Jesse D Hennessee and family. Photo taken in McMinnville, Tennessee, circa 1928

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Welcome Reader.

I hope you will find something new for your records. Much of this information relates to the families who settled DeKalb, Van Buren, Warren & White counties, Tennessee as early as 1800. Some blood-lines are traced to the nobility and royalty of Great Britain and in some cases to William the Conqueror...

You will probably like to see a list of your ancestors. Here's how you do it...

1. Find your page in "Search"
2. Select tab "Ancestors", change from "8" to read, "30 Generations" or
3. Select tab "Descendants", change from "8" to read "30 Generations"

Now you will see a list of your ancestors and their children with notes and commentary.

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Publisher of the website. I have collected, compiled, cited or sourced the information listed below over the last 25 years...

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There is a lot of information on this website for your discovery. A sampling of the statistics are:

Persons: 42,603
Total Living: 6,038
Families: 15,413
Unique Surnames: 4,634
Sources: 20,716
Notes: 32,174
Places: 9,596
Photos: 1,017
Events: 112,832
Records: 982,620

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Hennessee is the 21,524th most popular last name (surname) in the United States

Reasons why it is so difficult to search census records for enumeration before 1850...

Facts you should know about the early census records -

All census records [1790-1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.

NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated "city, state, or country"
NO city, town, or village is stated only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated, "single, married, widowed, or divorced"
NO family relationship was stated, "brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc"
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated
NO race was stated [but assume white]

1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships or parental birthplaces.

Step children are not enumerated as "step" children Adopted children are not enumerated as "adopted"
Grand children are not enumerated as "grand children"
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members

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The "Old Hennessee Cemetery" is located in Warren County, Tennessee

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