Migrations to and from
Giles County

Abstracted from Giles County, Tennessee Newspapers on Microfilm by Judy K. Sanders. Spelling and punctuation are as they appear in the newspapers.

The Pulaski Citizen, December 16, 1880 edition.
Elkmont Springs

About two weeks ago M.T. Lewter, Joe Tate, and Lark Vanhoozer went to the swamps of Arkansas and James M. Lewter is going soon.

S.R. Boswell, John McCollum, Sack Hobbs, and others left Tuesday for Texas. We hate to lose them but we wish them a happy life in the Lone Star State.

Mr. H.P. McMillion, of the 11th district, who was once tax collector of Giles county, will move this week to Texas.
About 75 persons, including several women and children left here Monday night and Tuesday morning under the auspices of Mr. J.N. Brooks, emigration agent of the L & N and Mr. L.E. Drake Southern Passenger Agent of the Missouri Pacific railway. Most of them were from Lincoln and Marshall counties, a few only hailing from Giles, and we learn they will locate in Collins and Ellis counties.
Mr. J.A. Cayce left for St. Louis on a prospecting tour last Thursday, having previously disposed of his stock of watches and jewelry and vacated his well known stand at the post office with a view to trying his fortunes in another field. We understand he is rather partial to Texas and will probably locate there. Mrs. Cayce will remain here until he settles upon a location.

The Pulaski Citizen, December 23, 1880 edition.

Mrs. Lavinia Abernathy, after an absence of several years in the Lone Star State, returned a few weeks since to visit her relatives and friends, and enjoy the scenes of her early life.
Mr. H.T. Kimbrough left last week for Arkansas. His family accompanied him and we expect he will make his future home in the land of swamps.
Mr. Rob't Reed leaves today for Ft. Worth, Texas, to visit his son who has been living there for several years. Mrs. Abernathy and Mrs. Brown, of Lynnville, will accompany him.

Cedar Grove

Mr. Robert Williams also left Tuesday for Nashville where he expects to locate.
Mr. John Gracey is preparing to go to Texas. He is a good citizen and we are very sorry to lose him.

Lynnville Items

Mr. J.C. Roller, of Milltown, was here Saturday to arrange transportation for some parties going to Texas. Mr. Roller says he deprecates the emigration fever that is taking off so many of our citizens, and want to give them cheap transportation going so they will have money enough to come back on.
Brice West and Henry McMillion with several hounds, got off to Texas Monday morning. Ellis county is their destination and cotton raising will be their avocation when they get there. They are from the Blue Creek country and are the sort men of we can't afford to lose. (From a later edition of the Citizen, it states that "hounds" should have been "hands".) JKS
*Last week, Capt. A.C. Irvine sold his dry goods business to Messrs. Abernathy, Jones and Arrowsmith, the trade to take effect January 1st. Capt. Irvine, we sincerely regret to learn, will leave Pulaski and probably locate somewhere in the west. He will not leave before February 1st, and his family will probably remain here throughout the spring, as he very anxious for his interesting little daughter to continue her studies at Martin College-at least until he is permanently located.
*Miss Bertie Johnson, a lovely daughter of Giles, who is affectionately remembered by many friends in her old home, was to have been married yesterday at San Saba, Texas, to a prominent young lawyer of that place, and we suppose the felicitous event took place according to the programme. Miss Bertie is a daughter of Mr. Frank Johnson, formerly of Giles, and is also related to Mrs. J.B. Stacy, of Pulaski,

The Pulaski Citizen, December 30, 1880 edition.
Brick Church News

Mr. Walter Hardy returned from Texas and Mr. Byrd Wood from Louisville on Friday last. The former cast his lot in the Lone Star State in October last, but the green fields of fortune fled from his view in two short months and he returned to the fertile hills of old Giles a wiser man. Mr. Wood had a successful operation performed on his eyes, while in Louisville, by Dr. D---- S. Reynolds.

Taylor's Chapel

Mr. Marcus Abernathy, from Berry county, Missouri, after an absence of twenty-eight years, visited his relatives and friends in this community recently. They were glad to see him, of course.
We are sorry to see so many of our valuable citizens emigrating to Texas. Five or six have left this immediate neighborhood during the last few months.
Mr. Brit Willeford, after a long absence, is circulating among his relatives and old friends in these parts. He evidently expected a gay time, as he brought with him, all the way from Texas, a pair of dancing pumps. He is 65 years of age at that.

Bunker Hill Items

Quite a ----- of emigrates passed through here last week -route to Texas. They were from the Merryville neighborhood and comprised some of the best citizens of that famous section of country.

Lynnville Items

Britt Wilsford, who left here a young man in 1841, for Texas, is back on a visit. He still loves old Giles.
W.T. Elsey who has lived at Mrs. Dr. Walker's house this year, will move to Lincoln county next week.
The printer last week made me say "Brice West got off to Texas with some hounds." I wrote "with some hands"-to help him make cotton, I meant.
Mrs. A.M.V. Compton, who has been quite sick with pneumonia for two weeks is now convalescing. The family will move to Marshall county as soon as she recovers.
Alex Dugger, who went to Texas three years ago, returned last week, having been sick most of the time since his departure. He will make his home at his father's, in Maury county.
Mrs. Tom Brown, of Dallas, Texas, who has been visiting her mother, Mrs. James Wilson, for three months past, left for home last Tuesday. Mrs. Wilson, who is paralyzed, was reported much worse a day or so thereafter.
James K. Evans, of Weakley county, is here re-visiting the friends and scenes of his childhood.
Mr. Clarence Ed-u-son, formerly of Pulaski, but now a rising young lawyer of Sherman, Texas arrived in Pulaski Tuesday with the intention of spending two weeks with his father's family, but a ----- received yesterday called for his early return and he will leave for home to-morrow. ( This appears to be Edmundson, but wasn't quite sure.)
Mr. Ben Miller and his brother-in-law, Mr. John Chapman, of Haywood Creek, this county, left for Texas on the 23d inst.
Dr. T.H. Clark has sold his place at Midbridge and gone to Fayetteville to locate. Dr. Clark goes back to his native county leaving behind him here a large circle of friends.
Mr. G.W. Rea, and family, of the Brick Church neighborhood, left Thursday night for Fairfield, Freestone county, Texas, near which place they expect to locate permanently.
Mr. Samuel H. Bennett made a flying trip to Prospect to see his brother, who was about starting to Texas.


A "farewell" religious service was conducted at Friendship church recently and prayers offered for the children of Rev. A.A. Stevenson, several of whom were on the eve of starting for Texas. An appropriate address was made by their neighbor and friend, Rev. E.B. Worsham. Mr. Stevenson, who is the father of fourteen children, is also thinking seriously of emigrating; but we hope he will abandon the idea.


The Herald, December 16, 1881 edition.

Billy Coker started last Friday to his Texas home, Johnnie Hodge and wife accompanying him.
J.C. Calvert has sold his land and will sell his personal property next Saturday, preparatory to removing to Texas..

The Herald, August 14, 1882 edition.

Mr. Cal. C. McKissack, who went from here some time since to Santa Clara, Colo., sent a stalk of Colorado oats here this week that measured 5 feet in height, and had a large head. It is said these, oats make abut seventy bushels per acre. The joints are immense and the stalks are almost large enough for fishing poles.

The Herald, October 20, 1882 edition.

Mrs. Mary A. Latham, widow of the late Wm. Latham, whose death I reported last week, contemplates going to Texas this fall to her son, A.A. Latham.

The Pulaski Citizen, October 12, 1882 edition.

Mr. Carson P. Reed expects to leave with his family for Jack county, Texas, next Monday to live. We regret to see him leave and hope he may do well there.

The Pulaski Herald, November 3, 1882 edition.

Mr. F. Hansome, of Dallas, Texas, is here upon a visit. He was proprietor of the old Tennessee House here twelve years ago, which stood near where the St. Giles now is, and so many have been the changes since then that he can recognize only a few of his friends. He is himself somewhat changed.

Mr. G.W. Black, of Bodenham, expects to leave next week for Texas to seek a new home. He leaves word for the HERALD to follow him every week.

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Submitted by: Judy Sanders