Pretty Sad huh.... Well... I spent hours in the Library digging for documents, and still digging. Looks like this cemetery certainly has been neglected for years. I love the thrill of finding a piece of history or story about the Family. That is def. another blog. But...
This past Sunday, Matthew, along with a great neighbor from the Monticello community on Trinity Lane, decided to do an assessment of the cemetery before our clean up event on the 8th. of November. First of all, I must say, this is all so sad and heartbreaking, amongst the bittersweet feeling of paying respect to a seemingly respected and loved Nashville Family.
We Uncovered the following tombstones :
Ruth Greer Talbot (Wife Of Thomas Talbot)
Sara Green Fletcher (Daughter of Thomas Talbot) Sarah was the mother of 18 children!
Thomas H Fletcher (Husband of Sara) Thomas Served as Secretary of State from 1830-1832 The Obituary for Mr. Fletcher in The Whig r reads as :
January 14, 1845
Sudden Death of a Valued Citizen. We do not remember ever to have seen our community more shocked by the loss of a private citizen than on the announcement on Sunday afternoon thatThomas H. Fletcher, Esq., an eminent member of the Nashville Bar, had died suddenly of apoplexy alone in his office on the Public Square. He was discovered by his little son about 4 o'clock, on the floor, quite lifeless, having doubtless fallen from a settee upon which he was reading in a recumbent posture at the moment of the attack. He had complained of fullness in the head for several days previous and on Saturday exerted himself to an unusual degree, his illness considered, in a speech of two hours and a half before the Criminal Court of Davidson, in the case of the State vs. Merchant. And although he ate his dinner as usual on Sunday and was walking about within the hour of his death, the apoplexy is supposed to have been brought on by the physical and mental effort of the day before.
Mr. Fletcher was an old citizen of Nashville. His residence may be dated as far back as 1809. He served his country in the Indian campaigns of 1813. He then engaged largely in mercantile pursuits and being unfortunate, like hundreds of his fellow citizens, in the pecuniary disasters of 1818-19, subsequently directed his talents to the law in which he was eminently, we might almost say, pre-eminently successful. As a practical businesss lawyer, he had few superiors; as a criminal advocate - bold, shrewd and eloquent - he had scarcely an equal. His acquaintance with the politics of the country was very general and few men could trace their progress from the early days of the Constitution to the present time with more accuracy. And yet he had little or no taste for political pursuits though his ready talents would have adorned any station to which he might have aspired. At one period, he represented, for a session or two, the county of Franklin in the State Legislature, and at another, served as Secretary of State under a pro tem appointment from the late value and intimate friend, Gov. Carroll. But by these exceptions, he contented himself with the expression of his political sentiments in the private circles. His intimate knowledge of standards English and bellas lettre literature, imparted a charm to his fine conversational powers that made him at all times the agreeable social companion, while it enabled him, during his leisure hours, to amuse himself with occasional ------ ------- for the newspaper press. Our own columns have frequently been favored by his terse and attractive notices of the local interests of the city or the current amusements and incidents of the day. Nothing of this sort escaped his observation. If he found not "Tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones and good in everything." his pen, at least, made smooth the rough passages of life by imparting interest and amusement to what others of less universal benevolence, might have deemed unworthy their philosophy. We record his death with heartfelt sorrow. He was a personal friend of long standing. He was the friend of other friends; in short a golden link in the chain of society, the sudden loss of which, at this early hour can scarcely be realized, much less told in its full extent.
Matlida G Wilson ( Wife of George Wilson and after doing research last night, I read that Matilda was the sister of Ruth Greer Talbot. Matilda Married George Wilson on December. 6, 1813 Matilda was the nice of his first wife and daughter of Andrew Greer Jr. of Wilson County. She died August 31st, 1822. George Wilson is said to have been the creator of the Nashville Gazette, publishing the first issues on May 26, 1819. George Wilson was an ardent supporter of Andrew Jackson and enjoyed his friendship, too. One of his descendants has preserved the origin note from General Jackson, which reads the following: " General Jackson's compliments to Col. George Wilson, and requests the pleasure of his company to dinner on Monday the 13 instr. A Jackson, 10th of May, 1832. It is unknown as to why he was called " Colonel". George Wilson was a mason. He was one of the committee that, in 1813, framed the original constitution of the Grand Mastership of Thomas Claiborne, the first Grand Master. He served as Deputy Grand Master and Senior Warden in many years. In 1822, he was appointed as Deputy Grand Master by Andrew Jackson. His portrait as the M.W. Grand Master in the State Grand Lodge Building in Nashville shoes a fine, handsome face, with regular features of a 40 year old man. ( All info found the Tennessee Historical Magazine Volume 4 written by John Hibbery De Witt, Williams Alexander Provine, St. George Leakin Sioussat.
I am know trying to track down any decedents of Thomas Talbot. This is crazily fun. I think I have found 2 ... that are my age. I sure hope they don't think i am crazy when I send them a Facebook message, but here goes nothing.
333. Berry Watson Dickson (Dwight Bennett Dickson , Mary Katherine McGill , Lon Hogg McGill , Elizabeth M. Hogg , Mary Talbot , Thomas ) was born Nov 25 1953 in Heidelburg, Germany. He died Dec 16 1985 in Rocky Mount, Nash County, North Carolina and was buried in Buffalo Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Sanford, Lee Co, NC. Berry was employed in Railroad Engineer.
Berry married Jane Winfield Holler on 1980 in Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina. Jane was born 1956 in Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina.
They had the following children:
361FiKatherine Anne Dickson was born 1981 in Tarboro, North Carolina.
362MiiDavid Cooper Dickson was born 1983 in Tarboro, North Carolina.
363FiiiMyra Dickson was born 1985.
ALSO SEE SIMILAR POST ABOUT THE TALBOT FAMILY - CLICK HERE
Nashville is growing faster than any of city in the US. By 2035, we are estimated to have a population of 2.6 million in our 10 county region. Among the many accolades our city has been given, one of the highlights includes being ranked #10 for best places for tech jobs and starting a business.
At a Glance (source Forbes )
With all of the great accolades and growth occurring in Nashville, the question among government officials, community leaders, citizens, business owners, and developers pretty much lies the same. Where are all of these 2.6 million going to live by the year 2035? The Metro Nashville Planning commission has created the Nashville Next initiative to gather 1,000s of ideas from community members on how we would envision our city within the next 25 years. I have been so fortunate to be apart of this by participating in small groups as well as open forums discussing how we should plan for such growth in our city, and more specifically Nashville North By North East (Talbot's Corner, Katie Hill, Dickerson Road Historic District, Brick Church Pike Business Park, and Lock One Park/ Heaton's Station)
Since I began this journey as a community organizer almost 2 years ago, I have become more enlightened, educated, and grateful for each and every individual I have met along the way. Each individual has played a role in the now extensive network I have in Nashville community, and I only look forward to meeting new faces everyday. They range from my neighbors, other community leaders, city council members, government officials, small business owners, church leaders, philanthropists, corporations, Realtors, professors, commercial developers and residential developers/builders. As I have made relationships with each and every person, I have become more defined and passionate regarding my personal beliefs on inclusion and revitalization vs. gentrification. And if you can't tell already, I'm a little bit passionate about it. Better yet, I am passionate about people. About community.
Look, this is not an easy subject to touch on, and it is quite sensitive to many individuals, including me. I get a angry look on my face when someone says, " Oh that's great, Lindsey, what you are doing with the children in the community. So many other communities in Nashville are already gentrified, and you are on your way." Nothing could make me more sick to my stomach. The term 'gentrification' and helping children have absolutely nothing to do with each other in my opinion. In many ways, there aren't many individuals in my position right now. To be quite honest, it is so hard to be "stuck in the middle", yet I see this as an opportunity to bridge the gap between equitable development and community inclusion/preservation. Let me explain why:
1. I am not a Realtor , but if I were , I've been known to sell ice to Eskimos, but only when I am passionate about my product and have created an emotional connection with that product, place, or ability to help the other individual or group of individuals. If I don't feel that way, then I won't be involved in the transaction.
2. I am not a developer, but I help develop. I have helped on the back end of many transactions, and I connect property with good people based on the needs of the community. I will not consider my own, or anyone's financial interest over the needs of the community and it's people.
3. I am in love with diversity and inclusion. I am in love with not just the children on Katie Hill, but the single mom who struggles to feed and cloth her babies, or the mom who has the 20 year old son in prison and struggling to ensure he is taken care of in a prison system that has minimal compassion regarding how they treat individuals as human beings.
4. I'm the odd WOman out. I'm white, yep you didn't know? I'm single. I live here. I love here. I create art here. This is not my community, but it is Katie Hill's Community.
So with all this being said, I am stuck right in the middle, and to get to the point, Nashville, we have GOT to change the way we are developing OUR communities and the ways in which approach the growth occurring in our own back yards. There has to be a balance among equitable development and the over-all well being of a community and its people; old and new. For developers and Realtors who do not know me or heard my story, I think I will start saying #sorryimnotsorry in advance before I educate you all real quick on how we do things a bit differently here on Katie Hill. My conversations with Realtors or builders ignite with excitement when speaking on all the great investment opportunities on The Hill. In most conversations, I can pick up in about 5 minutes if the developer or builder would be a good fit for Katie Hill. If he/she speak negatively about the eye sores and the amount of money to be made vs. focusing on the positives attributes, inclusion, and diversification, I usually shut them down real fast. Look, I get it. I have to make a living and take care of my business. And don't get me wrong, I love the idea of having new neighbors and the value of my home increasing, duh. I'm a business woman. But at what point in the business life cycle do people realize that there are ways to build communities with a conscious, or are we so far gone that we can't consider the human beings who have occupied a property or a neighborhood for sometimes 30 to 50 years?
I am so blessed to be working with the best of the best on Katie Hill. We know each other so well, and are at a pivotal moment in our growth cycle in which we can protect those around us, and grow at the same time. Why? BECAUSE WE LIVE HERE. When you actually live in a community, you will do anything you can to lower crime statistics and create a safe environment by building relationships and trust with local law enforcement/ govt. agencies. In our minds, if we don't do it, it might not be done consciously, and again WE LIVE HERE. We want to experience fellowship with our neighbors, and create opportunities for those who may have never had the same ones we've had. You see a child, and you know they deserve the same education and opportunities of those children living in nicer communities, because we know that education is vital to a child's success as he/she goes out into the real world.
With all of this being said, I want to challenge everyone in Nashville to think a little differently, specifically those in the real estate and development industries. This is not a difficult concept, and Lord knows we won't do everything perfectly and will make mistakes along the way. As a neighbor and a community organizer, I will ask you to do a few thing going forward that you may not have thought of in the past. Consider the community in which you intend on revitalizing before you consider the money going into your pocket. Consider the families, the children, and the homes in which people occupy, regardless of their race or income level. There is plenty of money to be made in this growing economy, but I also feel as if we can do a better job paying mind to the neighborhoods that have been around for years and years, generation after generation. Do some homes need vast improvements? Sure. But what ways can we help residents improve their quality of life or effectively incorporate affordable housing ( which raises the question of... what is affordable these days ?) with the booming real estate market? In my opinion, the ones who really step into the community to play a bigger role than just ' developer', 'realtor' or even 'new homeowner' , will preserve while improving the future landscape of our city. This is why Nashville Next is so vital to our city. The people must stand up for what they would like to see in their neighborhoods. We live here, we have a to speak up for those who may not have voice or impact.
Everyone has the opportunity to be a giver and community activist in their everyday lives by considering the basic needs and necessities of all individuals. I would also ask you to speak differently when referring to the diverse dynamics of certain neighborhoods. Stop dwelling on the negatives. Stop dwelling on the fact there is crime, and do something about it. I promise you, when I had my old condo for sale in Hillsboro Village, no one asked me about the gun that was pulled on me right outside my front door, because based on perception, that is something that would never happen in such an affluent community.... right? I also would ask you to take ownership in the neighborhoods your work in. Pick up trash if you see it on the side of the road, get to know the people who live on the streets, and treat them like you would want to be treated. As Realtors, you are not just selling a home, you are selling a lifestyle. If you are showing/selling property in a diverse community, encourage your buyers to get involved and get to know their new neighbors.
And Last, integrate social responsibility into your business plans and work with other Realtors, developers, neighborhood associations, and local business owners in the communities your serve. Developers/Builders, , consider hiring work with in the neighborhoods you are building in. If you see young men walking the streets without work, offer to teach them. Incent your contractors to hire these young men (and women). This is grassroots folks. This is not donating money or plopping your logo next to a charity ( which is all good if that's your thing) , this is getting your feet dirty and putting true effort into improving the quality of life for everyone, old and new. In life, many individuals will disappoint us, but I promise, if you can develop relationships with those around you in need, you may change 10 lives or maybe just 1, but you have at least provided an opportunity to the communities in which you serve, and that's what it takes. One individual can make an incredible impact. You may call yourself just a Realtor, builder, or developer. But in my opinion, you are so much more; the next 20 years in Nashville sits on your shoulders, and I'm a bit nervous about it. You can either continue building and encouraging gentrification,or you can take a socially responsive approach to this growth and differentiate yourself from the rest by putting people and the needs of the community first. I promise, you will be financially rewarded. It's just the way this universe works.
Myself, along with many others are passionate about our inner city communities, especially our children. We want to see Nashville unlike any other US city regarding diversity and economic growth.
If you have not considered what your company or organization is doing to become more socially responsible, I would recommend an action plan, otherwise, the ones who care about this issue will speak even louder.
I have done several interviews with different media outlets and this topic seems to be covered more and more everyday. This is not a threatening message by any means, it's simply a message of encouragement in hopes you might think a little differently when you walk the streets of Nashville showing property , or knock on the door of an 85 year-old widowed African-American woman to inquire on purchasing her home as an investment. The government may control many aspects of growth through regulations and zoning, but they will never be able to regulate our conscious or character. Nashville's future relies on each and every one of us.
Be sensitive. Be bold. Be passionate. Be Different .Make A Difference.
Kind Regard and LOVE for NASHVILLE -
Lindsey C Langley
I have been exiting the Trinity Lane exit for over a year now. After about 5 months, i noticed this fenced in area with grown up weeds surrounding 4 or 5 beautiful old trees. Jack Cawthon initially told me the Trinity Lane area was named Talbot's Corner and about 15 years ago he organized a cleanup of the cemetery that now sits oof of I-65 and Trinity Lane. As I became more intrigued with the history of Nashville North By Northeast, I did more and more research. As you may have read in a previous blog , I have a bit of a strange passion for preserving historical cemeteries, even since my youth. As a high school student I organized a clean up for a cemetery in my hometown that had historical significance to the Franklin/ Harpeth community. Why on earth would we not preserve the resting place of those who came before us? In my opinion, it is completely disrespectful to let these historical cemeteries become neglected. It hurts my heart to think that this was a place where their descendants could come to pay their family members honor and respect.
Once I started Reseaching theTalbot family, I learned so much (and continue to learn) about who they were and how they got here. I learned that Thomas Talbot, the head of the family, was a very interesting and important man regarding the history of Nashville and how we became who we are. I also learned that he owned the land in which my home sits. After learning many of my neighbors still have fruit trees in their yards, the pieces of the puzzle suddenly connected. Here is a little snipit of how the story goes: I found this article here
Thomas Talbot was born in Virginia and when a young man, moved with his father and brothers to the Watauga Settlement in what would become Tennessee, the first self-governing community in the United States. Along with his father and several of his brothers, he volunteered for militia service under John Sevier and was present at the Battle of Kings Mountain where he was wounded in the head by a musket ball. He served as the Sheriff for Washington County, North Carolina, a county that would become part of the State of Tennessee. When the citizens of the Watauga Settlement organized to form their own state government, Thomas Talbot was elected as the Clerk of the Senate for the short-lived State of Franklin. He married Ruth Greer, the daughter of another distinguished frontiersman, Andrew Greer. Together in 1785, they moved to Fort Nashborough which would in time become the city of Nashville. He purchased a large acreage north of the Cumberland River adjoining Eaton's station and extending from the Dickerson Pike to the river. Here in 1791 he built a large house and operated a plantation that included many fruit trees from which he made brandy. In 1804, together with his brother Clayton, he opened a tavern on the east side of the square that for many years would be a center of Nashville society and politics. Talbot's new tavern became the leading hotel of the city and it was here that a public dinner in honor of Aaron Burr was given by Andrew Jackson. In 1813, the tavern was the scene of the famous brawl between Andrew Jackson and John Coffee on one side and Jesee and Thomas Hart Benton on the other. Jackson was seriously wounded during this fight. Thomas Talbot was for many years one of the leading citizens of Nashville and died at his plantation home on 28 January 1831. Sometime before his death, he married Elizabeth Paw. All of his children were by his first wife, Ruth Greer.
Pretty cool huh? And a bit sad at the same time. How could a family with such impact on the Nashville community be somewhat forgotten? I even found an article dated back to 1964, where Talbot Feild ( presumably a deschendent of Thomas Talbot) wrote regarding the stones of the Talbot Family Cemetery have been destroyed, but burried there are Thomas Talbot, a Revolutionary Soldier, his wife, Ruth Greer ( daughter of Andrew Greer and sister to Joeseph Greer, Eli Talbot, and also the tomb of Thomas H. Fletcher and wife Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Ruth Greer Talbot. ( see pictures below of those tombs that I discovered)
Words written about Mrs. Ruth Greer Talbot:
Hard by the "mansion" where she lived, in the thick shade of a beautiful grove, in the valley of he little stream called " Page's Branch" , is the quiet burial ground in which is her grave beside that of her husband, Thomas Talbot. She was a woman of strong character, energetic, and industrious; the mother of eight children, and is described as " an affectionate wife, mistress, a kind neighbor and charitable to the poor" .
Wow. What I wouldn't give to have met Mrs. Ruth Greer Talbot. She is described in the Nashville Presbyterian Historical book as the type of lady I would want to know. I feel somewhat strangely connected to her because I fell in love with Page's Branch when Troy and I got lost picking up trash a couple months ago. What a beautiful little hidden water way through Nashville that I never knew existed, although I drove over it everyday.
As you look at the photos below, you will see that this important Nashville landmark is still neglected years later. It is my goal to organize a clean up crew to preserve this cemetery and honor the Talbot Family. I will be working on this the next couple of weeks, but I will need the support of the community in order to make that happen. I also would like the find a local landscaper or contractor who would be willing to donate possibly their time and supplies to re-build the fence surround the Talbot family cemetery. If you personally would be interested in lending a hand, landscaping tools, supplies or services... or have someone in mind, please reach out to me. This is a project I hope to complete prior to the end of July or August. I am hopeful we can give this family the recognition, honor, and respect they so rightfully deserve.
After nearly a year of organization and meetings, we were ready for Mayor Karl Dean to visit our group of community leaders, officials and neighbors. I remember in August of last year when Jack and I spoke and it was just the 2 of us talking about our vision and what we would like to see. I have watched my neighborhood visually change so much just the past 12 months. We had a room filled with over 50-60 individuals this past month to discuss the progress of Nashville North By Northeast and what plans to come in the future. I will continue to push forward regardless of what others do. Sometimes I get discouraged with what other people are NOT doing, such as maintaining their property and keeping up with their commitment to improve the area. This is NOT about money to me, but about community and preserving our neighborhoods and historical attributes, which i will write about in a future blog. But I am excited for our future! Non The less, here are some of the photos from our last meeting. I love meeting so many people interesting in revitalizing NASHVILLE NORTH BY NORTH EAST!
We had our first summer Katie Hill neighborhood meeting last Thursday. I was overwhelmed with the turnout of over 40 neighbors and community leaders. What was so amazing about the meeting was to look around at the different demographics. All ages, races, and income levels, in the same room, with the same goals of building and uniting our community of Katie Hill. What a blessing! We were honored to have Courtney Wheeler with the mayor's office of neighborhoods, the zone director for NAZA, the afterschool care and initiative created by Mayor Karl Dean, Sgt. Mitch Kornberg from the Metro Nashville police North precinct, and of course our great councilman of district 2, Frank Harrison. Frank kicked off the meeting talking about the importance of community engagement and as our councilman, he works for us. And we are very grateful for that! We came up with some great ideas regarding the children and our neighborhood and having a summer block party. I can't wait to see even more great things from Katie Hill. I love my neighborhood and everyone who calls Katie Hill Home sweet home!
In life you always hear people say, " It's not what you know, its who you know". Well first of all, don't get it twisted. I'd say that knowledge is power, and most people can pick up when you are just blowing smoke up their a$$. So it's advisable to continue the learning process as you move through life. When it comes to the concept of "it's who you know", well that could be questionable in my opinion. I've met many individuals in life who are bright as the sky, have the network of Oprah, but quite honestly, I'd rather have a conversation with a straight man about the new Christian Louboutin Fall line. It's just plain boring. With that being said, I find it extremely important not only to build your network, but also genuinely engage with the people with in your professional and personal communities in order to reach your personal goals and what you define as success.
I know that not everyone is a natural "engager" or "includer" ( Check out StrengthsFinders2.0 ) ,but I am learning more and more that genuine relationships open doors to new adventures and opportunties. The simple introduction and network just isn't enough these days. This goes for both the digital network and the face to face network. People are drawn to passionate individuals with whom they connect with on a much more intimate level than the surface. This connection is not simply made by telling your own story, but it's just as important to listen and learn from those around you. Imagine going through your day and not hearing, reading, or seeing a "feel good" story. These stories are what connect us all as humans. They are what make us feel happy, sad, encouraged and motivated. Stories build relationships and relationships are the key to a fulfilling life in my opinion. As fast of a paced world we live in, we can never neglect or underestimate the importance of human engagement and organic authenticity.
Just recently, a good friend of mine referred me to one of his colleagues who is in the music management business. So we met for dinner and discussed one of his artists who he is struggling to promote on social media and ultimately increase his record sales. Let's name this artist "Ricky Johnson " (that sounds like a country artist right?). Ricky is no Blake Shelton or George Straight, but this guy has legitimately written with A list country singers and has a few unique selling points to his brand. As any one who consults in the digital media/content management arena, my questions revolved around getting to know Ricky's target market/brand, followed by, " So how well does Ricky interact with his fan base and is he genuinely engaged?". His response was, " Oh he hates it and he just won't do it. He's too busy and I'm paying someone to do it for us. But I have also bought about 75,000 twitter followers and Facebook friends and I'm pretty excited about the fan base being built up." I then went to ask him about the first week of record sales since his album had just released. Ricky had sold 20 digital downloads the first week. My mouth almost fell the floor and I again reminded myself of why this concept wasn't working for Ricky....or anyone in the world. I kindly explained to the gentleman that I am a firm believer that quality is much more valuable than quantity and it would be more effective to have 500 Facebook that are genuinely interested vs. spam and non engaged individuals. When your network is inspired and encouraged by your story, don't worry. They will share it, your network (relationships) grows naturally, and your over all value increases.
I unfortunately had to tell the gentleman I couldn't help him or his artist. Especially since the artist is dead set on not interacting with his current and potential fans. Ricky has the talent to succeed, a network of very successful music industry heavy hitters, but unfortunately has zero desire to genuinely communicate with his current fan base and potential fan base. Fan base = loyalty, job security, and income. Sorry Ricky Redneck. I wish you the best of luck.
So as your think about different ways to reach your goals and success as you define it, think about Ricky Johnson. Consider that it is always a plus to have the knowledge/skill/talent because learning and honing your craft throughout life only makes you better. Also consider the network around you could potentially lay the foundation and build a few doors, but how you communicate with others and cultivate meaningful relationships with that network is what ultimately opens those doors to new adventures and opportunities . The beautiful thing about life is that we are given the opportunity to define what the meaning of success is as individuals. We get the opportunity to share experiences and create stories with the people we meet along the way, and if that's all I accomplish in life, well I'd consider myself one extremely successful kick-a$$ woman.
I love history. I inherited the appreciation of history from my father. The past year I have pondered on the question of .. " Who is Katie? " Katie Hill consist of the following street names: Katie St. , Fern Avenue, Bessie Ave. , Vester, Weakley Ave., Aline Ave, and few roads that are named, but no longer in service. I had heard of the last name " Haynie" from Matthew. He stated that the old beautiful home on the hill used to have this gorgeous roof and it stated "Haynie's Grove". So that is where I started. I decided today to head down to the Nashville Archives in Leau of a lunch break. I was approached by very helpful, knowledgeable individuals that helped me navigate through several of the old Nashville maps. Fern Avenue was actually the cut off for "Nashvillle City Limits" so many of the maps stopped right in front of the street. After finding the maps, one of the kind gentleman even found the Titles for the Haynies Grove site plan. AKA, the original Katie Hill. Here are some of the fun facts I have researched, and then I will tell you what more is to be done.
1. Fern Avenue actually was not fully Fern Avenue. According to the maps below, my home would have fern Avenue stopped pretty much in front of my home and changes into Highview Street. What an appropriate name right!?
2. The plots from the original plan in 1912 are literally still the same today. The neighborhood was literally designed in all 50ft wide lots to obviously build a community and small homes.
3. What I know about the Haynie's that could potentially correlate to a few of the street names:
- Joseph ( J. B. ) Haynie was Married to a lady named Lula S. Haynie (1864-1925). ( take a look at the 1912 maps, Weakley street actually turned into Lula Ave. They purchased the plot of land sometime around the 1898-1900. I found an old court docket regarding a lawsuit with the previous owner and liens of the property, but that is a totally different post. Very interesting!
-Joseph and Lula had one daughter. Her name was Bessie Hall. Bessie was married to a man named William Hall, and they later had 2 children.
-Joseph Haynie was the son of Kate Haynie. From what I can gather right now, Katie Haynie (1836-1910) is our Miss Katie Hill.
The family seemed to have been very small, but close. I found in some of the old directories online that JB and Lula owned a real estate company and in census documents, Mrs. Lula is titled a "saleslady" and a "dressmaker" . They later moved to Fatherland Street according to the census documents and all lived within the same household.
The other 2 families according to the maps that I am having a hard time finding anything on is the Weakley family and the Dodd Family. I originally thought Weakley may have been from the famous Nashvillian Pioneer, Robert Weakley, but I have a feeling it is someone that helped develop the little community.
I have been digging around ancestry.com looking for family history and it is so much fun. I also talked to Mr. Black, one of my older neighbors who has lived on Katie for 45 years and he shared some information with me about the family that actually built his home and the stories regarding why they are built the way they are ( small with cinder block frames )
Needless to say, as of right now, we still can't confirm 115% as to who Katie is .... But we are getting close, and I think she was a sweet housekeeper named Mrs. Kate Haynie.
Super cool stuff and I am just in love with the idea of bringing light to some of the history of our little hill. I want to know everything I can about our streets, our heritage, and how we came about. Dickerson Road was the first road in Nashville and we are sitting right off of it. Wonder where the name Fern came from? Maybe that is just the them along with Evergreen, and Burch? Who knows, but more history to come on Katie Hill.
We held our 4th Nashville North By Northeast United meeting on the 8th of April. It was a great meeting to discuss the happenings around our newly energized part of Nashville. I am amazed at the amount of involvement and engagement from at least over 40-50 people each time. We also have new people show up every meeting and I fond that extremely encouraging. I keep saying it, but commercial and residential have to come together to help improve our community. We all must maintain a common goal to encourage a safe community and begin to experience the economic growth that other Nashville communities are experiencing. I will continue to preach the same message of building a diverse and organic community of individuals who have the same vision as myself and people like Ross & Matthew. I am so thankful to have people around me who inspire me to speak up and spread our vision and mission here on Katie Hill !
We have all heard this term before. The snippy little guy or girl that walks around thinking he/she knows everything. I have to admit, I am just over 5'3 and I have the Little Woman Syndrome. But in a different way.
In life and in business, we are always taught that it is "who we know" that matters, and not "what we know". We are taught that we must continuously be networking and associating ourselves with people who are in a position higher than us, and can help "take us to the next level". To all of you out there that still have this sad mentality, let me break it down for you, because times have changed. Now don't get me wrong here, building relationships in life and in business is one of the key factors of success. But REAL true relationships are what matters.
Old-timers, let me introduce you to the new generation of entrepreneurs, activists, and leaders. The little men and women who have big ideas and dreams of making a difference. We don't know the right people, we don't have the notebook of people who can hand us opportunities, and we tend to focus on networking with like minded individuals. Let me give you a couple examples of how digital media has changed the game.
1. Youtube. Justin Bieber. Period. ( I am not going to discuss him any further, but you get my point)
2. Twitter. The Single Woman , Mandy Hale . Blogger turned hit author Mandy Hale is affectionately known around the world as “The Single Woman.” Invited by Oprah to cover her “Lifeclass: the Tour” events in St. Louis and New York City as part of OWN’s “VIP Press Corps” in 2012, and featured at the Women of Faith conference in Hartford, Connecticut, Mandy has also been named a “Twitter Powerhouse” by the Huffington Post, a “Woman of Influence” by the Nashville Business Journal, and a “Single in the City” by Nashville Lifestyles magazine. She has also been a featured in Forbes magazine, the Huffington Post, and on Glamour.com. With followers from all over the world, Mandy has made a name for herself as the voice of empowerment and sassiness for single women across the globe.
Both the Biebs and Mandy Hale were the little man and little woman. But they built a following. A true grass roots following based on their authenticity and TRUE talents. Biebs had never met with a huge record execs when Usher discovered him. He sang a song, put it on Youtube, and people listened. Mandy is a true inspiration. Because all she did was begin speaking from her heart about what she experiences day to day as a single woman. Needless to say, there are many single women in the world who became inspired by her encouraging words, and the following was created and continues to grow.
10-15 years ago, one would have to get a record deal or a publishing deal to even get close to putting out an album or publishing a book, or be invited to hang with Oprah. But not anymore y'all. Oprah is calling Mandy. Usher is calling The Biebs. Its a total flip flop world these days. Hell, I'm sometimes shocked at the people who call me or ring my doorbell on a Saturday morning asking what in the world is going on with Katie Hill.
A movement starts from the bottom up. Movements occur in numbers by a group of individuals who share the same passions and interests. These interests are not driven by money, they are driven by the desire to make a positive change or impact others lives in a positive way. One person may lead that movement, but they can't do it alone. The internet has made it so much easier to build these movements. I have to say I have recieved at least 5-10 emails or messages in the past week regarding Katie Hill. We are all the same type of individuals. They are sometimes shocked that I respond so quickly and I want to meet for lunch or dinner and talk. I am most likely more excited to meet them, then they are to meet me. I want to know what drives them, what motivates them about this area, and it really makes my heart smile to see that I am not the only crazy one out here going against the grain and the norm. They are my neighbors and they are experiencing the same things I am. I am connected to them almost like brothers and sisters and I want to protect them, and in some way feel obligated to at this point.
As little people, we we will ALWAYS face bigger problems than the bigger, cool, privileged kids. I have been very complimentary to the North Precinct the past few months for attending our meetings and listening to my concerns. But in some ways, I feel like I am beating my head on a wall, In my business, I have to listen to what problems my clients have, come up with solutions, and then execute. That is exactly what has to get better with Katie Hill and crime suppression. We really need help, and the more people I can get on board expressing our concerns, the more serious we will be taken. Right now, I feel a bit discouraged and I've got to put more focus on it.
I am not afraid to speak my mind and I have nothing to lose, and only to gain. If you don't like what I have to say or how I say it, plug your ears. I have learned in life, if I take a few risks and I continue doing the right thing, God will always provide because He knows my heart. He built me the way I am. Every now and again, I deserve to get my hand slapped, but I will get the job done. I am doing His work and sometimes that takes a little risk and making my own way vs. getting tied up in the political jargon that comes along with this. I think about Jesus dying on the cross and what he stood for. He suffered selflessly for me. The least I can do for my community is fight for what is right and what we deserve and be the voice for those who have not yet spoken or don't know what to say. LITTLE PEOPLE UNITE. :-)
Lynclair - the little woman
…. with big dreams ;-)
One year ago today, I discovered this place. (See the blog post I wrote ) I rushed down yesterday afternoon to capture the sunset, especially before all of the leaves grow in. One thing from Katie Hill and this special part of Nashville is that the sunsets and the views change dramatically simply by the folliage and wonderful seasons we enjoy here in Middle Tennessee.
2 weeks ago, Julia Landstreet, Director of the Civic Design Center sent me an email. The email contained a link to a Bidgestone Re-Fuel The Cause Contest. Julia just thought of me and my community when she read the description of the contest and was nice enough to forward on to me and suggested I enter.
The Details of the contest :
Green spaces are good for the earth and good for people, offering a wealth
of benefits such as stress reduction, peace, a place for recreational activity
and enjoyment. Bridgestone Americas understands the health and
environmental benefits of green spaces, such as community gardens, walking
trails, playgrounds, etc. To help consumers embrace sustainability and become
Everyday Performers of green acts, Bridgestone is hosting the Fuel the Cause
Contest, which will create a green space in one U.S. community
compliments of a $25,000 gift from Bridgestone.
so I rushed home and started typing. I only had 500 words to say what I needed to about Lock One Park. I described the historical significance of the area and how I found it to be extremely sad that no one pays attention to it. I also explained as Katie Hill and our community grows, we really need some sort of green space for children to play and give familes an opportunity to enjoy green space. So 5 days later, I get an email stating that I make the TOP 12 in the country and in the running to win the $25,000 prize for Lock 1 Park! I about fell in the floor. What an honor and what an opportunity to transform this park, build recognition by partnering with such great company - Bridgestone, and preserve a Nashville forgotten historical landmark.
With that being said, pending a few documents being signed by Metro Parks (they have worked their butts off trying to get this paperwork in order... I cannot say THANK YOU enough to the people over at Parks & Rec) we will be in the running to win the e $25,000 for L1P! This is a public vote that will run from April 30th- Apri 31st. I will need EACH AND EVERYONE of you to help me with this. I need everyone and their momma, cousins, sisters, whoever, to go and vote for us online! I will send a link out as soon as it becomes avaialble from Bridgestone. Again, I am SO THANKFUL AND BLESSED that Bridgestone is doing this contest to give back to the community and I am even more thankful their contest people picked me and see the same vision I have for my community.
My heart is full of joy. I discovered this park 1 year ago today, and look how far we have come.
This is My Fern Avenue View. I usually post all of the beautiful views and homes on Fern Avenue. As well as the progress we have made. But let me take one step back for a moment. This has got to stop. I actually enjoy trash pick up on Sundays when the weather is nice. I can put my headphones on, and go to town. But I get extremely frustrated with people's lack of respect for mother Earth, and my community. In most situations, I can find a solution to the problem. This one has me stumped. Why would anyone purposely throw trash on the ground? It really makes no sense. It is mainly fast food rubbish, cigarette butts, and losing lottery tickets. So is this a demographics issue, education issue? How do you properly address this? The only reason I spend Sundays picking up trash is because I hate looking at it and it makes me sad. But I need suggestions here. This is just unnecessary. Please protect the world we live in and don't litter. It's a simple concept that is easily over looked and forgotten in certain parts of our metropolitan areas.
I'd like to give a special thank you to Whitney Walter, my neighbor who connected me with Getahn Ward, Business writer for the Tennessean. I would also like to thank Getahn for writing a very good description on what we have going on here on Katie Hill and the process to come in 2014 !
So the name has been set and board members appointed. WE ARE Nashville North By Northeast United, NxNE for short! Harvey "Mac" McDonald and Jack Cawthon (both key leaders in developing the Broadway and Downtown Nashville area years ago... What an honor to work with such great community leaders!) led our conversation and "brainstorming" on naming our new group compiled of Community leaders, business owners, and Metro Nashville officials a couple of weeks ago. We are excited to announce our unity among rhe four NxNE communities of Talbots corner, Katie Hill, Dickerson Pike Historic District, and The Brick Church Pike Business Park. Since our first meeting in August, we have been brainstorming and gathering community support from neighbors, businesses and leaders. The Nashville Northeast communities are engaged and ready for the growth and development that is occurring in our own back yard. With our communities literally being a "song ride away" from downtown, it is only evitable we transition into one of the most desirable corridors of the Metro-Nashville area. As we evolve, be prepared to hear about many great community engagement projects and clean up efforts, residential and commercial real estate opportunities, and the over-all opportunity to become a part of something truly special in Nashville!
Explored Lock one park again today. I also did some research on Heaton's station. Quite possibly one of the least desirable and undervalued city Park in Nashville. This place has amazing views, and a ton of history dating back to the original Nashville settlers. There were three main settlements when James Robertson came to Nashville, and lock one park is one of those. Not only does it have one of the greatest use of downtown Nashville, there is quite a bit of green space and access to the Cumberland River. I would love to see picnic tables, a Boatdock, a restaurant, and common space for children to play. I'm ready to get on the horn with this one and make something happen soon in this rare, hidden jewel of Nashville.