Hiram Harper, Nashville Detective: From Boston to Alcatraz

"One of the Best" - Detective Dave Beasley Hiram Herbert Harper, my mother's grandfather, passed away when she was only about seven months old. Our information about Hiram is limited to a few records and numerous newspaper articles. I wish I knew more about Hiram, because he seems like a fascinating man. Sadly, we don't …

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Green Allen Franklin Pylant

Green Allen Franklin Pylant, my third-great-grandfather, was a farmer and Civil War veteran who lived most of his life in southern middle Tennessee. I created a records timeline to take a deeper look into his life. Timeline 29 June 1845 - Green was the oldest of at least five children born to Nancy Tucker and Gabriel …

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May Dennis Jackson

Posted Mar. 19, 2020 As I type this article, our world is surrounded with much uncertainty as we face the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). My sleepless nights are filled with many thoughts, including wondering about great-grandaunt, May Dennis Jackson. May died during the 1918 influenza pandemic (Spanish flu). May was my grandfather's aunt, although he never …

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Nancy and John Bullard: North Carolina to Tennessee

In my search for John Bullard's parents, I came across Nancy and John Bullard who lived in Columbus and Robeson counties in North Carolina and later lived in Cannon and DeKalb counties in Tennessee. Using my grand uncle's Ancestry DNA test, I discovered we are closely related to this couple. I have created a records …

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The Unsolved Mystery of John Isham Bullard

As an amateur genealogist, be prepared to sometimes get things wrong. Bruce Lee said, "Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them." In late 2019, I came to the startling realization that my third-great-grandfather, John Bullard, was not who I thought he was. I studied my grandmother's brother's Ancestry DNA test …

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