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The Anderson County Historical Society is headquartered in Clinton, Anderson County, Tennessee.

The primary interest of the ACHS is the preservation of the history and genealogies of Clinton and Anderson County and the surrounding counties in East Tennessee.

The name Pellissippi is the historic Native American name for the Clinch River, the major waterway running through the area.

Anderson County Historical Society
PO Box 148
Clinton. TN 37717
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  1. Mildred Treadway / Oct 8 2012 11:37 pm

    The twins, Geraldine & Joyce Jarsey Phillips that are buried in Cumberland Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery, “The Swag” were born 3 April 1941 and died 14 April 1941. Cause of death undetermined, 7 month pregnacy. Daughters of Flem Phillips (1907-1959) and wife Dora Wilson Phillips (1907-1997) Source: Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1959. The parents, Flem & Dora are buried in Norris Memorial Gardens, Anderson County, Tennessee. Please add this to the information on the twins. The parents are my Uncle & Aunt.
    Thank you,
    Mildred Phillips Treadway

  2. ronevans209 / Oct 9 2012 1:32 am

    Thanks for the update Mildred. I have updated the Anderson County TNGenWeb Site with this information.

    • Reid / Nov 20 2012 3:17 am


      The link for “Sons of the Revolution – Anderson Co. Chapter” should point to “”. Your Links page at “” has a very old link that no longer works.

      • ronevans209 / Jan 24 2013 6:15 pm

        Hi Reid. Link has been updated. Thanks. Ron

  3. Name Connie Wade Behensky / Oct 29 2012 12:10 am

    Ok there is someone in that town that I know has pictures and he is my cousin but did not know till I told him. Heck I did not know either till I started my search but he said that he has tons of pictures that he does not know who they are,. I know that the woman in the family was the record keeper and the one who kept the family photo’s and since he is the ggg grandchild of the only woman in my gg grandfather’s family she was the one with the pictures. His name is Al Coleman. If any of you people down there know this guy do you think that you can talk him into helping me and I don’t know scanning the photo’s over the internet. I have found his first cousin that did send me a few. There was a Doctor Taylor that was supposed to of had a big beautiful home on the outskirts of Anderson county. He is related to me as well and to All. Could someone take a picture of that old house and scan it for me on the internet. My name is Connie Wade Behensky and my web address is Any help that you can give me wiould be greatly appreciated. I know that he must have a picture of my gg aunt and my ggg grandfather Crockett Wade because he did not die until 1876 and photos had been out for almost 25 years at that time and his ggg grandmother my ggg aunt did not die until 1918 so she had to have some. Come on now. Help a girl out.

    • Suzanne Haley / May 21 2013 12:09 pm

      If the “Dr. Taylor” you mentioned is Dr. Will Taylor (1853-1930), who was married to Molly Biddle, there should be a book in the local library or Knoxville’s McClung library “The Taylors and Related Families of Anderson County, Tennessee.” There is a good bit of genealogical info in it.

  4. Sande Riggs / Dec 12 2012 4:13 am

    I met representatives of the David Hall cabin. They asked me to contact them. I have tried to find the cabin on line and found you. Perhaps, if you could, please forward this email to the family? Remind them I am the one with the toy demonstrations..
    Thank you

    • ronevans209 / Jan 24 2013 6:16 pm

      Hi Sande. I might see them this evening at the PGHS January meeting. I will forward your message. They now have a web site at

      • Sande Riggs / Jan 25 2013 3:51 am

        Thank you so much they wanted me to do cooking and toy demonstrations.

  5. Gail Bartholomew / Feb 13 2013 6:14 pm

    Hi I am looking for information regarding the Riggs family in this area – especially Elias and Jane Leach Riggs. Thank you!

    • daltonarick / Mar 7 2013 4:01 pm

      I am not sure. I will look at muy family and see. I think I remember a Jane and Bartholomew, back in the 18th century. My family came from Surrey Co. NC back then. Does that help?

    • daltonarick / Mar 7 2013 4:04 pm

      I am not sure. I believe I remember a Bartholomew and Jane from the 18th century. My line came to Temnesse about. 1790s. I hope this helps, tip I can get into my stuff and check.

  6. Janet Dabney Kiggans / Feb 25 2013 1:25 pm

    Hi Gail,

    I have an Elias Riggs in my line that was the son of Thomas Riggs and Louisa Dabney Riggs. The Riggs and Dabney families intermarried a number of times. My Elias was born ~1860. I do not have a spouse for him as yet.

    Janet Dabney Kiggans

  7. Carlotta M P M / Mar 24 2013 5:23 pm

    I’m looking for information regarding Rexie and Flossie Phillips Bunch. I have hit a dead end on obtaining information on the Bunch side of the family. Rexie Bunch was born in Devonia, TN. Rexie had 4 children that survived past the age of 2. Margie Bunch, Delois Bunch (my grandmother), Rexie Leo Armes (died in Vietnam), and Jay B Bunch. Margie had 3 children Harold West, Brenda West, and Darryl West which i am unable to obtain any information on them as well. Rexie Leo Armes i only have a DOB and DOD for him from military records. Then on Jay B Bunch he was born in Ohio after Rexie Bunch married Bernice. Rexie and Bernice Divorced before Rexie died. I am unaware of any information DOB, DOD, whereabouts on Jay B Bunch. Any information please get in contact with me through my web site :

    • Robert Kelly / Aug 14 2015 2:41 pm

      Carlotta, my wife, Mary Lee Barber Kelly was born to John Henry Barber and Etta Mae Stringer Barber, of Devonia/New River TN on 11/04/1943. At that time, there were three other siblings, two girls and a boy. However, they moved to Petros, better known as Brushy Mountain Prison area, when she was approximately 5 years old. She recalls the name of Phillips and Bunch, but have no contact after moving. Not sure of what time frame your looking for, however, they moved out of the Devonia area around 1948. Hope this helps. Also, if you or any other relatives remember the Barber family, would appreciate a push from you. Thanks Robert

      • Doris Jenkins / Mar 28 2016 1:54 pm

        I go to Petros Baptist Church we done a video in 1996.The facebook page Petros History Morgan county Tn has a picture of a Robert Kelly he may be related to you. We are just trying to find information about our community s past.

  8. Susan Gaither Russell / Apr 12 2013 5:17 pm

    Looking for research concerning John Brogan and William Lamar. Thank you Susan Russell

  9. Dianne Williams / Jun 7 2013 1:45 pm

    I am looking for any information on the Martin and Bradshaw families. Specifically, Richard Martin son of Issac Martin who married Rhoda C. Bradshaw daughter of John Bradshaw. If anybody has any information, I would be most grateful. Thanks again.

    • Charles Severs / Feb 26 2016 3:14 pm

      You may be able to get info on the Bradshaw family from Pat Seaver as she has researched the family of Henry Seaver of Virginia who had a grandson whose widow married a Bradshaw..

    • Dan Blagg / Feb 28 2016 2:06 pm

      Catherine Lamar, dau. of James and Elizabeth Severs Lamar, b. 8 Apr 1806, d. 11 Dec 1881, married Lewis Bradshaw on 10 Sep 1835. I do not know exactly where for any of these events, although Catherine’s father died in Jefferson Co TN in 1829, and her mother in Platte Co MO in 1845. I suspect Catherine was born and married in Jefferson Co TN. Maybe this will lead you somewhere for this family…

  10. Lois Walter / Jun 12 2013 6:58 pm

    Susan, many Brogan’s moved to Nodaway county, Missouri from Anderson Co., Tn. Check there. Lois

    • Phyllis Dew Krebs / Mar 11 2014 2:37 pm

      I am from Nodaway County MO. My Dew, Atkins, and Wallace ancesters moved there in 1866ish via covered wagon from Anderson Co TN. Brogan’s may have come at the same time, not familiar with the name though.

      • Charles Severs / Feb 26 2016 3:15 pm

        are you familiar with the “Lamar Legacy” by Ruth Petracek it contains data on Wallace of Anderson Co

  11. Donna Tye / Jun 13 2013 11:03 am

    My great grandmother was Abby Wallace Curnutt,she was born 1867and died abt 1892 in Anderson County.I cannot locate where she is buried.If anyone comes across her in any cemetery records please contact me. Thank you Donna Tye

  12. Larry Gamble / Jun 26 2013 2:02 am

    I am searching for information regarding the Gamble family: Robert Allen Gamble (1732-1812), his son, John Gamble who died in 1814 and John’s son, Robert Gamble (Abt. 1805) who married the daughter of Thomas Harrison Carneal (1769-1855). They lived in Anderson and Knox counties. The time period is about 1780-1840). Is there a local genealogist who might assist me (for pay) in this quest? You may contact me at my e-mail address:

    • Fred Eiler / May 24 2015 9:57 pm

      Sorry to be so late but I just joined the society a few months ago and saw your request. You probably know by know that Oak Ridge Tn Historical Cemeteries lists two Gamble Cemeteries. If you click on each cemetery you’ll see a list on the burials that have inscribed stones. Unfortunately, some are earlier and have only field stones, but may have some of these unmarked graves listed.

      • Larry Gamble / May 26 2015 1:28 am

        Thank you Fred. Yes, I have visited both cemeteries. Neither one seems to be kept up. One has suffered terrible vandalism with over-turned tombstones, etc. I have a copy of names from both cemeteries. I am sure I am related to some, if not most of these Gambles, but I would like to find a descendent and compare my DNA results with theirs. Let me know if you bump into any Gambles. I live in California, but will be in Tennessee late in the fall. Many thanks! Larry Gamble

  13. Paul Brown / Jul 24 2013 9:36 pm

    I am doing research for a local history documentary and am seeking photographs of Clinton taken between 1900-1920. There are a few photos I’m interested in that are included in the Society’s publication, TENNESSEE 200 BICENTENNIAL HISTORY OF ANDERSON COUNTY, as well as a couple included in an earlier book, CLINTON: AN IDENTITY REDISCOVERED. Do you know who I could talk to about finding Clinton images from that period and acquiring permission to use them in a documentary? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! I can provide descriptions of specific photographs I’m seeking, if needed.

    • ronevans209 / Sep 20 2013 5:56 pm

      Paul. I would recommend contacting Eddie Stair from Clinton. He has an incredible collection of old photos of Clinton and Anderson County. Eddie has a facebook page with many of these photos posted.

      • Paul B. / Sep 20 2013 7:35 pm

        Thank you, Ron, for your reply. I have already contacted Eddie, and he very generously shared what he had. Unfortunately, many of his photos were scanned by other people and were not of a high enough resolution for what I need. Do you know if there is a collection of original photographs by Mr. B. Shinlever, a prominent Clinton photographer for many years?

      • ronevans209 / Sep 20 2013 8:22 pm

        Paul, you might also want to contact Stephanie Hill. She compiled the photographs for the “IMAGES OF AMERICA – CLINTON” Arcadia book. Her email is

  14. sarah gadson / Aug 5 2013 1:08 am

    trying to find emma latham married to james d gadson . They lived in Anderson county possibly in Gadson Town. They lived in rural Anderson County and had several children.

  15. Sarah / Sep 20 2013 6:36 pm

    I plan on visiting Clinton I am a descendant of the Gadsonb who lived in Gadson town Anderson tenn, I really would like to see haven cementsry. Is it still opened can I get an update on the status of the Gadson town location . Who would be the best person or agency to contact

    • Mary E. Barker / Mar 30 2015 8:21 pm

      I don;t know when you sent this, but Gadson Town is about 1/2 mile east of Clinton Highway(US 25W) on Raccoon Valley Road in the Claxton Community. The Haven Chapel Methodist Church is now located on Raccoon Valley pretty much in front of Gadson Town. However, the original church was about 1.25 miles further east on Raccoon Valley and the cemetery is located at that site. Since it is located right on Raccoon Valley Rd, it is easy to park and go into and stroll.
      (I was raised on Raccoon Valley between Gadson Town and this Cemetery.
      We always considered the original black families in Gadson town to be our neighbors.
      I have moved and now live about 24 miles further east from my home place and in the mean time, Gadson Town has changed greatly. I don’t know who all lives in there now, but i understand that most of the original property owners no long have decedents living in the “town” To my knowing it never was a “town” but rather a settlement of hardworking black people. As far as I know, there was never even a store in that area. The folks came out on Raccoon Valley and either walked or road down to Clinton Highway to the local store or went to Clinton or Knoxville or Oak Ridge for supplies..

    • E. Thomas / Jul 10 2018 11:35 pm

      I am a Gadson, who grew up in Gadsontown. I have been compiling information and would love to share it with you. Please email me at

  16. paula wiser / Sep 26 2013 11:45 pm

    Im a desendant of webber and sharp im trying to locate dennis webber frm clinton my mom is a sharp last living child and im trying 2 get pics of things frm past like sharp cafe in town

  17. Kathern Vaughn / Oct 24 2013 11:53 pm

    I am trying to find out about my family. My grandfather was George Washington Williams born 3-28-1897 My grandmother was Vertie Jane Burge, born 1-7-1905 They were married in New River Tn. on May 23, 1919. I don’t know anything about either of their families. Any information would be great. Thanks

  18. Connie Williams / Nov 10 2013 6:01 pm

    Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) of Kingston, TN, is compiling a commemorative book of Military Veterans with a tie to Roane County, TN. The public is invited to submit a photo and short military biography of family members and/or friends with Roane County ties. Information requested includes veterans name, birthdate and place, parents’ names, spouse name, branch of military, enlistment date and place, decorations/awards received, theater/battles, discharge date and place, and if applicable, death date and burial place. A copy of a photo of the veteran (only) with the veteran’s name on the back can be submitted, but will not be returned.
    Mail the photo copy and information to: DAR, PO Box 611, Kingston, TN 37763. The submission is free. Deadline is March 31, 2014. Southwest Point Chapter meets the third Thursday of each month at the welcome center of Fort Southwest Point in Kingston and will accept submissions at 5:30 pm, also.
    A beautiful hardcover book is expected to be printed by Christmas 2014. The book will be available for purchase at a cost of $60 and preorders will be accepted beginning January 2014.
    The proceeds from this book will be used by Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR to continue historic preservation, education and to promote patriotism.
    For additional information, contact Connie Williams (865)717-3949 or Barbara Wasilko (865)310-4560.

  19. Gary / Jan 7 2014 7:35 pm

    I am trying to find information on an antebellum home called “Eagle Bend” that once sat on the Clinch River near Clinton prior to TVA. It was built by F. H. Preston, and sold in the late 1860s to Judge Young whose family occupied the home for nearly a century. Are there any images of the house? Thanks.

    • Stephanie / Apr 3 2014 4:46 am

      Therre is a picture of the Young home at Eagle Bend on page 17 in the book Anderson County Historical Sketches by Katherine Hoskins.

  20. Paul B. / Jan 12 2014 7:24 pm

    Do you know of any Powell natives that might remember the old Bell Bridge where Clinton Pike crossed Beaver Creek? The bridge was torn down around 1940, as the current bridge had been built at least a decade earlier with the new Clinton Highway. I have yet to find any photographs of the old bridge, but I wondered if there was anyone around who could describe what it looked like. Supposedly, it was a steel bridge floored with wood planks, but I wasn’t sure whether it was a “pony truss” bridge or something else. I appreciate any information you could provide or contacts you might have.

  21. Larry Gamble / Jan 20 2014 9:15 pm

    Does anyone know how I might find the location on a map of the described location below?

    JOHN GAMBLE. S#128 12-28-1807. E#l96 9-10-1808. 20 acres on Bear Creek.
    Beginning on a conditional line between said Gamble and William
    Wiet…near the head of a spring. SCC: William Wiet, David Oliver.
    Recorded 5-9-1808. Lifted 6-24-1808 by Robert McNeely. (This survey does
    not state in which county the land lay but Bear Creek runs through both Anderson and Roan Counties. His Survey #73 designated the land as being in Roane County, and the body of the survey as being in Anderson County.

    Then later, in a survey for William Gardenshire, we find reference to the land again:
    Anderson County Land Records: Deed dated 31, January 1815,
    William Gardenshire received 25 acres “on the waters of Bear Creek,
    a branch of Poplar Creek…running up the valley to John Gamble’s line…to a
    spring and improvement where Carneal lives.”

  22. Carol Ruby / Jan 25 2014 5:04 pm

    I’m a descendent of Pleasant Miller Freels B 10-25-1827 in Scarbrough, Anderson Co. D 8-3-1877 in Robertsville, Anderson Co. married to Nancy Jane Roberts B 11-25-1821 in N. Carolina, D 8-3-1877 in Edgewood, Anderson Co.
    My other line is James Scarborough B abt. 1800 D Oct 1843 in Anderson Co. Married to Anna E Rice B 1804 in N Carolina, D 5-23-1874 in Anderson Co.
    If anyone has any information they would be willing to share, I would really appreciate your help. Being a Sr. and living in MI, I am unable to make the journey. Thanks, Carol

    • B. Faye Taylor / Nov 10 2014 2:45 pm

      B. Faye Taylor, These people are in my family.please send me a email..

      • Carol Ruby / Nov 16 2014 7:07 pm

        Hi B. Faye Taylor,

        How exciting we have some common ancestors on the Freels and Scarbrough lines. I would love to share family information with you, as you asked, but you did not include any contact information. I am particularly interested in Issac Freels as I am working on a DAR patriot supplement.
        Please contact me with your information. Thanks…

      • Carol Ruby / Nov 16 2014 7:11 pm

        B Faye Taylor…I did include my email address with my original inquiry, and again on my first reply to you. I see it did not come through though, so here it is again..

      • Carol Ruby / Dec 1 2014 3:39 pm

        B Faye Taylor,

        Please send me your email address, as you did not include it in your reply.. I would be happy to share my Scarbrough and Freels information.
        Carol Ruby

      • Larry Gamble / Dec 2 2014 2:32 am

        I ran into this Tennessee record about John Freels. I thought you might find it interesting.
        We have a Freels in our family by marriage.

        JOHN FREELS. S#358 1-28-1811. E#700 10-12-1810. 50 acres on north side
        of Cumberland Mountain on White Oak Creek including a small improvement
        made by said Freels on both sides of Whittier Trace. SCC: Isaac Freels,
        Charles Prewitt. Recorded 2-21-1811. Delivered 4-23-1813 to John Freels.

        Larry Gamble

      • Mary E. Barker / Mar 30 2015 9:08 pm

        Faye i remember going with my mother in May of 1963 and visiting a Taylor who lived in Clinton on the old highway to Oliver Springs (Sunset Road) . My mother called me Bub or Bud Taylor . He told me a story about my Gammon relatives and how two of the girls walked , during the Civil War, 100 miles to nurse their brother John Gammon. I really need to know what this man’s name was and how he was related to the Gammons. Any help you could give would be appreciated. tks

  23. Jayne Caldwell Gossett / Mar 24 2014 5:09 pm

    I am looking for information on the death of my great grandfather, Robert Mclin Rowe. He was born on 16 September 1863 in most likely Carter County, TN to John E. Rowe and Mary Evaline Boren, he married Margaret Frances Thomas in 1899. He supposedly died either in a mining accident or the result of a mining accident on 22 June 1897. I cannot find a mining accident around that time in Anderson County. They were living in Coal Creek at the time of his death. My great grandmother and her sons, Victor Hugo, Cecil and Lorenzo Mack Rowe all went to live in the Masonic Widow’s and Childrens Home in Nashville, TN. My grandmother lived with her grandparents, David Rees Thomas and Prudence Levy Thomas for a bit in 1900. Family stories tell of how she left Flannery School for Girls in 1908 to attend Tennessee Women’s College, which is now MTSU. Any information regarding the death of Robert Mclin Rowe or Flannery School for Girls will be so appreciated…thank you, Jayne

    • Larry Gamble / Mar 25 2014 5:28 pm

      McClung Library-Refer to this book on line: Tennessee county history series : Anderson County / by Katherine B. Hoskins ; Joy Bailey Dunn, editor, Charles W. Crawford, associate editor (1979)

    • Jayne Gossett / May 6 2014 7:37 pm

      Thank you Mr. Gamble for the reference book. I did not find any info on Flannery School for Girls nor of the mining accident my great grandfather Robert Mclin Rowe, but did read about the Richards family. Elizabeth “Betsy” Richards was the sister of Joseph C. Richards married to Ann Thomas. Betsy Richards married Dr. Joseph Levy, their daughter Prudence Levy married David Rees Thomas, son of Rees R. Thomas the Welsh gentleman that had the selection of Welsh books donated to Harvard by my great, great grandfather David Thomas. David Thomas is pictured under the large tree at Thistle Switch, the one with the top hat is David Thomas. A great deal of my information about the Thomas family came from the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation’s interaction with Eirug Davies, a professor of Welsh history at Harvard University.

      • Robert Kelly / Aug 14 2015 2:53 pm

        Jayne, did you ever get an answer about the coal mining accident? There was a mining accident around the turn of the century just outside of Caryville, TN which is close to Coal Creek in Anderson County, TN. If you have no further info, I will go up to the area, I live in Karns, TN, and will get the info off the sign that is posted. Hopefully vandals have not destroyed it. Let me know. Robert

      • Jayne Gossett / Aug 14 2015 5:16 pm

        Oh Robert, that would be so kind of you if it is not an inconvenience. I would be forever grateful.

      • Robert Kelly / Aug 16 2015 4:06 pm

        No problem, I will be going up there on Wednesday to do some of my own business, so I will be sending you some info when I return, probably on Thursday, 20 Aug. Hopefully I can find out what you need. See ya!!!

      • Betty Jayne Caldwell Gossett / Aug 16 2015 4:19 pm

        Thank you Robert, I am not sure I gave you his date of death, June 22, 1897.

      • Robert Kelly / Aug 21 2015 3:12 pm

        Jayne, I reached a dead-end at Caryville. The mine disaster was the “Fraterville Mine Disaster of 1902”. And you had said that his death was in 1897. That would have been too early for this disaster. There was no mine disaster around the time of your great grandfathers demise, however, go to your search engine and look for historical mine disasters in TN, for there were quite a few of them in those days. Sorry I can’t give you any more encouraging word, but, will have to keep looking. Robert

    • Chip Rowe / May 25 2015 9:45 pm

      Jane, I’m sorry that I seemed to have just dropped off the face of the map since we last corresponded but I upgraded computers and lost all my e-mail addresses and just by chance saw this message. I do not have any additional info re: the above, however, I believe you were looking for the name of Uncle Gene’s wife. It was Pauline Faye Bruce and she was from Reno, OK. I never heard what happened to her after Gene’s Death. I hope that you receive this.

      Gene H. (Chip) Rowe

      • Betty Jayne Caldwell Gossett / Aug 11 2015 8:37 pm

        Thank you Chip, I will get that posted on the tree. Should you happen upon any of the other info, please let me know.

  24. dover1952 / Apr 12 2014 6:04 pm

    I am a professional archaeologist who lives in Oak Ridge. At the moment I am doing some important research involving prehistoric archaeological sites in the Oliver Springs area. I have reached a “sticking point” in that research and need to get unstuck. In order to do that, I need to talk to some of the still living direct lineal descendants of Caswell “Cas” Smith (September 18, 1854 – March 9, 1922) and his wife Maggie Smith (February 25, 1862 – March 23, 1928). Caswell and Maggie are buried in the Smith Cemetery (a small family plot) that is located on the left side of the road on the Oliver Springs side of Black Oak Ridge as one drives on Illinois Avenue from Oak Ridge into Oliver Springs. To be more precise, it is located on the left side of the road at the right hand turnoff from Highway 62 onto Highway 61. A large white house that looks as if it was built in the late 1800s or early 1900s is located very close to this cemetery where Cas and Maggie Smith are buried. This house may have been where they were living at the time of their deaths.

    My research is aimed at identifying the boundaries of the farmland owned by Cas Smith and determining whether some of his still living descendants in the area know anything about him and the history of that land—particularly any old family stories about the land, things that were found on it in the past, and so forth. Does anyone in the Anderson County Historical Society know anything about this particular Smith family and whether any of Cas and Maggie’s descendants are still living in Anderson County? If so, I really do need to talk to them as part of my archaeological research effort. Please give me a call if you have any information or leads that would help me to get in touch with these still living descendants. My contact information is listed below. Thank you very much for your help!!!


    Tracy C. Brown
    Professional Archaeologist
    Oak Ridge Archaeological Research Institute
    111 Timbercrest Drive
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830
    (865) 482-1681

    • Jack R. Freels / Mar 5 2017 3:17 am

      I am descended from Pleasant Miller Freels, Sr. (born 1813). I have family buried at the Robertsville Cemetery in Oak Ridge, TN. My great grandmother Alice B. Fields is buried there. Close by is the grave of a Martha J. Fields (1838-1874). According to oral family history my great-great grandmother was Martha J. Hackworth, who married my great-great grandfather Lindsey Hasten Fields and was the mother of his four children. The dates on the headstone are in the right range for this to be her, as he remarried in 1881. Personally I have no documentation of her existence. I know a Martha Hackworth was listed on the 1850 Census Subdivision 16, Anderson, but I don’t have it. Neither do I have a Census record for Lindsey Fields for 1870, 7th Civil District, Anderson, that might show her in his household. I have emailed the church there, but have received no reply. No one in my extended family seems to know if it is her. I believe it is, but I would like to know for sure. Any information on Martha Fields specifically, or the Fields, Freels, or Russell families would be appreciated.

      • Carol Ruby / Mar 28 2017 2:06 pm

        I am descended from Pleasant Miller Freels B 1827, Scarbrough, Anderson Co TN son of Issac Freels. He was the brother of your Pleasant Miller. Your Pleasant Miller’s wife was Lucinda Qualls, as you may already know. Which of their nine children are you descended from? I don’t have any Field’s in my database. Have you uncovered any information on my Pleasant Miller Freels? I believe he is probably buried in Robertsville also, d Aug 3, 1877.

  25. Paul B. / Apr 13 2014 6:28 pm

    I’m looking for contact information for the owners of the Hardie Brown house in Powell. Unless I’m mistaken, this was once known as the Brown School House, one of Powell’s first schools. The house is somewhere near Beaver Creek, but I have not been able to locate it or find out much information about it. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Mike / Sep 9 2015 9:45 pm

      Paul – I’d got info and would be more than glad to help you.

      Email me at mikegentry78[at]

  26. dover1952 / Jul 3 2014 3:35 am

    With regard to my post above about Caswell Smith and his wife Maggie Smith, some additional research has indicated that Maggie Smith’s maiden name was Gropp, which is a Germanic language surname. These records indicate that she was born in Louisville, Kentucky. and that she married local Robertsville native Caswell Smith in Vigo County, Indiana in 1881.

    The question: “How in the Sam Hill would a local Robertsville-Oliver Springs young man meet a girl born in Louisville, Kentucky, and marry up to her in Vigo County, Indiana (of all places) in 1881?”

    That sounds like a stretch to me, but the names and ages of their children (that we know of) match up in the 1910 census records. Does anyone know if there is some historical connection between Anderson County, Tennessee, and Vigo County, Indiana, that makes any sense? Could Caswell have met Miss Gropp when her family came down from Indiana to stay at the first (1873) mineral springs resort in Oliver Springs? Is the Germanic name Gropp one of the surnames of the German-speaking Swiss folks who settled Wartburg and some parts of Oliver Springs? Is Gropp a surname that shows up in the history of Anderson County?

    Tracy C. Brown
    Professional Archaeologist
    Oak Ridge Archaeological Research Institute
    111 Timbercrest Drive
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830
    (865) 482-1681

  27. Charles Severs / Nov 19 2014 3:39 am

    I am interested in Severs family that goes back to WM Severs DOB 1750 and Daughter Mary Polly Severs who married Wm Lamar as wife #2 in 1811 after Roseanne Mills died in 1806. Also to Clark B Seivers born 1830 as both families match dna very well . would pay dearly for proof of the actual DOB of WM 1752 or the actual parents of Clark B Seivers as dna guarantees a close connection.
    William lived in the NE part of Anderson Co and a deed mentions a creek that was Cove,Cane,Cave or similar 4 letter word. His Wife Catherine Peck died about 1835 and is buried there probably. William lived to be 100 and died in Nodaway Co MO in the Fall of l852,
    Querries appreciated and glad to share any info or pay for research that has promises..
    Wm Married in 1793 in Montgomery Co VA and probably moved to Knox Co afterward and lived in the portion of Knox that was taken to help form Anderson Co. One deed is about all I can find there.
    The Petracek book on Lamar Legacy includes the daughter born l795 (so 16 at marriage)

    • Dan Blagg / Feb 12 2015 10:54 am

      I too am interested in this family, and realize you and I have probably communicated before. Maybe one or the other of us has stumbled onto something new lately.

  28. Carol Ruby / Dec 2 2014 6:15 pm

    Thank you Larry Gamble, for sharing your Issac and John Freels land record. I do have that already, but sure appreciate you sharing regardless. I am having a difficult time with Pleasant Miller Freels and his relationship with Issac. I believe the John in this land record, is possibly Issac’s younger brother. Which Freels is in your family tree?

    • Larry Gamble / Dec 2 2014 7:47 pm

      Isaac Clark Freels and Nancy Scarborough had a son, Clark. He married Sarah Gamble. I believe her to be a cousin to my grandfather, five times removed.
      Larry Gamble

  29. valerie sanchez / Dec 14 2014 3:25 am

    My friend in east tx is louise hall she has been trying to find her family geneology for years I just happen to run across this site looking for cabins. Her mom and dad are dead so she has no idea who her family is… Does anyone have info on the hall family? She is my best friend and this would make her day.

    • Larry Gamble / Dec 14 2014 7:15 pm

      Valerie, I would suggest Louise might consider two options: download a copy of ancestry and go back in history with all of the information she knows and see if connections can be made or hire a genealogy researcher to conduct a search. She will need to know the names of her parents and any of their family, towns or places in which they lived including approximate years and any other relavant information she knows. If she has a birth certificate that would be a good beginning. If she does not have a computer, she might contact someone in the LDS church and see if they might help in her search. Good luck!

      • Kathy Thacker Campbell / Aug 23 2015 3:57 am

        Larry, my maternal grandfather was John Brisbon Gamble born in Gamble Valley in 1885 buried in Bethel Cemetery off Hwy 95 in a restricted area (must have permission to visit); my great-grandfather was William Alexander Gamble born in Robertsville in 1859 (I think buried in Bethel Cemetery too); my great-great grandfather was John F. Gamble born May 22, 1833 died May 5, 1916 married Sarah Ann Goldston. I have no knowledge of where they were born or buried. I got this information from some research my brother had done several years back. He passed away in 2012 so I cannot ask him anything. I have never really been interested in my family genealogy and don’t know whether this might help or not but thought I would share just in case. I now live south of New Orleans, LA and seldom get to visit my parents and grandparents grave sites. My cousin just told me about a website that has released information about my families on both sides associated with the Manhattan Project that during WWII drove my ancestors from their homes in the Wheat/Oak Ridge area. Website: Kingston Demolition Range. You might find something there. You may contact me through my email if I can help you further.
        Kathy Thacker Campbell

      • Larry W. Gamble / Sep 5 2015 5:03 pm

        Thank you so much for the information. Yes, you are mentioning names that might be part of my long lost family. To my knowledge there is only one male member of the Gamble family remaining in the area, Charles Gamble.
        I plan to visit the area in about two weeks. I will hopefully meet him. Thanks again

    • ronevans209 / Jan 18 2015 11:31 pm

      Valerie, What is her parent’s names? Also, does she know her grandparents?

    • swan2861 / Apr 13 2016 12:04 am

      Do u know where her family lived was it e texas or anderson county in Tennessee?

  30. Rhonda Black / Jan 18 2015 7:30 pm

    ~I am looking for information on my third Great parents Solomon Hall born abt. 1795 in Pittsylvania, VA. and married Morning/Mourning Ingram abt. 1797/98 and passed away Nov. 20, 1879..They were married in Caswell Co.NC. and moved to Robertsville, Anderson County, TN. He died July 20, 1864 and I do not know much about them. and wondered where they might be buried there? Is there any information on my Great Great Great Grandparents around there? Thank you so much for your time! 🙂 Rhonda

    • Libby Bumgardner / Feb 16 2015 5:19 pm

      Rhonda, there is a Hall-Arnold cemetery in Claxton, Tn Don’t know if there would be any connection or not.

      • Rhonda Black / Jun 30 2016 5:32 am

        Good evening Libby, I will take a look and see about that for sure. My 4th Great Grandparents are buried there in Oliver Springs, Roberstville, Anderson Co. TN. in Sweet Cemetery. He passed away July 20, 1864. His wife Morning Ingram is also buried there from find a grave shows. I found a will that he had land to be given to his daughter Elizabeth Lane, Jane Littleton, and Sophinah Hall and of course his wife Morning. It was dated May 31, 1863, and signed in the presence of a R. M Dale, Christeener X{Her Mark} Dale. Do you or anyone know any history of this place where they are buried and or about him and where they lived? They had Sophronia, Elizabeth, Sanford, Felix H. Hall, Mary, Telithia Jane, William Meredith ,Alexander Hankins, Bailey B, and a Sarah Hall Jones. Solomon Hall, who was a Private in the Company commanded by Capt. SamuelCarter, in the 7th Regiment of Virginia Militia, commanded by Col. David Saunders, in the war with Great Britain declared by the United States, on the 18th day of June 1812. That he volunteered in Pittsylvania County, VA., on or about the twentieth day of August AD 1814, for the term of six months,and continued in actual service in said war for the term of four months nearly and was honorably discharged Fort Norfolk, VA. This is some I have found doing lots of research but I don’t know anything about them in TN. or even what he did. Thank you so much if you or any one knows of anything! Rhonda

  31. Marge Suczynski / Feb 11 2015 1:40 pm

    I am hoping someone can help me track down the date of birth and date of death of Ernie Walker Thompson who was an Anderson County resident at the time of her death sometime between 1930 and 1940. Her husband, Moses Idle Thompson, owned a coal mine and so I would think they would have been well known in the town at that time, and that there may be a newspaper listing of her death. Family stories indicate she died at Fort Sanders Hospital around April 12, 1939 due to complications from Typhoid Fever. However, I have not been able to locate any death records for her. Her grandson, my employer, would like to put a grave stone at her resting place in Sunset Cemetery (where she is identified as Ernie Walker, d. 1939) with exact dates. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

  32. Richard Groover / Mar 6 2015 6:19 pm

    Hello: I am researching my great grandfather, Issac H. White, Civil War veteran, who lived in Anderson County TN sometime after 1864, notes a partial history on him says he “was a member of the Anderson County Court.”

    Do you have any idea what that would mean, what capacity he might have been?

    Do you have any records regarding him?

    His DOB was May 28, 1824 in Caryville, TN, he died July 21, 1902 in Coal Creek, TN.

    Thank you so much for any information you can provide.

    Richard Groover

    • Suzanne Haley / Apr 1 2015 1:27 pm

      My g-g-grandfather lived in Anderson County, and later in Knoxville where he was a “member of the County Court”…it meant he was a Justice of the Peace who could marry people, and–in his case– met with/adjuticated for the County Court. Whether or not that was the same job description in Anderson Co, I couldn’t say, but their years generally co-incide, they were of the same era.

    • David White / Mar 27 2017 1:36 am

      Richard Groover – May I ask if you believe your great grandfather, Isaac H. White, was married to Hahalia “Haley” Adkins? I have traced my family tree back to my great great grandfather, Isaac H. White, with the same date of death in Anderson County that you state for your Isaac H. White, but according to both the 1850 and 1860 Census Records, his date of birth was about 1811 to 1814. So, I am wondering if they are really one and the same. I note at least one other genealogy researcher that lists the 1824 birth date. This is either incorrect or a different Isaac White. I have found a plethora of White’s living in and around Coal Creek and Anderson County, making it hard to precisely trace the lineage. My great grandfather, Jacob White, whose spouse was Nancy Jane Bell, was one of Isaac White’s sons but I have uncovered very little information about him. Any information you or anyone else may have with provenance would be immensely appreciated.

  33. Joan Johnson / Apr 14 2015 5:42 pm

    I am looking for info on my grandparents who lived in Coal Creek, Anderson County, TN in the1920s. Their names are W.J. Walker and Sally Elizabeth Walker. Don’t know the DOD of W.J. Walker and am not exactly sure of Sally’s but it is (supposedly) in the proximity of August 1-12, of 1927. Their children, Cynthia (7), Ben (5) and Maxine (2), were taken to the Anderson County Poor House by a neighbor supposedly after their mother’s death. Then the children were transferred to Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Nashville on August 12, 1927. I will appreciate anyone who might have any information getting in contact with me at Thanks, Joan

  34. Robert Kelly / Jul 1 2015 11:40 pm

    Looking for anyone connected to the Stansbury family originally landed in the Baltimore, Maryland area of year 1648, name of Detmar Sternsberge from Holland or England.

  35. Jayne Gossett / Aug 21 2015 3:52 pm

    Well thank you for trying. I have been to the website that listed the mining accidents and didn’t find any during the time period. The only thing I can think of is that he worked at a local mine and was injured during his shift and died from the injuries. All the Anderson County relative have passed away, so I guess I will never really know. One day I am just gonna have to drive to Lake City and find where they lived I know he is buried in Leach Cemetey where his in-laws are buried. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your efforts.

  36. Pat Messer / Sep 29 2015 2:24 am

    I have seen the David Hall Cabin on Old Edgemoor Rd. and have several questions.Where could I learn more about the cabin and where it was originally? Also, I am doing genealogy on Gault’s, LaRue’s and Ogg’s. This cabin is located Old Edgemoor Rd. past where my grandparents, James Henry and Cora LaRue Gault, lived and had property in the early 1900’s. The original home was a two story log building that burned about 1937/38. I have heard it was a stage coach stop before James got it. Would there be any information to substantiate that? Before his death in 1941, he divided the property among eleven of his children and some of his grandchildren still live. James Henry married Cora Azalea LaRue in Sept. 1886. James Henry’s mother was Mary Jane Ogg the daughter of Peter Ogg and Eliza Dowell . I understand the home Peter Ogg built on Emory Rd is still standing and occupied; woul any historyd you have any information on the address? Mary Jane and Jesse Gault lived in Strawberry Plains as did James and Cora before moving to Edgemoor. Is there any information on these families or the property?
    Thank you, Pat Allen Messer

    • Stephanie / Oct 21 2015 6:29 pm

      The David Hall cabin is owned by Libby Bumgardner. Contact her for more info at

      • Pat Messer / Oct 22 2015 8:10 pm

        Stephanie, Thank you for the info on the David Hall Cabin. Pat Messer

  37. Carol Stout Donovan / Oct 14 2015 7:35 pm

    I have run into a brick wall with my 2nd GGFather , Samuel Jackson who was on the 1850 census in Anderson County. He was married to Emilia? , and had William age 2 and Anna age 1.
    I am looking for a marriage record for Samuel and Emilia. The problem I am running into, is the wife’s name. Her grave stone says Elmina, and one census form says Ellmina, another Alminy. and another Elmiugh. Any help would be appreciated

  38. Pat Messer / Oct 22 2015 9:54 pm

    I am searching for any information that is available regarding property on Old Edgemoor Road and what is now Fraker Lane. There was a two story log house on the Fraker Ln property, that may have been at one time a stage stop.
    Some time in the early 1900’s my grandfather, James Henry Gault with his wife, Cora LaRue with their sons acquired about 100 acres there.
    The house caught fire and burned down sometime in 1937 – 1939. Possibly in late spring or early fall. My aunt, Azalea Gault and her husband, Jack Smith, my grandfather, James Henry Gault and I were in the house when the fire started. I was very young and remember only seeing the flames as my Aunt drove the car past the burning house.

    I am a granddaughter of Cora LaRue and James Henry Gault who owned the property on Edgemoor Rd. I am interested in the history of the property, also, if there are any records of the fire.
    Many of the Gault child have lived on that section and still own property there. They have very little information on it’s history.

    Please contact me with any information. Thank you

  39. Pat Messer / Oct 22 2015 11:11 pm

    The house that I am referring to may be known as “the oldest house in Anderson County”, built by Thomas Frost in 1794. If that helps. Thank you

  40. James Wallace / Oct 25 2015 3:13 pm

    James M Wallace (1799-1876)

    I am Inquiring and hoping for a photograph for him, my 2nd GG grandfather. he was married to Eliza Celia Atkins (1799-1833) and had nine children, then married to Elizabeth “Betsy” Leach (1807- ) and had eight children. My line is through James and Eliza/John/Wayne/Paul. I have some information for James and willing to share what I have. Any information or photographs will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    Regards, James D Wallace (Jim)

  41. Roxanne Turpin / Oct 25 2015 5:02 pm

    I have a photo that I am fairly sure includes Thomas Turpin (born 1812), his wife Lena, and her mother, Anna Turpin Watson . Wondering if anyone knows where this might have been taken, and when, looks like watermelon picking. They lived in Anderson County according to the census. Really just looking for any other information about this photo that anyone might offer.

  42. Ellie Large / Jan 2 2016 7:21 pm

    We are looking for any information or pictures of a home in Rocky Top. My daughter just bought the home at 302 Hill St. It was built about 1900. Thanks

  43. SRanson / Feb 3 2016 4:14 am

    Trying to find a burial location or information for my 4GG named Rev. Hughell Hugh Davis born 1792-1850 Anderson county, TN. I tried to look up old churches in the area with no luck. I am assuming he would be buried by a church he preached at. His wife was Martha Patsy Moore. Thanks for any help.

    • Dan Blagg / Feb 22 2016 6:36 am

      I have Martha Moore, b 22 Apr 1793 in Anderson Co TN, dau of James and Susanna Epperson Moore, marrying Rev. Hugh Davis (B.?) and her dying in 1877. No info on where she was buried. There is some data that the family were Methodists and some relatives farmed near Clinton. Some of this same family seem to have moved on to Nodaway Co MO, where my own Anderson Co TN ancestors settled. Hope this helps, although you probably already have this info.

      • Charles Severs / Feb 22 2016 5:57 pm

        I have a William Severs DOB 1752 from VA and a James M Severs 1788 with several variant spellings found in Anderson Co from the beginningand proven related by dna but no further past information.
        Any suggestions for earlier research in E TN or VA or Other for their ancestry or connection?? or for a paid researcher
        Charles Severs (Gulf Breeze, FL)

      • Dan Blagg / Feb 25 2016 5:22 pm

        I have tried looking up this Severs family because there is some hazy connection to my Blagg family of Anderson Co, possibly through the Lamar family. I have William of 1752, born in VA, coming into Anderson Co, died in Nodaway Co MO at 100 years of age. But I have nothing on James b. 1788. I can share what I have but some of it is data I do not particularly trust and fear posting generally. It would be better to start via email and I invite you to write me at my email address:

  44. Donna Allen / Apr 13 2016 2:28 pm

    Where are the early marriages of Anderson County, TN. I was down there recently in their Court house Archives and the lady told me they start at 1838!! Anderson County was formed 1801 and it is not a burned County!!!! I am looking for a marriage for Calvin Kirk and Sarah Gray that is supposed to be i in Anderson County 1833.

    • samhil2 / May 25 2016 4:00 pm

      Marriage records for several TN counties prior to 1838 do not exist and Anderson County is one of those. Although Anderson County has never suffered a court house fire, records can and do go missing for other reasons such as being lost, stolen, carelessly handled, or simply through aging. Whatever the cause, they no longer exist.

  45. Daniel S Duncan / Jun 6 2016 7:42 am

    I am looking for info on my grandpa Edward Evans DOB Feb.28 1878. He was killed in the Fraterville mine disaster May 19, 1902. he was married to Elizabeth (Lizzie) Reynolds Evans

  46. S. Barker / Jun 14 2016 9:00 pm

    Hello to All. I have a relative who was in the 58th North Carolina Troops who died in Clinton in April of 1863. I understand there were about 14 members of that regiment that died in Clinton that winter, but it seems their burial places remain a mystery. Are there any local historians who may know of any information that may even provide a clue as to where these men are buried? Any clues or suggestions that could be provided here would be most appreciated.

  47. Wes King / Jun 29 2016 5:46 pm

    Inquiring for information of my grandmothers brother, John Lane Sharp, had no children, died in 1961. Looking for location of his farm, home and grocery store in Clinton, could have been called ‘D&S Food Mart’. John was married to Pearl and brother of Nail and Elizabeth, father was Bradley Sharp,

  48. Stephanie Hall / Jul 20 2016 3:30 pm

    My mother and I will be visiting this weekend. She is descended from the Lamb family and would like information regarding the cemetery where her family may be buried.

    • Libby Bumgardner / Aug 9 2016 7:25 pm

      Hi Stephanie, we own the David Hall cabin in Claxton Tn. Let me know if you want to come visit. Thanks…Libby

  49. Jan Stovall / Aug 14 2016 9:25 pm

    Hello, Is there anyone that you can get me in contact with that does courthouse research in Anderson County? I am trying to research the Tuggle surname and family that lived in Anderson on the 1830 census. Any help is appreciated.

  50. Becky davis / Sep 27 2016 5:17 pm

    I have some old photos of Clinton and would like to meet with someone on Friday if possible
    Becky Davis 805 403 9199
    Descendent Wallace and Clear lineage

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