Bob Hembree

BOB HEMBREE

915 N. Ridge View Dr. Santa Maria, Ca. 93455-6319

 

 

 

 

 

A Family Newsletter

21st Edition 9; May 1996

With Memorial Day approaching, I decided to use the object of the occasion as the subject of the newsletter. The clock proceeded more rapidly than I, but my failure to get this out before Memorial Day, does not alter the facts, just that I am not as timely as intended.

PATRIOTS

Webster Dictionary defines Patriot as "a person who loves, supports and defends his country and its interest with devotion". While Military service is not the only way to show patriotism, those who answer the call certainly earn the title of Patriot. Every war ever fought by America included at least one Hembree in the service of their country, thus I can proudly state that family members have earned the right to be called Patriots. The first wars of this country were the Indian Wars, and with certain exceptions, mostly small group struggles by local Militia Companies to defend the settler’s homes. Militias were generally made up on a countrywide basis, often informal and with very little military training, but and arrow in the right spot was as permanent as death from an Atomic Bomb. Those who served in those battles did so without pay and even furnished their own rifle and ammunition. Records prove that from the very beginning the Hembree family has always responded when the country called. While we would hope war is a thing of the past, I am proud my heritage includes Patriots from each generation that was called to duty. War should never be glorified, but to answer your country’s call, is a challenge of the true character of man. It is a sad commentary of the times in which we live, that we have a draft dodger as president. He can call it what he wants, but patriotism, it was not.

The earliest recorded Militia members that I have record of was 1754, when brothers David and James Hembree, were members of Capt. John Sallis Co., Militia in Granville County, N.C. The history of America as a nation, of course dates to the Revolutionary War, and two Hembree brothers, Abraham and Drury, were soldiers of that War. It is the elder brother, Drury who was the subject Patriot for this newsletter.

DRURY HEMBREE

First let me say that part of Drury’s family was included in a book entitled "Lest We Forget" by Thelma E. Kurtz. The book is an excellent work, however, many years have gone by since publication and the book really deals with the lineage of one son John. A recent letter informs Thelma is completing her sixth year as President of the Historical Society of Dallas County, Missouri. She also just completed a four-volume project of the Dallas County Rural Schools. Congratulations.

If you have relatives who went to school in or around Buffalo, Missouri her address is Rt. #4, Box 207, Buffalo, Missouri 65622, but I do not know the cost of the books.

Drury C. Hembree was born 12 December 1755 in Spartanburg District of S.C. and resided in S.C. until sometime between 1790 and 1797. His military pension papers show he served three tours of duty during the Rev. War. In August 1777 he was a volunteer enlistee in Capt. Joseph Worford’s Co. for a battle against the Cherokees. In papers, he states it was a 3-month service guarding the frontier while people made corn. In June or July of 1778 he was drafted and again served in Capt. Worford’s Co. for seven months. In April 1779 he was drafted for 3 months to serve in Capt. Wm. Bratcher’s Co., Col. White’s Regiment. All three companies were under the command of General Pickens, and he received discharges from each tour of service.

Drury was living in Campbell County, Tennessee, 79 yrs of age and in poor health when he filed the pension papers. A book entitled "Virginians in the Revolution" pg. 1265 lists Drury in Capt. Henry Garnett’s Co. 1 June 1778 which is either an omission or simply an error if it was intended to be the same Drury. In a declaration in support of Drury’s pension, by his younger brother Abraham, he states that Drury served under a Capt. Burnett. Garnett and Burnett being similar may be the mix up, but Drury was not a Virginian, as he states the date and place of his birth in the pension papers. Revolutionary War Claims filed in S.C. 20 August 1783 – 31 August 1786, pg. 154, shows Drury Hembrey file claim # 114, but no return for the claim was filed, so I don’t know what he filed for, and whether or not the claim was paid. However, we know he was in S.C.

In Abraham’s declaration he stated that he knew Drury well, but did not disclose any relationship. From recent information, I no longer have any doubts that Abraham and Drury were brothers. Drury was illiterate which may account for the use of the variant spellings of the name as he is found as Emery, Hembree, Hemery, Hembrey, etc. He was living in Spartanburg County, S.C. in 1790 and is listed on that census as Drury Hemery, as the head of the household, over 16, with one male under 16, and four females. His wife’s first name is unknown, except for the letter M and she was born in Penn. as shown in the records. The name of the male under 16 was most likely Andrew J. Sr. who is shown on the 1840C of Polk and Roane County, Tennessee (Shown on some census as Polk County and some as Roane County), born 1783 / 1784 S.C. We know that one of the females shown on the census was his wife, and one was a daughter named Rachel, b. 1783. I am uncertain of the other two females, but one was likely Rebecca as we know she was a daughter but do not know her birth date. Drury’s son John was born in Knox County, Tennessee abt. 1797 so we know they moved from S.C. to Knox County, Tennessee between 1790 and 1797. (Census show from John’s b/d from 1795 to 1810). The area near Clinton is now part of Campbell County, Tennessee.

On 10 October 1834 Drury was too ill to travel and the Justice of the Peace took his statement at Drury’s own home. However, six years later he and his wife are on the 1840C of Dubois County, Indiana, neighbors to his son’s John & Isaac, so his health must have improved. Also in the neighborhood was his daughter Rachel who was the 2nd wife of James Harbinson. They were married in Knox County, Tennessee in September 1825/1826. On the 1850C, she has no children, but 2 of her nephews (Hembree) were living with her. Harbinson may have been Rachel’s 2nd husband, and if so, then she married a Hembree 1st or took her maiden name following his death or divorce, as marriage records show her name as Rachel Hembree. That Drury remained in Tennessee until 1835 is supported by the marriage records of his daughters Rebecca m. 1815, and Rachel m. 1825, and the birth of sons John, Isaac and Lewis Francis all born in Tennessee. Drury’s sons, John and Lewis Francis moved from Indiana to Taney County, Missouri between 1840 and 1850 as they and their mother M. are shown in Missouri on the 1850C. Their mother was 95 in 1850 and still maintaining a household, according to the census. Others show Drury died in Taney County, Missouri in 1845 but I do now know what the source was for that info. He is believed to be buried in Rice Cemetery, Stone County, Missouri, which is nearby where his son John lived. The tombstones in that Cemetery, if any, are long gone so I found nothing to confirm it, except it is reported there were several Hembree’s buried there.

It is almost certain that Drury & wife had other children as we have a gap of approximately 10 years between the know children’s ages, but of the know children, included herein is a four generation Descendants Chart.

Descendants Chart

Wednesday, May 29, 1996

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1 – Drury C. HEMBREE –1 (1755)

spouse – M. – 2 (1765)

2 – Rachel HEMBREE – 5 (1783)

spouse – James HARBISON –8 (1763)

3 – Morgan HARBISON –9

3 – Jonathan HARBISON –10

3 – Mary HARBISON – 11

2 – John HEMBREE –3 (1797)

spouse – Maggie Mrs. BUTTLER – 14 (1805)

3 – Simeon HEMBREE –15 (1829)

3 – Susannah HEMBREE – 16 (1829)

spouse – John BUTLER – 1247

3 – Richard HEMBREE – 17 (1833)

spouse – Milly Ann WATKINS –22 (1841)

4 – John Perry HEMBREE – 23 (1858)

4 – Margaret J. HEMBREE – 24 (1859)

3 – William M. HEMBREE – 18 (1836)

spouse (1) – Mary (Sarah) Elizabeth SEAT –25

4 – Simone (Simon) Morgan HEMBREE – 26 (1854)

spouse – Delilah J. WHITE – 41

4 – Mary Jane (Peggy) HEMBREE – 27 (1858)

spouse (2) – Nancy Ann JONES – 29 (1837)

4 – Margaret Jane HEMBREE – 29 (1859)

spouse – William R. HUDDLESTON – 42

4 – Cynthia Ann HEMBREE – 30 (1862)

4 – Mary Elizabeth HEMBREE – 31 (1866)

spouse – William LITTLE – 43

4 – William Allen HEMBREE – 37

spouse – Lillie M. LOGAN – 44 (1880)

4 – Laura Belle HEMBREE – 32 (1872)

4 – Nancy A. HEMBREE – 33 (1873)

4 – John Jefferson HEMBREE – 34 (1875)

4 – Hezekiah HEMBREE – 35

4 – Ada Frances HEMBREE – 36 (1876)

4 – Rosella Ida Ellen HEMBREE – 38 (1880)

spouse – William Dawson MOORE – 47

3 – Rachel Ellen HEMBREE – 19 (1837)

spouse – Benjamin Franklin PINKLEY – 48 (1819)

4 – John Allen McDowell PINKLEY – 49

4 – William D.M. PINKLEY – 50 (1858)

4 – Benjamin Franklin Jr. PINKLEY – 51 (1860)

4 – Margarette Susana PINKLEY – 52 (1862)

4 – William David HEMBREE – 1050 (1845)

spouse – Margery A. HANKINS – 1068 (1850)

4 – Louisa HEMBREE – 1051 (1846)

4 – Lidia HEMBREE – 1052 (1848)

4 – James Calhoon HEMBREE – 1053 (1849)

spouse – Sarah Jane HEMBREE – 1122 (1856)

4 – Isaac Reuben HEMBREE – 1127 (1850)

sp. – Sarah McNeese SANDERS – 1128 (1856)

3 – Drewry HEMBREE – 1036 (1820)

spouse (1) – Lydia TRUELOVE – 1041

spouse (2) – Elenor – 1042 (1834)

4 – Drucilla GENTRY – 1043 (1875)

spouse – Andrew HEMBREE – 1100 (1870)

4 – Frank S. HEMBREE – 1044 – (1877)

4 – Willis HEMBREE – 1045 (1879)

3 – Jonathan HEMBREE – 1038 (1822)

spouse – Dorcus / Darius REED – 1054 (1827)

3 – Richard HEMBREE – 1039 (1825)

spouse (1) – Margaret Ann SANDERS – 1056 (1817)

4 – Jonathan HEMBREE – 1057 (1846)

spouse – Elizabeth – 1255

4 – Sarah E. HEMBREE – 1058 (1849)

4 – James HEMBREE – 1059 (1855)

4 – Rosana HEMBREE – 1060 (1855)

spouse – GOODPAST – 1066

4 – Alice HEMBREE – 1062 (1866)

4 – Louis E. HEMBREE – 1061 (1870)

4 – Albert HEMBREE – 1063 (1873)

4 – Clara HEMBREE – 1064 (1875)

4 – Della HEMBREE – 1065 (1879)

spouse (2) – Martha ??? – 1154

3 – Calhoon HEMBREE – 1040 (1830)

spouse – Ilsora – 1055 (1825)

3 – James M. HEMBREE – 1209 (1834)

spouse – Catharine – 1210

4 – Eli EMERY – 1211 (1856)

3 – Elinor HEMBREE – 1118 (1834)

spouse – Sarah PEARCE – 1121 (1790)

2 – Rebecca HEMBREE – 6 (1800)

spouse – Solomon JACKSON – 1079

2 – Lewis Francis HEMBREE – 7 (1805)

spouse – Phebe WARWICK – 1080 (1809)

3 – Lewis HEMBREE – 20 (1839)

spouse – Dorathiel – 53 (1841)

4 – Nancy E. HEMBREE – 54 (1858)

4 – Martha A. HEMBREE – 55 (1860)

sp. – William ???? HUDDLESTON – 1120

4 – Mary Jane HEMBREE – 56 (1865)

4 – Margaret Ellen HEMBREE – 57 (1867)

4 – Susan Ann HEMBREE – 58 (1870)

4 – Simon Gipson / Gibson HEMBREE – 59 (1874)

spouse – Dora BURNETT – 62

4 – Louis Richard HEMBREE – 60 (1876)

4 – Daraphira HEMBREE – 61 (1877)

3 – Benjamin Franklin HEMBREE – 21 (1842)

spouse (1) – Juliann PINKLEY – 63 (1841)

4 – William Columbus HEMBREE – 64 (1864)

4 – Lewis Washington HEMBREE – 65 (1865)

4 – Isaac McDaniel HEMBREE – 66 (1867)

sp. (1) – Adah Edith SHARP – 77 (1872)

spouse (2) – Ovana WEEKS – 83 (1876)

spouse (3) – Josie Anna HOWERTON – 93

4 – Ellen Elizabeth HEMBREE – 67 (1869)

sp. – David Henderson OWENS – 399 (1862)

4 – Mary Ann HEMBREE – 68 (1871)

sp. – George Washington OWENS – 487 (1864)

4 – James Herbert Morgan HEMBREE – 69 (1873)

sp. – Mary Elizabeth RAINS – 738 (1872)

4 – David Allen HEMBREE – 70 (1876)

spouse Margaret PERRYMAN – 973 (1872)

4 – Laura Belle HEMBREE – 71 (1878)

4 – Charles Henry HEMBREE – 72 (1879)

sp. – Martha Frances CHAPMAN – 1010 (1882)

4 – Nancy Adaline HEMBREE – 73 (1881)

spouse – Elijah J. WEEKS – 1030 (1874)

spouse (2)– Millie A. PERRYMAN – 76

3 – John B. HEMBREE – 40 (1852)

2 – Isaac HEMBREE -- 4 (1797)

spouse – Sally LEDGERWOOD – 1035

3 – John HEMBREE – 1037 (1819)

spouse – Martha A. MATHIS – 1046 (1821)

4 – Mary J. HEMBREE – 1047 (1841)

4 – Sarah HEMBREE – 1048 (1842)

4 – Samantha HEMBREE – 1049 (1843)

3 – Andrew J. HEMBREE – 1178 (1828)

spouse – Catherine ANDREWS –1177 (1835)

4 – Phoebe HEMBREE – 1184 (1856)

4 – Pete HEMBREE – 1183 (1873)

spouse – Addie – 1185 (1873)

4 – Lafe HEMBREE (See Notes) – 1236

3 – James K. HEMBREE – 1082 (1833)

spouse – Louisa J. BLACK – 1094

4 – Sarah Jane HEMBREE – 1122 (1856)

sp. – James Calhoon HEMBREE – 1053 (1849)

4 – John Wesley HEMBREE – 1083 (1855)

sp. – Martha Ellen BURKS –1160 (1852)

4 – Richard L. HEMBREE – 1159 (1860)

spouse – Jane L. – 1168 (1866)

3 – Martha HEMBREE – 1085 (1839)

3 – Benjamin HEMBREE – 1084 (1835)

spouse – Sarah – 1172 (1836)

4 – Jackson HEMBREE – 1173 (1854)

4 – HEMBREE – 1174 (1856)

3 – Margaret Jane HEMBREE – 1081 (1839)

3 – Harrison HEMBREE – 1187 (1831)

spouse – Sarah – 1190 (1835)

4 – Isaac HEMBREE – 1191 (1853)

4 – Andrew HEMBREE –1192 (1856)

4 – HEMBREE – 1193 (1859)

3 – John Boon HEMBREE – 1086 (1842)

spouse – Mary HULE / HALE – 1098 (1838)

4 – Cordelia J. HEMBREE – 1099 (1868)

spouse – Joshua I. RAY – 1175

4 – Andrew HEMBREE (twin) – 1100 (1870)

spouse Drucilla GENTRY – 1043 (1875)

4 – Jacqueline Amanda HEMBREE (twin) – 1101 (1870)

3 – Rachel HEMBREE – 1188 (1841)

spouse – BLAIR – 1189

3 – Matilda HEMBREE – 1087 (1845)

3 – Bazel (Brazen) Bea HEMBREE – 1088 (1847)

spouse – Mary Elizabeth WILLIAMS – 1102 (1853)

4 – Nancy J. HEMBREE – 1103 (1875)

spouse – McCRACKEN – 1249

4 – Elizabeth May HEMBREE – 1104 (1877)

spouse – BAKER – 1250

4 – Sock HEMBREE – 1105

spouse – STONE –1251

4 – John Henry HEMBREE – 1106 (1878)

4 – Daniel Franklin HEMBREE – 1282 (1881)

spouse – Laura Belle COX – 1283 (1884)

4 – James / Jim HEMBREE – 1108

spouse – Clara – 1466 (1872)

3 – Anjeline Anna HEMBREE – 1089 (1850)

spouse – John M. WILLIAMS – 1153

3 – Louisa HEMBREE – 1090 (1853)

3 – Solomon S. HEMBREE – 1091 (1857)

spouse (1) – Elizabeth HAGGARD – 1111

4 – Benjamin Franklin HEMBREE – 1112 (1875)

spouse – Minnie BURCHETT – 1116 (1874)

spouse (2) – Sarah Louise PARKER –1113 (1862)

4 – John L. HEMBREE – 1114 (1882)

spouse – Emma Mae COX – 1115 ( 188)

3 – Nancy HEMBREE – 1092 (1830)

3 – Lewis J. HEMBREE -- 1093 (1857)

3 – Martha J. HEMBREE – 1095 (1860)

3 – Steven M. HEMBREE – 1096 (1859)

3 – William HEMBREE – 1097 (1865)