DAR members meet
Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 8:02 pm
The Jacob Flournoy Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently met in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walt Goodman.
Serving as hostesses were Ellen Petty and Phyllis Simmons. Mary Harris served as program leader. Pastries, spiced tea and juice were served.
Mike Alexander was the guest speaker. He gave a very informative talk on Henry Ashburn Tyler.
Tyler was born April 2, 1838, in Hickman County, Ky., in the part that is now Fulton County, Ky. His great-grandfather was United States Army Capt. Robert Tyler. He came to Kentucky with Squire Boone, brother of Daniel Boone, in 1769. They made the first settlement in Shelby County, Ky., called Tyler Station. It was located five miles east of present day Shelbyville, Ky. H.A. Tyler’s grandfather, Robert Tyler Jr., moved to what is now Fulton County from Shelby County, Ky., in 1826. In addition to Robert Tyler Jr. were his wife and their 10 children. Their son, Austin Tyler, was the father of Henry Ashburn Tyler.
Henry Tyler graduated from Bethel College at McKenzie in 1858. He studied law under G.C. Catlette in Hickman, Ky. The 1860 Census shows Henry Tyler as being 22 and an attorney.
In 1861, H.A. Tyler and his older brother, Robert Tyler, enlisted as privates in Co. L 5th Tennessee Infantry Regiment under Capt. John A. Lauderdale. They took part in the Battles of Belmont, Mo., in which Robert Tyler was killed. Robert Tyler was the first fatality of the war from Fulton County on Nov. 7, 1861.
Capt. Henry Tyler later served under Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was at Gainesville, Ala., as well as other battles. After the Battle of Shiloh, Henry Tyler’s one-year enlistment ended and he went back home to Fulton County. He raised a company of mounted troops there for the Confederacy.
The Confederate Veteran magazine stated Capt. Henry Tyler was mentioned more times for gallantry in action than any other officer serving in the Confederate cause. He surrendered his commendation on May 11, 1865.
On April 2, 1868, Capt. Henry Tyler married Betty Fawlkes of Dyer County. They had three sons, two of which, along with his wife, preceded him in death.
He was an active member of the United Confederate Veterans and was elected commander of the Forrest Calvary Corps, with the rank of lieutenant general.
In 1878, during the yellow fever epidemic, he donated his residence in Hickman to be used as a hospital and was made chairman of the relief committee.
Capt. Henry Tyler served as mayor of Hickman, two terms in the Kentucky Senate and as judge of the Kentucky Supreme Court.
The Hickman chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was named in Robert Tyler’s memory. The Hickman City Cemetery’s Archway bears Henry Tyler’s and Robert Tyler’s names. Henry Tyler pledged $5,000 toward the construction of the Confederate memorial.
Capt. Henry Tyler donated a school in west Hickman named Tyler School. The school is now Strong Funeral Home.
Capt. Tyler served as president of a bank in Hickman, owned a saw mill and wagon manufacturing company, served as an attorney for the N.C. & St. Louis Railroad and was a race horse breeder.
He had electricity run from Hickman to his home, Oakwood. Mrs. Goodman said for that reason Oakwood is still on city electricity. At that time, State Road, now Highway 94, was a dirt road. Capt. Henry Tyler had the road graveled 31⁄2 miles from his home to Hickman. It was said he did not want to run his car in the mud. Henry Tyler died at his home, Oakwood, on April 26, 1915.
Capt. Tyler and his son, Robert, gave the largest donation ever received by the Masonic Orphans Home in Louisville by will in 1924. The home was willed $313,000 in cash, Capt. Tyler’s farm of 327 acres and Oakwood.
Oakwood, which is believed to date somewhere around late 1800s to 1903, is the present day home of Mr. and Mrs. Goodman.
The business meeting was opened with the DAR Ritual. Elaine Allen filled in for regent Sallie Ferguson.
Ramona Moon led the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Officer reports were given and Rose Oliver gave a report on her tour of homes near Lexington, Ky., that were opened as a fundraiser for Duncan Tavern, a Kentucky DAR museum.
Lora James, DAR Service for Veterans officer, gave a report on final plans to honor veterans at Haws Rehab and Nursing Home in Fulton. It will be on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at Haws. In addition to member of the Jacob Flournoy DAR chapter, the South Fulton Elementary School choir, under the direction of Greg Sinclair, will present a program. This will be open to the public and DAR members encourage all veterans to attend.
The next meeting will be held Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.
Published in The Messenger 10.29.12