Friday, March 24, 2023

Divorce: Emma Sanders vs Dallas Sanders--Madison Co. Alabama 1946

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Image of Folder 

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Divorce Decree. The State of Alabama, Madison County. Circuit Court of Madison County, in Equity 23rd Judicial Circuit
No 8833  June 20th 1946  Emma Sanders(Plaintiff)  vs. Dallas Sanders(Defendant) 
Granted-Plaintiff’s pleadings were taken pro confesso since the defendant did not appear despite having been served a summons. 

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Wrapper of Decree

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May 18th 1946 Summons for Dallas Sander to be delivered by sheriff.

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Outer Wrapper of Summons
Signed by register and execute on same day.
Filed May 20th 1946
Rec Bk 37 pg 594

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Plaintiff's pleadings ask for a vinculo matrimonii(absolute divorce)

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Wrapper of Plaintiff's pleadings

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Acknowledgement of served summons on defendant and defendants failure to answer.

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Decree Pro Confesso 
Order Bk  6 pg. 210

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June 23rd 1946 Complainant's submission for final decree

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Notice of Register's Submission

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Certificate of Commissioner regarding Oral Depositions

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Outer Wrapper Commission to take Oral Depositions

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Deposition of Emma Sanders witness sworn and examined under and by virtue of a commission issued out of the Circuit Court of Madison County in equity in a certain cause therein pending wherein they said Emma Sanders is Complainant and Dallas Sanders is Defendant. The said witness, being duly sworn to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, deposes and says as follows:

My name is Emma Sanders. I am the Complainant in this cause and I am of full age and of sound mind. I am bona fide a resident of Madison County, Alabama having bona fide resided in the state for more than one year next before the filing of my bill for divorce. The Defendant also is of full age of sound mind and he resided at the time of the filing of my bill for divorce at 407 Rison Avenue, Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama and still lives in Madison County, Alabama. He and I were married on the 4th day of March 1933 by license regularly issued out of the probate court of Madison County Alabama and lived together thereafter as men and wife until the 12th day of May, 1946, at which time we separated while living in Madison County, Alabama, and we have not lived together since. During the time that we cohabited the Defendant drank to excess and was extremely quarrelsome when intoxicated. He has on more than one occasion struck me and has threatened my life. I was afraid that he might carry out his threats and separated from him at the time mentioned above and have not since cohabited with him.

Emma Sanders

"Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records, 1829-1968," images, FamilySearch ( : 26 June 2014), Divorces and Disputed Estates > 1946 > Case no 8833 Sanders, Emma vs Sanders, Dallas > image 1 of 14; citing Madison County Record Center, Huntsville.

Emma Lou Acuff Sanders

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Granny's Charlotte Street Neighbor: Mrs. Nell Burgie Miller

During the early 1970s, my grandmother lived on North Charlotte Street in Dickson at 203 which she rented from the Sheltons.  It was a duplex but she'd rented both sections.  One of her neighbors was a lady named Mrs. Miller who taught music in her home.  I knew the address and the surname but did not remember her given name or her husband's name.  Her husband had passed before Granny moved to the house across the street. I went looking in the Dickson Co TN records at FamilySearch and was able to find her in the Tax books that goes up to the year 1965(1962-1965 image 789 of 906.₁  

After finding her in the tax list listed as Mrs. H. C Miller I was able to locate her and her husband in the 1950 Census.₂  In the census she was one of the people who were asked additional questions.  She'd been married for about 26 years but gave the number of years married as 20 in the supplemental section.  She did not have any children that I remembered and that was confirmed from her answer to that question as well.  

Transcription of Wedding Announcement from Dickson Society Page of Nashville Banner.₃
Miss Nell Burgie of Dickson and Mr. Harold Miller of Nashville were united in marriage Tuesday evening(Aug 26th) at the First Baptist church parsonage in Nashville, the Rev. Dr. Dargon officiating.  The bride is the daughter of J. B. Burgie of Dickson, and the groom is the son of the late William Miller and is an employee of the N.C. & St. L. railway.  They went to Chattanooga for a brief bridal tour and will return to Dickson to reside.

Abstract of Death Notice ₄
Death Notices: Dickson, TN
Mrs. Nell Burgie Miller age 95.  
Saturday, November 3 1989. Greenvalley Health Care Center.
Retired piano and organ teacher of Dickson.  
Widow of the late Harold C Miller.    
Survivors include her two nephews, Leslie W Stitt of Deerfield Beach FLA and Larry B Stitt of Amarillo, TX; several great nieces and nephews.  
Funeral Services: Tuesday, November 7, 1989 at 3:30 pm from the Chapel of the Taylor Funeral Home  with Warren Medley officiating.  
Active Pallbearers:  Jack Willey, Donald Weiss, Sr. Dr David Robinson, Rex Buttrey, Dr. Bill Jackson and Tom Woodall.  
Honorary Pallbearers:  Bro D Ellis Walker, Tom Davidson, George Nail, Bro Harley Buttrey, and all Former Music Students.  
Interment in the Dickson Union Cemetery. Those desiring memorials may be made to the Dickson County Library, Services under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home Dickson, TN 446-2808

Nell & her husband Harold are buried in their lot at Union Cemetery which is located off of Charlotte Street. ₅ My father is also buried  at Union Cemetery.

  1. Tennessee, Dickson County, 1831-1965; Browsable images. "County Tax Records, 1962-1965,"  image 789 of 906, FamilySearch. ( : accessed 22 March 2023) FHL 497701, 1967.
  2. 1950 US Federal Census, Dickson Co. TN, Enumeration District 22-7, Household #218, sheet 18, Lines 26-27(H C & Nell Miller) 202 N Charlotte Street; U.S. National Archives,  1950 Census  (
  3. "Society in Neighboring Towns--Dickson," Nashville Banner, Sun 31 Aug 1924, p 6, col 6; digital images, ( : accessed 22 Mar 2023).
  4. Death Notices, The Tennessean, 5 Nov 1989, pg 33 col 4; digital images, ( : accessed 22 Mar 2023).
  5. Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 22 March 2023), memorial page for Nell Burgie Miller (25 Oct 1894–4 Nov 1989), Find a Grave Memorial ID 209149407, citing Union Cemetery, Dickson, Dickson County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by bbarnhill (contributor 47395133).

Friday, March 17, 2023

Joseph Knox Cook Probate from Rutherford Co. TN Court Minute Book(1907-1908)

Rutherford Co TN Minute Book of County Court, 1804-1962, SS-TT, 1904-1911  Book TT  
FHL Film # 379635
Book TT pg 47  Image 318 of 594 J. K Cook, deceased and J Knox Cook appointed Admin of Estate
Book TT pg 66  Image 328 of 594 Guardian ad litem appointed for Eula T King, Emily May King and Jos. W Cook(grandchildren of J K Cook) with no protest from other heirs.
Book TT pg 132 Image 361 of 594 Notes that a sale list is returned(list not in minutes)
Book TT pg 164 Image 377 of 594 State of Estate, Land, debts, heirs and proposed sale of land.
Book TT pg 183 Image 386 of 594 Degree Confirming Sale and Clerk's Report on Sale

View pages of the court book by clicking on the hyperlinked page numbers above after first logging on to  (viewing is free with a registered account which is also free)

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Quick Note From County Court Minutes: Wm Cook

This William Cook mentioned in the Bedford Co TN Court Minutes during the August 1850 Term is the William Cook whose family was from Orange Co NC.  He married Nancy Lentz and they lived in the 18th District of Bedford Co TN.  Know the difference between YOUR ancestor and other people with the same name.  
✅Same Name  
✅Same County 
❌Same District 
❌Same Age 
❌Same Spouse Name

His census entry for the 1850(which happens to be the last one in which he appears) can be seen at FamilySearch at the link listed below.

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 December 2020), William Cook, Civil District 18, Bedford, Tennessee, United States; citing family , NARA microfilm publication (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Friday, March 10, 2023

Bedford Co. TN Schools-1850

Court order for School Commissioner Elections in preparation for organizing the public schools in Bedford Co. TN.  

Of course I was curious what Act passed on Feb 8th 1850.  The quickest way to find that was to look at Hathitrust for TN Acts from that year. It was an act to amend the laws in relation to Common Schools in Bedford County, and for other purposes.

Tennessee, Bedford County, County Court Minutes 1848-1852; Browsable images. "County Court minutes, 1848-1855, 1857-1860, 1863-1963." FamilySearch. : 1965.

Act of the state of Tennessee Passed at the First Session of the Twenty-Eighth General Assembly, For the Years 1849-1850.  
Knoxville, Tenn. : Published by Authority, 1909; Hathitrust ( : accessed 10 March 2023.)

Monday, March 06, 2023

My RootsTech 2023 Take-Away

I was one of many people(#NotAtRootsTech) who attended virtually.  It can be overwhelming because there are so many classes, talks and demos going on at the same time.  I concentrated on the live streams and chose the ones which were pertinent to my research.  There are still many more in the on demand portion of the classes which I plan to watch.

These were my favorites among the live-streamed classes(In no particular order) You can find these and more in the On Demand section at RootsTech.

  • Antebellum Emancipations & Free People of Color-LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson & Deborah A. Abbott
  • Using Manuscript Collections-Deborah A. Abbott
  • 10 Things a Genealogist Should Do Before Leaving a Library or Archives-Melissa Barker
  • How Do I Know That’s My Ancestor?-Amy Johnson Crow
  • DO GENEALOGY Step-By-Step-Janet Hovorka, Diahan Southard, & Crista Cowan
  • Getting Organized Using Technology and a Research Report-Kelli Jo Bergheimer
  • How third-party DNA tools can help with your family history research-Jonny Perl
  • Endogamy in DNA research-Tanner Blair Tolman
  • Follow the Money! Records of the Record Makers-Judy G. Russell
  • Shared DNA Matches - the only DNA Tool You will Ever Need-Diahan Southard

I did look thru the virtual Expo Hall some and watched the high lights of the sponsors presentations. There was a lot of focus on AI technology. The Sponsoring companies had some announcements of new tools and features.  

MyHeritage has added color coding in Family Trees, a new DNA tool--the cM Explainer™ and announced their 3rd Installment of DNA Quest Initiative.

To find out what all is happening at FamilyTreeDNA check out their blog and look for their recorded livestream session from RootsTech2023. introduced Storymaker Studio and DNA Compare which allows you to compare matches Ethnicity Estimates and DNA Communities. 

The above screenshot is the Ethnicity Estimate Comparison of two of my siblings and myself.

In the above screenshot I have compared 2 of my siblings, myself and our paternal 2nd cousin once removed.  He is one generation closer to our ICW Cook and Putman couple.  I think it's pretty cool that they can get within a range of the counties.  My Mom's is more specific as well so if that's not an incentive to get the older generations in your family DNA tested I don't know what is.

I took advantage of the RootsTech special and purchased the new RootsMagic9.  I have been using RootsMagic since version 7 and prior to that I used FamilyTreeMaker.  There are some great color-coding features in  RM.  In the new version of RootsMagic there is an Association option which allows you to add other relationships outside of family which will be very helpful in Cluster research.

If you haven't already registered Your DNA Guide has a free webinar coming up 
on  March 23, 2023 2pm Eastern    "Your DNA Matches:  Filter, Don't File"
You can register at YourDNAGuide  

Take some time to look thru the classes at RootsTech.  There is something for everyone!

Friday, March 03, 2023

William G Hight's next of kin-Jan 1881

When I L Hight asks the court to grant him letter of administration over Wm G Hight's estate in early 1881 it is recorded in the Franklin County Arkansas probate files.  
He states that Wm G Hight died 15th Jan 1881 and gives a list of names and residence of remaining next of kin.  

Jane Hendricks Daughter Madison Co AR
William McCord Grandson Bedford Co TN
Alice McCord Granddaughter Bedford Co TN
Nancy Nance Daughter Rutherford Co TN
John Hight Son Madison Co AR
William Hight Son Bedford Co TN
Caroline Gault Daughter Bedford Co TN
Jeff Hight Son Madison Co AR
Fanny Smyers Daughter Canyon City Oregon
Burrell Hight Son Madison Co AR
I L Hight Son Franklin Co AR
R M Hight Son Franklin Co AR
L F Hight Daughter Franklin Co AR

"Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979," images, FamilySearch (h : 3 March 2023), Franklin > Probate packets 1835-1958 Hicks, George W.-Huggins, L.M. > image 137 of 2093; county courthouses, Arkansas.