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 Any phone numbers, addresses, and contact information are not accurate and more than likely out of date.

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25 December 1991- MERRY CHRISTMAS~ HAPPY NEW YEAR

By: John L. Kiener, General Sessions Judge, Washington County      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the members of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society.      Everyone has their own memories of Christmas. In Feelings of Jonesborough, Becky Poteat Sims expresses...

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18 December 1991- TENNESSEE COUNTY RECORDS- PART I

By: John L. Kiener, General Sessions Judge, Washington County (This article is compiled from the original information)      Have you ever had a problem finding a document in another Tennessee county? To whom do you write for information?      Linda M. Williams, Knox...

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11 December 1991- JONESBOROUGH’S CONE SISTERS

By: Carolyn D. Moore      The Jonesborough stroller this summer certainly slows in the shade of the Maple tree in front of the low, flat roofed Shipley Furniture Store and watches the colors reappear on the Chester Inn across the street. Who remembers and hears the...

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4 December 1991- CEMETERY LAWS AND LISTINGS

By: John L. Kiener, General Session Judge, Washington County      The by-laws of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society provide: “Cemetery update: Responsible for updating Washington County, Tennessee Tombstone Inscriptions and the books for nearby counties and for...

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6 November 1991- THE LOYDS

By The Jonesborough Genealogical Society      Joseph Grant Crosswhite, b. Oct. 2, 1862, Johnson Co., TN; d. July 19, 1903, Washington County, TN and buried in the Union Cemetery near Jonesboro, county seat and oldest town in the state. He was the son of John Melvin...

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23 October 1991- OLD JONESBORO IN THE 1850s- PART XII

By The Jonesborough Genealogical Society      John Melvin Crosswhite, Sr., called John, b. Feb. 18, 1797, d. 1847; married Betsy Stone. Their children:  1) Abraham Crosswhite, M.D.  2) George Crosswhite, M.D.  3) Jesse Crosswhite, “Dunkard” preacher, b. 1820; d. 1891;...

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16 October 1991- OLD JONESBORO IN THE 1850s- PART XI

By John L. Kiener,  Washington County Sessions Judge         James Brown, saddler, two-story frame. Three sons; Thomas, Charles and William. Now owned by P.K. White.      John A. Wilds, merchant; two-story frame. I think three sons; David, Henry, and William; three...

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9 October 1991- OLD JONESBORO IN THE 1850s- PART X

By John L. Kiener,  Washington County Sessions Judge         This is Part IV of “Old Jonesboro” in the 1850s. The material has been taken from Reminiscences of an Old Timer, by Captain Ross Smith, a privately printed book dated in 1930 and not copyrighted. In a...

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2 October 1991- OLD JONESBORO IN THE 1850s- PART IX

By John L. Kiener,  Washington County Sessions Judge         “County schoolhouse; a small one-story log in which O’Donnell taught school, to whom daughter and many boys of the best families of the town went. Now removed.      Jennie May; one-story frame. A corpulent,...

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18 September 1991- OLD JONESBORO IN THE 1850s- PART VII

By John L. Kiener,  Washington County Sessions Judge         Now east again:      J.W. Atkinson, silversmith. Two-story frame.      Poindexter Bros., merchants, two-story brick, sold general merchandise.      Jeremiah Smith, laborer. One-story frame just back of...

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11 September 1991- OLD JONESBORO IN THE 1850s- PART VI

By John L. Kiener,  Washington County Sessions Judge         The “City Directory” of Old Jonesboro in the 1850s contained in Reminiscences of an Old Timer is filled with information of use to genealogists. Because the book was not copyrighted and was privately printed...

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4 September 1991- OLD JONESBORO IN THE 1850s- PART V

By John L. Kiener,  Washington County Sessions Judge   Cone & Adler, Merchants; a two-story brick in which they old goods. Site now of the City Barber Shop.      Zachariah Bureen, Minister. A two-story brick. Two children, I think John, a lawyer, daughter, Sarah....

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28 August 1991- OLD JONESBORO IN THE 1850s- PART IV

(ABSTRACTED FROM THE BOOK BY WILLIAM W. STEPP) By The Jonesborough Genealogical Society      On 23 Sept. 1862, William Stepp enlisted as a Private in Company I, First Regiment of Tennessee Cavalry. His address was given as Conklin, Tennessee. He served until June of...

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21 August 1991- OLD JONESBORO IN THE 1850s- PART III

(ABSTRACTED FROM THE BOOK BY WILLIAM W. STEPP) By The Jonesborough Genealogical Society      William Stapp, the proven ancestor of those Stapps who came to Upper East Tennessee, is though to be the son of James (born 1684) who was the son of Abraham (1646/50-1714),...

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14 August 1991- OLD JONESBORO IN THE 1850s- PART II

By: John L. Kiener, General Session Judge, Washington County      The by-laws of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society provide: “Cemetery update: Responsible for updating Washington County, Tennessee Tombstone Inscriptions and the books for nearby counties and for...

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