Tombstone Tuesday: Dulia Smith Burgin

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Dulia Smith was born on 12 March 1847 in Kentucky. Her name appears a variety of different ways in the records:  Dulcina, Dollie, Dullie, Dulia.  Her grave marker reads “Dulia,” so I’m using that for this post.  She married Joseph Lytle Burgin, son of Merritt Burgin and Susannah Adeline Lytle. I haven’t done extensive research […]

Surname Saturday: Ellis

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My Ellis family line starts with Rosa Evelyn, my 2nd great-grandmother. She was born 28 March 1853 in Murray County, Georgia, where she lived almost her whole life. She married Martin LaFayette Roberts on 27 January 1872, in Murray County. They had eight children in 18 years. She died on 25 March 1936, in Murray […]

Surname Saturday: McEntire, part 1

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The first McEntire in my family line is my great-great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth.  She was born 23 February 1841 in Murray County, Georgia, where she lived most of her life.  She married James Young Hemphill on 10 September 1867, also in Murray County.  Elizabeth was J. Y.’s second wife; he first married her sister, Rhoda […]

Surname Saturday: Patterson

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My Patterson family line starts with Mary Elizabeth, my great-great grandmother.  She was born 7 Feb 1867 in Gilmer County, Georgia, where she lived until after her marriage.  She married William E. Whitener in 1883 and they moved to Murray County, Georgia sometime in the next year or two.  Between 1904 and 1907, they moved […]

William Everett Whitener Timeline

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William Everett Whitener was my 2nd-great grandfather.  He was the son of Phillip B. Whitener (1833-1865) and Levina J. Searcy (1830-?), both from North Carolina. 1855 – William was born in December, probably in Gilmer County, Georgia, as his parents were married there in 1852. 1860 – William appeared on the census in Gilmer County […]

Tombstone Tuesday: Robert M. Hemphill

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Robert Manning Hemphill, my grandfather’s younger brother, was born November 24, 1918 in Murray County, Georgia.  He fought in World War II, serving a year and a half in Africa, and rising to the rank of First Lieutenant.  After the war, he returned home to Murray County, opened a dry cleaning business and was elected […]

Rachel Johnson Ward Timeline

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I’m rounding out the great-grandmother portion of my Women’s Timeline Series with Rachel Louisa Johnson. 1892 – Rachel Louisa was born on August 9, the 7th (and next-to-last) child of Reuben Johnson and Martha Garrett.  She was probably born in Fannin County, Georgia; her parents appeared on the census there beginning in 1880. 1909 – On […]

Surname Saturday: Lankford/Langford

My Lankford/Langford family line starts with Leaty Caroline, my great-great grandmother.  Leaty’s birthdate is in question.  Her headstone says 20 July 1848.  Her death certificate says 1848.  The 1900 census states Jan 1860 and various other censuses imply 1848, 1849, 1850, 1851, and 1852.  She was probably born in Tennessee.  She married William West 20 […]

Surname Saturday: Baxter

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This week’s Surname Saturday post focuses on the Baxters, one of my major brick walls, as regular readers will know.  The line starts with my great-great-grandmother, Barbara Baxter.  Barbara is the little old lady, front and center, in the collage (click on image to view a larger version). Barbara was born February 1854, possibly in […]

Alice Roberts Hemphill Timeline

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My great-grandmother, Nancy Alice Roberts Hemphill, was born in 1877 and lived to be 88 years old.  Here follows a timeline of her life. 1877 – Alice was born on January 9th in Murray County, Georgia, the third child and oldest daughter of Martin LaFayette Roberts and Rosa E. Ellis. 1880 – Three-year-old Alice lived […]