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Pointer House-National Register Historic Home

Pointer House-National Register Historic Home

Posted: 1135887871000
Classification: Query
Someone sent me a portion of a recent newspaper article from a paper in Williamson Co. TN which included a photo of "The Pointer House", a home which was built in 1885 in or near Spring Hill, TN. This home is being moved and will be losing its recognition on the National Register of Historic Homes.

Apparently the article was extended on several pages but did not include identification of the exact Pointer family who had originally resided in this home. Would anyone have this information that could share it with Pointer researchers? We would like to know if it was a Pointer who built the house, or if there was a Pointer family who perhaps had moved into it after the house was built and kept it in the family long enough that it was known as the "Pointer House".

Thanks for any information.

Re: Pointer House-National Register Historic Home

Noel Matthews (View posts)
Posted: 1135967478000
Classification: Query
Linda,
I am not familiar with the article you mentioned but here is what the book "National Register Properties, Williamson County, Tennessee" says about the Pointer House.

"Henry Pointer House, Highway 31, Spring Hill, Tennessee

Late 19th century horse farm

The Henry Pointer House is a two-story frame Italianate-style residence constructed ca. 1885. Few notable examples of this type of architecture exist outside of Franklin, and the Pointer House is one of the best remaining examples in the county.

The house was built by Capt. Henry Pointer, a well-known farmer and horse breeder. Pointer was born in 1822 in Virginia and moved to Tennessee in his youth. During the Civil War, Pointer served on the staff of General Nathan Bedford Forrest and was wounded on serval occasions. After the war, Pointer purchased this land and operated a several-hundred-acre horse farm. A number of his horses were well-known racehorses in the late 19th century. The house remained in the Pointer family until 1933.

On the main facade of the home is a onestory porch with elaborate chamfered square posts, connecting arching and decorative brackets and dentils. Also common to the Italianate-style dwelling is the recessed entrance within a vestibule. The door surround is arched with fluting and molded decoration. The main facade also boasts a prominent bay window and paired windows with arching and pediments.

The house has weatherboard siding, a gable roof, and exterior brick chimneys. On the south facade is an original five-sided one-story porch with chamfered posts, vergeboard brackets and quarterfoin designs.

The interior of the Pointer House retains its original staircase with an ornate newal post and turned balusters. Other original interior details include doors with fluted moldings and Italianate-design mantles.

The Henry Pointer House is an excellent example of the Italianate style which is rare in the rural areas of the county. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988."

Re: Pointer House-National Register Historic Home

Posted: 1135980976000
Classification: Query
Surnames: POINTER BROWN CAMPBELL CALDWELL
Your response clearly answers the questions we had regarding ownership of this home. Capt. Henry P. Pointer was born in 1822 in Halifax Co. VA and died in Maury Co. TN in 1892. He was married twice, his first wife being Martha Jane Caldwell whom he married in in 1852. Henry married secondly to Virginia "Jennie" Brown in 1873. They had a son, Henry Strange Pointer, in 1874.

Henry S. married Mattie Campbell in 1904 and he died in 1929. One must assume that they resided in the house after his father's death in 1892. Henry Strange Pointer and Mattie apparently had no children, which may explain the sale of the house in 1933 after Henry S. Pointer's death

Thanks so much for your help.

Re: Pointer House-National Register Historic Home

Noel Matthews (View posts)
Posted: 1135999340000
Classification: Query
Linda, Here is a little more information on your Pointer Family that comes from the book "Hold Us Not Boastful" by Sue Oden;

POINTER FAMILY

Henry Pointer was born December 19, 1785 in Halifax County, Virginia. He came to Tennessee in 1827 settling in Spring Hill, Tennessee. He married first a Miss Ragland and by her had three daughters, Martha, Mary and Elizabeth. After his first wife died he married Wilmoth Boyd (1788-1855), also of Virginia and had eight children: Henry P., William, Susan, Thomas G., Samuel, Ellen, Harriett. One other child died in infancy. He eventually owned a fine farm in Williamson County.

Henry P. Pointer, son of the above Henry Pointer, was born May 5, 1822 in Halifax County, Virginia and came to Tennessee with his parents when just a boy. He was educated at Jackson College in Maury County, Tennessee and in 1853 he married Martha J. Caldwell who died shortly after the wedding. He then married Virginia Brown and had one child, Henry Strange Pointer. He was Captain of Company E in the Civil War and was wounded near Memphis, Tennessee.

Henry P. Pointer built a two-story frame house just south of Thompson's Station on the Columbia Highway. This was the location of his farm where he bred many well-known race horses in the late 19th century. The house remained in the family until 1933.

Another son of Henry and Wilmoth Pointer was Samuel A. Pointer who was born September 19, 1830. He married Cynthia Rodes Holland. They were the parents of another Henry Pointer (1860-1914) who was a merchant and banker.

Re: Pointer House-National Register Historic Home

Posted: 1323147762000
Classification: Query
Henry Strange Pointer did marry Mattie Campbell (she was my great great aunt). Upon their marriage, his mother, Jennie, who still resided in the house in question, gave him land across the road on which he built a home for his bride and in which he died and then Mattie. They operated an orchard for many years. Mattie left the home that Henry had built to my grandmother, her niece and then to her great niece, my mom, and her great nephew, my uncle. He still resides there. Aunt Patsy (Mattie) and Uncle Henry did not have any children. When Aunt Jennie died in 1929, the house remained in the family for a few more years until it was sold, the property having been somewhat infringed upon by a new two lane highway.

Several years ago, the Pointer house was moved to another location in Spring Hill as the area developed commercially.

Re: Pointer House-National Register Historic Home

Posted: 1323148256000
Classification: Query
PS Henry Strange Pointer and his mother Jennie Brown Pointer died within months of each other in 1929.

Re: Pointer House-National Register Historic Home

Posted: 1414747204000
Classification: Query
Hey, I know it's been many years since you posted this, but I was born and raised in this house and have loads of information and some photos. If this is anything that interests you, just let me know. I lived there from birth into my late twenties and my parents were the last to own the home prior to the move from the original location.
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