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Monday, September 1, 2014

Ancestry of Garnet Homesley

Ancestry of
Garnet Homesley


Greg  Holmes
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 to death.

DNA tests arise where paper proof is not extant. Wars, famine and fires destroy paper evidence, yet the family’s chemical signature remains a constant through the centuries, never lying often surprising with obtuse answers to the descendants who have sought diligently for facts rather than fantasy in this newest form of genealogy research.

Among the first paper proof found of Garnet Homesley is 1810 with Garnet being about thirty-four. By this time, he is widowed with three sons according to the Warren County Kentucky Census. Being curious genealogy writers, we often ask: “Why is Garnet Homesley in Warren County, Kentucky during 1810?” One possible answer is business; yet, another is family. Being seasoned researchers, we are trained to look at the whole document. The whole document of the 1810 Warren Census reveals the name of Richard Wilmot. This Richard Wilmot may have been Jemima Self Homesley’s mother’s (Jemima Wilmot Shelton Self’s) brother. This leads one to speculate that land transactions from land grants were changing hands in Kentucky and there was money to be made. This seemed to be a life long interest of Garnet’s on his migrations through the American South.

Alas, most of the records of Warren County were destroyed in 1800 and 1864. Through DNA matches we theorize that Garnet’s first wife was Elizabeth Huffstetler, daughter of John Huffstetler and Eve Whisenhunt Eaker Huffstetler Short.

Elizabeth Huffstetler

Born 1780/1782

Lincoln County, North Carolina

There are no records to prove that Elizabeth Huffstetler married Garnet Homesley about 1796 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. DNA strongly suggests that we have a direct match to Garnet with her. At this time in our research and leaving a legacy for future researchers to build, we think this is correct until disproved.

Elizabeth Huffstetler Homesley left not much of a footprint in the world in which she lived and died. It is believed that Elizabeth was born about 1780 in Lincoln County, North Carolina where so much of the story of this family takes place. One reason why this family ended up in what was formerly Tryon County, North Carolina was that was where the Philadelphia Wagon Road ended from the migration from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It is also believed that Garnet’s three sons: Elias, Lawson and James, were born in or near Lincoln County, North Carolina, in contradiction to the 1850 US Census, which states that James Holmes was born in South Carolina. Elizabeth perhaps died at James’ birth. The only fact here is that census records are very subjective.

As an interesting note, Elizabeth Huffstetler had a younger brother named Henry Huffstetler who named three of his sons, amongst others, Elias, Lawson and James. This repetitive naming pattern lasted for many years.

Elizabeth Huffstetler’s mother was Eve Whisenhunt Eaker Huffstetler Short. Eve was born about 1742 at Muddy Creek, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Eve Whisenhunt married Christian Eaker about 1760, their children being born in Anson, Mecklenburg and Tryon Counties, North Carolina. Mecklenburg County was formed from Anson County in 1762. Tryon County was formed from Mecklenburg County in 1768. Tryon County was divided into Rutherford and Lincoln Counties in 1779. So the families moved around in North Carolina probably less often than counties changed names during this period. Eve and Christian Eaker’s children were Barbary born 1761, Catherine born 1764, Peter born 1765, Christian born 1768 and Daniel born 1773.

 It is noted here that Eve and Christian’s daughter, Catherine Eaker, born 1764 married Enoch Parker; and that several of Eve’s family members were in Carroll County, Georgia by 1830. Enoch Parker was also in Carroll County, Georgia by 1830, listed next to Garnet Holmes on the 1830 Federal Census.

Christian Eaker was born about 1724 in Ratzweiler, Alsace, France. He was the son of Hans Peter Eaker 1689-1773 and Veronica Gillman 1689-1741. Hans Peter Eaker is believed to have emigrated from Bern, Switzerland to Pennsylvania aboard the ship “Lydia” in 1741. “Peter Ecker/Eaker, Sr., a shoemaker, and his two sons, Peter, Jr., and Christian Eaker arrived in Philadelphia in 1741. Peter, Sr., was a widower, and he married 2nd Margaret Mary Stutter Holshauser, widow of Jacob, 23 November 1742 Lancaster County, PA.” Peter Eaker and his family traveled to what is now the Lincoln and Gaston Counties area by 1748. Christian left his will on 25 June 1776, his will proved in July 1777 in Tryon County, North Carolina.

Eve married John Huffstetler about 1780 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. They had Elizabeth about 1780, and Henry about 1784. Some of Henry’s descendants started going by the last name “Huffstickler”. John Huffstetler was born about 1750 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Eve and John separated about 1788, Eve staying in Lincoln County and John making his way to Logan County, Kentucky by 1796 where he had fifty acres of land surveyed on 3 August 1796. John died in either Logan or Barren County, Kentucky about 1802/1805. After separating from John Huffstetler, Eve lived with Peter Eaker, her son, for about three years and then moved in with David Short about 1791. It is thought that Eve married David Short after John Huffstetler died, as she and John separated but apparently never legally divorced.

There is an interesting land grant entry in Lincoln County, North Carolina which shows that Garnet Homesley and Elizabeth Huffstetler were neighbors starting about 1791 when Elizabeth, her mother Eve, and her brother Henry moved in with David Short; that is, David Short’s land adjoined the Homesley’s land.

“Grant # 1684, file #2072, Entry #1278, Jan. 23, 1800, Book 112, page 222, for Christian Eaker, fifty acres of land on the Muddy Fork of Buffalow joining David Short on the North side of said creek and Benjamin Homesly’s land. The survey chain bearers were Henry Hufstitler and Enoch Parker.”

Not only does this entry show that Garnet Homesley and Elizabeth Huffstetler, Eve’s daughter, were neighbors in 1796 when we believe the two were married, it names:

Christian Eaker, Eve’s son

David Short, whom Eve lived with starting in about 1791

Benjamin Homesley, Eve’s neighbor

Henry Hufstitler, Eve’s son

Enoch Parker, Eve’s son-in-law

Eve’s parents were John (Johan) Adam Whisenhunt (1719-1784) and Anna Barbara MNU (1721-1801). John Adam Whisenhunt was the son of Phillip Peter Visinand (1684-1744) and Anna Helena Neff (1695-1750). Phillip Peter Visinand was born in Heilsbruck, Edenkoben Germany, and died at Muddy Creek, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Anna Helena Neff was born in Bad Durkheim, Germany and passed away in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Phillip Peter Visinand and Anna Helena Neff departed from Rotterdam, and arrived in Philadelphia with their family aboard the “Snow Lowther” on 14 October 1731.

Eve’s siblings were George Michael Whisenhunt (1734-1815), Margaret Whisenhunt (1738-1800), Phillip Whisenhunt (1738-1791), Catharine Whisenhunt (1741-1810), John Nicholas Whisenhunt (1743-1831), John George Whisenhunt (1749-1833),  and Anna Barbara Whisenhunt (1751-1801).

Garnet’s paternal great grandparents
were possibly
 Dr John Hamersley of Prince George County, Virginia,
Agnes Mosby Binford 1693-1738

The destroyed records of Prince George County, Virginia, as well as other counties in storied old Dominion State paired with the strong genetic matches form hypotheses which in turn equals rationale for the thinking genealogist. Since this is a treatise on possibilities, we will allow the future to judge this rationale.

Who was Dr. John Hamersley?

“The Baptist Quarterly” Volume VIII 1936-1937 page 316
Says Doctor John Hammersley came to Albemarle Sound, on the Perquimans River in North Carolina.
It is assumed that he came from Staffordshire, England.
It is presumed that John Hammersley moved to Prince George County, Virginia, around 1718 as he, Phillip Claude and John Berry proved the will of Richard Pigeon on 10 March 1718 in Prince George County, Virginia. We have yet to find any earlier documentation of John Hammersley in Prince George County, Virginia.

There is a land deed from John White to John Hamersly in Prince George County on 9 September 1718.

Seven court records from 1719 in Prince George County appear concerning John Hammersley.

In 1720, six court records show up. John proved several persons’ wills, and was security for others in 1719/1720.

“The William and Mary Quarterly”, Ser. 1, Vol. 10, No. 4 (July 1903), p. 261: mentions Dr. John Hamersley as security for the will of Nicolas Wyatt.

“The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography” Volume 4, p. 238 mentions Dr. Hamersley is the only medical man noted of the period. Irony takes the stage with his association with Charles Norden, a prominent early Baptist and schoolmaster.

John Hammersley wrote a letter in 1741/1742 to Nicholas Eyers, a Rhode Island Baptist leader, giving an account of the state of Baptist affairs in Virginia.

There is a twenty-two year span, from 1720 court records to 1741/1742 when John wrote the letter to Nicholas Eyers, from which no records have been found concerning Doctor John Hammersley.

Some associated with Doctor John Hammersley include Robert Norden, Matthew Marks*, Matthew’s daughter Sarah Marks* who married Nicholas Robertson*, Benjamin Laker’s daughter, Lydia Blighton Clements and Benjamin Laker’s grandson, William Blighton.

*genetic match

Agnes Mosby Binford (1693-1738)
John Binford (born abt 1687) married Agnes Mosby  (Sep 12, 1719)

Children of Agnes Mosby and John Binford are:
James Binford ( b. 1726), Charles City, VA, USA, (d. 15 Nov 1801), Westmoreland, PA
Agnes Binford, b., Prince George, VA, USA, d. (06 Jul 1793).
John Binford, b., Prince George, VA, USA, d. (1717).
Mary Binford Ellyson, b., Prince George, VA, USA, d. (11 Mar 1791)

Evidence of Mosby from Ray Homesley’s Book “Benjamin Homesley and His Descendants”

Page 7 of Ray’s book shows:
(Cumberland County, Virginia, Court Order Book 1758 - 1762)
"Page 151 dated February 25, 1760 shows Ann Homesly, infant daughter of Jane Homesly, with approbation of the court made choice of Stephen Mosby to be her Guardian, who with Jacob Mosby his security, entered into and acknowledged Bond for securing the said Infants' Estate and indemnifying the court."
Jacob Mosby was Agnes’ brother, Stephen was Jacob’s son

Page 7:
"Stephen Mosby, Guardian of Ann Homesly, an orphan, returned an account of the profits of disbursement of said orphan's estate..."
this account included a credit by Joseph Mosby

 Page 7:
"...that all cash due her (Jane) from the said Mr. McLaurine, Micajah Mosby and others might (after funeral charges are paid) be given to her daughter Nancy Homersly..."
Micajah Mosby was a cousin to Agnes

Page 9:
"A list of Vestrymen for Southam^ shows George Carrington*, John Netherland*, Wade Netherland*, Littlebury Mosby*. These men are listed as witnesses to the court orders which bound out Benjamin*, Ann*, and Joseph Homesly."
* genetic match
^St. James Southam Parish has served Goochland, Cumberland, and Powhatan counties
The aforementioned items show that, in Cumberland County, Virginia, there were five Mosby men who came together concerning Jane’s children, the children’s father being a Homersley.

Author, Greg Holmes comments: “I find it astounding to find a related female Mosby (Agnes Mosby) and a male Hamersley (Doctor John Hammersley) living in the same parish three counties away from Cumberland County.” (Martins Brandon Parish, Prince George County, Virginia

Garnet Homesley's
Great Great Grandparents
Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson
Henrico, Virginia

In researching the hypothetical trees of the ancestry of Garnet Homesley it became apparent that Garnet’s possible ancestry was one of the heart and soul of the earliest families of the emerging American Colonies.  Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson became icons to me of the colonial spirit. They did not lead virtuous lives, but seemed typically human and fallible persons who loved their families well. To the future researchers who may find these documents useful we are grateful.

The Mosby Family

“Je Le Feray Durant Ma Vie.”   [I Will Endure to the End.]
So it is with many families who immigrated to the Shires of Henrico County, Virginia, some had somewhat aristocratic ancestry and some are unknown to history. The Mosby family’s journey began in the land of the Ancient Planters with the immigration of Edward Mosby (Mosely). The story of his connection to Mosersby Hall in Lancashire is circumspect. With the destruction of the Charles City County it makes it difficult to tie the lines of the Mosby family, adroitly.

What may be recorded for posterity is the birth of Edward Mosby about 1660 in Henrico Shire Colony of Virginia. By 1688 Edward married Sarah Woodson, the daughter of Robert Woodson and Elizabeth Ferris. This marriage is proven by a Deed of gift from her father of Henrico Shire, Virginia in 1689. By 1705, Edward Mosby is on a tax list with 105 acres of land; this is perhaps a wedding present from his father-in-law, Robert Woodson.

As with so many of our proven and unproven ancestors, religious and social dissension follows a pattern though all the ages.

Edward and Sarah Woodson Mosby were Quakers, not Anglicans. Edward Mosby was also a carpenter by trade. Records show that he contributed twenty-five pounds of tobacco to the building fund for a new meetinghouse at Curles Plantation.

Sarah Woodson Mosby died by 1716 and Edward left with small children married Mary Watkins widow of Henry Watkins at the Curles Meeting House and they had no issue from the marriage.

By 1719, the Quaker monthly meetings were at the home of Edward Mosby.

Edward seemed to be plagued with business disappointments. Many of the contracts for buildings and bridges he constructed were delayed for years in being paid for by the persons and county governments who hired Edward. This led to some strains in relations with Edward Mosby. Not only was he not paid by the Quakers, but also he was kicked out of the monthly meeting house for “disorderly walking” on July 25, 1724.

This rule implies not physical walking but not following the “Quakerly path of conduct”. This took the effect of an excommunication. Edward had been a member in good standing for over twenty-five years. He had built two meetinghouses, made coffins for his friends and neighbors. They shunned him for the rest of his life.  This also means that his family, including his wife, did as well. This made the last seventeen years very lonely.

No further records are seen of Edward Mosby.

The records state that Edward Mosby died in 1742. He seemed to have died intestate and his family had mostly moved away. When he died the sheriff ordered that all his lands and possessions are sold with all the money going to the county. 

To show why truth is stronger than fiction: The cost of his burial was forty shillings and that was the same cost that he was not paid by the Quakers for his labors.

An analysis of the family of Edward Mosby and Sara Woodson Mosby
Edward Mosby (1660-1759) married Sarah Woodson (1666- bef 1716)


Child 1
Jacob Mosby (1704-1780) married Susannah Cox (1703-1782) on 1736 at Henrico, Virginia.
Jacob Mosby, of Cumberland Co., guardien of Jacob Mosby the younger an infant, only son and heir-at-law of Stephen Mosby late of said Co., deceased, deed to Poindexter Mosby of same Co. all that tract of land in Cumberland Co. whereon said Jacob Mosby in his life time and the time of his death dwelt containing by estimation 400 acres adj. Revd. Robt. McLaurin Francis G. Steger and Col. Thos. Tabb. Recites that "by decree of the general Court of this Colony bearing date at the Capitol the seventh day of May in the year of our Lord 1764 in a suit in Chancery there pendening in which Alexander Spiers, John Bowman & Company of the City of Glasgow merchants and partners were plaintiffs and Alice Oneder Mosby widow and Administratrix &c of the said Stephen Mosby deceased and the said Jacob Mosby the younger party to these presents his grandfather & guardian defendant it was among other things decreed and ordered that the said Jacob Mosby should sell" .... the tract of land aforesaid. Oct. 22, 1764 , D. B. 3, p. 525.

Child of  Jacob Mosby and Susanna Cox
Stephen Mosby (1732-1763) married Alice Oneder Minor (1737-?)
"Stephen Mosby, Guardian of Ann Homesly, an orphan, returned an account of the profits of disbursement of said orphan's estate..." (Ray Homesley’s Book)
There were at least five other children born to Jacob Mosby and Susannah Cox Mosby. Their listing here would have no bearing on the Homesley analysis.

Child of Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson
Benjamin Mosby (1690-1772) married Mary Poindexter (b?-d?) 1718.
Their third child Littleberry C Mosby(1728-1809)  married Elizabeth Netherland  on 1748.
It is believed that Elizabeth Netherland Mosby was a sister to Vestryman Netherland of Southham Parish who bound out the Homesley children in part to her nephew and neice Stephen Mosby and Alice Minor Mosby. Another child of Littleberry Mosby’s was Mary Ann Mosby (b. 1733-?) who married John Netherland  (Vestryman Netherland.)

Another child of Littlerberry C Mosby, Theodosia Mosby (1742-1790) married Col. Joseph Powell Carrington on 1763 who was a daughter in law of Vestryman George Carrington of Southam Parish.
Child of Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson
Agnes Mosby Binford marries Dr John Hamersley (Homersley)
They have a son (unknown Homersley)
       This unknown Homesley marries Jane Nance
Around 1759, Jane MNU Homersly came from possibly Prince George County, Virginia to Cumberland County, Virginia. She might have wanted her children, who would soon be orphans, to be in the hands of the better established Church of England. We don’t know much about her life prior to going to Cumberland County, other than her maiden name may have been Nance.
In attempts to establish Jane, last name possibly Nance, in our tree, we turn to the Nance couple from Prince George County who had a daughter named Jane. That couple was John Nance (1695-1762) and Jane Smart (1687-1761). James Smart Sr and James Smart Jr, believed to be cousins of Jane Smart, both were born in Prince George County, Virginia. Both were documented Baptist preachers in South Carolina. Some family members of the Smart family being Baptist, and James Sr and James Jr becoming Baptist preachers, was in “keeping of the company” that Doctor John Hammersley kept.
 Jane Smart* was the daughter of Matthew Smart* born about 1650 and possibly Jane Goodard born about 1654.
John Nance* (1695-1762) was the son of John Nance* (1645-1716) and Sarah Gookings (1670-1716), both of whom were born in Prince George County, Virginia. John had prominent ancestors back in England, and he has a lengthy family tree to be noticed.
In his will, John Nance* (1695-1762) left his daughter Jane a shilling sterling. His will was signed 28 February 1761, and certified in Lunenburg, Virginia  6 July 1762. Jane’s siblings mentioned in her father’s will were John, Thomas, Richard, William, Frederick, Sarah, Phebe, Susannah, Elizabeth and Molly.

*genetic match

In closing, the Holmes cousins have presented what we believe to be solid research and speculation as to exactly who were the generations that preceded Garnet Holmes.  It is our hope that generations to come will take the challenge that this story of our family represents  and enhance or disprove the representations that we have presented as our unique American family.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Homsley Stories by Greg Holmes and Len Holmes

One of the surprises of writing for a blog such as Judy Shubert’s Genealogy Traces is that one never knows what the results will be.

Greg Holmes, co author of this entry, wrote an article on some research we had done on Elias Eph Homesley.


A new name arose on genealogy research radar, Glenn GABBARD, who is a descendant of Joseph  HOMESLEY and Mary SMITH.  He well informed us that Mrs. Carrie Homesley CUNNINGHAM came to his ARKANSAS family farm when he was younger and discussed ancestry in preparation for a book about the Homesley kin. The beauty of genealogy is that one generation may offer building blocks for the next to study and learn, and Mrs. Cunningham did just that.

Glenn Gabbard’s father and mother are Leonard Raymond GABBARD (July 11, 1915-August 31, 2009), Belle Homesley (1919-November 23, 2003). Glenn states that his dad bought a few copies and Mrs. Cunningham delivered them by car.

Glenn’s siblings are Norman Gabbard, Carolyn Gabbard Norman, and an Aunt Mabel Shumate. (There is much research that shows intermarriages of the Homesley and Shumate families.) Mr. Gabbard, a retired carpenter for the University of Arkansas, was laid to rest in McCord Cemetery, Elkins, (Find A Grave Memorial #8127536)  WASHINGTON, Arkansas, where so many of his wife’s family had settled at or before the founding of the county.

Glenn’s mother  BELLE HOMESLEY  was the daughter of  LEROY PATRICK HOMESLEY (29 Jun 1894 - 14 May 1990) and CASANDRA FOSTER who were married about 1918 in Washington, Arkansas. Find A Grave Memorial #8127536.

Belle Homesley’s sister was Mabel Homesley SHUMATE
(October 10, 1921-October 10, 2013)

Mabel Homesley Shumate
October 10, 1921 - October 10, 2013

From the Moores Chapel Funeral Home Website:
Mabel Homesley Shumate, age 92, passed away October 10, 2013. She was born October 10, 1921 in Durham, Arkansas to Lee Roy “Pat” and Cassie Homesley. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Belle Gabbard and her husband Howard.
She graduated from Elkins High School where she was a member of the championship girl’s basketball team. Basketball remained one of her favorite things throughout her life. She graduated from the Fayetteville Business School and was a lifelong resident of the Elkins/Durham area except for 1942-1944 when she lived in Houston, Texas and worked in the shipyards during World War II. She married William Howard Shumate on June 9, 1946 and they became the proud parents of three sons. She worked on the family farm while he was a postal carrier in Fayetteville. She was a member of the Elkins Church of Christ for 60 plus years. She was a living testament to her faith. She was a leader of the White River 4-H Club and a charter member of the White River EPA group and worked tirelessly to help defeat the landfill on Hobbs Mountain. She participated in trash pick-ups along Highway 16 East and helped man the recycling trailer at Elkins well up into her later years. She was an avid sports fan and loved her Arkansas Razorbacks. She was a faithful supporter of the Elkins Elks teams and attended many games. She showed the referee’s no mercy when she did not agree with their calls. She loved driving out into the pasture to check the cattle and continued to do so until just a few years ago. She had strong political views and enjoyed debating with anyone who was brave enough to take her on. She was a domino shark and each kid and most of her grandkids have been thoroughly trounced by her.
She is survived by three sons, Allen (Donna) of Elkins, Arkansas, Darrell (Sandy) of Mineola, Texas and Ed (Jan) of Elkins, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Walker (Jamie) of Butler, Pennsylvania, Brian Shumate (Stephanie) of Elkins, Arkansas, Melissa Douglas (Robert) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Allison Shumate (Micah) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sara Shumate of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Brooke DeLucci of Elkins, Arkansas and Courtney Shumate of Elkins, Arkansas; seven great-grandchildren, Gavin Shadrick of Russellville, Arkansas, Grant Shadrick of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Caleb Shumate, Trevor Shumate and Braden Shumate all of Elkins, Arkansas and Zayne Walker of Butler, Pennsylvania; three step-great-grandchildren, Angel (Tyler) Morris of California, Jay Walker of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Ben Napier of Elkins and one step-great-great-grandchild arriving in 2014; two nephews, Glen and Norman Gabbard and one niece, Carolyn Norman; numerous great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by very special friends, Jim and Betsy Martin who gave generously of their time and love to her and Geneva Long who spent many hours with her on the phone and loved her dearly, as well as many other friends and neighbors. All of us want to thank our Jan for her devotion to caring for her and putting her own life on hold, we could not have done it without you. Always know that she loved you dearly even when she was giving you a hard time. The family also wishes to thank the wonderful people from Washington Regional Hospice who made it possible for her to remain in her home until she left us on her birthday.


Glenn’s great grandparents were John Buck Homesley (May 15, 1855-April 28, 1953)
and Ellen Springton (1858-1935) married December 17, 1865 in Washington, Arkansas. The couple had thirteen children born in Washington, Arkansas from 1876-1906.

There is not a complete record of the John Buck Homesley family, and anyone reading this is welcome to add much needed information.

Child 1: Douglas Homesley born June 18, 1876 and died June 17, 1943 San Francisco, California

Child 2: May Homesley born April 11, 1878 and married Lister Bailey

Child 3: Clyde J Homesley born February 1, 1886

Child 4: Hattie Homesley born 1887

Child 5: Ina Homesley born 1888-1989 and married John Ballard (1884-1970). Their children: Lucille, Pauline, Ralph, Thelma Teague, Lee Roy, Melba, Ruby Rude, Agnes, Gladys Buchanan

Child 6: Guy Homesley born 1902-11/18/1963 United States Navy WWII San Bruno, California

Child 7: Herbert Monroe Homesley born May 4, 1906- unknown and married Lennie Mae Wiseman

Child 8: C. J. Homesley born 1882-1950 Rogers Cemetery, Rogers Arkansas

Child 9: Maud Homesley born 1885

Child 10: Elise Homesley born unknown

Child 11: Natalie Homesley born unknown

Child 12: Dennis Homesley 1890-1976 Rogers Cemetery, Rogers, Arkansas

Child 13: Leroy Patrick Homesley who is Glenn Gabbard’s grandfather

James Holmesley
Jane Jennie Womack 

Glenn’s great, great grandparents were James Holmesley (January 3, 1805, Kentucky-September 15, 1881, Wesley, Madison, Arkansas) and Jane Jennie Womack (1803, Kentucky-1899, Elkins, Clark, Arkansas) with burial at Mt. Olive Cemetery.
The Holmesley/Womack marriage produced seventeen children. The documentation
is incomplete on some and any reader is welcome to submit verified data.
These births are not in date order.

Child 1: Nancy Narcissa Holmesley (1834-1858) of Richland, Madison, Arkansas

Child 2: Willilam D. or J. Holmesley (1836-?) of Richland, Madison, Arkansas married Lucinda Homesley (b. 1838 of Madison, Arkansas. Their children are Mary J. Homesley Fowler (1857), John R. Homesley (1859)

Child 3: Sarah Homesley (1837-1927) born in Richland and died in Washington, Arkansas. Sarah married James Henry Lollar (b. abt. 1837 in AR) on an unknown date had five children: Eliza, Fannie, Dudley, Lizzie and Tennie

Child 4: Jane Homesley (1841-1867)

Child 5: Holford Randolph Homesley (1837-?)
Holford Homesley Co. I Pvt/ Sixteenth Arkansas Confederate Infantry

Child 6: Lucinda Homesley (1844-?)

Child 7: Louisa Jane Homesley (1848-1922) married James Calhoun Thomas (1842-1899). Their children:  James, Sarah, Mattie, Butler, and Boone.

Child 8: Elizabeth Loucressy Homesley (1848-1867)


Child 9: Katie Katherine Homesley (1881-?) married George Washington Lollar January 24, 1867. Their children: W.F., Mary, John, Viola Tranquil, Ollie, and Roda

Child 10: John Buck who is recorded earlier

Child 11: James Walker Dave Homesley (1885-1940) married Rebecca Jane Springton March 14, 1878 in Washington, Arkansas. Their children: Randolph and Cora

Child 12: Burrell James (1859-1925) married Josephine Shipman June 05, 1879 in Washington, Arkansas.  They had three children: Lula, Mary, Alice

Child 13: Viola Tranquil Homesley (1853-1949) married William Albert Jeffers in 1874. Their children: Denver Hays, John, Levi, Lillie, Rosy, Lester, Harlan

Child 14: Francis Marion Homesley (?-1902) married Alabama Hannah. Their children: William Moses, Jefferson E., Sarah E., Bennett S.
These children’s names were mistranslated often on official records as being Homsby. This illustrates a point to scrutinize all spellings.

Child 15: Randolph L. Holmesley has no data

Child 16: Sydney E. Homesley (?-1878) married Nancy Sanders abt 1863. They had the following children:  Simon, Stephen, Lula, Frances and John

Child 17: Elizabeth Homesley (1849-1867)



Glenn’s great, great, great grandparents are John R. Holmesley (1773-1857)
and Mary Jane James (1778-1860). These ancestors of ours had 
eleven children that we have recorded. 

These ancestors must have been very stout and hardy people. John R. was born in CumberlandVirginia, married in Lincoln, North Carolina and died in Wesley, Madison, Arkansas. My, those pioneers got about! As an interesting note: Hawkhunter has extensive notes on the journey to Arkansas on John R.’s Find A Grave page. His wife, Mary Jane James, was born in Virginia, and the families must have migrated to Lincoln, North Carolina. She is interred in Wesley, Madison, Arkansas.

Mrs. Carrie Homesley Cunningham had interviewed many of the early Homelsey family and made extensive notes in her book: Historical Record of the Holmesley Family. She discussed the name spelling with some descendants and they concluded that John R, Burell J., Levi and Stephen spelled the name HOLMESLEY
Mary Jane James’ ancestry is a lengthy one that goes for generations and will be the subject of another writing.

Child 1: Stephen Holmesley (1797-1864) born in Lincoln, North Carolina and married Defesy Vaughn in 1825 in Wayne, Missouri. Stephen and Defesy’s children are: Mary Martha Holmesley Lewis, Marion Franklin Holmesley (1841-1887), Didema Holmesley (1826-?), Leonidus (1837-?), Syndey E. Holmesley (1849-?), Beda (1847-?), Lethea Holmesley (1849?-?) all being born in Prairie Arkansas.
Stephen Holmesley built one of the first mills on Yokum Creek in Washington Arkansas.

Child 2: Elizabeth Holmesley (1802-1867) married first Michael Master and then Jesse W. Hock (Hawk).  The children with Jesse Hock are Permela, Jacob, Sarah, Lucinda Evaline, Daniel Henry, and George Washingon.
It is said that Michael Masters’ death in 1831 was the first recorded death of a non-native in Washington, Arkansas. There were six children from the first marriage: John, Nancy, Margaret, Ruhama Elizabeth, David Jackson, Elizabeth.

Child 3: James Holmesley married  Jennie Jane Womack is entered above as the 2nd great grandparents of Glenn Gabbard. There is an interesting note about James Holmesley in that he built the first one of the first buildings in the pioneer town Fayetteville. 

Child 4: Jane Holmesley (1811-1870) married Benjamin Drake 1831 in Madison, Arkansas. I have recorded seven children: Burrell, Rachel, Minerva, Betsy, Delphia, John, Nancy, William and Elizabeth.  Jane died in Hopkins, Texas.

Child 5: Levi Holmesley (1813-1880) married Zimarou Wagnon. They had eight children: Frances Monroe, Randolph Lafayette, Burrell Wagnon, Wesley Stanford, Mary Lucinda, John N, Joel Oliver, Levi Thomas.

Child 6: Mary Holmesley (1815-1872) married William Martin Mullen on 1831 in Wesley, Madison, Arkansas.

Child 7: Narcissa Nancy Holmesley (1816-1833) married an unknown Ernest.

Child 8: Julia Holmesley (1817-1836) married Randolph Coffey.

Child 9: Burrell James Holmesley (1807-1891) married Lucinda Wagnon (1814-1866) on January 1832 in Cane Hill, Washington ArkansasBurrell James and his family migrated to Comanche, Texas and are interred there. This family are true pioneers of Comanche, Texas being one of the FIRST FIVE FAMILIES.
"Early settler of Comanche County, Texas. He and first wife, Lucinda, had the following children who survived to adulthood: Julia 1832-1836; Thomas Jefferson 1834-1903; Amanda 1836-1918; James Monroe, 1838-1881; Martha Jane 1841-1891; William L. 1843-1860; Francis Marion 1845-1943; Burrell Sutton 1849-1915; Arabella 1852-1940." 
Child 10: Catherine Cynthia Katie Holmesley (1803-1885) married John Ben Austin (1802-1847) on 1825 Wayne, Madison, Arkansas.  
Living in Richland Township, Madison County, Arkansas in October 1850
(Federal Census data)
Oct., 1850 Census, Madison Co. AR.
Cynthia Austin 46 Farmer NC
William "" 22 School Teacher AR
Mary "" 20 AR
Benjamin "" 18 AR
James "" 16 AR
Nancy " " 14 AR
Thomas " " 10 AR
John "" 7 AR

Child 11: Betsy Holmesley born 1819.


Glenn Gabbard’s 4th Great Grand Parents are Joseph Burrell Homesley, Sr.
(1750-1799) perhaps born in England; Joseph is interred in Lincoln North Carolina
He married Mary Smith or White 1772 at Cumberland, Virginia.

Some research states that Glenn’s 4th Great Grandmother’s last name was Smith. John R. Holmesley mentions that it was White. Further research is needed to solve this mystery.

One can only wonder what the trip from Cumberland, Virginia to Lincoln, North Carolina was like and what the journey was like for the travelers. The Lincoln County they arrived at was unsettled and occupied with Native Americans eight miles south of Cherryville, North Carolina near where the important Battle of King’s Mountain would take place.

The early days of Joseph’s life is shrouded in time’s dark veil. It is recorded that Joseph’s mother Jane died when he was six years old. Oddly enough she left a verbal will home where she died with the rectory of the Church of England’s priest, Rev. McClaurine of Southam Parish. He reported this to the vestry and they made some fateful decisions for Joseph and his brother, Benjamin, and little sister, Anne. These children were bound-out as was the custom of the day. Wealthy colonists left money for education for their children.  This was not the case for Joseph and his siblings. They were given to community families who wanted them. With the whisk of a quill pen on paper the Vestry of Southam Parish Church of England decided the fates of the Homesley children in Cumberland County, Virginia.

In Joseph’s case he was bound out to a Joseph Akin. (Page 151 Cumberland Court Order Book.) At least over the next sixteen years he lived and worked for the Akin family until in 1772 Joseph married.

Benjamin Homesley, the eldest son, being born about 1748 means that he was about thirteen and bound out to Robert Beck. (Cumberland County Court Order Book 1758-1762, page 120.) Prominent Homesley author, Ray Homesley, suggests that Benjamin may have been the father of Benjamin’s given name.

Anne, the youngest, is bound out to Stephen Mosby (1732-1763) and Abenoday Minor Mosby (b. 1731 Lunenburg, Virginia). Page 151 same book dated February 25, 1760. It is my genealogy guess that Ann being about one year old was absorbed into the Mosby family with whom we have a verified genetic link. Tragedy befalls the Mosby household on October 22, 1763 when Stephen Mosby dies leaving his wife Abenoday or Alice Oneda and two Mosby children, Priscilla (1759), and Jacob (b 1761) along with the bound out Anne Homesley.

According to some recently located records  Priscilla Mosby married Robert Gilliam about December 24, 1786 in Cumberland County, Virginia.This is to certify that I have given my consent to a marriage between my son Robt Gilliam and Priscilla Mosbey.
Witness my hand James GILLIAM, 22nd Decemr, 1786.
Wit: Stephen May and Wm. Thweatt
This is to Certify that I do, Volentaley [sic] give my Consent to a Marriage between Robt Gilliam and my Daughter Presellia Mosbey, without Reserve, witness my hand Allsey Mosbey, 24th Decembor 1/86 [1786]. Wit: William Thomas (Thweatt?), John Sullivant Senr.
 Robert GILLIAM, the son of James GILLIAM and Martha Isbell, his wife and Robert was born 1 May 1766 in Lunenburg County, VA. Robert married Priscilla Mosby.

Records indicate finance problems with Stephen Mosby after his death and his son Jacob was not it appears mentally sound.  It seems that the lands were sold or given back to their grandfather Poindexter Mosby.

Glenn Gabbard’s further ancestry is shrouded in time.  We know that this unknown Homersley had died about 1759. Jane died about October 1761.

One can almost see the crisp fall Virginia wind whistling through the ancient tombstones as they lay Jane Homersley in her grave. With the Anglican Book of Common Prayer’s words of ashes to ashes and dust to dust they covered her till the day of judgement.

Three children stood almost alone: Benjamin, Joseph and little Ann.  The family life they knew ended and a new life journey for them beginning.

These descendants would cover the map of America creating their own destiny and set the stage for an emerging American nation in war and peace.

This leaves me in wonder and awe of this American story.

Thanks to Hawkhunter.

Annette Shaw photo




Shumate, Mabel Homesley, obit, Moores Chapel Funeral Home, website accessed 4-9-14
Find A Grave Memorials,
Jim Hawkins, Find A Grave Memorials, Hawkhunter
Ray Homesley, Homesley family researcher and author
Glenn Gabbard, personal notes and correspondence
Cunningham, Carrie Homesley, Historical Record of the Holmesley Family, author

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas
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