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My Roots in Adair County Kentucky
By Carlis B. Wilson
Having been born in Adair County Kentucky, I lived with a number of dad's and mom's relatives while growing into my teen years. My father died in the year of 1937 at the age of 23 years old. He left mother with two children and another one on the way.
People were close in those days, everyone seemed like kin folks instead of neighbors.
Everyone shared in times of need many did not have sufficient farming tools which meant a lot of borrowing went on. The community of people was so close that is was nothing to borrow a cup of sugar or coffee when one run out until they could get to the country store, or sold some farm products to buy the needed items.
These dear people, as close as they were, seemed to overlook the need of telling the younger generations about their heritage, or just who were their great grandparents and those beyond. It could have been because there was little means of recording the family linage and history. Therefore, when I grew older and begin to think about who we are and where did our ancestors originate, I began to get interested in family linage. Which in time, turned out to be a family quest.
Today as I set here in front of my computer writing this peace about my findings of precious people that help make me who I am today, there are Wilson, Coomer, Wheeler, Yarberry, Garmon, Farris, Hamilton and more, in my family data, which I knew little or nothing of them being our relatives. Although most lived in the same county and close community that I was born and raised in.
However, I am grateful for a good start and those cousins who have helped on my family quest! Today I have my Wilson family back to JAMES WILSON, 1703, Henry County, VA.
The Coomer Family back to John Coomer, 1796, Stokes Co., NC. and possible brother or son William Coomer, 1770, Stokes Co., NC. and his wife Sukea Beasley 1770, VA.
The Wheeler family back to ARCHELAUS WHEELER I, 1750, Buckingham Co., VA and wife MILDRED LYLE 1750 VA. married 1775, Buckingham Co., VA.
The Yarberry family back to WILLIAM ARON YARBERRY, SC. and SALLY SHERRLL, - 1838 Haywood Co., NC.
The Garmon family back to JAMES B. GARMON, 1844 and wife HARRIET ANN FARRIS, 1851, TX. They married 1879.
The Farris family back to IAN ESOM FARRIS, 1643, Scotland or Wales, and his wife EMILY JANE CAMERON, 1644. Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Hamilton family back to JOHN HAMILTON, 1805, his wife LETTY WILSON, 1817, married 1837.
I have been fortunate to find so many cousins and researchers in all seven families that I have been researching. When I began my quest for family, times of finding relatives was rather slow, partly because I didnt know where to go for the information needed; another reason was I did not have enough family members to connect to the names that I had. I had built a good data base of Wilsons from the Cemeteries of Adair County and the 1850 Adair County census was a good source for all surnames that I was tracing.
After five years of searching message boards and mail lists I began to add to my family rather rapidly. For a time, I broke away from my family quest and spent time on my wifes family. I found a good number of researchers that had been searching her family history for some time which gave us a good amount of family data back to 1702 in Rohraeker, near Stuttgart, Wurttemberg, Germany.
At a later time we started a web site for other members of the family and to bring more researchers to us through the site, email and mail lists. This proved to be a good way to fine many branches of the family tree. The site grew so fast and the email load became so taxing that I requested one of her cousins to take over the web site. By giving up this site it gave me more time to search and start a Wilson Family Web Site. The site took off rather fast with other Wilson family members finding it, contacting me with more connections to add to what I already had, which we shared on the web site.
The site today is well known with hundreds of people visiting every month, the last time I checked the hit counter there were just under 30,000 hits, (a hit is an actual visit not a re-click).The site is housed with rootsweb.com and the URL to the 200 page site is at:
We have old photos and documents of most of the seven surnames that are there.
There are some other interesting historic photos and stories about Sparksville and Columbia and Adair County as well.
I have one brick wall that four of us Garmon/Garman researchers are working untiring on. It is my Great Grandfather James Jim Black Garmon. His information and statements on our progress leads to the theory about who he was, found in the opening page of the Garmon section of the site at:
Another brick wall was my Grandmother Alma Coomer Wilson -- we were able to break through that one; we now have her family data on the site in the Coomer report at:
The journey has been long, but the rewards have been worth the thousands of hours traveling.
This story was posted on 2005-01-15 19:57:18
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