Thanks for your reply, Shawn.Did you already have the information linking Mary Thomas Crume to Samuel Hassley before I wrote?The deed where Samuel sold his 110 acres of land to Mary's nephew definitely shows Samuel's name as Hassley, but it is only a copy of the original.
I read your summary on the other site.I see you still show the mother of Samuel's children as Mary Drewery, but them not marrying until 1828 in Clarke County, Arkansas.
I am convinced Mary Thomas Crume Hassley was the mother of Samuel's children born in Tennessee - at least those born before 1810, and very likely those born before they removed to Arkansas.Otherwise, I don't think the Nelson County deeds would have read the way they did.Philip Crume was Mary's first husband's father - her children were heirs to their grandfather's estate and inherited land from him and perhaps also from their father.
When Mary became a widow with two small girls to raise, she may have decided to join her sisters in Tennessee.Mary was the son of William and Catherine (surname unknown) Thomas of Shenandoah County, Virginia.A sister Annie married Nathaniel Overall in 1783, and went with him to Ft. Nashborough in 1785 where they and Nathaniel's brothers and sisters spent at least ten years defending the various stockades from indian raids.Nathaniel lost two brothers and a brother-in-law to the indian raids.
Annie's sister Sarah married James Hutchison in 1790 and the extended Hutchison family left Shenandoah County in 1796, and spent the first winter in Davidson County, probably with the Overalls.Nathaniel had been speculating in land for several years and had picked up a piece of land in 1795 in what would become Montgomery County, TN - and James and Sarah Hutchison settled on that land in 1797.Montgomery County at that time included all of what became Dickson County, if I am not mistaken.
By that time, Mary Thomas Crume had been widowed for two years.She may have stayed for a short time with the Crumes in Kentucky, but I have a hunch she decided to join Annie and Sarah, especially since at least 5 other siblings also planned settling in middle Tennessee.
Marriage records for Nelson County, Kentucky do not show anything for Mrs. Mary Crume nor any surnames even hinting at Horsley, Horstly, Hasley, etc. but records are sparce before 1800.There are about 3 dozen early records, pre-1838, still in existence for Montgomery County, TN which included that part of middle TN which became Dickson County.There is no record of a marriage in the few existing records either.
It would be nice to know whether the name was supposed to be Horsley or Hasley - or whether over the years it slowly changed.There was a General Samuel Horsley who evidently lived in Kentucky, perhaps along the Tennessee border.Had a daughter Sarah Horsley who married into the Bibb family in Kentucky.Wonder if there is any connection.