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Maple Summit: Ties to Genesco

Updated: Feb 14

Maple Summit was built in 1868 by Milton Smallwood Elkin (1840-1884) & Martha “Mattie” Conn Moore Elkin (1845-1925) on 5 acres. The home is located on North Water St. They married in 1865 and were given the land by her uncle, William B. Conn. Elkin was a prominent lawyer and founder of Munda & Elkin. After serving in the Civil War, he became a lawyer.

In 1901, it was bought by Anne Fredonia “Nannie” Hillman Franklin as a bridal gift for her daughter, Florida Franklin Anderson (1872-1965) and her husband Walter Leake Anderson (1869-1959). Nannie was the daughter of industrialist Daniel Hilman with iron and coal interests in Birmingham and Pittsburgh Lyon Co., KY and had married Dr. Edward Noel Franklin in 1872. They had lived at Lone Pine where the Gallatin Nursing Home later sat. Dr. Franklin was the great-nephew of Isaac Franklin of Fairvue. W.L. Anderson owned a Gallatin insurance agency. Florida was a charter member in 1931 of the General Jethro Sumner Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Anderson family resided at Maple Summit for 60 yrs. Their daughter, Sarah McFerrin "Sarah-Mac" Anderson Jarman, married (Walton) Maxey Jarman. They lived on Gerald Place in Belle Meade. His father had started Jarman Shoe Co. (later General Shoe Company, then Genesco, an Nashville business icon). [In Feb. 2024, the famed Genesco HQ building on Murfreesboro Rd. is being demolished by the Metro Nashville International Airport Authority. Genesco moved to a modern HQ building nearby several years ago.]


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