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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The Bess Family of Sycamore Mills

Lydia Meador and John Best My search for the parents of Elizabeth Bess, my fourth-great-grandmother, started years ago when I built my first family tree. I had zero to go on. Family trees online were no help either, as none of them listed her parents. I truly started from scratch. Bess is a unique last …

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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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First Slander Suit in Middle Tennessee

I came across this interesting article from an 1859 newspaper about Russell Gower, Sam Martin and John Boyd in early Nashville history. The voice reminds me of AW Putnam, writer of "History of Middle Tennessee: Or, Life and Times of Gen. James Robertson", but no author is listed. It is based on real court cases, …

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William Bennett Newspaper Articles

Here is a transcribed collection of newspaper articles about William Bennett, my fourth-great-grandfather. For the article, "Wild Bill Bennett", please click here. The Leaf-Chronicle, 06 Jan 1902, Mon, Page 6 HEALTHY And Able to Cultivate a Crop is William Bennett at the Age of 96 Years Mr. Wm. Bennett, of the Second District, was in …

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