Category: Family Stories

Thomas Wallen/Walling

In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought that I would share this interesting post about one of my first ancestors in the United States. (Original URL:  http://batteygen.net/getperson.php?personID=I460&tree=1) Name Thomas Walling[1,2,3,4] Born 1625-1630  [5] Died 19 Jul 1674 Providence Plantations, Rhode Island, America   [6] Father Ralph Wallen, b. Abt 1590,...
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Sliding down the teaberry patch

My grandpa Claude Baker grew up along the Clinch River in Kyles Ford, Tennessee.  Two of his best friends growing up were Dillard and Rufus Fisher.  Being boys, they entertained themselves and tended to get into mischief together. On one of the local ridges was a teaberry patch.  The...
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The crippled, would-be highwayman

One day, my grandpas Fred Roberts and Claude Baker and my great uncles Ed and Bascum Roberts were riding over Wallen’s Ridge in their wagon.  As they came around a bend, grandpas Fred and Claude noticed a group of men back in the brush.  One of them came limping...
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I’ll cut him hip-to-hip

My grandpa, Fred Roberts, was known for many things.  But a sense of humor wasn’t one of them.  As my dad puts it, “He didn’t say much.   But he meant what he said.” One day great grandpa Elbert’s family were visiting some relatives.  Their cousins were a little...
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The tanbark wagon

Note: Tanbark comes from the tanbark oak tree and is used to tan hides and leather....
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The Rebels pay an unwelcome visit to the Wallen’s log cabin

  While William “Big Sandy” Wallen and his son, Joe Wallen, were serving during the Civil War in the 8th Tennessee Cavalry, USA, the rebels made a stop at their log cabin in Kyles Ford along the Clinch River.  They slaughtered their single milk cow, cooking it and eating...
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