Marshall County Heritage


My great-grandfather, and namesake, William Marion Fowler, was born 5 December 1836, Marshall County, TN., to John Lee and Rhoda Hill Fowler. He married 1) Sarah Ann Morris, 21 August 1856, Marshall County, TN., 2) Sarah Hall, 22 August 1861, Marshall County, TN., 3) Mary Elizabeth Hardiman, 19 December 1888, Cornersville, Marshall County, TN. William left Marshall County sometime between 1891 and 1905, and moved to Hunt County, TX, where he died 15 August 1905. William and Mary are buried at the McWright Cemetery in Hunt County, TX.

William Atlas Fowler Family

My line comes from William's marriage to his second Wife, Sarah Hall. She was born 1837 in TN., and died 17 July 1870. She and William had 8 children: 1) Base, born 10 June 1876, married 2nd wife, Ruthie French Dickson on 3 August 1911, Bedford County, TN., and died 19 February 1935 2) Claude, born in Cornersville, TN., and married Anna Bell King 3) Mark, married Alma Walker 4) Annie, born 1865 5) Lannie, born 1868 6) Flora, married Steve Turner 7) Lucinty, married Jim Tate 8) William Atlas Lee, (my Grandfather), born 13 January 1866, Cornersville, Marshall County, TN.

William Atlas married Callie Lee Hamilton, 9 December 1887, in Marshall County, TN. Callie was born 22 August 1870 in TN. They moved to Hunt County, TX sometime between 1887 and 1893, and had 10 children: I ) Edna, born 6 January 1889, died 12 July 1895 2) W. Owen, born 12 April 1891, died 19 July 1895 3) Elmo Lee, born 11 March 1892, died from diptheria 4) Mattie Eula, born 29 March 1893, Hunt County, TX, married Emmett Benjamin Fitzgerald, 5 April 1914, Hunt County, TX and she died 21 May 1860, Hunt County, TX 5) William Marion, (my father), "Willie", born 16 June 1898 and died 1961 in Hunt County, TX 6) Verno Young, born 11 March 1900, Hunt County, TX, died 28 July 1944, Houston, Harris County, TX 7) Irene Pearle 8) Ray Richard 9) Effie 10) Hazel Pauline, born 6 January 1911, Lorraine, TX and died in Hunt County, TX.

William Atlas died 2 July 1952, in Hunt County, TX and Callie died 20 July 1959 in Hunt County, TX. They are both buried at loof Cemetery in Caddo Mills, TX.

William Marion's 3rd wife, Mary Elizabeth Hardiman, was born 8 November 1848 and died 15 July 1927 in Hunt County, TX. She is also buried at the McWright Cemetery with William. They had 2 children: Emmitt and Ewell. (415 words) Submitted by William Marion "Buddy" Fowler, 103 Marquette, Forney, TX 75126 Sources: Family records, Marriage records, death records, years of research.


The majority of Marshall County residents are people who have been here all their lives or people who descended from the many families who founded and help form Marshall County into what it is today. However, as times have changed, more and more "newcomers" have found their way to Marshall County, Tennessee.

Jennifer Washak & Children

One such newcomer is Jennifer Lyn Washak Allen. Jennifer was born April 13, 1968, in Medina, New York, and is the daughter of J. Michael Washak and Sue Herriven. She lived in Medina, New York for the majority of her life. Jennifer married Charles Allen and in September of 2003, they moved to Tennessee. "We just picked a spot on the map, put everything that would fit into a pickup truck and left New York." That spot that they picked was the small, quiet town of Cornersville, Tennessee, where they have resided for the last four years.

Jennifer's children are: Julian Colby Washak, born September 16, 1990, Vivianne Janelle Washak, born January 3, 1993, Dylan Wayne Sevar, born March 13, 1995, and Wyatt James Allen, born August 20, 2002. The children attend Cornersville High School and Jennifer works as a vet assistant at a local animal clinic. (203 words) Submitted by Jennifer Lyn Washak, Cornersville, TN 37047.


The chapter held its first formal meeting under Organizing Regent Margaret Brandon on November 14th, 1946 at the Minnich Hotel in Lewisburg. It has now been working for more than 60 years to support the missions of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution in promoting education, patriotism, and historic preservation. Members have researched historic sites, placed markers on the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots, and provided funds for the DAR schools, veterans' projects, and college

Abner Houston Memorial Cabin

scholarships. They have presented their Good Citizen Awards each year to deserving students at all 3 county high schools.

In 1947 the chapter received the Abner Houston Memorial Cabin from Dr. and Mrs. Bobby Crutcher and has worked to maintain this structure which stands as a symbol for those settlers who forged Marshall County from what was then backwoods. As caretaker the chapter, with generous assistance of the Garden Club, helped to landscape the small park surrounding the building and has replaced the wood shingled roof as time and weather took its toll. Members hold their annual ceremony there each Flag Day. (185 words) Submitted by Marilynn Scheuchenzuber, 435 Skyline Drive, Lewisburg, TN 37091. Source: Robert Lewis Chapter, NSDAR records.

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Before the town of Cornersville was incorporated, on February 21, 1822, William Henderson, owner of the land where the church stands today, gave John Hayes, Holman Fowler, and Joseph Armor one acre of land for the purpose of building a meeting house.

The cornerstone was laid on July 23, 1852, according to the records of the Masonic Lodge. They were to use the upper story, while the Methodists were to use the ground floor. In August of 1939, the Masons gave a deed of all claims to this building to the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Cornersville United Methodist Church

At a meeting of the Tennessee Annual Conference on October 27, 1852, the Murfreesboro District was formed and Cornersville Church became a part of the Fayetteville Circuit. The Civil War caused this church to be the location of the Tennessee Annual Conference on October 15, 1862. The Bishop scheduled to preside could not attend, because of the hostilities. After the fall of Fort Donaldson, Nashville was not a safe place.

Originally this church was heated by stoves. This can be seen by looking at the ceiling. In 1956 under the pastorate of N.O. Allen, a Fellowship Hall was added. A vacant lot next to the church, which was where the original parsonage once stood, became a parking lot. Nothing more has been added to the beautiful church until now. The new addition was built with love and affection, to be used by the Methodist Church members and the supporting community. (252 words) Submitted by Sherry Sorrells.