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Updated September 20, 2010

Steven Geoffrey Weems

4225 Old McGee Road

Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405


I am researching the lines of my parents, Ray WEEMS and Anna Ruth KEATING. The WEEMS came from Leake, Pike and Copiah counties, MS, with branches of HAYMAN, FULLINGTON, WROTEN, ALDRIDGE, two SMITHs, TURNAGE, and McCULLAR (McCULLER). They are now found in AL, TX, MS, LA, AR, OK, and MO. The earliest name is William WEEMS, found in the 1850 Greene Co, AL census. He was born in SC 1800 - 1801 and had a wife, Rachel, b abt 1804 in TN. They had sons James G. (1828), William (1829), Simeon (1832), Alexander (1839), and John (1838 or 1840), all in AL. Their daughters were Eveline, Caroline, Mary Jane (1835), Sarah F (1841), Cornellia (1844), Ellen (1846) and Alice (1850). My line, John WEEMS, is found in the 1880 Copiah Co, MS census. He and his wife Mary P. SIGRIST b 1842 of MS had at least 6 children, all listed on this census. They were all born in MS and are: William Barney (b 1862, m R.E.THOMPSON in 1882, Copiah), John (b 1864, m Ida POWERS 1886, Copiah), Prentiss (Prince b 1868 m Julia A. Frierson in Handcock), Leroy 1871, Hollie 1877, and Frederic 1878. My ggrandaddy, Leroy WEEMS married and divorced Maggie HAYMAN (b. Smithdale, MS of Josephus HAYMAN and Maggie Jane SMITH) on Dec 30 1891 and 1898 respectively, both in Copiah Co. They had two children, (Maud 1894-1969, and Frederick Wroten 1896-1978). Anson FULLINGTON (from Lowell, Michigan) married Maggie HAYMAN - WEEMS abt 1903 and had one son, Ernest. Jessie McCULLAR (b. 1906, d. 1989) came from Okalona (or possibly Camden), AR, with parents Neal 1866 from TN, and Janie 1896 from Prescott, AR. Jessie married Fredrick Wroten WEEMS, Who had a son, Ray - my father.

My William WEEMS (abt 1801 SC) may have been the son of James WEEMS who in the 1800 census had an infant son. James was married twice, the second time to Jane WRIGHT. I believe this is the mother of my William. There were also a large group of WRIGHTs that were in Green Co, AL at this same time. James was a son or grand son of Thomas WEEMS and Eleanor JACOBY of Bucks Co, PA.

There was also an Alexander WEMYSS, a contemporary of William WEEMS, who lived about 20 miles away at the county seat, Greensboro. He married a Louisa WRIGHT 10/11/1832. I’ve wondered if there is a connection between these two and LTC James WEMYSS of the British army who served in Charleston during the Revolution, then returned to the states in the 1790s.

The KEATINGs came from Ireland (County Wexford) in 1849 on the Ticonderoga. They landed in New Orleans and traveled to Ft. Smith, AR by 1850. The family was James b 1810 and Mary KELLY b 1817, Mary (b '42, m James COULTER 1880), Ann (b'45, m John BRENNAN 1870), and Larry H (b'49, m Adeline MILLER, 1877). Other children born in AR are Patrick Tobias (b'52), John (b'54) and James (b'56). Larry H., was murdered in the attempted jail break by Cherokee Bill (Crawford GOLDSBY) at the Ft. Smith (AR) jailhouse in July, 1895. He had seven children; Larry Jr., Patrick Tobias (1894-1965 d in California), two different Johns (died as infants), Adeline, Anne, and Mary (died as infant), all born in Ft. Smith. A son, Larry Jr. (1891-1952, m Florence Agnes McLAUGHLIN) had seven children. The youngest is my mother, Anna Ruth (b 1928 Ft. Smith). Branch names are: BRENNAN, DODSON, DOMINGOES, DONNALLY, FLYNN, KELLY, LUNDQUIST, MILLER, McLAUGHLIN, and SANFORD. Most are in Ft. Smith, Oklahoma, or Texas.

I would appreciate any information you have, especially connecting the WEEMS back to Scotland. We are a subclan of the McDUFFs.

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