William Bembry I, son of Miles I, died deeply in debt. His estate file (once I found bits and pieces of it in three different places) contains almost 200 pages, mostly documents regarding payment of debts. Only a few enslaved people are listed on the inventory. They are: 1 Negro Woman Crean (?) and her […]
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 […]
While running a search on Ancestry yesterday, I found something fun misfiled under “Wm Bembry.” This is a stray account from William Bembry’s estate file, paid by his administrator to a merchant or tavern keeper of some kind. William, it seems, was quite the tippler, putting away many “Drinks” of gin, cider, cordial, and […]
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 […]
This is the first instance I have found in my research of an enslaved person being identified by a skill or profession. Kenneth Bembry sold “One certain negro Slave a Man by the name of Guilford a Carpenter” to Joseph Carruthers of Pulaski County, Georgia on July 27, 1840 for $1,500. This is no doubt […]
Just came across this Pulaski County, Georgia deed in which Maria Wiggins Bembry mortgages the estate of her (presumably deceased) husband, John Bembry. The deed names several enslaved people. She apparently defaulted on the mortgage, as a later newspaper announcement of an auction (below) list some of the same names. Georgia Pulaski County This indenture […]
In which my 5th great-grandfather lives life to the fullest.
Where there is a widow there must have been a husband. Did Miles Bembry make a surprise move late in life?
In which I wonder if a a discount on a land sale was a way of securing a suitable bride for an overseer’s son.
A bastardy bond in Edgecombe, North Carolina.