The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 4 No. 1 Fall 2000

Table of Contents

From the Editor

The editor highlights the issue's articles and calls for volunteer assistance at the Lawrence County Archives. The next Society meeting is announced for Saturday, 16 September 2000.

The Prince Family, by Denise Prince Wilson

The article chronicles the Prince ancestors of the author in Tennessee and Alabama. There are charts of the children of Isaac A. and Sarah Deen/Dean Prince and of James Daniel and Delila Melissa A. Green Prince. Photos are included of : Martin Walter Prince, James A.D. Prince and Harrison Prince. Sources of Information are provided.

Membership Renewal, by Kathy Niedergeses

A reminder that the membership year runs 1 September-31August and dues are $10 for one year, $25 for one year sustaining member, $100 for lifetime member.

First Families of Lawrence County, TN, by Kathy Niedergeses

The list of First Families whose applications have been approved includes applicant's name; the ancestor and spouse; and the time period the ancestor first appears in Lawrence Co., TN.

Districts Formed In Lawrence County, Tennessee, In 1836, by Kathy Niedergeses

A transcription of the original documents laying off the County into 12 districts within which the Justices of the peace and Constables were to be elected, dated 7 January 1836. The description of the districts include many property lines of the land-owners. The original documents are housed at the Lawrence County Archives.

The Book Nook by Kathy Niedergeses and Teresa Newton

Reviews of: "Strawfoot" The Life and Times of the 32nd Tennessee Infantry 1861-1865, comp. by Bill Skillian; 2000

1880 Giles County Census, by Byron Sistler; 2000

Index to TN Wills and Administrations 1779-1861, by Barbara & Byron Sistler; c. 1990

At Rest Supplement IV, Cemetery Records of Lawrence County, TN, by Hazel Myhan; 2000

Some Descendants of William Alsup, by Kenneth and Patricia Hillhouse Motes

Some Descendants of Samuel and Mary Lynch Freeman, by Patricia Hillhouse Motes

Some Descendants of Jeremiah Parker, by Kenneth and Patricia Hillhouse Motes

Some Descendants of Johann Foust, by Patricia Hillhouse Motes

Appleton, Couch, Hammonds, and Newton Families, by Sue Hendrix Davis; 2000

James Roper Family, by Sue Hendrix Davis; 2000

Christopher Gist of Maryland and Some of his Descendants 1679-1957, by Maxwell J. and Jean Muir Dorsey, c 1969

Early East TN Taxpayers, by Pollyanna Creekmore; c 1979

Early TN Tax Lists, by Sistler; c 1994

Elihu Etheredge & Dr. Eli Etheredge of the Lawrence Counties, by Benjamin F. Etheredge 

A Piece of the Smokies In Middle Tennessee, by Bruce D. Price

This article provides a listing of families who came from Cocke and Sevier Counties, Tennessee, and from Haywood County, North Carolina, to settle in the communities of Revilo, Shoaly Branch, and Lindsey Grove in Lawrence County, Tennessee, in the early 1900's. The area was known as "The Second Division of the Tennessee German Catholic Homestead Association". Census Records for these families for the years 1910, 1920 are provided as well as Deed and Marriage Records.

TNLAWREN, The Mailing List, by Jim Crowder

The author describes the Lawrence Co., TN RootsWeb mailing list which is an online subscription site to send to and review messages from fellow researchers interested in the families of Lawrence County, Tennessee. The author invites you to join by sending an e-mail message to with the word "subscribe" as the only word in the body of the message (without the quotation marks). Do not use a subject line in your message.  To post a message, which everyone of the list will receive (the person who posts it will receive it also), send the message to

Mystery Families and Photographs

A photo of Chinubee School off the West Point Road needs identification of the exact location of the school, the date the school was built and the names of the students in the photo. A second photo is of the Singing School of the Blue Springs Presbyterian Church and School, c 1902-1904. Persons identified in the photo include Ms. Belle Sparkman; J.H. (Bud) Belew; Dan Comer; S. Eva (Evie) Brown; John Henry (Jep) Brown. The other 33 people are unidentified.

Lawrence County Confederate Pension Applications, by Kathy Niedergeses

This list is taken from Confederate Pension Applications based on the book Index to Tennessee Confederate Pension Applications, TN State Library and Archives, Nashville 1964. The List is printed by permission of TSLA. The List includes Name of Applicant/Pension No./Unit & Widow's Name. A complete list of pension applications for Tennesseans in the Civil War is available at

Family History Fair

83 people signed the register at the third Annual Family History Fair held 17 June, 2000 at the Lawrence County High School. Special thanks is extended to those who assisted in many functions and roles. Prize winners are listed.

LCGS Membership Update, by Kathy Niedergeses and Donna Ramsey

A list of 21 people who have become members, or have advised of changes since the last issue.

Lawrence County Court Clerk Wills January 1829 to October 1847, by Wallace Palmore

This document is continued from Vol. 3. No. 2. and includes actions for the following persons: R.R. Hurst; William Foster; W.R. Hurst; Isaac Grisham; Drury Basham; A.B. Wasson; Dr. Martin McAnally.

Entire 1790-1920 U.S. Census to Be Available Online Soon, by Kathy Niedergeses

The article is extracted from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, by Richard W. Eastman and is used with the author's permission. The author outlines the projected launching of Genealogy by SierraHomes Generations and its division Heritage Quest which will, when completed, provide online all U.S. Census images from 1790-1920.

Genealogical Visits to the WEB, by Jim Crowder

The author suggests that beginning genealogical researchers, especially focusing on Lawrence County, TN, start with: <> and <>.

Delinquent Poll Tax List for 1842, by Kathy Niedergeses

This list transcribed from loose original records at the Lawrence County Archives was presented by John Fondren, Sheriff, for the January term of Court in 1843. The list includes complete name, reason for delinquency, and amount of delinquency.

Queries, by Kathy Niedergeses

Information needed by researchers on Hall; Matthews/Beeler; Fite/Turnbull; Grissom/Grisham; Bowen; Comer; Abernathy/Drake/Welch; Coker; McGrew; Davis/Anthony; Williams.

About the Front Cover

Tracy Williams seeks identification of location, time and/or persons in a large and very old photo of a large group of people gathered in an unidentified cemetery. On the back of the photo is the name of Tracy's great-uncle, Arthur Brown, brother of Tracy's grandmother, Myrtle Brown Littrell.

Index Volume 4 Number 1, (Fall 2000)

Includes surnames of all names appearing in this issue.

Kelly/Kelley Family Reunion, by Donna Cuillard

Announcement of Reunion on September 7-9, 2001, Lawrenceburg, TN, of all Kelly/Kelley descendants whose families ever lived in Tennessee and/or South Carolina.

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