This report is a grouping of
interesting stories brought to my attention by former
Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Lasswell,
ancestors of Joel, settled in the area in 1838. Henry's brother
Issac came a bit before him. Issac Lasswell was an early Sheriff
Henry Lasswell's son, Andrew Jackson Lasswell carried mail by foot and by mule to Shawneetown once a week, and when he wasn't a mailman, he was town surveyor for Hoodville. Andrew led an interesting life, he was a blacksmith and a what was known then as a Minister of the Gospel.
A Correction to
My sources were backwards. Frank Lewis was not the blacksmith, he was the barber. The Lewis family took care of your entire family's hair needs, as wife Kathleen was the beautician.
Jackson Lasswell son Charles Smith Lasswell married Leannah
Russell and their son Alva Bryan Lasswell joined the
Another fascinating story for you genealogists and country music fans
Henry and Sarah Lasswell are related to country entertainer Barbara Mandrell. True! For you youngsters who do not know Barbara Mandrell, I am truly sorry, she is still a terrific entertainer.
The Coffee family of
Special thanks to Joel K. Lasswell. More of Joel's stories will appear here in the future.
The above story was submitted by Joel Kevin Lasswell in Nov. 2005 to Mickey Lambert of Dahlgren. Mickey is a cousin to James & John Gholson and a talented writer for the Dahlgren Library News. This story was printed in the spring of 2006 by the McLeansboro Times Leader. Posted by permission.