My name is Netta Mullin and I have been working on my SHOULDERS research - worldwide, since 1988. During my quest I have met many interesting folks including Mr. James Blue with the Henderson Co. Historical & Genealogical Society. After learning all about the Society, and the 1901 Union Station Depot they were wanting to restore, I became a member.
Unfortunately, like every other Shoulders researcher, I can't get past Malachi Shoulders. Malachi seems to be the progenitor of all the Shoulders family of Middle Tennessee and perhaps Western Kentucky. Family oral history states that Malachi came from then Bertie County, North Carolina, about 1788, and removed to Smith County, Tennessee. He first appears in the 1820 census records.
Malachi built his family’s house in Cothern Hollow of Nickojack Branch of Peyton’s Creek, about two miles southwest of Pleasant Shade, Tennessee. The old house was of heavy logs and was about 20 feet square, with a second story and a winding stairway leading to the upper floor. The kitchen, also of logs, sat about 40 feet further down the little valley. The chimney was of rough stones, largely unhewn and laid in place by the hands of Malachi himself. It was a rather rough job, but it did the work of carrying away the smoke. The old house is now gone (1955) but some of the chimney stones can still be seen. Calvin Gregory, the editor of The Times of Smith County, wrote this description of the house in one of his articles from “Cal’s Column”. Calvin was raised in this house in the early 1900s.
Malachi’s date of death is uncertain; he was listed again in the 1830 census but his wife Palley was listed as head of household in the 1840 Census.
Any information, no matter how brief, will be greatly appreciated. I will be happy to assist other SHOULDERS seekers in any way that I can.
I am passionate about my Shoulders research and hope the information contained here helps you in your research. The links below will guide you through my site.
JOHN (JACK) SHOULDERS
THOMAS TIMBERLAKE SHOULDERS
RICHARD C. "DICK" SHOULDERS
WILLIAM IRA SHOULDERS
LINCOLN (LINC OR LINK) SHOULDERS