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 […]

Slaves Held By John and Maria Wiggins Bembry

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 […]

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, […]

Researching Slave-Owning Ancestors

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) […]

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 […]