Who Was Thomas James Dennis?

Did my great-great-grandfather have a brother named Thomas? That question started this quest. I don't know who the parents are of my great-great-grandfather, Edward Whitfield "Whit" Dennis. Through DNA testing, I do know he is related to the Dennis family who raised him. Whether his mother was unwed Narcissa Dennis or one of her brothers, … Continue reading Who Was Thomas James Dennis?


I get easily attached to ancestors I research. I want to know more than just their names, dates, and places. I want to know their story; I want to know THEM! My great-great-grandmother, Martha "Lena" Fulghum Tidwell, was someone I longed to know more about. Although I will never have her full story, I did … Continue reading Lena

The Short Life of John J. Bullard

John J. Bullard, my third great-grandfather,¬†was born¬†about 1846 in DeKalb County, Tennessee to Mary Reeves and Henry Bullard. John is on the 1850 and 1860 census with his parents and siblings in District 5 of DeKalb County near Smithville. At the age of 15, John joined the the confederacy as a Private in the 35th … Continue reading The Short Life of John J. Bullard

DNA Mystery: Gowers of Nashville

4/25/17 I have DNA tested my mother and my paternal grandfather through It was well worth the price and wait time (about two months each in 2016). I knew through family tree research that my mother was related to the Gower family of Davidson County, Tennessee. DNA helped to prove that. She's descended from … Continue reading DNA Mystery: Gowers of Nashville

Wiley Farmer of Clarksville, Tennessee

Wiley Farmer, my fourth great-grandfather, is one of my current genealogy mysteries that I am researching. Wiley first shows up on the 1850 census in present-day Sycamore Mills in Cheatham County, Tennessee. Wiley and his wife, Nancy, are living with the David Mosier family, with whom are presumably his in-laws. His occupation is laborer. He … Continue reading Wiley Farmer of Clarksville, Tennessee