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Sons of Isaiah Emanuel (Sampson - Robeson County, NC)
Posted by: Ryan Emanuel (ID *****5118) Date: August 19, 2004 at 07:40:25
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This may be common knowledge already, but I thought I would post it anyway.

Isaiah Emanuel (1825-1911) is believed to be the common ancestor of all Robeson County Emanuels, having moved from Sampson County to Robeson County in the mid-1800s. The elderly Isaiah and wife Druzilla may have migrated with the turpentine industry from Robeson County, NC to Adabelle, GA in the late 1890s with at least one of their sons, Edward (Edard) James "EJ." Oral tradition claims that grandma Druzilla died of influenza while in GA. That grandpa Isaiah is not buried with his wife is evidence to support this. Isaiah and his sons' families probably returned individually to Robeson County between 1910 and 1920. A daughter of EJ, my great-great aunt Lottie Emanuel Chavis, was born in Bulloch County in 1903 and is still living. She has told me stories about growing up in Georgia in the early 1900s prior to returning to Robeson in 1920.

Isaiah had three sons, but I do not know whether he had any daughters. My great-great grandpa EJ Emanuel (1865-1951) is buried in his wife's family cemetery, the Hammonds cemetery near Saddletree. Another son, Rev. Mackenzie Bennett Emanuel (1854-1941) (Scotland County, NC and Dillon, SC Emanuels) is buried near his father in the St. Anna Freewill Baptist Church cemetery near Pembroke, NC. Isaiah's other son, Isaiah Dixon (ID) Emanuel is buried at the Harper's Ferry Church cemetery west of Pembroke, NC.

I thought it was interesting that this family left Sampson County and moved to Robeson County, left Robeson County and moved to Bulloch County, GA and finally returned to Robeson (sadly without wife and mother Druzilla), all to be buried within a few miles of each other.

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