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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Nannie Bullard Carrell

Nancy Jane "Nannie" Bullard was my great-great-grandmother. I never met her, as she died in 1955, but I do have a few good photos of her. Having photos of someone always sparks my curiosity even more about that person. I've also talked to several cousins descended from Nannie and wanted to record what I know …

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Edward Dennis: Gone Too Soon

February 27, 2017 I just uncovered the death certificate of my grandfather's brother who died as a newborn. I never recalled hearing about Edward until my grandfather and father told me about him last weekend. Edward was only 19 days old when he died, likely from croup and pneumonia according to his death certificate. He …

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Eli “Hawk” Aaron

Eli Hawk Aaron was my grandfather's grandfather (making him my second great-grandfather). He lived his whole life in Stewart County, Tennessee. His real name was Eli, as referenced on census records, but everyone called him Hawk, and of course now no one knows why. Hawk was the youngest child born to Mary Ann "Sis" Rumfelt …

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Lizzie Hilliard Dennis

Mary Elizabeth Hilliard went by "Lizzie" and lived her whole life in the Stewart County & Houston County areas of Tennessee. My second great-grandmother was born about 1859, the second oldest child of William Daniel Hilliard and Martha McElroy. On the 1860 and 1870 censuses, Lizzie was called both Mary and Elizabeth. She lived with …

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