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Re: John Motheral of Davidson Co., TN
Posted by: Susan Costen Owens (ID *****6488) Date: February 12, 2005 at 01:36:11
In Reply to: John Motheral of Davidson Co., TN by Jean Creswick of 7

I'm the granddaughter of Joseph Motheral Sloss and I am descended from the Motherals who lived at Harpeth Side, a house that was built in 1802 on the Harpeth River in what is now called Brentwood, outside of Nashville. (Nashville is in Davidson County and Brentwood is in Williamson County.) I did some digging around in records in the courthouse in Nashville (Davidson County) and found a deed that may have been for John Motheral (I've forgotten the first name and who knows where that work is), but it also had Andrew Jackson's name on it. They would have been contemporaries, and I saw on a website today that Andrew Jackson got into some bad investments in real estate before he got involved with politics. There is a John and a Joseph who lived in that general area, and both of their last wills and testaments are on the web.

There is another house built in the 1820's down the road and river from Harpeth Side, and I think it might still be in the family, though not in the Motheral name. I met a cousin named Mrs. Emma Mae Ring who lived in that house but I know she has died since then, because it was probably at least twenty years ago when I met her and she was quite elderly.

Harpeth Side has a cemetary on the property and it is listed as an historic home and has been restored.
In those records in Nashville, I noticed that this same man seemed to change the spelling of his name according to whim (as you might notice his spelling was not so great in his will, either). Some of the time he spelled his last name Motheral, sometimes Motherall, and sometimes Motherwell. I believe originally the spelling was probably Motherwell, because the town of Motherwell is in Scotland between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and I've been there. Unfortunately, the day I was there, the library or some other appropriate record keeping place was closed.

I might be able to get more info from my mother if that would be helpful.
My grandfather, Joseph Motheral Sloss, lived in Kentucky (where there are still Sloss kin), but he moved to Arkansas where he ran some plantations in the delta in a town called Lake Village, but he died of appendictis in 1929 when his two daughters, Mary Elizabeth and Virginia Ann, were still children. He had a club that I understand was a place frequented by the Hunts of Texas oil fame and once had a visit from Charles Lindbergh in April of 1923 when Lindbergh is said to have made his first night flight. On the Lindbergh website, it said the innkeeper was a Mr. Henry, but maybe that was someone who worked for my grandfather or vice versa.

Joseph Motheral Sloss was the son of Alexander Mebane Sloss
and Jane Curry Motheral b. abt 1851

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