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Re: Fannie Chamblee,Mary E Chamblee
Posted by: D. Stoddard Date: April 15, 2000 at 01:31:34
In Reply to: Re: Fannie Chamblee,Mary E Chamblee by Mary E Thomas of 450

The question was:

Looking for info on the Shamblee side of the family.
This is all the info I currently have: My GGGrandmother: Mary Elizabeth Shamblee. Shamblee was her married name.

She was born about 1854, died 1954 in Memphis, TN. I know that she and husband resided in Como, MS when my grgrandmother Fannie was born in 1885.

Fannie married a William Tom Abbott (an American Indian) probably in MS. When Fannie died in Memphis, Tn, Oct 1956 her last name was Scott.

here were other children: Lee Shamblee (last known in Covington, TN), Viola (married a Forsyth) (last known in Memphis, TN) and Lizzie (married a Ryals)(last known in Covington, TN).

Some thoughts for you on this search:

The name CHAMBLEE is spelled dozens of dozens of ways in records. In some families it flipflops between children. People were not literate years ago, and records takers sounded out the names. CHAMBLEE is also CHAMLEE and SHAMBLEY and SHAMLEY. In some cases known ancestors have been CHAMBERLIN in some tax records. Being flexible with spelling is the key to genealogy.

I just can't seem to find a connection to our large database. I am suspecting that your line either doesn't go back far enough to tie in, or it's one of those "lost lines" which we have a few of, but which fascinate us.

Here are some standard places to look, I'm sure you will find your people. After you get back a few generations, we'd love to try to help you place them. Until then, try this:

--Make sure you do your genealogy one step at a time going backwards with yourself. Pull all birth, death, marriage records, social security records and applications, etc and compare them.

--Contact every relative you can think of and ask them who is harboring the family records, photos, bibles, papers, etc. Recontact them, as they WILL remember details after you first call.

--Check EACH census year for federal and check the census for the states where your ancestors lived. All states did "special censuses" just for their state not controlled by the government. Thus, Look for Fannie Shamblee in 1900 as a child in the state where you think she lived. She will be the child in the family.

--After you find your people on the census, look on a map to see the neighborhood (as reflected in the census) where they lived. Is it close to a county line? THey could have records in both counties.

--Check for estate records after death, etc.

HINT: Never rely on other people's oral history or hunches. They are often proven quite wrong. Family genealogy books and the internet is only as good as the people documenting those records. Often most of it is not documented, be careful.

Chamblees, Shamblees, Chamlees, etc., followed distinct migrations routes beginning in early Virginia as did many families. Our family started in early VA and went south into early NC, Chowan and Bertie Counties. From there to Wake Co, and then the BIG dispersal to SC, MS, AL began as more land opened up. Thus, certain Chamblee/Shamblee families migrated with certain neighbors to various counties and states. We can identify many generations of those people and help you with early genealogy.

Looking forward to hearing from you! I will have other Chamblee researchers look at your Mississippi references and see what they know.

Let me know what you find, be happy to help.



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