Lawrence County Heritage

The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 1 No. 1 Fall 1997

Table of Contents

Lawrence County Genealogical Society

Introduction of the society: goals, research services and publication policies.

Writing a Family History for Publication, a series by Jeanette Richardson Held and Shirley Hollis Rice.

The authors offer advice on why and how to write a family history. Their tips include how to organize your supplies and information, take notes, write paragraphs and prepare the final copy for publication.

1836 Lawrence County Map of Tax Districts submitted by Donna Ramsey

This map shows the tax districts and the county commissioner for each district. The original source of this map is unknown.

Benjamin Powell of Second District by Pat M. Mahan

A documented history of Benjamin Powell b. 1787 in Union Co., SC, arrived in Lawrence County, TN by October 9, 1825. Children are listed for Benjamin and his wife Catherine: Lucinda, Sarah, Robert H., Lucretia., James M., Catherine, Benjamin D., and Jacob Marion.

Jacob Marion Powell, youngest child of Benjamin Powell by Herb Abrams

Descendants of Jacob M. Powell and Nancy Eunice Etney Bassham. Includes photo.

The Will of Richard Powel from Charles E. Powell's Internet Homepage, submitted by Kathy Niedergeses

Transcribed will of Richard Powell of Union District, SC dated 1801.

Last Will of Benjamin Powell from Charles E. Powell's Internet Homepage, submitted by Kathy Niedergeses

Transcribed will of Benjamin Powell of Lawrence County, TN dated 1861.

Powell Controversy May Finally Be Settled: The deposition of James M. Powell submitted by Kathy Niedergeses

A controversy regarding the correct date of the Powell family's arrival in Lawrence Co., TN is resolved by this 1872 deposition taken from James M. Powell, son of Benjamin Powell in the court case of Robert Newton & others vs J. R. D. Sandy & others. Original deposition is transcribed.

Some Benjamin Powell Land Grants submitted by Wallace Palmore

Lists three land grants of B. Powell; one is transcribed.

Surveyors Plat of Bluewater Creek Area, Second District submitted by Wallace Palmore

A reproduction of land grant plats showing lands relating to the Lawrence Co., TN Powell family.

Ambrose Powell of the Walker Expedition, 1750 (extracted from S.C. Williams, Early Travels in The Tennessee County) submitted by Shirley Hollis Rice

To dispel the family myth that Benjamin Powell of Lawrence Co., TN was not the Powell who took part in the Walker Expedition in 1750, the author offers an extract taken from Judge Samuel Cole Williams' writing concerning the journal of Dr. Thomas Walker, the recognized leader of the expedition. Includes a map of the route of the expedition.

The Book Nook Book Reviews by Kathy Niedergeses

Cherokee Proud: A Guide for Tracing and Honoring Your Cherokee Ancestors, by Tony Mack McClure, PhD.

School Days at David Crockett Elementary School 1951 - 1997, compiled by Bonnie and Danny Benson.

Lawrence County Court Records, July 1822 - Oct. 1826, reprinted and contributed by Bobby Alford.

The McMasters Family History, the unpublished work compiled and contributed by Patricia Hillhouse Motes.

The Moore Family History, by H. Dwain Moore.

Days Gone Bye, compiled and contributed by Danny Benson.

A History of the Comer Family and Related Families, compiled and contributed by Margueritte Comer Baggett and Mary Ann Comer Hartsell.

Lawrenceburg Lot Descriptions and Transfers, unpublished works compiled by Viola Carpenter and Marymaud Carter.

In Love and Memory, compiled and donated by Danny Benson.

Mystery Families and Photographs

Photos from the collections of our readers: two from the collection of the late Lucille Kimbrell Larson and one found in a bureau Jake Newton inherited from his cousin Oscar Randolph.

The Lawrence County Descendents of John William "Flat River William" Clayton submitted by Mary Nell Hollis Franks.

History of the forefather of the Lawrence County Claytons - John William Clayton born 1773 in Caswell Co., NC and died about 1860 in Lawrence Co., TN. Includes the descendents of William and Rachel Crews Clayton: Thomas, Hardy, William, Jr., Richard, Sarah Jane, John, Stanford R. Clayton and William and second wife, Nancy Blackard: Jeremiah B., Elizabeth, Susannah, Henry M., and Job S. Clayton.

James Griffin, Farmer and Self-Trained Physician contributed by Estha Cole.

Family history of James Griffin, born 1832, youngest child of David and Sarah Griffin. Includes the descendants of James and first wife, Nancy A. Randels and second wife, Mary M. Gardner. References to the medical practice of James.

The Ten Commandments for Genealogists submitted by Rhonda Shoemaker, extracted from Rabbi Malcolm Stern, "The Ethics of Genealogy" in The Genealogy Digest, Fall 1985.

Loretto's First Masonic Lodge: Lodge No. 655 Free and Accepted Masons contributed by Estha Cole.

A brief history of the Loretto Lodge naming original members and early members. Includes a photo of Charles E. Reeves, first Worshipful Master of the Lodge and a copy of a newspaper clipping from the Democrat Union.

How Do I...Research my Masonic Ancestors? By Kathy Niedergeses

Helpful suggestions for researching Masonic members.

About Our Front Cover

A group photo that is one of Lawrence County's early Masonic Lodges.

The Gibbins Family of Second Creek, Obituary and Family Sketch submitted by Teresa Newton.

The obituary of Mrs. Elizabeth Gibbins published November 1897 in the Lawrence County Democrat. The will of James Gibbins, husband of Elizabeth, names children: Napoleon, Bolivar, Laura A. Council, John Q., James M., Joseph G., Angeroney E., Andrew H., and Mary W. Martin.

The Bumpass Families of Early Lawrence County by Viola Hagan Carpenter

An account of the Lawrence County pioneer Bumpass family includes the origin of the family in Southern France, early immigrants to America, Bumpass families in Massachusetts, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina. Reviews the history of the family as it relates to the settling of Lawrence County, TN. Names the descendents of James and Sarah Bumpass. Includes Hartwell Jones Bumpass, the son of James and Sarah. (To be continued in the next quarterly with the Gabriel Bumpass story)


York/Deweese, Walker/Westmoreland/Harris/Gallion, Melton, Appleton.

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