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I've been working on my family's history for about 20 years. Some of the lines I've been able to take back for quite a way, even into the 1100s-1400s, while others have me at a standstill in the 1800s. My 4 main surnames are Stowe, Corbin, Kemp and Hunt, with lines and marriage relationships Stowe- Willingham- Pitman- Spraggins in Georgia and Alabama, Corbin- Weidner/Whitener- Mann- Wilson- Searcey- Deweese- Moseley in north Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, Kemp- Camp- Brooks- Wills in Georgia and Virginia, Hunt- Brand- Boring- Gordon- Kuykendall in Georgia and Virginia. So far, all seem to have come from Kent and Warwickshire areas, England, emigrating to New England, primarily Massachusetts and Connecticut, or from Ireland and Scotland to Virginia, until after the Revolutionary War, when they migrated to the deep South, finally ending up in the counties of Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, Gordon, Gilmer and Murray of north Georgia, and Cherokee, Dekalb and Marshall counties in northeast Alabama.

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The lines and individuals I am concentrating on to solve relationship problems and desperately seeking further information on are:
Thomas Benjamin Wilson, b 13 Mar 1839 at Yancey county, NC d prob. a couple of years after the Civil War where he served as a Union soldier. I have his ancestors back to Thomas Wilson, Sr. b. abt 1699 in VA, who lived in Surry, then Brunswick Counties in VA. His son, Thomas Wilson, Jr. removed to NC. Thomas Benjamin Wilson was raised in Macon county, NC and married there 21 Nov 1858 to Hester A. Deweese b 13 Feb 1839 in NC d 31 Jul 1930 and buried at Sand Rock, Cherokee county, AL. Thomas' family is said to have had very strong ties to the Eastern Band of Cherokee, but whether full-blood or mixed, I haven't yet discovered, though I have located a John Wilson on the rolls living in the Wolftown community in NC with his in-laws, wife and 2 children, who may have been related to Thomas, and which may explain the Cherokee ties. Thomas' parents were Samuel E. (probably Edward) Wilson and Elizabeth ? of Yancey, Burke and Macon counties, NC. Their children were Edward Wilson b abt 1833 and married Caroline Deweese, Martha Wilson b abt 1835, Mary Wilson b abt 1837, Thomas Benjamin Wilson b 1839 and married Hester Angeline Deweese, Elizabeth Wilson b abt 1841 and married William Garrett Deweese, Margaret Wilson b abt 1844, Eunice Wilson b abt 1845, and Rachel Wilson b abt 1848. The 3 Deweese individuals above were children of Henry and Elizabeth (Wilde) Deweese. Their children were Caroline b abt 1827, William Garrett b abt 1832, John b abt 1834 and m Nicey, Dicey, or Nancy Wilson, Jamie b abt 1837, Hester b 1839, Enos Julles b 1844 m Hester Angeline Drenning, and ?Linda Ann - this Deweese line originates in Holland then emigrated to New York and Pennsylvania - some descendants came South, and some went to Ohio. In the 1850 NC census, Samuel Wilson and family were in Macon county, NC, though both Samuel and wife Elizabeth reported to have been born in Yancey county. Samuel's parents were John Wilson b abt 1767 and ?Sally Moore, both prob. born in Virginia. John's parents were Thomas Wilson, Jr. b 1735 in Brunswick county, VA and Elizabeth McLean, both prob. born in VA. Thomas, Jr's. parents were Thomas Wilson, Sr. and Amy Irvin/Irwin who married in Brunswick county, VA on 4 Mar. 1726.  Amy's family goes back to the Arvin line of England and New England.  Anyone who has any information on possible related families or further information on the Deweese and Wilson families of Macon county, NC, or the Wilson, McLean and/or Irvin/Irwin families of VA, please email from the link on the bottom of the page - I will be very grateful for any information and am willing to share what I have.
Daddy's G-Grandfather was Starling Kemp, b 1861 in ?GA or AL, d Jan. 7, 1944 in Cobb or Paulding county, GA buried at County Line Cemetery, married Mary Frances Brooks b Dec 21, 1861 in Cobb county, GA d Jun 21, 1943 at Dallas, Paulding county, GA, dtr. of William Brooks and ? Robinson of Cobb county - I believe William was a minister. My grandfather says Starling was killed by being run over by a train - he was deaf or nearly so in his older years and was supposedly hit at the crossing in Acworth, Cobb county, GA, but I haven't been able to substantiate that as many of the old newspapers I could have located accounts of the accident in were destroyed during the Civil War. He is said to have been a teacher, carpenter and farmer in Paulding county, and his father, James G. Kemp, apparently was of great civilian assistance to the Southern armies during the battle at New Hope Church when Sherman came through on his way to Atlanta. I'm looking for more information on the family of Mary Frances Brooks, and of Cleo Julia Brand, my Father's grandmother who married Herbert Harvey Hunt.  She was born July 9, 1904 in Fulton County, GA and died in Feb. 1955 in Acworth, Cobb County, GA.  She died 2 years before I was born and so I never knew her, but I'm hoping to find out more about her family.  Am hoping anyone who knows these families will contact me at the email link at the bottom of the page.
The Willingham family of Georgia and Alabama - Joel Thomas Woodrow Stowe, Sr. married Ina Alice Willingham - these are my great-grandparents. Her brother was George Hilliard "Hix" Willingham who married Mary Josephine "Josie" Fell Pittman, and her father was Sherman/Sherwood Onice "S.O." Willingham b 18 Dec 1846 in MS, d 18 Sept 1916, buried at Walkers Chapel Cemetery between Sand Rock and Collinsville, AL who married Sarah "Sally" L. Owens in Walker County, GA Oct. 30, 1867 in Walker County, GA.  Their children were:  Augustus and Robert L. who were twins, Betty who married Frank Eason, Cora who married Oscar Bartlett, Earnest, Elmer, Hilliart, Johnnie who married a Mr. Dupree, Nine who married a Mr. Goodwin, Owen S., Woody C. who married Georgie A. Willingham (who was supposedly a cousin), Lela Estelle, George Hilliard, and Ina Laura Eunice. There are very few Willinghams left of this line - what information I have came from the Bibles of cousins and a couple of elderly women who were siblings of a couple of the spouses. My grandmother says a sickness came through the area they lived in about 1928 or so, she believes it was scarlet fever, and the notation in her Bible says 28 of the Willinghams died during that time. She says they owned a clothing factory near Cedartown, GA, where they also lived in a small community just east of Cedartown called Easom Hills. This factory was burned during the Civil War, but she went back a couple of years ago, and though one blackened wall remained, it has since been torn down and a brand new fire station built on the site. Sherman was the son of Shame/Shimree Willingham of Coose and Chambers Counties, AL and Elizabeth Strong from Coweta County, GA.  Shame and Elizabeth sold their farm in Chambers County, AL and went to Harrison Co., TX by the 1850 census.  They died and their children were brought/sent back to GA and AL, then separated up and raised by various relatives.  The 1860 census shows Sherman as Sherwood Willingham, a 14 year old farm hand living in the household of his Uncle Isham Strong in Coweta, Co., GA.  His older sister, Mary "Frances" Willingham is also in Coweta County in 1860 census, with him shown as a member of her household, too.  I'm desperately searching for the other siblings, whom I know only as initials from the 1850 TX census.   Oldest child was Mary Frances b abt 1839 in AL, M. A. C. Willingham - female b abt 1841 in AL, C. R. Willingham - male b abt 1843 in AL, S. H. Willingham - male b abt 1845 in AL, then came Sherman/Sherwood b in Dec. 1846 in MS on the way to Texas.  If anyone recognizes this family, please contact me at the email link below.

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