This Bible record was published in Tennessee Records,
Bible Records and Marriage Bonds, Compiled by Jeannette
Tillotson Acklen, Nashville, TN, 1933, p 144-5.
Below this line, is verbatim from source, except for minor
From the Bible of Joseph McMinn, who was Governor of the state
from 1815 to 1821, and at whose grave in the cemetery at Calhoun, Tenn., the
state of Tennessee has erected a marble shaft; we have copied the following
Joseph McMinn, son of Robert and Sarah McMinn, born June 22,
West Chester, Pa., and married to his wife Hannah Cooper, May 9, 1785, she
being the daughter of James and Rosanna Cooper, and was born June 20, 1760,
Chester County, Pa., near Piquea Church.
Second Marriage -- Joseph McMinn was married to his wife Rebecca
Jan 5, 1812. She was born in Carter's Valley, Hawkins County, and state
of Tennessee, Oct. 7, 1793, and was the daughter of David and Mary Kincaid.
Third Marriage -- Joseph McMinn was married to his wife, Nancy
South West Point, Roane County, and state of Tennessee, on Aug. 4, 1816,
she being the daughter of James and Phenobie Glasgow, and was born in
Greene County, state of North Carolina, April 22, 1770.
Hetty McMinn, daughter of John and Mary McMinn, married to Robert
both of Hawkins County, Tenn., on May 11, 1823.
Jane McMinn, daughter of Joseph and Hannah McMinn, born Aug
at 1 o'clock, a.m., in Hawkins County, now state of Tennessee.
The aforesaid Jane was married to Hugh Campbell, Esq., merchant,
Rogersville, on May 9, 1804, in Hawkins aforesaid, who died Sept. 27,
1804, in Rogersville, aforesaid, of a cholera-morbus, and something like
Jane Campbell, relict of Hugh, aforesaid, was married to Major
Gaines, Nov. 20, 1808, in neither of those marriages had she any issue.
Hetty McMinn, daughter of John and Mary McMinn, born May 13,
Hawkins County, and on the death of her mother, was adopted into my
family, and was in all respects attended to as one of its members.
Robert Morrison, son of Thomas and Jane Morrison, born Jan 7, 1796.
Mary J. Morrison, daughter of Robert and Hetty Morrison, born
Joseph L. Morrison, son of Robt. and Hetty Morrison, born Jan 2, 1824.
George W. Morrison, son of Robt. and Hetty Morrison, born Jan. 4, 1826.
William H. Morrison, son of Robert and Hetty Morrison, born Sept. 29, 1827.
Eldridge H. Morrison, son of Robert and Hetty Morrison, born Sept. 25, 1831.
Sarah Ann Morrison, daughter of Robert and Hetty Morrison, born
Nov. 17, 1833.
Marthy Ann Morrison, daughter of Robert and Hetty Morrison, born Aug. 31, 1843.
Hannah McMinn, wife of said Joseph McMinn died Feb. 27, 1811,
of an inward
inflammation, which terminated her life in five days' illness, age 49 years 8 months
7 days, and departed at her own dwelling in Hawkins County, Tenn.
Rebecca McMinn, wife of Joseph McMinn, died Jan. 11, 1815, of
a nervous fever
of 29 days' continuation, age 21 years 9 months.
Jane Gaines, wife of James T. Gaines and daughter of Joseph
McMinn, died Jan 27, 1815, of what was called the cold plague or epidemic,
in an illness of something less than three days from a perfect state of good health,
age 27 years 9 months.
Joseph McMinn, died Oct. 17, 1824.
Sarah Ann Morrison, daughter of Robert and Hetty Morrison, died
Nov. 3, 1836,
with the measles and whooping cough, age 2 years 10 months.
George Morrison, son of Robert and Hetty Morrison, died Feb.
2, 1842, about
4 o'clock in the p.m., age 16 years 28 days.
Robert Morrison, husband of Hetty Morrison, died April 19, 1854,
of flux, age
59 years 4 months.
On the fly leaf of the Bible we find, "Joseph McMinn Bible;
bought of David
Wendlo, Jan., 1819; price, $16.00."
After the governor's death, through a flaw in the wording of
his will, by
which he intended to leave his property to his adopted daughter, Hetty, she
was cut off and the property was all put up and sold at public auction and
the proceeds turned over to the state of Tennessee. This old Bible was bought
by Hetty McMinn Morrison and passed from her to her daughter, Martha Ann
Morrison Knox, and thus to its present owner, Mary Knox Harle (Mrs. Frank J.
Harle of Cleveland).
The record of Joseph McMinn's marriages, his wives' deaths and
concerning his daughter, Jane, and his adopted daughter, Hetty, are all in the
same handwriting, evidently that of Mr. McMinn himself. The records
concerning the births and death of the children of Hetty McMinn Morrison are
all written by another person, while the deaths of Joseph McMinn and Robert
Morrison are recorded in two entirely different scripts. Mrs. Harle identifies the
writing in which Gov. McMinn's death is recorded as that
of her father, Thos. J. Knox.