The founder of the Herren family in Greene County was James Herren,
born in South Carolina in 1831. His wife, Rebecca, was born in the same
state in the same year.
The Herrens moved to Alabama and their first five children were born
there: Asa Augustus, 1854; Mary J., 1855; Martha, 1857; Nancy V., 1859;
and Marila, 1861.
The family moved to Tennessee in the 1860's and at least three
children were born there: Dovy S., 1867; William Lewis, 1868; and William
Asa Augustus Herren married Mary V. Burks, born in Mississippi in
1864, on August 9, 1879 in Greene County. They had at least two children:
Nancy E., 1876; and Martha J., 1879. Mary V. Burks Herren was a younger
sister of Amos Burks. William H. Burks and his wife, Murphy, were close
neighbors of the Herren family in 1880. Both families lived in Poland
Township at this time.
Some of the Herren family are buried at the Pine Knott Cemetery in
western Greene County. Asa A. Herren is buried there and his marker shows
dates of May 20, 1854 and Sept. 21, 1910. Mary Virginia Burks Herren's
stone shows dates of March 15, 1864 and July 27, 1941. The marker for
William A. Herren shows dates of Jan. 2, 1870 and July 23, 1920. The
marker for Dovey Ann Herren shows dates of June 11, 1872 and Jan. 31,
In 1880 the nearest neighbors of Asa Herren were the families of
William Cone, Taylor Fletcher, Joseph McClure, and Lewis Camp.
Fathers of the Ridge Volume 1 by George W Rowland