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Easley--Pendergraft Connection
Posted by: Rebecca Date: August 17, 2001 at 09:27:10
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I have been researching my Easley ancestors, and I keep getting back World Family Tree CD information stating that my Easley relatives are possibly linked with the following surnames: Pendergrass, Pendergraft, Pendygraft, Easly, Smith, Pendegraph, and Eesley.

I think it is possible that I have not been able to find what I need because of variations in the Easley spelling. Here is much of what I know about my Easley line:

My Easley family came from North Carolina in the 1800's circa 1850 - 1880 and went to North Mississippi, near and in the New Albany, Union County area. The information I have is as follows. William "Billy" Easley from ? and spouse unknown had three sons and one daughter: Hartwell Timothy Easley, Matt Easley, Mard Easley, and Lou Easley. I believe at least Hartwell Timothy Easley and Mard Easley (maybe all of them) left N.C. for Mississippi circa 1855 -1880. Hartwell Timothy Easley born abt. 1855 (from whom I descended) married a Margaret Elizabeth Walker and had five daughters and one son: Zular Easley (died at age 5), Emma Easley (m. to a Perry, Langley, and a Bishop), May or Mae Easley (m. to a Hixson), Alice Easley (m. to a West), Dora Easley (m. to a Smithey), and Levi Will Easley (my ancestor b. Dec. 25, 1885 or 1888 d. July 17, 1965 and married a Mattie Velma Garrison b. Feb. 10, 1895 and d. March 1, 1955). Only Levi Will Easley and Dora Easley Smithey from Hartwell Timothy Easley had surviving children. Margaret Elizabeth Walker, who married Hartwell Timothy Easley, was the daughter of Emmaline Phagan who was married twice: once to a Walker with sons Tom and John and daughter Margaret Elizabeth, and once to a Privette with a son, Bill, and twin daughters, Laura and Ida.

Mard Easley (Hartwell's brother) married a lady with the last name of Western (possibly), but had a daughter named Fannie Mae Easley I believe. Hartwell Timothy Easley's daughter Dora Easley Smithey's son Thomas Marshall Smithey married into the Mard Easley family (to Fannie Mae Easley), so those two family lines are connected through one of the sons. Mard, Hartwell Timothy, Lou, and Matt were supposedly half American Indian, Cherokee and Choctaw (or at least they had American Indian blood). I do not know where their father William "Billy" Easley came from, but possibly from North Carolina also. I have also wondered if there is a connection with a Hard Easley I have read about, i.e. Mard and Hard could be related or the same person with the spelling changed?

I have searched and traveled, and I have not been able to find out much more information than I have given, except that tonight I did an online search and found that a Hartwell Easley was listed in the 1900 Mississippi Census. I have not seen the information in the census though. I also found a Lou Bera Easley listed on 1900 Mississippi Census. I do not know if they are the ones I am looking for or if there is a definite connection.

Would any of you please check into any information you have to see if you know anything about these Easleys? I have searched and searched, and I would be very very grateful for any help you could give!! Thanks in advance!



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