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- Name: Albert Thomas Carey, Sr.
- Born: October 13, 1874
- Location: Jonesborough, Washington County Co., TN
- 1) July 4, 1922 - Lucy Jane Morris
- in Butler, Johnson County Tennessee
- Died: March 19, 1948
- Death Place: Washington County Co., TN
- Buried: Maple Lawn Cemetery, Jonesborough, Tennessee
- 1) Albert Thomas Carey, Jr.
- 2) Charles Benjamin Carey
- 3) William David Carey
- Albert cared for
his mother, Sarah C. Douglass Carey until her death on 22 Feb
1921. He married Lucy on 4 Jul 1922.
- He was a farmer and postman for Jonesborough. He had bought
the house on West Main Street, Jonesborough before his marriage
and leased it to someone else to live in until he married. Albert
and Lucy moved into the house on August 1, 1922.
- The house sat on about 1/2 acre of land on Main Street less
than 1 mile from downtown Jonesborough. It is across the street
from the Brethern Church and the backyard (or garden area) is
against what was the Jonesborough Elementary School until the
1970s. The school then became the Washington Co. Public School
headquarters. When the children were young, the "back yard"
contained a vegetable garden, a small chicken coup for fresh
eggs, and room for a milk cow. As time went by, the animals were
removed from the property and only a very large vegetable garden
- The house sits on a hill which is steep at the front where
it meets the sidewalk and street where it rises from about 6
feet above the street at the left corner to only about 3 feet
at the right corner. It was a popular place for neighbors and
friends to sit while watching the many 4th of July parades that
passed by the house each year.
- On the right corner, the adjourning street between the house
and the church rises rapidly to the back of the property and
the school. A maple tree which William David (called David) planted
when he was about 10 years old shades part of the road and almost
the entire house.
- Halfway between the front and the back of the property and
on the right side next to the street is where David and his uncle
built the first home for David and his wife, Eva. It had a garage
below the house which had a bedroom in the back with a bath and
a living room (with fireplace) and kitchen in the front.
- The main house originally had only one bedroom in the front
next to the living room where all the boys were born. The kitchen
was behind the bedroom and the dining room was behind the living
room. As the family grew, they turned part of the back porch
into a bedroom (which became a storage closet) and bathroom.
The bathroom was split into 2 parts. The shower was to the left
of the passageway from the kitchen to the porch and the toilet
and sink was to the right of the passageway. Eventually, they
built another bedroom off the dining room with its own door to
the front porch.
- The house was always white with green trim, although the
front porch was gray. There was a two person swing in front of
the front bedroom (to the right of the front door).
- During the depression, Albert was a U.S. Postman. While the
depression hit others very hard, his job kept his family some
what secure. He died after a long illness.