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Re: YOUREE--DOAK, Middle Tennessee
Posted by: Betty Beard Date: July 27, 2000 at 10:34:24
In Reply to: Re: YOUREE--DOAK, Middle Tennessee by Bill Youree of 390

I am so happy to connect with you--my granduncle, Austin Wheeler Smith, evidently got no response from your side of the family when he wrote the George/Lacy genealogy in 1939, so I have no information about Bertha Bell Doak's descendants. He gives descendants for her brother, Dr. James Robert Doak, and her sister, Lou Phemia Doak.

Here's my dilemma: except for the children and descendants of Emily George, the Doaks are no relationship to me whatever. I started this quest almost by accident in an effort to find the cousin "Andy Doak" mentioned by my great-grandfather, Robert George Smith, in his Civil War memoirs. He stated that his grandmother had 11 grandsons who fought in the Civil War, and of them only 5 survived. M.L. Hollis was killed in battle at Shiloh. James and Will Hollis, John Smith (his brother) and Andy Doak died of sickness. Will George was captured, etc., etc. I went on a search for all these people, and ran into a brick wall with Andy Doak. There was no Andrew listed in any of the information I could find about descendants of the Rev. Samuel Doak. Then, through the LDS, I finally re-obtained a copy of my granduncle's 1940 GEORGE genealogy which tells about this family and through that located them on the census......and have been trying to establish who the father of the Cannon County's J.N. Doak was ever since, more or less as an exercise in improving my skill as a genealogist. (Because of my granduncle, so much of it had been done for me!)

Here's the problem:

Dr. John Newton Doak of Washington County, who is also supposedly the son of John Whitfield Doak, married 1)Martha Bethsheba Snapp, daughter of Abraham Snapp. According to the Snapp website (and Washington County records)they were married July 25, 1825. She is mentioned in Abraham's will of July 1833 as being already deceased. He also mentions his granddaughter, her daughter, Mary Jean Doak. Dr. John married 2) Martha Payne on June 10, 1834, and they had at least one son, John Whitfield Newton Doak, born in Washington County on December 10, 1838, who died in a Civil War prison camp in Paris, Illinois, on October 17, 1865.

John Newton Doak of Cannon County married Emily George in 1838. My granduncle states that except for several years that they spent in Missouri, they lived in Cannon County all their lives. They are on the 1850 Cannon County census with four of their children and someone named Barthema Weaver, age 60, born in NC. (No idea who she is!) The family is also on the 1860 census (sans Barthema). This family is also mentioned in Sterling Spurlock Brown's History of Woodbury and Cannon County, in which he states that John Newton Doak established the first tailor shop in the town. He also states that J.N. Doak was the grandson of Rev. Samuel Doak, but does not say who his father was.

My granduncle also says that John Newton Doak who married Emily George is a grandson of Rev. Samuel Doak, but does not mention his father's name.

The Hugh Lawson Preston family traces their ancestry to Rev. Samuel through Thankful Caroline Doak, daughter of John Newton and Emily George Doak (Frederick Virkus Abridged Compendium, Vol. 1) Virkus also lists him as the son of John Whitfield Doak. (And the use of the name Thankful would also tie them to the family of Rev. Samuel).

HOWEVER, the Dr. John Newton Doak of Washington County proponents are mostly adamant that these cannot be the same person (as I said, I've seen one website that adds Emily George as a third wife of Dr. John, but given the dates of the other two marriages, this seems unlikely. Also, the two children by Martha Bethsheba Snapp and Martha Payne are certainly not mentioned in the 1850 Cannon County census, in which you'll find Andrew N., Thomas J., Thankful C., and Mary H. In addition, I can't see him giving up being a doctor to become a tailor, nor can I imagine that my granduncle would have missed mentioning that he had been a doctor) Both groups, however, claim ancestry through John Whitfield Doak!

Not to disparage the DAR, but the records I have accessed have shown a propensity to gloss over the distaff side. I've seen people who have claimed membership through the same male ancestor who have given widely different spellings of the wife's name that the DAR accepted (these were obviously not a first/second wife situation). I would have to do a great deal of research into how they verify information before I relied on them as an authority.

I'm still not satisfied that I have an adequate answer on this and will continue my search.

If you have a family tree program I'd be happy to send a gedcom or whatever on the information I have on John Newton and Emily George Doak and descendants. For some reason my e-mail is not working at the moment, so it might be a few days before I can send anything.

Betty Beard


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