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As a young boy, I remember many visits to my father's family, but because they lived further away, only a few to my mother's family. What I remember best about the few trips I made to Trenton to visit Grandpa and Grandma Yates was Aunt Essie's food. Today, you would call it a POWER lunch. She served everything, and it was all good. Grandpa Yates lived in a two story home near the center of town. My brother told me the upstairs was haunted - I never did see the upstairs!
My knowledge of the Tucker's comes from personel experience, cousins, aunts and uncles. My knowledge of the Yates' history comes mainly from my second cousin - James Thomas Reed. He wrote a book, The Reed Boys, published in Memphis, Tennessee, December 1983. He gave copies to all his cousins, and I received my mother's copy shortly after her death. The following is an excerpt from The Reeds Boys, and covers the early history of my mother's family.
The Reed Boys
by James Thomas Reed
Grand Ma Yates had a chew of tobacco in her left jaw and as she read aloud, some of the juice ran into the wrinkles of her chin. She wiped her chin, straightened her tiny "specs," and smiled at me. I returned the smile and asked her where she lived when she was a little girl. She said that she was born in a big log house near the river bottom a few miles from Laneview, She was the seventh child in a family of eleven children.
Her Ma and Pa, Henry and Mica Marcrum, had come to Tennessee from North Carolina with her oldest brother, Jefferson, and sister, Nancy, in a covered wagon. This got my attention and for these many years, I have wondered about the experiences of Grand Ma Yates' parents.
Henry and Mica Marcrum were born in North Carolina along with their two oldest children, Nancy and Jefferson, in 1803, 1809, 1828, and 1832, respectively. The Gibson County land deed records show that on October 25, 1833, William Pillow deeded Henry Markim* and his heirs 140 acres for $145.75 cash "... parcel of land situated lying and being in the county of Gibson and State of Tennessee on the waters of Rutherford Fork of Obion River ...A part of the five thousand acre entry originally granted to Isaac Roberts by Grant 382 from the State of North Carolina ...."
* The spelling of this family name varied from Markim to Marcrum to Marcum.
This was the first purchase of land in Gibson County by Henry and Mica Marcrum. During the following years, the Marcrum family prospered, and nine additional children were born.
Henry and Mica extended their land holdings, and the Gibson County records show some six purchases or sales of land; they eventually lived in the present Greers Chapel area. However, this church was not formed until 1894 when Frank Markham, a son of Henry's, deeded the land for the church to build on.
Henry and Mica Marcrum died on January 7, 1884, and November 9, 1891, respectively, and are buried in the Union Methodist Church Cemetery near Laneview, just off the Trenton-to-Bradford Road.
Once when I was about ten years old, I asked Grand Ma Yates if she remembered the Civil War. She said she was about eighteen years old and remembered it very well. She did not seem to favor either side and said that the women of the family would take the live stock to the woods to hide them when troops were around. Later on I realized the Marcrums' and Yates' were Republicans in the solid Democratic south.
On December 18, 1865, at the age of twenty-two, Jane Marcrum (our grandmother) married Allcey Yates (also, Alse and Ailsey). Little is known of Allcey's family or where his parents are buried. Based on deduction from the 1840 Gibson County Census, showing Charles Yates, age thirty to forty, as head of the household of four males and four females, one female listed as forty to fifty, and the 1850 Census listing names less Charles (who had died), it appears that Allcey Yates was the eldest son of Charles and Sarah Yates and was born in North Carolina. Charles and Sarah migrated from North Carolina to Tennessee with their two children, Allcey and Matthew about 1831. According to family word-of-mouth tradition, Charles was some nine years younger than Sarah (who was born in 1796) and died at the age of forty-four of intemperance. It is understood that Charles' father was a Methodist Circuit Rider in North Carolina.
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