Will of Robert Shaw, Sumner County, Tennessee, 7 July 1823

Robert Shaw was my 5th great-grandfather and along with his wife, Elizabeth Hamilton, one of the earliest white settlers of Sumner County, Tennessee.  I Robert Shaw of Sumner County and of Tennessee do make and ordain this instrument which is subscribed with my name to be my last will and testament revoking all others. First … Continue reading Will of Robert Shaw, Sumner County, Tennessee, 7 July 1823

Colonel Jonathan Latimer and Lucretia Griswold

Jonathan Latimer was a descendant of the English Robert Latimer, who arrived in Boston in 1635 on the ship "Hopewell" as part of the Great Migration. Jonathan's father (also named Jonathan Latimer) was married to Borodell Denison, Captain George Denison's great-granddaughter. Jonathan Latimer II was born in New London, Connecticut in 1724.The Latimers were by that time  a wealthy family, having … Continue reading Colonel Jonathan Latimer and Lucretia Griswold

Elder William Brewster and Mary Wentworth

Born in 1560 in the town of Scrooby in Nottinghamshire, England, William Brewster married Mary Wentworth, and studied briefly at the college of Cambridge before becoming active in the movement to reform the Anglican church. His congregation eventually emigrated to the more religiously tolerant environment of Leyden, Holland, where he began publishing religious tracts that were circulated … Continue reading Elder William Brewster and Mary Wentworth

Will of Jonathan Latimer of Sumner County, Tennessee, 13 November 1802

Sumner County, Tennessee, November 13, 1802 Copied from the Sumner County GenWeb page. Source: Sumner County, TN Will Book 1, p. 99 Note: This will was copied from the handwritten clerk’s record in the Sumner County Will Book No.1. The clerk’s record had many errors in spelling, names were misspelled and there was no punctuation. For … Continue reading Will of Jonathan Latimer of Sumner County, Tennessee, 13 November 1802