Contributed by Jean Pond Short
Benjamin Pond was born about 1780 probably in North Carolina. He married Milly Swan on 17 January 1807 in Caswell County, N.C. Benjamin, Milly, and their 3 oldest children came to Robertson County, TN. before 1820. In 1830, census records show that they were living in Sumner County, TN. and had four more children. In 1840, census records reveal that Benjamin had moved his family back to Robertson Co., TN. and died before 1850. The 1850 Robertson Co., TN. census lists Milly as the head of the household with five of her children living with her. It is assumed that Milly died before 1860 as she is not listed on that census.
Children of Benjamin Pond and Milly Swan:
1. Richard Pond b Aug. 4, 1808 in Caswell Co., N.C.; d 1879 in
Sumner Co., TN. He married
Anna M. Guthrie in 1832 (b between 1812/1815, d 12 Dec. 1862) and Elizabeth Link in 14
2. Sarah "Sally" Pond b 2 Feb 1810 in Caswell Co., NC., married Moses Caudill/Candle.
3. James Pond b 8 Jun 1811, Caswell Co., NC., d 16 September 1880 in Robertson Co., TN.
4. Margaret Pond b about 1814 in Caswell Co., N.C. d after 1860.
5. Edward Pond b about 1816 in Sumner Co., TN., d 1891 in Simpson Co., KY. He married
6. John Pond b about 1819, buried in Simpson Co., KY. He married Martha C. Johnson
7. Elizabeth "Betty" Pond b about 1823 in Robertson Co., TN. died Simpson Co., KY.,
married John "Jack" Meguiar.
8. William Pond b about 1824 in Robertson Co., TN., d 10 Oct 1898 in Simpson Co., KY.
9. Joicy Pond b 12 Aug. 1826, Robertson Co., TN, d 26 Oct 1911, Simpson Co., KY., married
LeRoy Wright 8 Oct. 1857.
10. Benjamin Pond, Jr. b about 1828, living in 1860.
Children of Richard Pond and Anna M. Guthrie:
1. William Guthrie Pond, b 31 Aug 1833, d 30 Apr 1889, married
first to Nancy "Nannie"
Lane/Lain 5 Aug 1857 (b 14 Feb 1839 in Wilson County, TN., d 12 Jan 1882) and second
to Malvina Brown on 2 May 1883 in Sumner County, TN. W. G. and Nannie are buried
in the Old Fountain Head Cemetery.
2. Milly Pond, b 1835
3. John (Luther) Smith Pond, b 23 Feb. 1836, d 8 Mar 1905. He married Amanda F. West
(b 29 May 1848) on 20 Dec. 1877, in Sumner Co., TN. They are buried in the Hunter
Cemetery in Sumner Co., TN.
4. Stephen F. "Stacker" Pond, b 10 Feb. 1840, d 3 Nov. 1905, married Willie Durham on
1 Feb 1877, in Sumner Co., TN. Stacker was buried in the Old Fountain Head Cemetery.
5. Andrew Jackson "Jack" Pond, b 29 Jan. 1842, d 28 Jun 1904, married Eliza Griffin on
7 Dec 1865.
6. James Richard Pond, b 16 Nov 1844, d 3 Dec 1925 in Fayetteville, Ark., married Mary J.
Roberts 28 Oct 1868, in Sumner Co., TN.
7. Elizabeth "Betty" Pond b 16 Aug 1846, d 6 Oct 1906, married Reuben Searcy 1 Oct 1868,
in Sumner Co., TN.
8. Sarah Pond b 17 Nov 1847 d 23 Dec 1903 Sumner Co., TN. She married Joseph Johnson
on 6 Jan 1868.
9. Margaret Pond b 1850.
10. Thomas Eatherly Pond b 18 Dec 1852 d 11 July 1935, married Sarah Hester in Sumner Co.,
TN., on 11 Aug 1872.
Captain William Guthrie Pond (see a picture of Capt. W. G. Pond) began his own merchandising business at the age of 20. Working alongside him were his wife Nannie and brother Smith, who was living with him at the time. In April, 1861 William enlisted in the Army of the Confederacy, beginning as a private in Company E, 30th Tennessee Infantry, but soon attained the rank of First Lieutenant. The muster roll for Company E also lists William's younger brothers Stephen "Stacker" and "Jack" Pond. In 1862 (the battle of Fort Donelson) the Confederate soldiers surrendered and William was sent to Johnson's Island in Ohio. He was imprisoned for 6 months and exchanged at Vicksburg, Mississippi on 3 Aug 1862. His regiment was reorganized, he was made a Captain in the Commissarty Department and assigned to Company C. At the end of the war, Captain Pond returned home to his wife and children and once again worked in the merchandising business. He established a store in Fountain Head and over the years acquired 600 acres of land. From 1875 - 1877 he served Sumner County in the 39th General Assembly of the Tennessee House of Representatives. Captain Pond left a ledger from 1865 - 1866 listing names and goods sold to Sumner Countians in the area. Some of the entries include the following names: S. P. Hodges, Robert T. Fleming, J. L. Brackin, E. Troutt, Ham Sarver, Mrs. A. F. T. Sarver, J. M. Brackin, Mrs. Sallie Simpson, A. Black, W. L. Harper, A. Bradley, J. W. Suttle, P. Stalcup, Charles Hodges, Armstead Denning, P. H. Freedle, Jas. Henderson, John Groves, William Thomaston, W. F. Butler, H. M. Smart, Thos. Staggs, Wm. Hunter, H. Shaffer, Payne, J. M. Roney, D. Johnson, W. H. Escue, J. B. Rippy, A. J. Haverson, Henry Gant, and Isaac Hunter.
Children of Captain William Guthrie Pond and Nancy Lane.
1. William Guthrie Pond, Jr. (Billy) (see a picture of Billy Pond) b 28 Dec 1858; d 11
Mar 1928 . Billy never married, but he inherited 1/2 interest of his father's store
in Fountain Head, TN., where he worked until his death. He is buried in the Old
Fountain Head Cemetery.
2. Charles Thorton Pond b 9 Nov 1860 d 17 July 1927, married Anna Stewart 16 Nov 1892 in
Sumner Co., TN. Charles and Anna (b 1867 d 1927) are buried in the Gallatin Cemetery in
Sumner Co., TN. Charles inherited the other half of W. G. Pond, Sr.'s store in Fountain
3. Frances Pond, b 6 July 1862, d 19 Nov 1949, married William Butler 10 Sept 1879 in Sumner
Co., TN. Married second to W. B. Amos 20 June 1929 (Sumner County Marriage Index).
4. Laura Bell Pond b 10 Mar 1866, d 6 Aug 1873. Laura is buried with her parents in the Old
Fountain Head Cemetery, Sumner Co., TN.
5. John L. Pond b 18 Sept 1868 d 12 Mar 1932 in Sumner Co., TN. He married Tallahassie S.
Bryant 9 Jan 1896 in Simpson Co., KY.
Children of Charles Thornton Pond and Anna Stewart
Charles Stewart Pond, b 30 Sept 1901 in Sumner Co., TN., d 15 Feb 1959, and Evelyn Orlean Olivia Dorris (born on 12 May 1908 to Harvey W. Dorris and Leanora Miller) married on 12 Feb 1929 in Sumner Co., TN. Charles Pond inherited the Fountain Head store and continued the legacy of his grandfather, Captain W. G. Pond, which began shortly after the Civil War. "The Store" was a cornerstone of the Fountain Head community for over 100 years, serving as a mainstay for farmers to purchase necessities and as a gathering place to discuss politics and community affairs. Charles, an avid fisherman, built Willow Lake on Hwy. 109 in the Fountain Head area (now Portland) as well as the Bledsoe Creek Boat Dock on Old Hickory Lake. This, in addition to farming and family, were his passions. His beloved wife, Evelyn, passed away on 12 Dec 2000 and was laid to rest in the Gallatin Cemetery beside him.