Road Crews and Jury Selection: How To Find Where Our Ancestor Lived and Their Neighbors

J. Mark Lowe, FUGA
Apr 29, 2020
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Road Orders
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Jury Duty
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 “…Ordered by the Court that Cullen E. Sugg oversee the road in the room of Josiah Lawrence and that he with the following hands to wit. Josiah Lawrence, Matthew Williams, Benjamin Batts, Jesse Herring, William Deloach, Sugg Fort, Elias Fort, Hardy Grisard, Elias Lawrence, William Watson, George James, Alexander Gooch and Jesse Andrews, James Lawrence and all other hands residing within the bounds of said road keep said road in repair according to law…”

[Robertson County Tennessee Minute Book 7, p 422]

What do these men have in common? Learning to recognize and understand information contained in county court minute books and order books along with other types of routine court records will require effort to determine the appropriate law regarding the entry and the prevailing tradition of the community. In order to have a better understanding of the laws in place regarding the construction and maintenance of roads, we should review the state laws in place at the time.

About the speaker

About the speaker

J. Mark Lowe, FUGA is a full-time professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. While sharing personal experiences that help beginning and experienced researchers gain new skills and insights for research, he specializes in original records and
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    A fascinating presentation. Thank you.

    Absolutely Brilliant webinar giving me lots of great ideas for tracking my early American Ancestors.

    always great information.

    Always love Mark’s presentations!


    An interesting topic, I never knew the details about before today

    Another Excellent Mark Lowe presentation! Thank you.

    Another good webinar by J. Marc Lowe! Very knowledgeable researcher!

    Awesome! Mark always gives you so much information about sources and how they are connected!

    Can’t say enough good things about Mark Lowe. He has been doing research for so many years and has so much first-hand knowledge to pass along to us. He doesn’t just present the “usual” topics–he gets down to the records we would rarely think about. Thanks for having this wonderful webinar. I’m ready to go over to FamilySearch.Org and start looking for some of these county records right now while I eat my lunch!

    Consistently terrific speaker on such a great topic! Thank you, Mark!


    Dense content and witty.

    Excellenat webinar by Mark as always.


    Excellent content and resources!

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Excellent information about how these records are related and where they may be located!

    Excellent information! Speaker made it very interesting. I will be adding these tools to my toolbox.

    Excellent job!

    Excellent presentation

    Excellent webinar!

    Excellent webinar!!! Cant wait to look thru the minutes books and all the other great locations Mark told us about. I will re watch this webinar many times. Thank You Mark and Geoff.

    excellent! As is anything by Mark Lowe!

    Excellent! Great info to help tracking family folks! Thanks!

    Excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed it, although my geographic research is not in the South. I’ve found similar records (accidentally) in the Maritimes. Thanks so much.

    Excellent! Thank you so much.

    Excellent, certainly learned something new. Thank you!

    Extremely interesting and thorough webinar! He’s always a terrific presenter!

    For DAR purposes: If your ancestor was a supervisor of roads between 1776 and 1782, if will qualify him as a Patriot with Civil Service .

    good examples

    Good information that isn’t readily available.

    Good new information to use.

    Good webinar on road crews and jury selection.


    Great and interesting

    Great clear audio. Liked use of control panel to ask questions.

    Great idea. Thanks for bringing to mind that in the smaller 18th & 19th century communities one’s neighbors influenced (and recorded) the community events.

    Great info on stuff I would not think of.

    Great information!

    Great information. Places to research I had not thought about.

    Great intro to Minute Books

    Great new resource–never even heard of Road Crews and many ancestors from the South. Thanks!

    Great new resources, thanks.

    Great places to look for new information on my ancestors.

    Great Speaker!

    Great talk. Learned lots of good places to research.

    Great topic! Always love to hear Mark Lowe talk.

    Great webinar! Learned a lot and it gave me ideas for researching some colonial era NY state ancestors who have few records. Thanks to Mark, Geoff, Marian & Legacy! (also grateful for the chance to stay connected during this crazy time 🙂

    had absolutely no knowledge of this type of record, what a great resource! Thanks

    Hope the information is of use in Minnesota and Wisconsin. It’s always good to learn more about court records.

    I could listen to Mark Lowe all day long, but had to leave for another webinar I couldn’t watch at a later time. I’m glad I have Legacy webinars, I will watch this from start to finish later.

    I could listen to Mark Lowe all day. His knowledge is deep, but he keeps his explanation simple. Many thanks for inviting him to speak again.

    I enjoyed this webinar very much.

    I found my ancestors in lists of road crew members in the local newspaper with the amounts they were paid for their work. This was in Washington state in the early 1900s.

    I had found some of this info but did not know what to do with it. Now I can go back and use it. Very easy to follow talk.

    I had no idea these minute and record books existed, or even that people were required to work to maintain the roads. Having such crews makes perfect sense, of course, because somehow those roads were created and maintained. Amazing, truly amazing! Thank you so much.

    I had very low expectations when I saw the title of this webinar, but I found it to be both interesting and informative! Thanks!

    I learned a lot! Thanks!

    I learned lots of good tips. I have heard of road crews & know of an ancestor who worked on his, but didn’t realized how much more Info I could glean from those records. Thanks so much for sharing.

    I liked how Mark brought up suggestions for so many new and different records to read and search.

    I wouldn’t have ever thought to use these records – great webinar!

    I’d never considered most of his suggestions. Thanks for a new road to follow!

    I’m from Tennessee, but I live clear on the other side of the country now. It is such a pleasure to listen to Mark speak just like I still do!! I have put my toes into the water of road crew and jury duty records and have just a bit of experience using them. Mark is correct–they are full of interesting tidbits about how our ancestors lived and worked together.

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    I’m impressed with Mark Lowe’s knowledge and ability to broadcast that knowledge in a clear and understandable manner.

    incredibly helpful tidbits that lead to so much

    Informative as usual.

    Informative. I am now researching Maury County, TN. I have ancestors both enslaved and free that lived in the county. Wish me luck on locating them in Road crews and poll lists.

    Interesting approach to finding persons. Thanks

    Interesting information to follow up on.

    Interesting thanks.

    Interesting topic

    interesting. thank you.

    It gave me some good ideas for how to determine when someone left one area and arrived somewhere else.

    It was very interesting to see the different kinds of records you can find to help track ancestors. Thank you!

    It’s awesome how many lesser used records abound. Mark Lowe finds them and explains how to use them in a way that is so easy to understand.

    J. Mark Lowe always great

    Learned a lot.

    learned new ways to study

    Lots of good information and well presented.

    Lots of good information….I learned a lot.

    Lots of wonderful information on a subject that I knew very little about.

    Love all of his information looking forward to just reading minutes

    Love to listen to Mark Lowe he has schooled us once again today! Fabulous!!

    Loved this webinar because it included sources I have not used. Off on a new research adventure!

    Lowe is, as said by the moderator, fun to hear on most any topic.

    Mark always has great info!

    Mark always teaches me about new records and resources.

    Mark gave lots of great information about sources that I had never heard about before.

    Mark is a joy to listen to. I learn so much from him.

    Mark is always excellent!!!!!

    Mark is always excellent.

    Mark is always great! Thank you.

    Mark is always interesting and informative. Thanks for offering this as a free session in these crazy times.

    Mark is always so absorbing and he constantly widens the research lens for me.

    Mark is always so easy to understand with good examples and explanations. Thank you.

    Mark Lowe always a great presenter

    Mark Lowe ALWAYS give us new resources to consult when looking for our ancestors.

    Mark Lowe is fantastic, and a wealth of knowledge. Love his webinars.

    Mark Lowe is the best!

    Mark Lowe was well prepared. I have found ancestors in or appointed to road crews in my research, but had not idea how I could use them to find information. Thank you

    Mark makes webinars fun with his expert and thorough knowledge presented to us in that smooth southern drawl of his!

    Mark’s webinars always remind me just how much I don’t know! This webinar gave me ideas of research possibilities for my brick wall in Hamilton County, TN in 1830! Thank you so much!!!

  4. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    Mark’s webinars are so fascinating and this was a great one. Thank you.

    Mr. Lowe’s webinars are always so full of useful information. I was surprised at how much there was to learn about this topic.

    Really appreciate J. Mark Lowe’s insight and information. He inspires me to look at new ways of looking at my ancestors and finding them.

    Terrific as usual!!

    Terrific presentation on these little known or used sources.

    Thanks for some new perspectives and resources.

    The presenter did a great job of sharing examples and then modeling how to examine and analyze less commonly searched records.

    The speaker was excellent but it wasn’t the topic I was looking for.

    This gives me a whole new “avenue” of Family history to pursue. Thanks!

    This was a great webinar. I love J. Mark Lowe! This will help me with my Colonial research.

    Thought the presentation and information was excellent. Looking forward to more webinars! Thank you very much!

    Very enlightening and full of fantastic information! Excellent webinar!

    Very Good

    very good

    Very good content. I’m not very familiar with the subject, so this is an excellent jumping off point to find additional records. Would love to see an additional presentation of this to go into more depth of exactly how to search for this type of data, a kind of “Road Crews for Dummies” kind of lesson, starting with a particular person and the logic behind how to search for the laws of the time and how to find/interpret the records. Excellent presentation!

    Very good information.

    Very good new information that I would have not thought to look at.

    Very helpful! Thanks! Yes, I am a southern transplant to PA.!!

    Very informative & well organized.

    very informative and a lot of info I never knew about….thank you for sharing

    Very informative and great questions!

    Very informative!

    Very informative. Top-notch presenter!

    Very informative. Thank you.

    Very informative. This enlarges my scope of research!

    Very interesting

    Very interesting discussion on resources I rarely use. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Very interesting subject and a new way of looking at and for records. I like to know more about my ancestors’ lives and when I get to that point, these notes will be a tremendous help. I do like the webinars given by J Mark Lowe.

    Very Interesting!

    Very interesting! The door has been opened for a whole lot more research. Thank you!

    Very interesting!!

    Who doesn’t love Mark Lowe?

    Wonderful information! Mark Lowe is a great presenter. Thank you! : )

    Wonderful information!!!

    Wonderful presentation and handout.

    Yes this is a new way for me


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