Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Call for Bids--Dekalb County TN courthouse & jail


The call for bids to build the courthouse and jail in Smithville.  Dekalb County Tennessee was formed in 1837 but not officially organized til March of 1838.  



The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee)  07 Jul 1838, Sat  • Page 2
Available at https://www.newspapers.com

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

If you build it: Connecting AncestryDNA matches

Researchers who are using autosomal DNA testing know the importance of testing as many of your known relatives as possible, especially the elders of the family.  I love it when a 2nd cousin shows up among my matches because that can help in sorting.  I don't know about you, but I don't have a money tree.  In the absence of unlimited funds to purchase atDNA tests, something that I have had success with is finding those 2C1R, 2C2R, 3C, 3C1R and so on that I do not know who have tested.  After my grandparents passed we did not have the family gatherings every few years so I haven't kept up with my cousins who are spread across the US.  With the over abundance of testers with very small trees in my matches, the odds are in my favor that there are those among my matches who aren't showing up in the AncestryDNA circles because their tree isn't built out far enough.  I think this is one of the times when having Colonial American lines really makes things easier.  This process will not work if you have only a handful of 4th or closer cousins.  If that is the case for you I would suggest working the first few pages of your Distant Cousins to see which of the 4th cousins are SHARED for you and that Distant Cousin.

My Cook lines and also my Jakes/Harger lines(both paternal) are ones I have been focusing on lately.  I have a lot of genealogical questions for which I'd like to find answers. The steps are pretty much the same regardless of which group I choose.

  • Select a Focus Group(ex. my Jakes/Frizzell Great Grandparents)
  • Find a close cousin among the matches who is in the Focus group(you can do this by choosing one of your matches from the DNA circle if you have those)
  • Browse thru the Shared Matches that you share with that cousin.  Pick a few that have the smaller trees to build out in search of the MRCA.  
  • Don't ignore the larger trees.  Look at all the ones that aren't in the circle to see if they have a path that might lead to the Focus Ancestor.  I've found many who were only a generation away from the MRCA which would have put them in the circle.
  • Contact the match with any knew information you find and ask them to consider uploading to GEDmatch.  It's always nice to get a message from someone who can extend your family tree.
Utilize the NOTES feature on your match's page.  Connections lead to more connections as each of you may have documents, pictures or stories that would help the other in their research.  I guess this is why it upsets me a great deal when I cross paths with a researcher who is only researching his or her direct line. Don't be someone who misses out on finding that extra something just because you are only interested in your direct line.





Monday, August 07, 2017

Ancestors and Alcohol



The Daily Republican Banner  Sat. Oct  13, 1838 pg 1

An Advertisement from 1838 Nashville TN newspaper about wine and brandy available for sale was not that uncommon.  The earlier newspapers seem to have many advertisements where folks are either looking to purchase or to sell items used to make liquor. My Ogilvies were especially found of distilleries.  Stills and other items or ingredients used in the production of liquor were a common part of their estates.  Even shares in upcoming production of whiskey was mentioned in my 5th Great Grandfather, William Ogilvie's will(April Session 1813 Williamson Co. TN)

Nashville Whig --Wed. April 7 1813 advertisement states:
Stills
A Hynes & Co.
Are now manufacturing, and will
constantly have on hand, a number of the
best kind of Copper Stills.
Nashville, March 24, 1813

From the 1826 Madison Co TN probate records of Charles S. Barthe, I found the contents of a mercantile store listed--much of which is liquor.  As I first read though the inventory list I had wondered if it might have been a tavern due to the amount of drinks and glasses. Further along in the inventory listing there are large amounts of grains, household goods, fabrics, and medicines as well as work tools.  Perhaps the large stock of alcohol was due to it being used as more than just a good drink? It was a pain medicine, tonic, cough syrup and in some cases a disinfectant.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Horace Odell Holder-- July 1946-- son of Mrs. W. L. Leathers


I found this article which mentions Rockvale, TN while researching another story but thought this was worth mentioning.  Was Horace Odell Holder any relation to me?  I thought I'd check since I have many family lines in that area. As it happens, we share a 4th Great Grandparent, Mark Lambert Jackson.  He descends thru Mark's first wife Drucilla Rainey, while my connection is thru that of his 2nd wife Leannah Basey Webb. That makes us 1/2 5th Cousins.

Horace Odell Holder was the son of  Horace Lee Holder and Minnie Odell Hendrix Holder(who remarried to Walter Lee Leathers after Horace Lee Holders death in 1931)



Kingsport News,  04 Jul 1946, Thu,  Page 6 (available at www.newspapers.com )

I found an entry in a Virginia Directory for a Horace O Holder and wife but I am not sure if this is the same person or not.  This Horace O Holder is listed as USN.  The couple were divorced in the same year the directory covers and had only married the year before in Savannah Georgia according to Divorce Papers also available at Ancestry.com.  This will take further research to determine if this is the same Horace O Holder as the one from Rockvale.



1952 Newport News Virginia Directory (available at  www.ancestry.com )




Thursday, August 03, 2017

Williamson Co TN Probate packets

I've been working with probate files a lot lately.  I have many ancestors who were living in Williamson Co TN in the early 1800s.  There is a database at Ancestry which is called  Tennessee, Divorce and Other Records, 1800-1965. While it does showcase the divorce records, the Williamson County TN section of this database is where I have been finding probate packets.  Probate packets are files which contain all the information used in wrapping up a person's estate after their death.

Example of item included in probate packet


Items you might find in a probate packet:

  • The original will(if one existed) 
  • Inventory of the Deceased's estate
  • Records of the Estate Sale(items, price, and buyer) 
  • Additional court records if there are minor heirs or if a will is contested etc.
  • Allotment records for the widow and minor heirs
  • Records of Bond posted
  • Affidavits on a number of subjects.
  • Subpoenas of witnesses
  • Records of death of the widow
  • Land Records/Deed Plots
(these are just some I have found..your results may vary)



In addition to Williamson County, the database contains the following TN counties: Anderson, Carroll, Cheatham, Dickson, Franklin, Haywood, Henderson, Obion, and Tipton.

The record types covered are searchable and browsable and in some cases listed alphabetically:

ANDERSON 
Divorce Court Minutes 1947-1949 
Divorce Court Minutes 1949-1951 

CARROLL
Divorce Court Files 1826-1900 (listed by Surname A-Z)

CHEATHAM
Divorce Records 1919-1950, A-Z 
Marriage Bonds/Licenses 1904-1910 

DICKSON
Death Records 1930-1939 
Divorce Records 1849-1932, A-Wr 
Original Wills 1800-1899 

FRANKLIN
Divorce Records 1860-1900, A-W 
Divorce Records 1900-1910, A-Z 
Divorce Records 1900-1930, A-Z 
Divorce Records 1910-1919, A-Z 
Divorce Records 1920-1929, A-Z 
Divorce Records 1930-1939, A-Z 

HAYWOOD
Divorce Court Docket 1941-1965 
Divorce Files 1860-1936 
Divorce Index 1860-1936 
Divorce, Probate and Other Files 1808-1885 

HENDERSON
Chancery Court Records 1870-1915 
Divorce Index 1896-1950 
Divorce Records 1896-1950 
Other Court Records 1800-1918 

OBION
Divorce Records 1930-1939, Ve-Yo 
Divorce Records 1940-1950, A-Wy 

TIPTON
Divorce Index 1911-1950 
Divorce Records 1911-1950, A-Z
Wills 1829-1950 

WILLIAMSON
Divorce Files 1900-1950, A-Z
Divorce, Probate and Other Records 1800-1899, A-Z 
Misc Records (Liquor Licenses thru Slave Records) 

The Tennessee, Divorce and Other Records, 1800-1965 is a part of the Wills & Probates, Estates & Guardian Records Collection at Ancestry.com.  If you save the files to your tree please be sure they are listed as probate and not divorce facts.  Several years ago when I added a probate file for my Putmans from this database it would list the event as a divorce rather than a probate.  This is fixable but not without some work manually editing sorce.  This is likely something which could occur in mixed records sets and may be propagated if people aren't paying attention while they are adding the documents. Consult the database at Ancestry.com(if you aren't subscribed you may be able to view while at your local library.)  Many of these files are also available at FamilySearch.org.  Check the catalog there under Tennessee and the county in which you are interested.