The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 6 No. 4 Summer 2003

Table of Contents

From the Editor

The editor acknowledges that several family articles and mystery photos have been submitted for use in the past several issues. He encourages everyone to continue to provide their articles for publication. Thanks to all who contributed to the 2004 calendar for the society. The editor also passed along tips of how to subscribe or unsubscribe to the TNLAWREN mail lists. Also how to correspond with the list administrator and to send information to subscribers.

Lawrence County Genealogical Society’s Meeting Saturday, March 15, 2003 by Josephine Pickard

The meeting was called to order by President Wallace Palmore. Treasurer reported a total balance of $12, 811.94. The calendar was discussed, also plans for the Family History Fair to be held June 28, 2003. Committees were appointed for the fair. An interesting program was presented by Mr. Robert Rains from the Wayne County Historical Society, pertaining to publishing a Lawrence County Family History Book.

Spring 2003 Board of Directors Meeting

Generally everything discussed above was covered in the Board of Directors Meeting.

The Family and Ancestry of Andy Wayne Kelley – Part II – Conclusion by Andy Wayne Kelley

Andy Wayne Kelley, Great-Great Grandson of Richard and Martha Ann Eaves Kelley prefaces his genealogy by explaining how he researched and came to the conclusions which he presents here.

The author continues by searching the southeastern region for anything he can find on three different Richard Kelleys. Basically, he set out to prove that Richard Kelley born Dec. 25, 1819 is the son of Jeremiah D. Kelley and Mary. A second Richard Kelley born Nov. 21, 1805, Cass County, GA is the son of William Kelley and the third Richard Kelley born Mar. 15, 1804 in Bradley County, TN is the son of Joel Kelley. The article ends with a comparison chart for the three Richards from birth to 1880. This chart has Richard Kelley born Dec. 25, 1819, son Jeremiah D. and Mary Kelley, Warren County, TN, in Wayne County, TN in 1830. In 1840, Richard Kelley, wife Martha and family are in Lawrence County, TN. In the 1860 Lawrence County, TN Census, Richard is 45 and Martha is 36. In 1870 and 1880, this family is in Wayne County, TN.

Mystery Families and Photographs

Top photo appears to be a family posed on an early 1900’s car. Bottom photo – the owner of this photo thinks that two of the gentlemen are Belews and second from the right is Joseph Watts. Can you help identify the rest?

Lawrence County Court Clerk Wills January 1829 to October 1847 (continued from Vol. 6 No. 3) abstracted by Wallace Palmore

From August term 1843 through October 1843 – Daniel McLaren, administratrix Settlement; Spencer Pearce, Guardian Settlement; John Milton and Mary Ann McAllister, Guardian Settlement; Alexander Murphy, Administor Settlement; Drury Basham , Administratrix Settlement; John Ramsey, Estate Inventory; Dicy Prior, Guardian Settlement; John Evans, Sr., Estate Sale; John Evans, Sr., Administrator Settlement; John Ramsey, Received from Estate; John Ramsey, Received from Estate; Elizabeth Beeler, Years Sustenance; John Miles, Additional Sale Bill; John Ramsey, Additional Inventory of the Estate.

Past Doctors of Lawrence County, Tennessee – Part II – Conclusion (continued from Vol. 6 No. 3) compiled by Kathy Niedergeses

From James W. Danley through E. R. Yeiser, there are five and a half pages of medical doctors. Many graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School, Sewanee Medical College, and others from medical schools as far away as Louisville, KY or IN.

LCGS Membership Update compiled by Kathy Niedergeses and Donna Ramsey

Seven new members researching family names such as Brashier/Brazier, Beatty, Brown, Flippo, Martin, Pennington, Bailey, Butler, Lindsey, McMillion and Vandergriff. Included are several changes in addresses and e-mail addresses.

Membership Renewal is Approaching!

A reminder that members need to renew membership before Sept. 1, 2003.

Seaton Family by Betty Seaton Liberty

The author begins with her ancestor, John Greene Seaton, a Great-Grandfather born May 15, 1840 in Maury County, TN. He was the son of Elizabeth Seaton born 1804 in SC. John’s siblings were James C. Seaton b. ca 1830; Sarah A. Seaton b. ca 1832; Loucinda C. Seaton b. ca 1834; William R. Seaton, b. May 1836; Elizabeth H. Seaton b. ca 1842; and Joel W. F. Seaton, b. ca 1845. After serving in the Confederacy during the Civil War, John Greene Seaton married Louisa Canariza Bell on June 18, 1872 in Maury County, TN, the daughter of John Newton Bell and Agnes Jane Burch of Lawrence County. This couple moved to Gibson County, TN, but after the death of John Greene between 1878 and 1880, Louisa and her sons returned to the home of her parents in Lawrence County, TN. The article follows each of the siblings of John Greene Seaton and some of their descendants.

Family Reunion of Lawrence County and Surrounding Area compiled by Mary Ann Kelton and Donna Ramsey

Many of these reunions are held on the same date each year. Over five pages of family reunions mostly in Lawrence and surrounding counties. Several are in AL. Some of the family names are: Allen, Blair, Clifton, Dixon, Franks, Hood, Hill, Jennings, Kelly, Littrell, Mabry, Nash, Powell, Richardson, Shaddix, Weathers , White and Wisdom. Most of these reunions are June through September.

Miscellaneous by Jim Crowder

Family History Fair, Membership Renewal, First Families of Lawrence County, Tennessee, and Fund Raiser (2004 Calendar)

The J. W. Garrett House compiled by Kathy Niedergeses

The house on the cover of the Heritage is referred to as the J. W. Garrett house. The current address is 205 South Military Ave. Garrett purchased the lot in 1882 with some kind of house on the property. In 1895, the property value jumped indicating that Garrett made improvements on the property. The current house is believed to be built about 1906-08. Supposedly this was the first house to be wired for electricity in Lawrenceburg. The property was sold to Dr. W. M. Gallaher in 1939. Currently, this once magnificent house is in a state of ruin.

The Book Nook reviews by Kathy Niedergeses

Nelson and Related Families compiled by Sue Robert Moritz; 1999 The first ancestor, Hugh Nelson was born 1591 in England. Great-Grandson Thomas Nelson arrived in America in 1705. A descendant, John Nelson and wife, Jane were in Lawrence Co., TN by 1818. Of their 10 children, only three remained in Lawrence Co., TN.

Queries by Kathy Niedergeses

Locke/Blackburn; Hankins/Hawkins; Kobeck; McNeal/McNeill/Patterson; Flippo/Elmore – Henry Flippo.

Index Volume 6, Number 4, (Summer, 2003)