Descendants of John Pendergrass

Third Generation

6. Hiram PENDERGRASS (Nimrod , John ) was born MAR 29 1808 in Sevier Cty., Tenn.. He died JUL 4 1891 in Sale Creek, Hamilton Cty. Tenn and was buried in Pendergrass Family Cemetery, Sale Creek, TN.

Twin brother to John C. Pendergrass

In 1850, he and his family lived in Bradley County, TN. His occupation was blacksmith. The family moved to Cherokee County, AL about 1838, and then back to Hamilton County, TN after 1850. Hiram and his wife lived out their life on Opossum Creek and are buried in the old Pendergrass Family Cemetery. It is thought that Nimrod and his wife are buried there also.


"I, Hiram Pendergrass of Sale Creek in the County of Hamilton and State of Tennessee, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

And as to my worldly estate and all the property seized and possess, or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease, I devise, bequeath and dispose thereof in the following to-wit:

My Will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall, by my executors hereinafter named, as shall be them be found convenient.

I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Pendergrass, all my household furniture; and also one thousand dollars in money to be paid to her by my executors hereinafter named within six months after my decease: to have and to hold the same to her and her executors, administrators and assigns forever.

all the rest and residue of my estate real, personal and mixed of which I shall die seized and possessed or to which I shall be entitled at my decease I give devise and bequeath, after my executors hereinafter named shall have sold all my real, personal and mixed property, that the money be equally divided between or among my children.

And Lastly. I do nominate and appoint William Giffiths and William M. Beene to be my Executors of this my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof, I, the said Hiram Pendergrass, have to this my last Will and Testament, consisting of one sheet of paper, subscribed my name this the 26th day of February in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety One.

Hiram Pendergrass

Signed, Published and declared by the said Hiram Pendergrass as and for his last Will land Testament in his presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereunto.

Peter Bolton
David Griffiths"

Hiram married (1) Louise UNKNOWN

Hiram also married (2) Mary L. Polly HANNA(H) on OCT 17 1828 in Soddy-Daisy, Hamilton Cty., Tenn.. Mary was born about 1807 in Tenn.. She died MAY 4 1897 in Sale Creek, Hamilton Cty. Tenn and was buried in Pendergrass Family Cemetery, Sale Creek, TN.

1 NAME Mary /Hanna(h)/
2 DATE ABT. 1807

Libby Clay's source has her being born abt. 1809

Hiram and Mary had the following children:

+ 14 F i Amanda Jane PENDERGRASS was born NOV 1830 and died 1905.
+ 15 F ii Elizabeth PENDERGRASS was born 1832.
  16 M iii Asa Nathaniel PENDERGRASS was born MAR 27 1835. He died NOV 16 1906 in Cleveland, Bradley Cty., TN.
+ 17 M iv John Houston PENDERGRASS was born MAY 7 1837 and died JAN 21 1921.
  18 F v Mary PENDERGRASS was born 1839 in Sale Creek, Hamilton Cty. Tenn.
  19 F vi Martha Ellen PENDERGRASS was born 1841 in Sale Creek, Hamilton Cty. Tenn.
  20 F vii Susan PENDERGRASS was born 1845 in Sale Creek, Hamilton Cty. Tenn. She died JUN 19 1865 in Cairo, IL.
  21 M viii Nathaniel Adnega PENDERGRASS was born JAN 23 1847 in Sale Creek, Hamilton Cty. Tenn. He died JUN 25 1865 in Army Post Hospital, Cairo, IL.

Nathaniel, the youngest son of Hiram and Mary volunteered at Nashville, TN, with a Union Unit on July 24, 1863, at the age of 16 years. He caught smallpox in October and soon after returned to duty with his Unit. He was captured at Sulphur Trestle, AL. After being paroled and returning to duty, he was on the steamer SULTANA when its boiler exploded near Memphis, April 27, 1865. He was badly scalded around the face and right shoulder, and he died at a hospital at Cairo, IL on June 19 1865. He was not yet 19.

The above is taken from an article written for the Chattanoogan written by John Wilson.

See appendix for full story on the SULTANA.

NOTE: There were two Riddles also on the SULTANA.

NOTE: The date of death in newspaper article is six days earlier than date I have reported to me as his death.

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