Mr. Whittle: I enjoyed your articles about the Lascassas community very much. I grew up there and attended the old Lascassas High School for twelve years. However, I would like to let you know about a couple of things that I know to be incorrect. First, the picture is not the Ben Brown store. This has been a Pearcy store for a long time, and if I’m not mistaken, it was originally the Murfreesboro Bank & Trust. The Ben Brown store is at Lofton, on the left just before you cross the bridge. Presently close except for special events. Of course, everyone at Lascassas already knows this.
Second: Robert Hall Jarman I (1781-1849) & Susannah Small (1782-1852) Jarman came from NC to TN in the early 1800’s. They had thirteen children. It appears that all the children except Mary, the first child, were born in TN. Robert purchased the homestead for John Donelson, probably 640 acres. He died without a will and left a large estate which was divided among his widow and children. At one time, he owned about 4,800 acres in Wilson and Rutherford County.
I’m sure someone at Lascassas told you the “Indian story.” First of all, the Indians never “owned” land in Rutherford County. In fact, they (Cherokee) did not understand land ownership very well. Foolishly, in dealing with the white man, they thought the land was for the use of everyone. This land was reserved as a hunting ground for the Cherokee, Creeks, Chickasaw, and other tribes that lived in the surrounding areas. By 1800, the Native Americans had relinquished their claims to Middle TN and left this country. Tennessee became a state in 1796 and Rutherford County was established in 1803. Native Americans never sold any land to Robert Hall Jarman.
Rutherford County is part of the Military Reservation (4.8M acres) sat aside by North Carolina for the payment of their soldiers who fought in the North Carolina Continental Line during the Revolution. The land grants were generous and opened up the county for new settlement as early as 1780-1785.
There is a wealth of information available concerning this time in our history. I hope this small bit will be helpful to you. Sometimes things get printed that are just not correct.
Thank you, Gwen Boyd
The caption on the photograph is my fault. I mistakenly thought it was Brown's Grocery. I've corrected the caption.
Thank you for the information,
Glad your efforts to continue recognition of Las Cassas which is the correct way to spell the Spanish village, was read by so called correctos. President Andrew Jackson reportedly spent several nights in the village while traversing the thruways to Washington. Can't prove it, but makes interesting reading. Could be true or not true. Most stories throughout history handed down from family to family are by and large true, or close to it.
I would not go so far to say something is not true unless I presented facts otherwise which canb be otherwise verified. Indian story, I would
say, came from a pretty reliable source in the community and should stand as written, unless facts prove otherwise. Past history is as reliable a those who passed it down. Keep up the good work Senior Whittle!