- At the Renwick/Carlisle home, the
back room had a rope
bed. When a summer storm came up, all the children would gather on this
bed since there were no metal springs. Grandma Emma would tell the
children ghost stories to help keep their minds off the thunder and
- One childhood memory of Margaret
Kennedy Blakely, is
of eight to ten hoes at the Renwick/Carlisle standing beside the fence
idle because it was
Sabbath. She was told that it was a sin to lift a hoe on the Sabbath
- Skeletons....On the floor of one of
behind the R.C. Carlisle home, were parts of three skeletons. We were
told they were the bones of slaves. Uncle Jimmy Washington Renwick used
them. One other rumor was the Uncle Marcellus Renwick brought one
skeleton back from Paris, France. Perhaps some truth in both.
- Emma's father, John Simpson
Renwick's will states, "It
is my will and desire that all my pictures in frames shall be allowed
to remain in the parlor as long as any one of my descendants shall own
- Emma's wedding dress
made of cream colored alpaca.
Her dress is still in the family.
- Coleman and Emma kissed for the first
time on the
night they were married. She said he tried twice before, but she
refused saying her Mother would not approve.
- Coleman and Emma went to New York
for their honeymoon
and she lost her diamond ring in the Hudson River. She pointed at
something and it fell off. She also lost her second diamond ring
in Tennessee in the grass and it was never found.
- Sisters married Brothers,
married Coleman Carlisle, her sister Rosa married Anderson
Carlisle. Nina Rosa Carlisle married William Meek
Kennedy, her sister
Elizabeth "Bessie" married Robert Moffatt
Kennedy. They are the daughters of Rosa
- John Renwick Carlisle, son of Coleman
was mildly retarded. John's grandmother,
Mary Toland Renwick, befriended him and the two became best friends. It
is told that she would pray everyday to live long enough to see about
him. John died on Oct. 20, 1909 and Mary died on Oct. 21, 1909!
the battle of
Maryland Heights, during the Civil War, Coleman was
left in charge of a
military hospital on the field. While there he was captured and held a
prisoner for two months. He was put in a dungeon in Baltimore and
afterwards he was exchanged. At no time during the war did he lose from
duty thirty days. For thirteen months, he never slept under the roof of
Coleman had 325 wounded men under his solitary and individual charge at
one time, with no medical assistance.