Kenneth Adams

[photo from Schuberts Funeral Home]

ADAMS, KENNETH, Chestnut Ridge, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 101 years old.[born: Feb. 22, 1915]  He is survived by his loving wife of 77 years, Bertie Adams, his siblings, Lewis Adams, Johnny Adams, Donald Adams, Ronnie Kennedy, Faye Howard, Dixie Lavender, and Joy Dean Taylor, his children Wanda Broyles and her husband Leroy, June Sanders, Vaughn Adams, Alvie Adams and his wife Mabel, and Ronald Adams and wife Sissy, his daughter-in-law Libbie Adams, his grandchildren Jeffery Dean, Bryan Adams, Teresa Shepherd, Robert Sanders, Connie Adams, Lisa Broyles, Troy Adams, Dustin Patton, Kristy Patton, Craig Patton, Kayla Patton, and Sean Adams, 15 great grand kids, 9 great-great grandkids, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Calvin and Annie Adams, his siblings Oral Adams, Nina May Hall, Beatrice Lavender, Vola England, Grace Adams, and Willie Adams, his son Douglas Adams, his grandsons Kenny Ray Sanders, and Michael Adams. He was a member of Pleasant Green Church of the Nazarene in Chestnut Ridge. He retired from Morgan County Schools after driving a bus for several years. Chances are if you are from Chestnut Ridge and went to school in Sunbright you rode his bus. He was a hardworking man who seemed to be able to do anything. Whether it was working in the sawmill, logging, farming, making walking sticks, or teaching animals to do what seemed impossible, he did it and did it well.

He was an honest, strong, loving, and honorable man. He chose his words wisely. Whether he sat silently, offered a short phrase, or told endless stories of his past, he did so with purpose and intent. He never said too much and he never said too little. He wasn’t one for lecturing or grand expressions of emotion but his love for his family was evident. Needless to say, he impacted the lives of everyone he came in contact with.

While he will be dearly missed by his family, we are reassured by the fact that he is in the company of Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:1)

A special thanks to the nurses and staff of Lifecare Center of Morgan County for taking such wonderful care of “Dad” during the last few years of his life. We appreciate it and know he did as well.

The family will receive friends Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Schubert Funeral Home in Wartburg from 5:00 to 7:00. Funeral service will follow at 7:00 with Bro. Frank Kirby officiating.

Graveside services will be held Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:00 am in the High Point Cemetery in Deer Lodge, TN.  [Schubert Funeral Home]


taylorClarence TAYLOR, MR CLARENCE, age 72, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at Life Care Center of Morgan County. He was born and raised in Crossville, TN. He was a member of Meister Memorial SDA Church and was baptized July 1997. Mr. Taylor was a retired Navy Veteran with 30 years of service. Also retired with 10 years at BMCF. He was preceded in death by mother and father Walter and Ella Taylor. A special CNA; Carrie Ledford aka “BONNIE”, brother-in-law; Don L. Robbins of Deer Lodge. Mr. Taylor is survived by wife of 24 years; Cleda Hall Taylor. Daughter and son-in-law; Michelle and Randy and granddaughter; Cheryl of Charleston, SC. Brothers-in-law; Clayton and Cleo Hall of Sunbright, Carlene and Edward Morgan of Sunbright, Cathlene and Eugene Morgan of Calhoun, GA, Charlene and the late Don L. Robbins of Deer Lodge, Charlotte and Denny Phillips of Briceville and Connie and Sam Hall of Wartburg. Also a host of nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews also survive. The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Schubert Funeral Home, Sunbright. Funeral service will follow at 8:00 P.M. with Pastor Phil Colburn officiating. Graveside service will be Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.  [Schubert Funeral Home]

Roddy Rhea Co   April 14th 1890

Dear Brother & Sister & family

I take the presant time to write you the sad news of the deth of  J. F. Stinecipher on March 27.  he was taken Thursday evening & lived Three weeks  he first complained of Something like collack & he lingered a long for a few days & I sent for the Doctor & he said it was he Liver & Kidneys that was the cause of his Sickness  I first sent for Dr. Wilson & he come & giv him a good _?__ of strong medison & he said he thought he was better & he left & I sent for Doctor Frasier & he come & done the best he could for him  But failed to cure him  Frank was 18 years & 24 days old when he died & that makes 6 children ded & 3 living & I wrote a letter to send you March 29th & Jackson was taken sick & has ben sick some 17 days & the Doctor sais he is Better & I think he a little better but is very low  he can set up long enough to hav his bed made up  the Doctor has ben to see him about 5 trips & is to come to morow & I have some hopes that he will git well  But the lord only knows and it seems lik I hav ben unfortunate & the trouble seems to be most more then I can bare but we should submit to the will of the lord who givs life & takes it away & if we are prepared to meete the lord in piece we will be done with trouble for it seems like ther is but little satisfaction in this life and I have hope that Frank has gon to Rest where he will sing & praise thie lord for ever more where ther is no more trouble & distress & I hope we will all meete in heaven where we will all be Done with Troubles &  Trials  Frank said one night that Jesus would go with him or that was what I understood  Frank talked a grea deele & he said when he got so he could travel he wanted to out to Morgan & see all his connections  he seemed to be the most anctionus to git well  But it seemed like his time had come & we don’t know wen our time will come & we should try to be reddy to go of corse it wont be long til all the age of myself will hav to answer for the Deeds Done in the boddy whether good or bad  I David & Ollie are as well as common  Most wore out with forteag  we have done but little in the way of farming & of corse wont do much it is gitting late & but little done  Some are planting corn it has rained so much of the time the most of the people ar behing with ther work  I was aiming to go out to Morgan this Spring but I cannot tell when we are so much confused & in so much trouble it is unknown to me what I will do  I hav ben thinking that some of you would come but you don’t come  Come when you can & write when you git this
May the lord Bless & Save us all is My hope and cincer desir

(signed)Yours TrulyJesse Stinecipher


3/19/1918, 8/29/2005

Morgan County Historian

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Mr. Donald E. Todd 

Respectfully and affectionally known as 
“Mr. Todd” 
to all who knew him

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TODD, DONALD E. — age 87 of Wartburg, passed away Monday, August 29, 2005. He was born in Elgin, TN, graduated Robbins High School, UT Martin and UT Knoxville. He was a First Lieutenant in the 13th Army Air Corps, serving as a Bombardier during World War II in the Pacific Theatre until his discharge in 1994. He worked for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, Soil Conservation Service and was a retired Morgan County Teacher and member of the Retired Teacher’s Association. He was a Boy Scout Leader and Sunday School Teacher in First Baptist Church of Wartburg. He was a charter member of the Morgan County Genealogical and Historical Society and served as Morgan County Historian until his death. Mr. Todd was very active in environmental and conservation issues until his death and received numerous awards. As a part of his environmental efforts, he hosted a radio talk show, led wildflower hikes in Frozen Head State Park and appeared on the Heartland television series. He was a founder and Past President of the Tennessee Trails Association with a prime role in passing the bill that created Tennessee’s Scenic Trail System. He was also a founder and served three terms as President of Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning. Mr. Todd was instrumental in the establishment of the Obed River as part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. He led efforts for the establishment of Frozen Head State Park and later efforts to expand the protection of the Flat Fork Valley adjacent to the park. For these efforts, he was the first Tennessean to be presented with the prestigious Gulf Oil Award in 1985. Mr. Todd also received the 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award in Morgan County. He was preceded in death by: his wife, Elgiva; brothers, Charles and Collins. He is survived by: sons, Donald Jr. and Stephen; daughter, Janet; seven grandchildren; sisters, June Ogilvie, Vivian Gateley, Betty Cable, Virginia Watts, Jacquetta Summer. The family will receive friends Wednesday, August 31, 2005 from 6-8 pm at Schubert Funeral Home in Wartburg. Funeral services will follow at 8 pm with Bro. Homer Hooks officiating. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, 11 am in Morgan Memorial Gardens, Wartburg. [Knoxville News Sentinal] 


Guy.. b.2/9/1908, Morgan Co TN, d.4/20/1988 Montgomery Co. OH.  Guy was the husband of Edith Pauline Shown.

Rheba Louise.. b.6/26/1909, Morgan Co TN, d.12/21/1991.  Rheba was the wife of Clarence Jones of Coalfield, TN

Jacob Leonard.. b. 10/21/1868 Morgan Co.,
TN.d.5/13/1958 Montgomery Co., OH.  Jake was the husband of Julia Florence Langley and the son of Peter L. and Louisa Ann LAYMANCE Cross Mathis.

Ena.. b. 6/12/1906, Morgan Co., TN, 10/31/1988 Montgomery Co., OH.  Ena was the wife of Dallas Walker.

John Charleton. b. 4/6/1916, Morgan Co., TN.  d. 1/25/1997 Mossy Grove, Morgan Co, TN   John was the husband of Freda Overholt.


Emilda Alice Mathis

b. 2/14/1873 Morgan Co TN, d.???

 Date of this picture, possibly  in the late 1890’s.

Daughter of  Peter L & Louisa Ann LAYMANCE Cross Mathis

Wife of Jeff Gardner.

They had 2 sons that I know of. We do not know what became of her or her family.


Emilda Alice MATHIS Gardner
with an unknown person.


Amanda Ragina Mathis

Born 3/17/1875,  Morgan Co TN
Died 4/18/1968,  Morgan Co TN

Daughter of Peter L & Louisa Ann LAYMANCE Cross Mathis

Wife of Charles F Heidel.


Submitted by Steve & Donna Mathis

b. 1830 d. 1903

2nd Wife
b. about 1845 d. 1902

1st wife was MARY JANE RABY b. about 1836 d. about 1860

John Barnes b. 11/24/1839 d. 11/22/1937
Father of Bethleham “Slim” Barnes– – Private, Company E, First Regiment of Infantryserving under Captain Julius Aystell.
He served from August 17, 1861 to September 17, 1864.
Was honorably discharged. He lived to be 98 years old.- – –Terril Barnes (arrow) b. abt 1793 father of John Barnes.
Brother Shadrick Barnes far bottom right corner.
* Terril Barnes,  fought in the War of 1812 in Battle of New Orleans


Courtesy of Curtis & Kim Barnes 

Mary Elizabeth Jones Phillips daughter of  James M. Jones & Hannah Jane Kidd She married Benjamin F. Phillips,  the son of  Joseph C. Phillips and Nancy Tinch  December 13, 1897 Morgan County, TN Born: Oct 11, 1869 Stearns, Whitley County, KY (Now McCreary County) Died:  December 29, 1928 -Glades, Morgan County, TN Burial:  Union Grove CemeteryGlades, Morgan County, TN Children:  James, Tressie, Vestal, Mabel,  Dorris, Maude, Edna, and Daisy–Courtesy of Mike OotenGreat – Grandson of Mary Elizabeth Jones Phillips

Benjamin Williams and Rebecca J. Smith


Benjamin and Rebecca were married in 1897.
Benjamin was born August 1873 in Tennessee, the son of David Sertain
Williams and Elizabeth Francis Perry. Benjamin died in 1912 in Morgan,Co.Tn.
Benjamin is the grandson of Jacob and Sarah Williams, and the grandson of
Sanford and Anna Perry.

Rebecca was born June 10,1881 in Tennessee, the daughter of Charles Smith.
Her mother may have been either Rebecca Quarles or Martha Qualls as family
was told, it’s still unclear who her mother was. Rebecca died July 7,1915
in Morgan,Co.Tn.

Benjamin and Rebecca are the parents of the following children…
Anna Melinda, Guy C., Luther Charlie, Henry Clyde, Samuel Monroe, and Gayson.

They are my great-grandparents through their son Henry Clyde Williams.


Courtesy of Debra Crowell




b: 1810 S.C.
d: February 28, 1891, Wartburg, Tn
Burial: Liberty Cemetery

ELLEN STONECIPHERb: September 25, 1808, Wilkes Co. N.C.d: April 20, 1889, Wartburg, TnBurial: Liberty CemeteryDaughter of:Samuel StonecipherWife of: Wilson Summers– – – – -Courtesy Sammie Ruth McPeters