Lawrence County Heritage

The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 13 No. 3 Spring 2010

Table of Contents

From the Editor:

Members and others are encouraged to consider applying for Lawrence County First Families. For more information go to or write LCGS at 2588 Hwy 43 S, Leoma, TN 38468-5075. Please send in articles to be published in this newsletter. Copies of the book Heritage of Lawrence County, Tennessee are available through the same addresses given above.

In Memoriam

Patsy J. McDonald of Spring, Texas passed away January 29, 2010.

Mrs. Viola Hagan Carpenter of Lawrenceburg, TN passed away Dec. 17, 2009. Patsy’s memorial was written by Jim Crowder and Mrs. Carpenter’s by Kathy Niedergeses.

Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List – Part II, Fourth Civil District (continued from Winter 2009) by Wallace Palmore.

Names include: Hide, Hoclal, Hume, Hartlage, Haub & Valentine, Harvey, Hughes, Hannah, Harlan, Howell, Hulb, Jordan, Johnson, Jacob, Kunan, Koebb, Konig, Kelley, Kelton, Koing, Llewellyn, Laban, Murrell, Marston, May, McDougal, Murrell, Meek, Mahr, Melinger, Meleher, Heiheler, Mirkel, McEnluft, Messmer, Newton, Nezbaum, Nolly, Overmer, Parker & Carrell, Petrick, Pinkelman, Parker, Rou, Rhoner, Rackley, Rose, Roberts, Scott, Rau, Rhoner, Renen, Smith, Sutton, Schneider. (To be continued in the Summer 2010 issue of the Journal)

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting, Saturday, December 5, 2009 by Doyce Shaddix

The following items were discussed with motions passed: the number of journals being printed will be reduced because of a drop in membership; a monetary gift to Kathy Niedergeses and Jim Crowder for the work on the LCGS Journal; the extension of the First Families of Lawrence County to now include 1817-1950; the extension of the sale of back issues of the Journal; the purchase of light-blocking blinds for the Archives. Kathy suggested we change the date of the December board meetings. Motion was tabled.

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, December 5, 2009 by Doyce Shaddix

The meeting was called to order by President Wallace Palmore. Minutes were read and the Financial Report given. Those items passed by the Board were presented (See the Board Minutes.) The Meeting was adjourned. The program was an informal sharing of Christmas memories or experiences. More than 20 members and guests shared their stories. Refreshments were prepared by members and shared by all.

Lawrence County, TN – 1913 School Census – Part II (continued from Winter 2009) submitted by Lila Gobbell

The introduction to this listing includes a history of the school districts and their locations. The original handwritten records at the Archives have been transcribed and include the 1) names of parents or persons with whom children reside, 2) name of each child with a mark to indicate color and sex; 3) white male or female; 4) whether the child can read; and 5) age. The following surnames are listed: Smith, Riddle, Bumpus, Sandrell, Hood, Waters, Lanprecht, Grooms, Fowler, Davis, Cole, Henkel, Ells, O’Connor, Moore, Koelson, King, Orth, Willis, Sacker, White, Wilkes, Fisher, Rinks, Augustine, Myham, Belew, Russ, Fowler, Niedert, Sandshulte, Staggs, Littrell, Henkel, Kessler, Wiggerman, Rigsby, House, Ezell, Jenkins, Kerstine, Joly, Neidert, Meiers, Hamsley, Tidwell, Newton, Harlin, Davis, Newton, Williams, Phillips, McConnell, Owens, South, Words, Stewart, Clark, Thomas, Box, Allen, Grabbs, Grubbs?, Phillips, Hammonds. (To be continued in the Summer 2010 issue of the Journal)

Mystery Families and Photographs

Two photos were submitted by Geneva Shay. One is a portrait of a family that includes what were probably the parents, two daughter and two sons; perhaps circa 1950. The second photo shows a woman in a field with farm animals; circa early 1900’s? Two additional photos from the Archives include a portrait of a woman with glasses and the one of a child. The Archives requests your help in identifying these photos.

Odie Comer McIntyre: Graduate of Vaughn’s School of Music and Traveling Music Teacher by Mary Comer Hartsell, a niece.

This is a full-page biography of Balzora Odie Comer born December 31, 1903 at Fall River, Lawrence County, TN. She attended the Vaughn School of Music in Lawrenceburg and taught there and later taught "singing schools" at country churches throughout the South. She married Marshall McIntyre. She died August 21, 2008- 4 months shy of her 105th birthday.

Lawrence County Birth Records 1908 – 1912 – Part VI (continued from Winter 2009) Transcribed by Donna Niedergeses Davis, 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. Surnames include: Woodson, Dickey, Hilkert, Owen, Collier, Tomason, Hills, Risener, Laymay, Fowler, Russ, Landtroop, Fisher, Wiley, York, Waters, Powell, Lemay, Horn, Ha???, Olmstead, Horton, Littrell, Mason, Moore, Simpson, McCrorey, Ezell, Green, Howell, Hucaba, Moore, Alsup, Holt, Springer, Barnett, Pullen, Price, Welch, Parker, Oliver, Riley, Hunt, Fields, Weaver, Gray, Hodge, Prince, Rippy, Davis, Hughes, Nelson, Rochell, Brown, Robertson, Perry, Dobbins, Darnell, Hutson, Johnston, Woods, Shelton, Wood, Kinnard, Winters, Fra???, Sandy, Pennington. (To be continued in the Summer 2010 issue of the Journal)

The Book Nook reviews by Lila Gobbell. These donated books are housed at the Lawrence County Archives.

The Family of George Newton and Ursula Whitehead, researched and compiled by Wallace Earl Palmore, c 2009. George Newton b. ca 1755 NC, d. April 1807 Davidson County, TN. Married Ursula Whitehead b. 1756, d. 2 May 1836. Some of their children were in Lawrence and Giles Counties shortly after 1820. The book traces eleven children through court records, deeds and census records and includes 1911 descendants.

Lawrence Cumberland Presbyterian Church, compiled from the personal files of Elizabeth Harris by Faye Green and Ellen Roe, May 2003. The history includes past histories of the congregations, ministers, members, elders, deacons, and church organizations.

New Prospect Community Club Minutes November 1954 – July 1960, compiled by Nancy Crowder, c2009. Thirty-eight pages of minutes that include elected officer, committees and activities.

History of Clay County, Alabama, edited and published by: The Clay County Historical Society in partnership with Kim Guzzo, Clay County Arts League. This is a compilation of history, recollections and selected data including geography, agriculture, communities, schools, folklore and Indians.

Marriage Index Lawrence County, Tennessee 2000 – 2009, compiled by Nancy Lanning Crowder; c2010.

In The Search of Powell Mill by Wallace Palmore

The author traced the history of Powell Mill on Bluewater Creek in Lawrence County, TN by examining local histories, court records, tax and land records. Ownership is detailed through these records. Physical comparisons are made between the Powell Mill and the Loretto Mill and other mills are included in the discussion. The cover photo and two additional photos are provided.

Lawrence County, Tennessee Will Book Feb. 1874 – June 1880 and Will Book June 1880 – May 1889 compiled by Kathy Niedergeses

From a courthouse book mislabeled "Settlements" the compiler of this article discovered a long lost source for wills, inventories, sale bills, guardian, administrator and executor settlements, powers of attorney, widow’s support and other related records. The listing consists of names and the corresponding page(s) in this book. In some cases, a will can be found but for others the listing in the book is the only record. Contact the Lawrence County Archives for additional information on those listed here. Mary C. Bishop, W. J. Bell, Joseph Blair, L. Mino Bentley, W. J. Buchanan, Hardy Clayton, Harvey Dame, Mary A. Davis, Peter Fath, Roger Green, J. L. Griffin, Ebenezer F. Gibbins, L. L. Harding, S. R. M. Harlan, B. Ingram, Andrew Kelley, Wm. H. Lumpkins, Elizabeth McCracken, Jesse McMasters, Cynthia Mills, Jesse Pullen, Richard Powell, P. L. Simms, S. J. Stewart, William Tripp, Andrew J. Williams, Joel B. Drake, A. T. Dobbins, Nicholas Gower, Emely Kilburn, Sarah Kelly, Jno. A. Lutts, A. J. Long, James McMillian, I. (Isaac) T. Maxey, Joseph Parkes, Catherine Pullen, J. J. Pennington, L.C. Richardson, Lewis H. Smith, C. G. Stewart, L. Vervordeldonk, Mirian Walker, J. L. Wisdom, Phillip Zurline.

The County Poor Farm – Part XII (continued from Winter 2009) compiled by Kathy Niedergeses & Donna Niedergeses Davis

This is a continuation of a series of articles on the county farm in Lawrence County. The following paupers names are found in the County Court Minute Book for the 1896 Term of Court: Bassham, Whitman, Burlison, Williams, Robinson, Davis, Shook, Dailey, Gable, Pierce, Durbin, Futrell, Cross, Gullie, Urbin, Green, Riggs, Lunn, Clayton, Flippo, Flate, Cothran, Boswell, Lucas, Glenn, Burlison, Stewart, Prince, Powell, Hughes, Holaway, Bouie, Reaskamp, Hays, Tripp, Schneider, Laws, Ball, Anderson, Watson.

The following names of care takers are found: I. D. Smith, A. Sanderell, J.C. Urbin, G.C. Ellingbal, Dustin & Dunn, A. A. Paterson, T. S. Springer, H. C. Blount, A. J. White, S. M. & T. True, M. J. Craig, Kaup & Sanderell, P. W. Simms, Schade Bros.

Minutes also include the business of the county commissioners as it relates to the Poor Farm. They include election of commissioners for the poor, reports on the condition of the farm, the moving of the poor farm, expense accounting including the salaries of the Supt. and the Poor-house Physician.

(To be continued in the Summer 2010 issue of the Journal)

Smith Cemetery #2 Kathy Niedergeses

This article offers directions to this cemetery and a listing of the marked graves include the following names: Bearyhill, Curtis, Ellis, Fisher, Fowler, Harviel, Hughes, Rodgers, Smith, Walters, and York.

Smith Cemetery #3 Kathy Niedergeses

This article offers directions to this cemetery and a listing of the marked graves include the following names: Belew, Bivens, Clark, Crowder, Daughtry, David, Durrett, Franks, Green, Hardy, Hill, Howell, Konig, Lewis, Owen, Parsons, Parson, Rodgers, Smith, Scott, Thompson, White, Williamson.

Miscellaneous Advertisements found in the files at the Lawrence County Archives

Two old newspaper ads are shown: One from 1899 for a furniture store located on the Lawrenceburg Square and owned by George Mester; the other for funeral director and embalmer O. C. Freemon also located on the Lawrenceburg Square in the early 1900’s.