Lawrence County Heritage


The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society


Vol. 18 No. 1  Fall 2014


Table of Contents


From the Editor:


Members are thanked for renewing their membership and are encouraged to attend the quarterly meeting, to consider making a presentation at a meeting, or write an article about their family to be included in a future issue of the journal.


Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting

Saturday, June 21, 2014 / Doyce Shaddix


The meeting was held in the Lawrence County Library meeting room.  The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved; the treasury report was presented and approved.  It was agreed that funds would not be transferred to another CD at this time.  The next meeting is to be held at the Old Jail Museum.  Copies of 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 are still available.


Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, June 21, 2014 / Doyce Shaddix


Wallace Palmore called the meeting to order.  The minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted; the treasurer’s report was read and accepted.  The next meeting will be held at the Old Jail Museum and will include the election of board members.  The meeting was adjourned and Martha Sowell Alford made a presentation on the Sowell family.


Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List - Part III, Tenth Civil District (continued from Summer, 2014)  Wallace Palmore


The names of those taxpayers in the Tenth 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: Long, Livingston, Locke, Leachman, Lyons, Love, Lancaster, McFarland, Morris, McAlister, Maurer, Martin, Moore, Mills, McLain, Montgomery, McLain, McLean, McArtor, McDonald, Myers, Meredith, Norman, Nelson, North, Neidert, Nancy, Nixon, Nowlen, Nickerson, Ohmen, Odell, Piles, Priesthouse, Pitts, Powers, Parham, Parkes, Patterson, Pellingill, Parket, Parkes, Quarles, Dooleys, Richardson, Ramsey, Rice, Rucker, Russell, Swim, Sandrell, Sowell, Simms, Speegle, Steel, Sowell, Scott, Swain, Shotwell, Shaffer, Shelton, Sylvester, Starnes, Stradinger, Softsberger, Shaw, Shamby, Schmeidt, Staggs, Speegle, Slagle, Stermir, Sandals.  (To be continued in the Winter 2014 issue of the Journal)


Migrations To And From Lawrence County, TN During The 1870s Through Early 1900s - Part XVI (continued from Spring of 2014) / Researched and Compiled by Kathy & Lawrence Niedergeses


This information was found in newspapers from the 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: Welch, Mills, Kennedy, Neal, Springer, McLean, Stewart, Ellers, Boulie, Sims, Matthews, Lee, Hagan, Turner, Greenwalt, Swadley, Sowell, Baltz, Bryant, Smith, Hudson, Labaw, Schweiss, Ludlow, Carroll, Busby, Pleasants, Timmons, McGlammery, Bryant, LaBow, Flippo, Sykes, Bowling, Williamson, Mills, Hale, Samson, Metcalfe, Dunn, Childress, Hughes, Rankin, Steely, Baucum, Henderson, Rose, Robenstein, Kenedy, Perry, Tipton, Roberts, Bales, Purviance, Eicher, Foust, Earnhart.  (To be continued in the Winter issue of the Journal)


Lawrence County Birth Records 1908-1912 - Part XXIV (continued from Summer 2014) 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: Chaptman, Jolly, Handy, Oehman, Alexander, Henson, Speegle, Gwin, North, Buford, Dugger, Blackledge, Moye, Thomas, North, Plymale, Long, Crews, Kirk, Dickey, Starr, Griffin, Childress, Carden, Staggs, Mohler, Davison, Jones, Hime, Stockard, Staggs, Fremon, Smith, Thomason, McCaleb, Roberson, Clayton, Linsy, Kidd, Merideth, Cummings, Buie, Rupert, Foster, Langford, McCrory, Shrader, Bennett, Reed, Ballard, Durham, Clark, McCrory, Nafe, Crostwait, Skillern, Griggs, Workman, Holloway, Armstrong, Mooney, Wright, Nichols, Staggs, Mitchell, Graham, Gobbell, Brewer, Bloom, Penington, Holloway, Bills, Smith, Fox, Cocke, Woodard, Shrader, Bishop, Leland. (To be continued in the Winter 2014 issue of the Journal)


The Fire Fiend - Part VI  (continued from Summer 2014)  Researched and compiled by Kathy Niedergeses


This is the sixth 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 surnames are mentioned in the article: Mester Hotel, Jasper Neeley Home, W.J. Paisley Home, J. O. Futrell barn, Kempson House, Addkisson Baby, Jackson Baby, Gunselman’s Barber Shop, F.M. Busby’s Fruit Store, Porter Beeler Home/John W. Howard, Belew, Gray, Thigpen, New Fire Alarm, P. Cox, Pownell’s Photo Studio, R.E. Franks autos, A.W. Mason, Gunselman Farm, Morgan’s Barber Shop, New Fire Truck, Kelly, Bailey, Skidmore Residence.  (To be continued in the Winter issue of the Journal)


The Schade Family of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee - Part I / Written by Connie (Olding) Epstein


This detailed story begins with the author’s great great-grandmother, Christina Ziegler who was born in Kochendorf, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany in 1837.  Christina married John George Schade in 1860 in Baltimore.  Photos and a map accompany the article.  The couple’s trip from Baltimore to Lawrenceburg, John’s Civil War service, the connection to the German migration to Lawrenceburg, and other family members are included.  A bibliography accompanies the article.


Queries  Compiled by Jim Crowder


A query regarding the following surnames: Matthews, Grinder, Pennington, Stockard, Busby, Alexander, Bailey, Murrell regarding Thomas J. Matthews (1798-1846).  Contact Susan Beeler Anderson,


Mystery Families and Photographs


Four photos are shown: 1) From the Beckham collection, a studio portrait of a young man. 2) From the Poag collection, a child in a metal swing. 3) From the Cole collection, a photo of an elderly woman with two small children. 4) From the Dye collection, a studio portrait of a young man.  All photos held at the Lawrence County Archives.  Contact Kathy at or Jim at with information.


Martha Ann Sowell Alford Presents the Sowell Family Genealogy and History to the Society / Written by Doyce Shaddix 


The family of Martha Ann Sowell is presented beginning with her ancestor Charles Sowell born 1775 in Bertie County, North Carolina.  They moved to Middle Tennessee in 1818 and each generation was active in military, ecclesiastical and civil activities.


Letter From H. D. Fillmore, Atkins, Arkansas / submitted by Kathy Niedergeses


This letter printed in the Lawrence Democrat 20 January 1891 describes Fillmore’s trip to Arkansas.  He mentions “Samul Weaver” who moved from Lawrenceburg in 1879 and Steven Matthews who he states was Davy Crockett’s play mate.


A Texas Woman Writes Home /  Mrs. Annie Pullen Chandler Is Former Lawrence County Girl / Tells of Her Experiences in the Lone Star State, Always Looks Forward to Coming of Democrat / Texas Fine Place / Submitted by Kathy Niedergeses


This letter addressed to the Lawrence Democrat and written by Chandler, describes her move from Lawrence County in 1914 to Terrell, Texas.  It was published in the paper 18 June 1919.


The Book Nook  Books reviewed by Kathy Niedergeses & LaShawn Baxter


The following books were reviewed and are housed at the Lawrence County Archives:


Early Roads of Lawrence County, TN May 1818 to January 1884 From County Records, by Wallace Palmore, 2014.


Sugar Creek, by William B. Caudle, 2014.


Life on Knob Creek, by Danny Benson.



Yesteryear Insights


For Sale or Rent - The Allen place (Allen’s Stand) an ad from The Press, 24 April 1884.


About Our Front Cover : History of Pulaski Street Church of Christ / Compiled by Kathy Niedergeses


A history accompanied by photos which covers the church’s beginning from 1895 to present day.  Includes details on various locations, properties, ministers and elders.  Various sources are provided.


Yesteryear Advertisements


Four ads from various Lawrence County, TN newspapers include: Geo. A. Clarke selling land in Middle Tennessee; S.C. Clifton, watchmaker and jeweler; H.B. Brink & Co. new homes; J.C. Stewart dealer in dry good, clothing, boots, shoes.


Mystery Pictures in the New Prospect Area

From the Mrs. J. A. Sanders Picture Collection, six photos showing six different houses.  Four of the photos include individuals posing in front of the houses.  The earliest appear to be log houses.


Yesteryear Insights


C. S. Bashy of the 9th district reports killing a large wild turkey.  The Press, 11 Apr 1883.