I recently wrote about my decision to join the DAR. The application requires evidence for each name, date, and place for each individual in the line from me to my patriot. I have what I consider to be very good evidence for each fact; however, I am missing one, non-essential piece. I can apply without this evidence, but I’m a perfectionist and I want my application to be as complete as possible.
I’m looking for proof that Thomas McEntire Hemphill‘s second wife, Margaret, was also a Hemphill by birth. She is reported as the daughter of William Hemphill in the book Hemphills in North Carolina; the evidence, however, is anecdotal:
Miss Mary Greenlee also reported that her mother had the information that William Hemphill and Sarah Morrison were her great grandparents and the parents of Margaret Hemphill who married first a Dysart and secondly Thomas McEntire Hemphill. According to Miss Greenlee, Thomas Bradshaw (Bratcher), son of Thomas McEntire Hemphill and his first wife reported that the parents of his stepmother, Margaret Hemphill, were William Hemphill and Sarah Morrison.1
If you have any documents proving Margaret’s maiden name – perhaps her father’s will, a family bible page, a marriage certificate, anything – please, please leave a comment.
1Hemphills in North Carolina, Margaret Hemphill Anthony, (Collegedale, Tennessee: The College Press, 1981), 45, 13 Dec 2008.