I recently visited my family in Nashville. While we were there, my kids uncovered the minutes of the Buena Vista Tennessee community club at my grandmother's house. My mother had it scanned, and the links to download it are at the bottom of this post. Buena Vista (pronounced "Bewna Vista," or just "Bewny") is a … Continue reading Buena Vista Tennessee Community Club minute book, 1938-1945
My Cole line produced a lot of descendants, but not a whole lot of records. They were not especially well-off, and so land and property transactions were few and far between. They weren't equipped to leave behind their own records either: at least four generations of Coles up to my second great-grandfather signed their names … Continue reading Will of John Cole, Wake County, North Carolina, 3 August 1803
I recently visited my grandmother, who has attained a certain three-digit age which one does not discuss about a lady! We had a good time going through lots of old photos together. She was able to identify many of her classmates from her school days in the tiny community of Buena Vista, in Carroll County, … Continue reading Buena Vista, Tennessee School Photos
Thinking about all the women who came before us on international women's day.
I've just added the wills of my 5th great-grandparents, William W. Walker (abt. 1780-abt. 1840) and his wife Nancy Townsend Walker (1785-abt. 1850) to my tree. William and Nancy were both born in Virginia, probably in or near Frederick county. This is at the northern tip of the state around Winchester, right on the Great … Continue reading Wills of William and Nancy Townsend Walker of Benton County, Tennessee
For Valentine's Day, four photos of couples from my family tree.
William Hobbs was my 5th great grandfather on the Cole side. The John Cole mentioned in this will is another 5th great grandfather: his son Loyd married Hobb's daughter, Betsy, and moved to Benton County, Tennessee to found an enormous clan of Coles. I've left the original spelling in this will because it shows how … Continue reading Will of William Hobbs of Wake County, North Carolina, 27 May 1788
State of North Carolina, Wake County, August 6, 1803 In the name of God Amen, I John Cole Sen. Of Wake County and State of North Carolina being in sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God do this sixth day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and three. Make and publish … Continue reading Will of John Cole of Wake County, North Carolina, 6 August 1803
Unknown newspaper (probably Carroll County Democrat), April 1944. Mrs Jeannettie B. Cole Again the Angel of Death has visited a home and taken one who we all loved. Jeannettie Butler Cole, daughter of William and Jane Butler, was born December 10, 1872–died April 14, 1944, age 71 years, four months, four days. She was married … Continue reading Arena Jeannette Butler Cole’s Obituary
Unknown Carroll county newspaper, May, 1969. Midst the beautiful sunshine to us it's a very sad day as we have two relatives now resting in Funeral Homes; both passed away the same day. Our dear cousin, Mr. Clifford Cole of Buena Vista, such a sweet person, a devoted husband, a kind father, and a good … Continue reading Carzy Clifford Cole’s Obituary