William Brookshire’s Revolutionary War Service

William Brookshire, my 5x great-grandfather, served several tours of duty in the American Revolution.  He was drafted for his first tour in Rowan County, North Carolina in August of 1775 or 1776.    Under the command of General Griffith Rutherford, his militia company marched upon the Cherokee Nation, but found that the Indians had fled.  General […]

What’s New – 1/28/09

New Census Records 1920 Census for William LaFayette Roberts household 1910 Census for Nellie Ward (Newton Ward household) 1900 Census for Mattie (Butler) and Charles Sampler 1910 Census for Jasper Kendrick household (added two sons) 1910 Census for Francis Kendrick and Carrie (Fouts) Military Records POW record for Francis M. Kendrick! Malinda Gerrin Butler pension […]

Found! POW Documentation for Francis M. Kendrick

Family legend says that my great-great-grandfather was held prisoner at Rock Island during the Civil War.  My dad has really wanted me to find documentation of this fact, so it has been on my “Most Wanted” list for some time.  Until this week, I had had no luck. I’ve been slowly assembling facts related to […]

What’s New – 1/21/09

New Military Records Found CSA Service Record for Francis M. Kendrick! (one step closer to finding POW records) CSA Service Record for James B. Butler, including POW data CSA Service file for Ben Hemphill, including POW record New Information and Records on the Burk(e)s Several Virginia Land Grants for James Burk James Burk’s Will Lots […]

Tombstone Tuesday – Clara J. Butler

Clara J. Butler was my great-grandfather’s sister.  I know very little about her other than her birth and death dates.  She never married.  She died in 1918 at the age of 28; I wonder if she died in the influenza pandemic? She is buried at Ramsey Cemetery in Ramhurst, Georgia.  She was the first person […]

Hemphill – Research Resources and Links

Hemphill is one of the most common surnames in my database, as I descend through several lines.  I’ve put together a list of the resources I have found most helpful in researching this surname.  My Hemphills settled in North Carolina and then came to Georgia, so the bulk of my research (so far) is confined […]

Dalton-Whitfield Library – 10 Books

10 books from the Dalton-Whitfield Library that I want to review: Hinshaw, William Wade, Encyclopedia of American Quaker genealogy Sistler, Byron, Index to early Tennessee tax lists The parish register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Va. from 1653 to 1812 Adams, Lela C, 1778-1780 tax lists of Henry County, Virginia Barnes, Robert William, Maryland marriages, […]

Who was William Brookshire’s Wife?

Was my William Brookshire (b. 1730) married to Mary Sarah Honour or Honour Burk? There are many researchers who assert that William’s wife was Mary Sarah Honour: * Born: Abt 1732, Virginia or North Carolina, USA * Marriage: William Brookshire Sr. in 1750 in North Carolina, USA * Died: 1789, Rowan or Randolph County, North […]

Roberts Family in 1909


A hundred years ago, my Roberts relatives were in Murray County, Georgia.   This photo is of the 1909 Roberts family reunion; if you can identify anyone in the photo, please leave a comment. Nancy Alice (Roberts) Hemphill, my great-grandmother, was likely in the Ball Ground area, where she was on the 1910 census.  At that […]