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A Letter from President: Welcome to the Jonesborough Genealogical Society

Good evening,

I just wanted to take a minute and introduce myself. I am Chad Fred Bailey, the new JGS President for the term 2018-2020. I am not a new face to many of you or to the society. I have worked with the Society in many positions since I joined in 2010. First, as 1st Vice President and Project Coordinator, and then Treasurer and webmaster. This year, our society has changed as many of you know. Many of the tenured board members and officers have resigned or sought not to be re-elected. With new officers and directors and some in new positions. The board of directors are working to provide programming, events, projects, and resources to continue our mission and grow our society.
To complete this task, the board of directors met in a work session on Saturday, June 16th at the Allison Lodge at the Camp of Buffalo Mountain for a 4 hour work retreat. During this session, the board has proposed many new long and short term goals, ideas, and hopefully, resources, that will allow us to grow, engage, and preserve our society for years to come. As I hope you will notice, these three words will take on a whole new meaning within our society and hopefully, you will embrace them as well as our board tries to implement these goals, ideas, and resources. This process will probably not be immediate, but we hope to begin to orient our society back to our mission statement in our Constitution and By-Laws. You will begin to see this mission statement more and more and our focuses will begin to become more clearly aligned with it.
As we begin a new chapter of the society, the first work of business that I have asked board members to perform is to contact our members.  I divided up our membership list and gave each of our directors a list they will be responsible for. In this effort, I encourage you as a member, to reach out to your director as they begin to contact you, either by phone, email, or mail. Tell them why you got into genealogy, what your ideas are, and how you want to help, or how we can help you.
In addition, I know you don’t like to hear this, but I must also remind you that dues were due on May 1st. Our society functions on these dues and as we transition to this new chapter, we need not only your support, but your financial contributions. So, please renew as soon as possible. Our Constitution and By-Laws allows a grace period, but on August 1, the membership list will be revised– meaning all members who have not paid their dues, will be removed.
Furthermore, I want to invite every member to attend our Genealogy Day next Saturday, June 23rd at 9:30 am at the Chuckey Depot Museum. I emailed out a press release last week, but if you did not receive it, please click the link below:

JGS to be apart of the 11th Annual East Tennessee History Fair

The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will once again be apart of the East Tennessee History Fair in Krutch Park in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Saturday, August 18th from 10 am to 5 pm. This year’s fair is full of events including a full antique fair, special rates to the East Tennessee History Center, and a book sale, along with reenactments and don’t forget the History Hound contest, and a park full of genealogical and historical organizations!

This year’s fair will be a bit different for the society. As we grow and try to engage our members, we have partnered with the East Tennessee Historical Society, who hosts the fair, and the NextGen Genealogy Network to bring a young genealogists meetup to Knoxville. Our tent will be the host, and will have information available about genealogy and history in Tennessee’s Oldest Town. Please look at the press release:

MEMBERS: This is where we need you! We need members to go, work the tent, and enjoy the sites and sounds of the event! Please let President Chad Bailey (by email or phone 423 791-8295) know as soon as possible if you can go! We will carpool to the event from the Washington County-Jonesborough Library. We will leave at 7:30 am to arrive by 9 am to sit up. Please Please think about attending. This will be an awesome networking event and will help us meet our goals of growing as a society!


Come See Your Ancestors’ Participate In History

Saturday, July 28th

Genealogy Day: Liberty!

Liberty!, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will meet for its July Genealogy Day on Saturday, July 28th at 4:30 pm at the Washington County-Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough to carpool to see the play, Liberty at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, Elizabethton. Members will stop for dinner and a brief business meeting at Primos restaurant in Elizabethton. In the play Liberty!’s 40th season, members will get to see many of the earliest settlers portrayed in history of the area, which exemplifies the story of settlement. Many of these settlers are also society member’s ancestors. Members of the JGS and members of the community who would like to attend are asked to RSVP by Friday, July 20th, so tickets can be purchased and reservations can be made. Tickets are $14 each. To RSVP, please email Chad Bailey at or by phone at (423) 791-8295. 

Rees-Hawley House TN Historical Marker

Good Evening,

On Friday, July 20th, the oldest home in the town of Jonesborough will be honored with a Tennessee Historical Marker. The Rees-Hawley House, which dates back to the 1790s, will be marked by the Katherine Marbury Scott Chapter, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century at 1 pm. Please see the flyer below and RSVP.

Hawley House

Genealogy Help Night

Thursday, July 12th

Genealogy Help Night

Washington County- Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, TN

We welcome anyone interested in genealogy or history, whether a beginner or a pro. Our society’s collection will be available for use in research as well as society members who can help you navigate it well.

Genealogy Day: Visit to the Chuckey Depot Museum

The Jonesborough Genealogical Society will meet for its June Genealogy Day on Saturday, June 23rd at 9:30 am at the Chuckey Depot Museum, 2nd Avenue, Jonesborough, TN. A guided tour through the museum will be offered by a docent of the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Members of the community are welcome to attend. JGS members are asked to arrive ready to tour the building by 9:20 am. Those wishing to attend are asked to bring the suggested donation of $2.00 with them to donate to the museum’s upkeep and future endeavors.

The following information on the Chuckey Depot was featured in the Tour of Historic Washington County, TN: March 23, 2017 :
 The Chuckey Depot was located across the railroad tracks from the Chuckey Banking Company and Post Office, but was dismantled and placed in storage in Jonesborough in 2011. In 2016, the depot was rebuilt on 2nd Avenue and has since opened as a railroad museum. Originally, the depot was built on land donated by Ad Fullen in 1906, originally called Fullen’s Station or Fullen’s Depot. The Chuckey Depot operated until passenger service no longer existed along the Southern Railroad, now Norfolk-Southern Railroad. In the 1970s, the depot was placed up for sale by the railroad and the Johnson Family, who owned the nearby Johnson’s Hardware, purchased the building for a warehouse. The depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, but has been removed. In 2010, the Johnson Family was asked to moved the depot or tear it down by the railroad. In 2011, the town began dismantling the depot for movement to its current site.
For more information on the depot, the society, or future events, and to RSVP for this event, please email, Chad Fred Bailey, JGS President, at

June Genealogy Help Night

Good Evening,

I wanted to send out a reminder about our June Genealogy Help Night. The Society will host it on Thursday, June 14th from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Washington County- Jonesborough Library, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough. We welcome anyone interested in genealogy or history, whether a beginner or a pro. Our society’s collection will be available for use in research as well as society members who can help you navigate it well.

The Society will host its Genealogy Day on Saturday, June 23rd. Stay Tuned for more information about this day. Please mark your calendar now to attend! Also, please take time to fill out the survey below and either email to or mail to JGS, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, TN 37659. This survey was handed out at our Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame on April 28th.

Jonesborough Genealogical Society Interest Survey