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Re: MT. JULIET & JULIA GLEAVES
Posted by: Dennis Glaves Date: August 07, 2001 at 05:26:03
In Reply to: MT. JULIET & JULIA GLEAVES by Jack Zuccarello of 231

Hi Jack,

I have pasted below one of several articles I have seen on Miss Julie. This one appeared in a book titled West Wilson Neighbors. Sorry, I don't have any info on ANDREW GLEAVES MCWHIRTER.

       "The legend persists that Mt. Juliet derived its name from Miss Julia Gleaves, and the "Mount" on which she lived in her latter days, one-half mile south of the present city of Mt. Juliet.
       Julia Jennings was born July 24, 1817 near Cedar Lick Creek and the Cumberland River, the daughter of Clem and Elizabeth (Bennett) Jennings. Clem and his brother Richard had come to Tennessee very early from Prince Edward County, Virginia. The Bennetts had settled across the river in Sumner County. Julia first married James H. Baird, a member of a wealthy family in District 24, Wilson County. His father was Andrew and his grandfather was Zebulon. Julia and James had one son, William, born in 1838. James died when the child was very young.
       The 1850 census shows Julia and her son living alone in District 24. It also shows Guy Trigg Gleaves living with four young children in District 25. His first wife, Harriet Hardy, died in 1847. Not long after 1850 Julia and Guy were married and they lived in the Gleaves home in Old Mt. Juliet on the south side of the Stagecoach Road (now known as the Old Lebanon Dirt Road). The house was still standing in 1985. Their first child, Jimmy, was born in 1852 and died in 1853. There were three other children - Micah Ann, Ben and Jesse.
       In 1859 Julia and Guy Trigg Gleaves deeded the land where she had formerly lived to her son William. In 1861 William, having joined the Confederate Army, made his will leaving his land to his half-sister and half-brothers and a young cousin. A year later, Dec. 13, 1862, he was killed at the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia. His mother sent a wagon and brought his body home to be buried near his father, James Baird. His grandfather, Andrew Baird, was buried there the next year. Nearby was his half-brother, Jimmy. Only five years later his stepfather, Guy Trigg Gleaves, was also buried there.
       During the Civil war Miss Julia gained a reputation as a "guardian angel" in the little community, helping the sick and needy. She and her husband operated a store near their home and it is said that they never turned away anyone because they could not pay.
       Guy Trigg Gleaves' will was probated in 1868, and Julia was again a widow with young children to care for alone. Mr. Gleaves was a wealthy man for that time, owning some property in downtown Nashville as well as a sizeable estate in Mt. Juliet.
       When the railroad was built, about 1870, Julia's daughter Micah Ann married Jasper Tabler, the doctor for the railroad construction company. Almost twenty years after the death of her husband, Julia died at the age of 78. Both Micah Ann and her husband Jasper Tabler are buried there, as is Julia's son Ben and others of the family. The cemetery is on the "Mount" which overlooks Mt. Juliet and is itself a fitting monument to our "Miss Julie".                                                 


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