Some Buncombe County Marriage Notices

by Tonia Kendrick on April 12, 2014 in Analysis,Evidence


I‘ve been working through a book I found at the Family History Library called Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N. C. Newspapers 1840-1870 An Index, going through page by page and analyzing the information found.  Today, I reviewed several pages, which included Alexandes, Brooksher, Burgin, Cunningham, Davidson, Deboard, Hemphill, and Lytle (there were more names, but these are the surnames of interest to me).  Extracts are in bold below.


“ALEXANDER, Miss Sophronia, daughter of George C. Alexander, to Calvin Patton, all of Buncombe County, Feb. 9, 1842, on Swannanoa (H. M., Feb 18, 1842).”

Comment: “H.M.” refers to the Highland Messenger, “Asheville’s first known newspaper, published from June 5, 1840, until sometime between August 17, 1848 and September 27, 1849.”  Sophronia’s father, George C., was a son of James Alexander and Rhoda Cunningham.   I have Pattons in western North Carolina, as well.  I do not know who Calvin is at this time, but I expect he will turn out to be connected to my Pattons.

“BROOKSHER, N. W., to Miss Mary A. Warren, both of Buncombe County, April 11, 1852 (A. M., April 21, 1852).”

Comment: “A.M.” refers to the Asheville Messenger, the successor paper to the Highland Messenger.  It was “published from the 1848-1849 period noted above until at least as late as January, 1853.” I have Brookshires who lived in Wilkes County, which is a couple of counties away from Buncombe, also in western North Carolina.  I don’t know at this time if N. W. is connected to my Brookshires.

“BURGIN, Alney, of Burk County, to Miss Drucilla W[hitson] of Buncombe County, Feb. 8, 1842, on Swannanoa (H. M., Feb. 18, 1842).”

Comment:  Alney is the son of John Burgin and Elizabeth Mann.  He had an uncle named Alney, but the uncle was born in 1797, which doesn’t completely rule him out as the bridegroom, but makes it much more likely that this notice refers to Alney, the younger.  Additionally, the younger Alney appears on the 1880 census with a wife named Drusilla, while the elder Alney died in 1868.

 “BURGIN, Miss Harriet, daughter of John Burgin, to Samuel M. Young, Dec. 1, 1859 (A. N., Dec. 8, 1859).”

Comment:  “A. N. refers to the Asheville News, which was published between 9 Jan 1851 and 18 Nov 1869.  At this time, I can’t identify Harriet or her father, (I have 10 John Burgins in my database and more than one is the right age to be Harriet’s father).  Samuel could also turn out to be related, as I have Youngs from western North Carolina, as well.

“CUNNINGHAM, Col. F. H., to Miss Jane Cairnes, Jan. 22, 1846, in Asheville (H. M., Jan. 30, 1846).

Comment: A preliminary search on indicates that Col. F. H. Cunningham is actually Enoch H. Cunningham, a great-grandson of Humphrey Cunningham and Rhoda Summerville (parents of Rhoda Cunningham who married James Alexander).  If so, this puts him outside the scope of my research.  The next three entries on this page appear to be his children, so I’m not going to list them.

 “DAVIDSON, Maj. A. T. to Miss Elizabeth A. Howell, daughter of Col. N. G. Howell, all of Haywood County, Oct. 12, 1842 (M., Oct.21, 1842).”

Comment: A preliminary search on indicates that this is Allen Turner Davidson, a great-grandson of John Davidson and Mary Morrison, which also puts him outside the scope of my research.  The next entry on the page appears to be his brother and all of the other Davidsons listed appear to be outside my scope, as well.

“DEBOARD, Miss Priscilla C., daughter of George Deboard, to O. N. Harbin, March 16, 1854, in Buncombe County (A. N., March 30, 1854).”

Comment: I believe that George is the son of John Debord and Martha “Patsey” Edwards, making him the brother of my fourth great-grandmother Anna Debord, who married Hiram Searcy.

 “HEMPHILL, James, to Miss Salina Holcombe, both of Buncombe County, March 22, 1859 (A. N., March 31, 1859).”

Comment: James is the son of Andrew Hemphill and Catherine McDonald and grandson of Captain Thomas Hemphill and Mary Ann Mackie.  This was his second marriage.

“HEMPHILL, Thomas L., to Mrs. Ann Huffman, daughter of Jacob Horshaw, June 2, 1857 (A. N., June 18, 1857).”

Comment: Thomas is an elder brother of James from the previous entry.  This was his second marriage, also.

“LYTLE, Miss Matilda, to Avery Gragg, Oct. 20, 1858, at Mr. Gragg’s (A. N., Oct. 28, 1858).”

Comment: Matilda is a daughter of Millington Lytle and granddaughter of Captain Thomas Lytle.  I knew who she had married from her father’s probate file, but did not know the date until this record.

“McENTIRE, Miss Minerva, of Franklin County, Georgia, to Rev. John S. Henley of Clayton, Rabun County, Georgia, April 14, 1842 (H. M., April 29, 1842).”

Comment: I don’t know yet who Minerva is; however I have other people who intermarried with McEntires and who moved from western North Carolina to the Franklin County, Georgia area.

Source:  Topkins, Robert M., compiler. Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N.C., Newspapers, 1840-1870: an index. Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1977.

Next Steps

  • Look for images from the original papers at the North Carolina Digital Collection.
  • Cemetery Inscriptions of Buncombe County, N.C.: volume one and Cemetery Inscriptions of Buncombe County, N.C.: Volume Three.  Look for these brides now that I have their married names.


Chromosome Map 1/11/2014

by Tonia Kendrick on January 11, 2014 in DNA

My DNA connections have really been clicking recently and I’ve been wanting to pull all the information together into a chromosome map, like the ones CeCe Moore creates.  I had been tracking everything in a spreadsheet, but that didn’t give me the at-a-glance visual that I wanted.  But now, Kitty Cooper has created a tool that makes it super-easy to generate a chromosome map.


The legend shows the surnames of the ancestral couple that I can trace the DNA segment to.  I currently have eight confirmed DNA cousins, where we can identify our most recent common ancestors.

The closest relationship is 3rd cousin once removed, and leads back to Robert Garrett and Nancy Emeline Brookshire.  That’s the red segment on chromosome 3.  The burgundy segment on chromosome 3 is the same line, but further back.  That segment is from Stephen Tilley and Catherine Powell, who are Nancy Emeline Brookshire’s grandparents.  There is also a small burgundy segment on chromosome 2.

My most recent confirmed relationship leads back to James Hemphill and Susannah Patton.  That’s the light blue segment on chromosome 16.

As I continue to make connections with matches and identify the common ancestors, I’ll update my map.


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Which Edmund Tilley?

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“October 28—Mrs. Mollie Clayton, Elaca Hemphill, Maudie Sue Forrest, Maurine Springfield.”1 The “Elaca Hemphill” who is being remembered is actually Alacia Hemphill. Her birthday was October 29, rather than October 28.2 Nevertheless, I love the fact that the newspaper published birthdays! Twice Told Tuesday is an occasional series featuring family-related articles republished from old books, magazines, […]

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Tombstone Tuesday: Pearl & Dave

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Pearl Ward, daughter of Newton Coleman Ward and Rachel Louisa Johnson, was born 15 April 1923 in Newport, Georgia, and died 23 Mar 2002 in Gulfport, Mississippi.  She married Mahlon David “Dave” White on 29 January 1972 in Akron, Ohio.  Dave was born 5 November 1929 in Hollway, Ohio and died 7 June 1987. Pearl […]

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