The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 5, No. 2                                     Winter 2001

Table of Contents


From the Editor

This page pays tribute to Kathy Niedergeses, the Director of the Lawrence County Archives and the contact point on behalf of the Society. She performs lookups and research, responds to e-mail, coordinates the “first families” programs, performs book reviews and much more. The Editor thanks the Society for a stipend that he has applied to a new printer.

The Williams and Clifton Families, by Bobby Alford

The history of the Alford family, started in the Fall 2001 issue of the Heritage, continues here as it ties that family to the Williams and Clifton families.

Lawrence County Marriages 1926-1929, compiled by Donna Ramsey

Loose original marriage certificates for the time period 1926-1998 have recently been moved from the courthouse to the archives. The archives is now in possession of many more records for the time period 1926-1929 than was thought to be in existence. The information on these certificates has been assembled in a list of 20 pages which provides a supplement to the book of marriages 1818-1929 housed at the archives. The list is arranged in alphabetical order by groom’s last name and includes the bride’s name, date, and box and file number where the original certificate is stored. The Heritage plans to publish the entire list and starts in this issue with names Aaron-Crews, Marvin.

The Isaac Wesley Brian Family, by Reita Jones Burress

This history follows the Brian family from Hocking County, Ohio in 1849 to Lawrence County, Tennessee into the 20th century. Three generations are documented.

Minutes to LCGS Meeting, Saturday, September 15, 2001

The meeting was called to order with President, Wallace Palmore, presiding. A moment of silence was observed in honor and memory of all who were injured and killed during the tragedy at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. There were no reports. The spring Family History Fair 2001 held in June was discussed. Elections were held to replace two board members who are retiring and one who is relocating. A program on the Civil War was presented by Stanley Silver.

Dr. William F. Kellogg’s Medical Journal, compiled by Kathy Niedergeses

This list continues, from the Fall 2001 issue, the record of births attended by Dr. Kellogg of Lawrence County, Tennessee for the years 1899-1939. This issue’s list covers the years October 8, 1911-June 28, 1920. It will be continued in the Heritage Spring 2002 issue.

Mystery Families and Photographs

Two pictures to be identified are a middle-aged couple from the early 20th century and a “dry goods” store in Lawrenceburg, site and date unknown.

Recent Acquisition of Marriage Records At Lawrence County Archives, by Kathy Niedergeses

The author brings to the researcher’s attention certain discrepancies in the recording of marriage dates for marriages in the county clerk’s office over the years. In some cases, dates of the marriage were taken from the actual certificate (the date when the marriage was solemnized by the presiding officer), while in other cases the dates of the “return” of the certificates to the county office were used. In most cases the dates vary only a few days, but some show discrepancies by as much as months. The staff at the archives is attempting to sort out the situation and is seeking volunteer help in the endeavor. The following schedule shows the discrepancies in the relevant records:

1818-1929 - marriage records by archives staff - actual marriage date on certificate

1924-1959, 1960-1999 - marriage record books by Nancy Crowder - some date of return; some actual marriage date

1924-1999 - county records books on microfilm - some date of return; some actual marriage date

1926-1998 - newly acquired additional loose certificates - actual marriage date on certificate

About Our Front Cover, by Jim Crowder with Kathy Niedergeses

The Ethridge Cotton Gin, owned by the Gladish family, is depicted on this issue’s front cover. Cotton was the major crop for Lawrence County 1920-1960. By 1960, the gin site was occupied by the Ethridge Mill and Feed Co.

1890 Civil War Veterans Census For Lawrence County, abstracted by Reita Burress,

from the book 1890 Civil War Veterans Census of TN, by Sistler, introduction by Kathy


This 1890 Census was intended to list only Union Veterans, but during the process about 10% of the data gathered was on Confederate veterans. The listing is limited to those who responded to the request for data. This list is available on the archives’ web page as well as in this issue of the Heritage.

Minutes to LCGS Board Meeting Saturday, September 15, 2001

The meeting was called to order with chairperson, Mary Nell Franks, presiding. New officers for 2002 were elected. The Board approved donations of $250 to the archives for additional microfilm and $100 to the editor of the Heritage for toner and paper. It was decided not to hold the Family History Fair in the year 2002. A suggestion was made to invite archivists from neighboring counties to present programs at future meetings.

Queries, by Kathy Niedergeses

Information is requested on the Holden/McDonald/King family.


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

These abstracts of wills and other estate records continue from Vol. 4 and Vol. 5, No. 1. Names included are Douglas H. Stockton; Alexander Murphy; James Basham; R.H. Allen; Isaac Pennington; Thomas Montgomery; Sion Smart; M. McAnally; and David C. Jackson.

Index Vol. 5, No. 2

All names mentioned in this issue are included in the Index.

LCGS Membership, compiled by Kathy Niedergeses and Donna Ramsey

The update includes new members and/or changes since the last issue.

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