Will of Joseph Sumner, 1784

This Joseph Sumner was my 6th great-grandfather. The Margaret mentioned in the will is supposedly Margaret Chesstnut (also spelled Chesnut, Chessnut, and Chestnut) however, I have not yet found a primary source for this information.  In the name of god Amen I Joseph Sumner of Onslow County in the provence of North Carolina being weak […]

Lewis Lashley Will 1815

Lewis Lashley was my 6th great grandfather. I am fairly certain that the “Holleman” men named in the will are most likely Hollands, as Lewis’ wife was Mary Holland and they all lived near each other.  A slave woman, Nell, is named in this will.  She is not found on 1800 census, and I can’t […]

Will of James Holland 1787

James Holland was my 7th great-grandfather. The phonetic spelling is interesting in this will. Clearly, they pronounced “kind” as “coind.” This sounds Irish to me, and according to this Wikipedia article, the name Holland may derive from Houlihan, and variant is found in County Cork. There are no given names in the family that sound […]

The west country.

An Earlier Bembry?

I recently visited the Local History room at the Arlington County public library just to see what might be available there. The area of North Carolina in which Miles Bembry lived was originally the Albemarle District of Virginia. Many of the residents came from what now call Virginia to North Carolina. So, I checked the […]

Typical Leon County plantation house (not Kenneth's). From floridamemory.com.

Slave Name Roll Project: Kenneth Bembry’s Florida Plantation

Looking at Thomas Bembry’s court case versus his brother Kenneth reminded me that Kenneth had more slaves than any other Bembry. With a bit of digging, I’ve found a few names. Going back to Kenneth’s embezzlement of the estate of Nathan Harris in the 1820s, two slaves named Norfleet and Isaac were part of that estate. Naturally, the […]