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Canaan, Home of the Edward Dromgoole Family

Identifier: MS-0688

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This report was written by Dromgoole and Lou Allie Heath after the couple visited the Edward Dromgoole Estate in July of 1971. The report includes pictures taken of the front and rear views of the Dromgoole Home, known as Canaan. These pictures were taken by Dromgoole Heath in November of 1971 and January of 1972. In the report, the Heaths tell about their visit to Canaan and how it has deteriorated since Edward Dromgoole occupied it between 1780 to 1835. They discuss the layout of the house and the position of the rooms in relation to each other. They speculate what each room was used for. They also discuss who is probably buried in the grayeyard next to the house. Later in the report, an excerpt from the book Religion on the American Frontier, 1783 -1840 is included to provide biographical information on Edward Dromgoole. They also include information about the lives of Edward Dromgoole's 10 children, footnotes, and a bibliography. The Heaths compiled this information in 1972 and sent it to their relatives.


  • 1972

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This is a report by Dromgoole and Lou Allie Heath concerning the home of their ancestor, Edward Dromgoole. The report also contains information about the Dromgoole family tree. The Heaths compiled this information in 1972.

Biographical/Historical Note

Vivian Dromgoole "Drum" Heath was born on October 21, 1907. He was a teacher and a building contractor, and built many subdivisions in the San Francisco Bay Area where he lived. He married Lou Allie (Hamilton) Heath (1910-2013) and the couple had two children. Lou Allie Heath worked as a home economics teacher and helped with her husband's business. Together, the Heaths completed a lot of genealogy work on their ancestors, spending time corresponding with family and other genealogists as well as traveling extensively throughout the U.S., England, and Scotland. Vivian Dromgoole Heath died on May 7, 1979.

Vivian Dromgoole Heath is a direct descendant of Edward Dromgoole, a Scots-Irish trader who settled in Brunswick County, Virginia, after immigrating to the United States in the late 1700s. This record of the family, published by Heath in 1972, specifies that many of Dromgoole's children died due to sickness. Depsite this fact, however, the Dromgoole family has several well-known descendants. These include Will Allen Dromgoole, an author and poet from Mufreesboro, Tenn., and George Coke Dromgoole, a Virginia State Senator. The legend of Peter Dromgoole at UNC Chapel Hill is said to be based on the life of an Edward Dromgoole descendant as well.


This collection is in one folder.

Acquisition Note

This material was given to Special Collections in 1972 by Vivian Dromgoole Heath.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA