New 1 August 2003
a photograph of Levoy White. This photo is in the
possession of his daughter, Jessica White Griffiths.
Also added a transcription of the Memorial
Obituary for Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ohlmann. She was the
daughter of Jackson White Sr. and Alfreta Bryant and died along
with her second husband in a tragic home fire in Dickson, TN on
March 29, 1955. Her first name was Aileen.
New 15 Jan 2002
The following article written by
Virginia Bivin appeared in a Nashville Newspaper in
“Nab him by the coattails, but look
before you leap.” So
advises a modern great-great-grandmama of 22 “official”
birthdays and with 100 living descendents who believes in looking
around for your man and then leaping.
Mrs. Jack B. White, Sr., who will celebrate her
“22nd” birthday February 29th, is just
as modern as a jet plane when the conversation gets around to
latching onto a man during Leap Year. But she’s old fashioned as a horse and buggy when it comes
to having lots of chilluns, grand, great and even a great-great.
To be exact, she has 40 grand-children, 50
great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter, with
another great-grandchild expected in a couple of weeks.
Her own children number nine sons and five daughters.
Six sons and three daughters are still living.
Despite her 88 winters, Mrs. White appears to be
mighty pert and spry. She’s
proof of her firm belief that having lots of children around will
keep you young. This
alert head of a great big family kinda hankers after the boys.
Sixty-two of the 100 “kids” are boys.
In fact, she’d like for all the babies in her family to
have been boys. But
since things didn’t work out exactly that way, she does the next
best thing – instructs the gals as they grow up to latch onto a
Mrs. White will celebrate her birthday with her
family clan gathered at her knee Leap Year Day at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Jesse Copeland, 1127 Stratford Ave.
What with a family reunion every year as a birthday present
and hosts of gifts from 100 “kids” ranging from 66 years to
infancy, Mrs. White can’t really think of anything she needs.
But, with a twinkle in her clear grey eyes, she quips
cheerfully that she’s looking forward to a belated birthday gift
in a couple of weeks when her 51st great-grandchild
puts in an appearance. “Little
girls are nice but boys are even better.”
Mrs. White has had five new great-grandchildren since last
This young-for-her-years lady keeps up a keen
interest in the news of the day and, until recent years, crocheted
and did other handwork. She used to travel a good bit, especially visiting members of
her family in Florida during the wintertime.
A member of Third Baptist Church since a young girl,
she was active in church affairs until recent years.
A native of Macon County, GA., Mrs. White moved here at
about the age of three. Her
father, Hugh Bryant, took part in the fighting near Atlanta during
the War Between the States. Her
mother was the former Elizabeth Henderson.
|What's New 7 Jul 2002
was recently contacted by C.J. Vaught of Memphis TN with some new
Mattingly Family information. Added a new page on the family
of Robert Thomas Mattingly, older brother of Mary Elizabeth
Mattingly Kennedy. Also added photographs to a new Robert T.
Mattingly Family Photographs page. Thanks C.J.
|What's New 30 June 2002
I added a page of Kennedy Family Photos provided to me by Kenny
Kennedy. These originally belonged to his parents, Russell
and Dorothy Kennedy. Click here to see the entire page: Kennedy
Family Photographs. Thanks Kenny!
|What's New 11 June 2002
I visited the Library of Congress while in Washington DC on
business. There (after being put the ringer to make sure I
was not a terrorist), I was allowed to examine General Sherman's
maps of the Battle of Atlanta. There are about 30 or more of
them there. Anyway, I was able to confirm the story that
Jess Copeland and Anne White Whitaker had told me several years
ago about the circumstances when Alfreta Bryant left Georgia to
come to Tennessee. For those who want to read the narrative,
you can go the website at this URL: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~josephkennedy/atlanta_campaign_spring_summr_18.htm
the Spring of 1864, Sherman had been pushing Confederate General
Joe Johnson and the Confederate Army of the Tennessee down through
Northern Georgia with an eye towards Atlanta. Following a
brutal pounding at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Sherman was no
longer willing to make frontal assaults against the entrenched
Confederate Army and began a series of maneuvers to outflank Joe
Johnson. Confederate Jefferson Davis relieved Joe Johnson,
who he considered timid and replaced him with the Texan General
Hood (one arm and one leg). This set the scene for the
Battle of Atlanta which was actually three battles as the Union
Army refused head on battle and maneuvered around Atlanta hoping
to out position Hood. Ironically each of the three parts of
the battle were initiated by the Rebel General Hood and each
result in huge losses of life especially on the Confederate side.
exchange between pickets that occurred during one of the nights after
days of fierce battles went something like this:
Yank: "How many of you rebels left over there?"
Johnny Reb: "About enough for a killing, I reckon"
imagine that by the 28th July 1864, the Henderson Family had been
through a lot. Alfreta had been born February 29th of that
year and was a newborn. Her mother, Elizabeth
"Lizzie" Bryant was staying with her Mother, Mary
Stewart Henderson on the Family Farm in what was then Campbell
County Georgia and is now Fulton County, GA.. Mary Stewart
Henderson's husband: Samuel Henderson had died two years earlier
while serving with the Confederate Army (Georgia 35th Vol
Infantry) at Fredericksburg and her eldest son was with Lee's Army
of Northern Virginia soon to be under siege at Petersburg.
Elizabeth Bryant's husband was likewise away serving with the
"Battle of Atlanta" had been in progress for about a
week in two major engagements with countless minor skirmishes
daily. The main battle had concluded two days earlier about
3 miles east of the Henderson Farm. No doubt the Henderson
women had taken shelter from the bombardment of Atlanta by
Sherman's Army. The farm located inside the Confederate
lines might have been used to shelter the wounded. Georgia
in July 1864 was no doubt a cooker. Full summer heat and
dry. The red Georgia clay stirred up into dust by the
movement of tens of thousands of men and horses no doubt reddened
the sky and coated
everything and everybody. From the attached map, it is clear
that what Jess said was true. The Confederate fortifications
bisected the Henderson Farm. Perhaps one morning a
Confederate Officer appeared at the farmhouse door and requested
Mary Henderson to join him in the yard. In easy view to the
Northwest would have been Union General Schofield and the Yankee
Army of the Ohio just beyond the range of cannon. Inviting
her attention to the southeast beyond the Henderson family fields,
no doubt in midsummer full growth, they would have observed the
railroad leading out of Atlanta into the southern half of the
state. A critical railroad junction at East Point no more
than a mile away justified the Confederate fortifications and was
the objective of the Union Army. With sorrow and regret, he
would have informed her that she must have already known.
Soon the Yankee Army near her farm and his own must surely engage
and perhaps the clash would occur on the very ground that was her
farm. These were two veteran armies that faced each other
and they knew well what the certain battle would do to the farm.
Maybe he even begged her to leave. In the end, it would not
have really been a request since he would have ordered her off the
farm. As Jess told the story, as they pulled out and left,
the Confederate Army burned the house and barns to clear the
ground in front of their forts and give their cannon clear views
of the enemy who would surely come soon. Mary Henderson, her
daughter, Lizzie Bryant, other children and infant granddaughter,
Alfreta were driven out in a wagon by an Uncle and taken to
Tennessee. On the 28th of July 1864, Confederate General
Stephen Lee's Division moved against the Union Right Flank just
north of the Henderson Farm at what was afterwards known as the
Battle of Ezra Church. It was a tactical victory for the
Rebels but at a tremendous price. A historian called it
"A Perfect Murder."
attached file is Sherman's Map. It is a very large map and
this is a very large file. If you open the file you will
need to look near the bottom center. There you will find
East Point Georgia clearly labeled. Just west of there the
map is marked "Widow Henderson" to show the exact
location of the Family Farm pretty much smack dab in the middle of
the Rebel line (marked in blue ironically). I have been
comparing this map with a modern topographic map of Atlanta and it
easy to see why the Confederate lines were laid out the way they
were. First off the protected the Railroad as previously
described. Secondly, they occupied the high ground which was
suited for defense especially since they faced a much larger Union
archivists in the Map Room of the Library of Congress were
very helpful. They explained that they were in the progress
of scanning all the maps in their collection (nearly 100,000) and
that the Sherman maps should be done in a few years. Maybe
it was the look of disappointment on my face or maybe because I
was still wearing my U.S. Navy uniform from the meetings I had
attended earlier in the day but they agreed to move the map I needed
to the top of the scanning pile and that is why I have it now.
What's New 7 June 2002
The 1930 Federal Census for Nashville, Davidson
County, TN lists David J. Kennedy, age 50 living at 904 Monroe St
with wife, Bessie Lee, age 45; his mother, Mary Kennedy, age 76, a
widow (born Kentucky) and the following children: Mary L (Louise),
age 17; Madelyn, age 15; Ruth, age 9; Willie Frank, age 7; and
Russell, age 5. He
reports that he owns the home, worth $8000 and that is occupation
is Printing Press Machinist.
According to this record, they did own a radio.
living in the home was son-in-law Sanford McMillon (age 29,
occupation Hotel Elevator Repairman) and wife Jewell (Kennedy),
age 24, Machine Shop Bookeeper.
By this record, they were married in late 1926 / early
The 1930 Federal Census for Nashville, Davidson County, TN
lists “Raymond D.” (sic) Kennedy, age 28 living at 1403 Arthur
Ave with wife, Margaret A., age 25 along with children Jean C and
son, David R, age 3 months. He
is reported as renting the house for $30 a month and owning a
|What's New 4 June 2001
I have been working with our White Family cousins and will
soon be adding other branches to the family tree here to
(hopefully) eventually be able to document all the children of
Jackson B. White, Sr and their descendents. As always, for
privacy reasons, these pages will be limited to information on the
deceased. First off is a new page following the White family
through the line of Jackson B.
White, Jr. Thanks most of all to Steve White.
|What's New 27 May 2001
I was recently shown a photo of Mary
Elizabeth Mattingly, wife of David
V. Kennedy and Mother of David Joseph Kennedy. She was
the daughter of Bernard Mattingly
and Elizabeth Davis. She was born in Meade County, KY in
1852 near the present day site of Fort Knox and spent most of her
adult life living in Stanford, KY. After the death of her
husband in 1921, she moved to Nashville and lived the remaining
years of her life in the home of her son, David Joseph Kennedy
where she passed away in 1933. She is buried in Calgary
Cemetery in Nashville, TN under a stone placed by her great
grandson, David Raymond Kennedy, Jr. in 1995 to mark her
previously unmarked grave.
This photo is in the possession of Mrs. Frank Kennedy
Johnson and was placed here with the assistance of her son, Ray
|What's New 9 April
On a recent visit to the National Archives in Washington DC
, I examined General Sherman's maps for the Atlanta
Campaign. These detailed maps included the locations of the
various farms in the Atlanta area including the Henderson Farm
where Alfreta Bryant lived. Both farms are in the vicinity
of East Point, GA which is well inside Atlanta city limits today
very close on the NW side of Atlanta Hartsfield International
Map of Battle of Atlanta showing location of Henderson and Bryant
|What's New 18 December 2000
new information regarding the oldest son of Bernard Mattingly, Robert Thomas Mattingly provided by one of his
descendents. Added a brief history of the Kennedy
and Bowden Machine Company as told to me by my father, David R. Kennedy, Jr.
|What's New 4 December 2000
visited the graves of Oscar Kennedy
and his wife Gletha at the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery on Thompson Lane in Nashville, TN.
They are buried on the south side of the road in the old section of the cemetery
all the way in the very back but very close to a large belltower. They are in plot
345C along with their son, Kenneth Hubert Kennedy.
Also added the following new pages:
Campbell County, GA.
Campbell County, GA
Stewart Family, Campbell County,
Henderson Family in the Civil
Battle of Atlanta, July 1864
U.S. Civil War
General W.T. Sherman's Reply to the Mayor of
Henderson / Bryant Family in
Nashville, TN after the Civil War
|What's New 11 Nov 2000
two Family Stories: The Sellars Kennedy Riot of
1873 and The Murder of Ebb Kennedy 1877.
Although these are cousins and not from our direct line; I am frequently asked
about these stories. They do provide interesting background about life in Central
Kentucky after the Civil War. I have often wondered if the bad blood and political
violence that the Kennedy's seemed to be involved with had anything with David Joseph
Kennedy's decision to walk down to Nashville.
What's New 9 Oct 2000
Tightened up the Homepage so that it would load
faster and require less scrolling. Moved Wedding photo of David Joseph and Bessie Lee Kennedy to their own
page. Created a Related Families Page to serve as
|What's New 7 July 2000
photograph of DAVID JOSEPH KENNEDY and his wife,
BESSIE LEE WHITE probably taken around 1900 shortly after they were married. This
photograph was located in a family bible and goven to Mrs Ruth Ann Baumgarter by her aunt,
Jewell Kennedy MacMillion.
What's New 30 May 2000
Added a photograph of the Old Nashville Market Place (adjacent to the old
Nashville City Hall) where Jackson Whiite ran his butchering business. Also a 1908
photo of the stall inside the Market Place operated by the Jacobs Brothers who eventually
becam Jackson's partners. Both are located on the Jackson
B. White page.
|What's New 11 May 2000
a photograph of Jackson B. White, Sr taken sometime
before 1929. This photo is in the possesion of the daughter of Jackson's youngest
son: Levoy White and was provided by them. Thanks to Jessica White Griffiths and her
What's New 25 March 2000
Added photograph of Margaret Kennedy
Rigsby to "Wells" David Kennedy page
Added photograph of General Thomas Kennedy
to John Kennedy Sr page
Fixed alignment problems on multiple pages
Added Family Memory of Jackson