March Program – Public Invited

The program for our March 19 meeting will be presented by Mr. Thomas (Tommy) G. Webb of Smithville, Tennessee. Mr. Webb has lived in DeKalb County most of his life. He attended the public schools in Smithville before graduating from Peabody College in 1952, and again with a Master’s degree in 1955. He has also attended Vanderbilt University, Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and the University of Tennessee. From 1952 to 1996 he taught in the schools of DeKalb County, including the high schools at Liberty and Smithville. His main subjects were English, History and German.

In 1953 and 1954 he served in the United States Army in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1976 he was married to Audrey Dean Turner. They live in Smithville and are active members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

In his early teens, Tommy developed a strong interest in family and local history and was appointed official DeKalb County Historian in 1965. He has published two books on DeKalb County history and assisted with a book about DeKalb County’s World War II veterans. His most recent work is newly published and entitled
Early Virginia Families with Middle Tennessee Connections, reflecting more than 60 years of research for several of the families in the book.

Come out and hear Mr. Tommy Webb present a program involving many familiar family names. Tommy is related to many families of the Auburntown community and his recent book showcases their history.

Our next meeting date is Thursday, Mar. 19 at 7 p.m.
See you there.


More about Tommy Webb's new book

Early Virginia Families with Middle Tennessee Connections has just been published by Justin Potter Library of Smithville, Tennessee. The author is Thomas G. Webb, DeKalb County historian, who has spent more than 60 years researching the history of the several families in the book. The result is a 384-page hardback book with a complete first-name index. Besides related families, more than 30 main families are presented.

Among the families are Bennett, Gribble, Robinson, Boykin, Harris, Rowland, Braswell, Jennings, Smith, Cathcart, Magness, Nicholls, Snow, Childers, Spoe, Mason, Cooper, Moser, Struthers, Davis, Tub, Downing, Parker, Washer, Flood, Power, Weldon, Frazier, Rich, Wilson and Yeargin.

Most of the families have been traced to the 1600s in Virginia, then down to the present time. This is more than just a list of names and dates, and many of the people are presented in great detail, so that we can understand their way of life and their reasons for making the decisions they made. All research is thoroughly documented and footnoted, with references to the original documents. The book contains more than 40 pages of family and historical photographs. The hardback cover is done in full color, with photographs of locations in DeKalb County. A limited number of books will be published, and no second printing is planned, so it is important to obtain your book as soon as possible.

The book can be purchased in person or by mail from:

Justin Potter Library, 101 South First Street, Smithville, TN 37166 (Phone 615-497-4359).

The cost is $35.00 or $40.00 postpaid. Checks should be made payable to Justin Potter Library.

The book can also be purchased in person at F. Z. Webb Pharmacy and Gifts, 400 Public Square in Smithville.