Hiram Harper, Nashville Detective: From Boston to Alcatraz

"One of the Best" - Detective Dave Beasley Hiram Herbert Harper, my mother's grandfather, passed away when she was only about seven months old. Our information about Hiram is limited to a few records and numerous newspaper articles. I wish I knew more about Hiram, because he seems like a fascinating man. Sadly, we don't …

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Anselm Hansel Harper

Anselm is the Hansel Harper that married Elizabeth Rose in Surry County, Virginia on Jan. 27, 1789. From guardianship documents in 1803, we learn that Anselm had three children: James, Joseph and Nancy. Anselm used the nickname Hansel interchangeably which frustrated me because I felt that they were the same person but couldn't prove it …

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First Slander Suit in Middle Tennessee

I came across this interesting article from an 1859 newspaper about Russell Gower, Sam Martin and John Boyd in early Nashville history. The voice reminds me of AW Putnam, writer of "History of Middle Tennessee: Or, Life and Times of Gen. James Robertson", but no author is listed. It is based on real court cases, …

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Robert Gower & Agnes Burnley

Robert Gower and Agnes Burnley were early Nashville residents. Nashville was founded in 1779 by the Robertson and Donelson party, which also consisted of the Gower family and Robert. Robert was born between 1774-1775, if you take into account he purchased land in February 1796. (He would have to be at least 21 years old.) …

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