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For the most part, Lone Mountain houses are quite utilitarian, but like acquaintances of long standing, we like our houses, both past and present.

Turning off the Lone Mountain road, one travels the lane running through John (Jack) Leabow's fine two story log house. John built this house in 1816 for his wife, Betsy Jennings Leabow and their children.

On the western wall of the house was a large fireplace of hued stone, the length extending eight feet. Being an excellent craftsman, John furthetr enhanced the beauty of his house with intricate hand carved cornice works. To the side of the house, the land gently rose to form a knoll. Here close to the house was the Leabow Cemetery.

Leabow sons, and daughters, lived in this log house for one hundred and nine years. In the early "1970's" the house was destroyed by fire, leaving only the hand carved stones and a large pear tree.

Anderson and Zelphia Moore Jennings also lived in a large two story, log house that boasted the first glass windows in this territory.

Zelphia's parents, David and Margaret Moore, lived at the Jennings Place. David and Margaret's children had married into the Lewis, Cloud, and Leabow families close by.

Some of their children lived in Missouri, with whom they exchanged letters.

From:   Fred Smoot
Subject: 	Claiborne County quote
Date:  Wed, 14 Sep 2005 22:39:34 -0700

Fair use quote from a letter seen on a current eBay online auction (14 Sep 2005). 
November 18, 1850 letter, from Anderson and Zilpha Jennings in Claiborne County,
 Tennessee, to Charles and Elizabeth Lewis in Linn County, Missouri. 
"Our daughter Manerry who married Philip Bewly departed this life on the 30th 
day of May 1848 leaving one child whose name is Joseph and we ar keeping him and
 has bin sense her death. We arrived at their house some five minutes before she
 died but she was unable to speak or to reccognse us." 

Key names for search engines. 
Manerry Jennings = Manerva Jennings 
Philip Bewly = Philip M Bully  

In Anderson's 1854 will, commending his soul back to God, he dispersed with his worldly goods and just debts.

To his son David Jennings, married to Lucinda Davis, he gave his lands near the Lone Mountain Road where Ball Creek crosses. Among their descendants are Bill "Moss" Jennings, Walter "Walt" Jennings, Faith Jennings, Cornie Brooks, Emma Evans, Hattie Sanford, Flora Rose, Bille "Hawk" Campbell, Lucy Overton, Margaret Hitson, Gertrude Harkleroad, Eileen Jennings Brown, Estell Jennings Fugate, Mae Nell Jennings Hodges. More Jennings men are Edgar, Hobert, Dave, Lon, Danny, Joe, Forrest "Dink", Bobby David, and Raymond. Listed are only a few of their descendants.

To his son Anderson Jenning, married to Salley Hodges, he gave land along Ball Creek, inclusing where the late B. Jennings owned. B. Jennings, A. Payne, Doll Breeding, Annie Scholes, Frank Jenning, Herman Livesay, Mattie Hardin, Bill Breeding, Annette Noah, jim and Roger payne, Johny Kivett, Inez Kivett, Lucy Mason, Eva Goodman, and these Jennings men, Clay, Homer, Bern, Charles Tipton, Frank, Archie, Alfred "Ham", Carson, Lynn, Tommy, plus many other persons are descendants of this union.

To his youngest son Royal Sterling "Rial" Jennings, married (1) Eliza Jane Yoakum, (2) Nancy P. Howard, he gave the homeplace and all his lands on the Lone Mountain Creek, Gunsel Hollow and to the Corrked Ridge. The two story log house where many Jennings' had been born, stood on this land, east of the creek, off the Lone Mountain Road. Cordelia "Cordie" Jennings Hill (my mother, Louise Yoakum Marchio"s grandmother) Ed Jennings, Roxie Jennings Hodges, Let Jennings Frair, Laurie Jennings Howard, Jeff Jennings, Lola Jennings, Trula Jennings Miller, Beulah Jennings Johnson, Helen Jennings Jackson, Essie Rose, nell Estep, Lenore Arnwine Fannon, Betty Ann Williams, Ann Cabbage, Mary Lynn Rice, Helen Johnson Painter, Ann Marchio Hill, Nell Marchio Quesenbery are some of the descendants of Royal (Rial) Jennings and his two wives.

To his daughter Jane Jennings, married to Green Cardwell, he asked one dollar yearly tax be paid until a certain time for the land used by them. Lone Mountain Cardwells, Edna Lane Bryant, the late Frank Lane's family are among these descendants. Anderson's sister, as well as Jane, his daughter married Cardwell men.

To his unmarried daughter Margaret Jennings, later to become the first wife of Granville Hodges, who serves as Captain for the Federal forces during the Civil War, he gave of his slaves and money with the request she be given the best education she could get.

Locally some of the families the girls of thes line married into were Hursts, Rose, Bledsoe, Evans, Adkins, Gose, Coffey, De Marcus, Quesenbery (my husband Jack's mother, Margaret Hodges Quesenbery), Stanifers, Riddle, Riddley, Leabow, Brooks, Phelps, Walker, Bentley, Haynes, Epperson, minton, Davis, Bunch, Callebs, Love, Holt, Mountain, Rosenbalm, Yoakum, Beeler, Cheatham, and Cupp, just to name a few.

The children of Granville and Margaret Hodges were double cousins to the children of Anderson and Sally Jennings. Anderson was brother to Margaret and Granville was brother to Sally.

To his unmarried daughter Lucinda Jennings, later to Marry Robert Yoakum, he gave of his slaves and money. He instructed she to be given the best education she could have. From this line comes James Randolph (Judge) Yoakum (my mother, Louise Yoakum Marchio's grandfather) Joe Yoakum, Margaret (Mag) Yoakum, the Lone Mountain Masons and the late Bob Payne's family, plus many others.

Royal Sterling (Rial) Jennings brought his new bride Eliza Jane Yoakum to the two story log house where he had been born.

Martha Van Bebber Yoakum and her young son W.G. (Uncle Bill) Yoakum came to love at the Jennings log house with her eldest doughter Eliza Jane, when after the death of her husband Ewing Henry Yoakum, the Yoakum farm was sold at public auction for debts. This farm was later known as Adkins' and then McKenzie farm. Widow Yoakum lost her farm however, rich men like Jake Butcher, Glenn Yoakum, and Richard Austin "Dick" Yoakum are among her descendants.

During the Civil War "Rial" fought for the union with the 10th Tennessee Cavalry. Eliza Jane died at the age of 36 and was carried back to the Jennings Graveyard. On her stone was carved, She was a Methodist.

My great grandmother Cordelis (Cordie) Jennings Hill, was their eldest child. Cordie raised her younger brother Ed Jennings and her three sisters Roxie Jennings Hodges, Laurie Jenning Howard, and Let Jennings Friar. (Aunt Let left to raise Hops ? in Oregon).

"Rial" married Nancy Howard, raising a second family. Jeff Jennings, Trula Jennings Jackson, and Lola who died age 20. Mamie Cordie fondly called this group, Pap's children.

In the front yard of the log house was a large pear tree and giant ash. Later, in her own yard Cordie grew a pear tree and let an ash grow large. My grandmother Bessie Hill Yoakum was the last of my line to be born in the log house.

Near summer in 1929, Royal's funeral was preached under the pear tree and his body carried in back of the house to the Jennings Graveyard. (My mother, age 11, remembers the funeral.) He rests near his wife Eliza Jane, his parents, Anderson and Zelphia, his grandparents, Hezekiah and Sarah.

Mamie Cordie was the last person buried in the old Jennings Graveyard in 1955. My father, Jack Quesenbery have fenced and cleaned the graveyard, these past ten years.

The old log house was torn down by Ed Jennings around 1945. My grandfather, H.C. Yoakum used some of the hand squared stones to build a dairy house at his mother in law Cordie's house.

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