Nancy Garner m. Peter Simons 19 Aug 1852, Palestine, Anderson Co, TX (they are my gg-grandparents)
1860 Census says she is b. AL
1870 Census says she is b. SC
Emsley Garner and family on 1850 Census Palestine, Anderson Co, TX, says he is b. SC
1840 Census Pickens Co, SC, shows Emsley and a William Garner next to each other, and their ages would seem to indicate they are father and son. Sister Letty had already married A.C. Smith and they are also on this census.
Emsley does not appear in this whole Garner forum (one of his descendants does appear once).
Based on information from a couple of incomplete sources, I began to search and now believe Nancy is a younger sister of Emsley's. One post elsewhere online showed her name as "Narcissa (Nancy)" but the person who posted it would not share any information.
Emsley and his wife Malissa are buried in the old Palestine cemetery. So is an Elizabeth Garner, who would appear to be the mother as she was born in the 1700s.
After the 1840 Census, Emsley was someplace in GA long enough for Malissa to give birth to three children from 1840-1844. And then two were born @1847 and 1849 in MS--evidence of the trail the family took.
MS is where father William is supposed to have died. Four daughters: Edna [Henry Preston Morgan], Elizabeth [James H. Hendricks], Sarah [Robert Buckner], and Mary [Elish Elcanie Thompson], and a son, Thomas [Margaret L. Shaw], were married between 1845 and 1851 in Winston Co, MS. Thomas has been mistaken by some to have been the father because he signed the marriage bonds for his sisters.
I have yet to find mother Elizabeth or daughter Nancy on an 1850 Census, although they should be there. Then again, maybe they are on their way to TX to join Emsley, since I know Nancy was there by her marriage in 1852.
After Winston Co, MS, these families move across the county line into Attala Co, Ms, and Emsley settles in Anderson Co, TX.
Thomas is later in Anderson Co, TX near Emsley.
Another possible brother, Jesse [m. Eliza Ann Parsons dau of James of SC], shows up in Crawford Co, AR.
Sister Elizabeth later can be found first in Limestone Co, Tx, and then Tarrant Co, TX.
So it would appear that William and Elizabeth are the parents of this family. Online I have seen Elizabeth's last name as Cox, but I also saw the same Elizabeth Cox combined with an entirely different husband.
Surely this Garner group has to connect with the others who settled in the northwest SC corner, and I would greatly appreciate help from you Garner experts on this line.
Be assured I am willing to share what I have found thus far and in the future with one and all.
Hope to hear from you soon, and thank you,
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