The Leas at Lealand

The Leas at Lealand

by Sally Nance, Ashley White


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Sally Lea Nance is a sixth generation Tennessean and descendant of one of Nashville's earliest families. Local history is delivered through the lens of an heir who sees beyond the present landscape to an earlier time when her great-great-grandfather and mayor of Nashville, John McCormick Lea, established Lealand between Franklin Road and Granny White Pike. Together with researcher, historian, and five generation Tennessean Ashley White, Nance has graciously penned a story that peels away the layers of modern suburban growth in search of the truest Nashville.

The Leas and Lealand is a multi-generational family story illustrated by archival photography and sharpened by the details only brought forward through solid research and reflection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781098337858
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 12/06/2020
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sally Lea Nance is a native Nashvillian. She is a graduate of St. Cecilia Academy and attended Webster College. She and her husband, a foreign service officer, lived fifteen years overseas, and they retired to Franklin. She owned and operated Cruises Galore. She is related to the Leas through her father, Luke Lea, Jr (son of Colonel Luke Lea).Ashley White, also a Nashville native, has pursued her passion for history her entire life. She received her bachelor's degree in History from Tennessee State University, and her master's degree in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. She has worked in museum education and collections at various Middle Tennessee institutions.

Table of Contents

Illustrations i

Acknowledgements iii

Preface iv

Timeline v

Lea/Overton Family Tree

Foreword xiv

Prologue xvi

Chapter 1 A Noble Example 1

Chapter 2 A Young Man in a Young City 15

Chapter 3 War Comes to Lealand 33

Chapter 4 School for the Blind 43

Chapter 5 The Tennessee Historical Society 49

Chapter 6 Postwar Politics 53

Chapter 7 Judge Lea's Country Residence 73

Chapter 8 Dismantled 83

Epilogue 101

Appendices I, II 103

Bibliography 111

Index 116

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