The Passing Of The Kimbrough Home:
From The Rockwood Times, Thursday, 22 Feb 1923.

The Passing Of The Kimbrough Home. Local and Historical Events Connected With This Home That Was Burned Last Monday. When North Carolina ceded to the United States its western territory, now Tennessee, Gen. Washington, then president, appointed Stockley DONALDSON, Surveyor General of all territories South of the Ohio river. He was the son of John DONALDSON, the emigrant who piloted in "The Good Boat Adventure" in 1778 with the first body of immigrants to the settlements on the Cumberland, now Nashville, and whose daughter Rachael, sister of Stockley, married Gen. Andrew Jackson. While acting as surveyor he entered many large tracts of land, among them being one that included the place of the old KIMBROUGH home. In the transaction of the business he became acquainted with William GLASGOW, Secretary of State of North Carolina, and a suitor for the hand in marriage of his sister, Elizabeth GLASGOW. From the records in the office of Register of deeds in Roane county, it appears that he agreed to convey to William GLASGOW five thousand acres of land in what is now Tennessee for his services in negotiating a marriage between him and his sister Elizabeth. This KIMBROUGH tract was one of the parcels of land so conveyed. The fifth article of "The Treaty of the Holston" provided that the indians allow one road to be laid out by the United States Government from South West Point, now Kingston, across the Indian Territory to the settlements on the Cumberland, now Nashville. General Washington, President, appointed Stokely DONOLDSON and two others, to survey and open a road ten feet wide between the points designated. This road was so laid out as to pass through the DONOLDSON-GLASGOW tract. Large bodies of emigrants soon began to pass over this road, and Joseph KIMBROUGH bought the place and erected a Tavern (at that date called a stop) thereon. KIMBROUGH had married Mary HAZEN, a grand daughter of Gideon MORGAN, of Kingston, whose four sons became noted people. The son, Gideon, married a daughter of the Indian chief, Luna RILEY, and commanded the Cherokee regiment at the battle of the "Horseshoe Bend" (Tohopeka) where the Creek Indians under "The Read Eagle" were defeated and their power as a nation broken forever. A second one of the sons settled at Athens, Tenn., and was the father of General, afterwards Senator John H. MORGAN from Alabama. A third son went to Kentucky and was the father of John H. MORGAN, the Confederate raider who was killed at Greenville, Tenn. The fourth son was the ancestor of the Mr. MORGAN who, for his eminent services to the state the Legislature passed an act granting his repose after death in a vault in one of the walls of the capitol. All of these parties have been visitors of their kinswoman at the old KIMBROUGH home. During the war of 1812-1814 William BROWN was the paymaster in the brigade of his brother, Gen. John BROWN. The payments to the troops were made in silver coin. Capt. BROWN saved his allowance and as a matter of sentiment sent it to a jeweler at Philadelphia and had a full set of tableware made, consisting of pitchers, bowls, cups, dishes, plates and goblets. He married Sarah, the sister of KIMBROUGH and the silverware, as a bridal present adorned the table at the marriage feast. After the death of BROWN, Mrs. BROWN made her home with her brother, KIMBROUGH and family. It being a stage stop, or Tavern, many persons of note traveling on the stage, were entertained there, among whom may be mentioned POLK, GRUNDY, HENRY, PAYTON, BELL, HOUSTON and a host of others. On such special occasions the silverware often graced the hostess' table. One of the sons had a love affair displeasing to the parents and at their instance it was broken off. "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." She bided her time and watched for the opportunity, then rejoiced to see the house in flames. It was a large frame house and made so much light that it set the locusts (it was locust year) to singing Pharoah for more then four miles away. The most regreted thing lost was that set of silverware. Another house, but not so large and pretentious, was built into which the family moved and were living at the beginning of the war between the states. During that war several generals made their headquarters there. The kinsman, Gen. MORGAN, was there on several occasions. Gen. FORREST was there several days in August in 1863. Champ FURGERSON stayed there the night after he captured the regiment of horses, being pastured at Post Oak Springs. The Federal General GILLUM was there at the time his rear guard was attacked at Piney Bridge. One of the men killed, a man from N.C. named BUCKHANAN, was buried near the corner of the yard. The old man KIMBROUGH having died in 1862, the heirs sold the place for distribution among them. It is now the property of the Roane Iron Company. The only members of the family yet living are in Texas. The place that was once the center of a thriving rural population has passed away. The great stage road has fallen into disuse, the houses are burned and the people gone. Its memory is but a dream Gone through the mists (sic) of things that A schoolboy's tale, the wonder of an hour." From: