Archive | February, 2013

Black Doctors in Lauderdale County, TN

22 Feb

While doing my usual research on the area I came across what is described as a list of “Negro Physicians of the County”. This list is included in the book titled “Lauderdale County in its Earliest Times” by Kate Johnson Peters published in 1957. The Black doctors of the area are listed as follows,

 

Williams

Dickey

Morgan

Clay

Coleman

Walker

I guess Kate was too busy to find out their first names? If you have been a reader of my blog for awhile then you know that the doctor named Clay in the book is actually S.R. Clay who was born a slave and was a graduate of Meharry Medical College in Nashville. I did a quick search and discovered the following about our Black doctors.

Dickey is the last name of John A. Dickey who is 1930 was married to Alhome (sp?) Dickey and who had a daughter named Gussie Dickey. They made their home on Church Street.

I hope to do more research to find out who the additional doctors were.

 

– Tiffany

Source:  “Lauderdale County in its Earliest Times” by Kate Johnson Peters

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Genealogy Look Ups

22 Feb

I’ve been brainstorming ways that I could further my research on the Black community in the West Tennessee area. I’ve decided that with the amount of time I spend there that I should begin doing genealogy look ups. If you have information that you need assistance with that can only be found by actually visiting the West TN area, please let me know and I will be happy to assist. Please leave your details in the comments section.

I hope everyone has been enjoying their Black History Month so far.

– Tiffany

Wallace Nixon – USCT

10 Feb

While out in Canaan Cemetery in Lauderdale County, TN looking for the graves of my family I came across the grave of Wallace Nixon. What attracted me to his grave is that he had a military marker. I decided to look Mr. Nixon up to see what I could find. I discovered the following about Wallace Nixon,

He was born in Montgomery, TN about 1840. He was about 20 years of age when he enlisted at Ft. Pickering, TN in September 1864 for three years. He was discharged in June 1865 due to disability which was listed as rupture of the groin. He served in Company D of the 3rd US Colored Heavy Artillery. He joined the army as a recruit. I also discovered that he went to military court and was charged with what appears to say “torn clothes off of guard” to which he plead guilty. His sentence was that he had to forfeit $1.00 of his monthly pay. After he was discharged he returned to Lauderdale County. According to the 1870 US Census he was a farm laborer with a personal estate worth 300 dollars. Wallace died November 8, 1930 and was buried at Canaan Cemetery in Henning, TN.

I was hoping that Wallace’s records would contain the name of his previous slave owner, but it did not. I did however, discover that there was a RWW Nixon who lived in Montgomery, TN who was a slave owner. There was also a John Nixon is Lauderdale County who owned slaves. Maybe there is a connection that can be made between the two owners that will give us more information about Wallace’s life.

Wallace Nixon's Grave

Wallace Nixon’s Grave

 

– Tiffany

– Source: Photograph – my own. Military Records – Fold3. com Census Records – Ancestry. com