T. Vance Little

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T. Vance Little has written many books on the history of Williamson County and its people. Let him take you back to the time of our ancestors, when life was at a slower pace, when Williamson County and Tennessee were in their formative stages, and Williamson County was a cross roads in the Westerm movement. Descriptions of material in his books follow.

Genealogy and the Law: Here you will find the legal ins and outs of genealogy, historic preservation, and the meaning of various legal terms which are helpful in understanding genealogical findings.

This area of the web site is made available to help clarify some of those questions, concepts and ideas that often give us problems. Understanding these terms gives us better understanding and comprehension. It helps us to make sense out of legal documents and papers of our ancestors.

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Get To Know The Individual - A Short Bio Sketch

Thomas Vance Little, a Brentwood attorney, has tapped his vast source of knowledge about Brentwood and Williamson County, to make himself known in the legal, genealogical and historic circles of Tennessee. He is descended from pioneer families on both sides of his family. This Brentwood native's education includes an undergraduate degree and law degree from Vanderbilt University, and graduate work at Northwestern University and Cambridge University in England. He is presently associated with Bottorff, Kavin, and Cook, a Brentwood law firm, and is a member of the American, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations.

He belongs to a large number of local, state and national civic and historical organizations, including the Tennessee Historical Society, the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, and the Williamson County Historical Society. He has served as Chairman of the Williamson County Bicentennial Commission, Chairman of the Brentwood Homecoming 1986 Commission, and President of the Carnton Association and the Williamson County Historical Society. He has also served as Chairman of the Trustees of the Endowment for the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, and is a past Chairman of the Brentwood Historical Commission. He now serves as City Historian for Brentwood.

Among the many honors Mr. Little has received are the Heritage Foundation's "Patron of the Year," the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce's "Citizen of the Year," the Williamson County Historical Society's "Volunteer of the Year," and Leadership Brentwood's "Civic Award." T. Vance Little was inducted into the Williamson County Arts Council's Writers Hall of Fame in 1998 for his significant contributions in the field of literature and history.

We are very happy and lucky to have T. Vance Little as an important part of the Williamson County TNGenWeb Genealogical Web Site and look forward to his continued contributions to helping all of us build a better knowledge base for our understanding of the legal terms that relate to genealogy, and the wonderful historical aspects of Williamson County and its people.

T. Vance Little's lifelong residency in Williamson County, plus his intense interest and efforts related to the history of the area, provide him with unique qualifications to capture the rare and significant events related to the history of the Brentwood, Franklin and Williamson County region. He has authored many books that give special insights into the lives and activities of the residents of this part of Middle Tennessee.

Historic Brentwood   was first published in 1985 and reprinted in 1998. This unique book captures Brentwood's development from an untamed wilderness to a tiny railroad stop to the center of industry and commerce it is today. It looks back at the community's past with an eye toward the future. Today Brentwood is evolving, changing, and growing away from its small-town image, yet retains its legacy as one of Tennessee's most historic communities. This volume is full of numerous color pictures of antebellum homes in Brentwood and northern Williamson County. Hardback, 8 1/2 X 11, makes an ideal coffee table item. Price $25.00.

History of the Brentwood United Methodist Church   is a companion volume to Historic Brentwood. This is the story of a church that has practiced the gift of hospitality by opening its arms and its heart to a throbbing and growing community. The vision to receive and nurture people has been in the bloodstream of Brentwood Methodist since that day in 1851 when Thomas Holt struck out to find a location for the first church. Living toward that vision has resulted in one of the strongest and most vital congregations in all of United Methodism, and the largest United Methodist Church in the Tennessee Conference. Here is the story of that congregation and the families who founded and supported that vision. Price $25.00.

Granny White and Her Pumpkins and Other Tales of Brentwood   is a series of 41 vignettes about Brentwood and Williamson County, Tennessee. The book takes its title from Granny White, an inn keeper on the old road between Nashville and Franklin. She entertained many celebrities there, including Andrew Jackson and Thomas Hart Benton, who referred to her in a speech before Congress making her a national celebrity. Soft cover, 5 X 9, 83 pages. No index.

Murder on the Wilson Pike   contains vignettes about northern Williamson County. The book takes its title from and contains accounts of 13 murders committed on a 13 mile stretch of Wilson Pike, a road in Williamson County noted for its historic homes and antebellum mansions. Soft cover, 5 X 9, 136 pages, fully indexed. Price $15.00

Historic Nolensville Cemetery   is a newly published book on the history of Nolensville, Tennessee, which is located in northeastern Williamson County. There is a listing of the burials in the Nolensville Cemetery, some 1,200 of them, arranged by families, some 150 of them, with historical information and genealogical information about each family. A wealth of information is contained in this book. It includes biographical sketches of people taken from a local newspaper in the 1930's and 1940's, a humorous section of people coming back from the grave to tell their own stories, three pre-civil war militia lists and much more. Over 3,000 names fully indexed. 8 1/2 X 11, hardback, 160 pages, 30 pictures. Price $25.00. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the upkeep of the Nolensville Cemetery.

When Cotton Was King on Concord Road - A History of Brentwood Subdivisions   is the newest addition to the work of T. Vance Little. This work takes the history of some 35 subdivisions in northern Williamson County back to their original North Carolina land grants. Most of them were antebellum plantations and homes of prominent families. Many of the homes still stand, some will integrate well and some poorly, into the present subdivisions. Much history of those families and prominent people who lived on the land are covered. 6 X 9 format, fully indexed. Price $14.95.

Where to get YOUR copy:

All books of T. Vance Little are available from:
Mrs Marie L. Ehresman
5006 Murfreesboro Road
College Grove, TN 37046
Telephone: (615) 395-4211
E-Mail: Marie Ehresman at

Add $1.50 postage and handling for each volume ordered.

Legal Terms for The Genealogist

Short Title: 101 terms that every genealogist needs to understand

T. Vance Little has made available to this web site a collection of about 100 legal terms that are important for the genealogist of today to understand. They are made available here for everyone to use, learn, and to help make sense out of the legal documents and papers of our ancestors. Examples are included with most terms.

Go here to check out the Legal Terms for the Genealogist and find out just how much you DON'T know about the legal aspects of genealogy.

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