Lawrence County Heritage
The Journal of the Lawrence County
(Tennessee) Genealogical Society
Vol. 20 No. 2 Winter 2016
Table of Contents
Compiled by Lawrence Niedergeses
From the Editor:
Remember I am still learning and hope I do not make too many mistakes. The Pictorial History Book has been delayed again from the publisher, the new date is the first week of April.
Snap Shots of Former Lawrence County Citizens by Kathy Niedergeses
Thadeous Kosciusko “Kuss” True was born Jan. 16, 1839 in Maury Co., TN to David H. and Eleanor Enoch Glasscock True. The family moved to Lawrence Co. by 1860. T. K. married Nancy Jane Welch on Nov. 1, 1860. T. K. and Nancy raised seven children. In the 1890s T. K. and most of his family moved to TX. Nancy died not long after they arrived in TX and T. K. married Alice O. Stampley Mar. 23, 1898.
The Ancestors of Robert "Bob" Hayes by Doyce Shaddix
Jacob Harmon Hayes, great-great-great grandfather of Bob Hayes was born in 1794. Henry M. Hayes, great-great-grandfather of Bob was born in 1823. Lewis Wesley Hayes, great-grandfather of Bob was born Mar. 30, 1845 in Hall Co., GA. Lewis Wesley married Nancy Elizabeth Saylors, on Oct. 4, 1868 in GA and had 10 children. Robert Arnold Hayes grandfather of Bob was born Dec. 3, 1887. He married Zella Martha New in 1912 and they had 4 children.
"Mr. Mack" Comes Up With an Egg That's Hard to Beat Submitted by Lawrence Niedergeses
According to an article in the Democrat-Union dated Feb. 4, 1953, R. H. McPherson had a hen that layed an egg with another egg inside it.
The Adolphus D. Cole Home written by David Copeland from memories told by his grandmother, Lena Cole
The home was constructed in 1918. It was built out of popular wood with clapboard siding and wood shake roofing. The house at one time had a hand cranked generator and a battery bank to supply lighting. Another unique feature was the fact that the house had its own water tower located in the back yard.
Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting, Saturday, September 17, 2016 by 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: Election of all officers, motion made to re-elect all officers by acclamation and passed. Suggestion made to ask Nancy Brewer to prepare the journal motion passed. Motion to adjourn and passed.
Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, September 17, 2016 by Doyce Shaddix
The meeting was called to order by President Wallace Palmore. The minutes were read and accepted. The treasurer's report was read and accepted. Old Business: Must have 200 members to mail journals at the bulk mail rate. New Business: Election was held to elect 2 new board members who rolled off. Motion to adjourn and passed. Dorothy Richardson introduced the speaker for the meeting Robert "Bob" Hayes. Bob gave a presentation on the Hayes family.
Loretto Drug Store Changes Hands submitted by Kathy Niedergeses
Mr. A. B. Hollander has taken charge of the new drug store. Mr. Hollander is a prominent young man and the son of John Hollander a well known merchant and hotel man in Loretto.
The Fire Fiend - Part XV (continued from Fall 2016) Researched and compiled by Kathy and Lawrence Niedergeses
This is the 15th 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: Sandrell, Tucker, Collier, Risner, Hickman, Andrews Grocery Store, Hagan, McCrory, James T. Dunn Feed and Seed Co., Brown, Noah Moore's Cotton Gin, Vaughan, Perkinson, Goetz, Green, Mize, Dentist, Golden, Cannon, Watkins, Cocke, Bailey, Kidd, Chapman, Davidson, Bivens, Clifton, Spurgeon Rohling, Adams. (To be continued in the Spring 2017 issue of the Journal)
Simms Store, The Country Store in the New Prospect Community by Kathy Niedergeses
Country stores of long ago provided almost everything a customer needed that they could not raise. In 1923 Tom Lindsey Simms Sr. and family moved into the store to live. Most items purchased were staples such as flour, coffee, sugar, etc. Hardware included kerosene, lanterns, axes, etc. The dry goods stock offered cloth, sewing materials, overalls and straw hats. Chickens and eggs were brought to the store to sell or trade for something else they needed. The country store was the center of the community, not only a place to buy or sell their produce, but a place to gather around the wood stove, tell tales, discuss politics and play checkers. The store closed on April 3, 1976.
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: Robert W. Hammonds (published May 1967)
Old History of Early Day From Fleetwood’s History of Lawrence County
An article written by Fleetwood for a local newspaper in the late 1800s or early 1900s tells about the early days of the county and its citizens giving descriptive details. In the article, Fleetwood, the author of many articles about the early years of the county, attributes a lot of Lawrence County's progress in the early years to the influence of James K. Polk. There are a few other statements throughout that are not exactly accurate. The journal's editor corrects a few of the errors in the end notes.
Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List, Fourteenth Civil District - Part II (Continued from the Fall 2016 issue) by Wallace Palmore
The names of those taxpayers in the Fourteenth 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: Harding, Irvin, Johnson, Johns, James, King, Kyme, Kennedy, Lucas, Hughes, Lenier, Long, Morrison, McCandless, Miles, Mathes, McClentie, McMahan, Mead, Matthes, Miller, McMillon, Mayfield, Mays, Napier, Pommernicke, Pierson, Poss, Phelps, Parker, Prentice, Harvey, Peas, Russell, Romine, Ratliff, Renfroe, Ryley, Rye, Kitchens, Rose, Sowell, Simms, Sampson, Stewart, Story, Thomas, Sweet, Simpson, Sweeder, Stone, Staggs, Schiler, Stockley, Sylvester, Sheldon, Taylor, Thorne, Vanchack, Vater, Wilson, Wheat, Walker, Whitman, Warren, Woolson, Warefield, Witts, Worley, Webster, Wells, Yokley, Zimmerman. (conclusion)
Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List, Fifteenth Civil District - Part I by Wallace Palmore
The names of those taxpayers in the Fifteenth 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: Alford, Applegate, Anderson, Adair, Arnell, Adams, Abernathy, Blythe, Brashears, Belew, Blair, Bivens, Bryant, Bills, Ballard, Brasier, Brock, Beavers, Burns, Bird, Bennett, Brewer, Bower. (To be continued in the Spring 2017 issue of the Journal)
Migrations To And From Lawrence County, TN During The 1870s Through Early 1900s - Part XXV Researcher and Compiled by Kathy and 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: Rose, Harvey, Goodloe, Sowell, Ringo, Johnson, Sandrell, Ashford, Crews, Williams, Hendley, Smith, Bond, Quarrels, Hancocke, Ellers, Nixon, McKeand, Kraus, Flaney, Hagan, Freemon, Frost, Nelson, Severson, Medin, Larson, Ellefson, Danielson, Storlin, Rebuy, Selverson, Gunderson, Rovang, Wiker, Jones, Gilmore, Spencer, Tabler, McKand, Pate, Henderson, McDougal, Phillips, Neelley, Knox, Springer, Haden, Parks, Morris, Bentley, Welton, Stewart, Turman, Lumpkins, Cannon, Gilbert, Barnett, Tafton, McLean, Hughes, Joiner, Freeman, Sykes, Hammonds. (To be continued in the Spring 2017 issue of the Journal)
Mystery Families and Photographs
Five pictures are presented from the Crowder and Lanning Collection for identification: 1)A family group in front of a house, 2) A portrait of a man and a women, 3) A husband and wife with a baby, 4) Three gentlemen in top hats and tails, 5) A portrait of four young women.
The McMasters Families That Came to Lawrence County, TN and Others That Did Not (Continued from the Fall 2016 issue of the Journal) by Wallace Palmore
Continued information on the descendents of Jonathan McMasters who was the son of James McMasters and Susannah Cann. He was born about 1765 probably in Chatham County, NC and died 3 March 1841 in Lawrence County, TN. Jonathan married Hannah Hobson, who was the daughter of Charles Hobson and Sarah Beck. She was born 25 February 1761 in NC and died 1 March 1852 in Lawrence County, TN. (Conclusion)