Category: Families & Individuals

Diary of Kate Livingston, 1859-1868

By , October 20, 2011

Thanks to the generosity of research Al Baumbach, the WPA transcription of the diary of Kate Livingston, dating from 1859-1868, is available as a free, downloadable PDF file.

The Livingstons resided in Grainger and Jefferson Counties during the period covered by the diary.

Click here to learn more.

Clapp Family Reunion, 2011

By , July 11, 2011

If you have Clapp family interests, or if you have some other connection to Alamance County or Guilford County, North Carolina, you may be interested to read about the Clapp Family Reunion scheduled for August, 2011. Click here for details.

Bible of the William & Sally Lane Family

By , June 21, 2011

From a document entitled Descendants of William Lane. The author’s name was not included in the document. No copyright infringement is intended by posting the information here for the benefit of researchers.

The following information was copied from the old family Bible which was in the possession of my Grandmother Helen Beatrice Lane Smith, until the time of her death, then it went to my mother Cleo Agnes Smith Lewis, and is now in the possession of my niece Linda Kay Smith, of New Braunfels, TX (2006).

All information in the old family Bible is copied here just as it was written.

Grandfathers age
William Lane was born Dec. the 17th 1778.

Grandmothers age
Saley Hanes was born Dec. the 14th, 1782.

Addison Lane, was born July 4th A.D. 1804
(Note: William Lane and Saley Hanes were parents of Addison Lane)

Sally Dennis, was born Sept.14th A.D. 1805

Addison Lane and Sally Dennis was married October 7 A.D. 1824

(Note: below are listed the children of Addison Lane and Sally Dennis)

Delony Lane, was born August 12th A.D. 1825 and deceased Aug.17 1828.

William Howard Lane , was born January 3rd A.D. 1828 and deceased January 17th at 2, O clock A.M. A.D. 1853 aged 25 years and 14 days.

Eliza Ann Lane, was born February 14th A.D. 1830.

Eliza Ann Lane and Josephus Hornsby was married June 19 A.D. 1850.

John Campbell Lane, was born September 16th A.D. 1832 and deceased August 12th A.D. 1838

James Marion Lane was born October 30th A.D. 1834.

Addison Earldom Lane was born December 3rd A.D. 1837.

Bascom Canon Lane, was born December 26th A.D. 1841 and deceased August 10th 1847.

Florin Douglas Lane, was born April 1st A.D. 1844.

Fernando Gustavess Lane, was born September 8th A.D. 1849.

James M. Lane and Letitia Ann Boyece was married
January 6th A.D. 1859.
Letitia Ann Boyece was born June 21st A.D. 1844

(Note: the names children of James Lane and Letitia Ann Boyce are listed below, all of this information still in family Bible)

William C. Lane was born December the 20 Tuesday evening 1859.

James Florin Lane, was born the 23 of October on Thursday morning 1862.

Alley Orlando Lane, was born March the 30 on Thursday morning 1865 and deceased June the 7, 1866.

Van Oden Lane, was born June the 28, 1868.

Birdie F. Lane, was born Dec. the 10th, 1870.

John Swan Lane was born May 17, 1873.

Helen Beatrice Lane, was born March 23rd 1876.

Ruben Burstein Lane, was born March 1, 1878.

Lucian Johneson Lane, was born August the 6, 1883.

(Note: other information shown in Bible, is below:)

Faney Powel was born January the 14th, 1852.

Fernando Lane and F. Powel was married Aug. the 29, 1869.

Elizabeth Gilbert was born March the 1, 1847.

F. D. Lane and Elizabeth Gilbert was married Nov. the 2, 1870.

Bible of the White Family of Thorn Hill

By , June 21, 2011

From a document entitled Descendants of Benjamin (s/o John) Coffey. The author’s name was not included in the document. No copyright infringement is intended by posting the information here for the benefit of researchers.

White Family Bible. Originally owned by John White, present owner Mrs. W. M. McDaniel, Thorn Hill, Tennessee. Copied by Johnny Atkins, Bean Station, Tennessee, Oct 14, 1937.

John White born April 23, 1843
Orreneney M.V. White born July 1, 1841
John C Coffey born July 14, 1801
Wilum P. Coffey born April 13, 1814
Margaret C. White born 1871
Masley P. White born December 3, 1875
Mary L. White born September 10, 1880
Wm. Mc. Daniel born February 1, 1861
Emuline MC. Daniel born August 10, 1890
John Mc. Daniel died February 5, 1889
Peter White died January 24, 1892
Casaill Coffey died September 7, 1882
Mary L. White died June 26, 1894
Nancy Coffey died November 2, 1860
Harriet Mc Daniel died April 1891

Langley, the William M. Cocke Estate

By , June 21, 2011

The William Cocke House was probably built soon after Cocke purchased the 300 acre tract from Frederick Kearns on October 8, 1847. This beautiful estate is situated in a fertile valley along Richland Creek; this land was occupied as early as 1796 when Michael Kearns purchased the property from one Christian Rhodes.

Langley Estate

A familiar landmark to the community, the Cocke House stands as an excellent example of the Greek Revival style of architecture as displayed in East Tennessee. Langley is a beautiful Antebellum home built by William M. Cocke in 1850, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since1973. Langley is situated on 6.13 acres of land and is privately owned;and is currently listed with a local Real Estate office for sale. The ten-room house is located east of Rutledge about 9 miles on Route 2. Welcoming one’s sight though the front entry-way, the spiral staircase takes the visitor’s sight up toward the second floor of bedrooms; along the foyer, and the parlor with its beautiful chandelier are just some of the spectacular features of this showplace.

Langley Interior

Langley stands as an ever present reminder of Grainger County’s political history; William M. Cocke was the grandson of General William Cocke who served as a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1796, circuit Court Judge, member of Tennessee General Assembly and the man for whom Cocke County, Tennessee. William’s father, Sterling Cocke represented Grainger County in the State House from 1815-1817, elected State Senate 1717-1819,and served as Attorney General for Tennessee’s 1st District from 1818-1833.The only child of Sterling and his first wife, Eliza T. Massengill Cocke,William Michael Cocke, born in Rutledge, Tennessee, on July 16, 1815, graduated from East Tennessee State College in Knoxville. He studied law and upon admission to the bar, returned to Rutledge to begin his legal practice.

Politically a Democrat, Cocke spent much of his adult life holding some type of elected office. Cocke was clerk of Grainger County Circuit Court from 1840-1845. He was elected to the State House of Representatives, serving from March 4, 1845 to March 3, 1849. He was later elected to the State Senate serving from 1855-1857. Cocke served in the 31st General Assembly in the second session of 1855-1896, replacing Christopher Hitch, who had resigned; representing Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, and Grainger counties as a Democrat. William Cocke had an uncle, John Cocke, who also served as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly.

On January 15, 1835, he married his first cousin, Sarah Frances Cocke,daughter of Willis and Margaret E. Rogers Cocke. They had seven children:Elisabeth T. (Mrs. William H. Turley), Charles, William M., Sarah Frances(Mrs. J. E. Rankin), Emma (Mrs. John Strong), Ellis, and Mary B. Cocke (Mrs. William D. Wadsworth). His second wife was Amanda Grigsby and his third Noel; no children by second nor third wife. From 1859-1865, he resided in Asheville, NC. About 1872, he moved to Lexington, Ky, and from there to Nashville, in Davidson County. He died in Nashville on February 6, 1896; buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Nashville.

In November 1858, Cocke sold his property to James T. Carmichael and moved his family to Asheville, NC, for the duration of the Civil War. The house was the scene of considerable activities throughout the war. While Union troops camped along Richland Creek, the Cocke House was used as a field hospital.

Langley Entrance

This document was found on the Hawkins County TNGenWeb site, where it was used with permission of Ganell Marshall in 1998. Copyright of the article is held by her.

Record Transcriptions in the USGenWeb Archives

By , June 18, 2011

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Memorial to Historian Clarence McGinnis

By , June 15, 2011

The McGinnises are well-known local historians in the Grainger County area.

Clarence “Johnny” McGinnis, 88, of Morristown, passed away Monday, June 13, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earley C. and Maude Henry McGinnis; sister, Ruth Farmer; and brother-in-law, J. L. Farmer.

“Johnny” served his country as a Medic during WWII with the 77th Infantry Division. After returning to civilian life, he and his wife, Grace ran Reliable TV Sales and Service in Buffalo Trail until he retired in 1982.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Grace Medlin McGinnis; daughters, Darlene McGinnis of Morristown, and Janice McGinnis of Oak Ridge; Joe (Judy) Harrell; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011 in the east chapel of Allen Funeral Home prior to graveside services at Bethesda Cemetery. Flowers are welcome; honorariums may be made in his honor to the Hamblen County Archives located in the Hamblen County Courthouse.

Arrangements by Allen Funeral Home in Morristown.

Elizabeth Bliss Moffett Obituary

By , May 22, 2011

Died at Lea Springs, Grainger County, on the 10th of July 1864, Elizabeth Bliss, daughter of J S & Maria L Moffett, aged 5 years, 1 month and 10 days. Little Lizzie and her sisters, Anna and Emma, now sweetly sleep beneath the sod of Gray Cemetery.

Source: Brownlow’s Knoxville Whig, Saturday, July 23, 1864

Transcribed by Robert McGinnis and used with his permission.

Marriage of Noah Nance and Alice Williamson

By , May 22, 2011

Married on the 28th ult., by Rev. N Corum, Noah Nance, of Jefferson county, to Miss Alice, daughter of Wm Williamson, Esq., of Grainger county, Tenn.

Source: Knoxville Register, Thursday, September 4, 1856

Transcribed by Robert McGinnis and used with his permission.

James Hodge Obituary

By , May 22, 2011

Died on the 5th inst., at his father’s residence in Grainger county, James Hodge, who was born in this county, about the year 1819.

He was a young man of ordinary talents, though of undetermined and unshaken integrity. Owing to the limited resources of his parents for pecuniary assistance, he was enabled to acquire only a moderate education. He was a man of good habits and filled his place in society as a valuable and respected member. Until the commencement of the present year he lived outside the church; but by the labors of the church and ministry at protracted meeting held in this county in January inst., he was brought savingly to the knowledge of the truth by confiding in Jesus Christ. He immediately attached himself to the Baptist Church at Blackwell’s Branch, in which he lived a devoted and exemplary member until his death.

After an illness of several weeks, the disease that was preying upon his system, proved fatal and though combated by all the ingenuity of his physicians, though he was young and vigorous, death has swept him away, he has seen the last of earth and entered another mode of existence. He endured his affliction with patience and Christian fortitude. A few days previous to his decease, when it was seen that he was rapidly decaying, a friend interrogated him to know if he enjoyed the comforts of religion, he replied that he did, at the same time lifting his hands, he exclaimed: "Glory To God, for the peace I enjoy."

Source: Knoxville Register, Wednesday, November 29, 1848

Transcribed by Robert McGinnis and used with his permission.

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