Mattie M. Lytle – Tombstone Tuesday


Mattie M. Lytle was the youngest child of John and Elizabeth Lytle of McDowell County, North Carolina.  Mattie was born 6 Jul 1862 and died 17 Aug 1900.  She never married.  She appeared on the 1900 census in her mother’s household, enumerated only two months before her death. Mattie is buried at Bethel UMC-Cherry Springs […]

Captain Thomas Hemphill’s Will – page 5

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This is the fifth installment in a series of nine posts in which I transcribe the will of my Revolutionary War ancestor, Captain Thomas Hemphill. In the first post, we learned that Captain Thomas’ will was contested by two of his children and a son-in-law, and that the date usually seen for his death may […]

Captain Thomas Hemphill’s Will – page 1

Burke County Original Wills, Thomas Hemphill (c1824); box no. C.R. 016.801.1, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh.

Captain Thomas Hemphill is the ancestor who really got me interested in genealogy, but I’ve had his will sitting in my inbox ever since it arrived in the mail from the North Carolina State Archives in 2009.  Yes, almost three years.  Why has it been languishing, you ask? Well, it’s not just a will – […]

Tombstone Tuesday: Jesse and Rosamond Burgin


Jesse Burgin was born 3 Apr 1803 and died 2 Feb 1890.  His wife, Rosamond Burgin, was born 26 Jan 1806 and died 11 Aug 1879.  They are buried at Bethel UMC-Old Cherry Springs Cemetery in Old Fort, North Carolina.  I believe that Jesse and Rosamond were first cousins, but I haven’t proven that yet. […]

Tombstone Tuesday: Major Ben Burgin and Elizabeth Brandon

Major Ben Burgin & Elizabeth Branon

Ben Burgin was born 16 Dec 1779 and died 29 Nov 1874.  He was married to Elizabeth Brandon (headstone says Branon) who was born 12 Dec 1781 and died 29 Jan 1862.  They are buried at Bethel UMC-Old Cherry Springs Cemetery in Old Fort, North Carolina.  Ben was my 5th great-granduncle.