Lawrence County Heritage


The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society


Vol. 17 No. 1  Fall 2013


Table of Contents


Compiled by Susan Beeler Anderson


From the Editor:


The editor expresses his concern regarding the future of the journal because of the ownership change at Crews Printing and also the lack of articles being submitted for publication in the journal.  Please consider contributing records, articles and/or pictures for use in the journal.


Mt. Ararat Cemetery, Part III Conclusion (continued from Summer 2013) submitted by Lawrence Niedergeses


This article includes directions to the cemetery and also a history.  The following surnames along with their birth and death dates are listed: Robinson, Rose, Sandall, Scott, Simms, Simonton, Speegle, Staggs, Steele, Stribling, Sykes, Thomason, Tribolet, Tripp, Twittie, Tucker, Wasson, West, Willeford, Williams, Williamson, Wilsford, Young.


Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List, Part I: Ninth Civil District


The names of those taxpayers in the Ninth Civil District of Lawrence County, Tennessee are listed with the following additional information: acres, land value, total property value, poll tax, state tax, county tax, school tax, RR tax, and highway tax: Ball, Babcocke, Bell, Beasley, Bishop, Bird, Berry, Bergin, Brewer, Buchanan heirs, Busby, Bedle, Bonee, Bruner, Brockhaven, Byrne, Cannon, Carrell, Counce, Cross, Cain, Clifton, Campbell, Curtis, Cocke, Daig, Dreikman, Dotson, Duboise, Durham, Deimer, Donelson, Ellers, Fish, Fergusson, Finley, Fisher, Federle, Fleeman, French, Fox, Griffin, Garrett, Gipson, Green, Gregory, Glale, Goats, Hughes & Mays, Rowler, Hudson, Hurst, Hardy, Handle, Haynes, Hannah, Henry, Harvey, Hickman, Henson. (To be continued in the Winter 2013 issue of the Journal)


Mary Frances (Buchanan) Beeler By Susan Beeler Anderson


This story tells of the author's great-great grandmother Mary Frances (Buchanan), daughter of John and Susan (Harwell) Buchanan.  After the untimely deaths of both her husband and mother-in-law in 1852, Mary was left to raise her three children - John Daniel, Mary Theodocia and William Clayton on her own.  The story traces her life through census, land, cemetery and court records.  Photos from McLean Cemetery and New Hope Cemetery and Mary's poem accompany the article.


Migrations To and From Lawrence County, TN During The 1870s Through Early 1900s, Part XII (continued from Summer 2013) Researched and Compiled by Kathy & Lawrence Niedergeses


This information was found in newspapers from the1890s 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: Harris, Rose, Davis, Matthews, Gilmore, Simms, Looney, Stribling, Leach, Armstrong, Davis, McRady, Dan, Sykes, Stacey, Cheairs, Spottswood, Sowell, Paines, Gilmore, Nixon, Johnson, Mitchell, Whitthorne, Gordon, Patterson, Logue, Burgess, Beckham, Morris, Rugler, Kerr, Parkes, Hildreth, Harmon, Tipton, Edwards, Mester, Frietch, Schade, Matthews, Lynch, Voorhies, Bentley, Buchanan, Newman, Thomas, Carrell, Sims, Pickard, Meek, Gahard, Broadstreet, Hollis, Martin, Hughes, Guinn, Flowers, Harvey, Chaffin, Garrett. (To be continued in the Winter 2013 issue of the Journal)


Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting, Saturday, June 15, 2013 Doyce Shaddix


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Lila Gobbell.  Minutes of the last meeting were accepted as read, seconded and passed.  A financial report was give by Ricky Fleeman, accepted as read, seconded and passed.  Old business included a motion regarding the price of the David Crockett book by Gert Peterson.  No new business.


Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, June 15, 2013 Doyce Shaddix


The meeting was called to order by President Wallace Palmore.  Minutes were read, accepted, seconded and passed as read.  The financial report was given by Ricky Fleeman.  It was approved as read.  Only 31 copies of the Heritage of Lawrence County, Tennessee book are left.  No old business.  New business included the announcement that two board members will rotate off the board and replacements will be elected in September.  The Society continues to need articles that can be published in the Journal.  The September meeting will be held at the Old Jail Museum.  The meeting continued with a program by Dennison Miner about Captain James Lawrence for whom Lawrence County was named. 


The Fire Fiend, Part II (continued from Summer 2013) Researched and compiled by Kathy Niedergeses


This is the second article in a series that includes information on fires, fire fighting equipment and the men who have protected Lawrenceburg since early times.  Sources include local newspapers, minutes of the City of Lawrenceburg, various community histories, Our Hometown: Lawrenceburg, TN, etc. and are given with each entry.  The author asks the readers to submit any information regarding fires not listed to the Lawrence County Archives.  See the article for details on the location, date, etc. of each fire listed.  The following locations and associated surnames mentioned in the article: Spottswood, Nixon, McDougal, Lawrence, Mester, Simms, McGee, Eastman, Schade, Sowell, Stribling, Meredith, Cloud, Bills, Dwiggins, Tripp, Luker, Bentley, Lunn, Duffy, Cannon, Springer, Richardson, Bell, Meredith, Murrell, Moore, Opaota, Wolz, Smith, Oehman, Rippy, Kitchen, Gray, Phelps, Sharp, Welch, Houser, Crews, Tinsley, Gunn, Garrett, Starnes, Ellers, Joiner, Carrell, Field, Harvey, McClanahan, Busby, Acklin, King, Hebert.  (To be continued in the Winter 2013 issue of the Journal)


Lawrence County Birth Records 1902-1912, Part XX (continued from Summer 2013) 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.  Surnames:  Hodge, Brown, Gibson, Williams, Blackwell, Pr(?), Ray, James, Hughes, Tidwell, Springer, Holtsord, McNiece, Spencer, Roberts, Buckhanan, Seavy, Ellis, Hollis, Davis, Hight, Allen, Wesson, Simbeck, Spencer, Gabel, Bradley, Land, Newton, Bromley, Hammans, House, Gurtry, Barnett, Henson, Dodd, Curtis, Pickard, Hogue, Creekmore, Fredbeil, Youcan, Brown, Elis, Davis, Ferrell, Hyde, Hood, Allred, Augustine, Boshers, Johns, Bivens, Perry, Simbeck, Mathews, Fowler, Kollefrath, Bates, Reeves, Belew, Urban, Littrell, Byke, Beumer, Putman, Risman, Pottkotter, Peppers. (To be continued in the Winter 2013 issue of the Journal)


Mystery Families and Photographs


Four photos from the Beckham, Cole and Dye collections at the Lawrence County Archives are shown and need identification. 


Robertson Family of Limestone County, AL Submitted by LaShawn Howell Baxter


The author's maternal grandfather Marvin Hector Robertson was the son of Roy Sanders Robertson of Limestone County, Alabama.  Various census, newspaper and court records were used as sources for the article.  Three photos accompany the article.


The Swinging Bridge and Shoal Creek in the Mid-1950's  Compiled and Edited by Peggy Alsup Barger


The author tells the childhood stories of her brother, Horace Benjamin Alsup, Jr.  The stories included club activities with his friends in the 1950's in locations around Lawrence County: Griggs Cafe, Flat Rock and Shoal Creek.


About Our Front Cover - Locke Family Home and Hospital  Researched and Compiled by Kathy Niedergeses


Using a variety of sources that included deed, census, and tax records the author tells the history of the property that became the Locke Family Home and Hospital.  Details of each successive owner are presented and include the names of family members, local businesses, and civic organizations.  A history of local healthcare as it relates to the property includes names of doctors and nurses associated with the facility.  Families and individuals mentioned include: Pearl Burkitt Locke, Benjamin M. and Dora (Wisdom) Burkitt, Joseph Haynes, John Toler, Jefferson Martin, Joseph Parkes, William Parkes, Leonard Parkes, George Childress, G.T. Hughes, C.T. Jones, S.H. Bentley, Carrie L. Garner, W. R. and Sallie English, N.H. Locke, Fountain Ella Locke, Thomas C. Locke, Huley A. Locke, Fred Burkitt, Floyd Burkitt, Edward Lynn Locke, Elizabeth McCume, Elizabeth Murrell Harris and Sgt. Martin Luther Murrell.  In addition to the sources mentioned above, a source list includes references to newspapers, marriage records, obituaries and cemetery records.  The cover of this issue of the Journal displays a photo of the Locke House and Hospital.  A photo of brick houses that replaced the Locke House accompanies the article.


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