Biography of Mary Fleming
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Margaret, born August 11, 1822, married Andrew Beaty of Lowndes County and reared her family near Valdosta. The Crawfords and Dashers of Valdosta are descendants of this family.
Miles, the eldest son of William and Marina Bembry, was born January 28, 1826, and was thirteen years old when his father died.
He was determined to make for himself a place in his county, and immediately went to work to that end. When only seventeen, he married Sarah Ann Lancaster, July 24, 1843, and in a few years became one of Pulaski County’s wealthiest and most influential landowners. He reared the following sons, who were lifelong citizens of Pulaski County, and who helped materially in its development: William Washington, born September 21, 1844; Robert Taylor, born June 3, 1850; and Herschel Franklin, born May 2, 1855. William, broken in health during his service in the War Between the States, died August 3, 1864, soon after returning home from the war. Robert T. a student at Tenfield, now Mercer University, married Sarah Carruthers, daughter of Washington Carruthers, another Pulaski pioneer, on May 18, 1871. He died September 9, 1894. The following children were reared at the home near Hawkinsville, built soon after their marriage, and where Mrs. Bembry now lives Eunice, Roscoe T., Burnett W., Annie, Robert, and Emily. Eunice attended college in Knoxville, Tenn., and taught school for several years. She married T. J. Mills, of Whigham, Ga., December 1, 1911. They now reside at Whigham, where Mr. Mills is engaged in business and is mayor of the city. Roscoe T., who farms extensively and is a contractor and builder of concrete bridges, married Allie Lancaster, April 29. 1903. Their sons are John Robert, William Franklin, and Roscoe Thomas.
Burnett W. for years held a responsible position with the Secretary of State in Washington, D. C., and while there married Elizabeth Yingling, of Hagerstown, Md. He died in 1911, and his only child, Mrs. W. A. Etoch, now resides with her husband and two small daughters, Elinor and Elizabeth, at Manhassett, L. I., New York.
Annie, who studied at G. S. C. W., Milledgeville, Ga., and later taught school, married R. S. Rogers, of Chester, Ga. They have one daughter, Frances, and the family resides near the old home of Annie’s mother.
Robert B., one of the early mail carriers of Pulaski County, of late connected with his brother in concrete bridge contracting and building, married Mary N. Buchan, June 2, 1908. Their children are: Mary, Sarah, Nell, Clara, Alice, Winnifred, and Robert, Jr., all reared at their father’s old home, where he has always lived with his mother.
On January 12, 1935, Mary married Howell Cross, of Douglas, Ga., where they are now living. On January 1, 1934, Nell married James Wilcox of Pulaski County. They have one son, James, Jr., born June 3. 1935.
On December 30, 1925, Emily, youngest daughter of Robert T. and Sarah Bembry, married J. E. Horne, farmer and business man of Pinehurst, Ga. She finished her education at the Georgia State Teachers College at Athens, Ga., and was for some time a teacher in the Pulaski County school system.
Herschel, fourth son of Miles Bembry, and a planter of Pulaski County, married Cora Taylor, daughter of Mary Jane Pickett and Thomas Lawson Taylor, July 27, 1881. His wife and the following children and grandchildren, all citizens of Hawkinsville, survive him: Miles L., one of the county’s first mail carriers, recently retired by the government, married Lizzie M. Wynne, January 12, 1908. Their two children are Miles and Coretta. Leonora Irene married Israel Mannheim, April 6, 1908. Mr. Mannheim has been clerk of the Superior Court since 1915. Their children are Bernhardt, Louise, and Israel, Jr. Bernhardt married Sarah M. Smith, February 24, 1934. Lillie May Bembry married Charles C. Royal, November 5, 1919. Ruth, the youngest daughter, has been deputy clerk of the Superior Court since 1915. She was a member of the Pulaski County Democratic Executive Committee and was chief executive of the Girl Scouts of Hawkinsville for several years. She has extensive farming and pecan interests in Pulaski County.