Tennessee, USA

White County

<>1 E. Bockman Way, Room 304 Courthouse, Sparta, TN 38583-2035

                      About WCGHS

                      The PastFinder

                      The Bookstore

                      Genealogical Resources in White County

                      WCGHS Data Disc 2015

                      White County, Tennessee Genealogy (A TnGenWeb Project)

                      Abstracts from The Tennessee Gazetteer (1834)

Revised July 3, 2015. Webmaster: Bill Colley

About White County Genealogical-Historical Society

 The White County Genealogical-Historical Society was organized at a meeting on Thursday October 7, 1993.

 The purpose of this society shall be to bring together those people interested in their family genealogy and the history of White County. Understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and promotes a better appreciation of our American heritage.

 The society's functions will be to discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the genealogies and history of the area: its exploration, settlement, development, and activities in peace and in war; it's progress in population, wealth, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufacturing, trade and transportation. It will collect printed material such as histories, genealogies, biographies, descriptions, gazetteers, directories, newspapers, pamphlets, catalogs, circulars, handbills, programs, and posters; manuscript material such as letters, diaries, journals, memoranda, reminiscences, rosters, service records, account books, charts, surveys, and field books; and museum material such as pictures, photographs, paintings, portraits, scenes, aboriginal relics, and material objects illustrative of life, conditions, events, and activities of the past and the present.

 The society will provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility, as far as may be feasible, to all who wish to examine or study it, to cooperate with officials in insuring the preservation and accessibility of the records and archives of the county and town and institutions, and to undertake the preservation of historic buildings, monuments, and markers.

 Membership in the society is open to all who are interested in researching their family history and the history of White County.



Regular meetings are held at 6:00 pm (central time) on the first Thursday of each month, in or near our office, Room 304, White County Courthouse.



President: Geraldine Pollard

Vice President: Brenda Templeton

Recording Secretary: William C. Colley

Treasurer: Jo Scherer

Program Committee:

PastFinder Mailings: Geraldine Pollard

PastFinder Editor: Bill Colley

Communications Committee: Ann Verble, Brenda Templeton, Geraldine Pollard , Bill Colley

Memberships to the Society are:
$10.00/yr (single)
$15.00/yr (family - one newsletter)
$5.00/yr (student - high school & under)
Life membership: $200.00 to age 50, $150.00 to age 60, over age 60 $100.00


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 Published quarterly by White County Genealogical-Historical Society.

 Articles about White County Tennessee Genealogy or History are solicited. Please write plainly, type, or submit on computer file to Bill Colley . Please include your name, address, phone number, email address, and a copy of permission from the publisher of copyrighted material or owners of original documents. The Society cannot be held responsible for copyright infringement or errors of fact by contributors. Include complete sources and citations. The PastFinder editorial staff reserves the right to edit material for form, grammar and length. All material becomes the property of the Society.

 A cumulative Table of Contents for past issues is available.

 Back issues of the PastFinder are available from the Bookstore .

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The Bookstore
Bon Air Mountain Cemeteries $16.00
The Fred Clark Book of Cemeteries of White County Tennessee

Volumes I & II (2 vol.) Sold out.
Volume III only $45.00 (plus $6.00 shipping)
All three volumes on CD-ROM $20.00
Seals, History of White County TN $27.50
Memorable Historical Accounts
of White County and Area
Blankenship, The Uneven Yoke$20.00
McDowell & Blankenship,
Fiddles in the Cumberlands $20.00
When Yesterday Was Today $15.00
Traveling With Ancestors $15.00
1820 Census of White County, TN $9.00
1900 Census of White County, TN $45.00 (plus $7.00 shipping)
WCGHS Data Disc 2014Expositor Obituaries, PastFinder back issues,
& more (Windows CD-ROM) $20.00
PastFinder Collections:
Vol. 1 - 1994 $10.00
Vol. 2 - 1995 $10.00
Vol. 3 - 1996 $10.00
Vol. 4 - 1997 $10.00
Vol. 5 - 1998 $10.00
Vol. 6 - 1999 $10.00
Vol. 7 - 2000 $12.00
Vol. 8 - 2001 $12.00
Vol. 9 - 2002 $12.00
Vol. 10 - 2003 $12.00
Vol. 11 - 2004 $12.00
Vol. 12 - 2005 $12.00
Vol. 13 - 2006 $12.00
Vol. 14 - 2007 $12.00
Vol. 15 - 2008 $12.00
Vol. 16 - 2009 $12.00
Vol. 17 - 2010 $12.00
Vol. 18 - 2011 $12.00
Vol. 19 - 2012 $12.00
Vol. 20 - 2013 $12.00

Above prices include postage except as noted. Sorry, we cannot process credit cards. Send order and payment by snail mail to:

White County Genealogical-Historical Society
1 E. Bockman Way
Room 304, Courthouse
Sparta, TN 38583-2035

The following books are available from:

Van Buren County Historical Society
HC 69 Box 688
Spencer, TN 38585-9667

White County, TN Marriages 1859-1881 $22.00 ppd
White County, TN Census 1850 $24.00 ppd
Van Buren County, TN Census 1930 $24.00 ppd

The following books are available from:

The White County Retired Teachers Association
(931)738-2870 or (931)738-2707 or (931)738-5294

It Happened in White County, Tennessee
Field Trips Into White County History
Set of both books $15.00.
Schools of White County Tennessee 1806-2006
$25.00 + $5.00 s/h (also available from WCGHS office, but make check payable to WCRTA)

The following book is available from the author:

Mabel J. Austin Moore
1982 McMinnville Hwy
Sparta, TN 38583-2427

John Austin, Sr. Family 1779-1999 $40.00 ppd

The following books are available from:

Bon Air Mountain Historical Society
9479 Crossville Hwy
Sparta, TN 38583
(931) 935-6463

Mining on the Mountain; Life in the Coal Towns of White County, Tennessee, 1882-1936, by Betty Sparks Huehls, 1996. ($15.00)
Mountain Coal; Black Gold. A Visual Journey through the Coal Fields of Bon Air, Ravenscroft, Clifty and Eastland, Tennessee 1886-1934, ($20.00)

The following book is available from:
Stillhouse Hollow Books
PO Box 194
Bon Aqua, TN 37025

Bon Air Hustler; Community News from Bon Air, Ravenscroft, Eastland, and Clifty, White County, Tennessee; Wrigley, Lyles, Goodrich, and Aetna, Hickman County, Tennessee; Allen's Creek and Rupperttown, Lewis County, Tennessee; Collinwood in Wayne County, Tennessee; December 4, 1917 to November 5, 1920 (45 issues of newspaper published by Bon Air Coal and Iron Company, reprinted in book form, $30 ppd)

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Genealogical Resources in White County

Note: Sparta is in the Central Time Zone.

White County Public Library
11 North Church Street
Sparta, TN 38583
(931) 836-3613
Open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Tuesday, and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday.
Cathy Farley , Director
Genealogical resources include
regional history books , family history books , and White County records on microfilm .
A computer provides Internet access and the full texts of obituaries from The Expositor in recent years, with an index for each year.

White County Courthouse
1 Liberty Square
Sparta, TN 38583
Connie (Sparkman) Jolley, County Clerk
(931) 836-3712 or (931) 836-2718
Gary Brogden, Register of Deeds
(931) 836-2817
Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

White County Genealogical-Historical Society
Reference Collection
Room 304, third floor
White County Courthouse

Hours: 12:00 to 4:00 pm Monday & Tuesday
8:30 to 12:00 am Wednesday & Thursday
Access at other times by appointment. Please contact one of the WCGHS officers.

We share these quarters with the White County Archives. Geraldine Pollard has been engaged on a full-time basis as Archivist, and will make the office available to researchers at the above hours. The phone is (931) 837-4066.

White County Historian:
Mary West Holland
P.O. Box 15
Doyle, TN 38559-0015

Funeral Homes

Hunter Funeral Home
120 E. Bockman Way
Sparta, TN 38583
(931) 836-3211
Records from 1917

Thurman Funeral Home Ptrs
44 N. Main St.
Sparta, TN 38583
(931) 836-3194
Records from 1945

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WCGHS Data Disc 2015

Collected genealogical data from White County TN on CD-ROM, published January 2015 by the White County Genealogical-Historical Society. Contents include:
؛ OBITUARIES. Full text of obituaries from The Expositor, Sparta TN, 1982-2014 with annual indexes. A few obits from other sources are included.
؛ THE PASTFINDER. Complete back issue collection 1994-2014 with cumulative table of contents in searchable PDF files.
؛ LOST MARRIAGES. Index of White County marriages that were omitted from the published indexes, or that were published with significant errors, listed by groom and by bride. This is a snapshot of work in progress.
؛ DELAYED BIRTH CERTIFICATES. Partial index of births in White and nearby counties from 1870 to 1913, compiled from court orders authorizing Tennessee Vital Statistics to issue delayed birth certificates.
؛ WCGHS REFERENCE COLLECTION. Current inventory as of December 2014.
؛ CEMETERY LOCATOR. This file contains location and description information (only) for the cemeteries in The Fred Clark Book of Cemeteries of White County Tennessee, including the maps. It also has information on selected outlying cemeteries.
؛ CEMETERY BOOK ERRATA. Current errata sheets for The Fred Clark Book of Cemeteries of White County Tennessee, Volumes I - III, and for Bon Air Mountain Cemeteries. These are intended to correct erroneous information, not to add annotation.
؛ UPDATED CEMETERY LISTINGS. Listings of selected cemeteries that have been extensively revised and updated relative to those in The Fred Clark Book, with added annotation and individual indexes.
؛ THE SPARTA EXPOSITOR, 1902 SOUVENIR EDITION. This copy was scanned from an original copy.
؛ WHITE COUNTY BY BILL. This genealogical database of White County families has been compiled over several years by Bill Colley. It contains over 60,000 individuals, most interconnected by blood or marriage. The file is in GEDCOM format, which can be imported by most genealogy programs. It is a snapshot of work in progress. Additions and corrections are invited.

With the exception of the last item, all information is in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Adobe Reader is required to be installed on the userМs computer. Version 10.0 for Windows Vista is included; users of other platforms may download the appropriate version free from http://www.adobe.com/
This a Windows CD-ROM. It can be used on a Macintosh, with patience.
The disk is available from our office for $20 ppd.

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The Fred Clark Book of
White County, Tennessee

The White County Genealogical-Historical Society
Geraldine Elrod Pollard, President and Editor


          1124 pages, 8 " x 11", in two volumes, hard covers.

          Accurate, current listings of 306 cemeteries, all within the boundaries of White County.

          Over 23,000 graves, most with dates of birth & death.

          Many burials annotated with parents and spouse.

          Full name indexes, over 40,000 entries.

          Description and precise location of each cemetery, including GPS coordinates.

          Accurate maps showing cemetery locations.

Volume III: Outlying Cemeteries

          Tombstone transcripts from 107 cemeteries in all surrounding counties, but within three miles of White County.

          Over 11,000 burials, most with dates of birth and death, many annotated with parents and spouse.

          Full name index.

 <>603 pages, 8" x 11", hard cover.

Price $45.00 for Volume III only at our office, or $51.00 shipped.

Bound volumes of Volumes I and II are no longer available; however, we can furnish all three volumes in pdf format on CD-ROM for $20.00 ppd.

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Memorable Historical Accounts
of White County and Area

by E. G. Rogers


Indexed, annotated and reprinted 2007 by
The White County Genealogical-Historical Society

6" x 9", 200 pages, soft cover

$20.00 ppd check or m.o.

1 E. Bockman Way Room 304
Sparta, TN 38583-2035

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Fiddles in the Cumberlands
Amanda McDowell
Lela McDowell Blankenship

 РThe Rebels are gone and the Yanks are in. They take it time about, and one does about as much good as the other. And we could do very well without either.П С Amanda McDowell, September 17, 1864

Amanda McDowell was daughter of Curtis McDowell, headmaster of Cumberland Institute in White County, Tennessee. Amanda wrote her part of this story in her diary, carefully kept during the Civil War. In it she told of the struggle in which her neighborhood, which lay in northern Tennessee, the РNo Man's LandП of that war, was alternately pillaged by both sides. Her two brothers took opposite sides in the conflict and this division colored her comments and opinions.
In 1943, AmandaМs niece, Lela McDowell Blankenship, made a careful transcript of the diary, then added original material to form a novel of those times. The result was the first edition of Fiddles in the Cumberlands, which was eagerly sought by historians for its authentic historical content.
In 1987, LelaМs nephew, William Jackson McDowell, and his wife Betty reviewed all of the original material, and compiled the second edition with appropriate additions and corrections, being careful to preserve historical accuracy.
In 2007, observing that the book had been out of print for some time, and that a demand had developed for it, the White County Genealogical-Historical Society obtained permission from Betty McDowell to issue this reprint. The text is that of the second edition, except for minor revisions of the Introduction and Appendix, and a revised Index.

340 pages, soft cover, $20.00 ppd check or m.o.
1 E. Bockman Way Room 304
Sparta, TN 38583-2035

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When Yesterday Was Today
Lela McDowell Blankenship

 In this, her third and final book, Ms Blankenship chronicles the life of her father, Jackson McDowell, before, during and after the Civil War. The McDowells, a highly respected family who operate a school in the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, suddenly find themselves torn between a loyalty to the Union cause on the one hand and the people of their community who sympathize with the South on the other. Two sons of the family, Jackson and Fayette, choose opposite sides in the conflict and add further to the anxieties created by the war.
This is not a novel. It does have some of the parts and phases of one, but instead, it is a presentation of life in the Tennessee highlands. It is also a necessary companion to Fiddles In the Cumberlands, Ms BlankenshipМs second book.

206 pages, soft cover, $15.00 ppd
1 E. Bockman Way Room 304
Sparta, TN 38583-2035

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Twelfth Census of the United States
Schedule No. 1 С Population
White County Tennessee

Complete and unabridged.
662 pages, hard cover, full name index.
Transcribed by and available from
The White County Genealogical-Historical Society
1 E. Bockman Way Room 304
Sparta, TN 38583-2035
Price $45 plus $7 s/h

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Traveling With Ancestors

The True Story of a Civil War Spy:
Deina E. Bradley
And the Aftermath of her actions from 1860-1890

Joyce Bradley McComb
In this work, Joyce Bradley McComb has anchored the legend of РDeeП Bradley in documented historical fact, while filling in details of her episodes from oral history and her own creative imagination. In doing so, she has developed a comprehensive history of the Bradley, Beam, Geer, Horn, Johnson, and Snodgrass families of White County, Tennessee in the nineteenth century.

 Those who have followed Lela McDowell BlankenshipМs accounts of the exploits of the McDowell family during the Civil War have encountered the enigmatic Dee Bradley as gunslinger and femme fatale. The Blankenship accounts, based on contemporary gossip recorded by LelaМs aunt and a single encounter between Dee and LelaМs father, are freely referenced in Ms McCombМs work.

 Joyce Bradley McComb has long been a contributor to the genealogical resources of Tennessee, having transcribed the 1860 US Census of Jackson and Putnam counties, and the 1870 census of White county. She currently resides with her husband Carl in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

 This is the revised second edition of Traveling With Ancestors, indexed, reprinted and published by the White County Genealogical-Historical Society, 1 E. Bockman Way Room 304, Sparta, TN 38583-2035. The book is soft cover, 6" x 9" 128 pages. Price: $15.00 ppd.
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