Most Wanted: Mother of Amos Johnson

I’m looking for Amos Johnson‘s mother.  His father was Thomas M. Johnson (I think). Amos was born about 1826 in Forsyth County, Georgia.    He can be found in 1850 in Union County, Georgia, then in 1860 in Gilmer County, Georgia. He and his wife, Betty, are buried in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery, in Gilmer […]

Found! POW Documentation for Francis M. Kendrick

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 […]

Who was William Brookshire’s Wife?

Was my William Brookshire (b. 1730) married to Mary Sarah Honour or Honour Burk? There are many researchers who assert that William’s wife was Mary Sarah Honour: * Born: Abt 1732, Virginia or North Carolina, USA * Marriage: William Brookshire Sr. in 1750 in North Carolina, USA * Died: 1789, Rowan or Randolph County, North […]

Most Wanted: Parents of Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Jones

Betty is my 3x-great-grandmother and I’ve only recently learned that her maiden name was Jones.  I found this on her son’s (James W. Johnson) death certificate (see below).  James was the brother of my 2x-great-grandfather, Reuben Phillip Johnson, which further proves the importance of researching beyond the direct line of descent. Betty was born about […]

Looking for Anna (Cook?) West

I‘m looking for information on Anna, last name possibly Cook, who married Robert West. I have very little information on Anna. She is listed on the 1850 Census in Polk County, Tennessee and her age is given as 40. This means her birthdate would be about 1810. Her birthplace is given as South Carolina and […]

Native American Background?

My grandmother’s grandmother was Mary (Patterson) Whitener.  Family legend has it that she was at least part Cherokee.  Mary was born in Ellijay, Georgia in 1869 and married William Whitener there in 1883.  They lived in Murray County, Georgia in 1900.  Sometime between 1904 and 1907, they moved to Oklahoma.  According to my grandmother, they […]

Where Was the Wyatt Lankford Family in 1860?

This week I’m looking for ancestors of Leaty (Lankford) West, whose gravestone I found several weeks ago.  I have her parents as Wyatt Lankford and Morning Tabitha Bruer. “Wiet” and Morning Lankford were enumerated on the 1880 Census in the Alaculsa District of Murray County, Georgia.  I feel somewhat confident that these are Leaty’s parents, because […]

Seeking Robert West Information

I‘m looking for information on Robert West, who may have been my 3x great-grandfather. I’ve identified Robert as the father of William West, my great-great-grandfather based on two facts: 1) the Robert West family includes a William W. West in 1850 and 1860 in Polk County, Tennessee, and 2) William himself was enumerated as head […]

Where was Dave Butler before 1900?

David S. Butler was my great-great-grandfather.  I know that he was in Murray County, Georgia in the 1900s.  Working backward, he died in 1938, and I have census records for 1930, (research gap: I don’t have 1920), 1910, and 1900.  Each census gives Georgia as his place of birth.  I have nearby Adairsville as his […]

Most Wanted: Photos, Documents, etc.

One of my goals for this website is the share the results of my research and facilitate the exchange of information with other family members and researchers.  With your help, I hope to make this as complete a history as possible of the families represented.  If you have a connection to our family, I would […]