The Families of Adam Keith

Manufacturers, Merchants, and Artisans


Carpenter and cabinet maker


Isaac Newton DeHart [1840-1928]


Ancestry:  Adam Keith1>Balthasar Keith2>Peter Keith3>Julia [Keith] m. [Lewis] Shirley4>Mary Ann [Shirley] m. [Elisha] Mayhew5>Julia Ann [Mayhew] m. [Isaac Newton] DeHart6

At the close of the war he chose Nashville as his home and since that time had been continuously in the contracting and building business in this city. His original workshop at Thirteenth Avenue and Church Street was maintained up to the time of his death.  One of his most notable works was the building of old College hall at Vanderbilt university, which burned many years ago.  Mr. DEHART was possibly better known, however, for his fine cabinet work and the manufacture of red cedar chests, for which he was known far and wide. In his workshop he also made numerous other pieces of household furniture, but his red cedar chests in all sizes and designs, however, were his chief occupation.  For many years, he was command of the George H. Thomas post No. 1 of the Grand Army of the Republic, and at the time of his death was senior vice-commander of that post. In 1868 he married Miss Julia Ann MAYHEW of Laport, IN. He is survived by his wife, and the following children: Isaac M. DEHART, Sam K. DEHART, Mrs. Mary DEHART JONES, Mrs. Elmore NUNNALLY and Mrs. Fred L. SCHUBERT, all of Nashville.


Funeral services will be held from the parlors of the J.H. Sweeney Funeral Home, 321 Woodland Street, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with the Rev. H.I. Kerr conducting the service. He will be buried in the National Cemetery with full military honors, with the local post of the American Legion in charge.”

[Old] College Hall, Vanderbilt Univ. ca 1875

Nashville TN

Unknown Nashville TN newspaper ca 4/20/1928


“DEHART, Isaac Newton: "Veteran Builder Answers Call - I.N. DeHart to be buried Wednesday at National Cemetery" - Taps were sounded this morning for Isaac Newton DEHART, 87, veteran of the civil war and pioneer contractor and builder of Nashville, who passed away at his home, 1728 Scovel Street, after an illness of three weeks.  Mr. DEHART was born at Asbury, N.J. in 1840 and first entered the contracting business in Indiana. In the war between the states he enlisted in the union army and served throughout the war, coming with the federal troops to Nashville in 1864.