John “Jackie” Patterson – the Later Years

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Last week, I posted what I know about Jackie Patterson from his birth about 1794 in South Carolina up until his marriage to Jane Chapman in 1828 in Hall County, Georgia.  This is part of my attempt to pull everything together and make sense of all the bits of information that I’ve found so far. […]

John “Jackie” Patterson – The Early Years

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I’ve been working on my Patterson line recently, in hopes of locating a common ancestor with a DNA match.  I haven’t found the common ancestor yet, but I have found lots of information on my known Pattersons.  I want to capture what I’ve learned in narrative format, starting with Jackie Patterson, my fourth great-grandfather. Connecting […]

Uncle Walt and Aunt Julia Get Married

Hemphill genealogy

On this date in 1933, Walter T. Hemphill and Julia Bowers were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony.  They were married in Murray County, Georgia. Walt was my grandfather’s older brother. Analysis From this record, I learned Walt and Julia’s marriage date and place.  It also gave me a primary source for Walt’s middle […]

Rhoda Hemphill Weds James Gregory

Hemphill genealogy

On this date in 1910, Miss Rhoda Hemphill and James W. Gregory were joined in the honorable state of matrimony in Murray County, Georgia. Rhoda was my maternal grandfather’s first cousin, making her my first cousin twice removed. What I learned from this document: I did not know that Rhoda had married; for some reason […]

Stanford-Hemphill Marriage

Hemphill genealogy

On this date in 1919, Martin Eakes Stanford and Blanche G. Hemphill were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony.  They were married in Murray County, Georgia. Blanche was my grandfather’s eldest sister. Analysis From this record, I learned Martin’s middle name and the fact that he must have gone by Eakes, else why would […]

1920 Census Analysis – Newton C. Ward Household

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My great-grandparents, Newton Coleman Ward and Rachel Louisa Johnson, appeared on the 1920 census in Fannin County, Georgia. Census Abstract:1 Newton C. Ward, head of household, renter, age 28, literate, born in GA, both parents born in GA, a farmer on a farm, working on his own account, farm schedule #14. Rachel, wife, age 27, […]

Fannin County Forresters – 1870

Forrester genealogy

My 3rd-great-grandparents, Coleman Forrester and Anna Carnes, appeared on the 1870 census in Fannin County, Georgia.  I’m working backward through my 3rd-great-grandfather’s census records, as I attempt to verify the next generation back in this line.  This is the second installment in this series. Census Abstract1: Colman Forister, age 52, male, white, Farmer, $800 real […]

Identifying James Polk Forrester’s First Wife

Forrester genealogy

James Polk Forrester, the second son of Coleman Forrester and Anna Carnes, was born 16 Aug 1844 in Georgia.1 I first encountered him in the census in 1900, where he appeared as James P. Foster, 55-years old and head of household. He lived in Fannin County, Georgia.2  His mother, Anie Foster, appeared three households away3and his […]

Fannin County Forresters – 1880

Forrester Carnes genealogy

My third-great-grandparents appeared on the 1880 census in Fannin County, Georgia.  The head of household was Coleman Forrester and I’m evaluating all his known census records, as I work on taking this line back another generation. Census Abstract1: Coleman Forester, age 62, head of HH, married, Farmer, literate, b. SC, father b. NC, mother b. […]