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Timeline: James Hansel Harper & Family

James Hansel Harper, my fourth great-grandfather, was born about 1822 in Tennessee...no, South Carolina...no...we really don't know. He said on most census records that he was from Tennessee, but also said South Carolina. His children placed his birth also in North Carolina and Virginia. Thanks, guys, you're all a big help 150 years later! Ugh. I … Continue reading Timeline: James Hansel Harper & Family

The Bartholomew-Carroll Mystery

3/17/2017 In honor of my Irish roots on St. Patrick's Day, I am writing about one of my family mysteries: my third great-grandfather who was rumored to be Irish and who had a surname change around the age of 50. Andrew Jackson "Jack" Bartholomew Carroll was born in about 1823 in Knox County, Tennessee (according to his death certificate). In … Continue reading The Bartholomew-Carroll Mystery

My Sam’s Creek

It would be difficult to find a resident of Cheatham County, Tennessee or even western Davidson County that hasn't heard of Sam's Creek in Pegram. There are even a couple of roads, Sam's Creek Road and Old Sam's Creek Road, named after it. View of Sam's Creek down Deerfoot Drive in Pegram, Tennessee But who was … Continue reading My Sam’s Creek

Timeline: Samuel Dennis in Davidson & Stewart Counties, Tennessee

I've been heavily researching my fourth great-grandfather, Samuel Benjamin Dennis. He started out somewhere in Maryland, moved to Davidson County (Nashville), Tennessee, then on to Stewart County, Tennessee. I've compiled a timeline of records below for fellow Dennis researchers. 8 Jun 1809 - Samuel Dennis is listed in Davidson County, Tennessee as a bondsman for the marriage … Continue reading Timeline: Samuel Dennis in Davidson & Stewart Counties, Tennessee