Re: [jacksongenealogy] Maynard's cove
- I appreciate Mr. Matthews taking the time to write about Maynard's Cove in the 1800s.
Another question that I have concerns Maynard's Cove, Jackson Co. during the Civil War. Family stories told by Isaac Newton Foster (1852-1929) told about seeing his father Anthony Wayne Foster gunned down by criminal renegades who were neither Confederate nor Union soldiers. This happened on April 4, 1862. These ruffians traveled in front of an approaching army and plundered. Anthony had gone to the front door and opened it when he was shot. Does any one have a source for Jackson County events during the war?
Soon afterward General Upchurch (Union Army) arrived and heard about Anthony's death, he offered safe passage for young Isaac and his mother to White Co., Illinois. They did go to Illinois at some point. I have heard that John Franklin Tinney and his family also went. John Franklin had believed that Alabama should not succede, nor go to war over slavery. I can imagine that life was not easy for those people in Jackson Co., who did not support the Confederacy and succession.
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From: Richard Matthews
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 11:10 AM
Subject: RE: [jacksongenealogy] Maynard's cove
Robinson Creek, that I mentioned, runs into Mud Creek, which of course
empties into the mighty Tennessee. All the bottom land in the coves of this
area was settled early on by farmers looking for fertile land to grow cotton
and corn. And yes, the Davis's were a significant part of those communities
As for the "everyday life", I am lucky enough and old enough to have spent a
lot of my early days on some of these Jackson County family farms that were
layed out and operated as they had been for 100 years and more. There was a
year round schedule on those farms that kept the food supply fairly constant
throughout the year. Meat smoking and vegetable/fruit preserving were
required skills for the old folks. There was sweet honey in the bee hives
and fresh wild berries in the fields and woods at different times of the
year. There were roots to be dug for herb tea and other natural plants to be
collected for medicines. There were fish, frogs, and turtles available in
the nearby creeks and all were food sources. Some things had to be bought or
traded for, over in the "Big Town" of Bellefonte but the river boats landed
there often and off loaded merchandise and took on produce going to market.
One can see a change in the county when the railroad came through, at
mid-century, and attention went from the river ports to the whistle stops
along the line. And of course with those changes our past families adapted
and changed where and how they lived. Guess we are still adapting even
It is really amazing how independent our ancestors were and how dependent we
have become in such few years.
From: caroledavis3@... [mailto:caroledavis3@...]
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 9:58 AM
Subject: Re: [jacksongenealogy] Maynard's cove
Is Maynard's Cove near Mud Creek? My Davis family was from there back in
1800's. Enjoyed your article on the "everyday life of Maynard's Cove"! It
sounds like it is close to the same area where several of my families lived.
Keep those good articles coming. Thanks Carole Davis
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