This is part of an occasional series in which I process information from a book called Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N. C. Newspapers 1840-1870 An Index. I consulted this book last year at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. I have lots of people from in and around Asheville, so I was able to get copies of 24 pages that had surnames of interest to me. Today’s installment is from the “Death Notices” section of the book and includes on the surnames Greenlee, Hemphill, McEntire, and McKee.
“GREENLEE, Adelia August, infant daughter of Samuel and Minerva K. Greenlee, aged 2 years and 6 months, Nov. 3, 1841, at Morganton (H. M., Dec. 3, 1841).” 1
Comment: Samuel is the brother of David Washington Greenlee who married Mary Howard McEntire. This puts him outside the scope of my research.
“HEMPHILL, A. M. C., Jan. 1, 1851, in McDowell County (A. M., Jan. 8, 1851).2
Comment: This is Archibald McEntire Hemphill, son of Andrew Hemphill and Catherine McDonald. “A.M.” refers to the Asheville Messenger, the successor paper to the Highland Messenger. It was “published from the 1848-1849 period noted above until at least as late as January, 1853.”3
“HEMPHILL, J. L., of Company G, 16th Regt. N. C. Troops, killed in a June 26, 1862, engagement (A. N., July 24, 1862).
Comment: This is actually Israel Leander Hemphill,4 son of John Hosea Hemphill and Lydia Louise Simmons. “A. N.” refers to the Asheville News which “was founded in June, 1849, and published (with periodic interruptions during and after the Civil War) until at least as late as March 28, 1883.”5
“McEntire, William, aged 76, a native of Ireland who emigrated to Buncombe County when about 10 and later settled in Burke County, where he resided ever since, July 14, 1851, at his residence in Morganton (A. M., Aug. 6, 1851).6
Comment: I don’t know the relationship of William to my McEntires, but I’m sure he will end being kin to Thomas Young Hemphill McEntire, who also immigrated from Ireland and settled in Burke County.
“McKEE, Mrs. Margaret, relict of John McKee, aged 95, Oct. 17, 1843, at the residence of George Thompson in Iredell County (H. M., Nov. 24, 1843). 7
Comment: I don’t know the identity of these folks at this time, but they could be related to my Mackie family.
“McKEE, Thomas, infant son of James L. McKee, March 25, 1855, in Asheville (A. N., March 29, 1855).8
Comment: See above comment for Mrs. Margaret McKee.
- Robert M. Topkins, compiler, Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N. C. Newspapers, 1840-1870: an index (Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1977), 85. ↩
- Ibid, 88 ↩
- Ibid, Introduction ↩
- Judith Parker-Proctor, “Company G, 16th Regiment of NC Troops,” database, Relativity, my theory. . . (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~judytalk/G16.htm: accessed 13 Oct 2014, entry for Hemphill, Israel Leander; citing citing North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster, Volume X, Infantry, compiled by Weymouth T. Jordan, Jr. ↩
- Topkins, Marriage and Death Notices. . .Asheville, N. C. Newspapers, Introduction. ↩
- Ibid, 100 ↩
- Ibid, 101. ↩
- Ibid. ↩