William Hobbs was my 5th great grandfather on the Cole side. The John Cole mentioned in this will is another 5th great grandfather: his son Loyd married Hobb’s daughter, Betsy, and moved to Benton County, Tennessee to found an enormous clan of Coles. I’ve left the original spelling in this will because it shows how […]
Robert Lanier was my 7th great-grandfather. He was born in Barbados about 1674, and died about 1745 in North Carolina. I copied this will text from NC Genweb. See slave names in bold below. In the name of God Amen. The twentieth Day of September in the year of our Lord God Everlasting one thousand […]
William Lanier (1756-1811) was my 5th great-grandfather. I found his will on Rootsweb. The primary source listed is: Davidson Co. TN Wills and Inventories, Vol I, 1783-1816, though I have not seen the source myself yet. I am posting the will primarily for the Slave Name Roll Project. See slave names in bold, below. David Parker, […]
Simon H. Harrison, born 1803-1813 in Kentucky, was my 3rd great-grandfather. He is also a complete “brick wall” in my research. No one, and I mean no one, seems to know where he came from. I have posted about him before: this post is a compilation of the information in the previous posts and everything […]
Confessions of an untidy genealogist.
My great-grandmother Mama Kelly (Mary Pearl Harrison Kelly) had a really interesting family tree that can be traced way back to Renaissance Italy. Mama Kelly’s 10th great-grandfather was Jeronimo Bassano, a musician and instrument maker who was born in the town of Bassano del Grappa, near Venice, Italy. Much has been written about this Bassano […]
OK, so it’s not quite spring yet. But my web host finally drove me over the edge! So, I ditched them and moved this blog to wordpress.com. The upside is that the site will now load much faster. I took the opportunity to do some housecleaning and rearranging while I was at it. Content is […]
Recently, I have been going back over my research on the Coles, who came from Wake county, NC to Benton and then Carroll county, Tennessee. I had previously thought that the Loyd Cole who migrated westward was the grandson of Mark Cole of Cumberland county, NC. However, new sources have become available online since I […]