Tombstone Tuesday: Andrew Hemphill

Andrew Hemphill was born 08 Nov 1782 and died 22 Nov 1858.1  He married Catherine McDonald, who immigrated from Enniskillen, Ireland.2

Andrew was probably born in Old Fort, North Carolina; his father is enumerated in Burke County on 1790 census (Old Fort was part of Burke County at that time).3  He was the son of Captain Thomas Hemphill and Mary Ann Mackie.4

Andrew and Catherine had nine children:  Thomas, Mary M., Dwight McDonald, James, Samuel McKey, Archibald McEntire, William McDonald, John R. and Benjamin C.5  In 1824, he was named as one of two executors of his father’s will.6

He is buried at Old Siloam (aka Old Ebenezer) Cemetery in Old Fort.7

  1. Margaret H. Anthony, Hemphills in North Carolina (Collegedale, TN: The College Press, 1981), 29.
  2. Anthony, Hemphills in N. Carolina, 29.
  3. 1790 U.S. census, Burke County, North Carolina, p. 90 (penned), col. 1, line 26, Thos Hemphill; digital images, ( : accessed 28 Nov 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M637, roll 7.
  4. Anthony, Hemphills in N. Carolina, 29.
  5. Lee Ann Gerhart, “Descendants of James Hemphill”; digital images, Hemphill Historical Society ( : accessed 7 Jun 2009).
  6. Burke County, North Carolina, Burke County Wills, 1790-1905, Will of Thomas Hemphill; County Records; Record Group 214; North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh.
  7. Old Siloam Cemetery (Old Fort, McDowell, North Carolina, USA), Andrew Hemphill grave marker, personally photographed by Tonia Kendrick 13 Aug 2009.

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  1. Dan Drake says

    Andrew Hemphill is my 3rd great-grandfather…his daughter, Mary M. Hemphill married Thomas C. Morris. My dad had been searching for this family for sometime…glad I found it..Like to visit Old Fort, NC sometime….

    • Tonia Kendrick says

      Hi Dan! Glad to hear from you. Thanks for Mary’s husband’s name. I did not have that information. My line of descent is through Andrew’s youngest brother, Thomas McEntire Hemphill.


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