Burritt College Staff Photo 1920-1921

Left to right top: Olus Graham, teacher in primary department; Gladys Graves, teacher of Ancient Languages and Mathematics; Margaret Ehresman, Teacher of Expression; Bess Gillentine, Principal in Department of Music. Bottom row seated: H.E. Scott, President, Teacher of Higher English and Mathematics, Principal in Commercial Department; Troy M. Bonner, Teacher of English and Science, Librarian, boys basketball coach; C.M. Clark, Jr. Principal in Intermediate and Preparatory Departments; James E. Chessor, Dean of Faculty, Teacher of Bible and History; not pictured is John S. Templeton, Teacher of Bible.


This photograph is graciously contributed by Tom Miller 6 February 2003.


1920 CSA Reunion Photograph

In this 1920 reunion photograph, we have a picture of Carroll Henderson Clark, author of Diary of the Civil War.  His biography is in the Diary section.  Hoyte Cook, the owner of this photograph, tells us this photo was taken in Sparta, White Co., TN, but many of the men are from Van Buren Co.  Click on the picture for a larger view.

If you can identify any of these men, please get in touch with Hoyte Cook.



Van Buren Flag



Color Symbolism

  • Red is for courage
  • White is for faith & purity
  • Blue is for vigilance & perseverence
  • Yellow is for honor and loyalty


Significance of the Stars on the Van Buren flag

  • 1st Star – Symbolizes the citizens of Van Buren County,  past, present and future.
  • 2nd Star –  The yellow star is in remembrance of Van Buren County casualties of war who paid the supreme sacrifice for the pres- ervation of our freedoms.
  • 3rd Star –  Represents the natural resources of Van Buren County which are clean air, pure water, timber, coal, fertile soil and wild life.
  • 4th Star –  Stands for the industry, factories, mills, mines and farms of Van Buren County.
  • 5th Star – Is indicative of Van Buren County’s prosperity.



Civil War in Van Buren County

As civil war approached, the men of the county began forming home guards in all 10 districts of the county. Several of the men in the county served in the 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment and in the 4th Tennessee Calvary. At least 81 of the men died in the service of the Confederacy. There were also a few who served in the Union Army.

Guerrilla bands were active in the area and were pursued by the Union troops as reported by a Pvt. Allison in the letters to his mother. “Capt. Kramer left for the purpose of surprising and killing or capturing the guerrilla Carter and his band numbering between two and three hundred men. Their headquarters are at Spencer which is the home of Carter”.

Other war time activity included mining salt-peter for gun powder at Bone Cave and Cane Creek Cave. The occupation of Spencer by union troops and the passing through and camp of Gen. Bragg’s troops on their way to Kentucky.




Campaigns and Battles of the Sixteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers, in the War Between the States, with incidental Sketches of The Part Preformed by Other Tennessee Troops in the Same War. 1861-1865.  Thomas Anthony Head.  Cumberland Presbyterian Publishing House, 1885.  — [He is the son of Anthony Head and Frances/Fanny Payne.  He was born 1838 and died 1921.  Burial site unknow at this time.  There is a picture of him in the book. Thanks to Mamie <>]  No link to the book, but check your local library.  If it is not available in your library ask about an Inter-Library Loan.  It is not in the Spencer Library at this time. It is in the Magness Memorial Library in McMinnville, Warren Co., TN.




1860 Van Buren Census Index

This list below tells you which pages the various surnames can be found in the images of the actual census pages.  Census images can be viewed


Able [Ahls] 15b

Acuff 22b, 26b

Anderson 25a



Baker 27a, 27b

Ballard 22b

Bauerfeind 29a

Billingsley 03a, 05b

Blevins 04a

Bouldin 13a, 23a, 23b, 29a

Bowman 17a

Boyd 24b

Bradley 29a

Bright 22b, 26a

Brock 02a, 05b, 15b, 20b

Bryant 06b, 22a

Bu____ with Romans 22a



Camp 16a

Carter 04b, 18a

Chanler 25b

Clark 10a, 13a, 13b, 19b, 20a, 22b, 26b, 28b, 28b

Clenny 29a

Couts 10a

Crain 06a, 06b, 23b

Creeley 01a, 15b

Cummings 01a, 04b

Curtis 12b, 13a



Davis 01b, 04a, 08a, 21b, 23a

Deaton 19a

Denney 17b, 18b

Dillion 20b, 21b

Dingler 06b

Dodson 04b, 11a

Dotson 04b, 05a, 11a, 11b, 12b, 16a, 16b

Doyle 17b

Drake 05a, 22b, 25b, 26a

Dulaney 28b

Dunnigan 21a

Dyre 27a



Earles 04b, 13b

Elis 25b

Estis 14a

Evans 02b, 11a, 15b, 16a



Fleming 13b, 14b, 29a

Flouing [Fleming] 01b

Ford 07b

Forsyth 11b

Foster 01b, 04b



Gadis 07a

Gallaway 16a

Gamble 05a, 06b

George 03b

Gilbert 06b

Gillentine 07b, 14b, 17b

Goforth 21b

Grayham 15a

Griffin 04b, 08a

Griffith 04a

Grissom 01b, 09a, 09b, 13b, 14a, 20b, 22a, 25a, 26a, 26b

Groves 22a, 22b, 27b

Gunter 16a



Hale 08a, 11b, 17a, 17b, 20b, 29a

Haley 18b

Hamilton 10a, 10b

Hamrick 14b, 23a

Hankins [Hawkins] 18b

Hardin 22a

Harney 05b

Harps 03a

Harris 09a

Haston 05a, 07a, 07b, 08a, 09a, 09b, 10a, 29a

Head 18b, 29a

Hendricks ?? 12b

Hicks 21b

Higbie 16a

Higgins 22a

Hill 09b, 21a

Hillis 12a, 12b, 13a, 24b, 25a, 25b, 27a

Hodges 02a, 02b, 07b,

Holder 21a

Hollinsworth 04a, 06a, 08b

Hooten 06a

Hopkins 10b, 23a

Howard 04b, 07b, 20b, 27a

Huddleston 22a

Hunter 19a



Jarvis [Jones] 17b

Johnson 01b, 15a, 21a, 22b, 23a, 24b, 25a, 26b, 27a

Jones 03b, 07a, 07b



Keathley 07b

Kerby 19a, 19b

Kirkland 30a

Knibbs 16a



Langdon 29b

Lapp [????] 19b

Larrains 02b

Larrence 19a

Laudermilk 05b

Lawson 02a, 08b

Lett 18b

Little 17b

Livingston 29b

Love 15b



Madewell 01a, 02a, 07a, 08b, 14a

Maloy 23b

Martin 13a, 13b, 14a, 22a, 26a, 26b, 27b, 28a

Mashorn 29b

Mayfield 25b

Maynes [Majasca, Myres] 08b

Mays 10b

Mayse 25b

McBride 02a, 02b, 07b, 10a, 10b, 20a

McClure 24b

McCormac 27b, 29a, 29b

McCormic 05a, 09b

McElroy 18a, 21a

McGuire 02a, 10b, 26b

McMains 04b

Measels 08b

Medley 18b

Miller 16a, 23b

Milligan 26a

Mitchel 05b, 08a, 24a, 24b, 28b

Mitchell 01b, 11a

Mooneyham 11a, 11b, 12a, 16a, 16b, 17a, 23b, 29a

Moore 03b, 04a, 06b, 12a, 17b, 18a, 18b, 24a, 28a

Morgan 01a, 02b, 04a, 30a

Moss 04a, 29b

Myres 09a, 14b, 20b, 30a



Nall [ ] 25b

Neal 19a, 24b

Nelson 15a



Odell 03b

O’Neal 12a

Orane (Crane) 03b

Overton 01a, 12a

Owens 13b



Pai_____ 27a

Pain 26b

Paine 24a, 27a

Panter 12b

Parker 22b, 29a

Passons 13b, 23b

Pe_____ 02a, 02b

Perry 11a, 19a, 24b

Philips 01a, 15b, 16a

Phillips 05b, 14a

Plemons 01b

Plumlee 03a

Porter 11a, 21a, 21b

Powel 29b

Prater 16b

Priest 22a, 28a



Qualls 08b



Randals 04a, 04b, 29b

Randolph 01b

Rascoe 18a

Rawlings 27a

Rhodes 01a, 01b

Richards 10b

Riddles 05a, 17a

Robbs [Roble, Rolls] 25b

Roberts 13a, 13b

Robins 20b

Rogers 12a, 19a, 19b, 28a

Romans 22a

Russell 13a, 28a

Rutlege 19b



Saufley 24a

Scarborough 29a

Scott 24a

Seals 04a, 16a

Seamans 03b, 07b, 11b, 18b, 19a, 19b, 28b

Seitz 15a, 15b, 17a

Shadrick 17a

Shockley 01b, 03a, 07a, 09b, 10a, 11b, 15a, 15b, 27b

Simmons 08b, 11a,

Simmons [Pimmons] 08a, 08b

Simson 27a

Slatton 18a, 28a

Smallman 10b, 14b

Smith 02b, 04b, 18b, 20a, 30a

Spakes 06a

Sparkman 03b, 06a, 06b, 07b, 08b, 09a, 10a, 10b,

11a, 18a, 19a, 21a, 21b, 27a, 27b

Steakley 01b, 14a, 15b, 17b, 21b

Stewart 30a

Stipe 05a, 19a

Stipes 01a, 02a, 02b, 07a, 11b, 18b

Stone 29a

Stroud 01b



Talley 23a, 26b

Templeton 17b, 27a

Thomas 26a

Thomasson 19a, 26a

Thompson 29b, 30a

Tosh 26a

Trogden 05a, 05b, 09b, 10a

Trogdon 14b



Van Benthuysen 29b

Vance 02b, 03b



Wade 13a

Walker 08a, 08b, 14b, 29a

Wallace [Willard] 07a

Walling 01a, 01b, 22b, 23a

Walls 14a

Ward 02a, 17b

Wardsworth 20a

Warren 29b

Wells 22a

Wheeler 09a

White 07b

Whittiker 19b

Willard 07a

Williams 16a

Wilson 07b

Wilson 11a

Witt 18a, 19b, 20a, 22b

Womac 29b

Wood 01b, 02a, 14b, 23b, 29b

Worthington 24a

Wright 14b, 21b



Yates [Yeates] 03a, 03b

York 05b, 22b, 27b