Doctor Thomas came rushing down the dirt path on horseback to meet the Partons. They were about to have their fourth child, little Dolly Rebecca Parton. She was born on January nineteenth in 1946 in her brand new home, on a farm in Locust Ridge, Sevier County, Tennessee. Little Dolly was fourth out of twelve children. They lived in a one room log cabin in the Smoky Mountains.
Dolly grew up very poor and her dad was a sharecropper. A sharecropper is a farmer that does not own the land so they have to give half the crops to the owner of the land. That made matters worse because the harshly had enough money to buy food.
Dolly started school at seven years old, that was where she met Judy Ogle. They became best friends for life. Anyway, she went to a public school. Dolly was always being punished, she had found a way to be the class clown. Suddenly, one day the school burned down (it was not because of Dolly) she had to go to another school with richer kids. She hated it, she hated school in general. Her life was tough then, and that was only a quarter of it.