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Homesley Marriages and Census Records Reveal Ties to 1796 North Carolina Roots

I want to welcome the first of my contributing authors, Greg Holmes. Greg has been researching the Holmes / Holmesly / Homsley line for quite some time and after a lot of conversation by email between Greg, his cousin Len, and myself, we think we are cousins, trying to prove the connection back to Joseph Homesly. Greg and Len are building a huge database. Len will tell you more about it in another post. If any of my Homsley kin are interested in having a DNA test or have already had one done, please contact us, it would be extremely helpful in the research.

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I understand it that your (Judith Richards Shubert) Homsley line goes back to William Holmsley 1825-1901 who married Callie Catherin Martin.

A search of marriage records of upper northwest Alabama, Lauderdale County and surrounding counties in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee shows:
1- Dorinda Homesley married Elbert Spain 3 April 1844 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
2-Minerva Homesley married Jeremiah Gray 7 April 1842 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
3- William Homesley married Callie Catherin Martin 29 November 1849 in Hardin County, Tennessee
4- Ardery Homesley married Newell Spain 23 April 1846 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
5- Martha Homesley married Davis Smith 14 April 1849 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
6- Eletha Homesley married John Blake Hurst 24 December 1857 in Lauderdale County, Alabama

These records were found on Ancestry.com



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Based on the dates of the above mentioned marriages, these six Homesleys would have been born in the 1820's and 1830's

An exhaustive search of census records reveal only one Homesley family in the Lauderdale County, Alabama region/surrounding counties.

In 1830, Elias Homesly is found in Hardin County, Tennessee, and in 1840 E Homesly in Lauderdale County, Alabama.



The known names and the unknown names of these brothers and sisters, as well as the known birthdates and approximate birthdates gives us:

Dorinda b:abt 1824
Minerva b:abt 1824
William 1825-1901
Ardery b:abt 1827
Marion 1829-1905
male b:abt 1830
Martha b:abt 1831
female b:abt 1833
female b:abt 1836
male b:abt 1837
Eletha 1838-1862

 
The 1850 Lauderdale County, Alabama census reveals a few things.

It shows Marion, age 20, and Oletha, age 11. These two children being listed shows it is once again the same Homsley family.

The 1850 census also shows Elias' wife's name is Olliss.

This census shows Elias (spelled Eph?) was 54 in 1850, thus he was born about 1796. (His age has been mistook for 34, but upon careful comparison of the first digit to other 3's and 5's on the same page, it looks to be 54)

His birthplace is listed as North Carolina.

Elias being born in North Carolina is of high significance because it ties him to the only Homesley families known to be in North Carolina in 1796 - brothers Benjamin and Joseph Homesley and their families.


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Greg Holmes
January 09, 2014

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