The Mystery of Joseph Jernigan

After all of the research that has been done concerning the Jernigans of Smith County, Mississippi, I have never heard anyone mention the name Joseph Jernigan.  Stephen, yes.  Harris, yes.  Francis M., yes.  Never Joseph. It isn't surprising that no one has heard of him.  He does not appear on either the 1840 census, nor …

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Francis Melfort William Fitzherbert – 15th Baron Stafford

While the Jernigans have been a very "prolific" family in America since Colonial times, the family continued on back in England as well.  While I don't have a head count of the surviving Jernegan/Jerninghams in England today, we know there are still many descendants of the high-born Jernegans of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, even …

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Stephen Jernigan – Columbus County, NC, 1830 – 1840

If you have read my earlier posts on my 4th great grandfather, Stephen Jernigan, you will know that his suspected origins are in the areas of Columbus County, NC and Horry County, SC, one of the large areas of Jernigan settlement by the early part of the nineteenth century. We can be fairly certain that …

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Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson

In the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, there were few military heroes of the stature of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson.  In an age where Britain's naval fleet reigned supreme, he was one of the most accomplished leaders to be found sailing the high seas.  His list of naval victories is impressive; San Juan, the Nile, Copenhagen, among many …

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Robert Walpole, Britain’s First Prime Minister

He was one of Britain's most celebrated, and most honored statesman.  He is considered to be the first Prime Minister of Great Britain.  He was a Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Bath, a member of the Privy Council, and was eventually given the title of 1st Earl of Orford.  It also appears that …

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