to my web site! When my wife Ven and I moved to Washington, D. C. in 1986, I
was intrigues by the availability of the National Archives and other
genealogical sources and decided to "flesh out" my family tree. Little
did I know that a lot of the work had already been done.
While talking to cousin Mazella, she introduced me to the work done by our
cousin Sylvia Raibon.
I started with the "easy" part - between my grandfather, C. D., and Sylvia, I had a lot of names and places. I used the Census reports and information from the Mormon Church to document (and where necessary, correct) the information I had and expanded it. Sometimes I had to guess at birthdates and places so any mistakes fall on my shoulders.
The DEWBERRY family name originated with the John Dewberry family that moved from Georgia to Texas around the time that Texas was admitted into the Union. In 1850, John, age 50, his wife, Mary Ann, age 43 were living in Smith County along with Cynthia Brindley, age 21 (born in Arkansas), and Nicholi Gregory, a 9 year old male born in Norway. His real estate was valued at $15,000.00 and he registered 31 slaves. By 1860, John was listed on the slave census with 47 slaves. On the "free" census, John owned property worth $25,000.00. Apparently Mary Ann had died because his wife was listed as Mariah, age 27, with 2 daughters, Eddie, age 9 and Emmer, age 7. According to "Smith County, Texas: It's Background and History in Ante-Bellum Days “(by Adele Henderson) - "Colonel John Dewberry married a widow with 2 small girls after he arrived in Tyler, Texas. His ....... slaves showed their great love for their master by taking his name after they were freed.".
The Flournoy family also came from Georgia but I haven't been able to trace that migration.
My maternal grandmother's branch, the Clark family hailed from Texas and had Clark Family Reunions annually. Mazella and I attended that reunion in 1988.
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