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 […]

Roberts Family in 1909


A hundred years ago, my Roberts relatives were in Murray County, Georgia.   This photo is of the 1909 Roberts family reunion; if you can identify anyone in the photo, please leave a comment. Nancy Alice (Roberts) Hemphill, my great-grandmother, was likely in the Ball Ground area, where she was on the 1910 census.  At that […]

What’s New – 1/7/09

New Marriage Records James Butler-Nancy Floyd Marriage License John Ward-Martha Jane Butler Marriage License New Census Records Found 1870 – Dave “Ballard” (possibly Dave S. Butler) 1920 & 1930 – Newton C. Ward household 1910 & 1930 – William LaFayette Roberts household 1930 – J. A. Hemphill household 1910 – Elijah M. Roberts household (includes […]

Tombstone Tuesday – Churchwell Branch Tucker

Churchwell Branch Tucker was my four-times great-grandfather.  He married Rosamond and they had ten children.  They are buried just south of Spring Place, Murray County, Georgia at the cemetery of New Prospect Church, where C. B. was an active member during his life. This stone has deteriorated badly in the last few years.  I found […]

2008 – The Year In Review

Inspired by DearMyrtle and following the lead of Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings, here is a quick review of last year’s posts: Jan 2008 – Thomas Young Hemphill McEntire – I found an interesting biographical sketch on my 4x great-grandfather. Feb 2008 – John Burgin, Esquire – I came across an ancestor (John Burgin, born 1777), […]

mtDNA Results

About a year ago, I had an mtDNA test performed by FamilyTreeDNA.   mtDNA is short for mitochondrial DNA, which is passed from mother to daughter to daughter, ad infinitum (it is also passed from mother to son, but sons do not pass down their mother’s mtDNA).  In other words, mtDNA traces the direct maternal line.  […]

What’s New – 12/31/08


I‘ve been slack about keeping notes on my research results the last few weeks, which doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a lot of activity.  I’ve had several days off work for the holidays and have spent much of that time researching.  Here are just a few of the new records: Marriage Records John Patterson-Sarah Jane […]

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 […]