Lawrence County Heritage

The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 12 No. 3 Spring 2009

Table of Contents


From the Editor:

If you haven’t purchased our book Heritage of Lawrence County, Tennessee, a few copies are still available. Send $75 to Lawrence County Heritage, P. O. Box 588, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464-0588. Kathy Niedergeses, Director of the Lawrence County Archives, society board member and officer, is working without any assistance at the Archives. Please help by volunteering to help her.

McMaster/Sexton Cemetery read 6 September 2003 by Sue Hendrix Davis and Linda Jo Hendrix Dean.

Information collected from this cemetery is given. Names include: Harris, McMasters, Sexton, Shay, Shelton, and Smith. A second part of this article family information received while research the cemetery. Names include: Harris, Childers, Littrell, Yerger/Yeager.

Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List – Part I, Third Civil District by Wallace Palmore.

Names include: Alsop, Appleton, Barr, Bassham, Boxton, Burgess, Bain, Belew, Brown, Biglow, Bergman, Braly, Carrell, Crowder, Coffman, Chaffen, Crabb, Cottrell, Cox, Comer, Conaway, Cabbage, Clifton, Dobbins, Durrett, Dubole, Daivs, Dickinson, Dover, Day, Durett, Dobbins, Ellers, Esman, Ezell, Foust, Freeman, French, Garner, Gibbins, Griffin, Galliam, Glass, Green Goud, Gil, GCH Assn., Garrett, Gatlin, Heid, Hagan.

To be continued in the Summer 2009 issue of the Journal

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting, Saturday, December 6, 2008.

The board discussed subleasing the building that the society no longer uses for the storage of the Heritage books and cancelling the unnecessary insurance on the books. Dan Watson, author of Hanging of Sam Davis, will present the program at the March 21, 2009 meeting.

Harwell Reunion

All Harwell (Harvill, Harvell, etc.) descendents are invited to their reunion to be held May 15 and 16, 2009 at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, AR. Contact: Roger 870-368-3618

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, December 6, 2008.

A change of meeting place was approved. Meetings will be held at the library instead of the church. Discussion included: subleasing office space, insurance, Christmas gifts, Family History Fair, gift to Lawrence County Historical Society for the furnace in the Old Jail Museum, purchase of microfilm for the archives. Denison Minor gave a presentation on Researching Your New England Ancestors.

See You At The Meeting

The next meeting will be held June 27, 2009 at the library instead of the church.

The Book Nook reviews by Lila Gobbell

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

Some Descendants of David and Sarah Griffin compiled by Sue Hendrix Davis and Linda Jo Hendrix Dean.

Family Bible Records, Wayne County, Tennessee, Wayne County Historical Society, 2002.

Wayne County, Tennessee Wills and Letters of Administration 1848 – 1920, edited by Nelle J. Berry and June L. Scott, Wayne County Historical Society, Waynesboro, Tennessee, 1990.

Wayne County, Tennessee World War I Veterans, published by the Wayne County Historical Society, 2009.

Mystery Families and Photographs

Help is needed to identify three photos: a family with a car, a child in a coat and hat, and two gents playing checkers.

Lawrence County Birth Records 1908 – 1912- Part II Transcribed by Donna Niedergeses Davis, 2004. (continued from Winter 2008)

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: Durrett, Wilburn, McGuire, Belew, Hagan, Green, Hendrix, Sills, Cox, McDonald, Crowder, Rogers, Rossen, Crabb, Alred, Good, Powell, James, Shaddix, Harlan, Parrott, Hood, Rushing, Comer, Sisk, Sutton, White, Jackson, Harrison, Buffaloe, Daugherty, Hannah, Prosser, Murrell, Cannon, Crews, Johnson, Newton, Fleemon, Schneider, Williamson, Johns, White, Curtice, Prince, Liles, Howell, Nolley, Stockman, Tidwell, Price, Baxter, Barnes, Rhodes, Steward, Wilburn, Lumpkins, Musgrove, Hill, Mabry, Brewer, Lacroix, Smith, Ward, Williams, Simpson, Bailey, Busby, Rigsby.

(To be continued in the Summer 2009 issue of the Journal)

The County Poor Farm – Part VIII, (continued from Fall 2008) compiled by Kathy Niedergeses & Donna Niedergeses Davis.

This is a continuation of a series of articles on the county farm in Lawrence County. Names were extracted from County Court Minute Book June 1890-July 1894. Names of paupers include: Laws, Bassham, Robinson, Boyd, Brown, Edmoniston, Riggs, Bently, Basham, Robinson, Williams, Roberts, Burlison, Flippo, Beardsly, Donley, Markum, Riggs, Urban, Hamp, Durbin, Scott, Gleen, Glenn?, Futrell, Horton, Warren, Gabel, Pierce, Gosh, Gist?, Clay, Pugh, Bradley, Snider.

(To be continued in the Summer 2009 issue of the Journal)

African-American Bondage 1820-1863 in Lawrence County, TN – Part I Compiled by Lawrence & Kathy Niedergeses.

This is a listing of slave names and owners extracted from various sources- deeds, wills, county and chancery court petitions, etc. Copies of original sources can be purchased from the Lawrence County Archives. This listing includes the names of the owners, purchaser, place of residence of both, slave’s name, date of sale, deed book page number and age of slave if given.

Bergob and Gunselman Reunion

This reunion will be held June 26, 27 * 28, 2009 at Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. Contact Georganna Monk by e-mail:

Cocke County Connections by Bruce Price.

This article offers information regarding research in Cocke County, Tennessee and the importance of searching other counties for Lawrence County families. An example of the Buckner family is given.

Farr First Family by Barbara A. Farr Henderson

The author traces her grandfather, John Newton Farr, born in Indiana in 1870 and settled in Lawrence County, Tennessee by 1893.

Corrections by Jim Crowder

Corrections to the Fall and Winter 2008 issues of the Journal.

About Our Front Cover, The Gunn House Compiled by Kathy Niedergeses.

The ownership of this house is traced through Lawrence County sources and deed records. The owners included: Commissioners of Lawrenceburg, Blue, Dunn, Bentley, Kidd, Buchanan, Busby, German Catholic Homestead Assn., Zilbert, McDougal, Gunn, Parkes Richardson Co. Includes an additional photo of the Tower Service Station.

Family History Fair Cancelled /Kathy Niedergeses

The board of the Lawrence County Genealogical Society has decided to cancel the Family History Fair that was planned for the last Saturday in June.

First Families/ Jim Crowder

This article reviews the application process for those who’s families settled in Lawrence County, Tennessee between the years 1817 and 1900. All are encouraged to take part in this project.

LCGS Membership Update compiled by Kathy Niedergeses

This list includes new members and changes of address.

Donations & Memorial Tributes /Kathy Niedergeses

The Lawrence County Genealogical Society accepts (but does not solicit) donations and memorial tributes for the use of the Lawrence County Archives. Contact Kathy Niedergeses at the archives 931-852-4091.