Atherly-Hatherley-Hatherly ----Hetherlie---Hatherleigh----Hitherly---Hetherly and Heatherly have all been used to spell our name as they moved from Devonshire, England to New England and across the United States of America. The name can mean dweller in Hawthorn woods or low shrubs called heather which is more probable.
In 1998 we were blessed to be able to travel with our son, Douglas and his wife, Barbara, to the area of England where our ancestors came from. We found an Up-Hatherly and a Down- Hatherly and best of all Hatherleigh in Devonshire which is in southern England. We enjoyed the town with the narrow streets and thatch roofs. We walked among the old cemetery which also gave us a good view of the surrounding countryside. This area was also the setting of the book"Lorna Doone" which I had read and loved as a child and still have a copy among my books.
We know that Timothy, John, Arthur, George and Thomas came from England in the 1600s. Timothy was born in 1586 in Barnstable, Devonshire. He and his sister Eglin were the children of Elinor whose Hatherly husband was not found, but her 2nd husband was Nicholas Mortimor who mentions them in his will of 1613 and wills a hat to John Hatherly. This is interesting because Timothy was a "felt-maker" ST. Olaves, Southwark, Surry.
According to the book "Plymouth Colony by Eugene Aubrey Stratton, Timothy was an "adventurer". Timothy first visited Plymouth in 1623 arrived on the "Friendship", later on the Charles and Ann. He came on the William and Mary and settled in 1632 in Scituate. MA. on land granted to him. There is a memorial at North Scituate Beach, MA. for Timothy Hatherly. We know we do not descend from him, but we believe he has been instrumental in getting the above men mentioned transported to MA. and this family in the New World is where we find our beginning.
We became interested in tracing our roots in 1985 when we retired. We had met a young man in Springfield, Mo when we attended a Tool Show with our son, Nick. We have forgotten his name, but he gave us the name of his Uncle George Heatherly of Yankton, SD. who in turn gave us the name of Nadine Heatherly Stephens of Clinton, TN. We corresponded with both George and Corine and Nadine while she was putting her book "Heatherlys and Related Families" together. She was kind enough to invite me to contribute what information I had at the time. She believed we descended from George Heatherly of North Carolina and later of Missouri. She was a gracious lady and we want to give honor and credit to her for helping us find some of our ancestors. We thank her for the great work she did and know it will benefit generations to come. Nadine died April 16, 2002
Nadine Heatherly Stephens gives the following linage in her book; Ewings Hatherly Sr. 1730-1792 whose children were------John Heatherly abt. 1760 (Nadine's ancestor) Ewing Jr. , George Heatherly (she believed this was our line) Samuel, Hugh, and Sarah.
We found a George Heatherly in Buncombe Co. NC. in 1810 census has 2 sons/2 daughter under 10 years old and an infant son which geneoglist believe is our George Heaterly 1810 This family came into Overton Co. TN. by 1820. A land grant #2863 on Jan. 29, 1833 for 100 acres is made to George Heatherly on the "Dry Fork of Mill Creek of the water of the Cumberland River". He paid one cent per ac. May 24, 1826
The 1820 Overton Co. TN. censu shows there are a total of 7 males and 2 females plus George and the unknown wife. We now know that our oldest proven ancestor, George w. Heatherly married a woman named Hester and have a daughter named Sarah born in Overton co. Tn. abt. 1834 in TN. There are many families in South Missouri and North Arksansas who came to this region from Overton Co. TN. We believe there was at least a friendship connection if not a blood relative relationship. Most of them came in the great migration of the 1830s.
source ---English records of marrisges and wills
Family of George and Hester Heatherly
George Heatherly born 1810 NC. died about 1870 (maybe in Ozark Co. Mo. He married Hester abt. 1834.
Hester ?? born about 1814, died between 1858 and 1860 in Douglas co. Mo. ( there is information on the internet and among genealogist concerning her last name. There are some who say she was Indian----giving her surname as Raincrow. Others give information that her maiden name was Painter. This name is more plausable to me and the Painter name can be found in this area, but as of now no solid proof that I would be comfortable passing along. So future genealogist still have work to do.)
George and Hesters children were;
1. Sarah Heatherly born abt. 1834 TN.
+Stephen McIntosh married abt. 1851
2. William A. Heatherly born Dec. 28, 1837 Douglas co. Mo. died. Nov. 12, 1923. (see more about William)
+ Mary E. Calhoun b. Sept. 17, 1841 Wright Co. Mo died May 6, 1925 Douglas Co. Mo. (see more of Calhoun family)
3. Elizabeth Heatherly, b. 1841 Douglas Co. Mo.
(maybe married to Eslick)
4. Jackson Heatherly b. 1843 --was alive in 1858 Douglas Co. Mo. family says he disappeared during the Civil War
5. Malinda Heatherly, b. 1846 Douglas Co. Mo.
+Henry St. Clair --m. Aug. 25, 1868
6, Mary Ann Heatherly (Polly), b. 1849, Douglas co. Mo. d. aft. 1910 Mo. married abt. 1869
+Jabe Peirce Taney co. Mo. d. March 30, 1934 in McIntosh, Ok. (source Barbara Gregor, gr-granddaughter)
7. Jacob Lewis Heatherly b. 1851 Douglas co. Mo. d. 1901 Aurora, Mo. (ancestor of Commerce OK. Heatherlys)
+Mary Ann Waggoner b. 1851, d. 1901 (both died of flu) m.
Mar. 6, 1868 Ozark Co. Mo.
8. Nancy Jane Heatherly, b.1853 d. 1945 Oklahoma
+Joseph Wesley Eslick m. 1870 Douglas Co. Mo.
9. Milly Heatherly-b.1856???
10.Sarah Jane Heatherly--1862????
Other wives of George W. Heatherly
2nd wife ---MarthaJane Jordan Willis ---married abt. 1861 d. May 19, 1922 Warrensburg, Mo.
One child -- Frances Seagal b abt. 1862 m. William Jenkins Oct 4, 1883 Webster Co., Mo.
3rd wife ----Urbanna Ellison, b. Oct. 8, 1839 Ind. d. Oct. 23, 1923 Douglas Co. Mo. buried at Whites Creek Cem. Douglas co. Mo.
Two children----Hattie b. Dec. 22, 1865 d. 1892 (bareback rider in circus known as Cherokee Queen----source Clarence Heatherly)
George w. Heatherly b. 1869----no further info.
---Descendants of William A Heatherly
1 William A Heatherly b: 28 Dec 1837 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 12 Nov 1923 in Douglas Co. Mo.
.. +Mary E. Calhoun b: 17 Sep 1841 in Tennessee d: 06 May 1925 in Douglas Co. Mo. m: 1859 in Douglas Co. Mo.
. 2 James L. Heatherly b: 1860
. 2 George W. Heatherly b: 06 Jan 1862 in Missouri d: 20 Apr 1916 in Seymore, Mo.
..... +Sarah Fleetwood m: 01 Feb 1883 in Douglas Co. Mo.
.....------- 3 Mary Ann Heatherly b: 19 Mar 1885 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 01 Jan 1955 in Wright Co. Mo.
......... +Robert Lansdown m: 13 Jan 1901 in Douglas Co. Mo.
.....------- 3 Sarah Jane Heatherly b: Nov 1886
......... +Uriah Matney m: 20 Feb 1902 in douglas Co. Mo.
....-------- 3 Cansada Heatherly b: Nov 1889
......... +Walter Cobb m: 13 Jul 1907 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... ------3 Bertha E. Heatherly b: Aug 1890
......... +Buford Ward m: 04 Nov 1911
..... ------3 Fannie Heatherly b: Dec 1895
......... +Edger Taylor m: 03 Mar 1903 in Taney Co. Mo.
. *2nd Wife of George W. Heatherly:
..... +Cordilla Jones m: 06 Oct 1900 in Douglas Co. Mo.
....-------. 3 Melissa Heatherly b: 23 Mar 1903
......... +Homer Meeks m: 05 Nov 1917 in Oklahoma
..... ------3 Ethel Heatherly b: 16 Mar 1907
......... +Carl J. Kinder m: 12 Feb 1921 in Oklahoma
. 2 Hettie Caroline Heatherly b: 01 Aug 1863 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 13 Mar 1930 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... +William Hatfield b: 16 Nov 1855 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 04 Feb 1938 in Douglas Co. Mo. m: 17 Oct 1882 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Robert Hatfield b: 18 Sep 1883
..... 3 Inda H. Hatfield b: 01 Jul 1887
..... 3 Malissa Hatfield b: 09 Oct 1890 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 21 Jan 1967 in Saint Joseph, MO.
......... +Winfield Scott Trail d: 1930 in Douglas Co. Mo. m: 1910 in Ava, Mo.
..... 3 Millie Ann Hatfield b: 1892
......... +Floyd Potter
..... 3 Carl Hatfield b: 09 Mar 1895 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 01 Dec 1980
......... +Lottie Rippee b: 04 Nov 1902 in Missouri d: Mar 1985 in Douglas Co. Mo. m: 24 Jul 1920 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Josie Hatfield b: 1900
......... +Bernie Miller b: 08 Jan 1901 in Missouri d: Oct 1973 in Douglas Co. Mo. m: 03 Dec 1921 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Willie Ann Hatfield b: 01 Sep 1893
. 2 Barbara A. Heatherly b: 1866
..... +John Hatfield m: 1887 in Douglas Co. Mo.
. 2 Margaret J. Heatherly b: 1868
..... +John M. Chamberlain m: 15 Dec 1885 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Rosa Chamberlain b: 1884
..... 3 James E. Chamberlain b: 1887
..... 3 Annie Chamberlain b: 1889
..... 3 Matilda Chamberlain b: 1891
..... 3 Edsel Chamberlain b: 1898
. 2 Indiana F. Heatherly b: 07 Oct 1870
..... +James Wesley Chamberlain m: 08 Oct 1887 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Amos J. Chamberlain b: Abt. 1890
......... +Lilly Bullard
..... 3 Tellie Chamberlain b: Jul 1898
......... +Ed Burris
..... 3 Mary E. Chamberlain b: 1907 d: 1998
......... +Harry Wimmer
..... *2nd Husband of Mary E. Chamberlain:
......... +??? Hale
..... 3 Anna Chamberlain
......... +Floyd Haynes
. 2 Willaim Thomas Heatherly b: 08 Sep 1872 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 08 Sep 1957 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... +Harriet Jane Hodge b: 18 Sep 1878 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: Nov 1945 in Douglas Co. Mo. m: 08 May 1894 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Lewis Heatherly b: 19 Jul 1895 d: 1918
..... 3 Bill Heatherly b: 25 May 1898
..... 3 Dewey Heatherly b: 28 Sep 1900 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 07 Apr 1977 in Tulare Co. CA.
......... +Alice Josephine Bullard b: 21 Apr 1905 in Mississippi Co. MO. d: 28 Jul 1991 in Tulare Co. CA. m: 18 Dec 1920 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Thomas Jefferson Heatherly b: 25 May 1903 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 03 Jan 1972 in East Moline, Ill.
......... +Julia Marie Coppock b: 31 Mar 1909 in Goshen, Ind. d: 03 Nov 2005 in East Moline, Ill. m: 30 Sep 1924 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Claude Heatherly b: 26 Dec 1905 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 20 Jun 1952 in Douglas Co. Mo.
......... +Jewel D. Loughter m: 06 Jan 1926 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... *2nd Wife of Claude Heatherly:
......... +Helen McFarland m: 01 Nov 1933 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Lucy B. Heatherly b: 10 May 1907 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 30 Aug 1993 in Colona, IL..
......... +Walter Allison d: 1959 in Douglas Co. Mo. m: 09 Jun 1927 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... *2nd Husband of Lucy B. Heatherly:
......... +Lessie Hester d: 1983 m: 1976 in Seymour, Mo.
..... 3 India Heatherly b: 15 Sep 1910 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 20 Jul 2005 in Douglas Co. Mo. Ava.
......... +Ace Merritt d: in Douglas Co. Mo. m: 13 Oct 1927 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Vernie Heatherly b: 27 Mar 1916 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 02 Apr 1978 in Douglas Co. Mo.
......... +Beulah Dye b: Abt. 1919 in Douglas Co. Mo. m: 13 May 1937 in Douglas Co. Mo.
. 2 Jacob Lewis Heatherly b: 18 Jun 1874 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 30 Jul 1953 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... +Jane Brown b: 29 Jul 1882 d: 13 Apr 1943 in Douglas Co. Mo. m: 18 Jan 1900 in Larissa, Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Harve Heatherly b: 1901 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: in Douglas Co. Mo.
......... +Edith Potter b: Abt. 1908 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: Abt. 17 Nov 2001 in Douglas Co. Mo. m: in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Elva Heatherly b: 1902 in Douglas Co. Mo.
......... +Logan Heard m: 02 Mar 1928
..... 3 Ella Heatherly b: 1904
......... +Clifford Albert m: 26 May 1930 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Grant Heatherly b: 28 Sep 1902 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: Feb. 8, 1990 in Tulare Co. CA.
......... +Ella Mae Potter b: in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 10 May 1994 in Tulare Co. CA. m: 26 Sep 1925 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 George Heatherly b: 26 Jan 1907 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 06 Aug 1971 in Tulare Co. CA.
......... +Jessie Lee Potter b: 07 Aug 1911 in Douglas Co. Mo. m: 01 Jul 1929 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Mary Catherine Heatherly b: 1911
......... +Archie Bacorn m: 10 Jan 1928 in Douglas Co. Mo.
. 2 Fanny B. Heatherly b: 25 Dec 1881 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 14 Nov 1957 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... +John Willliams d: in Douglas Co. Mo. m: 20 Apr 1898 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Samson Willliams b: 18 Aug 1899
. *2nd Husband of Fanny B. Heatherly:
..... +George Holman m: 20 Nov 1902 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... 3 Fred Holman b: 1903
..... 3 Acie Holman b: 1906
..... 3 William Holman b: 1907
..... 3 Daniel Holman b: 1909
..... 3 Mary L. Holman b: 1912
..... 3 Florence Holman b: 1914
..... 3 Woodrow Holman b: 1916
..... 3 Eliza Holman b: 1917
..... 3 Franklin Holman b: 1919
Dewey Heatherly Family
1 Dewey Heatherly b: 28 Sep 1900 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 07 Apr 1977 in Tulare Co. CA.
.. +Alice Josephine Bullard b: 21 Apr 1905 in Mississippi Co. MO. d: 28 Jul 1991 in Tulare Co. CA. m: 18 Dec 1920 in Douglas Co. Mo.
. 2 Nedra Delores Heatherly b: 12 Dec 1921 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 09 Sep 2008 in Visalia, CA. Tulare Co.
..... +Velta Jefferson b: 27 Oct 1921 in Douglas Co. Mo. d: 22 Jan 1947 m: 11 Jun 1940 in Douglas Co. Mo.
. *2nd Husband of Nedra Delores Heatherly:
..... +Leonard Robinson d: Sep 1992 in California m: 1948 in Las Vagas, Nevada
. *3rd Husband of Nedra Delores Heatherly:
..... +Glen Carlson m: Bef. 1980 in Visalia,Tulare Co. Ca.
. *4th Husband of Nedra Delores Heatherly:
..... +Andy Orth m: Aft. 1980 in Visalia,Tulare Co. Ca.
. 2 Walter Heatherly b: 12 Jan 1924 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... +Norma Jean Weaver b: 11 Nov 1928 in Mississippi Co. MO. m: 11 Sep 1947 in Mississippi Co. MO.
. 2 Albert William Heatherly b: 02 Sep 1928 in Whitewater, KS
..... +Bettie Lou Swofford b: 12 Aug 1930 in Viola, Stone Co. MO m: 11 Sep 1949 in Porterville, CA.
. 2 Lawrence Eugene Heatherly b: 17 Mar 1930 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... +Nadine Hodges m: 11 Jul 1953 in Douglas Co. Mo.
. 2 Helen Jane Heatherly b: 23 Nov 1931 in Douglas Co. Mo.
..... +Drury James Hackworth b: 16 Dec 1924 in Chickasha, Oklahoma d: 13 Feb 1997 in Tulare Co. CA. m: 02 Aug 1949 in Exeter, Tulare Co. Ca
Dewey Heatherly Family
To tell the story of the Dewey Heatherly family is to tell the story of a young couple trying to raise a family during the Great Depression.
Dewey Heatherly and Alice Josephine Bullard were married in 1920. It was a relative good time. They were to have 3 children born before the 1929 crash occurred. During those first years they farmed in Douglas Co. Mo. and about 1927-28 they moved to White Water, Kansas where Dewey and some of his cousins got jobs on the railroad. Even though they lived in the rail cars, this opportunity was later looked on as the greatest mistake they ever made----leaving that job in 1928----coming home to Ava.Mo.
The next few years were very rough. I write this as a daughter-in-law and cannot do a proper job of detailing the difficulties endured by the children. I know only my own struggles of that same period---the always feeling a little hungry---always hearing the worry of the adults----hearing of neighbors having their farms foreclosed on and moving away.
The Heatherly children must have especially been affected by the lack of food, for to this day some are prone to hoard food. To think a child or animal would be hungry is very stressful for them. The story was told of Walt visiting a neighbor and the wife gave him a piece of pie. Instead of eating it himself he carried it home so each of the other could have a bite. Albert says one of his teachers wrote a song called “Little Ragged Britches” which he was sure was about him. I tell this not to demean or put down this good family, but as the headlines today (2009)tell of the great number of houses foreclosed on, a large number of our people losing their jobs, it only reminds us that once our ancestors faced the same problems. It is not shameful to experience the circumstances that are beyond our control. It is how we deal with it. Our families didn’t sit and wallow in the depression, but got up and looked for better. Yes, that meant leaving home and sometime the wives and children stayed behind while the men looked for work.
The families of south Missouri especially were hit hard. This is not good farming land for growing crops. It is good for grazing cattle. But during the depression and especially as the drought of 1935-36 came, livestock were worthless. Many of the families went to Kansas City, Mo St. Louis, Moline and Peoria Ill. and California . Those going north faired better in the long run than those going toCalifornia working in the fruit, because they received better wages and eventually they retired with pensions and health care.
Dewey and Alice and the family went to California after WWII. They had endured the worry of war while their son, Walt, who took part in D-Day. Later, Lawrence would be in the Korean War. During this time they made several trips from Mo. to California, but after Lawrence came home from Korea, Dewey, Alice, Lawrence and Nadine all lived in the Moline/Silvis area where he and Lawrence worked for the company that made the Dairy Queen machines.This job meant so much to Alice and him later by supplying good health insurance.
After, retiring they bought a house in Av a. Mo. and I believe they really enjoyed that little house where they could visit with brothers and sisters and old family friends. They always referred to Ava, as ”back home”. In 1975 they moved back to Exeter, California
. Dewey was a hard working man. Maybe it was because he appreciated having a job. He told of working a week for a pair of shoes when he was a young man. Perhaps that influenced his joy of having several pairs of shoes. He always had a good pair of shoes well shined.
Alice was a great "country cook". She made wonderful yeast rolls. She loved her family often saying it was the only family she had since she had been orphaned from the age of 12. She was color blind, but being the determined person she was, that was the color and you might as well see it that way. Her life was not easy, but she was a true survivor.
Dewey died in1977 and Alice lived alone until her death in 1991. Thay are buried in the Exeter Memorial Cemetery in Exeter, CA.