Wednesday, July 21, 2021

How are you accessing your AncestryDNA results?

If you have taken an AncestryDNA test and are viewing your results exclusively thru the AncestryDNA app you are missing out on the full experience.  It's easier for some of us who access our results thru a personal computer to forget that there are many who don't do that.  It's hard to compare results with other matches as well if you are not looking at the same layout--especially if you in one state(or country) trying to explain to someone in another place who is not seeing the same thing you see because they are using the app and you are seeing the Desktop version of the website.  So now one of my first questions that I ask other matches before comparing is how are you accessing your results?   

There is a workaround for those who do not have a computer.  Using the browser on your device, view as desktop site.  Directions on how to get to that option in Chrome are in the image below.  

It's also easier to get to the Sharing preferences when you are viewing it as a desktop site.  

See my June Blog Post for How to Invite others to view your AncestryDNA match list

We should not forget that some people do DNA tests merely for ethnicity results and have no desire to actively research their family history.  Too, there are others who don't realize there is more to it than just the ethnicity results especially if they don't see the desktop site view.  So if you have never seen your results other than in the app or mobile view, I challenge you to try just once.  You might like it.  If not, nothing lost other than a few minutes of your time.  

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Pondering the 1822 Cook Divorce Petition(Rutherford Co TN)

The TN State Act granting Sally's divorce.
TN State Library and Archives
Acts of Tennessee, 1822 Chapter 203 Section 3

The divorce petition from Sally Cook that I posted about in my previous post left me with a number of questions. It was granted as shown in the image above. Who were John F Cooke's people?. With a Cook "brickwall" in this area and time period I need to know so that I can sort through the families.

The Francis Cook marriage to Sally Mosby in Mercer Co KY has to be John F Cook and Sally Mosby/Mosley as the date of the bond is the day before their marriage date which she mentions in the divorce petition.

Where is Sally in the 1820 Census. My guess is that she is in the household of family there in Rutherford Co TN because I do not see her listed in a household by herself. The signed statement about John F Cooke going off to parts unknown is made in July 1820. In May of 1820 John F Cooke is a witness to an indenture that was made in Sept of 1815 Between John Mosbey and James Will. (Mosbey is given as Mosley in Marsh's Land Deed Genealogy of Rutherford Co TN Vol 3 (1819-1823) pg 87 (Pg 426 Doc 331 of Rutherford Deed book)

The land that Sally mentions that she inherited was land she received as an heir of Samuel Mosby/Mosley(see link below to valuations of all of the lots 1805)

Others mentioned in addition to Sally Mosbey are Keltry? Mosby, Luckett Davis, Robert Mosby, William Mosbey, John Mosbey, Robert Lewis, Polly McDaniel, June Mosbey

John F Cooke made an indenture to Thomas A Harris in Feb of 1818. Thomas A Harris registers this deed in 3 Oct of 1820 (Another deed book entry concerning bill of sale names Sally and more of the Moseby/Mosley bunch)

John F Cooke and Sally are witness to a deed for land between Robert Mosbey and John Mosbey(Sally's brothers) which was made 26th Aug 1815 and registered 16th June 1817 in Rutherford Co TN( Rutherford Deed Book K Pg 490 Doc 499---From Marsh's Land Deed Genealogy of Rutherford Co TN Vol 2 pg 131)

Who are two children mentioned by Sally in the divorce petition?
I found a few other researchers who had Sally and John in their tree and an interest but they did not have the divorce in their records.

There were some clues that Sally likely went back to Mercer Co KY. Also a note that John Francis Cook died in 1826. It calls him John Francis Whiting Cooke and names the children as
  • William Alexander Cooke(1819-1873) married Sarah Grant
  • Norbourne Berkley Cooke(1817-1854)
Also in Mercer Co KY a Buckner Miller and Robert Mosbey make bond 18 Dec 1826 for a marriage between Buckner Miller and a Sarah Cook.  I believe that those who have researched this Sarah Sally Mosby Cook do not know about the divorce and are using the date of her marriage to Buckner to estimate a time of death on John Francis Cooke.

Most of the trees are "Frankenstein" in nature but it appears that John Francis Cooke might have been a son of John Esten/Ester Cooke and perhaps a grandson of Mordecai Cooke 1708-1757) There are SAR files using the lineage of William A Cooke---John and Sally and John's father John Esten Cooke.

I'll likely add to this post as I make more discoveries.

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Early TN Cook Divorce--Rutherford Co. TN (1822)

I'd sent off for a copy of this 1822 TN Divorce Petition not only because it is near the area where my Cook(e)s were but because of my interest in Hardy Pope who signs the statement for the petitioner.  There is a Hardy Pope among purchasers at the estate sale of Joseph S Cook(an estate over which my known 2nd Great Grandfather Wm Clifford Cook was appointed administrator)  TSLA sent the images files to me yesterday.  At this time there is no proof what relationship W C Cook was to Joseph S Cook. I can't tell from this document if there is any connection with either Joseph S Cook or Wm C Cook. Below is my attempt at transcribing the files of the petition.  There was pretty much no punctuation and I kept the line breaks of the original documents.

Daisy Cook vs. Clarence Cook--Rutherford Co TN--Feb. 1935

I've had copies of the Rutherford Co TN Court Minutes pages concerning the divorce of my Great Uncle Clarence Cook and his 2nd wife Daisy for awhile but just recently went searching for the case file.  The full documents are on FamilySearch in the Rutherford Co. Tennessee Chancery Court Record Files and was filed in February of 1935.  They contain a lot of details and a major typo in the marriage date that gets carried throughout the entire record.  I have no idea how the error could have gone unnoticed as it causes the marriage date to be AFTER the separation date.(see dates marked with ๐ŸŒžin snippet below)  Their correct marriage year is 1925 and not 1930. I have a copy of their marriage record.  No time traveling required.  Just an example of why it's important to collect every document you can about an event.

Source:  Rutherford County, Tennessee chancery court records, ca. 1817-1940, Cody, Isham vs. Trigg, John H. - Cooper, Wise A. vs. Sims, Levi [Roll #12]   Cook, Daisy vs Cook, Clarence; Snipped from image(2506 of 3156)

Friday, June 25, 2021

How to Invite others to view your AncestryDNA match list

 It's been about 5 years since I wrote a blog post detailing how to send an invite to view an AncestryDNA test's match list.    There have been some changes over that time and so I have made step by step image files showing the process via a web browser or via the AncestryDNA App.

You can click on the images to enlarge them.  Hope this is helpful.

Rutherford Co TN Tax Records at FamilySearch


We are so lucky to have so many free records online at FamilySearch.  The Tax Books for Rutherford Co Tennessee District 10 were my focus yesterday as I collected the information from the entries of my Great Grandfather, William Green Cook--a resident there from 1912 thru 1944. I collected the information and organized it in a Google Sheet which I saved as a PDF along with notes/observations and source information.  This process made it easy to upload the PDF to my Family Tree at Ancestry in William Green Cook's gallery.   After uploading the PDF,  I used the custom event and named one Property Tax for each year.  Below is a screenshot of the first sheet of the PDF file to give you an idea of what information I logged.

This information gave me some ideas of other places in which to look for clues about my Great Grandfather.  

Friday, June 18, 2021

Concerning the apprenticeship of John Cook in Franklin Co. NC(Dec 1785)

I read through some Franklin Co NC Apprentice Records and just a few pages in found a Cook who had been apprenticed.  The following is a warrant advising the man he had been apprenticed to that he needed to appear in court.  Also the note from the court minutes was found and included below.  I don't know which John Cook this is yet nor what trade the two men mentioned would have been teaching him.  Hope to find more but wanted to get this posted

Mr Josiah Jackson
This day Patience(Mary) Cook hath lodged a
complaint against you for your mal
conduct in the treatment of John Cook an 
orphan child bound to you.  You are to
take notice that you attend the second
day of our court next in the present
month to show cause if any you have
why this said John Cook should not be
taken from you and bound unto some
person that will treat him as the
law directs and for the present that you
do not abuse the child.  Given under my hand
Seal this 13th Dec'r 1785-- Wm Green

Outer side of Warrant

Warrant    State to Jo. Jackson

To Mr Josiah Jackson  Franklin County

Bound to Ben Westray
Indenture Made

I hereby Certify that I am
willing to relinquish any right
to the within mentioned boy if
the court sees proper to bind him
to Ben Westray

jo jackson

Source:  Warrant to Mr Josiah Jackson. Imaged in "North Carolina, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998" database with images, (  accessed 18 Jun 2021) > Franklin > Apprentice Bonds and Records, 1785-1903 Image 7-8 of 311.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Cars of our Ancestors

Photos of cars taken in the 1940s.  These pictures are all from the collection given to me by a member of the Douglas Family who were neighbors of my Paternal Grandparents from their days in Old Hickory TN   I'm not sure if the last two were taken in Old Hickory because of the address given. It's interesting to see the cars and modes of transportation that our ancestors used.

Written on back of Photo:  1940 4 Door Chevrolet
Thur 11-15- 45

Joanne Bowen Fri 9-20-46

1941 Pontiac 8" Red Sedanette
Monday June 2, 1947
1219 East Willard Street

1941 Pontiac 8" Red Sedanette
Monday June 2, 1947
Wed. June 11, 1947

Friday, May 21, 2021

Connecting with Descendants of the People in Your Ancestors' Neighborhood

 The folks on Sesame Street have been teaching the importance of the people in your neighborhood for years. There is even a meme circulating on many of the social media platforms that reminds us that we can "never forget the neighborhood kids or the great times we had."  Where am I going with this?  I want to offer a bit of advice that has helped me in my research and enriched my knowledge of my family.  If you are not in contact with the descendants of folks who were the neighbors of your parents & grandparents, you should be.  You both have stories and in many cases pictures of each other's family.  Have old family pictures of people you don't know?  They may be able to help you figure out the identity of those folks.

About 6 years back I contacted the descendant of one of my grandparents neighbors.  It's been great to share stories that were handed down about the people in the neighborhood and their interactions.  Earlier this week she brought me old photos that she'd inherited--some pictures of my folks and others within that neighborhood.  I've spent  the better part of this week scanning and adding them to my Old Hickory, TN--Dupont tree at Ancestry.  Thankfully the majority of the people in the pictures are identified.  This was a true blessing for me and my family and I hope that once I get the pictures uploaded others with family there can experience that same joy.

Family history research is more than just names, dates and begets, It's pictures and documents which, when analyzed and pieced together weave the stories of the lives of our ancestors. 

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Chapel Hill Tornado Tuesday 10th May 1921 4pm

Chapel Hill Tennessee Hard Hit by Terrible Tornado
About Twenty Buildings Either Damaged, Wrecked or Blown Away

Tuesday 10th May 1921 4pm

Third Storm to go thru Chapel Hill in 40 days

No Fatalities

Mrs Martha Marshall(age 65) Slightly hurt when son Gilbert Marshall's home was blown down
  • Houston & Ligett Inc, Pencil Mill--damaged
  • Lawrence Bros. Grocery Store--Wrecked
  • Elgin Cooper's Store--Wrecked
  • Chapel Hill Creamery--Wrecked
  • Methodist Church--Wrecked
  • Chapel Hill High School Gymnasium--Wrecked
  • Cumberland Presbyterian Church--Damaged
  • Cumberland Telephone Co.--considerable loss
Residential Damages
Blown Down:
  • T. H. Lawrence
  • Mrs. T. M. Lawrence
  • R. N. Shofner
  • Elgin Cooper
  • Gilbert Marshall
  • George Crofton
  • Robert Elder's Tenant House & 2 barns

Residences on Creamery Street badly damaged.

The Marshall Gazette Friday May 13th 1921 imaged by TN State Library & Archives
Vol. 44, no. 40 (3 Oct. 1917[9?])-v. 47, no. 35 (1 Sept. 1922)  Image 602 of 1068
digitized by FamilySearch at

Monday, May 03, 2021

Bone Cave, Tennessee about 1951--Granny Minnie is shot

The David E Luna Family
Wm R Luna(son of D E Luna by 1st wife) is standing
first from right.  Minnie Acuff Luna is seated holding her son
Bert on her lap in this picture from about 1920 Huntsville AL

 A Facebook thread about a near miss from a bullet brought to mind a story my Mom had told me about my Grandmother, Minnie Acuff Luna.  I'd heard the story many times but called Mom for an interview of sorts.  Mom's parents(Wm Richard Luna & wife Minnie) were living in Bone Cave, TN on C.P Moore's place about 1951 where they were sharecropping.  The house they lived in had a rail fencing around the yard.  My grandmother was in the yard and my mother and her younger brother, Wayne were playing nearby chasing each other around a chair.  Mom's older brother, Ernest Luna and Douglas Deaton(Mom called him "Douger") were down the road talking near a tree that had fallen.  They heard the shot and then Granny told Grandpa she thought she'd been shot.  As far as Mom could remember they thought it was someone hunting on C P Moore property without his knowledge that was responsible for the stray bullet.  Grandpa went to get Florence(C.P. Moore's wife) so that they could get Granny Minnie to the hospital in McMinnville.  The bullet had went in her right leg missing the bone but hadn't exited.  Granny Minnie recovered but passed about 6 years later.  

Source:  This story is from the information I gathered from my Mom when I asked her about what she remembered from the incident.  If anyone else had ever heard about this I'd love to hear from them with any corrections if they have any.  My Mom would have been around 11 years old at the time this took place.  

Saturday, April 24, 2021

17 of my favorite Databases, Tools, Websites, and Approaches

Picture of Blog during it's 12th year.

In keeping with my purpose of the blog, I am celebrating the 17th blogiversary of this blog with a favorites listing(in no particular order).  I've compiled a list of 17 of my favorite Databases, Tools, Websites, or Approaches that are helpful in furthering my family history research .  I've written a description of how each can be used but check out the link for more information on each resource. Please remember to check with and support your local libraries, county archives, and area genealogy & historical societies.  They have many items you won't find online and they need your help to thrive now more than ever.

1.  Genetic Affairs--This site contains tools developed by Evert-Jan Blom to help with analysis of your DNA match lists using clustering.  You can register for free and purchase credits which allows you to run a wide selection of reports.

2.  TN State Library & Archives website--They are great about answering questions via the Ask A Librarian chat and I've found a great deal of information about ancestors by ordering copies of articles(request form sent by USPS) and thru TN Supreme Court Case File orders.

3.  U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

You will need to be subscribed to Ancestry's US Records or access from a library which has a subscription.  As a side note, some of the discharge papers for WWI and WWII can be found using the next site I mention.

4.  FamilySearch Catalog Place Search for Area of Interest  County Records available online

Make sure you are logged on to the FamilySearch website.  Select Catalog---Search by Place---Enter your Location(Country, State, County--for the US) in Place Search ---Select Online Availability option and then hit that Search Button.

As I mentioned in the previous listing, discharge papers that were filed within the county for WWI or WWII for your location of interest should be under the Military Records section you see when viewing the Search Results if available.  You'll need to click thru to expand the listings under each category. Be sure to check under each category.  I found my ancestors listed in School Census and Roadwork

5.  AncestryDNA--the largest autosomal DNA database.  Once you receive your results, you can download your raw data and upload to other sites such as MyHeritage, FTDNA, and GEDmatch to compare with others who have uploaded or tested there.  Be sure to read each site's User Policy/Terms of Service.  AncestryDNA is the site I recommend testing at especially if you are an adoptee or have unknown direct ancestors at the parent or grandparent level.   

6.  GEDmatch-Free to use site with an upload.  Is not a testing site but rather a site where results can be uploaded and compared to others who have tested at any of the major DNA testing sites and uploaded to GEDmatch. Tier 1 DNA analysis tools available at $10 a month but basic tools are free.

7. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995

You will need to be subscribed to Ancestry's US Records or access from a library which has a subscription.  Often overlooked by many, City Directories offer an insight into the lives of townspeople.  See my previous blog post--In Praise of City Directories.

8  Contacting libraries, records offices, museums, local history societies, historians etc--There are still plenty of things that you can learn without making a physical trip to the library or courthouse.  When I first began research I wrote LOTS of letters of inquiry.  Today it's much easier.  You can email or call. Don't expect them to do research for you but they can point you in the right direction and sometimes can give you public information from their database.  I learned more about records of the company for which my grandfather worked by sending an email inquiry.  This is just one example.  Google that company from which your ancestor retired.  Call or email that library in the area where your ancestors lived.  Email that Register of Deeds.

9.  DNA Painter & Interactive Shared cM Project with Relationship Probabilities--The DNA painter portion is Jonny Perl's tool for Chromosome Painting & so much more when it comes to visualizing your research.  The interactive Shared cM Project with Relationship Probabilities is a tool by Jonny Perl which uses Blaine Bettinger's Shared cM Project info and the probability chart by TheDNAGeek.  The WATO tool is invaluable.

10. Online Digital Library

What's not to love about free books!  I've had luck finding city directories, county histories and Governor's papers collections.

11. U.S. Special Census on Deaf Family Marriages and Hearing Relatives, 1888-1895

You will need to be subscribed to Ancestry's US Records or access from a library which has a subscription.  I have found a wealth of information on collateral lines in this database which has led me to other records for my direct lines.

12.  MyHeritage DNA Tools--love the DNA Tools. If you upload your tests from other sites you can unlock the tools for a one time fee of $29(this is per kit instead of per acct unfortunately) Occasionally they will run a special where the tools are free with upload.  They have a chromosome browser and clustering tools as well as Theories of Family Relativity for DNA matches.  Other tools are photo editing tools to enhance, colorize and animate old photos.  Their site would be better were they to up their maximum amount of persons in their tree for free accounts.  250 is just too small. I'm sure they are reluctant because they began as a Tree hosting site but they could do so and restrict the number of photos to free accounts.  Their Theories of Relativity algorithm would reap the benefits from larger trees.

13. Legacy Family Tree Webinars--educational webinars covering a wide variety of research topics and techniques.  You can register to attend webinars which are free for a limited time after broadcast or you can subscribe to have access to the entire webinar library. This is an EXTREMELY valuable resource.

14.  Google Docs/Sheets/Slides--The Google office products which help me to organize share and make notes and charts of my research analysis.

15. newspaper database that is part of Ancestry.  This is pretty much an essential tool for me.  I do subscribe to the Publisher's Plus which contains much more than the basic plan but it's worth every bit of it.

16.  Thriftbooks--I order from them a good and like that I can earn points which I can use toward purchasing more books.  I used them when I was gathering books to research a number of subjects:  Civil War, Slavery/African-American research, War of 1812, American Revolution etc. 

17.  Facebook County History & Genealogy groups--these groups have been very helpful when needing advice from others researching the same topic or location.  Use the search box to search for topics and locations of interest within the group listings.  

Hope this listing is helpful and I hope to be blogging for many more years.--Marie

Friday, April 09, 2021

William C Cook Witnesses Deed Bedford Co. TN (Dec 1843)

My 2nd Great Grandfather William C Cook as a witness to a Deed. 

Persons involved:
Thomas B Carlton--Bargainer (Bedford Co. TN)
James T Byler--Trustee for Meeting House (Williamson Co. TN)
Thomas Cole --Trustee for Meeting House (Williamson Co. TN)
Renwick Gault-- Trustee for Meeting House (Bedford Co TN)
William C Cook--Witness
Ivey Phillips--Witness
Robert Hurst--Clerk Bedford Co. 
Andrew Vannoy--Registrar Bedford Co.

Dates Mentioned:
Bargained--23 Dec 1843
Witnessed by Clerk 2 Dec 1844
Received, Noted & Registered 2 Feb 1845.

Land:  26 poles x 14 poles rectangular tract containing 2 acres more or less

Bedford County, Tennessee deed books and index, 1808-1966; imaged at FamilySearch on Deeds v. OO-QQ Jan 1845-May 1849 image 38 of 775(Original Record Deed Book "OO" pg 26) 

Thos B Carlton to Jas T Byler & Other Trustees to Meeting house
This indenture made the twenty third day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three, Between Thomas B Carlton of the County of Bedford and State of Tennessee of the one part and James T Byler of the County of Williamson and State aforesaid and Thomas Cole of the County of Williamson and state aforesaid, and Renwick Gault of the County of Bedford and state aforesaid of the other part as commissioners, witnesseth for and in the consideration sum of five dollars to me in hand paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath given, granted and bargained sold aliened conveyed and confirmed, unto the said Byler, Cole and Gault as commissioners of a Liberty Meeting house, and to their successors in office forever, a certain tract or parcel of land, the rail timber reserved for said Carlton lying and being in the county of Bedford and state aforesaid on the waters of Duck River Bounded as follows(viz) Beginning on a red bud running East twenty six poles to a pin oak, thence South fourteen poles to a red bud, thence West Twenty Six poles to a rock, thence North fourteen poles to the beginning.  Containing by estimation two acres be the same more or less.  To have and to hold all and singular the rights profits, endearments hereditaments and appetences of and unto the same belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining to the only proper use of a Liberty Meeting House and behoof of them the said commissioners and heir successors in office forever.  I the said Thomas B B Carlton for myself my heirs and assignees doth covenant and agree to and with the said commissioners and their successors in office forever that the before recited land and bargained premises he will warrant and forever defend unto the said commissioners and their successors in office forever against the right, title, interest or claim of every person or persons claiming the same or any part thereof.  In Witness where of the said Thomas B Carlton doth hereinto set his hand and fix his seal this day and year above written, for the  use of a Liberty meeting house for all Orthodox Christians to preach in and have churches in, the first church to have its days unmolested and so on in Succession 
---Thomas B Carlton

William C Cook
Ivey Phillips

(For Certificate see next page)

State of Tennessee
Bedford County

Personally appeared before me Robert Hurst Clerk of the County Court of said County Thomas B Carlton the bargainor to the foregoing deed with whom I'm personally acquainted and who acknowledged that he executed the foregoing deed for the purposed therein contained.

Witness my hand at office this 2nd day of Dec 1844------Robt Hurst Clerk
Rec'd & noted Feby 1st 1845 at 11 o'clock A M
Registered Feby 1st 1845   Andrew Vannoy Register

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Reading thru the Records: A few interesting finds

Montgomery Bell State Park(May 2016)
Montgomery Bell State Park(May 2016)

Chancery Court Cases  Williamson Co TN

Just a few interesting cases found while reading thru the records--

  • Cases involving the settlement of the estate of Joel Childress(father of Sarah Childress Polk, wife of James K Polk). The Childress family lived in Murfreesboro.  
  • Case involving Montgomery Bell who played a big part in Middle Tennessee industrial history especially here in Dickson County where I grew up and where there is a state park that bears his name.
The Childress case is one of several brought by Anderson Childress who is attempting to settle his father's estate.  The things that interested me were that one of them involved a John W Cooke who had bargained for a home for his sister-in-law to live.  This would be the wife of William W Cooke and it does mention his name within the records.  The sister-in-law declines to live there and it goes down hill from there.  You can read more about it here.(You'll need to log in to FamilySearch to view the link but registration and viewing is free)

The Rucker name also comes up in the Childress case. Since the Granville Co NC Cookes have Rucker ancestry and my Cook(e) line shares Y-DNA with descendants from that Cooke line, seeing the two surnames in the same place or document always peaks my curiosity.

Our ancestors did more traveling than we might imagine.  Too, if they lived near the county line or lines there may also be records in that surrounding county or counties just waiting to be discovered.  The Childress case mentioned, Davidson, Henry, Maury, Rutherford and of course Williamson(the county in which it was recorded)  This stresses the important of reading thru the records for the area and surrounding areas as well as time span in which your ancestor lived 

The Montgomery Bell case entry is here

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Info from Military Discharge Records

Soldiers were encouraged to file a copy of their military discharge papers with the county clerk of the county in which they lived.  Some of these are available online at  These are a great and often overlooked resource for those who were enlisted during WWI and WWII.

A quick check of some of the counties in which I'm interested:  
  • Bedford Co TN--Military discharge records, Vol. 1-3, Sept 1919-Feb 1946 & Vol. 4-6, Feb 1946-Dec 1964
  • Davidson Co TN--Military discharge records, 1919-1945 v. 544  & 1927-1946 v. 789
  • Dickson Co TN---Military discharge records, 1920-1964
  • Rutherford Co TN--Military discharge records, Vol. 1-3, 1919-1945 & Vol. 4-6, 1945-1962
  • Williamson Co TN--Index, v. A-Z 1918-1946  Discharges, v. 1-4 Aug 1918-Feb 1946 Discharges, v. 5-7 Feb 1946-Mar 1966
  • White Co TN--Military discharge records, 1943-1966

Every soldier didn't follow this suggestion but if someone in your research did and you can locate it, you'll  find it contains a wealth of information.

Some of the different types of information that you can find on Military Discharge Records. 
  • Full Name
  • Serial Number
  • Branch (and unit within that branch etc.) 
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Age when enlisted
  • Date and place of enlistment & discharge
  • Occupation / Vocation prior to enlistment
  • Physical Description at enlistment
  • Pay Rate
  • Battles, engagements, skirmishes or expeditions involved in
  • Decorations, Service Medals, Citations
  • Wounds received
  • Physical condition when discharged
  • Vaccinations and Immunities: (Typhoid prophylaxis, Diphtheria, smallpox etc)
  • Character
  • Marital Status
Check your counties of interest to see what is available.  They will be under the Military Records Category within that counties list.

If you don't know how to search the catalog by place and online availability see this blog post. 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Obituary of Margaret Ruth Thompson Cooper(1941)


Mrs. Margaret Ruth Thompson Cooper, age 31 died in a Nashville hospital Saturday March 22.

She was the daughter of the late Charlie Thompson and lived here some 15 years ago.  Her remains were brought here where a short funeral service was conducted by J. L. Nunnley at the Lawrence Funeral Home and burial at Swanson Cemetery. 

Her survivors are one sister, Mrs. Sue Bell Elrod, and three uncles, John Cook of this place, Clarence Cook of Rockvale and Tom Cook of Old Hickory; an aunt, Mrs. Eliza Rowland of Rockvale and Grandfather, W. G. Cook of Rockvale.

The Marshall Gazette(Lewisburg TN) Fri. Mar. 28th 1941 p.6 Columns 1
Imaged by TN State Library & Archives and digitized at
Vol. 69, no. 50 (13 Dec. 1940)-v. 72, no. 18 (30 Apr. 1943)--Image 146 of 1078.

Note:  This would be a transcription of the obituary if it weren't for the fact that I corrected the 3 times that they used the word Rockdale when referring to Rockvale.  

Obituary of William Green Cook(1944)

 William G. Cook

William Green Cook, aged 90 years, died at his home at Rockvale, in Rutherford county December 18 following a brief illness.

Funeral services were conducted at the chapel of the Lawrence Funeral Home in Chapel Hill, at 1 o'clock, Tuesday afternoon, December 19.

Burial in the Cook cemetery at Rover, Bedford county.

Mr Cook was a son of William Clifford and Elizabeth Putnam(sic) Cook and was born in Bedford County.  He resided in Chapel Hill for several years before moving to Rockvale.  He was a retired farmer and had been active until his illness and was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.

Survivors are:  one daughter, Mrs. Horace Rowland, of Rockvale; three sons, Thomas Cook, of Old Hickory; Clarence Cook, of Rockvale, and Jno Cook of Chapel Hill; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren

The Marshall Gazette(Lewisburg TN) Fri. Dec. 29th 1944 p.6 Columns 1
(You'll need to log-in to FamilySearch to view but registration for an id is free as is viewing this)

Obituary of Rebecca Love Cook Thompson(1928)

While researching thru records for another blog post I found that FamilySearch has some of the Marshall Co TN newspapers and on a whim I looked for my Papaw Cooke's sister Rebecca Cook Thompson.  There is was

The Marshall Gazette(Lewisburg TN) Thur. Feb 16th, 1928 p.12 Columns 3 & 4
(You'll need to log-in to FamilySearch to view but registration for an id is free as is viewing this)

Below is the transcription.  

Chapel Hill, Tenn. Feb. 13--
Mrs. Rebecca L. Thompson, wife
of Charlie Thompson, died at her
home in Lewisburg Monday morn-
ing, after a lingering illness, aged
46 yeas. She was the daughter of
Wm. G. and Jane Bell Cooke. She 
professed religion in early life and
joined the Cumberland Presbyter-
ian church.

Funeral services to-morrow.
(Tuesday) at the home, after
which the body was brought to 
Chapel Hill and laid to rest in the 
Swanson Cemetery, after short ser-

Survived by her husband and
two daughters, Ruth Agnes and 
Sue Bell, of Lewisburg; father,
Wm G Cooke of Rockvale; three
brothers, Tom Cooke of Old Hick-
ory; Clarence, of Walter Hill, and 
John L. Cooke of this place; one
sister, Mrs. H.K Roland of Nash-
ville.  Mrs. Thompson lived here 
a number of years.

Notes:  She was 45 years old(+ 9 months & 21 days) at the time of her death according to her death certificate of which I have a copy.  Cause of death was tuberculosis of the lungs.
This is the only location which I have seen the Cooke name spelled with the E.  My Grandparents spelled it with an E only after 1930 in records I've found and neither Wm Green or any other of his sons used the COOKE spelling.  

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Williamson County TN School Census Records

Williamson Co TN records of the school census for that county are online but not yet indexed at  I was extremely glad to find them as I'm always looking for more clues for my 2nd Great Grandfather William Clifford Cook and I knew he was on the 1838 tax list in District 25 of Williamson Co TN.

The School Census section of that film begins on image 934 of 2937 

The School census start in 1838 with reports from each of the districts which list the name of the adult and how many children from their household are in the age range for attending schools.  The range changes a bit over the first few years.  In the beginning it was children over 6 and under 16 but by 1842 it appears to change to above 6 and under 21.  The Districts weren't always in order so I had to read over them to seek out the 25th District which I wanted to check.

A check of the years 1838-1849 gives me the following results

My William C Cook is only on the 1841 School Census listed as having one child over 6 and under 16 as of 30th of June of that year.  That one child in the age range for school is Wm C Cook's oldest daughter Minerva Cook.  This may be her first year of school.  Wm C Cook was on the Bedford Co TN Dist 10 tax lists for 1836 & 1837.  He wasn't listed in Bedford Co TN on the 1838 list but rather in Williamson Co TN as I previously stated.

By 1844, there is no longer a listing for District 25 due to county boundary changes which seem to already be a bit "hazy" to begin with.  Years 1850-1853 do not appear with the records but they do resume in 1854.

Below is my attempt at a transcription of Williamson Co TN Dist 25 School Census

A List of the Names of the parents & No. of Chil
-dren in the 25th district Williamson County Tennessee
over 6 years old & under sixteen on 30th of June 
(Column 1)
Parent Names
Clemmon Reed--3
Joseph C Little--2
C.M. Brooks--3
Thomas S. Taylor--2
Wm S Taylor--3
Robert Taylor--2
Thomas Taylor--1
James D Gallaspie--3
Jacob Blessing--3
Nathan Jackson--3
David Ray--2
Wm Lamb--4
Mary F Hendrix--5
Delilah Landrum--1
Abigail Prince--1
E G Portis--2
Thomas Jackson--3
John Jones--1
David Young--3
Edmund Wood--4
E.W. Hendrix--1
William Fears--4
Archie Johnson--4
Baram Lamb--4
William Hill--1
Felix G. Crick--1
Obedience Hill--1
Charles Pope--4
Thomas Lamb--5
William C Cook--1
John L. Little--4
Wm D Tharp--4
(Strikethru of James Jones--1)
Jacob Crick--4
Vincent Taylor--4
Wm W McDonald--2
Hiram Putman--3
Noah Putman--2
Quincy Pope--1
Wm Reed--3
John C Wilks--1
Longshire Lamb--2
James Byler--(number marked over)
Josep Wells--6
Gideon Cole--1
(Column 2)
Thomas Cole--3
George Wright--1
Williams Jackson--3
John Sharber--4
Job Cooper--4
James Vanatta--4
David Lamb--2
A C Potts--2
Jonathan Lamb--2
John Landrum--1
Martha Webb--4
William Parsley--1
Francis Jackson Jun--4
John Prior--1
Wm Trail--2
Jehu Sharber--4
Harper Lamb--3
John Crick Jun--4
Ann E Brunston--2
Edmund Crick--4
Good Davis--1
Wm Hartgroove--4
Francis Jackson se?--1
F. L. Covington--2
Thomas L Taylor--1
James C. Taylor--1

given under our hand and seals this the 1st day of July 1841
Thomas Taylor (seal)
Thomas Cole (seal)
Francis Jackson Jr. (seal)

Direct Links to Williamson Co TN Dist 25 on this roll
1839  (nothing located for Dist 25)

Williamson County (Tennessee). County Court Clerk. (1998). School Census 1838-1939. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. imaged at FarmilySearch

Monday, February 22, 2021

MyHeritage offers Free Access to DNA tools with DNA Upload Feb 21-28

I received this message from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage yesterday and wanted to pass it on to anyone who has taken an autosomal DNA test at AncestryDNA, 23&me or FTDNA.

His message reads....

"For a limited time only, between February 21–28, 2021, we are waiving the unlock fee.You can now upload your DNA data to MyHeritage and get access to your Ethnicity Estimate, Genetic Groups, and other advanced DNA tools such as the Chromosome Browser, AutoClusters, and Theory of Family Relativity™ — absolutely free! These features will remain free forever for the DNA kits you upload to MyHeritage during this week."

Check out MyHeritage's Blog for more info on this.

My Potential Playlist for RootsTech Connect 2021

RootsTech 2021 runs February 25th–27th this year and since they have released the listing of sessions I've finally found time to make a must view list.  I'm so thankful it is free this year.  I consider myself an Advanced Genealogist having researched for 30+ years. I strive to produce professional level research but I have no desire to become  an Accredited or  a Certified Genealogist.  Your list may vary depending on your interest & experience level.  The entire list can be downloaded at the web page along with additional information about the event.

  1. Airtable: Organizing Your Research with a Relational Database Cheri Daniels
  2. An Introduction to FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries Samantha Sulser
  3. Analyzing Probate Records: Finding Our Ancestor’s Stories Cheri Hudson Passey
  4. AncestryDNA® 102: AncestryDNA® Matches for Family History Discoveries Kelly Becker
  5. AncestryDNA® 103: ThruLines™ and Custom Groups Randon Morford
  6. Beyond the FAN Approach: Inclusive Research Strategies Cheri Daniels
  7. Connect to Living Relatives with Ancestry Trees
  8. Crowdsourcing Your Brick Walls Drew Smith
  9. DNA Triangulation: What, Why, and How Roberta J. Estes
  10. Discovering Slave Owners in the Family Tree—From Reaction to Action Cheri Hudson Passey
  11. Discovering the Records of the Enslaved Cheri Hudson Passey; Sharon Batiste Gillins
  12. Droplets of Time: Using Timelines to Enhance Your Research Skills Shelley Viola Murphy
  13. Finding Ancestors through DNA Camille Andrus, AG; Lauren Vasylyev
  14. Finding Ancestral Homelands through DNA RHETT DABLING
  15. Finding Ancestral Homelands Using Your Surname Gregg Richardson; Anna Auger; Charlotte Noelle Champenois; Kelsey Richardson
  16. Finding the Elusive Maiden Name Ann G. Lawthers
  17. Genetic Genealogy Meets CSI Debbie Kennett
  18. How to Map Creeks, Roads, and More with Custom Google MyMaps Nicole Dyer
  19. Introduction to Ancestor DNA Reconstruction: Why, How, and Tools Amy Williams
  20. Managing Scanned and Digital Photos Jenny Joyce
  21. Map Connections Brittany Beattie
  22. Peeling Back the Layers: Citing Sources from Online Materials Diana Elder
  23. Report Writing for Clients Kari Meyer
  24. Ruling Out Instead of Ruling In: DNA & the GPS in Action Karen Stanbary, CG
  25. Secrets and Surprises: Uncovering Family History Mysteries through DNA Debbie Kennett
  26. Source Citations Are Easy Shannon Combs-Bennett
  27. Successful Remote Research Strategies Cheri Daniels
  28. The Case for DNA: A Three-Part Series Renate Yarborough Sanders
  29. The Genealogy Research Process: The WANDER Method Amy Johnson Crow
  30. The SCREEN Method—a DNA Match Note System That Really Helps! Alison Wilde
  31. The Search for Masonic Records Robert B. Hamilton
  32. Using DNA in a Client Research Project to Solve a Family Mystery Diana Elder
  33. Using DNA to Find Unknown Relatives Beth Taylor
  34. What Genealogists Should Know about the Laws of Slavery Amy Tanner Thiriot
  35. When Your Tree Is a Banyan: Untangling Endogamy Leah Larkin
  36. Where’s the Proof? Organizing and Writing Genealogical Findings Lisa Stokes
  37. African American Genealogical Research: Tracing Zachariah Embry, a Georgia Slave Jeanette K.B. Daniels 
  38. African American Genealogy—Getting Past the 1870 Brick Wall Janice Gilyard 
  39. African American Genealogy Challenges: What You Need to Know Shelley Viola Murphy
  40. Examining Runaway Slave Ads Bernice Alexander Bennett 
  41. Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Life of Rev. W.J. Hightower James R. Morgan III
  42. Go West! American Migration 1783 to 1900 Ann G. Lawthers 
  43. Healing from the Legacy of Slavery Sharon Leslie Morgan 
  44. Helping African Americans Trace to Slaveholding Ancestors Using DNA Andre Kearns 
  45. Hidden Genealogical Gems: Cultural Resources and Land Records of USDOI Daniel Fleming 
  46. Introduction to U.S. Land Records Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew 
  47. Military Service Records: Official Military Personnel Files Michael L. Strauss, AG 
  48. No Vital Records? No Problem! Document Vital Events David Joshua Taylor 
  49. Once Enslaved, Once Slaveholder—Forging a Forever Family Bond Rhonda Roederer; Beverly Bevel 
  50. Research in the Southern States Nicole Dyer 
  51. Research Strategies for Early Colonial Ancestors Shannon Combs-Bennett 
  52. Research Strategies in the Southern United States Julie Merrill 
  53. Researching the Enslaved in the U.S. Just Got Easier Nicka Sewell-Smith
  54. Researching the Freedmen’s Bureau Nicka Sewell-Smith 
  55. The Big Five: Researching the Five Largest Tribes Judy Muhn 
  56. Unlocking the Shoebox: Digitizing, Organizing, and Identifying Family Photos Maureen Taylor; Christopher Desmond; Nancy Desmond 
  57. USCT Pension Files: A Rich Resource for African American Genealogy Bernice Alexander Bennett; Toni Carrier 
  58. Using DNA to Find Ancestors Lost in Slavery Sherman McRae 
  59. Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events Thomas Wright Jones 
  60. Welcome to the New Tennessee State Library and Archives Chuck Sherrill
  61. What Does That Really Say? Records Analysis: State-Land State Deed Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL 
I'm not sure when they will be letting us build our playlist on the site.  I'd like to have it done a few days before so I can begin sessions as soon as they open them.  There really is something for everyone at every level.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

From Confederate Pension Apps. of J G Cook & W H Osteen

From the Confederate Pension application of J G Cook(Jefferson Gideon Cook)
8th Confederate Regiment Company A
Commanders: Colonel Prather & Captain Wright

Statement from W H Osteen who tells how they got out of the Confederate Army.

I was in the army with Cook and know that he was an upright good soldier and an honorable man. The regiment to which we belonged was sent out to get cattle to feed the soldiers, and we were cut off from the rest of the army and surrounded by ten thousand Yankees. We started at dark going south, road all night and then found that we were right on ten thousand Yankee soldiers. We then had to turn back and the next evening about sundown got back into the place we started from the night before.

The colonel then told the captains to form the man in a circle and he made us a nice talk and told us that we had no ammunition there was nothing to do but try to get back home safely if we could. He told each of the captains to take their men as near home as they could and turn them loose to do the best they could. This was in January of 1865 this is how we got out of the army.

W H Osteen

Statement taken Dec 1927 at Unionville, TN Notarized by W.O. Stem

I'd wondered where J. G. Cook and W. H Osteen were at when this occurred. With that question I went looking for a pension application for W.H. Osteen. Not every Confederate soldier applied for a pension but I did manage to find his application. He was not in the 8th Regiment with J. G. Cook but was in the 21st(Carter's) Calvary and apparently their two regiments along with others were together when the Colonel cut them loose. Where were they at? Pulaski.

But which one? So I am reading further thru the application and I find a statement by W.G. Hight. This would be William Garrett Hight son of William Green Hight.

W.G. Hight's sworn statement

"On Hood's Advance into Tennessee W.H. Osteen was sworn to the the(sic) Confederate Army at Florence, Ala & he was with at Battle of Lawrenceburg, Berlin, Franklin & skirmished around Murfreesboro for about 1 week. Our command was ordered to Shelbyville, Tenn. and I was captured in Shelbyville and not said W H Osteen any more during the war." W G Hight(notarized statement given 7 March 1926) A letter written to the pension board by W H Osteen is also in the file and the handwritten letter does say they were in Pulaski, Tennessee. My question is answered but I want to finish reading thru this file. Next is a notarized statement by J.G. Cook in which it says that he first met W H Osteen in December 1864 at Shelbyville and tells of how they were disbanded. Also mentions Col Bob Withers whose name was marked thru on J. G. Cook's application and replaced with Col Prather.

W H. Osteen is buried in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Bedford Co TN along with a good number of his ancestors who had lived and died in the Bedford Co TN area.


"Tennessee, Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 31 October 2018), Filed by Soldier (W H Osteen--S16031) > no 15905-16060 > images 1578-1593 of 2047; State Library and Archives, Nashville.

"Tennessee, Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 31 October 2018), Filed by Soldier(J G Cook--S16314 > no 16264-16474 > image 524-539 of 2139; State Library and Archives, Nashville.

Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 21 February 2021), memorial page for William Henry Harrison Osteen (29 Oct 1847–31 Aug 1934), Find a Grave Memorial no. 29558168, citing Cedar Grove Cemetery, Bedford County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Patsy Paterson (contributor 46596020).

Friday, February 19, 2021

Jacob Crick entry--Williamson Co TN Road Book Vol. 2


Ordered that Jacob Crick oversee the clearing out and keeping in repair the road of the second class of which Noah Putman was late overseer beginning at the county line north east of Maj Abraham Byers and crossing the ridge where the old road crosses on until in sight of John Woods thence to the left of his plantation so as to strike the Columbia road north of David Lambs, thence with said road to the town of Versailles, thence north with the main street through said town thence a straight course to the forks of the roads between Thomas Lamb and Thomas Hendrix Senior, thence with the present road through Merriman Landrum's land thence with the general direction of said road to the county line near the Methodist meeting house and that the hands within the bounds of Captain John Webb's Militia Company so as not to interfere with the hands working on the roads Franklin or Columbia road work thence under his direction

Notes:  from surrounding entries the date appears to be Fall of 1834.


Williamson Co TN Road Book Vol 2 pg 192 Jacob Crick; imaged by Tennessee State library and Archives (Nashville, TN) 1966, image online by at (accessed 19 Feb 2021)

Wm C Cook entry -- Williamson Co TN Road Book Vol.2

Williamson Co TN Vol 2 Road Book--Index


Ordered that William C Cook oversee that part of the fishing ford road of which Jacob Crick was late overseer and that all the hands on the south side of the road  leading leading(sic) from Murfreesborough to Columbia and all the hands that worked under said Crick work therein under his direction and that they work said road from the Bedford County line to the Rutherford County line.

Notes:  There is no date given in the entry however looking at the surrounding entries it appears to be Fall of 1838.  Where is Volume 1 of the Road Books?  Does it no longer exist?  I looked for it on the digitized microfilmed images but looks like this roll of microfilm was of Volumes 2, 3, and 4 of the Williamson Co TN Road Books. Will see if I can locate the Jacob Crick entry and update if I do find it.


Williamson Co TN Road Book Vol 2 pg 238 William C Cook; imaged by Tennessee State library and Archives (Nashville, TN) 1966, image online by at (accessed 19 Feb 2021)

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Dear Mother and all our brood

Today, while searching thru a compact disc holder I found a letter that I'd put away for safe keeping. I'd forgotten about it obviously as seems to be the case for most things I put away for safe keeping. I initially thought it was a letter written by one of Dad's older sisters because the writing looked similar to theirs. It was actually a letter from my paternal Grandfather. I did discover a few things and without doing a full transcription of the letter I'm listing them below  

  • He'd put the date at the top--11/9/66 and started off the letter--- Dear Mother and all our brood.
  • Not only was it Nov 9, 1966 but it was 11:25 a.m. when he began writing the letter and he'd just finished eating breakfast.  
  • It had been raining some the last few days.
  • He'd been to the store where he purchased 2 1bs of beans, some canned biscuits and one other item which I believe was eggs(writing was really faint)
  • Apparently my grandmother had given him a sample that she got of 44 cough and cold meds. I'm guess it is the Vicks 44 cough and cold lozenges because he describes putting one in his mouth and letting it melt which opened up his nose and helped him get the best rest that night.
  • He was sending Bill(my Dad) a note.--I don't know what happened to the note or its contents but looks like it may have been something about him needing help with his TV or radio because he says: "I wish he could just put a tube in the radio because it takes so much electric to run the TV.
  • He says he likes to hear the news on the radio and mentions that he and Magnus(his oldest daughter) used to listen to Herb Shriner("He sure is a funny man")
  • The notepad paper on which this letter was written is 5 1/2 inches by 9 inches and he had written on both front and back(and numbered the pages)
  • I also noticed that when he mentioned amounts he would include both the word and the numeral (example:  six 6)
This note along with another he wrote to Pearl in June of 1966 in included in the family archive binder which I started of Pearl's papers I inherited.  I have a catalog listing of the papers which are included in the binder.  A previous post about the binder can be found at Just a Small Portion of my Family's Paper Trail.

Monday, February 08, 2021

Sparta TN Post Office-- 30th June 1824

Remaining in the Post Office at Sparta, Tenn on the 30th of June, 1824, which if not taken out, before the first day of October next, will be sent to the General Post Office, as dead letters.

Hosea Arnold, George Anderson Esq., Robert Anderson.

Nathaniel Bramblett, Ephrim Berry, John Bussel, Lunsford Bagwell, Isham Bradley. Joshua Brown, Jesse Brewer, Wm J Bennet, Washington Burgess.

Robert Campbell, Lawson Cawthron, Mrs. Polly C Cook, Joseph Clark, Jesse Carter, Clerk of the Supreme court of Errors and Appeals, Joseph Crowover.

George Defreese, Amon L Davis, James Davis, Jesse Dotson, Patrick H. Darby.

John W Gleason, Robert Glenn, John W Gaugh, George W Gibbs, Uriah Gibbs, Mr. Garner, Wm Green, Hugh Gracey.

Benjamin Hunter(2), N. Haggard, Harrison Holland, Andrew Hynes, James T Holeman, Peter Howent, John Hoozly, Jacob Hyder, James W Hart,  James C Hays, John Heath, Mathias Hutson.

Mrs Sally Isham.

Graham Jackson.

Mr Lyons, J Lincoln, Wayman Leftwich(2), Henry Lyda(2), Thomas Lemons, Rhoda Ledbetter, Jacob Lane or A Dibrel, John Loller, James Lowey.

John Medley, John McElhany, Joseph Milrany, col. Wm Mitchell, Qeven McFarland, Wm May, Iredele Marsh, Geo W Miller, John McNabb, William Mackey, Alex'r McEwen(2) Jas. Moore, Thomas W marsh(2).

Willie Norman, Richard Nelson(4),

John Patton, Mrs Elizabeth Peek, James Presser.

Alex'r Reed, John Rutledge, Humphrey Roberts, James Randals, Mrs Jane Reed, Randale Ramsy, Thomas Reeder(2), Jacob Robinson, Thomas Riddles, capt Charles Reeves.

Thomas Shirley, Wm Sarrells, Berry Stewart, John Sowell, Samuel Spollox, James Smith, Wm Simpson, Wm Stamps, Charles Smith, Hicks Shropshire, Mrs Margaret Shirly, Eli Sims & Neighbors, Mrs Elizabeth Smith, Junior Sanders, John Scoggin Sen.

Benjamin Thomas, Abraham Taylor(2) Geo Thomas, Robert Templeton.

John Weaver, Thomas Walling, Geo Welch, Thos Williams, Rosanah Wilson, Abner Wood, Samuel Wilson(2), Henry Williams, Elisha Webb, Tom Waltons,  

124 Letters

Wm H Smith Post Master

June 7th.


The Sparta Review (Sparta, Tennessee) 14 Jul 1824, Wed  Page 3 Col 4 & 5. Imaged at

Additional Notes:  Two corrections were made to group the names in the appropriate group and one where the list name and surname was obviously transposed.  As always consult original.  Numbers were listed after the names when there was more than one letter being held at the P.O.

Friday, February 05, 2021

Bedford Co TN Deed--Holt to Jakes(1913)

Transcription of Land Sale /Deed Record. from Holt to Jakes. 
Filed Date & Time"  Dec 1st, 1913 at 1:20 o'clock P.M.

For the consideration of the sum of $750 to us paid and to be paid by Annie Jakes and James Jakes, we have this day bargained and sold, and do by these presents sell, transfer, and convey unto Annie Jakes, her heirs and assigns forever all the right, title, claim and interest which we have in and to the following described tract of land lying and being in the 6th Civil District of Bedford County state of Tennessee and bounded on the North by the lands of E T Mallard and B. K. Arnold and on the east by the lands of_____  Easton(note:  the blank is in the record); on the south by the land of I. N. Stafford, and on the west by the land of S.M. Hill containing 70 Acres be the same more or less being the same land purchased by us from JW Wilkerson by deed dated November 5th 1910 and registered in the register's office for Bedford County Tennessee in deed book 17 Page 442 & 443 to which deed reference is here made for full particulars as to the metes and bounds $350 cash paid,  the receipt of which we hereby acknowledge and the reminder in two equal payments of $200 each evidence by notes bearing a lien and the legal rate of interest due and payable in one and two years respectively from October 1st 1913 and to secure their payment and all accrued interest a lien is herein retained on the land hearin conveyed. The interest on said notes to be paid annually.  To have and to hold the same to her the said Annie Jakes her heirs and assigns forever.  And we do covenant  with the said Annie Jakes, that we are lawfully seized and possessed  of said land, have a good right to convey it, and the same is unencumbered. 
We further covenant  and bind ourselves,  our heirs and assigns against the lawful claims  of all persons whomsoever. 
It is agreed, and a part of the consideration entering into this sale, that if suit is brought for collection of the deferred payments  set out, or to enforce the vendor's 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 September 23, 1913.  
R.M. Holt
Irene Holt

State of Oklahoma
Oklahoma County
Personally appeared before me Henry O Sitler's a notary public in and for said county and state the within named R M Holt and wife Irene Holt the bargainers with whom I am personally acquainted,  and who acknowledge that they executed the within deed instrument for the purposes therein contained. And Irene Holt wife of the said R M Holt having personally appeared before me privately and apart from her husband the said Irene Holt acknowledged the execution of the said deed to have been done by her freely voluntarily and understandingly without compulsion or constraint from said husband and for the purposes therein expressed. 
Witness my hand and official seal at Oklahoma City Oklahoma the 7th day of October 1913.

(Seal)  Henry O. Setler  Notary Public

Filed for record December 1st, 1913 at 1:20 o'clock P.M.

The ______Easton is actually Eaton and most likely Abe Eaton who within the next year or so buys the property from Annie and James Jakes.(see earlier post)

Bedford Co TN Deed Book 20 pg 578 & 579
Imaged at Film # 008567915  Image 661 of 702

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

A few pre-1820s Deeds--Hights in Franklin Co NC

I've previously blogged about the Hight family specifically John Hight of Franklin Co NC. You can see those posts at the following links.

Will of John Hight--Franklin(1796)Co NC(1795) Purchasers from the Estate Sale of John Hight--Franklin Co NC(1796)

Looking at the elements of the deeds along with the two previous blog post about John Hight you can see surnames repeating.

Hights in the index of Deeds of Franklin Co NC in the earlier years(not all inclusive)

Franklin Co NC--John Hight Sr.  to Francis Taylor Franklin Co. NC Deed Book 8  pg 23  (1796)

Amount of Land: 100 acres

Purchase Price:  60 pounds current money of Virginia

Bargain made:  14 Oct 1795

Recorded:  Sept Court 1796

Witnesses: Harbird Hight & Daniel Edwards

Direct Link

Franklin Co NC-- Francis A.Hight to Goodman Smith Franklin Co NC Deed Book 17 pg 201

Amount of Land: 92 acres

Purchase Price:  56 pounds

Bargain made:  11 March 1808

Recorded:  March sessions 1817

Witnesses:  Harbird Hight and Cliff Finch

Others mentioned in Land Description:  Gracy T Hight,  Reuban Huff, and _______ Power

The signature at the end of the deed reads Francis Ann Hight

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Franklin Co NC--Harbird Hight to John Fuller Franklin Co NC Deed Book 15 pg 113 (1810)

Amount of Land: 2 acres

Purchase Price:  3 pounds

Bargain made:  17 Dec 1808

Recorded:  June Session 1810

Witnesses: Cliff Finch and James H Hight

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Franklin Co NC-- James H.Hight to Goodman Smith Franklin Co NC Deed Book 17 pg 191

Amount of Land:  92 acres

Purchase Price:  $207

Bargain made:  28 Oct 1812

Recorded:  March Session 1817

Witnesses: John Y Jones, John Young

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