Wednesday, June 08, 2022

James Jakes Death Notice(1941)

 

I'd written a blog post about finding my great grandfather's death notice in the Tennessean back in 2017(see post) Today I found a death notice in the Shelbyville paper.  The Tennessean had gotten several of the daughters names wrong.  Cora Gibson was printed as Mrs. Coy Gibson and Lula Gibson was shown as Mrs. Luke Gibson.  They also spelled my grandmother's married name as Cook instead of Cooke.  The Shelbyville paper got the names correct except for my Grandmother's married name.  They put Gibson instead of Cooke.  I think it's worth noting that this happens more than we realize.  I've even seen people who have been dead for almost 20 years listed as survivors in their sibling's death notice.  I've made a note on the image of the death notice below.  You should be able to identify these errors as you are researching because you will have multiple sources and you will need to evaluate the sources and the information contained in them.


Source:  "James Jakes, 84, Retired Farmer Dies in Nashville" The Bedford Co Times, 19 Aug 1941, p. 1, col. 2; digital images, Familysearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QHV-B3T3-QZR9?i=706&cat=483088 : accessed 8 Jun 2022).

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Obituary of Mary Etta Putman Stanley(1870-1955)--my 2C2R


Obituary of my 2C2R, Mary Etta Putman Stanley.  She was a granddaughter of Hiram Putman & his wife Rebecca Harrison.  Hiram was the brother of my 2nd Great grandmother Elizabeth Putman Cook.

Mrs. Stanley, 85, Dies in Arkansas
Born near White Plains, Christian Co. KY in 3 March 1870
Died Piggott, Arkansas 28 March 1955
Widow of D. R. Stanley
Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Riley Putman 
Resident of St. Francis Arkansas for 40+ years
Moved to Piggott in 1939.
Active in:  1st Presbyterian Church, Piggott Woman's Civic Club, and Piggott Garden Club.

Survived by 
Daughters:
  • Miss Lucille Stanley(Piggott, Arkansas)
  • Mrs. H. A. Bailey(Little Rock, Arkansas)
Sister:
  • Della Grace(Detroit, Michigan)
3 Grandchildren
6 Great Grandchildren
A number of nieces & nephews

"Mrs. Stanley, 85, Dies in Arkansas," The Messenger(Madisonville, Kentucky), 18 Apr 1955, p. 2, col. 5; digital images, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 29 May 2022).

Additional Notes:  

Found some additional information in Ancestry's U.S. School Yearbooks 1900-1999 Collection. Looks like Lucille attended University of Wisconsin.  She appears on page 148 of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's 1921 Yearbook. I'd love to read her thesis.  


The other surviving daughter mentioned in the obituary is Mary Madeline Stanley, wife of Howard Ashley "Ted" Bailey. 

Thursday, May 26, 2022

1860 US Federal Census Entry A G Putman--Bedford Co. TN


The above image shows the 1860 US Federal Census entry for A. G. Putman.  A.G. is Anna G Putman, the widow of William Putman. We believe she is also the sister of Wm. C. Cook, who married William Putman's sister Elizabeth.   Wm C Cook and Elizabeth Putman are my paternal 2nd Great Grandparents. Information about Anna's maiden name was passed down in her family and Wm C Cook's statement in his affidavit from Williams vs. Putman  dated  5th September 1831-- "I am the brother-in-law of Mr. Putman" appears to back that up.  At the time of the statement Wm C Cook is not yet married to Elizabeth. Their marriage took place a little over 3 weeks later on the 27th of September 1831.  If the statement is true as of the date given, it would mean that Wm Putman's wife was Wm C Cook's sister.   

William & Anna had 6 children(1 son and 5 daughters). 

  • David Vance Putman--He's married to his 1st wife by this point and out of the household with children of his own living in District 12 of Rutherford Co. TN.
  • Mary Ann Putman--Married to Charles Norvell(in census entry)
  • Sarah Jane Putman--Married to Henry Warner(in census entry along with infant daughter, Sarah Levina Warner(shown as S. L. Warner age 3/12 )
  • Willie Levina Putman--not listed may have been omitted or living with family elsewhere.  I have DNA cousins thru her line so I know she didn't die young with no issue. She was not in David's household.
  • Rebecca Elizabeth Putman--listed in this 1860 entry
  • Sciota/Siota Putman--listed in this 1860 entry
Not sure why these families are grouped this way.  Seems a bit odd.  Additionally, an infant named Julia Warner is listed on line one of the next page that I've yet to place.  Was she a twin of Sarah and could the age be an error?  If so the age should be 3/12 instead of 1/12,

Challenging family to trace but that holds true of most of my Cook(e) line.  😊

Sources:  "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8T7-34L : 18 February 2021), Bedford Co. Tennessee, Western Division District 9 Middleton P.O, p. 105(handwritten), Dwelling 784-786. continuing over to line 1 of p. 106(handwritten).  *NOTE This entry seems odd in the way it's presented most notably the Dwelling and Household numbering.
Tennessee State Library & Archives. Tennessee Supreme Court Clerk’s Records 1810-1955, Record Group 191.TN State Supreme Court Case Middle District Range: 33 Section: A Shelf: 2 Box: 375 Robert Williams v. William Putman, et al. (41 pages). 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Family History Articles, Updates and Ideas


I've been using the Allen Co. Public Library's Periodical Source Index(PERSI) to find what has been published and is out there on my families of interest.  You can order copies of articles of interest thru them or if you can find it available in the FamilySearch catalog at the Family History Library you can use FamilySearch's form for a lookup request.  

I'd submitted 3 articles on some of my families 15+ years back for inclusion in a county book or in the county quarterly.  I'd forgotten about it and have never seen the book but was able to find that they were published in a 2011 county quarterly.  Of course, they all are in need of being updated now.  A year after they were published, the 1940 Census was released and I found my great grandfather alive and living with my paternal grandparents.  He was apparently actually missed in the 1930 census or not enumerated in a way in which I've been able to identify him. In fact I still haven't found him in 1930 which is why it seemed likely that he was the James Jakes who died in 1922.  Add to that the fact that the Jakes are just bad about updating graves with the death dates and you can see how that might happen.  I have an upcoming article in a state quarterly that should provide an extensive update for his family. I do need to publish updates on the Morrow 2nd Great Grandparents and the Jakes 2nd Great Grandparents.  It can make you cringe when you look back on older research but it provides us with opportunity to learn.  Conclusions may not always hold water when new evidence is found and that's ok. 

With the release of the 1950 census this year I'm wondering what surprises others are finding.  I've located all of my immediate family and I'm now working on my more distant cousins.  No surprises so far for me.  Have you had any unexpected surprises from the 1950 census?

Even if you don't fancy yourself a writer it is good to get your thoughts "on paper."  Before family reunions I used to type up a progress report on the family history.  For example if I was attending the Luna reunion I'd write about the Luna, Pittman, Acuff, and Hale lines and put that in a 3 ring binder so that attendees could read.  Many times it would bring up some really good discussions or information from the older generations and on occasion,  exchanging of old family pictures.

My favorite way to keep my thoughts and notes together lately is to dedicate a Composition Book to a particular research topic.  I know these days people like the majority of their files to be digital but I seem to do better when I have a physical piece of paper or notebook.  

Monday, May 16, 2022

Williamson Co. TN--Dist 25(1836-1840)--R-S

Over the past few years I've been studying Williamson Co TN Dist. 25 in hopes that knowing how the families were interconnected will help me to find a lead and break thru my Cook brickwall.  I've been using a spreadsheet to pull together my notes and information on this community so that I had somewhere to quickly look for notes on the families if they showed up in any other parts of my research. I'm publishing this to my blog in the hopes of finding other researchers interested in the area and time period that the information here might help.  This portion contains families who were living in or taxed in District 25 of Williamson Co TN during the years 1836-1840 whose surnames begin with R-S.  When possible I've noted connections in neighboring districts.  Simply put, there is a lot of overlap of families between Williamson Co TN Dist 25,  the Versailles and Eagleville area of Rutherford Co TN and Bedford Co TN Dist. 10(Rover). 


A-C           D-H            J-L          M-P           R-S           T-Z


Ransom Elizabeth (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837 and 1838) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.Ransom John (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Ransom Heirs (Admin Ben C Ransom)(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Ransom William K (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837 and 1838) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Ray David Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Ray E Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Ray Hiram (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Ray Thomas (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1837 and 1839) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Ray William (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836 and 1837) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Reed Clemon/Clemmon (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, and 1839) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Reed Kinchen Heirs(Admin E G Portis)(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Reed Josiah (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838 and 1839) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Reed William (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838 and 1839) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840. May be the William R.  Reed who is on tax list of Rutherford Co TN Dist. 10 in 1837.

Reeves James (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840

Richardson James (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Richardson Willis (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Robison/Roberdson Samuel B (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Roland John Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Seay Eli A (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836)  Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Seay Jane (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837 and 1838)  Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Seay John (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1839)  Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Sharber John--There are 3 John/Jehu Sharbers enumerated in 1840  The tax list has them as follows
John Jr (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) 
John E (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839)Probably John Ellis Sharber who married Parthenia Jones 
John Sr (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Sharbers were from Pasquotank Co. , NC and married into Hendrix & Taylor Families.Pasquotank, North Carolina,

Sherwood Daniel Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.  Listed on Bedford Co TN Dist. 10 Tax List: 1837, 1838, and 1839.
Sherwood William Heirs(Agent G S Nolin) (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836 and 1837) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Simmons Mrs. Martha Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Smithson Malachi  (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1837)  Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Smotherman John G (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838 and 1839)  Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Snell H.B.(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840. Listed on Rutherford Co TN Dist. 10 Tax List: 1837) 
Snell J.O.(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840 Listed on Rutherford Co TN Dist. 10 Tax List: 1837) 

Spence Joseph Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

 Sources: 

  • Tennessee, US, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895 https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2883/
  • Williamson County(Tennessee) Tax Records 1800-1963) Tax records 1831-1845 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-V2HL?mode=g&cat=234786
  • Tennessee State Library and Archives. Ancestry.com. North Carolina and Tennessee, U.S., Early Land Records, 1753-1931 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
  • Nance, R. Fred, and John W. Nance. 1983. The history of Versailles, tenth district, and its people. Murfreesboro, Tenn. (P.O. Box 906, Murfreesboro 37130): Rutherford County Historical Society.
  • "United States Census, 1840." Database with images. FamilySearch.
Bedford Co TN.  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YTB-921F?wc=31SJ-161%3A1588669927%2C1588669780%2C1588665902&cc=1786457
Rutherford Co TN  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYB9-98FZ?wc=31SK-FMD%3A1588669927%2C1588669425%2C1588665902&cc=1786457
Williamson Co TN  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YB7-4DT?wc=31S2-443%3A1588669927%2C1588667580%2C1588665902&cc=1786457
  • Rover Historical Society. History of Rover and the 10th district of Bedford County: lest we forget the people and things in our corner of the world. Vol. I(1986), Vol. II(1999). Paducah, Ky: Turner Pub. Co.

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Finding work and more in the cotton mills


My Acuff and Luna family were like many others who left the Upper Cumberland Plateau counties to find work after WWI.  My folks ended up in Madison Co Alabama working for the Dallas Mill(Dallas Manufacturing Company.) The Dallas Mill was located north of Huntsville.  If you read thru the census records for the Dallas community in the 1920s and 1930s you can see what a big part it played in the community and the different jobs that those employed there held.  An article from the Huntsville Times in August of 1923 estimated that there were about 800 employed at the Dallas Mill.  I'd imagine it was similar to the company towns but perhaps on a lesser scale.  

If you have ever worked for a larger company you also know that they have their own social network.  Not in the way we think of social networks today.  Likes, Dislikes, Friends list and blocking someone were done in different ways than they are on today's social platforms. My grandmother's 1st cousin, Josephine Acuff Woodlee and I used to exchange letters and she had told me about some of her memories as a child.  She would hear the grownups in the kitchen discussing the "happenings" of the day.  If you are using DNA in your research(and you should be) keep in mind a person's place of employment may play a role in how two "parties" met. My mother DNA tested in hopes of finding descendants of an older rumored paternal half-sibling conceived during this time period(no suprises so far.)  I'm sure that this is just one of many DNA discoveries that could potentially be made among the families of the mill workers.  Some of the family remained in the Huntsville area and others moved back to the farm in Van Buren Co. around the time of the depression.

Sources:

"Huntsville's Large Industrial Plants That Employ Thousands," The Huntsville Times(Huntsville, Alabama), 05 Aug 1923, p. 11, col. 1-3; digital images, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 3 May 2022).

Woodlee, Sarah Josephine Acuff.  Letter to Marie Cooke Beckman(Granddaughter of 1st Cousin) postmarked 3 September 2002, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Personal Correspondence Collection of Marie Cooke Beckman. Letters from Sarah Josephine Woodlee spanning the years 2001-2004. In my possession. 

Monday, April 25, 2022

Scanning Negatives


Over the past few weeks, I've been scanning old negatives that my mother and aunt have come across while they were packing things for a move. A good number of them were negatives of pictures that I'd never seen before. The above picture is of my Dad while he was in the army during the Korean War.  The process I used for this was fairly simple for the larger black and white negatives.  

  • I scanned the negative just like I would a regular photo using my flatbed scanner.  
  • I opened the file up in IrfanView(a free image software)
  • The selected from the IrfanView menu  Image > Negative(invert image) and this changed the negative to a picture image.
  • Use image editing software to clean up the image.

Some of the color negatives(126 Kodak Film) were easier to convert to digital picture using a GMYLE smart digital image copier that I'd purchased about 10 years go(It connects via USB and is about 4" x 4"  and came with two trays--one to load film and another for slides.  The scanner came with ArcSoft Software  to retrieve the scans.  When using it I just scanned and then used an image editing software on it.

You could probably come up with your own combination of how to do this using what you have available.  You'd need a way to backlight the negative and scan it and then a way to convert it from negative to positive.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

18 of my favorite books in my personal library

I can hardly believe that I've been blogging about my genealogy for 18 years.  When I consider that I've been researching for about 32 years, it doesn't seem like that far of a stretch.  In keeping with the purpose of my blog, I am celebrating the 18th blogiversary with a favorites listing(in no particular order).  I've compiled a list of 18 of my favorite genealogy/history books in my personal library.  I have an account at LibraryThing.com for cataloging purposes.  This really helps me out so that I don't buy more than one copy of a book(Yes, I've done that before.) You'll see that some of the books are Volume 1 of a set. That's my way of "squeezing in" the entire set as one book.  I also use WorldCat.org to find books which aren't in my personal library ...yet.



  1. The Evolution of the Southern Backcountry: A Case Study of Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1746-1832. Richard R. Beeman. 1984.
  2. The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations. Ira Berlin. 2010
  3. Communities of Kinship: Antebellum Families and the Settlement of the Cotton Frontier. Carolyn Earle Billingsley. 2004.
  4. DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer: Tennessee. Delorme. 2017.
  5. Ancestry's Red Book : American state, county & town sources. Alice Eichholz. 1992.
  6. Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America. David Hackett Fischer. 1992.
  7. Tennesseans before 1800. Davidson County. Marjorie Hood Fischer. 1997.
  8. History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, and Marshall Counties, Tennessee. Goodspeed Publishing Company. 1988(reprint).
  9. Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk. Amy S. Greenberg. 2019.
  10. Land and Property Research. E. Wade Hone. 2008.
  11. The Kentucky Encyclopedia. John E. Kleber. 1992.
  12. Bedford County Tennessee Land Deed Genealogy, 1807-1852 (Vol. #1). Helen Marsh. 2003.
  13. Davidson County Tennessee Wills & Inventories: 1783-1816 (Vol. #1). Helen C. Marsh. 1989.
  14. Chancery Court of Records of Bedford County, Tennessee. Timothy R. Marsh. 1988.
  15. The North Carolina gazetteer : a dictionary of Tar Heel places and their history. William S. Powell. 2010.
  16. History of Rover and the 10th District of Bedford County Tennessee. Rover Historical Society. 1986(update printed in 1999).
  17. Tennessee Convicts: Early Records of the State Penitentiary 1831-1850. Volume 1. Charles A. Sherrill. 2015.
  18. Traveling the Trace: A Complete Tour Guide to the Historic Natchez Trace from Nashville to Natchez. Cathy Summerlin. 1995.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Where are Wm Green Cook & wife Jane at the time of the 1920 US Federal Census?


Many people are in search of their ancestors in the newly released 1950 US Federal Census. I've been fortunate to find the vast majority of my close relatives in it and will wait until there is an index to search for those more distant relatives. It seems like a good time to take inventory of my direct ancestors and their census records. There are several paternal and a few maternal  ancestors that I have been unable to find in the US Federal Censuses that were recorded between 1850 and 1940.  One of my most recent MIA census records is the entry for my paternal great grandparents, William Green Cook and Jane B King Cook.  My study of the tax records of Wm Green Cook for the years 1912-1944 leads me to believe that they should be in Civil District 10 of  Rutherford Co TN . I've included the study below along with the snippet of the census page where they should have been enumerated.  Jane died a year after the census from pulmonary tuberculosis but appeared to have been sick with it since the fall of 1920 according to the information given on her death certificate.  At least that was the time she was treated by the physician who signed off on her death certificate.


Close-up of the portion of the Tax Study that covers the years
surrounding the 1920 Census




Above screenshot of 1920 US Federal Census--Rutherford Co TN--District 10 ED 123 Sheet 9A(image 17 of 20 at FamilySearch.org

Displacement of some sort was going on at the time of the census which may or may not have had to do with the TB and flu outbreaks happening in the area during that timeframe.  In the document granting the adoption, it mentions that Eliza is living in Chapel Hill with her Father & Mother but that her parents home is in Rutherford Co TN.  This letter is dated Dec 31, 1918 so that would have been a year and a day before the 1920 Census date of January 1st.  Were the missing people all together or at an infirmary or TB sanatorium?  Was the census taker aware that they were sick and skipped their home?  The daughters could be there taking care of their Mom.  A number of people from this family worked at the pencil mill but those folks were living in Marshall Co TN and the missing members are not with either of these families.  In my efforts to find my great grandparents, I've discovered a lot more questions than answers.   

Further Research Opportunities

Newspapers 1918-1930s
Marshall Co TN paper (at FamilySearch.org)
Murfreesboro paper(at Newspapers.com via my subscription) 

Where are Tennessee Orphan's Home records(Columbia, TN) archived?  What additional correspondence(if any) might they have?

How were hospitals and sick houses treated for enumeration purposes during the 1920 Census?  
[These are just the ones I can think of right now I'll probably add to the list before I'm able to find the answers.]


Sources: 

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Dad's Family and some of his paternal kin in the 1950 Census


Below is my list of citations for some of my paternal relatives who were in the 1950 US Federal Census.  The citation format is based on one recommended by Elizabeth Shown Mills in her Facebook post of April 1, 2022 10:04am.  I did make some minor modifications and probably also some typos. 😊A link to the Enumeration Districts is also included after each citation.  This will be a great help to me when I read thru the districts again. I feel fortunate to have found these with no indexing other than the OCR and AI indexing that was used by Archives.gov.  Looks like I only had one household where no one was home and they had revisit.  Those revisits are listed at the end of each enumeration district and those sheet #s start with 71.  See this informative post at HistoryHub.
Dad, His parents and siblings
Papaw Cooke & Grannie Cooke & their children who were still living at home.1950 U.S. census, Davidson Co., TN, Old Hickory, Enumeration District 19-17, Sheet 10, Serial/Household #  91, lines 7-12 (Thomas D Cooke family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 19-17 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Davidson&ed=19-17&state=TN

Dad's Sister, Viola & Family
Aunt Viola White Cooke Agee, Uncle Howard and Cousin Wayne
1950 US Federal Census, Davidson Co., TN, Old Hickory, Enumeration District 19-15, Sheet 9, Serial/Household #102, Lines 27-29(J. Howard Agee Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 19-15 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Davidson&ed=19-15&state=TN

Dad's Sister, June & Family
Aunt June & Uncle Arnette & son, Michael Brannon in the 1950 Census
1950 US Federal Census, Rutherford Co., TN, 10th Civil District, Enumeration District 75-19, Sheet 14, Serial/Household #126, Lines 7-11(John A Brannon Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 75-19 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Rutherford&ed=75-19&state=TN

Census Entries from my Paternal Grandfather's side of the family

Dad's Paternal Uncle John Lemuel Cook & his wife Aunt Malissa Ghee Cook 
1950 US Federal Census Marshall Co., TN, Chapel Hill, Enumeration District 59-1, Sheet 16, Serial/Household # 156, Lines 9-10(John L Cook Family) U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 59-1 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Marshall&ed=59-1&state=TN

Dad's Paternal 1st Cousin Annie Laura Cook Hargrove
1950 US Federal Census, Marshall Co., TN, Chapel Hill, Enumeration District 59-1, Sheet 8, Serial/Household # 83, Lines 5-7(Annie L Hargrove Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 59-1 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Marshall&ed=59-1&state=TN

Dad's Paternal 1st Cousin John W. Cook & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Marshall Co., TN, Chapel Hill, Enumeration District 59-1, Sheet 6, Serial/Household #60, Lines 5-9(John W Cook Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 59-1 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Marshall&ed=59-1&state=TN

Dad's Paternal Uncle Wm Clarence Cook & wife(#3) Richie Vera Windrow Cook .
1950 US Federal Census Rutherford Co., TN Civil District 12, Enumeration District 75-23, Sheet 3, Serial/Household #24, Line 3-4(William C Cook Family) U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 75-23 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Rutherford&ed=75-23&state=TN

Dad's Paternal 1st Cousin Luther Cook & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Rutherford Co., TN, Civil District 10, Enumeration District 75-19,  Sheet 8, Serial/Household #69, Lines 11-16 (Luther Cook Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 75-19 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Rutherford&ed=75-19&state=TN

Dad's Paternal 1st Cousin Leland Cook's Family
1950 US Federal Census, Rutherford Co., TN, Civil District 10, Enumeration District 75-19, Sheet 73, Serial/Household #104, Lines 12-14 (Leland A Cook Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 75-19 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Rutherford&ed=75-19&state=TN

Dad's Paternal 1st Cousin James W Cook & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Rutherford Co., TN, Civil District 12, Enumeration District 75-23, Sheet 2, Serial/Household # 23, Lines 29-30 & sheet 3, Lines 1-2 (James W Cook Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 75-23 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Rutherford&ed=75-23&state=TN

Dad's Paternal Aunt Eliza Cook Rowland & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Rutherford Co., TN, 10th Civil District, Enumeration District 75-19, Sheet 9, Serial/Household #77, Lines 2-6 (Horace K Rowland Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 75-19 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Rutherford&ed=75-19&state=TN

Dad's Paternal 1st Cousin Sue Bell Thompson Graves
1950 US Federal Census, Davidson Co., TN, Civil District 11, Enumeration District 19-129, Sheet 34, Serial/Household #341, Lines 10-11(Wm W Graves Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Williamson Co. TN--Dist 25(1836-1840)--M-P

Over the past few years I've been studying Williamson Co TN Dist. 25 in hopes that knowing how the families were interconnected will help me to find a lead and break thru my Cook brickwall.  I've been using a spreadsheet to pull together my notes and information on this community so that I had somewhere to quickly look for notes on the families if they showed up in any other parts of my research. I'm publishing this to my blog in the hopes of finding other researchers interested in the area and time period that the information here might help.  This portion contains families who were living in or taxed in District 25 of Williamson Co TN during the years 1836-1840 whose surnames begin with M-P.  When possible I've noted connections in neighboring districts.  Simply put, there is a lot of overlap of families between Williamson Co TN Dist 25,  the Versailles and Eagleville area of Rutherford Co TN and Bedford Co TN Dist. 10(Rover). 

A-C           D-H            J-L           M-P           R-S           T-Z

(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840

Malone William(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

McBride Charles(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836 & 1837)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Maxwell Robert(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1837 & 1838)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

McCowan James (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836,)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

McCoy William (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

McDaniel William Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

McDowell John(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1839)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

McPeak Susan(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1837)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

O'Bryant Lewis (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

O'Bryant Owen (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

O'Bryant  David Sr(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Owen John Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Paine W. Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Patterson Carson (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836 & 1837)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840. Married Cassie Carlton(daughter of Thomas Carlton and Nancy Wade Carlton. Brother In Law of Wade H. Carlton who married Sarah Putman.  These families later lived in Weakly Co. TN.

Patterson D W Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Patterson Hilary (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1837, 1838, 1839) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840

Patterson Margaret (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836 & 1837)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Patterson Thomas (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836 & 1837)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Pope Charles (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840

Pope Hardy Jr(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840

Pope Hardy Sr (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838 & 1839)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840. There is a Hardy Pope on Bedford Co TN Dist. 10 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839.

Pope Quincy(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840. Also a Quincy Pope in Bedford Co TN Dist. 10 Tax List 1836

Portis Elijah G (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840

Potts Abner C. (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840

Potts Wesley (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Prince Thomas (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Prince Mrs. Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840

Pryor John H (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838)Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Putman Amos(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840. Amos is the brother of Jabel Putman who died in Williamson Co TN in 1835. Thomas Call married his daughter Hally Putman. A number of his line end up in Oregon Co MO.

Putman heirs Jabus/Jamin/Jabel (Admin Hiram Putman) (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839)

Putman Jabez Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840. Son of Amos and nephew of my direct line Jabel/Jabez Putman.

Putman Hiram(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.  Son of Jabel & Nancy and a brother of my Elizabeth Putman Cook.  He is was over this father's probate.

Putman James F(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1838, 1839) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840

Putman Nancy(Dist 25 Tax List: 1839, 1839)  This is Nancy Putman, widow of Jabel Putman.  She is not enumerated in Williamson Co TN Dist 25.  I believe she is the older female listed within the household of Wm C Cook & his wife Elizabeth Putman Cook.  They are in Dyer Co TN in 1840 with Noah Putman(Nancy's son/Elizabeth's brother) next door   

Putman Noah (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1838, 1839) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840. Son of Jabel & Nancy Putman.  Brother of my direct line Elizabeth Putman Cook.  I found him in Dyer Co TN in 1840 with brother in law Wm C Cook & family nearby

Putman William--It's difficult to sort the Wm Putman's out so I'm listing them by year
25th District Tax List 1836--there are two William L(or S) Putman entries
25th District Tax List 1837--



25th District Tax List 1838--William L(or S) Putman
25th District Tax List 1839--William L(or S) Putman
25th District 1840 Federal Census--William Putman  This entry is Wm Putman son of Jabel & Nancy.  
I believe the other William Putman was the son of Amos Putman.  Amos William went on to Weakley and Henry Co TN and others of that line to Missouri.

 Sources: 

  • Tennessee, US, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895 https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2883/
  • Williamson County(Tennessee) Tax Records 1800-1963) Tax records 1831-1845 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4V-V2HL?mode=g&cat=234786
  • Tennessee State Library and Archives. Ancestry.com. North Carolina and Tennessee, U.S., Early Land Records, 1753-1931 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
  • Nance, R. Fred, and John W. Nance. 1983. The history of Versailles, tenth district, and its people. Murfreesboro, Tenn. (P.O. Box 906, Murfreesboro 37130): Rutherford County Historical Society.
  • "United States Census, 1840." Database with images. FamilySearch.
Bedford Co TN.  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YTB-921F?wc=31SJ-161%3A1588669927%2C1588669780%2C1588665902&cc=1786457
Rutherford Co TN  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYB9-98FZ?wc=31SK-FMD%3A1588669927%2C1588669425%2C1588665902&cc=1786457
Williamson Co TN  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YB7-4DT?wc=31S2-443%3A1588669927%2C1588667580%2C1588665902&cc=1786457
  • Rover Historical Society. History of Rover and the 10th district of Bedford County: lest we forget the people and things in our corner of the world. Vol. I(1986), Vol. II(1999). Paducah, Ky: Turner Pub. Co.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Dyer Co neighbors with Rutherford Co connections(TN)

Looking at a few of the families enumerated near Wm C Cook's 1840 Dyer Co TN entry I recognize surnames that have connections to Rutherford Co TN.  In 1840, Absalom Vickery(brother in law of Wm C Cook) and his family were the neighboring county of Lauderdale.  Wade H Carlton(another brother in law of Wm C Cook) and his family were in nearby Weakley Co. TN. It should also be noted that there appears to be some of the Rutherford, Williamson Co.-District 25 & Bedford Co. TN-District 10 folks living in the area near Wade H Carlton and family.  I believe our ancestors were a lot more mobile than we give them credit for being. 


Robert Henry Dyer(the namesake for Dyer Co) was in the War of 1812, Florida War and Natchez Expedition.  He also represented Bedford and Rutherford Counties in the General Assembly.

Henry Read-- a man by the same name and age group is in 1820 Rutherford Co TN.  I do not know if it's the same one.  In Nance's The History of Versailles, tenth district, and its people something very interesting in the section on the Read family which begins on page 194.  It says that Robert Read & Elizabeth Gentry Read's 8 children were born in Dyer Co TN where they had moved sometimes after 1817.[That area would have been Carroll Co. prior to 1823 when Dyer Co was formed] Elizabeth died in 1841 and Robert married Elvira Carson and the couple had 8 children together which were all born in Rutherford Co TN. This suggest that there is a connection between Rutherford County and Dyer County Read families but doesn't mention a Henry Read.  There may be more in the Eagleville history.

Hezekiah Gibson(age 50-60 in 1840) Married in 1817 Rutherford Co TN to Mary Ridgeway  In 1830 Rutherford Co TN

R A H McCorkle  (See link to previous post)McCorkle family was in Rutherford Co TN prior to Dyer Co and prior to that in Rowan & Iredell Co NC with connections to Gillespie and Brandon family.

Noah Putman (Wm C Cook's brother in law) is enumerated immediately after Wm C. Noah married Elizabeth Carlton daughter of Thomas Carlton and  Nancy Ann Wade.  

J B Harrison(b. 1800-1810) I believe this is John B Harrison brother of Rebecca Harrison(wife of Hiram Putman--brother of Elizabeth Putman Cook and Noah Putman.  

Monday, March 07, 2022

Timeline--Tennessee Ferguson Hill

Tennie's Timeline 

She was born Tennessee Ferguson to James Ferguson and Susan Carson but was never listed as that in any of the census records when she was living at home.  She was always listed under the last name of her step dad James P Cook.  There are still many holes in her timeline but I certainly have a better picture of her life than I did the first time I located her in the 1870 census.  Regarding her first marriage--I'm not sure what happened and at first I thought it might be another Tennie Hill but the evidence that it is her was greater.  I'm still searching for documentation on how that marriage ended. 

I have a copy of the obituary of George H Solifelt.  There were two one by the town talking about his service in the Army and another very detailed one which was likely written by Tennie which gave the year that the two came to Iola KS as well as a short bio for George.  I haven't found anything to back up anything from the obituaries other than maybe the time they start appearing in Iola and that he was a veteran.   I'm sure there are more clues waiting to be discovered. For now this is what I have on Tennie. 

1862 BIRTH: Bedford Co. TN USA (Nov 25)
1863-1867 DEATH: father James C. Ferguson
1867 MARRIAGE: Mom to Stepdad James Polk Cook
1869 BIRTH: half-sister Harriet Sophie Cook(7 Feb 1869–1960) Bedford Co TN
1870 BIRTH: half-sister Minerva Mae Cook(1870–1913) Bedford Co Tn
1870 CENSUS: District 10, Bedford, Tennessee, USA
1873 BIRTH: half-brother William Clifford Cook(15 Dec 1873–1961)
1880 CENSUS: District 10, Bedford, Tennessee, USA
1880 DEATH: Step Grandmother Elizabeth Putman Cook(5 Sep)
1881 MARRIAGE: Franklin Co AR to Hugh Clawson(15 Nov)¹ 
1882 DEATH: Step Grandfather Wm C Cook (1 Jan)
1881-1886 (Presumably a divorce, annulment, or death of husband #1)
1886 MARRIAGE: Franklin Co AR to Henry F Hill(1 Sep)
1888 DEATH: Step Dad James Polk Cook
1900 CENSUS: Sebastian Co AR
1902 DEATH: Mother Susan Carson(1837–1902) Rover, Bedford Co TN
1907 DEATH: Husband Henry F Hill(1840– 12 Mar 1907)
1909 MOVES:  to Iola Kansas with "Uncle" George H. Solifelt ²
1910 CENSUS:  Not Located
1912 DIRECTORY: listing at 628 N Kentucky Iola, Kansas, USA
1913 DEATH: half-sister Minerva Mae Cook(1870–1913)
1915 RESIDENCE:  Iola, Allen, Kansas, USA (State Census household of G H Solifelt)
1916 RESIDENCE:  Iola, Allen, Kansas, USA 1618 N 1st (widow of Henry--City Directory)
1920 CENSUS: Iola Ward 1, Allen, Kansas, USA
1925 CENSUS: (State) Iola, Allen, Kansas, USA
1927 DEEDS: Iola Register Oct 1927
1930 CENSUS: Iola, Allen, Kansas, USA
1935 WROTE WILL:  (Apr 13)
1935 RESIDENCE: Iola, Allen, Kansas, USA from 1940 Census 
1940 CENSUS: Iola, Allen, Kansas, USA
1943 DIRECTORY: Iola, Allen, Kansas, USA
1945 DIRECTORY: Iola, Kansas, USA
1946 DEATH: Iola, KS, USA (11 Mar) 421 South Buckeye
1946 FUNERAL NOTICE: Iola, Kansas (Mar 12)
1946 BURIAL:  Highland Cemetery Iola, Kansas, USA(Mar 13)³
1946 WILL PROBATED:  Allen Co Kansas Probate Records, Probate file # 6782 (14 Mar)⁴ 


Wednesday, March 02, 2022

McCorkle Neighbor--Dyer Co TN 1840


Looking at the 1840 US Federal Census for Dyer Co TN and studying those who were enumerated around my 2nd Great Grandfather Wm C Cook.  Most of those that remained in Dyer Co are enumerated in 1850 Federal Census in District 9.  I looked at maps for the years before and after 1840 and I believe that they would have been in the Eastern section of District 4 which was District 9 by 1850.

The most interesting find so far is the household enumerated immediately before Wm C. Cook.  That head of household is R. A. H. McCorkle.   Robert Andrew Hope McCorkle went to Nauvoo, IL  in 1844.  He was interested in learning about the Mormon religion and had questions for Joseph Smith. He didn't get to speak to Smith but did write to him and that correspondence was saved and is interesting reading.  It's a great insight into one of Wm C Cook's neighbors.  You can find more info about this letter at the link below.  This family was also in the Rutherford Co TN area prior to coming to Dyer Co. TN.  Prior to coming to TN they were in Rowan & Iredell Co. NC area.  Also Gillespie and Brandon ancestry in the McCorkle family.

“A Question on My Mind” Robert McCorkle’s 1844 Letter to Joseph Smith


Thursday, February 24, 2022

Finding Nancy--Answers and More Questions



Yesterday I took a break from writing my article about my Jakes/Frizzell Great Grandparents and started "Framing out" Part 4 of my 6 post blog series about 1836-1840 Williamson Co TN Dist. 25 folks which include my Putmans(this portion covers surnames M-P).  As I was gathering my Putman information, I wondered why Nancy Putman(widow of Jabel Putman) is not enumerated in 1840.  She's known to be still living and was on the tax list in previous years.  Where is Nancy Putman in 1840?

My plan was to look for her in one of her children's households if I couldn't find a separate listing in another county(she was not showing up in Williamson).  I started in on that and noticed that there was a Noah Putman in Dyer Co TN.  Hmmm not where I'd expect him to be.  Let's check this out! No older female in Noah's household but the person listed right before him on the 1840 US Federal census of Dyer Co TN is Wm C Kook  👀

Could this be Wm C Cook, my 2nd Great Grandfather that I've never been able to find in the 1840 Census?  The ages for all the folks that should be in his household line up perfectly....except there are two extras--an older female who is most likely his Mother in Law, Nancy Putman and a yet unidentified female (15-20).  

While I realize that Cook is a common name, evidence seems to suggest this is most likely him.  

  • He is next door to his Brother in law, Noah Putman
  • Household composition matches
  • Familiar surnames(Call, Hendrix/Hendricks, Harrison, and others) from Williamson Co TN District 25 around him. 
  • DNA:  The descendants of Wm C Cook & Elizabeth Putman have a cluster they are in with descendants of a Lightfoot family who is in Dyer Co during the same time period.
I checked the USGW's 1840 Dyer Co TN Census Transcription (pg 104)  just to see how his entry was transcribed.  It was listed as HOOK there.

So now I have my answer to my original question: "Where is Nancy Putman in 1840?"  Nancy is most likely the older female living within the household of Wm C Cook(listed as Wm C Kook) in Dyer Co TN in 1840.  With every answer comes new questions and hopefully answers, documents, and evidence. The circle of research.

Monday, February 07, 2022

Where was Mom & her family in 1950?

I'm using maps to locate where my mother & her parents were enumerated in preparation for the release of the 1950 US Federal Population Census.  I'm fortunate that my Mom is still living and I was able to ask where her family lived in 1950. Mom said they lived "on C P Moore's place."  I found the location on Google Maps.  In another streak of luck, the road is named after C P Moore.  My next step was visiting the National Archives website and looking at the 1950 Enumeration District Map for Van Buren County, Tennessee.  

This is a rural area so even if the index doesn't catch the name, reading thru the district won't be too bad. This is especially true since I'm kin to almost all of Van Buren County residents at least once and in some cases thru multiple ancestors.  


Sources

Enumeration District Maps-Tennessee-Van Buren County. Enumeration District and Related Maps, 1880 - 1990.Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007. National Archives, College Park, Maryland; digital image, National Archives (https://catalog.archives.gov/id/44271012 : accessed 7 February 2022).

Image:  C.P. Moore Road, Rock Island, Tennessee; Map data ©2022 Google (https://www.google.com/maps/ : accessed 7 Feb 2022).

Saturday, February 05, 2022

What Date was Census Day?

Viola W Cooke Agee & her big sister Magnus Cooke Snoddy
Daughters of Thomas DeWitt Cooke Sr. & Pearl Gray Jakes Cooke

If you are the least bit interested in family history research and have family that live/lived in the USA you are probably getting prepared for the release of the 1950 US Federal Census.  I've had the locations for Mom and for Dad written down in my notes for awhile but this week I looked them up on the Enumeration District maps to make sure I had those numbers.  Sure it's going to be sort of indexed but most indexes can be problematic even in the best of times.  Add to that the fact that I love to be prepared.  

My Dad's 2nd oldest sibling was Viola White Cooke.  She was born in 1915.  While I know that Cook/Cooke regardless of spelling is a common name I would not have thought that Viola was somewhat common but apparently it was for that time period.  In fact, there was another Viola White Cook born in 1919.  They both lived in Marshall Co. TN.  They are both included in the 1920 census living in the household of their fathers.  Both fathers were named Tom and born in the 1880 time frame.

There are key differences of course--the birth year for the two Violas, The mother's names(Pearl vs. Rosa), siblings names etc.  The other Viola White Cook died Feb 21, 1920.  😥 Because the 1920 census used January 1st as the census day, she was included in the 1920 census despite having only lived for 3 months and 11 days.  As far as I know these two Cook/Cooke families were not related.  If they are connected it will be before the early 1800s.  My Cook research has been stalled at identifying the parents of my 2nd Great Grandfather for the entire 31 years I've been researching.  I am somewhat familiar with the ancestry of the other Tom Cook as he descends from Thomas Cook and Permelia Marcum.

Census Day for the US Federal Census 1790-2020

1790            1st Monday in Aug(Aug. 2nd)

1800            1st Monday in Aug(Aug. 4th)

1810            1st Monday in Aug(Aug. 6th)

1820            1st Monday in Aug(Aug. 7th)

1830-1880   June 1st

1890            June 2nd           

1900            June 1st

1910            April 15th

1920            January 1st

1930-2020    April 1st

I should note that my Aunt Viola White Cooke had also been "confused" with another Viola Cook from the Memphis TN area who was born around 1915 and had parents named Tom and Pearl.  My family name didn't have the E on the end of Cooke in any records I can find until about the 1930s.  

Sources:

United State Census Bureau. "What day was the census taken each decade?" December 9, 2021. https://www.census.gov/.

Viola White Cooke Agee(daughter of Tom Cooke & Pearl Gray Jakes Cooke)

"United States Census, 1920", database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNRS-SM9 : 3 February 2021), Vaiola Cook in entry for T D Cook, 1920.

Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34100297/thomas-dewitt-cooke : accessed 05 February 2022), memorial page for Thomas Dewitt Cooke Sr. (13 Jul 1888–18 Mar 1971), Find a Grave Memorial ID 34100297, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by rmbeckman (contributor 48136157) .

Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34100383/pearl-gray-cooke : accessed 05 February 2022), memorial page for Pearl Gray Jakes Cooke (21 Mar 1891–1 Jul 1993), Find a Grave Memorial ID 34100383, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by rmbeckman (contributor 48136157) .

Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/25665088/viola-white-agee : accessed 05 February 2022), memorial page for Viola White Cooke Agee (12 Jun 1915–18 Oct 2006), Find a Grave Memorial ID 25665088, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by rmbeckman (contributor 48136157) .

Viola White Cook(daughter of Tom Cook & Rosie Joyce Cook)

"United States Census, 1920", database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNRS-96Q : 3 February 2021), Viola Cook in entry for Tom Cook, 1920.

"Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N9PP-3LG : 23 February 2021), Viola White Cook, 21 Feb 1920; Death, Chapel Hill, Marshall, Tennessee, United States, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville.

Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96382633/tom-cook : accessed 05 February 2022), memorial page for Tom Cook (1883–1924), Find a Grave Memorial ID 96382633, citing Smyrna Cemetery, Chapel Hill, Marshall County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Larry Haynes (contributor 47214604) .

Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96382124/rosie-cook : accessed 05 February 2022), memorial page for Rosie Joyce Cook (Jul 1889–1937), Find a Grave Memorial ID 96382124, citing Smyrna Cemetery, Chapel Hill, Marshall County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Larry Haynes (contributor 47214604) .

Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/96382642/viola-cook : accessed 05 February 2022), memorial page for Viola Cook (1919–1919), Find a Grave Memorial ID 96382642, citing Smyrna Cemetery, Chapel Hill, Marshall County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Larry Haynes (contributor 47214604) .

Friday, February 04, 2022

Williamson Co. TN--Dist 25(1836-1840)--J-L

Over the past few years I've been studying Williamson Co TN Dist. 25 in hopes that knowing how the families were interconnected will help  break thru my Cook brickwall.  Using a spreadsheet, I pulled together my notes and information on this community in order to have a quick reference when those surnames showed up in any other parts of my research. I'm publishing this to my blog in the hopes of finding other researchers interested in the area and time period that the information here might help.  This portion contains families who were living in or taxed in District 25 of Williamson Co TN during the years 1836-1840 whose surnames begin with J-L.  When possible I've noted connections in neighboring districts.  Simply put, there is a lot of overlap of families between Williamson Co TN Dist 25,  the Versailles and Eagleville area of Rutherford Co TN and Bedford Co TN Dist. 10(Rover). 

A-C           D-H            J-L          M-P           R-S           T-Z

Jackson

Frances Sr (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Frances Jr.(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1839 ) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Frances H(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Nathan(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839)Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Richard(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1837, 1838, 1839)Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Samuel(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Sarah(Dist. 25 Tax List:  1837, 1838, 1839)Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Thomas(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1837, 1838, 1839 )Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
William(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839 )Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
[These Jacksons are Francis M Jackson and his descendants. Francis was the son of
Thomas and Mary Jackson. He was from Amelia Co Virginia. He married Elizabeth
W. Childress. Their children were born in VA except for Francis & David who were
born in Rockingham Co NC. Dick Poplin wrote an article about them which is in the
Rover Vol 2 Book on p 234]

Jarrett

F. S. Jarrett (Dist. 25 Tax List: 1839 )Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.


Jones

Allen B Jones(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1837 )Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
John Jones(Dist. 25 Tax List: None )Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Thomas Jones(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838, 1839 )Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Jordan
Blunt Jordan--Dist. 25 Tax List: None) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Lamb
Barham Lamb(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838)Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
David Little Lamb(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836 )Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
David Long Lamb(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837 )Not numerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
David Lamb Jr.(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838, 1839 )Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
David Lamb Sr.(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839 )Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Harper Lamb(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839 )Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Jonathan Lamb(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836 )Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Merriman Lamb(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838 )Not numerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
In 1837 & 1839 there is a Merriman Lamb listed on the Bedford Co. TN Dist 10 Tax List.

Thomas Lamb(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839)Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
William Lamb(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839)Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.Also same on
[This Lamb family descends from Thomas and Alice Longshore Lamb who were Quakers from Bucks
PA. They moved south thru VA, NC and eventually Union Co SC before arriving in Williamson Co TN.
They left the Quaker religion and were active as Primitive Baptist (Padgett Creek SC). There are
connections between the Lambs and the Landrum thru their church, intermarriage and both came to TN
from Union Co SC Specifically those descendants of David Lamb and Esther Landrum]


Landrum
Delilah Landrum(Dist. 25 Tax List:1836, 1837, 1838, 1839 )Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Widow of Merriman Landrum. They married in Union Co SC.

John Landrum(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839 )Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
Son in Law of John Hall. Baptist Preacher Mt Pleasant Church Son of Reuban & Mary Ray
Landum

Thomas Landrum(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1837, 1838 )Not numerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
William Landrum(Dist. 25 Tax List: None )Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Lewis
Andrew G Lewis(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839 )Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
William C Lewis(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837, 1838, 1839 )Not numerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

Little
Alfred L. Little(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1837,1838) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
He was also among those who made purchases at the Estate Sale of Joseph S Cook.
He married Martha Pope daughter of Charles Pope & Elizabeth Smith Pope .  Some
researchers have her as a 1st wife but she may have been the only wife.  The 1850 census
for them is a mess.  She couldn't have died by 1851 as some claim as the youngest son's
death certificate said his Mom was a Pope.  I'm thinking it is more than likely that Martha E's 
middle name was Emily.  At any rate more research is needed and hopefully this

David Little(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1837) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.

John Little Jr(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837,1838, 1839)Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840
John Little Sr(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836, 1837,1838, 1839)Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840

Joseph C Little(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836) Enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840

William Little--(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1838) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
There is a Wm. Little/Lytle on Bedford Co TN Dist. 10(Rover) for years 1836, 1837, and 1838.

Zachariah Little(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836 & 1839) Not enumerated in Dist. 25 in 1840.
He and W. C. Cooke signed each others marriage bond.  

Sources: 

  • Tennessee, US, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895 https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/2883/
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Rutherford Co TN  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYB9-98FZ?wc=31SK-FMD%3A1588669927%2C1588669425%2C1588665902&cc=1786457
Williamson Co TN  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YB7-4DT?wc=31S2-443%3A1588669927%2C1588667580%2C1588665902&cc=1786457
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