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 […]
My recent discovery that I had mistaken Miles Bembry’s probate file for his son’s means that some of the information I had put on the blog about African-American Bembrys needs to be updated! So, I’ve reverted a few of those posts to draft status until I can update and repost them with corrected information. Stay […]
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.
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, […]
For a while there, I used Ancestry’s Family Tree Maker. Then I switched to Family Search’s Legacy, and spent quite a bit of time getting that organized. Then, a couple of years ago, I bought a desktop Mac, and realized too late that I couldn’t use Legacy on it. (But I still love the Mac). […]
There are two topics that are guaranteed to come up in just about ongoing discussion of American family history research: slavery and slave ownership. Genealogy television shows frequently explore the subject: of course you would expect to see that on Henry Louis Gates’ excellent African-American Lives. But, it’s remarkable how many celebrities (not all Southern) […]