(Mary "Pollie" Barnett Deweese Abernathy)
I knew there were a lot of Kimseys living around Ducktown and Copperhill, in and around the Copper Basin of Southeastern Tennessee. I’d been told that Knoxville Police Chief Joe Kimsey is from that same big family.
Then this past week Mrs. Martha Campbell, now of Maryville Route 5, sent me a picture of Joe’s Grandmother. Her name was Pollie Abernathy and she was also the Grandmother of Mrs. Campbell. Joe’s Mother and Mrs. Campbell’s Mother were sisters.
Pollie Abernathy was the Mother of 14 children, seven boys and seven girls. Her husband, who died when her smallest child was an infant, was a minister of the Gospel who preached to the Cherokee Indians in Cherokee County, N.C.
Pollie lived on Little Hanging Dog Creek, a creek named after an Indian chief. I have read somewhere. That country is full of colorful names, many of them of Indian origin.
Pollie was 92 when she died. Her daughter, Mrs. Campbell’s Mother, lived to be 89. Mrs. Campbell says Chief Kimsey’s Mother still lives.
The picture here is of Pollie and was made when she was 80 years old, Mrs. Campbell says.