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 Mary <I>French</I> Hiatt

Mary French Hiatt

Death 21 Mar 1898 (aged 84)
Burial Renfro Valley, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 5863341 · View Source
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Although her given name was Mary, she used the name "Polly" which everyone knew her as. In later years she gained the nickname "Aunt Polly".

Married at an extremely young age to William Peaslie Hiatt, who chose her at random off the street to propose to after his first wife passed away. They had a small and primitive plantation in Renfro Valley, KY. In 1865, her husband was found dead in the plantation's log-storage barn, under mysterious circumstances.

Mary Hiatt ran the small and primitive plantation by herself until her own death in 1898. The original location of the house was just across the road where part of Lake Linville currently exists. When I-75 was built, the lake was dammed in such a way that the old Hiatt Plantation would be flooded and the house destroyed, so John Lair acted fast to save the house and transport it across the street to its present location next to the Renfro Valley Barn Dance tourist attraction. The house is widely regarded to be haunted.

Bio by: Jeffrey Scott Holland

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  • Created by: James Cope
  • Added: 20 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5863341
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary French Hiatt (16 Oct 1813–21 Mar 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5863341, citing Hiatt Cemetery, Renfro Valley, Rockcastle County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by James Cope (contributor 34771747) .