Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Supporting Evidence in County Court Records



While reading through Delayed Birth Certificates, I noticed that several made reference to county court orders under the supporting evidence section. My curiosity got the better of me and I went looking for the County Court Minutes that was referenced in my Cook's delayed birth certificate  There were many more thru this the surrounding counties particularly during the time period when people were applying for a Social Security number.  


Just one of the many unindexed "gems" at FamilySearch.org. As I mentioned in a blog post from last year,  you can also find Military Discharge Records for some counties in the US. Be sure to check the FamilySearch catalog regularly for areas in which you have research to see what records are available.  

Monday, August 08, 2022

Dad's Maternal 1st Cousins--1950 US Federal Census


In a blog post I made in April, I listed the citations of the 1950 census entries for Dad, his siblings and a number of his paternal 1st cousins. I am doing the same of his maternal 1st cousins for this post.  A link to the Enumeration Districts is also included after each citation.  I didn't hyperlink the web addresses so you will need to copy and paste the url into your browser. This will be a great help to me when I read thru the districts again. When no one was at home a revisit was required and those revisits are listed at the end of each enumeration district.  The sheet #s for the revisit sections start with 71 to set them apart from the initial walk thru.  See this informative post at HistoryHub.

Aunt Lula's Children
Dad's maternal 1st cousin James Morton Gibson & family
Morton & Martha Gibson with sons Granville & Darrell
1950 US Federal Census, Davidson Co. TN, Nashville, Enumeration District 99-271, sheet 77, Serial/Household #144, Lines 5-8( James M Gibson Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 99-271 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Nashville%2C%20Davidson&ed=99-271&state=TN

Dad's Maternal 1st Cousin Telitha Aline Gibson Stevens  w/ her husband Andrew & Daughter Patricia.
1950 US Federal Census, Davidson Co. TN, Nashville, Enumeration District 99-278, Serial/Household #211, sheet 17, Lines 26-28( Andrew D Stevens Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census  (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 99-278 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Nashville%2C%20Davidson&ed=99-278&state=TN

Aunt Cora's Children
Dad's Maternal 1st Cousin Lillian Irene Gibson Wagster & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Butler Co. OH, Ross Township(West of Route 127), Enumeration District 9-114, sheet 73, Serial/Household #201, Lines 25-28( Huston I Wagster Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 9-114 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Butler&ed=9-114&state=OH

Dad's maternal 1st cousin Thomas Lytle Gibson and Family
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Civil Dist. 24, Enumeration District 2-39, sheet 8, Serial/Household #60, Lines 20-21( Tom L Gibson Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 2-39:  https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Bedford&ed=2-39&state=TN

Dad's maternal 1st Cousin Verna Gibson Wagster & her husband
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Enumeration District 2-10, sheet 13, Serial/Household #128, Lines 27-28( Paul Wagster Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 2-10 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Bedford&ed=2-10&state=TN

Dad's maternal 1st cousin Bertha Eunice Gibson Stokes Osteen and Family
1950 US Federal Census, Butler Co. OH, Hamilton, Enumeration District 96-21, sheet 19, Serial/Household #227, Lines 25-27( John R O'Steen Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to Dist 96-21: https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?state=OH&county=Hamilton&Butler&ed=96-21&scheduleId=4612534

Dad's maternal 1st cousin  Preston C Gibson and Family
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Tourist Court, Enumeration District 2-4, sheet 77, Serial/Household #174, Lines 8-12( Preston Gibson & Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 2-4 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Bedford&ed=2-4&state=TN

Dad's Maternal 1st cousin. Leone Gibson Uselton & 1st Husband
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Enumeration District 2-11, sheet 6, 210 Jefferson, Serial/Household #66, Lines 17-18(Fred Uselton & Leone); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 2-11 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Bedford&ed=2-11&state=TN

Aunt Kitty's Children
Dad's Maternal 1st Cousin Mary Magdalene Bell Dye & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Enumeration District 2-10, sheet 13, Serial/Household #125, Lines 16-21(Bernum B Dye Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 2-10 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Bedford&ed=2-10&state=TN

Dad's Maternal 1st Cousin Zada Florene Bell McGregor & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Enumeration District 2-10, sheet 26, Serial/Household #255, Lines 27-30(Florene Bell McGregor & Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 2-10 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Bedford&ed=2-10&state=TN

Dad's Maternal 1st cousin Lawrence Melvin Bell & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Civil Dist 7, Enumeration District 2-16, sheet 5, Serial/Household #49, Lines 6-8( Lawrence M Bell & Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 2-16 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Bedford&ed=2-16&state=TN

Dad's Maternal 1st cousin Patra Bell
1950 US Federal Census, Davidson Co. TN, Nashville, Enumeration District 99-265, sheet 6, Serial/Household #60, Line 17(Living in Clarence Huffman Household but arrow drawn to Household of Lillie B Adams HH 59); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 99-265 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Nashville%2C%20Davidson&ed=99-265&scheduleId=5649164&state=TN

Dad's Maternal 1st cousin. Tom Bell Jr & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Enumeration District 2-10, sheet 22, 703 Elliott, Serial/Household #216, Lines 26-30(Tom Bell Jr. & Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 2-10 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Bedford&ed=2-10&state=TN

Dad's Maternal 1st cousins, Pearl, J.B., and Olive Bell living in the household of their parents
1950 US Federal Census, Bedford Co. TN, Shelbyville, Enumeration District 2-10, sheet 14, 530 Oak,  Serial/Household #130, Lines 5-9(Tom Bell (Sr) &  Family); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 2-10 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?county=Bedford&ed=2-10&state=TN

Uncle John's daughter
Dad's Maternal 1st Cousin Hazel P Jakes Jetton & Family
1950 US Federal Census, Rutherford Co TN, Murfreesboro, Enumeration District 75-25, Serial/Household # 89, sheet 76, Lines 9-11(John M Jetton Family); U.S. National Archives,  1950 Census  (https://1950census.archives.gov/search).
Link to District 75-25 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?state=TN&county=Rutherford&ed=75-25&scheduleId=5664180

Uncle Will's Children
Dad's Maternal Uncle Will B Jakes Sr. & Family
1950 U.S. census, Davidson Co., TN, Old Hickory Civil Dist 4, ED 19-19, sheet 10, 311 30th Street, Serial/Household #111, line 29-30 & sheet 11, lines 1-2 (Wm B Jakes Sr. Family);  U.S. National Archives,  1950 Census  ((https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 19-19 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?state=TN&county=Davidson&ed=19-19

Dad's Maternal 1st Cousin Lula Pauline "Polly" Jakes Sams & Husband
1950 US Federal Census, Bay Co. FL, Parker, Enumeration District 3-38, sheet 22, Serial/Household #202, Lines 1-2(Tom B Sams & wife); U.S. National Archives, 1950 Census (https://1950census.archives.gov/search/).
Link to District 3-38 https://1950census.archives.gov/search/?state=FL&county=Bay&ed=3-38

Sunday, August 07, 2022

1943-1944 Term Dupont Grammar School Report Card Davidson Co. TN


The images are scans of my Dad, Billy Joe Cooke's 6th Grade Report Card.  He was attending Dupont Grammar School in Old Hickory, Davidson County, Tennessee(USA).   
(Form No. 1)

Davidson County Elementary Schools Report

School reports are of value if they help parents understand the meaning of practices in school and the opinion of the school of the child's progress. We want each child to compete with his own record, not with those of other children. Therefore teachers and parents must avoid comparing the child with other children in class and home.

The school desires to help each child become a worthy member of the group, use his leisure time constructively, and master the school subjects.

Name: Billy Joe Cooke
Grade: 6





The grading period was every 4 weeks
Grade listed in parenthesis is his Final Average
Dad was graded on the following subjects :

Arithmetic(94)
English(93)
Geography(91)
Physiology-Hygiene(90)
Reading(90)
Spelling Test and Written work(98)

Days Present--173 Days
Days Absent-----3 Days
Days Tardy------0 Days

In that grade level they were also graded on a number of 
"Habits and attitudes Desirable for Citizenship"

Dad was Promoted to Grade 7

School  Dupont Grammar School
Principal:  W. M. Tate
Teacher:  Bertha McFerrin
Term 1943-1944

Parents Sign:  Mrs. T D Cooke signed 6 times

Dupont Grammar School Principal W M Tate (31 Dec 1896 - 31 Jan 1968)
William McKever Tate Sr. was the son of Daniel Anderson Tate & Clara Raulston and was born in Marion County, Tennessee.  He married Inez Roth in 1924 and the following year they came to Davidson County, TN where he was principal at Morny School. He worked at several other schools but held the position of principal at Dupont Elementary School from around 1938 until his retirement in 1962.  At the time of the 1940 census, Principal Tate and his family lived on Lawrence Street in Old Hickory.  That was two streets over and down about a block from where Dad and his parents lived during that time. According to his obituary, he is buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park 

6th Grade Teacher Bertha McFerrin (22 Mar 1911 - 8 May 2001)
Bertha McFerrin was the daughter of Arthur Alexander McFerrin and Callie Ann Vance. She was from the Cannon County town of Readyville.  Bertha graduated from MTSU(Then Middle TN State Teaches college) in 1936.  She never married nor had children of her own.  At the time of the 1940 Census she and her Dad were in Montgomery Co.,  Tennessee living with her sister and brother in law.  She is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Woodbury, Cannon County, Tennessee.

Sources:

  1. Cooke-Jakes Family Papers, in possession of Marie Cooke Beckman, "Report Card of Billy Joe Cooke, 6th Grade student at Dupont Grammar School," School Term 1943-1944. Item Digitized 7 Aug 2022.
  2. "W. M. Tate Sr. Services Today," The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) 2 Feb 1968, pg 35 Col 6; ; digital images, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 7 Aug 2022).
  3. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K44V-7VJ : 11 January 2021), William M Tate, Civil District 4, Davidson, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 19-9, sheet 14A, line 25, family 267, NARA digital publication T627, National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 3884.
  4. "U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012"; database with images, Ancestry(https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1265/: 7 Aug 2022), Tennessee > Middle Tennessee State Teachers College > 1936 > image 35 of 124.
  5. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4Z6-M8G : 11 January 2021), Bertha McFerrin in household of Sterling B Odom, Civil District 12, Montgomery, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 63-24, sheet 3A, line 12, family 44, NARA digital publication T627. National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 3923.
  6. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/55567967/bertha-mcferrin: accessed 07 August 2022), memorial page for Bertha McFerrin (22 Mar 1911–8 May 2001), Find a Grave Memorial ID 55567967, citing Riverside Cemetery, Woodbury, Cannon County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by Patricia Davidson (contributor 46638656).

Monday, August 01, 2022

Anna Putman & others VS Wm G Hight & Others


From the Burned Index deeds referenced in the Chancery Court Record whose transcription follows.
Not sure I understand what is going on because the Wm Putman father of D V Putman  had been thought to have died in 1855.  Did D V Putman just not record it til 1859 or is it Wm Putman's heirs/estate.  He only had one son--David Vance Putman.  At least this does list his heirs but it also raises some questions.  

Typed Index to burned volumes (extinct) made from the register's notebook, ca. 1852-1861
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKX-93LY-8?mode=g&cat=298281

1856 Sep 10  Bargainor: A P MoHundro  Bargainee: D V Putman    Deed 90 Acres
1857 Jan 16  Bargainor: D V Putman  Bargainee: O W Crockett  Trust Deed
1857 Oct 5  Bargainor: D V Putman  Bargainee: W G Hight  Trust Deed
1858 Jan 25 Bargainor: D V Putman Bargainee: W G Hight  Trust Deed
1858 Sep 23  Bargainor: D V Putman  Bargainee: W G Hight  Deed 90 Acres
1859 Nov 22 Bargainor: D V Putman  Bargainor: Wm Putman  Deed


Transcriptions Chancery Court Case Anna Putman & Others VS Wm G Hight & Others
Bedford Co. TN, Chancery Court minute books 1830-1965, Mar. 1871 - Oct. 1872
Images 440 & 441 of 638  (pg 201)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTZ-WQVT-F?i=439&cat=247725
(Page 201)
Anna Putnam & Others   vs Wm G Hight & others
Final Decree be it remembered that this cause was finally heard on the 11th of Sept 1871 by Hon. A. S. Marks Chancellor & c on bill answer exhibit proof and on the motion of Richard Nance and Thos N. McCord Trustees of W G Hight to be (p. 202) made dependents which is allowed by consent of complainants and upon full consideration of the whole case the court is of opinion & so decrees that the deed executed by D V Putnam to his father Wm Putman in 1857 invested the vender with the legal title to the tract of land conveyed by A P Mohundro to D V Putnam that W G Hight when he took the absolute deed from D V Putnam on the 22 Sept 1858 knew of the existence of the deed from D V Putman to Wm Putman and is there for not an innocent purchaser.

It is decreed by the court that the surviving complainants are entitled to the said tract land less the interest of D V Putnam as one of the heirs and for the four or five acres purchased by him of Richard Nance and included in the deed of Sept 25 1858 to W G Hight subject to a lien for the purchase money and interest yet ____ unpaid at the date of the deed of D V to Wm Putnam which is hereby decreed  a lien on said land
It is further decreed by the court that this cause by referred to the Clerk & Master to take proof & report to the next term of this court the annual value of the rents of said tract of land including the four or five acres sold by R Nance to D V Putnam from the date of the deed from D V P to Wm Putnam to the time of making his report with interest. He will also report what betterments if any have been made by complainants and also what damages have been done said land since it's occupation by complainants under the deed to Wm Putnam all other matters being reserved


Images 448 & 449 of 638 (pg 217)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTZ-WQVY-Y?i=447&cat=247725
Sept 14th 1871
(Pg 217)
Anna Putman & Others
vs
Wm G Hight & Others
Final Decree
Be it remembered that this cause came for hearing on this 11 Sept 1871 before the Hon. A S Marks Chancellor & C on bill, answer & proof and on motion of Richard Nance & Thos. N McCord Trustees of W G Hights to be made Defts which is allowed by the consent of Complts and upon consideration of the whole case(pg. 218) The court is of opinion  & so decrees that the deed executed by D V Putman and his father Wm Putman in Jan of Janry 1857 invested the vender with the legal title to the land in controversy & W G Hight when he took the absolute deed from D V Putman 22 Sept 1858 knew of the execution of the deed from D V and Wm Putman & does not in this answer place himself in condition to rely on the plea of an innocent purchase. The court decrees that the compts are entitled to the land as heirs at law of Wm Putman dec'd less the share of D V Putman as one of the heirs & the four or five acres purchased by him from Wm G Hight but that the land is first chargeable with 5/6 of the Miller Debt mentioned in the trust deed of D V Putman to Hight of 5 Oct 1857 the whole debt being unfixed at $275.00 with the interest on the 5/6 from the 25 Dec 1857
This cause is referred to the master to take an account with the year 1859 being the year after D V Putman moved from the land after the death of the Father  In estimating the value of the rents during the life of Anna Putman the widow, the master will consider her right to dower in the land and only estimate two thirds of the rents for that time.  By the consent of all parties upon the case shown by record the court further decrees that the land be sold first for the payment of the miller debt as herein set forth & secondly for the distribution or division among the compts & Wm G Hight or his trustees & that T S Steele C Master & C is appointed commissioner to sell the same & that he sell it on a credit of one  or two years taking notes & sureties for the purchase money first giving notice as required by law He will by consent sell the small piece purchased by D V Putman from Richard Nance and report to next term


Images 513 of 638 (pg 347 )
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSTZ-WQVL-Y?i=512&cat=247725

Anna Putman & Others
VS
Wm G Hight & Others
Decree
Be it remembered that this cause came in for further hearing and was heard on this 5th day of March 1872 before the Hon A S Marks Chalr & C upon the proceeding heretofore had and the report of the sale made by the mater which is in the words and figures following:
Report:
In the case the undersigned in pursuance of an interlocutory decree pronounced by the Hon Chancery Court for Bedford County at its Sept Term 1871 begs leave to submit the following
Report:
He advertised the land in the pleadings mentioned by printed hand-bills posted as required by law giving due and legal notice of the time place and terms of sale and on the 4th day of November 1871 the time as a advertised he attended his his Deputy James C Jett on the premises the place designated and offered said lands for sale at public auction to the highest bidder on one and two years credit, the mode & terms as advertised when and where after the same had been cried a reasonable time the said lands situated in Dist 9 Bedford County Tennessee adjoining the lands of John Landrum- James Foster--John King & others and containing 96 acres were struck off to A Tucker at his bid of $12 42 1/2 cents per acre aggregating the sum of (pg 348)
($1192.80) Eleven Hundred & Ninety Two 80/100 Dollars the same being the last highest & best bid offered for said lands.  The said purchaser has paid the undersigned the costs and commissions-after said sale the said A Tucker associated with him as an equal partner in said lands one W C Cooke and the said parties Tucker & Cooke have executed to the undersigned as Clerk & Co. their two promissory notes with the W M Boyce & J R(K?) Cooke securities in each Each note is for $547.90 and due respectively in one & two years after date- & dated on the 4th day of November 1871 and executed for the purchase money of said lands and a lien is also retained on said lands to secure the payment of said notes and is so expressed on the face of each-said notes are now in the hands of the undersigned subject to the orders of the Hon. Court.
All of which is respectfully submitted Nov 2 1871
Which being unexcepted to it is ordered in all things to be confirmed

It is further ordered by the court that all the right title claim and interest of the compts & defts in and to the land described in the pleadings be divested of them & vested in the purchasers subject to a lien for the purchase money and upon the payment of the purchase money, the clerk master will executed to them a deed in accordance with the terms of this decree and the cause was further heard on the report of the clerk as to rent which is not being excepted to it is ordered in all things to be confirmed. It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed that T S Steele as clerk master recover for the use of the parties in interest of Charles Norville & Wife, Mary A.  Henry Warner & Wife Sarah, John A Vincent and wife Willy, Elizabeth Putman, Sciota Putman the sum of 120.00 the amount of said rent & in the adjustment he will allow them a credit for their respective portions as settled by the decrees of this court.  The clerk will also collect the rents which have accrued under the renting made by the clerk master of this court & distribute the same as settled by the decree of this court.  The clerk will proceed & collect the purchase money & pay the same together with (pg. 349) money now in the hand out after paying all unsettled costs to the parties entitled to the same as fixed by decree pronounced 14 Sept 1871 and the amount giving to W G Hight or to his trustees will be paid to their solicitors, Edmund Cooper, James L. Scudder & H L Davidson, who have a lien on the same for the payment of their fees, which is hereby declared.