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From Sheila Johnston

Each year on Decoration Day someone brings three flags to decorate the three unmarked graves of Union soldiers in Weems Cemetery at Van Hill near the Hawkins/Greene County line. Over the years the first names of the men have been lost - known only as Smith, Jeffers, and Jones. These men were possibly from the Van Hill area or Greene County. It is said the graves face to the west rather than the usual way of facing east. They were the first to be buried in Weems Cemetery, with the exception of one other man who died in 1860. These men lived on the bordering area where several Confederate men lived, and also near the Local Confederate Home Guards. There may have been a skirmish and they were killed near there. Perhaps the full story will surface someday and the first names of these men will be known - then someone can get tombstones for them. Do you have any information on these men?

I am trying to find out about the history of war valley road and how it came to be called that. I own a farm on that road and the rumor is that 2 confederate soldiers are buried on my farm. I would like to try and find out if that possibility is even true and if so, the curcumstances surrounding how they might have gotten buried there. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks L. Levy

My GG Grandfather, George Washington Bryson, Sgt, Co. F, Thomas Legion, CSA was killed in action on Dec 31, 1863 in Rogersville, TN. I believe this is over a month past the Battle of Rogersville. I have not found any reference to Thomas's Legion having taken part in the battle. We are searching for where G.W.Bryson might be buried? He was originally from Haywood, NC. One account indicated that he was involved in the Battle of Strawberry Plains? I have not heard of this Battle. His Confederate records only indicate that he was killed in Rogersville. Can anyone provide me with any more info. Thanks.... B Cooper Bernie Cooper

James Milton Fralix joined the Confederate Army in December, 1862. He first served in Company K, 37th TN Infantry. He returned to Hawkins County after being paroled near Greensboro, N.C. on May 1, 1865. I welcome any new info on him or his parentage. He is my g-g-grandfather. Jackie Dalton

Looking for info on my grandfather who was William Alexander Russell, b. 1869 in Rogersville. He married Florence Cordelia Crumley Davis. By 1900 they had moved to Bristol VA. My father, William's son, was born in Bristol TN. (James Allen Russell in 1898). PLEASE get in touch if you have info on them. Am particularly interested in info on JOSHUA RUSSELL, born around 1783 - trying to confirm if he DID come from Ireland and from which town there. Jean Russell

Hello, : I am looking for references to my husband's gr grandfather, : Jordan Hundley (b. 1843). He was found to be living in Ky. in : the 1870 census and applied for Civil War Pension in 1880 with : his wife, Margaret Eliz. Norton Hundley (b. 1844). They were : both born in Tenn. but we don't know where as was his father ( : we don't know who) Her father was born in Va. per census info. : By 1900 they had moved to Illinois. Jordan died in 7 /1927 in : Goins, Tenn. where his second wife, Almeada Hundley, applied for : his Civil War Pension. We know that Almeada lived to be around : 100 years of age and they lived on a large farm area in Tenn. : We do not know where Goins, Tenn. is located. For some reason I : have been searching in Hawkins Co. : I have obtained two Jordan Hundley listings for being in the : Civil War with the Union Infantry. One being the 1st Reg. Tenn. : Inf. and the secon in the 6th Reg., Tenn Mounted. : We have no idea where to look from here and are at a brick wall. : If there are any suggestions you can lend we would greatly : appreciate it. : Ruth and Nelson Hundley in O'Fallon, Ill. There was a Jordan Hundley in Hawkins County, TN. Info I have on him from family member is this: Jordn b. 1770-80 VA; m. Elizabeth __, b. 1780-90 VA; Will of Jordon Hundley, 14 May 1853, proven Nov. Term 1853, Hawkins Co Will Book #1, p. 258-259,son Jordon Hundley, executor, witness: Jacob Miller, Abraham Britton --- daughter, Nancy Hundley (she being deceased) m. A. Tucker; John; Joseph; Lucy,wife of John Cavin; Phebo, wife of Aaron Richards; Elizabeth Cavin; Jordon. (Jordon Jr. b. 1827, age 33 in 1860 Tn census; d. 1865, wife Mary "Polly" Eaton, appointed admins. court mins. Aug 7, 1865).Ruth Hundley

Interested in any information on the George H Cagle family listed in the 1850 Hawkins County Census. George H /Sarah/Eliza/Esther/Carnis(actually Cumi)Isaac(63rd Tenn Inf) Bejamin (Ballard). several were born in Mechlenburg NC all died in Sullivan and Carter Counties . marriages ?deaths? or speculations appreciated. Ed Cagle

Interested in info about Samuel Grubb and his half brother B.F. Allison. Also info about Shadrick McLain (I am a decendant of his son John T. McLain)William Swanson

Don Setser is looking for any photographs that might exist on his grandfather, his brother Joel, or any other Setser family members when they lived in Tennessee. His grandfather's brother, Private Joel Payton Setser was a member of Company C of the 8th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. D. Setser