Tennessee Room Endowment – Jonathan Smith Memorial

Based on a suggestion from one of our library patrons who is a dedicated genealogist, we are establishing a fund in memory of Jonathan Smith, which will be used to purchase a digital microfilm reader/scanner for the Tennessee Room.   A memorial plate will be attached to the reader/scanner when it is purchased.   It is our hope that the use of this machine will help perpetuate the memory of his dedicated work in reading and abstracting records from an unmeasurable number of microfilm rolls.

To contribute to this effort:

Please write a check to:

Tennessee Room Endowment – Jonathan Smith Memorial

and send to:

ATTN: Tennessee Room

Jackson/Madison County Library

433 E. Lafayette St.

Jackson, TN   38301

We Mourn the Death of Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith

On Friday, November 14, 2014, we lost a fellow genealogical researcher, historian, author, and educator: Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith.   There is no way to calculate the number of people he has helped, both personally and through the publishing of his genealogical and historical abstracts, vignettes, anecdotes, and narratives.  The Tennessee Room has over 100 of his works.  He is particularly well-known in the genealogy community for his abstracting of original public and private records and for his transcribing of cemetery gravestone inscription.  The integrity of his research and the scholarship of his writing was always uncompromising.  He was a public servant in the true sense of the word, for he produced and shared his work, not only without monetary gain, but almost always great personal expense.   Although we miss his physical presence among us, we can be joyful about the gift of knowledge he left with us.  Thank you, Jonathan, for all you gave us.

New Book Donated by the D.A.R.

A copy of Lloyd Bockstruck’s book, 

Revolutionary War Pensions, Awarded by State Governments 1775-1874,

the General and Federal Governments Prior to 1814,

and by Private Acts of Congress to 1905,

was presented by the Jackson-Madison Chapter of the

National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution

to the Tennessee Room on November 10,2014.

D.A.R member, Debbie Bosten presents the book to Jack Wood, Tennessee Room Librarian

D.A.R member, Debbie Bosten presents the book to Jack Wood, Tennessee Room Librarian

 

L-R: Beverly Dutcher, Kathy Williams, Debbie Boston, and Debbie Torstrick working hard on D.A.R papers in the Tennessee Room.

L-R: Beverly Dutcher, Kathy Williams, Debbie Boston, and Debbie Torstrick working hard on D.A.R papers in the Tennessee Room, November 10, 2014.

DAR in TN Room - 10 Nov 2014

New Book Donated

Book - Anna Cooke001

This book is an interesting collection of articles

written by Dr. Anna L. Cooke,

author of a history of Lane College,

a copy of which can be viewed in the Tennessee Room.

It was donated October 7, 2014 by her daughter,

Elsie Cooke-Holmes of Plano, Texas.

New Book!

Jackson, Tennessee born Rock-A-Billy musician and

recording studio owner/engineer, Billy Weir

has recently donated a copy of his new book,

Rock-A-Billy. Here We Go Again! 

This is a continuation of his first book,

Rock-A-Billy. A Slice of Rock ‘N Roll History and More

Book - Weir001

New Books

The Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society

has recently purchased two books

for the Tennessee Room Collection

as memorials for two individuals

who will be greatly missed.

In memory of Nathan Kendrick,

we are adding:

Book - W TN Apprentices001

In memory of Robert D. Taylor,

we are adding:

Book - TN Col Confed Pen003

“Both Nathan and Robert were dedicated

genealogical researchers, who enjoyed

exploring subjects off the beaten path. 

Each of thesebooks does just that,

whether they are orphan children who were

indentured to a master to provide service

and hopefully learn a trade,

or African-American slaves

who received pensions for service

rendered to the Confederacy.”

Jack D. Wood, Tennessee Room Librarian

We Mourn the loss of former Tennessee Room Assistant, Robert D. Taylor

Last week, we were saddened to learn that Robert D. Taylor had passed away July 8, 2014, at his residence in San Bernadino, California.  From 1994 to 2009, he was the Assistant Tennessee Room Librarian.

Robert Taylor assisting a patron in the Tennessee Room in 1999.

Robert Taylor assisting a patron in the Tennessee Room in 1999.

Sharing his wonderful voice at the Library's staff Christmas party in 1994.

Sharing his wonderful voice at the Library’s staff Christmas party in 1994.

 

The library staff and patrons who knew him, even briefly, will never forget his research help or his wonderful singing voice. Although there is sadness at knowing he is no longer with us physically, the spirit of Robert’s enthusiasm for family history and helping researchers will forever live in the Tennessee Room. I know that I will always be thankful our paths crossed.

Jack D. Wood
Tennessee Room Librarian
Jackson/Madison County Library
July 10, 2014
From a 2008 Jackson Sun clipping.

From a 2008 Jackson Sun clipping.

 

 

 

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