Stephen Jernigan of Smith County, MS – Part 2

In Part One, I believe I was able to make a strong case, based on the documentary evidence available as well as a great deal of circumstantial evidence, that Stephen Jernigan, who settled in Smith County, Mississippi in 1839, was part of the larger group of Jernigan families that lived in Columbus County, North Carolina …

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Stephen Jernigan of Smith County, MS – Part 1

As anyone who has tried researching the Jernigan family of the American south (along with numerous variations of the name), it can be a messy, disorganized, chaotic enterprise.  While they have left some trail in the surviving records of various southern states, they were a very “prolific” family in terms of children, grandchildren, etc.  Names …

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