The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 6 No. 2     Winter 2002

Table of Contents

From the Editor

A couple of family Bible records are in this issue with others to follow in later editions as promised.  The editor encourages everyone to contribute articles and/or pictures for future editions of the journal.

The Lawrence County Genealogical Society’s Family History Fair by Kathy Niedergeses

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2003, at Lawrence County High School. (*note: The Family History Fair has been changed from the 3rd Saturday to the 4th Saturday in June.)

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

(continued from Vol. 6 No. 1 (Fall 2002)

This is the conclusion of Dr. Kellogg’s Medical Journal. In this issue are births from 1930 to 1939.

Lawrence County Genealogical Society Family History Fair

Table reservation form for June 28, 2003

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

Wills, estate settlements, widow's support, guardianship, etc. continued from Vol. 6 No. 1. These are from June term, 1843.  Names included are Robert F. Walker, Catharine Walker, William L. Dalton, Milberry Dalton, James Martin, John Ray, Syntha Ray, John Robertson, Alvin Smith, David C. Jackson, Daniel May, John McCann, Sr., and James Appleton.

Mystery Families and Photographs

The top picture seem to be of an organization such masons. Note the aprons each is wearing.  Bottom picture might be a singing group or perhaps a pipe club.

The Plight of Missing Lawrence County Records by Kathy Niedergeses

This is information on why certain records for Lawrence County are not available. The courthouse was spared during the Civil War, but in Apr. 1863, Federal Troops broke into the clerk’s office and scattered papers over the floor, into the street and in the public square.

Giles M. Meek, County Court Clerk, moved books and some papers to his house in 1863 to preserve them. Some records were lost in 1974 when the old 1905 courthouse was torn down. Some of the missing record books at the courthouse are County Clerk’s office – Marriage book June 1878 - Aug. 1881, County Clerk’s office- Will Book Apr. 1868 - Mar. 1887, and several tax books from County Trustee’s office.

LCGS Membership Update compiled by Kathy Niedergeses and Donna Ramsey

There are nine new members since the last issue of the Heritage and several changes in addresses and e-mails.

The House of LeMay, Lawrence County by Virginia L. Keefer

The first relative in America of the House of LeMay is thought to be Peter LeMay who arrived in VA about 1700 and died in VA about 1742. He passed his estate to wife, Susannah and eldest son, Charles. The children of Peter and Sarah were: Charles born about 1721, married Susannah; Samuel, born about 1737; John, born 1722, married twice; and Lucy who married Henry Wade. The author’s direct ancestor who descended from Charles LeMay, Sr., was John LeMay born Jan. 9, 1759 who married Christian Ussery. John LeMay served in the Revolutionary War. John and Christian’s son, Lewis Allen Lemay born Apr. 12, 1784 was in Lawrence County, TN in 1840, having left NC, Feb. 12, 1828. Descendants migrated to IL after the Civil War, then back to TN, near the AL line. Many family members are buried near Lauderdale, Killen and Florence, AL. Contact the Lawrence County Genealogical Society to purchase this issue, or for additional information contact the Lawrence County Archives.

About Our Front Cover by Jim Crowder

This photo is of Pleasant Marion LeMay’s immediate family around 1900-1910. He was the son of Lewis Allen LeMay, Jr. and Nancy Wood LeMay. It includes Pleasant Marion, his wife, Euphia Madora Hall LeMay and their six children.

The Book Nook reviews by Kathy Niedergeses

Works donated are reviewed in each issue of the journal. Contributions are appreciated and are tax deductible.

William Carson Powell, My Story by Robert Pulley, 2002. Mr. Powell’s story in first person from birth in 1917 in Wilson Co, TN through childhood, manhood, military service, marriage and children to present day.

Cocke County, TN Marriage Register 1881-1883 compiled by Bruce D. Price c2001. Actual copies of microfilm of the marriage register for this time period.

Cocke County, TN Marriages Volume 8-11, January 1901 to July 1912 compiled by Bruce D. Price, 2001. Also transcribed from microfilm and divided into sections, one for brides, the other half for grooms in alphabetical order.

Queries by Kathy Niedergeses

Byrant/Byran/Hill/Petty – Looking for information on children of Jacob Bryant and Nancy Hill.

Lawrence County Marriages 1926 – 1929 compiled by Donna Ramsey. (conclusion of marriages continued from Vol. 6 No. 1 Fall 2002)

Marriages from Oct. 1928 through July 1929 (Thompson through Young) are included in this.

Old Bible Records of Lawrence County Families compiles by Donna Ramsey and Kathy Niedergeses (continued from Vol. 5 No. 1)

Ashmore Family – family bible of John E. and Margaret E. Ashmore Agee.

Bell Family – given by Grandpa Bell to William M. Ashmore.

Helton Family – previously owned by Abraham and Mary A. Helton, now in possession of Walter F. Helton.

Kimbrell Family – beginning with Joseph Mattarriah Kimbrel, born July 30, 1875.

LeMay Family – from the original T. A. LeMay bible dated 1878.

List of Letters Left at Post Office in 1846 compiled by Donna Ramsey.

Source: "The Academist" newspaper April 8, 1846 – A list of individuals whose letters have not been picked up at the post office in Lawrenceburg. If they are not picked up by July 1, they will be sent to General Post Office as dead letters.

Minutes to the Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting Saturday, September 21, 2002

Election of new officers was held with the following results: Kathy Niedergeses, Chairperson; Wallace Palmore, President; Lila Gobbell, Vice-president; Josephine Pickard, Secretary; and Travis Henderson, Treasurer. Discussions on whether to compile a family history book for Lawrence County, whether to allow advertising in the society’s journal and to try to recruit new members before the family history fair in June.

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting Saturday, September 21, 2002

By Josephine Pickard

The meeting was called to order by president, Wallace Palmore. Treasurer’s report: $5,269.36 in checking and $7,000.00 in CD’s. Three members were voted back on the board, Kathy Niedergeses, Mary Todd, and Travis Henderson. Reita Burress and Mavis Sutherland, members of TN Tent # 4 of the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, presented a very interesting program.

Index – Volume 6, Number 2, Winter 2002

Reunions, Homecomings, Special Events

Please continue to advise us of your reunions, homecomings, and/or special events. We will be glad to include them in the journal as space allows.

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