all of these people mentioned either lived in the putnam county, white county area, or overton county, tn area

was wondering if anyone could help me. my name is sarah lemons keel. my grandparents on my maternal side was frank edward maddle (1930-2004) and evie lois rittenberry (1931-1997). the parents of frank edward were dora mccloud (1905-1990) and beecher whittaker (the only information i have on mr. whittaker is that he was married when my great grandmother became pregnant. my grandfather knew that this was his father but papa took his last name from noah lee madewell who dora married and raised him. my mother said that mr whittaker passed away in the 1960’s.

the parents of evie lois were sarah smith (1895-1984) and john monroe rittenberry (1879-1936). monroe rittenberry died from injuries and illness related to a car accident and my aunt johnnie was the last baby born to them six months after monroe died.

from what i have found dora’s parents were daniel mccloud (1870-1932) and dicie (maiden name unknown).

i dont have any info at all on beecher whittaker besides him passing away in the 1960’s.

sarah smiths parents were loyd smith and mary lucy crook (1884-1958) lucy crook later married dee madewell. i dont have anything else on loyd smith.

i have the parents of mary lucy crook as shady crook and mary l whitehead. i dont have anything really on mary whitehead except possibly born around 1850.

i am not quite clear why people believe that mary lucy crook was married to win denson and had several children including my great grandmother sarah. i have not found anything confirming this fact at all.

if any of these names sound familiar or if you can help me fill in the gaps i would appreciate it.

thank you sarah lemons keel

Medley, Fred

Medley, Fred:  I am lookingfor assistance in obtaining information about relatives.  Their names are: John Honey, Warren Co, TN, Lucinda Cadle, North or South Carolina, Zachariah Honey, Kentucky and Putnam Co, TN, his father Fred Medley, plus his uncle and/or grandparents Robert, John and George.  Contact Tim at: or 26102 Matilda Av, Flat Rock, MI 48134


Cronk, Jacob

Cronk, Jacob: b btw 1794-1800 m Sarah Odom b abt 1808 (d/o Seaborn Odom bbtw 1760-1770 d abt 1831).  They lived in Jackson County, TN at least until 1831.  Sometime thereafter, it was thought they moved to Indiana.  (We have the Jackson County, TN Loose District/Chancery Court Papers Reel #103 court case along with the War of 1812; 1820 Smith County Census; 1830 White County census and the 1836 Jackson County tax roll).  We are interested in his pedigree and his life after 1831.  Please contact Joyce Joseph 1830 Long Pointe Dr, Bloomfield, MI 48302 (248) 332-6277 or


Cronk, Melvina

CRONK, MELVINA: 1819-1854 Buried in the Roberts Graveyard on Carrs Chapel Road, Putnam County, TN.  There is a new headstone installed perhaps 25 years ago along with a footstone saying “grandmother”.  We believe she is the namesake for our Melvina Cronk b 1852 d abt 1892 (d/o William Alexander Cronk b 1826 d 1863 and

Malissa Roberts Cronk b 1830 d aft 1906).  All were in the general vicinity of Silver Point, Laurel Hill and Buffalo Valley.  We are interested in any and all information related to Melvina.  Please contact: Joyce Joseph 1830 Long Pointe Dr, Bloomfield, MI 48302  (248) 332-6277 or


Anderson Cemetery

Does anyone know who is buried in the old Anderson Cemetery that is all grown up out on the Dry Fork Road, Jackson County and who now owns this property?

Submitted by Betty Benner, 2208 Strawberry Ln, Kalamazoo, MI 49004 or Email:


Johnson, William R

I am seeking contact with William R. Johnson and his descendants.  William born 07 Jan 1831 Jackson County, TN, he died 03 Feb 1899.  He married Mary “Polly” Whitaker in 1857.  Mary born 11 Apr 1833 in Jackson County, TN died 11 Mar 1904 in Van Buren County, AR.  Their children were: Lucy, Oslon born 1852, Austin P. born 22 Mar 1853 in Jackson County, TN, Martha Adeline born 17 Feb 1855 in Jackson County, TN, Shady A, born 01 Jun 1857 in Jackson County, TN, William Newton born 06 Dec 1861, Margaret Lucy born 19 Nov 1864, Ben Daniel born 1867, John Washington born 18 Jul 1872 in Davis (Van Buren County), AR.


Thomas Lewis Thomason

I am looking for information about Thomas Lewis Thomason who (I believe) was born April 14, 1804, in Scott, Tennessee.  Do you have any information that could help me find his birth records and the names of his parents?  I would appreciate any suggestions.  Thanks.   Carolyn Beardsley


William H. Wilhite and Sarah Ann “Sallie” Stone Wilhite.

I am looking for photos of my great great grandparents William H. Wilhite and Sarah Ann “Sallie” Stone Wilhite.
William Wilhite was born in the Cherry Creek Community  28 Feb 1840 and died 4 Nov 1887.  He is buried on the Mackie Farm just off Cherry Creek and Plum Creek Rd in Sparta.  Sarah Ann Stone or Sallie as she was known was born 10 Feb 1846 in Sparta and lived in Stone Hollow and died 29 Apr 1928.  She is buried in Highland Cemetery in Sparta.
William was one of the few soldiers in Tennessee who fought for the Union, Co B, First Tennessee Mounted Infantry.
William and Sarah Ann lived on Cherry Creek Road in Sparta.
I would also be looking for photos of any of their children Sampson, Lula Dee, Stone, Jennette Lucy (who is my G Grandmother), Lucy, Willie Ann, and George.
I have had no luck so far in acquiring these photos.  I do have pictures of Sarah Ann’s parents Iredell and Jane “Jennie” Stone.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Indian Country 1818

In the 1880 census my Great Great Grandfather Eli Helmantoler said he was born in Indian. I know that he claimed TN in all previous census entries.  His father was Jacob and his Grandfather was Jacob that show up in the Smith Co Census in 1820.  I have seen early TN maps that show that Indian boarder with the Cherokees was what is now the Jackson county line. Would there be any indian country records in 1818?

Research Names By Guy Zimmerman

I am researching the following names in Overton, Pickett, Jackson, White, and Putnam Counties:  Wells,   Davis, Copeland, Gunnels, Ogletree, Bertram, Miller, West, Brown, Groce, Speck, Huddleston, Brock, Davis, Coons, Hartsell, Hill, Mayfield, Stinson, Miller, Denney, Belk,  Bilbrey,  and Carlough.  You can see more information on these names at the following web site