Cannie Bembry’s Estate

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 […]

Will of Benjamin Dicken, 1790

Benjamin Dicken was my 6th great grandfather. His will, filed in Halifax County, North Carolina, names all of his children, including my 5th great grandfather Richard Dicken, and a number of slaves. Wife Anne; sons Benjamin, Lewis, Ephraim (dcd), William, Richard; daus Mary Ward, Elizabeth Wilson, Anne Lowry, Martha, Delphia. Grandson Thomas Lowry. Executors, Benjamin Lewis, […]

Will of Nathan Harris, 1793

I’ve recently been working on the family of Patsy Dicken, wife of Thomas Bembry. Her grandfather was Nathan Harris, from whose will I inadvertently established Patsy’s last name. This line goes back to colonial Isle of Wight County in Virginia. Nathan was the son of another Nathan Harris who died in 1793. I found a […]

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 […]

Nathaniel Cunningham’s Will

I have just discovered a new branch and several new surnames on my grandmother’s line. My 5th great-grandfather was Nathaniel Cunningham of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The “shaky leaves” on Ancestry.com take this line back to 17th century Boston, which will be interesting if it turns out to be true because I have no other New […]