Old Days in Nashville, Tenn. Reminiscences By Jane Henry Thomas, Leona Taylor Aiken
In 1815 a family from France came to Nashville.It consisted of MR. ABERCROMBIE, his wife, two daughters and one son.They were very elegant accomplished people.WILEY BARROW owned the farm next to the one JOHN HARDING now owns.He had a large one story house.He rented the place to MR. ABERCROMBIE and he opened a school there.It was called the Belmont Domestic Academy.He taught French, music and dancing, his wife taught the literary course and his daughters assisted them.
It was the first school of any importance here, and they had a large number of boarders.His boarders were JANE BARROW who married HENRY COBB; JANE, MATILDA, MINERVA and MARIA CHILDRESS; and also ELIZABETH CHILDRESS, SARAH and SUSAN CHILDRESS of Murfreesboro;MARY HOBSON, SOPHIA OVERALL, MARIA EASTLAND,and NANCY ERVIN, SARAH and CATHARINE BELL, ELIZA HIGHTOWER, ELIZA SMITH, MYRA BOYD, HARRIET OVERTON, GEN. OVERTON's daughter; COURTNEY GOODRIDGE, MARIA and ELIZABETH WHITE, BESSIE HAYES, a niece of MRS. GEN. JACKSON; RACHEL DONELSON, ELIZA BELL from Russellville, Ky.; AMELIA HADLEY, ELIZA PEACOCK, whose father was a united states officer; ELIZA HARRIS who died while she was going to school; KATHERINE KATES from Ky.; LUCY TALLY from Gallatin; and myself.
They married as follows: JANE CHILDRESS and SAM MARSHALL; MATILDA CHILDRESS and JUDGE CATRON; MINERVA CHILDRESS and BEN LITTON, a brother of MRS. JESSE THOMAS; MARIA CHILDRESS and JUDGE BROWN; ELIZABETH CHILDRESS and V. K. STEVENSON; SARAH CHILDRESS and DR. RUCKER; SUSAN CHILDRESS and JAMES K. POLK, President of the United States; MARY HOBSON and MR. KNOX, whose daughter married WILLIAM GALES; SOPHIE OVERALL and JOHN PRICE; MARIA EASTLAND and CHARLIE COOPER; NANCY IRVIN and WILLIAM ARMSTRONG; SARAH BELL and MR. CROCKETTE; ELIZA HIGHTOWER and JUDGE BROWN; ELIZA SMITH and DENNY HADLEY; MYRA BOYD and MR. RUCKER, and then JESSE MAXWELL; COURTNEY GOODRIDGE and MR. NELSON; MARIA WHITE and MR. DONELSON; ELIZABETH WHITE and MR. WHITAKER; BESSIE HAYES and MR. CHESTER, who carried the report of the President's election to Washington;RACHEL DONELSON and her cousin, MR. DONELSON; ELIZA BELL and MR. RUMSEY; AMELIA HADLEY and DR. HADLEY; I have never been unfortunate enough not to marry. =========================================================== JOHN JOSEPH ABERCROMBIE and his wife SARAH DENORMANDIE were my 4-great grandparents.Their daughter ERNESTINE was my 3-great grandmother. Item from book reveals a daughter I was totally unaware of and opens up new research possibilities.