Lightly called a "fur trader," he came to the city to make his fortune and fame, much like songwriters today. Looking back, it would be easy to call Demonbreun, the son of French Canadian near-royalty and brother to two nuns, a spoiled child who did what he wanted, a classic-case misogynist and polygamist, a conceited adventurer. He was a man who conned the Spanish governor out of a war, carried on graceful correspondence with Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, owned several slaves, may have served as a spy, and was a decorated veteran. He fought in the Revolutionary War, extraordinarily so it seems, given the number of land grants he received across Kentucky and Tennessee.
He's also known around Nashville as the guy who lived in a cave.
Author Elizabeth Elkins sorts through the legends and nails down the facts in order to present the true story of "Nashville's First Citizen."
Chapter 2: The Road to Music Row
Chapter 3: New France
Chapter 4: A River Runs through It
Chapter 5: Cave Man
Chapter 6: A Tale of Two Cities
Chapter 7: Your Cheatin' Heart; or, "It's Complicated" at Lot 45
Chapter 8: The Other Woman
Chapter 9: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Chapter 10: Granny Rat and Jacques Derrat
Chapter 11: Whiskey and Lafayette
Chapter 12: The Trouble with Felix: Timothy's Last Will and Testament
Chapter 13: Graverobbers
Chapter 14: The Demonbreun Society
Chapter 15: The Gun, the Watch, and the Desk