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Knob Creek Museum opens for Summer

Good Morning all,

This morning Jonesborough Genealogical Society members George and Margaret Sherfey Holley were on the front page of the Johnson City Press. Their museum, which will be 31 years old this year, opens for the summer. If you have not seen the Pioneer Homestead and Knob Creek Museum, you need to go visit these great community museum.

Please take a stroll through this lovely article…

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Mildred S. Kozsuch


The Jonesborough Genealogical Society extends our deepest sympathies to the family of Mildred S. Kozsuch who passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017.


Mildred served the JGS in many compacities including being a founder and 1st Vice President. She also served as County Historian for many years as well as supporter and activist in the fight to bring the Washington County Archives to fruition. She was also an author, genealogist, librarian, archivist, historian, and most of all a friend to many.


For more information on the service for Mildred please visit

June Genealogy Help Night

Genealogy Help Night is back, this Thursday, June  8th at 6 pm at the Washington County-Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough. Get out of the hot sun and discover your family’s story!

Amis Mill Historic Site, Amis, TN

18767363_1609007045794732_3022021235749216895_nThe Jonesborough Genealogical Society will be touring the Thomas Amis House in Amis, TN (Near Rogersville), on Saturday, June 24th. Those wishing to participate must RSVP to by Saturday, June 10th. Participants will meet at the Washington County- Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, at 9:30 am to carpool to the site. Those attending, should arrive at 10:30 am and tour the Capt. Thomas Amis House at 11 am to 12 pm, have lunch at the Amis Mill Eatery at 12 pm to 1 pm, and then tour the grounds of the Mill and Visitors Center from 1 pm to 2 pm, before heading back to Jonesborough. Cost varies for meal. Suggested Donation of $5.00 a person is requested. For more information on the Amis Mill Historic Site please view their website at

Cumberland Gap Genealogy Jamboree

Cumberland Gap Genealogy Jamboree in Cumberland Gap, TN

The JGS will participate in the Cumberland Gap Genealogy Jamboree on Thursday, June 8- Saturday, June 10. We will have a booth all three days, where we will be selling our merchandise and books. If you can volunteer any of these days or would like to go up for all three days, we’d appreciate your help! Please volunteer by emailing Chad Bailey at

Also for more information on the Jamboree visit or



One member to be inducted into the “Hall of Fame”

     The Jonesborough Genealogical Society (JGS) will be celebrating its 27th anniversary and inducted the “Hall of Fame” Class of 2017, Doloros Britton Horne, into the Jonesborough Genealogical Society “Hall of Fame” on Saturday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m. at the Washington County-Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, Tennessee. Brunch will be at 9:30 a.m., the public is invited. Allen Dale Jackson, USAF (Ret.), will present a program entitled, “Doughboys of Jonesborough.” Jackson will speak on the men and women who fought in World War I from Jonesborough. In the centennial year of the United States entering World War I, it is important for us to remember those who came before and honor their memory and learn their stories.


102416-va-cemetery-book-01-jpgBorn in Johnson City, Tennessee, Allen Dale Jackson is an avid military historian in East Tennessee. Jackson was raised in Jonesborough, and attended Lamar School and graduated from David Crockett High School before entering the United States Air Force in 1981, where he served for 26 years in a variety of positions in Security Forces (Police).  During his service, he visited over 100 countries/territories and served in 6 campaigns, which include: Panama (Operation Just Cause), Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia (Operation Constant Guard), Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and others. Jackson holds two associate degrees and one bachelor’s degree in Industrial Security, Education (teaching), and Criminal Justice.

            Jackson, currently, serves as Historian for the Johnson City/Washington County, TN Veterans Memorial Foundation; Historian/Researcher, East TN Veterans Memorial Association; Historian, Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council; Historian, American Legion King’s Mountain Post #24. Active in the Davy Crockett Ruritan District and is a Past Governor having served two terms (2012 & 13). He is currently enjoying retired life in Jonesborough with his wife of 35 years, Susan Jane Blair, and their son, an English Bull Terrier, named “Bossley.”

Horne2Doloros Britton Horne has been a member of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society since 2005, when she moved back to Jonesborough. She supports the society’s Genealogy Days, held on the 4th Saturday of each month, at the Washington County- Jonesborough Library. She has also been a director of the JGS, since 2012. While working with members and researching local history, she has been able to connections with early settlers in Washington Co., including Jacob Brown, the wagon maker, who is her 5th great grandfather. Also she descends from the Emigrant John Bayless, who was born in England;  Daniel Bayless, who was born in 1683 at Jamaica, Queens, NY; and Samuel Bayless, an early settler in Washington Co. Doloros was born in Greene Co., to Sidney Britton and Avis Marion. Doloros and her husband, Herb, and their two sons lived in various cities in NC including Charlotte. While living in Raleigh, NC, she worked at Carolina Power & Light where she retired after 25 years. Also while living in Raleigh, NC, Doloros was able to research at the NC Archives focusing on her Britton paternal ancestors. Daniel Britton, her 4th great grandfather, moved from Guilford Co, NC to Greene Co. TN in.1788/1789. Doloros is a member of the First Families of TN. At the present time, Doloros is a member of the JGS, Daughter of American Revolution, and Colonial Dames. She has been a member of the Jonesborough United Methodist Church.

The Jonesborough Genealogical Society was formed in April 1990.  On Wednesday, August 22, 1990, the Jonesborough Genealogical Society column, “Digging For Your Roots,” first appeared in the Jonesborough Herald & Tribune with Editor Loraine Bennett Rae. Today, the “Digging For Your Roots” column is written by Judge John Kiener, who is celebrating his 21st year of editing this column.  The Jonesborough Genealogical Society meets on the 4th Saturday, January through October as we have our “Genealogical Day” at the Washington County- Jonesborough Library.  We invite you to visit our web page at or join our facebook page at!/pages/Jonesborough-Genealogical-Society/106301156111713. 

     For more information on this event or any other event of the JGS please contact, Gene Hurdt, President, at (423) 753-9770 or by e-mail at

Tour of the Rhea-Hoss House Set for Sat., Feb. 25th

The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will meet at the Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, at 9:45 am on Saturday, February 25, 2017, before arriving at the Rhea-Hoss House, or the former Proud Annie Mystery Theatre, at 920 Old Boones Creek Road, Jonesborough, for a tour of this pre-Civil War home.