Abraham Jernigan – Father of Stephen?

One of my reasons for starting this blog was to have a platform for people researching the Jernigan family to share information, both concerning their own branch of the family in America as well as the earlier family in England. Someone coming to the blog would hopefully find some useful information to use in their …

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Robert Jernigan of Jasper County, MS

I had previously written about another Jernigan in the area of Smith/Jasper Counties of Mississippi, who had not been known about before. This was Joseph Jernigan, who’s only known appearance in the records of the area is in the tax records for Smith County in 1849. Where he came from is unknown. After his brief …

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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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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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Proof at Last!

It might not seem like much, but it was one of those little bugs in the back of my mind that kept bothering me.  While anyone researching my particular branch of the combined Ainsworth/Blakeney/Jernigan families of Smith County, Mississippi "knows" that Terry Blakeney Ainsworth, my great-great grandmother, and her siblings were descended from the Jernigan …

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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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