Tuesday, November 10, 2015

These photos were taken about 1940 at a Tinch family get together.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Narrative by Dona Hiser

As Told To Me by My Father, John Allen (C) Tinch by Dona Hiser

About the middle of the 1700's, a man by the name of Tinch left England and came to America. He settled on the Roanoke River in Virginia. There, as the story goes, he married a Cherokee Indian maiden and raised a family. One of the children named George married Jensey Short. They raised three children: John, Mary, and Anderson.

Jensey died and George married Mary Jane Norman. They had six children: Wylie, George, Polly, Alex, Frank, and Allen.

Later George moved to Tennessee and settled in Morgan County near Old Palestine Church. Here he spent the remainder of his life and was buried in the Old Palestine Church cemetery. (Near Shadeland?)

The children grew up and scattered. Some of them married and settled in the Fentress County area. Others never married.

John went west and never returned. Anderson married Sally Spurling. They had one son, Jackson Polk. Sally died when Polk was 8-years-old. Anderson then married Winnie Crabtree. They had no children. Josephine, the Negro woman who had been a slave in the household, chose to stay on and take care of the young Polk even though she had been legally freed.

Anderson Tinch, the son of George Tinch, was born 3/30/1810. Sally Spurling Tinch was born 11/4/1814. They were married 4/26/1832. They had only one child, Jackson Polk Tinch, who was born 12/17/1848. Anderson died 3/03/1892. Sally died 11/14/1856. Winnie Crabtree was born 7/7/1817. She was married to Anderson 12/8/1856, had no children, and died 10/14/1890.

Jackson Polk. Tinch and Sarah A. Epsum were married on 10/24/1867. Sarah was born 3/18/1849. She passed away 12/30/1930. Polk passed away 11/7/1935.

Polk and Sarah had eight children. They were: Timothy Grant; Anderson Calfax; Titus Franklin; Mary Alice; Alexander George; John Allen (C) ; William Harvey; Andrew Jackson.

(NOTE: Andrew's birth mother is said to be Victoria Owens, sister of Abigail Owens.)


The third child of George and Jensy Short Tinch who was named Mary, married a Ringler. They moved to Missouri and never returned.

The six children of George and his second wife, the former Mary Ann Norman, were Wylie, George, Polly, Alex, Frank, and Allen.

Wylie married a Robison and raised their family in Fentress County. One of their sons married Libby Walker, and a daughter married Oscar Reynolds.

George married a Scroggins. They raised their family in the Wolf River area of Fentress County. They had a son, Mills, who had a son George who lived in Brooksville, Florida. More info.

Polly was never married but had one son, Alvin, who married and had a son, Dillard.

Alex married and moved to Illinois.

Frank married Charity Hurst. They took their family to Illinois, Mattoon and Eldorado.

Allen married Nancy Hoover. They raised their family in Overton County near Cookeville.
 1987 Jackson Polk Tinch Family Reunion at Old Barger
Back row, left to right: Everett Tinch, son of William Harvey Tinch; Fred Cromwell, son of Mary Alice Tinch Cromwell; Delbert Tinch, son of Andrew Jackson Tinch; Archie Tinch, son of Andrew Jackson Tinch, Mary Beatrice Proctor, daughter of Andrew Jackson Tinch.
Second row: Sadie Tinch Richards, daughter of Timothy Grant Tinch; Dona Tinch Hiser, daughter of John Allen (C.) Tinch, Gladys Tinch Stephens, daughter of John C. Tinch; Mae Tinch Blair, daughter of Alexander George Tinch.
Front Row: Juanita Tinch Carney Walker, daughter of Anderson Tinch; Vera Tinch Gracy Dixon, daughter of John C. Tinch; Walter Tinch, son of Franklin Titus Tinch; and Jessie Tinch House, daughter of Andrew Jackson Tinch.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Family picture

Sons of Jackson Polk Tinch and their wives.  Daughter Mary Tinch Cromwell is in the middle.

The family records

Dedicated to the descendants of George Tinch who moved from the Roanoke Valley of Virginia to Tennessee about 1810. George Tinch fathered Anderson Tinch who fathered Jackson Polk Tinch.

In 1987 Cathy Jeffers and I published 50 copies or so of The Family Records of Jackson Polk Tinch.
Polk was the son of Anderson Tinch of Fentress County Tennessee and the father of Timothy Grant Tinch, Anderson Colfax Tinch, Titus Franklin Tinch, Mary Alice Tinch, Alexander George Tinch, John C. Tinch, William Harvey Tinch, and Andrew Jackson Tinch.

Cathy and I took over the work from Mrs. Dona Hiser, who by 1987 was 80-years-old and unable to complete the work by herself.

We sold our 50 copies or so and still had requests a few years later.

The records themselves have not been updated since 1987. But we have added some material not in the original. This Ebook should prove useful for research and will be treasured by family members. There is quite a lot of valuable information. The Ebook presents the material as a pdf file to be read on your computer or printed out. 

It includes the following sections:
*  History written by Jackson Polk Tinch
*  History written by Dona Hiser
*  Letter from Ollie Farris
*  How to read the family records
*  Family Records -- 900 plus family members listed
*  Photos and additional information

Best wishes,
Sandra Turner