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I am Searching the descendants of William and Polly Hooker Rich. One of their children is Jessee Rich. Jessee and Elizabeth Savage Rich lived in Overton County, now Clay County, Tennessee. Jessee and Elizabeth Savage Rich had 14 children. The supporting family surnames are as follows: Abney, Asbridger, Bowman, Brown, Grace, Johnson, Hill, Holeman, Hooker, Martin, Reynolds, Savage, Skipworth, Upton, Waddle, Webb.

Jessee's brother, John,(1795-1871) took his family and settled in the Moss, TN area. He was married to Virginia Jane Peak and Rachel Pipkins. For more information on this Rich Family, contact --Hilda Brown, 1200 Midway Road, Moss, TN 38575 and watch for new reports and family trees on this family.

We know that Jessee and John were not the only children of Willialm and Polly Hooker Rich. If you are a descendant from a Rich family in Monroe Co or Cumberland co , KY -- or --Clay, Overton, Jackson, Frentress Co, TN, you are probably related to John and Jessee Rich.
We are also searching for the descendants of Nancy Rich Odle, a daughter of Jessee & Elizabeth (Savage) Rich.
We have discovered that the Jeremiah Rich living in Cumberland Co, KY in the early 1800's is also a brother of Jessee Rich.

OUR RICH HERITAGE -- WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN is available for $20.00 includes postage. This is a book about our very beginnings from Timmothy Rich to Jessie Rich. Contact Donita Morris at for form information or to order the book.


Rich Reunion Oct 10th and 11th 2014.
Reservations are confirmed in Celina, TN at Ollie's Restaurant for breakfast at about 7 o'clock Friday morning, October 10, before we strike out on the Cemetery Tour, and at the Women's Building at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Celina Saturday, October 11, for meeting, sharing, and pot luck lunch. Mark your calendars and watch for more details before too long. Please call or write Lea or Julia--see below.

What's new in your tree? Any new discoveries? Any major breakthroughs? Have you found a family connection that you didn't know about last year?

Do you have any current news of family to include in a bulletin or newsletter? Births? Marriages? Graduations? Military Honors? Promotions? Deaths?

Do you have a copy of your family tree that you could bring for display at this year's reunion on October 10 & 11, 2014? What about photographs?

Have you met any new Rich family researchers who might want to attend this reunion? Please send us their names, addresses, e-mail addresses, or phone numbers and don't forget to put the dates on your calendars.

Start planning for October and what you can do to make our reunion interesting, informative, and entertaining. Looking forward to October...

Please contact one of the Rich Reunion committee below.

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If you do not have a list of the new mailing list and would like one please notify one of the Rich Reunion Committee. Also let them know if there is anyone that is not on the list that would like to know about the reunion.


Julia Savage Minatra
14866 Versailles Road
Rockvale, TN 37153
615-274-6636 home

Lea Head
630 Wilson Rd
Whitewright, TX 75491
903-364-2403 -home


I am also researching the descendants of Arthur Moseley, of Buckingham Co., Virginia.

**** NOTE ***** I am working on Vol. 2 of our Rich History. Please send me your updates as soon as possible as I would like to have rough draft of the next Vol. for the reunion.

The Tennessee Rich Family Home Page
Updated March 14, 2014

Donita Morris
229 Medlin Road
Walnut Hill, Illinois 62893-1313
A-United States
(618) 532-4232

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Family Photos

  • Rich Reunion Cemetery Tour 1999 (12 KB)
    Front row: Jimmie Maples & Donita Morris. Back row, R.H. McCoin, Bob Morris, Frances McCoin. We were back in Tinsley Bottoms, Tn at a cemetery where Abraham Lincoln's grandparents were buried. Losts of weeds. As you can see it is beautiful in that area.
  • Rich Reunion Cemetery Tour 1999 (18 KB)
    Houston Robbins, driving the truck with the brave ones that ventured back into the Tinsley Bottoms for the Lincoln Cemetery where Abraham Lincolns grandparents were buried.
  • Our "Rich" Heritage Book (34 KB)
    This is the cover of the book I have written about this family. The pictures are of Martin Rich (with beard) and Alford Rich. They are two of the children of Jessee and Elizabeth (Savage)Rich. The book sells for 12.50 (includes postage).

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