Murray County, Georgia: Research Resources and Links

Murray County was formed in 1832 at the time of the Cherokee Land Lottery and began to be settled in the late 1830′s.  Many of my family members live or have lived in Murray County, Georgia; some were among those first settlers.  The current count is 138 individuals who lived, died, or had events in […]

Tombstone Tuesday – Captain Thomas Hemphill

Captain Thomas Hemphill was my six-times great-grandfather.  This marker was placed at a SAR ceremony that I was privileged to attend about ten years ago.  The text of the service’s program can be found here. The inscription on the stone reads: Thomas Hemphill Captain N. C. Mil. Rev War May 4, 1826 Thomas fought at […]

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 […]

Some of Burke County’s Old Sheriffs

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 […]

Murray County Library – 10 Books

Ten genealogy books at the Murray County Library that I want to review: Murray County, Georgia marriages : 1907-1941 Teague, Gene E., Pickens County, Georgia cemetery records Georgia cemetery records 1851 census of Cherokees East of the Mississippi : Murray County, Georgia Gilmer County Georgia Heritage : 1832-1996 Clemens, William Montgomery, North and South Carolina […]

Hemphills in 1808

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 […]

Anna (Keller) Albright Headstone

Anna Maria (Keller) Albright is buried in the Old Brick Church Cemetery in Alamance (formerly Guilford) County, North Carolina.  I read only a few words of German, so I’m taking the data from the inscription on faith. Anna was born 11 Nov 1733, possibly in Pennsylvania or Switzerland.  She died 10 Jun 1803.

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 […]

Mrs. Hemphill’s Sheep

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 […]

New Hemphill Records

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New Media Photo including J. A. Hemphill Photo of Johnson Sisters Photo of 1930 Kendrick Reunion Document clip with reference to Captain Thomas Hemphill Headstone photo – Robert Hemphill Headstone photo – Thomas B. Hemphill Headstone photo – John McKey Hemphill New Histories Saving the Cattle from the Tories Mrs. Lytle and the Beaver Hat […]