G. Tillman Stewart

From Henderson County by G. Tillman Stewart, Tennessee County History Series, Joy Bailey Dunn, Editor, Charles W. Crawford, Associate Editor, 1979, Memphis State University Press.  Thanks to G. Tillman Stewart's son George Stewart for granting permission to publish this book.

It would have been impossible to write this history without the use of many documents, letters, newspapers, memoirs, and records. This volume signaled the end of personal research that began in 1949 and culminated many hours spent in the Tennessee State Library and Archives at Nashville, as well as correspondence with over 100 people.

The contributions of the following people have been greatly appreciated: Ashley Adams, prominent county educator, for documents on the Battle of Parker's Crossroads, on historical events dealing with the northern part of the county, and research information; H. J. Bolen, for information on Pleasant Exchange, Wildersville, and Farmville; Virginia Butler, for permission to use material from her master's thesis on education in the county; W. L. Bradfield, for genealogical information; Judge John Park Cravens of Dardanelle, Arkansas, for genealogical information; E. D. and the late Joe A. Deere, for memoirs relating to the Civil War, Baptist College, Beech River Baptist Association, and genealogical information; Mrs. Jessie Fisher and Louise Oakley, for their valuable information; Bee Grissom, for research gleaned from the Grissom papers; Roy Hall, for genealogical information on Broadway and Sand Ridge Halls; Clarence Kolwyck, for history on Darden and Corinth communities; Joe Murphy, for the early history of Wildersville and Pleasant Exchange; Floyd Roberts, for his generous assistance; Alton and Gleeman Rhodes, for the history of Rhodes Town; the late Dr. R. H. White, state historian and author, for his personal assistance; the Henderson County teachers, who in 1940 under the leadership of Louise Oakley, gathered information on all county communities; Robert McBride, for his able assistance; and Auburn Powers, for permission to use material from his History of Henderson County. Photographs courteously furnished by Arnold Studio, Gilliam Studio, Lexington Progress, Steve McDaniel, and Lillian Derryberry are gratefully acknowledged.

Others who had contributed either time or information are Robbie Wallace, Cletus Watley, Bernice Maness, Pearl Johnson, the late J. T. Hanna, Jimmy Essary, Deward Grissom, Mrs. John Brown Davis, Gordon Turner, Ray Graves, McCall Lewis, Ben Goff, Cooper Moody, and Cora Lewis.

I am forever grateful to the following for their assistance a typing: Doris Owens Moore, Sue Nell Overman, Lisa Overman, and Tess Destry. My appreciation is also extended to those remaining who are too numerous to mention here, for without their assistance and support this volume would not have been possible.

Above all, I am grateful to my beloved wife, Mildred, who has spent many hours assisting me in the library and archives and to my son, George Tillman Stewart, Jr., who also has provided assistance in the gathering of information, and to his high school students for their research and reports on prominent local families.