yesterday's tennessee

Yesterday's Tennessee

From Lillye Younger, The History of Decatur County Past and Present (Southhaven, MS: Carter Printing Company, 1978).
Special thanks to Constance Collett for permission to make these web pages.

In Memory of Lillye Washburn Younger 1912-1998.


Chapter XIV

Delbert Taylor

The George Washington Maxwell house bought in 1830

Amanda Maxwell Newsom wife of John L. Newsom

George Maxwell, known as "Watt Maxwell" purchased land for a home in the 1830, described by the deed as lying in the northend of Decatur County, near Jeanette and known as the Suttles and Dickerson land.

The house was a two story building constructed of logs with a stick and dirt chimney and covered with shingles made by hand. It was built on a branch a short distant from where it now stands.

In later years the top story of the house was taken off and the logs marked so they could be put back together. It was moved to the present location and the chimney is built of limestone rock.

His great grandson, Zulas Coleman now owns the farm and holds the old land deed made in 1830. Zulas and his wife, Hazel Coleman Inman, Deceased, lived in the old log house until they built a new house on the same land.

The Maxwell couple's children were Amanda Maxwell, who married John Newsome and they are buried at Shuttles Chapel cemetery. Mary C. Maxwell, known as "Sis", married James Eli (Pete) Taylor and they too are buried at Suttles Chapel cemetery. Fronia Maxwell married Will Williams and they are buried at Suttles Chapel cemetery. Florence Maxwell married Lee Daugherty and they are buried in Mississippi. Sarah Elizabeth Maxwell married Green C. Miller. They are buried at Suttles Chapel Cemetery. Martha Maxwell never married and she is buried at Suttles Chapel Cemetery Will Maxwell married Eliza Ann Gulledge and they are buried at Suttles Chapel cemetery. Paralie Maxwell married Green Tanner, place of burial unknown.

All of these children were born in Henderson County and moved to Decatur County. They all followed the farming occupation.

The father, George Washington Maxwell was buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery known as (Sweet Bud) in Henderson County. His wife Mary, is buried in the Suttles Cemetery.

Compiled by Delbert Taylor

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