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Tennessee Williams

{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

Tennessee Williams, whose original name was Thomas Lanier Williams, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, who wrote several well-known plays that have been adapted into movies, had ancestors who lived and are buried in Roane County. Among his famous plays which were adapted into movies were “The Glass Menagerie”, “A Streetcar Named Desire”, and “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.” His ancestors, who were from Roane County, are Gideon Morgan (1751- 1830), a Revolutionary War soldier, whose home is located across from the Historic Roane County Courthouse and Rufus Morgan (1781-1826), a son of Gideon. Tennessee Williams was a 2nd great-grandson of Rufus Morgan. Both Gideon and Rufus Morgan are buried in the Bethel-Kingston Cemetery.

Originally written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, December 2014.