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White County, Tennessee

Pictures from the Past

If you can identify people in the picture, or provide any other information,
please contact the person listed for each picture.

Newest pictures are now on top.

John Gist Jr
Dovie Gist Potts

(Top) Dovie Gist Potts (picture from Hilra Qualls)
(Bottom) John Gist Jr and family (picture from Frank Gist Anderson Jr)

Cathy Martin


We believe this to be Sarah Scott, my husbands grandmother who lived in White Co. and was the dau of John W. Scott. None of his family has a photo of her, so we aren't sure. Any help is appreciated.

J. Scott


(Top) Unknown person, picture by James A. Goodwin of Sparta
(Bottom) Mary ?

Lynda Carter Ridall

Bethesda School
Bethesda School Names

Bethesda School in or near the Scotts Gulf Area of White Co.

Hillra Stone Qualls

Dodson School

Dodson School in the Big Bottom Community of White County.

Hillra Stone Qualls


White County men believed to be from Sinking Creek Baptist Church, at meeting of Caney Fork Association of Old Baptists, Hopewell Meeting House, Sparkmantown, c. 1852.

Hoyte Cook




Sawmill believed to have been near Sparta or Doyle, 1905-1926.

Pat Kilpatrick


Postcard. Stamped on back is "James A. Goodwin - Sparta, Tenn".

Pat Kilpatrick


Found in the belongings of Ethel Rice, a longtime resident of White County.  The persons are unknown, but believed to be members of the Rice family.  This photograph is over 100 years old.

Camalia Rice Mann

Sarah Moss Swilling Cheek

Sarah Moss Swilling Cheek with children Lizzie and James R. (standing). Died a widow on Jun 8, 1881 in Dennison, Grayson County, Texas, while enroute to Cleburne, Johnson County TX, to join her brother, John S. Moss and family.

Norm Ricker

Elisha Cheek

On the right, Elisha Cheek, born Jan 1846, Franklin Co, GA. He is the father of James R. Cheek and stepfather of Mary Jane Swilling. Shown with Elisha is 2nd wife Lavina B. Holmes Cheek and two of their children.

Norm Ricker

James R. Cheek

On right, James R. Cheek, born Apr 1867, Van Buren Co. Lived in Sparta until 1886.
Who is the man on the left?

Norm Ricker

Possibly Mt Gilead Methodist

Unknown -- possibly Mt Gilead Methodist Church.
The man at bottom left is believed to be Tarrell Barnes.
The man at bottom right may be Rev A.G. Copeland.

Sandy Keathley

Mt. Pisgah Methodist Church children

Mt. Pisgah Methodist Church children.

Jane Hembree Crowley

Quebeck school 8th grade class

Quebeck school 8th grade class picture, c. 1946.
Tentative identification, L to R:
Howard Holder, Wilma Matthews (verified), Charles Barlow, Claudine Neal,
John Thomas Sparkman, Katie Jo Hembree, Mary Norma Sparkman, Bobby Swindell, Juanita Mason.

Jane Hembree Crowley

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