Benton County, Tennessee Genealogy

The following obituaries have been contributed to the web site.


John Woodrow Leegan, born Oct.7, 1918 in Benton Co., passed away Jan.25, 1977 in Michigan .He was survived by his two older children Beverly & Michael,and two younger daughters Pamela & Melissa. His beloved wife Violet passed 4 yrs. after him, they were buried togather in Michigan for the two younger girls. "This comes so late because I have been trying to find my family for years and cant find them. I have posted queries through family site's surnames, no one has answered them. My father was the eigth child born to John Anderson Leegan & Annie Mancis McDanial(Leegan). I am trying to reach any family I still have. Thank You !!! Melissa Ann Leegan My father was from Big Sandy, I believe I still have family there.

Submitted by Melissa Ann Leegan


The Camden Chronicle reported Thomas Swindle’s death on 10 Jun 1904.

“Thomas Swindle, who had been in bad health for some time, died Sunday at the advanced age of 93 years, 3 months and 20 days, and was the oldest man in the county. Mr. Swindle was born February 9, 1811. He professed religion in July or August, 1843, and joined the Methodist Episcopal church in 1844. In the division to which he belonged, the M. E. Church, South, he was licensed to exhort somewhere in the date between 1850 and 1860 and was faithful to the trust until his death, being a devoted servant of God for more than sixty years. He was first married to Miriam Anderson on January 15, 1833. To that union there were twelve children, eight of whom lived to be grown and four died in infancy.

His second marriage was to Mrs. N. F. Harris on December 7, 1873, who survives him. In 1867, he received the degrees of F. & A. M. at Camden Lodge # 179, of which he died a member. The burial took place at Shiloh Cemetery Tuesday with all the honors of Masonry and was attended by a large gathering of friends and relatives.”

Submitted by William Brackett

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