Part VII of Volume II of The Pamplin Family and Connections consists of the
reproduction in its entirety of Lily May Pamplin's little book of
reminiscences, the first edition of which was privately published in 1962.
Her book, "affectionately dedicated to the memory of my father, Andrew
Jackson Pamplin and his children and his mother," is written in a style
that is refreshing in its simplicity and complete absence of
Lily May lived as a child in the home of her father's mother, along with
her father and her older sisters and brother. Her grandparents, Levina
Frances Phoebe Bates Pamplin and Micajah Childs Pamplin (No. 19, pages
124-126, and Vol. I, pages 139-159) were the parents of eight children
who produced for them 63 grandchildren, of whom Lily May was the youngest.
Micajah Childs Pamplin died in 1863, and for the next 30 years, until her
own death in 1893, Levina Frances Phoebe Bates Pamplin was the reigning
matriarch of this numerous family, and her home the gathering place of the
whole extended clan. Lily May was a shrewd and observant child, and she
retained throughout her long lifetime (she died at the age of 96) a vivid
memory not only of her own youthful exploits, but also of family affairs
of grown-up significance that swirled about her and to which she attached
her own childish interpretation.
In the little vignettes Lily May Pamplin paints of everyday
activities--raising crops, playing games, storytelling, going to a
one-room school, helping poor neighbors, courting, playing pranks, and
just plain having fun--she captures and brings to life a warm, vibrant
picture of a childhood untouched by such newfangled inventions as the
automobile, the telephone, electrical gadgets--and nuclear warheads.
Instead, to make life interesting, she had her multitudinous kinfolk and
the hills and hollows of her Tennessee home.
Lily May Pamplin was born in Mimosa, Lincoln County, Tennessee on May 12,
1884, the sixth child of Andrew Jackson Pamplin and his wife Mary Etta
Victoria Pamplin. She married first in 1909 to Robert E. Lee, by whom she
had four children, only one of whom, Laverna Lee Roseman, is living (in
1986). Her second marriage was to George Weaver Trueblood. Lily May
Pamplin was a member of the Mormon Church, and lived most of her adult
life in Salt Lake City. She died there on January 20, 1981
Welcome to Bucksnort, Tennessee
Bucksnort, Tennessee, got its name from William ("Buck") Pamplin, a
brother of McCager Armpstead Pamplin, my father's father. Before the
Civil War, William owned and lived on the site that later became
It was like this: William loved whiskey. He would get soused to the ears
with the sweet, smelly stuff, and when he did, he would roar and snort
till everyone around heard him. They would say: "Just listen to Buck
snort." His snorting became so frequent and the comment was made so
often, that the neighbors soon found themselves running the last two words
together, thus the place was called Bucksnort.
In the course of time, a post office was needed. The Government wanted to
know what name the community wished to be known by. Since William still
owned and lived on the site, and since he still kept up his snorting, the
neighbors and near-by farmers decided on Bucksnort. It was approved by
the Government and the first post office and surrounding community became
To be continued . . .