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Lincoln County Tennessee Pioneers
Volume XXVII, No. 2
April 1998
George Waller, Editor
Jane Warren Waller, dec'd, Founding Publisher and Editor

Originally published: 20 April 1998      Latest revision: 22 Apr 1998

The Lincoln Co TN main web page is at:

Foreward: this is the first new year of electronic publication of Pioneers.  I am proud to continue what my mother began over 25 years ago.  The Lincoln County Genealogical Society plans on starting a new printed publication on LCT genealogy.  Please support the Society by subscribing.

Table of Contents

Freeman Family
         by Sherry Finchum..
Helpful hints about Sistler's 1850 census index
         by Patrick Gudaitis
Helpful hints about the 1860 LCT census
        by George Waller
Records pertaining to the McDaniels Family
         by Charles W. Jones
Records pertaining to the Melson Family
         by Steve Carson
Samuel Yeager Family (update)
         by Betty Johnson
David C. Jones estate
         by  Judy Bowman Rhodes
Gleanings from the Fayetteville Observer  (series)
         by George Waller
New Research Materials in the USGenWeb Archives for Lincoln County
New Researchers/Progenitors
New resources
LCT Genealogical Society News (none this issue)
New queries  (this link takes you to the queries section of the LCT web page)

Revision history (check here to find how this web page has been revised)


Helpful Hint on Sistler's 1850 printed census

I received a few letters asking me to clarify how to use the Tennessee
1850 Census Index, by Sistler. Here is an example:
Dillon, Reps C......Li 44-6
The first set of numbers (44) refers to the household number on the
left column of the census page.
The second set of numbers (6) refers to the page number WRITTEN IN
PENCIL located in the upper right hand corner of the census page.
IGNORE the stamped numbers on the pages. They are of no use with this
I use caps, not to hollar, but to better highlight the important.

Records pertaining to the McDaniels Family

Date sent:        Sat, 31 Jan 1998 17:19:46 EST
Subject:          LCT - McDaniel and Clark

George, I communicated with you using someone else's id while I was at another
location.  It was in reference to the McDaniel family.  Therefore, I am
resending information, providing what original information that I have on
Coleman A. McDaniel and also requesting that you post this with the questions
that I have.  Thanks in advance for your assistance.

I have several hand written personal notes where loans were made by or to C.
A. McDaniel.  Following is a summary of those notes:

Date            Amount       Lender
02/26/1849   (Payment)   John Goodrich (C. A. Buchanan)  C. A. McDaniel
01/08/1842   $17.00        Charles McDaniel                        Coleman A.
01/24/1849   $22.37 1/2   C. B. McDaniel                           C. A.
02/24/1849   $52.00        John McDaniel                            C. A.
12/19/1858   $40.00        Wm and Jno McDaniel                 C. A. McDaniel

There is also a note to W. L and A. x. Berry for printing three thousand
election tickets dated 1847. It states "To enable us to meet our demand for
money, we are compelled to solicit you to pay the above ($9.00) to W. S.
Whiteman, Esq.

There is a document issued to C. A. McDaniel from the Passport Department of
the Army of the Miss.  It was issued on September 6, 1862.  On the back it
states: "I do solemnly swear, that I will bear true allegiance to the
Confederate States of America, and that I will not directly or indirectly,
give aid or comfort, or any information to any enemies what so ever.  The
penalty for viloation for the oath is death."

When Col. C. A. McDaniel was serving with the 44th Tenn Reg during the Civil
War he had a transaction with a W. H. Edwards on March 26, 1864 in Cedar Town,
Georgia. McDaniel received a gold watch for a partial payment for a  gray
mare.  The note is signed by W. A Edwards.  This could have neen in a quarter
master's capacity.

Apparently Col. McDaniel became ill while serving in Georgia. I have a
document that is very difficult to read, but the net is he was in bad health
and was allowed to leave the Quarter Master Office near Atlanta on May 26,
1864.  The document is signed by a Thaddus Foster, Capt.

There is also the oath of amnesty for Coleman A. McDaniel signed on August 28,
1865 and the one for Margaret McDaniel signed on August 1, 1863.

The last thing I have in a document appointing C. A. McDaniel, G. G. Buchanan
and W. x. Wright executors of the estate of and Andrew Buchanan.  The document
is dated 02/01/1869 (the 93 year of American Independence).  It was signed by
G. R. Reynolds, Clerk of Lincoln County.

My family had this information in there files.  It raises the following
questions for me:

What is my grandfather's (John William "J.W." McDaniel) relationship to these
folks? He was born on 10/02/1858.  I had always thought in Lincoln County.
However, there is a hint that he may have come from Blount County after the
Civil War.  I had always thought that Coleman A. McDaniel and Margaret
McDaniel were his parents. However, based on the history you provided,
probalby not.  J. W. had three siblings that I am aware of: Ms. S. E. McDaniel
born in 05/021861, Fanny J. McDaniel Clark, born in 1865, and a Dick or
Richard McDaniel.  J.W. married Mary "Mollie" Rebecca Clark 0n 09/15/1887 in
Lincoln County. They had nine children that I know of: Mary born on 08/22/1888
in LCT, John born in LCT, Charles Clark born 06/14/1892 in LCT, Eva born on
11/23/1894 in LCT, Grace born in 10/14/1896 in LCT, Osborn Childress, Robert
Wilson born in 1901 in Commerce, TX, Kathleen (my mother) born on 07/19/1906
in Commerce, TX, and Hazel Gertrude born on 10/20/1907 in Commerce, TX.

The family left LCT for Hunt County, TX, in 1901.  They then moved to Hale
County, TX, in 1916.

J.W. taught school in Boonshill, TN, Commerce, TX and Plainview, TX.

J.W.'s wife, Mary "Mollie" Rebecca Clark McDaniel, was born in 02/25/1869,
probably in LCT.  Her family may be the one talked about that was driven from
Blount County after the Civil War because they were Democrats.  She had told
me as a child that her father married a lady. They had 10 children and she
died. He married her sister and they had 7 children. She was one of the
younger children and never saw some of her brothers and sisters.  I can find a
John Clark from Blount County who married a Matilda Thompson on 11/01/1838 and
a John Clark that married a Priscilla Thompson on 12/05/1859 in Blount County.
Who knows, there may be a fit.

The only sibling names that I have for Mary are R. R. Clark who was born in
1863, and a Gertrude Clark Blakemore.  Both of these folks and there families
moved to Hale County, TX, and I assume with a stop in Hunt County, TX.  R. R.
Clark was married to Fanny J. McDaniel Clark, J. W.'s sister.  R.R. and Mary's
children were double cousins.  Gertrude married R. S. Blakemore in LCT on

I hope someone else is interested in this. If anyone can fill in any of the
blanks for me, it will be appreciated.

Charles W. Jones

Records pertaining to the Melson Family

 Date sent:        Thu, 05 Mar 1998 10:09:39 -0700
To:               "George Waller" <>
From:             Steve Carson <>
Subject:          Re: Lincoln County data

Bible records of Nicholas Burns

At the time the Lincoln County bible records book was published, this bible was in the possession
of Mrs Stacey Burns, Ashland, Kansas.

Transcribed from a photocopy of the original. Also published in Lincoln County Bible Records,
Volume 2.

Nick Burns and Elizabeth Melson were united in marriage Apr. 28-1848

Alfred N. Burns born Feb-22-1849
Henry Burns born Apr-17-1851
Mary Burns born Mar-28-1853
Andrew Johnson Burns born Sept-2-1855
Joe Young Burns born Dec 21-1858
George W. Burns born Feb-20-1861
John G. Burns born Dec-21-1863
Robert Lee Burns born Oct-6-1866
Cora Alice Burns born Sept-12-1868
Lou Reta Burns born Mar-13-1871
Ida Burns born Feb-8-1875

Nick Burns died May-22-1897
Andy Burns died Nov-17-1847
Henry Burns died Oct-28-1885
Andrew Johnson Burns died Jan-7-1879
Lou Burns died Mar-8-1910
Elizabeth Burns died Aug-5-1918
Henry Burns died Oct-28-1886
George W. Burns died Feb-18-1929
Ida Burns died Feb-20-1939
Robert Lee Burns died March 23 1955

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Deed, Malcolm Gilchrist to Peter Melson

TSLA, Lincoln County, TN, Deed Book H, page 298,  8 July 1823

Malcomb Gilchrist to Peter Melson, Deed 50 acres

This indenture made and Entered into this Eighth Day of July one thousand Eight hundred and twenty
three Between Malcomb Gilchrist of the state of Alabama and county of Lawrence of the one part, and
Peter Melson of the state of Tennessee and County of Lincoln of the other part. Witnesseth, that
the said Malcomb Gilchrist for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and fifty Dollars--to
him in hand paid By the said Peter Melson the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, has
bargained, sold, Aliened (sic), conveyed and confirmed, and by these presents does bargain, sell,
alien (sic), convey and confirm Unto the said Peter Melson his heirs and assigns forever a certain
tract or parcell (sic) of land situate (sic) Lying and being in Lincoln county and State of
Tennessee on the head waters of the East Fork of cane creek and bounded as follows, to wit,
Beginning at a beech, North East corner of the Tract of Land Deeded said Melson by Deed Dated 9th
January 1819 by said Malcomb Gilchrist, running thence East fifty poles to a stake supposed to be
in the west boundary of 5000 acre tract of Land Granted to Bradshaw, McComman & Balch, thence with
there (sic) supposed line south 25 poles to a stake, there (sic) supposed corner, thence East 70
poles with there (sic) Line to a stake in said line, thence south 77 poles to a chestnut, thence
west, Sixty poles to a Sugar tree and Dogwood, in the East boundary line of a ten acre Entery (sic)
in the name of William Pattterson, thence North with his line 16 poles to a Dogwood and popular his
corner, thence west with his line 40 poles to the Eastern boundary of said deed To said Melson
thence North with the same to his corner, thence west, twenty poles to another of said Melsons
(sic) corners, thence North to the Beginning, containing fifty acres more or less --To have and to
hold the said tract of Land of fifty acres above Described with the appurtinances (sic) Thereunto
belonging with all and singular the Rights, profits, emoluments, Henditaments (sic), and
Appertinances (sic) of, in and to the same belonging or in anywise appertaining to the only proper
use Benefits and behoof (sic) of him the said Peter Melson, his heirs Executors, Administrators and
assigns forever.  And the said Malcomb Gilchrist Does by these presents warrant and forever Defend
the title to the above Described fifty acres of Land be the same more or less to the said Peter
Melson, his heirs And assigns forever, against the claims or claimes (sic) of all and every person
or persons whatsoever--In testimony whereof I the said M. Gilchrist hath hereunto set my hand and
seal the Day and Date first above written.

 M. Gilchrist (seal)

William Gilchrist
A. Yell

State of Tennessee, Lincoln County Court. April Term 1824.  The Due Execution of this Indenture of
bargain and Sale from Malcomb Gilchrist to Peter Melson was proven in open court By the Oaths of
William Gilchrist & A. Yell two of the subscribing witnesses thereto Which was ordered to be
certified for Registration. Given under my hand at office In Fayetteville this 19th Day of April

Brice M. Garrison, Clerk

Registered April 29th 1829
<transcribed by Carol Frances Carson>

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Deed, Malcolm Gilchrist to Peter Melson

TSLA, Lincoln County, TN, Deed Book H, page 297, dated 9 January 1819

Malcomb Gilchrist to Peter Milson---Deed 86 1/2 acres

This Indenture made this ninth Day of January in the year of our lord (sic) one thousand Eight
hundred and nineteen Between Malcomb Gilchrist of Bedford county and state of Tennessee on the part
(sic) and Peter Melson of the county of Lincoln and State of Tennesse on the other part, witnessed
that the said Malcomb Gilchrist, for And in consideration of the sum of three hundred and forty six
Dollars to him in hand paid by the said Peter Melson the receipt whereof is hereby acknoledged
(sic), hath given, granted, sold, aliened (sic), conveyed and confirmed unto the said Peter Milson,
his heirs and assigns forever, a certain tract or parcel of Land, situate (sic) Lying and being in
the county of Lincoln, and on the head waters of cane creek, a branch of the Elk River, beginning
at a horne bean, the south East corner of a seventy Five acre tract of Land granted to Robert
Thompson running from thence East Ninety two poles To a Birch, thence south twenty two poles to 2
Beeches, thence East twenty poles to a beech, thence south one hundred and twenty poles to a beech
and sugartree, thence west fifty poles to a hickory and beech, thence North twenty poles to a
popular & hickory, thence west fifty six poles to a black walnut, Elm & Lym (sic), thence North To
the Beginning containing Eighty six and one half acres of Land.  To have and to hold the aforesaid
land with all and singular the rights, profits, Endowments, Henditaments and appurtinances of In
and to the same belonging, or in any wise appertaining to the only proper use and behalf of Him the
said Peter Milson, his heirs and assigns forever, and the said Malcomb Gilchrist for him self, His
Executors & administrators Do covenant and agree to and with the said, Peter Milson, his heirs and
assigns that the before recited (sic) Lands and bargained promises he will warrant and forever
Defend Against the Right, title, Interest or claim of All and every person or persons whatsoever in
witness Whereof, the said Malcomb Gilchrist hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the Day
and year above written.

Malcolm Gilchrist <signed>

Signed sealed and Delivered in presence of witness

T.L. Brittain
William B. Martin
A. Campbel
William Gilchrist
A. Yell
<transcribed by Carol Frances Carson>
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Mary A. Melson vs, James M. Barham, Executor

TSLA, Lincoln County TN, Chancery Court Minutes, Volume 6, page 263, February Term 1867

Minute Docket February Term 1867

Mary A. Melson
James M. Barham Executor

Be it remembered that this cause came on to be further heard upon the report of the Commissioners
made to the present term of the court, which report is in the words and figures following to wit.
The undersigned being unaquainted with the parties either by affinity or consanquinety and intensly
(sic) disinterested having been summoned and duly sworn by Henry Henderson, Deputy Surveyor for
Lincoln County as a jury to allot and set a tract to Mary A. Melson, her Dower of the real estate
of William Melson her deceased Husband, after having carefully enquired and reasoned into the
quantity and quality and value of the whole tract, duly Considered and fully understood this whole
matter, do hereby assign to the said Mary A. Melson for her Dower, the following described land
with the erections and improvements thereon, to wit a tract of Land in the County of Lincoln in the
State of Tennessee, on the head waters of the East prong of Cane Creek containing 97 acres and 141
poles and bounded as follows:  Beginning at a fallen sugar tree it being in the East boundary line
of the Lands of Sarah Freeman running thence South 3 (degrees) West 142 poles to a Rock, thence
East 35 poles to a Rock, thence North 3 (degrees) East 15 poles to a Rock thence South 85 (degrees)
East 48 poles to a Stake near the top of a ridge, thence North 3 (degrees) East 93 poles to a small
Buckeye, thence North 55 (degrees) West 70 poles to a stake, thence North 4 (degrees) West 22 poles
to a stake thence North 48 1/2 (degrees) East 46 poles to a stake and 2 Lyme pointers standing in a
hollow, Thence North 14 1/2 (degrees) East 37 1/2 poles to a chestnut oak standing on a ridge,
thence South 63 (degrees) West 22 poles to a stake on the ridge, Thence South 54 1/2 (degrees) West
80 poles to a stake on the ridge, thence North 88 (degrees) West 6 poles to Black Walnut, thence
South 33 (degrees) West 40 poles to a stake, thence South 24 (degrees) West 37 poles to the
beginning, which in our opinion constitutes one third of the real estate of said William Melson,
deceased.  Given under our hands and seals this the 21st day of December 1866.

N. B. The above boundaries includes (sic) about two acres of land that belongs to James Ashley
which we P.K. Rives and J.L. Dyer Commissioners in this case exclude in the calculation.  All of
which are respectfully submitted to the worshipful Chancery Court of Lincoln County.

Wm. A. Rhodes, County Surveyor, by his Deputy
Henry Henderson, 4 days

P.K. Rives (seal)
J.L. Dyer (seal) Commissioners, 1 day
J.G. Davidson
J.L. Dyer        Chain bearers, 1 day

And there being no exceptions to the report it is in all things confirmed.  The title to said land
is vested in Mary A. Melson during her natural life.  It is therefore Ordered, adjudged and decreed
that the petitioner pay the costs in this cause. <transcribed by Carol Frances Carson>

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Mary A. Melson vs. James M. Barham, Executor

TSLA, Lincoln County, TN, Chancery Court Minutes, Vol 6, page 154, August Term, 1866

Mary A. Melson vs. James M Barham, Executor and others

This cause came on to be heard upon the petition of Complaintant and it appearing to the Court that
William Melson is died in the County of Lincoln, State of Tennessee about the 26th day of July 1866
after having made and published his last Will and Testament, leaving surviving him as heirs and
legatees under said will, the petitioner, his widow, and the following children, to wit: Matilda,
wife of Jerrold Burr, Francis, wife of M. C. Jones, Charity, wife of George Murray, Elizabeth, wife
of Nicholas Burns, Peter and William J. Melson of full age, and the following minor children, to
wit: John, Sophia, Henry R. and Mary H. Melson, having no regular guardians, these being the only
heirs or legatees of said decedent residing in the state of Tennessee, and it appearing to the
Court that the Petitioner appeared in the County Court of Lincoln County within twelve months of
the death of said testator and dissented from said Will in the manner prescribed by law, and it
further appearing to the court that James M Barham and D. A. Gilbert are the qualified Executors of
said Will; it further appearing that said William Melson died siezed and in possession of the tract
of land described in the petition of the Complainant and that she has never been endowed out of the
same and it further appearing that all of the above named heirs, legatees and Executors have been
notified of this application more than five days before the present term on this Court. It is
therefore ordered, adjudged and decreed that P. H. Reeves and J. L. Dyer, freeholding of said
County be appointed Commissioners in accordance with the County Survey so to allot and set apart
one third part in value of said tract of land including the dwelling and necessary out houses as
Dower for Petitioner and to report to the next term of the Court. <transcribed by Carol Frances

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Will of William Melson

TSLA, Lincoln County Will Book 3, page 92, dated 19 June 1866

William Melson deceased, Last Will.  That on the 19th of June one Thousand eight hundred sixty six
(1866), I William Melson of the County of Lincoln and state of Tennessee At my residence in said
county did make and declare my last will and Testament in these words-

1st  That my burial expenses and all my just debts be paid out of the first moneys that may come
into the hands of my Executors which I now appoint:  D.A. Gilbert and J.M. Barham.

2nd  I bequeath to my wife Mary A. Melson one third of my lands including all the buildings
attached to my present locality during her natural life or Widowhood.  I further wish that she
shall have one horse the choise (sic) at the time of my death, two cows, her choise (sic) and all
the sheep that may be on hand.  My son Peter and my son John to have one ewe and lamb at any time
when called for.  Also each to have one cow and one sow and pigs.  And my son John to have one bed
and pillows weighing thirty-five pounds with one bedstead, sheet and blanket, all to be furnished
when called for.  And further that my wife shall have twenty head of chose (sic) hogs and all the
Household and Kitchen furniture, two set of giars?, and four plows.

3rd  It is my wish that all the perishable property out side be sold on a credit of twelve months.
It is my wish that the remaining portions of my Land be rented yearly for cash to the highest
bidder and all the proceeds arrising (sic) from the rent of said Lands be appropriated for the
purpose of raising and Educating my minor Sons at the discreasion (sic) of my Executors as necesity
(sic) may require.

4th  And lastly it is my will that at the death or marriage of my present wife Mary A. Melson that
all of my land and perishable property be sold.  The land to be sold all in one tract on one and
two years credit and the perishable property to be Sold on twelve months credit and all of the
proceeds arrising (sic) from such sale be equally divided betwen (sic) all of the heirs of my
natural body.  The minor Heirs of my present wife to be made eaqual (sic) with those who have left
me before the distribution is made--namely to have each one horse worth one hundred dollars, one
cow and sow and pigs, one ewe and lamb, one bed and pillows weighing thirty-five pounds, one
coverlet, one blanket, two quilts, one sheet and stead.  These records are to the like effect the
said William Melson declared in the presences of the subscribers  with intention that the same
Should be his last will and Testament whereof desire them to bear testimony which we reduce to
writing the day and date above mentioned.

William  Melson <signed by mark>

Signed, sealed and declared by the Testator as his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us.

D.A. Gilbert
James M. Barham
W.W. Russom?
<transcribed by Carol Frances Carson>
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Account of the Estate Sale of William Melson

TSLA, Lincoln County, TN, Estate Sales, Accounts of, Vol "Jan 1862-June 1868", Roll 69, page 253,
recorded 24 November 1866.

William Melson, deceased
A list of property Sold at William Melson, deceased Sale on the 17th of August 1866

3 Augers      1 hand saw        l Bucket        l Pair cards
1 drawing     2 double Trees    1 Tea Strainer  1 Bible
1 Clevis      1 hoe             l Razor&Strope  1 History
1 Screw       1 Spud            1 Sugar Bowl    2 dishes
1 lot of Sundries  1 Molases (sic) Strainer  1 Coffee pot
1 Round Shave 1 pair Compors    1 Caster        1 lot Butter?
1 pair harnes (sic) 1 lot Sundries 1 dinner Bell 5 glasses
2 plows       1 half Bushel     2 Sets plats  (sic)  1 Table Cloth
1 pair Gears  1 Brad (sic) Ax   2 Clocks        1 Candle Stand
1 Mowing Blade 1 Crosscut Saw   1 dining Table  1 small jar
1 Plow & Stock 1 Spining (sic)  Wheel 1 Looking glass 2 Wheat <illegible>
1 Reel         1 Friers         1 Bay Mare     2 Colts
1 Skimmer      1 hammer, all (sic)    l head of Cattle
l Grind Stone  1 lard stand           11 head of Sheep
1 Molassses Barrel 1 Soap Barrel    1 Calf    180 Sheafs (sic) Oats
3 Bee Stands   1 Bed & furniture  32 Head of hogs  1 Cotten Patch
1 large Jug    1 large Jar        1 Mollasses (sic) Can
1 Small Jar    1 Tray & Sifter     Total Value = $464.10

The Above is a true and perfect act of Sale of all the personal property of William Melson, dec'd.
Sold by me on the 17th of Aug. 1866.  Sold On Twelve months Credit note with good Security taken
for the Same.

Gilbert K. Barham

Sworn to before me
March 24th, 1866
J.T. Gordon
<transcribed by Carol Frances Carson>

Samuel Yeager Family (update)

Date forwarded:   Sat, 24 Jan 1998 01:30:59 -0800 (PST)
Date sent:        Sat, 24 Jan 1998 02:38:21 -0700
From:             John or Betty Johnson <>
Send reply to:
Subject:          The Family of Samuel Yeager
Forwarded by:

Hi, Tony,

You asked permission to put my e-mail messages on your web page, but I
begged off with the promise to write a more organized letter.  This is
it! -- or at least, the best I can do at getting organized.

I've reached some conclusions about the children of your ancestor Samuel
Yeager (b. abt 1777, d. 1831) that differ from the original information
you had on your web page.  Actually, I had been looking into the birth
year of his son Joseph and stumbled on the 1836 deed we discussed
earlier, which has led from one thing to another and finally to the
conclusion that Samuel also had a son named John.

[editor's note:  I agree with Betty's analysis -- George (aka Tony)]

First, about Joseph -- I do not think he is the Joseph Yeager in the
1850 Leake Co., MS census.  That Joseph was born about 1822.  I believe
Samuel's son Joseph was either the first or second child of Samuel and
Keziah, not the last, and was born between 1793 and 1800, for the
following reasons:

1) Joseph witnessed a deed in which Samuel gave land to Augustus.  The
deed is dated the 23rd day of November in the year of our Lord 1829 and
independence of the United Sates fifty fourth."  It was registered 12
Aug 1830.  The two witnesses are Joseph Yeager and David Sanders.
(Lincoln Co. TN Deed Bk. H, p. 624)

2) Joseph witnessed a survey for Samuel in 1831 of "44 acres of land on
headwaters of Coldwater Creek, beginning at a post oak on Senor Lopez's
corner running west . . . "  The two witnesses were Joseph Yeager and
James M. Sanders (Lincoln Co. TN Survey Bk. No. 2, 1562).

3) Joseph was appointed guardian of Malinda Yeager.  (Lincoln Co. TN
Court Records, p. 307 or 309 -- this is from the research of Sharron
Abide and I could not find a date on it.  It would make sense that
Joseph as an older brother might be appointed Malinda's guardian after
her father's death in 1831.  Michael was appointed Adam's guardian.)

4) Joseph gave land to 5 nephews and 3 nieces on 16 May 1836, registered
4 Apr 1837. The two witnesses were Michael Yeager and James Stephens.
Incidentally, the 44 acres he gave were situated on the headwaters of
Coldlwater Creek, beginning at a post oak -- sounds a lot like the
surveyed land in (2) above.  (Lincoln Co. TN Deed Bk. K, p. 312).

5) Joseph fits into the family makeup of Samuel and Keziah in the 1800
and 1810 Laurens Co., SC censuses as follows:

1800: male 16-26 (Samuel)
 female 16-26 (Keziah)
 male under 10 (Joseph)
 male under 10 (possibly John)

1810: male 26-45 (Samuel)
 female 26-45 (Keziah)
 male 10-16 (Joseph) - earliest possible year of birth 1793, latest
 male 10-16 (possibly John) - ditto
 male under 10 (Michael, b. 1804)
 male under 10 (Augustine, b. 1805)
 female under 10 (Permelia, b. 1809)

 (Note that Malinda and Adam do not appear because they were born in
1812 and 1822, respectively.)

Second, because of the May 1836 deed ("Joseph Yeager to Eliga Yeager &
Others") I became intrigued with the possibility that Samuel had a son
other than those named in his list of heirs in the document, "Samuel
Yeager Heirs to Samuel Wallace," dated 9 March 1836, registered 31 March
1837.  The heirs listed in the latter document are: "Joseph Yeager,
Michael Yeager and Michael Yeager,  guardean for Adam Yeager, Augustin
Yeager, Permelia Bland and William Bland, Malinda Yeager . . . "  I
believe the reason a son John is not mentioned in this 1836 deed is that
he had died in 1835 (see (3) below).

The eight nieces and nephews ("Eliga Yeager & Others") to whom Joseph
gave land in May 1836 were all surnamed Yeager, meaning they had to
children of either Michael or Augustine, as Adam was too young to have
children.  However, Augustine had only one child, a daughter Mary Eliza;
and Michael had only one child whose name matched any of the eight
listed in Joseph's deed.  They are designated in the deed as follows:
"Eliga Yeager [handwriting looks like Eliza Yeazer] and
James A. Yeager and
William G. Yeager,
Samuel B. Yeager,
John W. Yeager his nephews and
Angaline Yeager and
Mary C. Yeager and
Sarah A. Yeager his neases . . .."

About the time I found this deed, I was also trying to pinpoint the
parents of Elijah Render Yeager b 20 Aug 1823, d 4 Jan 1887, buried in
Shiloh Cemetery, Calhoun Co., MS.  I knew he was a possible son of a
John Yeager on the 1830 Lincoln Co. TN census.  However, I had been
thinking this 1830-census-John was the youngest son of John and Nancy
Render Yager, originally of Culpeper Co., VA, then of Laurens Co., SC,
and so stated in my book ("Family of Daniel Wayne Yeager").  Now I think
I was wrong.

But I'll explain one step at a time, one document at a time, in
chronological order:

(1) 14 April 1824: Land surveyed for JOHN YEAGER - 42 acres on water of
the west fork of Flint River bounding tract of Samuel Butler and _JOSEPH
MCCLUSKY_ .. Morgan's tract... in the east boundary line of an Occupant
Entry made by SAMUEL YEAGER -- surveyed Apr. 17, 1824; transmitters
George Mop and MICHAEL YEAGER.  (Lincoln County Land Grant Survey Book
No. 1, Entry #44)

(2) Your mother Jane Waller corresponded with Sara Junkin Graning (Mrs.
Alan Ward Graning) of Natchez, MS in the 1970s and I have a photocopy of
Mrs. Graning's letter dated July 24, 1975, to your mother, which reads
as follows:

 "Dear Mrs. Waller:  I was so pleased to hear from you about the
Yeagers.  Your letter came after I had left on a trip to North Carolina
by way of Lincoln Co. Tenn and Knoxville, Tenn. to look up records.  It
was quite interesting, but I did not find who I wanted to find.
 "I grew up hearing my mother (Annie Yeager Junkin) who was 97 last
Sept. 19 and died Nov. 1) say that three brothers came over from
Hamburg, Germany.  Elijah, Abijah & Sam -- they most likely entered
through the Pennsylvania area then one went out west to Ohio and two
came south to Tenn.  So my line goes thus: Annie Yeager Junkin daughter
of Annie Clarke  William C. Yeager.  Wm. C. Yeager (b. Mar. 2, 1831,
Lincoln Co. Tenn., m. Mar. 4, 1869, Natchez, Miss., d. May 31, 1899,
Natchez.) son of John Yeager (b. 1798, m. 1822, d. 1843 Lincoln Co.
Tenn.)  and Sarah Greene McClosky,
 "I am not sure of my John Yeagers family but I note that Samuel did not
have a son John.  So I must be decended from Elijah or Abijah.  Do you
have any information about where your Samuel came from into Lincoln Co.?
 "I noticed in the records that there were many McCloskys and Greenes --
My Sarah Greene McClosky was the daughter of Joseph McClosky of
Albermarle Co. S.C. and Mary Greene, and he served in the Revolution
under his wife's uncle, Gen. Nathaniel Greene -- both families
apparently moved on to Tenn.
 "I wish I had not waited so long to get interested in all these lines,
but I am glad that I did talk about them often with my mother, she had a
memory unbelievable.  So now for my three children and 12 grandchildren,
I am trying to get all the facts assembled.
 "If there is any way that you think I might help you trace these
Yeagers please let me know and I'd be happy to try.
 "When the folders come out for our Natchez Pilgrimage next March, and
our Antiques Forum this fall -- I shall send you some, and maybe you
will make your plans to come see us over here.
 "If you think any of your printed material will help me, let me know
and I will be glad to send you a check to cover.
 "Thanks, Mrs. (A. W.) Sara Junkin Graning"

Along with this letter to Jane Waller, for some reason Mrs. Graning
included a letter dated June 18, 1975, possibly a duplicate, which she
had written to the "Bureau of Vital Statistics, Fayetteville, Tenn.,
Lincoln County," as follows (I also have a photocpy of this letter:

 "Dear Sir: -- I am interested in finding dates of my forebears who
settled in Lincoln County around 1800.
 "John Yeager was born in 1798, I'm not sure it was in Tenn.  I would
like to know if an early census would show where he was born.  He died
in Lincoln Co. in 1843, I believe killed while working on the locks at
Muscle Shoals.  He had several children, one William Carroll Yeager was
my grandfather.
 "If I owe you for this please let me know.
 "Thank you for any assistance you might give me.
 "I am -- Mrs. Alan W. Graning"

Mrs. Graning also said (but I don't have written documentation of this)
the names of some of John's children were
 William Carroll,
 Angeline, and
She thought Angeline and Caroline were twins. -- Note the similarity of
the names to those in the 1836 Joseph Yeager deed.  Note the mention of

(3) 12 Nov 1835: A newspaper account from The Democrat, Huntsville, AL,
reads as follows:  November 18, 1835:  "Fayetteville, Tenn. Nov. 12th
(YEOMAN) Difficulty between WILLIAM McCLUSTY and JOHN YERGER at MR.
TODD's.  McCLUSTY, who was YERGER's brother in law, shot and killed
him."  ("Marriage, Death, and Legal Notices from Early Alabama
Newspapers 1819-1893," S. E. Lucas Jr. ISBN #0-89308-209-0, page 310)

The Nov. 12 1835 date of the "Yeoman" item would place this John
Yerger's death as just days or weeks earlier than the publication.  The
names and relationships are too similar to those in Mrs. Graning's
letter to disregard.  Yeager is often found as Yerger, and McClusty is a
natural mispronunciation of McClosky.  I believe this is John Yeager,
ancestor of Mrs. Graning, and his brother-in-law William McClosky,
brother of his wife Sarah Greene McClosky.  However, I think the date
(Nov 1835) in the newspaper article is more reliable than Mrs. Graning's
memory of her great-grandfather's year of death.

(4) 1830 Lincoln Co. TN census:  Only two Yager families are listed.
One is Samuel.  The other is John Yager whose household includes:
1 male age 20-30 (JohnYager)
1 female age 20-30 ( his wife)
1 male age 5-10  (a son born as early as 1819 and no later than 1825)
1 female age 5-10  (a daughter born between 1819 and 1825) and
1 female age under 5  (a daughter born as early as 1825 but not later
than 1830).

(5) 1840 Lincoln Co. TN census:  The John Yager of the 1830 LCT census
is no longer around for the 1840 census.  Instead there is a Sarah
Yeager (Dist. 24, p. 95) living near Samuel's son Augustine (Dist. 24,
p. 97.  Sarah is the head of a family consisting of:
1 female  age 30 to 40 = born between 1799-1810
1 male     age 15 to 20 = born between 1819-1825
1 female  age 15 to 20 = born between 1819-1825
1 male     age 10 to 15 = born between 1824-1830
1 female  age 10 to 15 = born between 1824-1830
2 males    age 5 to 10 = born between 1829-1835
1 female  age under 5 = born between 1835-1840
1 male     age under 5 = born between 1835-1840

If you take the names of the eight nieces and nephews in the 1836 Joseph
Yeager deed and those mentioned by Mrs. Graning, and match them to the
above children, it works out this way:

female 30-40 = Sarah, the mother - born between 1799-1810
male age 15-20 = Eliga (Elijah per Mrs. Junkin)  - born between
female age 15-20 = Angaline (Angeline per Mrs. Junkin) - born between
male age 10-15 = James A. - born between 1824-1830
female age 10-15 = Mary C. (Caroline per Mrs. Junkin) - born between
male 5 to 10 = William G. (William Carroll per Mrs. Junkin - born 1831)
male 5 to 10 = Samuel B. - born between 1829-1835
female under 5 = Sarah A. - born between 1835-1840
male under 5 = John W. (John per Mrs. Junkin) - born between 1835-1840

 If their father died in early November 1835, then the last two children
could have been twins born before May 1836 (date of the Joseph deed).
This is borne out by the 1850 census which gives names (Sarah and John
W.) and ages (14 in 1850).  Mrs. Junkin mentioned twins in her
great-grandfather's family but may not have exactly which children were
the twins.  Also note in the 1850 census, below, the name Samuel as
third from youngest.

 Note that the ages of the mother and first three children match those
of the mother and three children listed in the 1830 census for John
Yeager's household.

(6) Lincoln Co. TN Marriage Records --
1841:   Angeline E. Yeager marries John J. Sexton on Oct. 4, 1841 - p.
1847:   James A. Yeager marries Mary E. Beggerly on Feb. 18, 1847 - p.
  Mary C. Yerger marries William Harris on April 19, 1847 - p. 143

(7) 1850 Lincoln Co. TN Census
Sarah Yeager's household (#1139 on page 189) now consists of:
 Sarah Yerger age 40 b. TN = born in 1809 or 1810
 Saml. age 16, b. TN = born 1823 or 1824
 Sarah, age 14 b TN = born 1835 or 1836
 John W. age 14 b. TN = born 1835 or 1836

It is now clear that the 2 youngest children, both 14, are twins, which
explains how Sarah could give birth to two more children by John after
his death.  According to this census, Sarah still lives near Samuel's
son Augustine (#1057 on p. 184), Samuel's daughter Permelia Bland
(#1059, p. 184), and Augustine's daughter Mary E. Drennan (#1141, p.
In 1850, though only three of Sarah's children still live at home, she
also lives near Mary C. (Caroline?) Harris, age 19 (#1137, p. 189).
Elizabeth A.(ngeline) Sexton, age 24 (#22 on page 2) also resides in
Lincoln County. (See Lincoln Co. Marriage records, in (6) above)

The children of Sarah and John who have left home by 1850 and are
unaccounted for in the 1850 Lincoln Co. TN census are Elijah, James A.
and William C.

In 1860,   E. R. Yager,  age 37, b. TN (same as Elijah Render Yeager,
born 1823 - Sharron Abide's ancestor) appears in the 1860 Yalobusha Co.
MS Census (p. 170) with a wife and five children, as does John W. Yager,
age 24, b. Tenn. with a wife (p. 152).  These may or may not be John's
and Sarah's children, but their names and ages match the preceding

In 1880, William Carroll Yeager (Sara Junkin Graning's ancestor) appears
in the 1880 Adams County, MS Census, Vol. 1, ED 53, Sheet 21, Line 18:
William C. Yeager, white, male, age 46, born Tenn. with a wife and four

Putting all of the above together results in the following picture of
Samuel's family:

Samuel Yager/Yeager b. abt 1777 in Culpeper Co., VA, d. May 1837 in
Lincoln Co., TN
m. Keziah ______ about 1792-1797, probably in Laurens Co., SC, had the
following children:
 Joseph b. between 1793-1800 (per 1800 and 1810 censuses)
 John b. 1798 (per Sara Junkin Graning, 1800 and 1810 censuses)
 Augustine b. 1804 (per
 Michael b. 1804
 Permelia b. 1809
 Malinda b.  1812
 Adam b. 1822

Here's the family I have constructed for Samuel's son John:
John Yeager, b. 1798 in Laurens Co SC, d. Nov 1835 in Muscle Shoals, AL
m. Sarah Greene McClosky, had the following children:
 Elijah, b. between 1819-1825
  (possibly Elijah Render Yeager 1823-1887, m. Sarah Riley)
 Angeline Elizabeth or Elizabeth Angeline - born 1825 or 1826
  m. John Sexton, 1841
 James A. - born between 1824-1830
  m. Mary Beggerly, 1847
 Mary Caroline - born 1830
  m. William Harris, 1847
 William Carroll born 2 Mar1831, d 31 May 1899
  m. Annie C. Clarke
 Samuel B. - born 1823 or 1824
 Sarah A. - born early 1836 (twin)
 John W. - born early 1836 (twin)
  m. Sarah _____

Yes, there are still glitches.  For example, why are John's children not
included in the list of heirs in the "Samuel Yeager Heirs to Samuel
Wallace" document?   John was dead by the time it was drawn up, but it
does seem that his children should be listed IF they are Samuel's
grandchildren.  The only reason I've been able to come up with is that
Joseph gives 44 acres of land in May 1856, two months after the "Samuel
Yeager Heirs" document was signed, and possibly this gift was to satisfy
their claim?  And why wasn't a guardian for the children mentioned in
Joseph's deed?

This has been such a long and involved explanation.  Hope I haven't lost
your interest entirely!

Betty Johnson
Phoenix, AZ

 David C. Jones estate
"Loose papers, estates & administration Page 121.  Felix G. McGough and
A.A. Goodwin, Administrator of the estate of  David C. Jones.  Samuel A.
Jones, his share, also for Jasper Hammons for his wife Mary, James J.
Gleghorn and Rachel M. Jones, Hannah C. Jones, amount belong to the
heirs of  John S. Baggett and Elizabeth his wife, formerly Elizabeth
Jones."  Dated: 26 Sept 1854

Gleanings from the Fayetteville Observer (series)
My mother published death records from 1850-28 Apr 1881. My plan is to continue and include
more than just the deaths. Unless noted otherwise, the articles are copied exactly as they appeared.
The use of ellipses (three dots ...) or comments in brackets will indicate editorial (my) changes to
the original.

Here are some commonly used phrases used in the newspaper:

"In this county" -- obviously means in Lincoln County.
"Here" -- means Fayetteville.
"ult." -- means "ultimate" or "ultimo" which is Latin for "last." Usually means "last month."
"inst." -- "instant" which usually means "this month."

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 23, 1881 p.3 col.1
Executors' sale ... estate of S.S. Alexander, dec.
We were shown the first cotton bloom yesterday (Wednesday) by Mr. Wyatt WOODRUFF of this vicinity.
In County Court, Monday, the 18th inst. George J. and H.H. ALEXANDER qualified as executors of the estate of S.S. Alexander, dec.
The next regular meeting of the ladies society of the Presbyterian church, will be held at the house of the President, Mrs. Geo. SMITH, Tuesday, July 19th.
Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 23, 1881 p.3 col.1
In this vicinity, Thursday, 16th inst., of consumption, Mrs. Mary, wife of Eli SPRAY, aged about 30 years.

Licenses have been issued to the following parties since our last--
White: John SANDERS and Louisa DUNN; S.M. PLEMONS and M.C. SNODDY; George STREET and Nettie CASHION.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 23, 1881 p.3 col.2

C.C. MCKINNEY, Esq., of Purdy, is in town.
Judge J.J. WILLIAMS spent last Sunday in Fayetteville.
Rev. H.S. MCBRIDE went to Winchester Monday.
Col. D.W. HOLMAN went down to Nashville Monday last.
Miss Blanche BONNER returned from Nashville Friday last.
Mr. and Mrs. J.B. LAMB left Monday for Monteagle Springs.
Tuesday Mr. and Mrs. W.A. GILL, jr. retunred from Knoxville.
Rev. David TUCKER returned from Texas Friday.  He speaks well of that State.
Mrs. J.W. LAUDERDALE went to Flintville Tuesday for respite from the warm weather.
Miss Hannah MCWHIRTER, of Kelso Station, left Monday last for Terrell, Texas.
J.O. GRAY, of this place, is now in the lumber district of Colorado buying saw logs.
Mrs. B.F. THOMAS, of Cane creek neighborhood, is visiting the family of Mr. J.B. WILSON.
Thos. M. Rodes returned to Paint Rock, Ala., last Friday, in company with Willie RODES.
Mrs. Agnes ROBERTSON arrived from Columbia Saturday.  She is visiting her sister Mrs. P.D. BOYCE.
Misses Susie UNDERWOOD and Alice CALDWELL, of Maury county, are the guests of Mr. J.E. CALDWELL.
Messrs. Hu. COWAN and Walter VAUGHN, traveling agents of Forest Nurseries, returned home Tuesday.
Mrs. Ida STREET, of Texas, has been visiting relatives at Petersburg for a week.
Mr. Willie B. MOORE, a student of the Cumberland University, at Lebanon, returned to Petersburg last week.
Misses Maggie Bell MCKINNEY and Emma Davis SMITH, of Columbia, are visiting their uncle A.S. THOMAS,
Wm. GARDNER returned last week from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he had been attending
L.L. COLE, Esq., of Molino, was, early last week, stricken with paralysis of the brain.  His recovery is deemed
The school at Hamwood closed last Friday.  We are glad to say that the teacher, Miss Emma HALL, has
   given general satisfaction.
Our office was enlivened Saturday by the presence of Miss Iva LINDSAY, of Molino, and Miss Mollie
   HAMILTON, of Cane Creek.  They were accompanied by Mr. B.B. WYATT.
Miss Mollie HAMILTON, daughter of Wm. HAMILTON, six miles west of Fayetteville, has just returned from
   Cedarville, Ohio, where she has been attending school for two years.
Miss Lizzie CARY, music teacher at Soule Female College in Murfreesboro returned to Petersburg a short time
   since, two young ladies, Misses SHARP and MORTON, accompanied her.
Dr. J.B. GORDON, of Cutler, Illinois, has settled at the late residence of Wm. Wyatt, dec., for the practice
   of his profession.  We welcome him, as we do all good citizens, to our county.
Miss Lizzie and Mary HALL's school at Sulphur Springs closed last Friday ...
Mr. F.O. MCCORD attended State Press Association at Chattanooga last week....
The school at Unity, near Petersburg, under the tutorship of Miss Susie HALL, closed last Friday...
Prof. DE ANQUINOS, the celebrated artist... photographic art...
Mr. Hu. M. BLAKE, of Fayetteville, and Mrs. Helen BLEDSOE, of Petersburg, camde down on the train
   Tuesday and went to Cornersville to visit Mr. J.M. BLAKE and family.-- Lewisburg Gazette.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 23, 1881 p.3 col.3

The Institute met in the courthouse Saturday, the 18th, according to adjournment.  The following
teachers were present:

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 23, 1881 p.3 col.4
MOLINO (June 20th, 1881)
[selectively copied]
John STEWART, of Prosperity neighborhood, died on Sunday morning last, the 12th inst., of dropsy of the bowels.  The deceased was about 45 years of age and a native of this county.  He was a man of very respectable standing, whose loss will be severely felt by his family and a large circle of friends.  He was interred in Prosperity churchyard on Monday last, and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dr. SLOAN of New Hope.  To his bereaved wife and relatives we extend our warmest sympathies.

Mrs. Elizabeth WILLIAMS, relict of Rice WILLIAMS, died on Tuesday morning last, of exhaustion from chronic rheumatism.  She had suffered for a number of years from this excruciating disease, and had borne her distress with amazing patience.  The deceased was about 55 years of age and a native of Lincoln county.  She was a member of the M.E. church, and an exemplary christian, wife and mother.  To her sons and many relatives, we express our heartfelt condolences in their sorrow, believing truly that their loss is her eternal gain.

Miss Mollie GREEN is improving very considerably and she thinks of accompanying her sister northward soon, if her condition permits.

J.H. DALE, who has been confined by relapse for some time, is again able to be out.

Messrs. SANDERS, ROWELL & Co. have removed their saw mill from Alex. HAYES' to Col. ROBERTSON's well, on Cold Water.

The STRONGS, H.P. ROWELL, B.B. BRYAN, Manley HAIRSTON, Col. GALLOWAY and others in this neighborhood have very good crops of wheat.

Miss Josie ANDREWS, of Limestone county, Ala., is here visiting relatives and friends.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 23, 1881 p.3 col.4
MULBERRY (June 21st, 1881)
[selectively copied]

... the concert given by Miss Emma WHITAKER at the close of her term as music teacher at this place last Friday night.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 23, 1881 p.3 col.5
BOON'S HILL  (June 17th, 1881)
[selectively copied]

The parties that went from this neighborhood to Texas seem to have very different oppinions from what they once held concerning the Lone Star State.  Dr. SUMMERS found but one thing that was very attractive to him, and as it was movable he persuaded it to accompany him home.  Mr. REED returned home last Sunday, and it seems that he found nothing very pleasant to him, for he says that he would not give his farm out here in the hills for all Texas.  W.F. MCDANIEL must be pleased with everything as he has not made his appearance at home yet.

Will HUDSON  was out among his friends last Saturday night for the first time since he has been engaged in business in your town.

J.H. HUDSON has gone over to Kelley's creek to teach school.  Jim is missed very much, especially by the young ladies.

Mrs. A.B. WILSON has gone to Pulaski to receive medical treatment.  Guess Add feels lonely.

J.W. MCDANIEL has gone over the river in quest of a school.

Miss E.J. STEELE's school will close on the 24th.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 23, 1881 p.3 col.5
By Milton HUMES, trustee, at the court-house in Fayetteville, on Wednesday, July 27th, 640 acres of land, more or less, in the 22nd district, belonging to W.H. MOORES. [next column has more details]

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 23, 1881 p.3 col.5
T.P. ARNOLD to SMITH & HOLMAN, 5 3/8 acres in 24th dis, $550.
A.C. MCCLAIN to Joseph BUCHANAN, 25 3/8 acres in 7th dis, $250.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 23, 1881 p.3 col.6

Executor's Sale: [S.S. ALEXANDER]

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 30, 1881 p.2 col.2
CYRUSTON (June 25th, 1881)
[all personal names copied]

Mumps...Dr. BUMPER, alias the "Black Doctor" ...

There is a new secret order starting up in this section.  Abel LINEBARGER, formerly a citizen of the 13th district, and a professional stone-cutter, is the M.W.G.M. of the State....

Prof. GILLAM has been engaged for the last ten or twelve days in saving the wheat crop....

Cullen SUGG says Joe is a good horse... Knox MOORES.

Bill HAMILTON, of Union camp ground, rides a good horse...

Hu. STORY, of Giles county, is often seen in this locality on Sunday.

Prof. DOWNING is to teach the school at this place.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 30, 1881 p.2 col.2
CHESTNUT RIDGE (June 28th, 1881)

[Description of bad rainstorm and flooding of the two Cane creeks]

We were at Mr. PATTON's near BLEDSOE's store....

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 30, 1881 p.2 col.2

Mrs. Ephram ANTHONY, of Bedford Co accidentally shot and killed herself Friday.  She had gone with a shot gun to kill a hawk.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 30, 1881 p.3 col.1

While out riding Sunday, the horse, a spirited animal, became frightened at an engine near the road, four miles east of Fayetteville, and ran away, upsetting the buggy in which were Mr. Jack Renegar, his wife and sister.  The ladies were painfully bruised, but it is hoped not seriously injured.

At the regular meeting of Calhoun Lodge, Odd-Fellows, Fayetteville, Friday night last, the following officers were elected to serve during the next six months-- Jas. B. WILSON, N.G.; B.B. THOMPSON, V.G.; W.T. MOYERS, treas.; G.J. STONEBRAKER, Per. Sec; M.W. WOODARD, Rec. Sec.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 30, 1881 p.3 col.1
Killed by Lightening: Two members o the family of Henry DISMUKES (col.) were killed by lightening on Monday p.m. during the thunder and rain storm.  They lived on the old ALLEN farm -- now DEFORD's -- six miles south-west of Fayetteville, and near Molino.  The house stands near the river bank, and the family were seated there-in.  Four of them were stricken; the wife and mother, Belle, and her eldest son were killed outright; and the father Henry, and a younger son were seriously shocked.  Persons should never sit between doors or open windows during a thunder storm, nor take shelter under trees or in barns.  Whenever there is a passing current of air, or a tall body of any kind, there is danger.  Beware.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 30, 1881 p.3 col.2
[all copied]

Mr. and Mrs R.C. Barnes called to see us yesterday.
Mrs. P.D. Boyce has been on the sick list for a week.
Mrs. R.S. Bradshaw is visiting relatives in Shelbyville.
Mrs. Ida Dallas, of Nashville, is visiting her mother, Mrs. Ann Bonner.
Mrs. S.C. Hipsh is spending the heated term at Latonville, on the ridge.
J.W. Adair, of Mulberry, went to Louisville tuesday with a car load of hogs.
Miss Mary Caldwell is visiting Miss Almeda Tillman in Shelbyville.
Mr. Jas. Arnold and family, of Waartrace, are visiting relatives in Fayetteville.
Clem. Diemer is spending the week with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. C.A. Diemer.
Capt. John T. Cathey is circulating among his friends in Fayetteville and vicinity.
Miss Fannie Neil Lamb left Monday for Mont Eagle Springs, to join her mother.
Miss Lizzie Hall leaves this morning for Knoxville to attend the State Normal Institute.
Dr. W.H. Robinson, of Mulberry, left yesterday (Wednesday) for Mont Eagle Springs.
Prof. R.S. Bradshaw is attending the State Normal Institute, in session at Knoxville.
Miss Lizzie D. Jones who has been visiting relatives in Mississippi, returned to Mulberry last week.
Mr. John Moore, traveling salesman for Forest Nurseries, returned home, near Oak Hill, Tuesday.
Mr. J.L. Stewart and wife, of Molino, have recently returned from a two months visit to Talladega, Ala.
Miss Susie Thomison, a student of the Mary Sharpe College, of Winchester, returned home last week.
Mr. Wm. W. Stegall left for Huntsville on Monday, and will probably go to Chattanooga to engage in
Mrs. Hu. M. Akin and children went to Maryville, East Tenn., yesterday, for a months' visit to her mother.
Mr. Y.A. Taylor, of the vicinity of Kelso, dropped in to see us Saturday.  We are always glad to meet him.
Mr. John Gillam, formerly of Fayetteville, but for twenty years of Texas, gave the Observer a pleasant hour
Miss Jessie McClain, after a two weeks' visit to her friends and school mates in Fayetteville, returned to
   Nashville last Tuesday.
Mrs. A.L. Anderson, eight miles west of town, has been quite sick for three weeks, but, we are glad to
   say, has about recovered.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bonner returned from Baltimore Tuesday in company with Miss Fannie Bonner, who
   has been attending school in that city.
Mr. Peter Cunningham, of Flintville, left for Texas on Monday, prospecting for a home, to which he
   purposes moving next Fall.  he is a good citizen and will be a desirable addition to the community
   in which he may settle.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 30, 1881 p.3 col.2
White: J.B. Sims and Pemetta J. Watson
Colored: Crocket Vency and Nancy Smith.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 30, 1881 p.3 col.2
In this county, on Swan, Sunday, 26th inst., of consumption, Mrs. Nancy Caroline, wife of Joseph A. Edmondson, aged about 45 years.
In this county, near George's Store, Friday, 24th inst., of disease of the heart, Ella Vester, daughter of William and Mary Ann Copleland, aged 12 years and 6 months.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 30, 1881 p.3 col.5
MOLINO (June 27th, 1881)
[selectively copied]

Rufus Tipps, son of Thos. D. Tipps, of Camargo neighborhood, died Monday, the 20th., very suddenly, from an accident the previous day. ... He died on his birthday, being 11 years old.

Born to John Allen, on Friday morning last, a son.

L.L. Cole, Esq., is still confined to his room, but able to sit up some.  His condition is not materially changed from the first.  Disease, softening of the brain.

Mrs. W.G. Davis left for her home in southern Indiana, this morning, per rail, via Nashville and Louisville.  She had been here several weeks, attending to her sister, Miss Mollie Green, who is confied to her bed by a chronic attack of pulmonary disease.

We had the pleasure of listening to a very good sermon yesterday, by Rev. J.G. Woods, of your town, ata Smith's Chapel, it being a funeral occasion in honor of the memory of an aged and respected lady, Mrs. Eugenia Martin, who died Jan. 20, 1881, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Newton Bryan.  The text was Rev. 14:13.  A large congreagation was present.  Just about the close of Dr. Woods' sermon a scene commenced, a short distance form the church, which baffles description.
[long description of drunken fight contains the following names]:  two young men of the Chapel neighborhood Lin. Smith and Walter Bryan, Mr. B.B. Bryan, wife of Mr. B.B. Bryan is mother of Smith; young Bryan is a nephew of Mr. Bryan and has lived with his uncle several years.

[following is summarized]: news from Ala-- Mr. Matt Pearson, formerly of this county, but now of Madison county, was bitten on Saturday last by a rabid dog... his brother-in-law Mr. Ward also bitten.  Visited the mad stone.

The wife of Mr. Jasper Dickey was thrown from a mule last evening and severely hurt....

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 30, 1881 p.3 col.5
MULBERRY (June 27th, 1881)
[selectively copied]

... George Payne's family grocery ...
... Rev. Mr. Grovendyke ...
Misses Underwood and Caldwell, of Columbia, are here visiting friends,and the boys are crazy, some of the old bachelors' hearts can be heard to beat clear across the square.

Messrs. Mat. and Ed. Whitaker, of Fayetteville, were seen in the village Sunday.  I did not learn their business.

Mrs. McLaughlin, of Fayetteville, is visiting relatives here.

One day's canvass in the washing machine business satisfied Jim Ashby.  He got the promise of one order, if they wanted the instrument, and twenty or thirty rebuffs; he didn't think it paid to wash hard all day for a promise.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, June 30, 1881 p.4 col.1
Attachment Notice:  J.B. Camp vs David Thompson (non-resident)

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, July 7, 1881 p.3 col.1

Rev. T.S. Buchanan will preach at the C.P. church next Sunday morning.

A horse drawing a buggy in which Mrs. John M. Bright and David Bright were seated, became frightened and ran away last Friday, and upset and wrecked the vehicle.  Mrs. Bright was injured somewhat, but not seriously, we are glad to hear.

Orville Thompson, brother of Register B.B. Thompson, had his leg broken, below the knee, by the fall of the horse he was riding last Sunday.  He was about three miles from home, near Kelso, and rode home in this maimed condition.  He has suffered greatly, but the limb, it is thought, will be saved.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, July 7, 1881 p.3 col.1
White: E.C. Richardson and M.W. Sullivan; J.S. Maddox and M.J. Anderson; G.W. Whitworth and D.L. Armstrong; W.D. Hawkins and Laura B. Enochs.
Colored: Richard Jennings and Sarah Pamplin; Albert Eddins and Mary Buchanan.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, July 7, 1881 p.3 col.1
In this county, near Goshen, Tuesday 28th ult. Rev. William W. Hailey, aged 74 years.
Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, July 7, 1881 p.3 col.2
[copied all]

Gov. Marks was in town yesterday.
Rev. W.H. Groves is in McMinnville.
Mr. Jas. Cooley, of Decatur, is up on a visit.
Miss Mary Rodes went to Decherd yesterday.
Mr. Chas. Clark, of Nashville was in town Tuesday.
Bob Gray dropped in to see his old friends on Saturday.
Miss Mary Wallace left on Tuesday to visit McMinnville.
Prof Geo. W. Crawford, of Lincoln, dropped in on Monday.
C.T. Wallace, of Fairview, Ky., is visiting the editor's family.
M.M. Dean, of this place, is very sick with fever in Huntsville.
Miss Lizzie Bruce, of Hunt's Station, is the guest of Mrs. J.E. Caldwell.
Mrs. C.A. French is visting her son Dr. Ed. French at Hunt's Station.
Miss Ella Bell, of Nashville, formerly of this place, is visting friends in Fayetteville.
Rev. W.G. Templeton is attending the Sunday School convention in McMinnville.
Last Saturday, Miss Mattie Engleman returned from a two weeks' visit at Oak Hill.
Mrs. James W. Goodwin has been quite sick, but we are glad to hear she is now better.
Capt. I.T. Rodes left yesterday morning for Ripley, West Tenn., to be gone a week.
Mrs. A. Summerfield has recently returned from a pleasant visit to her daughter in Nashville.
Miss Mary E. Templeton, of Boons Hill, left for Hunt county, Texas, where she will teach school.
Mrs. P.D. Boyce and Mrs. Agnes Robertson are in Huntsville visiting their sister Mrs. A.H. Turner.
P. Halbert, Esq., gave us the benefit last Thursday of as pleasant an hour as we have had in a long time.
Robt. Green of San Antonio, Texas, son of N.O. Green, formerly of this place, arrived in town on Saturday.
The nicest apples that we have seen this season, were presented to the OBSERVER last Thursday, by our
     friend John Gant.
Dr. W.J. Miller was in town Saturday.  He reports that Hurricane Springs are having a prodigious amount
     of visitors this season.
Misses Sue Underwood and Alice Caldwell, who won many friends and admirers by their winsome ways
     and merry laughter, returned to their home in Maury county last week.  We trust that they were well
     enough pleased to again visit Fayetteville.
At a ball at Mont Eagle from Fayetteville Miss Blance Bonner was lovely in a dress of cream satin with
     lace overdress; Miss Fannie Bonner was bewitching in a dress of pink and cream satin, with lace
     trimmings; Miss Fannie Neil Lamb was fascinating in a dress of cream satin and white lace.  Messrs.
     H.C. Lamb and N.O. Wallace, jr. were also present.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, July 7, 1881 p.3 col.3
Closing exercises of this school at Bright Hall, Profs. T.W. Newman and W.F. Fleming instructed in German, Greek, Latin and the different mathematical and English branches.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, July 7, 1881 p.3 col.5
MOLINO (July 4th, 1881)
Esq. L.L. Cole has improved somewhat in condition since our last, and hopes are now entertained of his
    ultimate recovery.

Fayetteville (TN) Observer, Thursday, July 7, 1881 p.3 col.6
NORTH TEXAS LETTER (Plano, June 24th, 1881)
[greatly editted]
In our devotions we are not unmindful of the gratitude expressed in the prayer of "Uncle" George Farrar, a deceased colored man of Lincoln county.  He was asked to pray in a white folks' prayer meeting at Shiloh, near Millville, and responded promptly by saying "O, Lord, we thank Thee that we are neither dead nor damned nor blown away by a storm."
Our Lincoln county people are all trying to succeed here.
Being St. John's day there are three celebrations in Collin county.

 New Research Materials in the USGenWeb Archives for Lincoln County

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New Researchers/Progenitors

This section contains information about new researchers and progenitors added to the LCT web page at:

New Resources

We are looking for any information on James CRAWFORD who moved from
Knox Co to Lincoln Co between 1800 and 1810. Wife is Elizabeth
(Betsy) Engald. Children are Moses, Joseph, John, Jesse, Colby,
Samuel, Vineyard, Russel, Sallie, Betsy, Casander, Rachel, and Polly.
See URL:
Kevan Crawford

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Lincoln County marriages 1823-1850 by Whitaker:

  Revision History

1998 Apr 20: first published.
1998 Apr 22: added link for LCT-L