The Ripley and Sutherland families of Hawkins County, Tennessee, were much like the Capulet and Montague families in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Sadly, the outcome of their struggles was also much the same.
Tracing Rotherwood’s ownership is a formidable task, but it’s possible to create a general outline. Ross sold the property to the Phipps family in 1847, a transaction recorded in the Rogersville Courthouse [Ledger S, Page 81].
Abijah Alley, of Eighteenth Century Scott County, is one of the most difficult individuals to locate information on. Alley left a fantastic legacy that was still discussed in the late Nineteenth Century, even in the pages of the New York Times.
The Wentz mystery is a phenomenon that hit Southwest Virginia in the early 1900s. It’s imperative to understand rural Appalachian life to explore the historical context of this mystery.
Obituaries in the Nineteenth Century are known for being incredibly long and affectionate. There is one obituary that is unbelievably so, so much so that the reader is left to wonder if the author was sincere, or just sarcastic.