Lawrence County Heritage

The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 15 No. 3 Spring 2012

compiled by Susan Beeler Anderson


From the Editor:

It is becoming much more difficult to roundup articles for the journal. If you’re among those who would like to have a story about your family in the journal, please do not hesitate to submit it to us, and pictures with the article would be welcome.

Contact: (Jim)

About Our Front Cover

The front cover picture is related to the Old Dam and Power House on County Farm article that appears on page 98.

The Hollman Family History From Warendorf, Germany to Lawrence County, Tennessee researched & written by Marjorie Hollman Fletcher

This story traces the descendants of Anton Hollman, born 1774 in Freckenhorst, Germany. Several of Anton’s children came to the United States. The author, using her own research and that of other family members, explains the migration of several immigrants including those who settled in Lawrence County in 1872. Two family group photos are included.

Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List – Part II, Eighth Civil District (continued from Winter 2011) Wallace Palmore

This is a listing of the names, acres, land and property values and various taxes associated with the Seventh Civil District. This information from the 1890 Tax List and include the following names: Blythe, Berline, Baldridge, Corbin, Carothers, Culberton, Mathews, Chaffin, Childress, Collis, Coke, Draig, Hughes, Rice, Christman, Crews, Cocke, Caward, Cherry, Crook, Clifton, Carrell, Hagan Iron Works, Lawrenceburg Female Academy, Stribling, Cloud, Cannon, Busby, Davis, Dunn, Dustin, Deavenport, Davidson, Deller, Daig, Deimer, Downard, Eastman, Elshoff, Ellers, Epping, Edmonson, Ester, Engle, Kitchen, Ezell, Mester & Nixon, Ford, Fath, Freeman.

(To be continued in the Summer 2012 issue)

Marshall Simeon "Sim" & Annie Fain Clark McDougal Family, Part II – Conclusion (continued from Winter 2011) Doyce Shaddix

The author traces Lawrence County businessman "Sim" McDougal and his descendants from the late 1800’s to the 1940’s. Those included the child of his first wife whose name is unknown and those of his second wife Annie Fain Clark born 1874 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Two photographs include one of the McDougal saloon on Lawrenceburg Square and one of the McDougal Dry Goods store in the same town square.

Lawrence County Birth Records 1902-1912 – Part XIV- (continued from Winter 2011) Transcribed by Donna Niedergeses Davis, 2004.

The birth records were transcribed from the original book of births and deaths in Lawrence County, Tennessee. Information includes names, birthdates, 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. The following are the surnames of those listed with the additional information: Marks, Brown, Harris, Flatt, Roberts, Cremer, Pope, Belew, Clifton, Green, Innman, Bivens, Hughes, Fowler, Patt, Mathews, Sanchult, Littrell, Kollefrath, Johnson, Newton, Comer, Johnson, Nesmith, Ells, Rinks, Buckham (?), Reeves, Neidert, Bechman, Penington, Barnett, Fisher, Tidwell, Kress, Ginkens, Peppers, Stutts, Gilbreth, Springer, Spencer, Cleusner, Killen, Gieske, Bergob, Downs, Daughtry, Defoe, Kobeck, Curtis, White, Shults, Prosser, Durrett, Jones, Powell, Crabb, Wilburn, Stephenson, Golden, Tomas, Weathers, Alred, Stout.

(To be continued in the Summer 2012 issue)

Old Dam and Power House on County Farm researched and compiled by Kathy Niedergeses, pictures by Kenny Konig and John Dollar

This article is a compilation of information from court, newspaper, deed and census records about the dam and power house that was part of the Lawrence County Poor Farm.

The compiler is seeking additional information and requests you contact her at the archives at 931-852-4091 or

Update on Powell Mill Wallace Palmore

Following the author’s article on the same mill in the Spring 2010 issue of this journal, the author was contacted by Betty Gay Chaffin with additional information found in her great uncle’s collection of newspaper articles. The question of exact location and ownership is addressed through the use of maps and deeds.

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting,

Saturday, December 2, 2011 Doyce Shaddix

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson, Lila Gobbell. The financial report was read and approved. Old Business included discussion concerning the sale of the Crockett book at the David Crockett Restaurant. On another subject, the question of the Society’s tax exempt status was clarified after recent communication with the Tennessee Dept. of Revenue. The motion to adjourn the meeting was carried.

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, December 2, 2011 Doyce Shaddix

The meeting was called to our by President Wallace Palmore. The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted and passed. The financial report was given and accepted. The report concluded with the status of the sales of the Heritage of Lawrence Co., TN book stating that 57 books are still unsold. Old Business included the President report concerning the sale of the Crocket book at the David Crockett Restaurant. New Business included the presentation of a card and monetary sum to Jim Crowder and Kathy Niedergeses for their work for the society over the past year. Bobby Alford presented his recent exchange of family history with several distant and formerly unknown researchers.

The County Cow Kathy Niedergeses

This is an article originally published in the Lawrence Democrat newspaper on April 16, 1913. It tells of the exchange and sale of a cow at the County Farm and the profit made by one man.

Mystery Families and Photographs

Four photos are displayed for possible identification: 1) a young couple 2) three men, possibly surveyors 3) elderly seated couple 4) farmer behind plow with harnessed horse and mule. Contact the Archives if you recognize anyone in these photos.

Forrest Edgar Webb Curtis Peters

This article tells of the life of Forrest Edgar Webb who was born in 1915 in Lawrence County, TN and his career in the Navy. Details of the work of the Naval Intelligence staff of Commander Joe Rochefort are given including the deciphering of Japanese codes and their importance in the Pacific during World War II.

Robinson, Robertson, or Knob Creek (Black) Cemetery Kathy Niedergeses

Directions to find the cemetery are given and information on the following names found in the cemetery: Allen, Bumpass, Collier, Collier, Dowdy, Horn, Horton, Kennedy, Martin, Mays, Rankin, Roberson, Roff, Robinson, Spears, Thomas, Thornton, Wallace, Walker, Welch.

Migrations To And From Lawrence County, TN During The 1870s Through Early 1900s – Part VI (continued from Winter 2011) Researched and Compiled by Kathy & Lawrence Niedergeses

This information was found in newspapers from the 1880s, 1890s and early 1900. It includes names mentioned as migrating to or from Lawrence County, visitors, names registered in hotels, former residents subscribing to local newspapers. Copies of the actual newspaper pages are available from microfilm from the Archives. Please contact the Archives if you have migration information about your Lawrence County ancestors.

Surnames: Finley, Rose, Kraugher, Kelley, Calton, Kelly, Brown, Franks, Green, Carden, Danley, Leudruem, Whitworth, Comer, McLean, Murrell, Powell, Kelly, Shutt, Heber, Kilga, Hagan, Histon, Flatt, LaCroix, Collier, Barnett, Welch, Lester, Robinson, Davis, Smith Holloway, Newton, Brewer, Bradley, Garretson, Davidson, Legg, Mashburn, Owens, Stout, Williams, Mink, Markus, Mims, Smith, Chambers, Sutton, Ward, Andrews, Moore, Newman, Norton, Sims, Springer.

(To be continued in the Summer 2013 issue)

Last Updated Jan. 3, 2013

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