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The Anderson County Historical Society is headquartered in Clinton, Anderson County, Tennessee.

The primary interest of the ACHS is the preservation of the history and genealogies of Clinton and Anderson County and the surrounding counties in East Tennessee.

The name Pellissippi is the historic Native American name for the Clinch River, the major waterway running through the area.

Anderson County Historical Society
PO Box 148
Clinton. TN 37717
email address: pghs@att.net

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  1. Mildred Treadway / Oct 8 2012 11:37 pm

    The twins, Geraldine & Joyce Jarsey Phillips that are buried in Cumberland Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery, “The Swag” were born 3 April 1941 and died 14 April 1941. Cause of death undetermined, 7 month pregnacy. Daughters of Flem Phillips (1907-1959) and wife Dora Wilson Phillips (1907-1997) Source: Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1959. The parents, Flem & Dora are buried in Norris Memorial Gardens, Anderson County, Tennessee. Please add this to the information on the twins. The parents are my Uncle & Aunt.
    Thank you,
    Mildred Phillips Treadway

  2. ronevans209 / Oct 9 2012 1:32 am

    Thanks for the update Mildred. I have updated the Anderson County TNGenWeb Site with this information.

    • Reid / Nov 20 2012 3:17 am

      Ron,

      The link for “Sons of the Revolution – Anderson Co. Chapter” should point to “http://anderson.tnsor.org/”. Your Links page at “http://pellissippi.org/about/” has a very old link that no longer works.

      • ronevans209 / Jan 24 2013 6:15 pm

        Hi Reid. Link has been updated. Thanks. Ron

  3. Name Connie Wade Behensky / Oct 29 2012 12:10 am

    Ok there is someone in that town that I know has pictures and he is my cousin but did not know till I told him. Heck I did not know either till I started my search but he said that he has tons of pictures that he does not know who they are,. I know that the woman in the family was the record keeper and the one who kept the family photo’s and since he is the ggg grandchild of the only woman in my gg grandfather’s family she was the one with the pictures. His name is Al Coleman. If any of you people down there know this guy do you think that you can talk him into helping me and I don’t know scanning the photo’s over the internet. I have found his first cousin that did send me a few. There was a Doctor Taylor that was supposed to of had a big beautiful home on the outskirts of Anderson county. He is related to me as well and to All. Could someone take a picture of that old house and scan it for me on the internet. My name is Connie Wade Behensky and my web address is crafts4con@aol.com. Any help that you can give me wiould be greatly appreciated. I know that he must have a picture of my gg aunt and my ggg grandfather Crockett Wade because he did not die until 1876 and photos had been out for almost 25 years at that time and his ggg grandmother my ggg aunt did not die until 1918 so she had to have some. Come on now. Help a girl out.
    Connie

    • Suzanne Haley / May 21 2013 12:09 pm

      If the “Dr. Taylor” you mentioned is Dr. Will Taylor (1853-1930), who was married to Molly Biddle, there should be a book in the local library or Knoxville’s McClung library “The Taylors and Related Families of Anderson County, Tennessee.” There is a good bit of genealogical info in it.

  4. Sande Riggs / Dec 12 2012 4:13 am

    I met representatives of the David Hall cabin. They asked me to contact them. I have tried to find the cabin on line and found you. Perhaps, if you could, please forward this email to the family? Remind them I am the one with the toy demonstrations..
    Thank you
    Sande

    • ronevans209 / Jan 24 2013 6:16 pm

      Hi Sande. I might see them this evening at the PGHS January meeting. I will forward your message. They now have a web site at http://davidhallcabin.wordpress.com/.

      • Sande Riggs / Jan 25 2013 3:51 am

        Thank you so much they wanted me to do cooking and toy demonstrations.

  5. Gail Bartholomew / Feb 13 2013 6:14 pm

    Hi I am looking for information regarding the Riggs family in this area – especially Elias and Jane Leach Riggs. Thank you!

    • daltonarick / Mar 7 2013 4:01 pm

      Hello
      I am not sure. I will look at muy family and see. I think I remember a Jane and Bartholomew, back in the 18th century. My family came from Surrey Co. NC back then. Does that help?

    • daltonarick / Mar 7 2013 4:04 pm

      I am not sure. I believe I remember a Bartholomew and Jane from the 18th century. My line came to Temnesse about. 1790s. I hope this helps, tip I can get into my stuff and check.

  6. Janet Dabney Kiggans / Feb 25 2013 1:25 pm

    Hi Gail,

    I have an Elias Riggs in my line that was the son of Thomas Riggs and Louisa Dabney Riggs. The Riggs and Dabney families intermarried a number of times. My Elias was born ~1860. I do not have a spouse for him as yet.

    Janet Dabney Kiggans
    jankig@att.net

  7. Carlotta M P M / Mar 24 2013 5:23 pm

    I’m looking for information regarding Rexie and Flossie Phillips Bunch. I have hit a dead end on obtaining information on the Bunch side of the family. Rexie Bunch was born in Devonia, TN. Rexie had 4 children that survived past the age of 2. Margie Bunch, Delois Bunch (my grandmother), Rexie Leo Armes (died in Vietnam), and Jay B Bunch. Margie had 3 children Harold West, Brenda West, and Darryl West which i am unable to obtain any information on them as well. Rexie Leo Armes i only have a DOB and DOD for him from military records. Then on Jay B Bunch he was born in Ohio after Rexie Bunch married Bernice. Rexie and Bernice Divorced before Rexie died. I am unaware of any information DOB, DOD, whereabouts on Jay B Bunch. Any information please get in contact with me through my web site : thesiteofphillips.shutterfly.com

  8. Susan Gaither Russell / Apr 12 2013 5:17 pm

    Looking for research concerning John Brogan and William Lamar. Thank you Susan Russell

  9. Dianne Williams / Jun 7 2013 1:45 pm

    Hi,
    I am looking for any information on the Martin and Bradshaw families. Specifically, Richard Martin son of Issac Martin who married Rhoda C. Bradshaw daughter of John Bradshaw. If anybody has any information, I would be most grateful. Thanks again.

  10. Lois Walter / Jun 12 2013 6:58 pm

    Susan, many Brogan’s moved to Nodaway county, Missouri from Anderson Co., Tn. Check there. Lois

    • Phyllis Dew Krebs / Mar 11 2014 2:37 pm

      I am from Nodaway County MO. My Dew, Atkins, and Wallace ancesters moved there in 1866ish via covered wagon from Anderson Co TN. Brogan’s may have come at the same time, not familiar with the name though.

  11. Donna Tye / Jun 13 2013 11:03 am

    My great grandmother was Abby Wallace Curnutt,she was born 1867and died abt 1892 in Anderson County.I cannot locate where she is buried.If anyone comes across her in any cemetery records please contact me. Thank you Donna Tye ddty471@aol.com

  12. Larry Gamble / Jun 26 2013 2:02 am

    I am searching for information regarding the Gamble family: Robert Allen Gamble (1732-1812), his son, John Gamble who died in 1814 and John’s son, Robert Gamble (Abt. 1805) who married the daughter of Thomas Harrison Carneal (1769-1855). They lived in Anderson and Knox counties. The time period is about 1780-1840). Is there a local genealogist who might assist me (for pay) in this quest? You may contact me at my e-mail address: larrygamble@sti.net.

  13. Paul Brown / Jul 24 2013 9:36 pm

    I am doing research for a local history documentary and am seeking photographs of Clinton taken between 1900-1920. There are a few photos I’m interested in that are included in the Society’s publication, TENNESSEE 200 BICENTENNIAL HISTORY OF ANDERSON COUNTY, as well as a couple included in an earlier book, CLINTON: AN IDENTITY REDISCOVERED. Do you know who I could talk to about finding Clinton images from that period and acquiring permission to use them in a documentary? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! I can provide descriptions of specific photographs I’m seeking, if needed.

    • ronevans209 / Sep 20 2013 5:56 pm

      Paul. I would recommend contacting Eddie Stair from Clinton. He has an incredible collection of old photos of Clinton and Anderson County. Eddie has a facebook page with many of these photos posted.

      • Paul B. / Sep 20 2013 7:35 pm

        Thank you, Ron, for your reply. I have already contacted Eddie, and he very generously shared what he had. Unfortunately, many of his photos were scanned by other people and were not of a high enough resolution for what I need. Do you know if there is a collection of original photographs by Mr. B. Shinlever, a prominent Clinton photographer for many years?

      • ronevans209 / Sep 20 2013 8:22 pm

        Paul, you might also want to contact Stephanie Hill. She compiled the photographs for the “IMAGES OF AMERICA – CLINTON” Arcadia book. Her email is samhil2@aol.com.

  14. sarah gadson / Aug 5 2013 1:08 am

    trying to find emma latham married to james d gadson . They lived in Anderson county possibly in Gadson Town. They lived in rural Anderson County and had several children.

  15. Sarah / Sep 20 2013 6:36 pm

    I plan on visiting Clinton I am a descendant of the Gadsonb who lived in Gadson town Anderson tenn, I really would like to see haven cementsry. Is it still opened can I get an update on the status of the Gadson town location . Who would be the best person or agency to contact

  16. paula wiser / Sep 26 2013 11:45 pm

    Im a desendant of webber and sharp im trying to locate dennis webber frm clinton my mom is a sharp last living child and im trying 2 get pics of things frm past like sharp cafe in town

  17. Kathern Vaughn / Oct 24 2013 11:53 pm

    I am trying to find out about my family. My grandfather was George Washington Williams born 3-28-1897 My grandmother was Vertie Jane Burge, born 1-7-1905 They were married in New River Tn. on May 23, 1919. I don’t know anything about either of their families. Any information would be great. Thanks

  18. Connie Williams / Nov 10 2013 6:01 pm

    Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) of Kingston, TN, is compiling a commemorative book of Military Veterans with a tie to Roane County, TN. The public is invited to submit a photo and short military biography of family members and/or friends with Roane County ties. Information requested includes veterans name, birthdate and place, parents’ names, spouse name, branch of military, enlistment date and place, decorations/awards received, theater/battles, discharge date and place, and if applicable, death date and burial place. A copy of a photo of the veteran (only) with the veteran’s name on the back can be submitted, but will not be returned.
    Mail the photo copy and information to: DAR, PO Box 611, Kingston, TN 37763. The submission is free. Deadline is March 31, 2014. Southwest Point Chapter meets the third Thursday of each month at the welcome center of Fort Southwest Point in Kingston and will accept submissions at 5:30 pm, also.
    A beautiful hardcover book is expected to be printed by Christmas 2014. The book will be available for purchase at a cost of $60 and preorders will be accepted beginning January 2014.
    The proceeds from this book will be used by Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR to continue historic preservation, education and to promote patriotism.
    For additional information, contact Connie Williams (865)717-3949 or Barbara Wasilko (865)310-4560.

  19. Gary / Jan 7 2014 7:35 pm

    I am trying to find information on an antebellum home called “Eagle Bend” that once sat on the Clinch River near Clinton prior to TVA. It was built by F. H. Preston, and sold in the late 1860s to Judge Young whose family occupied the home for nearly a century. Are there any images of the house? Thanks.

    • Stephanie / Apr 3 2014 4:46 am

      Therre is a picture of the Young home at Eagle Bend on page 17 in the book Anderson County Historical Sketches by Katherine Hoskins.

  20. Paul B. / Jan 12 2014 7:24 pm

    Do you know of any Powell natives that might remember the old Bell Bridge where Clinton Pike crossed Beaver Creek? The bridge was torn down around 1940, as the current bridge had been built at least a decade earlier with the new Clinton Highway. I have yet to find any photographs of the old bridge, but I wondered if there was anyone around who could describe what it looked like. Supposedly, it was a steel bridge floored with wood planks, but I wasn’t sure whether it was a “pony truss” bridge or something else. I appreciate any information you could provide or contacts you might have.

  21. Larry Gamble / Jan 20 2014 9:15 pm

    Does anyone know how I might find the location on a map of the described location below?

    JOHN GAMBLE. S#128 12-28-1807. E#l96 9-10-1808. 20 acres on Bear Creek.
    Beginning on a conditional line between said Gamble and William
    Wiet…near the head of a spring. SCC: William Wiet, David Oliver.
    Recorded 5-9-1808. Lifted 6-24-1808 by Robert McNeely. (This survey does
    not state in which county the land lay but Bear Creek runs through both Anderson and Roan Counties. His Survey #73 designated the land as being in Roane County, and the body of the survey as being in Anderson County.

    Then later, in a survey for William Gardenshire, we find reference to the land again:
    Anderson County Land Records: Deed dated 31, January 1815,
    William Gardenshire received 25 acres “on the waters of Bear Creek,
    a branch of Poplar Creek…running up the valley to John Gamble’s line…to a
    spring and improvement where Carneal lives.”

  22. Carol Ruby / Jan 25 2014 5:04 pm

    I’m a descendent of Pleasant Miller Freels B 10-25-1827 in Scarbrough, Anderson Co. D 8-3-1877 in Robertsville, Anderson Co. married to Nancy Jane Roberts B 11-25-1821 in N. Carolina, D 8-3-1877 in Edgewood, Anderson Co.
    My other line is James Scarborough B abt. 1800 D Oct 1843 in Anderson Co. Married to Anna E Rice B 1804 in N Carolina, D 5-23-1874 in Anderson Co.
    If anyone has any information they would be willing to share, I would really appreciate your help. Being a Sr. and living in MI, I am unable to make the journey. Thanks, Carol Carolr2u@comcast.net

  23. Jayne Caldwell Gossett / Mar 24 2014 5:09 pm

    I am looking for information on the death of my great grandfather, Robert Mclin Rowe. He was born on 16 September 1863 in most likely Carter County, TN to John E. Rowe and Mary Evaline Boren, he married Margaret Frances Thomas in 1899. He supposedly died either in a mining accident or the result of a mining accident on 22 June 1897. I cannot find a mining accident around that time in Anderson County. They were living in Coal Creek at the time of his death. My great grandmother and her sons, Victor Hugo, Cecil and Lorenzo Mack Rowe all went to live in the Masonic Widow’s and Childrens Home in Nashville, TN. My grandmother lived with her grandparents, David Rees Thomas and Prudence Levy Thomas for a bit in 1900. Family stories tell of how she left Flannery School for Girls in 1908 to attend Tennessee Women’s College, which is now MTSU. Any information regarding the death of Robert Mclin Rowe or Flannery School for Girls will be so appreciated…thank you, Jayne

    • Larry Gamble / Mar 25 2014 5:28 pm

      McClung Library-Refer to this book on line: Tennessee county history series : Anderson County / by Katherine B. Hoskins ; Joy Bailey Dunn, editor, Charles W. Crawford, associate editor (1979)

  24. dover1952 / Apr 12 2014 6:04 pm

    I am a professional archaeologist who lives in Oak Ridge. At the moment I am doing some important research involving prehistoric archaeological sites in the Oliver Springs area. I have reached a “sticking point” in that research and need to get unstuck. In order to do that, I need to talk to some of the still living direct lineal descendants of Caswell “Cas” Smith (September 18, 1854 – March 9, 1922) and his wife Maggie Smith (February 25, 1862 – March 23, 1928). Caswell and Maggie are buried in the Smith Cemetery (a small family plot) that is located on the left side of the road on the Oliver Springs side of Black Oak Ridge as one drives on Illinois Avenue from Oak Ridge into Oliver Springs. To be more precise, it is located on the left side of the road at the right hand turnoff from Highway 62 onto Highway 61. A large white house that looks as if it was built in the late 1800s or early 1900s is located very close to this cemetery where Cas and Maggie Smith are buried. This house may have been where they were living at the time of their deaths.

    My research is aimed at identifying the boundaries of the farmland owned by Cas Smith and determining whether some of his still living descendants in the area know anything about him and the history of that land—particularly any old family stories about the land, things that were found on it in the past, and so forth. Does anyone in the Anderson County Historical Society know anything about this particular Smith family and whether any of Cas and Maggie’s descendants are still living in Anderson County? If so, I really do need to talk to them as part of my archaeological research effort. Please give me a call if you have any information or leads that would help me to get in touch with these still living descendants. My contact information is listed below. Thank you very much for your help!!!

    Tracy

    Tracy C. Brown
    Professional Archaeologist
    Oak Ridge Archaeological Research Institute
    111 Timbercrest Drive
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830
    (865) 482-1681
    tcbkjbbrown@comcast.net
    Website: http://contextintn.wordpress.com/

  25. Paul B. / Apr 13 2014 6:28 pm

    I’m looking for contact information for the owners of the Hardie Brown house in Powell. Unless I’m mistaken, this was once known as the Brown School House, one of Powell’s first schools. The house is somewhere near Beaver Creek, but I have not been able to locate it or find out much information about it. Any help would be appreciated.

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