"In Search Of Nannie Tyler", Book Review

By Betsy Thorpe


Every sympathetic heart in Clarksville has been touched to the core by the death of little Nannie Tyler, the daughter of C.W. and Mrs. Tyler. The sad event occurred at the families residence on Greenwood Avenue at 7:00 Wednesday morning the 9th. Little Nannie had lived 4 years 5 months and 24 days. She was exceptionally bright and pretty and was loved and petted by all who knew her.
Clarksville Weekly Chronicle
September 12 1885

Using newspaper articles, obituaries, personal letters, journal entries and family photographs In Search Of Nannie Tyler explores the early history and cultural customs of Montgomery County Tennessee by relating the experiences and achievements of Nannie Tyler’s family.

In December of 1819, months after leaving their home in Virginia, Richard Keeling Tyler, his wife Mary and several members of their extended family arrived in Tennessee, where they settled in what is now known as Montgomery County.

For one hundred years the accomplishments of the Tyler family influenced Montgomery County’s development and history. The descendants of John and Mary Tyler included John Duke Tyler, one of the communities first and most admired educators and C W Tyler, who served as a Clarksville judge for 47 years. However, it is the memory of Nannie Tyler, a little girl who lived “4 years 5 months and 24 days”, that memoralizes and represents her family’s legacy and place in local history.

Carolyn Stier Ferrell is a fourth generation Montgomery County resident teaches biology at Rossview High School in Clarksville Tennessee. Ms. Ferrill was first inspired to tell Nannie Tyler’s story following the theft of Nannie’s graveside statue in 1996.

To purchase In Search Of Nannie Tyler by Carolyn Stier Ferrell visit PublishedbyWestview.com

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