Elizabeth Shelly Hilliard of Carroll County, Tennessee

Elizabeth, married name Hilliard, was my fourth great-grandmother. Her maiden name is listed as Shelley on most family trees, but when I started writing this article I had no record to support this besides a biography in Goodspeeds History of Tennessee. Elizabeth has long just been "Elizabeth Shelley" on my tree with no parents listed. …

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Martha McElroy Hilliard

Martha A.E. McElroy Hilliard was my third great-grandmother. Her parents were James McElroy and Rebecca Stokes. She married William Daniel "Dan" Hilliard. She lived her whole life in Stewart County, Tennessee. My grandfather took an Ancestry DNA test and matches high to McElroy descendants -- the McElroy blood must be strong! I wanted to learn …

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The Short Life of Penelope Browne

Penelope Browne was born about 1717 in Isle of Wight, Virginia and died around the age of 23. For reasons unknown, her young life was cut short, but without her, I wouldn't be here. She is my seventh great-grandmother. This post is in memory of her. Penelope was the daughter of Samuel Browne (of Isle …

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Lizzie Hilliard Dennis

Mary Elizabeth Hilliard went by "Lizzie" and lived her whole life in the Stewart County & Houston County areas of Tennessee. My second great-grandmother was born about 1859, the second oldest child of William Daniel Hilliard and Martha McElroy. On the 1860 and 1870 censuses, Lizzie was called both Mary and Elizabeth. She lived with …

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