Native American Background?

My grandmother’s grandmother was Mary (Patterson) Whitener.  Family legend has it that she was at least part Cherokee.  Mary was born in Ellijay, Georgia in 1869 and married William Whitener there in 1883.  They lived in Murray County, Georgia in 1900.  Sometime between 1904 and 1907, they moved to Oklahoma.  According to my grandmother, they […]

Mrs. Hemphill’s Sheep

This amusing anecdote refers to my five-times great-grandmother, Elizabeth (Patton) Hemphill.  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. “The HEMPHILLs of Silver Creek and Old Fort emigrated from […]

New Hemphill Records


New Media Photo including J. A. Hemphill Photo of Johnson Sisters Photo of 1930 Kendrick Reunion Document clip with reference to Captain Thomas Hemphill Headstone photo – Robert Hemphill Headstone photo – Thomas B. Hemphill Headstone photo – John McKey Hemphill New Histories Saving the Cattle from the Tories Mrs. Lytle and the Beaver Hat […]

Murray County Marriage Records

I visited the Murray County Probate Court last week and came away with nine copies of marriage records.  I went in with a pedigree chart highlighting direct ancestors who were married (or who I thought may have been married) in Murray County.  I had marriage dates for many of them, so my goal was to […]

Where Was the Wyatt Lankford Family in 1860?

This week I’m looking for ancestors of Leaty (Lankford) West, whose gravestone I found several weeks ago.  I have her parents as Wyatt Lankford and Morning Tabitha Bruer. “Wiet” and Morning Lankford were enumerated on the 1880 Census in the Alaculsa District of Murray County, Georgia.  I feel somewhat confident that these are Leaty’s parents, because […]