History and Genealogy

CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS 50th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, 1933-1940

Consists of yearbooks, camp newspapers, discharge papers, and promotion certificates collected by the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee Department of Conservation to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of the CCC. Of special interest is the large collection of photographs depicting work in progress and camp life (Series II). Box 4 resides in a climate-controlled vault (VII-A-5v). Four oversize photographs reside in Map Case 6, Drawer 14.

JAMES B. COLEMAN III PAPERS, 1858-1918

Consists of photographs, photograph albums, genealogical data, correspondence, and a brief autobiography. The majority of the collection consists of photographs, most of which are unidentified and undated. The autobiography is an essay by Coleman titled “My Impressions and Memories of the South, 1899-1920.” This essay covers life in the South after the Civil War, including manners and customs, proper attire, traditions, and holidays. Also of note is the correspondence, which contains a permission to Colonel Coleman to carry arms, 1866; a letter from J. Coleman to his children, 1866; and two letters dating 1918 to Sgt. James B. Coleman Jr. from his parents.

WATERTOWN FIRST METHODIST CHURCH (WILSON COUNTY, TENN.) RECORDS, 1904-2008

The Watertown First Methodist Church Records include photographs of children at the Holmes Gap School, approximately 1930, and of Poplar Hill School children dated 1921, 1929, and 1933. There are two registers for the Watertown Methodist Episcopal Church, South dated October 1899 through 1962, although there are two marriages listed in the second register dated 2008. The third register is for the Watertown Methodist Church and is dated 1962. These registers provide listings of members, preachers, marriages, baptisms, and deaths.

THELMA PRIEST GENTRY SCRAPBOOK, 1925-1927

Consists of various photographs with captions and newspaper clippings. Also included are four separate photographs of Charles Cecil Gentry, Thelma’s husband, and a character analysis of Laura Wingfield from Tennessee Williams’ "The Glass Menagerie." The scrapbook also contains a few entries concerning traveling, dinner parties, and outings with her friends as well as poems and a recipe for Mock Biscuit Tortoni.

JOSEPH LOCKE WEAKLEY PAPERS, 1857-1957

Consists of autograph album, diplomas, letters of credit, letters of introduction, report cards, school photographs, travel guidebooks, souvenirs, and a journal. This collection focuses on Joseph Locke Weakley’s European trip with his friend, J. A. Shipp, in 1889. Included in this collection are six letters of introduction for Weakley and Shipp written by Governor Robert Love Taylor, U. S. Representative Joseph Edwin Washington, James G. Blaine of the U. S. Department of State, and William Duncan of Nashville. Two of these letters were addressed to the Minister of England and the Minister of France noting Weakley and Shipp’s good standing and respectful citizens. Also included are several souvenirs and European travel guidebooks. Some of the souvenirs are in French and Dutch.

BROWN FAMILY GENEALOGICAL MATERIALS (JACKSON COUNTY, TENN.), 1795-2008

The Brown Family Genealogical Materials (Jackson County, Tennessee) consists primarily of photocopied research regarding Thomas Brown (1773-1862) and his descendants. Thomas Brown moved from Fincastle, Virginia, to Jackson County, Tennessee, around 1800 and purchased land along the Dry Fork of Flynn’s Creek. After his wife Nancy’s death, he married Elizabeth Billingsley. Included in the collection are biographical sketches, photos, maps, land grants, certificates, articles, muster rolls, correspondence, and genealogical charts.

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