Coalfield Library

The Coalfield Public Library maintains a collection of materials relating to the genealogical records of families in the Coalfield/Morgan County area.

Coalfield Genealogical and Historical Society

More records are held by the Coalfield Genealogical and Historical Society. Contact them at:

Coalfield Genealogical and Historical Society
P.O. Box 315
Coalfield, TN 37719

Tennessee Electronic Library

The State of Tennessee has or subscribes to the following collections for its residents:

32 thoughts on “Genealogy

Add yours

  1. I descend through the James B Jones family who moved to Morgan Co around 1820s. My grandfather moved to MO and my father moved us to CA.

    Chester Spradlin is my cousin through our grandfathers and he told me about the book Coming Home to Coalfield that the Historical Society published. Is it possible to get a copy of that book? I would be more than happy to pay for the book as well and shipping and handling.

    Thank you very much. Sincerely, Barbara Jones Trulis

    1. To our knowledge, the book “Coming Home to Coalfield” sold out and there are no more copies available for sale. We do have a copy available for reference in the library; you are welcome to stop by during library hours and read it. There is a second book, “Coalfield Remembered” which is still in print. You can purchase it from the genealogy society or stop by the library and purchase a copy here. Thanks for your interest!

  2. Thank you for your service to the community, and for maintaining this well-designed website. I am in the process of compiling historical information and photos about Coalfield School band. Do you have anything in your collection that would relate to this? Any help would be much appreciated!

    1. I find only a couple of passing references in our collection, which you are welcome to view anytime during library hours. A better source of information might be the Coalfield Genealogical and Historical Society; they can be reached at . Good luck with your project!

  3. I am looking for a picture of the old Dewey Adcock store that was located near a bridge in Coalfield. I am wanting to paint a picure of this old store. Please contact me by e-mail if anyone has a picture of this store and could make me a copy. I would be so grateful.
    Thank you.

    1. This was my Grandfather’s Brother, I am Bill Adcox Grandaughter my fathers name is Marlin Adcox

  4. The Coalfield Genealogical & Historical Society (CGHS) has many photos and documents about Coalfield. We have a display wall at the senior center full of photos. We also have a website at and on Facebook. If you are interested in our websites, email us at and we will get you set up to view what we have.

  5. my dad.archie e. may was born in coalfield in 1916.Iwas born in oliver springs in grand father was william may.we think his mother was gila may who may or may not have been married to an allen smith who may be the father of william may. thanks,travis j. I would like to purchase any books thay might be available.

    1. Hello,
      I’ll forward your request to the Coalfield Genealogical and Historical Society. They may have information about your ancestors, and they would be happy to sell you copies of any books they have that are still in print. Thanks for your interest.

  6. My mother (Billie Jim Wood Cox) was raised in Coalfield. Her parents were (James Thomas Wood and Lillian Wormsley). I am trying to find information on the family. I can find her mothers roots but am having trouble with her fathers. I will be in the area in the near future and would like to know of a time and place that I may come and review information you have.
    Thank you,

    1. We are open from Noon-6 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday. We’ll look forward to meeting you soon. You might also want to check with the folks at the Coalfield Historical and Genealogical Society. Their contact info appears on this page. Their resources tend to be more extensive than ours are.

    2. Dolores,

      I believe I know the family. My grandfather was a brother to Jim Wood, wife Lillian. I may be able to help.


      1. Teresa:
        I will be at my mothers’s March 9th to the 13th and I am looking for pictures of the coal camp or any family members. I found A story (one page of it) “The Coalfield Camp” by Armethia Wiggins Lively that has a picture of my great-grandfathers, Bill Woods and wife Becky’s house. It is grainy in the print.
        Any help will be greatly appreciated

  7. I see that bobby joe farr and wilma jean farr pasted away in 2012.does any one know if they were related to the may’s or hammon’s and if they had some indian blood?my grandmother,sarah hammons appeared to have some indian blood in her.thanks,travis may

    1. Hello,
      You are welcome to visit the library any time that we’re open and check our genealogy section. Being a part-time, one-person staff, I can’t do much research for you, but we’d love to have you stop by! You might also try to contact the Coalfield Historical and Genealogical Society directly — they are separate from the library and they have much more information available. Their contact information is at the bottom of this page. Good luck with your search!

    2. I have the full line of the Morgan County Gouges, I was born one. Will share what ever you need.

    3. I think we have talked some time years ago, my Gouge files are over flowing now… would love to help you if I can.

  8. Looking for DAR help in connecting Hetti / Helia / Mahala / Mahelia Stonecipher to her father Joseph Marion Stonecipher. So far not having much luck “proving” that she is his daughter. Any information would be appreciated. Helela married Abraham Justice of Morgan Co. Hetti was my great, great, great grandmother.

    1. Did you ever get any help with your questions related to Hittie/Hatta/Mahetta Stonecipher and Abraham Justice of Morgan, Co.? They are also my great great great grandparents. I haven’t had much luck.

      1. Hello to all from Coalfield Public Library.

        As was stated in the past by the previous Library Director, being a part-time, one-person staff, I can’t do research for you, but we’d love to have you stop by! You might also try to contact the Coalfield Historical and Genealogical Society directly — they are separate from the Library and they have much more information available. More information about them is at the bottom of this page.

        I will post up our current hours below this message for anyone interested in coming by. Please come by and check out the records we do have if you are in the area.

        Have you all check out the Facebook Page called “This is my Coalfield”. A Patron has told me about it and he says you have to join the group, but that they will accept you. I guess it’s possible to ask a question and not join, but I’m not sure on that. That group may know answers to some of your questions. We also have a Facebook Page for our Library and some of the people that like our page may be able to assist too.

        Good Luck and Happy Spring to all. ~ CPL

        Coalfield Public Library Hours:
        Monday 11 AM to 4:30 PM
        Tuesday 11 AM to 4:30 PM
        Friday 11 AM to 4:30 PM
        Saturday 10 AM to 3:30 PM

  9. Teresa:
    That would be great. I am in Ohio but will be in Tn in the near future. My mother still lives in the area. Her cousins live in Coalfield and I see them when I am in the area. But they are from the Wormsley side. Was your grandfather Bert or Joe? Do you live in the area? Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  10. Looking for information on Lena Ellen Tinker, Coalfield who died @ No. 1961. Who was she married to? Was she part Cherokee? What became of all the relatives?

    1. Looking for relatives of Nora and George Hensley related to the Tinkers. Would love to have information on relatives in the Tinker family.
      My email address is If you have any information please email me. Thanks. I will be in Coalfield tomorrow trying to do some genealogy.

  11. Can anyone tell me who owned and donated the land that is now the Davis Cemetery here in Coalfield? Original owner???

  12. Hi My name is Jonathan Allen, I live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Im looking for information on my 4 great grandfather’s parents. They were in Virginia. His parents family was from Ireland. The information I look were census on John Goodman in 1850, 1880, 1900. All list John Goodman born in Virginia, parents from Virginia. His parents family from Ireland. I do not have names or birth dates of John’s parents. I want to know what happen to his birth parents? John Goodman,White Male, born abt. May 1825 in Virginia, died in 1904 Middlesboro, Kentucky. In 1850 census it shows a John Goodman age 20 abt 1830, Tennessee, Male. It shows a John living with another family as a farmer. Doesn’t show his race. My question is, did his parents died after he was born in 1825? Divorced? Is there a birth record of John Goodman ? Can you help me with this information, I gladly appreciate it! Hear from you soon, Thank you.

  13. My mother found a photo of Dilmer Bunch. My grandfather was Laford Bunch, Stephens area, back Petros Rd. Sally Lowe Bunch was his mother and had 14+ kids . We have no info on Dilmer…..any body out there have info??

  14. Sorry I can’t help with any of the requests. I am looking for information on my great-great-grandfather, John Goddard. John married Nancy Ritter (misspelled as Ridder). His daughter, Catherine, married Robert Moore, who is my great grandfather, born in Kentucky and settled in Morgan/Roane county. Dates I know are 1858 (Robert’s birth) and 1931 (Catherine and Robert’s death). If you know anything of John Goddard, I’d love to hear from you. Thanks.

Leave a Reply to R Tinker Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Website Powered by

Up ↑

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: