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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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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Sarah Jane Watson Farmer Lawrence

This is the story of my third-great-grandmother as I know it. All information pulled from Ancestry.com records unless otherwise noted. Sarah Jane Watson, commonly called Jane, was born December 23, 1849 in Robertson County, Tennessee to Sarah Sally Frey and Talton Watson. By the 1860 census, the family of nine lived in Cheatham County, Tennessee …

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Robert Gower & Agnes Burnley

Robert Gower and Agnes Burnley were early Nashville residents. Nashville was founded in 1779 by the Robertson and Donelson party, which also consisted of the Gower family and Robert. Robert was born between 1774-1775, if you take into account he purchased land in February 1796. (He would have to be at least 21 years old.) …

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Harriett Burnett Woodward

Harriett Burnett is my fourth-great-grandmother. Records mentioning her are very limited. I am documenting here what I know so far. Timeline August 3, 1821 - Married Benjamin Woodward in Davidson County, Tennessee. June 1822 - Oldest daughter Martha Woodward was born. She is my third-great-grandmother. 1840 - According to the census under Benjamin Woodward's name, …

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