The family of John Holmes, Sr. went in different directions after the death of their family's patriarch. Thanks to deeds, census records, and DNA, we may finally be able to track their migration paths. These deeds involving children of John Holmes, Sr. mention him as their father: John Holmes, Sr. married Esther (LNU). Researchers so far have been unable to determine … [Read more...] about Holmes Family Migrations from NC to Smyth County, Virginia & Lee County, Alabama
My 5th great-grandfather, Jesse P. Vendrick, was probably born in Craven County circa 1760. The identities of his parents and the mother of his children are mysteries. Why? Because there were two Jesse Vendricks in this generation. I think. Thought? I don't know! And there are two, possibly three, more Jesse Vendricks in the next generation. So, what do I know? The … [Read more...] about Brick Walls: Jesse P. Vendrick, Sr.
For years, I've known very little about Matilda. That changed over the weekend. I'd been giving the search for Dewitt, who remains elusive, another go by looking at some Lenoir County deeds on their USGenWeb site. The moment came when I got to Deed Book 5. To save time, I was using Control + F to find "Sum". Imagine my delighted surprise when it found a deed from Joseph … [Read more...] about Brick Wall Update: Matilda, wife of Dewitt Sumrell
In the 21st century, if you're serious about genealogy, then let's face it: You will engage in DNA testing. In fact, if you're really serious, you'll get as many of your older relatives tested as possible. Why? Because their DNA will contain more lengthy segments connected with the lines you're likely trying to test. And once they're gone, they're gone. You'll have a much … [Read more...] about Genealogy + DNA Game Changers: Step up your game with these FREE resources.
Dewitt Sumrell was born circa 1825 in Lenoir County. This date is a guessimate based upon the birth dates of his two known sons in the mid to late 1840s. The place, though, comes from the death certificate of his son, James Henry Sumrell. According to James's son, the informant, both James and Dewitt were born in "Lanor" County. Henry Atlas Sumrell did not, apparently, … [Read more...] about Brick Walls: Dewitt Sumberlin/Sumrell