Monthly Archives: July 2012

Rambling Fever

I spent the afternoon with one of my Head/Holmes cousins, Nancy Hutcheson, a few weeks ago, and had a great time sharing pictures and memories. She is in her 70s now and took care of her Aunt Jane Head who lived to be over 100. Aunt Jane was the sister to my great-grandfather, Jesse James Head that married Lula Mai Lee.

Nancy’s family lovingly called her “Dot Dot” and it looks like I got my rambling fever from the Head family. I’ll post more photos on her later, but as I plan our September trip to Wyoming this seemed a fun photo to share. Aunt Jane was a spinster school teacher and looks like loved to go on adventures.

My Great Aunt Jane Head on a trip to PIke’s Peak in 1927

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Mezzanine, Tulum Beach, Mexico

When we visit Soliman Bay and Tulum, Mexico, one of our favorite places for a late lunch and 2 x 1 cocktails is Mezzanine on Tulum Beach. Their Thai food is heavenly, the drinks strong and the view and people watching is unbeatable.

Pad thai, sweet and sour chicken and 2 x 1 margaritas… Yummm!

Mezzanine beach signs

Dine by the water

Lounge lizards welcome…

But some areas are reserved for guests…

Wally working on the ritas

Since it’s 2 x 1 margaritas, we order two different kinds and then share. Same goes for the meals.

Their street entrance

Beach view from Mezzanine

Our friendly and efficient server

Their outdoor bar

Mother and child enjoying the surf

Life of the lizards… lucky guys!

About their chef…

Happy hour!


Until next time…

Check out their website at:

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2012 Murfreesboro Antique Show Snapshots

I attended the 2012 Murfreesboro Antique Show at Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee last week and thought you’d like some snapshots if you didn’t make it. This is really a great facility for a show and the show promoters, Southern Eagle Promotions, Inc., work very hard to provide a diverse mix of dealers for every taste.

Our Busy Bee June Front Cover

And check out my photo gallery for many more snapshots of items and booths from around the show…

Southern Eagle Promotions is planning a new fall show to be held at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. The book dealer that was at this show will be there, along with high-end dealers featuring furniture, silver, jewelry and much more. See our September Busy Bee Trader issue for details.

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Soliman Bay, Mexico: Dinner at Chamico’s

Located at the south end of Soliman Bay, Mexico is a taste of seafood heaven. Just a short walk for guests at Nah Uxibal, or any of the vacation rentals for lunch or dinner – before dark.

Headed down the bay for dinner at Chamico’s Beach Shack

Look for the shipwrecked boat at the end of the bay, and Chamico’s is just past it.

Soliman shipwreck

Nothing fancy, just a shack where a local family prepares the food, a few plastic tables and chairs, and an open air fire grate where fish is fried in a big skillet.

Fish being fried at Chamicos

Just walk up, grab a table and chairs and order cold beverages and their fresh-made seafood ceviche and fresh-caught fish. No menus, no credit cards, not much English spoken. Key words: cerveza, soda, agua, ceviche, pescado filet or pescado whole.

Our group… What a fabulous dinner with friends! Thanks Ron!

The view can’t be beat, and you can send the young folks over to the water to frolic. It’s also okay to BYOB – or bring your on booze or wine, beer, etc. They keep the basics stocked for beer, soda and water.

Our dinner view to the south from our table ~ as the sun went down…

The best is when it’s lobster season… Mmmmm… Lobster ceviche…

Mixed seafood (with lobster) ceviche. This was hands-down the best I’ve ever had.

A little mood music by Casey…

You can get up, move around while you wait for dinner (or go sneak a cigarette)

Wally loves Chamico’s

Whole fish or “pescado” – it’s delicious

Oma and Ron


Happy Nett (Today’s her birthday)

Best friends…

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Lewis and Huldah Justice Clinard Family 1814, Civil War and More

I’m going to forewarn you… this is a LONG blog, but there was so much history to cover and I’m sure family members will appreciate it. I’ve been working on this entry for several months now and the story of Lewis Clinard’s family haunts me…

I had the pleasure of hosting some Clinard cousins for the day where we shared family history, photos and then a farm tour. Lucien Rawls and his sister, Margery Ruth Rawls Reasoner and her daughter, Bonnie Mills, had contacted me a while back about their pending visit from Florida to Tennessee. Lucien lives in Belle Meade, Tenn., so isn’t so very far away. Ruth’s family still has a farm here in Robertson County that they come to periodically. Bonnie had discovered me through some of her online research with other Clinards so we were both excited to share what we knew.

Lucien and Ruth are descendants of Lawrence Clinard’s youngest child, Lewis Clinard (born April 2, 1814) and Huldah Justice (born Jan 31, 1815) through their son, Archibald Wilson “Cooney” Clinard (Nov 11, 1855) and Susan Emma Crawford, through their daughter, Emma Mae Clinard (July 12, 1892) who married Ernest Edgar Rawls. I’ll insert the entire family in a bit but wanted to give readers their line first.

Archibald Wilson “Cooney” Clinard, wife Susan Emma Crawford and children

Lawrence Clinard > Lewis Clinard > Archibald Wilson “Cooney” Clinard > Emma Mae Clinard (their mother)

Lucien Rawls and Margery Ruth Rawls Reasoner, April 2012 on their visit to my house.

I took them across the farm, pointing out the old homestead sites and then to the remaining cabin, which is the Huffman cabin. It sits on a hill with a spring below and their great-great grandmother from their Rawls side of the family lived in this cabin!

The Huffman cabin sits on a hill with a spring and creek running around the curve of the hill. In the spring the field is covered with daffodils. If only that giant oak could talk…

Phebe Huffman bought the property from Joseph Clinard (my gggg-grandfather) on April 5, 1854 and the deed even notes “at 3 ock PM”. She paid $181 for 145 acres and as the deed does not mention a dwelling, the cabin was probably built some time after her purchase. Her husband, George Huffman dies in Davidson County some time between 1838-1840. Her two teenaged children, William A and Ellen Catherine Huffman lived in the cabin with her and are listed there on the 1860 census there. Ellen Catherine married David Bethuel Parrish and they were the parents of Cornelia Ann Parrish, the grandmother to Ruth and Lucien.

The joinery of the logs is so tight!

Lucien, Bonnie & Ruth in front of the Huffman cabin. The hole behind them was where the fireplace used to be.

Lucien Rawls, Bonnie Reasoner Mills & Ruth Rawls Reasoner

Their first cousin, Robert Michael Clinard, lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and had also been searching for more family history beyond their branch. He had gotten in contact with our cousin Gloria Proctor and she forwarded his email to me. His grandfather was the oldest child of Archibald Wilson “Cooney” Clinard and Susan Emma Crawford, his father John Herman Clinard (June 1, 1885) and the older brother to Emma Mae. So they are “first” cousins however many generations removed.

Lawrence Clinard > Lewis Clinard > Archibald Wilson “Cooney” Clinard > John Herman > Robert Clarence Clinard


When Lucien, Ruth and Bonnie came to visit that afternoon, they brought a treasure trove of old family photos including a photo of Huldah Justice, born in 1815, died in 1875 at the age of 60. She was the wife of Lewis Clinard and this was the prize picture to me. When downloading the photos several days later I noticed the pin on her neck and realized that it was a memorial pin, probably with the picture of Lewis in it! I emailed Bonnie and she said they had never noticed it. Now if one of the cousins has a small oval gold rimmed pin with a man in it… it could be Lewis!

Hulda Justice Clinard, wife of Lewis Clinard
Daughter of Alfred Justice and his wife Nancy
Born January 31, 1815, Died July 23, 1875

Huldah Justice, enhanced photo – you can see a man’s outline in her brooch.

If only Huldah could speak to us, the horrific tales she would tell… So far in my family research, hers is probably the most tragic. Thanks to Mike Clinard’s family who held on to the family Bible that was either the Bible of Lewis or his son, Archibald Wilson Clinard’s, we find that her story is heartbreaking. Mike emailed there was no cover on the Bible, but thank goodness the inside family pages were in good condition.

I was thrilled to see the parents of Lewis listed in the Bible on the Parent’s Record page. Note the spelling of Laurence with a “u” on his name. I had been wondering for years if Laurence’s wife, Rosina Miller, had survived through the years or if he had a second wife and was thrilled to see her listed as the mother of Lewis as well as what they called her – Rosa. I’m trying to verify that she is related to the John, Joseph and George Miller men (Coopertown Millers) that came to Robertson County about the same time as them. This page also gives us the parents of Huldah Justice which we had been unable to prove until this. She is the daughter of Alfred and Nancy Justice, and I’m still searching for Nancy’s maiden name.

Now if you haven’t done the math yet on the gap between Phebe and Lewis, it’s six years. I wonder if Rosa was thrilled or mortified to find out that she was pregnant at 44.

Here’s the family tree from my research so far for Lewis and Huldah’s children so you can cross reference the Bible page information:

Lewis & Huldah Clinard’s children, page 1 of 2

Lewis and Huldah Clinard’s children, page 2 of 2

I am going to include the family sheet for Nancy Mary Elizabeth and David Harry Parker Jr. as well, as several of their family members are listed. I can’t find Lewis and Huldah on the 1860 census so I’m not sure where they were living at that point.

I have quite a bit of missing information on this branch so let me know if you can fill in any blanks for the Parkers.

Here are the Bible pages shared by Mike Clinard. Below each one is a transcription of the written notes with the information cross referenced to our research material for correct spellings and such.

Parents’ Record

Lewis Clinard Bible,
Parents Record

On the back of the page (of the births page) are listed the parents information

Father: Lewis Clinard was born April the 2nd, A.D. 1814

Mother: Huldah Justice daughter of Alfred Justice and his wife Nancy:  was born January 31st 1815

Lewis Clinard son of Lawrence Clinard and his wife Rosa was married to his wife Huldah Nov.3rd, 1839


Oliver Bell Parker was born Dec.the 23rd., 1870

Welborn Parker was born Dec. the 28th, 1873

Lewis Clinard Bible,

Children of Lewis Clinard and his wife Huldah  (**some of the Parker births are listed on this same page)


Josiah Clinard was born July 20th 1840

Marshall Clinard was born the 9th of March 1842

Nancy Mary Elizabeth Clinard was born the 12th of Dec., 1843

Louisa Francis Clinard was born the 17th of Dec., 1845

Andrew L. Clinard was born May the 12th, 1849

Thomas Clinard was born the 28th of March,1851

Archibald W. Clinard was born the 11th of November 1855

David Henry Clinard was born the 18th of July 1859   (I don’t believe he was listed before,  later he is listed as died June 10, 1862)

Birthy Ann Parker was born the 25th of April 1860

Martha Jane Parker was born the 2nd of July 1861

Melvin M. Clinard born 14th of August 1861 and died June the 19th 1862

Josiah M. Parker was born the 25th Nov.,1863

Mary Allis Parker was born Oct. the 6th ,1865

Charley Parker was born the 23rd of August 1868?

**All of these entries are in the same handwriting with the exception of possibly the last entry

Lewis Clinard Bible,

The backside of Page 2 includes and is titled


Josiah S. Clinard was married to his wife Harriet Amanda (Parker) the 4th of Nov., 1860

Nancy Mary Elizabeth Clinard was married to her husband David Harry Parker Jr. the 26th of June 1859

From, Tennessee State Marriages
They were married by Benjamin Rawls of Mt. Sharon CPC

(**The Parker children are all their babies)

A.W. Clinard was married to Emma G. Carter April 20th, 1879


An interesting side note of marriages – not listed on this Bible page but between the Parkers and Clinards I’m updating this morning.

The children of David Harry Parker Sr:

Catharine “Kittie” Parker married Wiley Clinard (son of Joseph)

Sarah E. Parker married Flavious J. (or F.J.) Carter, a neighbor

Eliza E Parker married Brown Clinard (son of Joseph, his second wife – Wiley is his brother that married Kittie)

Julia Parker married Simeon Clinard (we think is the son of Henry or possibly Andy, need proof on that)

Harriet Amanda Parker married Josiah S “Joe” Clinard (listed above)

David Harry Parker Jr. married Nancy Mary Elizabeth Clinard (listed above and sister to Joe)


It would appear after cross referencing the marriage of “A.W. Clinard and Emma G. Carter in 1879 that A.W. Clinard’s first wife was Emma G. Carter. Her father was George G. Carter, mother, Melissa Martin, brother was Patrick Henry Carter and she is buried at Mt. Zion with her Carter family.

I found the marriage cert on for A.W. Clinard marrying Emma Carter. They were married by S. Clinard, J.P., and in the 1880 census they are living with her mother and a brother and aunt. (This would be Simeon Clinard) Tennessee Marriages
A.W. Clinard & Emma Carter

“Our little baby was born November the 24th, 1878”

The only unknown that I see is the baby born Nov. 24, 1878

It would seem they quit using the Bible for entries after Emma G. Carter’s and her baby’s death. I wonder if they started a new one when he re-married Susan Emma Crawford as none of those entries appear in this one.

Lewis Clinard Bible,


Louisa Francis Clinard died May 22nd, 1862, being only-15yrs-5 months-and 5 days of age

David Henry Clinard died June 10th, 1862, being only 2yrs-10 months-and 23 days of age

Lewis Clinard died June 15th, 1862, being 48yrs-10 months-and 13 days of age

Martha Jane Parker died the 28th of June, 1862

Marshall Clinard died the 11th June 1862, being only 20 yrs-3 mos.-and 5 days of age

Melvin M. Clinard son of Josiah Clinard and his wife Harriet Amanda, died June the 19th, 1862

Josiah Clinard died March the 24th, 1863-aged 22 yrs, 8 months and 4 days (Civil War info)

Huldah Clinard died the 23rd of July 1875, being 60 yrs-5 months and 23 days of age

Nancy M.E. Parker died July the 11th, 1877

Emer G. Clinard died May 24, 1881 (*see below)

Our little baby died May 26, 1881


If you look at the close timing of the dates of deaths, you will see several were in May and June of 1862. We think this is due to measles, as there was a known outbreak at Camp Cheatham, as well as among the troops at Fort Donelson. Who knows if the measles originated with the troops or at home first…

I found a History of Mt. Zion Church book at a local yard sale and it holds a wealth of local information including the memories of John Milton Martin. Forty years after the Civil War, he related his experience of being in the Civil War to his daughter, Annie Martin, who recorded it. He mentions our Josiah “Joe” Clinard, and I believe his account also sheds light on the outbreak of deaths in the Clinard family and community back in Robertson County. I will have it in its entirety in a later blog.

John Milton Martin, 1901 Civil War Reunion, Fort Donelson

His introduction has them going for training and then returning home. I’ll pick up from there…

“We felt like we had been somewhere sure enough. Our stay at home was short; we were ordered out again, this time to Tyree Springs in Robertson County, where we stayed only a few days, and then was ordered to Fort Donelson in Nov. 1861. We marched to Goodlettsville took the train there and went to Nashville and took a boat down the river. When we arrived the next day, we were put to work cleaning our camping ground and fixing to build cabins to winter in. I did not stay in camp long as Joe Clinard took the measles and had to go to the hospital. Capt. Bidwell sent me along to nurse him, as I was a little “puny” at that time and he thought I might be taking the measles. I went and waited on thirty or forty before taking them myself. I was not at camp anymore. All that were able to travel were sent home on sick furlough just before Christmas.

“Gee,” Sam and I came home; we were all just over the measles, and Sam and I had a relapse and did not get back to take part in the battle. Gee went back and was in the fight and was surrendered on the 15th of Feb. 1862, was sent to prison at Camp Butler, Ill. Sam and I were left outside in the enemy line. After our recovery we had to stay hid, as there were some Yankees, or sympathizers, who watched everything and made reports.

As soon as we got strong enough for duty, we went to Clarksville and joined the 8th Kentucky Cavalry in W.A. Elliott’s Co. A which was made up in the enemy’s line. We then belonged to the “Butter Milk Cavalry,” which we had joined for one year. After maneuvering around in Kentucky and Northern Tennessee until fall, we went south. When we got to the army, we found they would not take volunteers for less than three years, so our regiment disbanded with the privilege of joining anywhere we wanted to join.

In the meantime, the 30th Tennessee Regiment had been exchanged, so I joined that at Granada, Miss. We were then sent to Vicksburg on the Conestoga for Port Hudson, La. On Jan. 6, 1863. We were in the bombardment there. We left there for Jackson, Miss. On May 2, 1863. We went from there to Raymond, Miss. On May 2, 1863. We went from there to Raymond, Miss. where we met Grant’s army – had a battle on May 12, 1863. We then fell back to Jackson. Our brigade, which was Greggs, was then put under Joseph E. Johnston. We were in the siege at Jackson, where I fought in two battles. We were then sent to reinforce Bragg. We were in the battle of Chickamauga on the 19th and 20th of Sept. 1863, then in the battle of Missionary Ridge.”


First Lewis and Huldah’s 15-year-old daughter dies May 22, 1862. In the Estate Settlement Loose Files for Lewis Clinard at the Robertson County Archives, I found several slips of paper that give us a glimpse into this horrific time. The top receipt is for for a casket for his daughter from E.P. Benton for the amount of $8.

Notes due for Lewis Clinard’s daughter’s casket

In the Bible entry, is says Marshall died June 11, however, the Confederate Records, Tennessee State Library Archives have him listed as dying on June 4. Whichever date,  Marshall Clinard, their second child, dies at the age of 21 at as a prisoner of war in Camp Butler, Alton, Illinois. (this must be near Springfield, Ill., as I’ve seen it as that too)

Marshall Clinard’s headstone, Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois

Camp Butler National Cemetery entrance, Springfield, Illinois

He had enlisted as a private in the Confederacy on Oct. 21, 1861 at Red Sulphur Springs, Tenn., in Macon County and was in Company A, 30th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. He was captured at Fort Donelson on Feb. 16, 1862, along with his first cousin Brown Clinard (my great-great-great grandfather.) I believe his brother Josiah was also captured and taken to Camp Butler, but was exchanged to Vicksburg Sept 30, 1862. Following are Civil War records showing the brothers and cousin listed as prisoners of war.

Brown and Marshall Clinard, register of Confederates,

Brown and Marshall Clinard listed as POW’s at Camp Butler.

Brown, J.S. (Josiah) and Marshall Clinard listed as Prisoners of War.

Brown Clinard died at age 39 on March 30, 1862 in Camp Butler, leaving a young son and daughter and widow. Much more on him later as he is my direct line…

I wonder if Marshall and Josiah sat with Brown as he died to comfort and console him… And I guess since Josiah didn’t get exchanged to Vicksburg until Sept 30, 1862, he would have been there with his brother Marshall when he died at Camp Butler.


There are several letters from William Henry Farmer writing home from Camp Butler in Illinois where he is a prisoner of war. These letters were donated to the  Tennessee State Library Archives by his family. Martha Farmer Anthony Collection, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN on microfilm. William Farmer’s younger sister was Martha Farmer, born in 1846.

He was a friend of the Clinards and neighbor that lived in the community and attended Mt. Zion. His letters home from Camp Butler include notes to his sisters, Nancy Ann Elizabeth and Sarah Frances, “Nannie and Fannie,” as well as his mother and cousins. His nickname was “Bake”. Here’s just one of his letters that mentions my ggg-grandfather having died.

William H. “Bake” Farmer, 1901 Civil War Reunion, Fort Donelson


April the 3rd 1862

Camp Butler, IL

William H. Farmer

To Mother,

I received your very kind letter yesterday was glad to hear from home once more and to hear that you was all well. I am well at time and have had good health ever since I have been here. I am fatter than you ever saw me. We have had a great deal of sickness caused by exposure at Donelson and severe deaths. I will name those you know Brown Clinard, Hutch Sayars, John Ferly and several you don’t know. Will Soyors is very sick with the fever. I have seen several of my kinfolk’s since I have been here. Pat, Carter, Miles, Betsy, Beth, Cas and several others were in 5 miles of Springfield. You said you was trying to make a crop. You ought to put in the best land and manure it well and you can make hay off a little ground. I want you to put my colt on the pasture somewhere if you can. I reckon I must close give my love to all the children and kinfolk’s and write and tell all to write.

From your son,

William H. Farmer


I often wonder if Brown and Marshall wrote letters home too. I wonder how long it took for news to reach home about their deaths… And I wonder if the boys at Camp Butler knew the horrible news about their family members dying at home…


Back at home, Lewis and Huldah’s three-year-old baby, David Henry dies on June 10.

Five days later, Lewis himself dies on June 15, almost reaching 49 years old.

Four days later, on June 19, Lewis and Huldah’s grandson, Melvin M. Clinard, son of Josiah and Harriet Amanda Parker dies at about 10 months old.


I can’t even imagine the grief that Huldah must have been experiencing at this point. Losing her husband, three children and two grandchildren within a month’s time. I’m not sure if her daughter and the Parker grandchildren were living with Lewis and Huldah at this time and I don’t know for sure if David Harry Parker Jr was enlisted in the war and gone.

With Lewis gone, she is left to carry on the best she could. The estate of Lewis gives lots of details into their lives, from loans to make purchases, to a farm note with a list of repairs from Benjamin Rawls. These notes due were submitted to court with usually the person that was owed the most acting as the administrator.

JFW Davis was the doctor that attended Lewis and his family and his medical bill was included in the estate settlement information. I would love to find out if Dr. Davis’s medical notes survived.

More notes in the loose files for Lewis Clinard

Lewis Clinard coffin receipt, note to Rawls

Lewis Clinard’s farm account, 1 of 2

Lewis Clinard’s farm acct, 2 of 2

Lewis Clinard, assorted notes due

In the Robertson County Will Book 17, pg. 408, on August 1st, 1862, Lewis Clinard’s estate is inventoried, sold and settled. William T. Hollis is the administrator. I’ve transcribed it for easier reading. We do not know where he and these family members were buried. There are hundreds of unmarked graves at Mt. Sharon and that’s where many of the Clinards are buried.

The inventory is as follows: Note Huldah had to purchase her own things. How horrible!

Lewis Clinard’s Inventory and Account of Sale, by W.T. Hollis, Admin, Aug. 1st, 1862

1 Two horse plow  ~ The Widow 3.00

1 Bull Tongue Plow “ 1.00

1 2 inch Auger ~ W.T. Hollis .80

1 Mowing blade “ .90

2 Axes The Widow 1.00

Cross Cut Saw ~ W. T. Hollis 2.50

2 Axes ~ W. T. Hollis .10

Hand Axe ~ Sam Ausburn .55 (**Osborne?)

1 Small Axe ~ W.T. Hollis .95

3 Weeding ? “ .55

1 One-horse plow “ .30

1 Shovel “ .15

1 Grind stone “ .65

1 Clock ~ The Widow 5.00

4 Sheep, 1st Choice ~ Richard Knight 8.50

4 “        , 2nd “ “ 7.30

1 Sheep out ~ W. T. Hollis 2.00

1 Bay horse ~ S. Fuqua 29.50

1 Broad Axe ~ W. T. Hollis .30

1 Sow & pig ~ George Dowlen 9.35

1 “ ~ Sam Ausburn 7.35

1 Hog ~ G Fuqua 4.00

4 Shoats ~ G. Cooper 8.40

1 Cow ~ The Widow 6.00

1 “ ~ C. W. Abernathy 16.00

1 Bull ~ Richard Knight 5.25

1 “ ~ Sam Fuqua 3.75

Total amount of sale… $124.95

Robertson County Court August Term 1862

The foregoing account of sale of the property belonging to the estate of Lewis Clinard deceased, was examined by the court confirmed and ordered to be recorded.

RN Murphy

By GW Dorris

The actual page:

Lewis Clinard, Settlement of Estate pg 1

Lewis Clinard, Settlement of Estate pg 2

Lewis Clinard, Settlement of Estate, pg 3

With the estate settled, they also gave the widow a one-year-allowance that was decided by the men listed who would have been family friends or neighbors.

Mrs. Huldy Clinard’s One-Years Allowance

We the undersigned freeholders of Robertson County, after being duly sworn have proceeded to set apart to Huldy Clinard widow of Lewis Clinard deceases so much of the crop and provisions on hand as will be sufficient in our opinion to support her and her family one year from the death of her said husband, we set apart to her for said purpose the following articles to wit,

Corn 40 BB (bushels abbrev?), wheat what’s on hand, all the bacon, lard, soap that’s on hand, and flour, pork ?, pepper, spice sugar and coffee, $15.00, wool what’s on hand 25 lb, cotton what’s on hand, the present crop, fodder of present crop.

J. T. Hollis, Peter Hinkle, T. Demonbreun

~ ~ ~

On March 24, 1863, Josiah Clinard, oldest and first-born son of Lewis and Huldah, dies but I’m not sure where he was when he died or where he was buried. Perhaps some of you know from his line? We know he was exchanged at Vicksburg from his records and would appear was taken prisoner again on retreat from Abbyville, MS.

**CLINARD, J.S. private/sergeant; Co. A, 30th TN Vol. Inf.; captured at Fort Donelson, Feb. 16, 1862, sent to prison at Camp Butler, Springfield, IL; taken prisoner on retreat from Abbyville, MS; died in prison at Alton, IL, March 2, 1863. 30th TN Vol. Inf., Confederate Service Records, TSLA.  Robertson County, Tennessee 1802-1930 Obituaries and Death Records, compiled by Gregory G. Poole


William Bake Farmer that was also at Camp Butler (letter from above), was also exchanged at Vicksburg, so perhaps his memories bear some clues that can be traced to battles, etc. Three months after his last letter to his mother, William Farmer was released from Camp Butler when he and his fellows were exchanged for Federal prisoners at Vicksburg, Miss., in September 1862. On his Civil War Veteran’s Questionaire that William filled out when he was 82, he recounts his experiences in the war. From his account it’s really extraordinary that he lived to tell about it.

He states that he was in the “30 Tennessee Regiment. My company was Co. A. 30 Tenn. Regiment. I will find your list of my company when we went in the army thar is but now 4 living.” Company A was sent to “Red Springs Macon, Co. Tenn” first and it was about 5 months before his company was engaged in their first battle which was Fort Donelson where he was captured. He “was sent to prison to Camp Butler Springfield Illinois exchanged at Vixburg Miss. September 1862 the regiment remustered for 3 years or the war. I never missed but one battle the regiment was in. was always able for duty. Was in about 20 battles. I went in the battle of Chicamaga with 22 in my Company lost 9 killed and 9 wounded 4 stacked armes at Snodgrass Hill Sunday night myself and one mour are now living that was the 20 of Sept. 1863.” He was “Paroled at Greensbo N.C April 26, 1865. I have my parole now. My Briggade walked from Greensboro, N.C. to Grenville Tenn. Taken the tranes and come to Nashville got on a freight train for Springfield after leaving Nashville they demanded our far(e) for riding on the trane some payed I had no money I sed to the boys taking _____throw them off take to ____.” (I guess these words were illegible)


John Milton Martin and William H. Farmer

Civil War Reunion Photo, 1901, Fort Donelson.

A photo of five Civil War veterans ran in The Robertson County Times and Howard L. Martin, grandson of one of the men in the photograph contacted the newspaper with the identification of all of the veterans. He had a photo with all of the men identified on the back. They are: Seated in front,  A.T. Goodloe, left, and John M. Martin. In back, from left: John W. Crunk, William H. “Bake” Farmer, and H. Clay Murphey. They were photographed at a reunion at Fort Donelson in August of 1901. According to the report in the newspaper information provided by Howard Martin, Crunk, Farmer and Martin were in Company A, 30th Tennessee Regiment; Murphey in the 18th Tennessee Regiment and Goodlow in Company D, 35th Alabama Regiment. He also noted that Rev. Goodloe was a Methodist minister, Crunk, Farmer and Martin were Methodists and Murphey was a Baptist with a  Methodist wife.

NOTE: John Milton Martin died Jan. 22, 1929 at the age of 89. He was born Oct. 26, 1840. He married his first wife, Sarah Frances “Fannie” Farmer, sister to William Henry “Bake” Farmer, on Feb. 21, 1871. She died April 16, 1882 at the age of 38. He later married Miss Etta Barnes from Wilson County. She was born Nov. 26, 1860 and died Jan 21, 1947. She is buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.


Back to the Clinard Bible Death entries:

***The death of “Emer G. Clinard” would be for Emma G. Carter Clinard, 1st wife of Archibald Wilson Clinard who died at age 25 in childbirth? The last death item in the Bible “Our little baby died May 26, 1881, would probably be Emma G. Carter Clinard and Archibald Wilson’s first baby that died –  she had died in childbirth two days prior. She is buried at Mt. Zion next to Melissa Martin Carter and Patrick Henry Carter, her mother and brother.

Archibald Wilson Clinard married Susan Emma Crawford May 3, 1884


So in putting that information all out there, I’m sure most of you are a bit boggled, so you can refer to the above family trees.

Bonnie had printed out a copy of all of her family groups genealogy for me and I printed mine for her so we sat down and fired up our laptops to compare facts and swap info. I gave Lucien and Ruth different things to read through including the histories I had of Mt. Sharon and Margaret Walker’s memories of the community and they reminisced about their childhood memories.

With the clock ticking for their dinner appointment it seemed our afternoon was gone in the blink of an eye!


And speaking of dinner… time for mine. On my next entry, I’ll share their collection of family photos and memories.

If you see anything that is incorrect or would like to add something, please let me know and I can update this blog to change it. Leave a reply or email me at

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Grimes and Miller Family History NC to TN

I posted lots of North Carolina Miller family information on my previous entry and wanted to follow up on that with a connection I found when digging through my files today. I found in my files a copy of Jacob Grimes deeds and will in 1825 in Robertson County, TN which names the same children that are named in the Frederick Miller will in Rowan County, NC.

So this Grimes information substantiates that they moved to the Robertson County, TN area in the early 1800s. I also have the 1812 Enumeration of Robertson County, TN that lists a James Grimes in Capt. Fox’s Company, so perhaps Jacob went by James?

My Rosina Miller that married Lawrence Clinard would have been a cousin to the Grimes, so perhaps the Grimes came with the Clinards to the area or followed them after 1804.

Today I found a little bit more and wanted to add it here as it corresponds with this research:

Catharine Grimes, Frederick Turner, Sumner Co, TN State Marriages 1780-2002, Marriage Bond

Catharine Grimes marries Frederick Turner in Sumner County, Tennessee in August of 1804. I started tracking the names in the will of Jacob Grimes in Robertson County (see below document).  This document is a marriage bond where Frederick Turner and George Crosner pledge $1,250 for the bond. (looks like Crosner?- could this possibly be the other sister Milly’s husband Thomas Crossnore?)

The other document is in Sumner County, TN between Eve Grimes and Henry Dorr August 6, 1805, with Frederick Miller acting bondsman. This would be her grandfather, Frederick Miller who named her in his will in North Carolina. (See below will)

Eva Grimes, Henry Dorr, Sumner Co, TN State Marriages 1780-2002
Frederick Miller, Bondsman

So this substantiates family history from Allen Miller (a Miller family researcher who contacted me a few weeks ago), that Frederick Miller came from North Carolina to Sumner County, TN, and the research link is the Grimes granddaughters and shows that they were in TN by 1804.

Here’s the 1820 Sumner County, Tennessee Census page from Unfortunately it is in alphabetized order so we can’t tell neighbor relationships.

1820 Sumner Co, TN Census, Frederick Miller is near the top

Our Clinards came to TN about 1804 as well, so maybe they even came together. The Moravians mention a big group headed out to leave for the Cumberland about then.

There doesn’t seem to be a Jacob Grimes in Sumner Co in 1830, but there is one in Stewart Co, TN, which is where Frederick Miller’s Reelfoot Lake 5,000 acres was….maybe some of the grandchildren stayed with grandfather Frederick Miller while Jacob went out in search of land or was settling it.


I had a copy of Fredrick Miller’s will in Rowan County, North Carolina that reads as follows:

ROWAN County, NC Feb 16, 1789 DEED Frederick Miller to Grimes Grandchildren

Submitted by Virginia Crilley,

To all Christian people to Whome this present writing shall come, Greeting. Knw Ye that I, Frederick Miller, of Rowan County in the State of North Carolina for in consideration of the love good will and affection which I have and do bear towards by grandchildren the Children of Jacob Grimes and my daughter, Catherine, the wife of the said Jacob Grimes.

Namely George Grimes, Mary Grimes, Susannah Grimes, Catharine Grimes, Magdaline Grimes, and Eve Grimes.

Here given and granted and by these present do fully, frely and clearly and absolutely give and grant to my above named grandchildren and their heirs and assings all that certain lott of land and premises hereafter mentioned and described:

Lying in the County af’sd on the waters of Farmer’s Creek being a plantation whereon the said Jacob Grimes now dwells: it being a lot of land that I purchased from the said state as by deed lawfully esxecuted for the sur conveyance of the same reference thereunto had will ore fully and at lare appear.

Beginning at Post Oat tree thence running East Crossing said Creek….fifty chains to a black oak tree Thence North 60 chains to a post Oak sapling Thence West fifty chains to a white oad tree Thence South 60 chains to the beginning. Including 300 acres of land be the same more or less bounded North by Edward Burk and land surveyed for Phillip Craver and west by Joseph Dial.

Together with all the righ title, interest, claim and demand whatsoever which I now have or which any or either of my heirs Exers or Adms may hereafter have of in or to the said granted premises or any part thereof to have and to hold the said granted premises unto my above named grandchildren and to their heirs and assigns forever and in case all my above mentioned grandchildren should die and leave no lawful living issue, then the right of the above granted premises is to return to my right and lawful heir.

In witness whereof I, the said Frederick Miller have freely and absolutely hereunto set my hand and seal the 16th day of February in the year of our Lord 1789.

Frederick Miller  (his mark)

In Presence of: John McCurry

State of N. Carolina, Nov Session 1789.  Rowan County.

It is hereby certified that the within deed was duely proved in Open Court by the Oath of Devolt Mock, a subscribing Witness recorded in the Clerk’s office according to law and ordered to be registered.

Test.   Osborn C.C.


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I also had the following notes I had found on the internet that were compiled and transcribed by Virginia Crilley. Note that in paragraph 9 of Jacob Grimes will in Robertson County in 1825 his children are the children named in the above will from Frederick Miller except for Jacob.

~~~From Virginia Crilley’s information:

Jacob Grimes name was found on one of the petitions of citizens of Robertson County to rescind a law passed:…*at the last session of the Legislature of this State at Knoxville 1811.” The law was to levy a tax on citizens of Robertson County to build a jail in Springfield.  Reasons given for this request are that: the citizens did not consent; the line between Tennessee and Kentucky was indefinite making the location uncertain; with the government at war, citizens should support the war.”

There were three copies of the petition.  Jacob Grimes and many of his neighbors signed the second one.  The petition was dated November 1, 1812.  So, we know that Jacob was here at least by that date through documentation.

On the first copy of the petition: James Massey (Maxey), many Binkleys, Williams, Bryans and more.

I will include a few selected names from that second copy of the petition to show Jacob and his neighbors:  Jacob Grimes, Robert Sanders, Manuel Hunter, Jacob Moake, Daniel Sanders, Thomas Perry, james Sanders, William J. Perry (Adam Grimes’s father-in-law), James Lewis, Luke Simmons, many surname Harris and more

One the third petition several notable names that are often associated with the Grimes Family in deeds, wills, etc. are: Peter Woodson, Marvel Low (Lowe), Shadrack Hunt, Zenas Fox (who helped post bond for widow Mary Grimes to administer the estate when Jacob Grimes Sr. died.)

This area that was once Robertson County was later taken in to form Cheatham County, TN.

Above Website is from the magazine, “Ansearchin” News, produced by the Tennessee Genealogical Society, The Tennessee Genealogical magazine, Volume 34, No. 3, Fall of 1987

Capital of Tennessee

*I was wondering why these records were from Knoxville instead of Nashville.  So upon research I found that Nashville was selected as the permanent of Tennessee on October 7, 1843. Several towns across Tennessee were nominated; all received votes, but Nashville and Charlotte were the top contenders. Nashville won by only one vote. Previously, the cities of Kingston (for one day) and Knoxville in Eastern Tennessee, and Murfreesboro, like Nashville located in Middle Tennessee, had each served as the temporary capital.



Recorded January 10th 1817 Book M pg 719

Know ye that by virtue of part of certificate No 811 dated the 29th day of December 1814 issued by the Commissioner of West Tennessee to Edward Sanders and entered on the 28th day of October 1815 by No 15929.

There is granted by the said STATE OF TENNESSEE unto JACOB GRIMES asignees of the said EDWARD SANDERS A certain tract or parcel of land containing fifty acres (50) by survey bearing the date the 29th day of January 1816 lying in Robertson County in the first District on the waters of the Long Branch of Spring Creek of Syckamore and bounded as follows to wit:

Beginning at poplar ______, south east corner, Thence North one hundred and twenty seven poles to a hickory, Thence west sixty three poles to a dogwood, Thence South one hundres and twenty seven poles to a white oak, Thence east sixty three poles to the beginning.

With the hereditaments and appurtenances to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with its appurtenances to the said JACOB GRIMES and his heirs forever.

In witness thereof Joseph _______ Governor of the state of Tennessee, hath hereunto set his hand and caused the great seal of the state to be affixed, at KNOXVILLE on the seventh day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen and of the Independence of the United States, the forty first.

By the Governor, Jos McMinn (difficult to read?)

Wm Alexander, Secretary


Jacob Grimes, Senr, from Benj King senr Aug 31st 1818 DEED BOOK N pg 482-284

This indenture made this twenty sixth (26th) day of June one thousand eight hundred and eighteen (1818) between BENJAMIN KING, Sr. of the County of Robertson and State of Tennessee of the one part and JACOB GRIMES, Sr. of the County and State aforesaid of the other part.

Witnesseth that the said BENJAMIN KING for a valuable inconsideration of the sum of ninety dollars thirty seven and one half cents ($90.37)to him in hand paid by him the said JACOB GRIMES, Senr. before the signing and delivering these present the benefit whereof he doth by these presents acknowledge hath bargained, granted, sold, aliended, ____m and confirmed and doth by these presents bargain, grant sell, _____ and confim unto the said JACOB GRIMES, Senr. his heirs and assigns forever all that tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the County and State aforesaid on the waters of SPRING BRANCH OF SYCAMORE CREEK butted and bounded as follows:

Beginning at the dogwood the original North West corner of the tract of which this is a part, Running South 187 poles to a black gum and Ironwood on the South bank of Branch, Thence East 68 poles to a white oak and Sugar tree on the North bank of said branch, Thence North 120 poles to a white oak and two horn beams on the North side of a branch and near the run of the branch, Thence up said branch with its meanders to a white oak and locust on the West bank of said branch, Thence West 24 poles to the Beginning

Containing 60 and 1/4 acres be the same more or less to have and to hold the aforsaid tract and parcel of land with all advantages ____and appurtenances thes unto belonging or in anywise appertaining unto the said JACOB GRIMES Sr and the said BENJAMIN KING,Sr. doth covenant and agree to send wiuth the said JACOB GRIMES, Sr. to warrant and forever defend the aforesaid bargained premises until the said JACOB GRIMES, Sr., his heirs and assigns against the claim of all and every person or persons whatsoever slaiming.

In witnesseth whereof the said BENJAMIN KING, Sr. hath herunto set his hand and seal the day and date above written, signed, sealed and delivered, in presence of:

A. Stewart

Jacob Grimes, Jr

Benjamin King (Seal)

Robertson County Court August Term 1818. This deed Benjamin King St to Jacob Grims Jr was ackowledged in open Court by the said Benjamin King and ordered to be registred.

Test Jas Tunstall, Clerk.

(((*****RESEARCH NOTE FROM JAMIE DUDIAK –  I believe A Stewart is a surveyor in this area at that time))))


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Virginia Crilley March 5, 2009, 8:12 pm

Robertson County TN Archives Wills…..Grimes, Jacob 1825

Source: Will Book, Written: 1825


In the name of God Amen.   I JACOB GRIMES  of ROBERTSON COUNTY and State of Tennessee  being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed by Almighty God for the same do make and pulish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First that is to say after my just debts are paid I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, MARY GRIMES,  120 acres of land situated and lying in the County of Robertson and state aforesaid being part of a 600 acre tract I bought of ________(left blank) Rodgers  and which includes the dwelling house together with all the improvements also part of another tract which I bought of Benjamin KING adjoining the premises before described supposed to contain 30 acres be the same more or less.

I so also give and bequeath unto my son, DANIEL GRIMES 160 acres of land–it being a part of the aforesaid 600 acres which is to be laid off on the NorthWest part of said tract so as to include a spring and improvement near the NorthWest boundary line.

I also give and bequeath unto my two younger sons, HENRY GRIMES and FREDERICK GRIMES one horse each,  also 160 acres of land each, being part of said 600 acres to be laid off in such manner that HENRY GRIMES lot will join the before described premises of MARY and DANIEL GRIMES. I also give and bequeath unto ADAM GRIMES  63 3/4 acres of land ajoining the before recited premises and being part of the tract I bought of BENJAMIN KING.

I give and bequeath unto my daughter, SARAH GRIMES the sum of $20 in money.

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter, PHEBE GRIMES, one cow and $30 in money.

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter, ELIZABETH, wife of John PEW, the sum of $5 in money.

In order that no unhappy differences or misconstruction may arise between the legatees who have received their proportionable part of my estate and those herin provided for by the several bequests before inscribed and written, I give the following reason and explanation for the small legacy being annexed to their respective names (that is to say) my daughter, MARY, wife of JACOB SMITH,  my daughter, KATY, wife of FREDERICK TURNER,  my daughter, EVE, wife of HENRY DARR (DORR) deceased and my two sons, GEORGE  and JACOB GRIMES  have each received their proportionable part of my estate in money, goods and chattle.

(****RESEARCH NOTE about above paragraph from Jamie Dudiak): These children (except for Jacob) were also the ones named in their Grandfather Frederick Miller’s will in Rowan County, NC.)

Also my daughter, MILLY, wife of THOMAS CROSNORE has received her legacy in part and her husband THOMAS holds my note for the remainder which is to be paid out of the money owing to me when collected.

(***RESEARCH NOTE): If Milly is actually Madeline, she was also named in Grandfather Frederick Miller’s will in Rowan County.

Also my daughter, Peggy, wife of JOHN FORD, having received a greater amount in money goods and chattle than I intended to bequeath unto her therefore, the notes I hold on her husband, Joshua FORD must be collected and applied to the discharge of the debts and legacys due my other children.

But as a further testimony of my regard and affection for these my children, namely MARY, KATY, MOLLY, EVE, PEGGY, GEORGE and JACOB GRIMES,  I give and bequeath the sum of one dollar each.

And lastly as to all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate goods and chattle of which kind and nature soever I give and bequest to my beloved wife, MARY GRIMES, whom I appoint sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this thirty first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and twenty five.


Signed, sealed published and declared by the above named Jacob Grimes to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereuntio subscribed our names witnesses in the presence of the testator.

[initial C? or J?] Williams, W.L. Hudgings, Z. [Zachariah] Derham,  George G. Brown

Robertson County Court  November Term 1825

This last will and Testament of Jacob Grimes Deceased was proven in open court by

the oath of W.S. Hudgings, Z. Deshaw, and George G. Brown subscribing witnesses thereunto and ordered to be recorded.


Jacob Grimes Inventory Account of Sale  Feb Term 1826

(*Note that transcriber has added notes and explanations in parentheses)

1 Barshears plough  Jacob Grimes 1.50 @    (Used with yoked oxen)

1 ”     ”         Thomas Hunter   1.62 1/2 @

2 scythes and cradles   C. Williams  1.50

1 barrel harness (It is a net or tie that allows you to put a barrel onto a

horse or into a wagon and it doesn’t roll around) & traces (lines that connect

the horse or oxen to the plow or vehicle]

Jacob Grimes 1.50

1 mattock and grub hoe   James Hudgings   2.12 1/2

1 pole axe     Adam Grimes  .37 1/2

2 weeding hoes & fish gig    Jacob Grimes  .82

1 Walnut Chest    Zachariah Derham 1. 68 3/4

1 large kettle and hooks    Adam Grimes  3.10

1 baker     William L. Hudgings  .18 3/4

1 skillet and lid     Mary Grimes   .28 (Wife?)

1 dutch oven and lid   Zachariah Derham  .76

1 large pewter bason [basin]  Andrew Mooke  (Moak)  1.00

6 pewter plates & dish   Andrew Mook (Moak) 1.60

1 Man saddle    James McDaniel  8.12 1/2

1 lot of measures & 1 funnel   Thomas Williams   .71

2 sieves   James Maxey Sr.  (or Marcy)

1 lot of lumber  James Maxey Jr

2 sleeves and 1 harness   Isaac Saunders Sr  .50   (There is a part of harness

tack called a sleeve that holds part of the harness as it attaches to the animal

or wagon so this could be sleeves.)

1 box of lumber   James Maxey Jr  1.26

1 glass bottle   Holloway Maxey  .06

1 frow & axe  Thomas Miles 2.00

1 hand saw       Wm L. Hudgings     1.80

1 trunk and lumber  James Maxey, Jr. .83 1/4

1 bell  Wm L. Hudgings  .48

1 pr of harness and bridle  Isaac Saunders   .50

1 lot of Iron  James H. Fuqua  1.26 (Probably to make horseshoes, tools, etc.)

1 lot of augers & chisels    C. Williams  1.12 1/2

1 silver watch  C. Williams  .25

1 grindstone   C. Williams 1.76

1 cow and calf   C. Williams  8.00

1 bull  Thomas Hunter  7.25 @

1 pied heifer   John Perdue ?  3. 12 ½  (they are animals with unusual splotchy

look to coat, associated with traits of albinism…mostly white with some

splotches of colors some have light colored eyes, too)

1 black cow  Isaac Saunders   5.00

1 small steer   Thomas Walker   1.67

4 sheep 1st choic    James Hudgings   4.50

4 Sheep  2n choice Zach Ghunt  2.58 ( I believe this is spelled Ghent on here and many Gents in Williamson County, Illinois..I think they are related to the Perrys and Felts.)

4 sheep 3rd choice  James Derham 1. 12 1/2

1 sorrel filly   Thomas Bell    13.06 1/4

3 barrels & churn   James H. Fuqua  .50

1 Bee stand  Thomas Miles   .50

1 pr of traces Thomas Miles 1.00

1 log chain  Thomas Miles 1.51 ½

1 lot of chains Thomas Miles  1.25   (might be chains)

4 head of geese  & ? cover  Adam Grimes  1.25 ¼ (**RESEARCH NOTE: I worked on this off and on all evening still don’t know what kind of cover it is…first I thought mirror…but that doesn’t go with geese does it? Then I thought maybe sweet clover…I give up.)

1 whiskey kegg  James H. Fuqua  .52

4 whiskey barrels  C. Williams 1.68 3/4

2 bee stands   Thomas Miles 1.50

2 bee stand  Demsey Daw (Dare?) .75

Lot of staves  James Maxcy .75  (NOTE: these are barrel staves…wooden slats to make barrels)

2 buckets & jointery John Forbes .51  (NOTE:tongue and groove boards for old walls,etc.)

2 bee stand Adam Grimes  .50

4 head of hog  Daniel Grimes 4.18 1/4

1 cutting knife & box  John Forbes  2.00

1 old saddle    Demsey Daw(Dare)  .6 1/4

Daniel Grimes note due 1st Nov 1825 (doubtful) 30.50

C. Williams due bill due 11  April 1825   2.00

James Perry note due 17 April 1810 (bad) 14.00  (kin to Adam’s wife, Susanna Perry)

J.  Berks note due 20th Nov 1802 (bad) 5.20  (Looks like Binker or ?  Don’t know)

Balance due on J. Perry’s note due 5 April 1812 (bad) 39.11

George Teasley note due 7th Sept 1824 10.75

Starling Shernings due bill due July 2nd 1824 5.50

Thomas Ridley’s note due 1st Sept 1813 bad  4.33

Thomas Gallions note due 14 Oct 1799

Thomas Gallions note due 1 Sept 1792 for iron

Daniel Grimes note due 8th Nov 1827 for iron 16.00

Adam Grimes note due 8 Nov 1827 for iron

Henry Grimes rct? for notes (bad)   334.05  (I don’t know this one)

Test  S.S. Williams    Mary (her X mark) Grimes ____?  Did Adam start to sign this?

Robertson County Court Feb Term 1826. This inventory and acct. of sale of the

estate of Jacob Grimes dec’d was returned into Court by the Exter and ordered to

be recorded.

p. 60 Will Book 7 Robertson Co, TN

Dr. C. Williams Agent for Mary Grimes, Executrix of (blank)

Nov 12th 1827

To amount of amount of sale  $107.60

” Amount of Daniel Grimes note  30.50

” amount of same [Daniel Grimes]  16.00

” amount of Adam Grimes note  50.00

”   amount of George Teasleys  note        10.75

Balance of C. Williams Due Bill  .60

Cash                .50

$215.95 1/4

Balance                1.95 1/4


Pursuant of an order of the Worshipful County Court of Robertson County to us executed? ____ we have settled with Christopher Williams Agent for Mary Grimes Executrix of the Estate of Jacob (crossed out Mary and above is Jacob) Grimes dec’d and find the amount stands as above stated.

Given under our hand the 15th of August 1829.

Peter Woodson

Jno Hunt

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Millers Family Moravian & Court Records in NC

I have spent several years muddling through our Clinard and Miller family history. Our Lawrence Clinard married Rosina Miller in Salem, N.C., on Feb. 24, 1789 at the Salem Tavern. This is mentioned in the Moravian Records and thanks to my Clinard cousins in North Carolina was able to learn more about the Clinards. They came to Tennessee around 1804.

HOWEVER, figuring out which Frederick Miller was Rosina’s father and her family members has baffled me. There were just too many Fredericks in that area to know who was who for sure. I went to the Moravian Archives in Winston-Salem, N.C. in Old Salem a few years ago and spent the afternoon there. The curator made copies of all of Adelaide Fries (she translated all of the old German records) Miller family genealogy records and told me good luck figuring it out. (He is quite a character by the way).

We also knew that Lawrence’s sister, Catherine had married a Frederick Miller… but didn’t know which one. We also did not know what had become of Catherine and Frederick in the early 1800s. She is mentioned in their father’s will as Catherine Miller and supposed to get her “share” in 1802.

I came home from North Carolina with piles of research papers and sadly, I have not gotten to all of them yet. The Millers information has been naggling at me, but I just hadn’t gotten to it.

This past week, I had an Allen Miller email me inquiring about our Miller/Clinard connection. He was descended from a John Miller that from family history was the brother to our Frederick Miller that married Catherine Clinard. Hurray! Finally ~ maybe ~ a break…

As I dug through my files and piles today, I realized I have a gold mine of Miller information from the Moravian Archives just sitting here and wanted to share it with other researchers in hopes it would give them that “Eureka” moment. I realized I had our Frederick Miller information right here, but still have some questions.

This is our Friedrich Miller line… note – Lawrence did NOT remarry to Simmerman. We have family Bible records showing “Rosa” and Laurence as the parents of Lewis, their youngest child, in 1815 in Tennessee.

Here is the will of Frederick Miller leaving his estate to his Grimes grandchildren: (This date does not correspond with the birth date of Catherine who married Jacob Grimes ??? input??)

ROWAN County, NC Feb 16, 1789

DEED Frederick Miller to Grimes Grandchildren

To all Christian people to Whome this present writing shall come, Greeting. Knw Ye that I, Frederick Miller, of Rowan County in the State of North Carolina for in consideration of the love good will and affection which I have and do bear towards by grandchildren the Children of Jacob Grimes and my daughter, Catherine, the wife of the said Jacob Grimes. Namely George Grimes, Mary Grimes, Susannah Grimes, Catharine Grimes, Magdaline Grimes, and Eve Grimes.

Here given and granted and by these present do fully, freely and clearly and absolutely give and grant to my above named grandchildren and their heirs and assings all that certain lott of land and premises hereafter mentioned and described:

Lying in the County af’sd on the waters of Farmer’s Creek being a plantation whereon the said Jacob Grimes now dwells: it being a lot of land that I purchased from the said state as by deed lawfully esxecuted for the sur conveyance of the same reference thereunto had will ore fully and at lare appear.

Beginning at Post Oat tree thence running East Crossing said Creek….fifty chains to a black oak tree, Thence North 60 chains to a post Oak sapling, Thence West fifty chains to a white oak tree, Thence South 60 chains to the beginning.

Including 300 acres of land be the same more or less bounded North by Edward Burk and land surveyed for Phillip Craver and west by Joseph Dial.

Together with all the righ title, interest, claim and demand whatsoever which I now have or which any or either of my heirs Exers or Adms may hereafter have of in or to the said granted premises or any part thereof to have and to hold the said granted premises unto my above named grandchildren and to their heirs and assigns forever and in case all my above mentioned grandchildren should die and leave no lawful living issue, then the right of the above granted premises is to return to my right and lawful heir.

In witness whereof I, the said Frederick Miller have freely and absolutely hereunto set my hand and seal the 16th day of February in the year of our Lord 1789.

Frederick Miller  (his mark)

In Presence of: John McCurry

State of N. Carolina, Nov Session 1789.  Rowan County.

It is hereby certified that the within deed was duely proved in Open Court by the Oath of Devolt Mock, a subscribing Witness recorded in the Clerk’s office according to law and ordered to be registered.

Test.   Osborn C.C.

(**this second page goes with above Friederich Miller family)

Our line continued.

I’ll let you know if Allen is able to help us connect some dots to our Rosina and Fredericks… He will have to peruse these and see if he figures out if our Johns and Fredericks match up!

So here is a gallery of 18 pages from the Moravian Archives Miller family histories. They are not to be reproduced without permission from the archives and if you glean information from them for you family trees, please note the source for future generations. I’m also including pages from the Moravian Records that mention the Millers and Kleinerts. Note again, can not be reprinted without permission from Moravian Archives.

The two cemetery entries are Miller and Kleinert girl children buried in the Moravian God’s Acre in Salem, N.C. Note they are the children of my Lawrence and Rosina Kleinert and Catherine and Frederick Miller (Lawrence’s sister). I do not have the boy’s listing for some reason.

I also did some digging into Stokes County early records and have some of the wills and such and will include those as well. My mother was helping and hand-wrote 3 of the wills as there was no copier available.

I’m still trying to figure out how the John and Joseph Miller in Coopertown fit in.

Let me know what you discover!

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Ogles Family Photos, Manchester, Tennessee

“Indian John Ogles and wife Margaret, Manchester, TN. From George Ogles collection. This is the oldest Ogles photo.

These first three images are from George Ogles, grandson of Wiley B and Ida Crosslin Ogles.

John Ogles, Manchester, TN history, from Ogles Family book, George Ogles collection. This is “Indian John” from the above picture

Here is Thomas Jefferson Ogles and his second or third wife, Caroline Uselton

Thomas J. Ogles & Caroline Uselton

Next is a portrait of Thomas Jefferson Ogles, (1852-1917) that is in the possession of Linda Ogles Dudiak, daughter of Aubrey Lee Ogles and Atha Manning.

Thomas Jefferson Ogles, 1852-1917

Here is Thomas Jefferson Ogles and two brothers (waiting to get confirmation on who’s who, but aren’t these guys spooky!!)

Thomas Jefferson Ogles, Hercules & Abner Ogles, brothersThomas Jefferson Ogles was the father of Wiley B. Ogles, pictured below with his bride, Ida Crosslin.

Wiley B Ogles, Ida Crosslin Ogles, might be wedding photo

Wiley B Ogles, Ida Crosslin Ogles, might be wedding photo

This next portrait is Ida Crosslin’s mother, Elvira Palestine Horton. This picture is now in the possession of Linda Ogles Dudiak.

Elvira Palestine Horton Crosslin, wife of James Thomas Crosslin clsup

Elvira Palestine Horton Crosslin, wife of James Thomas Crosslin

According to George Ogles, “The woman pictured above is Elvira Palestine Horton, wife of James Thomas Crosslin, parents of Ida Crosslin who married my paternal grandfather Wiley B. Ogle(s). Personally, I think that my paternal grandmother Elvira Palestine Horton and her daughter Ida Crosslin favored each other in looks and probably were similar in their dogmatic, and “rule the roost” ways. Wiley B. Ogles married Elvira Palestine Horton 15 Jan. 1899 in the Noah Community, Coffee County, which was on the border of Rutherford County whose county seat was Murfreesboro the first capital of the state of Tennessee. As you know, Murfreesboro is located in the exact middle of the state of Tennessee and for a few years was the capital of the state.

    As long as I can remember, Mama always kept her mother’s framed photo in the upstairs sleeping area of their home that Papa build a few years after he and Mama (Ida Crosslin) were married in Jan. 1899.
Papa and Mama bought (in Mama’s name) an acre lot located about a quarter mile from the jail bridge on U.S. 41 over Little Duck river, that served as the northern city limits of  Manchester. Papa’s only sister Hattie Ogle by their common mother, married Rev. Joseph Carroll Haley of Murfreesboro, sold the lot to Mama and Papa where Papa built a house and outbuilding where he and Mama lived the rest of their lives.”

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Here is Wiley and Ida Ogles and their family in Manchester, Tennessee

Wiley and Ida Ogles family picture

Ida Crosslin Ogles and her grandson, Aubrey Lee Ogles

Ida Crosslin Ogles, Aubrey Lee Ogles baby

Ida Crosslin Ogles and son Horace Ogles

Ida Crosslin Ogles, son Horace Ogles

Horace married Elinor Edgin from Dickson, Tennessee, she’s pictured on the far right. We don’t know who the other two girls are or what the occasion was.

Elinor Edgin, far right, 3 girls w:hats

Wiley and Ida and Atha Manning Ogles, their grand daughter-in-law and wife of Aubrey Lee Ogles. She looks to be pregnant with Linda!

Wiley B, Ida Ogles, Atha Manning Ogles

Wiley B. Ogles & Ida Crosslin Ogles, dressed up

Wiley B Ogles and wife Ida Crosslin Ogles, about 1942. From George Ogles collection.

I think this house picture was Wiley and Ida’s but not sure if someone could confirm that?

? Ogles house

The rest of the photos are from Aubrey Lee Ogles and Atha Manning Ogles. A few years ago we gathered up all their photos and had Atha go through and identify who were in the photos. Her daughters, Linda Dudiak and Susie Bass, along with Susie’s daughter, Alison and I were there, and it was so neat to hear all of Atha’s memories that the photos triggered. I scanned many of the old ones and will put them in a gallery here so everyone can enjoy. These include the Ogles, Mannings, Tiptons, Crosslins, Kings and a few associated families from Manchester, Tennessee. There are also some letters George Ogles wrote home while in the military and interesting newspaper clippings. I have their collection of old newspapers with family articles if anyone in the family ever wants anything from those. Let me know if there are any of the unidentified that you can put names on.

Mildred, Aubrey Lee and Beryl Ogles

Aubrey Lee, Jimmy and George Ogles

Aubrey Lee Ogles in Japanese uniform, WWII

Aubrey Lee Ogles in his captured Japanese uniform, WWII

Aubrey Lee Ogles and Novascomi, WWII

Here’s a whole gallery of assorted family pictures…

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Around Akumal, Mexico

Here’s some snapshots from around the charming little town of Akumal, Mexico, home to the sea turtles… It’s a great place to go snorkel with the turtles, scuba dive, go out fishing or sailing, shop, and eat at one of their wonderful restaurants.

You can learn more about Akumal at: or

Akumal boats

Akumal wall art

Akumal Dive Shop

There are several dive shops in Akumal. They offer dive classes and certification and a variety of dive and snorkel excursions. Here are a couple to check out: and

Learn more about local sea life at the CEA – Centro Ecological Center

Centro Ecológico Akumal helps to create models for sustainable tourism development in the Mexican Caribbean, through research, education and outreach.

Akumal gift shop next to Turtle Bay Cafe

Turtle Bay Cafe is known for their wonderful bakery and has one of the best breakfast offerings around.

Turtle Bay Cafe menus

Turtle Bay Cafe and Bakery

I love this guy – he was next to Turtle Bay Cafe

Lol-Ha Restaurant sits right in front of the Akumal Bay where the boats are tied up and you snorkel with the turtles. It’s a great place to have lunch or dinner and they offer entertainment at times as well.

Lol Ha entrance on parking side

Lol Ha bar

Lol Ha turtle table

Mexio Arte is located just through the arches on the right side. Look for the fellows holding the rope to go to Lol-Ha’s parking. They featured quality hand-crafted Mexican arts and crafts, paintings, jewelry, pottery and more. I love the bright colors and quirkiness of Mexican art!

Mexio Arte Exterior

Mexio Arte “Day of the Dead” art

That’s all for now… more later including La Buena Vida Restaurant and coatis

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Bumper Berry Crop, 2012

Blueberries with spring buds

This spring our blueberries and blackberries were loaded with blooms. For every bloom there is a berry, so as long as it didn’t come a late frost we knew we were going to have a bumper crop of berries.

We had mulched the rows in the fall and with the early spring rains, fertilized them and then watched them grow…

The blueberries mulched for winter


Loaded bushes


As they ripened I began picking.. and picking and picking…

Wally suggested using a really big bowl to put on the ground that we could just drop the berries into and that’s what I started using.

Wineberries, a type of raspberry

Big bowls of berries

We rinsed the blueberries, spread them on sheets and then put a big floor fan on them to dry.

Drying the berries

The Jack Lalanne Power Juicer does a great job of juicing the berries and removing the seeds for jelly and juice.

And more picking…

Jeff and Cody picking berries

So the youngsters would know which berries to pick that were ripe we had them take a taste test. Evan figured out pretty quick the powdery blue ones were much more tasty than the red ones.

Blane’s spot in the blueberry patch

So after picking blueberries for a while the boys were ready to fish in the pond.

Jeff and Blane


His first fish ever!

That’s all for now!

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