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Historical society hears about land grants

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Hostesses for the Historical Society's Monday evening program were (left to right): Polly Frazier, Sarah Hill, Gene Smith, Sandra Smith, Guy Hill, Freda Head, and Randy Head.
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Bedford County Historical Society held its winter meeting Dec. 3 at First United Methodist Church.

After a potluck supper, President Al Simmons conducted a short business meeting.

Simmons reported that the Society sponsored a visit by the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) at the Fly Building on October 3 to document County relics, antiques, and memorabilia related to the Civil War. This is part of the State's archival effort for the Civil War Sesquicentennial Program.

Argie Cooper Public Library Director Pat Hastings accepts a copy of Jack Masters' latest book on Tennessee land grants from the author and Society President Al Simmons (left). Masters presented the Society's Monday meeting program on land grants of Bedford County, including the Willie Blount grants and grants along Duck River and across the county.
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Simmons thanked the Guy Hill Family for providing a float for the Society to exhibit in the recent Veterans Day Parade. The float featured 10 high school students dressed in vintage military uniforms. They rode on a float displaying the Society's banner and were pulled by a 1948 John Deere Model B tractor.

The Society also hosted the Genealogical and Historical Societies of Middle Tennessee's annual fall meeting on October 13. The program included workshops and speakers on historical topics of local interest. Over 50 representatives attended from across middle Tennessee.

The Society then elected officers and board members for the next two-year term. New board members are Larry Richardson, Freda Head, Mary Lynn Prince, and Burt English. New officers are Hazel Foster, treasurer; Carolyn Smotherman, corresponding secretary; Carolyn Jones, recording secretary; Guy Hill, vice president; and Al Simmons, president.

After the business meeting, Jack Masters presented a program on land grants of Bedford County. He began the program by giving a short tutorial on the background of the land grant process and how grants were awarded. Then, he highlighted the grants in the Bedford County area. These included the Blount grants totaling 85,000 acres and the rest of the grants along Duck River and across the county.

The next meeting will be March 18, 2013.

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