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"Any man has had countless myriads of ancestors and among them any number of rich men and beggars,
kings and slaves, Greeks and barbarians" - PLATO
A corollary should be that anyone who pursues the hobby of genealogy has countless people to thank, and without further ado, we shall do so: Dennis Belohlavy, LaVonne Bennett, Robert McLemore Butler, Lyn Gentry Cordell, Rhodene Frederick, Linda Nugent Fuller, Ken Harvey, BonnieMargaret Benkelman Jacobs, Nan McCoy Kittell, Carolyn Tomasek Mastny, Keith McGuire, James L. McLemore III, Esq., Melba Gene McLemore, Rev. William P. McLemore, Jo Bossert Peck, Charles Strong, Evon Tisdale, Jeanie Blanton Trimble, Bettye Bragg Wagstaff, Dot Ball Williams, Fay Yeager, and Bennie Zahn. This database could not have been compiled without their help, guidance and inspiration.
Please check the notes and footnotes carefully. Sources are cited whenever possible, along with assumptions made. We've gotten better about this as we've gone along! As a work in progress, it contains incomplete and sometimes inaccurate information. Be aware we sometimes use unverified or doubtful sources for research purposes, and do not know to what extent they reflect the information to be found in primary sources.
It is our desire for this to be as complete and accurate as possible, and as such corrections, comments, and additions are gratefully accepted! You can email us by clicking the CONTACT US button.
Please check back for updates and changes. If you copy information, please cite this website as a source, so others might have a chance to come look for updates and corrections as well.
This site is dedicated, with love, to our parents and our son. Our parents, Bonnie Jean Benkelman, Thomas Eugene McLemore, Patricia Marion McGuire and Charles Richard Strong gave us roots and wings. Our son, Michael, taught us that family bonds go deeper than blood.
Melinda McLemore and Tom Strong, Website established January 2006, Research began in 1984
Most WantedI am looking for information about these ancestors. Can you help?
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McLemore DNA StudyAdditional participants are needed as part of the McLemore DNA study to help prove whether James and Abraham Macklemore,
the presumed immigrants from Scotland, were brothers.
Please contact us for more details.
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We began our research in 1984, and established this website in 2006 in order to share the information, photos, documents and family stories that have been so generously shared with us. We hope this will become a resource for cousins, both distant and near, to use as well. Though our primary focus has been our direct family lines, we have also gathered much information as well about many of the early settlers in Sabine County, Texas; Stephens County, Oklahoma;
Tuscola County, Michigan and Fillmore County, Nebraska. Corrections and additional information are always welcome.
If you have any questions, comments
or would like to share research with us, please contact us.
We look forward to hearing from you.
10-12 August 2012
- STRIFFLER ZINNECKER FAMILY REUNION took place in Cass City, Michigan. Images from the big event can be found at WES REUNION PHOTO PAGE. Check back for future reunion events!
14 April 2012 - John McLemore - Sons of the American Revolution dedication ceremony in Knox County, TN. INFORMATION PAGE
24 March 2012 - Updated website software to The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding, v.9.0.1
15 November 2011 - Updated McLemore DNA PDF Spreadsheet
5 November 2010 - Awarded First Place Individual Member Website by the Texas State Genealogical Society at their annual conference.
22 May 2010 - Updated McLemore DNA results
7 February 2010 - Updated website software to The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding, v.7.1.2
6 November 2009 - Awarded First Place Individual Member Website by the Texas State Genealogical Society at their annual conference.
5 September 2009 - Updated all places by verifying counties for all U.S. locations.
24 July 2009 - Added new content to the Home Page.
5 July 2009 - Added a whole new look to my site.