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T1 M E
O M >AY hand;
Mrs. Laxton Mauney
I’ve been elected for a change of program. The
"Hoover Rail" editors are tired of my "corn at random"
and asked me to shed a little light on some of the
prominent families of Cleveland County, As most of you
know. I'm not exactly from this "neck of the woods,"so
the information I have, I got from several different
persons ~ mainly Horace (Grand-pa) Mauney. This month
I‘ve chosen the Lattimore family and before you hear
from me again, they may "chews" me.
As I understand, the Lattimores are of English
descent. I hear that two of ’em came from England "way
back v/hen one settled up above what is now Polkville,
The other settled in Rutherford County, and later came
to Cleveland Llills or Lavmdale and this clan is "our Lattimores." Their character
istics; free hearted, hospitable, hot tempered, honest, fun-loving, "stutterish,"
industrious, very "stick-togetherish" and prankish, and I do mean prankish by some
jf the yarns I’ve heard about the "old timers,"
The very first Lattimore that I could hear of was one who fought in the Battle
of Kings Mountain and came out with a bullet in him, which he let "stay put" and
■lived to be an old man and was buried in old Lattimore cemetery up above Polkville,
Jesse, Tom, Jim "Tangier," Frank, Johnnie and Bdley all fought in the Civil vVar —
made good' soldiers and came back safely, Jesse v;as later working in a cotton gin at
Polkville, fell off the platform and "vns 'killed. - •
One grand old fellow, by v;hat I’ve heard v/as Uncle Joe Lattimore. He married
Louisia Robison of Cav/tav;ba County and they had the following children; Jesse (as
I’ve mentioned) John Bynum, Julious, Dr, Joe Lane, William, Sam, George, Pink and
Caroline, During the Civil War Uncle^ J-oe filled a covered wagon with corn, wheat
and other provisions and drove it to a desolate spot and left it, took his team
back home and said,"How when the Yanlcecs tal:e everything else wo have. I’ll have
bread for my family and neighbors." One night six Yankee soldiers came to his
house and wanted something to cat. Aunt Louisa prepared them a nice meal and after
stuffing themselves, they asked what the charges were. Undo Joe said, "Not one cent.
All I charge is that if any of our boys come to your country, and kill your boys,
destroy your property, then ask for something to eat, food them." GoshI how’s that
for "Heaping coals of fire?" Bet those Yankees had a tech of indigestion that night,
Daniel,"Deef Dan,"(he was called because he was so hard of hearing) married
Polly Ann London. Their children were; Jethers, Sam and Frank. Nov/ this bunch of
boys, with the. aid of Horace Mauney, were the"pain of the neighborhood" because of
the'stunts they played. Once Mauney was spending the night with Jethers. These boys
went to bed early and after "Deef Dan" and the rest were sound asleep,'they sneaked
out the vdndow, went to a neighbor’s barn and throw all his plow lines, saddles and
harness upon the roof, then went out in the field and overturned his little "two-by-
four house." Tho next morning ■■^11 were at the breakfast table when this neighbor
strode up wi'th blood in his eyes. "Deef Dan" told him to "cam do;vn and get home. My
boys and little Horace Mauney went to bed before I did and got up ten minutes ago.
1 want you to know they don’t do all the messin’ that’s done around hero." Bet they
began sprouting little wings right then. Those boys cbiild think of so many unique
pranks to play when they got together, that the Mauney’s didn’t v/ant Horace to "keep
company" with the Lattimore boys, c^jid the Lattimore parents didn’t want their boys
to associate with Horace Mauney, Well, they used to meet and tell each other just
what had been said at home concerning their pal, then thoy would proceed to take a
big "chav;" of tobacco and see. which could speel off the big^'est "cuss words" and
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