Sarah Simpson Bembry: After Thomas N. Bembry’s Death

When Thomas N. Bembry died in 1904, his wife Sarah Ann was left close to penniless. A paper trail found in the Florida State Archives outlines this illiterate woman's attempts to receive support from the state of Florida. On January 8, 1905, Sarah wrote to the state comptroller apparently trying to receive the balance of … Continue reading Sarah Simpson Bembry: After Thomas N. Bembry’s Death

Thomas N. Bembry Part II: The War Years

On 14 February 1862, Thomas N. Bembry and his younger brother, Henry L. Bembry, signed on as Privates with the 5th Confederate Florida Infantry, Company F ("Frink's Guards.") Two of Sarah's brothers, Elijah Moses and Aaron signed up for the same unit on the same day. Another brother, Henry F. Simpson, signed up just a few … Continue reading Thomas N. Bembry Part II: The War Years

John T Bembry

John  T. (probably Thomas) Bembry was born on 24 November 1854 while his parents were living in Sumter County, Georgia with Sarah's mother, Dolly Simpson.  When he was eight years old, his father, Thomas N. Bembry, went off to fight in the Civil War, leaving him with his mother, possibly his grandmother, Dolly, and five younger … Continue reading John T Bembry