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, […]

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 […]

Charles Dillehay of Virginia and Leonard Brown of Caswell Co NC and Sumner Co TN Revolutionary War Patriots

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

In my continuing research for Revolutionary War soldiers in my family tree, I have found two ancestors who are listed as Revolutionary War Patriots.   I am descended from Charles Dillehay, born ca 1717 died after 1784, married to Elizabeth or Eliza through his son Arthur Dillehay, b. 13 July 1741.   Arthur married Sarah and my […]

William Dorris Revolutionary War Soldier of New Jersey and Sumner Co TN and widow Eleanor Dorris

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

The pension papers of Revolutionary War soldier William Dorris continue with the widow’s pension application of his widow, Eleanor Dorris. State of Tennessee Sumner Co   On this day personally appeared Ellenor Dorris widow of William Dorris deceased before me James Butler one of the acting Justices of the Peace in and for the county aforesaid.   […]

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 […]

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 […]

Silas James Lankford/Langford Medical Affidavits Civil War Pension Application

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

The next information on the Civil War Pension of Silas James Langford/Lankford of Smith and Dickson Co Tennessee was his medical records.     There were general and medical affidavits detailing his physical disabilities by neighbors and doctors. First was a general affidavit by T.W. Harper, M.D., age 33 of Bellburg, Dickson Co, TN and W.L. Weakley, age […]