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). 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


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

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

McBride Charles(Dist. 25 Tax List: 1836 & 1837)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.--He dies in 1837 owing Wm C Cook, Wm Putman & Hiram Putman(among others)  His probate records can be found in the 1838 Probate Records of Williamson Co TN.  Samuel B Robinson is appointed the admin of his estate since he died without a will.

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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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