Friday, January 15, 2021

Article about Shem Cooke in Historic Maury(TN) journal

Over the holidays a Google search on Shem Cooke pointed to an Amazon listing. The publication though no longer available at Amazon, should be available at the Family History Library in SLC and likely at the Maury Co TN Library.  The journal in question is Historic Maury- (Volume 32, Number 1, March 1996)  – January 1, 1996. The article I'm interested in is "Shem Cooke & His Family in Granville & Franklin Counties, North Carolina."
I want to see who wrote the article and which Cook(e)s are part of the Shem Cooke line because Shem Cooke's Y DNA line is a match with our YDNA line(well my brother's test) at a Genetic Distance of 1. Our Cook(e) line was in Bedford Co TN but can be found in records for the surrounding counties of Rutherford and Williamson. I've not yet found the connecting generations whether it's back to Shem or whether we connect prior to Shem.

Off to try and locate a copy of that article.  Hope to post an update when I can get a copy.

Monday, January 04, 2021

Reviewing and looking forward

Unidentified Woman sitting on steps
of home in Old Hickory TN(likely
Clarke St late 1920s)

 Feeling like I haven't blogged in forever.  It has almost been a month.  I've been working on genealogy though I haven't put any time to blogging about it. That said, I want to use this post to give a bit of an update.  I really don't want to go into what a terrible year this was ....truly it was, but I'd like to think that even given all the loss and heartbreak there is hope and we have reconnected with things which always were important that had been let go by the wayside.  

I was in treatment for breast cancer at the start of the shutdown from the pandemic and I'm glad to say I have finished my treatments from that and used my time to organize things and fight paper clutter.  Sometimes chemotherapy makes it difficult to keep a train of thought but if you narrow it down to's much easier to focus.  

Because of the pandemic, conferences and education has had to adapt and go virtual. This part has actually been a help to me as I was able to attend a conference, society meetings and more webinars this year than in previous years.  I am extremely proud of the genealogical societies in my home state of Tennessee.  The Tennessee Genealogical Society and the Middle TN Genealogical Society have really improved in what they offer members.  I've been a member of both for a number of years and I'm extremely proud of how they were able to adapt in difficult times and continue sharing the love of TN history and family research.

I've been continuing my work on family archives binders.  I found more items to include in the Cooke /Jakes binder and loads more for the Cooke / Luna Binder.  I've also found that I probably have more sheet protectors than I'll ever be able to use.  I've been finding items I'd put back for safe keeping so you never know...

I've been working on organizing and scanning my old family pictures.  This includes my own families current photos as well.  I wish I had more ancestor photos but I guess we all do.  My ancestry in pictures doesn't go back too many generations.  Also while the typical generation is 20 yrs.  in my family it can be much longer.  If you are a Cook(e), Jakes, Luna or Acuff descendant people make sure you share your old family pictures and identify them.  This was something that kept crossing my mind during my treatment.  Wondering if I'd shared all my older family pictures with cousins.  I've uploaded many of them to my Ancestry Tree(and labeled them) as well as to FamilySearch and here on this blog.Just something to think about.

Adding to the Old Hickory Tree that I'd started at by using the yearbooks from the 1940s.  I'd love to find more of the yearbooks for that high school  I have 1944, 1946 and 1947.  Ancestry has a great deal of the ones after that online.  Ii'd really like to find some of the earlier ones if any still exist.  I have a group picture with Dad's older sisters in it during their younger years.  I think they went to the 7th or 8th grade but not High School.  Their class would have been about 1933 or so if they had finished out high school.

I've been working on a neighborhood study of the area that was Williamson Co TN Dist 25 particularly for the years 1836-1840.   Studying the families that lived there, where they were from, where they went and the later boundary changes of that area.  I've decided it will be a PAGE on the blog rather than one blog post  or a series though I've not ruled out writing about some of the families I find interesting from time to time.  

A new hobby I've picked up for this year is collecting postcards.  This is something my paternal grandmother used to do and I'm fortunate enough to have some of her collection.   I'm focusing on areas in which I have ancestors or where cousins moved.  Also I love the ones which highlight buildings.  I've also purchased some used ones and research the stories of the people who sent them when I have the opportunity.  

I've also been attending Genealogy Chats on Zoom.  In particular the Zoom Genealogy Chat hosted by Lori Thornton.  I really enjoy it and you never know what genealogy topic will be discussed.  Very educational.  If you are interested in this particular one there is a Facebook Group that has the details. Revolutionary War,  Researching Enslaved, Migration and other's success stories or brickwall brainstorming are just a few of the topics.I've enjoyed. 

My plan for this year is to continue what I'm doing because it seems to be working.  Keep on keeping on!  

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Wilson Creek Primitive Baptist Church Records--Williamson Co TN

I've been working on a community study genealogy project which is taking a good while(as it should) but I wanted to post about a set of online images I found at FamilySearch.  Wilson Creek Primitive Baptist Church Records, 1805-1945 (3 Volumes) Williamson Co. TN.  You will need to Log In to see them but registration is free.  These records are particularly helpful to anyone who has ancestors of color and / or who wouldn't have been listed as anything other than a tick mark within the household in which they lived prior to 1850 or 1870 if they were enslaved. Folks who had moved to the area brought letters of dismissal which identified where they had previously attended church.  Locations I've encountered only 30 images in are Wake Co.NC, Rockingham Co. NC, Warren Co. KY and other TN counties.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

From the 1836 Tax list of Williamson Co TN


Image of writing from Tax Book showing words Tax on Purchasers of Bill, Bonds, Notes, etc.

Information from the last pages of the 1836 Tax List of Williamson Co. TN

Persons listed at the end of the 1836 Tax list of Williamson County Tennessee as having been purchasers of bills, bonds notes etc.

Francis Jackson Capital 1044.75 Tax 1.33
William Harrison Capital 500 Tax .42 1/2
Harrison & Griffin Capital 1000 Tax 1.23
William B Carpenter Capital 800 Tax 1.00
Joseph Tennisson Capital 2000 Tax 2.50
Theodrick Carter Capital 1472.64 Tax 1.84
Charles W Womack Capital 1500 Tax 1.87 1/2
Fountain B Carter Capital 817.87 Tax 1.02
William Hadley Capital 5974.85 Tax  7.47
Stephen Nolen Capital 2450.84 Tax 3.06 
Nathan Jackson Capital 1900.00 Tax 2.37 1/2
Samuel Perkins  Capital 6850.00  Tax (Blank)

Land, Town Lots, Slaves or Pleasure Carriages 5 cents per $100 value(10 cents per $100 if liable for double tax)
Free Polls at 12 1/2 cents each(25 cents if liable for double tax)

Williamson County (Tenn.). Trustee Office. 1965. Tax records, 1800-1963. Nashville, Tennessee: Filmed by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
Online at  Film  456077  DGS 7895998    Image 212 of 777
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Monday, November 09, 2020

Nashville & Chattanooga RR Change of Schedule 1859

Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad

Change of Schedule

On and after SUNDAY, FEB. 6th, 1859, the Passenger Trains will be run as follows:

Leave Nashville at 4.30 A.M. and 2 P.M.
Arriving at Chattanooga at 2 P.M. and 2.40 A.M.

Leave Chattanooga at 8.45 A.M. and 7.15 P.M.
Arriving at Nashville at 7.37 P.M. and 8.40 A.M.

  • The Day Passenger Train from Nashville, at 4.30 A.M., Connects at Wartrace with Shelbyville train at 8.05 A.M., and with Western and Atlantic R R at Chattanooga R.R. at 2 P.M.
  • The Night Passenger Train from Nashville at 8 P.M., connects at Wartrace with Shelbyville train at 6.10 P. M. with McMinnville and Manchester Railroad at Tullahoma at 7.04 P.M., and Memphis and Charleston R.R. at Stevenson at 10.35 P.M.
  • The Day Passenger Train from Chattanooga, at 8.45 A.M., connects with McMinnville and Manchester R. R. at Tullahoma at 2.44 P.M., and with Shelbyville train at Wartrace at 3.50 P.M.
  • The Night Passenger Train from Chattanooga at 7.14 connects with Memphis and Charleston R. R. at Stevenson at 10.12 P.M.


Transcribed from below source

Source:  The Tennessean(Nashville, Tennessee) Saturday,14th May 1859, pg 4  imaged at

Sunday, November 08, 2020

Nashville & Chattanooga RR schedule--1853

For anyone who has ever wondered how their Tennessee ancestors traveled in 1853.  While this is from a newspaper you can also find similar transportation schedules in most City Directories.  

From Nashville Union and American(Nashville TN)
17th  Jul 1853 edition  page 4  imaged at

Departure of Trains

The Express Passenger and Mail Train leaves Nashville daily at 5 o'clock A.M connecting at Decherd's at 10 o'clock, with Carter, Sims & Co.'s daily line of Coaches for Huntsville Ala, and at Tennessee Bridge at 12 o'clock, noon with mail boats for Chattanooga.  Passengers by this Train have half an hour at Wartrace for breakfast; and if going to Chattanooga or Huntsville, reach their destination the same evening.

The Accommodation Train leaves Nashville daily(Sundays excepted) for Wartrace at half past 2 o'clock P.M., connecting at Wartrace at 6 o'clock P.M. with branch Train for Shelbyville--which train also makes a connection with the Express Train at Wartrace at 8 o'clock in the morning--so that Passengers can go direct from Nashville to Shelbyville, morning and evening, by taking either the Express or Accommodation Train as may be preferred.  

Arrival of Trains

Expresses daily at 12 and 35 minutes, P.M.
Accommodation daily at 10 o'clock, A.M.(Sundays excepted)

Through tickets to Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Huntsville, Ala., to be had only of G. H. Slaughter, Agent at the Railroad, Stage and Omnibus Office, Cedar Street, opposite the Post Office.

We have established the above office for the sale of tickets to all stations on the N & C. R. R., and through tickets to the points above named, in order to avoid the hurry and confusion always occurring in procuring tickets at the Depot before the departure of a Train.

The location is central and convenient for all and the office open from 6 o'clock in the morning until 9 o'clock at night.  Therefore Passengers who neglect supplying themselves with the Tickets will be charged 20 percent over the cost of them on the Cars.  

H. L Anderson, Supt N and C.R.R.