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Nicholas Green Andrews
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Birth: Sep., 1854
Marshall County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jul. 9, 1934
Marshall County
Tennessee, USA

William Lafayette Andrews, Jr. - Nicholas had a stroke or something when he was hitching up the horse, in the summer of 1934, late summer or spring. They had a funeral right here on… I remember it was the summertime and we had it on the front porch [WL Andrews Jr's farm, what is now the farm at 1448 New Columbia Highway, lewisburg], closed in here at the house and then I don't know if they had a funeral at a church down there or not, but… He was actually living here at the time. He had been here a year or two, maybe three. He was living here with Aunt Myrtle. That was his daughter.

Email from great-grandson William Xavier Andrews:

John, I audio recorded a conversation with Rufus Owenby around 1977 or 8 when I was doing a story on Silver Springs for the Daily Herald. He had a lot to say about a young black man by the name of Tom (I can't remember his last name but it is on the tape if I can ever find it).

Tom and his wife lived in the Verona area of Marshall County and some members of the Knights of the White Camilia periodically gang raped his young wife. As he told me the story, one day when they came for his wife, Tom ambushed them with a shotgun, shooting out the eye of a Liggett (can't rememer his first name) and shooting up the arm of another. The names are all on the tape. Apparently Tom hid out for several days and sent his wife to stay with relatives - I believe in Fayetville. Rufus told me that greatgrandfather Nicholas Andrews was hiding Tom out while the Knights (like the KKK) were looking for him. According to Rufus, our greatgrandfather told the men that he knew why Tom ambushed them and that he would not be a part of their vigilante justice. Despite this help, Tom was eventually discovered and taken to Berlin Hill and lynched. It was around 1900 and Rufus showed me what remained of the dead tree stump where his father took him to see the tree not long after the lynching. Because of the long list of names of those involved in the rape and because many of their decendents were still around the Berlin area, Rufus made me promise that I would not relate the story or write about it until after he died. He was 80 when I talked to him so I know he could no longer be around. Until I can find the tape, I won't be able to do much with the story. I've written about it somewhat in the Arrowhead Field but, as I told you, I have only had time to type up one chapter on the wordprocessor from an almost undecipherable script from pencil (the way I wrote the book). With luck I'll find the tape.

I can remember one day when I was accompanying Milton Evans when he was squirrel hunting, he told me about the lynching of Tom in Berlin but, as I was so young, he didn't go into any details.

I don't think I have any pictures of Nicholas' house before it burned down but I can take some photos of the fireplaces. Perhaps you and I can take the kids over there to get the photos. I do have a great shot of the house at Silver Creek and I have a couple of B&W photos of the inside of Grandfather Andrews' store/postoffice. I'll see if I can find them for you when you get here in July.

Nicholas' granddaughter through his son Kenneth, Martha Thompson Andrews, said that Nicholas' horse was named Dimples and that Nicholas would ask the horse how many ears of corn he wanted and he would scrape his hoof on the ground for the number of ears he wanted.

When asked what Nicholas was like, Martha said that he favored his son W. L. over the others and W. L., Jr. and Sara over his other grandchildren. She said that W. L., Sr. had promised her father Kenneth 1/3 of his grocery business if he joined him in running the grocery store. She said that W. L. never gave Kenneth this, but said it might have been because W.L., Sr. died early.

Martha recalls living for about two years at Sally and Milton's house, a black family who lived on W.L. Andrews, Jr.s farm and milked the cows.

She said that William Vaughn Andrews' middle name was really Varney. His tombstone has a mason symbol on it.

She also confirmed that Nicholas' son, Bryant Andrews, did get his tongue stuck on a pipe and this caused his lisp.

William Lafayette Andrews, Jr. said that when he got home from the Army, Bryant met him at the train (?) station and he gave Bryant his long Army overcoat. Bryant never did very well financially and he said Bryant wore that coat everywhere after that.

Martha also said that Horace Andrews, the brother of Nicholas' father, built the corner kitchen cabinet that was in Nicholas' kitchen and then in Nicholas' grandaughter, Sara Andrews', kitchen when she died, the one that Bill and Claudia now have. Horace was Jones Andrews' second oldest child, William Vaughn Andrews was the oldest child.

The family graveyard, called the Liggett-Andrews Cemetary, is on a rise on Nicholas' farm on Route 431 between Lewisburg and Berlin where he, his wife, his son and others in the family are buried. The house on his farm continued standing until lightning hit it in the late 1990s or in 2000 and it burned down leaving only the two fireplaces standing. The two fireplaces were taken down July 29, 2002.

Interview with Grandaughter Sara Josephine Andrews, Spring 1999:

I had a beautiful childhood. I was saddened when my father died when I was 16. I had a long illness when I was in first grade in school. I had a fever and my grandparents from Illinois came down because they didn't think I would live and what thet did is hold a mirror over my mouth to see if i was breathing. They had a nurse from St. Thomas in Nashville come down to Lewisburg to look after me. And they put a nettle in there and if it closed up, I was living I guess. I came out of the coma and said I want a drink of water from grandpaw's (Nicholas) well.

Grandpaw's house used to be up on a hill but they've done something to the highway so that it isn't anymore - its level with the road. It was kind of L-shaped. The front of it had a parlor and a hall that went through there connected to a room they called the family room and my grandparents had a bed in there. They had a fireplace and they'd keep warm by the fireplace And they also had a stairway, not from the family room, and the girls would sleep up there at night. When i was little one time by myself, they let me sleep in the room where they slept. They called it a lounge bed. They had a twin bed and I sleep on it now. [Sara's nephew and his wife, John and Sue Andrews, were given this bed and a couple of Nicholas' dressers after Sara died in 2002 and they have slept on that bed ever since.] They had a veranda that went around the front of the house. They had a stairway left the hall in the back that went to the dormatory and the boys would sleep there.


And mother loved milk, so she asked Pappy Andrews [Nicholas], she said, "Will you let me have a cow?" So he did and we had 2 chickens and she milked that cow and we had the best whipped cream and strawberries were 10 cents a quart.

Well, I always thought he was partial to Bill and Sara. Well, your granddaddy was his favorite. His sister told me that.. My father was the baby, but your granddad was the oldest.

Daddy and my mother were in Cleveland, Ohio working and had a pretty good job and he called and told him that if he came home he'd give him a third of the grocery store, but he didn't. So Daddy came home and worked for him, but he never gave it. [Pause] It might have been because he died. I have no idea how long they worked together. I was never told that. But I remember where the grocery store was. I was born around the corner and it wasn't a grocery store then. The old bank, 1st National bank right there on the corner is part of the court house now. Ok, you go around that, that used to be called the Belfast Road. Well, right at end where the bank drive-in is there is the house I was born in.

Nicholas was out here saddling up Dimples, harnishing him I should say to the buggy. He's say, "Dimples, how many ears of corn do you want and the horse would use his hoof to scrape out the number of ears.

And mother and I were living in Columbia and we'd come to visit. There was a toll house down here on Franklin Road and Pappy would meet us at the train station and bring us back to the farm. And there was a toll house. I don't know how much you'd have to pay. William, do you remember that? Do you remember the toll house that was on Franklin Road?

And he was putting the harness on, hitching Dimples to the buggy when he died of a stroke.

I remember they brought him in and put him in that room. He died in the center bedroom.

William L. Andrews, Jr. never met any of Nicholas' brothers and Sisters.

Nicholas' grandson, William Lafayette Andrews, Jr., knew his grandfather better than his father, his father having died when he was only eight years old and his grandfather dying in 1934 when he was 17. William L. Andrews, Jr. told his wife Elizabeth Jane Early that at one time he got into trouble with his grandfather for throwing something in the living room of his house. Nicholas told his grandson to go out to the wood-shed and "get a hickery switch for me to whip you." His grandson brought back the switch and his grandfather said, "I could never whip you." He said his grandfather was very tender that way.

Feb. 17, 1910-the County Board of Education authorized the Chairman of the Board, Mr. S. T. Hardison to appoint a committee to receive plans and bids for motion of a schoolhouse at Old Berlin. April 4, 1910, the Committee of the Schoolhouse at Berlin consisted of N. G. Andrews, T. T. Hardison, and F. H. Gray submitted plans to estimate on building. The Board decided to appropriate $1,000 or as much to be needed to erect a school building at that place. The County Board was to furnish the same with seats. The school building was to be completed by July 15, 1910. On July 4, 1910, Mr. E. F. Liggett was elected principal and Miss Mary Gentry, assistant. The purchase of 40 desks for Berlin School was made at this meeting. Amoug the first group of students in 1910 were Kenneth Andrews and Bryant Andrews.

See, my grandfather had another farm down- I think he got it because somebody failed to pay it off or something- down, runs parallel with the highway going to Columbia here, but it's over in the hills, over to the left there. He rented it out for a long time to the Agnues, or maybe they were neighbors. I've forgotten. And then when Bryant finally did marry, of course that was way after my grandfather had died, he lived down there for awhile and then I don't know whatever happened to it. It was a hill farm so not a whole lot of acres I don't think.

I remember when I got out of the Army, Bryant never had much, and I had my old Army overcoat and I gave it to him and he wore it. He's the one, he had a slight lisp or something and they tell me that when he was a little boy – see, my grandfather had that shed that had a creamery and they sold the cream and had a separator that separated the cream from the milk, and then there was a water pump right in the center of it out there and it was all covered you see but it was open so in the cold weather it would get cold and that old handle on the pump would get cold too and I heard that he stuck his tongue on it and it froze to it and I bet when they pulled him off of it, it tore his tongue. (Martha Thompson said this story is true.)

JEA – So after your grandfather died, what did you say happened to his farm?

WLA – Well, when he died it was sold and all of the children got a little but, Sara and I got some. May have been $300 or $400 instead of $200.

JEA – Now the fireplaces in his home were so close together, was there a room between them?

WLA- He had a fireplace in the parlor; old houses used to have parlors –well, it was more of a company room to visit. And then the other side was a living room. There was a hall in between and two rooms upstairs, one called the "boy's upstairs" and the girls and it had different steps going up to them. In the dining room there was a fireplace. There was a hallway between the living room and the dining room and then a kitchen. (The fireplaces were torn down July 28, 2002.) Well, there were two hallways, a hallway going from the front door between the two fireplaces and then a hallway on the other side of the living room.

[Looking at Picture]

Here's my grandfather Bryant. That's my grandmother's father. He looks a little like Cullen Bryant, you know, the poet. That's my father; that's my Aunt Myrtle; and that's Uncle Kenneth and that's Aunt Lou and that's Bryant. She was only about 65 but looked older. But everybody did in those days.

When Grandpa (Nicholas) was a little boy, 6 or 7, maybe a little later, I think they lived on the edge of town up here. Actually, it was on the Old Columbia Highway I used to go… but it's right there before you get to the, not the new high school, the new high school too. They're all together now. It's an industrial school now. Nicholas lived there when he was a boy. Just when he was real young. It wasn't in town then. It was way out. I don't know if it was a farm or not, but they had some land. But I don't think it was a very big farm.

WLA – Margaret Cannon's son was in law school with me. He was interested in aviation law. He graduated after I did. And that's Elizabeth Derryberry's [Eddy Derryberry's mother] and John R. Andrews; that's the one I played with, and that's her children. She had 4 children.

JEA – So Anna Andrews was the daughter of Tennessee Tucker.


Jimmy was Nicholas Andrews' brother.

There's Cora Gray right there.

She [this woman who wrote Martha for family history] called Peggy, David's daughter. She lives in Murfreesboro. Her father was Elmer Douglas Andrews, son of Jimmy. Peggy told her to write me.

J.D. Andrews is Jimmy Andrews.

Cunningham Cemetery between Berlin and Verona.

That's Uncle Bryant and Daddy when they were in school in old Berlin in 1910.

Uncle Bryant never had any children of his own but he loved them. He didn't marry until real late in life.




I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL WHEN MY PARENTS LIVED IN SALLY AND MILTON'S HOUSE. I'M 84 YEARS OLD. THAT WAS 1934. THEY PROBABLY LIVED THERE A COUPLE OF YEARS. AND THIS WAS A MILE AND ˝ FROM TOWN, SO IT WAS KIND OF like the country. . And mother loved milk, so she asked Pappy Andrews [Nicholas], she said, "Will you let me have a cow?" So he did and we had 2 chickens and she milked that cow and we had the best whipped cream and strawberries were 10 cents a quart. 
Family links: 
  William Varney Andrews (1824 - 1901)
  Tennessee Tucker Andrews (1827 - 1909)
  Sara Elizabeth Bryant Andrews (1860 - 1928)*
  Myrtle Ada Bryant Andrews Harris (1878 - 1952)*
  Ader M. Andrews (1879 - 1880)*
  William Lafayette Andrews (1885 - 1924)*
  Jones B. Andrews (1886 - 1886)*
  Anna Lou Andrews Hendrix (1889 - 1970)*
  Roy Bryant Andrews (1891 - 1949)*
  Kenneth Allen Andrews (1897 - 1971)*
  James Andrews (____ - 1886)*
  Jane Andrews (1853 - 1866)*
  Nicholas Green Andrews (1854 - 1934)
  George A. Andrews (1859 - 1864)*
  James D Andrews (1861 - 1925)*
  Anna McDora Andrews Andrews (1864 - 1937)*
  Cora L. Andrews Gray (1868 - 1905)*
  Ada Peay Andrews (1868 - 1869)*
*Calculated relationship
Andrews-Liggett Cemetery
Marshall County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Susan Sullivan and John ...
Record added: Jun 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70919172
Nicholas Green Andrews
Added by: Susan Sullivan and John Early Andrews
Nicholas Green Andrews
Added by: Susan Sullivan and John Early Andrews
Nicholas Green Andrews
Added by: Susan Sullivan and John Early Andrews
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