Hemphills in the Neighborhood

Hemphill genealogy

While transcribing 1930 census records for the 50 households surrounding James A. Hemphill, I found two households headed by his relatives.  I wasn’t surprised to find them, because I knew where their houses were in relation to my great-grandparents, but it was nice how the census work came together and saved me from searching specifically […]

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Marriage Bond of Francis Harris and Adeline Burgin

Burgin genealogy

On this date in 1857, Francis Harris obtained a marriage bond in McDowell County, North Carolina.  His intended bride was Adeline Burgin. I found the record while searching the FHL microfilm of McDowell County Marriage Bonds. I wasn’t sure who Francis and Adeline were at the time, but since Adeline was a Burgin, I made […]

Treasure Chest Thursday: Greenlee-Hemphill Marriage

Greenlee Hemphill genealogy

William Harvey Greenlee and Kate Young Hemphill were married on March 31, 1891 in Murray County, Georgia1. Kate was my great-grandfather’s (James A. Hemphill) sister.  After her marriage, Kate moved to McDowell County, North Carolina, the ancestral home of both her parents.  The photograph in the collage shows their family about 18 years after they […]

Treasure Chest Thursday: Hemphill-Morrison Marriage

Hemphill genealogy

On 01 April 1928, Jim Hemphill and Leo Morrison were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony. They were married in Murray County, Georgia. Jim was my grandfather’s eldest brother. Analysis From this record, I learned the date and place of Jim and Leo’s wedding.  This also gave me a primary source for Leo’s surname […]

Treasure Chest Thursday: Hemphill-Quarles Marriage

Hemphill Quarles genealogy

On 31 July 1931, Elmer Hemphill and Bessie Quarles were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony. They were married in Murray County, Georgia. Elmer was my maternal grandfather’s elder brother. Analysis From this record, I learned Bessie’s surname. I also learned the date and place of their marriage. It’s interesting that Bessie was a […]

Martin O’Neal and Mary Jane Baxter Were Married

O'Neal Baxter genealogy

On this date in 1869, Martin V. O’Neal and Mary Jane Baxter were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony.  They were married in Murray County, Georgia. Martin’s first cousin, Francis Marion Kendrick, married Mary Jane’s first cousin, Barbara Baxter.  Francis and Barbara were my great-great-grandparents, meaning I’m related to both Martin and Mary Jane, […]

Analysis of a Death Certificate: Cordeale Caylor

Kendrick genealogy

Sometimes you find a record that has so much information it is worth it’s weight in gold.  Before I found this death certificate, all I knew about Cordeale (possibly spelled Cordelia) was her name, approximate birth year, parents’ names, and location on the 1880 census. Information gleaned from the death certificate: Alternate spelling for first […]

Treasure Chest Thursday: Tucker-Blakey Marriage Certificate

Tucker Blakey genealogy

Transcript A 6062 State of North Carolina Surry County KNOW  all men by these presents, That we Branch Tucker Edward Moore in the State aforesaid, are held firmly bound unto the Governor of the State of North Carolina for the time being, in the just and full sum of Five Hundred Pounds, current money of […]

Treasure Chest Thursday: Tucker-McKiney Marriage License

Tucker McKinney genealogy

Transcript A 6063 State of North Carolina Surry County KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, That we Tucker and Edward Moore are held and firmly bound unto this Patrick Thomas Esquire, Governor, &c. or his Successors in Office, in the full sum of Five Hundred Pounds, current Money, to be paid to the said Governor, […]