Tennessee Genealogy Research by Debbie W. Spero

Genealogy–tips, research ideas, problems and answers

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 […]

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 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 […]

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, […]

Civil War and Revolutionary War Ancestors

Monday, September 17th, 2012

I have spent the last couple of years researching my Civil War ancestors and applying for membership in the Civil War Families of Tennessee through the East Tennessee Historical Society.    I am almost finished with the applications and supporting papers for Lewis Bradshaw Pilkerton and his father Aaron Pilkerton of Rutherford Co, who both served […]