Oliver Windsor, the Civil War and the Harris Sisters

When I started building my family tree many years ago, my family had never heard of Oliver Windsor or Martha Patsy Harris. My dad helped me write out a paper family tree for my fifth-grade class project. I remember sitting in Nanny and Papaw's kitchen as they told us their family trees as far back as …

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Anecdotes of Centenarian William Bennett

William Bennett, of the Sycamore Mills area of Cheatham County, Tennessee, lived to be nearly 106 years old. We are lucky to have a few newspaper articles about his life that were written in the early 1900s when he was still alive. See 1) Wild Bill Bennett article and 2) Article transcriptions. If you carefully …

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Mal Boyd’s Account of Ancestors

In the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project, writers conducted interviews of more than 2,300 former slaves and their descendants. (Learn more about the project here.) On the morning of November 1, 1938, interviewer Bernice Bowden was walking down Miller Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas when she spotted Mal Boyd sitting on his …

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May Jordan, Captured and Family Murdered

Published on September 17, 1807 in the Impartial Review and Cumberland Repository by Thomas Eastin: On the night of the 3rd of February, 1807, Mrs. May Jordan, who was carried away by Indians on the 22nd of January, 1807, arrived at this place in a deplorable condition. The Indians burned her husband and her children …

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Joseph Kernell

Joseph Kernell, or Cornell, depending on which descendant you ask, first lived in Nashville, Tennessee before moving to Stewart County, Tennessee. Some online family trees have inaccurate information about Joseph and his family, so this blog post lays out what we know based off of records. Joseph Kernell was born about 1830 in Nashville, Davidson …

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