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 States 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 brick wall.  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). Also please note that anyone listed as NOT enumerated in District 25 should probably read not listed as Head of Household in Williamson Co. TN District 25.  They may be within another household OR they may not be enumerated at all within the district for a number of reasons. 

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/
  • 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.