Chesley Coleman Herndon was born in Clarksville, TN, on Aug. 26, 1886, and lived there during his boyhood.  His father,  Capt. Thomas Herndon was a leading citizen of Clarksville.   A. K. Coleman, was a leader in the Blooming .Grove Community of Montgomery County, west of Clarksville.  Thomas and Laura Coleman Herndon and A. K. and Frances M. Coleman's obituaries appear in the Montgomery County, TN, Genealogy website.  All persons listed in the following lived part or all of their lives in Montgomery County except Arch Trawick, husband of Sarah Kate Herndon .

Capt. Thomas Herndon, b. Aug. 8, 1839 (headstone's "1838" is incorrect), d. Oct. 20, 1918.  Soldier Co. L, 14th TN Rgt., CSA
Sarah ("Sallie") Beaumont Dinwiddie Herndon, b. Feb. 1, 1847, d. Dec. 9, 1880.  First wife of Thomas Herndon.
Laura Gertrude Coleman Herndon, b. May 17, 1854, d. July 26, 1937.  Second wife of Thomas Herndon.
Children of Thomas and Sallie Herndon buried at Greenwood:
Jefferson Davis Herndon, b. Jan. 21, 1867, d. Nov. 26, 1899.
John Luther Herndon, b. June 21, 1870, d. July 21, 1874.
Russell Herndon, b. July 3, 1872, d. July 18, 1873.
Harry Herndon, b. Aug. 21, 1873, d. July 26, 1874.
Sarah Kate Herndon Trawick, b. June 16, 1875, d. June 24, 1964, and            her husband Arch Trawick, b. March 16, 1868, d. July 10, 1959.
William Rigsbee Herndon, b. April 29, 1877, d. Aug.29, 1885.
Child of Thomas and Laura Coleman Herndon buried at Greenwood:
Laura Thomas Herndon, b. Dec. 14, 1882, d. Oct. 23, 1885.
Abraham Ketchison ("A.K.") Coleman, b. Dec. 12, 1818, d. July 13, 1901, and wife Frances ("Fannie") Manley Lee Coleman, b. Feb. 9, 1821, d. Nov. 5, 1885 (parents of Laura Coleman Herndon).
Their son Melville Burr ("M.B") Coleman, b. Nov. 10, 1845, d. Dec. 11, 1911.
Benjamin Coleman (brother of A.K.) b. Dec. 14, 1815, d. March ll, 1896.
(Name?) Daughter of John and Mary Ann Coleman Baugh (A.K. and Ben Coleman's niece), b. April 11, 1830, d. Jan. 25, 1920.

Submitted by Chesley C. Herndon, Jr., 12300 Blue Sage Rd., Okahoma City, OK 73120-1902.  e-mail cramjac@aol.com