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Anderson County Historical Society

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Welcome to the Anderson County Historical Society’s Home Page

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
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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


      The link for “Sons of the Revolution – Anderson Co. Chapter” should point to “”. Your Links page at “” 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 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.

    • 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

    • 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

      • 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

      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

  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 :

  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

    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

  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:

  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

  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

    • B. Faye Taylor / Nov 10 2014 2:45 pm

      B. Faye Taylor, These people are in my family.please send me a email..

      • Carol Ruby / Nov 16 2014 7:07 pm

        Hi B. Faye Taylor,

        How exciting we have some common ancestors on the Freels and Scarbrough lines. I would love to share family information with you, as you asked, but you did not include any contact information. I am particularly interested in Issac Freels as I am working on a DAR patriot supplement.
        Please contact me with your information. Thanks…

      • Carol Ruby / Nov 16 2014 7:11 pm

        B Faye Taylor…I did include my email address with my original inquiry, and again on my first reply to you. I see it did not come through though, so here it is again..

      • Carol Ruby / Dec 1 2014 3:39 pm

        B Faye Taylor,

        Please send me your email address, as you did not include it in your reply.. I would be happy to share my Scarbrough and Freels information.
        Carol Ruby

      • Larry Gamble / Dec 2 2014 2:32 am

        I ran into this Tennessee record about John Freels. I thought you might find it interesting.
        We have a Freels in our family by marriage.

        JOHN FREELS. S#358 1-28-1811. E#700 10-12-1810. 50 acres on north side
        of Cumberland Mountain on White Oak Creek including a small improvement
        made by said Freels on both sides of Whittier Trace. SCC: Isaac Freels,
        Charles Prewitt. Recorded 2-21-1811. Delivered 4-23-1813 to John Freels.

        Larry Gamble

  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)

    • Jayne Gossett / May 6 2014 7:37 pm

      Thank you Mr. Gamble for the reference book. I did not find any info on Flannery School for Girls nor of the mining accident my great grandfather Robert Mclin Rowe, but did read about the Richards family. Elizabeth “Betsy” Richards was the sister of Joseph C. Richards married to Ann Thomas. Betsy Richards married Dr. Joseph Levy, their daughter Prudence Levy married David Rees Thomas, son of Rees R. Thomas the Welsh gentleman that had the selection of Welsh books donated to Harvard by my great, great grandfather David Thomas. David Thomas is pictured under the large tree at Thistle Switch, the one with the top hat is David Thomas. A great deal of my information about the Thomas family came from the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation’s interaction with Eirug Davies, a professor of Welsh history at Harvard University.

  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 C. Brown
    Professional Archaeologist
    Oak Ridge Archaeological Research Institute
    111 Timbercrest Drive
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830
    (865) 482-1681

  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.

  26. dover1952 / Jul 3 2014 3:35 am

    With regard to my post above about Caswell Smith and his wife Maggie Smith, some additional research has indicated that Maggie Smith’s maiden name was Gropp, which is a Germanic language surname. These records indicate that she was born in Louisville, Kentucky. and that she married local Robertsville native Caswell Smith in Vigo County, Indiana in 1881.

    The question: “How in the Sam Hill would a local Robertsville-Oliver Springs young man meet a girl born in Louisville, Kentucky, and marry up to her in Vigo County, Indiana (of all places) in 1881?”

    That sounds like a stretch to me, but the names and ages of their children (that we know of) match up in the 1910 census records. Does anyone know if there is some historical connection between Anderson County, Tennessee, and Vigo County, Indiana, that makes any sense? Could Caswell have met Miss Gropp when her family came down from Indiana to stay at the first (1873) mineral springs resort in Oliver Springs? Is the Germanic name Gropp one of the surnames of the German-speaking Swiss folks who settled Wartburg and some parts of Oliver Springs? Is Gropp a surname that shows up in the history of Anderson County?

    Tracy C. Brown
    Professional Archaeologist
    Oak Ridge Archaeological Research Institute
    111 Timbercrest Drive
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830
    (865) 482-1681

  27. Charles Severs / Nov 19 2014 3:39 am

    I am interested in Severs family that goes back to WM Severs DOB 1750 and Daughter Mary Polly Severs who married Wm Lamar as wife #2 in 1811 after Roseanne Mills died in 1806. Also to Clark B Seivers born 1830 as both families match dna very well . would pay dearly for proof of the actual DOB of WM 1752 or the actual parents of Clark B Seivers as dna guarantees a close connection.
    William lived in the NE part of Anderson Co and a deed mentions a creek that was Cove,Cane,Cave or similar 4 letter word. His Wife Catherine Peck died about 1835 and is buried there probably. William lived to be 100 and died in Nodaway Co MO in the Fall of l852,
    Querries appreciated and glad to share any info or pay for research that has promises..
    Wm Married in 1793 in Montgomery Co VA and probably moved to Knox Co afterward and lived in the portion of Knox that was taken to help form Anderson Co. One deed is about all I can find there.
    The Petracek book on Lamar Legacy includes the daughter born l795 (so 16 at marriage)

    • Dan Blagg / Feb 12 2015 10:54 am

      I too am interested in this family, and realize you and I have probably communicated before. Maybe one or the other of us has stumbled onto something new lately.

  28. Carol Ruby / Dec 2 2014 6:15 pm

    Thank you Larry Gamble, for sharing your Issac and John Freels land record. I do have that already, but sure appreciate you sharing regardless. I am having a difficult time with Pleasant Miller Freels and his relationship with Issac. I believe the John in this land record, is possibly Issac’s younger brother. Which Freels is in your family tree?

    • Larry Gamble / Dec 2 2014 7:47 pm

      Isaac Clark Freels and Nancy Scarborough had a son, Clark. He married Sarah Gamble. I believe her to be a cousin to my grandfather, five times removed.
      Larry Gamble

  29. valerie sanchez / Dec 14 2014 3:25 am

    My friend in east tx is louise hall she has been trying to find her family geneology for years I just happen to run across this site looking for cabins. Her mom and dad are dead so she has no idea who her family is… Does anyone have info on the hall family? She is my best friend and this would make her day.

    • Larry Gamble / Dec 14 2014 7:15 pm

      Valerie, I would suggest Louise might consider two options: download a copy of ancestry and go back in history with all of the information she knows and see if connections can be made or hire a genealogy researcher to conduct a search. She will need to know the names of her parents and any of their family, towns or places in which they lived including approximate years and any other relavant information she knows. If she has a birth certificate that would be a good beginning. If she does not have a computer, she might contact someone in the LDS church and see if they might help in her search. Good luck!

    • ronevans209 / Jan 18 2015 11:31 pm

      Valerie, What is her parent’s names? Also, does she know her grandparents?

  30. Rhonda Black / Jan 18 2015 7:30 pm

    ~I am looking for information on my third Great parents Solomon Hall born abt. 1795 in Pittsylvania, VA. and married Morning/Mourning Ingram abt. 1797/98 and passed away Nov. 20, 1879..They were married in Caswell Co.NC. and moved to Robertsville, Anderson County, TN. He died July 20, 1864 and I do not know much about them. and wondered where they might be buried there? Is there any information on my Great Great Great Grandparents around there? Thank you so much for your time! :) Rhonda

    • Libby Bumgardner / Feb 16 2015 5:19 pm

      Rhonda, there is a Hall-Arnold cemetery in Claxton, Tn Don’t know if there would be any connection or not.

  31. Marge Suczynski / Feb 11 2015 1:40 pm

    I am hoping someone can help me track down the date of birth and date of death of Ernie Walker Thompson who was an Anderson County resident at the time of her death sometime between 1930 and 1940. Her husband, Moses Idle Thompson, owned a coal mine and so I would think they would have been well known in the town at that time, and that there may be a newspaper listing of her death. Family stories indicate she died at Fort Sanders Hospital around April 12, 1939 due to complications from Typhoid Fever. However, I have not been able to locate any death records for her. Her grandson, my employer, would like to put a grave stone at her resting place in Sunset Cemetery (where she is identified as Ernie Walker, d. 1939) with exact dates. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

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