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February 28, 2013

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Closing my eyes and listening to your girls singing with the echoes of the past and future mingling together....reading your posts about that lovely, lonely church - oh my!!!

Thank you for this blog of yours.

I didn't see Ed's Ammons post till just a little while ago but, It was great Tipper! Well said and the metaphor about the dried four leaf clover was so meaningful. Maybe he will see this.

It is sad that the little Lufty Church could not whisper its story to you. Maybe it is shy and afraid of all the strangers around you. No, not your children! Their songs brought back many memories of happier times when people sang and children played on the hill where now mostly strangers visit. It remembers a time when it was the center of a thriving little community. Where folks met to worship and remain long after to exchange news of the day or maybe even gossip a bit. To find out how the corn is doing or where the best blackberries are or whose sow has a litter and will soon pigs for sale.
The little Lufty Church was once the heart, but the body it served is almost gone. Only a quickly vanishing few of its familiar faces visit now. As the former parishioners fade away, so does the soul of the church pass into eternity. Its life is draining rapidly away. It is soon to become solely an exhibit of the National Park Service. A fossil! Like a four leafed clover folded up in a book. Faded and brittle. Such a sad ending to such an extraordinary life.
I think if you went back there alone sometime, completely alone, you would get to story you want. It might not be the story you wanted to hear, but the story the little Lufty Church has to tell.

Sometimes centering in on a specifice idea or name is not a bad thing, but as you brought out these family names are relatively common and represent family lines. I really enjoyed the girls' singing. Thanks for sharing it.

Tipper,
I have enjoyed all the blogs and
comments about life in the Lufty
Basin. Those beautiful girls of
yours singing helps to relieve
the hardships of the past. I'm
probably related to some of the
names mentioned earlier because
my daddy and mama once lived in
the town of Bushnell, before the
Fontana Dam Project...Ken

Great series Tipper, we have really enjoyed it. Your girls just keep getting better and better! The picture of the door in this post really intrigued me. Makes me wonder about about all of the people who passed through it and if the door was ever really locked. Thanks for reminding us how lucky that Appalachia is our home!

Tipper, genealogy would take days to write for the names listed for the church. The Lambert names are in my family. They are mixed up with the rest names. If you go back to the Childers Blog. Berthy and Thomas Childers are on the list of Ocona Lufty Church members.
I’m surprised no one had an article on the Smoky Mountain Turnpike Road Book head of Oconalufty River heading to Tennesse belonging to Robert Collins. This book contains the names of the workers with their names, male and female personal accounts. These pages have at the top, List of men working on the Smoky Mountain Road by Indians.
List of Squaws on the Road. The squaws is a Cherokee Indian woman.
List of Little Boys.
There is two columns of names and after each name is a ( / ) mark for one days work. 1 days work was 25 cents.
They could take it out in the store. List shows on October 15, 1836 each person was paid one pair shoes ($2.25 and one pair socks .75 cents.) They were paid any where from 6 ½ to .50 cents.
Their names are in Cherokee. One Date was March 5, 6, and 7.
Some of the women would have 38 marks. Some pages would have 67 marks.
One these pages I found my second, third and fourth great grandfathers and mothers, along with their sons and daughters.

Robert Collins was to receive the “ toll” on the Oconalufty Turnpike, and keep it in repair.
(Have more but to long.)
This is courtesy of the Museum Of the Cherokee Indians.

Mercy! How meaningful can you get, Tipper? Like Ethelene said so poetically, you hit the nail of the head! Well Ethelene did not say that exactly, but she allows a person to talk in their own strange way. So that is my way of taken' today - about your wonderful summary!

Eva Nell

Wonderful Post Tipper..

Tipper,
I enjoyed the videos of the girls singing...they are getting better and better.
The stories of the Lufty Baptist church and history were so interesting. For the most part when one parked they stayed parked in the mountains for generations...even the "PARK" couldn't take home from all of us.
As bad as it seems to some. I am sort of glad for the preservation.
At least one can go back and hear home and see pieces of family history. I shiver to think it could have all been askewed with steel buildings, after cabins were long gone and full of fume filled autos, and home gardens full of black oily pavement...shudder, shudder...We need to support at least that portion of home in the mountains.
Thanks Tipper,

I have really enjoyed learning about Lufty Baptist church and the people there. I'm not sure if there is a connection or not but my grandmother was a Jenkins and from what I can tell came out of the Robbinsville area. I have not been able to find much about her family.

Tipper, You've waxed poetic in your prose as you've told of the deep impression the Lufty Church visit made on you. Those "ties that bind" can be so strong at times they seem visible when they're invisible,
and encircling when no cords seem physically present to draw. Thanks for the entire series on the Lufty Baptist Church! I identify--and especially enjoyed seeing those Collins names!

Love this!

Back to the names: I wonder how many given names came from the Bible. I had a great aunt, Tamer Stonecypher Davis. When I was a teenager, I asked my mother where did Aunt Tamer get her name. She said the Bible.

Tipper , I have loved your whole look at Lufty Baptist Church and it's people , our people, mountain people . In today's post you captured us in word. Larry Proffitt

Thank you for the series. It certainly helped me realize my ties to to the area, and I'm very proud of those ties. I agree with Bradley. You and your family are very special.

Enjoyed the whole series of stories, you done a fine job, also enjoyed the girls music, great acoustics, can you imagine if the Church house was full, bet you could hear them folks singing a mile away...

I know the feelings that old churches, old cemeteries and old schools can inspire. I wish some in my area could tell their stories.

Nice post today Tipper. I remember many years ago my brother and I heard this new guy sing on the car radio. we were going to town one Saturday morning. I hope you don't think I'm bragging but, I told my brother that this guy was going to be special; I just had an a feeling. That is the same feeling I had when first reading your blog and your book. Oh, by the way, that guy was Elvis Presley (one "S"). "Heartbreak Hotel" was the song!

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