Hemphill is the most common surname in my genealogy database for good reason. I descend from Hemphills on both sides of my family and through multiple lines with all lines leading to the same common ancestor. Today, I’m going to work my way backward through Hemphill ancestors (using Ahnentafel numbers) to the first common ancestor, identifying some of the multiple ways that they are related to each other and to me.
Ahnentafel #6 – John Edward HEMPHILL (1916 – 2004) is my maternal grandfather. He drove an ambulance in Europe during World War II, was a farmer, and school bus driver. He loved children and children loved him. He was one of my favorite people and I still miss him. He is also my 2nd cousin 3x removed, 3rd cousin 3x removed, 3rd cousin 4x removed, and 4th cousin twice removed.
Ahnentafel #12 – John Edward’s father (my great-grandfather) is James Alexander HEMPHILL (1879 – 1936). He is my first Hemphill ancestor to be born in Murray County, GA and lived here most of his life. In 1919 or early 1920, he rented a rail car, packed up his entire family and farm (including the livestock) and moved south to Fitzgerald, GA for a few years. J. A. is also my 1st cousin 4x removed, 2nd cousin 4x removed, 2nd cousin 5x removed, and 3rd cousin 3x removed.
Ahnentafel #21 – Malinda Josephine HEMPHILL (1860 – 1933), my first Hemphill ancestor on the paternal side of my family, is my great-great-grandmother. She and J. A. (#12) were (half) first cousins, which makes her my first cousin three times removed on my mother’s side. She’s also my 2nd cousin 3x removed, 2nd cousin 4x removed, and 3rd cousin twice removed.
Ahnentafel #24 – James Young HEMPHILL (1835 – 1890) is J. A.’s (#12) father. He is my great-great-grandfather on my mother’s side. He was born in Burke County, North Carolina and moved to Murray County between 1850 and 1860. He had three children with his first wife, Rhoda McEntire. When Rhoda died, J. Y. married her sister, Mary Elizabeth, and had six more children. I descend from Mary Elizabeth. J. Y. was also my third great-grand uncle and first cousin five times removed.
Ahnentafel #42 – Benjamin Burgin HEMPHILL (1826 – 1909) is Josephine’s (#21) father and J. Y.’s (#24) half-brother. He is my great-great-great-grandfather on my father’s side. Ben also came to Murray County between 1850 and 1860. I think he came to Murray County first, because J. Y. and Rhoda were living with him in 1860. Ben fought in the Civil War and was captured at Vicksburg. Ben is also my second great-grand uncle and first cousin five times removed.
Ahnentafel #48 and #84 – Thomas McEntire HEMPHILL (1796 – 1874) is the first common ancestor. He was J. Y.’s (#24) and Ben’s (#42) father. Ben was born to his first wife, Malinda Burgin. And then we have:
Ahnentafel #49 – Margaret HEMPHILL (1799 – 1862) was Thomas Mc. Hemphill’s second wife and J. Y.’s mother. She and Thomas were first cousins, once removed. This makes Thomas my third great-grandfather and fourth great-grandfather, as well as fourth and fifth grand uncle. Margaret is my third great-grandmother and 2nd cousin 4x removed.
The Hemphill line can be traced back several more generations. I’ll write about those Hemphill’s in a later post.
More about the Hemphill family:
- A complete list of deceased Hemphill’s in my genealogy database.
- Posts about Hemphill ancestors and relatives on this blog.
- Hemphill documents, photos, and headstones.
If you have additional information (or corrections) on these Hemphill lines, comments are most appreciated!
This post is part of an ongoing series focusing on specific surnames. To see all posts in the series, click here.