Lawrence County Heritage

The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 16 No. 1 Fall 2012

Table of Contents

compiled by Susan Beeler Anderson

From the Editor:

It is time to renew your membership for the 2012-2013 membership year.

The series on the "County Farm" does not appear in this issue. It will resume in a later issue as "Part XX".

The mystery photograph of the house that appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of the journal has been identified (see page 17). The Lawrence County Archives maintains a file of unknown photographs. Advise us if you recognize any person or place in the photos that appear in the journal.

Mr. K.C. Robertson has donated a microfilm reader with associated printer to the Archives. Thanks so much to Mr. Robertson.

The society has three ongoing projects: 1) First Families 2) The Heritage of Lawrence County, Tennessee available for purchase at the Archives. 3) David Crockett: The Public Man and Legislator that is for sale at the Archives.

The Community of Wills by Wallace Palmore

This is a detailed investigation concerning the geographic location and land history of the community of Wills in Lawrence County, Tennessee. The author references various maps, previously written histories and deeds. The following surnames are included: Fleeman, Newton, Alsup, Springer, Poteet, Johnson, Wilcoxson, Brown, Barnett, Allred, Barrett, Bishop, McConnell, Ellison, Ferrell, Moody, Curtis, Marks, King, Gray, Powell, Hensley, and Heuser.

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting, Saturday, June 16, 2012

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Lila Gobbell. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The financial report was read and accepted and approved. Old business included Kathy’s report regarding Greene Co., Tennessee Archives purchasing copies of the Crockett book by Peterson. New business included the approval to contact Caneta Hankins of the Dept. of Historical Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University to speak at the September meeting. The next board meeting will be help at the Old Jail Museum. Future meetings may include The Big Red Store in Appleton by the Boyd family and a History of Aviation in Lawrence County by Joe Fleeman. The board recognized Joseph R. "Joe" Fleeman who was recently inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame. The meeting was adjourned.

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, June 16, 2012

The meeting was called to order by President Wallace Palmore. The minutes were accepted as read. The financial report was presented. Jim Crowder reported there are 48 Heritage of Lawrence County, TN 1817-2008 books remaining to be sold equaling an asset of $3,120.00 to be gained. There was no Old Business. New Business included the change of venue for the next meeting to the Old Jail Museum for the program by Caneta Hankins of the Department of Historical Preservation at Middle Tennessee State Universtiy. Kathy announced that dues are payable for the new year. The meeting was adjourned. The program on the laying of the tombstone for his Sons of the Revolutionary War ancestor James McCracken was presented by Ardeen Walters.

Lawrence County Birth Records 1902-1912 – Part XVI (continued from Spring 2012) Transcribed by Donna Niedergeses Davis, 2004

The following surnames are found in the original book of births and deaths in Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1908-1912 by Donna Niedergeses. Information includes: last name, first name, date of birth, sex, color, where born, physician’s name, date of ??, and page number in book. Martin, Shaffer, Tidwell, Trimmer, Hughes, McLean, Haskin, Kennedy, Kilburn, Springer, Clayton, Sheffer, Lacroix, Anthony, Dryden, Goodman, Troup, Williams, Smith, Rochell, Randellm, Griggs, Moor, Adams Guinn, Brasier, Tice, Carden, Prince, McGee, Luna, Clifton, Flippo, Crews, Hays, Staggs, Patterson, Sheppard, Gobble, Franklin, Kelly, Spurgeon, Bowden, Gower, Bates, Marsh, Hartsfield, Burns, Mabry, Garner, Olive, Brown, Judd, Hicks, Dwiggins, Griggs, McLean, Hopwood, Cromwell, Schade, Inman, Bennett, Rohling, Caperton, Pritchett, Gallaher.

(To be continued in the Winter 2012 issue of the Journal)

Mystery Families and Photographs

An unidentified photo appears from the Cole Collection of a group of men, women and children at a picnic, family reunion or some other unknown occasion. A second photo that is also unidentified is from the Beckham Collection. The photo of a young man in a suit and bowtie was taken by C. O. Broyles, Lawrenceburg, TN.

Mt. Olive Cemetery (Black) – Part II – Conclusion (continued from Summer 2012) by Lawrence Niedergeses

The location and directions for finding this cemetery are described. The following surnames were found on markers there: Joplin, Jordan, Kelly, Lewis, Lindsey, Looper, McBride, Miller, Porter, Reed, Shelby, Simington, Smith, Stewart, Stockard, Tarpley, Thomas, Tryson, Wallace, Walls, Welch, Wigfall, Willis; those buried in unmarked graves (information by Summerhill): Allen, Buchanan, Carter, Corner, Cleggett, Craig, Davis, Haynes, Kelley, Lynum, McBride, Smith, Stewart, Stone, Wigfall, Wray.

Mystery Photograph Identifed / Jim Crowder

The photograph of the house which appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of the journal has been identified as the home of Elling Ole Ellingson and it was located on North Military Avenue. A photo that appeared in the Spring 2005 journal has been identified as a 1906 Sunday Afternoon at the Summertown Depot with W. A. Arthur appearing in the group photo.

David Coffman Legg and Mary Jane Carlisle by Harold Alpheus Henderson

This is a history of David Coffman Legg, born in Jefferson County, Tennessee in 1814 to William Legg and Nancy Coffman. David had five wives: Mary Jane Carlisle, Mary Jane Halbert, Miss Hamilton, Keziah Roper and Rebecca Mitchell and 14 children. Some details of life after the Civil War are given. David settled on Sugar Creek in District 3, southeast Lawrence County.

Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List – Part IV – Eighth Civil District (continued from Summer 2012) by Wallace Palmore

The following surnames are listed as well as the acres, land value, total property value, poll tax, state tax, county tax, school tax, RR tax and Hwy Tax: Holenhofer, Hordnier, Hodge, Helton, Hughes, Hurd, Hamilton, Harvey, Hall, Hunt, Johnson, Jones, John, Joiner, Gaither, Steward, Kennedy, Kolefratn, Krause, Kidd, Kaup, Kueny, Kramer, Kramerd, Kemper, Sims, Love, Linam, Lancaster, Long, Linner, Luske, Lindsay, Laughlin, Loser, Lunn, Lawrenceburg Lumber Co., Lawrence Bank & Trust, Lawrenceburg Land Co.

(To be continued in the Winter 2012 issue of the Journal)

Migrations To And From Lawrence County, TN During The 1870s Through Early 1900s – Part VIII – (continued from Summer 2012)

Researched & 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: Choate, Schade, Crews, Christian, Gunselman, Price, Nason, Dwiggins, Zwingle, Spencer, Lewis, Ballenger, Bowser, Fertick, Foster, Busby, Locke, Oliver, Franks, Chumley, Calvert, Hampton, Alford, Alexander, Blair, Spencer, Cothren, Chambers, Baltz, Stewart, Smith, Haygood, Belew, Hand, Bassham, Yeager, Lumpkins, Stone, Rippey, Pickens, Bates, North, Allgood, Peeler, Kincaid, Helton, Fainberg, Feldman, Calton, Weller, Wildes, Beckham, Heyer, Mullins, Dabney, Fain, Wueste, McKey, Theines, Dunn, Stockard, Warren, Lamm, Pownell, Freemon, Willis, Powell, Lamprecht, Myer, Mabry, Appleton, Couch, Smith, Gallaher, Garner, Green.

(To be continued in the Winter 2012 Journal)

Memories of the Swinging Bridge in the Mid-1950’s Compiled and Edited by Peggy Alsup Barger

This article consists of the memories of Horace Benjamin Alsup, Jr. concerning the Swinging Bridge on Shoal Creek in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

The Book Nook reviews by Lila Gobbell and LaShawn Baxter

The following books are housed at the Archives:

Prentiss County Cemeteries Book 1 (A-J) Akers Family Cemetery – Jumpertown Chruch of Christ Cemetery, Prentiss County, Mississippi. Book 2 (K-Z) Lakeview Baptist Church Cemetery – Zion’s Rest Cemetery, Prentiss County, Mississippi.

Memories of Anderson Creek, Home of the Brawner Family by Claude Brawner, Inez Brawner Adams and Joe Brawner.

The Hendrix Family, compiled by Linda Jo Hendrix.

The Ellingson Family Home by Kathy Niedergeses

This is a history of Elling Ole (E.O.) Ellingson- his marriages, children and home in Lawrence County, Tennessee. They traveled to Lawrence County in 1892. Family photos accompany this detailed account.

Ella Mae (Tripp) Hardiman’s Childhood Years by Jane (Hardiman) Powell

This story was told by Ella Mae Tripp shortly before her death in 1987. She was the daughter of John William Tripp and Lue Etta Henson. She married Willie Jennings "Bill" Hardiman and had three children: Clarence Wenford, Maggie Marie and William Junior Hardiman.

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