Surname: Bembry

Biography of Miles Bembry

Miles Bembry, son of William and Marina Bembry, was born in North Carolina, January 24, 1826, and died in Pulaski County, April 1, 1888. His grandfather, John Bembry, an English shipmaster, placed his sons at Edenton, North Carolina, at the death of their mother, Annie Bryan, from Ireland, where, after retirement from sea service, he joined them and settled, later moving to Florida and then to Georgia. Miles showed his pluck and determination when, at age fifteen, he assumed control of the remains of his father’s estate, most of which had been lost by mismanagement, and, with his mother’s help, reared the younger children, winning by this sacrifice the high respect of all. He accumulated a valuable estate, cleared and developed thousands of acres of land, built homes, operated his own sawmill, grist mill, cotton gins, first with water power, later with steam, first of this type in the county. He held the office of Sheriff for two terms, and successfully managed the leading hotel in Hawkinsville for a number of years. July 24, 1843, he married Sarah Lancaster, daughter of Nancy Johnson and George Washington Lancaster. He was a good neighbor, kindly in his home, progressive in business, and generous to the highest degree, few asking help without receiving, and was the idol of the colored people because of his kindness and consideration. He was a devout member...

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Biographical Sketch of William Bembry

Among the pioneer settlers of Pulaski County were William Bembry, born in North Carolina, August 23, 1795, and his wife, Marina Mayo Bembry, born in the same state, November 14, 1799, both descendants of English families. They came to Pulaski County in 1829 in covered wagons and purchased lands in and near Old Hartford, a prosperous town of this section at that time. They later built a home about a mile out, on what is now the Cochran highway, then little more than an Indian trail between the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers. They both lie buried near the old homestead, the father having died April 22, 1839, and the mother years later. The nine children are: Ann Eliza, Mary, Catherine, Margaret, Miles, Nancy, Martha W., William, and Sarah Louisa. Catherine, born April 6, 1824, died May 23, 1834. Ann Eliza, born January 17, 1819, married Willett Snell, July 25, 1837, and later moved to...

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