Clinch Mountain, Grainger County, Tennessee

Today we decided to explore to the north east in Grainger County, Tennessee. This was where some of my McAnally ancestors may have lived at one time, but Elizabeth, who married James Bowden, lived in Lawrence County, Tennessee.

My cousin, John Casall, gave me this other info about the McAnally family of Grainger County:

McANALLY, Charles. My three sons David, Thomas & Charles W.F.
McANALLY; my two daughters Matilda DODSON & Saraphina HAYES; my
granddaughter Elizabeth WILLIAMS; all of the children of my
daughter Patsy NASH, deceased; my sister Sally to be taken care
of by daughters' husbands, Wm DODSON & James HAYES; my 2
grandsons, Charles & David, sons of David R. McANALLY; my 2
grandsons Lafaett & Joseph, sons of Thomas P. McANALLY; my 4
grandsons Charles, Samuel, Clabourn & David DODSON, sons of my
daughter Matilda and wife of Wm DODSON; 2 grandsons Thomas &
Charles NASH, sons of my daughter Patsy NASH, deceased; daughter
Elizabeth WILLIAMS, no issue; to the 2 children of Telitha
HUTCHESON, now Teletha HARVEY, who are said to be the children of
my son James M. McANALLY, deceased, towit, Alhale & James
Madison; land owned in common with the heirs of Stephen W. SENTER
in Poor Valley adjoining land of David HOLD (?) & on the Bryier
Fork of German Creek & a tract lying the So. Side of the Kno!!les
So of Ceekville (?) joining lands with Thomas WHITESIDE & Estate
of James MAYES, deceased. Executors, my son David McANALLY &
David M. McANALLY, son of my brother John McAnally. Signed
Charles McANALLY, 6 Dec 1848. Witnesses: Wm B. CUNNINGHAM, Wm T.
TATE, Warham EASLEY, Jr. Recorded 19 May 1849, E. TATE, Clerk.

McANALLY, David, Sr., deceased. Wife Nancy; 3 children; my
daughter Sarah BAINES; daughter Polly CARROLE; son Thomas.
Signed David McANALLY, 18 Sep 1834. Witnesses: John LATHAM,
Thomas P. McANALLY, E. McANALLY, H. WILLIAMS. Recorded 13 Jul
1836, E. TATE, Clerk.

Waller Cemetery near Dotson Campground Church has David Clemon and Ella Nancy Acuff.
There is also a Dotson Cemetery listed but I suspect it may be the same as Waller Cemetery, it is on Campground Road.
McGinnis Harrel Cemetery at Thorn Hill has 4 McAnally burials listed.
Charlie H. McAnally and wife Nellie are buried in Riddle Cemetery.


David McAnally, Nancy Taylor
Apr 12 1822
Grainger, Tennessee
Joseph Gray, Elizabeth Jane McAnally
Jan 26 1843
Grainger, Tennessee

John David McAnally, Cornelia Mays
Nov 2 1854
Grainger, Tennessee
John Wesley Stubblefield, Jemima Desdemona McAnally
Feb 14 1856
Grainger, Tennessee

Bryan Bernard McAnally, Mucie Dora Moore
Grainger, Tennessee

145. Mary5 Acuff (Thomas D.4, Thomas3, John2, John1) was born February 1841 in
Grainger Co, TN, and died 1918.
She married (1) Harvey Unknown Abt. 1861.
She married (2) Charles Wesley F. McAnally August 31, 1877 in
Knox Co, TN, son of Thomas McAnally and Arrena Hutchison.
He was born February 14, 1848, and died May 04, 1910.

Children of Mary Acuff and Charles McAnally are:
310 i. Joseph Lafayette6 McAnally, born May 25, 1879;
died December 06, 1919. He married Maude Mullen.
311 ii. David Clennon McAnally, born February 20, 1881;
died July 04, 1955 in Grainger Co, TN.
He married Ella Nancy Acuff May 07, 1904 in Grainger Co, TN;
born April 11, 1881 in TN; died June 22, 1963 in Grainger Co, TN.

148. Amanda5 Acuff (Thomas D.4, Thomas3, John2, John1) was born 1846, and
died Bef. 1877.
She married Charles Wesley F. McAnally March 11, 1867 in
Grainger Co, TN, son of Thomas McAnally and Arrena Hutchison.
He was born February 14, 1848, and died May 04, 1910.

Children of Amanda Acuff and Charles McAnally are:
318 i. Isadora6 McAnally, born November 03, 1867;
died December 21, 1902.
She married Edward Jackson McGinnis; died January 24, 1917.
319 ii. Thomas P. McAnally, born Abt. 1869;
died in MO.
320 iii. James W. McAnally, born June 22, 1871;
died September 02, 1936.

Children of Albert Acuff and Martha Ruth are:
402 iii. Ella Nancy Acuff, born April 11, 1881 in TN;
died June 22, 1963 in Grainger Co, TN.
She married David Clennon McAnally May 07, 1904 in Grainger Co, TN
born February 20, 1881; died July 04, 1955 in Grainger Co, TN.

Perhaps some of you genealogy buffs out there will find this interesting. I do.

Also, you might have heard of Clinch Mountain from the Louise L'Amour books.

Wikipedia says this about the Clinch Mountain area:


Clinch Mountain is a long ridge, about 150 miles (240 km) in length. It runs generally southwest-northeast, with numerous curves. Its north-south extent is 97 miles (156 km), and east-west 172 miles (277 km). Due to its size it is sometimes called a mountain range or complex. According to, Clinch Mountain Complex includes the sub-range of Knob Mountain, as well as four high point summits above 4,000 feet (Beartown Mountain, Flattop Mountain, Morris Knob, and Chimney Rock Peak).


Clinch Mountain is named after after the Clinch River, which was named after an unknown pioneer. The earliest known reference to the name is in the journal of Dr. Walker: "Clinch's River, from one Clinch a hunter" (Stewart, 1967:146).

The Wilderness Road to the Cumberland Gap crossed Clinch Mountain at Moccasin Gap, which Moccasin Creek flows through to join the Holston River to the south.


The Carter Family immortalized the mountain in their 1928 song "My Clinch Mountain Home." A fiddle tune called "Clinch Mountain Backstep" is in the Appalachian folk repertoire.

Well, hope you enjoy the photos and movie, as well. We've decided to leave East Tennessee and travel back to Nashville, as that was where we lived and where the memories are.

Because we are in Davey Crockett's neck of the woods, this sounds has been goin' round and round, an ear worm, Raf says:

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee
Greenest state in the land of the free
Raised in the woods so he knew ev'ry tree
Kilt him a b'ar when he was only three
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!

In eighteen thirteen the Creeks uprose
Addin' redskin arrows to the country's woes
Now, Injun fightin' is somethin' he knows,
So he shoulders his rifle an' off he goes
Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear!

Off through the woods he's a marchin' along
Makin' up yarns an' a singin' a song
Itchin' fer fightin' an' rightin' a wrong
He's ringy as a b'ar an' twict as strong
Davy, Davy Crockett, the buckskin buccaneer!

Andy Jackson is our gen'ral's name
His reg'lar soldiers we'll put to shame
Them redskin varmints us Volunteers'll tame
'cause we got the guns with the sure-fire aim
Davy, Davy Crockett, the champion of us all!~

Headed back to war from the ol' home place
but Red Stick was leadin' a merry chase
Fightin' an' burnin' at a devil's pace
South to the swamps on the Florida Trace
Davy, Davy Crockett, trackin' the redskins down!

Fought single-handed through the Injun War
till the Creeks was whipped an' peace was in store
An' while he was handlin' this risky chore
Made hisself a legend for evermore
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!

He give his word an' he give his hand
that his Injun friends could keep their land
An' the rest of his life he took the stand
that justice was due every redskin band
Davy, Davy Crockett, holdin' his promise dear!

Home fer the winter with his family
Happy as squirrels in the ol' gum tree
Bein' the father he wanted to be
Close to his boys as the pod an' the pea
Davy, Davy Crockett, holdin' his young'uns dear!

But the ice went out an' the warm winds came
An' the meltin' snow showed tracks of game
An' the flowers of Spring filled the woods with flame
An' all of a sudden life got too tame
Davy, Davy Crockett, headin' on West again!

Off through the woods we're ridin' along
Makin' up yarns an' singin' a song
He's ringy as a b'ar an' twict as strong
An' knows he's right 'cause he ain' often wrong
Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear!

Lookin' fer a place where the air smells clean
Where the trees is tall an' the grass is green
Where the fish is fat in an untouched stream
An' the teemin' woods is a hunter's dream
Davy, Davy Crockett, lookin' fer Paradise!

Now he's lost his love an' his grief was gall
In his heart he wanted to leave it all
An' lose himself in the forests tall
but he answered instead his country's call
Davy, Davy Crockett, beginnin' his campaign!

Needin' his help they didn't vote blind
They put in Davy 'cause he was their kind
Sent up to Nashville the best they could find
a fightin' spirit an' a thinkin' mind
Davy, Davy Crockett, choice of the whole frontier!

The votes were counted an' he won hands down
So they sent him off to Washin'ton town
With his best dress suit still his buckskins brown
A livin' legend of growin' renown
Davy, Davy Crockett, the Canebrake Congressman!

He went off to Congress an' served a spell
Fixin' up the Govern'ments an' laws as well
Took over Washin'ton so we heered tell
An' patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell
Davy, Davy Crockett, seein' his duty clear!

Him an' his jokes travelled all through the land
An' his speeches made him friends to beat the band
His politickin' was their favorite brand
An' everyone wanted to shake his hand
Davy, Davy Crockett, helpin' his legend grow!

He knew when he spoke he sounded the knell
of his hopes for White House an' fame as well
But he spoke out strong so hist'ry books tell
An' patched up the crack in the Liberty Bell
Davy, Davy Crockett, seein' his duty clear!

When he come home his politickin' done
The western march had just begun
So he packed his gear an' his trusty gun
An' lit out grinnin' to follow the sun
Davy, Davy Crockett, leadin' the pioneer!

He heard of Houston an' Austin so
To the Texas plains he jest had to go
Where freedom was fightin' another foe
An' they needed him at the Alamo
Davy, Davy Crockett, the man who don't know fear!

His land is biggest an' his land is best
From grassy plains to the mountain crest
He's ahead of us all meetin' the test
Followin' his legend into the West
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!

The Ballad of Davy Crockett;Words by George Bruns and Lyrics by Tom Blackburn
Davy was a Tennessee boy who became a Texas hero. When TV made him famouse, he was played by another Texas boy, Fess Parker. Fess now makes wine in California. GOOOOD wine, I might add!


Susie said…
Well, I don't think I ever knew all the words to Davy Crockett, but both my brothers had coonskin caps in the 50's when the TV show was on.
I've never tasted Fess Parker's wine, but there are hundreds (thousands??)of wine makers in CA. I'll have to try his!!
Mrs. Goodneedle said…
I didn't know ol' Davy Crockett (Fess) was a winemaker... I'll need to look into that! Ha!! Thanks for more of your continuing travelogue... interesting!! I've never heard of Clinch Mountain before. Y'all be safe.
Tinker said…
I didn't realize there were so many verses to that song!

Lovely photos, Sioux, thanks for sharing them and all the history.

I'd tell you to enjoy Nashville - but somehow I'm sure you already will, lol. Have fun, Sioux!
Terry said…
Dear Sioux...I just love seeing and hearing your husband play the guitar..
It is so nice!!
I hope that you will put a few more films of him playing and singing!!

I have found that Turtle and I am afraid that she has gained a whole lot of weight.
I will have to put her on a diet while she is here.
No cat treats for that girl!
The Canadian mice are really fat!!
Felisol said…
Dear Siox Sue,
how facinating to read all the verses of a song that was a huge hit, translated to Norwegian in the fifties. I was only familiar with a small part of the David Crocett story. We loved the books though, and the luckiest boys with American relatives got a raccoon hat with a tale on for Christmas.
David Crockett was a good rolemodel, though, a friend of all good people and a defender of the weak and suppressed.
We were not aware of that, playing David Crockett in the woods of my childhood.
We did not even have a TV back then, we had the books some magazines and our imagination.
Poor children of today have no free brainspace left, being overloaded with their playstations, computor games, videoplays and hundred TV canals.
Thank you for bringing these old memories alive.
Anonymous said…
Awesome! Nice idea, but will this really work?

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