Lawrence County Heritage

The Journal of the Lawrence County (Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 1, No. 4 (Summer 1998)

Table of Contents

From the Editor
The first four issues of the journal are indexed by Donna Ramsey. [The index appears at the end of this issue.]


Family History Fair--20 June, Lawrence County High School Cafeteria. Family files will be shared. For further information, Teresa Newton at (931)762-4627 or or Kathy Niedergeses and Donna Ramsey at (931)766-1576 or for directions or further information.

The “First Families of Lawrence County” project is receiving good response. Those who can document their membership in this important group are urged to submit their applications.

Wisdoms of Lawrence County, Tennessee, by James W. Wisdom
Continued from LCH vol. 1, no. 3 (1997): 79-82. Contains an excerpt from a most interesting memoir written by Miss Gertie Wisdom shortly after her eightieth birthday.

The Samuel J. Kelley Family, by Bruce Johnston and Kathy Niedergeses
A continuation of the Kelly family history, picking up with the sixth child (William) of Samuel J. and Sara Elizabeth Johnston Kelley, giving important details about him and his younger siblings.  A correction regarding the wife of John J. Kelly, Jr. (see LCH 2 no. 3 [l998]:. 83) appears at the end of this article. According to Ellen Killen of Killen, Alabama, the :”E.C.” mentioned was in fact the wife of Jonathan J. Kelley, son of Richard and Martha Kelley. A short sketch of Richard Kelley and descendants follows.

Lawrence County, TN, Births for 1881 & 1882, compiled by Kathy Niedergeses
This list includes the names of both parents and in some cases their origin, the place of the child’s birth, and the occupation of the father.

Lawrence County, TN, Deaths for 1881 & 1882, compiled by Donna Ramsey
This list is of particular importance because it includes such details as marital status, age at death, cause of death, residence of parents, and father’s name.

The Book Nook,
reviews by Kathy Niedergeses and Teresa Newton
Of the fourteen books reviewed, nine are housed in the Lawrence County Archives, five in the Lawrence County Public Library.

First Families of Lawrence County, Tennessee
Reminders for entering family histories; call for volunteers to help with the processing of the applications.

How Do I. . .Find Information from the Census Records after 1920,
by Donna Ramsey
A detailed account of available census records, fees, data required for searches, and addresses.

Lawrence County Court Clerk Wills--January 1829 to October 1847,
abstracted by Shirley Hollis Rice
A continuation of the article begun in LCH 1, no. 2 (1998): 87-90.

It’s Time to Renew Your Membership. . .

A reminder that memberships (other than lifetime) must be renewed by 1 September. Basic dues are $10; sustaining $25 (of great help to the society), and lifetime, $100 (most welcome).

Mystery Families and Photographs

A father and son, a young woman, and a young girl in search of identification. Information on these subjects and your own mystery photos welcome.


A regular feature. Queries from members are free of charge, those from non-members $2.00 each. Maximum: two per person per issue; more if space is available.

The Cemetery Time Forgot: The Cooling or Shay Cemetery,
by Maryanne A. Highley
A message from an elderly resident about a long-abandoned cemetery sends the author and friends to a remote spot where only a few broken stones and scattered chimney bricks attest to a long abandoned homestead and cemetery. Detailed directions for getting there.

Extracts from the Journal of Blanche Gallaher Olive of Holly Creek

Informal notes on marriage and birth dates, ranging from 1892 to 1944. Included in this article is a photograph of Blanche Gallaher Olive.

Future Direction of the Lawrence County Heritage

A call for volunteers; possible alternatives to the present situation, including semi-annual publication and increase in membership fee and hiring help.

Index for Volume 1, Issues 1-4

About Our Front Cover. . .

This article explains the cover photograph of the old Samuel Kelly and Sarah Johnston home place, owned and remodeled by Bob and Teresa Kelly. It also includes a photograph of the fireplace and dinner bell.

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