As a way to slightly simplify the discussion of the family genealogy, I am categorizing the information presented in blog posts by which of the families of my 8 great-grandparents it pertains to. Here is a chart illustrating the relationships and a summary background of each of those families.
Loeb – The name Loeb originated with a Jewish family in Alsace, France, during the reign of Napolean Bonaparte. This is the last of the families to arrive in the United States, when Jewish immigrants from Alsace and Hungary moved to Ohio River communities in Kentucky (Louisville) and southern Illinois (Shawneetown) during 1848 and 1849. Ancestors of Abraham Loeb
Fohl – Originally “Voll,” this name is German in origin. The original members of the Fohl family arrived in the colony of Pennsylvania in the middle of the 18th century, and for three generations married exclusively within the “Pennsylvania Dutch” community before some members of the family moved to Indiana and intermarried with families of British backgrounds. While much research remains to be done on Lizzie Fohl’s mother, here is a chart for her father, the Ancestors of John R. Fohl.
Paysinger – Genealogists researching this family have speculated that Paysinger originated as a German family that settled in the “backcountry” of North Carolina — Rowan and Mecklenburg Counties — before the Revolutionary War. The family moved to southern Tennessee (Giles and Lincoln Counties) after the war, and married into prominent Scotch-Irish (McRee and Alexander) and English (Browning) families.
Tenery – This is the part of the family which has the least documentation. The name Tenery or Trenary traces back to a Revolutionary War soldier from Pennsylvania whose son moved to southern Tennessee after the war and married into families of Irish, English, and French Huguenot origin. Ancestors of Lola Belle Tenery
Nelson – Despite much research, the origins of this Nelson family remain obscure. The first known Nelson in our family appears in Madison County, Tennessee, at the time of the county’s founding in 1821, arriving from somewhere in North Carolina. The name is British in origin, and descendants of this original Nelson married into other English and Scotch-Irish families. Ancestors of Edgar Luther Nelson
Blakemore – Also historically known as the Blackmores, the Blakemores of Gibson County in western Tennessee originated in Devon, England. Most members of this family were colonial-era immigrants to Virginia whose descendants became pioneers, Indian fighters, and settlers who — among other activities — served as officers in the Revolutionary War and participated in the founding of Nashville. Ancestors of Lula Mai Blakemore
Ragland – The family name was taken from Raglan Castle on the border of Wales and England. All American Raglands appear to have inherited the surname from a single individual who arrived in Virginia in the mid-17th century as an indentured servant. Some of his descendants made their way through central Tennessee into Butler County (southern Kentucky) in the mid-19th century. Ancestors of Samuel Emerson Ragland
Thompson – The Thompson name in this family was connected to a late, Revolutionary War-era arrival from Britain who married a colonial-era Welsh immigrant after the war. Later generations married into prominent English, Scotch-Irish, and Welsh families whose history spanned much of the colonial era. In West Tennessee the family was very prominent, wealthy, and well-connected. Many members were among the earliest settlers of Henry and Stewart Counties. Ancestors of Susie Ben Thompson