Thomas Bembry was my 4th great-grandfather, and an unlucky man. The slaves that he held were also unlucky, as they were all eventually sold off to settle debts. The first mention of slaves held by Thomas Bembry that I have found occurs in 1821, when his wife, Patsy Dicken, inherited slaves from her grandfather, Nathan […]
It must have been particularly difficult to be held as a slave by Kenneth because his finances were a roller coaster ride. He was constantly buying, selling, and mortgaging people (as well as land and other property) to keep up with growing debt. Because there are so many enslaved people involved, and because Kenneth was […]
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 […]
In which my 5th great-grandfather lives life to the fullest.
Finally getting back to writing about old Miles Bembry! The previous post, taking his biography up to 1810 can be found here. It ended with Miles’ purchases of several tracts of land in Edgecombe County in preparation for his move there. By September, 1810, Miles and his wife Nancy Ann Bryan had settled just north […]
Originally posted on A Long Way to Tennessee:
About a year ago, I embarked on a major genealogy closet-cleaning that is still in progress. Like many beginning genealogists, I had been overly enthusiastic about adding people, facts, and media to my tree. While I have always been very careful about adding information from other people’s…
I’ve completely overhauled the blog and moved it to WordPress. In the process, I updated and edited all the posts, and changed the navigation scheme so that hopefully content will be easier to find. I’ve also added a photo album with some great old photos I recently received from a relative. Unfortunately, I am no […]