December 2008

What’s New – 12/31/08

31 December 2008 Uncategorized

I‘ve been slack about keeping notes on my research results the last few weeks, which doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a lot of activity.  I’ve had several days off work for the holidays and have spent much of that time researching.  Here are just a few of the new records: Marriage Records John Patterson-Sarah Jane […]

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Hemphill Surname Fun Facts

30 December 2008 Military

The Hemphill surname is typically thought to be of Northern Irish and Scottish roots.  The name is derived from the Old English words henep (hemp) and hyll (hill) and referred to people living near the hemp hill (i.e. a place where hemp was grown) in a place near Galston in Ayrshire.  However, it could also […]

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Most Wanted: Parents of Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Jones

29 December 2008 Most Wanted

Betty is my 3x-great-grandmother and I’ve only recently learned that her maiden name was Jones.  I found this on her son’s (James W. Johnson) death certificate (see below).  James was the brother of my 2x-great-grandfather, Reuben Phillip Johnson, which further proves the importance of researching beyond the direct line of descent. Betty was born about […]

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Murray County, Georgia: Research Resources and Links

27 December 2008 Research

Murray County was formed in 1832 at the time of the Cherokee Land Lottery and began to be settled in the late 1830′s.  Many of my family members live or have lived in Murray County, Georgia; some were among those first settlers.  The current count is 138 individuals who lived, died, or had events in […]

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Tombstone Tuesday – Captain Thomas Hemphill

23 December 2008 Evidence

Captain Thomas Hemphill was my six-times great-grandfather.  This marker was placed at a SAR ceremony that I was privileged to attend about ten years ago.  The text of the service’s program can be found here. The inscription on the stone reads: Thomas Hemphill Captain N. C. Mil. Rev War May 4, 1826 Thomas fought at […]

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Looking for Anna (Cook?) West

22 December 2008 Most Wanted

I‘m looking for information on Anna, last name possibly Cook, who married Robert West. I have very little information on Anna. She is listed on the 1850 Census in Polk County, Tennessee and her age is given as 40. This means her birthdate would be about 1810. Her birthplace is given as South Carolina and […]

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Some of Burke County’s Old Sheriffs

20 December 2008 Bios & Timelines

This story includes excerpts referring to several of my relatives. It is part of a series of Biographical Sketches from Burke County, North Carolina that were written by by Col Thomas George Walton (1815-1905) and were first published in the old Morganton Herald in 1894. “PETER MULL [7x great-uncle] was elected Sheriff in 1790.” “THOMAS […]

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Murray County Library – 10 Books

16 December 2008 Research

Ten genealogy books at the Murray County Library that I want to review: Murray County, Georgia marriages : 1907-1941 Teague, Gene E., Pickens County, Georgia cemetery records Georgia cemetery records 1851 census of Cherokees East of the Mississippi : Murray County, Georgia Gilmer County Georgia Heritage : 1832-1996 Clemens, William Montgomery, North and South Carolina […]

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Hemphills in 1808

14 December 2008 Bios & Timelines

Two hundred years ago, my Hemphill relatives were all in the Burke/Buncombe county area in North Carolina. Captain Thomas Hemphill (1746-1826), my 5x (twice) and 6x great-grandfather, lived in Burke County, North Carolina in 1810.  On April 4, 1808, he entered a grant for 300 acres lying on both sides of the French Broad river […]

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Anna (Keller) Albright Headstone

9 December 2008

Anna Maria (Keller) Albright is buried in the Old Brick Church Cemetery in Alamance (formerly Guilford) County, North Carolina.  I read only a few words of German, so I’m taking the data from the inscription on faith. Anna was born 11 Nov 1733, possibly in Pennsylvania or Switzerland.  She died 10 Jun 1803.

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