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George M. REDD family.  They lived at the foot of the Ridge in the Foster Holler in the PoGrab Community.

 John Roberts  FOSTER (1827-1897) and wife, 
Mary Elizabeth Nichols FOSTER (1832-1905)

The FOSTER Brothers
Front left to right: Golie A. , William R. , Nuton J. , 
Back: Robert L. , John A.  and James W. 

John Wiseman BLEDSOE
1825-1877
hillsman
Hillsman  BLEDSOE
1846-1910

Dora BLEDSOE
1884-1937

Barbara E. WRIGHT 
at age 16

Lottie Brantley Wright, wife of Phil J. WRIGHT

Isabella Armstrong GAMMILL

Hurbert WRIGHT

William B.  Prosser
Born about 1861
He was the son of Grover and Mary Ann Rose PROSSER
(Original is a tintype)

James Franklin Wright & Willie Etta Armstrong WRIGHT

James Franklin WRIGHT
1860-1933

 WRIGHT Family
Taken 1929 in Chestnut Ridge
Photo Contributor: Julia Wright Molitz

Phil Jackson WRIGHT
circa 1916

Sarah Elizabeth Wagster REDD
1853-1943

Joshua Benton KING 1846-1923
and wife 
Elizabeth Alveston HILL KING 1842-1919
Pleasant Henderson FREEMAN homeplace
(circa 1930) located just below the Ridge on Poor Grab Road
(Description of this farm and house)

Nancy Catherine Rees FREEMAN 1859-1921
with her grandson, William Roy FREEMAN 
Top Left: 
Fred Mullins, Dee Murray, Bruce Reese, Hopson Turpin, Ivy Womble, Doug Petty, Walter Thomas, Neil Womble, Ernest Turpin, Willis Wilkes, Gilford Freeman, Travis Petty, 
Old man with beard: unknown, 
Ike Allen

 

2nd Row from Top: 
Ewen Thomas, Amos McNatt, Guy Murrey, Little girl: Crystal Lee Allen, 3rd lady with black hat: Jessie Petty, Newt Reynolds, Ruby Reese, Alice McNatt, Lois Wilkes, Teacher: Lucille Woodard, Girl with big hat next to sign: Miss_______Mullins, Julia Womble, Myrtle Petty, ______Allen, ________Mullins, Tall lady with white hat and black ribbon: Mrs. Cashion
3rd Row from Top: 
Mary Wilkes, Pearl Murrey, Youngest girl of ______Allen, Lawson Wilkes, Guy Murrey, 

Under sign: Oscar Murrey, Eular Warren, Farris Allen, Lula Wilkes, girl: Sue Freeman, boy: unknown, Mary Womble, _____Allen

 


Home

Pleasant Henderson Freeman Homeplace and Farm (As told by Charles Lee Redd)

By today's standards the house was huge, both in terms of square footage and ceilings height.  The property was really a compound. It contained the house, a smoke house, a small chicken hatchery, two large chicken houses and a garage.  Across the road was another garage, the large barn and a spring house.  Behind the house was a root cellar and beside the house was a well.  Most everything is gone now.  The well, the root cellar, the across the road garage, the barn and the spring house are still there but in poor shape and probably will not last too much longer.

No bathroom in the house - outside toilet. The house was two story in the front.  There were two huge bedrooms on the second floor and an equally large bedroom on the first floor.  The entrance door was large and ornate with glass on the top half. In the center of the door was a mechanical door bell that consisted of an ornate lever surrounded with carvings .  Pull the lever down and the bell rang.  We used to drive my Mom crazy with that bell.  

Immediately inside this door to the right front was an entrance hallway and a stair case to the second floor bedrooms. Immediately to the right was the first floor bedroom.  This bedroom had a mantle, a fireplace and a closet.  I think this was the only closet in the entire house but the rooms were large enough to contain chiffoniers or chifforobes with space left over.  At the end of the entrance hallway to the left was the living room.  It also contained a mantel and fire place. Off the living room was a huge dinning room with sixteen foot high ceilings.  Above the ceiling was a belfry that contained a large dinner bell and a pull chain that extended below the ceiling.  That bell could be heard all over the valley and ringing it usually resulted in a neighbor telephone call inquiring if everything was okay.  

The phones in those days were party lines and one call informed all.   The kitchen was equally as large with a huge wood stove and a pantry.  There was also a wrap a round back porch with a washroom. The house had piping for gas light illumination.  By the time we moved there the house had been electrified and they were no longer in use but the fixtures were present.  The gas required was produced by using manure.  In the yard away from the house was a round vat like structure partially buried in the ground.  Manure from the barn ect was placed in this vat and a air tight lid was placed over the vat.  The decomposition of the manure produced methane gas the same as our modern day land fills produce methane.  The gas was piped into the house and the result was gas lights.  

There were large oak trees (mostly all gone now) in the large front yard with a stone oriental fence with wrought iron gates.  In the rear of the house was a place for a vegetable garden and an apple, peach and pear orchard.  When this house was build it was state of the art and beautiful.  The photograph bears this out.  It was not insulated however and as such was cold and difficult to heat.  It unfortunately was built on square stone supports that were not cemented together and they had the tendency to come apart.  

I was raised there.  My Dad, Massey Redd owned the farm and it was always referred to as the "Freeman Place".  We lived there until my Dad bought the store on the Ridge.  We then moved to the house behind the store.   The Freeman Place burnt many years ago.