Thaxton / Thackston tidbits, Smith Co., Tennessee

From Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 18:4 (Fall 2006):

“The Diaries of Elenora Kelly Wilson,” 1896:  11/24:  “A lovely day.  Kelly has been real sick all day.  Dr. Sampson came to see him this evening.  Mr. Wilson was at Rock City this evening and heard that Mr. Blake Thaxton fell from the window of the lodge room on Snow Creek last Saturday night and killed himself.”

“The Oaths of Allegiance” (entries by unknown Federal officer of oaths administered to the populace by occupying forces stationed in Carthage, beginning 06 Oct 1863 and continuing through November-December of 1863):  “25 Alexander Thaxton of Smith Co always loyal or so regarded”  [Note: most entries do not have this wording about loyalty]

In Vol. XI:4, says 126 Alexander Thaxton cit [citizen]  Bond $5000.  Sureties Wm Massey & Jos C Gressom all of Smith Co. Ten.  However, Alexander’s name and the first security are crossed through – this may be because Alexander was already listed, or because he was recognized as always loyal?

117 Wm W Massey cit Bond $5000.  Sureties Alex Thaxton & Joseph C Gressom all of Smith Co.  Massey’s name and those of the securities are drawn through.

118 Ambrose Petty Putnam Co Soldier Bond $3000 Sureties Jos C Grissom & Alex Thaxton all of Smith Co

119 Joseph C Grissom cit Bond $5000, sureties Ambrose Petty & Alex Thaxton all of Smith Co.

120 Grissom was also surety for Wm C Wade, with William Ray.

121 William Ray’s sureties were Wm C Wade and Grissom.

122 Riley B McDonald Sol Bond $3000 sureties Wm Robinson & Jackson C Apple all of Putnam Co

Jackson C Apple was also surety for John J Dillard, Baizell Young

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From Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. XIX:1 (Winter 2007):

Minutes, Smith County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Book 1808-1811, p. 61:  Judgment awarded against following lands reported and advertised by sheriff:  December Term, 1807, for unpaid taxes . . . list includes Nathaniel Thaxton, 640 acres, $435.

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From Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. XV:4 (Fall 2003):  Merchandise Licenses, 1867-1887:

Ford, Thackston & Boze, merchandize, 1 Sep 1877

B. F. Thackston & J. S. Franklin, merchandize, 17 Apr 1880

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From Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. XV:2 (Spring 2003):  Honorable Benton McMillan, article in Smith County Record, 02 Nov 1888.  At the time, McMillan was a member of Congress, and was on a visit home to Carthage.  The article is titled, “Benton McMillin / His Reception last Monday a Complete Ovation / Twelve Hundred and Seventy People in Line to Welcome their Honorable Congressman.  The Grandest Day Ever Witnessed Here.  Men, Women, and Children Turn Out.”  The article waxes eloquent about the great Mr. McMillin, and then states:

“At a few minutes to 1 o’clock Mr. McMillin appeared and on taking the stand, Geo. W. Thaxton, from the audience shouted, ‘Ten thousand cheers for the grandest man Tennessee ever produced.’  This was caught up by a thousand voices and one vociferous shout of applause continued for several minutes.  Mr. McMillin very modestly bowed his acknowledgment of the compliment.”

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From Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. XIII:2 (Spring 2001):  Minutes, Smith County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions Book 2, 1799-1803:  p. 60, 17 Mar 1802.  Stock mark recorded for Zadock B. Thackston.  p. 62, 14 [sic] Mar 1802.  Venire facias for ensuing county court:  list of jurors includes Zaddock B. Thackston.

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From Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. XIII:3 (Summer 2001):  Smith County Births, 1881-1883:  Mar 23, 1882  E. W. Thackston, F.  Father G. W. Thackston, Mother Fannie Thackston.

Continued in next issue, Vol. XIV:1:

Jul 31, 1882, William Lee Thackston, MW, father M. B. Thackston, mother R. Thackston

May 22, 1882, Ellis Winston Thackston, MW, father Wm Thackston, mother Jane Thackston

(Nov 1, 1882, George Thackston Campbell, MW, father Isaac Campbell, mother Lolamonty Campbell)

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From Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol IX:4 (Fall 1997) appears to be a Cardwell Bible, includes:

Family Record:  Mary Virginia Thackston, place of birth Elmwood, Tenn, date of birth Oct 1, 1899, date of marriage Oct 1, 1924; Sallie [may be Willie or Millie] Mabel Thackston, Defeated Creek, Tenn, b. April 30, 1902, md March 21, 1926; Joseph Lee Thackston, Defeated Creek, Tenn, b. Sept 28, 1904, md Sept 28, 1927; Henry Blake Thackston, Defeated Creek, Tenn, Sept 25, 19[unreadable], md Sept 19, 192[may say 8 or 9]; Guy Carleton Thackston, Lebanon, Tenn, b. Sept 17, 1907, md Aug 21, 1934.

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Smith County, Tenn. Wills & Adm., transcribed and typed by Laura Willis, Simmons Historical Publications, Melber,Ky, 1997:  Volume 3 (Feb 1815 – August 1816):  Will Bk C, p. 196:  May 1816 Inventory of the estate of Daniel Burford includes Doubtful Notes on James Venters, $2.00, Ben Thackston $20.00.  Other notes are on Thomas Winston, Philip Burford, deceased, William Needham, John Needham, Daniel Burnet.  Adm’r Benjamin Turner.

Smith county Tennessee Will Bks 5, 0, and 1 (1805-07, 1812-14, 1814-16), by Barbara Crumpton, 2006:  Bk 1, p. 196, Daniel H. Burford, same list of notes, including Ben Thackston, but only identifies the Burnett notes as doubtful.  Berryman Turner, adm’r.

Same, Will Bk 2, Guardian Accounts 1823-1833:  no Thackstons/Thaxtons.

Same, Will Bk 4 (1816-1820).  Note:  Although the numbering is not sequential, the books appear to be, except that there is no book covering 1807-1812.  pp. 158-159:  11 Nov 1817 sale of Daniel H. Burford.  Buyers include B. Thackston, A. Alaways, Thomas Banks, Elizabeth Bradley, George Bradley, Henry Brooks, Daniel Burnett, Jesse Clark, Josiah Collins, Thomas Crutcher, H. Krous, Richard Legan, John Mann, James H. McCabe, Jesse Mitchel, Mathew Mooningham, Charles Mogran, John Page, John Paschal, James Payne, Joel Simmons, Berryman Turner, James Ventrees, Thomas Waters, William Williams, Wilson Yandle.

Will Bk 5, 1820-1823:  None.  However, I am interested in this William Williams (compare to our William Williams who md. Alcey Thaxton in Tennessee)

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Smith County, Tennessee Wills 1803 – 1896, compiled by F. C. Key, Sue W. Maggart, Jane C. Turner, Carthage, Tenn. 1985, p. 140:

George W. Thackston.  12 Mar 1895, Vernon, Texas.  Geo. W. Thackston died 18 Mar 1895 at Vernon, Wilbarger Co., Texas.  Wife Fannie B. Thackston.  Wit:  R. C. Johnson, E. O. Thackston.  Ex: wife Fannie B. Thackston.  Probate Oct 1895, Wilbarger Co., Texas.  Recorded Dec 1895, Smith Co., Tenn. p. 465 (Will Bk 8).

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Smith County, Tennessee Chancery Court Records, 1824-1871, comp. by Thomas E. Partlow, Southern Historical Press: 2001.  (Note:  These appear to be the minute books.)

Chancery Minutes 1860- pp. 60-61.  B. R. Thackston versus James M. Shepherd.  The minor defendants have been served.  They are John, Martha, and Mary Thackston.  John A. Fite is appointed guardian.  10 Feb 1860.

Chancery Minutes 1867-, p. 238.  B. B. Thaxton versus Thaxton Shepherd Et Al.  21 Dec 1868.

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Smith County, Tennessee Deeds, comp. by Thomas E. Partlow, Vol. 1, Deed Books B-M, 1800-1835, and Vol. 2, 1835-1852:

Book K:432 – Michael Shoemake to Blake B. Thackston a tract of land.  22 Aug 1831

Book L:494 – James Thackston to Blake B. Thackston some personal property.  10 Apr 1834.

Book M:400 – Lee Sullivan to Blake B. Thackston a tract of land.  14 Nov 1831.

Book N: 93-94 – Zadock B. Thackston to William Young a gray mare.  02 Jan 1833.

Book N:330 – J. B. Carditt to Blake B. Thackston a tract of land on the Cumberland River.

Book N:338-339 – Mary Fitts to Blake B. Thaxton a tract of land.  22 Sep 1835.

Book N:410-411 – George Betty of Floid County, Indiana, Polly Thaxton, Permelia Polly Betty of Smith County appoint Barnard Richardson as their attorney.  01 Apr 1836.  Note:  on pp. 409-410, George W. Betty and Mary J. Betty [of Smith Co.] to John Moss a tract of land on the Caney Fork.  13 May 1836.

Book O:198 – William Crosslin to James Thaxton a tract of land on the Cumberland River.  19 Aug 1836.

Book R:94 – James Thackston to James M. Shepherd a tract of land on the Cumberland River.  28 Nov 1843.

Book R:98 – Ann Sullivan to Blake B. Thackston 36 acres.  16 Sep 1843.

Book R:316 – Blake B. Thackston to William Shoemake 23 acres.  10 Dec 1844.

Book U:295 – Loderick Vaden to Blake B. Thackston 12 acres.  24 Oct 1851.

Book X:308-309 – Paul Thaxton and Mary Thaxton of Allen County, Kentucky to Herbert Sadler their interest in 143 1/2 acres.  Said Mary was formerly Mary Sadler.

Book CC:552-553 – John B. Thackston appoints W. W. Bush his power of attorney.  Said Thackston is a resident of Allen County, Kentucky.  09 Dec 1868.

Book DD:117-118 – Milton Roberts to R. B. Thackston.  04 Sep 1871.

Book 1:97-98 – Blake Thackston to John B. Thackston of Allen County, Ky quit claim dead.  Mentions Martha G. Thackston of Allen County, Ky.  08 Dec 1868.

Book 1:553 – Blake B. Thaxton to G. Lynch a tract of land in the 11th District.  28 Apr 1871.

Book 1:611 – A. J. Sullivan and Nora Sullivan his wife to B. B. Thackston, Jr. 50 acres on the Caney Fork River.  08 Nov 1871.

Book 2:1 – B. J. Vaden to Benjamin F. Thackston 36 acres in the 16th District.  16 Oct 1872.

Book 2:208-209 – B. B. Thackston and wife Sallie Thackston to B. B. Thackston, Jr. a tract of land on the Cumberland River.  22 apr 1872.

Book 2:213-214 – B. F. Thackston and wife S. M. Thackston to B. J. Vaden 36 acres in the 16th District.  22 Apr 1874.

Book 2:514 – Jesse A. Ford and George W. Thackston to Benjamin F. Thackston and William C. Boze lot number four in the lands of Joshua Davis deceased sold by decree.  18 Oct 1875.

Book 4:36-37 – J. L. Dillard to B. F. Thackston a tract of land at Chestnut Mound.  07 Sep 187[?], probably 1877 or 1878.

Book 4:109 -B. F. Thackston to A. H. King a tract of land at Chestnut Mound.  15 Oct 1877.

Book 4:157-158 – Alexander G. Draper and wife Jennie to George W. Thackston a tract of land on Hubbard’s Ferry Road.  10 Sep 1879.

Book 4:270 -Blake R. ThaxtontoBlake B. Thaxton, Jr. ten acres in the 11th District.  12 Mar 1880.

Book 5:272-273 – L. A. Thackson and husband R. A. Thackson to William Derickson their interest in a tract of land in the 20th District.  22 Dec 1882.

Book 5:424 – G. W. Lynch and wife Eliza Ann to Blake B. Thackston a tract of land in the 11th District.  10 May 1883.

Book 5:562 – B. W. Nichols to G. W. Thaxton my interest in the land owned by Jesse Nichol deceased on Snow Creek.  21 Feb 1884.

Book 4:244 – B. F. Thackston to Ford, Thackston, & Boze his one fourth interest in a tract of land at Chestnut Mound.  16 Jul 1879.

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One response to “Thaxton / Thackston tidbits, Smith Co., Tennessee

  1. Pam Wright

    I just signed up to receive posts by email so I wouldn’t miss one – and the first thing I receive appears to be tailored just for my research. Your blog is so helpful for me – thanks for the “tidbits” from Smith County!

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