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Friday, March 30, 2012

"A Square Meal"

"A square meal" - A substantial, nourishing meal. The saying having "a square meal" may have come from the English Royal Navy during the time of Nelson. In order to stop the plates/dishes slipping around on the table when the ship was at sea, it was said four pieces of wood were nailed to the benches in the shape of a square to stop the plates from slipping... hence 'having a square meal'. The word square has many meanings, including 'proper, honest, straightforward'.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Those Places Thursday - Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church, Greeneville, TN

Those Places Thursday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. Do you often think back to places where you lived and worked at one time? What about those places where your ancestors spent time? Post about “those places” with photos and stories on Those Places Thursday. This has been an ongoing series by Cheryl Palmer of Heritage Happens. http://www.geneabloggers.com/
Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church, 30 Timber Ridge Road, Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee, 37743-3550, 36.117146 , -82.938817 ( 36° 7' 1.73" N , 82° 56' 19.74" W )
MacGill Family Record, by Robert M. MacGill of Maryville, TN, published in 1907 by R. E. MacGill Publisher, Pgs 20-23
"At another time, a party of Indians came to a point in full view of Kerr's Creek where all was peace, but hastening down the mountain they began the work of indiscriminate slaughter. Charles Daughterly and his whole family were murdered. Coming to the house of Jacob Cunningham, who was away from home, his wife was killed and his daughter, ten years of age, was scalped and left for dead. She revived and was carried a prisoner but was afterwards redeemed and lived forty years. She finally died from the effects of the scalping. Many other families in the settlement were overtaken and slain. The Indians then hastened their departure, loaded with scalps and booty. From one cause, the lives of some were saved that day. A number had gone to Timber Ridge Church where services were conducted by Rev John Brown. The people had gone into the church for the second service when a messenger arrived with the sad news from Kerr's Creek. All was immediately confusion and dismay. The congregation was dismissed and fled in every direction as it was thought this would afford them safety. About 1764, these Indian troubles were nearing their end. As the white people advanced the Indians receded and so the whites were delivered from danger and alarm..."

"It is interesting to notice the names of churches as immigrations took place, how they established new churches but called them by the old names. Take the names Timber Ridge and New Providence Churches the former in Greene County, Tenn, to which my father and grandfather belonged and New Providence at Maryville to which the writer belongs . From both church and secular histories we learn that Timber Ridge and New Providence Churches are two of the oldest organizations in the Valley of Virginia and they are, today, flourishing Presbyterian churches. The one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Timber Ridge Church was celebrated in October 1906. It is probable that Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church in Greene County, East Tennessee, is the second oldest church west of the Alleghanies. The first church and school west of these mountains was Old Salem Church and Washington College organized by the Rev Samuel Doak in 1780. The tide of immigration swelled rapidly after the first settlers organized a stable form of government in Tennessee and the Scotch Irish from the Valley of Virginia including the Moores, Wilsons, Rankins, and Magills formed quite a colony in what is now Greene County from the years 1775 to 1790. Timber Ridge Church was organized by this colony and named for the old church in Virginia. A son of one of the charter members, Rev William B Rankin, said one of his earliest recollections of the old Timber Ridge Church in Greene County was the sight of the old Revolutionary soldier James Magill marching to his family pew accompanied by his family of eight sons. They were noted singers and their voices greatly swelled and enriched the service of praise. The Annals of Augusta County says, "The following extract from the records of the court of date May 20, 1748 is a part of the history of the times and possesses some special interest. On motion of Mathew Lyle it is ordered to be certified that they have built a Presbyterian meeting house at a place known by the name of Timber Ridge another at New Providence." In the margin is this, "There was a house of worship in Pennsylvania near Norristown called Providence, from this, many families emigrated to New Virginia settled together and built a meeting house which they called New Providence." Again, page 37, "Early in the century, the American Presbyterian Church became divided into what were known as the Old Side and the New Side. There was no question in regard to doctrine but only as to the proper methods of promoting religion. The New Side, sometimes called New Lights, were admirers and followers of George Whitfield who traversed the country and by his zeal and eloquence caused an extraordinary religious excitement. The Old Side party was composed of the more conservative and less aggressive element of the church who feared excitement and perhaps were not specially zealous. Those adhering to the Old Side were associated as the Synod of Philadelphia and those of the New Side to the Synod of New York. In 1755, Hanover Presbytery was formed by authority of the Synod of New York and was composed of New Side ministers and churches. This Presbytery consisted at first of only six ministers including the celebrated Samuel Davies of Hanover County. Rev John Brown, of New Providence, and Rev Alexander Craighead, of Windy Cove. The Rev John Craig, of Augusta and Tinkling Spring, was not a member of it till the breach was healed in 1758 when the two parties came together again. During the alienation most, if not all, of the Presbyterian churches, in the county of Augusta, adhered to the Old Side and those in the region now composing Rockbridge County (New Providence, Timber Ridge, Falling Spring, Monmouth or Lexington) to the New Side. The names Brown, Craig, and Craighead are familiar names to the older people of Maryville and the oldest members of New Providence Church Maryville, Tenn. Rev Thomas Brown and his brother Rev William B Brown lived and preached in this Blount County. The widow of Rev W.B. Brown, now in her 8oth year, lives in Marvville and his son, Hon. Thomas N. Brown, is an elder in New Providence Church. Rev. John S. Craig was a professor in Maryville College for a number of years and today there is a Craighead Fund belonging to the permanent fund of the college and especially used to help worthy needy students. Rev. Samuel Doak, DD was born in Augusta County, Va in 1749 and Doak, DD was born in Augusta County, Va in 1749 and was the founder of Washington College, Greene County, East Tennessee."






The Greenville Sun
http://greenevillesun.com/Local_News/article/Timber-Ridge-Presbyterian-Celebrates-Its-225th-Year-id-310930
March 25, 2012
Denomination's Stated Clerk Attends Event

BY BOB HURLEY, COLUMNIST

The Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church celebrated its 225th anniversary on Sunday with special services that included a sermon from the chief executive officer of the denomination.

The Rev. Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the chief executive officer of the denomination, cited the long and faithful ministry of the church while preaching a gospel message from Luke 24.

"The pioneers who settled this land took the time to plant a church 225 years ago," Parsons told the capacity crowd, "so let us take time to continue the church."

Parsons, a native of Shelbyville, Tenn., now lives in Louisville, Ky., where the denomination's headquarters are located.

Prior to becoming an executive in the denomination, Parsons served congregations in Newport and Bristol, Tenn., for 15 years.

He became the executive presbyter and stated clerk of the Holton Presbytery in 1994, and in 2008, he was elected the denomination's highest elected office, the stated clerk of the general assembly.

Parsons touched on the changes that have marked the passage of time in the history of the church, adding that the congregation has been "a faithful witness to manifest the love of God throughout this long march of time."

Parson's sermon and the lunch that followed were part of an entire weekend of festivities designed to mark the anniversary of the church.

On Saturday evening, Earl W. Fletcher, Jr., executive director of the Nathanael Greene Museum, in Greeneville, presented a lecture on the history of the church.

"There was indeed a time when Timber Ridge was the western most church on the American frontier," Fletcher said in a telephone interview after his lecture at the church.

"After the First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, which was originally known as Mt. Bethel, was founded in 1780," Fletcher said, "the Mt. Bethel founders moved a little west and founded Timber Ridge.

FOUNDED BEFORE TENN.

"The church was founded 11 years before Tennessee became a state, and it was actually part of three other states before Tennessee became a state in 1796.

"It was part of the State of Franklin initially, then it was part of North Carolina, then a part of the Territory South of the River Ohio before it finally became a part of Tennessee."

In his sermon, Parsons touched briefly on the fact that Timber Ridge and Sinking Springs Lutheran Church swapped locations in the early days of the two churches, a story that Fletcher used in his Saturday evening lecture and one that is part of the written histories of both churches.

"There were more Presbyterians here at the location that we all know as Timber Ridge," Parsons said, "and there were more Lutherans over at the location that we all know as Sinking Springs, so the two churches swapped locations."

The "swap" had to come after the turn of the 19th century because the cornerstone at the current Sinking Springs Lutheran Church says it was founded in 1801.

The story of the churches swapping locations is included in the church history book, which was available for purchase during the weekend's celebration.

"The history of our churches is not only very interesting," Fletcher said, "but it is also entertaining and enlightening. I hope I never stop learning from it."

The Rev. Dr. Brian Wyatt, pastor of the church, along with members of the anniversary celebration committee and other members said it had been an exciting and fulfilling weekend to be at Timber Ridge.

"There was lots of wonderful food to enjoy and great memories to share," said Wanda Bowers, a member of the anniversary committee.

"Visitors were able to observe the exhibits of historic church documents, artifacts and memorabilia," she said, "and it is our hope that the story of what God has done and is doing at a place called Timber Ridge will go on for at least another 225 years."


I would love to own this book! Timber Ridge Church: a two hundred year heritage of Presbyterian faith, 1786-1986, by members of Timber Ridge Church. Greeneville, the church, 1986. 209 pp.

Some of my direct ancestors are buried at Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church. Elbert Sevier Lamb and his wife, Nancy Margaret Malinda Ricker. Elbert Sevier Lamb (DOB 2/8/1846 in Greene County, TN; DOD 4/13/1921 in Greene County, TN) and Nancy Margaret Malinda Ricker (DOB 3/18/1852 in Greene County, TN; DOD 1/16/1919 in Greene County, TN) to Susannahh Ricker (DOB 5/1/1831 in Greene County, TN; DOD 6/1/1916 in Greene County, TN).






Their tombstones have double hearts (one on each end of the stone).








It is a family story that Nancy Margaret Malinda Ricker Lamb was the daughter of Susannah Ricker who had been raped by an Indian and Nancy was the result. Nancy was born in 1852 which seems to be 100 years or more later than the first story reported above. But I found the story fascinating alongside our own family story.

Monday, March 26, 2012

"Heebie Jeebies"

Heebie Jeebies - It means having feelings of anxiety, unease, nervousness, the jitters, intense apprehension close to horror. "Heebie Jeebies" seems to hark back to earlier rhyming phrases, like "hocus-pocus" and "mumbo-jumbo". The meaning is more like the British term - the "screaming habdabs". It was coined at a time when there was a spate of new nonsense rhyming pairs, called rhyming reduplications, - the bee's knees, etc., around the 1920's in the US. The term is widely attributed to William M. "Billy" de Beck (who is also the first to use "horse feathers"). The first citation of it in print is certainly in a 1923 cartoon of his, in the 26th Oct edition of the New York American, "You dumb ox - why don't you get that stupid look offa your pan - you gimme the heeby jeebys!" Heebie jeebies caught on quickly and soon began appearing in many newspapers and literature of the US. "Heebie Jeebies", as a composition, was a 1926 single by Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dry Creek Beds

Dry stream beds are attractive and practical to control soil erosion and to direct water runoff. We have a ditch across the back of our yard and I was looking for some ideas on how to stop the erosion. I came across some great ideas for rock lined dry stream beds. I thought I would share my findings and I tried to collect photos for all different kinds of situations from small ones to large ones.






































































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