August 28, 1991
OLD JONESBORO IN THE 1850s- PART IV
By John L. Kiener,
Washington County Sessions Judge
Dr. Jenning: Two-story brick and frame. One daughter, Phoebe, married Marsh Ingle. Memory short on this family. The home now replaced by a modern one, which is the property of W.E. May.
J.A. McCorkle, saddler: Two-story frame site, back north of W.E. May’s residence. Now the home of J.R. Whitlock, Mayor.
John Simpson, Hotel: A large three-story brick run as a hotel in the early fifties. Sons were John, David, and A.B.; three daughters, Letitia, Rebecca and Kate. I think he sold this hotel to William Coffman, who was a partner of Joseph Naff in the tin business. In this statement I may be wrong. Now the home of Mrs. R.M. May.
Reuben Roddy, occupation unknown: To-story frame. Only one son, John L., Jr., and one daughter, Florence. Now the home of Dr. Panhurst.
J.O. Dillworth, druggist, lived in the east end of a large double frame. Two sons: Oscar and Charles. In west end of this house lived A.G. Mason, a forty-niner to California in that year.
Three sons: James, minister; John, blacksmith; Charles, clerk, two daughters, Anna and Nellie.
Samuel Griffith, Magistrate: Two-story frame. Two sons, now dead, James and Newton, both lawyers. Still the home of their mother, Mrs. J.A. Boyd.
Female College: Principal, A.D. Tadlock, Presbyterian minister. This school was well patronized by students from other states. Now replaced by a new high school building.
Dr. Joseph Rhea, Dentist: One and a half story brick. One son, Samuel, also a dentist. Home now of Frank Haw, trustee.
Gen. Alfred E. Jackson: A large two-story brick set in a large white oak grove of ten acres. I only remember two sons, Henry and A.N.: three daughters, I think, Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Rogan, and Mrs. Fuller. Property now divided up into lots and sold.
David Guthrie, occupation unknown: One-story frame. Now the home of C.H. Haire.
This is an appropriate place to end Part IV, since in our next installment we will cross to the south side of the street and go east.
Before ending, I will point out that the “Foreword” Samuel C. Williams made this comment: “A reading of the book leaves one wishing that its writer had given fuller accounts of the leading families of the olden time; those of Confederate Brigadier-General Alfred E. “Mud Wall” Jackson; Chancellor Seth J.W. Lucky; Parson William G. Brownlow, the Blairs, Hosses, Deadricks, Dossers, Cunninghams and others.”