Banner Photograph
Davis Dairy, Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee on Wildwood.
Taken by Judith Richards Shubert, September 28, 2005, Copyright

Saturday, February 21, 2009

SHUBERT Cemetery Plot in Lenoir City, Tennessee

This is a photo of my husband, Bob, looking at the graves of his parents and grandparents. This beautiful cemetery is the Lenoir City Cemetery which is about three fourths of a mile from the center of town just off of the Knoxville Highway. The cemetery is in three sections, having been added to as the space was filled.

Photo taken September 25, 2005 by Judith Richards Shubert (c)
After the Shubert Gathering held in Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee, a get-together of the children and descendants of Henry Estel Shubert and Martha Ann Conner.



Lenoir City Cemetery
Lenoir City, Loudon County, Tennessee

Cemeteries on USGS Maps

Friday, February 20, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award for Tennessee Memories

Harriet over at Genealogy Fun has been so kind to honor me with the Kreativ Award for my blog, Tennessee Memories. This latest effort of mine has proven to be one of my favorites and I'm so glad that others are enjoying it. Thanks so much, Harriet.

Even though Greta from Greta's Genealogy Bog nominated my Genealogy Traces
and I chose seven bloggers to receive the award from me, I now have the opportunity to choose another seven. That's good, because it was difficult to choose from so many great blogs.

I'd like to nominate the following blogger for this award:
Elizabeth at Little Bytes of Life
Meili-Lo at She Writes, You Write
A. Spence at Spence-Lowry Family History
Janice at Mississippi Memories
William at The Central Florida Graveyard Rabbit
Greta at The Graveyard Rabbit Afield
Robin at Where I Come From

Instructions are as follows:
1. Copy the award to your site.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate other bloggers.
4. Link to those sites on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.

Thanks again, Harriet!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dairy Farm in Maryville at the Foot of the Smokies


Mary Sue Delozier Davis
"Granny Sue"
November 17, 1902 - March 5, 1994
Maryville, Tennessee

The beautiful scene depicted in my blog banner is the dairy barn on the Davis homeplace in Maryville, Tennessee, at the foot of the Smoky Mountains. I took this picture in September of 2005 while visiting my husband's aunt, Suzanne Davis Kerr, and her husband, Ernie.

It is the same farm that I talked about in the post about Bob's grandfather, Spence Davis and his Oliver 66 tractor. Bob helped a lot on the dairy during his childhood and worked many hours in that dairy barn! His grandmother, Granny Sue, is shown in a picture above in the field with some of those cows. And the picture below is his grandfather, Spence, with a friend (unidentified) and some more of those cows ready to milk.


William Spence Davis
March 24, 1895 - December 17, 1976
Maryville, Tennessee

Monday, February 2, 2009

My Brock Ancestors - James R. Brock, John Henry Brock, and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock

My Great-Grandparents
James Newton Gailey - May 24, 1869 - April 30, 1930
and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock - July 25, 1871 - July 21, 1943

My grandfather was born into the Brock and Gailey families in the small north Texas community of Brock in Parker County. His father James Newton Gailey came to Texas with his brothers from his home in Hall County, Georgia. Some folks in the area simply called him “Jim”. Jim and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock met in Parker County and got married in Millsap by J.S. Huckabee in 1897, according to a Family Bible entry written in my grandfather’s handwriting.


Jim and Eleanor had three children, my grandfather, James Dolphus Gailey, born November 8, 1898, Grace Amanda Gailey, born March 1, 1900, and Nellie Mae Gailey, born December 5, 1903, all born in Parker County.



Captain James R. Brock


“Captain James R. Brock and his family were living in Rusk County near Henderson (Texas) in 1853, when they purchased 400 acres of land in Van Zandt County, Texas, near Canton. They had moved from Gordon County, Georgia, to Rusk County. He was a skilled carpenter, cabinetmaker and farmer. He was also captain of the Georgia Militia in Habersham and Gordon Counties for many years. One of these districts was known as Captain Brock’s District. He was born August 9, 1807 to Thomas and Jane Brock who settled in Georgia before 1820. James R. married Elizabeth Bryan, November 11, 1824, in Georgia. Both were born in North Carolina.”


My ancestor, John Henry Brock, was the youngest of three sons born to James R. and Elizabeth. Their other children were Thomas Jasper, Newton Vanburen and Margaret Jane. When Elizabeth died in late October of 1860 the family was devastated. Because he was so heartbroken James R. decided to volunteer with his sons as soon as the Civil War was declared in 1861. They were among the very first to enlist in the Confederate Army.


Even though James R. was fifty-four years old he joined with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, Company E, 6th Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Thomas Jasper was in Company I, 11th Regiment, Texas Infantry, Newton Vanburen was in Company E, 6th Texas Cavalry; and John Henry, who was still a student, joined Company E, 6th Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Margaret Jane, the youngest child at age twelve, was left behind to live with the J. G. W. Bivins family until her father and brothers came home from the war. Newton Vanburen, John Henry and their father, James R. all returned home to join Margaret after the war; however, Thomas Jasper was killed during his long journey home, traveling by foot.


John Henry was born in Red Bud, Gordon County, Georgia, on December 13, 1843. Before joining the Confederates he took advantage of a good education and was eighteen when he volunteered. He fought with Nathan B. Forrest in Tennessee and it was in Sping Hill that he was captured and taken to a prisoner of war camp in the north where he remained until the end of the war. He was captured “in clothing described as shoes so worn he was almost barefoot and clothing that was almost indecent.”


After the men returned they took Margaret and went back to Rusk County near Henderson. “It was here that John Henry Brock met and married Polly Sanders Elam on October 21, 1866. Polly was the daughter of Joel Elam and Sarah Eleanor Stamps, landowners adjoining the Sparkmans and Risingers and near the G. D. Buckners.” John Henry and Polly bought 160 acres of land adjoining her father’s property, where they lived “until around 1870 when they followed his father, brother, and sister to Parker County.” There was one son, Joel Walter Brock, born to them while in Rusk County, June 18, 1869.


Brannon Crossing on the Brazos River is the place John Henry and Polly settled in Parker County. He and his brother, N. V. (Newton Vanburen) bought 400 acres of land in the Hiner Community. N. V. later sold his share to his brother and moved to Ellis County.


John Henry later moved to Olive Branch and bought several lots. A skilled carpenter and cabinetmaker, he built most of the town. He built the first cotton-gin, two two-story mercantile stores, the Baptist Church, the school, and most of the houses. A post office was established in 1890, and the town’s name was then changed to Brock, in his honor. His wife, Polly, was postmaster from 1892 until her death in 1924.


My Great-Great-Grandmother

Polly Sanders Elam Brock

December 25, 1843 - August 25, 1924

Postmaster Brock, Texas 1892 - 1924


Children born to Polly and John Henry were Joel Walter, who married Sally Barnett; Eleanor Elizabeth, who married Jim Gailey; Lucy, who died in her late teens; James Thomas, who married Emma (?); Margaret “Maggie Maude,” who never married; Alice, who married J. W. White; and Henry Newton, who married Ollie Bell Bish. They also reared three of the Gunn children – Dom, Ponnie, and May – children of Polly’s sister, Ann America and her husband, J. M. Gunn.


John Henry Brock died of a heart attack on September 18, 1911, and is buried in the Brock Cemetery, which he laid off at the request of Mr. Maddux. Polly died August 25, 1924, and is buried beside her husband.









Hall and Habersham Counties were adjacent to one another in this 1822 Georgia map. The two counties were formed in the year 1818. Both my Gailey and Brock ancestors lived in these counties before moving to Texas.












The Brocks moved to Rusk County near the state line of Texas and later to Van Zandt which is further west, and finally to Parker County, still farther west. The map to the right shows the counties formed in 1860.

Sources:

  • Palo Pinto County History 1978 "A Word of Mouth History Book", Brock, Buckner, Elam Families by Juanita Brock McEntire
  • Family Bible belonging to James Dolphus Gailey and genealogy reports prepared by Raymond R. Stone, son-in-law, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas
  • Original photos in album belonging to Judith Richards Shubert.

GeorgiaInfo

TXGenWeb


My Brock Ancestors - James R. Brock, John Henry Brock, and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock

My Great-Grandparents
James Newton Gailey - May 24, 1869 - April 30, 1930
and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock - July 25, 1871 - July 21, 1943

My grandfather was born into the Brock and Gailey families in the small north Texas community of Brock in Parker County. His father James Newton Gailey came to Texas with his brothers from his home in Hall County, Georgia. Some folks in the area simply called him “Jim”. Jim and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock met in Parker County and got married in Millsap by J.S. Huckabee in 1897, according to a Family Bible entry written in my grandfather’s handwriting.


Jim and Eleanor had three children, my grandfather, James Dolphus Gailey, born November 8, 1898, Grace Amanda Gailey, born March 1, 1900, and Nellie Mae Gailey, born December 5, 1903, all born in Parker County.



Captain James R. Brock


“Captain James R. Brock and his family were living in Rusk County near Henderson (Texas) in 1853, when they purchased 400 acres of land in Van Zandt County, Texas, near Canton. They had moved from Gordon County, Georgia, to Rusk County. He was a skilled carpenter, cabinetmaker and farmer. He was also captain of the Georgia Militia in Habersham and Gordon Counties for many years. One of these districts was known as Captain Brock’s District. He was born August 9, 1807 to Thomas and Jane Brock who settled in Georgia before 1820. James R. married Elizabeth Bryan, November 11, 1824, in Georgia. Both were born in North Carolina.”


My ancestor, John Henry Brock, was the youngest of three sons born to James R. and Elizabeth. Their other children were Thomas Jasper, Newton Vanburen and Margaret Jane. When Elizabeth died in late October of 1860 the family was devastated. Because he was so heartbroken James R. decided to volunteer with his sons as soon as the Civil War was declared in 1861. They were among the very first to enlist in the Confederate Army.


Even though James R. was fifty-four years old he joined with the rank of 1st Lieutenant, Company E, 6th Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Thomas Jasper was in Company I, 11th Regiment, Texas Infantry, Newton Vanburen was in Company E, 6th Texas Cavalry; and John Henry, who was still a student, joined Company E, 6th Regiment, Texas Cavalry. Margaret Jane, the youngest child at age twelve, was left behind to live with the J. G. W. Bivins family until her father and brothers came home from the war. Newton Vanburen, John Henry and their father, James R. all returned home to join Margaret after the war; however, Thomas Jasper was killed during his long journey home, traveling by foot.


John Henry was born in Red Bud, Gordon County, Georgia, on December 13, 1843. Before joining the Confederates he took advantage of a good education and was eighteen when he volunteered. He fought with Nathan B. Forrest in Tennessee and it was in Sping Hill that he was captured and taken to a prisoner of war camp in the north where he remained until the end of the war. He was captured “in clothing described as shoes so worn he was almost barefoot and clothing that was almost indecent.”


After the men returned they took Margaret and went back to Rusk County near Henderson. “It was here that John Henry Brock met and married Polly Sanders Elam on October 21, 1866. Polly was the daughter of Joel Elam and Sarah Eleanor Stamps, landowners adjoining the Sparkmans and Risingers and near the G. D. Buckners.” John Henry and Polly bought 160 acres of land adjoining her father’s property, where they lived “until around 1870 when they followed his father, brother, and sister to Parker County.” There was one son, Joel Walter Brock, born to them while in Rusk County, June 18, 1869.


Brannon Crossing on the Brazos River is the place John Henry and Polly settled in Parker County. He and his brother, N. V. (Newton Vanburen) bought 400 acres of land in the Hiner Community. N. V. later sold his share to his brother and moved to Ellis County.


John Henry later moved to Olive Branch and bought several lots. A skilled carpenter and cabinetmaker, he built most of the town. He built the first cotton-gin, two two-story mercantile stores, the Baptist Church, the school, and most of the houses. A post office was established in 1890, and the town’s name was then changed to Brock, in his honor. His wife, Polly, was postmaster from 1892 until her death in 1924.


My Great-Great-Grandmother

Polly Sanders Elam Brock

December 25, 1843 - August 25, 1924

Postmaster Brock, Texas 1892 - 1924


Children born to Polly and John Henry were Joel Walter, who married Sally Barnett; Eleanor Elizabeth, who married Jim Gailey; Lucy, who died in her late teens; James Thomas, who married Emma (?); Margaret “Maggie Maude,” who never married; Alice, who married J. W. White; and Henry Newton, who married Ollie Bell Bish. They also reared three of the Gunn children – Dom, Ponnie, and May – children of Polly’s sister, Ann America and her husband, J. M. Gunn.


John Henry Brock died of a heart attack on September 18, 1911, and is buried in the Brock Cemetery, which he laid off at the request of Mr. Maddux. Polly died August 25, 1924, and is buried beside her husband.









Hall and Habersham Counties were adjacent to one another in this 1822 Georgia map. The two counties were formed in the year 1818. Both my Gailey and Brock ancestors lived in these counties before moving to Texas.












The Brocks moved to Rusk County near the state line of Texas and later to Van Zandt which is further west, and finally to Parker County, still farther west. The map to the right shows the counties formed in 1860.

Sources:

  • Palo Pinto County History 1978 "A Word of Mouth History Book", Brock, Buckner, Elam Families by Juanita Brock McEntire
  • Family Bible belonging to James Dolphus Gailey and genealogy reports prepared by Raymond R. Stone, son-in-law, Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas
  • Original photos in album belonging to Judith Richards Shubert.

GeorgiaInfo

TXGenWeb


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