Family Stories

Found! POW Documentation for Francis M. Kendrick

26 January 2009 Family Stories

Family legend says that my great-great-grandfather was held prisoner at Rock Island during the Civil War.  My dad has really wanted me to find documentation of this fact, so it has been on my “Most Wanted” list for some time.  Until this week, I had had no luck. I’ve been slowly assembling facts related to […]

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Some of Burke County’s Old Sheriffs

20 December 2008 Bios & Timelines

This story includes excerpts referring to several of my relatives. It is part of a series of Biographical Sketches from Burke County, North Carolina that were written by by Col Thomas George Walton (1815-1905) and were first published in the old Morganton Herald in 1894. “PETER MULL [7x great-uncle] was elected Sheriff in 1790.” “THOMAS […]

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Hemphills in 1808

14 December 2008 Bios & Timelines

Two hundred years ago, my Hemphill relatives were all in the Burke/Buncombe county area in North Carolina. Captain Thomas Hemphill (1746-1826), my 5x (twice) and 6x great-grandfather, lived in Burke County, North Carolina in 1810.  On April 4, 1808, he entered a grant for 300 acres lying on both sides of the French Broad river […]

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Mrs. Hemphill’s Sheep

4 December 2008 Family Stories

This amusing anecdote refers to my five-times great-grandmother, Elizabeth (Patton) Hemphill.  It is part of a series of Biographical Sketches from Burke County, North Carolina that were written by by Col Thomas George Walton (1815-1905) and were first published in the old Morganton Herald in 1894. “The HEMPHILLs of Silver Creek and Old Fort emigrated from […]

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Connections

23 November 2008 Family Stories

It fascinates me to find connections between different branches of my family tree, possibly because I’ve always known there was a connection between my parents (besides the obvious). Before you start thinking “cocktails in Appalachia,” I should explain that this is not a close connection.  My father’s (maternal) great-grandmother is my mother’s (paternal) first cousin […]

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Monteville Roberts’ Family Business

8 November 2008 Family Stories

Monteville Roberts owned and operated, with the help of family, the combined business establishment of a mill for grinding corn into meal and wheat into flour, a blacksmith shop, and general repair shop, all of which were vitally essential to the people. The combined enterprise, in Hamilton County, Tennessee, provided a flourishing business a home […]

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Where was the Ellis family in 1808?

2 November 2008 Bios & Timelines

Two hundred years ago my Ellis relatives were in Jackson County, Georgia, South Carolina, and possibly North Carolina. Walter Ellis (5x great-grandfather) is my oldest Ellis relative who was alive in 1808.  He and his wife, Mary (Parker) probably were in Jackson County, Georgia.  In 1805, he appeared on the Jackson County land lottery list and […]

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Biography of Captain Thomas Hemphill

26 February 2008 Bios & Timelines

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a ceremony commemorating the service of Captain Thomas Hemphill in the American Revolution. This biography, written by Mrs. Margaret Hemphill Anthony, was included in the program for the service, which was held at Old Siloam Cemetery, near Old Fort, NC, June 13, 1998. “Thomas Hemphill, a […]

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A Gentleman Named “Pioneer Ben”

24 February 2008 Bios & Timelines

A fascinating biographical sketch on Pioneer Ben Burgin can be found at burginfamily.org: “Benjamin Burgin, the second child of John & Martha Burgin, was born in Kent County (Shrewsbury Parish) Maryland, November 30,1741 and was christened December 25, 1741. Kent County is on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, just across the northern part of the Chesapeake Bay […]

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John Burgin, Esquire

16 February 2008 Family Stories

I came across an ancestor (John Burgin, born 1774), who was styled, John Burgan, Esqr., in the 1820 census. One never really knows what is meant by the term in “esquire.” I tend to think of lawyers, but apparently it is also used by certain Freemasons. Here is an article that describes usage of the […]

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