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               “OLD JOHN HEMBREE” 


                           aka  JOHN EMORY




                                                                THIRD DRAFT







                                                                                                   Larry Petrisky

                                                                                                   Atlanta, GA

                                                                                                   March    2004





                                            Edited by Dale Standifer  &  Joyce Reece










                        This is part of a series of reports on the Hembree / Emory family:



                        John Amory and the Emory Cherokees    (available Dec 2003)

                        Starts with the immigrant ancestor John Amory (d.1746) who

                        seemingly left no white descendants but through his Cherokee

                        mixed-blood son and mixed-blood grandchildren became

                        numerous – except that nobody knows who he is!



                        Old John Hembree aka John Emory  (available July 2003)

                        Follows the Cherokee mixed-blood son of John Amory, John

Emory (b.1744) who was a Tory fugitive and had children by

                        four different women (that we know of!).  Includes much on the

                        Welch, Masters and Quailes families and the interactions with the

                        “other”  Hembrees.



                        The Abraham Hembree Data Project  (summer 2002)

                        Follows the Cherokee mixed-blood grandson of John Amory,

Abraham Hembree, who was a Revolutionary War vet,  quite

a colorful character and an original Smoky Mountain hillbilly:  his

descendants lived in the mountains of South Carolina,

                        North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, and, of course,

                        in “good,  ol’ rocky top” – Tennessee!



                        Edward Hembree / Emory Family    (available 2004)

                        Continues the “Old John” line through his grandson Edward (d.1858),

                        who was probably murdered (lynched).  Somehow we’ve only had

                        three lynchings in the family – seems like a low number!

                        Includes info on Moore, Sanders, Love, Todd, Lumpkin, Merritt,

                        Smith and Baldwin families. 



                        Special dedication:   to Bob Hembree, the dean of Hembree researchers.  I saw

                        him a few times in 1980-1981 and again in 1992-1993, always at a microfilm reader,

always helping someone.  And I was listening in.  He volunteered countless hours of

                        help at the family history library and he had the highest standards of genealogy

                        research.  I only knew him as Bob – I wish I would have caught his last name back

then – it would have saved me years of searching!  It is important to note that Bob

Hembree has not endorsed the idea that Old John Hembree is a son of John

Amory and regarded land transactions as a solid indication that Old John was

part of the “Virginia Hembrees” who descend from James Hembree (b.c.1700).









            Where did Old John Hembree come from?



            There are six to eight different families that took on the name “Hembree” in Spartanburg,

            South Carolina around 1790 to 1800.  The name in that form rarely occurs outside of

            South Carolina before 1820, but it has turned up in England in some of the parish records

as a variant spelling.  Almost everyone with “Hembree” ancestors can trace back to the

Spartanburg area before 1810 – it is a uniquely South Carolina name.  It is also a great

name of the American frontier.  The various Hembree families did not stay in one place

very long and those that remained in Spartanburg or Roane County, Tennessee, sent kin

westward and sent sons into every war and battle that had to be fought.   It is also an

overtly Christian name – the families producing almost as many preachers as soldiers.

(Jane Hembree’s website is as evangelical as it is genealogical.)


With the same name and such similarities, it would be difficult to imagine that these are

unconnected families but nobody has convincingly tied them all together.  Let’s take a

look at the 7 or 8 household groups in early Spartanburg:



            1) the family of David Hembree (1728-1809) and his son Rev.  James

            Hembree (1759-1849) can be proven in the Spartanburg area by 1768.

            They can be proven in Granville County, North Carolina around 1752

            and can be proven in Lunenburg County, Virginia before 1750. 

(Another source says  David Hembree was in Orange County,Virginia

            in 1760 per a land patent.) They went to Pendleton District (in what

is now Anderson County) by 1788.



            2) the family of “Old John” Hembree (1744-1808) can be proven to be

            active Tories in South Carolina whose property faced forfeiture in 1779.

            He can be proven in Spartanburg in 1788, in Pendleton District (in what

            is now Oconee County) in 1800, and not much else can be proven about

            him apart from family lore and legend.



            3)  the family of Drury Hembree (1755-1845) and his brother Abraham

            Hembree (1757-1837) can be proven by Revolutionary War records to

            be in upper South Carolina during the war.  Drury served on both sides.

            They can be proven in Spartanburg from 1787 on.  They appear in the

            1790 census for Spartanburg.  Drury left for Tennessee before 1800

            but Abraham appears in Spartanburg records up to the 1820’s.  [see

            The Abraham Hembree Data Project for full details]





            4)  the family of William Hembree (1735/54-1821) seems to be in Wake

County, North Carolina, in 1790 but this is not certain. They remained in

Virginia until 1785 or so (Halifax County) and by 1800 they are solidly

found in Spartanburg.  Two of his children married children of Abraham




            5)  the family of Col. Joel Hembree (1796-1868) whose father was Joel

Hembree b.c.1765, who is in the 1800 census (p.207) for Spartanburg.



            6)  the family of Joel Bird Hembree (1804-1860) whose father was also a

            Joel (1755-1825)  and is found in the 1790 census (p.87) and 1800 census

(p.199) for Spartanburg, can be proved in South Carolina around 1779 and

in Spartanburg by 1784. 



            7)  the family of Henry Emry (Hembree) in Spartanburg in 1790 (p.86) is

            a mystery.  The family of a Robert Hembree Sr. (and his wife Sarah) of

Spartanburg who sold their land in 1799 is another mystery.  The family of

            William Hembree b.1758 d.bef. 1840 Spartanburg is yet another mystery.


For many years I tried to reconcile these families into one – “The Descendants of

Henry Embrie of Virginia” --             but without success.  (Now I have gone the other way:

I don’t think any of these families belong to the Henry Embrie pedigree.  A William

Embry of Camden District, South Carolina, is of that line and Bob Hembree believes

he too is a Hembree – father of Joseph Hembree b.1779/80 of Roane County, TN.


Over twenty years ago I came to the conclusion that the family in #1 (David & James)

and the family in #2 (Old John) are not related in this country.  My family in the

1890’s attempted to examine our roots and concluded that our name was more “Emory”

than “Hembree” and that our ancestors of this name came to South Carolina where

the family was involved in the government of the colony (though under what name

they were not sure, except that a Gov. Moore was included).  The rest is anecdotal,

such as the family’s involvement with the Cherokee – being very prominent in the

tribe, and so on.


I gave no weight to such anecdotal tidbits until they started to prove true.  The Emory

name in Charleston was Amory.  The Amory family was of Saint Philip’s Parish in

Charleston.  John Amory, Indian trader, was buried there in 1746.  William Emory,

his son, known in Cherokee genealogy, was buried there in 1770.  Thomas Nightingale,

Indian trader (whose wife was Sarah Amory) was buried there in 1769.  Ludovic

Grant was buried there in 1757 or 1761.  Robert Emory, Indian trader, was buried there

in 1790.  [see  John Amory and the Emory Cherokees  for details]



There is still much to be discovered but the search has been greatly rewarding.  It is all

too easy to stumble and get confused about the lines but with renewed interest (and

humility to admit mistakes) we should soon have a much clearer picture of the Hembree








            The father of “Old John Hembree” (aka John Emory) left no English lineage:

            his heirs died out in the next generation.  But the Cherokee half breed children he

            and his sons produced have proliferated his legacy.  The father of Old John Hembree

            was the Englishman John Amory (d.1746).  His descendants took on the name

            variations of Emory, Emery, Hembree and so on.


            The mother of Old John Hembree was probably named Mary (Moore) Ayers.  She was

            probably the grand-daughter of Col. James Moore (who was the son of Governor James

            Moore             of South Carolina) and a Cherokee woman of Keowee.


            Note that the Emorys of this line came to upper South Carolina by way of Charleston (as

            did most of the Indian traders before 1755).  The Virginia Hembrees who came to upper

            South Carolina are a separate group.  There is a great deal of confusion and controversy

            over various Hembree lines and even though I have spent 25 years trying to prove where

            my ancestor Old John Hembree came from, I still have more questions than answers. 


            In the time and place we are looking at there were no birth certificates, no death

            certificates, no marriage licenses, and very few baptismal records.  Few of our people

            could read or write so almost none of them wrote wills and they parceled out land with

            a handshake.  Sometimes they wrote out a note (mortgage) or a deed but did not record

            it because it was usually to a family member.  When a family member sold the land and

            required proof of title, a written deed was reconstructed from memory of the oral deed.

            Land deeds and census records form the best data to reconstruct these families.  They

            tended to marry neighbors, live close to cousins, marry cousins, and move as a group

            to new territory.  Baptists married Baptists, mixed-bloods married mixed-bloods, and

            Tory descendants tended to marry their kind too.  Wars and immigration altered these

            patterns.  Irish immigrants before the Revolution came over as English convicts, forced

            to leave their families, so they often married white American girls who were in short

            supply of husbands (because of  the French-Indian War) or mixed-blood girls who were

            in shorter supply of husbands because of continual frontier warfare.   It all makes for

            an interesting but challenging search, with “solid proof”  never quite in reach.




Generation No. 1: 





                John Emory was the son of Englishman John Amory (d.1746 SC) and a Cherokee woman whose

English name may have been Mary (Moore) Ayers.  


John Emory was born c. 1744 near Purrysburg, SC and died c. 1808 in Pendleton District, South

Carolina, or before 1810 in Kentucky.  The name of his first wife (d.1768) is probably JANE or NANCY

(NANA) ELDER(?); she was mixed blood. The name of his second wife (white) was Mrs. Mary Elisabeth

Cantle (d.Nov 1769).  The name of his 3rd  wife is thought to be MARTHA or MARY. She died at the

close of the Revolution (1784) in North Carolina. 



                Child of “Old John” Hembree or Emory by Jane or Nancy (Elder?) is:          


                210                     i.                   Elizabeth Jane2 Hembree     b. 1765 SC   d.c. 1820 Tennessee

                                                m(1)  John Welch of Ninety Six District, SC. (b.1753 d.bef 1810 NC or TN). 

                                                m(2)  WILLIAM WELCH (b.c.1768 d.1838 Hardin Co, TN)        


                Children of “Old John” Hembree or Emory by Martha or Mary (3rd wife) are:        



                220                     ii.                  Mary (Polly) Hembree                  b. 1771 SC  d. 11 June 1865 Milton Co, GA 

                                                m (1) Notley Masters (1745-1819) 30 July 1793 Pendleton District, SC 



                230                    iii.                 William Hembree   b. 1774 SC   d.c. 1811 SC 

                                                m(1)   Selah  (Polly) HUGHES  or m(2) Polly                  

                                                       she. b.c.1775 d.bef 1840 Pickens District, SC


                240                     iv.                 John Hembree, Jr.     b. 1776 SC                d. 1836 Knox Co, KY

                                                m(1) Mary Laws  (b.1780 NC d.aft 1825 KY)



                250                      vi.                   James Hembree   b. 1778 or 1782 NC or SC  d.c. 1828 SC

                                                m.c. 1804 Martha Stratton  (b.1782 NC d. 1841 SC)



                260                     v.                   Edward Hembree     b. 1780 NC or SC  d. 1863  Oconee Co, SC

                                                m(1)  c. 1800 Eliza Stratton  (b.1780 NC d.c.1835 SC)

                                                m.(2) c. 1846 PHENE   (b.1774 d.bef 1860)



                Child of “Old John” Hembree or Emory by Susannah is: 

      (aka Susannah of Chilhowee or Chu-we)                 (Cherokee)


                280                   vii.                  Michael “MacK” Emery  b.1785 Cherokee Nation, NC d.1853 Henry Co, TN

                                                m(1)  Parthena Latham (b.1790  d.1819 TN)

                                                m(2)  Lucretia ----  (b.1795 VA d.c. 1860)








                Child of “Old John” Hembree or Emory by Rebecca Sullivan of Spartanburg is:


                290                  viii.                  Solomon (Sullivan) Jackson   b. 4 Dec 1788 Spartanburg,  SC; 

                                 d. unknown; m(1) REBECCA HEMBREE  3 April 1815 Knox Co., TN;

                                         d. unknown  (daughter of DRURY HEMBREE)




Notes for “Old John” Hembree or Emory:


                John Emory was the son of Englishman John Amory (d.1746 SC) and a Cherokee

                woman whose English name may have been Mary (Moore) Ayers.  John’s father was

                somehow connected to the Amory family of Charleston, South Carolina.  John’s

                mother was said to be the offspring of  James Moore and a Cherokee woman of Keowee,

                perhaps a daughter of  Charity Haig, the  “smallpox conjurer” (healer) of Keowee.  John’s

mother was half-sister to Warhatchie (Wauhatchie) of Keowee, who served with General

George Washington against the French in Virginia and Pennsylvania.  She was also the consort

                of Thomas Ayers, Georgia’s agent to the Cherokee, who advised South Carolina on the

                building of a fort near Purrysburg, an outpost halfway between Charleston and Savannah.

                (John Amory the Englishman had a plot of land at Purrysburg and became a trader with

the Cherokee in partnership with William Elder, John Watt, and Thomas Nightingale.)


John Emory was orphaned at an early age and raised by various people, including his “uncle”

William Emory (actually a half brother) and his “uncle” Thomas Nightingale (relationship

unclear).  There is a family legend that John was involved in the building of a fort and this was

probably Fort Loudon, Tennessee, where he worked as a helper at the age of 12 or 13.  (Nightingale

was involved in the Indian trade and was a saddle maker.  He also drove supplies to Fort Loudon.)

John was also likely involved in the rebuilding of the fort at Ninety Six in 1759.   (Fort Hembree in

Hayesville, North Carolina, was built for the Cherokee removal years after John’s death.)


John Emory was a Tory in the Revolution but he switched sides, a family legend has it, in North Carolina.

He was regarded as a fugitive in South Carolina but was never prosecuted.  He had very close ties with

the Cherokee who turned cautiously neutral after being defeated by the colonists in 1776. 


The transformation of the name from Emory to Hembree after the war was a fortunate combination

of phonetics (both are pronounced the same in the backcountry and was spelled Embry or Emory

during John’s British service) and the arrival of a Virginia Baptist family by that name who resided

close to the Emorys in the South Carolina upcountry.  (It was fortunate because it allowed the Emory

family to escape further persecution for their Tory and Cherokee sympathies.)  The “Hembree”

spelling was the standard in South Carolina and was preserved by a few branches of the family.

Others went by “Emery”, especially as they moved into Tennessee.  The “Emory” spelling is the

least used and nobody used “Amory” after the first generation.


John Emory was  a half-brother of William Emory (b.c.1720-28 d.1770) and some relation to William’s

step-brother or cousin Robert Emory (b.c.1718 d.1790).  Both William and Robert had Cherokee children

and children who were raised as white.  Robert also had Creek children.  John Emory was the cousin

(“uncle”) of Drury Hembree (b.1755 SC d. 1845 MO) and Abraham Hembree (b.1757 SC d.c.1837 TN). 







Some facts and legends regarding Old John Hembree:


Legend:   John Emory was born at a trading post in South Carolina.  A birth date of 1733 for him

is too early.  [That date refers to John Hembree, brother of James Hembree b.1730 of Virginia.] By

legend we know that his father was John or William (son of John) and his mother was Cherokee with

an English name of Mary Moore but another name of “Ears” or “Ayers”.  His Cherokee roots were in

the Keowee village / Seneca River area in what is now Oconee County, South Carolina. His English

roots were in Charleston and Goose Creek, South Carolina.  His father died when he was young, his

mother was said to have gone to England and died over there.  His half uncle was war chief Warhatchy

(Wauhatchee) of Keowee.  A half brother (old enough to be an uncle) was William Emory.  Another

 “uncle” was Thomas Nightingale of Goose Creek.  Legends of fort building can trace back to Old

John Emory’s birth.


Fact:   The family of John Amory (father of John Emory) came to Georgia in 1737 but went to

Charleston in 1738, and were not involved in the Indian trade until 1740 or so.  The mother of John

Emory was the consort of Thomas Ayers, Georgia’s agent to the Cherokee. 


Fact:   In 1739 and 1740 Thomas Ayers recruited the Cherokee and South Carolina to aid Georgia in

another war on the Spanish in Florida (The War of Jenkins Ear). John Amory, son of John Amory, was

killed in this war in Georgia.  (He was a drummer.)  His body was returned to Charleston and buried

(as John Emmar) with the family in Saint Philip’s Parish in Oct. 1740. 


 John Amory Sr. obtained 500 acres in Purrysburg, South Carolina in Dec. 1738.  In Oct 1742  he had

these lands surveyed to secure a grant. In 1743 South Carolina recruited Thomas Ayers to build a fort

at Purrysburg. He made an initial visit, leaving his Cherokee “bride” there, expecting to return.  But

Georgia raised objections to Engineer Ayers helping South Carolina when there was so much to be

done in Georgia.


Legend:   John Amory met the Cherokee consort of Thomas Ayers at Purrsyburg in 1743.  John Emory

was born (or just conceived) at Purrysburg in 1744  or perhaps at Keowee – his mother’s village.

His mother’s name was “Many/Mary Ears” or “Mary Ayers”.    (The Catawba Indians of SC also have

Ears/Ayers families – perhaps our Thomas Ayers was more active in SC than we thought.)


Legend:   John Emory spent part of his boyhood with a “revered uncle” at Goose Creek, South

Carolina.  This was probably Thomas Nightingale (d.1769) and his wife Sarah Amory.  He was also with

his “uncle” William Emory (d.1770) at Ninety Six. When William went off to join the British Army in

1758 John Emory (age 14) became “uncle” to Drury Emory (b.1755) and Abraham Emory (b.1757).

William returned around 1766, and spent his last few years in Charleston.


Legend:   John Emory was on his own (with two or three nephews in tow) by 1770 in upper South

Carolina.  Families associated with Emory included Smith (of Keowee), Murphy (offspring of  Daniel

Murphy killed 1751), Elder and Watts (partners of his father), Dougherty and Doughty/Dowdie (a

variation of the name), Welch (of Ninety Six), Downing (Indian trader partner of Welch), and, of

course, Moore.   There are also connections to Davis, Harris, Harlan, Buffington, Jackson, Fields, Vann,

Wilkinson (Wilkeson), Dewess (Dues or Due), Pettit, Pearis (of Keowee), Capt John Stuart and Alexander

Cameron.  All of these names have Cherokee connections before the Revolution.  Two different lines of

the Martin family are also connected:  one before the war and one after.


Fact:  John Emory was part of the backcountry Loyalist militia recruited by Richard Pearis under

orders from Capt. John Stuart and Alexander Cameron (both fled to Florida).  The Loyalists took

control of the fort at Ninety Six in 1775. (They relocated and rebuilt the fort at the old property of

Robert Gouedy.  The fort was named Star Fort or Starr’s Fort.)  A large rebel force took back the fort

and chased and arrested many of the Loyalists.  (After the arrest of Pearis a Creek Indian trader named






Thomas Brown rallied support for the Loyalist cause.  After the war he died in a London prison.)  Some

of those captured at Ninety Six were:  Richard Pearis, George Pearis, John Davies, Thomas Welch,

John Welch, William Elliot, Joseph Turner.



Legend:   John Emory fled with his family into the mountains via the old Keowee trail which led into

North Carolina.  Other Tories fled to Florida where Captain John Stuart was but family tradition makes

no mention of Florida.  



Fact:   In the South Carolina Gazette of 16 and 17 December 1779,   John Emory was listed among

SC residents who would forfeit their lands if they did not return to SC and take an oath of loyalty to

the rebel government.  Also on this list were Thomas Jackson, Barzil Lee, William Lee (Sr. & Jr.),

Barnet Collier, David and Zachariah Bailey, George and David Moore, William Murphy, Aaron

Pinson, Robert Coleman, and so on.  Many of these men wound up in Spartanburg District and Pendleton

District after the war.




Fact:   On 1 Dec 1779 John Emory enlisted as a private (along with Jacob Fields and James Murphy)

in a company of SC Loyalists under Lt. Col. Alexander Innis at Savannah, Georgia.  


Legend:  After the fall of Charleston or in 1781 (after defeat of the Tories at Cowpens near what

would become Spartanburg)  John Emory helped some Loyalist families of Abbeville District,

South Carolina, escape to North Carolina.  Up in North Carolina, it is said, he switched sides.    

His wife died in North Carolina by 1785.



Fact:   Charleston fell 12 May 1780 to the British.  Col. Tarleton’s slaughter of surrendering

American militia on 29 May 1780 turned up-country sympathies toward the rebels.  On 7 Oct

1780 backwoodsmen defeated the Loyalists at Kings Mountain.  In May 1781 the Loyalists were

defeated at Fort Ninety-Six  (Star Fort).  On 17 July 1781 British Colonel Coates burned a church

down (as depicted in the movie The Patriot).  By April 1782 Loyalists and their families were being run

off their land and even murdered.  In Sep 1783, after peace was signed, the South Carolina legislature

began confiscating the remaining property of Loyalists (when they could find it).



Fact:   In March 1783 a list of enemies (Tories) was compiled by SC militia commanders after the war.

On the list of Col. Thomas Brandon were “John Emrey”, Barnet Collier, Robert Coleman, William Lee

Jr., George and Davis Moore, William Moore, John and  James  Martin, David and Thomas Bailey, and

so on.



Fact:  On 15 Nov 1788 the land grant of John Emory  (Hembree) and Joshua Pettit in Spartanburg

County was surveyed.  The land was near Goucher’s Creek which  fed into the Pacolet River.  This

land was later described in a 1 Dec 1801 deed as on the north side of the Pacolet River opposite the

Healing Springs.  Abraham Hembree later lived on or near this land.  Ephraim Hembree, son of

Abraham and son-in-law of Joshua Pettit received & sold some of this land in 1827. 



Fact:  In 1788 John Emory and John Elder filed civil claims together against William Weir in

Spartanburg District Court.   Weir responded by filing writs of scieri facias against a John Hull to

make him responsible for the charge. 



Fact:  On 1 Mar 1788 John Hembree witnessed a deed  in Spartanburg County.  The deed

involved the sale of two tracts of land owned by John & Sarah Campbell.


Fact:  In 1788 John Hembree was summoned for jury duty in Spartanburg County.  He was

apparently out of state.  He cannot be located in the 1790 census.



Fact:  On 16 Jun 1789 John  Hembry was named as the father in a bastardy case against

Rebekah Sullivan in Spartanburg County.  Her brother was Ezekiel Sulllivan.  Ephraim Jackson,

a friend of  Ezekiel, later married Rebecca.  Both Ezekiel Sullivan and Ephraim Jackson witnessed

land deeds for the Hembrees in later years.



Fact:  On 7 May 1792 “Abram. Emery” was granted 200 acres on the Keowee River in Pendleton

District for his war service.  On 19 Nov 1795  “Abraham Emery and wife Winnifred” of

Spartanburg sold the land.  Ephraim Jackson was a witness to the transaction. 


Around 1789 the family of David Hembree (1728 – 1809) and his son (Rev.) James Hembree

(1754 – 1849) moved from Spartanburg to Pendleton District, locating on 26 Mile Creek (in what

would later become Anderson County).  Old John Hembree’s son, William, would locate there

about the same time and the family would live with him  (Old John perhaps did not want his

name on any land records).




Legend:  Could the families of David Hembree and John Amory (d.1746)  be connected in

Barbados or Jamaica (from England)?   The Amory family of Charleston, SC (before John

arrived) had Jamaica connections and later established themselves in Boston, Massachusetts.

There is a persistent belief that the Hembrees came by way of Barbados (where an Edward

Hanburry can be found in 1690).  Or was their connection a combination of coincidence and

conversion to the Baptist faith by some of the SC Emorys?   Even then, many Baptists were

expelled from Massachusetts and found (for a time) more freedom in Virginia.


Could they be connected back in England?  So little is known of them back there.  Perhaps

that is the missing piece of the puzzle.







Legend:   Notes on “Nana” – the French Woman of  Keowee:


                Nana was born in the Cherokee village of Keowee around 1733 and she was captured and sold

                into slavery as a young girl,  winding up in the French West Indies.   She spoke only Cherokee

                and French (and later occasionally English).  At the age of 13 or 14, her French masters sent her

back to Charleston to be freed.  The ship’s steward, however, tried to sell her.  She called out in

Cherokee and caused a commotion when someone recognized                 what she was saying.  A benefactor

came forward (probably William Elder or Thomas Nightingale) and purchased her freedom.  She

became attached to the Amory and Nightingale families and moved in and out of their households

off and on for about 80 years. 


                She rejoined her people in Keowee and probably was a factor in the anti-British, pro-French

                disposition of that important town and of Attakullakulla (Little Carpenter) for many years.

                (She was Little Carpenter’s wife for several years.)  She was possibly a half-sister of John Emory’s

                mother because she “adopted” him and followed him throughout his life.


                After the Cherokee War (1762) she lived in Goose Creek with the Emorys and Nightingales and

                helped to raise their  children.   (The older Emory children were kept in the Cherokee Nation by

                Little Carpenter and Tassel.  Tassel was a grandfather to the Emory children.)


                Nana’s devotion to the Emory children raises the question if she was in fact John Emory’s mother

                but she was the source for the information on his mother.   She appears in the 1830 census in the

                household of Edward Emory (Hembree) 90-100 years old and died soon thereafter.  Legend was

                that she was Edward’s mother-in-law but that turns out to be not true.  In the way of legends, though,

                she was probably John’s mother-in-law, the mother of his first wife.  This would explain the name

                given to Elizabeth Jane, “Yen Acona” – that would be her mother’s name, the name she was known

                by, “Jane of Oconee”.   (Nana or Nannie or Nonnie may have been a shortened version of her clan

                name:  “a ni” is how the clan names begin.)    


Notes on the wives of  “Old John” Hembree or Emory:


                1.  He probably married his first wife in 1764/5 in Goose Creek, South Carolina.  She was a Cherokee

mixed-blood.  She died young (1767) during a “plague” that lingered in lower South Carolina from

1768 to 1770.  John had one child by her and this child was closer to the Cherokee than his other

children (except perhaps his son Michael who was born into the tribe by right of his mother).  The

later connections suggest that his first wife was a mixed-blood Elder, Jane or Nancy (Nana) Elder,

daughter of  Nana (above) and William Elder, who may have been her benefactor.  (See John Amory

and the Emory Cherokees for more details.) 



2.  His second wife was a widow, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Cantle.  They married in January 1769. [SC

Hist. Mag. xi, 36].  She died 9 November 1769. [Ibid., x, 166], and was buried at Saint Philip’s Parish

as Mary Emory.  They had no children.  [A John Cantle was buried at St. Philip’s on 2 Aug 1768. He

was the husband of Sarah Loocock Cantle who married William Emory in 1769.]

                (I suspect John Emory had a son Thomas by his first wife who died very young.)


                3.  After burying his uncle William Emory in July 1770, John took his children, his nephews, and

                his nanny (“Nana”) from the low country to the back country, probably to the Congaree settlement

                or back up to Ninety Six.  He met and married there his third wife, a white or mixed-blood woman

                whose was name was probably Martha or Mary, possibly a Murphy or a  Jackson.   Thomas Jackson,

carpenter and Indian trader,  took in the young wandering Emory family.  Abraham Emory, a nephew

of John Emory, would marry Winnifred Jackson, the daughter (I believe) of Ephraim Jackson of this family




                When the Revolution broke out the Jacksons, Murphys and Emorys were Loyalists to the British crown

and had to flee to North Carolina to escape retribution.  It was in North Carolina, around 1784, that

                John Hembree’s third wife died.  



                4.  His fourth wife was a Cherokee woman named Susannah but this marriage was uncertain.  They

had a son together in 1785 but by 1788 John Emory followed his nephews into Spartanburg.  He may

have returned to her by 1789.  She may have been the Stratton widow in Burke County, North

Carolina, named Susannah who was cited for having a child out of wedlock.



                5.  In Spartanburg he had an affair with a much younger woman and she became pregnant.  John

                Emory, it seems, went back up to North Carolina and reunited with Susannah.   But she was on her

                way westward, to Alabama and then to Arkansas, with the tribe (c. 1792).  She left her son Michael

                with John to be raised as a white man, because the Cherokee were facing extinction.  (Another less

                colorful possibility is that she married her former brother-in-law and he did not want the boy.)



                Some notes on the family of Thomas Jackson:

                (Note: I no longer believe the family of Thomas Jackson was connected to the Welch or the Emory

                family.  The William, Ephraim, Reuben, Winnefred Jackson connected to Abraham Hembree were

                from Virginia by way of North Carolina, coming to Spartanburg c.1785.)   


            JACKSON, THOMAS


            Edward Jackson and James Jackson came to Savannah, Georgia in 1733/34.  They both

            had sons Edward, Thomas, James.   Thomas Jackson the Indian trader of SC was a son

            of either Edward or James.  An Edward Jackson, brother of Thomas, had an Indian wife

            (Catawba, Cherokee or Creek) and lived in the Edgefield District of SC.  (He may have had

            a white wife also.)   


            Thomas Jackson was a trader at Cherokee middle town Ioree (Joree) in North Carolina on

the path from Keowee to Chote. (Ambrose Davis was the principal trader there.)   In August 1750

he was listed in the South Carolina Journal as a Cherokee trader approved to trade in the Creek

Nation, along with Abraham Smith and Robert Emory (of Keowee).  He was one of the traders

(and associates) killed in the early violence after the Fort Prince George outrage  in January



            Another (or the same) Thomas Jackson had land near the Congaree trading post in South

Carolina in the late 1750’s.  He was described as a carpenter and Indian trader.


            Another Thomas Jackson, a North Carolina Quaker, was one of 62 Quakers receiving grants of

            land (forming Wrightsborough, Georgia) in December 1768.  Others included Richard Moore,

            Richard Jones, William Elam, Absolom Jackson, George Beck, Edward Murphy, Benjamin

            Jackson, Isaac Jackson, Richard Bird, and John Murray.  (Thomas Jackson Jr. was

            dismissed from the Quakers in 1776 for brandishing arms and acting in a warlike manner.)


            Thomas Jackson and George Beck (father of Jeffery Beck who married into the tribe) were

killed by Creek Indians at Wrightsborough, Georgia, in 1771.  It seems the Quakers traded

with the Creeks. Fellow traders George Beck Jr. and Richard Fields (who married an

Emory) came up with a plan for the Creeks to pay off their debts to the traders with land. 

Indian Commissioner John Stuart opposed the idea as naive and dangerous:  unscrupulous

traders would quickly dispossess the tribes.  (This turned out to be the case.)  But 




Governor James Wright of Georgia lobbied England to get the foolish plan approved. 

He was unsuccessful, but land cessions to pay off debts would doom the tribes  after

the Revolution.  [Col Recs GA, Coleman XXVIII Pt 2, 351-353] 




                Some notes on the Murphy family:



            Daniel Murphy, an Indian trader associated with Bernard Hughes, resided on the Tuckaseegee

            River in the Cherokee village of Connutre (Connotore) in North Carolina.  In separate but related

attacks (in April 1751), Hughes was plundered and almost killed, Murphy was killed, and Hugh

Murphy (Daniel’s brother) was shot at Coronacre on the Saluda River in South Carolina. In later

conflicting reports, Daniel Murphy was reported to be killed in Connutre, killed at the lower village

of Oconee in South Carolina, survived and helped to recover Bernard Hughes’ supplies, and

killed at Fort Prince George in 1760.  A warrior called The Slave Catcher of Connutre was said to

be the killer in 1751 and he took Murphy’s wife.  The mixed-blood children of Daniel Murphy were

taken down to Ninety Six by Bernard Hughes in 1751.  James Murphy (b.1738-1740) and

Peregrine Murphy (b.1738-1740) were sons of Daniel Murphy.  They served in the militia under

Capt. John Stuart in 1756-1757 but after the Cherokee War (1759-1762) they were part of the

tribe.  James Murphy and John Emory served together under Capt. Alexander Innis as Loyalists

in 1779.  They fled to North Carolina and resided there for several years.  They may have gone

together to Knox County, Kentucky, in their later years.  James Murphy had children in North

Carolina, some of whom remained with the tribe (joining the Chickamauga) and some lived

as whites in Kentucky and Tennessee.   Most Cherokee Murphys descend from other families,

but those of Johnson Murphy, Edward (Ned) Murphy and Eli Murphy are probably grandsons

of James, great-grandsons of Daniel.  The name Archibald occurs in this line also.


James Murphy (1775-1851) of Knox County, Kentucky, might very well be a son.


The closeness of James Murphy and John Emory might suggest that they were brothers-in-law,

that John’s wife was a Murphy.  More research is needed before we can be sure.













         Generation No. 2:                                                                                    



           210.  ELIZABETH JANE (Betsy)2 HEMBREE or EMORY (JOHN1)              


                was born 1765 in  South Carolina.  She died c. 1820 in Tennesee. 

                She m(1) JOHN WELCH (b.c.1753 SC d.bef 1810 NC or TN).

(He married (2) 1801 a Cherokee woman whom he named Betsy (“Quatsy”) after his first wife.)

She m(2) WILLIAM WELCH (b.c. 1768 NC d.1838 Hardin Co, Tennessee).


                Children of  Elizabeth Jane Hembree and John Welch are:


                310                i.                James3 Welch    b.1780-86  NC  d.bef. 1815 TN?


                311                ii.                David Welch    b.1780-86 NC  d.bef. 1835 GA    


                312                iii.                Jackson Welch   b.1780-86  NC d.aft 1851 NC


                313                iii.                Edward (Ned) Welch    b.1780-86  NC or SC  d.aft.1820 Ark 


                314                iv.                Nancy Welch    b.c.1788  SC   d. 19 Sep 1860 Hickman Co, TN

                                                m. Spencer Brown (b.c.1788-d.1868 TN). 


                315                v.                John  Welch    b.c.1790 TN  d.1857 Cherokee Co, NC

                                                m. Elizabeth Blythe  (b.1795 d.1885 Cherokee Co, NC)


                Child of John Welch and unknown Cherokee woman:


                316                vi.                Ail-sey (Alsey)  Welch    b.c.1802 NC   d.aft 1852 Indian Territory,

Oklahoma; m. Johnson Murphy (b.c.1800 NC d.aft. 1851 NC)


                Notes for Elizabeth Jane (Betsy) Hembree or Emory:  


                Her name was Elizabeth Jane or Jane Elizabeth.  Her Cherokee roots  in the Oconee/Keowee area

                of South Carolina and the Valley River in the mountains of western North Carolina go back to the

                1740’s (and before).  Her Cherokee descendants were still living on the Valley River in the 1850’s. 

                She was not a tribal member.  (Her husband’s second wife was, and the family was active in tribal

                affairs.)                 Her Cherokee names were Quatsy (an affectionate form of Betsy) and Yen Acona (Jane of

Oconee – probably her mother’s name).


In a pre-1800 tax list of Burke County, North Carolina, there is a John Welch (with 37 acres) listed close

to an Elijah Moore (140 acres) and several Strouds.  But in a different part of the county there is an

Elizabeth Welch (100 acres) listed close to a James Jackson  (0 acres), John Daugherty (80 acres) and

John Blalock (0 acres).  The 1800 census listing of a John Welch in Burke County matches this family

exactly (even minus Elizabeth).  Could this be an indication that they were separated before her death?

Note also around 1800-1808 the younger brothers of Elizabeth (Edward and James) found wives in

Burke County.   (We haven’t proven that the Burke County Welches are ours, they just seem to fit.)


It’s probable she married(2) a WILLIAM WELCH  c.1799 and relocated to Tennessee.









Notes for John Welch:


He was born 1753 at Ninety Six, South Carolina.  His father was James  Welch (b.c.1720 Ireland) who

was a pack-horseman for Indian trader James Beamer in the early 1750’s.  He lived at Estatoe Village (in what is now Oconee County) in upper South Carolina.  The mother of John Welch was an unnamed

Cherokee woman, probably a half breed.


His father supplied horses to Fort Loudon in 1756 and served in the militia.  He was arrested by

James Francis of Ninety Six in 1759 and was a soldier during the Cherokee War (1760-1761).  He was

alive in 1797, living among the Cherokee (unless this was James Welch Jr.).


John Welch and his brother Thomas Welch were among the Tories captured with Richard Pearis in the

Snow Campaign at Ninety Six in December 1775.


John Welch (b.1753) married Betsy, a daughter of John Emory and chose to live among the Cherokee.

Many Loyalist families lived with the tribe during the war for mutual protection.   





Notes on some other nearby Welch families:


                David Welch  in the Pendleton District in 1790,  is residing near Jonathan Blythe, William Welch,

                John Fields, Ephraim Jackson, Abraham Smith, and a bunch of Murphys and Moores –

                making for a likely connection to the Emory/Hembree family and to John Welch.

                (Note another David Welch b.1742 PA d.1804 Anderson District, SC, is sometimes claimed here.)
                                1790 census Pendleton County (Ninety Six District) p.84
                                                Welch, David   1 – 1 – 2 – 0 – 0  (1 male >16, 1 male < 16, 2 females, no slaves)
                Nicholas Welch  b.c.1765 NC  d.c.1830 Habersham County, Georgia.  He married Margaret “Peggy”
                Hembree (d.bef 1810), the daughter of David Hembree (1728-1809).  Nicholas and Margaret Hembree
                Welch had a daughter Margaret Welch who married a John Vandiver and John & Margaret Vandiver 
had a daughter Tabitha Vandiver who married a Willis Hembree.  The descendants of Nicholas Welch
report a tradition of Cherokee blood.       
                                1800 census Pendleton District  p.54
                                                Welch, Nicholas   3 – 0 – 0 – 1 – 0                      1 – 1 – 0 – 1 – 0       0 - 1  
                                1810 census Pendleton District  p.152
                                                Welch, Nicholas   1 – 1 – 2 – 0 – 1                      0 – 0 – 0 – 0 – 0       0 - 1  
                                (close to Wm. Butler and Edward Hembree)
                William Welch   who is said to have married an Elizabeth Jane Hembree has been a puzzle for 25
                years.  He died 1838 in Hardin County, Tennessee.    He is one of the two William Welchs in 1790
                Pendleton District: 
                William Welch   the brother of Nicholas Welch (above) (listed close to the David Hembree family): 
                                1790 census Pendleton County (Ninety Six District) p.81
                                                Welch, William   1 – 2 – 5 – 0 – 0  (1 male >16, 2 males < 16, 5 females, no slaves)
                                (close to David Hembree, James Hembree, Wm. Butler, and Mark Pitts)
                                1800 census Pendleton District  p.58
                                                Welch, William   3 – 1 – 0 – 1 – 0         2 – 3 – 0 – 1 – 0       1 - 0  
                William Welch    the brother of David Welch (above): 
                                1790 census Pendleton County (Ninety Six District)  p.84
                                                Welch, William   1 – 2 – 3 – 0 – 0  (1 male >16, 2 males < 16, 3 females, no slaves)
                                1800 census Pendleton District  p.1
                                                Welch, William   2 – 1 – 0 – 1 – 0         3 – 2 – 0 – 1 – 0       0 - 0  
                Thomas Welch   the brother of our John Welch had children in Georgia & North Carolina.   They were
                not tribal members after 1810.  A Thomas Welch m.Hettie Hembree, a daughter of John Hembree (the
                son of the above David Hembree).  Hettie had a sister Asenith Hembree who m. George Vandiver.



                Notes on the father of John Welch :  James Welch (b.c.1720 d.aft 1796?)

James Welch (b.c. 1720 Ireland) came with his father John (d.1768), his mother Anne, and his

younger brother James to Savannah, Georgia in 1735/36.  Edward Jackson came to Savannah along

with James and George Jackson.  [Ellis Merton Coulter & Albert B. Saye, eds.  A List of the

Early Settlers of Georgia, 2nd ed.  (Georgia:  U of GA Press, 1967), 56, 80]   These families

intermarried and became connected to the Vann and Emory families in SC.  The Welches were

part of Saint Philips Parish in Charleston, along with the Emorys.



In a letter to South Carolina Governor James Glen, senior traders James Beamer (of the lower

Cherokee towns of Tugaloo and Estatoe) and Richard Smith of the lower town of Keowee, dated

2 May 1752:



                “. . . 40 of the Lower Creeks came to the Old Town of Cheowe [Keowee] . . . in a

                very insolent Manner and plundered . . . one of our Men, one Wm. Bails.” . . .

                “They likewise took at the same Time from one James Welch, Goods of ours in

                the Care of this Welch, 9 large knives at 2 Pounds leather Price, 20 smaller Sort

                at 1 Pound of Leather, 1 trading Gun, 6 Padlocks, 7 and ½ Gross of Buttons, 400

                Gun Flints, 8 Yards of Oznabrigs, and Pack Saddles, and Wantys, and took Mr.

                Dowey’s [Downing’s] riding Saddle. . . .”  [SC Docs Ind Affairs 1750-1754, p.247-8]



Related to this incident, trader John Elliot gave a deposition in Charleston on 25 May 1752:


                “On the 6th of May . . . he was in the Town of Cheowee [Keowee] in the Lower

                Cherokees from which the Indian People were all removed for Fear of the Creeks,

                and that there then remained there James Welsh, and John Downing, and severall

                others . . . who were then carrying Mr. Beamer’s Goods . .  to Estatoe.”          [Ibid. p.249]



James Welch transported goods to Fort Prince George (at Keowee). [SC Commons 8 Feb 1758]


He was arrested by Capt. James Francis of Ninety Six in 1759 and taken to jail in Charleston.

[SC Commons 19 Jan 1759; also SC Docs Ind Affairs (3) p.151,209]


He supplied horses to Fort Loudon (Tennessee) in 1759.  [SC Docs Ind Affairs (3) p.105]  He was

part of the back country militia 1755-1761.  [Murtie June Clark, Colonial Soldiers p.      ].   He shows

up on a 1797 list of men living among the Cherokee in TN (unless that is a younger James Welch).


There was an earlier trader named Thomas Welch (active in 1714) who may be the uncle of John

Welch (d.1768).  A Thomas Welsh (Welch) was buried at St. Philip’s Parish on 16 January 1770; and

a  John Welch  was buried there on 20 Sep 1768.  Thomas Welch and William Welch arrived in

Charleston before 1700.  [Agnes Leland Baldwin, First Settlers of South Carolina 1670 – 1700,

(Easley, SC:  Southern Historical Press, 1985).]  Our James Welch b.c.1720 is at best a poor

nephew to these Welches who do not appear in the Indian trade records after 1720.      












                Excerpt from the 1851 Chapman Roll of the Eastern Cherokees along the Valley River and

            near Murphy, North Carolina: 


                                1223                Edward Welch    33                            Valley River, NC

                                1224                Laura Welch    12 dau

                                1225                Eleanor Welch     9  dau

                                1226                John Welch    7  son

                                1227                Adelaide Welch    5  dau


                                1229                Wah-te-yo-ih       60

                                1230                Geo. Bushyhead                30 son                                    << an Emory descendant


                                1276                James Welch    26

                                1277                 John Welch         son

                                1278      infant                                     

                                1279                John Welch    60           

                                1280                Elizabeth Welch    50  wife

                                1281                Jonathan Welch   25  son

                                1282      John C. Welch                23 son 

                                1283                Richard D. Welch 19 son

                                1284                     Martha Ann        17 dau

                                1285                Rebecca Welch    16  dau

                                1286                Lloyd M. Welch                14 son   

                                1287                Stacy Welch    12  dau



                                1314                Jack Downing                64                            near Murphy, NC

                                1315                Quatsy                   35  wife


                                                Johnsons                                                  << cousins of the Murphys                              


                                1332                Polly Murphy 50                               << cousins of the Downings & Johnsons

                                1333                David Murphy 21  son


                                1336                 Wm. Murphy 35


       220.  MARY2 HEMBREE (JOHN1)              


was born 1771 in the Old Ninety Six District, South Carolina.  She d. 11 June 1865 in Milton 

County, Georgia.   She m(1) NOTLEY MASTERS (1745-1819) a Revolutionary War veteran.  They

married 30 July 1793 in Pendleton District, South Carolina. He was the son of Robert and Mary





                321                i.                Martha3  Masters   b.1794 Pendleton District, South Carolina  d.bef.1865


                322                ii.                Levi Masters   b.c. 1798 Pendleton District, South Carolina  d.bef.1840 Elbert

                                                County, Georgia; m. Mary McCurry 13 January 1829 Elbert County, Georgia


                323                iii.                George Washington Masters   b. 1802 Pendleton District, South Carolina 

                                    d. 24 November 1864 Dekalb County, Alabama; m. Sarah Burris


                324                iv.                John Masters   b.c. 1805 Pendleton District, South Carolina  d.bef. 1865;

                                                m. Pensy ----  (b.1809 SC)                           


                325                v.                Charlotte Masters   b.6 June 1809, South Carolina  d.aft.1870

                                                m. Joseph W. Drennan (b.1800 d.aft.1870) c. 1830,  Georgia;


                326                vi.                Elias William Masters   b.c. 1810 South Carolina  d.August 1868 Anderson

County, SC; m. Edith Johnson 11 January 1829 Anderson County, South Carolina


                327                vii.           James Masters   b. 1813 Anderson County, South Carolina  d. aft.1865 Alabama;

                                                m. Martha O’Neal


                328                viii.                Zachariah  Masters   b.27 October 1816 Anderson County, South Carolina; 

d. 2 December 1906, Statesboro, Bartow County, Georgia; m. Nancy Franks

6 December 1837 Anderson County, South Carolina


                Notes for Mary Hembree


                An earlier birth date (1769) is sometimes shown for her but a reconstruction of her father’s movements

                makes 1771 a more likely year of birth.


                The marriage of Notley Masters and Mary Hembree on 30 July 1793 by Baptist preacher William Bennett

                at the home of John Hembree in Pendleton District  is given by Masters family records and reliably

                establishes Old John Hembree in that area.  (Though 3 of his sons found wives in North Carolina 1800 to



                Notley Masters was born c.1745 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and died 12 Feb 1819 in Pendleton

                District (in what is now Anderson County).  He first married Margaret Duckett c.1772 and had three

                sons:  William Masters, John Masters, and Richard Masters.


                Mary applied for a widow’s pension in 1846 and received bounty land in Anderson County in 1855.

                She then moved to Georgia c.1861 to live with her daughter Charlotte Drennan.  (The Drennans were in

                Pendleton District in 1800.                )  Charlotte’s affidavit of 6 Dec 1867 gives her mother’s date of death and

                the names of the four surviving children.





                230.   WILLIAM2  HEMBREE (JOHN1)  


was born in the Old Ninety Six District (probably near Ninety Six), South Carolina, in 1774.  He died

circa 1811 in Pendleton District, South Carolina.  He married a woman known as Selah or Polly Hughes. 

She was born c. 1775 in North Carolina and probably died before 1840 in Pickens District, South Carolina.

She was the daughter of Charles Hughes, hatter, of  Pendleton District.   Her mother was an unknown




                Children of William Hembree and Selah (Polly) Hughes are:


                 i.                unknown female3 Hembree   b. 1794 Pendleton District, South Carolina;

[1800 census, not in 1810 census, but again in 1820 & 1830]

(?m. Edward Moore, divorced by 1820, he m(2) Nancy Anne Sanders?)               


331                ii.                William3 Hembree   b.1796  Pendleton District, South Carolina; d.aft. 1860

                                m. Alsey or Alerz


                 iii.                unknown female Hembree   b.c. 1798 Pendleton District, South Carolina;

[1800 census]  prob. d.bef. 1810  [1810 census]


                                iv.                 unknown male   b. 1800 Pendleton District, South Carolina  [1800, 1810]


335                v.                Mary “Polly”  Hembree   b. 7 March1802 Pendleton District, South Carolina;

                                d. 25 January 1896 South Carolina; buried at Lebanon Baptist Church, Anderson

                                County, South Carolina; m. John Bailus Quailes (b.1803 SC d.aft 1880 GA)


336                vi.                Uriah  Hembree   b. 11 February 1805, Pendleton District (now Oconee

                                County),  South  Carolina;  d. 1 August 1882 Cosby,  Cocke County,

                                Tennessee.   He married Elizabeth Dolly Murray



Notes for WILLIAM HEMBREE (b.1774) :


                                His death at the age of 37 or so has obscured him somewhat but we have the 1800 census, the

                                1810 census, and the 1820 census of his widow (Polly).  His two youngest children were raised by

                                their uncle Edward Hembree.


                                In land deeds, his wife is named “Selah” and “Selle”  (from the Cherokee word for corn).  She is

                                later called Polly, unless this is a second wife, the Mary Hembree who died c. 1853 in Anderson

                                County (in the home of Garrison Baldwin b.c. 1823 SC).   


                                In the 1800 census he is listed next to Old John Hembree and William’s brother Edward.


                                                p.28   530    Notley Masters                   1-0-0-0-1    2-0-1-0-0   0-0


                                                          555    Joseph Jolly [Sr]                   0-0-0-0-1    1-0-0-0-1   0-0


                                                          564.   William Hembre                   2-0-1-0-0    2-0-1-0-0   0-0


                                                p.29   565.   John Hembre                   1-0-1-0-1    0-0-0-0-0   0-0


                                                          566.   Edward Hembre                   0-0-1-0-0    0-0-1-0-0   0-0


                                                          567.   Benjamin Harris     3-1-1-1-0    2-0-0-1-0   0-0



                                In the 1800 census Pendleton District was divided into three “regiments” which would later

                                become Pickens, Oconee and Anderson Counties.  The above families were listed in the

                                middle of Col. Kilpatrick’s regiment which corresponded to current Oconee County. 

                                (See notes under Edward Hembree “Sr.” for a discussion on where they actually were.)


                                In the 1810 census of Pendleton District he is listed as William Hembreck:


                                p.158  Hembreck, Willm.                   2-1-0-1-0       1-0-0-1-0


                                p.160  Hembry, Edd.                        2-0-0-1-0       2-0-0-1-0



                                The 1820 census is less clear.  “Polly Hembree” appears where we would expect to find

                                William & family so it is likely that Polly is his widow.


                                p.200A                Hembree, Edward 1-2-1-1-1-0           4-0-0-1-0


                                                Hembree, James                   3-0-0-0-1-0           3-0-0-1-0


                                                Hembree, Polly                   0-1-0-1-0-0          0-0-1-0-1


                                                Moore, Edward                   1-0-0-0-1-0           2-0-1-0-0



                                The 1830 census is interesting because the same group of families are listed in Anderson

                                County, not Oconee County.  


                                1830  Anderson Co, SC census


                                p.183                Jesse Hembree                0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0                1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0


                                p.184                Edward Moore    2-1-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0                0-1-1-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0


                                p.185                Edward Hembree                0-0-1-0-2-0-1-0-0-0-0-0                0-1-0-2-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-1


                                                Uriah Hembree                  1-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0                0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0


                                                Polly Hembree                 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0                0-1-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0

                                                                (she’s 60-70 with a female 30-40 and 2 gr-ch in her household)


                                                Nimrod Smith


                                p. 186                 Benjamin Harris

                                                Joseph Jolly Sr.


                                (See 1830 Habersham Co, GA p.53 for William Hembree Jr.)


                                Since his descendants confirm the family in the Pendleton District until at least 1827 (when

                                William 3rd. was born) Polly fits as the widow of William.  Her full name might have been

                                Selah Mary,  hence Polly.  Or Polly could have been a second wife.







                                William Hembree is sometimes “Hamby” in the land records (his name is spelled Hamby,

                                Hambray, and Hambrey in one deed).


                On 12 May 1801 he sold 150 acres on Brushy Creek of Saluda River to Peter Laboon for

                $150.  The land was part of a tract granted to Charles Hughes.  Selah Hambrey, wife of William

                Hambray, signed a release of dower rights.  The deed was recorded 6 June 1801 (not 1805 as

                published).  [Pendleton District Deeds, Anderson County, Book F p.198-199 in Anderson

                County records.]


                Charles Hughes, hatter, deeded part of his 840 acre grant on Brushy Creek of the Saluda River

                to John Wilson on 15 May 1796.  Recorded 2 July 1796.  A witness to this deed was “Wm.

Hunley” or “Himby”, possibly “Hembry”.


On 25 Feb 1803 Robert Allison and Rebeca Allison his wife sold 150 acres on 23 Mile Creek

to William Hamby for $400.  Recorded 15 July 1803.


On 1 Feb 1804 William Hamby sold 100 acres on 23 Mile Creek to Anthony Rich for $200.

The land bordered land owned by Charles Hughes.  “Selle Hamby”, wife of Wm. Hamby,

signed a release of dower rights to John Wilson on 5 July 1804.  Recorded 28 Jul 1804.


In 1813 Edward Hembree increased his land on 26 Mile Creek by buying 100 acres from

John Bruster and 30 acres from David Hembree (of the alledgedly unrelated Hembrees who

also lived on 26 Mile Creek).  Both John Bruster and David Hembree had purchased their

lands from William Hembree.


William Hembree apparently had more land deals than the surviving records indicate.


Is this Charles Hughes the same Charles Hughes who was killed by his Cherokee nephew

John Vann?








                240.    JOHN2 HEMBREE (JOHN1) 


was born in the Old Ninety Six District (probably near Ninety Six), South Carolina, in 1774.   He died

1836 in Knox County, Kentucky.  He married (1) MARY LAWS (b. 1780 NC d.aft.1830 KY).  


Children of JOHN HEMBREE and MARY LAWS are:


                340                i.                Ezekiel3 Hembree   b.14 July 1802 Pendleton District, South Carolina;

                                                d. 29 December 1883 Knox County, Kentucky; m. Phoebe Goodin (1808-1891)


                                ii.                PATRICIA  Hembree   b. 1805     (see 344  &  349)

                                                m. ?  JOHN LEITH


                341                iii.                Docia Hembree   b.c. 1807 Knox County, Kentucky;     d. 11 November 1834

Knox County, Kentucky


                342                iv.                John Hembree   b. 2 July 1809 Knox County, Kentucky;  d. 21 January 1880

                                                or 1885; m. Olivia (Ollie) Goodin


343                v.                Meshack Hembree   b. 2 September 1812, Knox County, Kentucky;

d. 21 January 1885, Smoky Junction, Scott County, Tennessee; m(1). Martha

Katherine Carroll (1812-1879); m(2) Ibby Surilla Smith (1853-1884)


344                vi.                Martha Hembree   b. 1814, Knox County, Kentucky;  d. aft 1860 TN;

                                m. ALEXANDER D. CARROLL 14 February 1845 in Campbell County, TN



345                vii.           James Hembree   b. 18 January 1818, Knox County, Kentucky;

d. 18 August 1894, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee; m. Catherine Gourley


346                viii.                W. B. Hembree   b. 5 January 1819, Knox County, Kentucky;

d. 2 July 1872, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee.



347                ix.                Robert Bluford Hembree   b. 25 January 1820, Knox County, Kentucky;

d. 4 June 1913 (1915?), Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee; m(1) Mahulda Rich

m(2) Elizabeth Gibson (1843-1920)

348                x.                Lucinda Hembree   b. 1822, Knox County, Kentucky;  

m. Green G. Gibson 5 September 1859, Knox County, Kentucky.



349                xi.                Jesse Hembree  b. 1825 or 1828, Knox County, Kentucky;  

(son of  Patricia b.1805 or Martha b.1814, therefore a grandson of John Hembree)










Notes for JOHN HEMBREE (b.1776) :


                [based on the research of Dale Standifer]


 “John Hembree of Knox Co., KY. Knox Tax lists: 1806 on Stinking Creek, delinquent (1807-08), 1812, 1818, 1820-36.
John originally settled on Stinking Creek per the tax lists. He later lived on Greasey Creek, KY. On Sept. 28, 1826 a survey per KY. land warrant #15944 was conducted for John Hembree for 50 A on "Greasey Creek...comes down below sd Hembree's new house..." This land adjoined that of Mathias W. Cain (Knox Co. Land Survey Book 2:169). John was an assignee of Benjamin Goodin. This is the first record of John having land in his name.
The first court record for John is dated July 7, 1817: Commonwealth v John Emry on an indictment for larceny. On July 8, 1817, he pleaded not guilty but was found guilty and sentenced to receive 8 stripes on his bareback at the public whipping post. The prisoner, after sentencing, said he had nothing further to say. The lashes were administered by the sheriff and ordered to be returned to jail until the costs of his prosecution were paid (Court Order Book C:446, 452-3). On Oct. 9, 1820, John Embry was again indicted for larceny, a trial was held, but he was found not guilty (COBD:203).
John was pretty quiet in the records afterwards. He served on a couple of juries, including a Grand Jury, and was a witness in a criminal case.”



Notes for Mary Laws:


The Laws and Hembrees became connected when John Hembree Jr. married Mary Laws in North Carolina

in 1800.   The Laws were of Wilkes County, North Carolina (and before that Halifax County, Virginia).

Three or four unique names help to identify her family:  Littleberry (or Berry) Laws, Shadrack Laws,

Meshack Laws, and Abednego Laws.  Add to these John, Thomas, William, and David Laws, however, and the lines get confusing.


The father of Mary Laws was probably Ezekiel Laws or Meshack Laws.  The older John Laws in Knox

County, Kentucky (1820) is thought to be her uncle and Thomas Laws nearby her brother or cousin.


In Wilkes County, North Carolina we also find some of the Strattons (Hezekiah and Absolom) who were

related to the Stratton brides of Edward and James Hembree – John Jr’s brothers.   All three men found

wives in the foothills of central North Carolina.



Why did John Hembree Jr.  go to Kentucky?


                It’s obvious that John’s in-laws, the Laws, were already migrating to Knox County, Kentucky by 1805.

                John, then 31 years old with 2 or 3 small children, made the move with them.  His father, Old John,

                who was about 61 years old, went with them.   (The only question is did he ever come back?)


                Other families from Pendleton District resettled in Knox County, Kentucky including Abraham Smith

                (grandson of Keowee Cherokee trader Abraham Smith), Joseph Daugherty (great-grandson of trader

                Cornelius Dougherty), Benjamin Harris (son of the Benjamin Harris who lived next to Old John

                Hembree), James Murphy, Jesse Moore, Levi Moore, Joab Moore and some of the Heaton, Cox and

                Jacksons.  Plus there was preacher Philip Mulkey (probably the son of preacher Jonathan Mulkey of

                Tennessee not the son of preacher Philip Mulkey connected to the Spartanburg Hembrees).


                (See also 280 Michael Hembree for more on the migration to Kentucky.)



                John Hembree Jr.’s  1812 service?


                Both John Hembree Jr. and his younger half brother Michael have a 2 ½ year gap in childbirths during

                the War of 1812.    For the Hembrees, this constitutes better proof of military service than a memorial

                from Congress.  Keep in mind that most 1812 veterans were unpaid volunteers, with little or no record of

                their service.  I am certain both men served but there’s no way of proving it.


                There is, however, a note on a Kentucky militia unit that formed for 30 days under Capt. James McNiel

                from 1 September 1812 to 1 October 1812.  A private John Emry reported on September 1st but then

                left.  (He was listed as a deserter.)  If that’s our John Hembree, his wife was in labor – giving birth the

                next day (to Meshack Hembree, 2 Sep 1812).




                John Hembree Jr.’s second wife?


                Lincoln County, Kentucky marriage records show that John Embree married Mary Herring on 23 (not 21)

                December 1823.  This John Embree was the son of Joseph Embree who was the son of  John Embree II

                (1727-1818) – an early pioneer of Lincoln County.  (See for example Embree Genealogy forum post

                347 and Janie Lackey’s web site at www.geocities.com/janelack2.)


                Our John Hembree does drop off of the Knox County tax lists in 1823, 1824, and 1825 – so he could have

                been acourtin’ an’ amarryin’  but he was more likely clearing and building on Greasy Creek and was

                overlooked by the tax collector.















was born 1778 or 1782 in North Carolina and died c. 1828 in South Carolina. 

He married (1) c. 1804 MARTHA STRATTON, daughter of ELIJAH JAMES STRATTON of

North Carolina. She was born 1782 in North Carolina, and died 1841 in South Carolina.






351          i.              ELIJAH3 HEMBREE, b. c 1810, Pendleton District,  South Carolina;  d. aft 1860

                                Georgia; m. Sarah Nimmons, daughter of David and

Winnie Nimmons.  



                352                  ii.                  JAMES HEMBREE, b.c. 1812. Pendleton District, South Carolina, d. 31 Dec 1835

                                                in Texas.  He m. PHENE----  (b.c.1818 prob. d. bef 1856).

They had a son David.  Her widowed mother Phene (or Phemy) married the widower

Edward Hembree (b.1780) and she died bef. 1860.  



              353                 iii.                  NIMROD HEMBREE, b. 11 November 1814, Pendleton District, South Carolina;

                                                d. 10 November 1892, Smith County, Texas; m. ELIZABETH M. MAGEE.


                     iv.                   unk female HEMBREE, b. 1814 Pendleton District, South Carolina.    [1820, 1830]  

                                                (twin sister of Nimrod?)                               


                     v.                   unk female HEMBREE, b.c. 1818 Pendleton District, South Carolina.    [1820, 1830]  


                     vi.                   unk female HEMBREE, b.c. 1820 Pendleton District, South Carolina. [1820,1830,1840]  


                     vii.                   unk male HEMBREE, b.c. 1824 Pendleton District, South Carolina.    [1830,1840]  



358                     viii.                   HENRY DRAYTON HEMBREE, b. 1826 Pendleton District, South Carolina.  

                                m. MARTHA  (b.1828 SC).   [1830,1840, 1850 Pickens District p.446]  

                                                (? also claimed as James Drayton Hembree b.1827 d.1908 son of Azariah Hembree?)

                                                (Note Henry D. Hembree b.13 Sep 1848 d. 30 Jun 1918 Oconee Co, SC)



                Notes for James Hembree:



                                In the 1830 census his son James Jr. is listed as the head of household so a death before 1830 is



                                A Stratton descendant helped to solve the mystery of this James.


                                1820 Census Pendleton District p.200A


                                1830 Census Pickens District (Western Division)

                                household # 111 James Hembree                 1-1-1-1-0-0-0       0-0-2-1-0-0-1

                                (Nearby are Winny Nimmons and Tillman Magee.)






                                1840 Census Pickens District:  (widow Martha shows up where the family of  had been):


                                p. 351                Martha Hembree                0-0-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0         0-0-0-1-1-0-0-1-0-0

                                                 Tilman McGee

                                p.352                Wm. Sanders and others

                                                Simeon Hembree

                                                 Elizabeth Sanders

                                                Edward More

                                                 Winifred Nimmonds

                                                Edward Hembree [“Jr.”]

                                p.356                Edward Hembree [“Sr.”]

                                                Uriah Hembree

                                                James Hambry




                                JAMES HEMBREE KIDNAPPED BY INDIANS AT AGE 8!  ??


                                A James Hembree or Hembrough was taken by the Creek Indians in Greene County,

                                Georgia in 1787.   He was listed as 8 years old.


                                In a petition made by James Scarlett Jr., he claims that his father James Scarlett Sr. (age

                                45) and his brother Stephen Scarlett (age 23) were killed by the Creeks on May 30,

                                1787.  (Not clear if that is the date of the petition or the date of the raid.)  Also, his

                                mother Elizabeth Scarlett (age 45) was carried off, along with James Hambro (age 8),

                                Tempi Ellis (age 7) and Harry, a black servant (age 10).   [Donna B. Thaxton, ed.

                                Georgia Indian Depredation Claims (Americus, GA: The Thaxton Co., 1988), 609]


                                Greene County was formed in 1786 from Washington County, which was formed in

                                1784  from lands the Creek Indians were forced to give up in 1783.  From Greene

                                County three other counties were formed.

                                The captives were released but the Creeks were not finished with the land the Scarletts
                                occupied.  James Scarlett Jr. received 287 acres in 1789 but on 4 Nov 1790 a boy named
                                James Rorey was killed by the Creeks “at the plantation of James Scarlett, deceased”.
                                [Dr. Rice, Greene County, 43]


                                Was James a Hembree or a Hembrough?  Well, turns out he was a Hembrick, a German

                                name that can sound like Hembree.  The will of Joseph Hambrick of Greene County,

                                Georgia, was dated 25 March 1792,  proved 7 Aug 1792.  It mentions wife Margaret,

                                daughters Ann, Margaret, Elizabeth, Sarah, Susannah,  and sons Joseph, Robert and

                                Thomas.   Robert (probably) was the father of James, the boy taken captive.  On 29 Sep

1806 James Hambrick m.  Polly Bankston in Clarke County, GA.  An executor and

witness of  Joseph Hambrick’s will was Samuel Gann, who married Mary Hambrick

(Joseph’s daughter) on 24 Apr 1788 in Greene County.  (His name is “Cann” in one

published source, her name is “Hambrion” in another source.)  (He was the son of a

Nathan Gann.)  


It think the Robert Hembreck here could be the Robert Hembree Sr. mentioned in a

Spartanburg deed in 1799.   (The Creek Indians chased a lot of settlers into South





                260.  EDWARD2 HEMBREE (JOHN1)


was born 1780 in North Carolina or Old Ninety-Six District,  South Carolina and died in 1863 near

Martins Creek in Pickens District (now Oconee County, South Carolina).

                He married (1) c. 1800 ELIZA STRATTON, daughter of JAMES ELIJAH  STRATTON of North

                Carolina.  She was born 1780 NC, and died circa 1835 SC.

                He married (2) c.1846 PHENE (or PHEMY), a widow.  She was born 1774, and died before 1860. 



                 Children of EDWARD HEMBREE and ELIZA STRATTON are:


361                  i.                  ELIJAH3 JOHN HEMBREE   b.c.1801  Pendleton District, South  Carolina; 

                                d.bef. 1848 Missouri  (resided Henry County, Tennessee up until 1848 or so).

                381                          He m.  SUSANNAH EMERY, a cousin, on 3 Aug 1824 in Sumner Co., TN.


                362                    ii.                  JESSE HEMBREE, b.c. 1802, Pendleton District, South Carolina;

                                                d. aft 1870,   Anderson or Oconee County, South Carolina.

                                                He m. CAROLINE KEASLER (KESSLER), 1828.


363                  iii.                 ELIZABETH HEMBREE, b.c. 1806 Pendleton District, South Carolina;

                                d. unknown   (married unknown and had children).    


364                 iv.                 ELIZA HEMBREE, b. c.1808 Pendleton District, South Carolina;

                                d. aft 1880 Oconee County,  South Carolina (unmarried)


365                   v.                 SIMEON HEMBREE, b. 1810, Pendleton District, South Carolina

d. 1859, Columbus, Lowndes County,   Mississippi.

He m. PERMICIA CARRADINE 24 Jan 1831 Pickens District, South Carolina.


                366                  vi.                 ZENITH or CENITH HEMBREE, b.c. 1814 Pendleton District, South Carolina;

                                                died  July 1889 at Martin’s Creek in Oconee County, South Carolina

(married briefly, no ch).


367                 vii.                 EDWARD HEMBREE, b. 1816, Pendleton District, South Carolina; 

                                d. February 11, 1858, Oakway (Pickens District, now Oconee County) South

Carolina.    He m. ELIZABETH SANDERS in 1835, Pickens District, S.C.



Notes for EDWARD HEMBREE (b.1780) :


                At the time of his birth, his father was a Tory fugitive who moved his family often so the                 location of

Edward’s birth (c.1780) is uncertain. 


                His first wife (the mother of his children) was Eliza Stratton (b.c.1780 NC d.c.1835 SC), daughter of  Elijah

James (or James Elijah) Stratton (b.c.1750 VA  d.bef. 1790 Burke Co, NC).  Stratton was a Tory sergeant

in the North Carolina Queen’s Rangers.  Elijah had a younger brother William who also served in the

Queen’s Rangers but defected to the Americans.   He also served with privates  James Carey and George

Millar (Miller). Carey and Millar had Cherokee wives and lived among the Cherokee (as did many Tories) after the war. Carey became an interpreter for the Cherokee and was present at two important

treaties.  Millar (or Miller) and his sons were active in the tribe in Georgia. 


Apparently Edward Hembree’s father and Eliza Strattons’s father left the British by 1781 and supported the

Patriot cause in the North Carolina mountains.  Eliza’s  mother was either a white woman named Susannah

(widowed in the Burke County, NC 1790 census) or a half-breed woman named Asenath or Susannah.




                The 1840 census shows a possible marriage to a woman b.c. 1795 but this is a female relative or servant,

not a wife.  His second wife is probably a widowed neighbor, Phene b.c.1774 d.bef 1860. (same as Winnie

Nimmons??)  Edward’s daughter Eliza was the source of the 1850 census information  (giving her own age as 25 when she was about 42) and she provided the spelling “Phene” for both her father’s wife (age 76) and her step sister (age 32) the mother of David Hembree (age 14, b.1836). Her new step sister was the widow of her cousin James Hembree (b.c.1812 d.1835) who died, we think, in the Texas war for independence.

Since the name Phene or Phemy is found among the Moores but not the Emorys or Hembrees,  the older

Phene may have been a Moore by birth. 



The 1800 census and 1810 census locate him in the “2nd Regiment” in what is now Oconee County,

South Carolina.  In 1800 it was part of Pendleton District then in 1826 it was part of Pickens District then

in 1868 it became Oconee County.    But land records show Edward (and his neighbors) to be in what

became Anderson County  (as was Rev. James Hembree).  The published house-by-house analyses by

William C. Stewart for the 1800 census and by G. Anne Sheriff and Lavina Moore for the 1810 census

place Edward in the area that became Oconee County (rather than Pickens County or Anderson County),

so I am hesitant to say with certainty where Edward was located (see below).  (I could be reading the

books wrong.) 



Misc. notes & records:


Release:  dated 20 Dec 1803 … David Hembree to Edward Hembree both of Pendleton District …

for $55 … 30 acres on 26 Mile Creek … Granted 3 Dec 1787 to James Gillison … part of 888 acres

granted to Gillison …  thence to Abram Elledge … thence to WILLIAM HEMBREE … thence to

David Hembree.  This 30a. is on a conditional line made by the said Edward Hembree & Hezekial

Dailey, then to Dickeson’s line stake and thence along Dickeson’s line to Richard Harrises stake . . .

Witnesses:  James Hembree (1754 – 1849)              Signed:  David  H (his mark) Hembree (1728 – 1809)

                     Amariah Hembree (1781 – 1855)

Recorded   3 Feb 1817  Book N p.83 Pendleton District deeds (now at Anderson County, SC)



Deed:  dated 27 Mar 1812 … John Bruster of Morgan Co, GA to Edward Hembree of  Pendleton

District … for $100 … 100 acres on 26 Mile Creek … Granted to James Gillison … part of 888 acres

granted to Gillison …  borders  Abraham Eledge, Nimrod Smith, Mathew Dickson.  .

Witnesses:  Wm. Armstrong                                                    Signed:  John Bruster

                     Alexander Dickson, Mathew Rusel

Recorded   3 Feb 1817  Book N p.84 Pendleton District deeds (now at Anderson County, SC)


Deed:  dated 8 May 1817 … Edward Hembree to Lucy Davies [Davis] both of Pendleton

District … for $70 … 50 acres on 26 Mile Creek … part of grant to James Gillison … thence to Abram

Elledge … thence to WILLIAM HEMBREE … thence to Hezekiah Daley …  thence to John Bruster

… thence to Edward Hembree.  Borders  Ed. Hembre, Hzek. Daley, [Nimrod] Smith, to Colhoun’s

[Calhoun’s] line.

Witnesses:  Aaron Steele                                                  Signed:  Edward Hembree (seal)

                     William Murray

Recorded   1 Sep 1817  Book N p.306 Pendleton District deeds (now at Anderson County, SC)


(Lucy or Luvica Davis, widow of Vann Davis whose will, dated 14 Apr 1810, proved 23 Nov 1810,

was witnessed by James Hembree Sr., Mark Pitts, and Susannah Pitts.  The first wife of Vann Davis

was Susannah Cherry or Carey of Newberry County, South Carolina.)







Deed:  dated unk  … Edward Hembree to Bartholomew White … 6 acres on 23 Mile Creek …

Recorded   6 May 1820  Book P p. 77 Pendleton District deeds (?? at Anderson County, SC – could

not find it there)



Release:  dated unk  … Jesse Stribling to Edward Hembre  … 127 acres on 26 Mile Creek …

Recorded   26 Mar 1822  Book P p. 445 Pendleton District deeds (?? at Anderson County, SC – could

not find it there)   [Jesse Stribling, patriarch of the Pendleton District Striblings.]



On  2 Jun 1837  Edward Hembree posted a prison bond in Pickens District, SC.  (No further info

found, probably one of his sons got in trouble.)



Deed:  dated 14 Sep 1846 … Jane Miller of Anderson District to Edward Hembree of Pickens 

District … for $200 … 320 acres on Martin’s Creek of Seneca River … granted to John Miller.

Bordered by Elizabeth Caradine, Morgan, Miller, Thompson.

Witnesses:  William Sanders Sr.                                                            Signed:  Jane Miller (mark)

                     Elam Sharpe Jr.

Recorded   17 Nov 1846  Book E-1 p.494-5 Pendleton District deeds (now at Oconee County, SC)


(This was probably Edward “Jr.”.)  (Note:  William Sanders is my ancestor, as is Edward Hembree.)



Release:  dated 16 Aug 1851 … Edward Hembree of Pickens District  to David Moore [b.1805] of

Anderson District … for $500 … 320 acres on Martin’s Creek of Seneca River … purchased of

Jane Miller.  Adjoining James Caradine, James Thompson, estate of Caradine.  “Whereas I did

formerly live and cleared on said land about ten or twelve acres . . . .”

Witnesses:  E.B. Benson                                                                         Signed:  Edward Hembree

                     Thos. B. Benson.

Recorded   2 Apr 1852  Book G-1 p. 136 Pendleton District deeds (now at Oconee County, SC)


(This was probably Edward “Jr.”.)



Locating Edward Hembree “Sr.”


(See disclaimer above, we cannot be positive about this.)


1780 – 1787        born 1780 in NC;   his father was a Tory exile from SC;  his mother died when

                                he was about 4 yrs old;  his father then married a Cherokee mixed blood named



1787 – 1788        down in Spartanburg next to uncles Abraham and Drury Hembree


1789 – 1799        probably back up in NC; m.c.1800 Eliza Stratton (b.1780 NC) of Burke Co, NC


1800 – 1846                 Pendleton District, SC on 26 Mile Creek on lands owned or formerly owned by

                                older brother William Hembree







                                1800 Census Pendleton District, Col. Kilpatrick’s Regiment (i.e. Oconee County

                                area although land records show these people to be in the Anderson County part)


                                hh# 530                Notley Masters                 (Edward’s bro-in-law)   

                                hh# 531                 John Grissom                                  (related to the Baldwins)

                                hh# 545                James Shearly                   (Robert Hembree prob. lived on land owned by

                                                                                                     ---- Shirley in Spartanburg)

                                hh# 554                Joseph Jolly                        (see index)

                                hh# 555                Joseph Jolly                        (see index)

                                hh# 556                William Jolly                        (see index)

                                hh# 560                Lewis Jones                      (granted passport to cross Indian territory in GA)

                                hh# 564                William Hembre                  (Edward’s brother)

                                hh# 565                John Hembre                  (Edward’s father)

                                hh# 566                Edward Hembre                  (himself)

                                hh# 567                Benjamin Harris                  (from Granville Co, NC and kin of Cherokee

                                                                                                Harrises e.g. Ransom Harris, Charles Harris)


                                hh# 596                James Moor                      (my ancestor)

                                hh# 611                Anthony Dickeson           

                                hh# 612                David Moore                    (brother of  James Moor?)



                                1810  census  Pendleton District, SC


                                hh# 2473  Welch, Nicholas                 (married Peggy Hembree)

                                hh# 2476  Butler, Wm.                           (married Elizabeth Hembree)

                                hh# 2477  Hembry, Edd.                          (himself)

                                hh# 2540  Moore, Owen .                       (Onwin Moore of NC, related to James Moore)

                                hh# 2625  Moore, Jas.                            (my ancestor)

                                hh# 2651  Embree, Emeriah                 (Amariah Hembree 1781-1855)

                                hh# 2653  Moore, David                        (brother of James Moore?)

                                hh# 2680  Sanders, John                        (my ancestor 1763-1823)



                                1820  census  Pendleton District, SC


                                p. 199                Moore, James                      

                                p. 200                Hembree, Edward                 (himself)

                                                Hembree, James                   (his brother)

                                                Hembree, Polly                     (widow of William)

                                                Moore, Edward    



                                1830  census  Anderson District, SC


                                p. 184                Edward Moore                     

                                p. 185                Edward Hembree                (himself)

                                                Uriah Hembree                                (his nephew, raised as a son)

                                                Polly Hembree                                (widow of William)








                                1840  census  Pickens District, SC


                                p. 352                William Sanders                  (my ancestor 1792-1862)

                                                James More                      (bro-in-law of Wm. Sanders)

                                                Simeon Hembree                                (Edward’s son)

                                                Elizabeth Saunders                (my ancestor 1766-1858, widow of John)

                                                Edward More                      (bro-in-law of Wm. Sanders)                                 

                                                Edward Hembree                                (Edward’s son)

                                p. 356                Edward Hembree                (himself)

                                                Uriah Hembree                                (his nephew, raised as a son)



                In  1846 he moved up to Martin’s Creek in what is now Oconee County and married

                Phene ----.



                                1850  census  Pickens District, SC


                                p. 423                 Edward Hembree                70  m   farmer                                   b.SC

                                                Phene                                     76  f                                                         b.SC

                                                Eliza                                        25  f                                                         b.SC

                                                Phene                                     32  f                                                         b.SC

                                                David                                     14  m                                                       b.SC



                                1860  census  Pickens District, SC  (Martin’s Creek P.O.)


                                hh#508                 Edward Hembree                80  m   farmer                   $120                b.SC

                                                Cenith                                    45  f                                                         b.NC

                                                Eliza                                        40  f                                                         b.SC


                                Hh#509                David Hembree                                27  m                                                       b.SC































                280.  MICHAEL “MACK”2 EMERY  (JOHN1)              


was born 1785 in the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina,  d.1853 Henry County, Tennessee.  

(His name was handed down as Mackel and he was called Mack, not Max.)

He m(1) 1805 in Kentucky  Parthena “Puss” Latham.  She was  b.c. 1790 KY

d.c. 1819 TN, daughter of  “Squire” (JOHN?) Latham of Kentucky & Tennessee. 

He m(2) c.1820 LUCRETIA  (HORN?).  She  was b.c. 1795 VA – now part of KY, d.c.1860.                   



                Children of Michael Emery and Parthena Latham are:


                                i.                daughter3              b. 1806 KY      (Sarah? m. John Snider?)


                                ii.                son                         b. 1807/8 KY   


                381                iii.                Susannah Emily Emery   b. 1809 KY or TN  d.aft. 1880 Johnson Co, IL

                361                          m(1) Elijah John Emery (b. 1802 SC d.bef 1848 MO)


                                iv.                daughter                                b. 1811  KY or TN


                382                v.                Squire Latham Emery     b. 1812  TN  or KY

                                                m. Christie Snider  (b. 1814)


vi.                daughter                                b.c. 1815  TN


383                vii.                Lucinda J. Emery    b.c. 1818 Wilson or Sumner County, Tennessee; 

                                d.aft 1880 Wayne County, Missouri

                m(1)   MILES or ELIJAH BURRIS   1832  (he d. bef.1838)

                m(2)  William Aaron Markham 26 Jan 1840 Henry Co, TN



                Children of Michael Emery and Lucretia are:


                384                viii.                William MILTON Emery   b. 1820 Wilson or Sumner County, Tennessee;

                                                d.     Missouri;   m(1)  MARY  HART 28 Feb 1838 Henry Co., TN   (she b. 1817 KY)

                                                m(2) ? ------  HAWKINS ? 

                385                ix.                James M. Emery   b. 1823 Wilson or Sumner County, Tennessee

                                                m.  ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG  21 May 1841 Henry County, TN


                386                x.                Michael Emery Jr.                b. 1827 Henry County, TN  d. aft 1880 IL

                                                m. Elizabeth Snider  17 July 1847 Henry County, Tennessee.  (She

b. 1828 TN d. 15 Jan 1897 Johnson Co, IL) 


                                                Elijah  Emery  b. 1833  KY or TN    

                 ---- see ELIJAH BURRIS  under 383 LUCINDA EMERY


                                Bryan Thomas Emery   b. 1835  KY or  TN    d.aft.1880 MO

             ---- see THOMAS BRYANT BURRIS  under 383 LUCINDA EMERY








                Notes for Michael Emery:


                Both Michael Emery and his older half brother John went to Kentucky in 1805 (their father is

believed to have gone with them).  Michael met and married a Kentucky girl in that year and

apparently spent a few years in Knox County, Kentucky with John Hembree Jr.  The later

marriages in Michael’s family to people who passed through Knox County include:  Laws, Cox,

Snider, Goodin, Shoemaker and Horn.   By 1818 Michael was in Sumner County, Tennessee.


                The earliest settlers of our kin to arrive in Knox County, Kentucky (and settle there) are

                probably the Horns, who went first to Tennessee in 1774 then up to Fort Boonesborough

                in  1778.   The Horns of Knox County are related to these pioneer Horns.  Christopher

                Horn (1752 – 1837) was a Revolutionary soldier who enlisted in Augusta County, Virginia,

                along with William Patterson.  (See William Patterson’s pension application in 1825 from

                Knox County, Kentucky.) 


                Christopher Horn was assigned to scout out a connecting path to the Wilderness Road.

                He had a brother Edward Horn (1810 census Knox Co, KY) and sons Christopher Jr. and

                Thomas Horn.   The connection from these Horns to our Thomas Horn has not been proven

                but see the comments on the Thomas Horns of Sumner County, Tennessee, below.


                Other early settlers of our kin were Thomas Goodin and William Gibson, who served together

                on the Grand Jury in August 1800.  Thomas Goodin settled on 200 acres along Stinking Creek

                in 1801 (probably enlarging an earlier grant).   John Hembree settled there in 1806.  Thomas

                Laws (b.1782 NC), a brother-in-law of John Hembree (b.1774) settled on Greasy Creek,

                where the Hembrees would relocate in 1825 or so.


                Was Michael’s name actually Elijah?


                Michael was actually “Mackel” but he may have been born Elijah.  The Michael/Mackel name

                name may be based on his nickname “Mack”.  Michael is an unknown name among the

                family and among the Cherokee, whereas Elijah is preserved among his siblings and among his

                descendants.   Could Michael Snider be the source of the name?  (See index for notes.)  There is

                a family tradition of an “Elijah or Eli Hembree” who was connected to the Cherokee tribe and

                who also went by other names, including “Elijah or Eli Moore” and who “went west” from South

                Carolina.   The “unofficial” rumor was that he killed a white man in his youth and returned from

                Tennessee c.1823 back to South Carolina for a year, as Elijah Moore, then returned to 

                Tennessee with his nephew (and soon-to-be son-in-law) Elijah John (John Elijah) Hembree.



                Was “Puss” Latham part Cherokee?


                Her descendants have a strong tradition that she was part Cherokee but her birthplace in Kentucky

has been seen as a problem.  Truth is, during the Chickamauga wars, many Cherokee found safety

from the Watauga settlers in the Kentucky wilderness.  Her birth in 1790 places her in that time

period, so Cherokee heritage is quite reasonable.



Sumner County, Tennessee notes


Michael Emery was the bondsman for the marriage of Ralph Jones and Eliza Hogg on 19 Nov 1819

in Sumner County, TN.

In 1819 a ------- Emery appears on the tax lists.  During the time Michael Emery was in Sumner

County, an Elijah Henry, Harny, Hainey appears on the tax lists as well.  Could be Hemry?



On  3 Aug 1824 in Sumner County Susannah Emery and John Emery were married.


Also present in Sumner County was the family of Thomas B. Horn (1774 – 1820) and his

2nd wife, Charity Perry.  They resided on Station Camp Creek, coming down from Kentucky.

Thomas P. Horn (1820 – 1857), son of Thomas B. Horn, married Nancy Ann Perry.  (She

married (2) John Stratton, son of James Stratton who also settled on Station Camp Creek by

1816.)  Also on Station Camp Creek were pioneer settlers Israel Moore (1797), Dempsey

Moore of North Carolina (1798) and John Moore (1818) who was a son of Israel Moore.


On Long Creek in Sumner County our Greenberry Laws shows up in the early 1820’s living

among Henry and Edward Laws (who settled there by 1816).  Some of the Markhams moved

to Long Creek, Trammel Creek and Bledsoe Creek by 1816 – 1820.  Elisha Marcum/Markham

(b.bef.1775) came with his father and step-mother Sabrina to Sumner County.  Elisha lived on

Long Creek.


The War of 1812 rosters from Sumner County include a William Bowlin (Baldwin on the tax

lists),  Jasper Markham, James Markham, John Markham, Israel Moore, James Moore, Alfred

Moore, Abraham Smith and William Murphy.


The 1830 census of Sumner County, TN includes:

                 162          Stratton, James                     0 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0……….1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 …

                 191          Horn, Charity                   0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0……….0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0….

                 456          Jackson, William                   0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0……….2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0….

                 562                Shoemake, Tethia 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0……….0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0….

                 575                Shoemake, Pearsy                0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0……….1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0…. 

                 912                Markham, Armsted                1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0……….1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0….

                1053                Markham, Sabrina                0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ………0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1…

                1370        Law, Henry                     0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0……….1 1 1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0…

                1372        Law, Edmund                 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0……….0 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0…

                1541        Latham, John                       1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0……….3 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0…

                1761        Moore, Markam                  0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0……….2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0…



Wilson County, Tennessee notes:


The 1820 census of  Wilson County, TN includes:


p.380                Emery, Macks                    0 2 0 0 1 0 ……..                1 2 0 1 0


                This listing matches the family of our Michael Emery.  Wilson County was a hunting ground and

                even today is sparsely populated.  A younger Israel Moore settled there from Sumner County. 

                Because Wilson is so close to Sumner, this listing is undoubtedly our Michael Emery.


Henry County, Tennessee notes:


                “Michael Embry” was among seven settlers before 1830 who made “occupant entries” (aka

                homesteading) into the deed register.  [Edythe Rucker Whitley, Tennessee Genealogical Records,

                Henry County – “Old Time Stuff”, (Nashville: Whitley, 1968), p.3]


                In the 1840 census “Michael Hambree” (50-60) and wife (50-60) are listed with a 5-10 year old boy 
as the only child in the household.  Not sure who this is, but it is a grandson.



            290.   SOLOMON  (SULLIVAN)2 JACKSON (JOHN1)


was born 4 December 1788 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His father was John Hembree, his

mother was Rebecca Sullivan, though he was adopted by his step-father Ephraim Jackson and went

by the surname Jackson.  He died (unknown).  He m(1) Rebecca Hembree on 3 April 1815 in Knox County, Tennessee.  She was b.c. 1793 in SC and probably d.c.1845 in Missouri.  She was

the daughter of Drury Hembree (b.1755 SC d.1845 MO).

A Solomon Jackson m. SUSANNAH MINERVA SIFFORD 2 March 1831 Cape Girardeau County,

Missouri.    (This Solomon has not been identified.)



Children for Solomon Jackson and Rebecca Hembree are:


        i.        unknown3  Jackson



                392                ii.                Solomon  Jackson, Jr.

                                                served in Civil War, (Union)  1st Missouri Cavalry,  Co. M, E



        iii.        unknown3  Jackson




Notes for Solomon? Sullivan Jackson:


            Rebecca Sullivan is listed in the 1790 Census (0 – 1 – 1 – 0 – 0) next to Joel

                Emry and Susannah Jennings (1790 Spartanburgh Co. p.87).


                “The State against Rebekah Sullivan.  Bastardy.  The Defendant came into open court and made

                oath that the child unlawfully Begotten of her body was got by John Hembry and to the best of

                her knowledge and belief on the 4th of Dec. 1788.  Ordered that she be fined L5  proclamation

                money, deferring execution nine months on her giving surety for the payment thereof.”


                “Rebecca Sullivan as principle, and Abraham Fowler & Ezekiel Sullivan her sureties came into

                Court and acknowledged to owe to the State L 5 proc. Money as aforesaid, for a fine imposed

                upon said  Rebekah for Bastardy.”


                Court of the Ordinary session of 16 June 1789        


                [Brent H. Holcomb,   Spartanburgh County, South Carolina Minutes of the County Court

                1785-1799,   (Easley, SC.: Southern Historical Press, 1980): p.103]  


Note the Ezekiel Sullivan:  he was Rebecca’s brother.  His friend, Ephraim Jackson,  married Rebecca and raised John’s child as his own.  Ephraim and Rebecca remained in the Spartanburg area until at least 1825.

In public records, the name is often rendered “Sillivant” or “Swillevent”.


On 19 Nov 1795 Ephraim Jackson witnessed a deed in Spartanburg District for Abraham Hembree and his

wife Winny (Jackson) Hembree.









On 20 Nov 1797 Ephraim Jackson bought 100 acres in Spartanburg District from Elijah Buice (or Brice

or Bruce).  Ezekiel Sullivan was a witness to the deed.


On 24 Feb 1801 Ezekiel Sullivan bought another 100 acres in Spartanburg District from Elijah Buice (or

Brice or Bruce).  Ephraim Jackson was a witness to the deed.


On 24 Dec 1804 Ephraim and Rebecca Jackson sold their 100 acres in Spartanburg District from Elijah Buice (or Brice or Bruce).


On  6 Dec 1805 Ephraim Jackson bought 100 acres in Spartanburg District on the Pacolet River next to

lands of Joshua Pettit.   Ezekiel Sullivan was a witness to the deed.


On 3 Apr 1815 Solomon Jackson married Rebecca Hembree, daughter of Drury Hembree, in Knox County, Tennessee.  (Drury Hembree resided in Spartanburg District up until 1799 or so and was a nephew of Old John Hembree.)  Drury Hembree was bondsman for the marriage, witness was A. Hutcheson, D.C.


On 4 Sep 1815 Ephraim Jackson bought 70 acres in Spartanburg District (on Sneeds Branch) from

Solomon Jackson. The witnesses were William “Sillaven” and William Jackson.  (It is believed that

Solomon Jackson had relocated to Tennessee.)


                1840 Census Knox County, Tennessee  has a Rebeca Jackson, age 50-60 years old:


                                Jackson, Rebeca                   0-1-1-0-1-0-0-0-0                 0-0-1-1-2-0-0-1


                >> the above will probably prove to be the widow of Solomon Jackson.


                The Solomon Jackson who married Mary Howard 2 Aug 1849 in Robertson County, Tennessee,

                and appears in the 1850 census for that county (p.59) was b.1820 NC and appears to be related to

                a Sally Jackson b.1775 VA.


                Serving in the same regiment with Solomon Jackson Jr.  in the Civil War were:  Thomas  Jackson

                (1st Missouri Cavalry,  Co. E),  Peter  Jackson  (1st Missouri Cavalry,  Co. E), and James  Jackson

                (1st Missouri Cavalry,  Co. M).


            Thanks to Leslie Ashman for the following information:


                Solomon B. Jackson of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Bexar County, Texas:   


                On 2 March 1831 Solomon B. Jackson married Susannah Minerva E. Sifford in Cape Girardeau County,

                Missouri.  She died 6 April 1844 in Navarro County, Texas.  Around 1843 George Sifford married Sarah

                Hembry.  The children of George Sifford and Sarah Hembry are found with the widower Solomon

                Jackson in the 1850 census of Bexar County, Texas (p.311).  Solomon himself died 8 July 1852 in Bexar

                County, Texas, but the 1860 census for this county (p.445) shows the six children still living together!


                A descendant of the Solomon Jackson – Susan Sifford union says his first marriage was to a Rebecca

                Hamby (Hembry).  [Jackson family forum post 293 4 April 1998 Sharon Wood Arnold, see also Diane

                Monreal’s post.]  Could this be our Solomon Jackson?



                Could the Bexar County, Texas Solomon be ours?


                The age given for Solomon in the 1850 census was 30 and his birthplace was given as Georgia.  The


page40 = index mark                                                                                                               290


family believes he was about 50 when he died in 1852.   Can this possibly match our Solomon?  He

would have been 61 in the 1850 census and 63 when he died in 1852.  But his second family may not

have known his age because he did marry a younger woman and, in 1850, he was looking for yet

                another wife (word is he did marry again shortly before his death).  He may have been shaving a few

                years off his age.   [1840 census identifies this Solomon as b.c.1809, unidentified, but not our

                Solomon  b.1788]



                Could Susannah E. Sifford be Susanna Emery (Hembree)?


                No.  See posts on Hembree Forum at www.genforum.genealogy.com .




                Could the Bexar Texas Solomon be a son?


                Our Solomon married in 1815 at the age of 26, and the Bexar Solomon married in 1831.  If he were

                a son, it would be by an unknown earlier marriage.  Possible, but it adds another complication to an

                already complicated situation.



                Is a Georgia birthplace possible  for our Solomon?


                Solomon’s mother faced charges  of giving birth out of wedlock when Solomon was seven months

                old.  Perhaps she went to Georgia to give birth and on her return had to face community censure.

                So the Georgia birthplace is not inconsistent with our Solomon.



                A Solomon Jackson in 1830 Georgia


                A Sol. Jackson 20-30 with a 15-20 year old wife and a baby daughter is listed in Gwinnett

                County, Georgia in the 1830 census (p.323).  This, however, is almost certainly a son of John

                Jackson (b.1780) and a grandson of Revolutionary War pensioner Edward Jackson (1755-1845).

                [Gwinnett County Families 1818-1968, Alice Smythe McCabe, ed.  p.263]  The age and

                birthplace would suit the Bexar Solomon but keep in mind there is only an 8 month span

                between the 1830 census in Georgia (with wife and child) and the March 1831 marriage in

                Missouri – an unlikely scenario even for a Solomon.



                Another family claims the Bexar, Texas Solomon


                Solomon Jackson b.1808 NC d. 1852 Bexar County, Texas, was the son of David Jackson and

                Patty Batchelor of North Carolina.  Patty was the daughter of Solomon Batchelor of Franklin

                County, North Carolina.  This according to Tom Jackson.  (See Jackson genealogy forum posts

                356 & 1776.)









                A Solomon Jackson in Indiana


                Drury Hembree’s clan went from Tennessee to Indiana and some of them continued on to

                Missouri.  Solomon Jackson  went with them to Indiana then, most likely, to Missouri.  But

                another Solomon Jackson shows up in Jefferson County, Indiana.  This Solomon came to that

                county in 1815 (when he appears on a tax list).   When he died in 1846 there was soon there a

                marriage by a Rebecca Jackson.  Everything fits except this Solomon says he was born 1760 in

                North Carolina and served in the Revolution.  (He had sons James and Jesse and a daughter







                Another Solomon Jackson in Indiana


                This one died in 1840 or 1850 in Marion County, Indiana.  A descendent says this Solomon also was

                born in North Carolina and is probably the same Solomon Jackson who was granted a passport from

                North Carolina to emigrate to “Indianna Country” in 1832.  A statement by the signing justice of the

                peace affirmed that this Solomon was born and raised in Montgomery County, North Carolina, though

                the passport was attested to in Richmond County, North Carolina and filed in Laurel County, North

                Carolina on 12 February 1832.  (A person who was going to seek a trade or professional license in a

                new territory often carried bona fide travel papers from his place of origin as a way of verifying his

                identity and character.)



                A nephew, Solomon Hembree, in Missouri


                Descendants of Drury Hembree (Solomon Jackson’s father in law) settled in Stone County, Missouri.

                A Solomon S. Hembree (1857 – 1944) was among them.



                No Conclusion at this time


                After their marriage, Solomon Jackson and Rebecca Hembree simply vanish.  This is more consistent of

                a family that migrated to Missouri than one that stayed put in Tennessee or Indiana.  Perhaps Solomon

                went by a middle name and is waiting to be discovered among so many other lost Jacksons.  As more

                researchers come on line and more county records are made available, the mystery of Solomon Jackson

                may one day be solved.










Generation No. 3



310.   JAMES3 WELCH (ELIZABETH EMORY2, JOHN1)   (go back to 210 ELIZABETH)


He was b.1780-86 in North Carolina and died before 1815 in Tennessee.





Notes for James Welch:


Little is known of him.  He may have died young or he lived among the whites in upper Georgia or

Tennessee.   (For an interesting theory see note under 316 Ail-sey Welch.)   A James Welch is listed

as living among the Cherokee in 1797 though not as a tribal member.  This is probably an older James.








He was born 1780-86 in North Carolina and  died after 1820 in Arkansas. He married  Elizabeth

McSwain.  He went west with the tribe in 1817, his wife remained in the east. 



Children of David Welch and Elizabeth McSwain are:


                i.              George Washington Welch  b.c.1798 d. 20 Mar 1840 Cherokee Co, GA

                                m. Margaret Ann Jones (white).  She m(2) John Conner in Cherokee County,

                                Georgia.  George Welch endorsed the 1836 treaty.  He had a mill on Sittingdown

                                Creek c.1824 (later known as Scudders Mill).  “Welch was dispossessed of his

                                improvements in Forsyth County and moved into Cherokee County (GA).”

                                [Whites Among the Cherokees, p.235]   In the 1836 treaty the household of

                                George Welch is listed as “7 reds, Etowa on Fed’l Road, A native”  [p.192]


                ii.                Elizabeth Jane Welch  (b.11 Nov 1811  d.c. 1862)

                                m(1)  Joshua Buffington (son of Thomas Buffington & Mary McDaniel)

                                m(2)  Isaac Ragsdale  (d.1865)

                                m(3)  Pleasant H. Nix

                                m(4)  Moses Alberty Jr. (b.c. 1817 d.1870)


                iii.            Sidney Welch  (female)  d. young




Notes for David Welch:


                He is probably the same David Welch associated with the Cherokee tribe in Georgia who married

                Elizabeth McSwain, a mixed blood whose sister Margaret married Avery Vann of the tribe.  According

                to Georgia historian Don L. Shadburn, “The McSwain sisters were half sisters of Thomas Pettit, Sr., and

                descending through the Downing family of Cherokees.” [Shadburn, Unhallowed Intrusion, p.457]


                The Downing and Welch families were associated in the Indian trade in the 1750’s. [Docs. Rel. to Ind.

                Affairs 1750-1754, p.249.  James Welch and John Downing worked for James Beamer as pack-horsemen.]

                As late as 1851 families of Downing, Welch, and Murphy resided along the Valley River in North

Carolina.  [Chapman Roll of Eastern Cherokees, 1851]


Listed on the 1817 Cherokee Emigration Roll along with his brother Ned (Edward).  Probably died in

Georgia before 1835.  His wife Elizabeth is listed on the Henderson Roll in 1835 in Georgia, showing

her household as 2 mixed blood females, one under 16 (born after 1818). [Shadburn, p.457]

A younger David (10-25) enrolled for emigration on 25 Dec 1833 and 9 Feb 1834. [Ibid.]  It seems

there are more descendants of David than known.




                He was born 1780-86 in North Carolina.  He probably died after 1851 near the Valley River, North

                Carolina.  His wife was Cherokee.             



                Children of Jackson Welch and unknown are:


                                i.                  unknown4  WELCH


                                ii.                unknown  WELCH



                                iii.                unknown  WELCH





                Notes for  Jackson Welch:


                Listed in the 1817 Reservation Roll as “Jackson Welch” along with brothers John Welch and Edward



                In the 1835 Henderson Roll there is a “Jackson” listed near the John Welch family on the Valley River

                in North Carolina.  There is also a “Jackson” in Georgia near the widow of David Welch.


                1835 Valley River Cherokee census (partial listing):


                                George Bushhead                              6

                                John Hawkins                 5

                                Charles Jones                      8

                                Jackson                                 5

                                John Welch                 11

                                Andrew Calbert                   2

                                Gideon Morris                  10*

                                Will                                         4

                                David Taylor                 12

                                Willington Blalock                2

                                Young Turkey                   6


                In some printed versions of the Henderson Roll it is not clear that “Jackson” is close to John Welch

                but on the microfilm Jackson is at the bottom of page 22 (Mouth of the Valley River) and John Welch

                is 3 households down on page 23 (Valley River).  This is our Jackson (he may have also had a place in

                Georgia but this one is definitely ours).  He had a small place on the Valley River with a wife or

                daughter-in-law, a grown son, and 2 males under 18 (grandsons?): five mixed blood Cherokees in all.

                He had only 2 acres cultivated but he probably co-farmed John Welch’s 120 acres.


                The Jackson Welch of Macon County, North Carolina (1840,1850 census) is a white Andrew Jackson

                Welch (b.1815) unrelated to this Jackson Welch.



                *  Gideon Franklin Morris, b. 2 Apr 1792 Greenville District, South Carolina; d. 1884 Adair County, Indian

                Territory (Oklahoma).  His wife was Rebecca Ka-Te-Tee-He  (b.1792 Macon County, NC; d. 1885 Oklahoma). 

                He took his family to Indian Territory in 1867.  Thomas Love (brother of Col. Robert Love (my ancestor) and

                father of Capt. Robert Love who was Cherokee trader and agent during the removal) burned down the Morris

                home in Macon County to drive them off after Love purchased their land.





He was born 1780-86 in North Carolina or South Carolina.  He is listed with brothers Jackson Welch

and John Welch on the 1817 Reservation Roll.  He signed up to emigrate to Arkansas (as Ned Welch)

and he went west around 1820 or so.    




Children of Edward Welch and unknown are:



                i.                  unknown4  WELCH



                ii.                  EDWARD  WELCH  (may be a son of James Welch)

                                m.  Laura -------   

                                [Siler Roll Eastern 1851 #1222; Chapman Roll Eastern 1852 #1223]



                iii.                  ELIZABETH WELCH  (may be a dau. of James Welch)

                                prob. m. Stephen Whitaker        

                                [Siler Roll Eastern 1851 #1231; Chapman Roll Eastern 1852 #1232]





Notes for Edward Welch:



This Edward Welch is also known as Ned Welch.


The Edward Welch who died the day after he arrived in Indian Territory in 1851, according to a grandson

[Miller App # 4361],  is possibly John Edward Welch, a nephew of this Edward Welch.


The children shown on the Chapman Roll 1852 Eastern Tribe are listed among George Bushyhead (#1230)

and  O Kun Sto Tih (#1217) that is, Oconostota, a descendant of the Cherokee chief who led the attacks on

Fort Loudon and Fort Prince George.









was born 1788 or 1790 in South Carolina.  She died 9 Sep 1860 at Big Spring Creek in

Hickman County, Tennessee.  She married c.1807 in Georgia SPENCER BROWN (b.c.1788

d.19 Oct 1868 TN).  They both are buried in Hickman County, Tennessee.


Children of Nancy Welch and Spencer Brown are:


                i.              JOHN J.4 BROWN   b.c.1806  d. Hickman Co. TN


                ii.                  BENJAMIN BROWN  b.c.1807  m. Mary


                iii.            JAMES BROWN


                iv.            MARY JANE BROWN


                v.                CHARITY BROWN b.1812


                vi.                ELIZABETH ANN BROWN  b. 18 Aug 1816

                                m. James CALVIN Myatt on 9 Oct 1835 Dickson County, TN


                vii.                WILLIAM SPENCER BROWN  b.c.1822


                viii.          ROBERT RUFUS BROWN  b. 16 Nov 1828

                                m.  Susan


                ix.            WILEY WASHINGTON BROWN  b.14 Sep 1829

                                m. Priscilla


                x.                PARSON MONTGOMERY BROWN  b. 14 Nov 1833  d. 21 Aug 1887




Notes for Nancy Welch:


A descendant knew by tradition that her people came from the “Oconee Indian tribe”.  This would mean

the Lower towns centered around Keowee including Oconee.


1830 Census Dickson County, Tennessee  p.308


                Spencer Brown                  2-1-2-1-0-0-1                       1-1-1-1-0-0-1      


                (close to William Wiley age 30-40 and John Montgomery age 30-40)


1840 Census  Hickman County, Tennessee  p.194


                Brown, Spencer                    0-2-2-0-1-0-0-1                    0-0-0-2-1-0-0-1


                Brown, John                          0-1-0-0-1-0-0-0                    2-0-0-0-1-0-0-0









1850 Census Hickman County, Tennessee, p.916


                Brown, Spencer                    61 m w                                    b.GA

                                Nancy                    60  f  w                                    b. SC




1860 Census Hickman County, Tennessee, p.39


                Brown, Spencer                    71 m w   farmer    $ 800  $1,366     b.GA

                                Nancy                    70  f  w                                                    b. SC




Notes for Spencer Brown:


His full name may have been William Spencer Brown.  William Spencer was a political

leader in Georgia. His birth in Georgia before 1800 is an important clue to his parentage.  

By 1815 he was in Tennessee, where he got a 30 acre general grant. [Tennesse Grants, Book L

p.423 #8041]


A younger Spencer Brown got land in Jones County, Georgia in the 1827 gold lottery and on

27 July 1828 he married Lureny Baily in Jones County.  They appear in the 1830 census for

Meriweather County, Georgia (p.150).


In what was Dickson County, Tennessee, in 1835 our Spencer Brown got 2 more land grants:

for 100 acres and 25 acres.  He is in the 1830 census for Dickson County (p.308).  In 1857 he

received a grant of 28 ¾ acres.


His father was likely John Brown, but there were two of this name in early Dickson County,

Tennessee, so more research is needed.  There is a Cherokee family of John Brown who lived in

Georgia then Alabama then westward with the tribe.  On 27 Dec 1818 John Brown Sr., Capt

John Brown (Jr.), John Murphy, John Watts, Moses Elder and George Guess had their claims

for damages sustained by Creek raids or white thefts adjusted in Georgia.  In 1819 John Brown

Sr. (with a household of 12), Capt. John Brown (with a household of 4) are listed along with

Bushyhead, Thomas Fields, Turtle Fields, Drowning Bear and George Guess in the tribe.  The

coincidence of the Cherokee John Brown family being connected to Emory descendants and

our John Brown family being connected to Emory descendants invites further examination of

this family. 


There was a Spencer Brown in Pendleton District as well.  His will (dated Aug 1830 proved 4 Apr 1832)

mentions wife Catherine, son Robert M. Brown, and  “other children”  (not named).








was born 1790 or 1791 in Tennessee and died 1857 near Marble, Cherokee County, North Carolina. 

He married  ELIZABETH (BETSEY) BLYTHE (b.c.1795 d.1885 NC).  She was the daughter of Jonathan

Blythe of Pendleton District, South Carolina. (He probably b.1772 SC d.1863 GA).  She is buried in the

Jonathan Parker Family Cemetery near Marble, along the Valley River, in Cherokee County, North




Children of John Welch and Betsey Blythe are:


                i.              John Edward4 Welch  b.c. 1819 Macon County, NC  d.c. 1868-70 Oklahoma; 

m. Emily Vannoy.  (She was b.1821 in Wilkes Co, NC and d. 1887 Adair County,



                ii.             Mary Welch  b.c.1820          m. Dr. John Alvin Powell



                iii.            David Welch  b.c. 1822 Macon County, NC  d. 12 Mar 1855 Fannin Co. GA;

                                m.  Rebecca Elvira Vannoy


                iv.            James Welch  b.13 Sep 1824 Macon County, NC  d.11 May 1887 Delaware Co, OK;

                                m. Lucinda Parker


                v.                Jonathan R. Welch  b. 26 Sep 1826  d.22 Aug 1908 NC

                                m. Sarah Abernathy


                vi.            Nicey  Welch    b.c. 1827


                vii.           John Cobb Welch  b.c. 1828

                                m. Lucy Hickorynut


                viii.                Richard D. Welch   b.c.1831   


                ix.                Martha Ann Welch   b.c. 1833     m.    ----Meroney



                x.                Rebecca  Welch    b.c. 1834



                xi.            Lloyd  M. Welch   b.c. 1836       

                                became chief of the Eastern Tribe



                xii.           Stacy Welch  b.c. 1838  NC



Notes for John Welch:


There is a lot of tribal legend associated with John Welch, some of it romanticized in a 19th century

novel.  The legend of John being abandoned as a little boy is not true of him, but was true of his

father.  The legend of “French blood” crops up in various lines of this family and perhaps can be

blamed on the old woman Nana, the “French Woman of Keowee”  (b.c.1733 d.c.1832) who spoke

French.   She was a part of the family off and on from about 1747 to her death in 1832. 




Notes for Betsey Blythe:


Edmund A. Deweese gave a deposition in Cherokee County Court in Murphy, North Carolina on

15 July 1908.  He was 87 years old.  “I knew Betsey Welch here, and I understood that she was a

daughter of Annie Blythe. . . .”  [Annie Blythe = Nancy Anne Shupe, 2nd wife of Jonathan Blythe]


She is listed as Elizabeth Welch in the 1880 census of Cherokee County, North Carolina, at Valley

Town. p.330D.



John Welch and Drowning Bear:


John Welch killed Drowning Bear’s brother in 1819 after (or during) a visit to the Red Clay Agency.

When word of this reached Drowning Bear (Yona Guska), he vowed the tribal right of vengeance.

Drowning Bear was the son of Big Bear (Yona Equa) of Nuquassi (near present-day Franklin, North

Carolina).  He was also a relative by marriage or blood to Will of Nuquassi, who is also known as

Long Will, Halfbreed Will of Nuquassi, Long Fellow, and “Captain Will”: Will Emory (b.1744

d.1788), son of  William Emory (d.1770) of Starr’s Cherokee genealogy.  Long Will was a lifelong

friend of John Watts, who was born c.1753 at Ninety-Six, South Carolina.   Will’s only known son

was Thomas (Emory), also known as Long Tom.  The people of Drowning Bear, Will, and John

Watts were Chickamauga warriors – that is, Cherokee who never surrendered.  Those are the type

of people who were after John Welch.  He was considered a dead man in the tribe until his wife,

Betty Blythe, pleaded in council for his life.  She was not simply a sobbing half breed pleading

for mercy on her half breed husband – the Cherokee could not ignore justice.  She mounted a

legal and persuasive argument based on tribal justice (perhaps the killing was already a killing of

justice) and she was so effective that Drowning Bear, a man of justice, pledged that he would

invoke blood vengeance on anyone who killed John Welch.


There was peace between the two families and both men would later play big roles in the Eastern

tribe’s survival.  However, as the stature of Drowning Bear increased in the tribe (he adopted

North Carolina’s Indian Agent, William H. Thomas, as his son), the status of the Welch family in

the tribe diminished, which is why many of them went out to Oklahoma after 1848.    







316.  AIL-SEY WELCH   (half-sister of 310 – 315)


was born 1800-1805 in North Carolina. She died in Indian Territory, Oklahoma, after 1855.  She was the

daughter of John Welch (1753-1818) and an unknown Cherokee woman.  She married JOHNSON

MURPHY (b.c.1800 d.c.1852)  (this was his 2nd marriage).  Johnson Murphy’s sister (name unknown)

married  JAMES EMERY (HEMBREE) of Sevier County, Tennessee.  (See below.)  Johnson Murphy

had a brother Edward Murphy (perhaps the same Edward Murphy of Sevier County who was James

Emery’s neighbor). 



Johnson Murphy is listed in the 1835 Henderson Roll on the Ooltewah Creek in Hamilton or Bradley

County, Tennessee.  His household was described as 8 half bloods, one farm, one farmer, four that

could read English, four that could read Cherokee, one weaver and 3 spinners.



Misc. Notes:


                James Emery (Hembree) – parents not known

                b.c. 1780-5  d.c. 1845 Sevier County, Tennessee

                m(1)  Sarah Hembree (1780-1828)  daughter of Abraham Hembree

                m(2)   unknown    (His son married a sister of  Johnson Murphy) 


                James Emery fathered about 8 children but left no Emory/Hembree traces when he died or

                left Sevier County in the 1840’s.  


                Johnson Murphy, it is said, refused to be deported and died in North Carolina.  His widow

                Ail-sey Murphy is listed in Going Snake District, Indian Territory (Oklahoma) on the

                Drennan Roll of 1857.

                (On the Siler Roll of 1851 of the eastern tribe, a 50 year old man calling himself Johnson

                or Joncinnih is found living next to our Welch family on the Valley River.  It is noted that

                he “refused to enroll”.  This clearly is Johnson Murphy.)


Eli Moore (aka Eli Emory) is known to our family.  Eli Murphy is a cousin or brother of

                Johnson Murphy and James Emery.   The stories of Eli Moore and Eli Murphy are similar.


                Eli Moore (aka Eli Emory) was a Chickamauga fugitive who went out west to Arkansas (an

                Old Settler) before he could be captured.  Eli Murphy, according to his son [Miller App #8963],

                “was an Old Settler.  He got into trouble back East and came West way before the others and

                was considered an Old Settler.”


                Could Eli Moore and Eli Murphy be the same person?  Could Edward Murphy and Edward

                Welch be the same person?  Could James Emery actually be James Welch, son of Elizabeth

                Emory and John Welch  (it was common and proper to take the mother’s surname among the



                Eli (Elijah) Moore = Eli (Elijah) Murphy = Eli (Elijah) Emory?  (A maternal Moore, a paternal

                Murphy, a cousin of the Emorys.)


                James Emery = James Welch?  (A maternal Emory, a paternal Welch, a cousin of the Murphys.)

                This actually makes sense, in a way only possible to a Cherokee Hembree / Emory researcher. 


                Note:  this James Emery is likely a son of Will Emory or Old John Hembree.  See  John Amory and

                The Emory Cherokees  for more.




321.  MARTHA3 MASTERS (MARY HEMBREE2, JOHN1) (go back to 220 MARY)


                born c. 1794 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, and died b. 1865.


                (nothing further known at this time)










322.  LEVI3 MASTERS (MARY HEMBREE2, JOHN1) (go back to 220 MARY)


He was b.c. 1798 Pendleton District, South Carolina and d.bef.1840 Elbert County, Georgia.

He married on 3 (or 13) Jan 1829 in Elbert County, Georgia, Mary McCurry (b.14 Nov 1802

d.20 Apr 1866 in Hart Co, GA.)   She was the daughter of Angus McCurry Jr. and Elizabeth

Davis (daughter of  John Davis) of Hart County, Georgia.



Children of Levi Masters and Mary McCurry are:


                i.              Emily S. Masters

b.  26 May 1833 Elbert County, GA d. 21 Feb 1910 in Hart Co., GA
m. James Berry Alford  26 May 1860 in Hart Co., GA.  He was b.1841 NC

d. 1913 Hart Co, GA.



ii.                Angus Notley Masters  b. 1836 Elbert Co., GA  d. 16 Apr 1862 Yorktown,

Virginia  (16th Regiment GA Vols. Co. C, Sgt., CSA)
m. Susan F. Morgan   4 Mar 1860 in Hart Co., GA



Notes for Levi Masters:


He drew land in the 1838 Georgia lottery of Cherokee lands in Elbert County.  


Angus Notley Masters and two of his McCurry cousins (John and Horatio), plus two of his brothers in

law (Perry Morgan and Peyton Alford) served together and died together in the Civil War.





323.  GEORGE W.3 MASTERS (MARY HEMBREE2, JOHN1) (go back to 220 MARY)


He was born 1802 in Pendleton District, South Carolina and died 24 November 1864 in DeKalb

County, Alabama.  He married  SARAH BURRIS c. 1823.   She was b. 21 Aug 1803 Pendleton

District, South Carolina,  d.  4 Feb 1878 in DeKalb County, Alabama. and was daughter of REV.

JAMES BURRIS (d.1836) and SUSANNAH CAIN of Anderson District, South Carolina.



Children of George Masters and Sarah Burris are:


                i.                Catherine4 Masters  b.c. 1825 SC  m.  Reuben Hall

                                He m(2) L.R. Shirley 24 Feb 1875 DeKalb Co., AL


ii.                Jesse M. Masters  b.c. 1827 SC d: 1875 in DeKalb Co., AL
m.  Sarah E. Hall (b. 2 Oct 1832 Anderson District, SC; d. 19 Aug 1887 in

DeKalb Co., AL)



                iii.            Robert Masters   b.c. 1829 SC  d.aft. 1870    m.  CAROLINE --



                iv.            Susan Cain Masters  b. 1831 SC    d. 1890 Texas

                                m. SANFORD C. (or H.) Chamblee;

                                he served  14th GA Infantry Co K, CSA


                v.                Benjamin Franklin Masters  b 13 April 1833, Anderson County, South

Carolina; d. 8 September 1886, DeKalb County, Alabama.

                                m. Nancy Elizabeth Kay (b.1838 SC)

                                he served  9th AL (Malone’s) Cavalry Co B, Sgt. CSA



                vi.            James Welburn Masters  b. 22 Jun 1835 Anderson District, SC;  d.8 Nov 1899

                                DeKalb CO., AL  He m(1)  Rhoda Elsaide Hall (b.c.1843  d.c.1871 DeKalb Co.,

AL; m(2) Mary Elizabeth Shirley (b. 14 Dec 1841 SC d: 16 Jan 1921);

                                he served  9th AL (Malone’s) Cavalry Co B, CSA



                                vii.                Newton Jasper Masters  b. 1838 SC  d. 10 October 1864, Marshall County,

Alabama;  m. Rebecca Katherine Ryan  c.11Aug 1859 (bond) DeKalb Co. AL

                                he served  10th AL  Infantry Co F. CSA



                viii.                Eliza(beth)  Jane Masters  b. 30 Nov 1840 SC   d.18 Oct 1901

                                m. John Newton Shirley (b. 6 Feb 1834 SC d. 9 Sep 1924 DeKalb Co., AL).

                                They m. 18 Sep 1860 DeKalb Co., Alabama. 

                                he served  4th  AL  Vol. Militia Co H. CSA  (?);   8 children



                ix.                Martha Florence  MASTERS  b.12 Apr 1843 d. 29 Jan 1897 DeKalb Co.,

                                Alabama; m. Josiah Grief Hall (b.19 Dec 1846) on 3 Mar 1865 DeKalb Co.,








                Notes for George Masters:


“Obituary:   Died, in DeKalb County, Alabama on the 4th February 1878,  Mrs. Sallie Masters, widow

of  G. W. Masters, formerly of South Carolina, aged seventy five years.  The deceased was a

devoted Christian, a tender, gentle, and loving wife, an affectionate mother, a warm and ardent

friend.  Her work on earth is done and we await only a short time to meet again on the other shore.”


Issue of Thursday, 21 Feb 1878

[Tom C. Wilkinson,  Early Anderson County, S.C. Newspapers, Marriages and Obituaries 1841 – 1882,

(Easley, SC : Southern Historical Press, 1978), 223]











324.  JOHN3 MASTERS (MARY HEMBREE2, JOHN1) (go back to 220 MARY)


was born c.1805 in Pendleton District, South Carolina and died after 1850, before 1880.

He married PENSY -------. (b.1808 SC d.aft 1860).




Children of John Masters and Pensy  are:


                i.                unknown4  Masters   b.c. 1828 SC



                ii.                Dorothy (Dotty)  Masters  b.c. 1830 SC



                iii.            Jacob D. Masters  b.c. 1834 SC

                                “shingle maker”, single in the 1860 census (Abbeville & Pickens, SC)

                                he served  7th SC  Infantry 2nd  Co H. CSA 



                iv.            David  Masters  b.c. 1836 SC



                v.                Jeremiah Masters  b.c. 1838 SC

                                “shingle maker”, single in the 1860 census (Abbeville & Pickens, SC)

                                he served  2nd  SC  Rifles Co C CSA 



                vi.                Emeline Masters  b.c. 1840 SC



                vii.                “PENSY” (or PINCY) Jane  Masters  b.c. 1843 SC



                viii.                Lucinda Masters  b.c. 1845 SC




Notes for John Masters:


He is listed next to his brother Zechariah Masters in the 1850 census for Pickens District, South Carolina



He is listed close to the family of William Hembree (b.1796) in the 1860 Pickens District census (house

hold  #475).  His occupation is “shingle maker”. 














                 She was born 6 June 1809, South Carolina and died after 1870.

                She married Joseph W. Drennan  (b.c.1798 d.aft.1870).



Children of Joseph Drennan and Charlotte Masters are:


                i.              MARY4  DRENNAN   b.c. 1828 SC    m. ------- OLIVER



                ii.              Sarah L. Drennan   b.c. 1831 GA.   



iii.                Rhoda C. Drennan  b.c. 1832 GA.   M.  ---- ROSSER  or  ROSUN



iv.                Zacheus Drennan  b.c. 1838 GA.

                He served in Cobb’s Legion (GA) Co. C. Corporal (CSA)


v.                William P. Drennan  b.c. 1839 GA.




vi.              John W. Drennan  b.c. 1841 GA.
                                He served in the GA Cavalry, Roswell Battalion Co. A and Maxwell’s Battery,

                GA Artillery (CSA)    



vii.                Martha E. Drennan  b.c. 1845 GA.




Notes for Charlotte Masters and Joseph Drennan:


Joseph Drennan was a farmer and a school teacher.  He was a nephew of William Drennan born

9 April 1768 Pendleton District [??], South Carolina.  William Drennan went to Kentucky by

1803 and then by 1817 he went into Illinois, where he is known as a pioneer of Sangamon County,














He was born c. 1810 in South Carolina and died Aug 1868 in Anderson County, South Carolina.

He married  Edith Johnson (b.c.1811 NC d: 3 Apr 1883) on  11 Jan 1829 in Anderson County.  

                Children of Elias Masters and Edith Johnson are:
i.                Emaline Louisa Masters 

                                ii.                Priestley Anderson Masters 

                                iii.                James Hillary Masters   b. 1831 SC  d.aft 1870 GA?

                                iv.                Susan Clemantine Masters 

                                v.                Wiley Smith Masters    m.  AMANDA SMITH  2 Apr 1871  Anderson County,
                                                South Carolina

                                vi.                Elvira Masters b: Abt 1848 Anderson Co., SC



Notes for Elias Masters:











327.  JAMES3 MASTERS (MARY HEMBREE2, JOHN1) (go back to 220 MARY)


                he was born c. 1813 in Anderson County, South Carolina and died after 1865, we believe,

                in Alabama.  He married MARTHA O’NEAL.












He was born 27 October 1816 in Pendleton District (now Anderson County), South Carolina and died

2 December 1906 in Statesboro, Bartow County, Georgia.

He married NANCY FRANKS  6 December 1837 in Anderson County, South Carolina.   She was b.

27 Oct 1823 Anderson County,  South Carolina;  d: 30 Oct 1905.




Children of  Zachariah Masters and Nancy Franks  are:


                i.              Elias4  A. Masters   b. 1838 SC

                                m.  ALEY M.  (b.1836 GA)

                                he served  24th GA Infantry Co C, CSA



                ii.             Bailus E. Masters  b.c. 1841 SC

                                he served  65th GA Infantry Co C, and 56th GA Infantry Co C, CSA (Sgt)



                iii.            SARAH Elizabeth Masters  b.c. 1842 SC

                                m.   SINGLETON GOSS


                iv.                WADDY ThomPson Masters  b.c. 1844 SC

                                served in Georgia’s 66th  Infantry Co. H (CSA)


                v.             SIMEON (Samuel?)  Masters  b.c. 1846 SC



                vi.            EMILY or Emeline Masters  b.c. 1848 SC



                vii.                FRANCIS MASTERS   b.c. 1850 SC


                viii.                VIRGINIA MASTERS   b.1855 SC                  




Notes for Zachariah Masters :


He (or a nephew) served in the  1st  GA Infantry Co C, CSA


1850  Census Pickens County, South Carolina, p.448b. 


1860 Census  White County, Georgia, Mount Yonah P.O. p. 435, 491








331.  WILLIAM3  HEMBREE (WILLIAM2, JOHN1)  (go back to 230 WILLIAM)


He was born 1796 in Pendleton District (in what became Anderson County, probably

near 26 Mile Creek), South Carolina.  He died after 1860.  

He married c. 1824   ALSEY  or  ALERZ ----- .  She was b.c. 1802 SC d.bef.1860.




Children of  William Hembree and Alsey are:


(a daughter b.c.1823 in indicated in the 1830 census)


                i.                Jasper4  Hembree  b. 1825, Pendleton District (now Anderson County),  South

Carolina; d. unk.  He m. Louisa Dickson (daughter of James Dickson b.1786 SC)

on 20 Sep 1846 in Anderson County, South Carolina.  They had no children.  He

probably died in the Civil War.   [1860 census Anderson County, SC, p.283a]



4312                ii.                William Isaac Hembree  b. 26 September 1827, Pendleton District (now

Anderson County), South Carolina; d. 9 March 1906, Stephen County, Georgia.  He m.

Margaret Arminda Baldwin (b.1825 SC), daughter of  Samuel Baldwin.


                iii.                Anthony D. Hembree  b. 1830, Pickens District (now Anderson County), South

Carolina;   prob. died in Civil War.  (1st SC Rifles (Orr’s) Company D)



iv.                James Anderson Hembree  b. 29 July 1831 Pickens District (now Anderson

County), South Carolina; d. 28 January 1913, Oconee County, South Carolina.  He m.

Sena Amanda Cox on 1 April 1860 in Pickens District, South Carolina.  (Twin of

John B. Hembree.)


v.                John B. Hembree  b. 29 July 1831 Pickens District (now Anderson County),

                South Carolina;   probably died during Civil War.  He m. Nancy Catherine Cox

(b.1835 SC).                  (Twin of James A. Hembree.)



vi.                Mary Hembree  b. 1834 Pickens District (now Anderson County), South Carolina;

                d.aft. 1880 GA; m.  George Smith  (b. 1828 England  d.aft. 1880)



vii.                Adeline (Nancy?) Hembree  b. 1836  Pickens District (now Anderson County),

South Carolina;  she probably died unmarried, no children. 



viii.                Louisa Hembree  b. 1840 Pickens District (now Anderson County), South

                Carolina;   m.  ------- Finch (divorced by 1880). Louisa and Adeline are listed

                together in 1880.



ix.                 Amanda Hembree  b.1840 SC m. John A. Moore b.1831 SC and they lived

close by in 1880 Franklin County, Georgia (p.482b).  






Notes for William Hembree:


In the 1820 census (Pendleton County, p.202) he is listed in the household of  Polly Hembree as a male

age 18-26.  His future wife was probably listed nearby.


He is listed in Habersham County, Georgia, in the 1830 census (p.53) as “Wm. Hambre” 30-40, wife

20-30, dau 5-10, son 5-10, 2 sons <5.  


He is missing in the 1840 census but in 1850 he shows up in Anderson County (p.169) living close to

the sons of Rev. James Hembree.  This is quite intriguing!


In 1860 he is up on Martin’s Creek in what is now Oconee County, on lands formerly occupied by Edward

Hembree, then occupied by the Baldwins.  (1860 census Pickens District, SC, p.21)


The various civil suits of William Hembree in Pickens District 1857-1861 are probably by William

born 1827, died 1906, the third William Hembree.  He sued Garrison Baldwin (b.c. 1823) in two cases

to collect a debt.  (Garrison Baldwin was Hembree’s first cousin but we haven’t figured out how.  Mary

Hembree age 82 (probably 72) lived with him in 1850, next to the William Hembree family in Anderson



William Hembree also took Leonard Mosely to court several times (winning each time) trying to get

Mosely to produce a title for the land Hembree bought from him in 1853.



Notes for Alsey or Alerz:


A descendent of this family says a grand-daughter of William and Alsey looked very much like a Cherokee

and wondered if the Baldwin family was part Cherokee.  It is likely that Alsey or Alerz was Cherokee.

She may be one of the Dickson, Cox or Baldwin  “cousins” (mixed-blood offspring of an earlier settler).

Note that Baldwin, when it first appears, is often slurred to Boling, Bolen or Bowden. 





335.  MARY3 HEMBREE (WILLIAM2, JOHN1) (go back to 230 WILLIAM)


She was born 7 March 1802 in Pendleton District (in what became Anderson County, probably

near 26 Mile Creek), South Carolina.  That she is the daughter of William Hembree is established

by census and land records.   She died 25 January 1896 in Anderson County, South Carolina.

She married c. 1823 her neighbor, John Bailus Quailes.  They were married over 30 years when

he left and went to Georgia, marrying a much younger woman and starting a family with her.



Children of Mary Hembree and John B. Quailes:


i.                 Andrew Quailes b.c.1825 Pickens District (now Anderson County), South Carolina

                       m. Luvicey or Luvica

ii.                 Elizabeth Quailes b.c. 1828 Pickens District (now Anderson County), South

                Carolina; m. Joseph L. Jolly.  (He was in the 2nd SC Rifles, Palmetto’s

                Sharpshooters, Company L, with James F. Hembree and he was at the surrender at



iii.                 Seneca/Serena Quailes b.c.1830 Pickens District (now Anderson County), South



iv.                 John A. Quailes b.c.1832 Pickens District (now Anderson County), South Carolina;
                prob. died Civil War


v.                 David Quailes b.c.1835 Pickens District (now Anderson County), South Carolina


vi.                 William BREWSTER Quailes b.c.1837 Pickens District (now Anderson County),

South Carolina;  m.  EMMA H.

He served in 4th SC regiment Co. D & Palmetto’s Sharp Shooters Co. C, SC (CSA)


vii..                 Mary Quailes b.c.1839 Pickens District (now Anderson County), South Carolina


viii.               M. Bailus Quailes b.c. 1841 Pickens District (now Anderson County), South Carolina; m. EMMA H.  (widow of his brother William?) 

He served in Palmetto’s Sharp Shooters Co. C, SC (CSA)


ix.                 James Quailes b.c. 1845 Pickens District (now Anderson County), South Carolina



Children of  John B. Quailes and Ophelia Latimer:

x.                 Margaret L. Quailes b.c.1858 Hall County, Georgia; m. -------- LACEY


xi.                JOHN H. QUAILES  b.c. 1871  GA


xii.                HARRIET GORDON QUAILES  b. 1873  GA    m.  --------- DENDY


xiii.                 Anne C. Quailes   b.c. 1876  GA


xiv.                 Laura A. Quailes  b.1878  Chattooga County, Georgia




Notes for Mary “Polly” Hembree:


On 24 Nov 1836 Uriah Hembree (her brother) purchased 146 acres on Generostee Creek for $150 from

William Murray.  Witnesses to the deed were “Polly Hembree” and John B. Quailes.  Since Uriah’s

wife was Dolly Murray, could she have been the witness?  No, a wife was considered a party to her

husband’s transactions, not a witness.  Dolly Murray was the sister of the seller and the wife of the

buyer.  Polly Hembree Quailes was the sister of the buyer and the wife of the witness.  All in the

family!   (When Uriah sold this land 14 months later to David Russell, he sold it for $400.)




Notes for John Bailus Quailes:


He was born 1803 in South Carolina and was the son of John Bailus Quailes, who was born c.1776 in

Georgia and died c.1828 in Anderson District, South Carolina.  His mother, Chloe, was born in South

Carolina.  The ancestry of John B. Quailes b.1803 is tricky.  In the 1880 census (Chattooga County,

Georgia, p.70 or ED 17 sheet 35) he indicates that his father was born in Ireland.  This eliminates him

from the Virginia family (Quarles/Qualls) that migrated to South Carolina before the Revolution, but

creates an immigration difficulty that can only be solved if  it was his grandfather that was born in

Ireland, not his father.    His grandfather John Quails shows up in Washington County, Georgia by

1790 then into Pendleton District, SC by 1797, then back to northern Georgia by 1800 where he

probably died before 1810.   His three sons, John (b.1776), David and Eleazar moved to Pendleton

District by 1810.


But by 1820 the families of Revolutionary War vets Moses Quarles and David Quarles are in Pendleton

District and the confusion begins.  (Moses Quarles served on both sides and is on the same “enemy list”

as Old John Hembree.) 


Let me set out our three Johns to help keep them straight from the Quarles:


                1.  John Quailes  b.c.1740 Ireland; sent to Georgia as a convicted debtor in 1767 as

                “John Queal”  [Coldham, Bonded Passengers, Vol. V, 72].   He married an American.

                His war record is not known.  He was listed for non-payment of taxes in Washington

                County, Georgia, in 1792.  [Delwyn, Substitutes for Georgia’s Lost 1790 Census, p.157]


                On  21 August 1797 William Hutton of  96 District (Anderson Co.) sold to Aaron Moore

                of 96 District (Pendleton Co.) for 60 pounds 453 acres on Shoal Creek of the Keowee River.

                Witnesses were “John Queal”, Samuel Dickson, Elizabeth McKinley and the deed was

                Attested by John Queal to Wm. McKinley JP on 21 Aug 1797 and recorded 18 Aug 1798.

                (Note another John Quarles is already in Spartanburg at this time.)



                2.  John Bailus Quailes  b.c. 1776 in Georgia and died c.1828 in Anderson District, South

                Carolina.  He m.  Chloe, who was b.SC.  He had brothers David Quailes and Eleazar




                3.  John Bailus Quailes  b.c. 1803 in South Carolina and died aft. 1880 in Georgia.  He

                married (1) Mary Hembree and m(2) Ophelia Latimer.  On 30 Apr 1849 he was an

                appraiser of  Tilman B. Garrett’s estate in Anderson District, South Carolina.   (Tilman

                Garrett 1818-1849 married Sarah White, daughter of Bartholomew White 1790-1871,

                who was a neighbor of  Edward Hembree on 23 Mile Creek.)


                In the 1820 census, John Quailes b.1776 is listed close to our  Edward Hembree and

                to Polly Hembree, the mother of Mary.  John Quailes Jr. is listed in his father’s household





(age 16-25) and his future wife Mary is listed in her mother Polly’s household (age 16-25). 

                It is likely they married by 1823.



                In 1855 or so John & Mary Quailes separated.  In the 1870 census for Hall County,

                Georgia, John is listed as a railroad worker with new wife Ophelia Latimer (b.c. 1833 GA)

                and daughter Margaret (b.c. 1858 GA).  In the 1880 census, old John Quailes is shown with

                four young children by Ophelia.                     











336. URIAH3 HEMBREE (WILLIAM2, JOHN1)  (go back to 230 WILLIAM)


was born 11 February 1805 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, and died  1 August 1882 in Cosby,

Cocke County, Tennessee.  He married ELIZABETH DOLLY MURRAY. She was born  18 December

1807 in Pendleton District,   South Carolina, and died in Cocke County, Tennessee.

She was the daughter of William Murray of Pendleton District.



                 Children of URIAH HEMBREE and ELIZABETH MURRAY are:


                                i.                 ELIJAH4 HEMBREE, b. 1828,  Pickens District (now Oconee County), South Carolina;

                                d.  unknown.

He married MARY S.BALDWIN  22 January 1851 in Pickens District, South Carolina.

She was the daughter of   STEPHEN BALDWIN Sr. and  DRUCILLA BROOKS (or

ALSOBROOKS).  Mary was born 1830  in South Carolina,  and died  after 1860.   

Their marriage notice in the Keowee Courier of Sat. 8 Feb 1851 (Vol 2  No.37 p.3 col A)

spells her name as BALLDON but no such name existed in the area whereas the

1850 census shows her to be a BALDWIN.



                                ii.                  ALFRED HEMBREE, b. October 1830, Pickens District (now Oconee County), South

Carolina;    d. 25 or 26 January 1884,   Knoxville, Knox  County, Tennessee.

                                He married LUCY JANE MURRAY  22 December 1850 in Pickens District, South

Carolina. She was born   18 April 1831.

He is buried in the Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville (section “A” Grave 1334 – military).

He was a wheelwright by trade.


                                iii.                 LEWIS HEMBREE, b. 9 October 1832, Pickens District (now Oconee County), South

Carolina;  d. Missouri?

                                In the 1860 Census (Pickens District Western, South Carolina, #793) he is listed on the

farm of William Sanders (1792-1862).


               iv.                 SARAH ELIZABETH HEMBREE, b. 23 February 1835, Pickens District (now Oconee

County),  South Carolina.


                v.             JAMES FRANKLIN HEMBREE, b. 10 November 1838, Pickens District (now Oconee

County),  South Carolina;  d. 10 April 1922,  Cosby,   Cocke County, Tennessee.


PHEBE BROYLES.  She was born 3 March 1844 in Sevier County, Tennessee, and died

3 February 1937 in Cosby, Cocke County, Tennessee.  James and  Nancy are buried in

the Hembree/Styles Cemetery in Cocke County, Tennessee.   He served in the 2nd SC

Rifles Regiment, Co. D, CSA during the Civil War.



                                          vi.                 RHEUBEN HEMBREE, b. 1841, Pickens District (now Oconee County),  South



                                vii.                 WILLIAM JACKSON HEMBREE, b. 1844, Pickens District (now Oconee County),

South Carolina; m.  JANE LAWSON.


                                viii.                 ELIZA HEMBREE, b. 1845, Pickens District (now Oconee County), South Carolina.


                                ix.                 CYRUS SPENCER HEMBREE, b. 9 August 1848,  Pickens District (now Oconee

                                                County)  South Carolina; d. 30 November 1930,   Waynesville, Haywood County,

                                                North Carolina.  He m. RACHEL MATILDA VESS.




                x.             LOUISA HEMBREE, b. 1848 in Pickens District (now Oconee County)

 South Carolina;.


                                          xi.                 FRANKLIN HEMBREE, b. 28 November 1851, Walhalla, Pickens District (now

Oconee County)  South Carolina;  d. 1907; m. AMANDA MAUDE  COOPER.






                He is buried in the McMillon Cemetery in Cocke County, Tennessee.   His line is perhaps the best-                researched family among our Hembree kin.    Uriah’s father died before 1815 and Uriah was raised by

                his uncle Edward Hembree.  Uriah stayed close to Edward until the uncle died (1863) whereupon Uriah

                moved to Tennessee. Uriah is accounted for in the 1820 household of Edward.  In the 1850 census he is

                farming                 close to his cousin Nimrod Hembree in Pickens District, South Carolina.  In the 1860 census

                Uriah’s son Lewis is running the farm of William Sanders (b.1792) – the father-in-law of Edward

                Hembree “Jr.”.


                In a Pickens County civil case, a John Martin got a judgment in the amount of $52.00 against John

                Hembree and William Hembree (case entered 31 Oct 1860).  These were nephews of Uriah, sons of

                his brother William (b.1794).   Court Clerk James E. Hagood, however, issued a bail writ (for $53.60)

                against Lewis Hembree and his father Uriah (case entered 4 Feb 1861).  (No further information found.)


                On 12 March 1831 John Hembree sold 75 acres on 26 Mile Creek to Uriah Hembree for $300.  This

                John Hembree was the son of James Hembree, of no known relation to Uriah.  The original deed to

                John Hembree from Smith Heaton was witnessed by James Hembree (Rev. James Hembree), who was

                the executor of the estate of Smith Heaton’s father.  (John Hembree’s wife was Anna Heaton.)  Uriah,

                like his father William, had land dealings with these other Hembrees, leaving us all very confused as

                to their connection (which seems to be the Baptist Church).


                On  24 Nov 1836 William Murray sold to Uriah Hembree of Anderson District 146 acres on

                Generostee Creek in Pickens District for $150.  (This was a “family price”.  William Murray was

                his father in law.)


                On  6 Jan 1838 Uriah Hembree of Pickens District sold to David Russell  the same 146 acres on

                Generostee Creek  for $400.


                On  20 July 1838  David Russell sold to Uriah Hembree of Pickens District  620 (?) acres on

                Chauga Creek of the Tugaloo River (in what is now Oconee County) for $500.  The deed was

                witnessed by Robert Brackenridge and Henry Sanders.


                On  28 Apr 1843 James Hembree of Anderson District sold to Lewis Moorehead of Anderson

District 24 acres on Generostee Creek  for $60. Winny Hembree released dower rights.


                On  7 Nov 1846 James Hembree Jr. of Anderson District sold to David Russell  70 acres on

                26 Mile Creek  for $150, lands originally granted to James Martin, then conveyed to Mathew

Dickson, then to Samuel Dickson by will of Mathew.  Winny Hembree released dower rights.

The transaction was witnessed by G.W. Masters and David H (his mark) Hembree.


                (Note Uriah’s relationship to James Hembree (1754 – 1849) and David Russell.)






                Uriah was called for jury duty in Pickens District for the 1858 fall term but was not selected.


                (See also Simeon Hembree notes for more of Uriah’s transactions.)


                Uriah’s sons fought on both sides of the Civil War and it appears one or two of them may have

                died during the war.




                Who was David Russell?


                He was the son of Matthew Russell of Anderson County, South Carolina.  Matthew Russell’s will is

                recorded in Anderson County and mentions wife Verlinda, sons:  Osburn, Joseph, Thomas, David,

                Matthew, and James;  and daughters:  Elizabeth, Martha, Sarah, Jane and Linney.  The executors were

                wife Verlinda and son Thomas.  Witnessed by Thomas Russell and Nancy Haynie.  Dated 25 Jul 1812,

                proved 1 Mar 1813. 


                Could he be related to the  David Russell who, along with Aaron Moore, supplied the Loyalist Georgia

                Militia with beef and other items 1781-1782?   The above Matthew Russell was b. 1735-1740 Ireland,

                came to Pennsylvania.  David was b.c. 1767 PA or SC and had a son Uriah Wiley Russell who married

                into the Cherokee tribe.  David might have had a mixed blood wife.







340.  EZEKIEL3 HEMBREE (JOHN2, JOHN1)  (go back to 240 JOHN)


                                He was born 14 July 1802 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, and died 29 Dec 1883 in

                                Knox County, Kentucky.   He married  PHOEBE GOODIN (1808 – 1891) 14 February 1826

                                in Knox County, Kentucky.  She was the daughter of JOHN GOODIN and SARAH ARTHUR. 



                Children of  Ezekiel Hembree and Phoebe Goodin are:


                                i.                THOMAS S.4 HEMBREE, b. 1 October 1827, Knox County, Kentucky;

                                                d. 25 December 1890, Knox County, Kentucky.  m(1) MARTHA HEMPHILL;

                                                m(2) MARGARET E. HOWESTON


                                ii.                SARAH (SALLY) ANN HEMBREE, b. 9 February 1829, Knox County,

                                                Kentucky; d. 1 October 1863. m.amaziah curtis  5 April 1859 Knox Co., KY


                                iii.                NELSON A. HEMBREE, b. 4 March 1831, Knox County, Kentucky; d. 28 September

                                                1860, Knox County, Kentucky. m.  SARAH JOHNSON  29 Nov 1855 Knox Co., TN


                                iv.                MILIA J. HEMBREE, b. 23 May 1833, Knox County, Kentucky; d. June 1929, Knox                                                   County, Kentucky; m. JAMES JOHNSON, 22 February 1855, Knox County, Kentucky.


                                v.                JOHN JAMES HEMBREE, b. 1 August 1835, Knox County, Kentucky.

                                                m.  SARAH M. GIRDNER  22 September 1856 Knox Co., Tennessee


                                vi.                NANCY L. HEMBREE, b. 9 March 1837, Knox County, Kentucky; m. (1) JOSEPH

                                                 PRICHARD,  8 December 1858, Knox County, Kentucky; m. (2) --- CALLAWAY. 


                                vii.                REBECCA MALISSA HEMBREE, b.  6 July 1839, Knox County, Kentucky;

d. 23 January 1925, Barbourville, Knox County, Kentucky. 

m. WILLIAM GIRDNER (1839 – 1904) 30 November 1858 Knox Co., Kentucky

                                                (son of MICHAEL GIRDNER and ELIZABETH MAYS)


                                viii.                MILTON G. HEMBREE, b.  9  June 1841, Knox County, Kentucky; d. 24 September

                                                1917, Knox County, Kentucky; m. MARY CATHERINE BAYS, 18 February 1890.


                                ix.                MARY MALINDA HEMBREE, b. 19 January  1844, Knox County, Kentucky;

                                                d. January 04, 1919, Whitley County, Kentucky.


                                x.                CHAROLOTTE (LOTTIE) MAHALA HEMBREE, b. January 15, 1846, Knox County,

                                                Kentucky; d. November 1925, Knox County, Kentucky; m. WILLIAM HAYDEN

                                                JENKINS,  3 January 1865, Knox County, Kentucky.


                                xi.                SUSAN VIRGINIA HEMBREE, b. 20 January 1848, Knox County, Kentucky;

                                                d. aft. 1900.


                                xii.                TABBITHA CUMI HEMBREE, b. 2 May 1850, Knox County, Kentucky;

                                                d. 24 August 1860, Knox County, Kentucky.


                                xiii.                AMERICA ELLEN HEMBREE, b. 19 July 1852, Knox County, Kentucky;

                                                d. 2 January 1934, Knox County, Kentucky; m. ANDREW (MACK) HEMPHILL,

                                                17 August  1869, Claibourne County, Tennessee.






                Notes for Ezekiel Hembree:


                Ezekiel Hembree registered the following land grants in Knox County, Kentucky:


                                28 Sep 1826        50 acres                  Greasy Creek


                                16 Jan 1841        50 acres                  Branch of Greasy Creek (later called Hembrees Branch)


                                18 Jan 1843        50 acres                  Brush Creek


                                18 Jan 1843        50 acres                  Brush Creek  (2nd parcel)


                                18 Feb 1853        50 acres                  Brush Creek


                Joseph Goodin and Alexander Goodin registered land on Greasy Creek in 1819.  In 1826 and 1827

                Meshack Laws and Thomas Laws recorded land parcels on Greasy Creek.  The Laws and especially

                the Goodins became numerous in that area.


                Phoebe Goodin is sometimes shown as Phoebe (English) Goodin, daughter of Arthur English.


                A family battle royale over Ezekiel’s land erupted in 1885, after his death. 


                Ezekiel, Phoebe, and others are likely buried at the Liberty Church on Brush Creek.











341.  DOCIA3 HEMBREE (JOHN2, JOHN1) (go back to 240 JOHN)

                                [Based on the late Richard Martin’s “John Hembree” data at familytreemaker.com, research

                                by Dale Standifer.  See Jane Hembree’s website for updates to this family line.]



                She was born c.1807 in Knox County, Kentucky, an died rather young, at the age of 26 or so,

on 11 Nov 1834 in Knox County, Kentucky.   Her name may have been Laodocia, with a nickname

of Liddy, as that name occurs among the Laws.   When she was about 14 a court jury declared her

“idiotic” and assigned her care to her father and John Gregory.  The state provided some funds for

her care.  In an administrator’s report of 23 March 1835 it was reported that she had died 11 November








342.  JOHN3 HEMBREE (JOHN2, JOHN1) (go back to 240 JOHN)

                                [Based on the late Richard Martin’s “John Hembree” data at familytreemaker.com, research

                                by Dale Standifer.  See Jane Hembree’s website for updates to this family line.]


                                He was born 2 July 1809 in Knox County, Kentucky, and died 21 Jan 1880 or 1885 in

                                Knox County, Kentucky.   He married  OLIVIA (OLLIE) GOODIN.



                Children of John Hembree and Ollie Goodin are:


                                i.                OLIVIA4  HEMBREE    b. 1828  Knox County, Kentucky


                                ii.                AMANDA B. HEMBREE b. 1830  Knox County, Kentucky


                                iii.                CATHERINE HEMBREE b. 1833  Knox County, Kentucky


                                iv.                BERRY HEMBREE b. 1835  Knox County, Kentucky


                                v.                MARTHA HEMBREE b. 1836  Knox County, Kentucky


                                vi.                REBECCA HEMBREE b. 1838  Knox County, Kentucky


                                vii.                WILLIAM HEMBREE  b. 1840  Knox County, Kentucky, d. 14 November 1911

                                                Knox County, Kentucky



                                viii.                JEMIMA HEMBREE b. 1841  Knox County, Kentucky


                                ix.                JOHN HEMBREE  b. 1844  Knox County, Kentucky


                                x.                PHOEBE HEMBREE  b. 1845  Knox County, Kentucky


                                xi.                JAMES HEMBEE  b. 1847  Knox County, Kentucky



                                xii.                EZEKIEL HEMBREE  b. 24 September 1848  Knox County, Kentucky;

                                                d.  16 July 1927  Knox County, Kentucky






                Notes for John Hembree:


                From Standifer:  “John HEMBREE (b.1809, 1831 tax lists), from court records in 1837-41, had a few

                behavioral problems.  There were presentments for public drunkenness, profane swearing, and charges

                of assault and battery and contempt of court.  John sold land to William Laws.  By 1841, John had

                sued William Johnson, Solomon Newman, Elihu Case, & George Lee on a charge of trespass.

                Bluford and James Hembree were called as witnesses for John (box 9, Bundle 76, KY archives).”





343.  MESHACK3 HEMBREE (JOHN2, JOHN1) (go back to 240 JOHN)


                                [Based on the late Richard Martin’s “John Hembree” data at familytreemaker.com, research

                                by Dale Standifer.  See Jane Hembree’s website for updates to this family line.]


                                He was born 2 Sep 1812, in Knox County, Kentucky, and died 21 January 1885 at Smokey

                                Junction, Scott County, Tennessee.  He married (1) 1831 MARTHA KATHERINE CARROLL

                                (1812 – 1879) in Huntsville, Tennessee, Campbell County (now Scott County);  and married (2)                                             IBBY SURRILLA SMITH (1853 – 1884) 16 October 1873 in Williamsburg  (Whitley County),                                                Kentucky.  She was the daughter of  WILLIAM SMITH and PHARABA. 



                Children of Meshack Hembree and Martha Carroll are:



                                i.                MARY JANE4  HEMBREE, b. 1832, Knox County, Kentucky; d. 1835, Knox

                                                County, Kentucky.


                                ii.                NANCY LOUISE HEMBREE, b. 1833, Knox County, Kentucky.


                                iii.                REBECCA HEMBREE, b. 7  May 1834, Knox County, Kentucky;

                                                d. 31 March 1912, Scott County, Tennessee.


                                iv.                WILLIAM ALEXANDER HEMBREE, b. 15 August 1836, Knox County, Kentucky;

                                                d. 27 June  1928, Smoky Creek, Scott County, Tennessee;  m.  EMILY SHOOPMAN

                                                on 24 July 1859 Scott County, Tennessee.


                                v.                SARAH HEMBREE, b. 2 October 1838, Smoky Creek, Scott County, Tennessee;

                                                d. 15 September 1912, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee.

                                                m.  DANIEL JEFFERS


                                vi.                EZEKIEL HEMBREE, b. 25 May 1841, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee;

                                                d. 18 January  1919, Oklahoma.


                                vii.                ELIZABETH BETTY HEMBREE, b. 14 January 1845, Huntsville, Scott County,

                                                Tennessee; d. 19 November 1926, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee.


                                viii.                JEMIMA HEMBREE, b. 14 January 1845, Huntsville,  Scott County, Tennessee;

                                                d. 12 February 1906, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee.


                                ix.                JOHN NEILSON HEMBREE, b.3  June 1852, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee;

                                                d. 3 November 1858. 



                Children of  Meshack Hembree and Ibby Smith are:



                                x.                HARMON4 HEMBREE, b. 1 January 1871, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee;

                                                d. 28 October 1950, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee.


                                xi.                MARY JANE HEMBREE, b. 15 July 1874, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee.







                                xii.                KISSIAH HEMBREE, b. 18 November 1876, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee;

                                                d. 7 July 1891, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee.



                                xiii.                JAMES MARTIN HEMBREE, b.7 May 1880, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee;

                                                d. 15 January 1965, Brocks Nursing Home; Atoka, Atoka County, Oklahoma.



                                xiv.                JULIA ANN HEMBREE, b. 1882, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee; d. October

                                                1884, Smoky Junction,  Scott County, Tennessee. 





                Notes for Meshack Hembree:


                He served in the 2nd Tennessee Infantry Co. G (Union), enlisting 7 December 1861 at Somerset, Kentucky.

                Described as 5 feet 4 inches, 135 pounds, dark hair, blue eyes, fair complexion.  He was given a medical

                Discharge on 22 January 1863 at Nashville, Tennessee, being injured by a falling barrel of salt.


                His first wife, Martha Carroll, was granted a divorce on 1 August 1873 and he married Ibey Smith on

                16 October 1873 in Whitley County, Kentucky.












344.  MARTHA3 HEMBREE (JOHN2, JOHN1) (go back to 240 JOHN)


                                [Based on the late Richard Martin’s “John Hembree” data at familytreemaker.com, research

                                by Dale Standifer.  See Jane Hembree’s website for updates to this family line.]


                                She was born c. 1814, in Knox County, Kentucky, and died  unknown. 

                                She married (2) ALEXANDER D. CARROLL 14 February 1845 in Campbell County,

                                Tennessee.  He died in August 1851, and was the son of DREWRY CARROLL and NANCY.




                Child of MARTHA or PATRICIA (PATRICY) HEMBREE is:


349                i.                JESSEE4  HEMBREE, b. 1825 or 1828; d. aft. 1911; m. MARGARET GIBSON,

                                                22 September 1853, Knox County, Kentucky.   (She was the sister of Green





                Children of MARTHA HEMBREE and ALEXANDER CARROLL are:


                ii.                SARAH4  CARROLL.


                                iii.                ALEXANDER CARROLL JR., m. SOUSANNAH MASSINGALE  





                Notes for Martha Hembree:


                There is some confusion about whether Patricia (b.1805) or Martha (b.1814) is “Patsy”, the

                mother of Jesse Hembree above.  See notes under  349  Jesse Hembree. 


                The will of Alexander Carroll, dated  9 August 1851 and proved in September 1851 mentions

                his wife Martha Embree and their two minor children Sarah and Alexander.  Under common law

                there would be no need to mention Jesse, who was not a minor or a child of the marriage.







345.  JAMES3 HEMBREE (JOHN2, JOHN1) (go back to 240 JOHN)

                                [Based on the late Richard Martin’s “John Hembree” data at familytreemaker.com, research

                                by Dale Standifer.  See Jane Hembree’s website for updates to this family line.]


                                He was born 18 January 1818, in Knox County, Kentucky, and died 18 August 1894 at

                                Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee.  He married  CATHERINE GOURLEY 26 February 1842.

                                She was b. 1823 Kentucky.



                Children of  James Hembree and Catherine Gourley are:


                                i.                REBECCA4 HEMBREE, b. 1842, Scott County, Tennessee.

                                                m(1)  WILLIAM SMITH;   m(2)  WILLIAM OVERTON  (b.1822)


                                ii.                MARGARETTE HEMBREE, b. 1844.


                                iii.                PHOEBE HEMBREE, b. November 1847, Scott County, Tennessee.

                                                m.  EWELL CHITWOOD                                        


                                iv.                SARAH HEMBREE, b. 1850.


                                v.                ALVIS KENCAID HEMBREE, b. 31 October 1857, Huntsville, Scott County,

                                                Tennessee; d. 25 October 1909, Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee.

                                                m(1)  MATILDA GOODMAN 20 March 1879 Scott Co., TN. (daughter of

                                                JOHN GOODMAN and JANE LOWE)    

                                                m(2)  MELISSA       10 Feb 1890  Scott Co., TN


                                vi.                DANIEL HEMBREE, b. 1861.


                                vii.                MARY ANN HEMBREE, b. 1865. 



                Notes for James  Hembree:






346.  W.B.3 HEMBREE (JOHN2, JOHN1) (go back to 240 JOHN)


                                [Based on the late Richard Martin’s “John Hembree” data at familytreemaker.com, research

                                by Dale Standifer.  See Jane Hembree’s website for updates to this family line.]


                                He was born 5 January 1819, in Knox County, Kentucky, and died 2 July 1872 at Huntsville,

                                Scott County, Tennessee. 




                Notes for W. B.  Hembree:






347.  ROBERT BLUFORD3 HEMBREE (JOHN2, JOHN1) (go back to 240 JOHN)


                                [Based on the late Richard Martin’s “John Hembree” data at familytreemaker.com, research

                                by Dale Standifer.  See Jane Hembree’s website for updates to this family line.]


                                He was born 25 January 1820, in Knox County, Kentucky, and died 4 June 1915 (1913?)

                                at  Huntsville, Scott County, Tennessee.  He married (1)  MAHULDA RICH  on 21 November

                                1839 Anderson Co., Tennessee;  and married (2)  ELIZABETH GIBSON  (b.1843 

d. 17 February 1920 Morgan County, Tennessee).



                Children of Robert Hembree and Mahulda Rich are:


                                i.                CHARLES4  HEMBREE.


                                ii.                CHARITY EMELINE HEMBREE, b. 1841, Tennessee;

                                                m. ANDREW SHANNON, 8 April 1874, Scott County, Tennessee.


                                iii.                ISIAH HAMILTON HEMBREE, b. 13 November 1843, Smoky Creek, Scott County,

                                                Tennessee; d. 14 June 1937, Norma, Scott County,  Tennessee, at home.

                                                m(1)  MARY HAMBY;  m(2)  REBECCA LOWE   


                                iv.                SARAH ANN HEMBREE, b. 6 November 1846, Campbell County, Tennessee

                                                (now Morgan County); d. 21 December 1924, Morgan County, Tennessee.           

                                                m.  JEREMIAH HAMBY   15 March 1860 Morgan County, Tennessee


                Children of Robert Hembree and Elizabeth Gibson are:


                                v.                LEATHA D.4  HEMBREE, b. 26 May 1865, Tennessee; d. 22 May 1942,

                                                Bloomington, Indiana; m. ISAAC U. LOWE, 3 May 1883, Scott County, Tennessee.


                                vi.                MARTHA HEMBREE, b. 1872; m. ABNER COOK.


                                vii.                MARY HEMBREE, b. 1873.


                                viii.                ALEXANDER HEMBREE, b. 10 August 1875, Tennessee; d. 31 March 1987.


                                ix.                REBECCA J. HEMBREE, b.12 October 1877, Scott County, Tennessee; d. 28 July                                                         1959, Helenwood, Tennessee, Scott County; at residence Rt. 1.

                                                m(1) JOEL HAYWOOD KEETEN;  m(2) GEORGE BILL NORRIS


                                x.                ROSABELL HEMBREE, b. 9 November 1880, Tennessee; m. (1) ROBERT

                                                McDEERMAN; m. (2) THOMAS McDEERMAN, 5 September 1897, Scott County,



                                xi.                PARAZIDA HEMBREE, b. July 1884; m. THOMAS NANCE. 




                Notes for Robert Hembree:


                His first wife was awarded a divorce on 9 April 1866 for abandonment.  (The Civil War caused

                widespread widowhood and an epidemic of divorce.)





348.  LUCINDA3 HEMBREE (JOHN2, JOHN1) (go back to 240 JOHN)


                                [Based on the late Richard Martin’s “John Hembree” data at familytreemaker.com, research

                                by Dale Standifer.  See Jane Hembree’s website for updates to this family line.]


                                She was born 1822, in Knox County, Kentucky, and died UNKNOWN.

                                She married (1)  GREEN C. GIBSON  5 September 1849 in Knox County, Kentucky.   He

                                was b.1829 Knox County, Kentucky and was the son of Jesse Gibson  (b.1801 TN) and

Theresa Goodin  (b.1801).


                Children of Green Gibson and Lucinda Hembree are:


                 i.    Roberta Gibson  b.c. 1850 Knox County, Kentucky


                ii.   Green Gibson  b.c. 1855 Knox County, Kentucky


                                 iii.   John Gibson  b.c. 1858 Knox County, Kentucky



                Notes for Lucinda Hembree:






349.  JESSE3 HEMBREE (JOHN2, JOHN1) (go back to 240 JOHN)


                                He was born 1825 or 1828 in Knox County, Kentucky;  d. unknown.

                                It is clear he is a grandson of John Hembree.  He is likely the illegitimate son of Martha.

                                In the 1860 census, it shows he is only 25 (b.1834), but was 23 in 1850 (Scott Co, TN p.378a).

                                He m. Margaret Gibson 22 Sep 1853 in  Knox County, Kentucky.   She was b.1835

Knox County, Kentucky and was the daughter of Jesse Gibson  (b.1801 TN) and

Theresa Goodin  (b.1801).



Children of Jesse Hembree and Margaret Gibson are:


                i.     Polly Emery   b.c. 1854 Knox County, Kentucky              


                ii.    James  Emery  b.c. 1856 Knox County, Kentucky


                iii.   Phoebe Emery  b.c. 1858 Knox County, Kentucky



Notes for Jesse Hembree:


From the notes of Dale Standifer:  John Embry filed a lawsuit on 28 April 1825 against John Leith

on behalf of  Embry’s daughter “Patricy”  who was under 21.  The language of the complaint

indicated that Leith promised to marry Patricia, defrauded her of her virginity, and she bore a child.

The lawsuit was dismissed, however, meaning that John Leith probably came forward and married

her.  (We need to find him in the 1850 census to be sure.)  So Jesse would seem to be b.1828, not

1825, and to be the son of Martha  (b.1814).  A problem is that the nickname “Patsy” has been

applied by researchers to both sisters.  


351. ELIJAH3 HEMBREE (JAMES2, JOHN1)  (go back to 250 JAMES)


                was born c.1812 in Pendleton District, South Carolina. He married  c. 1835   SARAH

                NIMMONS.  She  was born 1819 SC, being the daughter of  David and Winnefred  (Winnie)




                 Children of ELIJAH HEMBREE and SARAH NIMMONS are:


                i.              MARTHA4 HEMBREE, b. 1836  in Pickens District, South Carolina.   

                                She m. Elisha Reed on 25 March 1858 in Hall County, Georgia.


ii.                 EVELINE (or EMELINE) HEMBREE, b. 1838 in Pickens District,  South Carolina.


                                iii.                 MARGARET HEMBREE, b. 1840 in Pickens District,  South Carolina.


iv.                 SUSAN (or SUSANNAH) HEMBREE, b. 1842 in Pickens District, South  Carolina.


                4515                 v.                 JAMES A. HEMBREE, b. 1843 in Pickens District,  South Carolina. 

                                                He m. Lucinda Owens 11 Sep 1867 Hall Co. GA. He served in the 15th

GA Inf, Pvt, CSA.


                                vi.                 ABSOLEM HEMBREE, b. 1846 in Hall County, Georgia.

                                                m. Harriet A. Turner (b.1841 GA d.1935)


                                        vii.                 JOHN HEMBREE, b. 1848 in Hall County, Georgia.  He served in the 15th

GA Inf, Pvt, CSA at the age of 16.



                                viii.                 FRANCES HEMBREE, b. 1859 in Hall County, Georgia.  (female = a grand daughter?) 

                                                Francis Hembree m. Miss J.L. A. Clark on 17 July 1881 Hall Co, GA.







Moved to Forsyth County, Georgia by 1850 then to Hall County, Georgia by 1860.   He is on the 1849 tax list in Hall County (but his tax was paid by an agent, A. Bennet), and was a neighbor of his cousin Reuben

Emery (1804-1896), a son of Abraham Hembree.


For a long time he was considered to be the son of Edward Hembree, who was his uncle.  The Edward name is absent, however, from his line.  He is actually the son of  James and Martha Hembree.  (Edward

had a son Elijah born c.1802 but he died before 1850.)     


His census age is 56 in 1860, 35 in 1850, 30-40 in 1840, and under 10 in 1820.  A birth year of 1810-1812        is usually given for him and it is reasonable.










                Notes on the Nimmons family


                William Nimmons was b.1731/1732 in Ireland.  He came to South Carolina by 1775.  His wife

                was named Margaret.  He was a patriot in the Revolution and resided in Newberry County, South

                Carolina.  (He is listed in the 1790 census there.)  His will was dated in 1805 and mentions

                children David, Joseph, and a son (William) who died before 1805.


                Joseph Nimmons married Nancy Keturah Major (b.1776 VA d.aft. 1850 SC). 

David Nimmons married Winnifred (Winny).


                David Nimmons owed money to the estate of Abner Crosby in Pickens District in 1829.  The

                estate was inventoried by James Allen, James Sanders, Onwin Moore, and Samuel Thomas.  Others

                owing on notes to the estate included William Sanders, John Welch and John Blackstock.









                The estate residue of Winny Nimmons was brought before the probate judge of Pickens District on

                7 March 1856.  David Moore and E.J. Hunnicut made oath that the real estate of Winny Nimmons

                was not worth more than $1000.   Her lands were on Coneross Creek, bordering lands of Abner

                Shuttles (Shuttlesworth) – her son-in-law, and John Hardin.


                Heirs of Winny Nimmons were:       Abner Shuttles and wife Margaret (Nimmons)

                                                                                Eleanor Nimmons

                                                                                Ebenezer Thomas and wife Martha (Nimmons)

                                                                                Elijah Emery and wife Sarah (Nimmons)


                The Keowee Courier of  Thursday, August 1, 1878, announced the death of John Hardin, “one of

                our best citizens, on the 25th ult.  Mr. Hardin was in his 65th year, and leaves many friends to

                mourn his death.”









352.  JAMES3 HEMBREE (JAMES2, JOHN1)  (go back to 250 JAMES)



was born c.1812 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, and  died 31 Dec 1835 in Texas.

He was only 23 or so at the time of his death.  He married PHENE (or PHEMY)  MOORE (?)

c.1832.  She was b.c.1818 in South Carolina and probably died c.1854.



                Child of  JAMES HEMBREE and PHENE is:



4521        i.              DAVID4 HEMBREE, b. 1833 in Pickens District, South Carolina; died  after 1870,

before 1880(?).   He married ELIZABETH LUMPKIN.   




                Notes for James Hembree:



                Capt. Eli Seale’s Rangers (1835-1836) in the Texas war for independence were volunteers from

                Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.  Among them were “Catfish, a Cherokee Indian” and

                James Emery, who both joined the unit on 23 Oct 1835 and Emery died 2 months later.

                [Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin: 1986), 198,199. By the Daughters of the Republic

                of Texas]  (A Jesse Emory served in the 1840’s.)







353.  NIMROD3 HEMBREE (JAMES2, JOHN1)  (go back to 250 JAMES)


was born November 11, 1814 in Pendleton District, South  Carolina, and died November 10, 1892 in

Smith County, Texas. He married ELIZABETH M. MAGEE  December 8, 1842 in South Carolina,

daughter of TILMAN MAGEE JR. (b.1800 SC) and LUCINDA HUNT (not Hunter) (b.1799 SC).

Elizabeth was born September 1820 in South Carolina, and died 1910 in Smith County, Texas.



                 Children of NIMROD HEMBREE and ELIZABETH MAGEE are:


                                 i.                MARTHA4  HEMBREE         b.1844    d.bef. 1850


                  ii.                 LUCINDA ELIZABETH4 HEMBREE, b. 19 June 1846, South Carolina; d. 18 January                                                  1930, Smith County,  Texas.  She m. Marion O. Threlkeld c.1872, Banks County,

                                GA.   He was the son of  NEWTON THRELKELD and  JANE. He was born April 1852

                                                in South Carolina, and died September 23, 1901 in  Smith County, Texas.


                                iii.                 SARAH JANE HEMBREE, b. September 1848, South Carolina; d. 1928, Smith County,

Texas.  (Unmarried)


                                iv.                 JAMES A. "JIMMY" HEMBREE, b. 31 December 1850 Pickens (now Oconee) County,

                                                South Carolina; d. 20 February 1901; m. Sarah M. Wood (1847-1922).


                                v.                 WILLIAM HEMBREE, b. c. 1855 Pickens District, South Carolina.

                                                He m. Sarah E. Garrison 22 July 1880 Banks County, Georgia.


                                vi.                 MARY E. HEMBREE, b. c. 1857, Pickens District, South Carolina.


                                vii.                 JOHN HEMBREE, b. c. 1861, Georgia.








From  The Pendleton SC Messenger 1807-1851 :

                “Mr. Nimrod Emery married Miss Elizabeth Magee of Pickens District on the 8th of December, 1842.”


Served as juror in the Pickens District Court of Common Pleas in October 1848.

Nimrod saw military service during the Florida Indian Wars and his widow filed a pension claim in Texas

on 7 October 1892, granted 13 January 1893. 



                Nimrod appears in 1850 Census Pickens Dist. South Carolina page 441B HH 1030 Family 1076: Nimrod

                Hemby age  35 male farmer born South Carolina; Elizabeth age 28 female born South Carolina; Lucinda

age 4 female born South  Carolina; Sarah age 2 female born South Carolina. Nimrod and family appear in

1860, 1870 and 1880 Banks County,   Georgia Federal Census. He also appears as a witness to Will of

 A. Langston June 4, 1864: July 1864.


                Nimrod took an oath of repatriation and registered to vote in Banks County, Georgia in 1867-1868.




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361.  ELIJAH JOHN3 EMERY (EDWARD2, JOHN1)  (go back to 260 EDWARD)


was born 1800-1802 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, and died c.1848 in Missouri (another

family source says Alabama or Arkansas).  He married SUSANNAH EMILY EMERY (see 381)

on 3 Aug 1824 in Sumner County, Tennessee.  She was born 1809 in Kentucky or Tennessee and

died after 1870 in Illinois. She was the daughter of Michael Emery or Hembree (b.1785 d.1853)

(son of JOHN1 HEMBREE) and Parthena “Puss” Latham.





                      i.                     JOHN Peter (or PETER JOHN)4 Emery    b. 1825 Sumner Co.,TN  d. aft 1860

                                                m. ----- she d.c. 1858  (Probably m. CELIA ANN JONES  5 June 1842 Henry

                                                County, Tennessee.)   He m(2)  Mrs. Nancy Jane Spears 16 March 1864 Gallatin Co, IL.

                                                (Pvt. Co. K, 9th IL Infantry, USA – Civil War ?)


                      ii.                    dau  (Sarah?)   b. 1827 TN   d.bef 1870     (or ? SUSANNA who m. PETER

                                                m.   ---- Russell  who d. bef 1870                SNIDER 21 Oct 1847 Henry Co. TN?)


                     iii.                   MARTHA EMERY       b. 1829 Henry Co., TN  d.aft 1860

                                m.(?)  --------   WHITEHEAD  m(2)  ?


                      iv.                    Lucinda Parthena Emery   b. 1832 Henry Co, TN d. aft 1900 Henry Co, TN

m. JOHN YOUNGER  27 Sep 1857 Henry County, Tennessee (28 Sep 1859?)


4615                      v.                    Jefferson Monroe Emery  b. 1834 Henry County, Tennessee;

d.aft 1880 Williamson County, Illinois

m. 1852  Permelia Caroline Marcum (b.1836 Overton Co, TN d.aft 1880

Illinois) dau. of  BALAAM  MARCUM


                       vi.                  Michael  Merrill Emery     b. 1836 Henry County, Tennessee;

d. aft 1860

                                                m. ELIZABETH WILLIAMS  27 April 1855 Henry County, Tennessee

                       vii.                 Sevilla Emery                b. 1838 Henry County, TN,  d. aft 1870


                      viii.                   Catherine Lana  Emery   b. 1841Henry County, TN  d.aft. 1870


 4619                     ix.                Elijah J. Emery    b. 4 July 1843 Henry Co, TN  d. 11 July 1914 Johnson Co, IL

m(1) 1862 Mary Ann Choate (b. 1848 IL d.c. 1882 IL) m(2)  LYZA Harriet Shoemaker (b. 1862 IL d. 23 Nov 1946 IL) on 10 July  1883  Johnson 
Co, Illinois.  She was the daughter of John A. Shoemaker and Francis Warren, who m. 
9 Jan 1854 Pope County, Illinois.                  



                Notes for Elijah John Emery:  


                His nickname was “Tobe” and this nickname was used by his sons.  There were two legends preserved

                by two different branches of the family.  One was that Elijah, the son of Edward Hembree, was killed by

                a falling tree in Alabama around 1848.  Another was that John, the son of Edward Hembree, died on his

                way out to Missouri with his family in 1847 or so.  These must be the same person. 




362.  JESSE3 HEMBREE (EDWARD2, JOHN1) (go back to 260 EDWARD)


was born 1802/4 in Pendleton District, South  Carolina, and died  after 1870 in Anderson (or

Oconee) County, South Carolina. He married 1828 CAROLINE KEASLER (KESSLER).

She was born 1815 and died after 1870 in Anderson  County,  South Carolina.




                      i.                   CAROLINE4 HEMBREE  b. 1829 in Anderson County, South Carolina  [1830 Census,

1840 Census]   m. JESSE BROWN  4 June 1843  Anderson County, South Carolina


                     ii.                   Harriet Hembree b. 1832  in Anderson County, South Carolina, d.              .

                                                She  m. 1849 William Lemuel (Lem) Keasler, son of ABRAHAM Keasler

                                                (b. 1783 VA d.1860 Anderson Co, SC).    Lem was b. 6 Feb 1831 d. 31 Jan 1891

                                                Oconee Co, South Carolina.


                     iii.                  unknown dau  b. 1834  in Anderson County, South Carolina   [1840 Census]


                      iv.                  Sarah Jane Hembree b.20 May (or Mar) 1837 in Anderson County, South

Carolina; d. 30 Dec 1891 Oconee County, South Carolina; m(1)? ---- Brooks or  JOHN KESSLER c.1855; m(2) Stephen Baldwin (b.29 Jan 1842 d. 19 Dec 1920 Oconee Co,  SC).  No ch.    


                      v.                  Eliza Emily (Emeline) Hembree  b.1839 in Anderson County, South Carolina

                                                m. Whitaker Hackett in 1860  or perhaps Eli (Elias) Hembree b.1831.


                      vi.                  Rebecca Caroline Hembree b.1841 in Anderson County, South Carolina


                     vii.                  John Edward Hembree  b.27 July1843 in Anderson County, South Carolina;

d. 10 Nov 1906 bur.  Beulah United Methodist Church, Piedmont, Anderson Co, SC.  He served in the SC 4th Infantry  Regiment, Co. D  CSA.   He married Amanda (Mandy) Jane McConnell.


                    viii.                  Joseph N. Hembree  b.1844 in Anderson County, South Carolina;  d.aft. 1873

                                                He served in the SC 1st Infantry Regiment (McCreary’s) Co. I, CSA.   On 9 Jan 1873 he

                                                witnessed the will of Mary Rankin in Anderson Co (probated 17 Apr 1873).


                      ix.                  Jesse Henry David Hembree  b.13 September 1848 in Anderson County, SC;

d. 30 June  1888  in Oconee County,  South Carolina.  Buried at Mt Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery in  Oconee County, South Carolina.  He served in the SC 1st Rifles Regiment (Orr’s) Co. L as Jesse  H. Hembree. 


                      x.                  J. Clark Hembree b.27 Aug 1852 in Anderson County, South Carolina; d. 12 Oct

1917 in Anderson County,  SC; bur. Beulah United Methodist Church, Piedmont,

Anderson County,  South Carolina.  He married Josephine  Owens.


                     xi.                  W. Scott Hembree  b.16 Jun 1853 in Anderson County, South Carolina; d. 20 Jul

1928 in Anderson County,  South Carolina bur. Beulah United Methodist Church,

Piedmont, Anderson County,  South Carolina. 


                    xii.                 Leroy Hembree  b.c. 1857 in Anderson County, South Carolina; d.aft. 1870








William Edward Hembree (1845-1930) was the oldest son of Edward Hembree (1816-1858). He jotted

down  some notes concerning his family, making reference to his uncle Jesse Emery (Hembree):


My Uncle Jesse was a fine millwright, he was known as a practical humorist,

he never laughed but made everyone else laugh.


Jesse Hembree of Anderson County  is listed as a mechanic and a carpenter in the census of  1850 & 1860. 

In the 1830 census, he is listed closer to the family of Edward Hembree than the unrelated Hembree families of Anderson County. He remained in Anderson County while Edward moved back to what became

Oconee County (where they were located in 1810, 1800 and before).  


Descendants of his third son Jesse Henry David Hembree have a tradition of Cherokee blood through the



Neither Jesse nor his sons were registered to vote in 1868 – indicating they were confederates (ineligible to vote).


The household of Jesse Hembree is listed twice in the 1850 census, providing a unique double-look at the

family.  On 4 October 1850 he was listed in the Eastern Division of Anderson County, South Carolina (p.310) as follows:


                #1019                Jesse   Hembree                                50  M                   Mechanic              SC

                                Caroline   “                              35  F                                        SC

                                Sarah J.    “                              14  F                                        SC   

                                Eliza E.    “                              11  F                                        SC   

                                Rebeca     “                                9  F                                          SC   

                                John E.     “                                7  M                                        SC   

                                Joseph      “                                6  M                                        SC   

                                Henry D.  “                                3  M                                        SC   

                                Lemuel Keisler                    18  M                Miller                      SC   == indexed  as  “Samuel”  

                                Harriet     “                              17  F                                        SC   


On 12 October 1850 he was listed in the Western Division of Anderson County, South Carolina (p.237) as



                #1195                William L. Keaslin                20  M                   Miller                      SC

                                Harriet        “                              19  F                                        SC

                                not named  “                                2/12  M                                   SC   

                #1196                Jesse   Hembree                                48  M                   Carpenter               SC

                                Caroline   “                              35  F                                        SC

                                Sarah J.    “                              14  F                                        SC   

                                Eliza E.    “                              13  F                                        SC   

                                Rebecca C. “                         11  F                                        SC   

                                John E.     “                                8  M                                        SC   

                                Joseph N.   “                         5  M                                        SC   

                                Henry D.  “                                2  M                                        SC   



Apparently Jesse Hembree was double-listed also in the 1870 Census: he is listed in Anderson County with

his wife AND in Oconee County with his daughter Harriet and his son-in-law  William L. Keasler who was

then calling himself William L. Hinton (quite a few Confederates took on new names). Not only that, but

his nearby in-law cousins in Oconee County (the Baldwins and Moores) got census double-listing.



Steven Baldwin is 62 on page 79 with grandsons John and Andrew Millar and Stephen Baldwin is 85 on

page 81 with grandsons John and Andrew Miller. John and Mary Moore, neighbors, are also double-listed.

A younger Stephen Bauldin (40 in 1880) had the Baldwin farm in the 1880 census.  (Jesse Hembree’s

sisters Zenith and Eliza Hembree are listed on this farm in 1880. This younger  Stephen Baldwin  (1842-1920) was Jesse’s son-in-law.)



                A Source for the name Jesse?


                His oldest daughter, Caroline,  married  Jesse Brown, son of George Brown of Anderson District, SC.

Jesse was a grandson of Jesse Brown of Pendleton District.  The will of George Brown (dated 19 Jul 1844,

Proved 13 Jan 1845) mentions wife Rachel, and sons Isham, Jesse and Elijah.  It was witnessed by James

Hembree Sr., Daniel Gentry, and James Hembree Jr. 


A Jesse Brown, Thomas Brown, Lee Brown and Thomas Murphy served together as Loyalists in South

Carolina.  They were part of the North Carolina militia stranded in South Carolina.  Jesse Brown was

killed 15 Dec 1781, Lee Brown was killed 14 Dec 1781, Thomas Murphy was buried 20 May 1782. (A

Thomas Murphy Loyalist of Ninety Six District was buried 2 May 1782.)


(Other possible origins of the name Jesse in the family are Jesse Moore and Jesse Jackson.)



                Notes for Caroline Keasler


                Abraham Keasler  (b.1783 VA d. Jan 1860 Anderson County, SC) married c. 1802 Nancy Boyd (b.1786

                SC  d.1851 Anderson County, SC).  Caroline Keasler was probably a niece of Abraham.  She was born

                1815 SC and died after 1870 in Anderson County, SC.  She married Jesse Hembree and had six daughters

                before having a son.  The son was named John Edward.  By family tradition that  continues to this day,

                this name was probably based on her father (John) plus Jesse’s father (Edward).  (They went on to have

                six boys in a row.)  It would be hard to say what her mother’s name was, with six daughters (Jesse’s mom

                was Eliza, a name given to their fifth daughter), but her father’s name was most likely John.  The Keasler

                family (Kessler and Kesler are variants) were in Union County, South Carolina, until 1842 or so.




363.  ELISABETH3 HEMBREE (EDWARD2, JOHN1) (go back to 260 EDWARD)


                                She was born c. 1806 in Pendleton District, South Carolina and died before 1870 in

                                South Carolina or after 1870 in Georgia or Mississippi.  She married and had children

                                but she has not been located in 1850 or 1860.





                Notes for Elisabeth Hembree:


                Until recently her existence to Hembree researchers has been hidden.  She married, had children,

                moved to Georgia then perhaps to Mississippi, and died there around 1880 or so.  Not much

                else is known about her until one of her descendants comes forward.


                Another theory:  she married Dempsey Yow (b.c.1786) and resided in Pendleton District, d.c.1864.









364.  ELIZA3 HEMBREE (EDWARD2, JOHN1)  (go back to 260 EDWARD)


                                She was born c. 1808 in Pendleton District, South Carolina and died after 1880 in Oconee

                                County, South Carolina.





                Notes for Eliza Hembree:


                Never married, no children, although at the age of 70 she was said to be “considering” a few gentlemen.

                Known for her intelligence and wit, she was a lifelong teacher.  Her niece called her a “missionary”

                because she tried to convert folks to the virtues of Christian morality and literacy.

                She corresponded with family members far and wide and she loved to travel.  She attempted to go to

                California but got only as far as St. Louis.  An Indian war on the Great Plains prevented her from

                reaching her goal.  She went back to South Carolina and reported that the Pacific Ocean now reached

                Missouri, so her trip goal was actually reached.  The local newspaper had to correct the report because

                so many people thought she was serious.  


                She was notorious for understating her age in the census data.  Although she was 71 in 1880 and her

                sister Zenith was 65, Eliza gave her own age as 61 and described herself and her sister as “farm

                laborers” (on the farm of her nephew Stephen Baldwin Jr.  Imagine those two high-minded spinsters as

                his farm hands!)   She died quietly on the farm a few years later and was buried at the Methodist Church

                in Seneca with other family members  (no marker remains).


                Her last request was also her last joke, according to her niece.  “Believing most assuredly in the

                resurrection of the body,” she wrote, “My only request is to be sodden in my sister’s finest dress and

                her finest shoes that I may look my best.”




365. SIMEON3 HEMBREE (EDWARD2, JOHN1)  (go back to 260 EDWARD)



was born 1810 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, and  died 1859 in  Neshoba

County, Mississippi. He married PERMICIA CARRADINE  Jan 1831. She was born 

1814 in Pendleton District, South Carolina and died in Mississippi.  She was the niece

of  Thomas Carradine (d. Apr 1820) and Elizabeth Bell (d. 20 Mar 1849), who raised her.



                 Children of  SIMEON HEMBREE and PERMICIA are:


i.                 THOMAS EDWARD4 HEMBREE, b. 1832, near Martin’s Creek in Pickens District, South Carolina;  died unmarried after 1860. Crippled from childhood.



4652        ii.             DANIEL WASHINGTON HEMBREE, b. 1 Feb 1834, near Martin’s Creek in Pickens

                                District, South Carolina;  d.  Shady Grove, Laurel County, Mississippi after 1890. 

He married (1)  LENORA ANN BARRETT 1858 (divorced during war).   (She was

b. 25 Nov 1835 d.21 Nov 1901 Lamar Co., Mississippi.)  He married (2) FANNIE

NOKES  in 1865.



              4653                iii.                 MARY HEMBREE, b. 1836, near Martin’s Creek in Pickens District, South

                                                Carolina;  m. ANDREW J. W. INGRAM, 1857.


              4654                iv.                 JESSE F. HEMBREE, b. 1838, near Martin’s Creek in Pickens District, South



              4655                v.                 WILLIAM P. HEMBREE, b. 1841, near Martin’s Creek in Pickens District, South

                                                Carolina, died 1923 in Neshoba County, Mississippi.


                                vi.                 MARTHA HALENE HEMBREE, b. 1843, near Martin’s Creek in Pickens District,

                                                South  Carolina.


                                vii.                 TERESA HEMBREE, b. 1845, near Martin’s Creek in Pickens District, South Carolina.



               viii.                 ELIZA EVALINE HEMBREE, b. 1849, near Martin’s Creek in Pickens District, South



                                 ix.                 SARAH JANE HEMBREE, b. 1854, in Lowndes County, Mississippi.





In what could be a wedding day deed, on 24 Jan 1831  Simeon bought from William Garrett

124 acres on Martin’s Creek for $157.50 and “best man” Uriah Hembree signed a mortgage note for

that same amount to William Garrett on the same day.  Simeon lived and farmed on that land for over 20

years.  His neighbors included Onwin Moore, the Carradines,  and William Sanders (1792-1862).

[Book B-1 p.273-274 Pickens County Deeds; witnessed by William May, John Martin, Uriah Hembree.]


The land was granted to Alexander Drumgoole after the Revolution (he is listed as part of the Cherokee

tribe in 1817).  It was next to lands granted to Lewis Daniel Martin (hence Martin’s Creek).  The land went

from Drumgoole to Thomas Carradine, then to Josiah Wright in 1817, then to William Grant, then to

William Garrett. 




On 25 August 1832 Simeon Hembree sold a small parcel of his land for $22.37 to Whitaker Smith.

The land was bounded by lands of Onwin Moore, Uriah Hembree, Mrs. Carradine, and others.

Witnessed by James McKinney & George E.W. Foster, recorded 1 Feb 1833.



Simeon served as a juror in the Pickens District Court of Common Pleas in October 1841.


William Edward Hembree (1845-1930) was the oldest son of Edward Hembree (1816-1858). He jotted

down  some notes concerning his family, making reference to his uncle “Sim” Emery (Hembree):



EDWARD HEMBREE married a woman by the name of STRATTON, 

to this union was born:


Elliga                       Elizabeth

Sim                            Eliza

Jessie                       Zenith



Sim Hembree went to Texas about the year of 1852. 

He had several children, Daniel being the oldest

who was about twenty years of age when he left Pickens

District, SC.

He also had a crippled son who could not walk. 

I had letters from them for a few years and Dan

was an overseer on a plantation in  Texas.


My Uncle Eliga  Hembree moved to Alabama,

I do not know what part.  He was killed by the

falling of a tree when I was a little boy. 


My Uncle Jesse was a fine millwright, he was

known as a practical humorist, he never laughed

but made everyone else laugh.


Uncle Sim had a law suit before my maternal

Grandfather, William Sanders, who was the County Esquire.

The case was decided against Uncle Sim. 

My Father, Edward Emery paid the cost and Uncle Sims oldest

son, Dan, came to our house and worked it out.

Soon after that they moved to Texas.


                                                 Written by William Emery

                                                                                   Found in Josie’s Journal 




                In 1852 he brought a civil suit against William Sanders (1792-1862), the father-in-law of Edward

                Hembree (1816-1858).  He lost the suit and had to pay Sanders some money.  He sent his son

                Daniel to make the settlement, which was conducted at the kitchen table of Edward Hembree “Jr.”.

                Still sure he was in the right, Sim took his family and moved to Mississippi.






In 1859 he got  84 acres in Neshoba County, Mississippi.  He died there in 1859; his widow and

children are in the 1860 Neshoba County census.  Her cousin or step brother James F. Carradine

are nearby.  A  Jesse Moore living next to Daniel Hembree in 1860 is of unknown relation (he had

brothers John and Thomas Moore).



         Carradine, James F.  Land patent entered 1 Oct 1859 Neshoba Co, MS at Columbus.

         Doc # 39687.  For 42 acres, Choctaw, Sec. 5, Township 10-N, Range 11-E.


         Carradine, James F.  Land patent entered 1 Oct 1859 Neshoba Co, MS at Columbus.

         Doc # 37503.  For 42 acres, Choctaw, Sec. 5, Township 10-N, Range 11-E.


         Hembree, Daniel W.  Land patent entered 1 Oct 1859 Neshoba Co, MS at Columbus.

         Doc # 37536.  For 80 acres, Choctaw, Sec. 11, Township 9-N, Range 11-E.


         Hembree, Simeon.  Land patent entered 1 Oct 1859 Neshoba Co, MS at Columbus.

         Doc # 37537.  For 84 acres, Choctaw, Sec. 5, Township 10-N, Range 11-E.



                Notes for Permicia Carradine:


                Thomas Carradine m(1) unknown and had 5 children (according to his will in Pendleton District).

                He m(2) Elizabeth Bell on 7 January 1773 in Rowan County, North Carolina and they had 11

                children (per his will).  On 31 March 1773 Thomas Carradine signed a petition of taxpayers of Rowan

                County at Newbern.  The probated will of Thomas Bell mentions daughter Elizabeth Carradine (dated 15

                November 1772 proved 1800 in Rowan County).  Thomas Carradine came to Pendleton District by

                1792 (up from Greenville District, South Carolina).  On 4 July 1791 he bought 536 acres on Martins

                Creek from Cherokee trader Alexander Drumgoole (recorded 25 June 1792).  In 1799 he increased

                his holdings by purchasing 250 acres on Martins Creek from Cherokee countryman Daniel Ross.  Ross

                got the land from Alexander Drumgoole.  (The Sheriff of Pendleton District, John Harris, was also

                said to be a Cherokee.) 


                Thomas Carradine made his will 26 April 1820 and it was proved 19 May 1820.  His estate was not

                settled until the death of his widow Elizabeth on 20 March 1849.  Heirs of Thomas Carradine include

                son James F. Carradine (b.1802) and daughter Evaline.  Also daughter  Mary Barrett and her husband

                Arthur of Neshoba County, Mississippi.   A grand daughter Permicy (Carradine) Ingram was also an



                In the 1860 census Permicia Hembree, widow of Simeon Hembree, was living with her minor children

                on the farm of James F. Carradine in Neshoba County, Mississippi. 


                This all leads to the inference that Permicia Hembree is actually Permicia Carradine, niece of

Thomas Carradine.  The will makes it clear that she was not a daughter but she could be a niece

raised by the Carradines.


                In the 1850 and 1860 census she says she was born in North Carolina.  Could she perhaps be a

                daughter of William Garrett who sold Simeon Hembree the land?  In 1820 he was in Burke County,

                North Carolina, living next to a  John Welch in Burke County.  


                Eveline Carradine, 38, in home of her brother Joe Berry Carradine in 1850 census Pickens District, SC



366.  ZENITH3 HEMBREE (EDWARD2, JOHN1) (go back to 260 EDWARD)


was born c.1814 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, and  died July 1889 near Center

Township, Oconee County, South Carolina. She was married briefly, had no children,

and went by “Miss Hembree”  the rest of her life.  Her name, spelled Cenith or Cenath

in some records, was short for Asenath, though she never used that form.   She was a

“plantation tutor” (teacher) for many years, teaching, we think, music.


She may have married a Hughes and the marriage had some unhappy end.  The 1870

Census of Oconee County shows a Sena Hughes, 70, living next to Stephen Baldwin and

his wife Sarah Jane Hembree (daughter of Jesse Hembree) in Tugaloo Township.  This is

probably her, as the 1880 census shows her living on the Stephen Baldwin farm in another







367. EDWARD3 HEMBREE   (EDWARD2, JOHN1) (go back to 260 EDWARD)


was born 1816 in Pendleton District, South Carolina  and died “suddenly” on 11 February 1858 near

Walhalla, Pickens District (now Oconee County) South Carolina. He was buried on Wake Hollow

Plantation near Walhalla.  He married ELIZABETH SANDERS in 1835 or 1838, daughter of  WILLIAM

SANDERS (1792 NC – 1862 SC) and SARAH MOORE (1791 – c.1861 SC).

Elizabeth was born 1814 in South Carolina, and  died aft. 1880 in Sevier or Knox County, Tennessee. 

(She remarried.)


                 Children of EDWARD HEMBREE and ELIZABETH SANDERS are:


               4671.                 i.                 SARAH ANN4 HEMBREE, b. July 1840, Pickens District (Oconee County) South

Carolina;  d. 3 March 1909,  Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.   m(1) 1 Oct 1857

William Augustus Todd;   m(2) 1867 Washington Albert Love.  


                4672.                 ii.                 MARY EMELINE HEMBREE, b. 5 March 1842, in what is now Oconee County,

South Carolina;                   d. 4 March  1921, Sevier County, Tennessee.                         

m. 11 September 1864 Robert A. Lumpkin.


                4673.                 iii.                 ELIZABETH CATHERINE HEMBREE, b. 1843, in what is now Oconee County, South

Carolina; d. Aft. 1880, Knox County   or Sevier County, Tennessee.

m(1) c.1865 M.R. Garrett    m(2) ?1883 Asa Rogers in Sevier Co, TN?


                4674.                 iv.                 WILLIAM EDWARD HEMBREE, b. 19 December 1845, in what is now Oconee

County, South  Carolina;   d. 4 July 1930,   Franklin County, Ohio.

m. 1 January 1868 Sarah Lavina Dougherty.


                4675.                 v.                 JAMES ELAM HEMBREE, b. 16 May 1848, in what is now Oconee County, South

Carolina;  d. 22 Nov 1901, Knox County,   Tennessee;  m. Martha Jane Sanders.


                4676.                 vi.                 FRANCES CAROLINE HEMBREE, b. 25 October 1850, in what is now Oconee

County, South Carolina; d. 22 March 1911, Douglas County, Oregon;

m. 1874  Winniford Ellison.


                4677.                 vii.                 JOHN CALHOUN HEMBREE, b.4 January 1853, in what is now Oconee County,

South  Carolina; d.  10 September 1900, Sevier County, Tennessee;

m. 1 (or 10) October 1872  Nancy Cresswell Randles.


                4678.                 viii.                 DAVID FRANCIS HEMBREE, b.13  April 1855, in what is now Oconee County, South

                                                Carolina;  d. 20 May  1900, Knox  County, Tennessee;

                                                m. 1878 Modena (Deenie) A. Dewberry.







Notes for EDWARD HEMBREE (b.1816 d.1858):


                Did not use “Jr.” suggesting that Edward was a middle name for both him and his father.

                Resided at Oakway, Oconee County.


Edward Hembree was born c.1816 in what is now Anderson or Oconee County, South Carolina.

He was the son of Edward Hembree Sr (b. 1780  d.1863 SC) and Eliza Stratton (b.1780 NC d.c.1835 SC).

He married in 1835 or 1838 Elizabeth Sanders (b.1818 SC d.aft 1880 TN), daughter of  William Sanders (1792 NC - 1862 SC) and Sarah  (Sallie) Moore (1791 SC - c. 1868 SC).  Elizabeth may have

remarried in Sevier Co, TN.  She died in Sevier, Knox or Jefferson County, Tennessee.


Edward Jr. died "suddenly" on February 11, 1858 near Walhalla (Pickens District, now Oconee County), SC, leaving a widow and eight children. 


                Although there is no other history of slave ownership in the JOHN HEMBREE line, in 1850 Edward

                shows up as a prolific slave owner, not quite in the class of John C. Calhoun, his neighbor, but with a

                large number of slaves.  The mystery surrounding his sudden acquisition of slaves, his sudden death,

                and the lack of record of the disposition of his slaves, leads to speculation that he was part  of the

“Underground Railroad”.   Here’s another twist:  His widow, along with other widows, was aided

                by the Calhoun family in relocating to Tennessee after the war.  None of his family remained in Oconee



                [See “The Mysterious Death of Edward Hembree”  online.]



Misc. Notes for EDWARD HEMBREE (b.1816 d.1858):


Deed:  dated 14 Sep 1846 … Jane Miller of Anderson District to Edward Hembree of Pickens 

District … for $200 … 320 acres on Martin’s Creek of Seneca River … granted to John Miller.

Bordered by Elizabeth Caradine, Morgan, Miller, Thompson.

Witnesses:  William Sanders Sr.                                                            Signed:  Jane Miller (mark)

                     Elam Sharpe Jr.

Recorded   17 Nov 1846  Book E-1 p.494-5 Pendleton District deeds (now at Oconee County, SC)


(This was probably Edward “Jr.”.)  (Note:  William Sanders is my ancestor, as is Edward Hembree.)


Release:  dated 16 Aug 1851 … Edward Hembree of Pickens District  to David Moore [b.1805] of

Anderson District … for $500 … 320 acres on Martin’s Creek of Seneca River … purchased of

Jane Miller.  Adjoining James Caradine, James Thompson, estate of Caradine.  “Whereas I did

formerly live and cleared on said land about ten or twelve acres . . . .”

Witnesses:  E.B. Benson                                                                         Signed:  Edward Hembree

                     Thos. B. Benson.

Recorded   2 Apr 1852  Book G-1 p. 136 Pendleton District deeds (now at Oconee County, SC)


(This was probably Edward “Jr.”.)





                The mysterious wealth of slaves in 1850, followed by his mysterious death and his enigmatic will, 
                prompt suspicion that Edward Hembree was somehow involved in the Underground Railroad and
                was lynched.  See “The Mysterious Death of Edward Hembree”, online.



            1850 Slave Schedule Pickens District Western Division

                                             taken 15 Aug 1850


            Edward Emory’s list:  age, sex, color

                        60 male  black                                    23  male black

                        50 male  black                                    15 female black

                        80 female black                                    14 male black

                        48 male black                                    10 female black

                        40 female black                                    10 female black

                        38 female black                                    4 female black

                        30 female mulatto                        2 male black

                        30 male black




                Last Will & Testament of Edward Hembree


                The State of Carolina Pickens District December twenty fifth one thousand eight

                hundred & fifty seven.   In the name of God amen.  I Edward Hembree of the

                State & district afore said being in sound mind & memory and wishing to dispose

                of my property amongst my wife Elizabeth Hembree & my children after my

                decease after all my Just debts & funeral expences are paid I give to my wife

                Elizabeth Hembree during her lifetime all the lands that I own & all land that I

                may hereafter own also one wagon & 3 mules all my stock of cattle & hogs &c,

                all the plantation tools all my ready money notes & accounts all the household

                & kitchen furniture & cooking utencels & the present crop & after her death I

                want all the remains of my property Sold as the law directs & Equally divided

                amongst my children.  I do hereby acknowledge this to be my last will &

                testament.                                              Signed & sealed                Edward Hembree (seal)

                in presence of

                John G. Mauldin (seal)

                R.H.E. Cowan (seal)

                S.F.K. Cowan (seal)


                Note:  the handwriting of the will matches the handwriting of the Edward

Hembree signature and the witnesses are in a different handwriting from

the Hembree handwriting -- but all three witness signatures are in the same

handwriting – the handwriting of clerk W. J. Parsons.






was born 1809 in Kentucky or Tennessee, and died after 1870 in Illinois.  She married ELIJAH JOHN

(or JOHN ELIJAH) EMERY 3 August 1824 in Sumner County, Tennessee.  He was her “half” cousin

as they had only one grandparent in common (Old John Hembree).


Could she have married Peter Snider (b.1783 GA) a widower?  On 21 Oct 1847 Peter Snider married

Susan Emery in Henry County, Tennessee. 

[See 361. ELIJAH JOHN EMERY, son of EDWARD HEMBREE, for children.]








                was born c.1812 in Tennessee.  He d. bef. 1870 Henry County, Tennessee.

He m.c.1833 CHRISTIE (CHRISTA) SNIDER (b. 1814 TN, d.bef. 1870? Tennessee)



                 Children of  SQUIRE EMERY and CHRISTA SNIDER are:


                                i.                 PARTHENA4  EMERY, b. 1834, Tennessee;  d. unk



                                ii.                 SARAH A.  EMERY, b. 1835, Tennessee;  d. unk

m.  JOHN W. HOGG   29 Dec 1852 Henry County, Tennessee

(He was a bootlegger and often in trouble with the law.)


                                iii.                 NANCY L.  EMERY, b. 1836, Tennessee;  d. unk

m.  GEORGE W. HOGG   9 Jan 1866 Henry County, Tennessee


                                iv.                 HARRIET E.  EMERY, b. 1837, Tennessee;  d. unk



                                v.                 WILLIAM WILEY  EMERY, b. 1838, Tennessee;  d. bef 1872

                                                m.  HARRIET  b.c. 1835 TN  (she sold land in 1872 Henry Co., TN)


                                vi.                 GERALDINE H. EMERY, b. 1840 Henry County, Tennessee;  d. unk



                                vii.                 SQUIRE LATHAM  EMERY, b. 1843, Henry Co., Tennessee;  d. aft.1870

                                                Served in Confederate army in Missouri.



                                viii.                 MISSOURI  EMERY, b. 1847 Henry County, Tennessee d.  bef. 1860



                                ix.                 CHRISTIE  C. EMERY, b. Aug 1850 Henry County, Tennessee;  d. aft 1870



                                x.                 JOSIAH JOSEPH  EMERY, b. 1853, Tennessee;  d. aft 1870



                Notes for Squire Emery:





                Notes for Christa (Christie) Snider:


                See notes on the Snider family at individual # 386 Michael Emery.





383.  LUCINDA J.3 EMERY (MICHAEL2, JOHN1) (go back to 280 MICHAEL)


                                she was born c. 1818 Tennessee and died after 1870 in Wayne County, Missouri.

                She m(1) 1832  ELIJAH or MILES BURRIS  (BURRESS) b. SC  d.bef 1838 TN;

m(2) WILLIAM AARON                 MARKHAM  26 Jan 1840 in Henry County,

Tennessee.  He was b.c. 1813  Virginia, d.aft 1880 near Williamsville, Wayne County,



Children of LUCINDA J. EMERY and              BURRIS are:


                i.                Elijah  BURRIS      b. 1833 KY or TN  d.c.1862 Civil War or aft 1870

                Johnson County, Illinois as  “Miles Burris”?                 


                ii.                Thomas BRYANT BURRIS  b. 1835 KY or TN  d.aft.1880 Wayne Co, MO

                m.  ELIZABETH ----                       




                iii.                JACKSON MARION MARKHAM    b.c. 1842 Henry County, Tennessee



                iv.                WILLIAM JASPER MARKHAM    b.c. 1845 Henry County, Tennessee



                v.                CORDELIA      MARKHAM  b. 1852 Henry County, Tennessee



Notes for Lucinda J. Emery:


The records in Henry County are difficult to read.  One researcher (Edythe Whitley) shows the

marriage application was made on 23 Jan 1840 but the marriage took place on 20 Jan 1843.  And

the bride was “Lucinda J. Bumpass”.  The Bumpass family was better known around the area

but Lucinda’s first marriage was to a BURRIS.  She married William Markham on 26 Jan 1843. 



What is the relationship between WILLIAM MARKHAM and PERMELIA MARCUM?


The connection is unknown.  William Markham appears to be part of a West Virginia pioneer

family (when West Virginia was still part of Virginia) whereas Permelia Marcum comes from

North Carolina roots.     


               (Sent to me by Phil Stucker, posted by Charles Markham on rootsweb)    
               William Markham of Kentucky. 
               My great-great-great grandfather was William Aaron Markham. He originally 
               came from Kentucky, it is not known exactly where, to Paris, Tennessee and 
               then on to Williamsville, Missouri. He was born about 1813 in Virginia. He 
               married Lucinda Emory Burris on his way through Kentucky to Tennessee. 
               They had two sons, Jackson Marion William Jasper. After the Civil War in 
               which Jackson Marion and William Jasper both fought on the Confederate side
               and in which Jackson Marion was a prisoner in Chicago Il until the end of the



               war, the family including Lucinda's son Bryant Burris, moved to Wayne County
               (Williamsville) Missouri where they all lived until they died. William Aaron
               died after the 1880 census and before the 1900 Census and is buried at Chapel
               Hill Cemetery which is located between Williamsville and Elisinore. Jackson
               Marion was my great-great grandfather and he married Clara Elizabeth Lawson and
               they had 7 children one of which was my great grandfather, Jasper Marvin. Jasper
               Marvin married Martha Ann Whiteaker and they had 8 children one of which, David
               Raymond Markham was my grandfather. My grandfather lived at a Mill Springs
               address until his death in 1971. He was married to Ocie O'Della (known as Della
               Markham) and had four children one of which was my mother Beulah J. Markham
               Eden. She is still living and (my mother) and still owns the land and house my
               grandfather lived in. Her family lived in or near Williamsville all of their
               lives since moving there around 1867. One of my relatives was involved in
               Markham Mill Pond near Williamsville.
               William Aaron Markham was my ggggrandfather. The information I have says he was
               born in Virginia and moved to White Co (Paris) Tn sometime between his birth in
               the early 1800's and his marriage to Lucinda Emory Burris in the early 1830's.
               He had two sons, who were both in the Civil War. After the Civil War the family
               including Lucinda's son Bryant Burris from her first marriage, moved to Wayne
               County in Missouri. 
               We have been able to find William on census taken both in Tennessee and
               Missouri. And I can give you the family history from the time he married Lucinda
               on but we are trying to find out more about his family in Virginia.  



For more on Permelia Marcum’s family see individual  #4615 Jefferson Monroe Emery.















                                was born  1820 in Sumner County, Tennessee and died after 1850.

                He m  MARY HART 28 Feb 1838 Henry County, Tennessee (she b. 1817 KY),

                daughter of pioneers from South Carolina.  He m(2)  ? ------ HAWKINS.



Children of  WILLIAM EMERY and  MARY HART are:


                i.                daughter   b. 1839 Henry County, TN  d. bef. 1850   [1840, 1850 Census]                  


ii.                  JOSIAH EMERY       b. 1843 Henry County, Tennessee; d. Dec 1849 Henry

                County, Tennessee in a fire  [1850 Mortality Schedule]                   


                                iii.                GREEN W. EMERY   b. 1845 Henry County, Tennessee;



                                iv.                ALFRED K. EMERY    b.c. 1847  Henry County, Tennessee



                                v.                NANCY ANN  EMERY  b. 1853 Missouri,  d. 1914 Ono, Shasta County,


                                                m.  JOSIAH FRANKLIN EDMONDS   b.1850 Iowa  d.1922 Oklahoma




Notes for William Emery:


See  1880 census for Carter County, Missouri,  p.594c for a possible match?

Or 1880 census for Bastrop County, Texas, p.83A?   His second marriage to a Hawkins is doubtful

but based on  his daughter Nancy’s death certificate. 


“William Milton” (Melton)  and Michael Melton lived in Ninety Six District before the

Revolutionary War and Michael was a known Tory (Loyalist) who served with Aaron Hart.



Notes for Mary Hart:


The Hart family of Henry County, Tennessee is probably from South Carolina and of mixed blood.

They also have a connection to the Cherokee VANN and EMORY families.   The names Permelia,

Lucinda, and Cordelia occur among Tennessee Harts.  The Henry County Harts most likely come

from John Hart (b.1790 SC), George Hart (b.1795 SC) and Aaron Hart (b.1804 SC).  John Hart,

alive in 1883, was a veteran of the War of 1812.  [Whitley, Henry County, p.42].  An older Aaron

Hart was a South Carolina Tory in the Fair Forest Militia of the Ninety Six District along with

William Moore, George Powell, and others.  [Murtie June Clark, Loyalists, I, p.323-330] 












385.   JAMES M.3 EMERY (MICHAEL2, JOHN1) (go back to 280 MICHAEL)


                                was born  c. 1823 in Sumner County, Tennessee and died after 1850.

                He m  ELIZABETH (or ELIZA) ARMSTRONG 21 May 1841 Henry County, Tennessee

(she b. 1824 KY),  daughter of   ? and Catherine Armstrong of Cumberland County, PA.






                i.                LAFAYETTE EMERY   b.c. 1842 Henry County, Tennessee d.  unk        



                ii.                ELIZABETH CATHERINE EMERY  b.c. 1844 Henry County, Tennessee



                iii.                SOCRATES  EMERY   b.c. 1845 Henry County, Tennessee



                iv.                HUSTON EMERY   b.c. 1848 Henry County, Tennessee



                                v.                dau.  (ZORA?)      b. May 1850 Henry County, Tennessee



                vi.                WILLIAM MILTON EMERY  b.c. 1854  Tennessee   d.c.  1876  Illinois 

                                m.  MARY MELISSA DONALDSON (Donelson)  10 Jan 1873 Gallatin Co., IL

                                (She d. 19 May 1878, leaving 2 or 3 children. She spelled name “Emrah”.)



Notes for James Emery:


In the 1850 census (Henry Co., TN p.267) he is described as a carpenter.


See  1880 census for Dunklin County, Missouri,  p.631d for a possible match?

                See also 1880 census for Anderson County, Tennessee, p.33a for a possible match.



Notes for Elizabeth Armstrong:


                She appears to be related to the following family group:   William Armstrong m. Sarah Ann Huston

                on  20 Jan 1779 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.   William Armstrong (b.1759 PA d. 1841 MO)

had sons who went to Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, and elsewhere.  The Lafayette name

was a middle name among this family.  Catherine Armstrong was a widow or single mother in the

1840 census, age 30-40, with a daughter 15-20.  (p. 482).  Another William Armstrong was a

neighbor of the Hembrees in Pendleton District.  His will, recorded 4 Oct 1814, mentions wife Jane,

sons William, John, James, and daughters Elizabeth Vanhorn, Sarah Vanhorn, Ann Craig, Mary, and

Margaret.  Note that a William Armstrong and Matthew Russell witnessed a deed for Edward

Hembree on 27 March 1812. 






                386.  MICHAEL3 EMERY (MICHAEL2, JOHN1) (go back to 280 MICHAEL)


                                He was b. 1827  Henry County, Tennessee, and d. 20 April 1881 Johnson County, Illinois.

                                He m. Elizabeth Snider on 17 July 1847 in Henry County, Tennessee. She was

                                b. 24 Oct 1831in Tennessee, and d. 15 Jan 1897 in Johnson County, Illinois.  See below. 



                Children of Michael Emery and Elizabeth Snider are:


                                i.                John  Thomas Emery    b. 1847 (1844 on headstone) Henry County,

                                                Tennessee; d. 6 Feb 1928  Williamson County (buried Johnson Co.)  Illinois

                                                m. Martha D. P. Horn 29 Feb 1872 Johnson Co., IL;  She b. 1847 d. 27

July 1935 Williamson Co., IL;  (sister of Mary Jane Horn, dau. of Thomas Horn)


                                ii.                Sarah Jane Emery                b. 1850 Henry County, Tennessee

                                                m.   ?



                                iii.                Harriet Elizabeth Emery   b. 1852  Henry Co, TN, d.bef. 1889 IL

                                                m.  LEMUEL L. VAUGHN  14  Jan 1874 Johnson County, Illinois.  He m(2)

                                                “Rista” Emery 2 Aug 1889 Johnson Co., IL



                                iv.                 William Albert Emery    b. 2 March 1853 Henry County, Tennessee,

                                                d. 23 June 1929 Williamson Co., buried Johnson Co, Illinois.

                                                m. Sarah Louraina Vaughn  on 30 Oct 1879.  She b. 25 Aug 1859,

                                                d.  12 Nov 1935 (death rec) or 11 Nov 1934 (headstone) Williamson Co, IL


                                v.                  Tennessee Carolina  Emery     b. 1857 Henry County, Tennessee

                                                m.  L.W. HUNDLEY  2 Dec 1886 Johnson County, Illinois


                                vi.                James (or JONAS) Bedford  Emery      b. 1860  Henry County, Tennessee

                                                d.  22 Jan 1944 Williamson County, Illinois

                                                m. Matilda Howerton on  9 Nov 1882 in Johnson County, Illinois.

                                                She was b. 1863.


                                vii.                Pearl  S.  (Perlessy)  Emery  b. 1863  TN?

                                                “Swilda” Emery m. Charles Hundley.  She d. 6 Mar 1941 Johnson Co, IL


                                viii.                Sherman Peter Emery    b. 18 Feb 1866 (1868 on headstone) TN?;

                                                d.  22 March 1938 Johnson County, Illinois

                                                m.  MARGARET E. SNIDER  16 Sep 1886 Johnson County, Illinois.  She

                                                was b. 14 April 1869 IN d. 20 Nov 1910 Johnson County, Illinois.


                                ix.                 Julia  Catherine Emery     b. 1870   IL


                                x.                Michael Columbus (“LUM”) Emery   b. 1872 Johnson Co., IL 

d. 22 Jan 1949 (headstone) Williamson Co, buried Johnson County, Illinois.

                                                m.  MARY (MARIANNE) K. WILLIAMS 27 Sep 1892 Johnson Co., IL.

She was b.1866 d. 12 Jul 1949 Williamson Co, IL).                

Another (?)  Michael Columbus Emery d. 24 Mar 1917 Johnson Co., IL




Notes for Michael Emery:





                Notes for Elizabeth Snider: