Jesse Shelton and His Pegram Plantation

Jesse Shelton, my sixth-great-grandfather, once owned a plantation in present-day Pegram, Cheatham County, Tennessee. His land was on Turner Creek and the Big Harpeth River according to his 1809 deed. The below map marks that spot and has an estimate of what his 640-acre spread (one square mile) might have looked like to help you …

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James Gainous Sr.

This is a closer look at James Gainous Sr., who lived part of his life in Robertson County, Tennessee. The Gainous family's surname was spelled various ways in records: Gainus, Gaines, Gainuss, Gainess, Gains, etc. Special thanks to Rick Tidwell for his extensive research on the Gainous family! Wife James' wife (or wives!) are unknown. …

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Peggy Meek and Malachi Tidwell

Margaret "Peggy" Meek and Malachi Tidwell are my fourth-great-grandparents. The family settled in Dickson County, Tennessee, near present-day Montgomery Bell State Park. According to Paul Oliphant via JS Scott, "[they] settled on Old Henry Blackburn Place in Dickson Co. Down the Spring Branch toward Montgomery Bell Park is the Old Squire Richardson place next to …

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John Aaron of Stewart County, Tennessee

I have spent years working on the branches of my Aaron family tree. My search points to John Aaron of Stewart County, Tennessee being my fourth-great-grandfather, although I do not have documented proof. In the timeline below, I have used records to document what I have uncovered so far about John. Records Timeline Before 1787 …

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