Heritage Day to be held in Fentress County April 30th

For twenty-six years in a row, the Fentress County Historical Society has held a History Week and Roundup event with excellent attendance and participation from local historians, genealogists and visitors from Carolina to California. This year’s one-day event now being billed as Heritage Day Roundup will be at the York Elementary School on April 30, 2016 beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The theme chosen for this year is “Fentress County Arts and Artists: Past and Present,” and will feature inside displays that exhibit the history of some of Fentress County’s most notable artists of all kinds, pictures of their particular art forms, plus spell-binding stories told by local storytellers and live musical performers. In addition, numerous outside exhibits and demonstrations of historical and current art forms will be set up around the grassy area. These “show and tell” artists and craftsmen will take you back to an earlier time, when such skills were used for both life sustenance and pleasure, and some will have their artistic results for sale.

Genealogy lovers will be able to browse and purchase some of the many books that have been published by local Fentress County residents including those printed or re-published by the Fentress County Historical Society. Bruce York will be on site with his over 350,000-name database of individuals who have lived in, or passed through Fentress County. If you have a “brick wall” that you haven’t been able to break through, come and ask Bruce for help. He might be able to take you back another generation or more in your family tree. We are inviting local artists to participate by setting up a tent or shelter and whatever is required to exhibit and demonstrate their art forms. The categories of art forms and artistic expression are numerous, and all are welcome. Here are a few examples:

  • Storytelling
  • Basketry
  • Blacksmithing
  • Weaving
  • Woodcarving
  • Chair Making
  • Horseshoeing
  • Appalachian, Folk Ballad, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel Music
  • Soap-making
  • Quilting
  • Painting (oils/pastels/watercolors/pencil)
  • Face-painting
  • Pottery
  • Churning
  • Literature/Poetry (authors present)
  • Photography
  • Calligraphy
  • Printmaking
  • Puppetry
  • Ceramics
  • Jewelry Making
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Lace Making
  • Embroidery
  • Doll Making
  • Designing & Making Greeting Cards
  • Traditional & Unique Musical Instrument Crafters  (dulcimer/fiddle, canjo’s etc.; both creating and playing)
  • Welding
  • Knife-making
  • Games (Marbles/Jacks/Jump Rope, etc.)
  • Toy Making
  • Grave-dowsing
  • Gravestone carving
  • Gravestone cleaning

Between the hours of 10 and 2 pm, there will be a variety of storytellers and musical performances to entertain and help you reminisce about the simple pleasures and challenges of life as it was lived “back then”. Plate lunches and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information about how to participate in Heritage Day Roundup 2016 please call Debbie Delk 931-704-9299 or Willie Beaty 931-879-7622 or email wbeaty@twlakes.net .

Bill Landry of WBIR TV’s Heartland Series to be hosted by the Fentress County Historical Society

Bill Landry, narrator, host and co-producer of WBIR TV’s Heartland Series will present “A Celebration of a People andDisplaying 1936273_122469229056_2733137_n.jpgBill Landry of WBIR TV's "The Heartland Series" a Land”, Tuesday, March 8, 4:30pm and 6:00 pm, in the large courtroom of the Fentress County Courthouse.

A presentation of the Fentress County Historical Society’s Visiting Author Series, Bill will also sell and autograph his books, including Appalachian Tales and Heartland Adventures, Tellin’ It For the Truth and Buddy, Dog of the Smokies.

Bill has received two Emmy Awards for directing Heartland Series episodes and the prestigious Education in Appalachia Award from Carson-Newman College.

For over thirty years, he has written, produced and performed in his one-man play, Einstein the Man, which has been presented over 1,000 times in thirty-eight states and Canada.

He is deeply rooted in the Appalachian Region and serves on the Princess Theatre Board in Harriman and the Sequoyah Birthplace Board in Vonore. He also serves on the Tennessee Historical Commission, having been appointed by Governor Bill Haslam.

A graduate of Trinity University, the Dallas Theatre Center, with a Master of Fine Arts degree and a BA in literature from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he has also received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Lincoln Memorial University and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

The Fentress County Historical Society invites everyone to be at the Fentress County Courthouse, March 8, at 4:30pm or 6:00pm, to meet Bill Landry, hear his presentation and get autographed copies of his books. Refreshments will be served between presentations. Reservations and/or tickets are not required. Just come on out and enjoy this rare event!

Interested in learning more about the Fentress County Historical Society?  Visit our website at www.fentresscountyhistoricalsociety.org and our Facebook Page. We would also like to have you visit the Fentress County Historical Society Museum at Allardt, open Saturdays 10am to 1pm (limited winter hours through March).

William Crouch Heirs to Crabtree & Williams

William Crouch Heirs to Crabtree & Williams

 

Fentress County Courthouse

Warranty Book L, page 547

 

“This Deed of Conveyance made by S V Bowden Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Fentress County Tenn to H. W. Williams a Citizen of Said County and State Witnesseth that whereas on the 8th day of April 1869 Jane Upchurch filed her Bill of Complain in the Chancery Court at Jamestown Tennessee against Elizabeth Crouch Martin Crouch Mark Gennings Anna Gennings James Kidd Martha Kidd Elias H. Crouch, George W. Crouch Admn. Of William Crouch decd. Alfred Jones Mary Jones James K. Redmon Margaret Redman Stokely Crabtree and Elizabeth Crabtree all residents of this State and Alexander Rich Elizabeth Rich Anna Cypress, Sarah Cypress, James Evans Nancy Evans David F. Crouch John R Morgan Elvira M. Morgan Timothy Buck Sarah Buck non residents of the State Alleging in Said Bill that William Crouch died intestate in 1868 leaving the above named parties complaints and defendants his only heirs. That said William Crouch at the time of his Death was the owner of Certain Real Estate in Fentress County and praying in said Bill for a sale of the same for Distribution of proceeds, and whereas all proper process issued as to the residents defendants and publications made as to non residents and whereas on the 7th August 1869 Martin Crouch and Elizabeth Crouch filed their Joint and Separate answer in Said Cause admitting the death of William Crouch as Charged in the Bill and That the heirs were correctly set forth and that he the said William Crouch died seized and possessed of Considerable real estate and the said Elizabeth, as the widow of the Said William Crouch asked that Dower be assigned her out of said realty and the said Martin Crouch agreed in said answer to a sale of said land and asked that his interest in the proceeds thereof be decreed to him, and whereas the following proceedings were had and Entered of record in said Cause to wit: At the October Special Term 1869 of said Court it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that all the residents defendants had been regularly served with process more than five days before the previous Term of said Court and that the non residents were regularly in Court by publication and that they had all failed to make defense Except Martin Crouch and Elizabeth Crouch Judgement for Confessed was rendered against all the other defendants and the Cause set for hearing exparte as to them   Their said Cause came in to be reheard before the Hon. H. C. Hamsted holding the Chancery Court at Jamestown Term upon Bill Answer of Elizabeth Crouch and Martin Crouch and Judgement of Confessed against all the other defendants when if appeared to the satisfaction of the Chancellor that William Crouch deceased died seized and possessed of the land mentioned in the pleadings and that Complaints and defendants were entitled to inherit the same as heirs and nearest surviving kin of the said William Crouch deceased Except Elizabeth Crouch who was the widow of deceased and Entitled to dower therein and the Court decreed accordingly and ordered the Clerk and Master to sell said land on a Credit of Six and twelve months Except the sum of Three hundred Dollars Cash in hand subject to the widows right of dower fixing the minimum price at Eight hundred dollars  At the December Tern 1870 the Clerk and Master B O Bowden made his report of sale from which it appeared to the court that after giving the legal notice the Master on the 11th day of December 1869 sold in obedience to said decree of Court the following lands to wit:...”

CIVIL WAR BOOK AUTHOR TO BE IN JAMESTOWN JULY 16

Aaron Astor cover

Fentress County Historical Society has announced that they will host the author of a recently released book on the Civil War featuring Fentress County and the Cumberland Plateau. The event will take place in the large court room in the Fentress County Courthouse on Thursday, July 16 between the hours of 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. Dr. Aaron Astor, Associate professor of history at Maryville College, will make two separate presentations of his newest book The Civil War along Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and will repeat the same presentation at 6:00 p.m. for those who cannot make the 4:30 time. The 1-1/2 hour program will begin with a reception and refreshments provided by members of the historical society, followed by a powerpoint presentation, a time for questions and answers, and will conclude with an autograph party for those who purchase a copy of the book. “The Fentress County Historical Society is pleased to have Dr. Astor in our county to present and make available copies of his newest book on the Civil War, which recognizes and features the significant role of Fentress County and the surrounding Cumberland Plateau region during this devastating and divisive five-year conflict in our nation’s history,” stated Willie Beaty, a member of the Society. Although no major battles were fought in Fentress County, some of the worst ravages occurred here and along our neighboring Cumberland Plateau counties. Dr. Astor made a visit to Fentress County in early 2014, visiting civil war sites, interviewing others, and has spent considerable time in researching this part of our history,” Beaty concluded. Aaron Astor, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. He has written numerous articles, conference papers and book chapters on the Civil War era, focusing especially on the Upper and Border South. He is the author of the book, Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri, 1860-1872, published in 2012 by LSU Press for its Conflicting Worlds: New Perspectives on the Civil War series. The History Press released his most recent book, The Civil War Along Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, in May 2015. He has also written eleven articles for the award winning New York Times Disunion series, addressing such topics as guerrilla warfare, battles and campaigns in the Western Theater, popular politics, emancipation and race, and regional identity in the Appalachian South. Dr. Astor teaches at Maryville College, a private liberal arts college in Tennessee, where he covers a wide range of topics in American history from the Revolution to the present. He contributes to several Civil War preservation and public education organizations in Tennessee, and regularly speaks about the Civil War and regional identity in the Upper South. He is currently the President of the East Tennessee Civil War Alliance. He serves on the membership committee of the Southern Historical Association and the Society of Civil War Historians. He is currently working a book project that explores the 1860 Presidential election as a grassroots phenomenon from the perspective of four distinct American communities. Dr. Astor graduated from Hamilton College in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. Astor then entered Northwestern University where he earned his Master’s Degree in 2001 and Ph.D. in History in 2006. He has taught at Maryville College since 2007.

 

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Exhibitors, Musicians & Storytellers Part of Heritage Day Roundup This Saturday!

The 25th Annual Heritage Day Roundup has “lengthened their stakes and strengthened their cords” for the 2015 event taking place between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm Saturday, May 2nd at York Elementary School.

This year, the Historical Society will also be selling plate lunches with choice of chicken quarters or pulled pork barbeque with baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and drink for $6.00. Exhibitors will be set up on the outside of York Elementary on the East parking area. All other activities will take place inside the cafeteria. Exhibitors will range from blacksmithing to sketch artist Ricky Wright and others, to crocheting, embroidery, to woodworking, chair bottoming demonstrations, how to make a canjo,  and white oak basket making. All exhibitors will have items they have made for sale.  Musicians will include Leonard Anderson, Casey Crabtree and the Fentress County Blue Grass Boys, Denise Reagan, and members of Heartstrings. Storytellers include Linda Konig, Peggy Sawyer, Jim Buck, Patsy Littrell and Kathy Williams.

A variety of displays and exhibits inside will broaden the theme of “Old Fashion Crafts, Music and Art Forms, and unusual ways of “making do” with what could be made by hand around the home and on the farm in the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

HERITAGE DAY ROUNDUP, MAY 2, 2015

May 2, 2015

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

York Elementary School

218 School Avenue

Jamestown, Tennessee 38556

 Program Schedule

9:00 am - Register, enter name for door prizes, browse, displays & Demonstrations

9:30 am -   WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

9:40 am - MUSIC: Leonard Anderson Sings

9:55 am - STORY: Jim Buck “The unanswered Question”

10:15 am - MUSIC: Casey Crabtree & The Fentress County Blue Grass

                     Boys

10:30 am - STORY: Peggy Sawyer – “The Kate Bradford Stockton

                     Story”

10:50 am - FIRST FAMILIES PRESENTATIONS & Door Prize Drawing

11:00 am - BREAK FOR LUNCH

11:45 am - MUSIC: Denise Reagan – Songs from her New CD

                   “Euferzine”

12:00 pm - Scholarship Winner – Amy Wood

12:05 pm - STORY: Peggy Sawyer – “The Kate Bradford Stockton

                    Story”

12:25 pm - MUSIC: Janice Rich & Friends with members of

                     Heartstrings

12:40 pm - 2nd Door Prize Drawings

12:45 pm - STORY: Linda Konig – “The Story of Miss Lizzie”

1:00 pm - MUSIC: Casey Crabtree & the Fentress County Blue

                     Grass Boys

1:15 pm - STORY: Kathy Williams – “Joe Kelly Kills a Bear”

1:25 pm - 3rd Door Prize Drawings

1:30 pm - STORY: Patsy Littrell “The First Baptist Quilt Story”

1:45 pm - ANNOUNCEMENTS (extra food)

2:00 pm - ENJOY THE DISPLAYS (inside & outside) BUY SOME

                   BOOKS OR CRAFTS FROM THE VENDORS & TALK WITH

                     FRIENDS

 

THANK YOU!

(For coming to Heritage Day Roundup 2015)

Some Facts about the Fentress County Historical Society

  • Organized May 22,1968 with 12 Charter Members
  • First President, Ruble Upchurch
  • Two Charter Members still active: Wanda Hatfield & Christene Barton
  • Present Membership: Over 100
  • WEB SITE: fentresscountyhistoricalsociety.org
  • facebook.com/fentresscountysociety (Social)
  • Obtained 501c3 Status from IRS in 2011. Donations to FCHS are Federal Tax Deductible
  • Operate a Museum in Allardt since 2012
  • Eleven Monthly Meetings Currently 2nd Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Jamestown
  • Christmas Open House at the Museum (Time TBD)
  • New Members are Always Wanted & Welcome!

FENTRESS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

P.O. Box 1431

Jamestown, TN 38556

Celebrating our 25th Year of Roundup!

Heritage Day Roundup to Include New Features

Have you ever made or bottomed a chair?

Or woven a basket?

Or made homemade soap?

A Canjo? or a mountain dulcimer?

If you are under 25 years of age, you may have never even seen these crafts and skills demonstrated.

The Fentress County Historical Society’s 25th Annual Roundup on May 2 at York Elementary School will offer all attendees the opportunity to view a wide variety of crafts, music and art forms, hand skills and practical ways of providing the things that were needed in the home and on the farm or business in our grandparents and great-grandparents day. Vendors and demonstrators will set up outside the cafeteria, along with food vendors, to make this a great day to remember for everyone. Some outside vendors will be offering their arts and crafts for sale. Everything takes place between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Inside the cafeteria, you will see display boards similar to years past that carry out this year’s theme on flat panel boards on a variety of subjects. Some historical society books will be on display and for sale. Bruce York will be there with his laptop and Bruce York’s Fentress County Tennessee database with over 350,00 names of individuals who have passed through or lived in Fentress, Overton and Pickett counties in the past 200 years.

Between the hours of 10 and 1 pm, you will hear exciting storytellers bring the past to life with live music scheduled at intervals between the storytelling. Storytellers will include Peggy Sawyer, Linda Konig, Jim Buck, Patsy Littrell and Kathy Williams. Musicians will feature Leonard Anderson, Gary Anderson’s band Hot Biscuits, and others still being enlisted. A schedule will be available with the times when storytellers and musical performers will be on stage.

Attendees will be able to purchase a plate lunch from Historical Society members with their choice of pulled pork barbecue, chicken quarters or delicious homemade soup.. Members of the historical society will be offering their homemade desserts and drinks free with a meal

We encourage everyone, including youth and children to attend this signature event and to watch and learn how their grandparents “made-do” and how some became noted artisans and craftsmen in their generation.

Civil War Observance Planned April 25, 2015

The Fentress County Historical Society with local county and city government officials are planning a ceremony coinciding with the Five Year Observance of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Civil War from 1861-1865. A ceremony recognizing the significant contributions of Fentress County men who served in the Civil War and the impact of the war on families, business and government life is planned for Saturday April 25 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in front of the courthouse. Re-enactors from the Myers-Zollicoffer Camp of The Sons of Confederate Veterans in Overton County and the Sgt William A Hamby Camp in Cumberland County along with the Honor Guard of American Legion Post 137 and YAI ROTC members will lead a Walking Parade from the parking lot of the Union Bank to the East Lawn of the Courthouse. Anyone with an ancestor who served in the Civil War is encouraged to participate in the parade, as are those who had family members to serve in WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam or the more recent Irag and Afghanistan Wars. Active members of the military are also invited to walk with us in recognition and honor of veterans of all wars including the Cold War. All persons marching in the parade should gather at Union Bank by 9:30 a.m.

Following the Walking Parade to the Courthouse, a short ceremony will include remarks by the County Executive, City Mayor, State Senator Ken Yager and Representatives Kelly Keisling and John Mark Windle if they are able to be present. Richard Gooding will be singing Civil War-era songs and Storytellers will relate brief sketches from the experiences of a Union Soldier and a Confederate Soldier who served from Fentress County. We invite everyone who can to come out and be a part of this important “closure” event to the Sesquicentennial Anniversary Observance of the Civil War that is coming to a close.

Fentress County Sesquicentennial of Civil War Schedule

SATURDAY, APRIL 25 - 9:45 A.M. TO 11:00 A.M.

 

  • 9:45 a.m. - Walking Parade from Union Bank to Court House - VSO Jeff Tinch coordinator
  • 10:00 a.m. - Salute & Pledge to the Flag of the United States by Veterans Service Officer Jeff Tinch & National Anthem by Glenda Jennings
  • 10:05 a.m. - Welcome and Remarks by County Executive Michael Cross
  • 10:10 a.m. - Welcome and Remarks by City Mayor Ryan Smith
  • 10:15 a.m. - Music - A Civil War Medley by Richard Gooding
  • 10:20 a.m. - Recognitions of Participating Military Groups, Visiting Legislative Representatives & Other Special Guests by Willie Beaty of Fentress County Historical Society
  • 10:25 a.m. - Remarks by Senator Ken Yager
  • 10:30 a.m. - Remarks by Rep. Kelly Keisling
  • 10:35 a.m. - Remarks by Rep. John Mark Windle
  • 10:40 a.m. - Recognition of all Veterans & Active Military present by Veterans Service Officer
  • 10:45 a.m. - "Balaam Sampson Stephens, A Union Soldier" by Thomas Potter.
  • 10:50 a.m. - "Oliver Hughes, Confederate Medal of Honor Winner" by Paul Crouch
  • 10:55 a.m. - Three-round Salute Volleys by Military Re-enactors (1) Confederate Re-enactors, (2) Union Re-enactors, (3) American Legion Honor Guard in Honor of all Veterans
  • 11:00 a.m. - Closing Prayer by Rev. David Acres

Fentress County Historical Society To Commemorate End Of Civil War

The Fentress County Historical Society will remember the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War with a variety of programs and events on Saturday, April 25.

Plans are already underway for a walking parade of veterans and veteran families, re-enactments, a brief ceremony on the court house lawn, a cemetery tour and other events. 

"The Historical Society will partner with county and city officials, veterans organizations, elected officials, local government and other groups to plan activities that honor ALL VETERANS, living and dead," according to Willie Beaty, who is serving as the event organizer through the historical society.  The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. (place to be announced) and ceremonies will be on the East Courthouse lawn.

Further details will be shared as plans develop.

Civil War Veteran Burial Location Project Launched

The Fentress County Historical Society has entered into a joint project with the East Tennessee Historical Society and thirty four other East Tennessee Counties to identify and survey the burial location and condition of the gravestone for any Civil War Veteran who is buried in the thirty five counties of East Tennessee. The project was launched by the East Tennessee Historical Society as a part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial observance, 2012-2015.

The goal of the Fentress County Historical Society will be to identify and survey the burial information on those Civil War soldiers – Union and Confederate - who lived in and served from Fentress County, whether buried in Fentress County or elsewhere; those who are buried in Fentress County, regardless of where they were from; and any Civil War Veteran recognized under the ETHS “Civil War Families of Tennessee” program. Any Civil War Soldier serving from or buried in Fentress County as it was defined in 1861 is eligible for inclusion, which would include much of the present Pickett County.

In summary, criteria for inclusion will include:  Union or Confederate Served from and buried in Fentress County Served from Fentress County but buried elsewhere (whether died naturally, of disease, hospital, prison or battle)nAny Civil War Veteran from any state buried in Fentress County When complete, the combined lists of all 35 East Tennessee Counties will become an online database for individual research and remembrance.  The Historical Society is asking for the public’s help in this project, and has prepared an information sheet and forms on which to report burial sites and a survey of any gravestone markers found.

These may be picked up at the local library in Jamestown, at the FCHS Museum in Allardt, or at the Fentress Courier office. For more information, please call Willie Beaty at 879-7622, Kathy Williams at 879-9248, or Sarah Copley at 879-4325. 

2014 Fentress County History Roundup

Held April 26 at York Elementary

The Fentress County Historical Society held their 23rd annual History Week Roundup on April 26, 2014. The theme for this year was General Stores and Merchants and their impact on our County. There were many excellent displays.

Outgoing President Sarah Copley presented copies of the Fentress County Veterans book to Ed Smith and Bruce York in appreciation of the outstanding work contributed by their wives, the late Myra Smith and Jan York.