Lawrence County Heritage

The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 15, No. 4 Summer 2012

Table of Contents

compiled by Susan Beeler Anderson

From the Editor:

The Society still has inventory of its Heritage of Lawrence County, Tennessee and

David Crockett, The Public Man and Legislator. An account of his Life, while a Resident of Lawrence County, 1817-1822 by Gert Peterson. Membership dues are due by 1 September. We invite you to submit articles to the Journal for publication and to attend our quarterly meetings.

Samuel J. Alsup & Maude Mae Guinn Submitted by Bobby Ezell

The author tells of his grandparents Sam and Maude Alsup. Samuel J. Alsup was born in Lawrence Co., TN in 1881 and Maude Mae Guinn was born in West Point, TN in 1882. Life on the farm before electricity and other modern amenities and other childhood memories are described. Two family photos are included.

Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List – Part III, Eighth Civil District (continued from Spring 2012) 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: Fields, Ferdale, Fritch, Fieldman, Fisher, Foster, Farmer, Freeman, Filliam, Guthrie, Stribling, Giles National Bank, Garrett, Gilmore, Geodiker, Gaither, Grimes, Hughes, Garner, Gilliam, Gleckner, Greogery, Gunselman, Griffith, Green, Gilbert, Cloud, Guthrie, Harvey, Hildreth, Dunn, Hall, Hickman, Hardison, Beckham, Hamilton, Mays, Haynes, Holbert, Harvey, Hummel, Hill, Horrach, Handle, Heid.

(To be continued in the Fall 2012 issue)

Minutes to the Lawrence County, Tennessee Genealogical Society Board Meeting Saturday, March 17, 2012

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Lila Gobbell. The minutes of the last meeting were accepted and passed. There was no Treasurer’s Report. Wallace Palmore announced there were 54 Lawrence County Heritage Books available for purchase.

Old Business: Wallace announced that the David Crockett State Park Restaurant has paid in full the amount owed for copies of David Crockett, The Public Man & Legislator sold at the restaurant. Kathy reported on the Tax Exempt Status of the Society. New Business: Kathy stated the David Crockett Museum in east Tennessee requested copies of the Crockett book to sell. A motion to sell books to the museum was approved.

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, March 17, 2012

The meeting was called to order by President Wallace Palmore. The minutes of the last meeting were accepted and approved. Wallace announced that 54 Heritage books are available for sale. No Treasurer’s report was given. Old Business: Wallace announced that the David Crockett State Park had paid for all copies of the David Crockett book. New Business: none. The program featured Kenny Konig and John Dollar presentation on The History of Lawrenceburg Dams.

Three Young Lawrence County Soldiers & Company H, 14th Regiment of The Iowa Volunteer Infantry By Lila Gobbell

The author tells the story of George Shaffer, Samuel S. Todd and Carroll Rowland all of Lawrence County Tennessee and their time in both the Confederate and Union armies. The history of the 14th Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry is detailed as it relates to these men.

Migrations To And From Lawrence County, TN During The 1870s Through Early 1900s – Part VII (continued from Spring 2012) 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: Gifford, Markle, Killen, Kohnhorst, Durrett, Ellers, Lanning, Kidd, Clayton, Bridges, Thompson, Carroll, Kelso, Frakes, Hamblen, Erwin, Cummins, Alexander, Harris, Hartup, Stockard, Parkes, Burton, Hagar, Crawford, Helton, Kerr, Holthouse, Hunerwadel, Sidowey, Gibson, Escue, Tolan, Royce, Hudson, Williams, Woods, Key, Gray, Killy, Patt, Sandschulte, Koelsh, Putnam, Bergob, Groom, Springer, Smith, Garner, Roberson, Kerstine, Hartsfield, Moore, Ham, Berry, Canady, Millis, Danley, McKinney, Black, Carden, Twyman, Wasson, Moore, Chaffin, Alford.

(To be continued in the Fall 2012 issue)

Mt. Olive Cemetery ( Black) – Part I By Lawrence Niedergeses

The location is described and full names of those buried there with dates. Surnames:

Allen, Barnett, Bentley, Buchanan, Bumpass, Butler, Caruthers, Cheers, Collier, Colluer, Craig, Dailey, Davis, Dillard, Ellington, Esters, Estes, Frierson, Haynes, Hickman, Hudson, Hughes, Hynes.

(To be continued in the Fall 2012 Issue)

The Book Nook reviews by Lila Gobbell

All books are housed at the Lawrence County Archives. The following books are reviewed: 1) George White 1755-1835 by Wallace Palmore 2) Henry Miller’s Family 1796-1843 by Wallace Palmore 3) Benjamin and Catherine Powell’s Family by Wallace Palmore 4) Basil Davis compiled by Raymon Dalton Crews and Barbara Crews.

A Quest For Water by Kathy Niedergeses

This is the story of the author’s search for a "forgotten piece of Lawrence County’s history" – Spout Springs (photo on the cover of this issue). Several photos from the past and present are included.

Some family names mentioned: Birdsong, Sowell, Crawford and Langley.

Lawrence County Birth Records 1902-1912 – Part XV (continued from Spring 2012) 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: Harris, Bassham, Cox, Laurence, Doub, Hardeman, Newton, Belew, Frazier, Crabb, Hagan, Richardson, Grissom, Phillips, Crowder, Hendrix, Sills, Burch, Bates, Norwood, Couch, Baily, Conway, Ridgeway, Alsop, Thornton, Prokish, Ward, Mize, Duke, Johnson, Buffalo, White, Durrett, Faris, Bolden, Shelton, Potter, Adkins, Chambers, Bentley, Bailey, Howard, Smith, Gibbs, Bradly, Clifton, Lacroix, McMasters, Bivens, Lemay Lumpkins, Musgrove, Tandy, Mabry, Alvis, Franks, Shackelford, Golden.

(To be continued in the Fall 2012 issue)

Mystery Families and Photographs

Three photos needing identification are shown: 1) Two ladies- possibly sisters 2) Portrait of bearded man in coat and tie 3) Brick two-story house with porch.

An Interesting Letter To A Friend – Former Lawrence County Boy Writes Home to Friend Summarized and Submitted by Kathy Niedergeses

This article is based on a letter written Dec. 25, 1923 by W. N. Melton of Dustin, OK. He relates what happened to him since he left West Point, TN and settled in Oklahoma in 1901. The letter was originally published in the Lawrence Democrat Jan. 2, 1924.

The County Poor Farm – Part XIX Compiled by Kathy & Lawrence Niedergeses

For information regarding this series, please refer to Vol. 7 Issue #1 Fall 2003. This article covers 1910 through 1926. The Archives needs help in searching minute books and newspapers for this series. Kathy asks for the readers’ opinions regarding the continuation of this series. Surnames found in this article are: Gilbreath, Meiers, Powell, Kimbrell, McNely, Kidd, Garrett, Alexander, Chapman, Gallaher, Hudson, Benson, Brewer, Womack, Smith, Crowder, George, Brian, Rholing, Harwell, Beckham & Finley, Richardson, Brink, Graves, Martin, Kincaid, Gunselman, Whitten, Smith, Bailey, Cocaron, Moore, Hayes, Crowderm, Webs, Masey, Moore, Brian, Crews, Wooten, Brown, Harlan and Bassham, Massey.

(To be continued in the Fall 2012 issue)

Samuel Lawson Green, Son of Isaac Green and Sarah Henry by Bruce Price

The author researches a family story regarding Samuel Lawson Green who left Lawrence County when threatened by the brothers of Rhoda Rollins. Using a photograph, census and other records he traces Samuel’s path across numerous states to his final resting place.


If anyone has stories about their relatives "peddling" merchandise in Lawrence County in the late 1880s or 1890s, I would be interested. Send information and photos to Lawrence County Archives or

If anyone has stories about the swinging bridge or creek in the 1950s or pictures (down Frisbie Street – Spring Street), I would be interested. Send to Lawrence County Archives or

Advertisements of Yesteryear Provided by Kathy Niedergeses

Images of advertisements that appeared in local publications: 1) Plemons & Norton Meat Market 2) H. B. Brink & Co. 3) Busy Bee Café, Eli Turnbull, Prop. 4) Wood Sawing, J. J. Waltz & Co., 5) C. D. Young 6) H.J. Brink.

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