I am at the genealogical library today, so if you have questions, know that I will check the computer from time to time throughout the day to read messages.
Here are the two books which will help you to understand the line up of the family through the generations:
The Twitty Family in America
This particular book was written by Lewis Joel Gregory (1899-1973), who was an electrical engineer and founded his own engineering firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Lewis Joel Gregory was born in Demopolis, Alabama.) Indeed, it was Mr. Gregory's mother that was of the Twitty family line.
Note: Know that NC/GA Honorable Robert McAfee(who married Mary Twitty Miller) had only ONE daughter who lived to adulthood, Susanna Mira McAfee. She and her parents were living in NC at the time that Susanna Mira McAfee (not to be confused with Susanna Myra McAfee of Mississippi, daughter of Honorable James Taliaferro McAfee) met future husband Jackson Gregory family (of the old Joseph Gregory family). The couple married at the Gregory home area in VA. NC Honorable Robert McAfee saw that they had a home in Rutherford County, NC, and I found information that it included a stagecoach stop. I seem to recall that the property was located on the road into South Carolina. I was able to locate the property on an old map, hence, I know that it exists, and I do believe that it is standing today.
As I read the preface to the book written by Mr. Joel Gregory, I was struck by this description of the person which Mr. Gregory proved to be:
..."he was a man of vision who set goals for his life and to attain those goals with unwavering purpose, tenacious, intelligent planning..."
Such perfectly describes the Twitty-McAfee individual, as well!
Tina, I will answer some of your questions re the Twitty family and how the generations line up:
Capt. William Twitty Sr. married Susanna Bellars. (Note: do not get Capt. William Twitty Sr. confused with Capt. William Twitty Jr. who married Frances Rhodes Lewis.....many folks tend to do this. No doubt, it is a matter of the Jr/SR issue, once again; an issue seemingly always lurking around the genealogical corner!)
Capt. William Twitty Sr. and wife Susan Bellars had issue:
1. Anthony Twitty
2. Capt. Wm Twitty Jr. married Frances Rhodes Lewis of Albemarle Co., VA.
3. Russell Twitty married Anna (Polly) Mills
4. Susan Twitty married John Miller. Their first child was Susan Twitty Miller who married NC Honorable Robert McAfee. Indeed, my very own generational grandparents are this couple! Note: Is it any wonder that my late grandfather (born 1890) knew stories upon stories re his own generational McAfee grandparents and about the Twittys' and the Boones'....they left historical footprints. Too, my Grandfather McAfee was born only 30 years after the Civil War, hence, he knew all about NC Colonel Lee M. McAfee and the line of Abner McAfee; those stories are now my family stories!
And...Grandfather knew of the three sons of NC James McAfee Sr. to include William the NC Hunter, James Jr. (only two sons had issue!), and Robert McAfee who married Anne Green. Grandfather seemingly knew everyone of his cousinships within GA and their names and locations, and who married whom and Grandfather was forever telling stories re William Hamilton McAfee and all of the north GA McAfee cousins! What a "living link" Grandfather McAfee was to the history of the early NC and later GA McAfee Family at-large! He knew ALL about the generational family! And...Grandfather McAfee was a most wonderful story teller....and a great sense of humor...a dry sense of humor it was, for sure! I adored my Grandfather McAfee!
Only because of Grandfather McAfee and his in-family Scottish generational duty to carry the McAfee history forward into the next generation do I know so much about the family; however, the more I discover and learn on my own, the more I realize that I know only fragments of the HUGE family history! Nonetheless, I am so thankful that I listened to Grandfather McAfee and that I had an interest and was able to keep the history at issue during my lifetime. Note: The family history and family papers were to pass to the eldest namesake of the particular generation...but somehow...I came along with my keen interest, for I loved the long ago stories of historical persons...such as Daniel Boone and Capt. William Twitty! And, I think: What about those McAfee families who did not have a Grandfather McAfee whose traditional duty was to carry the history forward....no matter how fragmented it may have been? Well, it is never too late to begin talking to the elders of the family and making recordings of their stories....begin now to develop your family history! I encourage every McAfee family to carefully carry their family generational papers forward...you do not have to be the eldest son...any longer! As you collect materials of your family's story through time, you will connect with other researchers and make new connections and discoveries. An example of such is this very communication with Tina and her making "new" discoveries and connections. The excitement of it all is the same feeling from childhood when you have received a surprise from Santa! It deeply touches the heart! And, to this, genealogical effort, I am hoping that all McAfees' will plan to arrive to Blairsville, GA this weekend so that we can all visit and learn more of the at-large McAfee history!
5. Allen Twitty married Martha (Nancy) Miller
6. Bellariah Twitty married Joseph Twitty
7. Charlotte Twitty married Daniel Miles
8. Abella Twitty married Joseph Magness
9. Allen Twitty Sr. married Martha (Nancy) Miller
The second book which has been invaluable to me for McAfee-Twitty research was one which Professor Davis showed to me
Within the book is one chapter written in 1878 by Dr. William John Twitty Miller (1805-1885). This Dr. William John Twitty Miller offers some specific information which was unknown to me....I absolutely delighted in it! One other researcher in Texas had mentioned the book to me, also. Many family histories of others are mentioned in the book...it is MOST interesting! The title of the book: <A Virginia Carolina Genealogy> by Wilson and complied by York Lowry Wilson who received his formal education at Princeton.
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As to the Beller connection, it appears that you, Tina, are making wonderful progress! Note: I have just remembered that I had a communication from someone re the Beller family some time ago, before we ever communicated....I will see if I still have that writing. I have had two computer crash and I have lost a lot of concrete information, but my memory has a lot of files and still works! I do not know if the Beller information was among the lost computer files. I will check...
Thank you for all the fine and detailed work which you do re genealogy...we so appreciate you, Tina!
Carolyn in Birmingham
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