William left some clues for us in 1877 William is one of the early Thames men for whom we don't know parentage, exactly, but evidence points to him being the son of Thomas Thames (son of Joseph Thames and Martha Newberry) by his first wife (name unknown). Because he was a Union loyalist during the … Continue reading William Thames of Clayton County, Georgia (1796-1892)
In light of the fact that we now know James Flanagan had two sons named James, I believe his will warrants closer examination. This is my work in progress (isn't all genealogy permanently "work in progress"?), which I'll update as I find new information. Louisa County, VA Will Book 1, page 19 – This copy … Continue reading James Flanagan’s 1752 will – food for thought
Let me just preface this by saying I did not set out to find errors in previously published genealogical work. I simply love maps, history, and genealogical research. But I did find an error, and below are the results of my research. The land grant map below was prepared in DeedMapper (Direct Line Software) using … Continue reading Whittle Flanagan’s Red Hill in Louisa County, Virginia- a study
Thomas Thames c1700-1758 - New records for a Thomas Thames have been discovered. Do they belong to our Thomas?
My quest to resolve the mysteries surrounding my 4x great-grandfather. John Flanagan was born between 1790 and 1799 (based on the 1840 census) in VA (probably Albemarle County, since his parents, James Winwright Flanagan and Phoebe Simpson, were residing there throughout most of the decade). He married Ann M Saunders on 22 Jun 1820 in … Continue reading What Happened to John Flanagan? – A Descendant’s Discoveries
Richard McLemore, 1798-1881 Richard McLemore (1798-1881) of Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, married Nancy Perry Hill. Richard is credited for founding the town of Meridian. Richard and Nancy were my gggg-grandparents. Back in 2013, I was following the AMC series, Hell on Wheels – a gritty, moody western about a group of characters whose commonality lies in the … Continue reading Grandad McLemore gets airtime 131 years after his death
Got multiple ancestors with the same name in the same place? It can be a nightmare to sort out. It's time to expand the arsenal of documents you use to get them all sorted out. What follows is a report I prepared for submitting a new Revolutionary War patriot ancestor to the Daughters of the American … Continue reading Sorting out the Samuels
My thoughts on genealogy as a calming pursuit Scout and Banjo, my research assistants Back in 1988, I started shaking my family tree to see what would fall out. I had no idea what I’d find, I was just curious to learn about my heritage. My curiosity was first aroused by an uncle bearing a … Continue reading A Certain Serenity
Since very early on in my genealogy adventures when I first identified Serena, my 3x great-grandmother and wife of William M. J. Kelley, she’s been a genealogy brick wall. According to the 1850 census, she was born in Georgia about 1817; at the time of that census, she was living in Coffee County, Alabama with her … Continue reading Serena’s Brick Wall, resolved!