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Mrs. Napier Visits Home

While browsing newspapers on the Library of Congress; Chronicling America website, I just happened across a news item of Nashville citizen, Nettie Langston Napier.

Washington Bee newspaper of Washington, DC
August 6, 1910; pg. 5

“Mrs. Nettie Langston Napier, of Nashville, Tenn., is the guest of her mother and brother at the old homestead.”

Nettie’s mom was Caroline Wall Langston of North Carolina.  In the 1910 census, her mom is enumerated with Frank, Nettie’s brother in Washington DC.  Living with the family is also a niece of Nettie’s that is named after her.  At the time, she was 13 years old.   Nettie’s father was John Mercer Langston.

Video: Sheryll Cashin

Sheryl Cashin, a law professor at Georgetown University and author of the book, The Agitator’s Daughter, was recently in Nashville to discuss her book.  A descendant of Herschel Cashin, Sheryl’s extended family tree includes some people mentioned here on this blog. Several of her family members (including both of her parents) were Fiskites her aunt Minnie V. Cashin married the nephew of James Carroll Napier

Despite the fact that I work at Vanderbilt, I was not able to attend the lecture, but a video is now available online.  Check it out!

Descendants of W.T. Hightower

Tonight I was contacted by another descendant of W.T. Hightower, a merchant from Nashville. This is the second descendant in the past six months.  I love it!

With that, I decided to look again at the family of William Thomas Hightower Sr. and I found a couple of more census records to add to their tree

With some more online searching, I located a reference to W.T. in the book Evidence of Progress Among Colored People by G.F. Richings, published in 2005.  In the book, it mentions that “W.T. Hightower started a business as a dealer in old rags and iron with a capital of 25 cents.  He now owns a large brick building and a beautiful home.”

Many others from Nashville are also mentioned in the book, including J.C. Napier, Preston A. Taylor,  Dr. R.F. Boyd, and others. I’ll have to look at this more closely.

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