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Rutherford County, Tennessee Pioneers

That’s right – Publication 52 “Rutherford County, Tennessee Pioneers born before 1800” Susan G. Daniel (2003) is now available as a searchable PDF file.

‘Pioneers’ contains information on more than 6,500 individuals. ‘Pioneers’ has been completely updated with new names and information!

Click here to download your copy of ‘Pioneers’


‘Coffee and Conversation’ will feature a special guest this Saturday morning from 9AM-noon at the historic Ransom School House, 717 North Academy Street, Murfreesboro, TN

Author Michelle Russell will be signing copies of her books ‘From Tennessee to Oz’ Saturday morning, October 14 from 9AM-noon at the Ransom School House, 717 North Academy Street.

Author Michelle Russell will be at the Ransom School House, October 14, 9AM-noon.

Michelle Russell authored two books about the story of Judy Garland’s paternal ancestry in Tennessee, beginning in 1793 with Norton Gum. The books tells of pioneers and Indians, ministers and slave owners who built a great country only to see it destroyed in the Civil War.

Part 2 picks up in 1870 at the end of the Civil War with Judy Garlands grandparents Will and Clemmie Gum. A bright beginning soon turns darksome. Their son, Frank, will be rescued from his empoverished life by the richest man in town. Extensive research uncovers a story never before told. Stories of young Judy Garland taken from first hand sources. Part 2 book concludes in 1942 as Judy Garland entertains the WWII troops and is reunited with her Tennessee roots.


Monthly Meeting, Monday, October 16, Rutherford County Archive, 435 Rice Street, 7PM

RCHS member John McKinney and Stones River Paranormal will share stories of ghosts and goblins throughout Rutherford County.  This promises to be a fun program!

Please visit www.stonesriverparanormal.com and enjoy!


Rutherford Reflections is out!

Yes, the fourth (and latest) installment of Greg Tucker’s exceedingly popular series relating to Rutherford County history is available at the Ransom School House Museum, 717 North Academy Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Come purchase you copy each Saturday morning between 9AM-noon (unless otherwise noted) for only $20.00 for members, $24.00 for non-members.

By the way, did you know membership in the RCHS is only $25 a year?  We’ll even include a copy of our popular ‘Pictures and the Stories they Tell’, a $45 value, as an added bonus.

I have a better idea: join the RCHS for $25, THEN purchase a copy of ‘Rutherford Reflections’ for only $45!!!(*) for both!  (Click here for details)


Our Rutherford County Archive

Please click on the above logo to visit the Rutherford County Archive site.

Please click on the above logo to visit the Rutherford County Archive site.

The Archives’ staff can assist you with researching county government records, genealogy requests, historical property information, class assignments, and so much more.

Information and/or requests concerning actual copies of court records may be obtained from the Rutherford County Archives, 435 Rice Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130, (615) 867-4609 or http://www.rutherfordcountytn.gov/archives/index.htm


Rutherford County Historical Society Officers:

President: Frank Caperton
Vice-President: Margie Weatherford
Secretary: Bonnie Black
Treasurer: Gwendolyn Hopkins Boyd
Program Chairmen: Dr. E. C. Tolbert
Editor: Susan G. Daniel
Web Master: Frank Caperton

(L-R) Joyce Johnson, Bonnie Black, Gwen Boyd, Dr. E.C. Tolbert, Margie Weatherford, Frank Caperton, Toby Francis, Lisa Ramsay, Susan Daniel

(L-R) Joyce Johnson, Bonnie Black, Gwen Boyd, Dr. E.C. Tolbert, Margie Weatherford, Frank Caperton, Toby Francis, Lisa Ramsay, Susan Daniel

Board Members:

James “Toby” Francis
Vicki Norton
Greg Tucker
Lisa Ramsay
Joyce Johnson

Rutherford County Historical Society Chairmanships

Museum Coordinator:  Gwen Boyd
Chairman of Committees:  Jeff Adcock
Landscape Chairman:  E.C. Tolbert
Publication Chairman:  Vicki Norton


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