Tennessee Genealogy Research by Debbie W. Spero

Genealogy–tips, research ideas, problems and answers

Levi Matherly Alzira K Sevier Mary W. Polly Brown Sevier of Sumner County Tennessee

Friday, March 7th, 2014

I have been hitting my head for years on the brick wall of my 3rd great grandparents, Levi Matherly and Elzira/Alzira K. Sevier/Savere of Sumner County Tennessee. I knew that Levi Matherly was present in the 1850 census of Sumner Co TN, district 9.  Levi was age 36, born TN with children:  John age 12, […]

Who are the parents of Maggie Nova Brimm Kennedy of Smith County Tennessee?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

With the permission of a client, I am writing this entry about her grandmother, Maggie Nova Brimm Kennedy of Smith Co TN.   The question I have been trying to help her answer:  Who were the parents of Maggie Nova Brimm? Maggie Nova Brimm, “Novie” was born 17 Feb 1885 in Smith Co TN.   Novie told […]

James Gourley and Violet Wilson and Elizabeth Wilson of Sumner County Tennessee

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

It’s after the holidays, cold and snowy, and I have had a little time to work on my own family genealogy.   My mother, Lois Saddler Williams, is the daughter of Ellen Geneva Dorris, age 95.   My grandmother was born in the Shackle Island area of Hendersonville in November of 1918.  Her parents were John Anderson […]

William Dorris or Doris Revolutionary War Soldier of New Jersey and Sumner County, Tennessee

Monday, February 4th, 2013

My latest discovery in the hunt for Revolutionary War ancestors is William Dorris of New Jersey and Sumner County, Tennessee.   His file is W 916.  William Dorris is my 4th great grandfather on my grandmother Ellen Geneva Dorris Saddler’s side.    Ellen Geneva Dorris Saddler, age 94, is the daughter of John Anderson Dorris.   John Anderson […]

John Knight, Revolutionary War Soldier Granville Co North Carolina and Smith Co Tennessee

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

On the same day in August 1832 that John Knight filed his application for a Revolutionary War Pension, William Jones and Phillip Day, both citizens of Smith County, Tennessee appeared in and before the justices of the court of Smith Co, TN and stated that Day was in the service of the United States with […]

Private John Knight, Revolutionary War Soldier of North Carolina

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

John Knight of Smith County, Tennessee is my great-great-great-great-great grandfather on my grandmother’s side:  Ivorene West, daugther of Leatha Florence Sutton, daugther of Martha Eveline Russell, daugther of Eliza Knight, daughter of Henry M. Knight, who was son of John Knight.   John Knight was married to Martha Montague.   The soldier’s application, S1992, John Knight, NC […]

Jemima Williams, widow of Tobias Williams, Private of NC, Revolutionary War

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Jemima Williams, my 5th great grandmother, was the widow of Revolutionary War Soldier, Tobias Williams of NC and Smith County, TN.  Tobias Williams was granted a pension in 1833, and died in April 1834.    Following is the penison application of widow, Jemima Williams… Smith Co. TN:  On this 21st day of November in the year […]

Revolutionary War Soldier Private Tobias Williams of Caswell County NC and Smith Co TN

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Tobias Williams of Smith County, TN was my great, great, great, great, great (5) grandfather, who served 6 months as a Private in the Revolutionary War. I am descended from Tobias through my grandmother, Ivorene Cleveland West, daughter of Irl Cleveland West, son of Ira Stokes West, son of Claiborne Wright West and Frances Williams, […]

Revolutionary War Veteran Private David Herron of Albemarle Co Virginia

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The pension application of David Herron continues… He again went out under Captain Isaac Davis.  He does not recollect certainly but thinks that his lieutenants name was Richard Durret.  He again met at Sharlottsville and as well as he recollects performed something like the rout mentioned in his second tour and was finally discharged at […]

Emma Lankford, wife of Silas James Lankford of Smith and Dickson Co, TN files for a Civil War Widow’s Pension

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Silas James Langford of Smith and Dickson Co., TN died in May 1905.    His widow, Emma Langford, then applied for a widow’s pension for Silas James’ service to the U.S. during the Civil War.     Following are the affidavits that were filed concerning her application. W.R. Jones, of Daniel, Dickson Co. TN, age 45, declared 23 June 1905 […]