Lawrence County Heritage

The Journal of the Lawrence County
(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 18 No. 3 Spring 2015

Table of Contents

compiled by Susan Beeler Anderson

From the Editor

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Mystery Families and Photographs

Four photos taken from Poage, Beckham, Dye/Hill/Mattox Collection at the Lawrence County Archives are published with the hope someone can identify those folks pictured in them.

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting, Saturday, December 13, 2014 Doyce Shaddix

The meeting was held in the Lawrence County Library Meeting Room. The meeting was called to order by Lila Gobbell. Minutes were read and approved. The financial report was read and accepted. No old business. New business included the approval of payments to Jim Crowder for expenses related to printing the journal. Another motion was passed giving monetary gifts to Jim and Kathy Niedergeses in appreciation for work done for the Society. The meeting was adjourned.

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, December 13, 2014 Doyce Shaddix

The meeting was called to order by President Wallace Palmore. The minutes were read and approved. The financial report was read and approved. No old business. New business included informing the Society the board had voted to give Jim Crowder $300 for expenses and another $100 to Jim and $100 to Kathy Niedergeses as Christmas gifts in appreciation for all they do for the Society. The Winter Journal is not ready but will be mailed when they’ve been printed. Twenty copies of the Heritage of Lawrence County, Tennessee book and nine copies of the David Crockett, the Public Man and Legislator book by Gert Peterson remain to be sold. Bobby Alford talked about his latest book, Important Women of Lawrence County and also presented the story of three forebears of his mother’s family- William Ryals, Joseph Birch, and John Dunn.

Barbers in Lawrence County (continued from Winter 2014 where it appeared as an "About Our Front Page" article) Researched and compiled by Kathy Niedergeses

This article is a listing of all Lawrence County barbers found in various sources. The first part appeared in the last issue of the journal and included a history of barbering and a short biography of current barbers in Lawrence County. This list includes the name of the barber, the location of the barber shop and the date. The surnames/shop name of those listed are: Abercrombie, Adair, Alsup, Arnold, Austin, Bailey, Bass, Barnet, Cullum, Moye, Bates, Beckham, Bethell, Bird, Bivens, Bonner, Bracken, Bumpass, Taylor, Burgess, Butler, City Barber Shop (Shults, Bailey), Cloud, Vaughan, Comer, Courtright, Cox, Craig, Crane, Davenport, Davis, Depot Barber Shop, Dewey’s Barber Shop, Dickson, Dot’s Beauty Parlor, Durrett, Emerson’s Barber Shop, Farris, Fields, Flatt, Fontella Barber Shop, Foster, Friendly Barber Shop, Gambrell, Gibson, Gilliam, Gladney Barber Shop, Golden, Green, Gunselman’s Barber Shop, Guttery, Hardiman Barber Shop, Harris, Helton, Hill, Hopwood, Hughes, Hulsey, Isbell & Bailey Barber Shop, Isbell’s Barber Shop, Johnson, Jones, Kaup, Kelley, Killen & White, Kincade & Millican, Lay, Long’s (Lewis) Barber Shop, Long, L.M. Barber Shop, Lookout B & B Supply Co., Lopps Barber Shop, Lowery, Lynam, Marston, Mathis, Matthews, Messer, Mile Crossing Barber Shop, Mile Cross Barber Shop, Moore, Morgan, Morris Barber Shop, Morrow, Nelson, Moye, Newtown Barber Shop, North End Barber Shop, Oehman, O.K. Barber Shop, Owens, Parrott, Patton’s Barber Shop, Peoples Barber Shop, Peoples Service Station, Persall, Pettybone, Pioneer Barber Shop, Please U Barber Shop, Putman’s Barber Shop, Putman, Rainey, Rhodes, Risner, Roberts, Rollins, Rollins & Fleeman, Russell, Shelton’s Barber Shop, Shults, Simonton, Springer, Stewarts Barber Shop, Stewards Barber Shop, St. Joseph Barber Shop, Summertown Barber Shop, Thomas, Todd and Davidson, Trapp, Vaughan, Walkers Barber Shop, Ward, Watkins, Whiteway Barber Shop, French.

Yesteryear Insights

Excerpts from stories published in the Democrat-Union newspaper relating to humorous and surprising news relating to farm animals. Surnames: Cunningham, Lutts, Beuerlein.

The Fire Fiend – Part VIII (continued from Winter 2014) Researched and compiled by Kathy Niedergeses

This is the 8th 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: Neeley, Harris Dry Goods Co., Parke, Brown, Hickman, fire truck purchase, Shannon, Allgood, Moore, Killen, Comer, Canter, Blessing, Murphy, Locke, Webb, Sims, Hay, Hugley, Dingldine, Gant, Casteel, Usher, Watkins, Johnson, Ginn, Webb, Busby, Moody, Gladish, Massey, Derrick, Springer, Heatwole, Pollock, Carrell, Sloan, Locke, Massey.

(To be continued in the Summer 2015 issue of the Journal)

Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List – Part II, Eleventh Civil District (continued from Winter, 2014) Wallace Palmore

The names of those taxpayers in the Eleventh 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: Boyd, Bailey, Blue, Buie, Buck, Broward, Calton, Craig, Crane, Cottingham, Carter, Covington, Colwell, Commins, Clark, Cross, Crum, Cox, Cortright, Crawford, Cooper, Calton, Crandell, Carrel, Crammor, Clanton, Cotheran, Conner, Cicle, Conley, Cody, Clark, Camstock Crosweight, Deaney, Daws, Dobbins, Dexter, Dooley, Dean, Dowden, Durgen, Dawson, Davis, Dickey, Duncan, Durham, Dans, Evans, Evans & Watkins, Forman, Foster, Forbs, Fullen, Goessman Greefield, Goodlow. (To be continued in the Summer 2015 issue of the Journal)

Migrations To and From Lawrence County, TN During The 1870s Through Early 1900s – Part XVIII (continued from Winter of 2014) Researched and Compiled by Kathy & Lawrence Niedergeses

This information was found in newspapers from the 1880s, 1890s and early 1900s. 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: Busby, Neelley, Oliver, Stone, Jones, Meridith, Bentley, Malone, Lancaster, Parker, Davis, Irvine, Cason, Cathey, Spence, Sowell, Harvey, Gilbert, Grace, Rogers, Sykes, Neeley, Neal, Boyd, Crane, Comer, Killen, Craigie, Smith, Joiner, Berry, Freeman, McLean, Quin, Haggard, Walker, Tripp, Samuels, Parkes, Bennett, Lucas, Gracy, Bate, Lindsey, Hancock, Johnston,  Thomas, Hildreth, Bills, Baucom. (To be continued in the Summer 2015 issue of the Journal)

The Schade Family of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee – Part II (continued from Fall 2014) Written By: Connie (Olding) Epstein

The author continues the story of her great great grandparents John and Christina (Ziegler) Schade with details concerning their involvement in their church and the Lawrenceburg community. With excerpts from a variety of sources, the lives of this couple’s sons- John Jr., Charles C., and Joseph B.- are also described. Photos and endnotes included. (To be continued in the Summer 2015 issue of the Journal)

The Willis Green Family By LaShawn Howell Baxter

This story begins with Willis J. Green who was born in North Carolina about 1815. He married Elizabeth Jane (Dial) Canaway on February 14, 1842 in Lawrence County, Tennessee. The story follows with Willis and Elizabeth’s son Willis Allen Green who first married C.A. Mary "Mollie" McNutt and later Emma Warren Glover. The children of both marriages are discussed. Photos include members of the family and the Taylor Crabb house in Peach.

About Our Front Cover, Nixon’s Mill Researched by Kathy & Lawrence Niedergeses, Compiled by Kathy Niedergeses

The author tells of her search for the location of Nixon’s Mill on a branch or Beeler’s Fork of Shoal Creek in Lawrence County, Tennessee. The description includes directions for finding the remnants of the mill. A succession of owners and occupiers (Terrell, Adams, Buchanan, Simonton, Reams, Chaffin, Bentley, Nixon, Ellingboe, Sims, Lumpkins, Weimer, Kitchens, Parkes, Richardson, Lehnert, Heffington) were found in land records. A description of the mill as it might have been is provided including the mechanics of its working. The Nixon Collection offered some undated source for the materials and cost of either building the original mill or its reconstruction later. Excerpts from a contract between Nixon and Isaiah Manual who was hired to "attend" the mill are included. A diary left by Nixon’s son was a source for information about the rebuilding of the mill 1879-1880. An interview with the Heffington family offered additional information about the mill. Photos include the remnants of the old bridge across McLean Creek, the timbers where the dam rested, flat area that was possibly the mill race and the creek and low area nearby. Drawings include 1) the 1880’s plat map showing Buchanan as owner and the names of adjacent landowners Beeler and Holland and 2) and Undershot Wheel Sketch. A complete list of sources is available at the Archives. Articles relating to the property, the Nixon family and Heffington families will be published in the future issue of this journal.

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