Genealogy Truths

GENEALOGY TRUTHS by Charles Robertson, He was a 3rd great grandson of David Crockett through his daughter Margaret Finely Crockett Flowers. Charles was a member of the Direct Descendants of David Crockett since 1996. He served as President, Secretary, Historian and the Board of Directors where he served as Chairman for a term.  Below was taken from an article Charles wrote in a past newsletter and for those who knew Charles, you will chuckle.

The Book you need is never indexed, or if indexed, doesn’t include people.

All real Library discoveries are made five minutes to closing time, when the copier is broken.

The person setting next to you at the Research Center is finding ancestors every five minutes and telling you about it.

Your cemeteries have no caretakers or records archived.  Your micro film reader is the one that squeaks, has to be turned backwards, and doesn’t quite focus.

Your sister neglects to mention that the data she gave you, which you have researched and sent to other people, was just a guess with no foundation and she guessed because she “didn’t like to leave that line blank.”

Another Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Day – Cumberland Gap, TN October 19-20, 2018

Genealogy Jamboree 

Destination Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.  Friday, October 19th. Activities start at 9:00 and finish at 4:00.  Saturday, Activities start at 9:10 and end at 4:00 p.m.  The speakers and lecturers will be hosted in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Cumberland Gap.  The address is 319 Colwyn Street, Cumberland Gap, TN 37724

All Direct Descendants & Members of our organization are invited to attend.  This is event helps family understand their histories and heritages.

David A. Nelson, Jr.
Director Genealogy Jamboree

President CGTGHG
CGTGHG is a 501(c)(3) educational, non-profit group

Crockett Tavern Museum – Celebrates and Schedules September Event

Crockett Tavern Museum has hosted folks from 39 states and 8 foreign countries since opening for the 2018 season on May 1st.

A big thanks goes out to all who helped with Crockett’s 232nd Birthday Celebration (8/11)- the Sycamore Shoals militia re-enactors, the Sabine Hill ladies group, Mitchell Bradley, musician, Dr. John Welton (Wm Finley impersonator), blacksmith Catherine Shook and her fiance, volunteers- Judith Bible, Debbie Smith and husband, Johnston family, Lisa Harris, Andrew Bennett, Ashley Smith, &  Dr. Ross and Barbara Baker. Thanks to Morristown Parks and Rec for folding chairs and Allen Funeral Home for the big canopy tent.Special thanks to Tim Massey and Caroline Blanks for their assistance.

Our next scheduled event is  at the museum-Smithsonian Museum Magazine-National Museum Alive Day. Free admission to Crockett Tavern with ticket from the magazine’s website.For up to two adult admissions only. See the magazines website for more info.


Crockett Tavern Museum will close on Saturday Octpber 21st for the 2018 season.

Two New Murals to be Installed at David Crockett State Park – Limestone, TN – August 17, 2018

  • During the month of August, two new interpretive murals are planned to be installed at the David Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone, TN.  The 4′ x 5′ murals will be placed into two free standing kiosks already built at the park.  They are scheduled to be unveiled for the 2018 David Crockett’s 232nd birthday on August 17.  Park manager Jackie Fischer directed the project to focus on the significance of the birthplace and young David’s eyewitness account of a near-tragedy on the Nolachucky river near his home.

The project was created and designed by Native Sun Productions with Gary Foreman and William Hamilton teaming up again to bring Crockett’s story to life.  This now makes twenty-three murals on David Crockett’s life the two have created going back ten years.

Gary L. Foreman
Native Sun Productions

Alamo Tricentennial Lunch & Lecture Series: David Crockett – August 14, 2018

What:  Alamo Lunch & Lecture: David Crockett

Where:  Alamo Hall, San Antonio, TX

When: August 14, 2018

Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Machaia McClenny 210-225-1301

The cost is $15.00 and includes a Jason’s Deli lunch box.  Hope you are able to come.



Davy Crockett Festival – Honey Grove, TX – September 29, 2018

What:  Davy Crockett Festival

When:  September 29, 2018

Time:  9:00 a.m.-3:00p.m

Where:  Honey Grove, TX Downtown Square and Civic Center

For more information, call Brian Owen at 903-378-3112.  There will be vendors. There will be food, crafts, live entertainment.  The festivities start with a Pancake Breakfast at 7:00 a.m.

Davy Crockett Festival – Ozona, TX Sept. 15, 2018

Mark Your Calendar

Where:  Ozona Town Square

When:  Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Melissa Perner at 325-226-4547

Definitely family friendly with games, food and arts & craft booths.  This event is also the same day as the Toro Loco Bull Riding Challenge.  See you there!




David Crockett’s 232nd Birthday Celebration – Crockett Tavern Museum, Morristown, TN, August 11, 2018

For information please contact:  Sally A. Baker, CTM Site Director
      Phone: 423-587-9900

Crockett Tavern Museum
2002 Morningside Dr.
Morristown, TN 37814

August 11, 2018
2-5:00 p.m

Davy Crockett Days – August 10-12, Lawrenceburg TN

For more information, call 931-762-9408.

There are several sites that you can go to get information about this festival but here is one that gives you a quick overview.

This event is in coordination with the David Crockett Longhunters.

The David Crockett Longhunters are a private black powder muzzle loading shooting club.  Interesting.

Why Join…

Most people who join lineage societies do so for the prestige of being able to prove their pedigree. A lot of research goes into lineage society applications, so you know when you are accepted into one, you really are descended from a prestigious, prominent, or famous person. It gives you bragging rights on your family tree, and that’s a very enticing thing.

It’s not just prestige that gets people to become interested in joining lineage societies, however. Some societies have genealogical libraries that are only open to members (or only open for free to members). The opportunity to network with other people who have similar ancestry to you is also nice. There is also a very strong possibility of you meeting a genetic relative in a lineage society (someone who is descended from the same person as you), which gives you the opportunity to exchange family information, and maybe even discover new family artifacts, documents, records, and photos that you never knew still existed.

Other reasons for joining a lineage society include bringing awareness to the particular group or time in history that the society celebrates, participating in the society’s charitable endeavors (some engage in charity and public service, while some do not), getting that coveted membership certificate for your wall, being able to contribute your own genealogy research to the society, the thrill of accomplishment when you are accepted as a member, and the opportunity to get out and socialize with people of similar interests to yours at meetings.


Can’t Go to the Reunion in San Antonio, TX? Check out this Event!

The 8th Annual Genealogy Jamboree and Pioneer Days in the Historic Town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee is June 7, 8 and 9, 2018. The hours are Thursday 7th from 10am to 5pm; Friday the 8th from 10am to 5pm; Saturday 9th 9am to 6pm; Exhibitors and Speakers are FREE to the public. Free parking around the town of Cumberland Gap.

This Event is A FREE FAMILY EVENT where all can learn their Genealogical History and Heritage. See the lifestyles of our Pioneer Ancestors. Demonstrations are by Craftsmen/women, Native Americans and Military Re-enactors. Our exhibitors are genealogical and historical societies and speakers, surname tents, authors and crafters.  See the flyer below for more details.   For more information, contact David Nelson, Jr, President.

8th Annual Genealogy Jamboree

The Peculiar Cap: Tale of the Coonskin

That Peculiar Cap: Tale of the Coonskin

by Gary Foreman – (Volume 36, Issue 3, Go Ahead)

1837 Davy Crockett Almanack Cover

It now stands alone as the quintessential icon of the American frontier, yet very few can say for certain where or how the ubiquitous coonskin cap actually originated so that it would become such a prominent symbol of our pioneer heritage. At closer examination, it appears more likely that the press and imaginative writers gave the coonskin cap certain notoriety with the public that was not experienced by the men who really lived in the wilderness.   Even the famous Daniel Boone, who has often been illustrated wearing such a cap, actually despised the contraption and refused to wear such an arrangement on his head.

The same may be held for David Crockett.  Except for the half-dozen references by eyewitnesses who saw the Colonel wearing a “coonskin cap” or “peculiar cap,” there is but one other description (from Sketches) of him prior to November of 1835 wearing anything other than the typical gentleman’s hat of the period.  Nor are we certain what Crockett’s coonskin cap may have looked like.  But fur caps did exist and were often appreciated–especially in cold weather.  We do know that certain versions of this headgear–made of coonskin, as well as fox, and wolf—were worn since the early-eighteenth century.  Often referred to as a “Canadian Cap,” it was a combination of trade wool

Actor Frank Mayo as Crockett
late 19th Century

for the skullcap with a fur band sewn around the entire circumference at the base.  An animal tail or tuff could be attached at either the center top or at the very back.  There is even a portrait of Benjamin Franklin wearing a fur cap.  Illustrators in the early nineteenth century often supported the literary works of James Fenimore Cooper and Timothy Flint with frontiersmen adorned in coonskin caps.  By the time James Hackett took the stage in 1831 as Colonel Nimrod Wildfire in The Lion of the West, the public had accepted the fur cap as the official signature of a man who could “whip his weight in wildcats.”

However, a glimpse of Colonel Crockett’s possible appearance with such a headpiece may have been presented by F.O.C. Darly’s 1850 illustration for James Fenimore Cooper’s The Pioneer. 

O. C. Farley’s (ca 1850) Image from James Fennimore Cooper Leatherstocking Tales

Actually showing contemporary hunters of the post-Crockett era, the rifleman on the far left of this line and stippled drawing sports a fur cap complete with ear flaps, visor, and tail.  By this time, hunter’s caps were often outfitted with turn-down flaps and leather visors and there are numerous descriptions and varieties to contemplate.  But the most famous version of this cap will always belong to actor Fess Parker who sported the unique headpiece in his film and television portrayals of both Boone and Crockett over a fifteen-year period.  And it is this appearance that has forever secured a special image in our minds of this American icon.