Tennessee Genealogy Research by Debbie W. Spero

Genealogy–tips, research ideas, problems and answers

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.   […]

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 Soldier Private David Herron of Albemarle Co VA and White Co TN

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The continuation of the pension application of David Herron, age 103, of White County, TN in 1833. Answers to the questions prescribed by the War Department and propounded by the Justice 1st  He was born either in Orange or Albemarle he does not recollect precisely which, he thinks however in Orrange County Virginia in the […]

David Herron of White County, TN Revolutionary Soldier aged 103

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

I found the answer to my 5th great grandfather’s Revolutionary War Service faster than I thought.   I already had a copy of his Revolutionary War pension application buried in my files of family research. My grandfather was Morgan Jackson Saddler 1917-1986.  His mother was Mai Bell Tomberlain of Rutherford and Davidson Counties, TN, 1892-1972.  Her […]