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.  http://ow.ly/UgzC0

John Henry Gilliam

“Death’s Harvest.

Aged 97 Years.

John H. Gilliam died last Friday, Jan. 14, at his home near Leftwich in the 3rd district of this county. Deceased had lived to the ripe old age of 97 years, having first seen the light of day in Wythe County, Virginia, on the 24th day of November, 1800, a little over a year after the death of George Washington. When 8 years of age, he, with his father and mother and three other children, moved to Tennessee and settled near Rock Spring in this county, at which time this section of the country was very sparsedly settled. Shortly after the closing of the Civil War, he moved to the 3rd district, where he has since lived. He leaves one sister, Mrs. Nancy Hardison, who will soon be 83 years old, and one son and daughter, who have both passed the marks of “three score years and ten.” His second wife, who is 73 years old, also survives him. The funeral services were conducted at the residence and the burial took place in the (Robert) Hardison graveyard near Rock Spring.”.

SOURCE: Columbia Herald, January 21, 1898.

MyJennealogy Note:  This is my 4th great grandfather.

Veterans’ Day – Dedicated to the Cause of World Peace

Norman Charles WAccording to Military.com, Veterans Day (November 11th) was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day – the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. Established by Congress in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’ The declared holiday honored the veterans of World War I. Then in 1954, following both World War II and the Korean War, the Act of 1938 was amended by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Today I think of all the those within my family that sacrificed so much to serve America in wars that have been critical for world peace.  They were dedicated to the preservation of freedoms and liberties of our Nation and throughout the world.  For over 235 years, members of my family have defended and fought for the sacred values held within their hearts, many of the same are written within the Bible and the documents of our Nation’s foundation.  They have  served and fought for freedom not only because they felt it was their duty, but because they knew it was a call of honor.  Today I enjoy many liberties and freedom in America because of those who served and sacrificed for all.   Thank you to many family members, particularly the following:

  • Thanks to my husband for serving in the Persian Gulf War, including service in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
  • Thanks to my dad, Charles W. Norman (1932-1979), for serving in the Korean War, as a member of the U.S. Army.   He entered into active service on February 20, 1953 in Nashville, Tennessee as a Private – 2nd Class.  He was promoted to Corporal (T) June 29, 1954.  He was transferred to the US Army Reserves on December 18, 1954 through Fort Knox, Kentucky.  He remained in the US Army Reserves, in standby mode, until he was fully released and honorably discharged on February 24, 1961. He received several metals for his service, including National Defense Service Metal (NDSM), United Nations Service Metal (UNSM), Korean Service Metal (KSM) and Good Conduct Metal (GCM).
  • Thanks to my great uncle William “Bill” Cole (1923-2002), a pilot serving in World War II.   He enlisted in the Army  on the 29th December of 1942, serving until October 17, 1945 as a Private.
  • Thanks to my granddad, Floyd M. Mills (1913-1981), for serving during World War II.  My grandfather served in World War II as a member of the U.S. Army.   He was enlisted on April 8, 1944 in Camp Shelby, Mississippi as a Private.  I know from stories by my mom and grandmother that at some point my grandfather was stationed in Texas and later served in Germany.
  • Thanks to my great-grandfather George W. Gibson (1844-1923) for serving during the Civil War.  He was wounded at Ramond, Mississippi in 1863 with a mini ball in his left shoulder. A small  Bible in his pocket deflected the bullet away from his heart. He was a prisoner in Yankee Camps at Fort Donelson in Nashville, Tn in 1864.
  • Thanks to my great-grandfather John M. Tucker (1840-1888), for serving during the Civil War.  He was captured, imprisoned and traded several times during his service.  He was hit by a riffle ball in the hip, and although he was crippled from the shot, he continued to serve.   Continuing problems with this crippling wound lead to his early death.
  • Thanks to my great-great-great-great-grandfather, James Gilliam (1733-1794), who served in military operations of the American Revolutionary War with the Colonial soldiers of Lunenburg County, Virginia, including rangers and militia.
  • Thanks to my great-great-great-great-grandfather, Joseph Lafayette Norman (1750-1809), who is believed to have served during the American Revolutionary War, possibly within the North Carolina militia.

Thank you to all of the men and women who have served and do serve in defending America, the values of life, liberty and freedom, and the hope of world peace.

Happy Birthday Mom!

October 29, 1932 marked the birth of my beautiful mother, Dalsie M. Mills.  She was born at home in Maury County, Tennessee.  She was the only child of Floyd Mayhue and Anne Elizabeth (Cole) Mills.

She was a gorgeous little girl with blonde spiral curls and long eyelashes.  She lived a simple life with her parents and extended family.  She especially spoke fondly of her great-grandpa, “Pa John” (John Francis Gilliam).  She had grand memories of spending time with her grandparents (Edward Dunnagan & Cordelia (Tucker) Cole and Milton Everett & Lunie Mae (Gilliam) Mills), aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, particularly in the summertime.

On July 19, 1947, at a very young age, Dalsie married William Marcus Byrd.  They had two (2) daughters.  They later divorced.

On December 8, 1956, Dalsie married Charles William Norman in Corineth, Mississippi; although they both resided in Maury County, Tennessee.  This was the man that she declared, “I loved him – to the depth of my very soul.”   In 1958 they moved to Gibsonton, Florida.  They had two (2) daughters.   Charles’ life ended abruptly with a vehicular accident on November 21, 1979.  Dalsie described her life after the loss of Charles like this — “Tragedy is one of the trials of life that must make us stronger or we perish.  I have always tried to be a survivor, and with family who rallied ’round … I kept the faith.”

Charles and Dalsie — & then just Dalsie — always lived life as a celebration.  Every holiday or sometimes just on a weekend — friends and family members gathered to share food, laughter and love.  Friends without family or “a place” to be for the holidays were always invited to their home.  They were strongly committed to family — they could not have loved their children any deeper.

Dalsie was an intelligent woman, with a heart of gold that never met a stranger.  She was very strong in her values, convictions and personal character.  She loved unconditionally and always sacrificed herself for the sake of others and their well-being.  Her faith and love of God/Jesus Christ was always enough for her — material possessions were essentially non-important.  She was a loving, giving woman that lived life to lend help to those in need and always had a smile to share.  Her family was her world.

Dalsie passed away on August 11, 2009 at age 76 in Brooksville, Florida, following  a battle of several years of illness.  She was surrounded by family.  In her final moments her family joined hands in a circle around/with her and thanked God for this wonderful woman and asked that He wrap His arms around her.

Funeral Services were held at Hodges Family Funeral Home in Dade City, Florida on August 15, 2009.  Her body was laid to rest next to the man she loved, Charles, in Floral Memory Gardens Cemetery, Dade City, Pasco County, Florida.

The words of Dalsie M. Mills Norman, written on the 25th day of August in 1994:  “Four grandparents, a father, a husband, a daughter and three in-laws now gone. All I really cared for.  None of them have I truly grieved for, but I am sure that too will come.  I’ve steeled myself against death, believing it is in God’s hands, and knowing I must be strong for the sake of others who need to grieve.  My time comes someday.  Remember the fun times.  Turn your back on the bad or sorrowful times.  Look ahead! Life is for the living.  We can’t go back and right any wrongs.  We can only go forward and make each day count to the fullest.”

“Lord, help me each day to do the very best I can at whatever I have to do.  Help me to touch a hurting heart and make it sing.  Help me to say a kind word that will cause someone to be happy — to be alive.  Help me to find my eternal place here so it can be with you when it comes time to leave my family and the love they’ve shared with me.  Amen”

Happy birthday Mom — each day I strive to be more like you — seeking your inter-strength, your faith and your ability to love unconditionally.

William Henry Gibson

William Henry Gibson is my great-grandfather.  He was born on April 3, 1867 in Tennessee.  He is the son of George Washington Gibson and Mary Cecelia Scott.

On December 18, 1889, W.H. Gibson married Susie Barnett, daughter of Pinkney Barnett and Mary Dial,  They were married in Maury County, Tennessee.  Susie was born December 18, 1870.  They had five (5) children: Emmett M. Gibson (September 1, 1891- May 31, 1937), William Louis Gibson (November 11, 1893 – April 21, 1968), Desdie Okelene Gibson (October 23, 1895 – June 8, 1974), Mary Caroline Gibson (March 22, 1898 – October 1, 1968) and Zena L. Gibson (May 22, 1900 – January 20, 1956).

Susie Barnett Gibson died January 1, 1902.

W.H. Gibson was a prominent farmer in Giles County, Tennessee for most of his life. W. H. Gibon dies Saturday in Giles.

“Funeral Services for prominent farmer that section held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM. W.H. Gibson, age 63, prominent farmer of Giles County died Saturday evening, at 6:45 at his home in Gibsonville after a nine week illness. He was the son of the late G.W. and Margaret Scott Gibson and was actively engaged in farming up until the time he was taken ill. He was a member of the Methodist Church and was highly respected by all who knew him. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Martha Hickman Gibson; three sons Emmett and George Gibson of Giles and Louis Gibson of Columbia; and three daughters, Mrs. John Matthews of Giles, Mrs. W.H. Norman and Mrs. Ollie Foster of Columbia; three brothers, Cal Gibson of Giles and Jim and Felix Gibson of Maury County and four sisters, Mrs. Jim Trice, Mrs. Will Wiley, Mrs. Walter Lovell and Mrs. R.C. Horne of Giles County, also survives. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM at the Glenwood Church conducted by the Rev. Albert Holt and Rev. Moorehead with interment in the church cemetary. Serving as pallbearers were Felix Gibson, Cal Gibson, Jim Silson, Will Wiley, R.C. Horne, and Lock Lovell. Regen, Bethurum, Padgett and Prentice in charge.”

SOURCE: (presumed) The Daily Herald — clipping in the family bible of W.H. and Mary Gibson Norman.

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Virginia Vital Records

The National Genealogy Society is asking for everyone’s assistance in writing to the Virginia General Assembly’s Legislative Commission before November 22nd.  Here is the posting that they have provided regarding this critical request.
“The genealogical community has been trying to improve access to vital records in Virginia. SB 865 which was introduced in the General Assembly earlier this year was referred to a legislative commission for further study. The Joint Commission on Health Care issued a report in September which proposes even worse restrictions on Vital Records access in Virginia.
The genealogical societies have responded, but the members of the commission need to receive personal emails from many genealogists before 22 November 2011. Even If you are not a resident of Virginia but have ancestors who lived in Virginia, mention where your ancestors lived and why it is important for you and your extended family to have access to death records to determine your family’s health history.
This is a serious threat to vital records access in Virginia. The Virginia Genealogical Society has been actively involved and has provided the attached detailed summary about the status of the legislation and how you can help. The names and email addresses of the members of the commission are also included in this summary – reproduced below in its entirety.”