It is not an absolute proven fact that this list students was from the Carters Creek School in Maury County where Thomas Rountree taught. In the interest of the truth I present to you the evidence that was presented to me regarding this matter and believe it is the best conclusion to date. From this each can conclude for yourself or research the question as you see fit. If anyone can prove this school to be other than the Carters Creek School of Maury County then we will get the school listed on the proper channels. 

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Subj: Re: Carters Creek List of Scholars
Date: 2/14/03 3:13:40 PM Central Standard Time
From: (Kendall Sparkman)
To: (Wayne Austin, Site Admin. )

Wayne, thank you posting this great list of scholars. It has been particularly helpful in establishing the middle names of numerous individuals only previously known by initials. I can confirm that each of the Sparkmans, Wrenns and children of Mary Walker, and certain other individuals listed, never lived in Greene County, MO (although a handful migrated to western Polk and Cedar Cos., MO, after 1850), but did live in the vicinity of the Carter Creek community in Maury County, TN. However, I do question the estimated dates of the matriculation of the students as being between 1833-1835 or even 1831-1835.
I first noticed Louisa Rountree, daughter of John Rountree. Louisa was born ca. 1810 and married James Colden Sparkman in October, 1832, and the couple resided in Williamson County. It would thus be unlikely that a married 21-23 year old would be a student at the school, particularly when common school education ended at the time at age 16. Likewise, of some of the oldest scholars I am able to identify, James Green Sparkman, son of Jesse Sparkman, was born November 23, 1811 (also noting that Jesse Sparkman had several children born prior to 1810 who are not reflected in the list other than as parents); Jane Rountree, daughter of Andrew Rountree, was born March 01, 1808 (Andrew also having older children not reflected); and Junius Meredith Rountree, son of Joseph Rountree, was born in 1810.
The convincing evidence rests with the children of Joseph Rountree. Joseph Rountree was the second emigrant from Maury to permanently relocate to Greene after John Polk Campbell. He also accompanied John Campbell to Greene in the 1829-1830 period to scout out the Missouri territory. Joseph himself diaried the move of his entire family in December, 1830, and his sons Marzavan and Lucius (reflected in the list of scholars) reminisced in their lifetimes about relocating to Greene at such time, and the documentation further establishes the marriage of Joseph's son Junius (listed on the list of scholars) as the first marriage in Campbell Township (Springfield) in 1831, and that Joseph's daughter Louisa (also on the list of scholars) was married in MO in June, 1832.

(Search for Rountree - Lucius' marriage and Joseph's bio are included.)
I believe the foregoing, and the fact that Joseph Rountree established the first school in Greene (with his children as a sizeable percentage of the students) not long after his arrival, clearly establishes that we are looking at a list including students prior to December, 1830, and consideration must also be given to the common school age factor. That factor and the number of initial students so neatly penned and grouped irrelevant of their age differences in their family groups in 1833 (by the date of the page), as compared with the relative fewer number of students subsequently added to the list, leads me to speculate that the list is a subsequent transcription of all students who had attended the school under the tutorage of Thomas Rountree (b. ca. 1801), and it may reflect students who studied at the school as early as 1825-26. While it may not be pertinent if the list was created in 1833, to the extent the list may have been retranscribed from a prior that year, it may also be noteworthy that of the widows reflected as heads of households, Winifred Wrenn was widowed prior to June, 1826, and Mary Walker was widowed February 11, 1827.

Carter's Creek School 1830s
Date:2/13/02 10:03:36 PM CST  
From: (Ruth P.  Cunningham)

I have a microfilm copy from original of Thomas Rountree's "Cataloge of Scholars" from 1833-1835 for his school on Carter's Creek. It lists @ 200 students, arranged by family, with name of father or guardian. It is really an amazing document. Please contact me if you would like a copy, or info on how to order the microfilm from Univ. of MO. His entire lesson book (400+
fascinating pages) has been microfilmed (original is held by descendant in MO, where Rountree moved c. 1835). I left a copy of the scholar list with Barbara Garrett at the Maury Co. Archives last week. I did not copy the entire lesson book, but it is quite a treasure. If you want to discuss, please e-mail me privately. I am a professional genealogist in Nashville. 

Re: Carter's Creek School info
Date:3/15/02 4:34:05 PM Central Standard Time  
From: (Ruth P.  Cunningham)
I know these families were on Carter's Creek in that time period because of extensive research I did on a really tough case with the Craig family. Over the course of two or three years I crawled all over that neighborhood and every record associated with these families that I could find. This client really wanted her mystery solved. Her father and grandfather had hired the best genealogists in Nashville beginning in the 1920s to try and resolve their mystery, but they didn't have access to enough records to figure it out. I explained to her that we were in "long shot" territory but she told me to keep going until I couldn't think of anything else to do. I reconstructed the neighborhood using deeds, court minutes, etc. and examined Maury County courthouse in records as needed and was finally able to piece together enough evidence to feel fairly certain that Wm. Craig was her great-great-grandfather, and when the school list surfaced (by way of a tip from Alaska, of all places) that pretty well confirmed our theory. I can't say the connection is 100% proven, but with the school list and a pile of other evidence, I think we are 99.5% there. The only thing I'm not certain of is why and exactly when Rountree put this list together. I sometimes think he was preparing to settle up tuition bills before he headed to Missouri, but I'm not sure about that. Some of these children should have been old enough to be done with school by 1835 (the last date on the document).

Re: Carters Creek School of Thomas Rountree
Date:3/24/02 3:27:49 PM Central Standard Time  
From: (Elaine Campbell)
Hello Wayne,
 I have the microfilm of "Thomas Rountree Lesson Plan Book 1832-1835" that I purchased from the University of Missouri about 2 years ago and I also have a copy of the Joseph Rountree Diary which the owner who lives in California transcribed which is part of the University's Collection.  Last summer I gave Monty Knight a copy of my transcription and he gave me more information on the families in that area that were listed.  Many people in Missouri including the owner, who I talked with over the phone, believe the list of students were in Springfield, MO but from the surnames that have direct connection to my husband's family I have found almost all in Maury-Williamson County which Monty confirmed. 
Thank you,
Elaine Campbell 

 Elaine also writes: 3/24/02

Thank you for your prompt reply. I believe 100% the list of students are in Maury-Williamson County during the years 1833 and 1835.  Springfield, MO history has that Joseph Rountree moved there in the Winter of 1831 but I don't believe that he moved his entire family there until later.  My husband's (7 different direct lines listed) families didn't move to Springfield and return to Maury-Williamson County and if you study the tax records you will find the same on the some of the other surnames.  Thomas Rountree didn't move to Springfield until after 1836.  Proof is in the tax records:
1836 Tax List 22 Civil District
Thomas  Rountree
Charles Rountree
1836 Tax List 19th Civil District
Andrew Rountree 
John Rountree SR
John Rountree JR
Charles Rountree
David Rountree
I have tax records on other surnames that are listed on the Catalogue of Scholars.  
I have a transcription on my desk top computer which I have disconnected, because of the remodeling project that I have going and I haven't finished.  I'm working off my laptop.   I did get into the site but didn't wait for download because it is what I have on microfilm.  Do you live in Maury County?  I have planned to donate the film to the Archives of Maury County but it will have to be on loan because the University of MO told me that it wasn't to be in a library or research center after I had placed my order.   I was under the opinion that if I paid for a film that I could give it to whoever I wanted to.   
Thank you for all your hard work,
Elaine Campbell

Elaine also writes: 3/25/02 

Joseph Rountree is paying taxes in 1832 ? 1833? ( my information is not at
my finger tips) in Springfield, MO. but I believe that he left his wife and
younger children here with brothers Andrew and John, he and older sons went
to MO to build their new home.  Since they are listed in the lesson book on
September 9, 1833 that 4 of his children were here in Maury County.  The
Joseph Rountrees decendants seem to have documents which have been
transcribed  but the Lesson Plan Book is the only one that I have found that
I could interpret for myself.

I will be glad to give you any information that you might need on the
following head of /household which are listed on the list:

William McKee
William Craig
William Trimble
L & J Akin (Akins and Campbells)
Fortunatus Dodson
Williamson Akin ( William Jacobs)

Monte Knight has looked over my transcription and made notes on other
families.  I will be more than glad to ask if he would mind sharing his
information  if you would like to develop this into your site.

Elaine Campbell

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