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Central Railroad. Fulton. Ky.. married Annie
Hughes, born Aug. 14. 1888. daughter of
W. P. and Willie Hughes. One child: Mary
Hughes Chambers.

(B) Kathleen Chambers, born at Union
City, Tenn., Aug. 29. 1889. married H. C.
Chitwood of Fulton, Ky.. son of C. C. and
Mildred Chitwood of Hisville. Ky.

-10-B-Elizabeth (Bettie) Fry married Dr.
Powers, born about 1845, merchant, Fulton,
Ky. Children:

(A) Lester Powers, born about 1876, single.
Traveling Salesman.

(B) Lupe Powers, born about 1878, mar-
ried Mr. Willingham, merchant, Fulton, Ky.
One child: Ruth Willingham, married Hal
Taylor of Henshaw, Miss., son of Thomas
Taylor, planter, Memphis, Tenn.




John Wesley Matlock, born October 21,

1823, died April 5, 1891, married Elizabeth

Flowers, born July 23, 1827, died April 13,

1895. They were born, lived, died and are

buried in Benton County, Tenn. Children:

(A) William Lane Matlock, born March
21. 1851, married Nancy Alexander.- 14-

(B) Sarah Ann Matlock, born May 18,
1855, married J. T. Camp

(C) Caswell Green Matlock, born April I .
1839, married Eliza Wood, January 28, 1878.

(D) West Tennessee Matlock, born Nov.
7, 1861, married Henry Craig and they moved
to Missouri.

(E) Elizabeth B. Matlock, born March
27, 1863, married Frank Leslie, moved to
Texas. Mr. Leslie died there.

(F) John Wesley Matlock Jr. born April
20. 1865. married Malissy Phillips.


-13-A-William Lane Matlock, married Nan-
cy Alexander, born April 21. 1867. He died
June 5. 1913, and she died Nov. 18. 1910.

(A) William Lane Matlock Jr., merchant,
Coxburg, Tenn., married Mina Sects, born
August 17, 1891. Several children.

(B) Jesse Alexander Matlock, married
Luvernia Henry April 16. 191 1.

(C) Fannie May Matlock, married Amos
Deaden July 4. 1915.

(D) Charles Whitman Matlock, married
Ada Wood Feb. 1918.

Pyatt is the way the name of our ancestor,
Peter Pyatt Sr. is spelled in the Colonial Rec-
ords of North Carolina Pyeatt is the way the
name of his son, Peter Pyeatt Jr. is spelled in
the same records. Peter Pyeatt Jr. signed
his will by mark and the name is there spelled
Pyeatt. Elizabeth, the wife of Peter Pyeatt
Jr., signed her own name to her will and
signs it Elizabeth Pyatt. Jacob and James
Pyeatt, brothers of Peter Pyeatt Jr. after
going to Arkansas spelled the name Pyeatt it
seems. We find that Sept. 25, 1777 Robert
Pyeatt of Virginia took the oath of allegiance
to Continental Congress and on Oct. 4th.
1 777 John Pyatt of Virginia is listed as having
refused at that time. We find that Joseph
Pyatt, born in Warwickshire, England, 1755,
enlisted in the Revolutionary army in Vir-
ginia 1776 and also in 1778, and was granted
a pension of date 1833. living at that time in
Burke County. N. C. He moved there after
1790 as the census list of that time does not
give any one of the Pyatt name in North
Carolina. One John Pyatt settled early at
Georgetown, S. C. and his will is dated 1 760.
He married Hannah LaBruce. He left an
estate of considerable size at Georgetown.
He also in his will makes mention of lands at
"North Pasture" and "Colliehill," England.
We do not know that any of these parties
are related to our ancestors Peter Pyatt Sr.
and his children. We have not been able to
locate any other family of that name in
North or South Carolina prior to 1800. How-
ever, the descendants of John Pyatt who lived
at Georgetown, S. C. are related to us on our
father's side. John Pyatt No. 3 of George-
town, S. C. married Martha Allston. Martha
Allston was a grandchild of John Allston who
settled in Charleston, S. C. in an early day.
This John Allston was a cousin of Col. John
Alston, our ancestor who settled in Chowan
County, N. C. about 1711 (see 100). This
Pyatt family still lives at Georgetown, S. C'


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and have ever been of the best people in that

John Crosbie of London, England, in his
will 1724, mentions "my son-in-law Jno. Pight
of South Carolina gt." Those writers who
speculate as to the derivation of names tell
us the name was originally a nickname rather
than a name given at birth. That it came
from the word Pye from the magpie or night-
ingale and was a nickname applied to the
loquacious or to one who could or thought
he could sing, and was frequently making
the effort. Thus one named Dick, John, or
Tom was later nicknamed Pye by others
than his parents and the name at times clung
to him all through life. We see: "Agnes
relicta Pye, Oxford, 1273". When people
began to assume family names in addition
to the name given at birth, Pye was length-
ened into Pyott. We see: "In 1 584 Richard
Pyott married Margery Roberts". Since
then the name has been spelled: "Pyott,
Pyett, Pyette, Pyot, Pyat, Pyatt and Pyeatt".
Since the war of the Revolution we find it
often spelled in this country Piatt.

There of course might be a possible relation-
ship between all the families who were from
English ancestors. Peter Pyatt Sr., our
ancestor, is thought to have been the Emi-
grant to America. Tradition is that his
daughter, Martha (Patsy) Pyatt, our great-
grandmother, was Irish.

Peter Pyatt Sr. lived near Charleston,
S. C. When the Revolutionary war broke
out, he espoused the cause of Continental
Congress, and enlisted in the army. He, in
1777, enlisted in the 9th North Carolina
Regiment for three years. Cook's Company,
and became Quartermaster Sergeant June
15th, 1778. He was discharged June 15th,
1779 (see North Carolina Colonial Records
Book 16, page 1136). The cause of his dis-
charge was a wound he received in battle
and from this wound he died. He thus paid
the Supreme Sacrifice and died for his country.
His wife was very devotedly attached to him.
She grieved the loss of her husband until her
mind became unbalanced and in that con-
dition she died. We do not know and there
is no traditional information as to the name
of the wife. On the stub of a book in the
archives at Columbia, S. C. we find the fol-
lowing: "No. 1641 Lib: X Issued the 26th
of January 1 786 to Mrs. Mary Pyet for One
pound four shillings and three pence ster:
for 2 steers for public use in 1 781 as per account
passed by the Commissioners. Principal
Lb 1.4. 3 Int :Lb.. I. 8"

We feel sure she was not of the George-
town family and as we are not able to locate

any other family by that name in South
Carolina at this period, we think it possible
that she was the wife of Peter Pyatt Sr.
but do not give the information as a cer-
tainty. This was about two years before our
great-grandmother Martha (Patsy) Pyatt left
Charleston, S. C. Both her mother and father
were dead then. Tradition is that Peter
Pyatt left three boys, Peter Jr., James and
Jacob, and that he left two daughters, Jane
who married a Mr. Davis and Martha who
married John White. The will of Peter Pyeatt
Jr. now on record at Charleston, S. C. bears
out this tradition. Peter Pyeatt Jr. was the
oldest child. Martha was the youngest.
Peter Pyeatt Jr. lived about two miles from
Charleston, S. C. He is thought, under the
old English law of Primo Geniture, to have
inherited all of the estate of his father.

Peter Pyatt Jr. or Pyeatt as he spelled the
name was also a soldier in the Revolutionary
army. He also with the army went to North
Carolina. He enlisted in the 10th North
Carolina Regiment March 30, 1782, and was
Lieutenant in Dixon Company (see N. C.
Colonial Record, book 16, page 1136).
The stub book in the archives of South Caro-
lina at Columbia shows as follows: "No.
591 Issued 14 deer 1785 to Mr. Peter Pyeatt
for Lb. 80. . 18.4 Ster. duty as assist. Com-
missary of Issues to the No. Carolina Line
under commnd. of Genl. Green, as per ac-
count audited. Principal Lb 80 .18. 43^
Interest Lb 5 . . 3 .3".

A. B. Sallay Jr., Secretary of Historical
Commission of South Carolina who sent the
above, together with the one above men-
tioned as possibly having referred to the
mother, says in his letter: "I enclose copy
of records of pay issued to Mrs. Mary Pyett
and Peter Pyeatt. You will notice that the
pay to Peter (your especial object of search)
was for duty as assistant Commissioner of
Issues to the North Carolina Line under
command of Gen. Greene. If you will ex-
amine Historical Register of Officers of the
Continental Army by F. B. Heitman, Wash-
ington, 1914, you will find Peter Pyatt as
Lieutenant 10th North Carolina 30th March

1781 to . The blank properly filled

would show when he was assigned to staff
position. He was serving in South Carolina
in a detached capacity and South Carolina
paid his claim".

When the war was ended Peter Pyeatt Jr.
returned to Charleston and engaged in raising
rice. We do not know how much of an estate
he received from his father. Tradition in
our family is that he and his first wife had
family jars and spats. Her will is dated Oct.

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14, 1799 and probated Feb. 23, 1804 She
signs her name as Elizabeth Pyatt. The will
discloses that on July 13, 1784 her husband
Peter Pyatt deeded to Dr. Samuel Clitherall
of Charleston, S. C. for her separate use
eight negro slaves, and that the profits frorn
them was to be hers also In her will she
leaves "my beloved husband Peter Pyatt
all my household furniture". She leaves to
her grandson Thomas Radcliff the eight
slaves her husband gave her, also eight more
she had accumulated from this eight and
another one that she owned. She also leaves
him twenty-five shares of Bank Stock and
all of her property save her household. Tra-
dition in our family is that Peter Pyatt Jr.
had no children by either his first wife nor by
his second wife. We take it therefore this
was the son of a child by a former husband.

The census of 1 790 showed that Peter
Pyeatt at that time had 1 5 slaves. Before
his death he had accumulated over one hun-
dred, so tradition tells us. After the death
of his first wife, Peter Pyatt Jr. married the
widow Sarah Ann Landsdale. His will is
dated June 6, 1816 and probated Feb. 24,
1818. He leaves the whole of his estate to
his wife, Sarah Ann Pyeatt for life and then
to his step-son, William Butler Landsdale.
His will uses the word "son-in-law" but at
that time this word was used in referring to
a step-son. His will further provided that
if the step-son died without issue, then the
estate was to be divided equally between his
two brothers, James and Jacob Pyatt and
his two sisters, Jane (Pyatt) Davis and
Martha (Pyatt) White.

Jane Pyatt married a Mr. Davis and they
went to Georgia. We know nothing further
of them.

After the death of her mother, Martha
(Patsy) Pyatt went to live with her brother,
Peter Pyatt Jr. She was unable to get along
with the first wife Elizabeth Pyatt and at
length the treatment was such that, as a
mere strip of a girl, she left this home and
started on foot through the forest to make
her way to Georgia to there live with her
sister and brothers, James and Jacob Pyatt.
She stopped over night on this journey with
a German family. She was prevailed upon
to remain there for a few days and there she
met John White, married him and they went
to Nashville, Tenn. This is thought to have
been in 1788. (See 960).

James Pyatt and Jacob Pyatt after the
death of Elizabeth Pyatt and before the
death of Peter Jr. came to Tennessee. They

said they were then living in Arkansas and
not very far apart. They said that news had
reached them that their brother Peter Jr.
was dead. As his wife had died in 1804 and
he had no children, they with John White
went back to Charleston, S. C. to look after
the winding up of the estate of Peter Jr.
When they reached there, they learned the
report was not true and Peter was very much
alive and owned over one hundred negroes.
Peter gave each of them $10.00 and after a
visit they returned home. This was between
1804 and 1818. We know nothing further of
them from tradition after they passed through
Tennessee on their return trip to Arkansas.
We learn from other sources that about
1807 Jacob Pyatt settled at Crystal Hill,
about fifteen or twenty miles up the Arkansas
river from Little Rock. That James Pyatt
settled at an early day in what is now known
as Pyeatt Township, Pulaski County, Ark.,
not far distant from Little Rock. James
Pyeatt died April 24, 1837, and his wife
died March 15. 1834. Jacob Pyeatt lived
at Crystal Hill for some years and then moved
to Cadron and founded a settlement there
in 1813. He was Coroner of Pulaski County
1818 to 1821. In 1822 Pyeatt Township,
Pulaski County, was created. Jacob Pyeatt
is said to have lived to be 70 or 80 years old.
Margarett, the wife of a Peter Pyeatt died
in January 21, 1822 in Arkansas.

There was a Major John Pyeatt who settled
in this section about 1807. He is said to
have come from Georgia. We suspect that
he was a relative. Peter Pyeatt of Pulaski
County, Ark. Dec. 31, 1822, married Mary
Miller, daughter of James Miller.

In that section Feb. 10, 1820, Henry P.
Pyeatt married the daughter of Rev. Mr.
Carahan at Big Rock. At Cane Hill, Wash-
ington County, March 16, 1831, John Piatt,
late of Pulaski County, married Eliza, daugh-
ter of the widow Buchanan of Lincoln County,
Tenn. James R. Pyeatt born in Kentucky
in 1805, in 1812 with his parents, James
Pyeatt and Kate (Finley) Pyeatt moved to
Crystal Hill. In 1827, James R. Pyeatt re-
moved to Washington County, Ark. and
erected the first frame house built in that
section. He married Elizabeth Buchanan
who was a native of Tennessee. They married
in 1 83 1 . She died 1 868. We think it possible
that James Pyaett who married Kate Finley
and in 1805 lived in Kentucky, going to
Ark. in 1812, was the brother of our great-
grandmother and that only Jacob and the
sister went to Georgia.

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Tradition is that the White Family is of
English origin and were among the early
settlers in South Carolina. John White was
born in South Carolina, probably about 1768
or within a few years of that. His father was
married twice. John White was a son by the
first wife, as was Richard White, who, in
an early day, settled West of Nashville,
Tenn. and died there. Mary White, a sister
of John White, was a daughter by the first
wife. She married John Craig (Jack) Mc-
Daniel and after 1820 settled in what is now
Benton County, Tenn., and there died.

Two daughters by the second wife married
Jonathan Pryor and Duncan Pryor, so tra-
dition tells us, and Jonathan Pryor at an
early date settled near Mayfield, Graves
County, Ky. and has many descendants in
Graves County. Duncan Pryor is thought
to have settled in Hickman County, Ky. It is
not known that these two gentlemen were
related and it is thought that if they were
it was not a close relation. It is not known
to us whether or not there were other children.
Tradition is that the father left a will in
South Carolina and left the bulk of his prop-
erty to these two girls by his last wife. To
Mary White who married John Craig Mc-
Daniel he left a negro slave. To John White,
$1.00. If this will is later located, it is pos-
sible that the family can be traced back

John White is supposed to have lived not
a great way from Charleston and somewhere
on the route that Martha Pyeatt took when
she started out to walk to Georgia. John
White and Martha Pyeatt were probably
married in 1787 or 1788 as James White
was born July 17, 1789. It is thought he
was the oldest child and was born after they
reached Nashville, Tenn. They settled near
the home of General Jackson about twelve
miles south of Nashville, and some years
later moved to then Hickman but now Hump-
hrey County, Tenn. settling on Waverly
Blue Creek near Duck River and it is thought
this was about 1809. They engaged in farm-
ing and stock raising. John White was also
a hunter. After having lost 'three crops in
succession by high water, about 1820 they
moved to Benton County, Tenn. and settled
near Sugar Tree. About 1836 they moved
to the "Iron Banks" on the Mississippi
River now known as Columbus, Hickman
County, Kentucky and both died there about
1850. (See sketch 960).


(A) James White born July 27, 1789,
thought to have been the oldest child, married
(1-B) Elizabeth Matlock.-50-

(B) William White, said to have partici-
pated in the war of 1812 and been at the
battle of New Orleans, married Susan Carter
and is thought to have gone to Hickman
County, Kentucky, and there settled.

(C) Cyrus White who is said to have fought
in the Indian wars and was at Pensacola,
Florida, in those wars, according to traditions,
is thought to have gone to Hickman County,
Kentucky and settled.

(D) Elizabeth Bettie), married a Mr.

(E) Isabella White, married a Mr. Capps.

(F) Sallie White, married William Traylor
and is thought to have gone to Missouri.

(G) John (Jack) White Jr., thought to
have gone to Hickman County, Kentucky and

(H) Martha (Patsy) White, married Alex-
ander Bivens.-27-


Martha (Patsy) White was born near
Nashville, Tenn. about 1807 and died about
1850. She married Alexander Bivens, born
about 1801 and died 1874. Alexander Bivens
was the son of Leonard Bivens who came from
Maryland and was one of the early settlers of
Tenn., having settled about four miles east
of Murfreesboro. Leonard Bivens was mar-
ried twice and had eight boys and one girl
by each wife, or. eighteen children in all.
Alexander Bivens was born about four miles
east of Murfreesboro and later moved in
south of Waverly, Tenn. and then to Benton
County where he and his family lived until
they died. Both he and his wife are buried
at Powels Chapel, Benton County, Tenn.


(A) John White Bivens, born May 28,
1828, married Mary Farrar.

(B) Green Bivens. born 1829, married
and wife dead. -46-

(C) William Elija Bivens, married Belle
Johnson, later married Dicie Durdin.-44-

(D) Artie Miss Bivens, who lived to be
quite old, died single.

(E) Ellen Bivens, iwafried Judge William
East. -43-

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John White Bivens, born in Humphrey
County, Tenn. May 28, 1828, with his parents
moved to Benton County, Tenn. in 1844 and
engaged in farming. He has led an honorable
and upright life and has ever been a good
citizen. In April, 1921 at the ripe old age of
93, he was still living, making his home with
his daughter in Camden, Tenn. He married
Margaret Farrar, the daughter of William
and Mary Farrar. She was born July 30,
1827 and lived to the age of 81, having died
August 9, 1908. Children:

(A) Lemria Bivens, married John Griggs. -30-

(B) Alexander King Bivens, married Ten-
nessee Frasier.-39-

(C) Mary Jane Bivens, married Arthur
Joseph Utley.-38-

(D) William Byron Bivens, married Fannie
Stevens. -40-

(E) Martha Elizabeth Bivens, born May
13, 1850, died when small.

(F) Calony Gertrude Bivens, born January
13, 1863, died when she was small.

(G) Margaret Ellen Bivens, married Grant

(H) John Sherman Bivens, married Mary
Stevens. -42-

(I) Wilham Franklin Bivens, marrried
Nancy Emily Bartlett.-29-

-28-1-William Franklin Bivens, born Oct.
7, 18W, died about 1897, m.arried Nancy
Emily Bartlett who died about 1906 They
were born, lived and died in Benton County,
Tenn. Children:

(A) Elizabeth Bivens, born 1896, married
Julius A. Cole, Camden, Tenn., R. F. D.
mail carrier Children: Eddie, born about
1911; William Cole, born about 1913; Fred
Cole, born about 1916 and one smaller child.

(B) Robbie Bernice Bivens, born about
1898, married Thomas Tucker, Huntington,
Tenn., painter by occupation. One child:
Thomas Tucker Jr., born about 1915

(C) Mary Frankie Bivens, married Earl
Hartly, East St. Louis, Illinois. Three
children: Emi'y Hartly, William Hartly,
and one smaller child.


-28-A-Lembria Bivens, born August 26,
1851, died about 1901. Born, lived and died
in Benton County, Tenn., married John
Griggs, Camden, Tenn. Farmer. Children:

(A) Walter Guss Griggs, married Ruby
Bivens. -45-

(B) Virgie Griggs, died when small.

(C) Effie Griggs, married William Box.-31-

(D) Maggie Griggs, married Anderson

(E) Lula Griggs, married Bertram Serratt.

(F) Carrie Griggs, married Nan Overfield.

(G) Earl Griggs, died when small.

(H) Hallie Griggs, married Neal Bell.-35-

(I) Annie Griggs, married Guy Lashlee.

(J) Virgil Griggs, born about 1901, single,
Camden, Tenn.

(K) Cecil Griggs, married Lula Beasley.


-30-C-Effie Griggs, born about 1877, married
William Box. He is a farmer and lives near
Denver, Colorado. One child:

(A) Aline Box, born about 1912.

-30-D-Maggie Griggs, born about 1878 in
Benton County, Tenn., married Anderson
Lashlee and moved to Eva., Tenn. He is
dead. There are several children, two of
whom are:

(A) William Lashlee.

(B) Harry Lashlee.

30-E-Lula Griggs, clerical department,
Nashville, Tenn., married Bertram Serratt.
They have two girls.

-30-F-Carrie Griggs, born about 1883, mar-
ried Benjamin Overfield. They live in East
St. Louis, Illinois and he works for the Pack-
ing Company.

-30-H-Hallie Griggs, born about 1887, mar-
ried Neal Bell, farmer, Camden, Tenn. Mr.
and Mrs. Bell have four children.
-30-I-Annie Griggs, born about 1889, mar-
ried Guy T. Lashlee, Camden, Tenn., Veteri-
nary Surgeon. One child:

(A) Malcolm Griggs Lashlee, April 10, 1919.

-30-K-Cecil Griggs, born about 1891, Cam-
den, Tenn., married Lula Beasley. Two




Mary Jane Bivens, born Nov. 30, 1853,
married Arthur Joseph Utley, born about

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1853. He is a carpenter and they reside at
1723 Euclid Avenue, Memphis, Tenn. Child-

(A) Connie Parish Utley, born August,
1889, Memphis, Tenn.; carpenter.

(B) Blanch Utley, born January 30, 1893,
married Charles V. Spencer, 1757 Nelson
Avenue, Memphis, Tenn.; clerical position.

(C) Garland Bivens Utley, born about
1895, Jackson, Miss. Traveling salesman.
Standard Oil Company.

Born to Blanch Utley and Charles V.
Spencer, above, two children:

(A) Camilla Spencer, born about 1917.

(B) Utley Spencer, born March 27, 1919.



Alexander King Bivens, born Feb. 12, 1856,
died about 1901, married Tennessee, Frasier
who died about 1897. They were born, lived
and died in Benton County, Tenn. and are
buried at Chalk Hill Cemetery. Children:

(A) Charles Bivens, born about 1900,
Camden, Tenn. Farmer, married a Miss
Hubbs; two children.

(B) Nellie Bivens, born about 1892, mar-
ried Ray Walker, Camden, Tenn., farmer.
They have two children.

(A) Mable Walker, born about 1913.

(B) Tenney Ray Walker, born 1918



William Byron Bivens, born March 28,
1858, Camden, Tenn. Farmer, married
Fannie Stevens. Children:

(A) Sallie Bivens, born about 1895, married
Jerry Thomason, Camden, Tenn,, produce
dealer. They have three children.

(B) Dewey Bivens, married a Miss Van
Cleave. They live in eastern part of Ten-

(C) Ruth Bivens, born about 1904

(D) William Bivens, born about 1908.

(E) T. B. Bivens, born about 191 1.


Margaret Ellen Bivens, born May 28, 1866,
married Grant McGlohon, Camden, Tenn.,
farmer. He was born October 16, 1864, and
was a son of John Taylor McGlohon and his
wife Mary C. Pearce and a grandson of John
McGlohon who emigrated from North Caro-

lina and was one of the first settlers of Benton
County. Children:

(A) John Logan McGlohon, born July
2, 1892, Camden, Tenn., married Bessie
Hillard. They had 2 children: Logan
Hillard McGlohon, born May 19, 1919.

(B) Hazel McGlohon, born Nov. 27, 1892,
died Aug. 1896.




John Sherman Bivens, Camden, Tenn.,
farmer, was born Sept. 23, 1868, married
Mary Stevens. Children:

(A) Leber Bivens, died single.

(B) Annie Bivens, born about 1903.

(C) Windle Bivens, born about 1905.

(D) Jarol Bivens, born about 1907.

(E) Sanford Bivens, born about 1909.

(F) Joseph Bivens, born about 1913.

(G) Franklin Bivens, born about 1917.


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