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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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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Welcome to the Jernigan Journal!

"The Jernigan Journal" - yes, I thought that was catchy name... So, what is the Jernigan Journal all about?  Well, it is intended to serve several purposes.  But first, a brief history about how and why I am writing about the surname "Jernigan." It all started a few years ago when, after a lull of many …

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