Lillye Younger in The History of Decatur County Past and Present provides this history of schools in the Bath Springs Area.
The first school at Bath Springs was a log structure located just across from the present Dr. B.M. Brooks home. It was constructed during Civil War days. George Brooks taught here.
In 1913 the building was torn down and a yellow pine school building erected about 50 feet from the present Bath Springs Baptist Church. It was used as a school-church combination until in 1929 when Three Way School was built.
The school at the Three Way intersection of Hwys 114 and 69 was the Lancaster School. It served the Bath Springs Community for many years. School desks remained in it until it was torn down in the 1960s.
from the research of Jerry L Butler
JOHN STEELE1 BRALY was born February 14, 1815 in Rowan Co. NC, and died September
13, 1861 in Wayne Co. TN. He married NANCY MELVINA STOWE November 11, 1846 in
Perry Co. TN. She was born February 28, 1824 in Lincoln Co. NC, and died August 20, 1909
in Blackfoot, Bingham Co. ID.
More About JOHN STEELE BRALY:
- Census: 1850, Dwelling 44, Perry Co. TN
- Occupation: 1850, Surveyor
Notes for NANCY MELVINA STOWE:
In the 1870 census, Nancy M. Brawley and family are living in the household of her son in
law, George Jackson. In the 1880 census, Nancy M. Brawley is living next door to the George
More About NANCY MELVINA STOWE:
- Census 1: 1850, Dwelling 44, Perry Co. TN
- Census 2: 1870, Dwelling 99, District 3, Wayne Co. TN
- Census 3: 1880, Dwelling 14, District 2, Decatur Co. TN
- Census 4: 1900, Dwelling 71, Franklin Village, Oneida Co. ID
More About JOHN BRALY and NANCY STOWE:
Marriage: November 11, 1846, Perry Co. TN
Children of JOHN BRALY and NANCY STOWE are:
- HUGH STANHOPE FERNANDO2 BRALY, b. September 09, 1847, Perry Co. TN; d. December 12, 1863, Wayne Co. TN.
More About HUGH STANHOPE FERNANDO BRALY:
Census: 1850, Dwelling 44, Perry Co. TN
- LOUISA JANE BRALY, b. August 21, 1849, Perry Co. TN; d. March 25, 1880.
- OCTAVIA ELENOR BRALY, b. December 01, 1851, Linden, Perry Co. TN; d. June 04, 1891, Cove, Cache Co. UT.
- BYRON EMERILLA (ELENOR) BRALY, b. December 25, 1855, Ashland, Wayne Co. TN; d. December 31, 1899.
- GASTON LAFAYETTE BRALEY, b. July 14, 1858, Ashland, Wayne Co. TN; d. April 11, 1934, Berkeley, Alameda Co. CA.
- WILLIAM THOMAS (MACK) BRALY, b. November 14, 1861, Ashland, Wayne Co. TN; d. February 11, 1886.
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