Tag Archives: Tennessee

Faces from the Past: Smith and Related Lines

My maternal grandfather was a Smith.  Smith is about as common as sedge grass, so it is important to be more descriptive.  I see this line as the humble side of our family, (although there are exceptions to that rule). … Continue reading

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Car Troubles

On May 16th of this year, my “little man” (a nineteen year old, 6 foot, almost 4 inch 235 pounder, or “little man” in name only), wrecked his Chevy Trailblazer.  This has changed our focus this summer as a family … Continue reading

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A Lost Historic Site

  Samuel Patton was born in 1797 in the Lancaster District of South Carolina.  As a young man he was part of a family that was religious, but not enthused about it.  One of his grandmothers was known to say, … Continue reading

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Things I Like About Kingsport

Everybody has a home town.  I guess mine is Kingsport, Tennessee, even though I was actually raised just north in a little nearby community across the state line in Virginia.  Kingsport was our place to go for nearly everything we … Continue reading

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Moving Memories

I think that since childhood I’ve moved about nine times. Continue reading

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Cabbage and Hot Pepper

Grandpa Perry was from Louisa County, Virginia.  His family lived in the Green Spring Valley near Poindexter Store, we’ve been told.  They migrated to Sullivan County, Tennessee, settling somewhere between Blountville and Bluff City in the late 1850s.  He was … Continue reading

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Confused, Bewildered, and Embarrassed

To hear the name “Bockie” in my home was to pause in reverence, then to cackle with laughter.  Bockie died a full seventeen years before I was even born, but his presence lingered far beyond his mortality.  Bockie was so … Continue reading

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