Lawrence County Heritage

The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 13 No. 1 Fall 2009

Table of Contents


From the Editor:

The Society will be selling Heritage of Lawrence County, Tennessee books at the Lawrence County Archives. The books may be purchased in person, at the Archives or they may be ordered using the order from found on the LCGS web page.

Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List – Part III – Conclusion, Third Civil District (continued from Summer 2009) by Wallace Palmore.

Surnames include: Rogers, Rhomer, Riddle, Richardson, Sanders, Shook, Spears, Shaw, Shadix, Stephenson, Sills, Sparkman, Scott, Sykes, Sexton, Shuasder, Smith, Stephens, Scheiver, Schannon, Shannon, Stout, Tipper, Thompson, Tarpley, Truntman, Titworth, Tanksley, Vesher, White, Wilbourn, Watts, Williams, Watkins & Lanier, Warren, Weber, Wilhite, Willencamp, Watts.

Lawrence County Birth Records 1908 – 1912 – Part IV

These birth records were transcribed from the original book of births and deaths in Lawrence County, Tennessee. Listing includes names, 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. Surnames include: Shepard, Jaco, Sutton, Roberts, North, Redick, Pennington, Hardy, Mason, Freeman, Helton, Parkes, Haggarty, Myrick, Hill, Gallaher, Womack, Burdine, Bayett, Chambers, Ausley, Beurlein, Boulier, Rohling, Selle, Sutton, Esters, Gabrell, Bently, Moore, Haynes, Moore, Brink, Wigfall, Kamrad, Lance, Hicks, Odneal, Gaither, Green, Davis, Belew, Lanning, Crumwell, May, Martin, Shay, McSwain, Harvell, Martin, Henson, Clifton, Risner, Martin, Royse, Ludwig, Boatright, Wiley, Long, Calton, Templin, Beard, McCaleb, Chamberlain, Lehman, Clayton, Lee, Howard, Noss, West, Garrett. (To be continued in the Winter 2009 issue of the journal)

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting, Saturday, June 27, 2009

Financial report was given by Treasurer; participation in the Business & Professional Women’s fair was approved; a $1000 donation to the Lawrence County Archives was detailed; and a motion was passed to purchase the remainder of the Lawrence County Heritage books.

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, June 27, 2009

President Palmore reported on the donation to the Archives $1000 to buy microfilm. Other items covered: Heritage book purchase; Business & Professional Women’s fair; Richardson family donation to Archives; and speaker Bobby Alford on the history of his forebears, the Moores and Robinsons.

The Emancipation of Jim and Fanny – Part II – Conclusion (continued from Summer 2009) by Susan Beeler Anderson

The story of two slaves owned by Daniel Beeler, early Lawrence County settler. By examining census records, Tennessee laws and court records, the author follows the two slaves to their pre-Civil War emancipation.

Mystery Families and Photographs

Three undocumented photographs are shown: 1) a group posing as they swim in a river; 2) an elderly man sitting in a wheelchair, accompanied by a young child; 3) a young female child sitting in a chair.

About Our Front Cover – The Home of Michael Joseph and Mary Anna Baltz Niedergeses excerpts from material written by their daughter Catherine Niedergeses edited by Kathy Niedergeses

The cover photo of the house as it was when it was built in 1908/1909 and a current photo of the house accompany a detailed physical description of the house. It includes details that give insight into what it was like to live in such a house in the early years of the 20th century.

We Can Use Family Stories and Pictures for the Journal / Jim Crowder

Please consider contributing your stories and photos to The Journal. We need the diversity that your contribution would provide.

African-American Bondage 1820 – 1863, In Lawrence County, TN – Part III – Conclusion compiled by Lawrence Niedergeses

A continuation of the compilation of slave names and owners extracted from various sources in Lawrence County. Copies of the original document the name appears on can be purchased from the Archives.

Pennington Cemetery Kathy Niedergeses

Directions are given to the cemetery and a list of marked graves.

The Book Nook reviews by Lila Gobbell

Odem Family, Our Elusive Past by Nell Nation. "From 1500 South Wales, England to the present, the research started in earnest with Lasley Odem born 1825 in SC." 220 pages of Odem descendants, 120 pages of photos. Indexed. Donated to the Archives by Della Grooms.

Blood River to Berlin, The World War II Journal of an Army Medic by Michael Freeland. The author wrote this book after he and other WWII veterans went back to Europe on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of VE Day. "He kept a journal, notes, and photos" that became the basis for this history. Donated by the author.

Sills Family from North Carolina to Tennessee then to Arkansas and Texas researched by: Sue Hendrix Davis, Linda Jo Hendrix Dean, David Earl Norwood and Shelby Rowan. "The Descendants of James Sill beginning with the three children, William Clinton Sills b. 1835, Levi Sills and Jennie Sills.

The Heritage of Dickson County, Tennessee 1803 – 2006, compiled by the Dickson County Heritage committee and County Heritage, Inc. 864 family histories. Indexed.

Emerson Cemetery Kathy Niedergeses

Directions and surnames from grave markers include: Emerson, Pennington, Willshire. Additional information based on personal interviews and census records is provided.

The County Poor Farm – Part X , (continued from Summer 2009) compiled by Kathy Niedergeses & Donna Niedergeses Davis.

Surnames of paupers: (see journal for complete name, term of court, care taker/action/amt., page number): Durbin, Gabel, Pierce, Futrel, Cross, Powell, Flatt, Cothran, Buie, Burlison, Clayton, White, Riggs, Daly, Lunn, Glenn, Stewart, Ponier, Lucas, Green, Hayes, Bradley, Glenn, Boswell, Lawes, Bassham, Whitmn, Schnider, Robieson, Davis, Pierce, Bouie, Gable, Irwin, Gullett, Lampricht, Shook, Flippo, Tucker, Flate, Clarke, Prince, Stewart. (to be continued in the Winter 2009 issue of the journal)

County Poor Farm Pictures

Two photos of living quarters at the county poor farm c1870 – early 1890s. Now on private land.

The Durbin Family based mostly on the research of Michael E. Durbin, compiled by Kathy Niedergeses

Extensive research relating to John Goodman Durbin b. 1811 Kentucky whose father, Augustine Durbin and family settled in Lawrence County. One photo believed to be John Goodman Durbin with wife. Information includes the names and dates of his 23 children; the family of one son, Marcus D. Durbin, his son, Terry Allen Durbin whose son was the researcher Michael E. Durbin.