News from the Bledsoe County Historical & Genealogical Society

The BCH&GS (P.O. Box 465, Pikeville, TN 37367) meets the second Thursday of each month in the Bledsoe County Public Library at 6:30 p.m.
Two Bledsoe Countians recently received certificates of merit from the Tennessee Historical Commission. Carolyn Knight was recognized for her work in restoring and making accessible the old Bledsoe County records, and Glenn Collier for his volunteer work on the Dr. James A. Ross House.

Pictorial History
The BCG&GS presentation of historical pictures will make the county history come alive for you! It is a big beautiful hard bound book with hundredes of pictures of Bledsoe County families. Fully indexed. There are only about 80 copies left so contact the society to get yours before they are gone!

For further information contact Carolyne Knight at the Bledsoe County Library: P.O. Box 465, Pikeville, TN 37367.
FIRST FAMILIES OF BLEDSOE - The first families of Bledsoe county was so successful that the Bledsoe County Historical & Genealogical Society has decided to continue the project indefinitely. Those submitting applications by the December 31, 1996 deadline will be considered charter members. The First Families of Bledsoe is open to anyone who can prove descent from a man or woman living in Bledsoe County at the time it became a county in 1807. The proof submitted will be placed in the Bledsoe County Public Library and will become a legacy for future generations and researchers.

For more information call or write the BCH&GS at P.O. Box 465, Pikeville, TN 37367, 423-447-2817
DR. JAMES A ROSS HOUSE PROJECT - A special committee appointed by the BCH&GS is overseeing plans for restoring the Dr. James A. Ross House in Pikeville, TN. The site is most widely known as the place where Dr. James A. Ross operated his medical practice in a small building behind the house. Both the circa 1872 house and the office building are being restored. In the 1940s the house served as the county's second hospital. The committee is searching for the names of the Bledsoe "Boomers" who were born there.

Donations to the project may be made at First National Bank, or the Bledsoe County Public Library, Pikeville, TN 37367.
BLEDSOE COUNTY CHANCERY COURT LOOSE PAPER PROJECT - Now in its third year, the compiling and organizing of the records is going well. BCH&GS members are now reading the files in the last step before micro filming will begin.