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Looking for info on John Emmett Henry, 1818-1900, Emanuel County, Georgia

I am looking for any information on the family of John Emmett Henry. This is what I have so far:

Born May 18, 1818. Died February 8, 1900 in Emanuel County, Georgia

He married Martha Bowen (born abt 1827, died Feb. 1862). They had 5 children -
Alexander Stephen Henry
Laura Henry
John L. Henry
James Lewis Henry
Nathaniel Thaddeus "Tobe" Henry

Martha died either during or shortly after the birth of Nathaniel in February 1862.

On May 11, 1862, John married Rachel Branch, daughter of David Branch and Charity Hagen/Hagan Branch.
Rachel brought two daughters to the marriage, Nancy and Annie Eliza. Both girls were illegitimate.

John and Rachel had 2 children -
Tabitha "Dule Henry
Francis Marion "Buddy" Henry

In 1850, He lived in Randolph County, GA
In 1860, he lived in Laurens County, GA
In 1870, he lived in Montgomery County, GA
In 1880, he lived in Emanuel County, GA

The 1880 census list his parents places of birth as:
Father's birthplace: Virginia Mother's birthplace: South Carolina

I have lots of info on him and his decendants, but NOTHING on his place of birth or any family.

John Emmett Henry is my GGG Grandfather. His son, Alexander Stephen Henry, married Nancy Branch, the daughter of his 2nd wife Rachel. Alexander and Nancy are my GG Grandparents.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as he has been my BRICK WALL for several years.
Thank you!

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My name is Dorothy, but my nickname is Scooter. I know, sounds odd for a grown woman, but, it's a name given to me by my father when I was just learning to crawl and I just turned 49 in May, 2013. Besides, Scooter fits me better than Dorothy!

As for names I am researching, the surnames GEORGE, HENRY, MOATES & MOODY are the basic ones. Other names include MANN, DAVIS, DELOACH, HUTCHESON, DELOACH, HOUSTON, HALL & THOMPSON.

One brick wall is the 1st wife of Jesse Martin "Bud" DeLoach. We've been told her name was Carrie Black, yet a marriage record shows the last name Surrency. I have found no info concerning her death, a divorce, a burial, nothing. It's like she simply vanished between 1910 and 1913. Tattnall COunty, Georgia

Another is John Emmett Henry, born May 18, 1818 and died February 8, 1900. He first married Martha Bowen. They had 5 children. She died February 1862. He then married Rachel Branch on May 11, 1862 in Laurens County, Georgia. They had 2 children. I can find NOTHING on John Emmett Henry prior to a census record in 1850. The 1880 census record shpows his father born in Virginia and his mother born in South Carolina. He moved quite a bit, but died in Emanual County, Georgia.

I look forward to corresponding with other researchers!

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