Digging For Your Roots

“Digging for Your Roots” is published every Tuesday in the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune.

The “Digging For Your Roots” has been published in the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune since August 22, 1990, under two editors.

Elaine Scott Cantrell, August 22, 1990- October 28, 1992

Judge John L. Kiener, November 4, 1992- Present

Several different writers have wrote articles over the years and different columns have been added and taken away, but one thing remains we are still “Digging for Your Roots”!!!

“Digging for Your Roots” is property of the Editors and the Jonesborough Genealogical Society. Material below has been added by permission of the editors and the Jonesborough Genealogical Society. Please do not republish without the permission of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society, editors, and the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune.

***NOTICE: The Jonesborough Genealogical Society places a disclaimer on the following Digging For Your Roots articles. Any phone numbers, addresses, and contact information are not accurate and more than likely out of date.

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A SPECIAL THANKS FROM ONE COMRADE TO ANOTHER

By: Chad Fred Bailey As we all know for the past 6 months, Judge John Kiener has focused on a diary written by Tom Cole, a World War II hero. Tom Cole would like to express his gratitude to Kiener for taking his perspective of actual events in his diary and taking it...

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DR. JOBE SAVES HIS ‘HIDES’: PART XXX

By: Dr. Abraham Jobe   (Editor’s Note:  This is Article XXX in a series of  memoirs from the manuscript “Autobiography or Memoirs of Dr. Abraham Jobe of Elizabethton, Tennessee: By Himself.”  The series is continued from the 26th  day of October 2010. The document...

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November 2012- HISTORICAL BANQUET AND ARCHIVE CERTIFICATION

By: John L. Kiener                                        WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL BANQUET      “I am pleased to  announce the Washington County Historical Association’s  Annual Banquet was a success with 91 in attendance,” President  Chad Fred Bailey announced...

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14 May 2013- THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT JOHNSON

By: John L. Kiener         (Editor’s Note: Articles from the “Autobiography of Dr. Abraham of Elizabethton, Tennessee” have been included in a number of issues.  Justin White, a student in Dr. Tom Lee’s Historical Methods Class at East Tennessee State University,...

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23 April 2013- AN UPDATE ON THE KNOB CREEK DISTRICT

By: Judge John L. Kiener    The period of  significance listed in the Knob Creek Historic District designation is 1750-1799  and 1925 to 1949.  The description  of the “diamond-shaped”  area stated  that it included nearly 137 acres with Indian Ridge on the northwest,...

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16 April 2013- HOW SPRING STREET WAS NAMED

By: Judge John L. Kiener      (Editor’s Note:  Following is how the Mill Spring became the name-sake of Spring Street in  Jonesborough according to the following poem about the Mill and Brook Spring  given by Sarah Kate Whitaker to  George Campbell with a  written...

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9 April 2013- LAMAR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT DAY

By: Judge John L. Kiener The Lamar History Club  hosted Community Involvement Day on Saturday, March 16th at LamarSchool in Washington County.  A meeting of the Washington County Historical Association was held at the  school with 27 people in attendance.      In...

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2 April 2013- THE WATAUGAH PURCHASE

By: Judge John L. Kiener I have a rare book  that is an invaluable finding aid to researching “The Wataugah Purchase.” The  book is titled “The Wataugah Purchase At Sycamore Shoals March 19,  1775 – AN INDEX.” The  Index preceded by a historical “FOREWORD” was...

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26 March 2013- DR. JOBE, PART XXXVII, COPPER SPECULATION

By: Judge John L. Kiener (Editor’s Note:  Continued from the 11th day of September  2012.  This is Part XXXVII of the “Autobiography or Memoirs of Dr. Abraham Jobe of Elizabethton, Tennessee:  Written by Himself.”  In this  chapter of his 300 page autobiography, Dr....

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12 March 2013- WORLD WAR II REMEMBERED: AN AFTERWORD

By: Judge John L. Kiener (Editor’s Note: Continued from the 9th day of October 2012. Tom Cole left the USS Melvin [D D 680] on Friday, April 20, 1945. His diary continued until Saturday, May 12, 1945. During the crew of the Melvin’s reunion in San Luis Obispo,...

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26 February 2013- BASHOR MILL, PART II

By: Judge John L. Kiener (Editor’s Note: On  July 30,  1980, Dr. Donald F. Tarr  of Mountain City was notified that Bashor Mill in Johnson City, Washington  County, had been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the  Heritage Conservation and...

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22 January 2013- WATERFORD AND BLARNEY CASTLE

By: Judge John L. Kiener There is never a stone that whoever kisses, Oh! He never misses to grow eloquent ’tis he may… become a member of parliament. – Francis Sylvester Mahony You should not go to Ireland and fail to kiss the Blarney Stone. Our trip to the Emerald...

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15 January 1992- TENNESSEE COUNTY RECORDS- PART III

By: John L. Kiener, General Sessions Judge, Washington County (This article is compiled from the original information) This is Part III of the information prepare by Linda M. Williams entitled: “State of Tennessee, Individual County Records Information County records...

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1 January 1992- TENNESSEE COUNTY RECORDS- PART II

By: John L. Kiener, General Sessions Judge, Washington County (This article is compiled from the original information) This is Part II of the information prepared by Linda M. Williams entitled: State of Tennessee, Individual County Records Information Sources.     ...

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