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John & Tabeathy


A-4-51 Tabeathy Celestia Lewter, also known as Lessie , daughter of Henry Robert Lewter and Sarah Hamey Jennings,  was born on 19 Jan 1856 in Tennessee. She died on 22 Jun 1932 in Elkton, Giles County, Tennessee. She was buried in Elkton Cem., Elkton, Giles Co., Tennessee. She married John James Broadway son of Andrew Broadway and Malinda Ingram. She was born on 24 Oct 1849 in Wayne County, Tennessee. He died on 30 Dec 1937 in Elkton, Giles County, Tennessee. He was buried in Elkton Cem., Elkton, Giles Co., Tn..  John James Broadway and Tabeathy Celestia Lewter were married on 02 Jan 1873 in Giles County, Tennessee. They  had the following children:


A-5-98 Bunion Broadway.


A-5-99 John Broadway.


A-5-100 Gene Broadway was born in May 1893.


A-5-101 Mary Ellen Broadway was born on 19 Mar 1874 in Lincoln County, Tennessee. She married John Monroe Emerson on 17 Feb 1902 in Lincoln County, Tennessee. She died on 20 Aug 1951 in Athens, Limestone Co., Alabama. She was buried on 21 Aug 1951 in Athens City Cem., Athens,

Limestone Co., Alabama.


A-5-102 Anna Broadway was born on 15 Dec 1876. She died on 04 Oct 1938. She was buried in Elkton Cemetery, Elkton, Giles County, Tennessee.


A-5-103 Eve Broadway was born in 1877.


A-5-104 Wesley Presley Broadway was born on 12 Aug 1878. He died on 27 Sep 1917. He was buried in Elkton Cem., Elkton, Giles Co., Tennessee.


A-5-105 Allie Broadway was born on 11 Oct 1884. He died on 26 Jan 1969. He was buried in Elkton Cemetery, Elkton, Giles County, Tennessee.


Notes for John James Broadway:


1860 Census, Giles County, Tn.

(No idea of Dist. #, but from other families listed it would appear to be of the Elkton area)

Andrew Broadway 35 M Farmer 258 Tn

Malinda 32 F Tn

George W. 12 M Tn

William D. 11 M Tn

John J. 8 M Tn

Andrew T. 5 M Tn

Jesse N. 2 M Tn

Ruth Hughes 67 F SC


1880 Census, Giles Co., Tn

177 Broadway, John W M 28 Farm Hand Tn Tn Tn

                         Lussy W F 27 Wife Tn Tn Tn

                         Mary W F 6 Dau. - - -

                         Anna W F 4 - - - -

                         Evan W F 3 - - - -

                         Wesley W M 2 Son - - -


1900 Census, Dist. 71, Civil Dist. 17, Lincoln County, Tn. 9 June 1900, Page 4B

71 71 Broadway, John Head W M Oct. 1848 50 md 27 yrs Tn. Tn. Tn. Farmer

                             Leasay Wife W F Jan. 1853 47 md 27 11 8 Tn. Tn. Tn.

                             Mary Dau. W F Mar.1874 26 wid. 1 1 Tn. Tn. Tn.

                             Anna L. Dau. W F Nov. 1876 23 S Tn. Tn. Tn.

                             Eva (?) Dau. W F Apr. 1879 21 S Tn. Tn. Tn.

                             Alli Son W M Oct. 1883 17 S Tn. Tn. Tn.

                             James Son W M Apr. 1887 13 S Tn. Tn. Tn.

                             Benjamin Son W M Apr. 1888 12 S Tn. Tn. Tn.

                            Genie Son W M May 1893 7 S Tn. Tn. Tn.

                            Collin Gr-Son W M July 1894 5 S Tn. Tn. Tn.

            Luter, Sallie Mother-in-law W F Apr. 1832 68 wid. Tn. Tn. Tn. Taking care of self.


Notes for Mary Ellen Broadway:


Mary Ellen Emerson granddaughter of Henry R. and Sara Hamey Lewter

I am sorry to say I have never met any of my Lewter Kin except for my

grandmother, Mary Ellen Broadway Emerson. She is the daughter of Lessie

Lewter Broadway and John Broadway. The granddaughter of Henry R. Lewter

and Sara Hamey Lewter.


My family moved from Alabama to Georgia when I was 6 years old so we did not see my Granny Emerson often. She died in 1951 when I was 13 years old. My memories of her are very vivid. I thought she was a beautiful lady. She had the thickest silver hair you could image, worn up in a bun as the fashion was in those days. She had poor eyesight at her age but continued to crochet fine delicate scarves for her home.


My most vivid memory was her sitting by the fireplace churning butter. She had wooden molds with a design which would be on top of the butter when tuned out of the mold. Her butter was creamy white and was delicious.


My family lived in town, so this was a very special treat for us from the store bought margarine. Granny was tall and slender. They had their large meal of the day at noon, but for her supper, she always wanted home made biscuits with syrup and strong black coffee she made herself. Two of my treasured items are one of her bonnets she wore every day and a small hand sewed pillow she used. My dad was the youngest child, being the only son. His four older sisters really spoiled him. His name was Rossie, pronounced Ross-ie. I noticed there have been others in the Lewter line with this name as well.


Mary Ellen Broadway married John Monroe Emerson in 1902. They lived in Giles County, Tn. for s a short time and then moved to Athens, Al. The only house I remember them living in was 405 Chestnut Street in Athens. They lived there when she died in 1951. The house and land was owned by the Emerson family until 1995. I noticed that Glenda Lunn's father also lived on this Street at one time. Glenda wrote a book about our Lewter family. There were several Lewter families living in Limestone County during these years so maybe they lived near each other.


The house on Chestnut Street covered the entire block and had a brick side

walk from the road to the house. I found records showing the house was

originally built by slaves by the first owner, James Fraser. He built a large

room onto the back of the house where his daughters taught school. Later,

I understand there was a girl's school across the street. During the Civil

War, the Union Army camped on this land owned by the Fraser's.


I would be interest to know if any other Lewter's lived near them on Chestnut Street.


By Nada Whittigton