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Wansley from Georgia

Wansley from Georgia

Posted: 8 Aug 2005 11:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wansley
My name is Nadja and I am searching for African American Wansley's of:
Banks County: cities of District 207(?), Homer, Anderson District,and Commerce
Franklin County: city of Strange (possibly)
Hall County: city of Morgan
Gwinnette County: City of Buford

My g-grandfather was Joseph Wansley (b.March 1880-Banks County / d. 1977) and he was married to Etta Kensler (b.1888? d.unknown). My grandmother Maxine (Wansley) Lewis was their daughter.
Joseph and Etta had several children According to the 1910, 1920, and 1930 census':

Doy (son) b. 1906 ( he eventually moved to Minish GA in Jackson County)
Annie b. 1909
Iva/Ivore/ Ivoregene (sp?) (son) 1911
Fred b. 1913
Mattie (Daughter) b. 1912 -
Grady (sp?) (son) b.1914
Maxey/Maxine-aka Molly (my grandmother) b. 1915 -in Commerce
Albert b. 1917
G.C b.1921 (son)
Coley b. 1923 (son)
Grace 1925

My grandmother is now deceased and the only siblings that I've heard of are Grace, Coley, and Fred. I can recall hearing that several of my grandmother's siblings passed away while they were young. Also, my g-grandmother Etta died sometime b/w 1930-36. My grandmother Maxine eventually relocated to Cincinnati and Joseph re-married Hattie (maiden name unknown). Joseph was living in Buford GA at the time of his death but is buried in Flat Creek Cemetary in Commerece (Banks County).

I've been communicating with at least one other Wansley trying to make a connection but each time I think we have a match, I find information that contradicts my/our findings. For example, according to Joseph's death certificate, his father was Lemon Wansley and his mother was Martha Ward. In the 1880 census, there is a Lemon Wansley in Banks county whose father is Lem Wansley. The birth month/year of Lemon Wansley given on the census is March 1880. Joseph's birth month/year was March 1880. Although I in my gut I feel that Joseph's name may have been Lemon and that Lem is short for Lemon, I've been unable to confirm this.

As mentioned previously, I believe my g-grandfather lived in Franklin County Georgia in 1900 working as a servent for a family named Ariail. His death certificate lists Joseph's place of birth in Banks County. According to the Welcome To Banks County, Georgia site hosted by Rootsweb,(http://www.rootsweb.com/~gabanks2/), " Banks was formed in 1858 from parts of Habersham and Franklin Counties." Again the month/birth year listed on the Census(1900) is March/1880. There are other Wansleys living near this family (Harrison Wansley) in the 1900 census. I can't find Lemon or Martha Wansley or any of Joseph's other siblings during this time ANYWHERE!!!!!!!! It's easy for me to draw a conclusion that I'm working with the same Joseph Wansley but I would like to confim this. I'm also curious to find out whether Harrison is also related.

As a side note and one that leaves me with a ton of questions: Etta, Doy, Annie, and Iva are listed on the 1910 census as mulatto but on all other census, they are listed as Black. My grandmother Maxine was not Mulatto.

I feel like I'm going round and round and am hoping to find someone out there who could shed more light. Any help/feed back would be appreciated and I'd be willing to share any other tid bits of information or search strategies that anyone else could benefit from.

Thanks!

Nadja

Re: Wansley from Georgia

Posted: 28 Jan 2007 8:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
My father James Wansley is from Georgia, His father was Benjamin Wansley, Ben father was Lem Wansly.
My father sisters was Mattie, Bell, Mary, Martha, Ruth Margarette,and Rosa and brothers was Jonnie, David, Benny,and Willie. All my familey just about algone. Willie,
Margarette and Rosa is the only one's left. They are up in age's 70 and 80.

Re: Wansley from Georgia

Posted: 28 Jan 2007 8:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
My father James Wansley is from Georgia, His father was Benjamin Wansley, Ben father was Lem Wansley.
My father sisters was Mattie, Bell, Mary, Martha, Ruth Margarette,and Rosa and brothers was Jonnie, David, Benny,and Willie. All my familey just about algone. Willie,
Margarette and Rosa is the only one's left. They are up in age's 70 and 80.

Re: Wansley from Georgia

Posted: 16 Feb 2007 3:38AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Grace,

We do have a connection. I've heard of you b/c I have been in contact w/Phoebe (Benjamin's g-granddaughter) since last year. My g-grandfather's name was Joseph Wansley and his parents were Lem and Martha Wansley. Joseph's birth name was Lemon but at some point he changed it. I'm in contact w/one other person that I'm trying to establish a connection with. Joseph's youngest child also named Grace recently passed away. I'll go back through so of my old infomation and post it to you so that you'll have all of my lines info. I'm so glad you've contacted! Is there any information that I can possible help you with?

In the meantime, I look forward talking to you.

Nadj

Re: Wansley from Georgia

Posted: 16 Feb 2007 6:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Phoebe and I are frist cousin. I am (Benjamin"s granddaughter too( Gracie). We are on the save line of getting same replys. Keep me intouch with your contacts and replys along with Phoebe.

Re: Wansley from Georgia

Posted: 17 Feb 2007 2:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Gracie,
Ironically, I haven't heard from Phoebe. I think the last time we spoke was during the summer. I've e-mailed her recently and cc her on any new findings I come across. In fact I sent her one yesterday and mention that you posted a response to my message. If I hear from her, I'll let you know. If you hear from her, please do the same.

I thought I'd share my Lem/Martha connection w/you for your notes.
My name is Nadja and my great grandfather was
> Joseph(aka Lemon)Wansley
> of Banks County. His parents were Lem (AKA Slim) and
> Martha(Ward)
> Wansley of Elbert County. Lem and Martha had 8
> children according to
> 1880 Banks county census - Adaline, William
> (possibly changed to
> Harrison), Frances, Benjamin, Caroline, Jessie,
> Jenie and Lemon (later
> changed to Joseph).My g-grandfather along with many
> of his Wansley
> siblings moved around to neighboring counties such
> as Hall,
> Stranges,Jackson and later Gwinnet

Gracie by any chance, do you know if Lem ever changed his name to Gus Maddox? I'm asking b/c I've been in contact w/a wansley descendant who g-grandfather was Isaac Wansley. He's listed in the 1900 census w/a Gus and Martha Maddox. Gus' birthdate is a few years off from Lems. I think Lem changed his name, as did his son William, as did my g-grandfather Lemon. I have a copy of Gus Maddox death certificate. He died in 1922 in Banks county Ga. Of course as I'm sure you're aware, our branches of Wansley flocked to Banks Co. Have you heard of Gus being referred to as Lem?

Re: Wansley from Georgia

Posted: 17 Feb 2007 3:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
NO, I have not hear thing related to(Gus). Have you hear of any "Mayfields" from Pratvillie Alabama. I hear that they was related to my father (James)and siblings wansley. I will put togather a list of my family names so we can try to match them up.

Re: Wansley from Georgia

Posted: 17 Feb 2007 7:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, Adaline Wansley (Lem and Martha's Oldest) married Green Mayfield and possibly had a daughter named Mittie. My e-mail address is nadjabug@yahoo.com-send me an e-mail and I'll forward what I have to you about this as well as the info that suggests Lem changed his name to Gus.

Re: Wansley from Georgia

Posted: 18 Feb 2007 12:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
My e-mail;
gracie.wansley@sbcglobal.net
I am glady we are matching some names.
that infor is a great hope to me.

Re: Wansley from Georgia

Posted: 25 Feb 2007 3:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
me too. I got your e-mail and will compile a list to send to you shortly. In the meantime, have heard of Isaac Wansley-possibly the youngest of Lem and Martha. Initially I thought it was Lem but there is an Isaac Wansley living in the same area as our Wansley's in GA. Do you know much about Martha and Lem?
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