Family Stories

Surname Saturday: Ward

12 June 2010 Family Stories

Ward is one the surnames for which I can’t go back very far.  I only have information on three generations, beyond those still living. Newton Coleman Ward (1890-1974) – I’ve written several times about Newt, or Pepaw Ward as I call him.  He was my great-grandfather and I vaguely remember him from when I was […]

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Twice Told Tuesday: Lucy Hill Institute Notes

16 March 2010 And More

Rev. Simmons of Rome, Ga., visited our school Monday morning and conducted devotional exercises, after which he gave a talk of encouragement. Jeff Wood entered school Monday, and is boarding at the Shields House. Blanche and Edna Hemphill are among the new students of this week. Flora Gordon, Effie Lee Brown, Minnie Barksdale, Stella Leonard […]

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Surname Saturday: Murder, Mayhem, and Bigamy

13 March 2010 And More

Butler, my paternal grandmother’s line, presents research challenges, but when you find the people, they’re interesting! James Benjamin BUTLER (1880 – 1944) is my paternal grandmother’s father.  He was tall, with blue eyes and sandy hair.  Like most people in the rural south, James was a farmer.  He later became Sheriff of Murray County, a […]

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Nancy Emeline Brookshire

6 March 2010 Family Stories

My great-great-grandmother, Nancy Emeline Brookshire (don’t you love that name?) was the daughter of James Brookshire and Elizabeth Tilley and was born on May 13, 1833 in North Carolina.  She died on March 1, 1916 in Ellijay, Gilmer County, Georgia and was buried in Tickanetley Cemetery. Nancy lived in Union County, Georgia with her parents and […]

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A Farmer’s Wife

3 March 2010 Family Stories

On Monday, I wrote about Anna (Carnes) Forrester.  Today’s spotlight is on her daughter, Mary Lourania (Forrester) Ward, my great-great-grandmother.  This is the woman that my grandmother refers to as Grandma Ward. Mary was born on July 7, 1864, near the end of the Civil War.  She probably was born in Fannin County, Georgia and […]

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A Favorite Female Ancestor

1 March 2010 Family Stories

In honor of women’s history month, I’ll be writing a number of posts honoring the female half of my family tree.  Today’s post is part of the Fearless Females blogging prompt series created by Lisa Alzo, The Accidental Genealogist. Do you have a favorite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn […]

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Twice Told Tuesday: Burgin Homestead Burns at Old Fort

26 January 2010 And More

Building Erected More than 150 Years Ago Destroyed By Fire Last Sunday Afternoon One of the historic homes of McDowell County passed Sunday when the Burgin home on Catawba river was destroyed by fire at 1:30 p. m. This old homestead, which was situated a mile east of Old Fort, was built over 150 years […]

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Twice Told Tuesday: Mrs. Hemphill dies Wednesday at Cherokee Acres

19 January 2010 Family Stories

Mrs. Alice Roberts Hemphill, 88, a lifelong resident of Murray County, died Wednesday morning in the Cherokee Acres Restorium, Calhoun, Ga. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Blanche Stanford of Rome, Mrs. Edna Pendley of Dalton, and Mrs. Annie Kate Bryan of Atlanta; four sons, Jim Hemphill of Dalton, Martin Hemphill of Akron, Ohio, Walter Hemphill […]

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Surname Saturday: Hemphill, part 1

19 December 2009 Family Stories

Hemphill is the most common surname in my genealogy database for good reason.  I descend from Hemphills on both sides of my family and through multiple lines with all lines leading to the same common ancestor.  Today, I’m going to work my way backward through Hemphill ancestors (using Ahnentafel numbers) to the first common ancestor, […]

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Orphans and Orphans: A Sad Bit of History

29 November 2009 And More

The topic for 85th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is Orphans and Orphans; we’re invited tell the story of traditional orphans – children who lost their parents, or “reverse orphans” – those who left no descendents of their own to tell their story. A branch of my family that represents both kinds of “orphans” […]

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