The Road To Hooker's Bend



The Road to Hooker's Bend, Tennessee

Allen & Watson Families
  Hardin County, Tennessee

Kyle, Russell, Story, Wade, Whitlow


Fesmire, Hughes, Paine, Rogers, Swift, Thomas, Williams



Hughes, Paine

McLemore, Thornberry



  McDowell, Watson

     Hooker's Bend, Tennessee, located in Hardin County, on the road from Saltillo to Savannah, is a small, unincorporated area.   It seems no one knows how the community got it's name, and if you are not familiar with the area, you will unknowingly pass it by.  No sign alerts you to the fact that you have arrived in Hooker's Bend.  No sign notifies you that you have left.   But those of us who have ties to The Bend know, for it is where the heart and spirit of our families live.  For me, it is also special because it is where my love for family history and genealogy began.  

     The narrow, winding road that leads to Hooker's Bend is very much like the path my ancestors traveled when they left their homes in other parts of this new country, to settle in beautiful, rolling hills of West Tennessee.  Like many other pioneers, they came seeking adventure, prosperity,  happiness, and contentment.  It is my hope and belief that most of them found those things and more.

     To understand what made the early pioneers settle in this part of West Tennessee, you must experience it.  Go to Savannah or Saltillo and stand on the bank of the Tennessee to watch the cool, blue waters of the river go by;  walk the wooded paths the early settlers walked;  visit the cemeteries where our early pioneers are buried.  While you are there, if you listen very closely, the wind will whisper the hopes, dreams, adventures, and tragedies of those pioneers to you.  Be prepared to be spellbound.  You will understand, then, why my family, and many other families, came to, settled on, and fell in love with this beautiful area of Tennessee; and you will understand why we, as descendants, continue to love and be drawn to Hardin County, Tennessee.

Map Location of Hooker's Bend                                       



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Genealogy                    Bible Records

    Obituaries        Wills

Churches, Cemeteries

Bethel Presbyterian Church and Cemetery, York Co., SC
The Old Watson Cemetery located in Hardin County, Tennessee
Oakland Methodist Church and Cemetery
Portageville, Missouri Cemetery

Old Homeplaces


 Those were the days.... School Photos
Hardin County Schools - Teachers - 1935


Most Wanted    The Illusive Hughes Family
                                            Silas and Amanda Hughes  

And then there was Uncle Jack!

Uncle Jack - the Outlaw and Lawman

       Reenactment of the Shooting of Jack Watson

                                Uncle Jack's Monument Unveiled                             


                Act to Create Mt. Etna

         West Tennessee Photos
               From the Private Collection of Richmond Powers   

                Family Photo Album

                Photo Memories of Trumann, AR & Hooker's Bend, TN
                from the album of  Pauline Allen Watson 1930's and 1940's

More memories of Pauline Allen Watson
taken from her scrapbook kept in the Early Thirties

Saltillo Community Fair Book - 1941


Biographies and Family tales          Newspaper Articles

Old Letters                Contacts          Favorite Quotes and other Musings

Pinson, Madison County, Tennessee

The Families of Hookers Bend

  Reflections of the Past
The Book Press
Drinking from the Saucer
Return to Hardin County
Grandma's Apron
If You Could See Your Ancestors

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