Re: Acuff, Roy - Entertainer
Roy Claxton Acuff was born 15 Sept 1903 in
Maynardsville, Union Co., TN., son of Simeon E. Neill Acuff and Ida Carr, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. A. W. Carr.His father, Simeon E. Neill Acuff, was born 16 Apr 1877 and died 29 Apr 1943.He was postmaster of Maynardsville and County Court Clerk of Union County, an ordained Baptist minister, and a member of the Tenn. Bar.After he moved his family to Knox Co. in 1919, Neill Acuff served as General Sessions Judge and was a law partner of Judd Acuff.A well-known musician and old-time fiddler, he handed his fiddle down to son, Roy.It was hand carved by Al Cassidy in 1907 and is now displayed in the Roy Acuff Museum.Neill Acuff's parents, Roy's grandparents, were Corum Acuff, born 23 Aug 1846, died 30 Jan 1931 in Maynardsville, TN., and Nancy Ellen Clapp. They were married on 3 Jun 1870. Corum Acuff was a native Union Countian and served as a member of the Tenn. General Assembly in the position of State Senator. I have no further information on Nancy Ellen Clapp Acuff. Roy's mother, Ida Carr Acuff was born 21 Oct 1879 and died 17 Sept 1969.Roy Acuff married Mildred Louise Douglas on Christmas Day, 1934.She was born 28 May 1914.The Acuffs had two children: a daughter, Thelma Acuff Gossett, and a son, Roy Neill Acuff, born 25 Jul 1943. In 1948, Roy made an unsuccessful bid on the Republican ticket for the office of Governor of Tenn.He rose in fame with many recordings most of which he wrote, his proficient fiddlin', and his half-century alliance with "The Grand Ole Opry" to become the "King of Country Music, and in 1962, Roy became the first living member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.In 1981, Mildred Louise Acuff died on 17 June.About a year prior to his death, Roy was awarded the National Medal of Art and Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement honors.Shortly after the 50th anniversary of the founding of Acuff-Rose Publishing, Roy Claxton Acuff died on 23 Nov 1992 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
He and his wife, Mildred, his parents, Neill and Ida, and his brothers, Claude and Paul are buried in the family plot, which faces Gallatin Rd., marked by a beautiful statue adorned simply with a fiddle and bow, in Spring Hill Cemetery at Madison, TN., outside of Nashville.
Roy Acuff's great grandfather, Simeon Acuff was born 4 Feb 1818 and died 6 May 1893.He married Susan Strange on 24 Dec 1834.She was born 26 May 1816 and died 8 Apr 1882.
Simeon is the 4th child of Thomas Acuff and Martha Saunders Acuff of Henry Co., VA.Thomas' will, recorded in Grainger Co., is dated 23 Feb 1874 and mentions wife, Mary (2nd marr. to Mary Strange on 15 Oct. 1839) and son, Simeon.
I hope this is not too confusing and that it is accurate and typed correctly. I enjoy "talking" about my ancestors and if I have any information that I can share, I'll be pleased to do so.My grandmother was Nancy Ella Acuff, daughter of Albert Acuff and Martha Josephine Routh.She married David Clennon McAnally and they raised a large family on Dotson's Ridge in Grainger County.
Their oldest daughter, Cecilia, is my mother.
With warmest regards.May God bless.