We are the chosen…storytellers

We are the chosen. In each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them alive again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but instead, breathing life…

John A. Kendrick, Land Grant 1845

In 1845 my great-great-great-grandfather, Dr. John A. Kendrick made a purchase of 200 acres of land in McNairy County, Tennessee for a total of $25.00. He passed away in 1850 and the land was sold as per direction of his will.  One day I may find someone that will know precisely were the land was…

Versie Gerturde (Jones) Kendrick 1900 – 1978

Biography My paternal grandmother Versie Gertrude Jones was born on January 8th, 1900 in Stantonville Tennessee to James Lafayette Jones and Betty Elizabeth Blankenship. She would become the matriarch of our branch of the Kendrick Family. Versie came from a huge family as both of her parents had previously been married and both had started…

Thomas Benton Kendrick 1843 – 1924

Biography My great-grand-uncle Thomas Benton Kendrick was born on May 7, 1843 in Tennessee to Thomas and Sarah (Carothers) Kendrick. He grew up in McNairy County. He would at the age of 20 join the Confederacy to defend the South during The American Civil War. At the age of 26 he would marry his wife,…