Surname Saturday: Whitener

Whitener genealogy

My last couple of Surname Saturday posts have been about families for whom I can’t go back very far, so I’m excited to write about the Whiteners – they are a well-documented bunch. This line starts with my great-grandmother, Maud Angeline Whitener (1885-1975).  I’ve written extensively about Maud in “Timeline for Maud Whitener Butler.” Maud’s […]

Surname Saturday: West

West genealogy

West is another of the family lines for which I only have three generations of information.  I’ve only known about the Wests for a couple of years. Lizzie West (1886-1973), my great-grandmother, was the second wife of Francis Taylor Kendrick.  As far as I know, she lived in Murray County, Georgia all her life.  She […]

Surname Saturday: Ward

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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 […]

Twice Told Tuesday: Lucy Hill Institute Notes

Lucy Hill Institute, Murray County GA, Hemphill, Genealogy

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 […]

Surname Saturday: Murder, Mayhem, and Bigamy

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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 […]

Nancy Emeline Brookshire

Brookshire Garrett genealogy

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 […]

A Farmer’s Wife

Forrester Ward genealogy

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 […]

A Favorite Female Ancestor

Carnes Forrester genealogy

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 […]

Twice Told Tuesday: Burgin Homestead Burns at Old Fort

genealogy, Burgin, Old Fort NC

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 […]