Four generations: Sanders and Kinsey, Kaufman, Texas, August 6, 2016

(L to R) Wanda Sanders, Richard Sanders, Rodney Kinsey, Sharon Kinsey. Justin Sanders, Jarrod Kinsey

(L to R) Wanda Sanders, Richard Sanders, Rodney Kinsey, Sharon Kinsey. Justin Sanders, Jarrod Kinsey

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Rogers family

The eighth major line in my ancestry is that of William A. Rogers, Sr. (1767 – Halifax County, North Carolina) – 1850 Anderson County, South Carolina) and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Duckworth Rogers (1765 – Halifax County, North Carolina) – 1845 Anderson County, South Carolina).  Their line migrated to Texas sometime in the mid to late 19th century settling in Anderson County, Texas.

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Pickel/Pickle/Pickell family

William Pickel (1776 – 1866) and his wife, Elizabeth Wilson Pickel (1782-1869) are the first known of my line.

“The correct spelling of his last name is not clear. On his tomb it is spelled Pickel; on a powder horn in the possession of the writer is carved “W. Pickle 1824.” The name is spelled both ways on several documents as well as Pikle and Pickell. The same variations are found in his sons’ names. Most of the descendants remaining in South Carolina spell the name Pickel or Pickell while those that came to Texas generally spell it Pickle, although this is not always true.

His parentage is unknown, but family traditions indicate two possible countries of origin. One states that there were three brothers that came to Colonial America from Ireland. One went south; this would be William’s father. The other two went north, possibly to Kentucky, Tennessee, or Illinois. Two of the brothers spelled the last name one way; the other brother, the other way. At first it seems unlikely that a family would come from Ireland and have a last name of either Pickle or Pickel. Upon further research, it was found that several families from the Palatine and surrounding areas went to Ireland and later they or their descendants came to America.

The other origin was outlined in a biography of one of his grandsons, William E. M. Pickle, which was published in History of Texas. Lone Star State – Centennial Texas( page 669, published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, in 1896.

William Pickle, the father of C. W. Pickle, was reared and passed his life there [Williamston, S. C.], being a slaveholder and a prominent farmer and dying in that state at the extreme old age of ninety-one years. His father had emigrated to this country from Holland and made settlement in South Carolina at a very early date.”

Again this points to the probability that they were of Palatine or similar origin in what is now southern Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Other family traditions indicate that William Pickle’s ancestors left Holland because of religious persecution and one went to Canada. Other traditions state that three brothers came to America; two stayed in South Carolina and one went to Tennessee.

His parents probably emigrated to America to one of three areas. Many landed at Philadelphia, later moving to western Pennsylvania, the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia, North Carolina and finally to South Carolina. ‘This was the path of many who settled the areas east of the Appalachian Mountains. Immigration to the eastern part of North Carolina around New Bern on the Neuse is another possibility. Many Swiss and German families first settled in that area. The third possibility is immigration directly to Charles Town, South Carolina or by way of Georgia and settlement in Orangeburg, Congaree, Wateree, and Newberry. All of this is speculation but based on the history of many similar families who settled in South Carolina. Family tradition according to Hampton Pickle, son of Albert W. Pickle, is that William Pickle’s dad was killed in the Revolutionary War and his mother died shortly afterwards. “Bill” was raised an orphan by relatives and friends.”
Source: Pickle, Jack R. History of the William Pickle Family. Victoria, Texas. Self-Published. 1990. pp. II-2, II-3

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Ingram family

The earliest known of my Ingram ancestors was John Ingram and his wife, Mary.  John was born in Northern Ireland in 1745 and married his wife about 1764.  Of their children we know of only five sons: Richard, David, William and John, all of whom were born in Northern Ireland and James, who was born in North Carolina.  The Ingrams immigrated to America arriving in Savannah, Georgia in December, 1768.

It was the grandson of John and Mary Ingram, Washington Ezekiel Ingram, who, with his brother, Hugh relocated from Georgia to Texas, the first to settle in 1850 in what is now Rural Shade, Navarro County, Texas.

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Holland family

My earliest known Holland ancestor is John Holland who was born in 1746 in New Kent, Virginia.  He married Jane Jenkins, born in 1744 in Prince George County, Virginia, in 1770.

It was their great grandson, Bluford Caldwell Holland who was the first of my Holland ancestors to settle in Henderson County, Texas in the mid-19th century.  Bluford was born 10 July, 1822 in Alabama;  and his wife, Charlotte Ann Davis, was also born in Alabama on 30 September, 1821.  They were married on 13 March, 1845 in Sumpter County, Alabama.

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Edmundson family

The earliest documented of my Edmundson ancestors are Lt. James Edmundson and his wife, Penelope “Penny” Stanton Edmundson.  They were married about 1770 in North Carolina.  It was their grandson, Wright Edmundson, who was the first of this line to settle in Texas where he was listed in the 1850 census as a miller living in Walker County, Texas.

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Broyles family

Johannes and Ursula are the progenitors of the Broyles, Broiles, and Briles families in America.Though born in the village of Dusslingen in Württemberg, Johannes moved, perhaps around the year 1700, to Ötisheim, a small village approximately 40 miles north as the crow flies. There he met and married Ursula Roup, daughter of a local gravedigger. And there he and Ursula began raising their family. Johannes’ father Conrad was a farmer, and Johannes was the eldest son, thus entitling him to a good inheritance, but he forsook this to make his living as a weaver in Ötisheim. Perhaps it was this sense of trying the unknown that prompted him and Ursula to join a group of families making the voyage to the New World.

There can be no doubt that Johannes and Ursula Breyhel of Ötisheim are identical to John and Urseley Broyle of Germanna. The names and ages of their children match perfectly with what is known, and they disappeared from the Ötisheim records at just the right time.

1717 – Johannes and family emigrate to America with about 20 other German families, and come to live at Germanna, in Virginia.

24 Jun 1726 – John Prial is granted 400 acres in the “first fork of the Rapidan River.” [1]

2 May 1727 – John Bryoll proves his importation. He is granted the right to take up 200 acres. He states that he came to this country about nine years since with Captain Scott, and that he brought with him his wife Urseley, and children Conrad and Elizabeth. On the same day, Jacob Bryoll (John’s son) proves his right to take up land, and is granted 50 acres.

7 Mar 1732 – John Broyle makes his will, Spotsylvania Co., Va., Book A, page 209: “I, John Broyles, being willing to setel my affairs, knowing that in this trancitory life we are in ye mids of death. I does after by wife’s deceas leve my land, Goods, and catel to be “be” equally divided amongst all my children mail and female as witness hand. This being my last will Testament his John / Broyles mark wit: Michael Holt, Balthasar (Paultus) Blankenbaker, and Nicholas Blankenbaker.

5 Feb 1733 – At a court held for Spotsylvania County: “Urseley Broyle, widow of John Broyle decd Exhibied the above will which was proved by oath of Paultus Blankepaker one of the witnesses thereto and desired the same might be recorded which was granted.”

26 Jul 1744 – Jacob and Conrad Broil convey to Adam Wilhite 200 acres of land patented 24 Jun 1726 by John Broil, and bequeathed to them. This was their inheritance, and would indicate that their mother had died. Since it appears that John Broil owned 400 acres at his death, this would also indicate that he had four children who survived him, because the estate was to be divided equally among his heirs.
Source: Broyles/Briles Database

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Brown family

This category is about my Brown ancestors who married into the Ingram family.  William Brown, the earliest known of my family in this line was born 28 March, 1803 in South Carolina.  William married Artemissa Burke in Georgia about 1827, and it was their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Brown who married Washington Ezekiel Ingram with whom she immigrated to Texas in the middle 1850’s.

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Bartlett family

The Bartletts were the first of my family to settle in Texas.  Jesse Bartlett removed and settled on the Brazos River, now Hempstead, Texas in 1831.

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Ingram descendants work at improving Ingram Family Cemetery near Rural Shade, Texas

On a hot day in early August, members of the Kinsey, Baker, and Hicks families went to Rural Shade, south of Kerens, Texas to do some work on their mutual ancestors’ grave sites.

The old Ingram homeplace is long gone and the location of the family cemetery has been overgrown by trees and vines.  While now on private (and not family property), the owners have always been generous about allowing Ingram descendants access to this land and visit their ancestors’ graves.

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Sharon Kinsey drives the “buggy” for an easier access to the old cemetery, which is across a large pasture, known for it’s rattle snakes!

IMG_1583Here, Timothy Baker, Rodney Kinsey, and Timothy Coats Baker are carrying one of the old headstones.


Sharon Baker Kinsey, Timothy Coates Baker, and Selah Baker Hicks stand behind one of the Ingram family headstones.

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