Lawrence County Heritage


The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society


Vol. 20   No. 4   Summer 2017

Table of Contents


Compiled by Lawrence Niedergeses


From The Editor


The Lawrence County Pictorial History Books have arrived and people have begun to pick them up. Remember to renew your membership before the middle of September. The societyís next meeting will be Saturday, September 16th at the Old Jail Museum.


James Wilson Holt and Eliza Ann Martin Descendants Holding Family Reunion Information from Frankie Loretta Holt, compiled by Kathy Niedergeses


A family reunion is planned for the descendants of James Wilson Holt who married Eliza Ann Martin probably around 1840 in Bedford County, TN. This will be the 50th Anniversary of the family reunion. The author includes a three page genealogy listing of their children and families. The children were: Sara Holt, James Valentine Holt, William Mitchell Holt, Thomas Gordon Holt, Mary Skillern Holt, Sarah Elizabeth Holt, and Margaret Isabelle Holt. All descendants are welcome.


Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting, Saturday, March 18, 2016 by Doyce Shaddix


The meeting was called to order by Lila Gobbell. The minutes were read and accepted. The treasurerís report was read and accepted. There was no old business. New Business: The December 2017 meeting has been moved to the 2nd Saturday at the First Methodist Church on Waterloo Street.


Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, March 18, 2016 by Doyce Shaddix


The meeting was called to order by President Wallace Palmore. The minutes were read and accepted. The treasurerís report was read and accepted. There was no old business. New Business: 1) The December 2016 and March 2017 Journals will be mailed at the same time to save on postage. 2) Members were informed of the decision to sell all old journals up through December 2014 for $1.00.  Motion to adjourn and passed. The meeting concluded with a presentation by Dorothy Crews Richardson, Doris Robertson Liles and Tony Robertson on their Robertson Family Lineage.


Embroidered 'Samplers' A Family Heirloom Can Reveal Your Ancestorís Genealogy Researched and compiled by Kathy Niedergeses


I am sure most people are as unaware as I was that embroidery work can contain a wealth of information, since usually they are considered as decorative items. But, an even more rare discovery are the samplers on which many young ladies included the names, dates, burial places, marriages and other pertinent information of their family in their embroidery work.


A History of the Robertson Family of Lawrence County (From a presentation by Tony Robertson, Dorothy Crews Richardson and Doris Robertson Liles) by Doyce Shaddix


In the 1830s, three brothers, Joseph born 1816 and died 1879, John born in VA and died 1834 and William. Joseph and John settled on Chisholm Creek in Lawrence County, but William is thought to have settled in Wayne County. They named their children after their brothers, creating confusion when trying to trace their lineages and sort out all the Johns, Williams and Josephs.


The Book Nook reviews by Kathy Niedergeses


The following books were reviewed: James Killen & John D. Richardsonís Family and Friends, 1776-2016 by Ronald Killen; The Way We Said It In Loretto (in the 1940s and 1950s) by Kenneth Wayne Hollman; and Before It Vanishes: The Language, Wit, and Wisdom of the Deep Rural South (in the 1940s and 1950s) by Kenneth Wayne Hollman. All are housed at the Lawrence County Archives.


The Fire Fiend - Part XVII (continued from Spring 2017) Researched and compiled by Kathy and Lawrence Niedergeses


This is the 17th 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: Dunn, Gallemore, Keplinger, John Goldenís Store, Garner, Holt, Hagan, Chambers, Watts, Tidwell, Gaither, Dustin, Coffee, Gilbreth, Ellingboe, Fleming, Dugger, Alexander, H. B. Brink & Co. Warehouse, Kelly, Brewer, Bloom, Crockett Schoolhouse, and Ward. (To be continued in the Fall 2017 issue of the Journal)


The Celby Jefferson Truitt and Lula Bell Birdyshaw Family by Druscilla Truitt Beuerlein


The earliest known Truitt is Charles Wesley Truitt found in 1880 census in Cowpens in Tallapoosa County, AL. Bible records show that Charles Wesley married Sarah Amanda Strong July 19, 1874 in Bluff Springs, Clay County, AL. Charles and Amanda had seven children. Their son Celby married Lula Bell Birdyshaw on February 23, 1900 in Franklin County, AL. They had ten children but only five of them grew to adulthood. Their son Delton was the father of the author.


Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List, Fifteenth Civil District - Part III (Continued from the Spring 2017 issue of the Journal) 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: Darby, Ester, Ficks, Fisher, Faucelt,  Foreshon, Foster, Fowler, Freelegg, Gallaher, Gambill, Garder, Garrett, Gibson, Gladden, Gobbell, Gooch, Goodman, Gray, Green, Gregg, Griggs, Grimes, Groll, Guinn, Gunselman, Harlon, Hardin, Harding, Harris, Harrison, Haslip, Harden, Hart, Hayes, Heathcoat, Henser, Hensley, Herron, Hillhouse, Holder, Hollis, Holt, Hooper, Horn, Horne, Horton, Hubble, Huckaba, Hudson, Huff, Hughes, Johnston, Jones, Johnson, Simms, Wright. (To be continued in the Fall 2017 issue of the Journal)   


Migrations To And From Lawrence County, TN During The 1870s Through Early 1900s - Part XXVII (continued from the Spring 2017 issue) 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: McLain, McKeand, Hatcher, Neeley, McDougal, Parkes, Dustine, Parks, King, Garner, Ingram, Rose, Morrison, Neely, Cannon, Dustin, Newbill, Meredith, Patty, Joiner, Spence, Bentley, Skelton, Fillmore, Fulcher, Harvey, Barnett, Simms, Neal, Hagan, Nixon, Gilmore, Parker, Funk, Coop, Kronk, Stribling Busby, Wells, Frost, McClanahan, Davidson, Gunselman, Norman, Destin, Twiller, Sutton, Kennedy, Danly, Spencer, Lacy, Guthrie, Kinney, Garrett, Stewart, Loveill, Hanson, Thorne, Cowden, Gamble, Reginold, Comer, Childres, Cloud. (To be continued in the Fall 2017 issue of the Journal)


Mystery Families and Photographs


1) A large group of people for what looks like a Sunday baptism. 2) A baby in a wicker chair. 3) What appears to be a picture of four generations of women. 4) Group of women and men perhaps on an afternoon outing.


Lawrenceburg Military Academy "The Rest of the Story" - Part I Researched and compiled by Kathy Niedergeses


In 1920, Lawrenceburg was selected as the site for a Military Academy. Dr. H. H. Johnson was in charge of the school, John H. Harvey, Jr. was Commandant of Cadets, and Carl A. White was Director of Athletics along with military instruction and discipline. (To be continued in the Fall 2017 issue of the Journal)