The regular meeting of the Warren County Genealogical Association was held July 20 at the Warren County Administration building with president Cheryl Mingle officiating. The primary purpose of the meeting was to recognize and present 34 Founding Family certificates to direct descendants of Warren County’s earliest pioneers.
Those being recognized had previously completed a three-page questionnaire, including information and proof of each generation back to the founding family. The applications were reviewed by committee members Carolyn Lance, Marion Speaks, Bettye Pack, Bonita Mangrum and Jean Hobbs.
The meeting was also an opportunity to honor the founding fathers during the month of July, which is declared Genealogy and History Month in Tennessee.
Magness Library director Brad Walker presented a review of Warren County’s history, formation and development. He explained Warren County was originally known as Indian lands, made up mostly of canebrakes. Settlers generally located along creeks or the edges of mountains, and by 1806, there were 300 families, and the Baptist Church had been established.
McMinnville was incorporated in 1810, with 1,000 signatures on the 1812 tax list. Several other religious denominations were in place by 1816, and the early nursery industry began with apple growing. Walker also mentioned early newspapers are available in the library, going back to the Mountain Echo in 1816, that provide a great deal of interesting detail about daily life during that time.
Mingle read the WCGA mission statement — The mission of the association is to increase public interest in and raise the standards of genealogical research through education programs, workshops and publications, and to promote the collection and preservation of manuscripts, documents and other material of genealogical and historical value.
Mayor Jimmy Haley presented the Founding Pioneer Family certificates, with names being read by vice president Marion Speaks. Certificates were presented to the following recipients:
Cheryl Watson Mingle, Shirley McGee Douglass , Bonita Bratcher Mangrum , Bobbie G. Woodlee, Trina White, Paul Hobbs, Brad Walker, Isaac Roberts, William Roberts, Barbara Bates, Marie Ponder, Norman Elrod, Betty Higginbotham, Chris Keathley, Allen A. Jaco, Jr., Glenda Stubblefield Cantrell, Paul E. Sanders, Marion Rhea Speaks, Bobby Lance, Joyce Round Matney, Maxine Tenpenny Bates, Vickie Barnes Bouldin, Bettye Smith Pack, Willie Cunningham, Larry C. Boyd, Shayna Marquee Jacobs and Shyera Rayne Jacobs.
Mingle can be reached at 931-473-6559.