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 […]

Cannie Bembry’s Estate

There was a second Kenneth Bembry,* the son of John Bembry. He went by the name “Cannie,” served with the 63rd Georgia Infantry, and was killed at the battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Cannie died intestate, but his probate file includes the following enslaved people. I can find no record of their sale, so perhaps […]

Kenneth Bembry’s Estate

Family Search has provided another Bembry estate file, that of Kenneth Bembry ¬†who died intestate in Tallahassee in 1854. His inventory reveals a a somewhat luxurious household including mahogany furniture, silverware, crystal, and of course, a list of “negroes.” Unfortunately, the file does not include a record of the estate sale, so there is no […]