Chestnut Ridge Yearly Dates of Interest

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JANUARY 5, 1933 (Lincoln County News):  Mrs. Jim Armstrong, age 52 years, died at her home several miles west of Petersburg Thursday of influenza, followed by double pneumonia.  She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the Rev. H.J. Burroughs, assisted by Rev. Walter Crawford, conducted the funeral Friday at 1:00 o'clock.  She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Fred Scott, and two sons, Jim and Bryant.  Burial was at Old Orchard Cemetery.  Mrs. Jim Armstrong is S. CANNIE PITTS, no other dates for her.  Her husband was JAMES HARRISON ARMSTRONG b 14 Oct 1873 LCT, d Aft 1951 LCT.  Sons JAMES HARRISON and WILLIAM BRYANT, daughter FANNIE ELIZABETH.  They are not listed in the "Lincoln-Moore Cemetery Book".  The obit appears in the Jan 5 newspaper.

JANUARY 8, 1863: born: MAY ETTA (MARIETTA) PROSSER WHITAKER, born January 8, 1863, died
January 26, 1939.  She was the daughter of MARK A. PROSSER and LOUISA JANE LEFTWICH PROSSER.  May Etta married JOHN JAY WHITAKER (November 15, 1850 - November 27, 1901) on September 1, 1885.  She is buried in
Rose Hill Cemetery, Fayetteville.Source:  Whitaker family Bible.

JANUARY 9, 1892 Gertie B. MORTON d/o Thomas Robert and Alice Eugenia GILBERT MORTON was born in Lincoln Co., TN.  Source: William SORRELLS Bible records

JANUARY 9, 1942 Bobby Joe Prosser was born the son of Henry PROSSER & Maude Ruth WHORLEY.  (source: Bobby Prosser)

JANUARY 10, 1884 Ottie Marion SORRELLS s/o Needham Jefferson and Elnorah HALL SORRELLS was probably born in Lincoln Co., TN. Source: William SORRELLS Bible records

JANUARY 10, 1935 Alfronzo B. SORRELLS s/o was born to Needham and Elnorah SORRELLS (above). Source: William SORRELLS Bible records

JANUARY 15, 1908 Agnes Webb Moton was born in Lincoln Co., TN to parents: Henry Alexander and Laura Jennie Payne MOTON.

JANUARY 16, 1888 Burley Belle Prosser was born in Marshall Co., TN to parents: Wm Duke and Martha Ann Redd Prosser.  She married a Murphy.

JANUARY 17, 1865 Fannie Ester Sorrells was born very likely in Lincoln Co., TN to parents: William Thomas SORRELLS and Martha R. Creason SORRELLS.  Her husband was: John Lee Holly.

JANUARY 18, 1815  Henrietta Lee Smith Pryor was born in Bedford Co., TN to parents: John Hughes and Sarah Lee Smith PRYOR.  Wife of: Goodrum DAVIS

JANUARY 18, 1886 Mary Davidson Norton was born in Lynchburg, TN to parents: Leander Newton and Johnnie Edna Rees Norton. Wife of: Roy N. Hix, Sr.

JANUARY 19, 1835 Joseph Franklin Sorrells was born in Chestnut Ridge, TN to parents: William and Margaret P. Harkins Sorrells.  Husband of: Elizabeth Emily Blair.

JANUARY 19, 1918 Harold "Bungle" Addison REDD was born in Moore Co., TN to parents:Lee Athel and Bessie DeWitt Wagster REDD. 

JANUARY 21, 1886 Golie F. SORRELLS was born in Lincoln Co., TN to parents: William Thomas SORRELLS, Sr. and Martha R. CREASON.  He died 8 days later.

JANUARY 24, 1913 Frances Ester SORRELLS was born in Marshall Co., TN to parents William Thomas "Willie" and Fannie Lee GISBSON SORRELLS.  Frances was the wife of Robert Lewis BROWN.  They both died in Ventura CA.

JANUARY 25, 1815 James Wright was in North Carolina and died 16 Oct 1893 in LCT.  He is buried in the Harkins Cemetery with his wife Rebecca Renfro Wright.  (From dates on head stone and LCT 1850 census)

JANUARY 27, 1857 Henry Reeves Melson was born on the Ridge to parents, William Franklin MELSON and Martha Ann  "Polly" GLIDEWELL.  His wife was Martha Adella EDENS.

JANUARY 28, 2005  Edward Henry Prosser passed away.

JANUARY 29, 1871 John Wilson SCOTT was born in Petersburg to parents James Knox Polk SCOTT and Ruth Arilla CHITWOOD.  He was married first to Mary "Mollie" C. KING then to Ibbie DELK.

JANUARY 31, 1916 Frances Elizabeth SORRELLS was born in Petersburg to Elbert Eugene SORRELLS and Oma Green REDD.  She was married to William Harvey FINLEY.  (Her parents are related to Sherry Finchum on two sides of my family-so the sources are multiple.)

FEBRUARY 25, 1930: Nancy Jane Stephenson (Mrs. G. W. MOORE) died in the Fayetteville Community.  See a newspaper clip of visits from Texas prior to her death:  This article appeared in the Fayetteville, TN newspaper.  It was sent to me by Charlyne Hellekson of OK.  It was in her mothers scrapbook. 
Visitors from Texas
Mr. and Mrs. l. B. Thornton of Stanton (Slaton), Texas, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Davis and children, Ear, Edna, Willia Mae and Car, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Watkins and little son Billy Hugh, of Lamesa, Texas, have paid an extended visit to their aunts. Mrs. G. W. Moore of Petersburg and Mrs. J. W. Foster of Kelso.  They also visited the following cousins in Fayetteville, Mesdames R. E. Noles, Ida Formwalt, and Miss Ellen Orrick.  They were joined at Petersburg by their aunt Mrs. L. E. Young of Memphis, who visited with them at Mrs. Moore's Mesdames Thornton and Davis will be remembered by the elderly people of Petersburg as Misses Cora and Lillie Stephenson who were born and reared three miles east of Petersburg, daughters of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sam T. Stephenson.  Their grandfather was the Hon Jas. A. Stephenson. Mrs. Young was formerly Miss Della Stephenson, daughter of the late Jas A. Stephenson and wife and aunt of Mrs dames Thornton and Davis.

Mrs. Watkins is the eldest daughter of Mrs. Davis by a former marriage to Mr. Guy Rives.
The reunion of these relatives was a source of much joy, due to the fact that they had been absent from the county for near 20 years.  The childhood home lended such a charm that we naturally wander back to these scenes, no matter where we roam.
Mr. Hubert Wright of St. Louis, MO., a cousin of the above parties, is spending his summer vacation with his aunt, Mrs. Foster, at Kelso and enjoyed the happy reunion.  While the relatives of their home county are loathe to part with them they hope for another meeting amid the scenes of childhood, but if not, a grand reunion beyond the "River of Death."

DECEMBER 27, 1907

John E. PROSSER died. He was the son of Wilson Allen PROSSER and Mollie C. LEONARD and is buried in the Head Springs Cemetery in Belfast. He was born March 11, 1877.
Source Marshall County Cemetery Book.

DECEMBER 28, 1808
James G. King was born Pendleton District, South Carolina Son of Epharim King (Jr.? ) and Jane Harkins. James G. King married Nancy Sorrells. Source Dr. Patricia West Research.

DECEMBER 28, 1918
Mary Amelia PROSSER died, she is buried in Prosser Cemetery, Chestnut Ridge Community and was the wife of Sam E. GOWAN.
Source for the death Moore County Cemetery Records.