The oldest HAWKINS on my list in this community was Taylor HAWKINS. He was the
father of our Uncle Yancy and Coly HAWKINS. Coly HAWKINS moved away to another
county before my day. He and his sons visited this community occasionally. Most of them are
now dead. Anther old time HAWKINS was Steve HAWKINS who lived a little farther south not
far from Siloam. Rev. Joe Lee HAWKINS and Jim HAWKINS were his sons. One of our late
superintendents of Sumner County schools, Vernie HAWKINS was a son of Ren. Joe LEE.
Of the CREASY family, the oldest I knew were Joe CREASY, who married Emily MORRIS,
daughter of Jackie MORRIS. He was the father of John CREASY, Tom CREASY, Jody
CREASY, and Virgil. They are all now dead and buried here at Pleasant Grove. Their
descendants are Aubrey, Radford, Rev. John L. And other survive. Emouth CREASY was a
brother to Uncle Joe. He had sons named Levi and Joe. Then there was John CREASY, father
of Charlie, Luther, Floyd and others. He lived above Turners Station. He had a brother Phil
CREASY who married a daughter of Dr. DURHAM. Also a brother Tom who lived above
Turners Station. The first DORRISES I knew were Uncle Will DORRIS, father of Tom, Bob,
Wade, Jasper, Coly, and Earn. He married a daughter of Old time Taylor HAWKINS. Many are
his descendants among us. His father was named Davis DORRIS. Davis DORRIS had a brother
named George HILARY. He was a minister of the gospel. I heard him preach back in the 1890's.
Uncle Billie GREGORY lived on Garretts Creek a short way above the church. He was a father
of our Jim Gregory once a leader in the Church work of our neighborhood. He was killed by
lightening about 1928 while cultivating a your peach orchard near Jesse FOSTERS home. Two
of his daughters married DORRISES, on married Paul DAVIS, grandson of Sampson DAVIS.
Then there was Berry GREGORY, father of Arch, Ellis, Floyd, Porter, and Luther GREGORY.
His wife was a daughter of Old Squire WILLIAMS and a sister to John Henry, Lee and Martin
WILLIAMS.Marion ATKENSON once lived where Odell RHODES now lives. That family of children
moved away after the old folks died. Four members of this family are buried here. Marion
ATKERSON and Cyrus SIMMONS were the first to use commercial fertilizers on this ridge.
ATKERSON and others used to work steers to plows and wagons. I am sure many others used
oxen on the farms. Uncle Billy BURNLEY lived near Garretts Creek Church. He was a minister
of the gospel. His sons, Henry, Jeff, George, and Moss settled here. Jeff married a daughter of
W. G. DOSS, Mose, a daughter of Berry GREGORY, Henry a daughter of Sparel MEADOR.
Sparel MEADOR lived near our road on the north. He raised several children among whom were
Sydney, father of George and Charlie and David, also Tommie, and Carlos now living on the state
line north of us.
Of the RIPPYS, the oldest I knew were Joe, Eli, Will. These have many descendants near
by. Especially there are several near descended from Eli and Will. Among these are the
Woodward boys, Clarence and Lawrence. Ellis grandsons. V. A. Kean mother was a daughter
of Will RIPPY. Eugene KEAN is a great grand son of Will RIPPY. Will had sons names Jack
Also there was on Mat RIPPY, if relative of Joe and Will I can't say. But I understand
Wilson RIPPY is a descendant of Mat RIPPY. This Mat was a shoe maker and made shoes in
this community. My mother told me that her folks used to kill a beef most falls. The hide would
be tanned by one Oscar STALEY who would measure their feet and make shoes for them. This
same Mat RIPPY made hand made shoes in Gallatin when I was a small boy. Tho old families
that you find I have omitted may be told of later in supplements to my story.
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