Meet the Team….

561255_437322152963233_1702395480_n (2)Chad Fred Bailey is a historian at heart and a very avid genealogist. He serves as a founding member, project leader and webmaster of the Washington County, Tennessee Obituary Project. He is, also, a founding member, 1st secretary, and webmaster of the Friends of the Washington County, Tennessee Archives. He is currently presueing his Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Archival Studies at East Tennessee State University. He graduated with a Bachelors of Business in Accounting and minor in Managment and Bachelors of Arts in History and minor in Appalachian Studies in 2014. He was a 2009 graduate of David Crockett High School. He is the 1st vice president, project coordinator, and the webmaster of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society. He is the webmaster and past president of the Washington County Historical Association. He, also, served on the Washington County, TN Courthouse Centennial Planning Committee in 2013. He is the webmaster and digitizer of the Antioch Baptist Church Records dating from 1875-1999.  He received the 2012 Tennessee Historical Commission’s Special Commissioner’s Certificate of Merit for his work with the Washington County, TN Obituary Project. He is a member of the Watauga Association of Genealogists, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, General Alfred Eugene Jackson Camp #2159, the National Genealogical Society, the Cemetery Survey Team of Northeast Tennessee, and the Boones Creek Historical Trust.

DSCN2438  Donna Cox Briggs was born and raised in the Colonial Heights area of SullivanCounty.  She is married to Mike Briggs and they have lived in Colonial Heights for the past 36 years.  They have two children and three grandchildren. Donna worked as an emergency response manager for an environmental company that manages hazardous spills and debris removal from disaster situations.  She spent time working in the Gulf during the BP oil spill and retired three years ago. She helped to form the Cemetery Survey Team of Northeast Tennessee about twelve years ago. The team is a group that has photographed and transcribed more than 700 cemeteries in two counties.  Donna has served in several capacities for the Watauga Association of Genealogists and is the current secretary of the Washington County Historical Association. She is currently working on several genealogical projects, including photographing and transcribing the cemeteries of both Sullivan and Washington Counties, transcribing the Quarterly Court Minutes of Washington County and assisting with the Washington County Obituary project.

574799_444389842256464_604755474_n Elaine Scott Cantrell is a very knowledgeable historian as well as genealogist in the   Washington County community. She serves as a founding member and supporter of both the Washington County, Tennessee Obituary Project and the Cemetery Survey Team of   Northeast Tennessee. She has extensive volumes of work on several of the area families as well as the history of the area, among these are a 24 volume set of pictures of historic Washington County, Tennessee. She, also, has done extensive work on Oak Hill Cemetery. Mary Hardin McCown, former Johnson City historian, wrote in the minutes of Oak Hill Cemetery that “Only the Lord knew how many unmarked graves are in Oak Hill Cemetery.” Elaine makes it her mission to find each and every grave. She is a member of the 2012 Jonesborough Genealogical Society’s Hall of Fame, 2012 Washington County Historical Association’s Samuel Cole Williams Award recipient, and 2013 East Tennessee Historical Society’s Community History Award recipient. She is a member of the Washington County Historical Association, Watauga Association of Genealogists, Friends of the Washington County, Tennessee Archives and the Jonesborough Genealogical Society.

Geraldine Booth Greenwell

Janette Foster Guinn

B_J_ award night  Betty Jane Usary Hylton was born and raised in Broylesville Community of Washington County, Tennessee. She married Robert Hylton fifty years ago and they live in Johnson City. In the 1970’s, Robert and Betty Jane helped Lorraine Bennett Rae complete her father’s work of surveying all of the cemeteries in Washington County and publishing them in a three-volume set of books. In 1996, Betty Jane and Margaret Hougland created the Washington County TNGen Web Page. Early on they decided to include the cemeteries of Washington County but would update the information. After retiring from Sherrod Library, East Tennessee State University in 2000, Betty Jane joined with Donna Cox Briggs to form the Cemetery Survey Team of NE TN. Donna is the contact person for Sullivan County and Betty Jane serves as the contact person for Washington County. Betty Jane is a founding member of the Watauga Association of Genealogists Northeast Tennessee and is currently the editor of the WAGS Bulletin. She is also a founding member of the Friends of the Washington County Tennessee Archives and is the president. Betty Jane serves on the board of the Washington County Historical Association.

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5 comments on “Meet the Team….

  1. Hello, Saw your information on Buena Vista Cemetery on TNGenWeb and appreciate the work you have done. Just thought you might like to know that some of the names listed for Buena Vista Cemetery are also found on Find A Grave
    at Monte Vista Cemetery. Example:
    Arwood, Woodard 01 Aug 1920 1920, 403

    Woodard Arwood
    Birth: Jun. 22, 1910
    Death: Aug. 1, 1920
    Monte Vista Memorial Park
    Johnson City
    Washington County
    Tennessee, USA
    Created by: Jacinda Gilliam
    Record added: Dec 26, 2006
    Find A Grave Memorial# 17164960

    Birth: Jan. 27, 1917
    Death: Jul. 4, 1920

    Arwood, Edward 24 Jul 1920 1920, 383
    Edward Arwood
    Birth: Jan. 27, 1917
    Death: Jul. 4, 1920
    Monte Vista Memorial Park
    Johnson City
    Washington County
    Tennessee, USA
    Created by: Jacinda Gilliam
    Record added: Dec 26, 2006
    Find A Grave Memorial# 17164990

    Thought you might like to know.
    William Belzung
    Barling, Arkansas

    • Buena Vista is Monte Vista today. Buena Vista was there before Monte Vista and is now the old section and a majority is unmarked.

  2. Hello I am traveling through Johnson City, TN on 3/11 and would like to find the graves of my great-grandparents James F. Little and Phoebe Elizabeth Little. They are buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery. I wonder if you can be of any help. Thanks so much.

  3. Have a challenge for you! death of William Sherman Burton 12 Oct 1904 I cannot find where the body was buried or anything. can you help me.. I know this was in Sullivan Co but looking everywhere contact me bevsdna2#gmail.com
    thanks

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