FIRST FAMILIES of EAST TENNESSEE
KNOX COUNTY AREA
BEAVER RIDGE / BALL CAMP
District 19 [Karns]
SOLWAY / HARDIN VALLEY
BULL RUN Anderson County
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Karns Resident Digs for History
By Joe Rector
Even though she’s not a native of the area, Barbara Guinn is immersed
in the collection of historical information about Karns. The more she
does, the more she enjoys the work.
Guinn is originally from Sacramento, Calif. She met her husband, Mike,
in Houston, and the couple was married in 1979.
Mike is from Knoxville and grew up in Karns, where his family’s home
was located on Oak Ridge Highway near the red light. They moved back to
Knoxville from Texas in 2005 and live in Mike’s home place.
In the past year, she has begun researching the history of Beaver Ridge
(Karns) from the years 1860 and before. She says that much has been
written about the years after that, which she refers to as “recent
Guinn’s intention is to compile the information into a book. The
working title is “East Tennessee Footprints” and will list several
of the first families in the region, including such names as Cox, part
of her husband’s family tree, Fox, Callaway, Cobb and Bird. She also
will add families that lived in the Solway community and Bull Run area.
The book will be published in the fall. It will have three sections:
genealogy and biographies, court records and stories, and pictures of
old houses, buildings, and residents from those early years.
She hopes to tell interesting stories about the people and community
during the earliest years. That will give insight into some of the
oldest families to their present day relatives. The book will be
published through Amazon.com. It could be the first in a series as more
names, information and pictures come in.
Guinn is no stranger to this kind of work. She’s done genealogy
research for 15 years and has completed two surname books. In addition,
Guinn has hosted the Owen County, Ky., research Web site.
The work is more like fun to Guinn. She says that discovering things
through her research is rewarding, and she always likes having the
opportunity to give families more information about their roots. She
completed tracking the histories of her parents’ families.
“I got hooked on researching, and then I was addicted to gathering
more information. Many family histories are like soap operas,” she
Guinn says the best part of her genealogy research work is discovering
the histories of small towns and communities and then writing them down
so that people can learn more about their families and the lives that
they led. She does admit that doing so is a time-consuming project that
requires a great deal of detail work.
Guinn encourages people with information and pictures to contact her so
that those things can be included in her book. She asks that people
e-mail her at email@example.com. This fall, she hopes that
relatives and community residents will purchase a copy so that they can
learn more about the place they call home.
|Welcome to my history
project. I have been researching for over 15 years. This
past year I started working on a history project for Beaver Ridge [Karns]
finding the families that moved to this area prior to 1860.
I am writing a book to be published SUMMER of 2012. Printed
copies will be given to the Historical Society of Knoxville. I plan on
including all the families that continued to live in this area through
1860. I will include land records, census, tax and court records if
found. I will not be doing a genealogy study of the family lines in the
book. I will be including a brief bio on various families.
If you find your family surname and want to include a brief history
please contact me.
I am working with Family
Search [LDS] Community Trees and will be offering an extended family
file based on Census Records 1830-1880.
Follow the links to early land records this is a listing of
surnames selling property and often moving to Alabama and Missouri by
1830. A complete list of surnames living in this area 1830 census.
Just found the 1880 City Directory for Knox Co listing the land
owners of this area.