Family Migrations from SC and VA, to TN, AL, and MS
WHO ARE WE? WHERE DID WE COME FROM?
Descendants of George EMERSONand Esther ROBINSON invite families with connections in North Alabama, North Mississippi, and Southern Tennessee, to attend a
meeting to learn more about our ancestors.
Saturday, October 8, 2005
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ET Sims Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building (inside)
371 Seventh Avenue SW
Hamilton, Alabama 35570
If you wish, bring a dish or a non-alcoholic drink to add to the event potluck. Bring your Gedcom files, handwritten notes, and verbal stories to share! We will try to have a
small flatbed scanner available to scan photographs, so be sure to bring those, too.
We believe that our ancestors, George EMERSON/EMBERSON and Esther ROB*SON (variations include Robinson, Roberson, Robertson, etc.), came from Virginia/South
Carolina through Tennessee and into Alabama. Various branches or connections of this family also migrated to counties in Mississippi, including Itawamba and Tishomingo
counties. This movement is consistent with migration patterns of the time.
For more information, visit our Yahoo group devoted to this search for difficult-to-find ancestors at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/emerson_robinson/.
More About George and Esther Emerson:
- George Emerson/Emberson was born in Virginia, and there are contemporary Embersons listed in various genealogies for Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and other
states, but no definite connections have been made.
- Esther Rob*son was born in SC, and several possibilities for origins of Emberson and Robinson families in South Carolina exist (that is, with an 1800 census listing both
Emberson and Rob*son families), most notably in Kershaw, Chester, Spartanburg, Lancaster, and Pendleton Districts/Counties.
- We have some evidence that Esther's father was John Rob*son, of which there are several throughout the census records. George and Esther's second son was named
John Robinson Emerson, and the first son was named William Emerson, leading us to believe that they might have used Scots/Irish naming patterns in the family. If that is
the case, then the William Emberson and John Robinson families listed in the 1800 Kershaw County, SC, census may be our best clue.
- We have some word-of-mouth evidence that George and Esther lived in Franklin County, Tennessee, before coming to Alabama. The name “Emerson” appears rarely in
early Franklin County, Tennessee, records, but there are two Embersons (John and James) and one Emburson (George) listed in the 1812 Tax List. A William Emberson is
listed in “Franklin County Men in the Indian Wars.”
- In the 1830 and 1850 censuses, George and Esther are in Lawrence County, Alabama.
- Sometime before 1860, George and Esther moved from Lawrence County to Marion County, Alabama, in the Shottsville area.
- Several members of both the Emerson and Robinson families migrated to Mississippi the 1800s, along with other families connected to them. There are several as of yet
unconnected Rob*son families in Mississippi that would seem to tie into the same family as Esther's.
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