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

Tennessee’s County Records

image_stacks_of_genealogy_recordsLooking for County Records in Tennessee?  here’s a list  of dates when records were lost or destroyed  because of courthouse fires or other disasters in Tennessee counties … Amazing – my family’s county — Maury — has never lost records because of disasters, i.e. fire, tornado, etc… clink this link to check your Tennessee county.

Southport, Maury County, TN

SOUTHPORT “Southport is nestled among the spurs of the Elk Ridge, on the extreme southern border of Maury County; in 1/2 mile of the post office is Giles County line . . . This is claimed to be the highest location in the county . . . fifty years ago this place was nearly a virgin forest. Among the early settlers were A. J. McKnight, Thomas Wortham, William Garrett, W. H. Matthews, William McConnell, James Galloway — all of whom have crossed “over the river.” At that time it was customary to make your own whiskey. When a very small boy I recollect being hold up and given a chance to drink beer out of a barrel at the Wash Campbell’s distillery . . .” Maury County Democrat, January 1, 1891

Many branches of my family settled in and around Maury County, Tennessee in the early to mid 1800s.  Southport is one of the areas where my family has lived for several generations.

The Normans were one of the families that called the Southport area home, starting with my 3rd great-grandfather, Francis Norman, who settled into the area before 1840. He is listed there in the 1840 Federal Census.  Records show that he and several of his brothers journeyed from Orange County, North Carolina to their new homelands found in Maury, Marshall and Giles counties.

My 2nd great-grandfather (son of Francis and Susan Pettern Norman), Benjamin Franklin Norman, was born in 1853 in the Southport area.

Ben married Cecilia “Seley” Howell on December 27, 1872 in Giles County and remained in the area when their two (2) sons, William Franklin and John Henry were born in 1873 and 1876 respectively.  Seley died early in 1880.

My great grandfather,William Franklin “Frank” Norman, was born in Southport in 1873.  He married Mary R. “Mollie” Grissom and my grandfather, William Henry Norman, and his brothers (John Benjamin and Albert Jack Norman) were born and raised in the Southport area.

Then in 1932, almost 100 years after the first Normans settled in the area, my father, Charles William Norman, was born in Southport, Maury County, Tennessee.

My father continued to live in the Southport area while he was growing up.  I have heard many stories of fun days and good times that my dad spent with his family there.  Some of his “adventures” as a boy included time spent in and around Saltpeter Cave.   Saltpeter Cave is considered one of the largest caves in the state of Tennessee and has long  been a destination.  During the Civil War, the cave was mined for nitrate and it also housed Confederate troops in hiding.

Today, the Southport area remains fairly rural.   The rolling hills, scenic views and familiar farmlands call me back to a simpler time.  I have a longing to know more about my family and the other early Tennessee pioneer families that have called Southport home.

The next few blogs I will dedicate to recording more information on my family members and others that have lived in the Southport area.