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


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. […]

The 1930 Household of James A. Hemphill

Hemphill Roberts genealogy

Census Abstract: James A. Hemphill, Head, rented home, lived on a farm, male, white, age 51, married, age at first marriage was 19, did not attend school during the year, literate, b. GA, father b. NC, mother b. GA, English speaker, farmer on a farm, worked on his own account, employed, not a veteran, farm […]

Treasure Chest Thursday: Marriage of Ben Hemphill and Martha Lytle


On this date in 1854, my 3rd great-grandfather, Benjamin Burgin Hemphill, obtained a marriage bond in McDowell County, North Carolina to celebrate his marriage to Martha E. Lytle.  I have looked high and low for this piece of evidence and finally found it on microfilm a few weeks ago. The bondsman was G. W. Lytle, […]