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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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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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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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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