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A plea for community support to restore historical gravesite

Dear Editor,
Knowing that my family is blood related to Nick Grindstaff, the Hermit, I sent Granville Taylor fifty dollars to help restore Nick’s grave, but we need more help.
If you know anyone who can influence the legislators in Nashville, the first thing we need is a path wide enough to get supplies up the three-mile mountain to Nick’s grave.
I don’t remember much about Nick’s story but what I recall, he went West to find work but encountered thugs who took his money, beat him up and left him to die. When he finally made his way back to Carter County, he went to the top of a mountain and became a recluse, going down for necessary things and to attend Doeville Baptist Church when the Spirit moved.
Mostly, Nick lived among the animals and wild life. Someone put a marker at his grave, but it needs much repair.
Curious about the background for the Grindstaff name, I did a bit of research and discovered that thousands in Carter and Johnson County are blood related to Nick. If each person would send Granville Taylor just a dollar, it would go a long ways to the project.
If I understood what I read from the Carter County History, the Grindstaffs began as Crantsdorf from one Dietrick Crantsdorf from Zweibrucker on the Rhine River in the lower Palatinate in Germany. Two of Dietrick’s sons came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by ship named Thistle from Holland, arriving on September 19, 1738. The two sons were Johann Crantsdorf b. in 1690 and Michael Crantsdorf b. about 1715.
The sons took their families from Pennsylvania to NC. Johann died at the home of his son named Nicholas Grindstaff I, (1750-1789) in what is now Johnson County, Tn.
His son married Mary Stout, daughter of Godfrey Daniel Stout and Catherine Boltzen both German) Stout.
Their son named John Grindstaff settled in the Siam area and descendants number in the thousands.
Michael Crantsdorf born in 1715 and son(or brother) of Johann Crantsdorf became a planter and land developer in Tyron County, NC and had four sons who served in the American Revolution for the colonists. The sons were Nicholas(who had four sons and two daughters,) Isaac, Michael Jr., and Jacob Grindstaff.
Nicholas married Catherine Smith and moved the family to the Watauga Settlement after the American Revolution. Their children were John, Nicholas, Jr., Isaac and Henry and their descendants number in the thousands, marrying into most of the families in the valley, especially the Teter Nave family.
I know enough about my people in Carter and Johnson counties to know that if you think there is a need and that people are on the level, you will respond.
Please, give Granville Taylor some encouragement and send him a little money toward his project of re-building Nick Grindstaff’s marker.
Granville Taylor, 143 Davis Hollow Road, Stoney Creek section of Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643. His phone number is in the Elizabethton directory.

Thank you,
Martha Query,
Unicoi, TN