I made an exciting discovery about my fourth great-grandparents when I discovered an article about them from 1875. Emeline and Norfleet Jordan had passed away a day apart, and the local newspaper, The Tennessean, published an article about them. Not Divided in Death. To the American: PEGRAM'S STATION, CHEATHAM COUNTY, Oct. 18, 1875. - Mr. … Continue reading Not Divided in Death: Emeline and Norfleet Jordan
You get exactly 50% of DNA from each parent. That is the only "exact" thing about DNA. While you get about 25% from each grandparent, that number is an estimate. DNA is inherited randomly, so you might get a higher percentage from one grandparent than another. Here is how much DNA you inherit: YOU 100% … Continue reading Chart: How Much DNA You Inherit
Elizabeth, married name Hilliard, was my fourth great-grandmother. Her maiden name is listed as Shelley on most family trees, but when I started writing this article I had no record to support this besides a biography in Goodspeeds History of Tennessee. Elizabeth has long just been "Elizabeth Shelley" on my tree with no parents listed. … Continue reading Elizabeth Shelly Hilliard of Carroll County, Tennessee
When I first wrote the article about my fourth great-grandfather, Edward A. Russell, I expressed interest in finding his daughter whose initials were "S.F.". You see, Edward first married Jemima Owens in Maury County, Tennessee and had one child, S.F. After Jemima died, Edward married her sister, Martha Ann Owens. They had one daughter, Nancy … Continue reading Sarah Frances “Fannie” Russell
The Cumberland Compact, signed in May of 1780, established the first government in what would later become Nashville, Tennessee. One of the signers was Russell Gower, my seventh great-grandfather. For more information and a complete list of signers of the Cumberland Compact, please visit this website.