The Bess Family of Sycamore Mills

Lydia Meador and John Best My search for the parents of Elizabeth Bess, my fourth-great-grandmother, started years ago when I built my first family tree. I had zero to go on. Family trees online were no help either, as none of them listed her parents. I truly started from scratch. Bess is a unique last …

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Father of Robert Boyd of Pickens, South Carolina

Documentation is essential to proving your family tree. I have been working hard to find actual proof that Robert Boyd of Pickens County, South Carolina was the son of Robert Boyd who died in 1782 in Granville, North Carolina. Google searches and Ancestry family trees all list Robert's father as Robert, but with no hard …

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Not Divided in Death: Emeline and Norfleet Jordan

I made an exciting discovery about my fourth great-grandparents when I discovered an article about them from 1875. Emeline and Norfleet Jordan had passed away a day apart, and the local newspaper, The Tennessean, published an article about them. Not Divided in Death. To the American: PEGRAM'S STATION, CHEATHAM COUNTY, Oct. 18, 1875. - Mr. …

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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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Randall Family of Maury County, Tennessee

I am researching my Randall roots. My fifth great-grandmother is Polly Randall. She was married to Reuben Owens. (Read more about him here.) Her father was likely James Randall. I have created a timeline of records to help in my search. Records Timeline *All records are from Ancestry.com unless otherwise noted. Randall spellings include Randol, …

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