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Jonesborough Genealogical Society’s Hall of Fame

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Inductees into the Jonesborough Genealogical Society’s Hall of Fame have gone above and beyond in their contributions in the preservation and research of the historical documents of Jonesborough and Washington County.

2009

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 Mary Hardin McCown (22 April 1891- November 1985)
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 Charles Marion Bennett(3 December 1896-11 October 1974)
 Anne Elizabeth Cosgrove Shaw (2 July 1921-4 November 2012)

2010

 LoraineRaeobit7-12-11w  Loraine Bennett Rae (6 April 1930- 4 July 2011) published in 1971, The Washington County, Tennessee Tombstone Inscriptions which her father, Charles Marion Bennett, is widely known for this publication. This publication remains the basis of cemetery records of Washington County. Loraine Bennett Rae was one of the founding officers of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society serving as editor of the JGS newsletter, The Jonesborough Record.
 Mildred S. Kozsuch served as Washington County historian. She has worked to develop an outstanding genealogical and historical research center at the Washington County- Jonesborough Library, and helped visitors with their genealogical research at the library. She is a member of the Washington County Historical Association having served as President.

2011

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 Bess Twaddle  Bess Caraway Twaddle (18 January 1920 – 6 January 2013)

2012

Picture1    Elaine Scott Cantrell is a very knowledgeable historian as well as genealogist in the Washington County community. She serves as a founding member and supporter of both the Washington County, Tennessee Obituary Project and the Cemetery Survey Team of   Northeast Tennessee. She has extensive volumes of work on several of the area families as well as the history of the area, among these are a 24 volume set of pictures of historic Washington County, Tennessee. She, also, has done extensive work on Oak Hill Cemetery. Mary Hardin McCown, former Johnson City historian, wrote in the minutes of Oak Hill Cemetery that “Only the Lord knew how many unmarked graves are in Oak Hill Cemetery.” Elaine makes it her mission to find each and every grave. She is a member of the Washington County Historical Association, Watauga Association of Genealogists, Friends of the Washington County, Tennessee Archives and the Jonesborough Genealogical Society.
Picture2   Jan Teinert is a very knowledgeable historian and genealogist in the Boones Creek area of Washington County. She has done extensive research into the Bean Family, including William Bean, the first permanent white settler in Tennessee, and his cabin and fort. She, also, has researched several other families in the Washington County area. She is a strong supporter and the first secretary and genealogical service chairman of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society, as one of the founding members in 1990 and to this day she has been an advocate of the importance of the JGS and Washington County- Jonesborough Library’s Historical and Genealogical Section. She is a member of the Boones Creek Historical Trust, Washington County Historical Association, Watauga Association of Genealogists, Garden Club of Jonesborough, and Woman’s Club of Johnson City.

2013

0510081515   Julia Loyd is a very knowledgeable historian as well as genealogist in the Washington County community. She served as a trustee of the Washington County Historical Association until 2012. Julia is a very active member of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society, working along side other Hall of Fame members as well as Margaret, to produce a genealogy and history center in the Washington County- Jonesborough Library where members worked for over 1000 hours in organizing and updating the vertical files section as well as a variety of books for the public to use. Julia comes from some of the most prodigious families in Washington County history. She is a descendant of Jacob Brown, the Wagon Maker, Samuel Bayless (1751-1825).  Samuel in his will left his farm to his daughter, Hannah Bayless Hoss (1784-1859), who deeded “a certain tract of land out of which is excepted one and one-fourth acres more or less for the (Cherokee) meeting house and burial ground.” In 1840, Hannah deeded this land” (TNGENWEB) to the Cherokee Baptist Church. Hannah married Henry Hoss, among the founding members of Hossville, who was Methodist Minister. She has researched several other families in Washington County. Her father, Byrd Loyd, was the county farm’s manager from 1938/39 to 1945.
Picture3   Margaret Sherfey Holley is a very knowledgeable historian and genealogist in the Knob Creek area of Washington County. She has done extensive research into the Krouse and Sherfey Families. She, also, has researched several other families in the Washington County area. She had served 25 years on the board of the Washington County Historical Association where she has served a president as well as a founding member of today’s Association. George and Margaret are both Samuel Cole Williams Award recipients. She has been active in the Boones Creek Historical Trust where she has serve in an officer’s position. George and Margaret Holley both own and operate the Pioneer Homestead founded in 1770s, is a century farm which includes the Knob Creek Museum. The Knob Creek Museum holds “the Sherfey cabin, a part of the museum complex [which was] built sometime before 1777.The cabin and 17 acres were purchased by farm founder David Preston Sherfey around 1885…The Holleys opened the main museum building, which houses artifacts of the Sherfey and Krouse families, in 1986.On the museum grounds is also a caboose purchased from CSX which displays photographs and memorabilia; four generations of the Holley family worked for the railroad”, (Century Farm). Margaret Holley also has worked with the Jonesborough Genealogical Society to produce a genealogy and history center in the Washington County- Jonesborough Library where members worked for over 1000 hours in organizing and updating the vertical files section as well as a variety of books for the public to use.

2014

  Chad Fred Bailey is a historian at heart and a very avid genealogist. He serves as a founding member, project leader, and webmaster of the Washington County, Tennessee Obituary Project. He is, also, a founding member, 1st secretary, and webmaster of the Friends of the Washington  County, Tennessee Archives. He is a senior at East Tennessee State University majoring in Accounting and History, with hopes of becoming an archivist. He is a 2009 graduate of David Crockett High School. He is the 1st vice president, project coordinator, and the webmaster of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society. He is the webmaster and 2012 president of the Washington County Historical Association. He, also, served on the Washington County, TN Courthouse Centennial Planning Committee. He is the digitizer of the Antioch Baptist Church Records dating from 1875-1999.  He is a member of the Watauga Association of Genealogists, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Gen. Alfred Eugene Jackson Camp #2159, the National Genealogical Society, the Cemetery Survey Team of Northeast Tennessee, Heritage Alliance, Tipton-Haynes Historical Association, and the Boones Creek Historical Trust.
 Shirley A. Hinds is a native of West Virginia who developed a keen interest in the History of East Tennessee after settling in Jonesborough in 1998.  She is a long time member of the Washington County Historical Association having served on the Board as Secretary for three terms. She also has served as a Secretary and now is serving as the Assistant Secretary with the Jonesborough Genealogical Society.  Shirley has been active in a number of projects with the Genealogical Society and Historical Association which include the vertical file system to classify and organize family and historic information of citizens, places, and locations of WashingtonCounty.  This includes assisting with current research for the Early Settlers of Washington County, Tennessee: (pre) 1768-1777 publication.  In addition Shirley has supplied the photography support and needs to document group activities throughout the years.

2015

  Judge John L. Kiener is the Washington County Historian. He has been researching Washington County’s history and genealogy for at least twenty-five years. John has served as president of both the Jonesborough Genealogical Society and the Washington County Historical Association. He has,  also, served in a number of other roles including the Editor of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society’s newspaper column in the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune, “Digging For Your Roots,” for twenty-two years. He currently serves as the President of the Washington County Historical Association, advisory board member of the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, board member of the Friends of the Washington County, Tennessee Archives representing the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, member of the Washington County Public Records Commission.
 Charlene Zimmermann McLeod is an avid genealogist and treasurer of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society since 2010. Charlene began her genealogy research in her twenties by collecting family information from relatives, some who where originally reluctant about sharing family information. Charlene and Dan, her husband, had four children, and being a mother and wife, left very little time for      genealogy. Now in retirement, Charlene and Dan enjoy traveling the paths of their ancestors including visiting Scotland, where Dan’s ancestors originated, as well as visiting her 12 grandchildren and great grandchild. Charlene remains a very hard working member of the JGS board and always participates in everything she can, which allows her to help guide the society into the future. Charlene, also, serves as a board member of the Friends of the Washington County, Tennessee Archives representing the Jonesborough Genealogical Society. She is a member of the Central Christian Church, the Friends of the Washington County, Tennessee Archives, Jonesborough Genealogical Society, Boones Creek Historical Trust, Mountain Empire Model Railroaders Club, George L.Carter Chapter – NRHS,  Holston Stamp Club and a Consultant for Close To My Heart (Scrapbooking Products).

2016

Gene Hurdt has served as JGS president for 20 years, during which time he fulfilled the mission of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society, “to promote, study, and document the families of Jonesborough, Washington County and East Tennessee.” Through his leadership, the JGS established “Genealogical Day” at the Washington County Library. As he would always say, “Genealogical Day is the 4th Saturday.” With the start of “Genealogical Day,” the JGS began the move from the courthouse to the library. At first, the Washington County Library invited the group to update the vertical files in the genealogy collection. Over time, the JGS added a “Genealogy Help Night,” which is every second Thursday evening at the library. In 2008, Hurdt suggested the creation of the JGS Hall of Fame. In 2009, the first inductions into the JGS Hall of Fame were made. In 2010, the JGS board of directors changed, with several new board members and officers. This board took an ongoing early settlers project and published the society’s first book, titled, “Early Settlers of Washington County: (pre) 1768-1777.” The Washington County Historical Association in November 2009 awarded Hurdt the Samuel Cole Williams award. In May 2010, the East Tennessee Historical Society awarded him the Leadership in Community History Award. After attending the Tennessee Archives Institute, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett certified Hurdt as an archival manager in 2012. In 2013, the Washington County Library and Friends of the Washington County Library presented him the Ann de Normandie Volunteer Award winner for 2012.
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One Comment
  1. Beverly Swayze permalink

    Hi, I’m looking for any information regarding my Great Grandmother. Anna Cooper. Not sure when she lived in the area, possibly around 1870-1880ish. She married Henry Stalker and relocated to Kansas, and had three children Walter, Jeannette and Bessie Lucile.
    Thank you for any help you might have in your records.
    Very sincerely, Beverly Swayze

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