Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pemberton Huguenot Line is Found

Today a second DNA sample's results came from the laboratory at Family Tree DNA and all 37 markers have identical values as a sample placed in the Pemberton DNA Project a year ago. Both of these samples came from Pemberton men who are reasonably certain their lines come through Manakintown, Virginia. To read the details, check the Latest News at

Sunday, October 23, 2011

This blog has been replaced by Discussions on

Since the creation of the Pemberton Family World Wide, all the research I have done on the Pemberton line is being recorded on the site. Go to my profile, Jackson Pemberton, and look at my Discussions. there are several, broken out by subject.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Things to do at the Family History Library in SLC

This is a collection place for research ideas for when I am at the FHL in SLC in August, 2011.
Married Well and Often: Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-1800

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Poll Book Transcripts

Over 115,000 entries covering Kent, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northants, Suffolk and Sussex from 1653 to 1865. Details include full name, place of residence, polling district, year and profession where given. Available on Should look for George Pemberton II, born ca. 1685. Was he in London selling silk to raise money for his emigration to Virginia Colony?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

1000 Parish Registers come online!

There are new parish registers for London available in the "Early London Parish Registers Indexed Online and Free at Society of Genealogists". Just look for this title in the card catalogue of

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Old English Newspapers

English newspapers from 1500's in the Gale News Vault, were available free during Library Week, now you can apply for a free trial here:

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Col. Thomas Middleton, Surveyor of the Navy, world trader

Middleton, Col. Thomas
L&M say…
(d.1672). Navy Commissioner, Portsmouth 1664-7; Surveyor of the Navy 1667-72; Navy Commissioner, Chatham 1672.
Little is known of his background except that he had risen to rank of colonel in the Parliamentary Army, had traded with the West Indies and New England, and had travelled both in the New World and the Mediterranean, becoming a member of the Council for Plantations in 1660… (Further info has spoilers)

George Pemberton, seller of silk, 1709

Classified Ad found in the ancient newspapers here:

On Thursday the 27th Instant, will be Sold at Bat-son's Coffee-house in Cornhill, at 3 a clock in the Afternoon, Sundry sorts of Raw and Thrown silk. Catalogues to be had at the Place of Sale. By Geo. Pemberton.
Daily Courant, London, England, Monday, January 24, 1709, Issue 2261.

So here is a George Pemberton dealing in exotic commodities that reminds me of green olives.
For sale by candle, or more often, sale by inch of candle, refers to an auction practice begun in the late 15th century wherein the last bid placed before a candle went out (normally by burning to completion) was the winning bid.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Captaine Pemberton Imprisoned, 1643

In the following newspaper:
Kingdomes Weekly Intelligencer (London, England), May 23, 1643 - May 30, 1643; Issue 21
[ then click on Gale News Vault, search for Pemberton in the "Entire Document"]
we read the following:
A Catalogue of the names of the Commanders and Officers taken Prisoners, are as followeth:
General Goring.
Sir Tho: Bland, Lieutenant Colonel to Sir George Wentworth.
Captaine Wildbore.
Captaine Rudstone.
Captaine Pemberton.
Captaine Croft.
Serjeant Major Carnaby, and Captain Nutall left wounded in Wakefield, upon their engagements to bee true prisoners.
[There follows a list of Lieutenants and then Ensigns, and then a thousand words about battles which I quote in part so as to identify the engagement; the record thereof beginning thus]
My Lord Fairfax dated at Leeds 23 May; hath this passage, the partie of horse and foote appeared before Wakefield [a place] about foure a clock on Sanday morning, where they found their enemies (who had Intelligence of their designe) readie to receive them; there was in the Towne Generall Goring, Serjeant Major General Mackworth, the Lord Goring, with many other principall Commanders and eminent persons, with about seven Troops of horse, and six Regiments containing 3000. foot, the Towne well fortified with works, and foure peeces of Ordnance, yet our men, both Commanders and Common soldiers, went on with undanted Courages, and notwithstanding Vallies of small and great shott from the Enemies, Charged up to their works, which they entered, seised upon their Ordnance, and turned them upon themselves, and prusued the enemies so close, as they beate quite out of the Towne the most part of the horse, and a great number of the foote, and made all the rest prisoners, and with them took foure peece of Ordnance, and all the Ammunition in the Towne, and a great number of Armes, and amongst the Prisoners, Generall Goring himselfe, with divers other Commanders and common Souldiers, in all about 1500 men and 27 Colours of foote, three Cornetts of horse, of wich I send a more particular list enclosed, the more exact and particular relation of this service, as it is testifies to me under the hands of the Principall Commanders employed in that designe, I doe rather account it a Miracle, then a Victory, and the Glory and praise to bee ascribed to God that wroght it, in which I hope I derogate nothing from the merits of the Commanders and Souldiers, who every one in his place and duty, shewed as much Courage and resolution as could bee expected from men: When the Towne was thus taken, they found their number and strength too weake to keep it, and their prisoners, so they left the place, and marcht away with their booty.

What I don't know is whether this Captaine is a land or sea captain. I presume land.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tantalizing Connection between Graham's and my line

I finished extracting all the data from the Cheshire Parish Register Project here ( and then in searching through the data with Stapley as a keyword found this:

Sarah Pemberton
Christened: 21 Mar 1746 at Wybunbury, Cheshire, England
Residence: Stapley Cross
Father: Joseph Pemberton

This Christening is a century later than that of Sarah Middleton of Nantwich, who married my George Pemberton the first. What is tantalizing is:
the Sarah Pemberton name is right for a descendant of Sarah Middleton and George Pemberton,
the Stapley Cross connection,
Graham's father and grandfather's name of George,
and the father of this Sarah Pemberton is Joseph - the same as Graham's oldest Pemberton given name.

George Victor Pemberton DNA is in my line!!

Graham Pemberton, founder of, submitted a DNA sample of his father George Victor Pemberton and the results show that line to be very close to mine. In fact there are now four samples in the Pemberton DNA Project that all support the deduction of a DNA profile for George Pemberton, ca 1685, in Cheshire, England. Graham's research is not back that far yet and this discovery should prove to be a help in tracing that line.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Middleton & No Pembertons in Tithing Maps of Nantwich

Searched the tithing maps ( for any Pembertons and Middletons near Nantwich. Found only William Middleton, who occupied a croft (plot 81) owned by William Foster and John Minshull in the township of Alvaston. William's use was mowing. It was recorded as 1 rood and 8 perches. A rood is an acre and 8 perches is 132 feet so am not certain what that means. The shape of the parcel is a fat teardrop.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The World Wide Pemberton Family website is Ready

Member registration has been working for several weeks, payment of membership dues has been working for a couple weeks, the content is ready for prime time (I think) and we will begin our membership drive soon. Meanwhile, if you are interested in the Pemberton lineages (and DNA has proven there are several) then you will want to join now before dues go up. Join here.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The First Pemberton?

There is a mention of a very early Pemberton on the website for The Hissem-Montague Family here:

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pembertons move south into Shropshire (south of Marbury)

The Encyclopedia of heraldry: or General armory of England, Scotland, and ... by John Burke, Sir Bernard Burke lists the following interesting comment:

(Pemberton (Millichope, co. Salop; descended from a family seated at Pemberton, co. Lancaster, some of whom removed at an early period into Shropshire. The present representative is the Rev. Bobert Norgrave Pemberton, of Millichope Hall, whose great uncle, Edward Pemberton, esq. was high sheriff of Shropshire in 1754)