Thanks for your reply.
Yes, that is the location in Georgia where Charner owned his land. However, there is no evidence connecting Charner to John Humphries of Middlesex Co. Va. in the 1600s. That seems to be a completely different Humphries family, with its own family history.
Here is Charnerís ancestry. Charner Humphries of White Hall was born in Chester Co., S.C. in 1795 and was the son of John and Elizabeth Timms Humphries. Charner and his brother Amos inherited land from their father John who died in Chester Co. S.C. in 1814. Amos and Charner also inherited land that had belonged to Johnís father, Charles Humphries. Disposition of all of this property is recorded in deeds located in Chester Co. in the 1830s.
Charnerís grandfather, Charles Humphries, is well documented as a son of John and Mary White Humphries of Brunswick Co., Va. This John Humphries died in 1738 and left a grant of land to four of his sons, namely William, John, Thomas and Charles Humphries. The boys received the land in 1747, when it was located in the newly formed Lunenburg Co., Va. The land was quickly sold and all of the brothers eventually moved to Wake Co. N.C. Charles later removed to South Carolina (Chester County) in 1779.
There is now a good paper trail from Charner back to his great-grandfather, the John Humphries who died in Brunswick Co. Va. in 1738. Nothing is known for sure of this Johnís ancestry, but it is thought that he may have been the son of one Evan Humphries of Surry Co., Va. Evan can be found in the records of Surry Co. Va. as early as 1677 as an indentured servant. It is not impossible that Evan was a relation of John Humphries of Middlesex Co., Va. , but no evidence of this has ever been presented. John Humphries d. 1738 in Brunswick Co. Va. has never been connected to John of Middlesex that I know of.
Judge John David Humphries was indeed related to Charner Humphries, in that he was descended from Charnerís brother John, who was known to be a son of John and Elizabeth Timms Humphries. This is documented in several different early histories of Atlanta.
Documentation for claims about Charner and his line can be found in the article about Charner Humphries published in the SCMAR in May of 2010; in the article ďLeaving Southside Virginia: Tracking the Humphries Brothers from Brunswick County, Virginia to Wake County, North CarolinaĒ published in the Virginia Genealogist, July, 2005; and in Brent Holcombís book on the Humphries family published in 1985.
The line of John Humphries of Middlesex Co. seems to be pretty well documented, also. His descendants moved into Georgia at about the same time as the descendants of John and Mary White Humphries, but there are no records that I know of indicating that they were related. I would be interested in hearing about any records that show that they were.
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