County Spotlight: Moore County

Today for our Weekly County Spotlight Series, let’s visit the bottom center of the state over to Moore County.

Coordinator:  John Parkes is the host for the Moore County TNGenWeb pageHe joined the TNGenWeb in August of 1997. He has been with us almost the entire time of the TNGenWeb!  John took on the county because his ancestors were involved in the county’s formation and compiled many family histories of local families in the 192o’s. How great for him to have such a strong personal connection.

Records Highlight:  One of the more interesting records on the Moore County site is a detailed drawing of the city of Lynchburg from 1920.  The drawing outlines who owned each property around the town square. I’m sure many researchers have appreciated having that level of detail.


Ideal Record Contribution:  What kinds of records would John like to see more contributions for? John shares that he would love to get more researched family histories with proven sources. Additionally, photos of anyone from Moore County before 1930 with identification of who they are.  I agree that these would be valuable records.  If any of our researchers have records that could be of help, let John know!

Trivia:  John shares that Jasper Newton Daniel, better known as Jack, put Lynchburg on the map back in the 1860′s when he bought the distillery from Daniel Call. In 1866, Jack Daniel applied for and received the first license to operate a distillery. Being first led the United States Department of the Interior to place the business on the National Register of Historic Places. How interesting! I’m going to remember this now every time I pass by the distillery when we are on our way visiting family in Alabama.  

Thanks John for sharing this information! We are all appreciative of the work you do for the county website.

 Photo credit: Lynchburg TN Hardware and General Store on the Town Square – by Brent Moore


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