Friday, December 16, 2011

Wyatt Scrapbook - Marriage of James Alvin Brown and Nadine Bottoms

In November 2011, I purchased a scrapbook at an antiques mall in Carson, California. The scrapbook is believed to have belonged to Laurine Wyatt. I am transcribing the articles and documents contained in the scrapbook with the hope that it may be of value to genealogists who may be researching the individuals named.

“Lawrenceburg Bride

“Lawrenceburg, Tenn., June 1 (Spl.)--Mrs. James Alvin Brown was Miss Nadine Marjorie Bottoms, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Bottoms of Lawrenceburg, before her marriage in Franklin, Tenn., on May 19. Mrs. Brown is a member of the Girl's Cotillion, and the Girl's A. B. C. Club.”

I found the following marriage record for Alvin Brown and Nadine Battams in Williamson County, Tennessee, on May 19, 1940:

Source: Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002. Nashville, TN, USA: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Microfilm.

  1. Nadine Bottoms was born about 1919 and is enumerated with her parents and siblings on the 1920 and 1930 U.S. federal censuses, in Lincoln County, Tennessee, and Lawrence County, Tennessee, respectively.
  2. This announcement was on the back of a loose newspaper clipping in the scrapbook. Therefore, I do not believe this person was affiliated in any way with Laurine Wyatt.
  3. I have no information regarding the date of publication of this announcement or the name of the newspaper in which it appeared.

© 2011 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research


  1. Nadine Bottom is the daughter of Thomas Benjamin "Bee" Bottom and Madge Odella Franks. She was born in April 1919 Lincoln Co., Tennessee and died 1 Jan 2001 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee and is buried in Mimosa Cemetery.

    In addition her marriage date must be 19 May 1940 as if it were 1930 she would have been 11 years old.

    Nadine had 8 known siblings; Elliott; Pierre; Robert; Terry; Pauline; Daphne; Willadean and Thomas Jr.

  2. Thank you for posting additional information about Nadine. The marriage year is clearly 1940, and I have corrected the typo in the original post.

  3. This is so amazing. Those are my great-grandparents!

    1. Sarah, I'm so excited to hear these are your grandparents! Since this announcement was on the back of another article, I debated about whether I would post it. Now I'm glad I did!