Biography of Captain Thomas Hemphill

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a ceremony commemorating the service of Captain Thomas Hemphill in the American Revolution. This biography, written by Mrs. Margaret Hemphill Anthony, was included in the program for the service, which was held at Old Siloam Cemetery, near Old Fort, NC, June 13, 1998. “Thomas Hemphill, a […]

A Gentleman Named “Pioneer Ben”

A fascinating biographical sketch on Pioneer Ben Burgin can be found at burginfamily.org: “Benjamin Burgin, the second child of John & Martha Burgin, was born in Kent County (Shrewsbury Parish) Maryland, November 30,1741 and was christened December 25, 1741. Kent County is on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, just across the northern part of the Chesapeake Bay […]

John Burgin, Esquire

I came across an ancestor (John Burgin, born 1774), who was styled, John Burgan, Esqr., in the 1820 census. One never really knows what is meant by the term in “esquire.” I tend to think of lawyers, but apparently it is also used by certain Freemasons. Here is an article that describes usage of the […]