Macon Co., Tenn., Thaxton items

Thaxton info from Macon County, Tennessee Obituaries and Articles, by Betty C. Meadows Scott, various volumes:

14 Jul 1932, Macon County Times, obituary of William J. Jones, 38.  Survivors include half-sister Mrs. Louise Thaxton, of this place.

19 Nov 1936, Macon County Times, obituary of Ben Jones, 72.  Survivors include half-sister Mrs. Thackston of Lafayette.

27 Aug 1936 Macon County Times.  “As we go to press, we learn of the death of the small child of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Thackson who died at its home here Wednesday night after a brief illness from double pneumonia.

06 Jan 1938 Macon County Times.  “Robert Thackston, aged 75 years, died at his home in Lafayette December 26th.  Survived by his wife, Stella Thackson, three sons, Raymond, Jackie and Ophie James Thackston of Lafayette; two daughters, Miss Bessie Thackston of Nashville and Creola Thackston of Lafayette; one sister, Mrs. Nannie Dickens of Dixon Springs.

Burial was made in the Roark Cemetery.  The deceased was a native of Allen County, Kentucky, and had lived here for eight years.”

09 Nov 1944 Macon County Times.  “Cpl. Louis T. Birdwell, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Birdwell, Rt. 3, RBS, is reported as missing in action in Holland on September 23, according to a telegram received October 24.  His grandparents were:  William Timothy and Betty Hawkins Meador, and Blakely Thaxton and Delphia Belle Keith Birdwell.

He was assigned to the 325th Infantry Service Co., 82nd Airborne Division.  Since landing in North Africa, he has become a veteran of the Sicilian, Italian and French invasions.  Following transfer to Northern Ireland and England, he served in the E.T.C. prior to the invasion of France.

Cpl. Birdwell received his schooling in the elementary and high schools of Macon County and at the University of Tennessee.

Note:  Macon County Times of 05 Apr 1945, “Prisoner is Freed,” reports that, “Louis T. Birdwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Birdwell of the Salt Lake section of the county, who became a German prisoner of war many months ago, has been released by the advancing Russian armies, according to a message from the War Department to Mr. and Mrs. Birdwell.”

18 Jul 1946 Macon County Times.  Item regarding 92nd birthday dinner for Mrs. Mary Ellen York at her home at Hermitage Springs Sunday July 14th.  One daughter is Mrs. G. B. Thackston.


From Early Coffin Maker:  F. W. Throp and Throp & Oakley Funeral Home Records, 1852-1972, trans. by Betty C. Meadows Scott, researched by Lorraine E. Bronner & Betty C. Meadows Scott, 2005:

Mrs. Nannie Dickens, 15 Jul 1945.  [Mrs. Nannie Dickens (15 September 1869 – 15 Jul 1945)  Nannie was 75 years old.  She was the daughter of Thad Thaxton and Unknown Mother’s name.  Nannie drowned in Cumberland River in Wilson County, TN near Averitt’s Ferry.  She was buried at the Dixon Springs Cemetery in Smith County, TN.]

Mrs. Pearl Dickens, 08 March 1968.  [Marshall Dickens (1895, B/P Jackson County, TN-1968)  He was the son of Sidney Dickens and Nannie Thaxton.  He was married to Pearl Stockton.  He was buried at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens in Lebanon, TN.  Researched by Lorraine Bronner.]

Pearl Dickens.  16 March 1970.  [Pearl Dickens (B/P Jackson Co. TN    – 16 March 1970)  She was the daughter of Dave Stockton and Lucy Garrett.  Pear was the widow of Marshall Dickens (08 September 1895 – march 1968).  she was buried at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens in Lebanon, TN.  Hartsville Vidette, 19 March 1970, page 1.  Researched by Lorraine Bronner.]


Original marriage record, 15 Dec 1887, Smith County, Tenn., S. S. Dickens to Nannie Thackston (looks like Mamie on record, but says Nannie on the license), by W. F. Wyatt, J.P.


From C. C. Alexander & Sons Funeral Home Records, by Jim and Lorraine Bronner, 2006:

(Ledger Book)  05 Sep 1920 – Mrs. Thaxton (pauper; at county home)


From Macon Roots, A Record of the Families of Macon County, Tennessee in 1850, by the Macon County Historical & Genealogical Society, Lafayette, Tenn., 2008 (compilation of research of families in 1850 census):

Household 395, James M. Whitley, 01 Jan 1818 – 15 Feb 1884, and wife Alsey M. Ross (24 apr 1821 – 26 Aug 1896) contains son:

Whitley, James A. Haywood “Jimmy”, b. 27 mar 1853 – d. 16 Dec 1942.  Md.  1st Slate, Amanda Catherine; md. 2nd Thaxton, Mary E. – b. 28 Jun 1866 – d. 10 Jan 1923.  Above three buried in Whitley Cemetery, Macon County, TN.

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