Robert W. Baskin Papers

Robert Baskin

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Title: Robert W. Baskin Papers

Dates: 1826–2000

Creator: Robert W. Baskin and other authors and compilers, noted where applicable in the inventory

Summary/Abstract: Robert W. Baskin, Sr. donated his papers to the Albert Gore Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University in 1998. Included in the papers are his family’s genealogical records as well as Rutherford County history chronicles pertaining primarily to schools, communities and churches with ties to Baskin’s ancestors. There is also limited information regarding local golf courses and the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Quantity/ Physical Description: Approximately 3.5 linear feet

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Robert W. Baskin Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Robert W. Baskin, 1998

Processed by: Nancy Morgan, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, November 2000

Arrangement: These papers are arranged by series and subseries. The subseries are arranged by family name, alphabetically or by type, according to the creator’s original order.

Biographical Note: Robert W. Baskin, a fourth generation Baskin in Rutherford County, Tennessee, was born December 14, 1910, to Thomas Myles Baskin and Mary Ada Woodruff Baskin. He attended public schools in Rutherford and Giles Counties, graduating in 1941 from Middle Tennessee State Teacher’s College (now Middle Tennessee State University) and subsequently earning a master’s degree from Peabody College in Nashville. He played football in secondary school and in college.

In 1933 and 1934, Baskin was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps working on forestry projects in the Unaka Mountain area near Unicoi, Tennessee. In 1942, he was drafted into the Army and served in the 43rd Infantry, 118th Medical Battalion in the South Pacific during World War II. Later that year, he married Lucille King, with whom he had three children.

He was department chief of the Veterans’ Administration Hospital’s Rehabilitation Division in Murfreesboro for seventeen years, retiring in 1974. He supervised the development of the VA golf course during his tenure. His interest in golf led him to participate in one renovation of the Murfreesboro Golf Club. During the 1970s, he served as Rutherford County Historian. Over the years, he collected and compiled information on school, church, and family history, focusing primarily on the Blackman, Barfield, and Windrow communities in Rutherford County.

Lucille King Baskin died in 1993. The following year Mr. Baskin married Lorraine Ikard Wells. Mr. Baskin died January 11, 2000, and is buried in Murfreesboro’s Evergreen Cemetery.

Scope and Content: The Robert W. Baskin Papers consist primarily of genealogy and Rutherford County, Tennessee community history compilations.  In addition to wills, deeds, military records, photographs, and census records, items range from original slave receipts to plantation ledgers to family correspondence. Some materials are original, but the majority is photocopied. Mr. Baskin's work in East Tennessee as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps during 1933-34 and his interest in golf are represented in a small portion of the collection.  Photographs, although physically stored separately from the rest of the papers, are referenced in the appropriate series. Although the physical dates of original papers are 1826-2000, many of the photocopied, transcribed, and abstracted materials are much older. Information for the family histories dates as far back as 1439.

Although Mr. Baskin did much of the research and compilation, some information was provided or compiled by others. Notes from authors other than Mr. Baskin are included in “Correspondence” folders for the pertinent family grouping. The papers are arranged into four series – Genealogy, Community, Civilian Conservation Corps, and Golf.

Associated Materials: Photographs in the Robert W. Baskin Papers are stored separately in the Albert Gore Research Center, although noted here in the inventory.

Related Collections: There are no related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
Robert W. Baskin
Lucille King Baskin
Loretta Young
Thomas Rideout
Ann Rideout
Barrow Family
Beesley Family
Blackman Family
Bosley Family
Bowman Family
Buchanan Family
Carter Family
Childress Family
Cockrill Family
Dooley Family
Dunn Family
Dyer Family
Earle Family
Gower Family
Gray Family
Hamilton Family
Harding Family
Haynes Family
Hays Family
Hewitt Family
Johnson Family
King Family
McClendon Family
McCorkle Family
McNairy Family
Macon Family
Mays Family
Oates Family
Pillow Family
Posey Family
Rains Family
Ray/Wray Family
Rideout Family
Ring Family
Robinson Family
Shute Family
Sikes Family
Snell Family
Spence Family
Stephens Family
Treadway Family
Vaulx Family
Williams Family
Woodruff Family

Places
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Rutherford County. Tennessee
Unicoi, Tennessee
Unaka Mountain, Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Genealogy
Civilian Conservation Corps
Golf
Veterans
Forestry
Rutherford County
Schools
Churches
Slavery
Civil War
Antebellum Southern Life

Material Types
Correspondence
Receipt books
Transcripts
Photocopies
Sales Receipts
Tax Receipts
Publications
Deed Abstracts
Magazine Articles
Calendar
Memoirs

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Series

Subseries

Description of Contents

1

1

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Three copies of a compilation – “The Baskin-Baskins Family: South Carolina – Pennsylvania,” compiled by Raymond Martin Bell, 1963

1

2

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Bound compilation – “Baskins of Barfield,” by Robert W. Baskin, Sr.; 1986

1

3

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Compilation – “Baskin Genealogy,” by Robert W. Baskin, Sr.; undated

1

4

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Compilation – “Early Sikes Family History in Middle Tennessee,” compiled by Lewright B. Sikes, 1973

1

5

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Correspondence; letter from Cleve Weathers to Rebert Baskin Sr. including Blackman family information; dated May 8, 1995

1

6

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Correspondence; letter from Ms. Monica Anton to Mr. Juliano including genealogical data on Baskins in Great Britain; dated November 13, 1983

1

7

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Miscellaneous correspondence; photocopy of an address of Sheryl Windrow Newsom, with History of Windrow written in bold underneath; a genealogy poem with a handwritten note from “Joyce;” undated

1

8

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Documentation; Bible records; photocopied information pages from family bibles; 1861 - 1962

1

9

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Documentation; Burial Notices; photocopies of burial notices, includes printed obituary of Robert Baskin, Sr.; 1872-2000

1

10

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Documentation; copy of passages from Carolina Cradle by Robert W. Ramseyon “The Western Settlements,” pertaining primarily to the Wray family; passages collected by Henry G. Wray; 1971

1

11

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Documentation; census records for Ring family; includes photocopies and original documents; 1850 & 1860

1

12

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Documentation; deeds; copies: VA Pickins to Baskins, 1747; TN Bradfield to Ring, 1852

1

13

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Documentation; estate settlements and list of Baskins buried in Lowndesville, SC; typed documents undated

1

14

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Documentation; marriage bond of Robert Baskins and Rachel Rickett; 1813

1

15

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Documentation; military records, including copies of civil war military records, pages from publications, Revolutionary War document, related to Baskins, Own, and Ring families

1

16

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Documentation; miscellaneous, including information about Basken/ Baskin family in Great Britain, copy of a Civil War letter from J.E. to Elizabeth Murphey, Oct 7, 1992 DNJ newspaper article about Miles Baskin; copy of 1698 VA indenture contract; laminated transcript of 1842 Rutherford Co. court minutes, Baskin historiography, and copies of Baskin photographs

1

17

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Documentations; wills; Hugh Baskin of SC, undated; John Haynes of TN, 1858; James Owen of TN, 1831

1

18

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Journals/ Memoirs; Colonel J.A. Fite, 7th TN Infantry C.S.A. (1832-1925); photocopy of typed version

1

19

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Pedigree Charts and Descendant Listings; various dates

1

20

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Family Group Sheets; 1986

1

21

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Research Notes; handwritten

1

22

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Photographs – cross-reference Photo Collection Box # 38-01

1

23

Genealogy

Baskin Family

Lucille King Baskin Family Genealogical materials; various dates

1

24

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Documentation; Oates, Earle and Related Families; Genealogy, pgs. 4-37, 86-69; three pages of court documents, Rutherford County 1842 & 1943; oversize items

2

1

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Bound compilation by Robert W. Baskin, Sr.; 1998

2

2

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Bound compilation by Ellen Snell and Woodrow Coleman; undated

2

3

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Loose research compilation by Cleve Weather, includes addresses, resources, and information from phone interviews; 1995

2

4

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Excerpt from “Our Gray Family” by Jane Gray Buchanan; includes a ‘document separation sheet’ referencing Box 8; 1975

2

5

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Loose compilation (4 pgs) on Alfred Blackman by Robert W. Baskin, Sr.; undated

2

6

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Correspondence - includes original documents of letter from Sallie J. to brother Raiford Blackman, Dec. 30, 1872; from B. McCord to Blackman, Feb. 20, 1873; from A. Silcy to H.S. Blackman, Dec. 14, 1893

2

7

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Diagrams (Map – Cemetery); provides location of three Blackman Cemeteries; 1826, 1845, 1869

2

8

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Documentation; deaths; photocopies of funeral notices and obituaries; some with handwritten notes; various original dates

2

9

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Documentation – includes original deed G.W. & L.G. Pierce to R.C. Blackman, March 18, 1872

2

10

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Estate documentation; includes original March 6, 1860 Executor’s Sale Notice and undated/ unlabeled list of buyers at estate sale

2

11

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Funeral; funeral, burial, and death notices; includes encapsulated original documents and embroidered piece of cloth with initials “E.O.L” or “E.O.B.”

2

12

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Documentation; marriages; photocopies of marriage certificates and a marriage list with handwritten notes; various dates

2

13

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Documentation; military service; photocopies of military records; various dates

2

14

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Documentation; miscellaneous; includes original documents Jan. 10, 1859 security license and Aug. 1, 1893 Road Order to Horace Blackman

2

15

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Tax documentation – includes original documents slave receipt, Mar. 15, 1826; slave receipt, Mar. 18, 1826; tax receipt, 1837; two slave receipts, 1846; slave receipt April 25, 1849; Provost Marshal’s tax receipt (levied by General Van Cleve), July 29, 1864; Internal Revenue Service Annual Tax form, 1866

2

16

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Documentation; wills; photocopies and transcripts; various dates

2

17

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Pedigree Charts; printed with handwritten notes; various dates

2

18

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Family Group Sheets; photocopies and prints; various dates

2

19

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Research Notes; photocopies, handwritten notes, and prints; various dates

2

20

Genealogy

Blackman Family

Photographs; cross-reference Photos #021-023

2

21

Genealogy

Crawford Family

Extracted and retyped pages from Cornelia Burns Holland's “Lazarus Crawford, A Glimpse at His Life and Descendents,” c. 1988. (Not original publication.)

2

22

Genealogy

Crawford Family

Documentation; photocopies of deeds, wills, etc.; undated

2

23

Genealogy

King Family

Unpublished, loose compilation; “King Papers” by William H. King; verbatim copy in possession of Robert W. Baskin, Sr.; 1956

2

24

Genealogy

King Family

Documentation; includes photocopies and encapsulated documents; various dates

2

25

Genealogy

McCorkle Family

Loose compilation on Alexander McCorkle; unknown author; undated

2

26

Genealogy

Ray Family

Correspondence; typed transcript of letter from J.H. Wray to Eliza, transcribed Mar. 7, 1990, by Robert Baskin, Sr.; includes photocopy of undated original

2

27

Genealogy

Ray Family

Documentation; includes typed transcripts and photocopies of Rutherford County court records; various dates

3

1

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Bound compilations and loose pages; three copies of “Rideouts of Plainview” by Robert W. Baskin, Sr.; 1992

3

2

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Loose compilation; Excerpts from Ann Ridout’s Composition book,” written while at Soule College (1836-1923); compiled by Robert Baskin, Sr.; 1992

3

3

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Loose compilation; “The Fates of Three Cousins” by Thomas Vance Little (pgs 111-125, taken from a larger unnamed volume); includes handwritten notes in the back; undated

3

4

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Correspondence – includes the following original documents: letter from Hiram Jenkins Jr. to Thomas Ridout, Nov. 23, 1857; from Rutherford Co. Chancery Court Clerk to Elizabeth Ridout, Nov. 18, 1881; from Mary G. Ridout Henry to Annie Ridout Blackman, Nov. 27, 1889

3

5

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Documentation; census; undated photocopies of 1850 census

3

6

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Documentation; deeds; undated photocopies of deed from Maney & wife to Thomas Rideout; March 15, 1852

3

7

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Documentation; funeral notices; photocopies with handwritten notes; various dates

3

8

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Documentation; military; photocopies of Elizabeth Rideout/ Thomas Rideout pension records

3

9

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Documentation; other; photocopies of miscellaneous records; original $10 confederate bill

3

10

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Documentation; receipts, including an 1830 tax receipt

3

11

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Documentation; wills, including original May 6, 1860 will of Thomas Rideout

3

12

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Thomas Rideout Pedigree Charts; printed 1992

3

13

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Family Group Sheets; Beesleys and Parhams; undated

3

14

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Photographs; cross-reference Photos # 024-025

6

0

Genealogy

Rideout Family

Oversize - The Thomas Rideout Ledgers (1820-1880) are boxed separately; loose and encapsulated (unbound) pages are arranged in folders according to decade

3

15

Genealogy

Stephens Family

Compilation “Alexander Stephens 1717-1814” by Raymond Martin Bell; 1962

3

16

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Compilation “The Woodroof-Woodrough-Woodruff Family” by Audrey L. Woodruff; two additional short compilations by unknown authors; 1985

3

17

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Two loose page compilation “Four Bowman Brothers Contributed Nine Sons to the Civil War” by Joyce (Woodruff) Terrana, as part of a Bowman book she was compiling; undated; folder includes photocopies of military records

3

18

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Correspondence – includes original documents: letter from S.J.W. to wife Winnie, June 18, 1865; from Elizabeth Holt to James Smith, July 2, 1879; R.A. Clark to W.W. Woodruff on Winchester Normal School letterhead, Nov. 9, 1892

3

19

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Correspondence; miscellaneous items from Joyce Terrana; various dates

3

20

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Correspondence; J.B. Woodruff, M.D., New Orleans, to Mrs. Mollie Blackman; interesting information includes Tennessee politics (Aug. 9, 1938), Eucharist Congress (Sept. 24, 1938); fears that a relative may be considered a German sympathizer (Nov. 27, 1938); December 1929 to 1940

3

21

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Documentation; photocopies of various documents and photographs

3

22

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Journal “Memories of my Grandmother, Molly (Woodruff) Blackman” by Korean Trent; undated

3

23

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Journal of Mrs. Edmund Fontaine; 1861

3

24

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Two copies of memoir “Reflections of the Past” by Vera Walker; Sept. 14, 1985

3

25

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Pedigree Charts

3

26

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Family Group Sheets

3

27

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Research Notes

3

28

Genealogy

Woodruff Family

Photographs; still included in folder; prints as well as photocopies, with handwritten notes

4

1

Community

Barfield

Unbound compilation by Robert Baskin, Sr.; “History of Barfield;” 1986

4

2

Community

Blackman

Three copies plus partial draft of compilation by Robert Baskin, Sr.; “History of Blackman;” 1986

4

3

Community

Blackman

Loose compilation by Mrs. Bessie Lee Batey Haynes; undated

4

4

Community

Cannon County

Photocopy of Cannon County Marriages 1838-50

4

5

Community

Rutherford County

1810 Census abstracted and alphabetized by Robert Baskin, Sr.

4

6

Community

Rutherford County

“Local General History and Genealogy” compiled by Robert Baskin, Sr.; “Historical Sources” compiled by Robert Baskin, Sr.; photocopy of courthouse specifications published in The Nashville Whig, Nov. 25, 1812

4

7

Community

Rutherford County

“Deed Abstracts, Vol. 1, 1804-1810” compiled by Henry G. Wray

4

8

Community

Rutherford County

Diagrams and sketches of Blackman community; handdrawn

4

9

Community

Rutherford County

Marriage Records 1804-1850, abstracted by Colonel Hardy Murfree Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

4

10

Community

Rutherford County

Research Notes; miscellaneous; handwritten and photocopies

4

11

Community

Rutherford County

“Holdens of Salem” compiled by unnamed author, believed to be Mr. Baskin; undated

4

12

Community

Rutherford County

Two copies plus partial draft of “History of Windrow” compiled by Robert Baskin, Sr.; 1986

5

1

Community

Rutherford County

Photographs; miscellaneous community activities and places; cross-reference #026-030

5

2

Community

Rutherford County

Schools and Colleges; short histories including photocopies of photographs

5

3

Community

Rutherford County

Schools; photocopies of school photographs, taken from newspapers; includes a cross-reference for an unnamed book

5

4

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

Rutherford County

Photocopies of journal and Civilian Conservation Corps related material

5

5

Golf

Rutherford County

Sketches and maps

5

6

Golf

Rutherford County

Photographs (Stored with Albert Gore Research Center Image collections)