S: Dillihay Roots
BC: Anything worth doing is worth doing right. | Jasper Millard Dillihay
FC: Dillihay Roots | A journey back in time with the Dillihays & other families who came together to make us who we are. | compiled by Lori Ann Jackson
1: Many thanks to my grandparents, who gave our family strength and determination, to my aunts & uncles, who preserved & handed down our family values & stories, to my dad, who tirelessly researched our family genealogy & history, to my cousins, who have provided a wealth of information and family lore, to my sisters, who have always inspired me to start something & see it through, to my brother, who reminds me that it's never too late to start fresh, to my children for redefining and renewing the traits our family has passed on to them, and to my grandchildren, both living and not yet living, for giving me a reason to create this book. ~ Lori Ann Dillihay Jackson | Dedicated to the memory of Jasper Millard Dillihay, Gettie Eulah Veatch Dillihay, and their eleven children.
2: Jasper Millard Dillihay bought the book "Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There" for Gettie after he stopped drinking alcohol at her request. The story goes that Gettie read it to her children on a regular basis. The book was passed down after Gettie's death to Walter Winston, their youngest child. A check signed by Jasper Millard Dillhay also survived with the book. The check date, payee, and amount appear to have been filled out by a clerk, who has much more fluid handwriting than the signer. Ben M. Pulliam & Co was a mercantile store in Adairville, Kentucky. It was owned by Wesley Rayburn, who was also the president of The Peoples Bank.
3: These 4 pages in the back of Ten Nights in a Bar-Room record Jasper & Gettie's births, their marriage, and the births of their 11 children. In the book they are in the following order: upper left page, then the 2 pages at the bottom, then the upper right page. It is clear to see that the entries were made over time and not all at once. By looking at the words "was born" with attention to the w and the b, it is easy to see that the same person recorded all of these facts except the marriage & the birth of Joel Edward. | A comparison of "Dillihay" in the signature J M Dillihay on the check with the entries in the back of the book shows that the marriage entry and Joel Edward's birth were likely written by Jasper Millard Dillihay. The loop at the top of the D, the slant of the letters, and the y are markedly similar. In contrast, the other entries in the back of the book show a different handwriting, most likely Gettie's.
4: Jasper Millard Dillihay (b. September 14, 1888 d. December 4, 1937) has been dead longer than he lived and yet his presence is very evident at this reunion, September 17, 1988, the hundredth year of his birth and being held just three days after what would have been his 100th birthday. He was born in Macon County, Tennessee possibly in the Macedonia School and Church Community. He had all the advantages and disadvantages of his time and place. He only attended school three months in the dead of winter, but he lived among the giant native chestnut trees that had been there for centuries. He witnessed the felling of hundreds of these giants not for lumber, but so that corn could be planted on land so steep that it could not be plowed and so rocky that it was almost impossible to get enough soil to cover the corn. (the women often brought soil from the narrow creek bottoms for this purpose). In spite of very little formal education, Papa was not an illiterate but rather one of the best educated persons I've ever known. He was an excellent reader. He subscribed to "The Pathfinder" magazine, the pioneer weekly news magazine in the early twenties. At that time it serialized a book. Among those serialized were "Captain Blood", "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", and "The Bat". After supper the day the magazine came, he read the current installment to the family and we cliff-hanged until the next week. In 1923, he subscribed to the daily " Louisville Courier Journal". The timing was just right for President Harding's death and the Floyd Collins cave story. He was never without the Courier-Journal from that time. Years later when I subscribed to "The Saturday Evening Post", he would read it from cover to cover. He had a pocket morocco bound New Testament which Mamma had given him. He spent hours reading it every Sunday. He did not attend church, because of things he had known about church members that he disapproved of (foot washing, no meeting without the preacher guaranteed money beforehand, etc.). But he was reverent. He would not work on Sunday except to do the farm chores that had to be done. He always bathed and shaved on Sunday and spent time reading his New Testament. He never swore. He did have a byword, "dad gummit", and if circumstances got worse than usual his expression was "the devil and Tom Walker". | He was the most agile man I ever knew. He could run faster and jump higher than anyone else I knew. He was young enough and had enough of the boy in him that he made "play" of work, and Claude and I enjoyed it. If a shower came up while we were suckering tobacco, he led the run to the house. Often the shower played out before we got there. We would get a drink of water, rest a few minutes in the shade, then go back and work all the harder. As was usual in that location (Macon County), he had formed the habit of going with friends to Tompkinsville, Ky. on Saturday for whiskey. This distressed Gettie, his recent bride and young wife. (She had a devout Methodist mother, and in those days Methodists were dry). Mamma did not nag. Circumstances changed things. My two baby sisters, Lela May and Lily Vealer, died of membranous croup, (diphtheria), and I was born -all in two weeks time. Papa loved the little girls dearly, and almost went out of his mind. Mamma said he would harness his horses and go to the field before daylight, and then work until after dark. Then he when he came in, he would just sit and stare and hardly talk. Finally he told her, "If God will forgive me and you will forgive me, I'll never drink a drop again as long as I live." He kept his promise. There was never any alcohol in our house when I was growing up. Finally, a few months before he died, his doctor thought a little whiskey might help, so he gave Papa a prescription. He took a tablespoon full three or four times daily. Just after he made his promise, he bought Mamma a book entiled "Ten Nights in a Barroom and What I Saw There". Mamma read that book to us much as other mothers read their children fairy tales. | On the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Jasper Millard Dillihay (September 14, 1988), there are only six of the members of his family surviving who knew him. These include Russell Pirtle, his son-in-law, and five of his children--Bert Dillihay-74; Ruby Pirtle-68; Pauline Trice-65; Charles Dillihay-59; and Walter Winston Dillihay-52. Since he died on December 4, 1937 at the age of 49, the minds of those five who were old enough to remember have been occupied with many other things which left little time to remember him. And, of course, mostly what Win remembers is what was told him in his childhood. And for you other 77 blood relatives and spouses and others, your knowledge of him must be very sketchy indeed. This is an attempt to pay honor to him, to inform you of his life, and to set before you the good things in his life which are worth of imitation. | On the Hundredth Anniversary of His Birth September 14, 1988 by Bert Dillihay
5: Papa had his quiver full of children, and just as Solomon said, he was happy. I don't think there was any one of us unwanted. Charles' middle name is Finis, but Walter Winston was born after that. He was only 21 months old when Papa died, but there is no way of knowing how much pleasure he gave Papa. Papa literally spent his life for his family. He loved us all, but he was not given to saying it. He taught us to work, all the first five of us boys. He taught us to expect to work and enjoy it, and to do it to the very best of our ability. His motto was "Anything worth doing is worth doing right." A shoddy job brought on a stern reproof and quick correction. He was capable of teaching us many skills. He was a skilled woodsman. Whether it was cutting logs for timber, or cutting and making barn wood or wood for the kitchen or riving boards (nobody was allowed to touch, much less use his froe), or making tobacco sticks or cutting fence post, he was equally skilled and fast (as he was in ever thing he did). He was also a good farmer. | Jasper Millard Dillihay September 14, 1888 to December 4, 1937 | It was on a trip to "jockey" in Franklin in 1924 or 1925 that he bought his Model T. It had been used one year by a rural mail carrier and was in excellent condition. He had never driven before, but drove it home. On Sunday afternoon he took Mamma and us for a "spin." The only driving accident he ever had was when we were turning in our yard on returning home. He miscalculated just a mite and slightly disturbed the new American wire fence. He became his own mechanic, ordering parts from Sears and Roebuck. The new tobacco barn served as his garage. A car thief ring began operating in the neighborhood and Papa would stay up nights listening to their exhaust whistle. Armed with his 32 Smith and Wesson, he was ready for them. Finally one night he was so exhausted he went to bed. The next morning the lock had been pried off the barn door and the front wheels and radius rod had been detached from the car and carried away. | Before he and Mamma met, he and other young men would ride their bicycles from Macon County, TN. to Logan County, Ky. and work all summer for some farmer. Papa worked for Joe Deaux, a Frenchman by decent and an excellent farmer, and so in 1917 he brought Mamma, Claude and me to Logan County. Wages were good and men were needed on the railroad. So he moved to Oakville and became a railroad hand. He liked the work and he liked the crew he worked with. I am sure he also liked the steady and good wages he got. He got restless and told Mamma, Oakville is not a fit place to raise a boy or a dog. " He had the boys and he wanted a dog, so he "made a trade" and we left the city of Oakville and moved to the country. I don't think he ever regretted it. We were in a good farming community, and his prior experience came in handy. We always had good crops, and because he was a hard worked we prospered. We lived on Dick Moore's farm and Papa learned a new skill, training and grooming mules and horses. Every first Monday Mr. Moore traded animals in Russellville, and every third Monday in Franklin. During that time a new mule just traded for decided to paw Papa. He left Papa's overalls in shreds from the waist down. It scared Mamma and us to death. It just made Papa mad. When he got through with that mule, the mule lifted his front feet only high enough to walk.
6: As our family grew in number we were even happier. Papa was very happy when Ruby survived the three month colic, (partly because when she finally quit crying everybody could get some sleep). She grew and he spoiled her. Then a second daughter, Pauline, came to partially balance the boys. Then another boy, Joel Edward, was born with measles. Papa and Claude had gone to Springfield, TN. one Sunday to visit his uncles and cousins there and brought back the gift of measles. Everybody had them very badly except me. Papa also had an abscessed tooth, and Mamma was unable to do anything. Pauline lay in a stupor. Ed was the first of the "little boys" that livened up our lives. From then on nothing was ever dull again. Papa did not seem as strick on them. Sometimes they carried things too far. Papa and I had been piling a planted and we came to dinner, Bill and Charles were busy killing the awakened bees as they crawled in the March sunshine. Charles was on one side of the hive and Bill was on the other, each armed with a hammer and smashing each bee as they came out. Papa saw to it that they knew not to mash bees again. They stayed lined up for two or three years until they decided to leave home. They did not hike off or hitch-hike, they rode off on "Old Pat" the most gentle mule on the place. In fact, we missed the mule before we missed the boys. Again they were lined up for another long period. | As opposed to seeing that the boys worked in the fields, he refused to let the girls, Ruby and Pauline, go to the fields. In the meantime we had lost another little sister, Almer Allene. Papa said the women's place was in the house. He disapproved of the neighbors' practice of having their daughters work in the field. | He was ambitious for his children. He said he had no money to give us but he wanted us to have all the schooling we could get. He saw that we got our books and supplies and the clothes that we needed to go to school. He wanted to see our homework and our grade cards and he would help us with our school work. | Once when he asked to see my copy book the sentence we were copying was "What is so rare as a day in June?" I have always had trouble making a's and o's so he read it "What is so rare as a dog in June?" He saw to it that we worked on our homework. | Photos: Top: Jasper Millard Dillihay about 1910, Right: Jasper with his youngest son, Win, 1936 or 37, Facing page: Jasper Millard Dillihay
7: In April 1937, our local hardware dealer, Mr. Issac Mason, was elected president of the Kentucky Hardware Dealers Association. Back in Adairville he told me that Mr. Battorff, Belknap Hardware Company president, had said they needed salesmen trainees. Mr. Mason had recommended me. Papa urged me to try it. I was reluctant to go because I knew I was needed on the farm and I disliked giving up my companionship with Papa. After a few months, Papa had gotten worse and Mamma wrote that he missed me. I quit and came home. I was needed at home. All six of the school age children were in school. His health failed rapidly. He took to his bed. On December 4th at about 3:00 A.M., I tried to give him a drink of water. He had died in his sleep, less than three months after his 49th birthday. On their 27th wedding anniversary on December 2nd, Mamma had said to Papa, "Well, we are beginning our 28th year together." and Papa replied, "Yes, but it is a mighty poor beginning." No family was ever left more bereaved, for none had a more loving and providing father. The day of the funeral was as bleak and forbidding as the circumstances. It was terribly cold, with snow flurries and a biting wind. We children have never really recovered, but we were blessed with a strong mother who provided the love and care that we needed, from 21 month old Win to 23 year old Bert. With God's help, we stayed together and worked together. Schooling continued for those in school until World War II finally upset everything. Mamma lived to be 75 years and 9 months old. | The Great Depression came without disturbing us too much. Papa kept us all at work, each person sharing the work according to his or her age and ability. We had abundant food, corn in the crib for corn meal, wheat in the mill for flour, abundant vegetables to eat and can or store, hogs to kill for meat, sausage, bacon and ribs stored in their own grease, hams, that we usually sold because of their price, to buy what groceries staples we could not produce. Each spring for years, Papa ordered 100 chicks. Roughly, this gave us 50 laying hens and 50 fryers to eat during the year. He had dug a cellar and built the cellar house and roofed it with the boards he had rived. His health had been failing for a few years, but he kept busy. He was very skillful in bottoming chairs, sometimes with the hickory bark he had stripped and soaked and sometimes with twine. He was an excellent producer of dark fired tobacco. He did a good job of growing it and was careful to cure it just as it should be, (smoked 40 days and nights), and in bulking it, (one 5 leaf hand at a time, after two of us had passed it through our hands). As he prepared (stripped) the tobacco for market, he always kept out enough of the very finest leaf for his own chewing tobacco. This he twisted during the May fresh, boxed and stored on the back of his closet shelf. He usually worked with a chew of tobacco in his mouth. The chew consisted of a small portion of the twist of homespun tobacco supplemented by a small chunk from a plug of Apple tobacco, (manufactured Maryland Sun Cured). He used a special blade of his knife to cut his chew. This blade was never used for any other purpose. He never chewed in the house. When he died he had three unused boxes of chewing tobacco. Since he prepared one each year, this meant that the tobacco he was using had aged three years. | Except for two times when he had an abscessed tooth, once in 1917 while everyone else but me had the flu,(our little 6 week old Almer Allene died during that time), and again when he had red measles, Papa never had a tooth ache. At his death, he had all sound teeth except for those two fractured shells. However, his teeth were worn down. He had the thickest head of hair of anyone. He parted it in the middle. At his death, he had not lost any hair, nor did he have a grey hair.
8: That was the home of Gettie's parents, Henry Clay Veatch and Temperance Tabitha (Gulley) Veatch. Gettie was four years old when her grandfather died and only seventeen years old when her grandmother, Jane died on October 24, 1908. Gettie told us stories about Jane's love of horses and how she had been influenced by her in learning to ride and to gain an affection for horses herself. One of the most interesting stories dealt with Jane smoking. Gettie said she smoked a corn cob pipe. She taught Gettie how to pack the tobacco in the pipe and would have Gettie light the pipe with a coal from the hearth. | It is my understanding, based on stories told by mother, Gettie Eulah (Veatch) Dillihay, that her grandmother, Jane (Moore) Gulley lived with her daughter's family following the death of her husband, John Louis Gulley, on December 26, 1895.
9: Gettie Eulah Veach Dillihay September 4, 1891 to May 19, 1968 She was dearly loved by her children & grandchildren. | Of course, lighting the pipe required Gettie to draw the smoke into her mouth. As Gettie continued to do this for her grandmother, she developed a taste for the tobacco smoke. The amazing thing is that she did not acquire an addiction to tobacco smoke. She did, however, crave a pipe prior to the birth of each of her children. After the child was born, the craving was gone.Gettie gave birth to eleven of us spanning twenty five years. My understanding is that she did smoke her pipe before each of us were born. Only three times do I recall her smoking. Each of those times it was a cigarette and that was one cigarette each time. And there were years between each one. Gettie did not approve of her children smoking, but she never gave us a hard time about it. As was her custom, she expressed her feelings and if we chose to do otherwise that was the end of it. ~ written by Walter Winston Dillihay
13: Gettie had long hair, down to her waist, which she always wore in a bun.
14: Ruby & Gettie | Ruby, Charles, & Gettie | Gettie & Pauline | Gettie & Bert
15: Win & Gettie | Gettie & Bert | Ruby & Gettie | Pauline & Gettie | Charles & Gettie
16: Bert Bailey April 8, 1914 | Claude Winford September 12, 1916 | William Marvin April 25, 1927 | Charles Finis May 19, 1929 | They planned for Charles Finis to be their last child, but almost 7 years later came Win. | Ruby Estelle September 4, 1920 | Sarah Pauline October 7, 1923 | Born on Gettie's 29th birthday, Ruby was the first daughter to survive into adulthood. | Joel Edward August 28, 1925 | Walter Winston March 2, 1936
17: On April 8, 1914, Gettie gave birth to their first son, Bert. Five days later, on April 13, their oldest daughter, Lealer May, age 2.5 years, died from Diptheria (membranous croup). Eight days after that, on April 21, their second daughter, Lillie Vealer, age 19 months, died of the same. | Lillie Vealer September 15, 1912 Lealer May August 31, 1911 | In 1918, Almer Allene, the third daughter, was born on August 26 & died September 15. | The Children of | Dillihay | Jasper & Gettie
18: Bert Bailey Dillihay April 8, 1914 to July 22, 1992 | The following notes are recorded here just as they were written by Bert some twenty plus years prior to his death. They were written to be recorded in our family history. Began quote: Military Record U S Army -Signal Corps Enlisted Reserves Nov. 1, 1942 Active duty- Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Aug. 5, 1943 Basic - Camp Crowder, Mo. Service Schools Press Wireless (Heavy Transmitters) - Hicksville, NY (stationed- Broadway Center Hotel, NY, NY) Army Airways Communication Center - Upper Darby, Pa. Overseas Duty: Feb. 1944--Dec. 21, 1945: Embarked from San Francisco, Cal. (The Presidio) by plane. Duty on: Hawaiian Islands (Oahu), Canton Island, Ellice Islands, Islands (Angular and Pelileu) and Guam. Embarked from Sai pan, Nov. 30, 1945, disembarked Los Angeles, Dec. 21, 1945. Discharged, Fort Knox, Jan. 1, 1946 Educational Record: Grade school--Oakville and New Millwood #52, 8th grade diploma, Mar1926 Graduated--Adairville High School, May 1930 Attended Bethel College, Russellville--1930-31 BS in Agriculture, Western Kentucky State College, June 1952 MA in Agricultural Education, University of Ky., June 1960 Religious Affiliation: Church of Christ, baptized 1928 Employment Record: Farmer, 1931-1942 1938-40, Local supervisor, Agricultural Adjustment Administration warrant writer-USDA-D Acted, Market, Russellville, Ky. 1941-42, State Supervisor, Agricultural Adjustment Administration 1946-47, Prefab Homes, Loose Leaf Floor, Western Lunch Room, Bowling Green, Ky. 1947-48, Side-Soil Conservation Service 1948-50, Vocational Agriculture Teacher--Veterans Program 1948-51, DHIA Supervisor 1952-57, Vocational Agriculture Teacher, Bardwell and Cunningham Highs, Carlisle Co., KY. 1957-58, V A T ,Lacy High, Christian Co., Ky. 1958- , V A T ,Drakesboro High, Mullenberg Co., Ky. As recorded by Win Dillihay
19: July 1950 Family Reunion at Fairdale, Kentucky | Bert bought the house at 424 E. 6th St. Russellville, Kentucky in 1942(?). He opened the Dillihay Self Service Washingette in a small building in front of the house. It operated until 1950(?) | Bert loved to sing little funny songs and had a warm sense of humor.
20: Bert married Virginia on January 8, 1946. | "They were married for 41 years. They were amused that their anniversary date was also Elvis Presley's birthday" ~ Ralph Dillihay | Bert & Virginia
21: "Daddy was an avid stamp collector and reader. His reading covered an incredibly broad range of subject matter, from history to agriculture to fiction to poetry to just about anything you could name. Daddy loved dominoes and it's our family game." ~ Marilyn Dillihay
22: Claude & Kat | Claude was a cook in the army. | Claude was a farmer for years. He raised tobacco and kept Jersey cows. Win used to tell the story of how when he was a boy, he helped his brother Claude strip tobacco each fall.
23: Claude Winford Dillihay September 12, 1916 to May 22, 1971 Claude and Katherine (Kat) were married in October of 1945. They were married for 27 years. | Claude & Katherine,
25: Claude was an insurance agent for Statewide Insurance of Russellville, Kentucky
26: Ruby Estelle Dillihay September 4, 1920 to January 18, 2006
27: Ruby married Russell on November 4, 1939. They raised 10 children & 3 grandchildren together. Russell' passed away in September of 1996.They were married for 56 years.
29: Ruby & Gettie on their birthday, September 4, ????
30: Pauline graduated from Adairville High School about 1940 | Pauline worked as a welder during World War II | Sarah Pauline Dillihay October 7, 1923 to February 8, 2001
32: Pauline married James on June 30, 1951. They lived in Chicago, Illinois and had 2 children. They had been married only 8 years when Jim passed away in August of 1959.
33: Pauline & Jim | Jim at---------------- | Pauline worked as a phone operator at AT&T for many years. She lived in Louisville, Kentucky for a time on the third floor of Win's home. His four daughters enjoyed this close time with their aunt. They helped her make swans with bars of Dove Soap, colorful netting, chenille stems, sequins, beads, and lace. Pauline sold the swans for $5 each to friends and acquaintances.
35: Joel Edward Dillihay
38: William Marvin Dillihay April 25, 1927 to February 15, 1966 Bill enlisted in the U. S. Navy 12 April 1945. He served in 301 -109 and 103 C.B. Battery. Part of the time , he was on Guam at the same time his brother, Bert, was stationed there. They were for some time without knowing it until they ran into each other. He was discharged 29 June 1946. He enlisted again in the U. S. Navy 11 June 1953. He served on the U. S. S. Oglethorpe AKA-100, Naval Ship Yards, Philadelphia, PA. This time he spent part of his time on ship with his brother, Charles, who was also in the Navy. Bill was discharged 7 June 1957.
40: Adairville, about 1942 | 424 E. 6th St, Russellville, working at the Dillihay Washingette, about 1946 (below) | 1966
41: Bill married Helen on Gettie's 45th birthday, September 4, 1946. | July 1950 Family Reunion in Fairfield, Kentucky | About 1966
43: Charles Finis Dillihay May 19, 1929 to July 28, 1997 Charles joined the Navy 26 May 1946. He entered Boot Camp 29 May 1946 and departed Boot Camp 7 July 1946. He went on board U.S.S. Midway CVB-41, !6 July 1946. He boarded the Aircraft Carrier, U.S.S. Leyte - CU-41, 17 October 1946 and departed January 1950. Discharged 1 March 1950 Enlisted 13 March 1950 Charles served on the U.S.S. J. P. Kennedy DD-850 from 28 January 1950 until March 1951. He went on U.S.S. Carlton APB-36, 14 March 1951. He went aboard the U.S.S. Oglethrope, 21 January 1953. On 27 January 1957 he boarded the U.S.S. General-Butner TAP-13. Charles was stationed U.S. Naval Air Station, Port Lyautey, Morrocco from 26 June 1957 until July 1959. U.S.S. Boston C.A.G.1, 18 July 1959 US Naval Reserve Training Center, Wheeling, WV, 1961 U.S.S. Perkins, September 1963 MCB2, Viet Nam on Swift Boat, October 1963 U.S.S. Perkins, May 1965 MCB2, Viet Nam on Swift Boat, July 1965 Fleet Training Group, CA, September, 1966 Retired 16 April 1969 Source: Charles Dillihay, as recorded by Win Dillilhay
44: 424 E. 6th St, 1943 | 424 E. 6th St, about 1944 | Adairville, about 1940
45: Back of house at 424 E. 6th St., about 1966
46: Walter Winston Dillihay March 2, 1936 to April 3, 2004 Win collected stamps & was a shutterbug. He was a handy-man & he remodeled 3 houses. He worked at Sears, Roebuck & Co. for 30 years. After he retired, he began a wood crafts business, Walt's Wood. He taught his 4 daughters and his son to always do their best and never give up. | In Chicago 1955-1958 with his 35mm Argus camera. | coffee drinker
47: Win quit school after 11th grade & went to work to support his mother, Gettie. | Grill Master | Shutterbug
48: Walter Winston Dillihay's early years. This photo: age one. | Win played trumpet in the High School Band. ears later, his four daughters spent many hours listening to his Herb Alpert records.
49: Win at age 2 feeding chickens at the house in Adairville. "We had Rhode Island Reds & Domineckers", he told me. ~Lori Ann Dillihay | First Grade picture
50: Joel Lawson Dillaha 1842-1928 | Alexander Haywood Dillaha 1824-aft 1880 | Malinda Gregory 1825-after 1880 | Jasper Millard Dillihay 1888-1937 | Fanny Tabitha Cornwell 1848-1935 | Allen C. Cornwell 1809-after 1880 | Sarah Stewart 1812-after 1880 | Married at Long Hungry Creek, Lafayette, | Ancestors, Time Line & Family History
51: Gettie Eulah Veatch 1891-1968 | Henry Clay Veatch 1843-1911 | Temperance Tabitha Gulley 1849-1910 | Garrett Wall Veatch 1803-1886 | Mary Polly Davenport 1818-1867 | John Lewis Gulley 1802-after 1880 | Jane Moore 1818-after 1880 | Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. | Macon County, Tennessee December 2, 1910 | Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.
52: Alexander Haywood Dillaha was born about 1826 in Tennessee Malinda Gregory was born about 1824 in Tennessee | Alexander Haywood Dillaha & Malinda Gregory were married in 1841 | Joel Lawson Dillaha was born December 24, 1843 in Tennessee (Jasper's father) | 1849 | & | before | Allen Cornwell was born about 1809 in Tennessee Sarah Frances Stewart was born about 1812 in Virginia | Allen Cornwell & Sarah Stewart were married in 1833 | Fanny Tabitha Cornwell was born March 3, 1848 in Tennessee (Jasper's mother) | Garrett Wall Veatch was born about 1803 in Kentucky Mary Polly Davenport was born about 1818 in Tennessee | Garrett Wall Veatch & Mary Polly Davenport were married on September 10, 1840 in Tennessee | Henry Clay Veatch was born November 23, 1843 in Tennessee (Gettie's father) | Temperance (nicknamed Tempest) Tabitha Gully was born on December 12, 1849-1850 in Tennessee (Gettie's mother) | John Lewis Gully was born about 1802 in Tennessee Jane Moore was born about 1818 in Alabama | John Lewis Gully & Jane Moore were married in 1848
53: 1850s | 1850 US Federal Census North of the Cumberland & East of the Caney Fork Rivers Smith County, Tennessee September 20 Household 552 * Haywood Dellehay, age 25 (Farmer) Malinda, age 25 James C, age 8 * Joel L, age 4 William A, age 2 | 1850 US Federal Census District 4 Macon County Tennessee September 20 Household 648 *Allen Cornwell, age 40 (Farmer) *Sarah, age 38 Elizabeth, age 16 Martha C, age 13 Jessee, age 10 Dolla A, age 8 Sarah J, age 7 James, age 6 Malvinia, age 5 *Tabitha, age 3 Retinia, age 4/12 | 1850 US Federal Census District 3 Jackson County Tennessee November 8 Household 946 *Garet Veach, age 47 (Blacksmith) *Polly (Davenport), age 32 William, age 9 *Henry, age 6 John, age 4 Sarah, age 9/12 | 1850 US Federal Census Subdivision 53 Marshall County Tennessee November 15 Household 52 *Lewis Gulley, age 39 (Mechanic) *Jane, age 22 Lucinda, age 18 Susan A, age 15 Josiah, age 12 Mary M, age 10 William, age 1 | Tempest does not show up in the census until 1860
54: 1860s | Alexander Haywood Dillaha 1824- after 1880 | Civil War 1861-1865
55: 1860 US Federal Census Dixon Springs, Smith County, Tennessee June 12 Household 280 * Haywood Dillahay, age 36 (occupation not listed) Melinda, age 32 * Joseph L, age 14 Alexander, age 12 Sarah, age 7 Tilman, age 4 Jasper H, age 2 | Hayward Dillahay enlisted December 12, 1861 as a private in the Union Army at Gallatin, Tennessee. He was a private in Company G, Kentucky 5th Calvary Regiment on March 31, 1862. He was a POW. | 1860 US Federal Census District 5 Clintsvill Jackson County Tennessee July 11, 1860 Household 549 * Lewis Gully, age 51 (Wheelwright) * Janie, age 31 William, age 11 * Temprance, age 9 Johnson, age 6 John, age 5 Catherine, age 1 | 1860 US Federal Census Lafayette Macon County Tennessee October 17 Household 765 * A Cornwell, age 51 (Farmer) * Sarah, age 48 Dolly, age 20 SJ, age 15 (f) JM, age 16 (m)_ Lucinda, age 13 * Fanney, age 12 Jane, age 9 Mary, age 8 FM, age 6 (f) | 1860 US Federal Census District 3 Fort Blunt Jackson County Tennessee June 22, 1860 Household 138 * G W Veach, age 55 (Blacksmith) * Mary, age 42 William, age 18 * Henry, age 16 John, age 13 Sarah, age 10 Artoma, age 8 James, age 5 Mary, age 3 not named, age 7/12
56: 1870 US Federal Census District 3 Jackson County Tennessee August 16, 1870 Household 10 * Veach, G W, age 67 (Blacksmith) *Mary, age 51 * H C, age 27 (m) John W, age 24 S E J, age 20(f) AA, age 17 (f) Mary L, age 14 Martha L, age 12 Jefferson D, age 11 * Tempr. T, age 20 | 1870s | 1870 US Federal Census District 7 Macon County Tennessee June 1 Household 89 * Hawood Dilaha, age 48 (Farmer) * Malinda, age 45 Sarah J, age 17 Millar F, age 12 Jasper H, age 11 Nancy A, age 8 Herbert A, age 5 | US Federal Census District 7 Macon County, Tennessee June 1 Household 85 * Joseph Dilaha, age 23 (Farmer) Mary A (West), age 30 Miles H, age 5 Jeper J, age 3 | Henry Clay Veatch & Temperance Tabitha Gully were married in Oct 1868- 1869. In the 1870 census they are living with Henry's parents. | Joel married Mary Ann West in 1864. She died in 1876. | Henry Clay Veatch
57: 1870 US Federal Census District 3 Highland Jackson County Tennessee August 16 Household 14 * Gully, Louis, age 60 (Farmer) * Jane, age 40 Catherine, age 17 Johnson, age 18 John J, age 15 Martha, age 3 | Joel Lawson Dillaha & Fanny Tabitha Cornwell were married on October 4, 1877 in Macon County, Tennessee | Allen Cornwell's household is not found in the 1870 census, but these are the household members we would expect: * Allen, age 61 * Sarah, age 58 * Fanny Tabitha, age22 Jane, age 19 Mary, age 18 FM, age 16 | Fanny Tabitha Cornwell | Temperance (Tempest) Tabitha Gully Veatch
59: US Federal Census District 3 Smith County, Tennessee June 5, 1880 Household 89 * Haywood Dillahay, age 54 (Laborer) *Malinda, age 52 Sarah J, age 35 Jasper H, age 21 Harriet M, age 13 | US Federal Census Civil District 10 Macon County, Tennessee June 8, 1880 Household 132 * J L Dilaha, age 36 (Day Laborer) *Tenny T, age 32 Henry L, age 1 W S, age 5/12 Miles H, age 15 Jesse J, age 13 Allen C, age 5 Mary Cornwell, age 27 (sister-in-law) | US Federal Census District 2 Jackson County Tennessee June 12, 1880 Household 153 * Gully, Luis, age 78 (Mechanic) *Salony J, age 40 (keeping house) Marthy M, age 14 | US Federal Census District 2 Jackson County Tennessee June 12, 1880 Household 154 * Veatch, Henry C, age 36 (Farmer) *Temperance T, age 29 Mary I, age 9 Garriet W, age 8 Sarah E, age 3 | Garrett Wall Veatch left this life August 2, 1886 Gainsboro, Tennessee | US Federal Census District 14 Jackson County Tennessee June 10, 1880 Household 95 * Vach, Garrett W, age 77 (worked in Blacksmith shop) *Polly, age 62 Martha L, age 20 Jefferson D, age 16 Maggie J, age 5 (granddaughter) Davenport, Minerva, age 48 (sister-in-law) | US Federal Census District 6 Macon County Tennessee June 2, 1880 Household 10 * Cornwell, Allen, age 70 (Farmer) *Sarah A, age 68 | Jasper Millard Dillihay was born September 14, 1888 in Tennessee
60: 1890s | US Federal Census Veterans Schedule Civil Districts I & IV Macon County, Tennessee 1890 * Joel L Dillihay Private Compnay A 8th Tennessee Infantry November 27, 1864 to August 17, 1865 | Gettie Eulah Veatch was born September 4, 1891. Her father, Henry Clay Veatch, moved his family from Jackson County to Macon County sometime between 1880 & 1900. | John Lewis Gully breathed his last breath on the day after Christmas, December 26, 1895 in Madison, Jackson County, Tennessee. | The following people departed from this life sometime after 1880 but before 1900: Alexander Haywood Dillaha Malinda Gregory Dillaha Allen Cornwell Sarah Frances Stewart Cornwell & Mary Polly Davenport Veatch | The 1890 census was destroyed by fire. Joel Lawson's family in 1890 would likely have included: *Joel, age 46 *Fanny, age 42, Henry, age 11 WS, age 10 Sarah, age 7 Joel E, age 4 *Jasper M, age 2 Allen C, age 15
61: The Veatches Lewis Benton, John Wesley, Gettie Eulah, Henry Clay, & Temperance Tabitha | The Veatch family as it might have appeared in the 1890 census: Henry C, age 46 Temperance T, age 39 Mary, age 19 Garrett W, age 18 Sarah E, age 13, Lewis Benton, age 4 John Wesley, age 1
62: 1900s | US Federal Census Civil District 7 Macon County, Tennessee June 7, 1900 Household 59 *Dillihay, Joe L, age 55 (Farmer) *Tabitha F, age 53 William F, age 20 Sarah N, age 17 Joel E, age 14 *Jasper M, age 12 | US Federal Census Civil District 7 Macon County, Tennessee June 13, 1900 Household 110 *Veatch, Henry C, age 56 (Farmer) *Temperance T, age 50 Garret W, age 28 Benton M, age 14, John W, age 11 *Gettie N, age 8 grandchildren: Susan L, age 9 John H, age 7 Allice E, age 5 Bessie L, age 2 Kitty F, age 1 | In the 1910 census, John & Luvernia C. Davenport are living next door with their son Hubert, age 1. Luvernia is Henry Clay Veatch's 21 year old daughter.
63: Jane Moore Gully passed on to the other side in 1908 in Tennessee. | Henry Clay Veatch & Temperance Tabitha Gully Veatch
64: 1910 US Federal Census Civil District 7 Macon County, Tennessee April 26 Household 72 *Dilehay, Joel L, age 70 (Farmer) *Fannie T, age 58 William F, age 29 Sarrah A, age 26 *Jasper M, age 21 Gammons, Alvie M, (boarder, age 32) | 1910s | US Federal Census Civil District 7 Macon County, Tennessee April 26 & 27, 1910 Household 88 Devanport, John, age 33 Lou C, age 31 Hubert L, age 11 Della M, age 8 Clarance H, age 3 Getty B, age 2 Ottis E, age 14/12 *Veach, Henry C, age 66 (Laborer) *Getty E, age 18 | Jasper Millard Dillihay & Gettie Eulah Veatch were married on December 2, 1910 | Temperance Tabitha Gulley Veatch passed away on January 12, 1910. Her husband, Henry Clay Veatch passed away 15 months later on April 12, 1911. They were married for 40 years.
65: About 1917 or 1918, Jasper moved his family to Kentucky and worked with the Railroad for a time. These are the old L & N train depots in Oakville (Red Oak, top) & Adairville (bottom), Kentucky | Lealer May was born in 1911. Lillie Vealer was born in 1912. Bert Bailey was born in 1914. Lealer May & Lillie Vealer both died in 1914. Claude Winfred was born1916. Almer Aileen died at 3 weeks of age in 1918.
66: 1920s | 1920 US Federal Census Schochoh Logan County, Kentucky January 6 & 7, 1920 Household 39 *Dillihay, Jasper M, age 31 (Section Laborer, Railroad) *Gettie V, age 29 Bertie B, age 5 Claudie W, age 3 & 3/12 | Ruby Estelle was born in 1920 Sarah Pauline was born in 1923 Joel Edward was born in 1925 William Marvin was born in 1927 Charles Finis was born in 1929 | Claude & Bert at the old _______ house | Bert & Pauline?
67: 1920 US Federal Census Civil District 7 Macon County, Tennessee Household 295 *J L Dillihay, age 75 (Farmer) *Fanny T, age 71 Sarah, age 34 | Ruby & Pauline
69: Ruby & Claude? Pauline, Gettie, & Ruby
70: Ed, Claude, Bill, & Charles Bill as catcher & Charles at bat
71: 1930 US Federal Census Adairville Logan County, Kentucky April 22 Household 193 *Dillihay, Jasper M, age 41 (Farmer) *Gettie E, age 38 Bertie B, age16 Claude W, age 14 Rubye E, age 9 Sarah P, age 6 Joel E, age 4 William M, age 2 Charles P, age 11/12 | 1930s | At the house in Adairville: Charles, Bill, & Ed (above) Charles (right)
72: JOEL LAWSON DILLAHA (notes by Walter Winston Dillihay) Joel was born and lived all except about two years of his life in Smith and Macon Counties, TN. He was the second of ten children of Alexander Haywood (b. Abt 1825) and Malinda (Gregory) (b. Abt. 1826) Dillaha. Joel was married twice. His first wife was Mary Ann West. (M. 1864)They had four children, Miles H., b. 1865, ( while Joel was in the army), Jessie J., Baley P. and Allen C. Mary died in 1876 leaving Joel with four small children. She is buried in the Macedonia, West Cemetery. Her grave is unmarked. Joel and his second wife are also buried there. In 1877, Joel married Fannie Tabitha Cornwell, the sister of Sarah Jane Cornwell, the wife of his brother, William Alexander Dillaha. Fannie and Sarah were two of the ten children of Allen and Sarah Francis Cornwell. (Sarah's maiden name is not known). This marriage of brothers to sisters creates one of the most interesting relationships. Their children become "double" first cousins and all of their descendants share a double relationship. I've heard it said that the blood relationship of double first cousins is closer than that of brothers and sisters. Not being an expert in that field, I can not stated that as a fact. It does have the effect of doubling the normal relationship, turning second cousins into first cousins, etc. Joel and Fannie had five children, Henry L., William F., Sarah, Joel Alexander, and Jasper Millard, (my father). Joel enlisted November 22, 1864. He was a private in Co. "A" of the 8th Reg. Mtd. Inf. Tenn. Vol. He was discharged August 17, 1865. Joel applied for a pension on April. 18, 1889. He stated, due to exposure during training at Carthage, he developed a lung disease and had become worse with time. He was given a partial pension of $14 a month. In 1897 it was increased to $16 a month. In 1912 it was increased once more to $30 per month. He continued to draw it until his death in 1928. Fannie then drew it until her death. Due to the records being burned in the courthouse, Joel and Fannie had to have their neighbors write affidavits to vouch for their truthfulness to where and how long they had lived in Macon County, to how many children they had, etc. Having read this material, I feel that I know them, my grand parents, for the first time. Joel died in 1928 and Fannie died December 26, 1935, just a little over two months before I was born. ~Winston Dillihay WHAT'S IN A NAME? What ever it is I hope it has nothing to do with the spelling. Both Joel and his father used the spelling "Dillaha". One of Joel's brothers decide to use "Dilliha" and one of his sons, Jasper Millard, (my father), decided to use "Dillihay".
73: 1930s | Pauline, Gettie, & Ruby (top left) Pauline & Ruby (top right) Charles, Ed, & Bill shooting marbles (bottom)
74: At the house in Adairville: Gettie holding Win 1936 (top left) Jasper Millard holding Win 1937 (bottom middle) Ed, Bert holding Win, Bill, Charles, Claude, & Jasper Millard 1937 (bottom right) | 1930s | Walter Winston was born in 1936.
75: Jasper Millard Dillihay passed away on December 4, 1937, 2 days after his & Gettie's 27th anniversary. He died in Adairville, Kentucky after a year long battle with pulmonary & laryngeal tuberculosis. He is buried in Berea Cemetery near Russellville.
76: 1930s | At the house in Adairville: Bill & Pauline (below) Pauline & Win about 1939 (middle) Win age 3, about 1939 (bottom right)
78: Ed, Bill, Claude, Charles, Bert, & Win, about 1940 (below) Ed & Pauline in 1943 (right) | 1940s
79: 1940 US Federal Census Russellville Logan County Kentucky April 3 Household 20, Highway 81, a farm Gettie Dillihay, age 48, highest grade completed: 5th Bert, age 25, highest grade completed: 1 year of college Claude, age 23, highest grade completed: 4 years of high school Pauline, age 15, highest grade completed: 1 year of high school Edward, age 14, highest grade completed: 8th William, age 12, highest grade completed: 5th grade Charles, age 10, highest grade completed: 5th grade Winston, age 4, not in school
80: Charles & Bill about 1942
81: Win about 1942 in Adairville | 1940s
82: After Millard died in 1937, Gettie with the help of her older children kept the family together. This was a very difficult time. The country was just beginning to recover from the Great Depression, soon to be followed by World War II. Claude was drafted right after Pearl Harbor was attacked. Then in 1943 Bert went into the army. Gettie with her four youngest, Ed, Bill, Charles and Win moved to Russellville from the farm. | 1940s
83: Ruby and her husband Russell Pirtle moved to Louisville and shortly afterwards so did Pauline. Both Russell and Pauline worked for Jeff Boat making PT Boats for the war. Then Ed and Bill entered the Navy. Then just prior to the end of the war Charles joined the Navy. ~ written by Walter Winston Dillihay
85: World War II 1941-1945 | World War II saw 5 of the 6 boys in uniform: Bert & Claude were in the Army; Ed, Bill, & Charles were in the Navy All returned from the war alive & healthy.
86: 1940 US Federal Census Adairville Logan County, Kentucky April 10 Houselhold 97 Russell Pirtle, age 20, highest grade completed: 8th Ruby, age 19, highest grade completed: 4 years of high school.
87: Charles, Claude, Ed, Bert, and Bill together in their uniforms, 2 army & 3 navy. (left) All the children together: Claude, Pauline, Charles, Ruby, & Bert standing, Ed, Wni, & Bill sitting. (below) The car in the background is a __________________ | 1940s
89: Katherine & Gettie (left) Claude, Pauline, Bert, Ed, Charles, & Win (below)
90: At 424 E. 6th St, Russellville, Kentucky: Ed, Pauline, & Charles (above) Win, Kat, Gettie, & Charles (top right) Win standing in front of Claude, Gettie, Ed, Bert, Pauline, & Charles (bottom right) | 1940s
92: Gettie & Kat (top) Claude & Bill (bottom)
93: Charles, Gettie, & Win at 424 E. 6th Street | 1940s | 1940s
94: Charles & Win with a swordfish (right) Pauline & Win (below) | Win, Bert, Ed, & Claude (left) Claude & Win with Jsesey cows (right)
95: 1950s | Ed & Pauline (left) Win & Pauline at a swinming pool (below)
96: 1950s | Ed, Bill, & Win (top) Gettie, Bert, Claude, Ed, Win, & Pauline at 424 E. 6th St. (bottom)
97: Pauline, Gettie, & Win at the Jefferson Davis Memorial in _________, Kentucky, year ______
98: Charles & Ed probably in Louisville (above) Pauline & Win at 424 E. 6th St. in Russellville. The chimney has been removed from the house. (facing page)
100: 1960s | at 424 E. 6th St, Russellville, Kentucky.
101: Susie, the best dog ever! | Standing: Claude, Pauline, Gettie, Ruby, Bert, sitting: Charles, Bill, Ed, & Win in front. The blue car in the background is a Ford, late 1950's model.
102: Standing: Bert, Pauline, Ed, Gettie, Ruby, Claude, sitting: Charles, Win, & Bill, at 424 E. 6th St, Russellville, Kentucky, 1965 | Charles, Bill, Gettie, Ed, & Bert | 1960s
103: Claude, Bill, & Bert | William Marvin died in 1966 at the age of 39. Gettie survived the deaths of 4 of her 11 children. Joel Edward died at the age of 44 in 1969. Claude Winfred died in 1971 at 55. Japer & Gettie's remaining children lived another 21 - 35 years. | Gettie Eulah Veatch Dillihay departed this life on May 13, 1968 due to congestive heart failure in Russellville, Kentucky. She was 77 years old. She was laid to rest in Berea Cemetery, near Russellville.