of a Local Historian
More than a hundred years ago
called that you should leave your woe,
life of hardship borne with pride,
say not so, would I have lied?
progeny now write to me,
proof they want of when you died,
not on tombstones, I confide.
wooden crosses long decayed,
common rocks placed on the graves,
the Poor House dead,
now a lake is found instead.
name however flowed in ink.
county records have the link,
for when the county paid,
have the Poor House coffins made.
truth I send your progeny,
to them, who now deny
kin, nor hear the Poor House cry.
cheers to those accepting you,
their lines of blood so blue,
spite of where you met your end,
make the Poor House wear a grin.
Callicott Douglass, librarian, historian, and genealogist,
is Head of Special Collections in the Williamson County Public
Library, Franklin, Tennessee. She is the reviewer of memoirs and
autobiography for the Library Journal. She published a bi-monthly
column in the Sunday Williamson Herald, Two Hundred
Years Ago in Williamson County, April-December, 2006. She
had a poem about the Civil War published in the online periodical
Combat: The Literary Expression of Battlefield Touchstones,
July 2005, and she published an article in Americas Civil
War, March 1996. Dorris has published various historical articles
in the Williamson County Historical Society Journal since 1980,
for which she won the award for best article in 1985. She has
held various chapter and state offices in the DAR and the USD1812
(Daughters of the War of 1812) since 1974. She is also in Whos
Who of American Women.