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Fourth Quarter, 1998


Looking for info on ancestors of James Hilton born 12/01/1833 and hiswife Rhoda Elizabeth Hughes born 12/12/1834. Thanks.
Ray Smith -- P. O. Box 64091, Lubbock, TX 79464
Submitted on Sun Dec 27 21:12:42 EST 1998


My great grandfather was Tennessee Davis. He was born around 1840and died around 1906 in Meigs County, Tennessee. I am interested inhis (and my) ancestors.
John Longley
Submitted on Sun Dec 27 02:45:58 EST 1998


I found my GGrandfather James Anderson Mitts (Jas A. Mitts) listed in the 1870 Meigs Co. TN. Census in the household of Dianna Gregory. I originaly thought he was taken in by Sarah Gregory believed to behis Aunt. I have info now that Sarah J. Gregory, and James CalvinMitts were his parents that died young. Thomas Mitts was appointedas Guardian of James A. Mitts abt 1859 or early 60's. Does anyoneknow how Thomas Mitts & James Calvin Mitts are related, or where theyoriginated from?My GGrandfather James Anderson Mitts, married a Margaret E. (Maggie)Harvey from AR. If you have any info about these people, pleasecontact me.Thank You,
Submitted on Sat Dec 26 23:40:39 EST 1998


Researching William Wann 3-30-1789 Va married Lydia Stockton. Daughter Sarah Wann 7-17-1827 Tenn married John Small 9-29-1845 inMeigs Co. Tenn. William Wann Sr. ca 1755 where? married Ann McGown. Thank You
Submitted on Sat Dec 26 11:07:09 EST 1998


My 2nd ggrandfather Hiram FLOYD d. ca.1847, probably in McMinnCo.,TN, left widow Sarah (ROW) FLOYD, 1850 Meigs Co.,TN census, age40, with children: Geo. Washington, 17; Peggy, 15; Cazy, 14; SallyR., 13, and Alfred R., 11. Possible brothers of Hiram FLOYD areNimrod FLOYD, m. Mahala KELLER, and James Jacob FLOYD, m. Louisa JaneRICHARDS. I am desc. from Geo. W. FLOYD, m. Rebecca BROWN, dau. ofJoseph BROWN who lived near the wid. FLOYD in the 1850 Meigs Co.census. This inquiry is to update ones of Vernetta Nelson, and DonHicks, also desc. from Nimrod and Hiram FLOYD. The goal is todiscover any descendants of the people named above, with the purposeof extending the lineage beyond Nimrod and Hiram FLOYD. All help,opinions, exchanges appreciated.
Bill SKINNER -- 215 Wilby Drive, Charlotte, NC 28270
Submitted on Fri Dec 25 15:59:21 EST 1998


I am searching for any information on the family of John MCDOWELL andwife Elizabeth (MORROW) MCDOWELL of McMinn and Meigs Co. TN. JohnMCDOWELL was a land speculator from Buncombe/Haywood Co., NC whoremoved to Rhea/McMinn/Meigs Co., in Tennessee to the former Cherokeelands there about 1825. John MCDOWELL (b. 1774) died Nov. 1835 inMcMinn Co., TN. John and wife Elizabeth had the following children:Esther MCDOWELL SEABORN(b. 1800 NC),Isaac M. (b. 1801 NC), John Jr.(b. 1805), Sarah Eleanor MCDOWELL SMART (b. 1812), and WilliamMCDOWELL (b. abt 1816). Related families include: SHELTON, WALL,TEMPLETON, SEABORN, SMART, LUTTRELL, MORROW, and other MCDOWELLfamilies of TN and NC.
Leo B. McDowell -- 5212 Signal Corps Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Submitted on Tue Dec 22 10:55:16 EST 1998


Searching for information on David Blevins married to Sarah Torbett,born late 1700s and children born and lived in Meigs county. Anyinformation about them or their parents would be appreciated. Thanks,
Crystal Burnham -- 651 East 400 North, Bountiful, UT 84010-3614
Submitted on Mon Dec 21 07:00:05 EST 1998


Looking for info on John William FENTEM, born in 1848 or 49 in TN. Hewas in McDonough Cty., IL by the 1870 census.
Kathy Lathrop
Submitted on Wed Dec 16 15:45:55 EST 1998


I am looking for any information on my Great Grandfather/Mother,James Monroe Cash born abt. 1826 Warren or Washington Co., and WifeSarah E. Hardeman/Ford(both listed as last names), also born TN about1826? Their latter children were born in Meigs Co. Any help wouldbe greatly appreciated. Thank You, Christopher D. Cash
Christopher D. Cash -- 104 N. Vanessa, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
Submitted on Mon Dec 14 08:21:02 EST 1998


Would like to share information on all Meigs or Monroe Co PerryFamily members - particulary interested in Ruth Perry - probably themother of - Asa Perry who married Jane Grady in 1840 - Noah Perry whomarried Jane Mavity - James Perry who married Jane Harlan - AllenPerry who married Matilda McKehun. Any information on any of thesefamilies would be appreciated
Elizabeth Stoddard
Submitted on Sat Dec 12 05:57:43 EST 1998


I am looking for information on Jessie George Cooley. His wife wasMartha Cooley. They had a son named John, one named Jesse George, onenamed Philip,a daughter named Mary and one named Ida if anyone couldhelp me with anything on this family I would appreciate it. My dadwas Jesse George and so far I haven't found much on them.
Martha Cooley Angel
Submitted on Mon Dec 7 14:29:09 EST 1998


I would like to have any information about the Myers family from the1840 to the 1860 census. Christopher Myers is the son of LesleyMyers. I believe this to be my Great Grandfather that is located inJasper Tn. He was in the 4th TN Calavry,Co. E. He married MarthaE. Spears. I believe that the 1840 to 1850 Christopher Myers washis grandfather. Do you have any marriage or death records.
Lew W. Myers -- 7421 White Tail Run Place , Concord , OH 44077
Submitted on Sat Dec 5 17:56:15 EST 1998


Looking for Thomas Ray. Lived in Meigs, Co., and is listed in the1840 census index. His son was William Ray, b. 1839. If you haveinformation of the Ray family, please contact me.
Steve Carter -- 701 S. 10th #8, Arkadelphia, AR 71923
Submitted on Wed Dec 2 22:14:58 EST 1998


Searching for MARTHA MOSS.The 1870 census, Meigs Co., Tennessee haslisted three MOSS families:(1)Thomas MOSS,23 with 25 y/o Roda and11m/o Mary,(2)Joseph MOSS, 73 with 63 y/o Elizabeth, farm laborer:John Raby,21,Caroline 26,and James W.,3m/o,(3)Sarah MOSS, 32 withJames A.,15,Martha age 13,Genl Jackson age 11 and Willie age 1. Doesany one have any information on these families?
Elaine Fowler Southerland
Submitted on Wed Dec 2 10:41:56 EST 1998


Need help in finding data on the CUNNINGHAM or FORD families of Meigs& Rhea Counties. James CUNNINGHAM married Catherine FORD in MeigsCounty then moved to Rhea to raise a family. Would love talking toanyone with information on either family. I just found the Fordname in our tree and need help locating information. Will sharewhat info that I already have on Cunningham family. Thanks for anyhelp.
Brenda Clark
Submitted on Wed Dec 2 00:09:20 EST 1998


Submitted on Sat Nov 21 12:33:52 EST 1998


researching the family history of paul PERKINS sr. married to izolaELDER lived in lower meigs county and bradley county. it is said theydescended from the BOWERMANS of meigs county which were not people ofcolor.
daphne locke -- daphne locke po box 194 , charleston, TN 37310
Submitted on Fri Nov 20 12:34:10 EST 1998


Abraham DAVIS, l8l8 married an Indian girl. Believe Ed. , l805 washis brother who marry Mary UNDERWOOD. Their son Samuel, born l840married Hettie C. CASEY and their grandaughter MARTHA J. BOWLIN ,born in l883 in Meigs co., Tn. married Ade COX from Ga.Their oldestchild, Ruby Mae COX was my mother who married Daniel Mc KinleyMARLAR. My mom told us of the many nights after Martha read themstories from the Bible, she would mention her 'people' who had beenso mistreated and was not allow to talk about it in front of others. Anyone who is connected to the Cherokee research would do me a greatservice my finding out if Abraham DAVIS is listed as having land inhis wife's name. Thank you.
Submitted on Thu Nov 19 18:01:25 EST 1998


I am in search of information on my Maternal Great Grandfather JamesMITTS (an only child) The parents of James died when he was 3 or 4yrs old. He was taken in by Dave(David) or Sarah GREGORY believed tobe his Aunt an Uncle. Date of birth abt 1875-1881. (his son John wasborn abt 1900-1901) I'm told he is listed on a Census as livingw/Gregorys. Any info on the parents names of James, and Gregory infowill be greatly appreciated.Thank You,Ann
Ann -- P.O. Box 1064, Clinton, MS 39056
Submitted on Wed Nov 18 07:54:16 EST 1998


Looking for information on John COX, son of William LAULSBY and MaryCOX. Born out of wedlock William and Mary soon married. Johnmarried Martha Lettitia CALFEE who was b. abt. 1801. Her father wasJames CALFEE who married Charity MURRAY on 22 Nov 1797. Anyinformation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Millie
Millie Conrad
Submitted on Tue Nov 17 16:50:57 EST 1998


Looking for information on John COX, son of William LAULSBY and MaryCOX. Born out of wedlock William and Mary soon married. Johnmarried Martha Lettitia CALFEE who was b. abt. 1801. Her father wasJames CALFEE who married Charity MURRAY on 22 Nov 1797. Anyinformation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Millie
Millie Conrad
Submitted on Tue Nov 17 16:49:08 EST 1998


Hi, I'm looking for the parents of Louisa CHAPMAN who was born in Georgiaon May 11, 1812. By April, 1828, she had relocated to Rhea County, Tennesseeand on April 21, 1828, married John C. CHASTAIN. In 1840, Louisa and John are inMeigs Co., Tennessee living next door to a Jeremiah CHAPMAN. I'm wondering ifthis could be Lousia's father. Their children include William C. Chastain, b.1829; Francis M. b. 1831; Joseph b. 1833; and A. (male) b. 1845 all born in Tennessee.The 1850 census shows they have moved to Lawrence County, Missouri inTurnback Twp. In 1860, they have moved to Christian County, Missouri,Breckinridge Twp. Louisa died Dec. 4, 1896 at Nixa, Christian County, MO.Any info on this Chapman family would be appreciated.Kathy OathoutMattoon, IL
Kathy Oathout
Submitted on Sun Nov 15 12:14:31 EST 1998


Seeking information on this family in Meigs County, ca 1860. Despatare to find dates and make connections with other ancestors and descendants.
Jean Nickey
Submitted on Sun Nov 15 20:01:05 EST 1998,BR>


Author seeking information, letters, diaries, rememberences, stories,notes, photos, etc. of the 43rd Tennessee Infantry, CSA for aregimental history of this unit.Company D commanded by Capt. A. W. Hodge was recruited from MeigsCo.
George Martin
Submitted on Thu Nov 12 19:34:34 EST 1998


Looking for information on Joseph Hamilton CATE/CATES dob approx1825-1830. Married Margaret Ann Tillery. Daughter Nancy CarolineCATE born 4/23/1853 in Decatur, Tennessee married John Green Jordan.
Carol Davis
Submitted on Wed Nov 11 23:24:44 EST 1998


CRANFIELD,CRANFILL -I am searching for the death date and parents of Isaac Cranfield, Cranfill who appeared on the Meigs County census in1860. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you. Jean
Jean Nickey
Submitted on Wed Nov 11 15:05:04 EST 1998


The 1850 Bradley census shows a H.C. erby. The 1880 Census shows aHampton Irley which is the same Hampton from Fulton,co.,Ga. a ThomasErby owned land in Bradley in 1869. Were they related? The 1900census of Meigs co.shows Hampton's wife as a widow. Any Help you cangive1
DAVID ERBY -- P.O. Box 25519, Chattanooga, TN 37422
Submitted on Mon Nov 9 08:38:29 EST 1998


Searching for any information on Susanna WOMACK, b. abt 1821. Believe she was the daughter of Jacob WOMACK and in Rhea Countycenses of 1830. May have become part of Meigs County when it wasformed.
Tommy Michaels -- 54 Drumlin Road, West Simsbury, CT 06092
Submitted on Sun Nov 8 18:47:02 EST 1998


Seeking information on ancestors of JOSEPH OSCAR DeFRIESE (1876-1962)married to MATTIE SWAGGERTY (1881-1960)children: Carson (marriedHazel ??), C.L.(married Lela Wolf), Truman (married CatherineWooten), Cleo (married O.L.Goodner), Fred L.(married Edith Smythe),Everette (married Juanita ??), Melvin (married Minnie Collins??),Elsie (Ralph Harrison), Avenal (married Ed Grant), Jodi(married ClaudHolder), and my grandfather, James Earl DeFriece (1900) married toMillie Emma SHAHAN (1898). Believe JOSEPH OSCAR DeFRIESE had twobrothers, have been unable to locate siblings or parents. Earliestrecollections the family lived close by the Cottonport Ferry (??) andthen moved outside of Dayton in Rhea County. Has anyone ever heard ofthe Cottonport Ferry? Willing to share information.
Brenda Hartman -- 1630 Orleans Court, Marco Island, FL 34145
Submitted on Sun Nov 8 00:54:52 EST 1998


Seeking death record of Isabella Carmichael Spears who died in MeigsCounty, TN, c1884.
Dorris Higgins Jones -- P.O. Box 187, Hartwell, GA 30643
Submitted on Thu Nov 5 21:28:51 EST 1998


RENO, GRIGSBY Looking for any information on the parents of ByrdReno and his wife Eddy Mae Grigsby. They were (I think)in Meigs County in 1933. Believe Eddydied ca. late 1940's. Unsure when either were born and when Byrddied. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Rachel Hillis
Submitted on Sat Oct 31 16:08:39 EST 1998


J.N. DICKINSON, wife V.L. (Murphree) in Pinhook, Meigs Co. Tn. in1891. Their daughter, Lenore Maud, (My grandmother) was born thereis 1891, her brother, Joseph Nelson born 1893. There is said that 2DICKINSON children died and were buried there, first names unknown. J.N. and family were in Lawrence Co. Tn in 1888 before coming toMeigs Co. Tn. then they were in Indian Terr. Ok. by 1895 where J.N.DICKINSON died. Is there any records for that time period, 1890 to1895 that has DICKINSON listed? He had a license as a medical man. Any help will greatly appreciated. Sincerely Jay Parker Blaesing
Jay Blaesing -- P.O. Box 65, Alden, , MI 49612
Submitted on Tue Oct 27 14:23:07 EST 1998


Looking for info on Mary Ann WEST.Born Feb. 1822. Family says she wasCherokee.Married James A. MITCHELL in TN (probably Meigs or Rhea Co.)They had 5 children:Isaac,Charles,Jeffery,Mary and Adelia. James diedin Meigs Co. TN in 1856. Mary Ann then married Jacob WOMACK Jr. in1860.Jacob was murdered by his slaves in 1862. Mary Ann and some ofher children moved to Tarrant or Parker Co. TX sometime after 1870.Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Katy< BR>Submitted on Mon Oct 26 02:04:29 EST 1998


I am researching the Lockmiller Family. The first Lockmiller to enterthe county was George Lockmiller. Descendant of George include: John,Samuel, William, George, Hiram, Elizah, Isaac, Virginia, Nancy, andHarriet. The Lockmiller family lived in the No Pone Valley. I wouldappreciate any help.
Regina Hatley Stacy
Submitted on Fri Oct 23 21:48:24 EDT 1998


James Avery MORGAN,b 1 June 1860 m Manervy Ellen THOMPSON on 12 April1879 in this county. He died abt 1899 or 1900, would like to knowwhere he is buried. He was homesteading land, where would the recordbe of this? He was the son of James Ambrose and Mary WINKLE MORGAN.
Helen Caraway
Submitted on Thu Oct 22 17:46:48 EDT 1998


I am looking for any of the Hale's, especially those born around the1900.s
Ed Lloyd Hale
Submitted on Thu Oct 22 04:39:34 EDT 1998


Looking for on info on Mary Ann WEST, born. Feb.27, 1822. She marriedJames A. MITCHELL and lived in Meigs Co. Family says she wasCherokee?Any info greatly appreciated, I am desperate!!
Katy Morris
Submitted on Wed Oct 21 15:40:25 EDT 1998


I am researching John Cloud HALEY and his descendants who settled inMeigs County around the early 1800's. This family was closelyinterrelated with the RICE, MATLOCK, and WILSON families of this areaand time. Would like to share info with anyone interested.
Randy Haley
Submitted on Mon Oct 19 20:29:15 EDT 1998


Anyone out there researching the ROGERS families of Meigs who wherethere from ca 1830-1850? Love to hear from you and compare notes.
Edna Clack
Submitted on Mon Oct 19 19:59:43 EDT 1998


Seeking information on the death of Isabella CARMICHAEL who died inMeigs County circa 1884.
Dorris Higgins-Jones
Submitted on Sun Oct 18 22:34:05 EDT 1998


Hiram GIBSON & his wife Mary A. (Breedlove/Wester) GIBSON are listedin the 1860 and 1870 census' for Meigs Co. TN. I am looking foranyone researching the GIBSON line that might have information onthis couple and their descendents. Most specifically where theydied. I am also researching Mary GIBSON's children by her marriageto Daniel D. WESTER who were living with Hiram and Mary GIBSON andthen one or all later migrated to Oregon.
Lori Gilmore
Submitted on Sun Oct 18 16:36:52 EDT 1998


I'm updating my query of 13 Jul 1998. My GGgrandparents Nimrod FLOYD& Mahala KELLER were married in Rhea County, TN, 9 Jul 1837. They arelisted in the 1840 census of McMinn County, TN with 2 male childrenunder 5 years, one male 5-10 yrs old & a female 60-70 years old inthe household also. In 1850 they are listed with children: Enoch 10yrs, Peter 9 yrs, Ome 8 yrs, George 6yrs, Abraham 5yrs, Samuel 4 yrs,Calvin, 3yrs, Rachel 2/12 yr. They later added James 7 Jan 1852 &John N. in Nov, 1856. I just recieved a record of theCulvahouse-Butler Cemetery in Meigs County which appears to be thesite of Nimrod's grave. The headstone says he was born 15 Dec 1806 &died 25 Aug 1856. In 1857 Mahala & the 10 children are in DentCounty, MO, and Mahala bought land. A biography of Calvin FLOYD inGoodspeed's History of Dent, etc. Counties in Missouri states thatCalvin was born in Meigs County,TN. Has anyone any more informationon the Cemetery, FLOYD, or KELLER families?
Vernetta Nelson
Submitted on Tue Oct 13 21:26:35 EDT 1998


I am looking for onforamtion on Frances Royster and his wife CarolineMcGinnis Royster. They lilved in either Meigs and/or Decature CountyTN. Any information will be greatly apricated. My e-mail address isMREARD@ AOL. COMThank you for your tilme
Donna Reardon -- 4738 Tara Woods Dr E, Jacksonville, FL 32210
Submitted on Mon Oct 12 15:16:22 EDT 1998


I was born in Meigs County on 12/5/33. My parents are Wilbur D.Hickman (1899-1945) and Hattie Shiflett Hickman (1901-present). Willshare information I have on Hickman's of Meigs County, Tennessee
Thomas B. Hickman -- 117 Copper Ridge Drive, Woodstock, GA 30188
Submitted on Sun Oct 11 12:06:26 EDT 1998


Seeking information about James Henry STARNES, Sr., who (1) was bornin about 1839 in TN; (2) went by his middle name, Henry; (3) marriedNarcissus [maiden name unknown]; (4) moved from Brittsville, MeigsCounty, TN to Birchwood, James [now Hamilton] County, TN in 1882; and(5) died on February 10, 1887 in Birchwood, James [now Hamilton]County, TN.James Henry STARNES, Sr. had the following children: Wilma, born inabout 1862; Samantha, born in July 1869; James Henry, Jr., born onApril 9, 1871; Colonel [his name, not his title] Andrew, born onSeptember 11, 1873; and Stanton, born in January 1879.Any help will be greatly appreciated.
J. Michael Frost
Submitted on Fri Oct 9 09:38:23 EDT 1998


Seeking information about the following household, which is the onlySTARNES [or variant thereof] household listed in the 1850 census ofMeigs County, TN.: (1) Sophia STARNES, 35, F, Born in NC; (2)Caroline, 25, F, NC; (3) John, 23, M, NC; (4) Joshua, 21, M, NC; (5)Malinda, 19, F, NC; (6) Frankland, 17, M, TN; (7) Rebecca, 15, F, TN;(6) Jane, 13, F, TN; (7) Hannah, 11, F, TN; and (8) Roseanna, 9, F,TN.Any help will be greatly appreciated.
J. Michael Frost
Submitted on Fri Oct 9 09:20:42 EDT 1998


Seeking information about Benjamin STARN, the only STARNES [orvariant thereof] listed in the index to the 1840 census of MeigsCounty, TN. Although it is difficult to read the handwriting of thecensus taker, it appears to me that Benjamin's surname was STARNS,rather than STARN.It appears from the 1840 census that (1) Benjamin was born between1790 and 1800; (2) his wife was born between 1790 and 1800; and (3)he had 1 son born between 1825 and 1830; 2 sons born between 1830 and1835; 1 son born between 1835 and 1840; 1 daughter born between 1820and 1825; 1 daughter born between 1825 and 1830; 1 daughter bornbetween 1830 and 1835; 2 daughters born between 1835 and 1840.Benjamin does not appear in the 1850 census of Meigs County, TN.Any help will be greatly appreciated.
J. Michael Frost
Submitted on Fri Oct 9 09:10:14 EDT 1998


Am looking for mention of my great-grandfather, J.DICKINSON, MD., andwife V.L.(Virginia Lavert Murphree) who were born in Alabama. DoctorDICKINSON was practicing medicene in Lawrence Co. Tn. in 1882-1889,then moved to Penhook Landing, Meigs Co. Tn. for a few years where 2of his children died. Believe they were buried in a cemetery there,perhaps gone when TVA put in the dam. My grandmother, Leanor MaudDICKINSON was born at Penhook in Jan. 1891 and her brother, JosephNelson DICKINSON was born in Penhook in 1893. Family moved toOklahoma, Indian Territory about 1895, and J.DICKINSON died therewhile treating a flu epidemic. Help appreciated. Sincerely, Jay
J. (Parker) Blaesing -- P.O. Box 65, Alden , MI 49612
Submitted on Tue Oct 6 18:24:39 EDT 1998


Looking for any evidence of date and/or circumstances of the death ofRANDOLPH GIBSON about 1835-36. He was the father of my ancestor,HIRAM GIBSON, of Meigs County.
Ron Gibson
Submitted on Tue Oct 6 11:48:18 EDT 1998


I'm seeking information on ancestors and descendants of Jehu POPLINborn 1804. He married Lucy LNU . Children were Elizabeth, Jehu, MaryM. who married Frank LAWSON, and Lucy E. POPLIN. Frank LAWSON AndMary POPLIN had the following children: John LAWSON, Anna "Annie"LAWSON, and Kate LAWSON who married a HAMLIN. Any information wouldbe greatly appreciated.
Lisa V.
Submitted on Sun Oct 4 02:01:11 EDT 1998


I'm looking for the parentage of my great-grandmother, MyrtaJosephine RANDOLPH, born 10-23-1879, married Thomas HamiiltonJohnston in Meigs Co in the early 1890's and migrated to easternTexas in 1902-3. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Deborah Johnston Touchet -- 603 East Dewey Street, Malakoff, TX 75148
Submitted on Sat Oct 3 22:32:12 EDT 1998


Looking for ancestors of John FITCH, borth 1805, Megis Co, TN.Had son, George Washington FITCH, born 1 Nov 1841 in Megis Co. (my great and great-great grandfathers).
Philip J Morriss -- 5412 North Vine, North Little Rock, AR 72116
Submitted on Thu Oct 1 19:43:35 EDT 1998

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