Second part of Old Letters, beginning in 1853
The above 1853 letter [in Part One of Old
Letters] was written by the
deceased Edwin Alexander McCorkle's
brother, Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle (
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
Generation Three. Edwin A. McCorkle who m. Jane Maxwell Thomas
(McCorkle). I think Edwin was born in
Edwin Alexander McCorkle left upon his 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
IV.(2) a son who died young, I think named William Thomas McCorkle.
IV.(3) David Purviance McCorkle m. 1st Margaret Scott; 2nd Elizabeth Jackson. Margaret Scott was a daughter [I think but am not certain] of James “Jimpse” Scott & wife Violet B. Roddy (Scott), so his children will be listed in the Scott section.
Rebecca Elmira McCorkle m. John C. Zarecor;
they lived in the Yorkville area, in Gibson County.
they lived in the Yorkville area, in Gibson County.
(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
(8b) Tina’s twin Finis Alexander McCorkle.
Misspellings in the above letter of
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
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
we kept him in the parlor that day and night. Then I took him and laid in Our rowe beside [my 20-year-old son who died recently, in 1861] Robert.
[Our old family records list a Robert E. McCorkle
as a child of
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
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
* Howard Harris Roache, who was mortally
injured at the Battle of Shiloh yet lived a brief while afterwards, has two
tombstones in the
** 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
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.[****] Leander has got home from the army, Locke & Ed havent got back yet.
Brother’s last letter about Howard
M rs Elmira S. Roache
There has been no chance hitherto to communicate to you since Howard came
here. he said he sent you a letter by private conveyance
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
R A H M.Corkle
Green Holmes is buried in the
Notie Headden, daughter of Winfield Scott Headden & Ada Taylor Headden; and granddaughter of Moses Headden & Elizabeth Boyette Headden. Notie Headden m. Ira Mitchell Cope.
The horrible after-effects 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.
Sketch of A Man
around his neck]
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
wrote the following in 1983 and distributed this little booklet to our
John Edwin McCorkle-Julius M. Huie Family
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)
Margaret Morrison McCorkle’s parents were Andrew Morrison and wife Elizabeth
Sloan (Morrison) of
Sacred to the Memory of
____departed this life
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
Eliza S. Morrison (Mrs. William Stinnett), born 1797
John Morrison, born 1798
Joseph Pinckney Morrison, born 7 May 1801
Panthea Morrison, born 1805
Donnell Morrison, born
Mann Morrison, born 1815 in Franklin
County, Tennessee. Married Jane Daves, 1819-1880. William Mann Morrison
of William Hays Morrison, brother buried beside Margaret Morrison
This collection of papers is also dedicated to our immigrant ancestors Alexander McCorkle and 1st
Alexander McCorkle’s gravestone in
In Memory of Alexander M’Corkle
Aged 78 years.
The inscription on the grave of Alexander’s first wife, Nancy Agness McCorkle, the mother of his children, reads:
In Memory of AGNESS McCORKLE
Wife to Alex McCorkle Snr.
Deceased Sept Ye 5 1789
Aged 63 Years.
Montgomery McCorkle was known in the
Scots fashion as “
collection of papers is also dedicated to the numerous African-Americans who
lie buried in the
[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
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
says she never before heard Ed Huie's Joe Hiram Pope story anyway; and in Joe
Hiram's defense he did spend many long hours mowing the old cemetery during our
long summers. Perhaps he just didn't take extra care to preserve what was
deteriorating anyway; I do not know; and we are not supposed to judge our
neighbor's actions or heart. -- But it was his wife Fannie who helped run my father from the
old family Lemalsamac church; although she had long tried to find my daddy a
good, respectable woman to marry [to those folks, "good wife" could only mean "a Church
of Christ member" ]. Folks, believe me, it ain't prudent to be, or at
least to appear, liberal in the country. -- -- --
Folks, believe me, it ain't prudent to be, or at least to appear, liberal in the country. -- -- -- -- --
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,
Note about “Verdant Plain,”
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
Women’s Liberation 1850s-style
I'm adding the following generational demarcations to re-orient the reader:
Generation One: Alexander McCorkle & Nancy Agnes Montgomery.
Generation Two: Robert McCorkle & Margaret Morrison McCorkle.
Generation Three: Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle & Tirzah Scott.
Generation Four: Sarah Elmira McCorkle (Mrs. Jonathan Algea).
The Algea is the “al” in the Lemalsamac family church as named by
RAHMcCorkle. And the “sa” is for “Sarah Elmira McCorkle Algea.”
following Affidavit was sent in the summer of 2006 by Carol
McCorkle Branz of My father
Ewing Huie was a pallbearer at Uncle Joe McCorkle's funeral, as was Carol
McCorkle Branz's father Robert.
My father Ewing Huie was a pallbearer at Uncle Joe McCorkle's funeral, as was Carol McCorkle Branz's father Robert.
A. Wharey seems to be the villain in the following Affidavit.
J. A. Wharey seems to be the villain in the following Affidavit.
Jos. S. McCorkle, being old and knowing I am liable to die at any time.
As I am threatened with a lawsuit, for the maintenance of [my niece] Carrey
Algea , I wish to make a few statements which
I am willing to make affidavit to. I
will be unable to give dates exactly, but will approximate. Between 1851 & 4 Dr Algea
married sister Sarah. He was located at
a little place between here and
[to page 4] went on, the Dr being
no good but in and out, till my father [Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle] got tired
of that. Well do I remember the day when
my father & sister past by me in the back yard, with sad faces, on their
way to the garden where they sat with there hearts bleeding for a long
time, talking over the situation, it was a serious time with both. My father did not force her to leave him, but
showed her the consequences if she remained with him, it would be distress and
[to page 5] almost starvation to remain with him. He [
We were a happy family, hightoned, and thought it a shame and a disgrace to have a family trouble, so we let it go, would rather [to page 8 of handwritten affidavit] suffer wrong than be disgraced. to show you what Bro Wm throught, he offered me his interest in the farm for $750 less than half what Sister Sarah got in cash. Besides we sup[p]orted her for 15 long years. We were working hard to sup[p]ort our familys, and then sup[p]ort hers, while she had her money out at int. at 10 per c for I gave her that for $1,000. Where is the justis: Sup[p]ose Sister Sue[’]s husband [Will McNail] had died, we would have been under just the same obligation to have sup[p]orted [to page 9 of affidavit] her as we did to sup[p]ort sister Sarah.
After Bro William[’]s death in 1889, Bro Jim [James Scott McCorkle] in talking to Sister Sarah, showed her that it was just and right that she release brother Wm and myself, that it was unjust and an imposition on us. She at once saw it, and said yes, we had done enough for her and her children, and she like a good woman, she gave us both deeds of releasement, thereby releaseing not only her claim but her children[’]s claim, in evidence [to page 10] and of this, she bound in her will, Fannie and property to take care of and support Carrey, nothing can be plainer. Further evidence of this Sister Sarah moved to J.A. Wharey[’]s her soninlaw[’]s releasing all claim on us, they lived together & were a mutual help to each other in many ways: For about 26 long years this has never been mentioned. Now since sd Wharey & wife have become offended at me thinking they could worry me in my old age and if possible to [w]ring some [to page 11] money out of me, they are talking this matter. This will be the first family trouble we have ever had in our family, if it comes to pas[s], I can hardly think it will come, I have ever held Fannie in higher esteem, I think she is to[o] good a woman to do such a thing. (shal[l] I be decieved?)
“I say no man of reasonable intel[l]igence that wants to do justis to all, can take these wills and deeds & facts and consider them and then say I am due them "
[I do not have a Page 12 so presume this is the end of the affidavit of Joseph Smith McCorkle.]
Obituary of “Uncle Joe” Joseph Smith McCorkle, a son of the above RAH McCorkle & Tirzah Scott (McCorkle)
Mr. Joseph Smith McCorkle passed away Sunday night at 9 o’clock at his home in Yorkville after a serious illness of several days duration. The deceased had reached the four-score milepost on life’s journey. He had been a devoted member of the Christian Church for more than fifty years. Services were held at his home congregation where he had labored so faithfully for many years. Elder C.E. Norred, of Florence, Ala., made a most impressive talk of the grandeur and beauty of the Christian Life. The large crowd attested to the esteem in which the deceased was held. The body was brought to the McCorkle Cemetery [in Dyer County] and laid to rest by the side of his wife who preceded him many years ago. The grave was covered with the many beautiful floral offerings of friends and loved ones. Mr. McCorkle is survived by three children, Walter, Robert and Miss Annie McCorkle; also by several grandchildren and one great-grandchild. All except one of the number were present when the end came. The pallbearers were Robert Daniel McNail [from the deceased’s sister Susan McCorkle McNail], Robert Frazier McCorkle [the deceased’s grandson and the father of Carol McCorkle Branz of Spokane, Washington], [Howard] Ewing Huie [born 1907-died 1971, son of Sophie King McCorkle Huie], Allen Blaine [Karnes] and Oscar Karnes [two sons of Eulalia McCorkle Karnes], the latter four being his grandsons. [That is incorrect in that Ewing Huie was not the deceased’s grandson but was a grandson of John Edwin McCorkle, John E. being a 1st cousin to Joseph Smith McCorkle.]
Now, switching gears, we must find the old, preserved letters of Robert McCorkle's sister who remained in North Carolina, viz., Agnes "Nancy" Ramsay (Mrs. Robert Ramsay), for then we shall no doubt find letters from our own direct ancestors who had removed westwardly to Tennessee.
To re-orient the reader:
I. Alexander McCorkle
and1st wife “ ” Agness Montgomery Nancy
II. Nancy McCorkle (Mrs. Robert Ramsay) ... Male siblings... Samuel Eusebius...
William...Robert...Alexander Jr... James... John married Catherine Barr...
andJoseph McCorkle. Sisters: Mattie McCorkle Archibald;
andElizabeth McCorkle Barr.
Well, somebody has to find and read these old letters coming to NC from McCorkle relatives
who had moved west to
I hereby charge someone in the coming generations to do so:
“Holdings of the
: Correspondence and Related Items beginning circa 1790. Universityof North Carolina Libraries
“Largely letters to Nancy McCorkle Ramsay and [her husband] Robert Ramsay, paternal grandparents of
James Graham Ramsay, from various family members.
[Nancy Ramsay is a sister to our ancestor Robert McCorkle, the Robert who died in 1828.]
“The earliest letters are from Betty Andrews to Nancy McCorkle
Ramsay and address personal and religious issues.
Early letters to Robert Ramsay are from friends and family in
, notably Thomas Knox Tennessee
and Hugh and Hannah Robinson.
Letters from 1813 on are almost entirely family missives from
various male and female McCorkles to their Ramsay counterparts.
All of these originate in
or Tennessee and include descriptions of life Ohio
on the western frontier and family relations.
There is one letter from Robert Ramsay to [his brother-in-law] Alexander McCorkle
. [This would be Alexander McCorkle Jr., Mrs. McCorkle-Ramsay’s brother. Tennessee
Elmira, a niece, said Alexander McCorkle Jr. was “emotional in character and
joined the Methodists.”
James Graham Ramsay is a McCorkle descendant:
“James Graham Ramsay was born on
1 March 1823on his father's small plantation in Iredell County, N.C.
His parents David (d.1857) and Margaret Foster Graham Ramsay (d. 1855?) were both of Scotch-Irish descent.
The Ramsays had emigrated in 1695 to
, and John Graham Ramsay's grandfather Pennsylvania
had moved toIredell's Coddle Creek community in 1766. Ramsay entered
in 1838 Davidson College
and was graduated three years later. He taught school for a year, then studied medicine with his
brother-in-law before entering the
in Jefferson Medical College , from which he was graduated in 1848. Philadelphia
... Ramsay spent his last years in
, with his son Salisbury, N.C.
James Hill Ramsay. He died on
10 January 1903and was buried in the cemetery of the
Third Creek Presbyterian Church near
, where he had been a ruling elder for 49 years.” Cleveland
“Subseries 4.2. Genealogical Notes
“About 160 items.
“Arrangement: alphabetically by family
“These are miscellaneous notes and a few clipping relating to family history
collected by James Graham Ramsay and his son James Hill Ramsay.
They are organized by family; notes including information on more than one family are filed with the miscellaneous materials.
“Folder 176-177 Graham family. [William McCorkle, brother to our Robert McCorkle
who died in
, in 1828, married as his 3rd wife a woman née Graham, Dyer County, Tennessee
Jenny Graham (McCorkle).] Next: McCorkle family. ”
[END of quoted material from UNC]
[End of quotation from
archival records] Universityof North Carolina