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- Collection: The Straight-Sided Dulcimer in Tennessee
This music box belonged to the great-great-grandfather (maternal) of the owner, Benjamin Franklin Hardin (b. 1860s). He was a carpenter who built houses, and lived in Alcorn County, Mississippi. The instrument passed through the family.
The current owner purchased this instrument from the widow of one Joe Gamble in Huntsville, Alabama. It had been purchased in turn at the same time as fiddles that were from Texas.
This music box was found in a house built by Wesley Galloway, a carpenter, and the great-great-grandfather of the instrument's current owner. The family had come from Lawrence County before settling in Wayne County.
The current owner purchased this instrument from one Ocie Burns in Waynesboro in 1988. Her grandmother, Sara Josephine Ford Pulley, had had it, and it was probably made by her father, John Ford, who was living in Hardin County at the time. It was…
This instrument belonged to the current owner's mother, who had inherited it through her grandfather's family (Edwards). The Edwards family had immigrated to North Carolina and eventually to Lincoln County, Tennessee.
This instrument was also known as a "courting" dulcimer, since it has two fretboards on the same body, enabling two people to play duets.