Samuel and Jane Currey
Letter of Dismissal from 3rd Presbyterian Church in Belfast, Northern Ireland
I hereby certify that
the bearer thereof, Samuel Currey and his wife Jane have been members of the
Third Congregation in Belfast from its erection, to the date of November, 1727,
and have behaved themselves soberly and Christianly, free from all public
scandal known to us, and were admitted to all church privileges as occasion
offered, so that we have great freedom to recommend them to the good acceptance
of any Christian Society where Divine Providence may order their lot.
Subscribed, in the absence of our minister, at Belfast, this 6th day of June,
2. He is listed as a yeoman, which meant in all likelihood
that he was a free landowner.
3. He purchased land in New London
Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania,
on May 26, 1750.
4. There is a death listed as April 21, 1758 in Chester County.
We have no record of Jane’s death.
5. He and Jane are listed as having, in one document, three
sons, Samuel, Ezekiel, and John. In another document they have six sons, adding
Moses, Robert, and James. These are also the names of his grandsons from his
son John. This may account for the confusion.
6. Jane is listed only as Jane in some sources and as
Elizabeth (Eliza) Jane in another. Since it was a practice in this family to carry
given names and matriarchal names through the generations, we find one of
John’s daughters is named “Jane” and one of Robert Brownlee’s daughters is
named “Jane Elizabeth.” John’s son John II had daughters named “Jane” and
“Elizabeth.” Based on the frequency of the names, more than likely, Jane was a
first name and Elizabeth
a second. We may never find out her surname.
We find the maiden names of Brownlee and Owen used over and over. As far
as the number of children by Samuel and Jane, it is quite possible that the
others are real sons or close relatives. Moses, for example, is listed as a
private in Captain John Ramsey’s Company in the Revolutionary War and having
been born “on the Ocean” in 1733.
In The Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography published
in 1915. The name is also spelled without the “e.” This Moses married Sarah
Moore, born in 1736 in
Ezekiel was at Alamance: He was listed as Ezekiel Cure on
the regulator list. His brother John was listed as John Curey on the list.
Others on the list include most of the Nashville
founders such as James Robertson and a Cartwright. Unable to find any records
on Elizabeth’s family but Brownlees were quite
numerous in the Ulster
community in Pennsylvania and in Northern Ireland registers and in Scotland, especially at Torfoot, Scotland.
Undoubtedly Robert Brownlee Currey was named after her father and the Brownlee
name was used by many other generations.
Ezekiel fought at the battle of Guilford and was wounded, according to his son.
Moved again to Middle Tennessee along with other members of
Died and was buried at Nolensville in Williamson County.
Regulator movement, designation for
two groups, one in South Carolina, the other in North Carolina, that tried to
effect governmental changes in the 1760s. In South Carolina, the Regulator movement was
an organized effort by backcountry settlers to restore law and order and
establish institutions of local government. Plagued by roving bands of outlaws
and angered by the assembly's failure to provide the western counties with
courts and petty officers, the leading planters, supported by small farmers,
created (1767) an association to regulate backcountry affairs. They brought
criminals to justice and set up courts to resolve legal disputes. The assembly
and the governor, recognizing the legitimacy of the grievances, did not attempt
to crush the movement. By 1768, order was restored, and the Circuit Court Act
of 1769, providing six court districts for the backcountry, led the Regulators
to disband. The movement in W North Carolina,
with different causes, arose at the same time. Led by small farmers protesting
the corruption and extortionate practices of sheriffs and court officials, the
Regulators, strongest in Orange,
Granville, Halifax, and Anson counties, at first petitioned (1764–65) the
assembly to recall its officers. When this failed, they formed (1768) an
association pledged to pay only legal taxes and fees and to abide by the will
of the majority. They won control of the provincial assembly in 1769, but with
Gov. William Tryon,
the provincial council, and the courts against them they were unable to secure
relief. At first orderly, the Regulators resorted to acts of violence
(especially at Hillsboro)
after Edmund Fanning,
a particularly despised official, was allowed to go unpunished. Those actions
alienated large property holders and the clergy from the movement. On May 16,
1771, Tryon's militia completely routed a large body of Regulators in the
battle of Alamance Creek. Seven of the leaders were executed, and the movement
collapsed. One group of Regulators moved west to Tennessee, where they helped form the Watauga
Association, but most of them submitted. Tensions remained, however,
between the western farmers and the tidewater.
The Battle of Alamance
The battle began on May 16 after the Regulators rejected Tryon's suggestion
that they disperse peacefully. Lacking leadership, organization, and adequate
arms and ammunition, the Regulators were no match for Tryon's militia. Many
Regulators fled, leaving their bolder comrades to fight on.
The rebellion of the Regulators was crushed. Nine members of the king's
militia were killed and 61 wounded. The Regulator losses were much greater,
though exact numbers are unknown. Tryon took 15 prisoners; seven were hung
later. Many Regulators moved on to other frontier areas beyond North Carolina. Those
who stayed were offered pardons by the governor in exchange for pledging an
oath of allegiance to the royal government.
The War of the Regulation illustrates how dissatisfied much of the
population was during the days before the American Revolution. The boldness
displayed by reformers opposed to royal authority provided a lesson in the use
of armed resistance, which patriots employed a few short years later in the
American War for Independence.
ROBERT BROWNLEE CURREY
Perkins Letter by Robert Brownlee Currey
This is a transcript
of a letter written by Robert Brownlee Currey to his son Richard Owen Currey on
May 12, 1845 in
which he describes the books ( Perkins Works) that have been in the family
since the 1600s. He also gives us an insight into his childhood in North Carolina during
the Revolutionary War years.
These volumes of
Perkins’ works have descended in the family through generations unknown, The
first volume appears to have been written in 1592 and printed in Cambridge in 1605. The
spelling conforms to the ancient orthography. The text will be found to differ
from our present translation, being previous to the translation done by
“special command of James I of England.”
is a piece of antiquity rare in family libraries, some history of its
preservation and also of its present stained condition, connected with past
events may be satisfactory, especially to posterity. Its first appearance
within my recollection was in one volume strongly bound in buff leather with
two brass clasps to secure it in front. It was highly esteemed by my father as
an orthodox work. I have been informed that the whole 954 pages now embraced in
this first volume was likewise originally bound in one volume; and that what is
now included in the second volume came to hand in numbers as they issued from
the London Press in 1606—My father in 1767 had the whole bound in one volume as
appears by a memorandum of that date to the binder on a blank leaf.—As an
apology for its present stained condition, I can speak from memory, though as
the reminiscence of days of early childhood,--corroborated by what I have since
heard from the elder branches of the family, During the revolutionary war my
father lived in a part of North Carolina (Randolph County) that turned out many
more Tories than Whigs and the country was often over run by Brittons, Hessians
and Tories, who plundered and destroyed the property of all who bore the name
of Whig wherever they went, and as a precaution against those depredations, the
Whigs found it necessary to conceal their most valuable property. Our presses
were not as prolific in those days in furnishing the reading world with books
as at present. Patent presses, steam presses and stereotypes were unknown;
indeed it was a rare thing to see a book printed on this side of the Atlantic. It is true the demand was limited, but those
who had valuable books and could read them, esteemed them far above their cost;
and without irreverence they might have been called their household gods. This
valuable book with others and other household goods were deposited in a stable,
the clay being first excavated, like an old fashioned potato hole, the contents
carefully boxed up, covered, leveled over of a top dressing straw and thus the
precious contents were abandoned to their fate. Like Moses in the little ark,
no one being allowed to go near them lest some lurking spy should be watching
their movements. As the war was conducted with various success, a brighter day
soon appeared (I think Colos. Washington and Lee were then scouring the
country) but unfortunately for the hidden treasure, a gust of wind and rain in
the meantime had unroofed the stable and partially drenched every thing; and
this venerable book notwithstanding its strong binding and brass clasps was not
proof against the searching elements; but like Jeremiahs girdle hid in the hole
at Euphrates, “Behold it was marred,” Being then 6 or 7 years old it as quite
amusing to me to see books of paper opened to the sun and their leaves
fluttering to the wind; but being prohibited from entering the precincts
allotted to them, and my father looking unusually vexed, was a damper to my
spirits. Amongst the exciting scenes of those days I have not forgotten a
vicious horse that maliciously run over me; and how well pleased I was when a
plundering party from the British army carried him off. This old Book awakens
many recollections of those perilous times and bygone years, I heard the report
of the cannon fired at the battle of Guilford
(March 1781) Witnessed the distress of my mother, her prayers for the
unfortunate sufferers and for the success of our cause. A few weeks after this
I saw an engagement between a company of mounted volunteers and a much larger
force of Tories and Hessians. This commenced in full view (deep river between)
and as they approached within gunshot, my mother very prudently sent the
Children to the opposite side of the house; but curiosity prompted me to take
my station where I could peep past the corner and I was delighted with the caps
and feather of our volunteers, their rapid movements and the reports of guns.
The Tory Captain was killed and several of his men. Indeed they suffered a
complete defeat and rout. In the infamy and fate of this Captain (Frankland)
there is an admonitory lesson to be beware selfish aggrandizement, ambition and
pride, where patriotism and love of country alone ought to be the governing
principle—He had professed great patriotism and devotion to the defense of his
country and had offered as a candidate to command this same company of horse;
but they choosing to elect another, he therefore lost all of his patriotism,
enrolled some Tories and went to the British army, where he obtained a
commission from King George and a recruit of Hessians. With this large company
he carried on his depredations, not forgetting to avenge himself on those who
had refused him the command; for the night before their defeat, thirsting for
blood and plunder they entered the neighborhood during a thunderstorm, but
while in pursuit of their first intended victim, became alarmed and fled, By
day light the company of Whigs were on their trail (nearly obliterated by the
rain) and after following round a circuit of some 20 or 30 miles and witnessing
the depredations committed in their flight, overtook and defeated them about
noon (as above stated) and within a few miles of the starting point. I saw my
father bleeding and drenched with blood from wounds inflicted by a Tory’s
sword, with a severe cut over the head, a finger severed from his hand and
others nearly so, from fending off a blow aimed at his neck. The Tories from
their numbers soon had the ascendancy, -this small company of Whigs were
dispersed, -my father made his way into Guilford
(April or May 1781). The family followed in the fall and we settled in that
part of Guilford which afterwards fell into the
new county of Rockingham. We soon after this were
gratified with the news of the capture of the British Army at Yorktown.
partly from memory and partly from tradition given a brief sketch of those
troublesome times, which may show that civil war is one of greatest evils that
can befall a country—neighbor arrayed against neighbor- depredations,
retaliations and cruel revenge follow till little or no quarter is given and a
deadly enemy is dreaded from behind every bush, I now return to the book and to
say something of ancestry.
remote ancestors were of Scotland
and spelled their name Currie comfortable to the ancient orthography. Those who
emigrated to Ireland, afterwards to suit the Irish pronunciation of the name
and also in conformity with the change of orthography substituting “y” or “ey”
in words terminating with “ie” spelled the name Corry, Correy, and others
My grandfather sailed from Belfast for America in the year 1729 as appears
from Certificate from the Presbyterians Church of June 1729 recommendatory of
Currey and his
wife Jane, now in my possession. He purchased land in Chester
County Pennsylvania and settled as a farmer and country merchant (Note-In
[White Clay] the oldest in the colony.) My father succeeded him in business,
was unsuccessful, failed and removed to North Carolina,
Near the close of
the war he moved to Haw River as already stated and some years after at a good
old age. This book suffered in those removing and journeying and
after my father’s
death by passing through several hands, it came to me almost destitute of care
and confusedly misplaced. I was truly sorry to see an old friend and
preceptor of my
father in such plight; and desiring its presentation as a memento, of ancestry
as well as an account of its great antiquity, I carefully and patiently
parts and loose leaves and sent it, with instructions to the binder in 1836 where
they were bound in two volumes under the direction of the Rev. James Smith.
. This brief history was written at the request of my son
Richard Owen Currey M.D.
Rob. B. Currey
The volumes are now in the possession of George H. Currey,
RICHARD OWEN CURREY 1816 – 1865 Son of
Robert Brownlee Currey and Jane Grey Owen Currey
Richard O. Currey,
the first person with an earned doctorate to teach science at what is now the University of Tennessee, was a prolific author, an innovative
educator, and a newsworthy minister. A Nashville
native, Currey graduated from the University
of Nashville in 1836. He
taught at Nashville
and volunteered with the Tennessee Geological Survey.
medicine at Transylvania University in 1837 38 before working under Dr.
Thomas Reid Jennings in Davidson
County. Currey received
his M.D. in 1840 from the University
of Pennsylvania. He
returned to Nashville,
resumed his medical career, and rejoined the Geological Survey. In 1842 he
married Rachel Jackson Eastin.
Four years later,
Currey became Professor of Chemistry, Experimental Philosophy, and Natural
History at East Tennessee
University in Knoxville. He introduced laboratory
instruction in botany and modernized science education. Currey supplemented his
salary by practicing medicine and publishing an almanac. He left the university
in September 1850 to accept a better paid professorship at the University of Nashville. He returned to medicine as a
livelihood, however, when cholera epidemics and financial problems forced the
closing of the school.
In 1851 Currey
published two issues of the Southern Agriculturist as well as a second
almanac, which advertised his new business, an apothecary shop called Chemical
Hall. In 1852 Currey join the State Medical Association, chairing a committee
on the adulteration of drugs and another on medical botany. He also helped plan
the Southern Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences. I began
publication in January 1853, with four coeditors, but became Currey's journal.
Over five years, Currey offered fifty seven major articles on regional
geology, medical practice, and other topics. He also wrote brief reports,
editorials, and book reviews. He authored a laudable book on the geology of Tennessee and one on the geology of western Virginia.
By May 1853 Currey was
involved in the construction of a hospital in Knoxville. At the same time he unsuccessfully
sought an appointment as state geologist. When the appointment failed to
materialize, Currey relocated to Knoxville,
taking the Southern Journal with him. He practiced medicine with an
emphasis in gynecology and became associated with Dr. B. F. Frazier in the
establishment of the School
of Medicine and Surgery
for Private Instruction. Currey was a leader medical organizations and,
perhaps, part owner of a hospital. Currey continued geological work throughout
the Southeast, perhaps occasionally as a paid consultant.
In 1857 Currey's son
died, the Southern Journal folded, and his medical school disbanded.
When Shelby Medical
College opened in Nashville in 1858 and began publishing the Nashville
Monthly Record of Medical and Physical Sciences, Currey became a professor
at the school and coeditor of the journal. This time, Currey's family remained
and he soon left the college to return home.
again, Currey studied theology, received ordination, and in 1859 became pastor
of Lebanon in the Fork
Presbyterian Church. He also operated the distinctive Daughter's Collegiate
Institute. To help young ladies learn more of human anatomy, Currey decorated
the school grounds with nude statues, which were not widely appreciated. In
1861 Currey entered Confederate service as a chaplain surgeon. By 1865 he
was caring for Union prisoners in North
Carolina, where he died while working in a
disease infested hospital.
Article in East
Tennessee Society Publication Titled: “Richard Owen Currey, a little known
intellectual figure of antebellum Tennessee”
by J.X.Corgan Also by Corgan in History
of Tennessee Medicine, Part IV, “Dr. Currey on iron, 1840.”
Volume 18, 1858
Currey, George W.
From The Salisbury Prison by
Louis A. Brown 1992
Algernon S. Currey
Algernon S. Currey was born in Nashville,
Tenn., in 1820, son of Robert B. and Jane G.
(Owen) Currey, who were born in North Carolina
respectively. The father was a farmer, and came to Tennessee with the noted Robertson family in
1790. His father was in the Revolutionary war, and was wounded at the battle of
Guilford Court House, N. C. His father came from Belfast,
Ireland, to the United States in 1727, and settled in Pennsylvania. Robert B.
Currey was born in February, 1774, and was employed to lay off the city of Nashville, and was
postmaster of the same in 1800, holding the office
until 1827. He was also mayor of the city for some time, and held that office
during La Fayette's visit to the city. In 1827 he retired to his farm, and
there remained until his death, in 1848. His wife died in 1867. Algernon S. was
reared in the city of Nashville,
and lived there with his father until twenty-one years of age. He then came to
Trenton, Gibson Co., Tenn.,
and began the practice of law, continuing two years. He then followed teaching
until the breaking out of the war, and in May, 1861, he organized Company F,
Fourth Tennessee Regiment, and he was chosen first lieutenant. The company was
reorganized at the end of one year, and our subject being unable for duty, he
was sent to the hospital at Memphis.
After his recovery he returned home, and did not again enlist, as he was over
age. His last engagement was at Shiloh. He
taught school in Trenton
until 1865, when he located on his present farm, of 500 acres of
well-improved land. He was deputy clerk for many years, before and after the
war, and in 1870 was appointed superintendent of public instruction, and held
that office for eight years. In 1842 he married Martha A. Nimmo, daughter of
Allen C. and C. (Owens) Nimmo. Mrs. Currey was born in Tennessee, and has borne her husband seven
daughters and four sons, all of whom are married and settled in life, and, like
their parents, are honorable and useful citizens. Mr. and Mrs. Currey are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and he is a Mason, and was
Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Tennessee one term. He is president
of the Agricultural Wheel in this district, and is a staunch Democrat and an
honest and trustworthy citizen. Goodspeed Biography
George Washington Currey
Author: Will T
George Washington Currey, M.D. Among the skilful and able
physicians and surgeons that have honored the medical profession of Nashville,
special mention should be made in this volume of the late dr. George Washington
Currey, whose many years of varied practice in hospitals, on the field of
battle, and in city and country, made his medical experience and proficiency
much above the average. A native of Nashville, he was born on meridian hill,
where his father, Robert Brownlee Currey, lived for many years.
up and educated in the city of his birth, George Washington Currey was
graduated from both the literary and the medical departments of the University
of Nashville, and immediately began the practice of his profession in
Nashville. In 1860 he removed to Memphis, this state, and at the breaking out
of the War Between the States was made surgeon of the Southern Mothers hospital,
and filled the position ably until the capture of Memphis by the enemy. Dr.
Currey then went with the army to Georgia, and for a time was stationed at
Ringgold, in charge of hospitals, all of which were later ordered to Newman,
where he remained until the close of the conflict. Returning then to Nashville,
the doctor was here successfully engaged in his professional labors until his
death, at the age of sixty‑three years, on January 25, 1885.
Dr. Currey married Emily
Donelson Martin, who was born in Tennessee, a daughter of James Glasgow Martin,
who was of early Virginia ancestry, and a pioneer settler of Nashville. Mr.
Martin owned and operated a farm which was situated but one and one‑half
miles from the hermitage, in a once famous neighborhood. He carried on general
farming with slave labor, residing on the old homestead until his death, at the
age of sixty-five years.Mrs. Emily Donelson Currey’s mother was
Catherine Donelson, a daughter of john Donelson who married Mary Purnell, of
snow hill, Maryland, and who were bride and groom on the flat boat
"adventure" when the father of John Donelson, the elder lieut. Col.
John Donelson made the famous voyage from the Watauga settlement down the
Tennessee river up the Ohio and Cumberland, .bringing the settlers to the
French salt lick, now the city of Nashville, in 1780.
Currey's grandfather was a brother of Mrs. Gen. Andrew Jackson, her mother,
Mrs. Jackson's niece. Mrs. Currey was reared within a mile of the 'hermitage'
and was often a visitor there. Mrs. Currey survived her husband but a few
years, passing away at the age of sixty‑eight years. She reared a large
family of children, viz.: dr. Martin c., Mrs. Mary C. Dorris, Robert B. Currey,
Andrew Donelson Currey, and George Ringgold Currey, now of Birmingham, Alabama.
A daughter, Miss Jennie Currey, a talented singer, died at the age of nineteen
years, and two children who died in infancy.
A History of
Tennessee and Tennesseans : the leaders and representative men in commerce,
industry and modern activities by Will T. Hale Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1913
John Henry Currey
Bio from RootsWeb World Connect Project
He graduated from the University
Of Nashville and received his medical
education at The Medical Dept. of the University of Nashville and Shelby
Medical College, which then stood on the site of the Custom House, He served in
the Civil War as Assistant Surgeon of the Ninth Georgia Battalion of Artillery.
At the close of the war he was on duty at Lee and Walker
Hospital at Columbus, Georgia.
He was appointed Assistant Postmaster in Nashville
in June 1877 by his brother-in-law, Dr. W. P. Jones and later became Postmaster
Obituary of John H. Currey, Nashville,
John H. Currey, one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of
Davidson County, passed away at his home in the Fifth District, six miles from
the city, at 3:15 o’clock yesterday afternoon. At an early hour he was attacked
by apoplexy, which was followed by a stroke of paralysis. Medical aid was
quickly summoned, and everything possible was done, but without avail, and,
surrounded by his wife and family, Dr. Currey passed quietly away.
Dr. Currey was a native of this county, and had attained the age of 71 years.
He was the son of Robert B. Currey, who was a leading man in the community, and
his mother was formerly Miss Jane Gray Owen. Dr. Currey's father was at one
time post-master of Nashville,
being the fourth occupant of that office. He was himself postmaster of this
city years ago, and discharged the duties of the position with great credit to
himself and the department. He was a graduate from the University
of Nashville in 1848, when only 17
years of age, and afterwards studied medicine at the same institution and the Shelby Medical
College. On May 7, 1861,
he was united in marriage to Miss Mary T. Eastman, daughter of Mr. E.G.
Eastman, who was editor of the Union and
Dr. Currey entered the service of the Confederate Army as Surgeon of the Ninth
Georgia Battalion of Artillery, and was stationed at Lee and Walker Hospitals,
in Columbus, GA., when the ended. He was a member of Cheatham Bivouac of Nashville, and always took
a great interest in the organization. In June, 1877, he was appointed Assistant
Postmaster and filled this office until 1884. One year later he again became
Assistant Postmaster under Gen. B.F. Cheatham, and in 1886, he was made
Postmaster, which place he filled until September, 1899, when Maj. A.W. Willis
Deceased leaves a wife and eight children, Messrs. Eastman G. Currey, L.R.
Currey, M. Duncan Currey, and John H. Currey, Jr., Mrs. Lytton Taylor, Mrs.
John A. Hitchcock, and Miss Lucy Currey. Dr. Currey possessed a genial
disposition and made friends of all with whom he came in contact. His business
ability was of a high order, and in all relations of life, he maintained a high
standard. He was a devoted husband, and affectionate father, a true friend and
neighbor and an exemplary citizen. His presence will be greatly missed, and the
bereaved family has the deep sympathy of a host of friends in the loss they
The funeral will take place tomorrow morning, the interment being in Mt. Olivet,
where services will be conducted at the grave at 11 o'clock. The pallbearers
will be Capt. H.J. Cheney, Dr. J.M. McLaughlin, Dr. J.A. Beauchamp, Dr. Deering
J. Roberts, Mr. Morton B. Howell, Mr. Benj. Turbeville, Mr. Edwin Fuller, and
Maj. T.P.Weakley. The pall-bearers will meet at the family residence.
Elbridge Gerry Eastman
Elbridge Gerry Eastman was born in Bridgewater,
New Hampshire, on Feb.27, 1813,
the son of Timothy and Abigail Eastman. His educational advantages in early
life were limited. Having been the inheritor of no fortune and dependent on his
own exertions, he was in early life apprenticed to the printing business, a
profession of which he was always proud. Having gone to Washington soon after he had reached
manhood, James K. Polk (whose estimate of men was seldom at fault) discovered
in him those evidences of intellect and character which since won him golden
opinions from all honorable men. Mr. Polk invited him to Tennessee in 1839; and under Polk's auspices
he established the Knoxville Argus,
the publication of which Mr. Eastman always regarded as the most brilliant part
of his editorial career. He evinced a talent for newspaper discussion of a high
order, and was regarded as the leading democratic editor of East
Tennessee until Colonel Polk was elected President when, to better
his pecuniary condition, he accepted an office in Washington which he filled
with credit to himself and the Department. His services were soon required,
however, at Nashville;
and he was called by the leading Democrats of the state to take charge of the Nashville Union Newspaper. ( A paper he
would be owner of, in later years becoming the Nashville Union & American.) During the spirited contests of 1839,
1841, and 1844 he became celebrated for the terseness and pungency of his style
and as a writer of vigorous and spirited paragraphs. Strong in all respects as
an editor, in this rare quality he had few superiors and, perhaps, never an
equal in Tennessee.
His principal forte as an editor was his excellent judgment in determining the
course and policy of his paper. His talents and usefulness were not confined to
his politics. He was an ardent, earnest, working friend of agriculture and the
mechanical arts. His reports, suggestions, and papers on these topics were
public property; and were held in high esteem by those whose interests he thus
labored to advance. In efforts to advance the cause of education and all public
enterprises, he was equally zealous. He was a man of great candor, fairness,
and sincerity. His political principals were matters of conscience with him. He
was remarkable for his even temper and disposition...he had his likes and
dislikes but was incapable of malice. As a friend, he was kind, confiding, and
true. In his domestic relations (as husband and father), words can not express
his tenderness. He appeared nowhere in a character as admirable as when
surrounded by his family, in whom were all his pride and all his hopes. In
1849-1850, he was Clerk of the House of Representatives and of the Senate for
one year 1853 for the 13th General Assembly, the 1st held in the present State
Capitol building. He was editor of the Knoxville Argus, then of the Nashville
Union; lastly of the Union and American. In
1855 Andrew Johnson, the re-elected Governor, named E.G. Eastman as Secretary
of the Agriculture Bureau of Tennessee, he was an able and indefatigable
promoter of Agricultural fairs throughout the state. He was an originator and
active assistant in organizing "Loan and Building Associations"; and
was always regarded as a friend of the mechanic and the laborer. At a large
public meeting (held Nov. 24th 1859),called to express regrets of his fellow
citizens (Mayor Hollingsworth),in the chair; Reverend Dr. Hoyt and R.C. McNairy, Esq., as
secretaries ,resolutions expressive of respect and sorrow were presented in
glowing terms by Honorable Andrew Ewing; John Hugh Smith, Esq.; Honorable W. F.
Cooper; Colonel G. C. Torbett; R .C. McNairy, Esq. ;and C. W. Nance, Esq .
Similar action was taken in both the State Senate and the House of
Representatives’, in the Masonic Fraternity; the Typographical Union; and in
the Agricultural Bureau. Mr. Eastman left a widow who, before their marriage,
was Miss Lucy Ann Carr of New Lebanon, Columbia
County, New York. She
married Mr. Eastman on October 11, 1832 ,at Baltimore, Maryland.
He also left nine children of the ten born to him, these nine at present reside
in or near Nashville; Daughters: Mary Tennessee now Mrs. Dr. J. H. Currey;
Carrie C., now Mrs. W.M. Duncan; Lucy C, now Mrs. L.K. Hart; Sons: Charles H.
William E. Lewis R. Elbridge G. Jr. John W. Roger Nashville would gladly
welcome many such families from New Hampshire, or any other state. From the Tn.
House Journal 1859,pg.280; Wed. Morning Nov.23,1859 On motion of Mr. Speaker
Whitethorn, Mr. Lea in chair, The House, in token respect to the memory of E.G.
Eastman, the Public Printer, adjourned until Friday morning 9o'clock. From
State Journal Tn. 1859-60, pg 170; Wed. Nov. 23,1859 Mr. Payne, from his seat,
announced the death of Maj. E. G. Eastman, one of the Printers for the State,
and moved that the Senate adjourn till to-morrow morning @ 9 o’clock, as a
token of respect to his memory. The motion prevailed, and The Senate adjourned
till to-morrow morning 9 o'clock. Of Elbridge Gerry Eastman: The campaign
between Cannon and Polk: The Whigs had been successful in the two gubernatorial
campaigns of 1835 and 1837, as most of the newspapers in the state had become Whig
papers. The Democrats enlarged the Nashville Union and made Jeremiah George
Harris (previously a New Englander) editor of it. They also established E .G.
Eastman, another New Englander, as editor of the Knoxville Argus. Both of these
men were experienced and brilliant political promoters and writers; and were no
small factors in achieving victory over strong odds.
Elbridge married GenealogyLucy Ann
Carr daughter of Spencer Carr and Zylphia Goodrich on 11 Oct 1838 in Baltimore, Maryland,
USA. Lucy was born on 12 Jun 1818
in New Lebanon, New York, USA. She died on 26 Oct 1878 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Militia Roster for Captain
Williamson’s Company for 1812
Lists James Turbeville, Willis Turbeville, Benjamin
Turbeville, and Isaac Currey. (I believe this Isaac Currey was the son of John
Currey, brother of Ezekiel Currey. In documents in Davidson County,
Robert Brownlee Currey sold land to Isaac Currey).
The Ulster Scots
“The Ulster-Scots chose the colony of Pennsylvania as their destination in the new
world. When considering which colony to make their new homes in, the
Ulster-Scots really had only limited choices. The southern colonies were not
very enticing with their slave labor and plantation system of agriculture. Nor
because it had been established as a Roman Catholic colony. Although not
Catholic, New York
had made it clear to earlier immigrants that she would not tolerate religious
diversity. Of all the choices between New England and Pennsylvania,
the earliest immigrants had been made to feel unwelcome at Boston, the primary port of entry.. The
single colony that welcomed the Ulster-Scots with open arms was Pennsylvania. As
previously noted, Governor Dobbs of North Carolina
invited fellow Ulster-Scots to settle in that colony, but that was only after Pennsylvania had become
overly crowded with immigrants. In fact, that was one of the selling points the
governor used to entice settlers southward from William Penn’s colony.”
Tombstone Inscription in Mill
Turbeville Died 1848
In Memory of W C Turbeville/ He died February 3rd/1848/Aged
53 Years and 3 Months/ Remember me as you pass by, as you are now so once was
I, as I am now you must be, prepare for death and follow me.
Turbeville Born 1796 Died 1885
Mary B., wife of W.C. Turbeville, born Mar 4 1796, died July
8, 1885, age 89 years 4 months, 4 days, She was the crown of a blameless life.
A Description of the Currey House on
From the Nashville Daily News, May 25, 1902
Historic Ground and Glimpse of Some Notable Old
Houses by Emma Lock Scott
"Though they beauty be gone, thy leaf in
wreath of the past still clings to thy brow."
In the old days, before the grim brand of war
effectually effaced the old order of things, there were few more picturesque
spots to be found in the city of Nashville than
that portion lying in the immediate vicinity of what is now Fort Negley
and the city reservoir. 'Shorn today of all its grandeur, the site gives little
evidence of its former beauty, but the stately old mansions that once stood
thereon still live in the memory of old Nashvillians, and the names of many of
their occupants run down the years, through their descendants, to our own
"Currey Hill", them called Meridian
Hill, because of early observations taken there, rose in graceful even slope,
to a height of 290 feet,
and was surmounted by the handsome manor house, in antebellum style of Robert
Brownlee Currey, early mayor of Nashville and
postmaster of Nashville.
On the same hill, and at a few hundred yards
distant, stood also the low, rambling home‑like residence of Dr. James
Overton, who carried to his death the sobriquet of "Old Chattanooga",
because of his warm advocacy in the forties of title "bold idea" of a
railroad to connect Nashville to Chattanooga and the seaboard movement which
like another of equal import, was compelled to run the gauntlet of ridicule,
antagonism and apparent defeat before culminating into glorious realization.
Near the foot of the slope and to the right was
the Berry residence, in which for a long;
term of years Dr. and Mrs. Berry
conducted a classical school for girls, A little farther away to the left was
situated the "Boys' School presided over by Moses Stevens. Both of these
schools were flourishing institutions, in a quiet way, and were regularly
attended by‑ the children of the old families.
Sharply outlined against the south sky loomed
the grey towers of the "lunatic hospital", so called in the state.
Its two entrances fronted east and west. From the latter a deep‑toned
bell rung out the summons for admittance, through a gate‑way set within
great walls, reaching to a height of ten feet, and enclosing the grounds, after
the matter of a prison of the time.
To the east, and opposite Meridian Hill through
a long perspective of verdant boughs nature was prodigal of her gifts in this
section‑‑was seen the elegant home of Alex Fall, whose
identification, and,‑: of Alex `all, whose identification, and that of
his sons, with the hardware interest of the city is too well known to need
repetition here. The Fall residence belonged to a more recent style of
architecture than the home previously mentioned having been erected at a later
Adjoining this on the north side and now marked
as the site of the Bible school was the Read homestead, erected by Judge
Franklin T. Read. This is the only one of the group of interesting, old houses
standing. For a term of years it was occupied by the family of Gen. Felix
Zollicoffer, and it was here that the youngest daughter was born to the
distinguished couple, whose birth occasioned the remark from the General,
"Tis well enough; Zollicoffer is too ugly a name to be perpetuated."
Robert Currey was of Scotch extraction, but a
north Carolinian by birth. He became a resident of Nashville
in 1785, and for nearly half a century was prominently identified with the
administration and promotion of Nashville’s
public interest. He was in charge of the post office from 1801 to 1826, as an
assistant or as of postmaster, and was the first postmaster to employ a clerk.
Postage was then reckoned by the number of sheets contained in a letter and
paid for when the mail was delivered. It is a noteworthy fact that from Robert
Currey's time up to the present day, some member of the Currey family has been
continuously connected with this office.
As mayor of the city, on that never‑to‑be‑forgotten
day of Gen. LaFayette’s visit to Nashville,
in 1825, Robert Currey welcomed the great Frenchman to her doors, in a brief,
but eloquent address, and entertained him at his home on College Street. Wearying of the city's
close environment, a few years after this, he .elected Meridian Hill as the
spot far a home in which to spend his declining years. His acreage there was
numbered in the hundreds. The brow of the hill commanded a magnificent view of
the city and the surrounding country, an advantage, which alas proved her
undoing. Her beautiful sloping sides embowered by nature with a wealth of forest
monarchs and cedars of more than a century's growth, and embellished and
adorned by the hand of man to a scene of indescribable beauty.
of the Currey House
house was built of brick, with wings extending from the central building, on
each side, which gave it s most imposing appearance from the city. The main
building contained some fifteen rooms or more, the carriage house, meat house,
and numerous negro cabins standing In the rear. Massive stone steps led up to a
front porch, upheld by Corinthian pillars, arched double doors opened into a
middle hall, which extended the entire length of the building. In the spacious
rooms, great; fireplaces, flanked by glittering brass fire dogs, sent out their
glowing cheer of blazing logs and emphasized the generous hospitality of ante‑belle‑
days. The approach to the mansion was by a long curving driveway, overarched.
with limbs of giant cedars. Bypaths intersected here and there and brought us
to the flower pits, gay with bloom and heavy with fragrance, the just pride of
the mistress of the house. Out of those beginnings, inaugurated for the home
enjoyment and for very love of the beautiful creations, came the pioneer floral
establishment of Nashville,
established in later years by Geo. W. Currey, a son of the household and
conducted until very recently in the Currey home.
At Robert Currey's death in 1846, the old homestead passed into the hands of
his youngest living child and only living daughter, Jane, wife of Dr. Wm. P.
Jones, whose residence there for several years will be recalled by many who are
still living In Nashville.
Insane hospital alluded to was meanwhile abandoned .for a new one erected on
the Murfreesboro Turnpike, and :with the appointment in 1862 of Dr. Jones,
whose useful and honored life left its marked impression upon both State and
community, As superintendent of the institution, the family removed thereto.
the entrance into the city of the Federals, shortly afterwards, the stately old
mansion met its untimely fate of destruction. Standing in the way of military
operations, it was razed to the ground, and huge fortifications thrown up in
anticipation of the approach from the South of Gen. Hood.
The adjoining comely residence of Dr. Overton
suffered a like sacrifice and beautiful Meridian Hill became transformed, as if
by magic, into a forbidding, grim, Fort
Morton, under whose
direction the work was accomplished.
to its size and its situation between Fort
Morton and Fort Negley,
the Fall residence was particularly adapted to soldiers quarters, and for this
purpose it was seized and used during the entire civil conflict. The place was
widely known and greatly admired. The land had descended to Mrs. Fall from the
broad acres her father, Judge Horton. The house was erected by Mrs. Fall and
occupied the center of a five acre lawn, which was especially noted for its
fine old elm and comfort within. Resplendent in that place of an ideal social
life, whose echoes come down to us but seek their comfort in vain, its roof was
the gathering place of the best in the city and its lawn the brilliant scene of
many a notable event.
its seizure by the Federals, loop holes were made through the brick walls,
breastworks were thrown up about the house, and the grand old elm hewn down.
Ruin and despoliation reigned.
the return of the family at the close of the war, the damage to the place was
repaired to the greatest extent possible; but the scars of the ravisher’s ax
upon the lawn were beyond liberation. The grand old trees were gone.