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John Amory Emory Hembree
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Birth: 1744
Jasper County
South Carolina, USA
Death: 1808
Mountain Creek
Anderson County
South Carolina, USA

"Old John Hembree" was the son of John Amory from England. Orphaned young, he was closely associated with the David Hembree family from Virginia and began spelling his name as they did.
John Hembree's father John Amory (1694-1746) married Mary Moore Ayers who was said to be the daughter of Col. John Moore and his Keowee wife, and granddaughter of Gov. James Moore of S.C. and Margaret Berringer Moore. John Amory and James Moore were Indian traders, and Mary Moore Ayers Amory's mother was the sister of Chief Wauhatchee of the Keowee tribe, meaning that Mary Hembree Masters' was supposed to be one-eighth Keowee. John Amory/Hembree is said to have been the son of William Amory (born 1653) and Mary Lillicrop, daughter John Lillicrop & Anne Hole (Holle) Lillicrop.

Mary Hembree Masters was the daughter of "Old John Hembree" (1744-1808) and his third wife, whose name is given as Mary or Martha Murphy (or Jackson?) by historian Larry Petrisky. She married Notley Masters on 30 July 1793 in Pendleton District, S.C. The marriage was performed by William Bennett, the minister of Mountain Creek Baptist Church in Pendleton Dist., now Anderson County, S.C. Notley Masters died in 1819 and was said to have been buried in the original Mountain Creek cemetery. There is the possibility that John Hembree was buried here also, since he died seven years after his daughter's marriage there and eleven years before his son-in-law's burial there, but this is an uncertain speculation since the older markers are unreadable. According to the late Laura Mentzel, the original cemetery and church were several hundred yards down the road from the later church, and all the graves, including those of Notley Masters and Van Davis, were "lost in the woods."

"Old John" Hembree is thought to have been buried possibly in the same church cemetery (Mountain Creek Baptist) as his son-in-law Notley Masters, who was married to Hembree's daughter Mary by the minister of Mountain Creek, William Bennett.

He is said to have died by 1810.

Some give his birth as 1742, while most say 1744.
Researchers show "Old John" Hembree as the son of John Amory, "Gentleman," who left England aboard the ship Minerva under Captain Nicholson, October 8, 1737, landing at Savannah on Dec. 21, 1737. John Amory was an Indian trader who died in 1746 in Charleston. One of his wives was one Mary Moore Ayers, a daughter Governor Moore of South Carolina and his Cherokee wife. She was the widow of another Indian trader, Thomas Ayers, and the mother of John Amory II who spelled his name Hembree and became known as "Old John Hembree" to distinguish him from the other John Hembrees and Amorys of Spartanburg District and Anderson County. The Amory name was spelled Emory and Hembree. Old John Hembree's third wife was Mary Martha (Murphy or Jackson) by whom he was the father of Mary Hembree Masters. 
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  Mary Hembree Masters (1769 - 1865)*
*Calculated relationship
Mountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery
Anderson County
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Ray
Record added: Apr 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88322410

In honor of my 6th great grandfather
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 Added: Sep. 24, 2012

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