Will of William Lanier 1811

William Lanier (1756-1811) was my 5th great-grandfather. I found his will on Rootsweb. The primary source listed is: Davidson Co. TN Wills and Inventories, Vol I, 1783-1816, though I have not seen the source myself yet. I am posting the will primarily for the Slave Name Roll Project. See slave names in bold, below. David Parker, […]

The Bassanos and Laniers

My great-grandmother Mama Kelly (Mary Pearl Harrison Kelly) had a really interesting family tree that can be traced way back to Renaissance Italy. Mama Kelly’s 10th great-grandfather was Jeronimo Bassano, a musician and instrument maker who was born in the town of Bassano del Grappa, near Venice, Italy. Much has been written about this Bassano […]

Spring Cleaning the Blog

OK, so it’s not quite spring yet. But my web host finally drove me over the edge! So, I ditched them and moved this blog to wordpress.com. The upside is that the site will now load much faster. I took the opportunity to do some housecleaning and rearranging while I was at it. Content is […]