The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 5, No. 4              Summer 2002

Table of Contents

From the Editor

The Mystery Families and Photographs page has generated much interest, reports the Editor. Also, the Editor reminds all members to send in renewals and renews his request for comments, suggestions and/or submissions.

Mystery Pictures Identified, by Jim Crowder

Mary Ann Million identifies the lady on top row left pictured in the Spring 2002 issue as Nancy Josephine Johnston Haynes, b. 3 October 1856, d/o John W. A. & Lucy Ann Estes Johnston of Lawrence County. Having moved to Texas, the Haynes are buried in Hardemon, County, TX. Ms. Million assumes the other three ladies pictured to be Nancy’s sisters: Sarah Jane Johnston Riddle, Mary L. Johnston Wood, and Laura Mae Johnston Horn.

Concerning the second mystery photo displayed in the Spring 2002 issue, Phyllis Brady reports that the man on the horse is possibly her great grandfather, Sanders Riley Brewer, known as Doc".

Lawrence County Marriages 1926-1929, compiled by Donna Ramsey

The list continues from the Spring 2002 issue and includes names Hood, Marvin-Newton, Herman. To be continued Fall 2002.

Mystery Families and Photographs

The top picture on the page depicts a group of four men and a woman with a young boy and girl standing on the road in front of a frame house. In their midst is a fine looking early vintage automobile. The group is dressed formally as possibly for church. The lower picture, again of early 20th century, is of a group of about 45 children of varying ages standing in front of a frame building, probably their school. A seated woman in the foreground is assumed to be the teacher. Behind the standing children is an immense, unfurled American flag. One of the boys next to the flag is holding a banner or placard to which a young woman in front of the flag is pointing with upraised arm.

Dr. William F. Kellogg’s Medical Journal, compiled by Kathy Niedergeses (cont. from Spring 2002)

The record of births attended by Dr. Kellogg continues with the time period, March 28, 1924-April 22, 1927. The list will continue in the Fall 2002 issue.

Queries, compiled by Kathy Niedergeses

Information is requested on the following families: Pullen/Ellison/Powell; LeMay/Wood; Emmert; Burross/Cox; Griffin/McMasters.

Reunions and Meetings, compiled by Jim Crowder

McCafferty Family: July 31, 2002-Aug. 4, 2002, Lawrenceburg & Five Points, TN.

Wayne County Historical Society Annual Family History Fair: July 13, 2002, Cypress Inn, TN.

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

These abstracts of wills and other estate records continue from the Vol. 5, No. 3 issue. Names included are: Basham; Christian; McMasters; Sullivant; Wasson; Mathews; Crews; Beeler.

Membership Renewal

The membership year is September 1 through August 31. Help reduce operating costs by renewing on time.

The Book Nook, reviews by Kathy Niedergeses

Abstracts of Deed Books for Lawrence, Wayne, Gibson and Carroll Counties TN, compiled by Vicky Hutchings; 2002

Blythe, Vol. 1, by Pat Hicks Brigance; c1994

Appreciation is extended to all those who have donated books or microfilms to the Archives.

A Roosevelt Mattress, by Estha Cole

This is an account of a little known project during World War II sponsored by the U.S. Government and administered by the Agricultural Extension Service. The writer describes the process of using war surplus materials of cotton and cotton fabric to make mattresses for the home. Individuals from every county in every state could apply for the material. A well-cared for example of the finished product, made in 1941 by Jimmy Ray Webb, can be viewed in the Ralph Passarella Museum in Loretta, TN.

Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting, Saturday, March 16, 2002, by Josephine Pickard, Secretary

The Treasurer reported a balance of $5,598.56 in the account and two CD’s at $3000 each. The minutes were reviewed. Fund raising suggestions were discussed.

Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, March 16, 2002, by Josephine Pickard, Secretary

Meeting was chaired by Wallace Palmore, President. Visitors and guest speaker were introduced. The Treasurer reported the account balance of $5,598.56 and the two CD’s at $3000 each The guest speaker, Kenn Pearson, presented a program on developing family history interest in children.

Memorial Day or Decoration Day, by Mary Ann Kelton and others

The authors discuss the origin and customs of the day proclaimed by the U.S. Government as the last Monday in May. Names of cemeteries in Lawrence County that have set aside decoration days between April and November are provided in a list.

How Do I…Find Death Records and Use Alternate Records to Establish Death Dates, by Kathy Niedergeses

Official death records for the area are sketchy before 1950. The Archives has records for 1908-1912; the Tennessee State Library provides records for 1914-1950; and the Tennessee Vital Records Office in Nashville maintains 1951--. There are caveats in using these records, in that they are as reliable as the knowledge of the provider of the data. The article suggests other avenues for researching death records such as cemetery records; wills and other estate records, such as money claims, receipts of heirs, court petitions in county or chancery court, widow’s application for dower and guardianship records, and more.

About Our Front Cover…The Kerr Hotel, by Kathy Niedergeses

The history of this building, Lot #68 in the layout of Lawrenceburg, corner of North Military Ave. & Depot St., is traced from 1821 to the present day. From Deed Books and other sources each owner has been identified and the description of the property on the deed as it passed from one owner to the next is given. The author provides full source references.

Bruton/Brewton Family, by Lila McGee Gobbell

The family is thought to have descended from one of a group of Huguenots who, in the 17th century, emigrated from France, through England and Barbados to the southern colonies of America. The Lawrence Co., TN, Brutons arrived in the 1870’s from Lincoln Co., TN, and settled on Chisholm Creek just east of the Natchez Trace. Census records, marriage records and family tradition are listed as sources.


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

LCGS Membership Update

The update reports three new members and updates on members.

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