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Emsley George, son of Harris/Insanity?
Posted by: Jane (ID *****8950) Date: August 01, 2002 at 15:18:13
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Hi. I'm still looking for info on who Emsley George married and who all of their children were. I believe that Emsley's daughter Sarah was my ggg-grandmother.

I recently got the pension file of Sarah and Eli Kersey's son, Robert Butler Kersey. There's a lot of talk in it about insanity being hereditary in the George line. Sarah died in Porter County Indiana in 1869 after wandering out of the house in the middle of the night. She was found frozen to death in the orchard.

Their daughter Maria Kersey was clearly insane and spent time at the asylum in Indianapolis.

Robert Butler Kersey states in a deposition that his sister Clara was violently insane.

The depositions of many people in the file state that after the Civil War Robert was gloomy, melancholy, peculiar, cranky, and not in his right mind. He admitted to not being right himself but it seems to have been temporary.

Also, Robert's wife said that Sarah wrote to her that one of Sarah's brothers was troubled in the mind. So we know that Emsley must have had at least one daughter and two sons.

Emsley shows up in the 1810 NC census in Chatham County, NC. There's an Emsley George in the 1840 Madison County, IN census which is two counties away from where Eli & Sarah were at that time.

I'd love to hear from anyone who has any connection to the Harris/Emsley/Sarah group.


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