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Miss Margaret Lindsley Warden, who passed away in November at the age of 103, counted a number of famous Tennessee names in her family lineage, including Grundy, McGavock, and Lindsley. But she also made quite a name for herself. A passionate lover of horses, she was the longtime equestrian columnist for the Nashville Tennessean (and the paper’s first female sportswriter). She founded the Middle Tennessee Pony Club in 1953 and oversaw the Tennessean Horse Trials from 1953 to 1978. She was awarded the Wofford Trophy in 1986 for her dedication to the sport, and named the first recipient of the Tennessee Horse Council’s Horseperson of the Year award in 1990. Miss Warden was also known for her tireless volunteer work in the area of historic preservation. She was a founding member of the Nashville Metropolitan Historical Commission – an appropriate choice, since much of Nashville’s history as a city was her own personal family history.
Miss Warden’s great-great-grandfather, Felix Grundy, was a U.S. Senator and Congressman from Tennessee, the 13th attorney general of the United States, and a friend to President James K. Polk. Miss Warden’s great-grandfathers were Jacob McGavock, of family that founded Carnton Plantation and Two Rivers Mansion, and Phillip Lindsley, the educator, author and minister who served as acting president at Princeton University and eventually, first president of The University of Nashville. Miss Warden’s great-uncle was the colorful young Nashville mayor and Confederate Colonel Randal McGavock, who died fighting in Raymond, Mississippi. And her grandfather was Dr. John Berrien Lindsley, the noted Nashville educator, minister, and physician. Dr. John Berrien Lindsley was present at the death of President Andrew Jackson, and was later elected chancellor of The University of Nashville. During the Civil War, he served as post surgeon of Nashville hospitals and is credited with protecting the library and laboratory of the University of Nashville from the occupying army. John Berrien Lindsley also helped establish Montgomery Bell Academy and the Tennessee Historical Society. John Berrien Lindsley’s parlor set of furniture now resides at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. Several of the items in this sale from the Warden estate are connected to these family members.
Proceeds from Miss Warden’s estate will benefit several Nashville area charitable organizations. Additional family ancestry information: The Hon. Felix Grundy (1770-1840) m. Ann Phillips Rogers (1779-1847), Their Daughter: Louisa C. Grundy (1798-1878), m. Jacob McGavock (1790-1878), Their Daughter: Sarah (“Sallie”) McGavock (1830-1903), m. John Berrien Lindsley (1822-1897) [Her brother: CSA Col. Randal William McGavock (1826-1863)], Their Daughter: Anne Dickinson Lindsley (b. 1864), m. Carl Warden, Their Daughter: Margaret Lindsley Warden (1904-2007) (courtesy Sarah Campbell Drury).