Ruth Dobbins Bennett

Ruth Dobbins Bennett

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Since I was a youngster, I enjoyed listening to the stories the older relatives told. I did not realize that was the beginning of my genealogy interest. Shortly after my husband and I married in 1969, we went to his family reunion. The hostess had a beautiful book about 6 inches thick with family information. (That research is now in the local library in a separate collection.) At that moment, I decided I wanted to do what she did.

Most of my family took the migration route from the Carolinas through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi "for a spell" and then to Claiborne and Bienville Parishes in northern Louisiana. Major surnames include: Dobbins, Baker, Carter, Hays, Crossland, Caskey, Cantrell, Hammontree, Cox, Bassett, Kilpatrick, White, Harper, Pearson. To my surprise many Quaker families from Newberry, SC are in this line.

My husband's family started their migration from Patrick, Henry, and Pittsylvania Counties in southern Virginia southward through Georgia and Mississippi to the Felicianas in southern Louisiana. Major surnames include: Bennett, Lyons, Young, Mills, Hays, Lilley, Morris, Knight, Moore, Swoope, Hairston, Starnes, Rheams. The Quaker lines in this family orginated in Bucks County, PA.

My husband is very supportive of my hobby/compulsion. We routinely visit courthouses, cemeteries, and archives throughout the South. He is the photographer for the gravesites and headstones added to memorials.

I welcome corrections and additional information from cybercousins.
Ruth Anne Bennett


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