Palma Lee Lashley

Palma Lashley’s family background is fairly well documented. Born 20, August 1885, her parents were Edmund (or Edmond) Lashley, a farmer, and Mary Lorena Bullard.  Palma was the second of six children. She attended at least some school, and consistently reported herself as able to read and write on censuses. Palma married Hiram Bembry on […]

Matilda Williams

Matilda Williams was born 22 October 1856 in Bulloch County, GA, to James J. Williams and his wife, Mariah, last name probably Hendricks. James was born in Georgia in 1835, probably to Jonathan Williams and his wife Matilda. Jonathan was the son of Wilson Williams, a very early settler in the state. (The surname Williams […]

Ann Bryan

  Ann Bryan, wife of Miles Bembry, was born between 1760-1765 in North Carolina. She was a favorite daughter of Needham Bryan and Jerusha Cain, and is mentioned by name in his Needham’s will, dated 1797. She was bequeathed 100 acres in Martin County, NC. NEDAM BRYAN; Martin County will book page 343; 11 March […]

Edgar Bembry

Edgar “Sonny” Bembry, born 14 June 1906, was the oldest of Hiram and Palma Lashley Bembry’s seven sons. As such, he was unable to attend school past the third grade because he was needed on the farm. While he stated on the 1930 census that he could read and write, he was never fully literate. He […]

Hiram Bembry

Hiram Bembry, the son of John Thomas Bembry and Matilda Williams,  was born 23 December 1881, probably in Echols County, Georgia. He married Palma Lashley on September 1905 at the age of 22. They set up a farm right next to his parents’ place near Fort Union in Suwannee County.  Together, Hiram and Palma had ten children: […]

John T Bembry

John  T. (probably Thomas) Bembry was born on 24 November 1854 while his parents were living in Sumter County, Georgia with Sarah’s mother, Dolly Simpson.  When he was eight years old, his father, Thomas N. Bembry, went off to fight in the Civil War, leaving him with his mother, possibly his grandmother, Dolly, and five younger […]