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Nancy, daughter of William and Marina Mayo Bembry, born April 17, 1829, was married to William I. Beaty of Lowndes County, March 12, 1856. William I. Beaty was killed in the Battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864. Nancy, who survived her husband only a few years, was left with three small children: Josephine, Brown, and W. J., better known to his friends as Zollie. At Nancy’s death the children were brought back to the old Bembry homestead and were reared by their grandmother, Marina Bembry. Josephine married J. F. Sparrow, of Pulaski County, January 14, 1881, and since her husband’s death has made her home with her son, E. C. Sparrow, at the old homestead near Hawkinsville. Their only daughter married B. B. Dykes of Bleckley County. E. C. Sparrow married Annie Mae Buchan of Pulaski County. William J. Beaty married Mary Ella Collins, October 23, 1889, and moved to Florida, where he and his brother were extensively interested in citrus fruit groves. Some of these groves were located in what is now the city of Lakeland. After the disastrous freeze of 1895, W. J. and his wife returned to Pulaski County, where he became engaged as a contractor, having built and remodeled many homes in this county. Their children were: Brown, deceased, Grace, and Augustus, deceased. Grace was graduated from Wesleyan College in 1916, and for several years taught in the Pulaski County school system. On May 10, 1917, she married William M. Watson of Hawkinsville, a graduate of the University of Georgia and lieutenant in Company L, 326th Regiment of the 82d Division, A. E. F. He died August 3, 1925. Their children are: William M., Jr., Pope B., deceased, Grace, and Mary Elizabeth. For two years Mrs. William M. (Grace) Watson was administrator of the Pulaski County Emergency Relief Administration, and she is now supervising aide of that organization.

Martha W. Bembry, born November 14, 1832, married W. J. Holmes, a pioneer school teacher, and reared a large family in what is now Bleckley County, at that time Pulaski.

William Bembry, born December 9, 1834, married Mary J. Allen, and was killed in the Battle of Chickamauga in the War Between the States. He was survived by his wife and one daughter, Sarah Bembry, who moved to Florida after the close of the war.

Sarah Louisa Bembry married Joseph Burkhalter, January 13, 1838.

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