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There was a Peter Elmore living along Totasky Creek, Richmond County, Virginia who was the subject of a headright in 1657. He was born circa 1627 and died after 1681. This Peter, in all probability was the father of Peter2 Elmore born circa 1643.

Peter2 outlived all his children but one and named all his grandchildren in his last will which was proved 5 October, 1726 in Richmond County, Virginia. Peter's oldest son Peter3 had five sons.

The youngest was John Elmore of North Farnham Parish, Richmond Co. VA was born 1703 and died 1757. His will was proved 3 October, 1757 in Richmond County, Virginia.  His first wife was Anne ?. His second wife was Ann Reynolds who died in 1772, Bute County, North Carolina.

John had four sons, George, John, Charles, Travers (Travis) and daughters Rachel and Betty.

George5 was born about 1772. He married circa 1743 and had eight sons and one daughter. He died in Caswell County, North Carolina circa 1792. George had eight sons, Peter b. ca 1744, Travis b. ca 1746, Thomas b. ca 1748, George b. ca 1750, James b. ca 1752, Charles, b. ca 1754, Christopher b. ca 1756, and William b. ca 1758. One daughter, Ann married Robert Sanders.

Charles6 Elmore sixth son of John lived in Caswell County, North Carolina. By 1787 Charles had three sons and two daughters. He bought land in Laurens County, South Carolina in 1791. He is listed in the 1800 census for Laurens District, South Carolina. He married either Lidda or Polly Graham, daughters of William Graham. His brother Peter married the other daughter.

Charles had a son Graham born in North Carolina, 1780 who was named after his mother's maiden name. Graham married Polly Shirley. George Elmore born before 1790 married Huldy Shirley. Elijah born 1790 in North Carolina married Rebecca Shirley who was born in South Carolina in 1790. The wives of the above Elmore brothers were all sisters, daughters of John and Rebecca Shirley. Travis Elmore was born 1795 in South Carolina. Charles had two daughters and possibly more sons.

In the 1830 census of Laurens County, South Carolina Eliha had eight sons and one daughter. Brothers Graham and Elijah Elmore were in Gordo, Alabama about 1836. Elijah bought land in Pickens County, Alabama in 1836. On this land was founded the old Elmore Church near Gordo, Alabama. Elijah died in 1863. His wife Rebecca died before 1860. Both are buried at the old Elmore Church Cemetery.

Elijah's son Charles7 Elmore was born in North Carolina in 1813. He was known to be an exceptionally tall man who had to sleep in a specially made bed. On December 17, 1835 he married Sarah Martin Watters (Walters) who was born October 7, 1818 in North Carolina. They were in Pickens County, Alabama in 1840 and 1850. After 1850 they lived in Clark County, Mississippi where Sarah died in 1853. After Sarah died her children inherited a slave woman from her father's estate. Charles and his children along with the slave woman moved to Magnolia, Arkansas in 1857.

In 1857 Charles owned the following slaves Rebecca age 33, Many (female) age 5, Columbus age 2 and Alfred age 13. After Rebecca was freed she married a man named Woodmore. Last information on her was that she was living near Mekamie south of Stamps, Arkansas.

In 1857 Magnolia was a very small town. When Charles' daughters, who lived elsewhere, came back to Magnolia to visit their brothers, one day was always spent with Rebecca, the slave woman who raised them. For a time Charles owned a gristmill and sawmill in Magnolia. The sawmill was located 1 1/2 blocks south of the railroad depot on West Main Street. Charles later moved to Hope, Arkansas with his son Thomas and his widowed daughter Anne. All three are buried in Macedonia Cemetery in Hope.



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