Lawrence County Heritage


The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society


Vol. 21   No. 2   Winter 2017

Table of Contents


Compiled by Lawrence Niedergeses


From The Editor


Three new articles are starting in this journal: Do You Remember; Visitors From Christmas Past; and Spotlight On Communities. If you have a topic that you would like to see in the journal let me know.


An Edwards Family History (From a presentation at the LCGS meeting September 16, 2017 by Jonathan Edwards) By Doyce Shaddix


The article starts with Thomas Edwards (1723-1779); Andrew Edwards (1752-1843); David L. Edwards (1778-1817); Aaron Anderson Edwards (1796-1855); David Lazenia Edwards ( 1822-1904); Isaac Calvin Edwards (1856-1940), Harvel Coleman Edwards, Sr. (1897-2002), Harvel Coleman Edwards, Jr.(1924-1992); Jonathan McLean Edwards born 1960.


Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting, Saturday, September 16, 2017 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: Motion to re-elect all officers at their present positions and passed. The December meeting was changed to the second Saturday and will be held at First Methodist Church. Motion to adjourn and passed.


Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, September 16, 2017 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: 119 Pictorial History Books left for sale and Membership dues are now due. New Business: An election was held to elect a new board member to replace one whose turn it was to roll off. The meeting concluded with a presentation by Jonathan Edwards on his Edwards family.


Do You Remember? by Kathy Niedergeses


“The Dinner Bell” is the firm name of Lawrenceburg’s newest restaurant, a modern and smart new cafeteria located at the former Coffee Cup sit on E. Gaines, at the Greyhound Bus Depot.


Visitors from Christmas Past Look Back At Lawrenceburg of Long Ago by Kathy Niedergeses


A group of men and women from the past meet on the square in Lawrenceburg in the year 2005 and compare notes about how the times have changed everything.


Migrations To And From Lawrence County, TN During The 1870s Through Early 1900s - Part XXIX (continued from the Fall 2017 issue) Researched 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: Warren, Alford, Quarles, Hartwell, Eldridge, Rivers, Bullock, Solinski, Garett, McDougal, Quinn, Brandwin, Kenney, Neelley, Patterson, Spence, Joiner, Tinsley, Nixon, Springer, McKeand, Rodgers, Everett, Parkes, Boyd, Hancock, Parker, Morrow, Stewart, Taylor, Hughes, Guthrie, Lovell, Jones, Bentley, Legg, Watts, Tabler, Sowell, Simms, Meridith, Patty, Harvey, Meredith, Olsen, Johnson, Dwiggins, Delagneau, Severson, Pafford, Tronson, and Williams. (To be continued in the Spring 2018 issue of the Journal)


United States Citizens’ Military Training Camps by Kathy Niedergeses


The Citizens’ Military Training Camps were a continuation of the “Plattsburgh camps”, which was a volunteer pre-enlistment training program organized by private citizens before the U.S. entry into World War I. From 1921 to 1940, young men from all over the nation and Puerto Rico attended these month long summer camps run by the U.S. Army.


Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List, Fifteenth Civil District - Part V (Continued from the Fall 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: Muster, Meredith, McAuliff, McBride, McLean, McCall, McGee, McLougal, McLanahan, McGlamery, Neal, Nixon, Nelson, Neely, Nowell, Napier, Owen, Odell, Paulk, Price, Pullen, Powell, Porter, Prines, Paine, Purce, Petty, Pitts, Pennington, Porter, Perdue, Pugh, Ray, Richardson, Riddell, Ramsey, Roberts, Reeder, Roberson, Rippey, Riley, Rayburne, Rivens, Roberts, Rasbury, Rittenberry, Randal, Ricketts, Rochell, Roach, Springer, Carrell, Smithson, Stutts, and Simms. (To be continued in the Spring 2018 issue of the Journal)


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


This is the 19th 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: Lowell, Hill, Buzbee, Rogers, Entreken, McPherson, Jones, Christian Church at West Point, Mashburn, Truitt, McMahan, McLean, Reynolds, Kobeck, Henn, North, Sowell, Olive, McKelvey, Rosson, and Glass.


Mystery Families and Photographs


Three pictures for identification: A family portrait of a Blair family; a picture of four well-dressed gentlemen; and a picture of what appears to be a family reunion.


Samuel Harrison Garland and Lois Addie Arizona (Long) Garland Family by Trudy Garner (Edited by Kathy Niedergeses)


Samuel Harrison (1885-1978) married Lois Addie Arizona Long (1884-1970) on December 20, 1903. Harrison and Arizona began their family in Fannin and Gilmer counties in Georgia. In 1921, they came to Lawrence County, Tennessee and lived in the Center Community. They had twelve children.


A Spotlight on Communities “Summertown, Tennessee” by Kathy Niedergeses


Summertown began in the early years of the county and was mostly utilized by hunters and trappers from Maury County, but better access was provided when the Central Turnpike was built in the 1840s. With the arrival of the first train in the area July 1, 1883, even more settlers poured in and the town was flourishing.


Short News Clips Found In Newspapers by Kathy Niedergeses


Article dated September 1915 in the Lawrence Democrat informing the public that the progressive farmers along the Pulaski-Lawrenceburg Road with the aid of the business men of the city were busy building roads and suggesting others do the same. Lawrence News, April 16, 1930 the Baz (Bass) Sowell house better known as the Military School building burned.