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Reposting from 2010: Search for Vinnie Sapp Plumlee

My Sapp family line has not been one that I have spent a lot of time on gathering information, but my posts about them coming into Texas with my Richards ancestors caught a reader’s attention a few weeks ago.
The Sapp / Plumlee descendant wrote to me asking if I had ever seen the name Vinnie Sapp Plumlee pop up in my research. I hadn’t, but promised I would look further into my seemingly “growing” mounds of paper and contact a few others who might have some knowledge of this link.
I enlisted a Richards / Sapp cousin originally from the ShelbyCounty area of Texas where our ancestors moved from Alabama all those long years ago. She has been instrumental in helping me sort out the riddle of names and places that make up our mutual ancestry. She said the name and information given to me by the one searching for Vinnie sounded familiar but she would have to search for her, as well.
Vinnie Sapp Plumlee has been an elusive figure to her granddaughter in that she can’t find her resting place…

Ancestry of Garnet Homesley

The Ancestry of Garnet Homesley

By

GregHolmes Len Holmes

In the year of 1776, with the announced Independence of the American Colonies into a confederation of sovereign states, a yeoman perhaps desiring gentrification named Homesley and his wife bore a son. They named him Garnet Homesley of Cumberland County, Virginia. Little is known of his rural upbringing or his absolute parentage, but recent DNA matches have concluded that it may have been Benjamin Homesley and his life-long loyal wife Jemima Self.



Recent studies have revealed that Garnet may have been of a Baptist family of colonial Virginia. Revolution in religion, politics and economics are formed by the wealthy as the yeoman and knaves are swept along in the impending floods of ideas and morals. This may be why no christening records are extant due to the faith of the parents. Baptist does not paedobaptize and kept scant records. This is a stark contrast to the highly literate, state run Anglican Church who tracked everyone from birth…