Lawrence County Heritage

The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 12 No. 2 Winter 2008

Table of Contents

From the Editor:

The continuing article, The County Poor Farm, will not be appearing in this issue. Kathy will return to writing this article later. Please submit your stories and photos to be published in this journal. Remember to pay your membership prior to September 1, 2008. The Archives has moved to Leoma, TN. Our book, Heritage of Lawrence County, Tennessee is now available. Order forms are available at the Lawrence County Archives or visit

Lawrence County Birth Records 1908 – 1912 – Part I Transcribed by Donna Niedergeses, 2004.

This list of births was transcribed from the original book of births and deaths for Lawrence County. The following information is given: Last name, first name, date of birth, sex, color, where born, father’s name, where father born, occupation, mother’s name, where mother born, physician’s name, date of ?? and page number in book.

See journal issue for complete information. Last names only are: Adkisson, Bryan, Hardwick, Smith, Olive, Austin, Phillips, Bivens, Hensley, Mason, Hunt, Obryan, Lowery, Willis, Foresyth, Williams, Peeden, Roberson, Purser, Sledge, Robertson, Cannedy, Quillin, Johns, Moris, McKey, Spencer, Parker, Kimbrell, Myers, Pennington, Quillin, Gobell, Newton, Davis, Peppers, Flatt, Benafeld, Abercrombie, Harlen, Owens, Hanson, Gurty, Dover, Barnett, Brown, Belew, Bergob, Fredebeil, Guske, Ferrell, Pickard, Eaton, Reeves, Mathay, Clifton, Marks, Hamesley, Hollander, Maxwell, Keesler, Weathers, Tidwell, Eles (Eells), Urban, Slater, Buemer, Springer, Holman, Jenkins, McGee, Fisher, Holman, Estus, Matthews, Fowler, Hughes, Beckman, Litterell, Kessler, Johnson, Powell, Reaves, Killen.

Minutes of the Lawrence County Genealogical Society, Board Meeting, Saturday, September 20, 2008 by Doyce Shaddix.

Items in the minutes include: storage of Heritage Books, reimbursements, Book Committee, exchange of Heritage Books, meeting place change, chairs for the archives, LC Historical Society meeting.

Minutes of the Lawrence County Genealogical Society Membership Meeting, Saturday, September 20, 2008 by Doyce Shaddix.

Items discussed were: financial report, new phone number for archives (931-852-4091), off site storage of the Journal, changes in meeting time and place, new board members, speaker Amber Barfield, Document Conservationist for the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Mystery Families and Photographs

Help is asked in identifying three photos: one of a young girl, one of a soldier posing with a car (back of this photo reads "Home from leave from 318 Field Artillery"), the third photo is a group of men with a collection of "moonshine"? bottles (two men appear to be peace officers).

Gibbins & Griffin Cemeteries by Sue Hendrix Davis and Linda Jo Hendrix Dean.

The authors of this article included directions to these cemeteries and their own story about the research to find them. Three headstone photos are shown. They have provided additional facts about the individuals buried. Includes the obituary of Mrs. Elizabeth Gibbins. Names found: James Gibbins, Lewis Martin, Mary Martin, Isaac C. Griffin, Jarrett Lewis Griffin, Lucus F. Griffin, Malina Amanda Griffin.

Updated List of Members and Families Researched – Part IV, Conclusion (continued from Fall 2008) by Jim Crowder and Kathy Niedergeses.

Member names and addresses are given with the family names they are researching. See issue for complete information.

Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List – Part IV – Conclusion, Second Civil District (continued from Fall 2008) by Wallace Palmore.

Taxpayers names (R-Z) are given with the following information: acres, land value, total property value, poll tax, state tax, county tax, school tax, RR tax and Hwy tax.

About Our Front Cover, The Lawrence County Archives by Kathy Niedergeses.

The photo is the Lawrence County Archives new facility in Leoma, TN. Location is 2588 Highway 43 S., Leoma. Business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Two photos show the interior of the archives. Additional information included.

Joel B. Drake Family History – Part III – Conclusion (continued from Fall 2008) by Barbara Welch Stevenson.

This history concludes with the author’s recollections and research. Included are the families of Sherman Taylor and Ruth Drake and Joel B. Artelia F. Gooch Drake. Sources listed.

West Point, In the Words of Esquire J. A. Welch As told to Wylie R. Willis in 1915 by Kathy Niedergeses.

Information about West Point as given to Wylie R. Willis in 1935 by Esquire J. A. Welch, a member for 48 years on the Lawrence County Court and who was the first and only depot agent at West Point for the L & N Railroad Company. Photo of store at West Point, Tennessee included.

The Buffalo River Submitted by Kathy Niedergeses from notes of Viola Carpenter.

This article describes the river and its importance within the history of Lawrence County.

LCGS Membership Update

New members and changes.

Things We are Missing by Jim Crowder.

Jim provides a list of six items that members are asked to contribute to: the First Family Project, books for review in the journal, queries for the Journal, articles for the Journal, attendance at meetings, reunion information for the Journal.

Contributed by Susan Beeler Anderson

Last updated July 21, 2009