Wayne County, IL Obits update

Since I have somewhat caught up on the Obit Index, I have started to go back and scan the obituaries and attach them so that they can be viewed. I have uploaded the December 2007 images. I am also going to work on a way to view the obituaries by year and month. Will probably be a week or so before I can get that accomplished.

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More Updates

I have added over 16,000 new records to our web site. I have added the Marriage Index for Wayne County 1793-1900. The searching and viewing of the data is much easier than it is on the Sec. Of States Web Site.

I also added the Wayne County Death Index 1916-1950. Again, the searching and viewing is much better than the SoS Web Site.

Where I am heading with this is providing everyone an easier way to search all records at the same time. I want to be able to type in Puckett in to the search box and have it show me all the Marriages, Deaths, Cemetery Entries, Obituaries, etc. all at the same time. One of the things that I hate about alot of the genealogy web site search engines, is that when you do a search, it doesn’t show you the results. It shows you a link and about 128 lines of text that may or may not help me decide if that what I want to go look for.

Well, that is where i am heading anyways. At the moment, we have well over 20,000 records in our database. Hopefully in the coming year, we will be able to double that number.

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Wayne County Press Obits

I have added nearly 1,100 new obituaries to the index. We now have nearly 4,000 names in the index! All of 2007 is in the index (up through today).

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Woodrow Wilson Baird

This is a little over a month old but wanted to get it out on the blog. Woodrow was the son of Ridley Baird (1876-1957) and Mattie Pearl Clemmons (1882-1949). Mattie’s father was Elam Alexander Clemmons (1843-1917), her grandfather was James Clemmons (1794), and her great grandfather was Samuel Thompson Clemmons (1751-1837). The obituary was from the The Post in Wilson County, Tennessee

Woodrow Baird, 88
LHS grad, member of Rocky Valley Baptst Church
MT. JULIET – Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, November 15 at Bond Memorial Chapel for Mr. Baird, 88, of Mt. Juliet.

The son of the late Ridley and Pearl Clemmons Baird, he died died November 12, 2007.

Mr. Baird was a member of Rocky Valley Baptist Church and a proud graduate of Lebanon High School.

Visitation will be 12-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet.

Services will be conducted by Chuck Groover and Joe Coleman officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: daughters Austelle (Don) Smartt and Myra (John) Simms; grandchildren Kerry (Chad) Swallows, Lisa Simms, Jack Simms and Joshua Smartt.

Also surviving is: great-granddaughter Ellie Swallows; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Myra and Verner Bates; sisters-in-law Mamie Baird and Clara Baird as well as devoted caregiver Dorothy Carter.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Baird was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Eleanor Burnett Baird, brothers Alex, Clyde, Hugh and Richard Baird and sisters Sarah Smith, Lucy Alsup, Johnnie Kate Gourley and Alleen Smith.

Family members will serve as active pallbearers.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Alive Hospice.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Lack of Posts

I apologize for the lack of posting. Working two jobs and the amount of hours that I have been working has taken any time I had away from blogging to genealogy research. I am finally on vacation now and plan on catching up over the next week or so.

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NARA Raises Fees

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is raising the fees for reproductions. I have been using them lately to get copies of the civil war pension files. So far I have ordered three pension files and will need to order a few more before October 1st. This is when the new fees will be imposed. Currently, they are $37.50 per file. After October 1st, it will start at $70 and for every page over 100, it will cost an additional 65 cents per page.

If you would like to read more about this, click here and you can see the pdf copy of the Federal Register

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John Ray Clemmons in the news

John Ray Clemmons was in the Dixson Herald Newspaper on August 13th, 2007. The article is about Bob Clement who is running for Mayor in Nashville and about who he seeks council from. John Clemmons is one of his trusted advisors. John Ray Clemmons is the son of John & Margaret Clemmons of Lebanon, TN. And he is the grandson of John Wilson Clemmons & Marilyn Christine Marler.

John Ray Clemmons

Clemmons is probably the youngest non-family member of Clement’s inner circle. A former legislative assistant to Clement in the U.S. Congress and former political director of the Tennessee Democratic Party, the Lebanon native was 29 and just out of law school when Clement tapped him as campaign manager in April.

Clemmons was promoted to co-chairman of Clement’s campaign the weekend after the general election. He said he is focused on the runoff but will probably stay close to Clement in some capacity, official or informal, if his boss is elected.

“Once you’re part of the Clement family, you’re always part of the Clement family,” Clemmons said. “Once you’ve worked for him, you’re always involved, whether formally or informally.”

Clemmons is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City and the University of Memphis law school.

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Clemmons Family Reunion

Just a reminder to everyone about the Clemmons Family Reunion on July 7th in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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I am down in Wayne County, IL doing research. I have updated the cemetery records for Barnhill and Maple Hill. Have quit a bit more to update.

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Time Line for Earl Clemmons

I started to put together a time line for my great-grandfather Earl Clemmons. He moved around alot early in his life until he settled down in Wayne County, Illinois.


Earl first appears on the U.S. Census in 1900 living in Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee; District 141. Enumerated on June 18th, 1900. Page 117 A, Line 32

He next appears on the U.S. Census in 1910 living in Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee; District 165 (Ward 3). Enumerated on May 3rd, 1910. Sheet 33 B, Line 58.

According to Harry Clemmons, Earl and his parents moved to Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois. This would have had to happen between 1910 and 1916. During this time, it is presumed that Earl meet Mary Alice Clifton.

After a short time in Mt. Vernon, Earl and his parents moved to Arkansas where they buy a piece of property.

On June 5th, 1917, Earl Clemmons sign’s his World War I draft card. He was living in Lawrence County, Arkansas

On September 23rd, 1917, Earl is back up in Jefferson County, Illinois where he marries Mary Alice Clifton. It appears that they return to Arkansas.

Some where between 1917 and June 1918, the Clemmons familes moved to New Madrid County from Arkansas because Harry was born in Morehouse, New Madrid County, Missouri.

On May 25th, 1918, Earl was Inducted into the US Army at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

On December 7th, 1918, he was discharged from the Army at Camp Jackson, South Carolina. Reason for discharge was for Dependant Relatives. His first son, Harry was born in June 1918 just after he was inducted.

He appears on the U.S. Census in 1920 living in West Township, New Madrid County, Missouri; District 130. Enumerated on January 9th, 1920. Sheet 10 B, Line 75. This is near Morehouse City. It states that he is working at a Lumber Mill.

After 1924, the family moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Earl got a job helping to build a bridge over this Mississippi River. The bridge was dedicated in 1927 and then the family moved to Jefferson County. Earl moved up there looking for work and support from Mary’s family.

He appears on the U.S. Census in 1930 living in Dodds Townshop, Jefferson County, Illinois; District 7. The census was enumerated on May 20th, 1930. Sheet 9 B, Line 85. Earls listed occupation was farming.

About 1932, they moved from Jefferson County to Barnhill, Illinois.

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