Bembry Roots is Moving!

I’ve decided to tidy my digital life a bit and consolidate my two family history blogs into one. So, all content from this blog has been merged into my newly updated maternal side blog, A Long Way To Tennessee. I’m still ironing out the kinks, but I’m pleased with the results so far. This will […]

John Bembry: the Plot Thickens

John Bembry, oldest son of Miles Bembry, was a colorful character. In 1831 he stabbed a cousin, Littleton Bryan, to death, apparently over some kind of property dispute. Wanted notices were were posted all over Georgia and Florida by Littleton’s father, Moses Bryan, who offered a substantial reward for his capture. However, there is no […]

Kenneth Bembry’s “Colored” Children?

Recently, I wrote about how Kenneth apprenticed a free boy of color named William Williams. Well, of course I had to find out more about his mother, Fanny Williams! Which led me into an entirely new (for me) area of genealogy: that of “free people of color” in the antebellum South. Fanny Williams deeded her […]

Four Williams and a Henry

I’ve been deep into the weeds lately, organizing the first two generations of Bembrys. It’s more or less like herding cats, particularly when it comes to Williams. I wrote previously about how I had mixed up Miles Bembry II and William Bembry I. To be fair, I wasn’t the only one: their estate files were […]