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 […]

Murray County Marriage Records

I visited the Murray County Probate Court last week and came away with nine copies of marriage records.  I went in with a pedigree chart highlighting direct ancestors who were married (or who I thought may have been married) in Murray County.  I had marriage dates for many of them, so my goal was to […]

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 […]

Preparing for a Library Visit

With so much information available online, it’s easy to forget the wealth of publications that are only available in print or on microfilm and that can often be found at libraries. I find it helpful to prepare before visiting a library, otherwise I become overwhelmed with all the choices when I get there.  Most libraries […]

Miscellaneous New Records Added

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New Source Records 1850 Census – Joseph Garrett, John Garrett, and Coleman Forrester households (all on same page) 1860 Census – Joseph Garrett (in the James Greenwood household) 1870 Census – Robert Garrett household 1860 Census – Joshua Curtis household (includes Mary Stroud) 1880 Census – Martin Curtis household (includes Mary Stroud) 1910 Census – […]

Amos and Betty Johnson Headstone

Amos Johnson and his wife Betty are buried in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery in Gilmer County, Georgia.  They may be my 3x-great-grandparents, Amos and Elizabeth; however the dates don’t quite match up. Census records (1850 and 1860) indicate that Amos Johnson was born about 1826, while the birthdate on this stone is 1817.  The stone also records Amos’ […]