Death Certificate of Francis Marion Kendrick (1844-1932)

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Francis Marion Kendrick, my 2nd great-grandfather, died 6 November 1932 in Militia District 1011, Murray County, Ga., according to his death certificate. Transcript In the transcription below, boldface indicates the words penned into the pre-printed form: “Certificate of Death, Georgia State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.” PLACE OF DEATH County                                                            Murray Militia District […]

Murray on My Mind

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I spent the last week learning all about Murray County history.  “Murray on My Mind,” offered by the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, is a class taught by recently-retired history teacher and local historian, Tim Howard.  If you want to know about Murray County history, Tim is your first call.  He has taught this week-long course for many, many […]

Tombstone Tuesday: Aunt Blanche

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When Blanche Hemphill, my great-aunt, was born on 22 December 1898, in Murray County, Georgia, her father, James, was 19 and her mother, Alice, was 21. She married Marvin Eakes Stanford on 13 Apr 1919 in Murray County. She died on 3 January 1977, in Floyd County, Georgia, at the age of 78. Eakes was […]

Surname Saturday: Ellis

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My Ellis family line starts with Rosa Evelyn, my 2nd great-grandmother. She was born 28 March 1853 in Murray County, Georgia, where she lived almost her whole life. She married Martin LaFayette Roberts on 27 January 1872, in Murray County. They had eight children in 18 years. She died on 25 March 1936, in Murray […]

Twice-Told Tuesday: Happy Birthday!

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“October 28—Mrs. Mollie Clayton, Elaca Hemphill, Maudie Sue Forrest, Maurine Springfield.”1 The “Elaca Hemphill” who is being remembered is actually Alacia Hemphill. Her birthday was October 29, rather than October 28.2 Nevertheless, I love the fact that the newspaper published birthdays! Twice Told Tuesday is an occasional series featuring family-related articles republished from old books, magazines, […]

Orphans of J. Y. Hemphill

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Earlier this year, I mentioned finding a guardianship bond for the children of my 2nd great-grandfather, J. Y. Hemphill.  Here’s what I learned. Transcript: Georgia  Murray County. Know all men by these presents: That we Mary E. Hemphill principal and T. M. Hemphill & J. D. McEntire sureties are bound  unto W H Ramsey Ordinary of said […]

Spring Place Schools “Reunion” to be Part of Festival

The oldest educational facility in all of northwest Georgia is Spring Place Elementary School which traces its origins to the mission established by the Moravians in 1801—long before there was a Murray County.  This school, sponsored by Chief James Vann, was named Spring Place because of the dozens of natural springs that had landmarked the […]

Spring Place Festival Set for August 17

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I don’t typically post press releases, but I’m making an exception on this case, since I’m involved in one of the sponsoring organizations. 2013 Spring Place Festival Set for August 17 The 15th annual Spring Place Community Festival will be held Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church just off Georgia […]

Twice-Told Tuesday: Murray County in the Service

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“William D. Kendrick, S 1/c, USNR, son of Adolph C. Kendrick, of Chatsworth, has returned to the States from Tokyo Bay on the Battleship, USS Wisconsin for the 45,000-ton ship’s participation in the observance of Navy Day on October 27. The Wisconsin figured prominently in action during the final eight months of the war, supporting […]

Twice Told Tuesday: James Jackson Feted at Dinner

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“James Jackson, who left recently for San Diego, Calif. where he will be stationed at the U. S. Naval Training center there, was honor guest at a supper his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Jackson, gave at their home before his departure. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Freeman King, Mrs. A. M. Rogers, Miss Eva […]