Friday, October 28, 2022

Mrs. Ruth King Bond (1891-1914)--Dau of Richard Nance King and Parrie Cook

Mrs. Ruth King Bond (1891-1914)--Daughter of Richard Nance King and Parry Cook King

  • Age 23 
  • Born 16th May 1891 in Rover, Bedford Co., Tennessee
  • Died 30th Apr 1914 at Britton OK
  • Lived at Eagleville until age 9(1900)
  • Moved to Triune in 1900
  • Later to Murfreesboro.
  • Married Mr. Dan Bond 11 Dec 1909
  • Moved to OK in 1910.
  • Mr. Bond died in Jan 1914
  • She came to Britton after being widowed to live with her brother Mace King
  • Her health rapidly declined
  • Survivors:
    • 3 year old daughter, Maud
    • Sister--Eula King
    • Brothers, Mace King and Joe King
  • Converted and joined Missionary Baptist Church at Elmer OK in 1911
Source:  Above information from the obituary than ran in the Britton Weekly Sentinel(Britton, OK) 7th May 1914 which can be viewed in digital format at

Additional information:
Ruth's sister, Eula brought Maud back to Tennessee to live with Ella Cook Martin.  Ella was Parry Cook King's sister who had raised Ruth after Parry's death.  She also raised Maud.  Eula returned to OK and died a short time later.  Ruth, Eula and Dan all died of tuberculosis and are all buried somewhere in Britton OK.
Source Additional information from Charlotte Ralston whose source on this line was Maud Bond Hailey Thomas.

I did find Ruth's listed at FindAGrave in Britton Cemetery however it looks like it was added from her death notice and their is no picture of a stone.  I don't know who would have records of the cemetery.  There is a Stone monument that contains some history of the cemetery located here at FindAGrave.  

From the website:
Earliest OK death record is 1908 however, vital records weren't required by law until 1917.

This is Ruth's pedigree She, her full siblings and her descendants are kin to me  thru the King line, Cook line with an additional line of the Putmans.  You can get a visual of it by looking at the Thruline icons(the gray ones)

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Greenfield, Weakley Co. Tennessee--July 1886

In a blog post from August 10th I mentioned Tennessee Delayed Birth Records and the county court orders in the supporting evidence section of those records. If you are researching people who were born between 1880 and 1900 the birthplace information can be very insightful. Given the 20 year census gap caused by the loss of the 1890 census this information really helps when you don't find your folks in their usual location. I was looking at the children of Richard Nance King and his 1st wife, Parrie Elizabeth Cook. Richard is the younger brother of my great grandmother Jane Bell King Cook and Parrie is the niece of my great grandfather William Green Cook(Jane's husband).  I am using the MyTreeTags™ tool in my tree at Ancestry to note that there is a double relationship with their descendants.

In finding the TN Delayed Birth Record for their son, Joseph Knox King, I discovered that the family, or at least Parrie was in Greenfield, Weakley Co TN at the time of Joseph's birth(11 July 1886.)  His maternal Aunt Ella Cook Martin gave a statement that she knew when he was born.  She was 15 at the time of his birth.  His delayed birth record also lists the Cook Family Bible as supporting evidence.  I wish it would have mentioned who had possession of the bible at that time(Aug of 1942) and which Cook bible.

It's somewhat amusing that the instructions along the side say to "Use Typewriter or write plainly with unfading ink" but doesn't mention not to use fading ink for typing. 😃

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

A Visual Representation of my Pedigree Using Puzzilla

I hadn't used Puzzilla in awhile and someone had mentioned it in a group I'm in so I thought I would check it out again.  The site works in conjunction with FamilySearch  and I used it to get a visual representation of where my tree needs work.  They offer premium services but I just use the free basic service. I did have to make some corrections as the FS One Tree did not have some lines and had others that were errors.  For this chart I focused on the 2nd & 3rd Greats in my tree and most of those have birth years between 1750 and early 1800s.  I did a screen capture and used editing software to identify the areas where I need more research.  I was aware of these areas but it is nice to see them represented in a single image file.   

Cook:  YDNA tested to the Y700 level Most closely match descendants of Shem Cook out of Granville Co NC who descend thru his son James.  We could also match the other sons I just have not seen tests from descendants of them and there is no easy way to find out if someone with a line of descent from them has tested unless they are using WikiTree and marking it there.

Pittman:  YDNA tested to the Y700 level Within the project we are Group B Pittmans which are sort into the East Coast USA and Essex Co, UK Group

Curvin:   I'm not sure if anyone has attempted much research on as it's a female line from SC prior to TN and some folks just find that scary.  I did see some among my atDNA matches at Ancestry so there might be some opportunities there.

Hale:  I really need to work on this line.  I think maybe one of my cousins who is a direct male has tested at 23&me and I might be able to do a little comparison with those in the Hale YDNA project.  There is much family lore on this side but this is the group that hid from the census taker during the reconstruction years.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Everett Montgomery Hamer Obit ( abt 1865-1928)

This information comes from the obituary of Everett Montgomery Hamer, son of Leander S Hamer & his 2nd wife Susan Watson.  He is a brother of the Harris Hamer whose obituary was the subject of my previous post. Some notes Adeline is listed as Adele with her town of residence as Allison rather than Allisona.  This obituary gives the correct relationship of Everett Hamer and Mary Page.  Everett's information on his death certificate was given by his J. D. Hamer(Everett's son.) When asked for the name of the mother he gave his own mother's name rather than his father's mother's name. That error is not terribly uncommon.  It's also worth noting that both Ancestry and FamilySearch have E. M. Hamer's Death Certificate record incorrectly indexed as HARNER. The obituary doesn't mention the name of the cemetery where he is buried however I found him listed along with several other family members at Nolensville Cemetery.

E. M. Hamer
Age 63
Born abt 1865
Died: 14 May 1928
Funeral Location:  Nolensville Methodist Church
Officiated by: Rev C. R. Wade & Rev Elvin L Burnett
Funeral Date:  16 May 1928 2 pm
Graveside service: Council No. 213 Junior Order of United American Mechanics
Wife:  Mary Page Hamer
H. H. Hamer(Nashville, TN)
John D. Hamer(Wrenco, TN)
Mrs. Adele Watson(Allison, TN)
Amanda Hamer(Nashville, TN)
Kate Hamer(Nashville, TN)

J. B. Hamer(Nashville, TN)
A. J. Hamer(Smyrna, TN)
H. Hamer(Nashville, TN)

Honorary--J. B.Mitchell, C. S. Edmondson, W. L. Fly J. A. Lane, Oscar Lane, W. O. Edmondson, Johnny Holt, T. O. Bearman and Isaac Young
Active--J. W. McMahon, W. W. Smith, M. L. Walters, R. L. Mitchell, E. W. Bess and O. A. Turbeville


“E. M. Hamer Well-Known Resident of Nolensville Section.,” Nashville Banner, 15 May 1928, p. 17, col. 2; digital images, ( : accessed 10 Oct 2022).

"Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 October 2018), 004183605 > image 540 of 2524,  State of Tennessee Certificate of  Death- Everet Montgomery Hamer Certificate #13030; Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville.

Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 11 October 2022), memorial page for E M Hamer (1864–1928), Find a Grave Memorial ID 11082638, citing Nolensville Cemetery, Nolensville, Williamson County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by Theresa/Thunderbird584 (contributor 47100429) .

Monday, October 10, 2022

Harris Hamer Obituary(Abt 1847-1934)

This information below comes from the obituary of Harris Hamer, son of Leander S Hamer & his 1st wife Mary Barnes. He is the 1st cousin of the Hamer sisters who married into the Cook family. Harriet G Hamer was James P Cook's 2nd wife(he married 3 times) and Mary S Hamer was Jefferson Gideon Cook's 1st wife(mother of Robert Cook.) Harriet & Mary were daughters of Reece P Hamer, brother of Leander. Reece and Leander were sons of Harris Hamer & Mary Brown. Yes, that means it's highly likely that the subject of this obituary was named after his paternal grandfather.

Harris Hamer
Age 87
Born abt 1847
Died Tuesday, 23 Jan 1934
Funeral at Nolensville Methodist Church
Burial: Mt Olivet Cemetery

Wife had died in 1916.(actually 1914 see Source Mary Redman Hamer Death Cert. below)
After which time he came to live with daughter, Mrs. Dan Jones

Mrs. Dan Jones(Franklin, TN)
Homer Hamer

Mrs. Addie Watson(Allisona, TN)
Amanda Hamer(Nashville, TN)
Kate Hamer(Nashville, TN)

John Hamer(Nashville, TN)
Jim Hamer(Smyrna, TN)

Eleven Grandchildren

“Harris Hamer,” Nashville Banner, 24 Jan 1934, p. 9, col. 7; digital images, ( : accessed 10 Oct 2022).

"Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 March 2021), James P Cook and Harriet G Hamer, 12 Oct 1865; citing Williamson Co. Tennessee Marriage Records, 1800-1866, Vol 1-5, p. 539(image 783 of 807), Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 455557.

"Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 December 2016), Jefferson G Cook and Mary S Hamer, 9 Sep 1866; citing Williamson Co. TN, Marriage Records,  1865-1878, Vol 6-8,  p. 57(image 46 of 975); citing Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 235948.

"Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 October 2018), 004183028 > image 1505 of 2284(Certificate of Mary Redman Hamer); Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville.

Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Robert James Norman--Bedford Co TN to Washington Co. AR--Obit

Robert James Norman
Born:  18 Jul 1845 Bedford County Tennessee
Died:  Sat. 21 Jun 1930 Springdale Arkansas
Burial: Sun 22 Jun 1930 Elm Springs
Funeral at Elm Springs Methodist Church
Additional Graveside services by Masonic Lodge of Elm Springs
At age 5(abt 1850) his family moved to Washington Co AR
Married 1st 1871 to Mary Truitt(d. 1874)
Married 2nd 14 Jun 1876 to Scythia Aaron(d. 9 Dec 1914)
Predeceased by infant daughter from 1st marriage
Survived by son Reuben Norman from 1st marriage and daughter Mrs. Nora Sharp from 2nd marriage.

Source:  "Funeral for Norman Held at Elm Springs," Southwest American, Fort Smith, 24 Jun 1930, pg 4, col 4; digital images, Fort Smith Library( accessed 4 Oct 2022.)