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Descendants of W.T. Hightower

Tonight I was contacted by another descendant of W.T. Hightower, a merchant from Nashville. This is the second descendant in the past six months.  I love it! With that, I decided to look again at the family of William Thomas Hightower Sr. and I found a couple of more census records to add to their […]

Black Political Leaders in Tennessee, 1864-1865

I recently added the book, Slavery’s End in Tennessee, 1861-1865 to the bibliography list.  I perused this book once during a visit to the TN State Archives as I was looking for information about the Napier family.  The book is a good resource for understanding the broader picture of blacks after slavery in Tennesse.  For […]

Merchant Of Venice Cast Members

In follow-up to the story from the Nashville Globe on the cast members of the Merchant of Venice, I took a look at the Fisk Catalog from 1912 to find out more on these students and where they ended up. Those from the cast listed in the catalog include these from the Class of 1908: […]

Trip to Greenwood Cemetery

This past weekend I took a trip to Greenwood Cemetery – a black cemetery here in town. I went looking for the grave sites of the Napier family whom I’ve been researching. I knew there to be at least 12 members of the family there so I wanted to go take pictures of their graves […]

Beautifully Appointed Dinner

Nashville Globe February 22, 1907 Beautifully Appointed Dinner — Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pointer, of 1051 Edgehill avenue, passed a very pleasant evening on the 17th inst., at their home with a large number of friends.  All enjoyed themselves to the utmost, the host and hostess doing all in their power to render the occasion […]

Meharry Medical College Catalogs & News

The Meharry Medical Library has on its website, PDF files of Meharry catalogs from 1881-1912 (some gaps in the years) for anyone with ancestors who went to or taught at Meharry, this is a great resource to have online! Just recently, the library added PDF files for 1902-1904 editions of Meharry News. The Meharry News […]

Slaves mentioned in deed

I have this item to share from the book: Dickson County, Tennessee. Deeds Volume 6 (Oct 1820-Apr 1823). As I continue with my Napier research, this was an interesting book to look through. Saw this deed and while not technically Nashville, Dickson is close by, so I post this and perhaps someone will benefit. Deed […]

Negro Year Book: 1931-1932

One of my favorite online resources is Google Books. For doing genealogy research, I find it an indispensable tool.  Google has scanned many books that are in the public domain which can also be downloaded in their entirety as a PDF file. Even for those books that are not in the public domain, the ability […]

Fisk 1898 Catalogue

While doing some searching on the Merrys, I found that Google had digitized the 1898 catalogue of Fisk University. In it, I was able to find a little bit of new information about a couple of members of the Merry family, in addition to reading that Ida Napier, sister of J.C. Napier, graduated in the […]

News from Nashville – October 28, 1916

As published in the Chicago Defender R.J. Johnston Jr., A.B., of M.M.C., Junior Med., has returned to Meharry from Panama.  C.A. Wm. C. Lowery and J. Fred Wells, junior meds, are back. W.O. Terrell, junior int., who reports a pleasant summer at Detroit, Mich., is back to Meharry with his “old pals.” E.T. Buford, A.B., […]