The Normans

Meet Mary Rosanna “Mollie” (Grissom) & William Franklin “Frank” Norman – my great grandparents. 

 Mollie was born June 11, 1873 in Tennessee, a child of John I. and Mary A. E. (Welch) Grissom. Mollie was the second of four (4) children.  Her older brother John H. Grissom was about 5 years old (born 1868) when Mollie arrived. Her younger siblings include George T. (born 1878) and Mattie (born 1884). 

Frank was born on December 2, 1873 in Tennessee, a child of Benjamin Franklin and Cecelia C. “Sealy” (Howell) Norman.  Frank was the first of two (2) children.  His younger brother John Henry was born in 1876.

Frank and Mollie were married in 1892.  They had three (3) children, John Benjamin “Ben” (born 1892), William Henry (born 1894), and Albert Perry “Jack” (born 1906).  They lived in Maury County, Tennessee,  William Henry Norman is my grandfather. 

Also in this picture are Mollie and Frank’s grandchildren, Susie Helon Norman (born 1920 and my father’s sister) and Myron Buddy Norman (born 1924 and cousin to my father). My estimation is that this photo was taken around 1928; location is unknown.  My uncle has the original.

The Gibsons

Meet my great-great grandfather, George Washington Gibson born in Giles County, TN in 1844 where he lived his entire life until his death in 1922. He is the son of Henry and Sarah (Hubbell) Gibson. He married Mary Cecelia Scott (1845-1899) in 1865. They had 9 children, including my great grandfather, William Henry (WH) Gibson. WH was born in Giles County, TN in 1867 and married Susie E. Barnett (1807-1902) in 1889 in Maury County, TN. They had 5 children, including my grandmother, Mary Caroline Gibson (1898-1968).

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Maury County Courthouse 

Maury County, Tennessee was formed in 1807 and named for Major Abram P. Maury, who served with General Andrew Jackson and was the uncle of Matthew Fontaine Maury. The settlement of Columbia became the seat of the county government and the first court was convened in Columbia on December 21, 1807 in the home of Colonel James Brown. The first permanent courthouse was built in 1809 and served until 1847 when a second courthouse was completed. This building was used for 56-years before being replaced by the current courthouse which was constructed between 1904 and 1906. The present courthouse stands on the courthouse square in Downtown Columbia, Tennessee. July 2017
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Cranford Hollow Road

Cranford Hollow Road, Columbia, TN — this barn was used for many years for milking cows, twice a day. It stands on the property previously owned by my grandparents, Floyd M. Mills & Anne Cole Mills. The house, which fronts the road was built by my grandfather. They called this home — years of laughter, hard work, love, cooking, canning and entertaining family members and friends. There’s a couple of small ponds in the back west portion & perhaps the plum trees that produced many a jar of plum preserves still stand. A small creek runs across the front lot in front of the barn and patches of clover cover the ground. There once was a cellar just to the right of the garage. The front field to the east of the barn was plowed each year for a big garden; one that produced the best tomatoes ever. On the back east corner of the property is a fairly high hill. On a clear day you can see the County Courthouse and other “city” buildings – about 10 miles away. It’s also a great place for daydreaming. Today there are many new homes along Cranford Hollow Road; yesterday it was a dirt/rock road with a few small, family farms. My grandfather knew every car that drove by. He told stories of a stagecoach robbery that was said to have happened years earlier — just down the road, around the bend and in the hollow area. The bandits, with handkerchief covered faces, set up an ambush for the stagecoach. After gunshots were fired back & forth, the bandits prevailed and galloped-off on their horses with the money. I don’t know if they were ever brought to justice. — it’s a great place, Cranford Hollow Road.

Me & My Dad

My dad …. born in Maury County, Tennessee on October 22, 1932. His parents were William Henry Norman & Mary Caroline Gibson (both born in the late 1800s). My dad, Charles William Norman, was the second of their three children. I remember him as a tall and strong man. He was kind, giving and enjoyed people. He was funny and sometimes a bit of a prankster. He loved his kids and he worked hard to give them a better life. He had only an 8th grade education, but was smarter than most of the people I know. I think a favorite time in his life was when he was in law enforcement. These pictures were made when he worked for the Pasco County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office (Leland Thompson was the sheriff). Back then, you – as a deputy – had to buy your own car. He later worked for the Dade City Police Department, serving as an officer and detective. I think he felt that he made a difference, served honorably, was loyal and a man of his word & was a good role model for his kids. I have often wished that I had been given more time with him; as I lost him only after 16 years. I do believe that I am his daughter & he would be standing proud beside me today if he could. I – like my dad – am a dreamer. I know that I have some of his strength, his desire to serve and love others, his loyalty to those that I call & know as a friend, love for my family, & a drive to be better, because the world may be a little better for it. 

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Early Tennessee Map – 1818

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John Melish’s 1818 State of Tennessee map.  This map is held in the Tennessee State Library and Archives Historical Map collection.  Reprints and reproductions can be obtained through the Library and Archives HERE.

This is a beautiful map of the State of Tennessee.  It was created in 1818 by John Melish (1771-1822) using the surveys of John Strothers.  The map displays early county lines and the then existing Indian boundaries.

John Melish was a Scottish mapmaker and publisher. In 1811, Melish settled in Philadelphia, working on atlases and maps.  He is very well known as a creator/publisher some of the best maps in early America.

Melish produced a map of the United States in 1816, which he sent to former President Thomas  Jefferson.  Jefferson was so impressed with Melish’s work that he offered a few suggestions for correction, primarily regarding the boundaries of Louisiana and west.  Jefferson’s letter offering suggestions to John Melish is held within the Jefferson papers within the Library of Congress (it is digitally available by clicking here) .  According to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Jefferson placed a copy of the Melish produced United States map was placed in the Entrance Hall at Monticello, Jefferson’s home.

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The new Tennessee State Museum 

Look what’s coming to Nashville!  It is a new Tennessee State Museum and the creators are promising an amazing visual experience. new tn state museum2.png

Approximately $120 million will be invested to create a spectacular “walk through” the creation of the state of Tennessee and present a very hands-on  children’s learning center and gallery. The main exhibit space will total some 60,000 square feet with smaller theater rooms.

The new Tennessee State State Museum is scheduled to open its doors in the Fall of 2018. Sounds like it will be a perfect time to plan a trip to Nashville to soak up some history and learning through the new museum.  With of course some adequate researching time scheduled at the State Archives center!!

Read the story here in the Tennessean.

These photos are renderings for the Museum created by the renowned Gallagher & Associates, an internationally recognized Museum Planning and Design Firm with offices in Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco and Singapore. 

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My Valentines ❤️

My Valentines ❤️️ – Charles William Norman & Dalsie Mabel Mills, my parents. This picture was taken in 1956 at a state fair, before they married. They both were about 24 years old. My dad was killed in a vehicle crash in 1979 (I was 16). My mom never remarried & lived until 2009. She always said that my dad was the “only man she ever loved.” Their marriage was not perfect — far from it — but their love always prevailed. They taught their children to “do unto others as you would have done unto you”, love from the heart, reach for your dreams and God is great — they showed us how to live, love & laugh. 💕They will always be my Valentines. #family #parents #dad #mom #valentines #livelovelaugh #godisgreat #followyourdreams #genealogy #jennealogy #myjennealogy

One of my Favorite Veterans

Floyd Mayhue Mills & his wife Anne Elizabeth Cole Mills. This picture taken at Fort Smith Arkansas in 1944. Floyd was about 32 years old & Anne would have been about 30. Floyd & Anne are my maternal grandparents. Thank you for your service granddad & great American values that your family still upholds & appreciates. 💕 #jennealogy #wwiivet #veterans #veteransday2016 #grandparents #proud #american #myjennealogy

IT’S QUITE A LINE-UP!!! The FREE Genealogy Webinars Announced for 2017

The folks over at the Legacy Family Tree Webinars are doing a great job of providing amazing educational webinars for genealogist at all levels. They have just released their 2017 Legacy Faminnovationily Tree Webinar Series.  This is a series of several webinars each month by expert and interesting genealogy lecturers/teachers.  High quality speakers, talking on interesting topics for genealogist & it’s FREE.  Whether you sign up for one (1) class or all 76 classes — it’s FREE.  Each webinar is scheduled for about an hour & a half (1 1/2 hours).

SO — with this wonderful opportunity I have already put things in motion to help me achieve a NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION! — yep! I registered for at least one (1) webinar each month of 2017.  A little investing in myself . . . .  I will be learning from some of my favorites, including Judy Russell, Thomas MacEntee, Diahan Southard, Lisa Louise Cooke, Lisa Alzo, Jill Morelli, Geoffrey Rasmussen, Angela Packer McGhie, Cyndi Ingle, and Mary Hill.

Register now for free (what a great Christmas!! & New Years!).    CLICK HERE to go to their website and register for your favorite “genea-lebrities” or your favorite genealogy subject matter.   Want to register for more than one class at a time ?  CLICK HERE to signup for all you favs at one time.

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