Bibliography for "Earliest Jernigans in NC?"
Information for Jernigans in 1790 Census Index of North Carolina compiled from Ancestry.com http://www.ancestry.com
History of jurisdictions in North Carolina taken from chronological maps at the website for Genealogy, Inc.:http://www.genealogyinc.com
Additional information for county formation at the time of the 1790 census taken from:
Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920; William Thorndale and William Dollarhide; Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202; Copyright 1987; Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 87-80143; ISBN 0-8063-1188-6
Early history of North Carolina taken from the following sources:
Ancestry's Red Book - American State, County and Town Sources; Edited by Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., C.G.; Revised Edition 1992; Ancestry Incorporated, P.O. Box 476, Salt Lake City, UT 84110; ISBN 0-916489-47-7; Chapter on North Carolina contributed by Johni Cerny and Gareth L. Mark, A.G.; (pp 541-560)
Webster's New Biographical Dictionary; Copyright 1988 by Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, MA 01102; ISBN 0-87779-543-6; Articles on the following: Sir William Berkeley, Sir George Carteret, Charles I - King of Great Britain & Ireland of house of Stuart, Charles II - King of Great Britain & Ireland of house of Stuart, Anthony Ashley Cooper - 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, William Craven, Oliver Cromwell, Edward Hyde - 1st Earl of Clarendon and George Monck or Monk - 1st Duke of Albemarle.
Additional early history of Albemarle County, North Carolina taken from US GenWeb for Albemarle County, North Carolina at:http://www.usgennet.org/usa/nc/county/albemarle
Grandson of Frankie William Jernigan and Zora Bell Young of New Castle, Jefferson Co., AL
Great-grandson of Franklin Henry "Frank" "F.H." Jernigan and Ella Mae Lindsay of AL
GG-grandson of Rev. James Silas Jernigan (prob. born Guntersville, Marshall Co., AL c. 1850) and Mary Jane Bodine of AL
Probable GGG-grandson of UNKNOWN and Hannah Jernigan (b. NC; prob. d. in AL after 1870)
Probable GGGG-grandson of Clement Jernigan and Drucilla Terry of Sevier Co., TN
Probable GGGGG-grandson of Samuel Jernigan and Rachel Hand of NC. Others have traced Samuel's ancestry back to Thomas Jernigan the immigrant from England.
Based on existing census information and collaboration with other Jernigan researchers, I believe that my gg-grandfather, James Silas Jernigan, was born to Hannah Jernigan and a father unknown in Guntersville, Marshall County, AL around 1850. I believe that Hannah appears in the 1860 census of Guntersville along with her two sons, James Silas and John Henry (or Henry) and also with her younger brother, Spencer Jernigan. By 1870, I believe James was living with the family of Francis Provence - a prominent man in Guntersville and brother John Henry was living with the Hooper family - also of Guntersville. By 1870 Hannah had a third child - Moses Jernigan. Both were also living in Marshall County. By 1880 James Silas had married Mary Jane Bodine and appears in the census of Guntersville along with his family. Moses Jernigan is listed as his brother which further indicates strongly that James Silas was the son of Hannah Jernigan. Apparently he took his mother's maiden name. Further research in courthouse records in Guntersville may reveal why James was living with the Provence family as a boy and not with his mother and father (whomever that man may have been). I don't know if James, John Henry and Moses even had the same father or why their father(s) do not appear in either the 1860 or 1870 census with Hannah and any of her children. If anyone has any information to solve this mystery, please let me know. Other documentation further connects James Silas and John Henry as probable brothers. I am in contact with one of John Henry's descendants and we communicate on a fairly regular basis. She is also trying to solve this mystery of our Jernigan family's origins.
Some Jernigan researchers insist they have evidence indicating that James Silas Jernigan was the son of Silas Jernigan and Anna Coleman of Brewton, AL. I believe their evidence is only circumstantial and partially based on "family stories". These lines go further back to Lame David Jernigan of Wayne County, NC who served in the Revolutionary War. I no longer accept this as my "Jernigan" lineage. I guess part of my search is to uncover my real family name - the name of James Silas "Jernigan's" natural father. This discovery will lead to even newer discoveries in reference to my family's actual origins.