Miles Bembry, son of William and Marina Bembry, was born in North Carolina January 24, 1826, and died in Pulaski County April 1, 1888.

His grandfather, John Bembry, an English shipmaster, placed his sons at Edenton, North Carolina at the death of their mother, Annie Bryan from Ireland where, after retirement from sea service, he joined them and settled, later moving to Florida and then to Georgia.

Miles showed his pluck and determination when, at age fifteen, he assumed control of the remains of his father’s estate, most of which had been lost by mismanagement, and with his mother’s help, reared the younger children, winning by this sacrifice the high respect of all.

He accumulated a valuable estate, cleared and developed thousands of acres of land, built homes, operated his own sawmill, grist mill, cotton gins, first wit water power, later with steam, first of it’s type in the county. He held the office of Sheriff for two terms and successfully managed the leading hotel in Hawkinsville for a number of years.

July 24, 1843, he married Sarah Lancaster, daughter of Nancy Johnson and George Washington Lancaster. He was a good neighbor, kindly in his home, progressive in business, and generous to the highest degree, few asking help without receiving, and was the idol of the colored people because of his kindness and consideration. He was a devout member of the Missionary Baptist Church, a charter member of Corinth, always giving freely to the church and schools, aiding individuals in educating themselves.

Miles could not serve his beloved Southland in the War Between the States because of defective hearing, but sacrificed to this cause his cherished son and a dear younger brother, William, who was killed in the Battle of Chickamauga. The son, William, enlisted at age sixteen, served three years, was taken prisoner and, after recovering from a severe case of smallpox, was smuggled through the lines to freedom by a kind-hearted Yankee, who was touched by the boy’s youth and broken health. Journeying alone, separated from his body servant, he reached home, dying soon afterward.

John and Emily, second and third children of Miles Bembry, died quite young. Robert Taylor, fourth child, a noble Christian worker, progressive and public-spirited, was educated at Oglethorpe. He was on the Board of Commissioners, which erected the first bridge over the Ocmulgee River at Hawkinsville. He married Sarah Carruthers, educated at Andrew Female College, Colbert, GA.

Herschel Franklin, fifth child, was an extensive farmer, and was noted for his kindness and integrity. He married Cora Taylor, daughter of Tom Taylor and Martha Pickett, niece of Pulaski’s beloved Dr. Gus Taylor.

Alice Carrie, only surviving daughter, a beautiful and cultural young woman, was educated at South Kentucky Female College, Hopkinsville, KY. She married Eldridge Cosmo Smith.

A second entry for MILES BEMBRY is as follows:

Miles, the eldest son of William andMarina Bembry, was born January 28*, 1826, and was thirteen years old when his father died. He was determined to make for himself a place in his county, and immediately went to work to that end. When only seventeen, he married Sarah Ann Lancaster, July 24, 1843, and in a few years became one of Pulaski County's wealthiest and most influential landowners. He reared the following sons, who were lifelong citizens of Pulaski County, and who helped materially in its development: William Washington Bembry, born September 21, 1844; Robert Taylor Bembry, born June 3, 1850; and Herschel Franklin Bembry, born May 2, 1855. William, broken in health during his service in the War Between the States, died August 3, 1864, soon after returning home from the war.
Robert T., a student at Penfield, now Mercer University, married Sarah Carruthers, daughter of Washington Carruthers, another Pulaski pioneer, on May 18, 1871. He died September 9, 1894. The following children were reared at the home near Hawkinsville, built soon after their marriage, and where Mrs. Bembry now resides: Eunice Bembry, Roscoe T. Bembry, Burnett W. Bembry, Annie Bembry, Robert Bembry, and Emily Bembry. Eunice attended college in Knoxville, Tennessee, and business and is mayor of the city. Roscoe T. Bembry, who farms extensively and is a contractor and builder of concrete bridges, married Allie Lancaster, April 29, 1903. Their sons are John Robert Bembry, William Franklin Bembry, and Roscoe Thomas Bembry.
Burnett W. Bembry for years held a responsible position with the Secretary of State in Washington, D. C., and while there married Elizabeth Yingling, of Hagerstown, Maryland. He died in 1911, and his only child, Mrs. W. A. Etoch, now resides with her husband and two small daughters, Elinor and Elizabeth, at Manhasset, Long Island, New York.
Annie, who studied at G. S. C. W., Milledgeville, GA., and later taught school, married R. S. Rogers, of Chester, GA. They have one daughter, Frances, and the family resides near the old home of Annie's mother.
Robert B., one of the early mail carriers of Pulaski County, of late connected with his brother in concrete bridge contracting and building, married Mary N. Buchan, June 2, 1908. Their children are: Mary, Sarah, Nell, Clara, Alice, Winnifred, and Robert, Jr., all reared at their father's old home, where he has always lived with his mother.
On January 12, 1925, Mary married Howell Cross, of Douglas, GA., where they are now living. On January 1, 1934, Nell married James Wilcox of Pulaski County. They have one son, James Jr.,born June 3, 1935.
On December 30, 1925, Emily, youngest daughter of Robert T. and Sarah Bembry, married J. E. Horne, farmer and business man of Pinehurst, GA. She finished her education at the Georgia State Teachers College at Athens, GA., and was for some time a teacher in the Pulaski County school system.
Herschel, fourth son of Miles Bembry, and a planter of Pulaski County, married Cora Taylor, daughter of Mary Jane Pickett and Thomas Lawson Taylor, July 27, 1881. His wife and the following children and grandchildren, all citizens of Hawkinsville, survive him: Miles L., one of the county's first mail carriers, recently retired by the government, married Lizzie M. Wynne, January 12, 1908. Their two children are Miles and Coretta. Lenora Irene married Israel Mannheim, April 6, 1908. Mr. Mannheim has been clerk of the Superior Court since 1915. Their children are Bernhardt, Louise, and Israel, Jr., Bernhardt married Sarah M. Smith, February 24, 1934, Lille May Bembry married Charles C. Royal, November 5, 1919. Ruth, the youngest daughter, has been deputy clerk of the Superior Court since 1915. She was a member of the Pulaski County Democratic Executive Committee and was chief executive of the Girl Scouts of Hawkinsville for several years. She has extensive farming and pecan interests in Pulaski County.

*The birthdates in these two articles contradict one another, with the first being January 24th and the second being January 28th. County Coordinator will attempt to view tombstone to get correct date and insert information here in footnote.


Among the pioneer settlers of Pulaski County were William Bembry, born in North Carolina, August 23, 1795 and his wife, Marina Mayo Bembry, born in the same state, November 14, 1799, both descendants of English families. They came to Pulaski County in 1829 in covered wagons and purchased lands near Old Hartford, a prosperous town of this section at that time. They later built a ome about a mile out, on what is now the Cochran highway, thenlittle more than an Indian trail between the Ocmulgee and Oconee Rivers. They both lie buried near the old homestead, the father having died April 22, 1839, and the mother years later. The nine children are: Ann Eliza, Mary, Catherine, Margaret, Miles, Nancy, Martha W., William, and Sarah Louise. Catherine, born April 6, 1824, died May 23, 1834.


Ann Eliza Bembry, born January 17, 1819, married Willet Snell, July 25, 1837, and later moved to Florida.


Mary Bembry, born August 8, 1821, married William G. Fleming on January 4, 1843. They settled about three miles from Hawkinsville near what is now the Eastman highway, where her youngest son, E. Green Fleming, still lives with is wife, who was Miss Dora Lomon of Cochran. His only son, Robert F., was assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Hawkinsville for some time before enlisting in the army during the World War. Robert was one of Pulaski's first volunteers to go overseas, and served in Company K, 82nd Division. He became weakened by the hardships and exposure of long service, from which he never recovered. He died November 3, 1825. A daughter, Ethel, married Walter F. Atkinson, December 9, 1908. Their children are: DeWitt, Mary, and W. F. Fleming of Pulaski County, and Henry of Atlanta. Elia marriede Cook Watson of Dooly County. With their daughter, Martha, they are now living in Pulaski County. Birdie married Ira Wynne, a Word War veteran, of Chester, GA., who died August 17, 1926.

Other children of W. G. and Mary Bembry Fleming are: Marina, who married John W. Lancaster, and Nancy, who married H. A. Haskins, and the following who were residents of Pulaski County and were never married: Sara, John, Catherine, Ferdinand, and George. John was a Confederate soldier, and received wounds in the service from which he died soon after returning home from the war. their daughter, Martha, they are now living in Pulaski County


Nancy Bembry, daughter of William and Marina Mayo Bembry, born April 17, 1829, was married to William I. Beaty of Lowndes County, GA., March 12, 1856. William I. Beaty was killed in the Battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864. Nancy, who survived her husband only a few years, was left with three small children: Josephine, Brown, and W. J., better known to his friends as Zollie. At Nancy's death, the children were brought back to the old Bembry homestead and reared by their grandmother, Marina Bembry. Josephine married J. F. Sparrow, of Pulaski County, January 14, 1881, and since her husband's death has made her home with her son, E. C. Sparrow, at the old homestead near Hawkinsville. Their only daughter married B. B. Dykes of Bleckley County. E. C. Sparrow married Annie Mae Buchan of Pulaski County. William J. Beaty married Mary Ella Collins, October 23, 1889, and moved to Florida where he and his brother were extensively interested in citrus fruit groves. Some of these groves were located in what is now Lakeland. After the disastrous freeze of 1895, W. J. and his wife returned to Pulaski County, where he became engaged as a contractor, having bilt and remodeled many homes in this county. Their children were: Brown, deceased, Grace, and Augustus, deceased. Grace was graduated from Wesleyan College in 1916, and for several years taught school in the Pulaski County school system. On May 10, 1917, she married William M. Watson of Hawkinsville, a graduate of the University of Georgia, and lieutenant in Company L, 326th Regiment of the 82nd Division, A. E. F. He died August 3, 1925. Their children are: William M. Beaty, Jr., Pope B. Beaty, deceased, Grace Beaty, and Mary Elizabeth Beaty. For two years Mrs. William M. (Grace) Watson was administrator of the Pulaski County Emergency Relief Administration, and she is now supervising aide of that organization.


Martha W. Bembry, born November 14, 1832, married W. J. Holmes, a pioneer school teacher, and reared a large family in what is now Bleckly County, at that time Pulaski County, Georgia.


William Bembry, born December 9, 1834, son of William Bembry, Sr. and Marina Mayo, married Mary J. Allen, and was killed in the Battle Chickamauga in the War Between the States. He was survied by his wife and one daughter, Sarah Bembry, who moved to Florida at the close of the war.


sARAH lOUISA bEMBRY, daughter of William Bembry, Sr. and Marina Mayo, married Joseph Burkhalter, January 13, 1838.

From The History of Pulaski County Georgia 1808 – 1935, published by the Hawkinsville Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution, 1935, 1975, and 2002.