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Kails from Crockett Co, TN

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Re: Kails from Crockett Co, TN

Posted: 16 Dec 2008 3:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kail, McFarland, Randolph, Rooks, Stamps, Norville
Ivey and Serepta Kail! Who could forget names like that? I had their two daughters, Bettie and Sally, then had a note that they had "other children," and my research kinda stopped there because it's not my direct line. You're filling in blanks for me! As posted earlier, I can give you more information on the Kails from Ivey back to the 1650s. Serepta Jane Daniels is still a brick wall on my tree - I haven't found out anything about her. But if you check the Crockett County TN GenWeb, they run a great site and have new info up all the time, including info on the 4 counties that contributed land to create Crockett County (Dyer, Haywood, Madison, and Gibson).

I do have down that Sally Kail married George S. Goode - it's on the books in Crockett Co and is listed on the GenWeb. I haven't traced their children, if any. Bettie Kail is a little more vague. I had first seen a note on someone else's tree that Lula B. Kail married J.F. Randolph. Lula's birth year was recorded as 1874. Then I have a marriage record that says J.F. Randolph married Bettie Kail in 1908 and had two daughters, Jennie Lee and Minnie. Bettie is listed as born in 1875 per the 1880 and 1920 censuses in Crockett County TN.

Is it possible that Lula B and Bettie L. Kail are one in the same? I think so. The birth years listed only convince me, because since most censuses are dated in June, it's very easy to be off by a year when computing birth years solely from censuses. Also, I have not seen the name Lula Kail anywhere else.

Either way, the marriage records in Crockett County show Bettie married J.F. Randolph. There is a Barney H. Randolph in the family records, but he was born in 1900 to Joseph Harold Randolph and Martha McFarland. He was my great-great-uncle.

The Randolphs are confusing to me because names repeat, many names are abbreviated, and sometimes the records suck (There was a very clear public record that said my great-grandfather was born in 1846 and died in 1969 - I should live so long! LOL). I don't have a listing for a father for Bettie's J.F. Randolph, but I have a J. Frank (born in 1895, I doubt he married in 1908), a James Friar born in 1802, a James Friar Howell born in 1846 (the one confused with my great-grandfather), a "Jas" born in 1865 (that one might be a good bet for Bettie's husband), a Jeremiah (no birth date), a Jessie Nathaniel born 1792, a John Clinton born 1793, and my Joseph Harold who was really born in 1869 and died in 1959. Whew! And those are just the male J's I've recorded. Check the censuses and tax lists and such and you may find more.

The confusion that Bettie L. Kail married Barney H. Randolph probably comes from the fact that Barney's wife was named Betty. Her middle initial was S. I don't have her maiden name. According to the censuses she was born about 1905. I haven't found their death records or graves, but it's been a while since I poured over Crockett County's site. They had one son, Willard, who was born in 1926.

Unfortunately, after my great-grandmother Kail died in 1982 and my grandfather followed her in 1983, we've pretty much lost face-to-face contact with our Kail family. No real reason that I know of. This is a pity.

Let me know if I can help you with your research. The Kails were definitely prolific. I worked with a woman about 15 years ago who had married a Kail from Crockett County and we never did find out how we are related - but we know we are!

Now that more of the censuses have been transcribed (bless transcriptionists! I've done a census myself and it's a huge pain), since we know Ivey and Serepta married in Haywood County TN in 1871, it's a good bet that Serepta's parents are on the 1870 census. Crockett County's GenWeb will have a link to Haywood County or you can go directly to Haywood County's GenWeb. I know that Crockett County's GenWeb has posted at least some of the census of 1870 from the surrounding 4 counties since Crockett County was formed in 1871-1872 (they tried more than once to push it through - it's a great story). Good luck and happy hunting!

(BTW, I don't get kickbacks from GenWeb - it's just that it's one of the few services left that's FREE!)
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