Oh John, thank you so much for that discription of the store! What wonderful memories you must have growing up there. I recall seeing a picture of that very store in some of my grandmother's old photo's. I do not have the photo but
I did see it several times. Grandmomma and I used to pull out the picture books and go through them everytime I came to visit I think.
I can see where Nancy would have been a useful person to have around. Knowing the Baynes family as I do... well I surmise that her assests were the reason she was staying with them.
I recall a family story that I heard one time. When the Yankee's came through Nutbush (the community in Haywood County where they lived, and yes it's also famous for being the childhood home of the singer Tina Turner) they were going to burn John and Sarah's crops. John was a school teacher as well as a farmer (He was called Master Jack). One of the slaves talked the Yankee's out of NOT burning the crops and the buildings. My daddy was named Jack after him.
I do not know very much about Sarah Lea's family. In my family her name was spelled Lee and they tried to lay claim that they were a kin to you guessed Robert E. Lee. I discovered the discrepancy when I started doing the