Lawrence County Heritage

The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society

Vol. 18, No. 4 Summer 2015

Table of Contents

From the Editor:

It is time to renew your membership. Send your payments to: Lawrence County Genealogical Society, 2588 Highway 43S, Leoma, TN 38468-5075. Thank you for your interest in the Society and encourage you to attend the quarterly meetings. Contact Jim at to make suggestions or voice your concerns regarding the journal.

County Records Missing for 41 Years Returned to Archives Transcribed by Lawrence & Kathy Niedergeses

Many county records were recently returned and are now housed at the Lawrence County Archives. They are being sorted, cleaned and indexed so they may be accessed by researchers. The general inventory of the items given in this article includes land entries, loose land surveys, loose marriage bonds and licenses, loose guardian settlements, bonds, apprentice indentures, loose original guardian bonds, guardian settlements, apprentice indentures, inventory sale bills settling estates, deeds, land grants, original deed book A, tax books, school fund records naming teachers, store ledgers for William Love, F.F. Bentley and Bate and Simonton, Lawrence Union Newspaper. A list of grooms names, brides names, date, type of record with File # given.

Two Tennessee Girls Names Silas and Thomas and "A Boy Named Sue" Susan Beeler Anderson

Research by the author revealed that Mary T. (Allen) Stockard Matthews named two of her daughters after their fathers- Thomas J. Matthews and Silas A. Stockard. All were residents of Lawrence and Maury counties in Tennessee.

Yesterday Insights

Two extracts from local newspapers are provided: one from 1896 relating to Adam Heimer, a "wine raiser" in Lawrence County and another from 1928 relating to the number of phones in Lawrenceburg, the volume of calls in one week and number of telephone employees.

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting, Saturday, March 21, 2015 Doyce Shaddix

The meeting was called to order by Lila Gobbell. The minutes were read and accepted. The treasurer's report was read and accepted. There was no old business. New business included Kathy Niedergeses reporting that 262 earlier issues of the Lawrence County Genealogical Society's Journal had to be tossed because they were sitting on the floor in the basement of the printer's office with no dehumidifier or heat and absorbed moisture. Twelve copies of the second printing of The Heritage of Lawrence County, Tennessee book remain to be sold. Eight copies of David Crockett, the Public Man and Legislator remain to be sold. Ryan A. Degan, publishing consultant for a book company from Sikeston, Missouri, met with the board and discussed the possibility of a contract with the society to publish a new pictorial book of Lawrence County. There was no decision made regarding this. The meeting was adjourned.

Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, March 21, 2015 Doyce Shaddix

The meeting was called to order by President Wallace Palmore. The treasurer's report was read and approved. The minutes of the December 2014 meeting were read and approved. There was no old or new business. The meeting concluded with a presentation by Wallace Palmore about the George and Ursula Whitehead Newton family.

The Fire Fiend - Part IX (continued from Spring 2015) Researched and compiled by Kathy Niedergeses

This is the 9th installment in a series that began in Vol. 16 #4, Summer 2013, regarding fires, fire fighting equipment and firemen of Lawrence County. 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: Schrader, Thorn, Perry, Barshears, Collier, Dorsey, Pennington, Pollock Grocery, Bailey, Vaughan, Rose, Smith, Pinkney Mining Co., T.D. Fite store, Henry Dickson drink stand, Arnold, post office (Ethridge), Lay, Cunningham, Criss, Hale, Bailey, Old, Stewart, Pritchett. (To be continued in the Fall 2015 issue of the Journal)

The Book Nook reviews by LaShawn Baxter and Kathy Niedergeses

The following books are reviewed: The Family of Edward and Martha Poteet by Wallace Palmore; George Newton and Ursula Whitehead and Family by Wallace Palmore; and The William Hiram Stricklin Family, A Documented History by Joel Serafin. All are housed at the Lawrence County Archives.

The Schade Family of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee - Part III - Conclusion (continued from Spring 2015) Written by: Connie (Olding) Epstein

The author continues her series on the Schade family with the stories of Mary Christine Schade and Theresia Catherine Schade, daughters of John and Christina (Ziegler) Schade. The text is accompanied by several photos and concludes with end notes.

Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List, Eleventh Civil District - Part III (continued from Spring, 2015) 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: Goodlow, Gulick, Goriski, Gordon, Gideon & Howard, Gould, Geassman, Goss, Gross, Gale, Grimes, Glascock, Gaultney, Green, Goddard, Garrett, Gault, Galeway, Hall, Horne, Hammond, Hogles, Hymer, Holden, Howard, Harlow, Haskell, High, Hicks, Hartwick, Hale, Pennington, Ingram, Jones, Jenett, Johnson, Kidd, Knipper, Kindler, Kinney, Karstadt, Louis, Landers, Lawrence County Lumber Co., Love, Locker, Leland, Lumkins, Lamb & Smith, Laurel Hill Mf. Co, Carrell & Scott, Morrison, McMullen, Morris & Wiley, Pennington, Pearson, Parkes, Purkins, Peters, Patterson, Preston, Porter, Pyles, Pigg, Pruiett, Pugh. (To be continued in the Fall 2015 issue of the journal)

Migrations To And From Lawrence County, TN During The 1870s Through Early 1900s - Part XIX (continued from Spring of 2015) 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: Stribling, Wilsford, Gaither, Stewart, Dustin, Mester, Cherry, Barnett, Scribner, Simms, Harvey, Rose, Anderson, Deavenport, Alford, Kerr, Buchanan, Gilbert, Thomas, Parkes, Acklin, Hughes, Spence, Ashford, Rogers, Morris, Simms, Busby, Cowden, McDougal, Feuerstein, Stricklin, Fleishman, Green, Murrel, Freeman, Comer, Fillmore. (To be continued in the Fall 2015 issue of the Journal)

Mystery Families and Photographs

Four photos are presented that need identification: 1) from the Dye collection at the archives an outdoor group photo that includes several adults, a baby and a young man. 2) from the Beckham collection, a portrait of a woman. 3) from the Poag collection a studio portrait of a couple. 4) from the Poag collection a photo of a baby. Contact Kathy at to respond.

About Our Front Cover: The Log House the Heffington Family Built By Kathy Niedergeses

This detailed history tells the story of Charles and Kathlyn Heffington (still living at age 95) of Lawrence County- their family history and life on the land they purchased in 1948. Five cabins built of heartwood poplar were collected to build their log cabin in 1955. Photos and full descriptions of the interior and exterior are provided. Accompanied by a list of sources that included personal interviews.

Genealogical Society to Compile a Pictorial History of Lawrence County

The Lawrence County Genealogical Society, in conjunction with the Lawrence County Archives, has decided to compile a book depicting Lawrence County history from its beginning in 1817 through 2017 for the county's bicentennial celebration. Submissions of pictures are solicited from anyone whose ancestors resided in Lawrence County during this time period, especially the 1800s through the mid-1900s. Presale price in $39.95. Send pictures with captions to the archives at 2588 Hwy. 43 S., Leoma, TN 38468.

Over 80 Club Requests Submitted by Kathy Niedergeses

Letters written by local citizens to gain entrance into the Over 80 Club and originally published in the Democrat-Union are reprinted and include Estelle Davis Mashburn (published May 5, 1966) and Cora Carr Dooley (published October 1, 1970).

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