Anselm Hansel Harper

Anselm is the Hansel Harper that married Elizabeth Rose in Surry County, Virginia on Jan. 27, 1789. From guardianship documents in 1803, we learn that Anselm had three children: James, Joseph and Nancy. Anselm used the nickname Hansel interchangeably which frustrated me because I felt that they were the same person but couldn't prove it …

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Finding Grandpa Bill

My mom's maiden name is Harper, so when we started doing our family tree over a decade ago, she wanted to trace the Harper name. We were stuck at her great-great-grandfather, a man named James William Harper. He was not on any census record with his parents. There were several Harper families in the Cheatham/Davidson …

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Lady in the Woven Star

My great-aunt, Frances Harper Merritt, died over sixteen years ago, but I only recently acquired some of her belongings from my uncle's widow. Frances, my grandfather Fred's twin sister, never had any children of her own to pass things down to. My Uncle Johnny inherited her things after she passed away in the care of …

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Timeline: James Hansel Harper & Family

James Hansel Harper, my fourth great-grandfather, was born about 1822 in Tennessee...no, South Carolina...no...we really don't know. He said on most census records that he was from Tennessee, but also said South Carolina. His children placed his birth also in North Carolina and Virginia. Thanks, guys, you're all a big help 150 years later! Ugh. I …

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Early Harper Marriages in Davidson County, Tennessee

I have been researching the Harper family in the early days of Davidson County (Nashville), Tennessee. I decided to share early Harper marriages in hopes that it might also help with someone else's research. I am piecing together how these individuals are related. If you know anything about those listed here, I'd love for you …

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