The book is not forgotten, but neither is it done by any stretch of the imagination. I have drafted over 125 pages bringing the family history out of the Dark Ages when Norse raidrs went "A-Viking" "West Beyond the Sea" to the British Isles, down to the Immigrant Brothers James and Abraham Macklemore and their first generation descendants. I have also done another 40 pages on the best documented branch of the family, that of my own ancestor John, the Immigrqant James' second son, down to the Civil War. I am now starting to work on the family of John's older brother William, the senior one of all the children of the two immigrant brothers. But I am also finding out just how much I DON'T know. By expanding the scope of the work from 1800 forward to 1860, I include two or three generations of exponential growth during a period (the Federal/Ante-Bellum Period) when there was a lot of movement among McLemores Westward and Southward across this country, and very few wills, because of the abolition of primogeniture, none of which make life any simpler for the researcher.
So I am struggling to chew and digest a lot more than I should have tried to bite off. And that is along with the other problems I have previously expressed regarding moving to a new home, and other projects.
I am trying to work with a group by email who are trying to work out the family connections among William's descendants, especially those who moved in the late eighteenth century into Duplin County NC (later Duplin, Sampson and Bladden counties), some of which families are fairly well researched and some - actually right much - are not. There are several lines that go back into that area and dead end about a generation or two down from the first McLemores who entered the area, and we are trying to make those connections so that they can tie in to the main line of descent and I can proceed with the Chapter on William and his descendants. Then it will be on to James Jr., Charles, Ephraim, and Atkins McLemore's respective lines, plus an appendix or two with some old, and some new, information as well..
So stay patient; I promiose that if I live long enough to finish it will be worth the wait.
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