Query: Eli Brown

Linda Ell is seeking information about Eli Brown b. 1868 in TN living in Loudon, Loudon County, TN, in 1880 Federal Census, m. Effie Candace Alexander. She would like to know Eli’s parents’ names, etc. She can be reached at lellis0909 at gmail dot com.


Bibliography Page

I’ve recently started a bibliography page for Blount County resources. Look for the tab at the top of the screen that says “Bibliography.”  You can access it here.

While the list is currently short, I will remain on the lookout for items to add to it.  If you have any suggestions, let me know!  One of the books on the list is particularly interesting to me, it is the book by Dean Stone, formerly of the newspaper, the Daily Times – Snapshots of Blount County History and the Calderwood Story. It is a visually engaging book with lots of photographs and illustrations and tells stories from Blount County history.  In my quick perusal of it while on a trip to the state archives, I felt I had  quick glimpse into many of the unique aspects of county history.

One of the stories most interesting to me was that of Polly Toole, a former slave of James M. Toole of Blount County that saved records from the burning courthouse after it was set afire in a strategic move by the Confederate army that went awry.  So, Polly saved several minute books, estate books, deed boxes and more and moved them to a hiding place.  The article in the book talks more about the creation of a statue to honor her. You can see the statue here.

Very cool book.

Township Tuesday posts will share news specific to a township of local relevance.

As published in the Maryville-Alcoa Times -January 4, 1960

  • Mrs. Ella Wilson has been feeling much worse since Christmas Day.  Her greatest desire since coming from the hospital last February has been to be able to go back to church, but so far she hasn’t been able to go.  The pastor, the Rev. Jimmie Milsaps, has brought recorded sermons for her to hear.  For the eve of the Christmas program at the church he brought his recorder and took down her testimony for the services.  Mrs. Wilson presented her pastor with a quilt, the cross and the crown for Christmas.
  • Misses Brenda, Sandra, and Sheila Hargis are spending a few days with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Conard Edmonds of Knoxville.
  • Miss Lucille Walker is a patient at Blount Memorial Hospital.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ray Janeway and daughters of Carpenters took supper Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Shields.
  • The Rev. Jimmie Milsaps entered the hospital Saturday and underwent a tonsillectomy Wednesday.
  • Mrs. Rose Miles visited Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Chambers of Mint Sunday afternoon.
  • Spending Christmas Day with Mr. and Mrs. Harold Everett were their parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.N. Everett and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wilson.
  • Miss Linda Marine spent one afternoon with Mrs. Glen Boering of Fairview recently.
  • Mr. Shird Franklin is a patient at Blount Memorial Hospital where he will undergo surgery.
  • Mr. and Mrs.  Thomas L. Ferguson spent Christmas with their daughter, Mrs. Cecil Blevins and Mr. Blevins of Lakemont.
  • Mr. and Mrs. I.D. Jackson of Knoxville spent Tuesday night with their aunt, Mrs. Ella Wilson, and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shields.   The Jacksons are leaving the first of the year for Reno, Nev., where they will spend several weeks with Mr. and Mrs. Melbourne Jackson and family.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Blevins took dinner Sunday with their son, Mr. Cecil Blevins, and Mrs. Blevins of Lakemont.

One of Blount County’s neighbors is Monroe County, TN.  The county coordinator for that site has recently announced a new index of deaths reported in their newspaper, The Athens Post.   The years range from 1855-1868.  

You can access the listing here.  A link has also been added to the Deaths page on the Blount County TNGenWeb site. 

Happy hunting!

Jesse S. Hutton – Sheriff

In the last post, I shared some content I found online at Google Books that was relevant to Blount County.  There is so much there, I could do many blog postings based on what I find there alone.

To that end, let me share another resource, a book by William Hale called A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: the Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. The book was published in 1913 and digitized by Google this past February from the collections of the New York Public Library.

In the book, there are a collection of biographical sketches. It is difficult to ascertain why they are ordered as they are, but there is one of Blount County former Sheriff, Jesse S. Hutton.  At the time the book was published, he’d been in office for three years, having been elected in September of 1910.  Jesse was the son of John S. & Elizabeth (Martin) Hutton, who had three other children in addition to Jesse.   Jesse was born February 15, 1877, and married Sallie E. McCammon with whom he would have two children, John S. & Stella M.

Here is the family in 1880, where Jesse is 3 years old. Seems his middle name was Small?

In 1900, the family has grown to the four children as mentioned in the biography – kids are Jesse, Sallie (born July 1879), John W. (born September 1883) & Thomas M. (born April 1886).

By 1910, Jesse has married Sallie and they have had daughter Stella.  Also living with them was a brother of Sallie’s.  At this point, Jesse’s occupation was manager at a lumber mill.

In 1920, they now have added son John to the family, and still have a relative living with them, this time, it’s an aunt, Mattie McCammon.

From the Blount County Death Records database, I learn that Sallie Hutton died in May of 1928.  So, in 1930, the widower Jesse is living with his sister Sallie (Hutton) Lane.  Mrs. Lane is widowed, their mother Elizabeth is living with her who is also widowed by now, and then there is Jesse, also a widower.

According to the information from the Maryville newspaper obituaries, Jesse died in 1955 in Maryville, at the age of 77. His wife died in May of 1928. His mother Elizabeth died in May of 1935.

From further exploration of the Blount County site, I find a few other details.

  • Jesse’s father had several siblings, one of which was Josiah C. Hutton, at one point the county registrar
  • Another brother of his father’s, George, tragically committed suicide in 1876. An account appeared in the Independent newspaper and is on this page.
  • There is a query from someone from 1997 seeking information about Jesse’s grandfather – William Hutton.

Feature Friday: Google Books

Feature Friday posts will feature relevant information from a chosen online resource. This month, the database is Google Books


Google Books is a great resource for browsing for relevant family information.  As I was doing some exploration for item relevant to Blount County. There are so many great items, that it is hard to choose just one for this post.

One such book is that by Charles Osborn – Journal of That Faithful Servant of Christ, Charles Osborn, Containing an Account of Many of His Travels and Labors in the Work of the Ministry, and His Trials and Exercises in the Service of the Lord, and in the Defense of the Truth, As It Is in Jesus. Cincinnati: Printed by A. Pugh, 1854.

Osborn was a Quaker born in a county dear to me, Guilford County, North Carolina (I was raised here) and as Quakers were, was an abolitionist and the publisher of the first anti-slavery newspaper in the country, The Philanthropist. You can read more about his background at the Online Encyclopedia of Ohio History.

In this text, a publication of his diaries, it is apparent that he travelled quite a bit.  In his journal, he describes events from his ministry travels. Published in 1854, the version that Google digitized was an item in Harvard’s collection. The book is 472 pages long and the entire PDF file can be downloaded for free. As part of his travels, Osborn visited Blount County to attend meetings of the Quakers. Among the many names mentioned in his text, those people that he mentions from his visit to Blount County are:

  • Barachiah Macy
  • Hugh Maxwell
  • Thomas Marshall
  • Zorobabel Patty
  • Daniel Bonine
  • William Williams

It makes for interesting reading.  You can find the full-text here.





William B. Scott

In the last post, I looked at sources for locating historical markers.  Recently, I was at a used bookstore here in town and located a publication from the Tennessee Historical Commission called Journey to our past: a guide to African-American markers in Tennessee. Given I had just written the post about the markers, I had to pick it up.

One marker mentioned in it was that of William Bennett Scott, editor of the black newspaper, The Colored Tennessean.  The Colored Tennessean was published from 1865-1867 and was the 1st black newspaper in Tennessee.  In the guide book, it is explained that Scott published the paper in Nashville and Maryville. In Maryville, the paper would eventually become successively, the Blount County Republican & the Blount County Democrat.

William B. Scott had many accomplishments, including being mayor of Maryville from 1869-1870. A recent story from knoxnews.com describes the unveiling in March of his portrait at Maryville City Hall.

I am still learning about the rich history of the county, and I am glad to have made this connection! I have an interest in black history & genealogy in Nashville, where I reside, and have a blog dedicated to it.  In working on the blog, I’d become familiar with The Colored Tennessean, but did not know of it’s origins until now.

To learn more about the life of William B. Scott and his descendants, look for the book Three Generations: the Story of a Colored Family of East Tennessee by Charles W. Cansler at a library near you.