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History of Kittrell, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Kittrell is located seven miles east of Murfreesboro on Highway 70 S, which was the original Stage Coach Road from Knoxville to Nashville.

It was named for Major Marion B. Kittrell, who was born in Wilson County, July 17, 1820. He married Ellen Johnston on January 27, 1853. She was born in Wilson County, June 24, 1829, and died in the Kittrell Community, October 10, 1890.

Their daughter, Lura, married Judge W. C. Houston of Woodbury. Their children were Frank Kittrell, W. C. Jr., and Simpson Fugitt who died in Murfreesboro, October 2, 1967. Major Kittrell served in the Civil War as a Major in General Joseph E. Johnston's Brigade.

After the Civil War, Major Kittrell left Wilson County and moved to Woodbury in Cannon County.

In 1874 he sold his property in Cannon County and purchased a tract of land on Cripple Creek in the 19th Civil District of Rutherford County. The deed was signed July 18, 1874. He lived on this farm until he died December 31, 1893. He was buried in the family graveyard near his home.

The Federal Government established a Post Office in the Community in 1884. They named it "Kittrell" in honor of one of its most respected citizens. Major Marion B. Kittrell. The Post Office was discontinued when Rural Free Delivery was established.

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Source: Rutherford County Historical Society, Publication No. 2, winter, 1973.
(Sources: Interview with Mrs. S. F. Houston; Records from the Houston Family Bible; Sims: History of Rutherford County; Brown: History of Woodbury and Cannon County; U. S. General Services Administration; Letter from Mr. Victor Keene.


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