What’s New – 2/25/09

New Census Records 1870 & 1850 Census – Wyatt Lankford household Uploaded 1800 Census for Burke County, NC, pp. 744, 791, & 795 Uploaded 1790 Census for Lincoln County, image 69 Uploaded 1790 Census for Surry County, image 296 1880 Census for James A. McEntire household 1880 Census for James C. Ellis household (next door […]

Who Were Morning Tabitha Bruer’s Parents?

I have very little information on Morning Tabitha Bruer.  She is the wife of Wyatt Lankford and the mother of my g-g-grandmother, Leaty (Lankford) West.  She was enumerated as “Tobitha Lankford” on the 1850 census in Polk County, Tennessee.  She was enumerated as “Morning T. Lankford” on the 1880 census in Murray County, Georgia.  The […]

Burke County, North Carolina – Research Resources and Links

Burke County was formed in 1777 out of Rowan County and was subsequently divided into numerous additional counties.   Many of my relatives  have lived in Burke County.  My current research returns 155 individuals who lived, died, or had events in Burke County.  Common Burke County surnames from my family tree are Burgin, Curtis, Garrett, […]

Tombstone Tuesday – Elijah M. Ellis

Elijah Marion Ellis

Elijah Marion Ellis was my three-times great-grandfather.  He and his wife, Elizabeth McKinney Tucker, had four children.  His life was marked by tragedy; he lost his sight to typhoid fever at the age of 32 and was dead ten years later at the age of 42. He is buried at New Prospect Church Cemetery, near […]

Kendrick Surname Fun Facts

The Kendrick surname is usually considered to be of Welsh, English, or Scottish origin.  The Welsh and English origins of the name are quite similar. In Wales, it was derived from the personal name “Cynwrig,” meaning chief man.   In England it was derived from the given name “Cenric” or “Kendrich”, from the Old English pre […]

What’s New – 2/11/09


Marriage Licenses Scanned Martin Roberts and Rosa Ellis Elijah Ellis and Elizabeth M. Tucker F. R. Kendrick and Vadah Whitner George Harrison and Beulah Whitener William Whitener and Mary Patterson New Census Records 1860 – Jane (Chapman) Patterson household (she lived next door to Anna (Debord) Searcy; their grandchildren later married) 1870 – Jane Patterson […]

Most Wanted: Mother of Amos Johnson

I’m looking for Amos Johnson‘s mother.  His father was Thomas M. Johnson (I think). Amos was born about 1826 in Forsyth County, Georgia.    He can be found in 1850 in Union County, Georgia, then in 1860 in Gilmer County, Georgia. He and his wife, Betty, are buried in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery, in Gilmer […]

Captured by Indians

In April 1791, Andrew Davidson traveled to Smithfield (Draper’s Meadows) on business, leaving his pregnant wife, Rebecca (Burke), their three small children (two girls and a boy) and two bound children, orphans, at home.  A few days after Mr. Davidson’s departure, Rebecca was gathering sugar water from sugar maple trees close to the house, when […]

Tombstone Tuesday – Dave and Josephine Butler

My last Tombstone Tuesday post was about Clara J. Butler; the subject of today’s post is her parents, David Sanford Butler and Malinda Josephine (Hemphill) Butler.  Dave and Josephine were my great-great-grandparents.   They died in 1938 and 1933, respectively.  Along with Clara, they are buried in the Butler plot of Ramsey Cemetery in Ramhurst, […]