Lawrence County Heritage


The Journal of the Lawrence County

(Tennessee) Genealogical Society


Vol. 21   No. 3   Spring 2018

Table of Contents


Compiled by Lawrence Niedergeses


From The Editor


Thanks for the people who submitted articles for this issue and please keep sending articles and pictures. Wallace Palmore will begin a new series in the Summer journal abstracting deeds for Lawrence County. We are planning a Facebook page for the Genealogical Society and the Lawrence County Archives.


Conversations with Ethyl McGee Rochelle, Cousins Twice Removed by Lila Gobbell


Ethyl McGee, raised by grandparents, Will Marion and Josie McGee, loved to hear their stories and took notes so she would remember them better. Ethyl married Albert Rochelle. Years later, after Albert's death, the writer loved to visit Ethyl to hear the same stories told to her by her grandparents. One story was about Micajah McGee who kept his coffin in the living room until his death; another about John McGee who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and afterwards wore a dress and bonnet to work in the fields so the Confederates would not bother him. She continues with a story about Francis Marion McGee, then about Micajah's widow, Margaret Wisdom McGee.


Farmers Have Picnic and Fair Speeches, Dinner, Premiums Submitted by Kathy Niedergeses


An article in the Lawrence Democrat dated September 29, 1915 tells about the Flatwoods farmer's and Home Maker's Club meeting at Park Grove for their annual picnic and fair.


The Remke Family (Continued from an article in the Fall 2017 issue) by Kathy Niedergeses


Valentine Remke was born March 17, 1835 in Germany and died December 25, 1917 in Lawrence County. He married twice 1) Anna Senger (1835-1892) and they had four children: Frank, Anthony, Louis and Martha. 2) Katherine Pflegal (1850-1925) and they had two children: Andrew and Adam. (To be continued in the Summer 2018 issue of the Journal)


Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Board Meeting, Saturday, December 9, 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 hold all quarterly meetings in the Lawrence County Library with the exception of September, which is to be held at the Old Jail Museum. Motion to adjourn and passed.


Minutes to Lawrence County Genealogical Society Meeting, Saturday, December 9, 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: 96 copies of the Pictorial History Book are left. Back issues of the Lawrence County Heritage are for sale at a reduced price. New Business: Articles are desperately needed for future journals for information, contact Kathy Niedergeses. The meeting concluded with a presentation by Mary Ann Clayton on her Truitt family.


The Book Nook by Lila Gobbell


Leoma Tennessee, Memories of an Unincorporated Community by Martha Rose Woodward. This book is housed at the Lawrence County Archives.


Mary T. Allen Stockard Matthews Murrell and Her Descendants by Susan Beeler Anderson


The life of Mary T. Allen spanned over seven decades (1814-1897). Mary had two brothers - Captain William B. Allen and Second Sergeant Samuel Houston Allen. Mary was married three times: 1) Silas A. Stockard; 2) Thomas J. Matthews; and 3) Jeffery Murrell


A Spotlight on Communities “Iron City, Tennessee - A City Built Of Iron” Researched And Compiled by Kathy Niedergeses


Iron City was born a boomtown out of necessity and proved to be iron tough. From wilderness to wild-west, from boomtown to almost a ghost town pretty much describes Iron City. Once a peaceful valley where early settlers engaged in agriculture, trapping and hunting, it was brought to life by iron ore and the railroad in the mid-1880s. (To be continued in the Summer 2018 issue of the Journal)


Migrations To And From Lawrence County, TN During The 1870s Through Early 1900s - Part XXX (continued from the Winter 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: King, Bentley, Nixon, Bloom, Meredith, Norman, Coop, Quarles, Gilmore, Parkes, Thomas, Inman, Harvey, Schade, Stribling, Stewart, Fleming, Gilbreth, Rodgers, Chafin, Jones, DuVall, Tinsley, Rose, Finney, Dunn, McKeand, LeFan, Carrell, Frost, Eagan, White, Simms, Paine, Polk, Ashford, Henry, Helton, Duckett, Looney, Walker, Kennedy, McDougal, Neelley, Alexander, and Hughes.


Lawrence County, Tennessee 1890 Tax List, Fifteenth Civil District - Part VI (Continued from the Winter 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: Sinkler, Stutts, Searcy, Springer, Sweet, Simonton, Surrett, Spann, Stennan, Spears, Smotherman, Smith, Stewart, Sneed, Skillen, Sanduskey, Staggs, Story, Starr, Shaw, Sandy, Sanders, Sledge, Spencer, True, Thornton, Tidwell, Tucker, Tays, Thomason, Turner, Tice, Toney, Tolbert, Thompson, Tounsell, Thesing, Theethes, Utley, Voss, Welch, Wood, Wisdom, Waters, Wisdom, Wiley, Whitthorne, Wright, Whitworth, Weaver, Wallis, Wooly, Wilson, Warren, Waldrup, Wilkerson, Williams, Winters, Willbank, Wigfall, Wiseman, West, Willis, and York   (The conclusion)


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


This is the 20th 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: Townsend, George, Shellie's Beauty Shop, Hill, Bishop, Harwell, Chambers, Hobbs, Franks, Davidson, Howard, Mashburn, James, Sudduth, Brown, Benson, Woodard, Hollis, Cessna, Wilcoxson, Pitts, Massey, Tidwell, Hudson School House, Stutts, Staggs, Moore, Blue, Barnett, Dooley, Laws, McCabbage (McCluggage ?), Erwin, Farm Bureau Building, and Wright. (To be continued in the Summer 2018 issue of the Journal)


Mystery Families and Photographs


Five pictures in this collection: 1) A husband and wife possibly a Smallwood or a Smallwood deputy; 2) A group of mostly young people maybe a family portrait; 3) A well dressed gentleman; 4) A small boy with a sad look on his face; and 5) A well-dressed young lady.


John and Sarah Clark Johnston - Part I by Wallace Palmore


John Johnston (1779-1857) married Sarah Clark (1774-1847) December 16, 1797. Their children were: John Clark Johnston (1798-1881) who married Sybil Springer; Samuel Carter Johnston, Sr. (1804-1874) who married Margaret Ann Springer; Elizabeth Bolds Johnston (1805-1860) who married William E. Johnson; William King Johnston (1809-1859) who married Dorotha Gurley. (To be continued in the Summer 2018 issue of the Journal)

Over-80-Club Letters 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 G. Y. Massey. (Published April 27, 1961)

Yesterday Ads by Kathy Niedergeses

Ads from October 25, 1922 and January 24, 1923 for D. G. Feldman Company; Joe E. Lacefield & Son; and Nifty-Fit Sewing Parlor.