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"Roosevelt Russell Jr of Kingsport ,TN and Buffalo, NY"

Updated August 1, 2006

Researching my family history, the Russell(Starr)/Cothran(Campbell) families of Kingsport,TN and Rome,GA, were the places of birth of, my greatgrand and grand parents. These locations serve as the points of origin into establishing the roots of the
Russell/Cothran History.

I started this project with information based upon family stories I heard as a child. Although at that time they weren't very important nor did I understand fully the gravity of importance they would become. Those same stories of promenient family members, their adventures and lifestyles is a great source of information( My Grandfather Hershel the stylish dresser, Russell Mountain in Rome GA as related to me by my cousin Marcus Russell, the moonshine stills and runs, also the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of my maternal greatgrand father Joe Cothran), that constitutes a very large part to this research. Another important source of information is from Ancestry World Tree Project of Zainab Ghani-Shareef of Florida.

Like my father and grandfather, I was born in Kingsport TN, I grew up in Buffalo, NY and spent a great deal of my adult life in the Marine Corps and civil service, away from the family historians. As those family members that had our history are no longer with us, they can longer guide me through this endeaver.

The history and background begins with my grandfather Hershel Russell(son of Warren Russell) of Kingsport, and Chattanooga TN., who met and married my grandmother Elizabeth Jean Starr(the daughter of Minnie Covington) of Holland, and Summerville GA. Their children Roosevelt(Jack),Helen,Richard also of Kingsport, and J.D.Sanders of Gadsen Alabama from my grandmother's previous marriage. I don't have much information regarding my father's grandparents or parents except their roots having been between Rome GA and Kingsport, TN. My grandfather was one(1) of twelve(12) children and to best of information I have, they were all born in Kingsport TN and/or Georgia.

My father Roosevelt met and married Thelma Elizabeth Cothran of Rome, GA., her parents being Samuel Powell Cothran( son of Joe Cothran and Slyvia Foster) and Elizabeth Campbell)daughter of Issac Campbell and Rossie Smith), also of Rome, GA and has a brother named Felix.

With a great deal of pride, like Alex Haley must have felt, I enter the following information about my maternal greatgrand parents, who are: my greatgrand father was also named Issac Campbell, born bet.1840-1841, whose ethnic background arose from a member of the Watusi Tribe of Africa, his nick name was African Joe and was born in South Carolina. My greatgrand mother Leathia Anderson of South Carolina who was born in 1849 both were born in bondage,their parents were born in Virginia. They had twelve children whose places of birth, range from Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.

Information concerning dates, places and marriages I don't have.

Any addittional information would be greatly appreciated and I am willing to share what information I have.

Roosevelt Russell Jr
900 Richards Dr
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
United States

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