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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
In memory of Robert D. Taylor,
we are adding:
“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
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.
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