Josiah Watson & Martha McCormack

Martha and Josiah Watson were likely my fifth great-grandparents. I say "likely", because it's one of those cases where there is only circumstantial evidence. There are family trees that list them as the parents of Tarlton / Talton Watson, my fourth  great-grandfather. They were also neighbors in Montgomery County, Tennessee. (See 1841 enumeration below.) In …

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Who Was Thomas James Dennis?

Did my great-great-grandfather have a brother named Thomas? That question started this quest. I don't know who the parents are of my great-great-grandfather, Edward Whitfield "Whit" Dennis. Through DNA testing, I do know he is related to the Dennis family who raised him. Whether his mother was unwed Narcissa Dennis or one of her brothers …

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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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