Fifty Years in Cades Cove Collection
- The first memoir is a handwritten account by John W. Oliver (1878-1966) of the history of Cades Cove from its settlement in 1818 to the early 1900s. The memoir focuses on the Oliver family and the genealogy of other prominent families of the area, including the Cables, the Tiptons, and the Burchfields. The author includes personal accounts of his childhood in the Cove and information about his sons and their professions., Dates inferred from dates of archival collection.
- The second memoir gives a brief overview of the lives of John P. Cable, Robert Burchfield, Russell Gregory, and notable members of their families. The author, John W. Oliver (1878-1966), details improvements to Cades Cove that the residents left behind when the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was formed, such as the Cable Mill, the first store house, and the first dry goods store. The memoir provides genealogical information and a list of Cades Cove residents who fought in the Civil War along with their army affiliation. The author also relates details about the history of Muster Field and the first post office in the Cove., Dates inferred from dates of archival collection.
- The third memoir by John W. Oliver (1878-1966) gives details about the Shields, Tipton, Lawson, Byrd, and Oliver families who lived in Cades Cove. This memoir has extensive genealogical information. Half of the memoir consists of family trees for the Shields family. It also provides more background for the Oliver family, tracing its roots to England., Dates inferred from dates of archival collection.
- "This picture was taken at Maryville Tenn on Saturday afternoon of January 26, 1901. Next day, Sunday, Nancy Ann and I rode horseback all the way from Maryville through the flats of Chilhowee Mountains to Cades Cove a distance of 20 miles without ever dismounting from our horses, it was a cold blue day but our hearts were warm for each other. I had on the first whole suit of clothes I ever owned. I bought them on Saturday Jan. 26, 1901 with the first money I ever earned teaching school at $23 per month. They cost me $8.50. We were 22 years old and not married. We were married Sept. 4, 1901. John W. Oliver"