Historical Document Archives

See also: Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, VA (1902), Peyton's History of Augusta County, VA (1882), and Ramsey's Annals of Tennessee (1853), more.

October 16, 2012 News: Kendrick Collection archival efforts resume.

Our First Project: The Kendrick Family Collection

The Kendrick Collection consists of some thousands of old papers relating to Harriman and Roane County, Tennessee, Revolutionary War ancestors, and genealogies of families, mostly in the southeastern United States. Materials are still being catalogued and scanned, and will be for some time. The collection includes some wills, old materials of the Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and many letters dealing with genealogical investigations and queries. Documents examined so far have mentioned Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Massachusetts, California, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and of course Tennessee.

Thirteen files of old papers from the Kendrick Collection, mostly letters about genealogy, have been scanned, transcribed, and uploaded as of March 16, 2007.

The files are named M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7, M8, M9, M10, M11, M12, and M13.

Thanks to all who have helped

Labor for this collection is being donated by local archivists. The papers were kindly donated by Mrs. Nancy Evans Newcomb to the late Mrs. Mary Clemmer Bell, Founding Regent of the Southwest Point Chapter of the DAR of Kingston, Tennessee, who made them available to us for scanning, transcription, and online display.

In March of 2007, our Kendrick Collection archival efforts ceased due to our lack of access to the documents. There things sat for over five years.

After Mrs. Bell's death, custody of the collection had passed to Mrs. Sue Collins. As of October 16, 2012, Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Newcomb kindly gave us renewed access to the documents. Thanks to them, our archival efforts can resume.

Coming Soon: The Hill Collection

The Hill Collection contains many old documents and related research pertaining to many old families of Roane County. This collection includes love letters, a diary, and family genealogies and histories. Some of a beautiful series of love letters are already online.

Permission to use these papers, research, and transcriptions is being generously granted by Mr. Charles Massey.

Other Projects

Do you have one or more old documents of possible genealogical interest to past or current families of Roane County and environs? Would you like to see them easily accessible online? We are trying to create a useful collaborative archive and welcome new projects.