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.

Direct Link:  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS5Q-NWSV?i=3&cat=450764 

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 FamilySearch.org  Film  456077  DGS 7895998    Image 212 of 777
Direct Link:  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-VP3M?i=211&cat=234786

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 www.newspapers.com

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 https://www.newspapers.com/

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.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Bedford Co. TN Deed Book Entries--Putmans

Found more of the Putman deeds at FamilySearch.  Posting the locations of the entries here so that they will be easier to find by other researchers who might find them interesting. To view the images you will need to Log In to FamilySearch.  Registration for an account is free.

Bedford Co TN Deed Book Entries:  

William Taylor to Noah Putman 
Bedford Co Deed Book OO pg 153
Deeds v. OO-QQ Jan 1845-May 1849 Image 103 of 775

Thomas B Carlton to Simpson Putman 
Bedford Co TN Deed Book SS pg 192
Deeds v. RR-TT May 1849-Sep 1852 Image 364 of 848

John Bylar and others to Noah Putman 
Bedford Co Deed Book SS pg 197
Deeds v. RR-TT May 1849-Sep 1852 Image 367 of 848

Monday, October 12, 2020

Bedford Co TN Deed Book Entries--W. C. Cook Family

 Last week while I was scanning thru the Bedford Co TN Deed Books at FamilySearch for Jakes/Frizzell deeds I happened upon some from my Cook family.  Posting the locations of the entries here so that they will be easier to find by other researchers who might find them interesting.

Bedford Co TN--Deed Book Entries

  • Deed Book QQ pg 370 W C Cook to John W Maxwell Deed in Trust 100 acres more or less (Dec 1848)
  • Deed Book QQ pg 371 W C Cook to Longshore Lamb and Athey Elmoore Deed in Trust(livestock and household furniture (Dec 1848)
  • Deed Book JJJ pg 276 and 277 D C Jackson and James P Taylor to J K Cook 116 acres 32 square poles more or less (Nov 1872)
  • Deed Book MMM pg 404 J K Cook and wife Emily C Cook to T C Gentry 8 acres more or less (Apr 1876)
  • Deed Book NNN pg 297 J K Cook and wife Emily C Cook to Thos J Lamb 193 acres  more or less  (Nov 1876)
  • Deed Book QQQ pg 19 and 20 J K Cook and wife Emily C Cook to Elijah Morton 45 acres more or less  (Nov 1879)
  • Deed Book QQQ pg 336 and 337 A Tucker to W C Cook (1873-1881)
  • Deed Book QQQ pg 338 and 339 J K Cook and wife Emily C Cook to Cass Cook Bedford Co TN Dist 10 65 acres more or less (Oct 20 1880)
  • Deed Book TTT pg 360 E. A. Morton and wife L.E. Morton to Cass Cook Bedford Co TN Dist 10 45 acres more or less  (Sep 15 1884)
The A.Tucker to W C Cook deed mentioned that it was the same land from the Chancery Court case of Anna Putman and others vs Wm G Hight and others.  It didn't mention the time period but I was lucky enough to find an index within the pages of  digitized microfilm from the Bedford Co TN Chancery Court Minutes which showed the page numbers for 3 entries concerning this case.  

Mar. 1871 - Oct. 1872 (2nd Book on the roll of Microfilm)
  • Book pg 201 and 202  Images 440 and 441 of 638
  • Book pg 217 and 218 Images 448 and 449  of 638
  • Book pg 347 and 348  Image 513 of 638
The 3 entries provide a bit of additional information about what happened to the land. After the death of William Putman, the land was sold by William's son, David Vance Putman  I need to transcribe the Minute Book entries.  The writing is a bit hard to read but it does give some more detail about the lands and dates of sale prior to it being purchased by A Tucker..  I have a digital copy of the file from Jabel Putman(Father of Wm Putman & Elizabeth Putman Cook) probate which shows how his land was divided among Jabel's heirs.  

You'll need to be registered and logged in to FamilySearch.org but registration is free.  From the above direct links to the Bedford Co TN Deed Book listing you should be able to find the book you want along with a clickable camera icon for the roll on which.  You will likely need to scroll to find it.  Once you find the film that book is on, you can browse to the page you are looking for or in the case of the Chancery Court Records I have provided the image numbers.  When I am looking for records that I might be interested in reading thru I do a search of the catalog by place and note that I want o view those which have images available online.  .

Bedford Co TN Deed--Jakes to Eaton(1914)

Transcription of Land Sale /Deed Record. from James and Annie Jakes to Abe Eaton. 

Filed March 3rd 1914 at 9:30 a.m.

James Jakes & wife to Abe Eaton 
For and in consideration of the sum of $900 paid and to be paid as follows $300 in cash the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged $100 on the 10th day of April 1914 and $100 on the 15th day of November 1914 and these payments evidenced by two promissory notes of even date herewith  with a lien retained on the hereinafter described tract of land until these notes are fully paid and the assumption of two $200 notes given by me to Mr. R M Holt We Annie Jakes and James Jakes have this day bargained and sold and do hereby sell transfer and convey into Abe Eaton his heirs and assigns all the right title claim and interest which we have in and to the following describe tract of land lying and being in the 6th District of Bedford County Tennessee and described as follows bounded on the North by Luther Martin and B K Arnold on the east by Eaton on the south by I N Stanford and on the west S M Hill and containing 70 Acres more or less this land was bought by us from R M  Holt and said Holt  bought said land from J W Wilkerson by deed dated November 25th 1910 and recorded in deed book number 17 Pages 442 through 443 to which reference is made to have and to hold the same to the said Abe Eaton his heirs and assigns we covenant with the said Eaton that we are lawfully seized of said described tract of land and that it is unencumbered except the two notes of $200 each above named and we bind ourselves are heirs and representatives to warrant and forever defend our title to the said tract of land to the said Eaton his heirs and assign against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever.   it is agreed and form a part of the consideration entering into this sale, that of suit is brought to enforce the collection of the deferred payment which is assumed by the grantee or to enforce the vendors lien, that the bargainee  herein waives the right of redemption or other equities in law that would defer the collection of said notes and interest this February 27th 1914
James Jakes
Nannie Jakes(image clearly says Nannie though listed as Annie in all other references)

State of Tennessee 
Bedford County.

Personally appeared before me W L Crigler notary public of said County and state the above named James Jakes and wife Annie Jakes the bargainers with whom I am personally acquainted and acknowledged that they executed the above and foregoing instrument for the purpose therein expressed and Annie Jakes wife of the said James Jakes having personally appeared before me privately and apart from her husband the said Annie Jakes acknowledged the execution of the said instrument to have been done by her freely voluntarily and understandingly without compulsion or constraint from her said husband and for the purpose there into expressed this 27th day of February 1914 W L Crigler notary public 
File for record March 3rd 1914 at 9:30 a.m. signed by J E Robert register

Source:  Bedford Co TN Deed Book 21 pg 123-124 FHL Film # 008567916(Bedford County, Tennessee deed books and index,1808-1966 Deeds v. 21-22 Jan 1914-Mar 1916) Image 93 & 94 of 684 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Initial Searches May Return Additional Relevant Results


From the Old Hickory Social News column in The Tennessean(Nashville TN) of Thur. December 12th 1940 page 12. 

Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Jakes have as their guests Mrs. Jakes' brother, T. C. Dean and Mrs. Dean of Wilmington, Del.  

I just happen to know who these folks are.  W. B. Jakes is William Bryan Jakes Sr(my paternal Great Uncle).and his wife Georgia Dean Jakes.  Georgia is also kin to me --a 3rd Cousin once removed thru her Dean--Snelling--King connection.  Her brother mentioned here is Thomas Clayton Dean along with his wife, Alice Lurline Prather Dean. 

Listing couples as Mr & Mrs. under the husbands name and in this case just initials is something I've seen in newspapers a great deal during the period from the 1920s to 1960s. Be sure to check for those you are researching listed this way especially during the first half of the 20th century.

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Effect of AncestryDNA's Purge on my Family's Test

I'm probably in the minority, but I've been looking forward to the purge.  I have felt it will make it much easier to work with the matches that I have that are closer and perhaps keep me from falling down a few rabbit holes.  If you look at the numbers and the percentage that were lost among my family's tests it seems like a lot.  I feel like it is more focused now though.  Before the purge I went thru and looked at the matches in the 6-7 cM range who shared a Common Ancestor with me.  Some of those shared more with one or both of my siblings so I will still see them in their match list. I still have plenty of matches to work with and those matches are at a higher confidence level.  

I was really glad to see that the purge took care of the Thruline that was making me crazy.  I had a match of  6 cM who was showing in Thrulines as the grandchild of my Paternal Aunt.  It was caused by someone attaching my Aunt's census records to a woman with the same name who was born in the same year and who also had parents similar in name to my Grandparents, Thomas DeWitt Cooke & Pearl G. Jakes Cooke.   The DNA match was a maternal one though which I could see when I viewed my Mom's test though she shared the same small amount with that tester.  

I hope this will show improvement across all of my Thrulines and keep me more focused.  It would be nice if we had the ability to filter similar matches at FTDNA.  I know you can download and filter matches at FTDNA but an onsite filter is so much more functional.  All of the DNA testing sites could do a better job of match list presentation.  AncestryDNA has really made improvements in theirs which make all the others look "clunky".  Perhaps now they can add a search location which will search more fields than just the birth location.  

Jakes Siblings in Delayed Certificate of Birth Database

Searching for siblings of Pearl G. Jakes Cooke(my paternal grandmother) in the TN Delayed Certificate of Birth database

Pearl's sister, Katherine "Kitty" Jakes Bell filed hers in February of 1957.  The documents she used for her supporting evidence were:

  1. Old Family Bible(could it have been the same one my grandmother used?)
  2. The Original(Delayed)Birth certificate of sister(my grandmother who got hers 6 years earlier)
  3. The Original Birth Certificate of Child:  her son James Benjamin "J.B." Bell 
Pearl's sister, Fannie Cora Jakes Gibson filed hers in November of 1951 less than 2 weeks after my grandmother filed for her delayed certificate of birth.  The documents Cora used for her supporting evidence were:
  1. Old Family Bible
  2. Original Death Certificate of Sister--Ella Ruby Jakes Pirtle(my grandmother also used this document)
  3. Original Birth Certificate of Child--Delayed Certificate with her Affidavit as Mom showing age
  4. Original Birth Certificate of Child--Preston Cartwright Gibson
I tried searching for the Delayed Certificate of Birth(Item #3 above) by the number(listed on Cora's doc), as keyword, and browsing(using the year and month of birth and looking for the Cert. # within each year for each of Cora's children) but was never able to locate it so I could see which child's document she used.

Pearl's brother, Frank Euless Jakes filed his in January of 1942.  The documents Euless used for his supporting evidence were:
  1. Affidavit of Andrew L Gibson(brother in law who married sister Cora)
  2. Affidavit of J. W. Drake
  3. Old Bible Record
The affidavits are on the back of the document.  Andrew L. Gibson's affidavit states, "I was present when Frank Euless Jakes was born.  I lived near the home of his parents at the time of his birth."  J W Drake's affidavit states, "I lived on the adjoining farm with the registrant's father and mother at the time of his birth.  My wife was present when Frank Euless Jakes was born.  I visited him immediately after his birth"

Pearl's brother, William Bryan Jakes filed his in  December of  1941.  It looks like he and Euless began gathering their paperwork around the same time but that Will's was completed first.  The documents Will used for his supporting evidence were:
  1. Affidavit of Andrew L Gibson(husband of his sister Cora)
  2. Affidavit of Jim Drake
  3. Old Bible Record
The affidavits given for Will's application are identical to those used for Euless with the exception of the name.  The statement by the non-relative J.W. Drake makes me wonder if his wife helped delivered Will and Euless or if she was just there supporting Annie.  

I have not yet found Pearl's sister,  Lula Jakes Gibson's application for a delayed certificate of birth.  She passed in  1977 and I would think should have had one. She was widowed in 1929 under tragic circumstances and never remarried.  Pearl's siblings Ruby and John died in 1934 and 1937 respectively which was likely before the need for a birth certificate.  I did search for them within the database and couldn't find an entry for either of them.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Thomas DeWitt Cooke--TN Delayed Certificate of Birth

I looked at the Delayed Certificate of Birth of my paternal grandmother in my previous blog post and wanted to see how my paternal grandfather's delayed certificate of birth compared with his wife's certificate.  He filed for his in the summer of 1951 and Pearl filed for hers at the end of the same year. While they both used their children's birth certificates as evidence, they did not use the same children.  I'm not surprised that neither of them used their son's death certificate as a supporting document of evidence.  

The documents used in Thomas DeWitt Cooke's application were:

  1. Original Death Certificate of his father, William Green Cook.
  2. Original Birth Certificate of Child--Billy Joe Cooke(my Dad) 
  3. Delayed Birth Certificate of Sister--Eliza Amacy Cook Rowland
  4. DuPont Employment Record

I was glad to see Fruit Valley listed as his birthplace.  The Fruit Valley P.O. existed from 1877-1905.  The back section of this form was blank as there were no witnesses used in filing this form.   I would love to see his DuPont Employment Record.  So far no luck with that.  I did contact several people including the Hagley Museum which holds the majority of the Dupont Company's items that are available to the public.  Employment records aren't one of them but I still have hope that the ones from Old Hickory will one day be donated to TN State Library and Archives if any do still exist.

Do you have ancestors who may have filed for a delayed certificate of birth in Tennessee or elsewhere?  What documents were used by them to support the date of birth, place of birth,  and names of their parents?  


Ancestry.com. Tennessee, Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909. Database with images.  Ancestry http://www.ancestry.com : 2012. Imaged from Tennessee Delayed Birth Records, 1869–1909. Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.

Pearl Gray Jakes Cooke--TN Delayed Certificate of Birth

 My paternal grandmother was born in 1891 in Bell Buckle, Bedford County, Tennessee, USA.  The state of Tennessee did not began keeping birth records statewide until 1908.  It was 1951 before my grandmother applied for her delayed certificate which means she was 60 years old at the time of her application. 

It's interesting to see what documents are used for evidence.  The image below shows what my grandmother used.  I've marked thru the certificate number and the date for item 2 because it is that of my Aunt Bobbie who is still living.  I left the date on the column to the far right which is the date the original document was made which can vary a good bit from the date of birth.  

  1. Original Family Bible--I have no clue where this Bible is but think it would most likely be that of James Jakes, Pearl's father.  He died 10 yrs prior to her application and did live with her the last few years of his life. Her mother died 31 years prior to her application.
  2. Cert. Copy--Child's Birth Cert- This is the birth certificate of her youngest daughter who is still living.
  3. Cert. Copy--Child's Birth Cert- This is the birth certificate of her next to the youngest daughter, June.
  4. Orig. Death Cert. of Sister--This is the death certificate of her oldest sister Ella Ruby Jakes Pirtle.  

Tennessee's Delayed Certificates of Birth are two sided forms but this particular one didn't have a notarized statement from a witness or witnesses so the back of the document was blank other than the vital records office's not of address at the top left.  


Ancestry.com. Tennessee, Delayed Birth Records, 1869-1909. Database with images.  Ancestry http://www.ancestry.com : 2012. Imaged from Tennessee Delayed Birth Records, 1869–1909. Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Heirs of Henry Cook Sr(1834)

From the Probate of Henry Cook Sr dec'd  Williamson Co TN 
Images 754 to 767(Covering 1831-1835)

From Image 761

Heirs of Henry Cook Senr dec'd

Jarrad Cook
Leonard Claburn

Davidson Co
Jno B Carter
Saml Carter

Wmson Co.
Alexr. C Carter
Sally V Gutharie
Mary Reynolds
Henry Cook Jr.
Jno T Cook
George Cook
Thos Reynolds

Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008  Ancestry.com  (accessed July 25, 2020)Williamson--Probate and Divorce Records, 1800-1899, Collins, Wm-Copeland, John Img 761 of 2366

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Will of John Hight--Franklin Co NC 1795

Will of John Hight--Franklin Co NC(1795)

In the name of God amen I, John Hight being weak in body and of a sound mind do constitute and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following ---To Wit

I give and bequeath to my son William Hight all of my land and plantation whereon I now live containing by estimation 160 acres to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath to my son Charnell Hight,  one cow and heifer one sow and six shoats, and also my wearing apparel to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Lively Bobbitt one feather bed and furniture, one cow, one iron pot to her and her heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Peace one looking glass to her and her heirs forever.

Item my will and desire is that all my estate not already given away be sold and after my just debts is paid to be equally divided between my 12 children and my son Robert Hight being dead my desire is his children shall have his part 

I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Herbert Hight and Nathaniel Jarrett my whole estate executors of this my last will and testament utterly revoking and annulling all other wills heretofore made do constitute and appoint this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of September 1795 signed sealed and delivered in the presence of

Roger Jones  
Titus Murray
Sarah Williams
John Hight-----Seal
N.B. The things I lent her Lively Bobbitt before are those I now leave her in my will.  (signed again by John Hight and above witnesses)

Please see original document as this may contain errors and some liberties were taken with the formatting to make it more readable.

Source:  North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998  Franklin Co NC Original Wills Askew, Wiley - Leonard (Lennard), Scota Img 1499 of 1933

Monday, July 20, 2020

Winston Family-Notes

Found a will for a William Winston Sr. in Franklin Co NC(written 20 Jan 1810) who I felt was the father of Hannah Winston Cooke and his will confirms he has a daughter named Hanna Cooke.  Left a Comment on the record file of the image at Ancestry so I can tell which one it is without having to click thru.  Saved the image to my Cook Study working tree.

North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998-- Franklin--Wills, 1787-1838
Img 515 of 552 


In the process of looking at William Winston's will I found the will of a Benjamin Winston who had a C ? Cook and a Joseph Cooke as witnesses.  There was a Benjamin Winston listed among the purchasers from the John Cook estate sale in 1814 neighboring Wake Co NC

Benjamin Winston(Franklin Co NC) Written 3rd Apr 1835
Wife: Elizabeth
Children: Mary Ann Winston, Linton Winston, Carline Wall, Glatha Jackson Winston, Calvin Winston
Gives to Elizabeth Tamer Cook one bed and furniture.

Bartholomew Fuller
C ? Cook 
Joseph Cooke
George Winston 
Codicil added Aug 17 1835

Will of Benjamin Winston(1835)
Source: North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998-- Franklin--Wills, 1787-1838
Img 504-514 of 552


Also found the will of Bartholomew Fuller who it appears was married to a Sarah Cooke.  Their daughter Nancy married into the Winston family.  The Cooke, Fuller and Winston families  appear to be connected in a number of ways.

Will of Bartholomew Fuller
Source: North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 Franklin Co NC Original Wills Askew, Wiley - Leonard (Lennard), Scota
Img 1002-1006 of 1933


Friday, July 17, 2020

Estate Sale--John Cooke-Wake Co NC--Aug 1814

In an earlier blog post I transcribed the will of John Cooke of Wake Co. North Carolina.  I located the inventory of his estate and the account of sales. It was among the Wake Co NC records which are not yet indexed but are browsable at Ancestry.com.  Below is a listing of purchasers at the estate sale.  Some made multiple purchases.

The Counter of Sales of John Cooke dec'd as taken and sold on the 4th day of August 1814 by Lemuel Cooke and Joseph Cooke Executors of the said John Cooke dec'd
Listing of purchasers(some of which made multiple purchases)

Source: North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 Wake Co NC 
Wills, Inventories and Estates, Book 11-13, 1812-1817 Ancestry.com
Book 11 Pages 274-276 Images 163 &164 of 752

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Will of Lemuel Cook of Wake Co. NC 1864

I, Lemuel Cook of the county of Wake in the state of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory, do this 23rd day of July 1863 make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows.

Item One I lend unto my wife Amelia Cook all my household furniture of every description during her natural life and at her death I give and bequeath said furniture to my son W L Cook

Item Two  I give and bequeath to my wife Amelia the interest in all the money and bonds I have during her life to dispose of as she wishes

Item Three I give and bequeath unto my daughter Polly A Terrell one dollar in cash

Item Four I give unto and bequeath to my son John P Cook one dollar in cash

Item Five I give and bequeath the balance of my estate consisting of bonds and money after the death of my wife Amelia Cook to my two children Eliza J Dunn and William L Cook to be divided equally between them share and share alike to them and their heirs forever

Lastly, I nominate and appoint my son W L Cook executor to this my last will and testament to execute and perform every part and clause thereof according to the true meaning and interest thereof. In testimony thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal Signed, sealed, and acknowledged in the presence of

John R Dunn
W B Smith
Lemuel Cook(seal) 

Recorded in Book  "J J" Page 172  February Term 1864

Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 [database on-line]
images 734-736 of 1929] Wake --- Original Wills, Cameron, Francis Hawks - Dupree, Obidiah P
Will of Lemuel Cook of Wake Co NC date 1864
Marie's Notes:  This Lemuel Cook appears to be the son of John Cooke & brother of  John R., Gilly,  and Joseph.  Lemuel and Amelia Marriot married in September of 1830 in Wake Co. NC.(see source below)

"North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-894X-3SGN?cc=1726957&wc=QD8P-DRY%3A1588773185%2C1588773467 : 22 December 2016), Wake > Marriage bonds, 1770-1868, vol A-C > image 3553 of 3977; North Carolina State Archives Division of Archives and History.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Will of John R Cook Wake Co. NC

Will of John R Cook Wake Co. NC 
Written March 3rd 1816 Proved Feb Term 1817

In the name of God amen I, John R Cook of Wake County and state of North Carolina being in a low state of health but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God do this third day of March in the year of Our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and sixteen, make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say first I recommend my soul to God who gave it me and my body to be decently buried at the discretion and my friends and executors. Secondly I desire all my just debts to be paid out of my estate. Item I give and bequeath to my nees(sic) Glophoria(Gloria?) Northern Cook daughter of Brother Joseph Cook two Negroes one a Girl by the name of Ruth and the other a Boy by the name of Ben to her and her heirs forever to remain in the hands of my executors and to be hired out till she comes of lawful age. Item I give and bequeath to my nephew John Hopkins son of Willie? Hopkins one negro boy by the name of Ned to him and his heirs forever to remain in the hands of my executors and to be hired out till he comes of lawful age and all the rest of my estate I desire shall be sold and after paying all my just debts the balance to be equally divided between my two brothers and one sister to wit Lemuel Cook, Joseph Cook, and Gilly Hopkins and I hereby make and ordained my worthy friends John Jenkins and Edward Tansil executors of this last will and testament in witness whereof I the said John R Cook have to my last will and testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written Signed Sealed publish and declare by the said John R Cook the testator as last will and testament in the presence of us who were present at the time of signing and sealing thereof

John R Cook (Seal)

Joel Farguson
Lydia Clifton
Jn Davis

From Cover Page
Wake Co February Term 1817
The within last will and testament of John R Cook was in open court duly proven by the oaths of John Davis and Joel Farguson, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded
B.L. King CC

Recorded in Book O and page 208
B.L. King CC

Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 [database on-line images 726-728 of 1929] Wake  >  Original Wills, Cameron, Francis Hawks - Dupree, Obidiah P
Will of John R Cook of Wake Co NC date 1817

Marie's Notes:

Please see original as this may contain errors and some liberties were taken with the formatting to make it more readable
While not mentioned in the will of John Cooke of Wake Co NC(1814), he does mention his siblings and those siblings are listed as the children in the will of John Cooke of Wake Co NC(1814)  Edward Tansil's family came to Weakley Co TN area in 1825.  One of his descendants was a publicity director at UT-Martin a job from which he retired after 20 years in the early 1970s.

I've seen John R Cook listed as John Rucker Cook in a few family tree files but no source or document listed so it could just be an assumption of what the middle name may have been.

Given the niece's name from John R Cook's will(written 1816) it's possible that Joseph(brother of this Lemuel) could be the one who married Tamar Northern in 1803.  That would make the niece up to about 13 possibly? 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Will of John Cooke of Wake Co NC date 1814

Will of John Cooke of Wake Co NC date 1814
Written March 22nd 1814  Proved May Term 1814

In the name of God amen John Cooke of Wake County North Carolina being of sound mind and memory blessed be God do this 22nd of March 1814 make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say

First I give to my beloved wife Hannah Cooke,  my Negroes-- Dinah, Pompey, Willis, Tom, Ily, Arington, and Joe also my right in land whereon I live together with Smith and Burnett tracts during her life that is to stay the land for life the Negroes to dispose as she might think properly

Item two I give to my wife all my perishable estate after paying all my just debts out of it
Item three I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Cooke my negro girl Nelly as a special legacy.
Item four I give and bequeath to my daughter Gilly Hopkins and her heirs my negro girl Abby and my will farther is that my wife make my children equal in number of Negroes and of equal value as near as possible and that the special legacy given to my son Joseph shall not be considered in the aforementioned dividend but as an extra legacy and I hereby make and order my beloved wife Hannah Cooke, Lemmuel Cooke, Joseph Cooke executors of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this day and year first above written.

John Cook (Seal)

signed sealed and published by the testator in presence of us
Hugh Goodloe
Moses Winston
Benj Boon

Wake County May term 1814

The foregoing last will and testament was in open court duly proven by the oaths of Henry Goodloe and Moses Winston subscribing witness has thereunto and order to be recorded in the clerk's office of Wake County in book M page 238 June 4th 1814

Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 [database on-line images 722-725 of 1929] Wake  --  Original Wills, Cameron, Francis Hawks - Dupree, Obidiah P
Will of John Cooke of Wake Co NC date 1814

Marie's Notes:  Please see original as this may contain errors and some liberties were taken with the formatting to make it more readable

I believe this is John Cooke, husband of Hannah Winston.  This John is thought to be the son of Shem Cooke(d. abt 1796 in Granville Co NC)  More research is necessary.  I have a few more wills of this John Cooke's descendants which I will try to get on the blog as soon as I can.  Adding the witnesses to  "FAN club" for John Cooke.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Tennessee Death Records Updated at Ancestry and FamilySearch

Researchers with an interest in Tennessee records might want to check out the updates in the years available of Tennessee Death Records at both Ancestry and FamilySearch.  Ancestry requires that you be subscribed to view this record set unless you are viewing thru Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) which is available free to TN residents.  You can access records at FamilySearch with a free account.

Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1965
Updates:  13 Apr 2020: Added 1,019,533 new records from 1959-1965.

Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966
Updated 19 April 2020

Also the TN Death Records
Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1966

Saturday, April 04, 2020

What I've been doing during the Covid-19's social distancing

As a visually challenged introvert not a lot has changed in my daily life except the inability to get ordered goods in a timely manner.  Initially I was worried that the social distancing(to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19) might postpone my chemotherapy treatments I'm receiving in my fight with stage 3 breast cancer but have been reassured by my healthcare specialist that will most likely not happen.

So what have I been doing? 

  • Today I made what we always used to call goulash when I was a child. Most times it was made using canned stewed tomatoes or sauce, some green peppers and onions if we had them and adding any available spices that might make that taste better and then what ever noodle we had on hand along with Worcestershire sauce.
  • I went thru my file folder container and started pulling contents to add to my family archives binder.  I've blogged about the one I made which contains my paternal grandparents documents and some ephemera.  The blog post can be found here.  I'm now working on one that will contain documents from the years after my parents married(1963) on up to present day.  I've kept school programs, graduation invitations and a number of other things.  As I did with my other archive binder(and this one will likely "spill over" to several binders) I've started putting the contents in sleeves and getting them in chronological order so that I can do a listing of contents.  This is fun to do and I'm going to ask my siblings to find any items which they would like preserved to add to this project.  You could also include a page of memories or anything else of family significance.  After all, it's your project to design.
  • There is no better time to have a physical copy of these two books by Ancestry:  Red book : American state, county & town sources and The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy.  The Internet is bogged down from all the people who are online and there is just something more convenient(in my opinion) about just turning to the page you want without having to worry about a browser or system update, load speed or battery needing charged.  I'm studying county histories and the parent and surrounding counties to see if there might be other records available to research which I've been missing.
  • You might also want to think about the disease and virus outbreaks that occurred during your ancestors' lifetimes.  You can find sites dedicated to just that by Googling.  Once you have the dates you might also want to do a search at Newspapers.com or any other newspaper site which you have access to that might cover the time period and the area in which you are interested.  
  • I'm catching up on a few things I've been meaning to do which is always a good thing.  I hope you are taking the time to get to know your family even more, especially the older generation.  Communicate!  Whether by phone or video.  You'll be glad you did.  

I'd love to hear what others are doing. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Hopkins Co KY--Cook Marriages--1807 thru 1868

The following is a listing of Cook marriages which I found in the Hopkins Co KY Marriage Index and Register.  The list was made by navigating to the  "C" marriage listings and noting each marriage which involved a Cook.  The digital images can be found at the linked text below. Those included were from the 1807-1868 book which is at the first of the digital images of the microfilm.  I did not include those beyond 1868 although you could read thru the images for the remaining years up to 1892 from this link.

Marriage index 1807-1892(Film # 007719743)

Hopkins Co KY ---Cook Marriages

  • Jesse Cook & Susannah Rolls July 13th 1815
  • George Dunning & Rhoda Cook  Feb 8th 1816
  • James Cook Jr. & Peggy Clark Mar 6th 1817
  • Stephen Cook & Millinda Montgomery July 20th 1820
  • John Weeks & Nancy Cook Jan 10th 1822
  • Garret Cook & Elizabeth White Aug 29th 1826
  • Moses Cook & Matilda Posey Mar 5th 1828
  • Henry W Snodgrass  & Mary Ann Cook Apr 24th 1831
  • Reuben Cook & Elizabeth Edmiston Aug 16th 1831
  • Wm F. McClenning & Loay Cook Apr 25th 1835
  • Isaac Hill & Mary Jane Cook Sept 24th 1838
  • John H Davis & Margaret E Cook May 19th 1847
  • Lunsford Cook & Sarah Jane Howton Feb 18th 1849
  • Washington Cook & Nancy J Cobb May 9th 1849
  • John A Rodman & Elizabeth Cook June 14th 1849
  • John Cook & Cassandra Groves Aug 8th 1849
  • John Webster & Emily A Cook  Aug 13th 1849
  • Jas Cook & Drucilla Menser Dec 20th 1849
  • Jonathan Cook & Emily C Majors Aug 21st 1851
  • Chas W. Cook & Virginia A Staples Feb 22nd 1857
  • Jas H Cook & Artimessa Stone June 1st 1857
  • Andrew J Wheeldon  & Mary Ann Cook Sept 17th 1857
  • Stephen F Cook & Sarah Jane Perryman Sept 1st 1859
  • Jas H Cook Cook & Eliza Burnpass  Feb 9th 1860
  • Wm B Wall & Eleanora B Cook Oct 2nd 1860
  • John S. Rash & Laura E Cook Oct 19th 1865
  • James Cook  & Mary F Coffman Feb 12th 1866
  • G B Favor & Sarah Cook Nov 18th 1867

Saturday, February 29, 2020

RootsTech 2020--Day 4-- Sat. Feb 29th

Day 4 of RootsTech 2020. Here is my take on Saturday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Saturday's Live Streams
Ancestry On the Go: Ancestry App Suite
Ancestry App:  Allows you to review hints on the go and / or just in your spare time.  You can add pictures to the gallery of your tree and also tag people in your tree.

AncestryDNA App:  Gives you a deeper look at your DNA results and is the fastest way to activate a DNA kit by scanning the code on the test rather than having to type it in.  You can view the map and the Genetic Communities on the App.  Also allows for easy sharing of ethnicity results. You can see DNA comparison and there is messaging within the app.

Peter Drinkwater talked about FindAGrave and the FindAGrave App.  It's hard to believe that the site has been around for 25 years.  You can browse the cemeteries, add photos and GPS coordinates.

FamilySearch App for Intermediate/Advanced Users—Todd Powell
Several great features on the app

  • Relatives Around Me
  • Map My Ancestors
  • My Contributions
  • Find My Ancestor(New User)

Using multiple screens, descendency research, and Source linker are easy to do on the go using the FamilySearch App.

General Session featuring Emmitt Smith
Emmitt Smith told the story of finding his ancestors who came from West Africa to Mecklenhurg VA on to Cleveland Alabama and on to Pensacola Florida where Emmitt's story began.  Be prepared to change and broaden your perspective. 

Healing and Family History-The Emotional Side of DNA—Robin Wirthlin
Families that have been separated for various reasons can heal as DNA can reunite the descendants.
Unexpected results cam cause many emotions.  It's not always a happy time.  Time can heal many wounds. 

Introduction to What Are the Odds? (WATO)—Leah Larkin
WATO is a sketch and share program that uses probabilities with DNA data to compare likely hypothesis for ways a targeted person is likely to connect to the Most Recent Common Ancestor that the DNA matches all have in common.   I use this tool when I'm helping other DNA testers with their unknown lineage/relationshps. 

Saturday's Hottest News
RootsTech 2021 will be Feb 3rd-6th with registration beginning in September of 2020.

A big THANK YOU to all who helped make RootsTech and #NotAtRootsTech possible. Be sure and check out the recorded sessions posted at RootsTech.org

Friday, February 28, 2020

RootsTech 2020--Day 3--Fri. Feb 28th

Day 3 of RootsTech 2020. Here is my take on Friday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Friday's Live Streams

Discover Your Family with Interviews and Sources—Mat and Rachel Trotter
Great ideas for questions and people to interview.  She also mentioned a book called  My Life Story Question book.  Use a digital recorder and also take notes. Saving your work.  Thumbdrive, Google Drive Dropbox etc. FamilySearch Memories App lets you record memories.  Don't put off
A source is anything that has information in it. Census records, marriage records, newspapers can add a great deal of color and context to your ancestors stories.

2019: Year of the Copyright—Judy Russell
What is copyright is and why should we care?  Judy told us why the years 1909, 1976; and 1998 were so important.  Currently everything before 1925 is now in the public domain.  Copyright protection is automatic no mark is necessary. Common misconceptions were addressed.  You might want to download the handout for this session to refer to when you have questions on copyright.

General Session featuring David Kennerly—Sponsored by Canon
MyHeritage's  Aaron Godfrey told us about some of the latest happenings at MyHeritage(today's sponsor)  They have added 1.3 billion records from 25,000 directories covering the years 1860-1960.
If you haven't used the MyHeritage In Color™ tool to colorize your black and white photos you are missing out.  I used it to take the horrible cheeto color out of some of my color photos that were taken in the 1970s. MyHeritage also announced that they will be launching Genetic Groups for those that have DNA tested.  It groups DNA testers together by area with a visual display on a map.
David Kennerly gave a great talk and shared with us many of his great photographs.The history that he has covered with his photography is incredible!

City Directories and Other New Collections on MyHeritage—Mike Mansfield
An overview of the City Directories at MyHeritage and what information might be available in them.   Some of the larger cities in Europe published directories early on and I did not realize that.  Also they have added more newspapers.

Preserving the Fabric of our Families—Jennifer Hadley
This session was very informative and got me thinking about what I need to do to preserve items I've cross-stitched or embroidered.  Temperature, Humidity and Light all can cause damage.  While light causes fading, it also causes structural damage as well. 

Friday's Hottest News
For me the Hottest News of the day was Ancestry's announcement of the Civil War Stories project. 
You can find out more by visiting the Project Regiment page at Fold3 where they will post updates about what's out there and what's coming.  Also so those who are experts who wish to contribute information for the project you can do so by visiting Civil War Stories and taking the survey.  During the time of the Civil War all of my living direct ancestors were living in Tennessee which was pretty much a statewide battlefield and that is why this project is of such importance to me.  I want to know their stories.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

RootsTech 2020--Day 2--Thur. Feb. 27th

Day 2 of RootsTech 2020. Here is my take on Thursday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Thursday's Live Streams

Unlocking the Power of the FamilySearch Wiki—Danielle Batson, Jenny Hansen, Jeff Svare
This session was awesome!  Chocked full of great information about the vast number of pages and historical records articles available to help you with your research.  I love the Guided Research experience. While this is is great for the new researcher I feel like it would also keep any researcher on track.  I really had not realized how much information they had out there on the wiki.  Incredible!

German Research for the Everyday American—Karynne Moses
Items key to German research are
  • finding the spelling variations of the name
  • Learning to recognize/read the handwriting
  • Locating the town in Germany from which they came
  • Finding records for that home area
  • Navigating the records
Search for German Hometown  variations
A subscription site with German records
https://www.archion.de/en/ a subscription site of Protestant records

General Session featuring Leigh Anne Tuohy

6.4 Million family tree added by users
108 million photos and documents added by users
1.8 Billion records added by Ancestry
There are now a total of 24 billion records available at Ancestry
All of the WWII Draft Cards are available on Ancestry

Leigh Anne Tuohy who is an advocate for adoption and whose story was the basis for the film "The Blind Side" gave a very inspirational talk.about what happens when you "invest time in someone and offer them hope." 

DNA, Genealogy, and Law Enforcement: All the Facts—Blaine Bettinger
This talk is not meant to be for or against LE using DNA databases or about whether you should or shouldn't opt-in but is to give you information about what is involved so that you can make an informed decision on what is right for you. Informed Consent is key.  Each of the DNA databases(This includes the 4 major testing companies and GEDmatch)  have their rules for how they deal with Law Enforcement  This is a complicated subject and you really need to download the syllabus in order to review them all  Get the RootsTech app and download the handout for this session. 

Tackling Difficult Chapters of our Family History—Cheri Daniels
Humanity is Complex.  Let's try to be empathetic because we really don't know what a person has been through on their journey.  Great points Cheri made.  I think one thing that she pointed  out which struck me was that we should resist the urge to hide the difficult chapters.  I firmly believe this.  

Thursday's Hottest News
For me today's biggest news was Ancestry's DNA Match tool which Crista Cowen introduced on Facebook Live Event  from the Ancestry booth at RootsTech today.  I think it's supposed to start rolling out over the next week.

Check out the recorded sessions posted at RootsTech.org

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

RootsTech 2020--Day 1--Wed. Feb. 26th

Day 1 of RootsTech 2020. Here is my take on Wednesday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Wednesday's Live Streams

Making a Masterpiece:  How to Capture the Best Family Portraits--Jens Nielsen gave us a bit of background on the camera and photography and also had a very moving story about his Mother an why a photograph is so important to him and should be to us.  He says, "Genealogy without photography is like movies without sound."  David Ward talked more about the type of light and how it affects the outcome of our photographs. Drake Buseth talked about portraits--the photographing of people and how to add gestures to bring life to the photograph.  I know nothing about photography but they made it very interesting for me. 

What’s New at Ancestry—Crista Cowan
This was mostly a review of what Ancestry has added over this last year. The amazing thing is that they have added 1.8 Billion Records that's the most records ever added in a year. This includes updates in indexing to FindAGrave,  U.S. School Yearbooks, and Newspapers.com Obituary index as well as records relating to the persecution of Jews.  You can find these Jewish records here along with many others.  A good majority of the records including the new Jewish resource previously mentioned do not require a subscription. 

Also featured were updates by Ancestry which were brought about by user suggestions.  Among those were updated profile page, improved member searches, and  a new message center.  Most US members should already have the new messaging center with a few exceptions.  (As of today I'm one of those exceptions)

Improvements were also made to the Family Tree portion of Ancestry including a new Hint management system which rechecks or refreshes the hints you receive.  Using DNA filters in tandem is now an option and you may search for your matches many different ways.  Filters are also available in the Thrulines portion of your account if you have DNA tested and have a linked tree.
There is also a  new map enhancement for the Ancestry App.  There are More announcements coming from Ancestry Thursday which Crista hinted at but could not talk about.  I'm really looking forward to hearing about those.

The Story of You on FamilySearch
A review of some updated features on the FamilySearch site including fan chart views.  Also the importance of recording our memories was stressed as well as what is happening with us today. One day we will be the ancestors.  FamilySearch also has a mapping feature that you can use to map your ancestors lives.

Adding Branches to Your Family Tree Using DNA—Angie Bush
Angie Bush discussed the tools available at AncestryDNA, MyHeritage and 23&me that you can use to combine your DNA results and your family tree research.    23&me's tool is Your Family Tree(currently still in beta) and is based solely on DNA. MyHeritage has Theory of Family Relativity™ and AncestryDNA's tool is ThruLines™ both of these require that you have a tree attached to your DNA test   I would love to be able to reject Theories or Thrulines that are incorrect but you cannot do this at either site yet as was pointed out.  You still need to evaluate the suggestions made by any of these tools.

Finding Your Elusive Female Ancestors—Julie Stoddard
Key Points:  Timelines are critical for researching female ancestors.  Search specific records.  Studying her family associates and neighbors with whom she interacted.  Find your female ancestor on every census record taken during the time she was living.  DNA evidence can be very helpful in researching an elusive female ancestor.  Obituaries can also be very helpful in determining the ancestor's maiden name.  Indexes are great but can cause a loss of context.Always look at original records.

Wednesday's Hottest News
For me today's hottest news has been the DNA Painter's New Feature. Jonny Perl announced that DNA Painter now allows you to overlay a selection of traits onto your chromosome map.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Purchasers at Noah Putman's Estate Sale Hopkins Co KY

A true amt of the sale of property of the estate of Noah Putman deceased.

Elizabeth Putman
Joseph Hight
Simson Putman
F.G. Creek
John Stuart
Miles Putman
J. M. Lamb
David Clark
B. M. Harris

Returned and Recorded 10th of December 1855.

"Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9P39-95XZ?cc=1875188&wc=37R2-SP6%3A173386001%2C173992901 : 20 May 2014), Hopkins > Will records, 1854-1857, Vol. 8 > image 116 of 251; county courthouses, Kentucky.

I thought maybe the Simson might be Simeon Putman son of Noah but that seems a bit young to be making purchases so perhaps that is Simpson Putman brother of Noah(see Noah Putman's will linked below).  I believe that the Miles Putman is Jesse Miles Putman son of Hiram Putman.  Miles would be Noah's nephew.  As always I'm open to discussion.

Links to this and other documents from Noah Putman's estate.  These links are from FamilySearch and you will need to create a guest account to view if you do not already have one.  That is free though and no membership is required.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Purchasers from Estate Sale of John Hight--1796

Those who purchased from the inventory of the
estate sale of John Hight 11th of February 1796. 
Franklin County, North Carolina.

Please note that some persons may have purchased multiple items.
See original list at the source listed below.

David King
John Finch
Harbert Hight
John Hight
John Pardue
Littleton Fuller
Philemon Hawkins
Daniel Ball
Henry Fuller
Solomon Bobbit
John Peace
Isaiah Smith
Charles More
Joseph Fletcher
Edward Finch
Samuel Young
Lweling? Jones
Jonathan Hight
Nathaniel Jarratt
William Hight
John Forkner
Samuel Young
John Goodloe
Shim Cook
John Parham
John Loyd
Turner Bobbitt
Devereaux Jarratt
Ezekial Hayes
Joseph Mangum
Gideon Macon
Daniel Ball
James M Daniel(maybe McDaniel)
George King
John Lawrence
Thompson Glenn
Robert Jones
Benjamin Hayes
James Hunt

"North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-VV93-WT?cc=1867501&wc=32LK-166%3A169768401%2C170208501 : 21 May 2014), Franklin > Inventories, 1789-1800 > image 72-74 of 104; county courthouses, North Carolina.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Charles Fuller Frizzell Jr(1896-1978).--My 4C2R

Charles Fuller Frizzell Jr. was the son of Charles Fuller Frizzell Sr. from my previous blog post and the grandson of the John Frizzell, Tennessee Supreme Court judge who is also mentioned in a previous blog post. Charles Jr. was born in Nashville and spent his earlier years there before the family moved to Atlanta and later New York.

In 1917 Charles was part of the 38th infantry and was promoted to 1st Lt. while in France. He received a distinguished service cross for his services in WWI in which he was several wounded, captured, and detained in a German prison camp. According to his military service card in Ancestry's New York Abstracts of WWI Military Service, 1917-1919, he was involved in the following engagements: Aisne, Champagne-Marne and Aisne-Marne. In 1919, he retired due to injuries he sustained while in service and returned to work as assistant agency superintendent of Royal Indemnity Company.

An article from 1945 notes that he was commanding officer of the Philadelphia Women's Army Corps Recruiting District until it was absorbed by the US Army Recruiting Service(1945) at which time he was appointed commanding officer over the US Army Recruiting Service of Eastern Pennsylvania

I was able to find an address for Charles Jr. for May 1950 in Ancestry's Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966. He filed this because he had went back into the Army from June 1942 to March 1946 during which time he worked in recruiting.  I took that address and Googled it and from there found it on Zillow(a real estate website) which included pictures of the home. It should be the same home, as the description given said that the home was built in 1930. Another address from the September 8th, 1918 edition of the New York Times Union Newspaper(at Newspaper.com) gave an address along with his name among those on the list of Prisoners of War. There is actually a history of that building on a website about New York Architecture. It's really interesting because the building was at one time, Headquarters for The Royal Insurance Company where Charles Sr. was Vice President at the time.

Charles F. Frizzell Jr. and his wife Phyllis Phillips Frizzell had 3 daughters--Phyllis, Rosemary, and Edith Lee.  Charles passed in 1978 and is buried in the Trinity Church Cemetery in Manhattan, New York along with family, and many other notable historical figures.

  1. Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Box Title: Fries, Henry W - Frost, Joseph A (Box 267) Image 1486 of 3690.
  2. Ancestry.com. New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919 [images on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. WWI Officer Cards > Friend, W-Gibney, R(Box 686) > Image 28 of 878.
  3. "Won a D.S.C. in World War" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN), Mar 22 1920, page 6, column 2. Image copy, Newspapers.com(https://www.newspapers.com : downloaded 12 February 2020)
  4. "Army Will Handle WAC Recruiting Hereafter"The Times-Tribune(Scranton, Pennsylvania), May 5 1945, page 7, column 3. Image copy, Newspapers.com(https://www.newspapers.com : downloaded 12 February 2020)
  5. "Mary Pattie Frizzell Dies of Pheumonia" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) Dec 17 1918, page 8, column 6..Image copy, Newspapers.com(https://www.newspapers.com : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  6. "Mrs Emma F Christopher Dies in New Jersey" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) Oct 4,1920, page 5, column 2..Image copy, Newspapers.com(https://www.newspapers.com : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  7. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 February 2020), memorial page for Charles Fuller Frizzell, Jr. (1896–1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 167544337, citing Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Neil Funkhouser (contributor 46781068) .

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Charles F Frizzell Sr. (1869-1947) --My 3C3R

Charles F Frizzell Sr, was the son of the John Frizzell--the subject of my previous blog post..

1869 Jan 16 Birth in Davidson Co., Tennessee, USA
1892 Jan 19 Marriage to Edith Miller in Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee, USA
1894 Apr Birth of daughter, Emma Frizzell in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, USA
1896 Sep 26 Birth of Son Charles F. Frizzell Jr. in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, USA
1905 Aug 28 Birth of daughter Mary Frizzell in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, USA
1910 Residence in Nashville TN(505 Russell Street)
1911 Apr 18 Children visit friends in Chattanooga and will join parents in Atlanta, GA.
1918 Dec 15 Death of Daughter Mary Pattie Frizzell in New York , USA
1920 Residence in Manhattan, New York (790 Riverside Drive)
1920 Oct 3 Death of Daughter Emma Frizzell Christopher in New York, USA
1922 Organized the Indemnity Insurance Company of North America (Exec. Vice-President)
1930 Residence in Philadelphia Pennsylvania (6419 Overbrook Ave)
1933 Retirement
1933 March Trip on the U.S.S. Virginia with wife and Emma's son Richard C Christopher
1940 Residence in Philadelphia Pennsylvania  (6419 Overbrook Ave)
1947 Feb 26 Death Charles F. Frizzell Sr.

Charles did very well in the Insurance business and was Vice President of The Royal Insurance Company until he took the job as president of Newark Fire Insurance Company of Newark N.J.

Charles had two sisters, Mary Sophie Frizzell who married Joshua Henry Warman Ambrose and Maude Frizzell who married Lewis S. Hall. Both of his sisters are buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.

Note the three items I lived in the above graphic.  These are three interesting items that I didn't think about much having come from people who aren't world travelers(read that as farmers)  I really love this passenger list of US Citizens. Look at the information it contains!.  Ancestry also had pictures of the ship which happens to be the Mauretania, sister ship of the Lusitania. Charles' passport application contains a letter as well as a copy of the picture of he and Edith from his passport.


  1. "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZ7T-NL8 : 3 November 2017), Chas Fuller Frizzell and Edith Lee Miller, 19 Jan 1892; citing Davidson, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. 42, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 200,299.
  2. "Tennessee Births and Christenings, 1828-1939", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F6LT-NG8 : 27 January 2020), Charles F. Frizzell in entry for Mary Frizzell, 1905.
  3. "Society Personals" The Chatanooga News(TN) April 18, 1911, pg.8, column 5.image copy, Newspapers.com(https://www.newspapers.com : downloaded 4 February 2020) 
  4. "Mary Pattie Frizzell Dies of Pheumonia" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) Dec 17 1918, pg.8, column 6..Image copy, Newspapers.com(https://www.newspapers.com : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  5. "Mrs Emma F Christopher Dies in New Jersey" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) Oct 4,1920, pg.5, column 2..Image copy, Newspapers.com(https://www.newspapers.com : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  6. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WZQ-79T : 10 February 2018), Charles F. Frizzell in entry for Mary Pattie Frizzell, 15 Dec 1918; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,322,439.
  7. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24QT-KXR : 10 February 2018), Richard Charles Christopher Jr. and Emma Frizzell, 06 Apr 1918; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,642,914.
  8. Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line], Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010; accessed Jan. 4, 2020.; Entry for Charles F Frizzell and wife, New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island) >1820-1957 > Roll T715> 1897-1957 > 3001-4000 > Roll 3504 > image 957 of 1272.
  9. Ancestry.com. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.
  10. Ancestry.com. Passenger Ships and Images [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. accessed Feb. 4, 2020, Mauretania, 1907-1935.
  11. "C.F. Frizzell Dies, Insurance Aide" The Philadelphia Inquirer(Philadelphia, PA) Feb 27 1947, pg.10, column 3..Image copy, Newspapers.com(https://www.newspapers.com : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  12. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 04 February 2020), memorial page for Maude Frizzell Hall (3 Oct 1866–9 Feb 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131497010, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by S.J. (contributor 46931676) .
  13. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 04 February 2020), memorial page for Mary Sophia Frizzell Ambrose (17 Nov 1855–10 Jun 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 109709120, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Melody (contributor 47148339).

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

John Frizzell (1829-1894) My 2C4R

1856 The Home Journal (Winchester TN)

John Frizzell (1829-1894) My 2C4R

1829 Born in Bedford Co TN--Son of Nathan S Frizzell & Mary Jones
1841 Moved to Winchester, TN (Franklin Co)
1854 (23 Jul) Married Matilda Winford in Rutherford Co. TN
1854 Licensed to practice law 1854
Civil War volunteered 1st Tennessee Infantry (Turney's Regiment)
1868 Moved to Nashville TN
1883 Appointed as Referee Judge for East Tennessee
1894 Died and Buried in Mt Olivet Cemetery Nashville TN
President of the Nashville Grand Masonic Lodge.

My Most Recent Common Ancestor with John Frizzell is Nathan Frizzell and Margaret Deason, my 5th Great Grandparents.  While I've not identified a descendant of John among my matches I do have a DNA match at AncestryDNA who descends thru John's sister Martha Jane Frizzell.  That descendant would be my 6th cousin and shares a 12 cM segment.  The shared matches are all Frizzell /Deason descendants which makes it seem likely that the segment is from that couple.  My paternal grandmother who is a Frizzell  / Deason descendant is also buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville. 

The Passing of John Frizzell


  1. Good Man Passes Away: Death in Nashville Last Night of Judge John Frizzell, The Journal and Tribune (Knoxville, Tennessee), 01 Dec 1894, Page 1, Column 2; image copy, Newspapers.com(https://www.newspapers.com : downloaded 29 January 2020).
  2. "Local Directory--Masonic" The Home Journal (Winchester, Tennessee) 05 Apr 1856,  Page 3 Column 3,image copy, Newspapers.com(https://www.newspapers.com : downloaded 29 January 2020) 
  3. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 January 2020), memorial page for John Frizzell (8 Sep 1829–30 Nov 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25620994, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Jerry Platz (contributor 46865690).
  4. 1860 US Census, Franklin County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 1, page 2, dwelling 12, family 12, Family of John Frizzell; image, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed January 29, 2020); citing NARA microfilm publication M653 roll 1249.
  5. Hale, Will T, and Dixon L. Merritt. A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co, 1913. pg. 387, Internet resource.

MyHeritage to have 24-hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon March 12th-13th

I received an announcement from MyHeritage letting me know that they will be having the first 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon.  The marathon begins on Thursday March 12th(5pm Eastern) and ends on Friday March 13th(5pm Eastern).  Each webinar will be 45 minutes which includes 10 minutes for questions following each session. To attend the webinars click on the logo below and register for as many of them as you'd like to attend.  It's free.  The recorded webinars will be available free for a week and will be included in the LegacyFamilyTree Webinar library which can be viewed at any time with a LegacyFamilyTree Webinar Membership.

Click on the Image below for a listing of Topics, Speakers, and to Register.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Live Streams from RootsTech SLC 2020 announced

The Live Streaming Schedule for RootsTech Salt Lake City 2020  was released today.  You can find the complete list by clicking on the hyperlinked words above.  I've looked over the schedule and  picked my top three I'm planning on catching Wednesday thru Saturday.  I'm normally part of the #NotAtRootsTech crowd and this year is no exception.  While I'm at home I usually watch RootsTech on my Roku television but you can watch it on a computer, phone or tablet as well.  This is great because I'll probably have to catch some of the earlier Thursday sessions via my phone as Thursday morning is my weekly chemo treatment til early April.  RootsTech is offering a Virtual Pass again this year for those who want to be able to see additional sessions.  You can find more information on that below the list of Live Stream sessions on the RootsTech website.

My Top 3 from each day of RootsTech SLC 2020

Wednesday Feb. 26th

  • What's New At Ancestry--Crista Cowan
  • Adding Branches to your Family Tree Using DNA--Angie Bush
  • Finding your Elusive Ancestors--Julie Stoddard

Thursday Feb. 27th

  • Unlocking the Power of the FamilySearch Wiki--Danielle Batson, Jenny Hansen, Jeff Svare
  • DNA Genealogy, and Law Enforcement:  All the Facts--Blaine Bettinger
  • Tackling Difficult Chapters of our Family History--Cheri Daniels

Friday Feb. 28th

  • 2019: Year of the Copyright--Judy Russell
  • City Directories and other New Collections on MyHeritage--Mike Mansfield
  • Preserving the Fabric of our Families--Jennifer Hadley

Saturday Feb. 29th

  • Ancestry on the Go:  Ancestry App Suite--Peter Drinkwater, Kenric Russell, Victoria Smith
  • Healing & Family History: The Emotional Side--Robin Wirthlin
  • Intro to What Are The Odds?(WATO)--Leah Larkin