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The luckiest thing an amateur genealogist can be is a descendant of Johnston County,North Carolina tobacco farmers.And I am the luckiest of the lucky.
Some of my immigrant ancestors from England were descendants of the Anjou dynasty of royal families,which included the Plantagenet kings,such as Edward I.For this reason,people such as my 10th great grandfather,Col.Thomas Lygon,and my 6th great grandfather,Col. John Hinton,Sr.,had social position and influence enough with the then-current Royal Family to be given land grants of considerable value and size.There are some nice photos of Hinton plantation homes included.
Paternal lines being researched,centering on Johnston County,North Carolina,and Southampton and Isle of Wight Counties in Virginia:
Wilder,Perry,Avera,Massengill,Hatcher,and others.
Maternal lines being researched in Texas,Illinois,Missouri,Tennessee,and North Carolina:Atkins,Pitts,Bartels,Cummins,Hester,Wicker,Van Amburgh,Harwell,Owen,and others.

Some prominent ancestors,maternal side:

Goronwy Owen-6th great grandfather.Immigrant ancestor.Greatest poet in the Welsh language.Instructor at William and Mary College.One of his students was Thomas Jefferson.
Ica Atkins-6th great grandfather.Possible Revolutionary War Patriot.
Richard Atkins-2nd great grandfather.Private,13th Texas Cavalry,Co. D.Teamster.
Caleb Penny-5th great grandfather.Revolutionary War Patriot from Johnston County,North Carolina.
Thomas English-6th great grandfather.Sergeant in the South Carolina Militia under Col. Francis Marion,the Swamp Fox.Wounded at the Battle of Eutaw Springs.The Mel Gibson film,The Patriot,is loosely based on this battle.He was one of the first settlers of Cape Girardeau,Missouri.
James Henry Cummins-3rd great grandfather.Private,15th Illinois Cavalry,Co. A.Was scouting near New Madrid,Missouri,in 1861,when his horse threw him,crushing his hip.Spent time in Tennessee in a POW camp.
Benjamin Franklin-1st cousin,nine times removed.Prominent American statesman.
David Franklin Owen-4th gr grandfather.Texas Ranger.
Robert Bill Owen-3rd great grandfather.Texas Ranger.

Some prominent ancestors,paternal side:

Edward I,King of England-grandfather from several ways.
Jeremiah Neal Corbett-2nd great grandfather.Private,14th North Carolina Infantry,Co. K.Died in the College Hospital in Lynchburg,Virginia in 1863.He is the reason I got started with all this.
Applewhite Richardson-5th great grandfather.Revolutionary War Patriot from Johnston County,North Carolina.
Dempsey Perry-5th great grandfather.Kicked out of the Quakers because his name was found on a muster roll.Revolutionary War Patriot from Johnston County,North Carolina.Prisoner-of-war of the British Army.
Zachariah O'Neal-4th great grandfather.Lieutenant,North Carolina Militia.
John de Hynton The Elder-16th great grandfather.Served under the knight Sir William Bouchier at the Siege of Harfleur in 1414.Commanded a company of archers at the Battle of Agincourt on 25 October,1414.
Sir Anthony Hinton-10th great grandfather.Barrister-at-law for King Charles I.
Sir Thomas Hinton-9th great grandfather.Physician to King James I.Wife was Catherine Palmer,a granddaughter of the knight,Sir Thomas Palmer.
Sir John Hinton-8th great grandfather.Field Surgeon,Royal Army,1642.Fleet Surgeon on Sir Francis Drake's flagship,"Mayflower",1645.Physician-in-ordinary to King Charles I and family.Knighted by King Charles II in 1647 for his services during a plague in London.
Eliza Ann (Hinton) Tippett-2nd great grandmother.Instrumental in establishing the Friendship Free Will Baptist Church near Emit,North Carolina.
Ransom T. Dodd-2nd great granduncle.47th North Carolina Inf. Reg.,Co.A.Wounded on the 1st day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Ruffin T. Dodd-2nd great granduncle.47th North Carolina Inf. Reg.,Co. A.Survivor of Pickett's Charge.

Ancestors of Gary Stephen Corbett
Updated March 13, 2009

Gary Stephen Corbett
Mesquite, Texas United States

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