Thursday, October 09, 2014

A Tennessee Researcher's disappointment with Finding Your Roots episode

Just now catching up on my DVR'd episodes of Finding Your Roots.  Was disappointed that when they showed Steven King's ancestor's Civil War card, Steven read it as Born in: Kent Co. TN when it was so obvious to me that it was Knox Co. TN.  At first I thought Steven had just pronounced it incorrectly...but then I saw the note card where they feature the run down of the info they had found and they had written it as Kent Co. TN.  I don't understand several things...first off why did they not catch their error when they consulted map or gazetteer and secondly why did they not call in someone who worked extensively with TN records.  Why was this not done prior to the revealing to Mr. King?  Still love the show...but disappointed.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sadness in the Census.

To the ordinary eye this may look like just a typical page from the 1940 United States Census. This page to a country music fan and a true crime fan is much more.  Seven year old Dorthy Marsh in household 27 would grow up to be Dottie West.  Dottie was physically and sexually abused by her father, Hollis Marsh(a crime for which he was sentenced to 40 yrs in prison).  The Bratcher family in household 33 would be murdered by Billy Gibbs in 1955----a tragedy still talked about among the locals even to this day.

1940 United States Census, Warren Co., TN, Dist 15 sheet 2-B

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Maternal Ancestors listed at DAR Website

A follow-up  to my post of last weekend.  I have checked my Maternal lines and found 3 lines that served in the Revolutionary War.  This gives me a total of 10 lines I could use for DAR membership.  There are several of my Mom's lines that I do not have back beyond late 1700s

Rev. War Ancestors from Mom's side

  • Peter Luna Ancestor # A071518(4th Great Grandfather)
  • William Lewis Ancestor # A070175(4th Great Grandfather)
  • John Mackleroy Ancestor # A203230(5th Great Grandfather)

 If you are interested in checking to see if any of your ancestors are listed visit DAR Website.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Paternal Ancestors Listed on DAR site

Spent a little bit of today checking my ancestors to see if any of the Revolutionary War Ancestors were listed on the Daughters of the American Revolution site.  I knew I had "old" blood as I know all of my GGG Grandparents were in America before the Revolution(with the exception of the Cook line which I only have back to early 1800s)  I have finished checking lineage through my paternal lines and I have 7 lines I could use for membership.  The easiest to prove would be my lineage to Nathan Frizzel/Frissel.  Someone has already proven this line to my Gr Gr Grandparents.  I have my Great Grandmother's Death Cert. which has their names on it. as well as census info showing her in their household listed as their daughter.  Interesting and I may try this some time down the road.

So far these are the Rev. War Ancestors from Dad's side

  • Nathan Frissell Ancestor  # A042773(4th Great Grandfather)
  • Charles Brandon Ancestor  # A204962(5th Great Grandfather)
  • Leroy Upshaw Ancestor # A118102(5th Great Grandfather)
  • William Ogilvie Ancestor # A085795(5th Great Grandfather)
  • John Manire Ancestor # A073376(4th Great Grandfather)
  • Edward Richards Ancestor # A095838 (5th Great Grandfather)
  • Jacob Sutton Ancestor # A111305 (4th Great Grandfather)
 If you are interested in checking to see if any of your ancestors are listed visit DAR Website.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

How the houses my Grandparents lived in look today (part 2)

Another of the homes of my Grandparents, Thomas Dewitt & Pearl Gray Jakes Cooke

1401 Forrest Avenue--They lived here in the early 1960s

Google Image from Aug 2011

Sept 1963

How the houses my Grandparents lived in look today

Thank You,  Grandma Cooke for gluing the envelopes in your scrapbooks.    This helped me to determine where you lived at different times by checking the postmark and address.  Also a big thank you for thinking that in front of the house was the best place to have a picture taken. 

1209 Calvin Avenue, Nashville, TN, USA

Circa 1953
Google Map Image Street View from Aug 2011

Friday, April 26, 2013

Talking with a friend earlier I realized that while I had the 1940 Census Entry for Conway Twitty(Harold Jenkins) that I did not have Loretta Lynn's 1940 Census entry......and so I searched and found...
1940 Census entry for 7 yr old Loretta Lynn who was born Loretta Webb.
Shown here in Johnson Co KY Magistrate Dist. 2 Butcher Hollow with her parents Melvin & Clara.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lefty Frizzell in 1940 Union Co Arkansas

The following snippet of the 1940 census shows William Orville Frizzell living in the household of his parents in Union Co Arkansas's El Dorado Township. He was my Dad's 6th cousin.

They shared common GGGG Grandparents: Nathan Frizzell & Margaret Deason. For those interested...he was born in Corsicana, TX and not Saginaw, Michigan.  :-)  You can find his birth certificate at as well as the corrected birth certificate from the same day which corrects birth time from 12:35 to 12:30 and lists the city along with the county of birth.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Hello Darlin'

If you are a country music fan you might be interested in the 6 yr old Harold Jenkins' 1940 Census entry.

1940 Coahoma Co., MS Beat 2 Friars Point Enumeration Dist 14-4 pg 58B Sheet 12b

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

1940 US Federal Census Findings

My shocker from the 1940 US Federal census.

Finding my Dad's maternal Grandfather, James Jakes. alive and living with my Grandparents in 1940. When I first began researching over 20 yrs ago I found a Date of death on microfiche for a James Jakes in the area in which he had lived and I incorrectly ASSumed it was him. The date was within 2 yrs of his wife's death and it seemed logical to me(the whole dying of a broken heart bit after losing a spouse). I knew where he was buried however his tombstone did not have a year of death. So I never really gave much thought to researching any more on him other than his children and his ancestors. After finding that he was still alive in 1940 I was able to search FamilySearch's online death records for TN and come up with the correct Death Cert and the correct date of death which happened the following yr. It also gave his birthdate. Prior to that I only had the yr from the tombstone and a month from census records which is off by one from what his Death Cert listed. The certificate also told his place of death-- Davidson Co. Hospital(TN). and gave M as his middle initial...something I'd never seen. Makes me wonder if it is Morrow which was his mother's Maiden name. The informant on the death cert. listed his father as James Jakes...which is probably an error. I have several records showing his father was George Jakes although I don't rule out the possibility that George's middle name might have been James.

Now I'm off in search of his 1930 census entry and also going to find out who Martha Gibson, the informant on his death certificate is. Two Gibson brothers married two of James Jakes' daughters and his Aunt Ann Jakes married a Gibson. Lots of possibilities.

I love learning :-)

Search for your family in the 1940 Census Records

1940 US Federal Census at FamilySearch

1940 US Federal Census at National Archives And Records Administration

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Listing of TN/KY Hospitals Participating in Credit Plan of Nashville Regional Blood Center

 Since Halloween is tomorrow I thought this post was seasonally appropriate.

The following scans are of  a letter which my Grandfather, Thomas D. Cooke received as a pensioner.  The letter which is dated April 19th 1956, contains a listing of KY/TN hospital participating in a Credit Plan of the Nashville Regional Blood Center.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Snuck in some genealogy today :-)

Seems I don't get to work on genealogy as much as I'd like.  For an assortment of reasons there just hasn't been time readily available for research or transcribing.   After looking like I was starting on a bad day I decided to take matters into my own hands and make time for a little genealogy.  I went to and added Annotations for some of the War of 1812 pension images they have(free).  Looked in the state where the majority of my ancestors were prior to statehood.and chose 2 surnames with which I'm familiar. Looks like they just have some of the Letter A....must be a new collection.  It didn't take alot of time but it made me feel better.  I should do something like that every day even if it is only for half an hour.