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 […]

When Your Ancestor Was Found Under a Cabbage Leaf

Miles Bembry is the first Bembry in America that I have been able to identify. For years, off and on, I’ve been trying to figure out where he came from. I’ve researched online and in libraries. I’ve tried cluster genealogy, researching his neighbors, business associates and probable former slaves. His origins remain a complete mystery. […]

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 […]

Targeting Miles Bembry

If you are an amateur genealogist, you’ve probably heard of the Genealogy Do-Over challenge that is going around. The idea is: scrap everything and start all over again, improving your research and sourcing in the process. It’s a good idea, I think, and in fact, I have been sort of doing that for the last […]

The Mystery Wives of Thomas Bembry

Thomas Bembry almost certainly had two wives. The second wife was Mary, last name probably Savage. He married her before 1850, probably in Pulaski County, GA, and her presumed father (or another relative), Charles Savage, is living with the couple on the 1850 census. Many online trees list Martha “Patsy” Dickens as Thomas Bembry’s first […]