Category Archives: Tennessee History

Henry Clay Comes for Visit

In looking at family history, sometimes only a fleeting glimpse of a person appears that illuminates their lives. One such story deals with Aduella Price Norvell (born May 23, 1820 -died September 1909 in Petersburg, Virginia).  Aduella was the daughter of … Continue reading

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A Death in Havana

Americans traveled far more in the 19th century than we globe trotters of the 21st think.  Death at sea was quite common, either from ship wreck, under mysterious circumstances, or illness.   Once such death happened to Joshua Norvell. Joshua … Continue reading

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Nashville — December 1864

In 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood moved north into Tennessee in an attempt to engage General William T. Sherman. Hood marched to Nashville to capture the Union supply depot. Unfortunately for the Henry L. Norvell family, their plantation “Leafy … Continue reading

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Citizen Soldiers

  In teaching a course on Gettysburg this fall, I have come to think a lot about the citizen soldier. Several generations of the Norvells in my family served our nation, many finding themselves in the front lines: — Lipscomb … Continue reading

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A Civil War Mother

All but two of Isabella Hodgkiss Freeman Norvell’s eight sons served in the Union forces.  Isabella was the third wife of Michigan Senator John Norvell (1789-1850). Barry Norvell , a civil engineer, died of yellow fever in 1858, aboard the … Continue reading

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Leafy Lot Plantation and the War Between the States

In the 1840s Henry Laurence Norvell and his bride, Laura Jane Sevier Norvell, took possession of their new farm. Henry was the eldest son of Moses Norvell, an early Nashville newspaper publisher, banker, and politician. Laura Jane Sevier was the … Continue reading

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Escape at Goliad

William Lawrence Norvell, son of Joshua Norvell and Catherine Crist Norvell was born March 1813 and died before 1900 in New York City. With the death of his mother in 1814, he was given to the care of his uncle … Continue reading

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Lipscomb Norvell – Rev War Soldier

LIPSCOMB NORVELL (born, Hanover County, Virginia, September 1756 -died in Nashville, Tennessee March 2, 1843) entered the Continental Army on August 7, 1777. He fought in the Battles of Brandywine, Trenton, and Monmouth. He was taken prisoner by the British … Continue reading

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The Nine Sons of Lt Lipscomb Norvell

William Walker, the Dictator of Nicaragua in 1857, the son of Mary Norvell Walker, was clearly influenced by his family and drawn to politics – he would later become a military leader. During the early 19th century, his family in … Continue reading

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My Cousin the Dictator of Nicaragua

Actually, he was my first cousin 3 times removed to be precise. Thus he was my great grandfather’s first cousin. How many people can make that statement? Further he was executed by a firing squad in 1860 in Honduras. On … Continue reading

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