Location: Campbell County TN

Slave Narrative of Aunt Mollie Moss

Person Interviewed: Mollie Moss Location: Knoxville, Tennessee Age: 82-83 Place of Residence: # 88 Auburn Street, Knoxville, Tennessee There is no street sign or a number on any of the ramshackled frame cottages that seemingly lean with the breezes, first one direction, then another, along the alley that wind’s through the city’s northernmost boundary and stops its meanderings at the doorstep of “Uncle Andrew Moss” and his wife, “Aunt Mollie.” The City Directory of Knoxville, Tennessee officially lists the Moss residence as # 88 Auburn Street. It rests upon its foundations more substantially, and is in better kept condition than its neighbors. In lieu of a “reg’lar” house number, the aged negro couple have placed a rusty automobile lisence tag of ancient vintage conspicuously over their door. It is their jesture of contempt for their nearest white neighbors who “dont seem to care whedder folkses know whar dey lib an maybe don wants em to.” As for Aunt Mollie, she holds herself superior to all of her neighbors. She “Ain got no time for po white trash noway.” She shoo’ed two little tow-headed white girls from her doorstep with her broom as she stood in her door and watched a visitor approach. “G’wan way frum here now, can be bodder wid you chillun messin ups my front yard. Take yo tings an go on back to yo own place!”...

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Slave Narrative of Andrew Moss

Person Interviewed: Andrew Moss Location: Knoxville, Tennessee Place of Birth: Wilkes County, Georgia Date of Birth: 1852 “One ting dat’s all wrong wid dis world today,” according to Andrew Moss, aged negro, as he sits through the winter days before an open grate fire in his cabin, with his long, lean fingers clasped over his crossed knees, “is dat dey ain no ‘prayer grounds’. Down in Georgia whar I was born,-dat was ‘way back in 1852,-us colored folks had prayer grounds. My Mammy’s was a ole twisted thick-rooted muscadine bush. She’d go in dar and pray for deliverance of de slaves. Some colored folks cleaned out knee-spots in de cane breaks. Cane you know, grows high and thick, and colored folks could hide de’seves in dar, an nobody could see an pester em.” “You see it was jes like dis. Durin’ de war, an befo de war too, white folks make a heap o fun of de colored folks for alltime prayin. Sometime, say, you was a slave en you git down to pray in de field or by de side of de road. White Marster come ‘long and see a slave on his knees. He say, ‘What you prayin’ ’bout?’ An you say, ‘Oh, Marster I’se jes prayin’ to Jesus cause I wants to go to Heaven when I dies.’ An Marster say, ‘Youse my negro. I git...

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Biography of Calvin Wilson

CALVIN WILSON. Douglas County is conspicuous for its magnificent farms that are faultless in way of management and the order in which they are kept. No one is to be more complimented on the perfect method and order with which their agricultural affairs are conducted than Calvin Wilson, who has made his home in this county for the past twenty-four years. Like other representative citizens of this section he is a native Tennessean, his birth occurring in Campbell County, January 27, 1843. His parents, Benjamin and Oma (Ridenhauer) Wilson, were natives of Tennessee. They emigrated to Missouri in 1844 and there the mother’s death occurred the same year. Afterward the father returned with our subject to Tennessee, and in that State and Kentucky the latter received his early schooling. Later he attended school in Indiana. In the year 1862 he enlisted in Company E, Sixty-fifth Indiana Volunteer Infantry and served from August 12 of that year until July 9, 1865, serving in the same company and regiment all the time. Some of the important battles in which he engaged were Knoxville, Resaca, Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville. He was in many minor engagements and numerous skirmishes. During service he was wounded in the right leg, was unfit for duty for some time, and still has a slight halt in his gait from the effects of it. After being discharged at...

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Biography of James M. Curnutt

JAMES M. CURNUTT. This gentleman is one of the very prominent citizens of Ava, and has made his home in this county since 1876. He was born in Campbell County, Tennessee, July 12, 1835, a son of William and Lucinda (Dent) Curnutt, the former of whom was a product of North Carolina and a son of John Curnutt, who is supposed to have been born in France. In the State of Tennessee William Curnutt grew to manhood, married and there reared his family, which consisted of eight children, four of whom are now living: Preston, who died many years ago in Missouri; John, who is living in Boone County, Arkansas; Reilly, who died in 1877; Mary A., who died in 1862; William, who died in 1853; Nancy, who resides in Tennessee; James M. and Lucinda, who live in Tennessee. The father and mother were members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and died in 1838 and 1874, respectively. The father was a Whig in politics, a farmer by occupation, and for many years held the office of justice of the peace. The Dents are supposed to have come from Germany. James M. Curnutt passed his early life on a farm in Tennessee, during which time he learned habits of industry, economy, and perseverance that were of material benefit to him in later years. He attended the common schools of his...

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Biography of M. B. Chitwood

M. B. CHITWOOD, another of the early pioneers of Reynolds County, Missouri, was born in Campbell County, Tennessee, on the 6th of July, 1828, to the marriage of William and Cecili (Whitecotton) Chitwood, both natives of that State also. The paternal grandfather, Pleasant Chitwood, passed his entire life in Tennessee, engaged in farming. The maternal grandfather, Aaron Whitecotton, came to this county in 1844, and followed farming on Webb’s Creek until his death about 1866. The parents of our subject were married in their native State, and in 1841 they moved with ox-teams from that State to Reynolds County, Missouri They settled on a farm on Webb’s Creek, in the woods, and there the father died a few years later, leaving our subject, who was the eldest of the family, although but sixteen years of age, to take charge of affairs. Mrs. Chitwood reared her family and after all were married she was wedded to J. Odell. Both are now deceased, her death occurring in 1878. Her children, eight in number, were named as follows: M. B. (subject), Kizzie, Sallie, Helen, Pleasant, Aaron, Elizabeth and William. Only Helen, Aaron and Elizabeth, besides our subject, are living, and the latter is the only one living in this county. When sixteen years of age young Chitwood assumed control of affairs on his father’s farm and managed this successfully for many years....

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Cates, Jesse – Obituary

Jesse Cates, 79, well-known Ellensburg resident for a quarter of a century, died at the Valley Hospital last night. He was born in Campbell County, Tennessee, August 27, 1858, and was married to Nannie Harrell of Rogersville, Tenn., February 28, 1904. For many years he was a federal revenue inspector in Tennessee. He had lived in the valley since 1913, residing at 301 Washington Street. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nannie Cates; a daughter, Mrs. Fannie Baker of Knoxville, Tenn., a grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Honeycutt Chapel with Rev. Floyd Brown in charge. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, May 16, 1938 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Campbell County, Tennessee Cemetery Transcriptions

Tennessee Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the Tennessee county. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Following Cemeteries (hosted at Campbell County, Tennessee Tombstone Transcription Project) Ayers Cemetery aka Hansford Walden Cemetery Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery Bolton Cemetery Bolton-Campbell Cemetery Bullock Cemetery Carroll-Adkins Cemetery Chadwell Cemetery Cowan Cemetery Daugherty Cemetery Daugherty Family Cemetery Davis Cemetery Douglas Cemetery Douglas Cemetery Forrest Street Cemetery Grantsboro Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Grisel Cemetery Gross Cemetery Fincastle United Methodist Church Cemetery Hall Cemetery Harness Cemetery Hatfield Cemetery Hollifield Cemetery Johnson Cemetery Jones Cemetery King I Cemetery King II Cemetery Lamb Cemetery Lawson Cemetery Lemarr Family Cemetery (hosted at Tennessee-Connection) Link Phillips Cemetery Lowe Cemetery Lowe’s Gap Cemetery Macedonia Baptist Cemetery Marlow Cemetery Marlow Cemetery McCormick Cemetery McGhee Cemetery McCullah Cemetery Melvin Cemetery Meredith Cemetery Bob Miller Cemetery Mt. Zion Cemetery Nick Creek Cemetery Oddfellows Cemetery Old Douglas Cemetery Peabody Cemetery Phillips Cemetery Pond Cemetery Queener Cemetery Queener Cemetery Round Rock Cemetery Seiber Cemetery Sharp’s Cemetery Sharp’s Cemetery Sharp’s Cemetery Smith Cemetery Smith Cemetery Jourdan Smith Cemetery Robert C. Smith Cemetery Terry Creek Cemetery Turley Cemetery Unknown Cemetery Vincant Cemetery Victory Cemetery York Cemetery...

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Kitts, Ernest L. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Ernest L. Kitts, 59, of Baker City died Dec. 24, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His memorial service will be scheduled later. Mr. Kitts was born Sept. 28, 1941, at La Follette, Tenn., to Delmos and Ethel M. Kitts. He served with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. He was a very efficient car salesman in the Portland area until his retirement. His hobbies were fishing and hunting. He was well liked by many friends. Survivors include his mother, Ethel M. Kitts of La Follette, Tenn.; brothers, Ronnie Kitts of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Larry Kitts of Duff, Tenn.; sisters, Sandra Branom and Darlene Ayers, both of La Follette, Tenn.; his children, David Kitts of Caryville, Tenn., Angie Williams of La Follette, Tenn., Grant Kitts of Baker City and Brian Kitts of Longview, Wash.; five grandchildren; and his best friends and caretakers, Herschel and Donna Scott of Baker City. He was preceded in death by his father, Delmos Kitts. Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January 1, 2001 Transcribed by: Belva...

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