My Father's Family: WEBSTER, ESTES, McCARLEY, JACKSON, WINFIELD, DORRIS, TRUE and others (Robertson County, TN and surrounding areas). My Mother's Family: ALSOBROOK, DAY (Georgia, Florida) My husband's family: LINK (imagine how fun this is to google!) (KY, TN, Germany), DAVIS, BUCK. Will add others as I remember them. It's been about 5 yrs. since I've worked on it.
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
Germany, Scotland, Ireland
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Intermediate Family History Researcher
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
I had always been interested in my family's origins, but became more so when my paternal Grandmother passed away and I found love letters from my Grandfather to her in an old trunk. Worked on my research pretty consistently for about 3 years, then moved and haven't had a chance to get back to it.
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Good to hear from you Kathy. Such a small world it is...several Dorris brothers settled in Robertson and Sumner County (a couple hundred years ago), and appears many descendants haven't traveled too far since (such as myself). I actually grew up a few miles from Beech High School, not far at all from White House, and graduated from Beech in 1987. My mother is a Dorris, and my Dorris line comes from Ireland, to NJ, to Orange Co., NC, then to middle Tn (Robertson / Sumner Co) in the late 1790s it appears, then onto west Tn (Hardeman Co.) around 1845. According to my research, Wesley Smith Dorris is a second cousin (4x removed) of mine. His picture is hanging in the Carter House museum...just a few miles from where I live in Franklin. He was killed not far from this Carter House during the Battle of Franklin. I'm sure you have visited the Carter House, Carnton Plantation, etc....really interesting. I got really interested in genealogy several years ago, and still very much am, but like you, current affairs (such as three little girls all 5 and under in my case) sometimes overtake the disposable time I used to have in researching our past family members. I guess we would share the same William Dorris, who emigrated from County Down, Ireland to NJ in the middle 1700s, as a 5th or 6th great grandfather!!! ...piecing this genealogy puzzle together is quite fascinating stuff. I love hearing, reading, getting hold of interesting stories, so if you have any of the Dorris clan, please share. Thats why I wanted to actually hold and read the diary of Wesley...it still has his blood on a few of the pages! Very nice to chat with you...perhaps we can share some info in the future. Take care - James E. "Bo" Bankston