I haven't posted much recently due to having gone down the DNA rabbit hole! The "higher math" of DNA comparison and triangulation still eludes me. Maybe that will be a good project for retirement. But, I am pretty good at conventional research, and am able to use DNA cousins to either support or disprove my … Continue reading DNA Discoveries
For Valentine's Day, four photos of couples from my family tree.
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 … Continue reading Will of Lewis Lashley of Wake County, North Carolina, 31 January 1815
Palma Lashley's family background is fairly well documented. Born 20, August 1885, her parents were Edmund (or Edmond) Lashley, a farmer, and Mary Lorena Bullard. Palma was the second of six children. She attended at least some school, and consistently reported herself as able to read and write on censuses. Palma married Hiram Bembry on … Continue reading Palma Lee Lashley
Edgar "Sonny" Bembry, born 14 June 1906, was the oldest of Hiram and Palma Lashley Bembry's seven sons. As such, he was unable to attend school past the third grade because he was needed on the farm. While he stated on the 1930 census that he could read and write, he was never fully literate. He … Continue reading Edgar Bembry
Hiram Bembry, the son of John Thomas Bembry and Matilda Williams, was born 23 December 1881, probably in Echols County, Georgia. He married Palma Lashley on September 1905 at the age of 22. They set up a farm right next to his parents' place near Fort Union in Suwannee County. Together, Hiram and Palma had ten children: … Continue reading Hiram Bembry