My Genealogical Research Into My Families: Williams, Sharps, Duryeas, Murrays, Walters, Gibbes, LeContes, Gibsons, Harpers, Cudds & Hairs

What follows are the results of my genealogical research I have been pursuing over the last ten or more years. My initial curiosity was piqued when my father handed down to me before he passed away, the Williams-Sharp Family Bible, started by another Christopher Harris Williams nicknamed Kit – the son of the first Kit Williams actually (in our family) – back in 1858. I first transcribed all of the family births, marriages and deaths contained therein. Then I put that transcription on this, my website, here. I then began to add to that using various sources from memories of my own and other family memories, the Internet naturally and other writings I have found. Then adding to the Williams-Sharp lineages, I began to work with several cousins to trace my paternal grandmother's lineage back through the Walters, the Duryeas and the Murrays. Next, I built on some thorough research into my wife's father's family and have documented her paternal lineage through the Gibbes and LeConte lines. And then, against all warnings from my maternal grandfather (see its introduction), I tackled my mother's lineage (the Gibson-Harper section) and found her mother and father's paternal lineage back to their immigration to America. Finally I took up research on my mother-in-law's lineage – the Cudds and the Hairs. In each, I have highlighted those that immigrated to America. At the end of each of the sections, I have included a bibliography.

I have used a style that I have invented which lumps all of each generation together. In each of the descriptions below, the leading number in curly braces - {} - preceding each entry is my arbitrary Generation Number (from older to younger) in order to help keep the various generations straight. Each section potentially begins with a different generation number in order to keep them all in sync with respect to current generations. Also, any listed child who appears later as a member of the next generation will simply have the years of birth & death and a reference to the next generation such that all pertinent information about that individual is in one place. In addition to births, deaths and marriages, I have added some descriptions of certain family members who attained some level of fame or accomplishment. If persons were known by other than their first name, I have indicated by underlining or quotation marks, wherever I could discover this, such as in bible entries, by personal recollection or in other contemporary documents, like census notations.

Finally, "child of", "daughter of" and "son of" are shortened to "c/o", "d/o" and "s/o" and born, married and died are abbreviated to b. m. and d. I use the tilde (~) to indicate "circa" or "about," the modern-day 2-character postal code for American states and colonies, incl. for includes or including and "Cty" is used for county.

And, please note that – in order to protect the privacy of living individuals – the genealogies do not include current generations.

So, to begin, click or tap any of the "buttons" on the left and dive in.

For purposes of assisting other genealogists, here are the other principal surnames in each of the families:

Williams-Sharp: Alexander Allison Dial Dickins Fulton Harris McKnitt Moore Ogilvie Overton Ridley Simpson Wallace Webb Williamson
Duryea-Murray-Walter: Carpenter Doty Durie Gritman Hawkins Hinman Jenner Jerome Landstreet Mitchell Orme Preston Richards Scovill
Gibbes-LeConte: Adams Bayley Childs Cooper Dinwiddie Fowke Guignard Hasell LeConte Lumpkin Mason Moore Nelson Nisbet Osborne Quarterman Richardson Sanders Scott Smith Thomas Wilson
Gibson-Harper: Foy Galloway Hanvey Shearer
Cudd-Hair: Bates Bishop Bowman Boylston Brannon Briant Brown Bryant Cloud Felder Golson Hernlund Herr Horger Inabnit Jones Lipscomb Miller Murray Muse Owens Reed Riley Schaumloffel Triplett Ulmer Wood

Also, of interest to other genealogists, these are the principal resources on the Internet (not including those who only do the DNA service):

★ ($99 for 6 months & worth it)
★ (Free – one of the very best resources)
★ (Free)

(This is the Mormon's site, but with the whole world building one & only one tree, I find it troublesome at times)
★ (Free)
★   Cyndi's List (Free - but with thousands of links, it can be overwhelming!)
★ ($56 per year)
★ (associated with
★ (Free, but offers a Pro version for $120/yr)
★ (Free)

(Used to search for immigrants coming through Ellis Island)
★ ($50 for 6 months) #
★ ($15/mo, $30/qtr or $80/yr) #
★ ($10 per month) #
★ ($120 per year, though it may tease you initially as being free) #
★ (Free)

(This site requires literally hundreds of searches in order to get any helpful information. I have not found it to be very useful.)
★ (Free)

(I must say I have found this site to be full of terribly wrong information!)

                                # I have not personally tried these.


This page last updated November 15, 2018.

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