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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mama and her songs

Mama was a beautiful woman and she had a beautiful singing voice as well.  She loved to sing.  Sometimes I felt like I was growing up in a musical.  Mama had a song for every mood but usually she sang happy tunes.  She loved big band singers and the female leads in popular film musicals of the 50's and 60's.  I knew very well the music of Doris Day and Debbie Reynolds, when I was 6 or 7 years old.  I planned to grow up to be a combination of the two, Doris and Debbie.  Que Sera, Sera, was a song I knew by heart and I loved to sing along with Mama.  The song by Debbie Reynolds in Tammy and the Bachelor in 1957, Tammy's in Love, had a lot to do with the fact that my oldest daughter is named Tammy.

She would often say, "Listen, this is a song my Little Grandpa would sing to me." The she would sing these lyrics,
                        Hello Central give me heaven
                        For my mama's there
                        You can find her with the angels
                        on the golden stair.

Or this,      
                       K-K-K-Katy, beautiful Katy,
                      You're the only g-g-g-girl that I adore;
                      When the m-m-m-moon shines,over the mountain,
                      I'll be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen door.

Sometimes she would sing words that her mother taught her.  
                     I'm forever blowing bubbles,
                     Pretty bubbles in the air,
                    They fly so high,
                    Nearly reach the sky,
                    Then like my dreams....

I heard tunes made popular by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin.  She threw in an Elvis song every now and then.  Television was new when I was a small child and Mama had listened to the radio a lot and knew the popular songs of the 40's and 50's.  I remember our times sitting in the porch swing or climbing into her lap and always there was song.  I usually fell asleep listening to her sweet voice. 

She would often sing the hymns she had learned in church.  Among her favorites were The Old Rugged Cross, and In The Garden.    At Easter she sang Here Comes Peter Cottontail.  At Thanksgiving she sang Over The River and Through The Woods and We Gather Together.  At Christmas she sang, Jingle Bells and Come All Ye Faithful. There was always a song.

But I think the most memorable of all was to hear her sing, You Are My Sunshine.  She would usually start by saying, "My baby brother Walter, would sing this to me."  

I miss Mama everyday and I miss her singing.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Stephen Roach




Stephen Roach died intestate, without a will.  I am listing for you the probate and estate documents located for Stephen Roach, including guardian reports and settlements concerning the orphans of Stephen Roach.  There is one document in will book 4, nine documents in will book 7 and two documents in will book 8. 

Will book 4, page 430 – Inventory of the estate of Stephen Roach decd, recorded March 1, 1816, list of household furniture and farm tools, crops, live stock and slaves.
Will book 7, page 8, Inventory of sale of Stephen Roach decd, buyers names listed.  Lidia Roach and John McCain, Administrators.
Will book 7, page 29, Widow’s support
Will book 7, page 160, Sale of Negroes.
Will book 7, page 267, Settlement, heirs not named
Will book 7, page 270, Additional inventory.
Will book 7, page 282, Settlement, heirs not named.
Will book 7, page 308, Guardian return, B. Gray guardian of Jesse, Ely, Sally & Aaron Roach, orphans of Stephen Roach.
Will book 7, page 328, Guardian return, John McCain guardian of Aney, Selah, & Jane Roach, orphans of Stephen Roach.
Will book 7, page 388, Guardian return, B. Gray guardian of Jesse, Ely, Sally & Aron Roach, orphans of Stephen Roach.
Will book 8, page 237, Guardian settlement Jesse & Ely Roach
Will book 8, page 258, Guardian settlement Anne, Selah, Jane, Sally & Aron Roach.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Bolles Davidson County TN



Abstract from “Davidson County, Tennessee Naturalizations 1803-1906”, Mary Sue Smith, 1997 - Criminal Court Div. 1, MB W p292 Bolles, Frank – {Naturalized}a native of Oldenburg, Germany; born in the city of Damina on 2 Feb 1848; immigrated to the United States in 1866, landing in New York, being then 18 years of age; has been his intenetion for more than three years to become a citizen;  renounces his allegiance to the Prince of Herseg.  –upon the foregoing petition and the fact that he came to this country prior to being 18 years old…decree he be admitted to citizenship, 12 June 1878.

1880 Census for Tennessee, Davidson County page 225A
Bolles, Frank  age 32
Bolles, Sophia age 22
Bolles, Minnie age 1
Bolles, Sophia age 3


Frank Bolles and Sophia Boehler were married May 25, 1875, bondsman was Fred Hosse and ceremony was performed by Joseph Uphause, M.G.  Davidson County original marriage licenses and bonds – Metro Archives

Junius Ruth and Wilhelmina Bolles were married August 14, 1911.  The ceremony was performed by J. Francis McCloud, rector of St. Andrews Episcopal Church Davidson County original marriage licenses and bonds – Metro Archives
 (1911 Nasvhille city directory – St Andrews listed at  49th Ave SE corner of Michigan Ave.)

Junius Ruth was not listed in the 1911 city directory.  Minnie Bolles was living with her mother Sophia at 1216 3rd Ave. N.  This address was between Madison and Monroe Streets. 

Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1896-1897
page 15,  Annual Commencement of the Fogg High School at Theater Vendome, Wednesday Evening, June 2, 1897.

List of Graduates

Wilhelmine Bolles – Graduated with high scholarship. 


Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1893-1894
page 83,  Grammar Department Graduates.  Fogg School, January. Bolles, Wilhelmina.


Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1901-1902

page 5, List of Teachers, Miss Wilhelmine Bolles.

page 51, Elliott School, Miss Wilhelmine Bolles, Assistant, Fourth-A Grade.

Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1902-1903

page 5, List of Teachers, Miss Wilhelmine Bolles.

page 47, Elliott School, Miss Wilhelmine Bolles, Assistant, First Floor, Fourth-B Grade.

Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1903-1904

page 5, List of Teachers, Miss Wilhelmine Bolles.

page 60, Elliott School, Miss Minnie Bolles, Assistant, Fourth Grade.

Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1904-1905

page 5, List of Teachers, Miss Wilhelmine Bolles.

page 46, Elliott School, Miss Minnie Bolles, Third-A Grade.

Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1905-1906

page 5, List of Teachers, Miss Wilhelmine Bolles.

page 59, Elliott School, Miss Minnie Bolles, Fourth-B Grade.

Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1906-1907

page 5, List of Teachers, Miss Wilhelmine Bolles.

page 51, Elliott School, Miss Minnie Bolles, Fourth-A Grade.

Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1907-1908

page 5, List of Teachers, Miss Wilhelmine Bolles.

page 35, Elliott School, Miss Minnie Bolles, Fourth-B Grade.

Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1908-1909

page 5, List of Teachers, Miss Wilhelmine Bolles.

page 51, Elliott School, Miss Minnie Bolles, Fourth-A Grade, Organist.


Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1909-1910

same as 1908-1909

Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1910-1911

same as 1908-1909

Annual Report of the Public Schools of Nashville, Tennessee 1911-191

page 6, List of Teachers, Miss Wilhelmine Bolles.  Resigned.



The original Ninth Ward School was established in 1865 and was located at the corner of Madison and N Cherry streets.  The building The Ninth Ward School was built in 1873 at the corner of Jefferson and Norht High Streets.  The name of the school was changed  to Elliott School at the beginning of the 1890-91 school-year.  The name change was in honor of George B. Elliott who died in April of 1890.  Mr. Elliott was the Principal of Tarbox School at the time of his death.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Rimble



John Trimble born in Roane Co., TN Feb. 7 1812, son of James and Letitia B. Clark Trimble.  Came to Davidson Co., with his parents in 1813. 

His father James Trimble was born in Rockbridge Co., VA in 1781, attended Washington College near Jonesboro, Washington Co.; studied law in Staunton, Va; moved to Knoxville, TN in 1802.  Married in Roane Co., TN Nov. 10, 1808  to Letitia Clark., children-John, Thomas, Susan, Mary, Elizabeth, Andrew, and Louisa Trimble.  Practiced law in Knoxville until 1813, then moved to Davidson Co., TN where he died Aug. 7, 1824.  Biographical Directory of the Tennessee General Assembly Vol. 1, 1796-1861.

Jan. 1793, Those who shall work on the road under the direction of Thomas Taylor…James Tremble, Thomas Talbot….
Davidson County Tennessee County Court Minutes 1729-1799, Carol Wells

April 1802, Ordered John Trimble to overseer Road from Nichols ferry to Hoopers old place in Stead of Robert Branch late overseer.
David Trimble appointed Constable in Oct. 1803.
John Trimble listed as juror in various lists for different years. 
Davidson County Tennessee County Court Minutes 1799-1803, Carol Wells

John Trimble, Davidson Co., TN from 1793 through about 1809.

Davidson Co., Deed book C. page 59, John Tremble acted as witness to deed, dated July 9, 1792, from Absalom Hooper to David Earhart, land on Whites Creek on the north side of Cumberland River. July term 1792.

Davidson Co., Deed book C. page 273, John Tremble purchased from John Thomas (both of Davidson Co.) 100 acres on north side of Cumberland River on Thomas Tolbet’s (Talbot)  Mill Creek.  May 14, 1794. [Note: Thomas Talbot lived north of downtown Nashville.  His land is today is near the intersection of Dickerson Pike & W Trinity Ln, Nashville, TN 37207.]

Davidson Co., Deed book G, page 453, John Trimble Sr. to George W. Trimble, both of Davidson Co., TN, 100 acres on Thomas Tolbett’s Mill Creek for $1000.  13 April 1809. witnesses James Green and John Ray.

Davidson Co., Deed book G, page 453, George W. Trimble of Williamson Co. TN to Thomas Talbot , 100 acres on Thomas Tolbett’s Mill Creek March 1811 for $1000.  witnesses James Bryson and Mark Justice.








Davidson County Loose Marriage Licenses and Bonds

Last
Name
First
Name
First
Name
Last Name
Date of Issue
Bondsman
Curtis
James
Sally
Herculus
10/21/1802
David Tremble
McCutchen
John
Anne
Modrille
3/5/1806
David Trimble
Green
James
Jane
Trimble
1/8/1806
David Trimble
(W)Ray
John
Jenny
Ray
12/7/1807
John Trimble, Jr.
Ferguson
William
Nancy
Woodruff
6/28/1808
David Tremble

There is a John Tremble on the 1805 tax list for Davidson Co., TN with 3 white taxable males.

At various times between the years 1804 and 1807, notices listing letters remaining at the post office in Nashville for David Trimble, Samuel E. Trimble and John Trimble, George and Ambrose Trumble.  The name is also spelled Tremble a couple of times.
Genealogical Abstrats From Tennessee Newspapers 1791-1808, Sherida K. Eddlemon

July 1811, The Democratic Clarion and Tennessee Gazette, notice of letters remaining at the post office in Nashville…George Tremble
July 1811, The Democratic Clarion and Tennessee Gazette, notice of letters remaining at the post office in Franklin…George Tremble
Genealogical Abstrats From Tennessee Newspapers 1803-1812, Sherida K. Eddlemon

On the 1820 census there is a George Tremble living in the same neighborhood where the land that John and George Trimble owned was located.
George Tremble
300021-01

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Buchanan and Hare, Nashville, TN



Nashville City Directory

1902
Buchanan, Frances Mrs., 1206 Russell, died January 23, 1901 (obviously this should have been Mr. Francis)
Buchanan, Susan, widow Francis, h 1206 Russell

1907
Hare, George, mngr Union Machine & Supply Co., h 1821 Shelby Ave.
Hare, John H. switchman b. 1821 Shelby Ave.

1909
Hare, George, mngr Union Machine & Supply Co., h 1815 Shelby Ave.
Hare, John H. clk Charlotte Ave., nr 32nd b. 1815 Shelby Ave.

(When the address changed from 1821 to 1815, I don't believe they moved, I think the numbering changed.)

1910
Hare, George moved to Memphis Tennessee
Hare, John H. clk 1113 Woodland St, b 1808 Boscobel
(1113 Woodland St., George H. Bean, grocer)

1911
Hare, John H. moved to Memphis

1915
Binkley, Henry C., 1815 Shelby Ave.

Index to Davidson County Deed Books

George Hare purchased a lot on Russell Street on Feb. 23 1899 and sold the lot on April 16, 1903.

George Hare purchased a lot on Shelby Ave. on April 13, 1903 and sold the lot on June 25, 1914 to Henry C. Binkley.