim McMillen,


      151.  John Sumners9 Tanner (Edith Adell8 Sumners, Mary Idell7 Rodgers, Willie Clay6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) married Betty Ann Portis.  John Sumners Tanner: Member of US House of Representatives from the 8th Congressional District of Tennessee:  Elected: 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996 & 1998. First elected 8 November 1988, succeeding Ed Jones of Yorkville.

Children of John Tanner and Betty Portis are:

+     184           i.   Elizabeth Ann10 Tanner; and

       185          ii.   John Portis Tanner.



      152.  Robert Tyree9 Tanner (Edith Adell8 Sumners, Mary Idell7 Rodgers, Willie Clay6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) married (1st ) Kathy Daniel; and 2nd Rhonda Lynn Clanton.

Children of Robert Tanner and Kathy Daniel are:

       186           i.   Walker Daniel10 Tanner; and

       187          ii.   Wyatt Tyree Tanner.


      153.  Rodger Beck9 Tanner (Edith Adell8 Sumners, Mary Idell7 Rodgers, Willie Clay6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel1) married Wanda Kay Daniels.

      Child of Rodger Tanner and Wanda Daniels is:

       188           i.   William Barrett10 Tanner.


Generation No. 7

      177.  Montez Aileen10 MARTIN (Harry Leland9, Harry Leland8, Beatrice Maie7 Cockroft, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott McCorkle5, Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle4, Robert McCorkle3, Alexander McCorkle2, ?Samuel?1married (1st) Oscar Leonard BINGHAM, Jr., in Barstow , California.  Montez married (2nd) Christopher Moore SCHULTZ in Marine Chapel, Barstow; Christopher Moore Schultz was born in Mobile, Alabama.

Child of Montez MARTIN and Oscar BINGHAM is:

       189           i.   Brenda Larraine11 BINGHAM.

Children of Montez MARTIN and Christopher SCHULTZ are:

+     190           i.   Brenda Larraine11 SCHULTZ; and

+     191          ii.   Christopher Moore SCHULTZ, Jr.;  and

       192         iii.   Tasca Renee SCHULTZ.



      184.  Elizabeth Ann10 Tanner (John Sumners9, Edith Adell8 Sumners, Mary Idell7 Rodgers, Willie Clay6 McCorkle, James Scott McCorkle5, Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle4, Robert & Margaret Morrison McCorkle3, Alexander2, ?Samuel?1) married Kyle Carter Atkins.

Children of Elizabeth Tanner and Kyle Atkins are:

       193           i.   Abby Francis11 Atkins; and

       194          ii.   Tanner Lantrip Atkins.



Generation No. 8


      190.  Brenda Larraine11 SCHULTZ (Montez Aileen10 MARTIN, Harry Leland9, Harry Leland8, Beatrice Maie7 Cockroft, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott McCorkle5, Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel? McCorkle1) was born in Apple Valley, CA.  She married Joshua Shane DIAL.

Children of Brenda SCHULTZ and Joshua DIAL are:

       195           i.   Zachary Ryan12 SCHULTZ; and

       196          ii.   Justin Isaac DIAL.


      191.  Christopher Moore11 SCHULTZ Jr (Montez Aileen10 MARTIN, Harry Leland9, Harry Leland8, Beatrice Maie7 Cockroft, Lula May6 McCorkle, James Scott5, Robert Andrew Hope4, Robert3, Alexander2, ?Samuel McCorkle? 1) married Feather FRANCIS

Child of Christopher SCHULTZ and Feather FRANCIS is:

       197           i.   Trenton12 FRANCIS.



[Endnotes to descendants of RAH McCorkle & Tirzah Scott McCorkle, as reported by James Ragon, and edited by Marsha Huie.]


1.  The Herndons of the American Revolution, 259.

2.  E.O. Clement McCorkle Diary, 1904.

3.  Will dated: April 1907, Dyer County, TN.

4.  1910 Census of Sherman, Texas.

5.  Reese J. Moses, Cemetery List, Stanton, Haywood Co. TN,  (Maintained by Mrs. Henryette Maxwell Stuart).

6.  Census 1900 - Haywood County, TN,  (United States Census).

7.  Several  "Obituaries of Dr. Harry L. Martin," Memphis Commercial Appeal, Memphis Press Scimitar, Tate County Democrat.

8.  Social Security Index.

9.  Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death, Arlington, Virginia,  (Arlington Hospital, Arlington. VA).

10.  Bethesda Cemetery List, Senatobia, MS.

11.  Certificate of Birth, State of Tennessee,  (Division of Vital Statistics, State Department of Health).

12.  Certificate of Birth, Sabine County, State of Texas.

13. Highland Sanitarium, Certificate of Birth. Shreveport, Louisana.


[End of James Ragon’s collection of the Descendants of Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle & wife Tirzah Scott McCorkle]


Some early Sumner County, Tennessee, Marriage Records:  Robert McCorkle married Lizzie Blythe in Sumner County, Tennessee (Middle Tennessee).  -- Robert McCorkle’s two wives were (1) Elizabeth Blythe; and (2) Margaret “Peggy” Morrison.

Robert McCorkle appears in Presbyterian church congregations in Middle Tennessee and Bourbon County, Kentucky, I think; but I must check this further.

Maxy, Eliza  married McCorckleGeorge.  Marriage Date 7 September 1832.  Witness to marriage:  Twopence, William.

--  I would bet this is Eliza or Elizabeth Maxwell.


Maxwell, Peggy, m. Morgan, Joseph --  I’m trying to find the “Jane Maxwell” after whom Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle (Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle) was undoubtedly named. Married: 20 September 1793.  Witness:  Morgan, Jeremiah.


McCorckle, William, m. [2nd wife, the first wife being ‘Peggy’ Margaret Blythe]: Martha King (Purviance), the widow of the John Purviance, Jr., who was scalped in Sumner County, Tenn., causing the Purviance family to move up to Bourbon County, Kentucky, near or in Paris, Ky.  That’s why John Jr.’s brother [Church] “Elder” David  Purviance was at the Cane Ridge Meeting House outside Paris, near Lexington, Kentucky, and helped form the Christian Church/Disciples of Christ/Church of Christ. Some remained up in Ky.; others moved back down to Middle Tennessee.  The John Purviance, Jr., who was scalped was a son of Revolutionary War Colonel John Purviance [Senior] and wife Mary Jane Wasson (Purviance).  --  I believe John Sr. & Mary Jane Wasson Purviance are buried in Middle Tennessee, but do not know where, except for the one clue (mentioned elsewhere) about a Mr. Maxwell’s being buried next to a “Mr. Pevines” in a Brown Cemetery.

            The name “Purvaiance” (French) or “Purviance” (anglicized) was usually misspelled, as the following entry shows about the widow of John Purviance who was scalped by hostile indigenous peoples:

Purvoiner, Martha [Mattie King PURVIANCE]  Witness:  ______King; bride was née Martha King.  Martha King (Purviance) married William McCorkle, whose 1st wife was Margaret “PeggyBlythe.  And William’s 3rd wife was Jennie Graham (immediately below).

William McCorckle  [a brother to our Robert; this brother William McCorkle married 2nd Martha King, the widow of John Purviance, Jr., who had been scalped by hostile Indians in Sumner County, Tennessee (Middle Tennessee).]  William McCorkle married Graham, Jenny as his 3rd wife.  Let me see if I can rise to the challenge of naming here the 3 wives I know of William McCorklePeggy Blythe (McCorkle); Martha King (Purviance) (McCorkle); and Jenny Graham (McCorkle).]  William McCorkle’s niece, Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache, wrote this: “William McCorkle and his brother  Robert McCorkle moved to Kentucky in troublous times with Indians.  Then moved from there to Sumner County, Tennessee, and lost their wives.” [The wives whom Elmira mentioned would be William’s 2nd wife Mattie King Purviance McCorkle; and Robert’s 1st wife “Lizzie” Elizabeth Blythe McCorkle.].  Elmira also wrote this: “William’s second wife, Mattie King, died on her way home from North Carolina in what was then called wilderness; was buried in a rude grave there.”  [Somewhere else I think I read that Mattie King (Mrs. John Purviance) McCorkle died and is buried in Sumner County, Tennessee.  That may be true, but I’m going with Elmira’s version, and Elmira didn’t say her uncle William’s 2nd wife died in Sumner County, Tennessee.]



McCorkle, Harriet N. :  Marriage to:  Andrew J. Blakemore --  A daughter of our Robert McCorkle’s brother, Samuel Eusebius McCorkle [& wife Margaret Gillespie McCorkle] of Rowan County, NC, was Harriet McCorkle, who married Amzi McGinn.  I wonder if Harriet McGinn had a 1st husband named Andrew J. Blakemore; but this is pure speculation.  If this is not Harriet McCorkle McGinn, and it’s more than likely not, I don’t know who this is. 

Thomas Anderson in Sumner Co., Tenn., m. Elizabeth McCorkle (Anderson) and begot at least four children:

(1)   Elizabeth Anderson (Mrs. J. Mitchell McMurry, a Cumberland Presbyterian minister’s wife). Her husband Mitchell McMurry was a Cumberland Presbyterian minister who long preached in McMinnville but retired to and died (in 1875) in Lebanon, Tennessee. At one point her mother, Elizabeth McCorkle Anderson lived with Elizabeth Anderson McMurry in Lebanon.

(2)   Martha Anderson (Mrs. James T. Leath).  Her husband was an attorney and they moved to Memphis in the Western District.  Martha appears on the 1850 census but not on the 1860 one. The 1850 census lists Martha Anderson Leath as “Martha D.” but our records do not include the “D.”

(3)   Robert Anderson  --perhaps an attorney in Lexington and Durant, Mississippi; but our Dyer-Gibson County McCorkle-Huie records do not reveal this.  An old letter from Robert Anderson’s aunt, Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roach, speculates that Robert Anderson may have removed to Alabama; but Elmira seemed to know in the same letter that Martha Anderson Leath had removed to the Western District of Tennessee; Elmira did not say “Memphis.”

(4)   Julia Anderson--  never married, according to her aunt Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roach.

J.M. McMurry, 1875

Husband of Elizabeth Anderson McMurray, who herself was a daughter of Elizabeth McCorkle & Thomas Anderson. He was “Mitchell” McMurry, spelled without the “a” in McMurray.

Deceased Ministers report: … the following ministers of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church have died

Rev. J. M. B. Roach, Alabama Presbytery, near McLemoresville, Tenn., died September 10, 1868


  --  I wonder if this man was kin (much younger than) Dr. Stephen Roach, who married Elmira Sloan McCorkle in 1816 in Middle Tennessee.

Cumberland Presbyterian Ministers:  , J. M. McMurry of the Presbytery of Lebanon, died 1875.


Where are William Thomas & Elizabeth Purviance Thomas buried?  William Thomas was born 3 Sept 1765 and married Elizabeth Purviance on 19 May 1791.  I think he died 1 April 1833 in Dyer County, Tennessee.  They were parents of Jane Maxwell Thomas McCorkle, Mrs. Edwin Alexander McCorkle, so her father William Thomas may be buried in the McCorkle Cemetery by her. I just don’t know. Elizabeth Purviance (Thomas) was born 12 May 1765 in Rowan County, NC, and died in Dec. 1849 in, I think, Dyer County, Tennessee.


Elmira Sloan McCorkle Roache,

    AVain regrets are bitter food.@ B The Old Set of McCorkle:

  Descendants of the Scots-Irish Immigrants Alexander McCorkle

  and wife Nancy Agness Montgomery McCorkle


Tirzah Scott McCorkle [Mrs. Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle] named one son [James Scott McCorkle] after her father, James Scott, who was born in 1777—I’m not sure where; lived in York District, South Carolina; and removed to the Yorkville-Newbern area of Dyer-Gibson, Tennessee, where he died.  James Scott’s wife was Sarah Dickey (Scott), also born in 1777.  [James Ragon—husband of Natalie Cockroft—has convinced me Sarah Dickey’s mother was Sarah Robinson of South Carolina, not a woman in Rowan County, North Carolina, surnamed Purviance as I had thought because Stuart Hoyle Purvines so conjectured.].  James & Sarah Dickey Scott were pioneer settlers in West Tennessee interred in the Old Yorkville Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery; but I moved their markers in 1984 to the McCorkle Cemetery in Dyer County, to escape the then-disrepair and to lie beside one granddaughter, viz., Sarah Elizabeth Scott Huie “Sade Huie” (1839-1893) and Sade Huie’s husband, Julius M. Huie.  [Sarah E. Scott Huie was a daughter of James Scott [Junior] and Violet B. Roddy.]  Julius M. Huie & Sarah Scott Huie were parents of four children surviving to adulthood:  (1) Julius Adolphus “Dolph” Huie, father of only one child: Maury Adolphus Huie, 1895-1973; (2) Howard Anderson Huie, 1870-1935, father of my father, Howard EWING Huie (1907-1971); Aunt Bettie Huie Gregory (Mrs. Ed Gregory of Newbern; no issue); and Aunt Phronie Huie Thompson (Sophronia Huie, Mrs. John Will Thompson late in her life; no issue, although John Will Thompson had issue before his marriage to Aunt Phronie Huie).


The following was written for Dr. James Scott McCorkle,[102] frequent mayor of Newbern, Tennessee, by his aunt, Mrs. Elmira Sloane McCorkle Roache, of, to name a few places, Rowan County, NC; Stone=s River, Tennesse; Bradley=s Creek, Tenn., AVerdant Plain