Kearney Family  

Contributed by MAX F. KEARNEY, 2804 Orkney Place, Raleigh, N.C. 27604
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One can research the Kearney name back into early Ireland and follow the name into Pennsylvania when Stephen Watts and Phillip Kearney became well known because of their status in the United States Military and the U.S. and Mexican War. We have established presence here before the potato famine, which occurred about 1840. We know that Stephen Kearney was in Greene County in 1817, born about 1802. Many have suggested that our family ties are with the Barney Kearney family who had a son named Shemuel who in 1808, in his will, named the following; Susanne, Mary Kearney Bedford, 5 shillings and a slave , Sarah, dau. Leah; Sarah,;Ruth, 5 shillings: Slaves Jack and Tom, to be liberated, provided for, for l year, and allowed to live on sufficient land to support them.; John, Ruth's son; Crawford, 519 acres of land, slave (Ben). Adam- "I give unto my son Adam Kearney a negro man named Lewis also two horses, a saddle & bridle, being the horses that was carried away by my said son Adam when he left me. Also I give unto my said son Adam, ten dollars". Joseph-rest of land. Catherine. Dated Feb. 27, 1808.

The Shemuel Kearney family, many occupy areas of Franklin, Warren, Vance, Wake and Halifax Counties, are searching for descendents of Adam Kearney. Because Shemuel left him cash money they feel that he knew where he was and did have a wife and family. Since they cannot find any information on him after 1808 they assume he died, therefore his children would be orphaned, lending some credence to the hypothesis of our Greene County family origin.


Greene County N.C. roots

The Kearney Family as we know it today began in 1802 with the birth of Stephen Kearney some place in southern Virginia or Halifax County, N.C. (Somewhere near the North Carolina and Virginia border)

The Hardy and Mewborn families of Greene County combined their livestock into one large herd and drove them to market , 200 miles one way. Hogs were enticed to follow the trails by placing feed in a wagon or cart , allowing some to drop from time to time. They chose Richmond, Virginia over New Bern, N.C. because the price of hogs was one-half cents higher even though the distance was about one hundred miles more. They soon learned that they needed help to determine the best roads and stream crossings . Near the border of N.C. & Virginia they learned of two young orphan brothers, ages 17 and 15, who had made the trip before, hired them for guides. When the group returned to the area where they met, the younger of the two, Stephen, ask to continue with them, after learning he could find work. We do not know the name of the older brother or if there were other siblings. I have not been able to verify any family connections beyond Stephen. There have been leads and suggestions which have been followed up on with no favorable informative results.

Stephen settled in the Jason area and worked as a cooper, a farm laborer, then a farmer. He was apparently skilled with his hands as he made baskets, barrels for packing tobacco, and other wood items used in those days. This trait was passed on to his children and grandchildren.

His courage was obvious as in 1817 this young man, whose parents were deceased, had one brother who was only 17, with no adult relatives close enough to assist him, came to this area, amid strangers and started a life for himself . Between the ages of 22 and 24 he met and married Caty Madens. In 1825 their daughter MARY was born, in 1828 son JAMES arrived . On October 8, l835 his son THOMAS was born and in July, 1859 a third son, whom he named , STEPHEN was born. ( hereafter referred to as Stephen II). In 1862 a daughter APSLEY was born. There may have been others but I have no record of it. The mother of Stephen II was Theresa (Treacy) Cade Stallings, widow of Richard Stallings.

At the time of Stephen I's. death he was living a few yards south of Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church, located about one and one-half miles north of Jason, N.C. The house was situated next to a main road from Washington, N.C. to Dobbs County Court House, N.C. He was buried about 75 yards due west from corner of the Cemetery beside the Church. There is no marker to indicate the exact spot and no word passed down as to why he was laid to rest in that particular location. It has been speculated that the weather conditions and/or the condition of the body could have dictated their actions. Another scenario, which I like better; they planned to start a Kearney Cemetery that never really developed . I have been told that there was a large Oak tree that marked the spot for years but it is gone now. The burial places of Caty and Theresa are still a mystery.

The 1880 U.S. Census shows a Nancy Madens and two other women, ages 20 and 40, living in same household. It is logical to assume that Caty was related. Other neighbors at the time had such familiar names as Hardy, Mewborn, Howell, Ham, Wells , Wood, Cade, Lane, Radford, Wooten, Newsome and Elmore.

Apparently Stephen did not own the land where he lived when he died. Interestingly his Great Grandson, also named Stephen, purchased about 90 acres of land around the homestead in 1925 and it remains in the Kearney family to this day. Around l945 the Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church started a Cemetery on the south side. Stephen L. and Lola Kearney donated about 50% of the land. On September 12, 1999 a memorial marker was placed in this Cemetery commemorating Stephen 1, and family.

(Stephen & Caty Kearney)

I know nothing factual on this daughter. Mary is one of two daughters we know about. More on her sister, Apsley, below. The John Lane family were neighbors of the Kearneys in those days and John's wife was named Mary, same age as Mary Kearney. Some have speculated that she was Mary Kearney, no proof at this time

(Stephen & Theresa Cade Stallings)

Apsley Kearney was born about 1862. She appears in the 1870 Census as being age 8. The spelling of her name shown as Absly. I have been advised that the census spelling is probably incorrect as Stephen II's Granddaughter, Apsley Wilmer Kearney Pleasant, told me she was named after her Grandfather's sister Apsley. There is some possibility that she is the Apsley that was married to Henry Elmore. We are working on confirmation.

NOTE; When Stephen came to this area there were no State Roads as we know them today. The roads were similar to "cart paths", narrow, poorly drained and many of the bridges were made from logs thrown into the creeks and rivers. The roads in the swampy areas were reinforced with logs and boards. This was before railroads.

Things their mothers might have taught them:

"Shut your mouth and eat your supper." Or " Look at the back of your neck, its filthy." (Try doing either)

NOTE; Remarks and details of the families of JAMES, THOMAS AND STEPHEN II will be under the heading of each;

" In 1810 the population of Greene County was under 5,000, in 1860 just under 8,000. The ratio between "whites" and "blacks" was about 50/50 which has changed little since." The population in the year 2,000 was about 20,000.

TIMES: During the early years of the Greene County Kearneys, they lived between Tyson's Marsh and East Bear Creek (Wayne County Line) The following is an excerpt from the Greene County History Book, by James W. Creech. " Greene County has a long and rich religious history, although it has not always been easy. Parts of the county was a hard place for religion in the early days, when Elder Parrott Mewborn II , an Elder of the primitive Baptist, first moved to the county about the year 1825, from Lenior County, to Tyson's Marsh, near present day Turnage's Mill site. An old man told him if he could find a Christian on Tyson's Marsh, then he would show him the devil, and Mewborn told him, "you are looking at a Christian", and the old man replied, "then you are the only one"."

I included the above because The Mewborns and Hardys were instrumental in the Kearneys settling in that area. Remember Lenior County starts a few miles south of Jason so Elder Mewborn probably had not moved very far. The Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church was an offspring of the old Bear Creek Primitive Church near LaGrange, N.C. organized in 1827. Elder Berry W. Kearney served for many years. He was the Great Grandson of the first Stephen Kearney.

(Stephen & Caty Kearney)

The 1850 Census, the first census that included names of children, wives and persons in the household, indicate James was the oldest son of Stephen Kearney. The census gave his age as 22, therefore, we assume he was born in 1828. We do not have his exact date of death, however, we do have a copy of his obituary as entered in the records of Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church. The obituary was entered in July, l862 but no exact date shown. He is buried in the Kearney-Lane Cemetery located about 300 yards east of Greene County Rd. #1142, (Free Gospel Rd.) .43 of a mile south of rd. #1145 (Preacher Kearney Rd.) A marker was place on or near the site of his grave by members of his family in l996. Max Kearney, G-Great Grandson presided and Clinton Davis, Great Grandson of Thomas Kearney , brother to James, offered special prayer. James's wife, Martha (Patsy), son John James and some of his grandchildren are buried at this location. NOTE: There are no markers visible today for the Lane family, but I can remember seeing 5-6 wood markers in the area west of the Kearney graves during the l940's.

James married Martha (Patsy) Elmore, daughter of Barbary Elmore and to them were born three children. Mary, born 1854, who married John Mozingo, John James, b. December l7, 1856, married Celia Jane Howell, and Nancy, b. 1862, who married James P. Howell, brother of Celia Jane.

He earned a living by farming and lived most of his life near the Kearney-Lane Cemetery between Jason and Shine. He and his wife were members of the Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church for several years. The following Church records show when he was received into the fellowship and also his obituary.


At a monthly meeting held with the Church at Mewborn's Meeting House Saturday before the third Lord's Day in August, 1853 a door of experience was opened when James Kearney and Winnafred Wooten came forward and related their hope in Christ and were unanimously received by members in the above named church. George Mewborn, Church Clerk"

**** James Kearney was baptized by Elder Parrott Mewborn.****


This obituary is to show that Brother Carney joined with the Church at Mewborn's Meeting House August 1853 and lived a member there in full fellowship until his death. He was the son of Stephen and Coty (Caty) Kerney whose maiden name was Madens. Stephen Kerney came from Virginia. Brother Kerney left a widow and three children, relative and friends and the Church mourns their loss. He was a faithful member of the church. June Meeting, 1862" ****Please note the different spellings of the Kearney name.****

His military record is not substantiated by war records, however, information passed down makes it clear that he served as a drummer with the Confederate States of America during a part of 1861 and possibly 1862. He was injured in the leg and sent home to recover. His leg became infected causing his death. I have personally heard my Great Grandfather J. James Kearney tell the story as he remembered it. The following is an excerpt from the War Department regarding North Carolina Troops 1861-1865. "COMPANY A This company , known as the " Greene County Riflemen," enlisted at Snow Hill, Greene County, April 23, 1861. It tendered its service to the state and was ordered to Garysburg, Northampton County, where it was assigned to this regiment as Company A. After joining the regiment the company functioned as part of the regimen, and its history for the war period is recorded as a part of the regimental history. The roster of the company was compiled principally from company muster rolls which covered from the muster in roll, dated September 1, 1861, through December, 1864. No company muster rolls were found for the period prior to September 1, 1861." NOTE: We do not know how he was injured, we have no battle stories, but we feel that he enlisted between April 23, 1861 and September 1, 1861 as he died soon after Dec. 1861.

NOTE; James and Martha (Patsy) were born about the time the building of the railroad system started. There were Church buildings in just about every community and this was a time of the traveling preachers. The large plantation owners still had slaves. The railroads caused quite a boom to the economy and the people were talking of freeing slaves. The Civil War stated during James' lifetime but he died before it ended.

Things his parents might have taught him; "If I told you once, I told you a million times, don't exaggerate." For self-control his mother might have said, "Don't go near the cake, I made it for my social club."

The Kearney- Lane Cemetery is located east of Free Gospel Rd., a quarter mile north of Titus Mewborn Rd.
Patsy Kearney, April 21, 1882-Sept. 16, 1931.
J.T. Kearney, Oct. 3, 1881-Oct. 3, 1938
Eliza Kearney, wife of Frank Pollard April 29, 1878-April 5, 1929
John James Kearney, Dec. 17, 1856-Dec. 6, 1945
Celia Jane, wife of J.J. Kearney, May 21, 1851-Nov. 2, 1919
James H.(Harvey) Kearney, son of J.T. & P.A Kearney, Oct. 28, 1911-Oct. 19, 1915.
Nancy J.., dau. of J.T. & P.A. Kearney 6-26-1906, 8-21-1909
Lanie R., son of J.J. & C.J. Kearney, 1887-1889
Martha Kearney, Aug. 1, 1830- Nov. 27, 1882.
Penniny, dau. of J.J. & C.J. Kearney, 1880-1881
One wooden marker-4 unmarked graves. (? Lane Family)

(Stephen & Caty Kearney)

Thomas Kearney, the second son of Stephen Kearney who came from Virginia in 1817, was born October 8, 1835, died 5-15-1913 He married Clarky Radford, born March 23, 1836, died 2-24-1918, the daughter of Noah T. and Susan Radford. Noah and Susan's names first appeared in the Wayne County census.

After his brother James was injured serving in the Civil War, Thomas, at the age of 25, enlisted in the Infantry Company A 3rd. N.C. Troop CSA on May 13, 1862. He was captured at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1863 and imprisoned at Fort Delaware, Delaware , until transferred to Point Lookout , Maryland, Oct. 18-1863. Paroled at Point Lookout and transferred to James River, Virginia February 18, 1865, for exchange. Declared exchanged at Boulware's Wharf, James River, February 20, 1865. Reported as present on roll of a detachment of paroled and exchanged prisoners at Camp Lee, near Richmond, Virginia dated February 23, 1865. Rank, Private. There is a written history on this Prison, the largest of the Northern Prisons. Designed for 10,000 prisoners but from 12,600 to 20,000 regularly housed, causing inadequate food, clothing, fuel, housing and medical care. Located on a peninsula where the Potomac River joins the Chesapeake Bay.

Thomas obviously suffered many hardships during the many months in the cold north before his release. We can be proud of his dedication to what he believed in. My research indicates that Thomas and his wife , Clarky, were people of strong character with traits of honesty and hard work. They acquired enough farm land to leave each of their children a homestead.

Children and extended family;
1. Susan, b. April 21, 1866, (d. 1899) md. Theophilus Fields, b. 1856.(d. 1926), son of Henry and Patience Mooring Fields. His 1st. wife, Molly McKeel, b. 12-23-1882, 2nd. Susan Kearney, b. 4-10-1887, 3rd. Zilphi Johnson. (Zelphia was the mother of Herbert Johnson, whom she and Theophilus raised. Herbert was the father of Walter, Corneilus, Herbert and Titus Johnson, plus others.) (Carolyn Barker, dau. of Eugene Carlyle, descended from Susan inquired. Her address is 2496, Harbard Ave., Memphis, Tenn. 38112. E-mail-(bluegrass-lover@worldnet.Att.Net)
    1A. Hattie Clarkie Kearney (Fields), b. 1883, d. 1975, md. Joseph Marion Whitley, b.1883.
       1A1. Virginia Whitley , b. 1898.
       1A2. Julia Bessie Whitley, b. 1-18- 1908, md. George Cullen Fields.
       1A3. Lucy Kearney Whitley, b. 12-3-1909 d. 12-29-1910.
       1A4. Roland David Whitley, b. 1-5-1912, md. Nina Kearney, b. 12-21- 1912 dau. of James                M. Kearney.
       1A5. Eula Beatrice Whitley, b. 4-27-1919, md. Hardy Moore, b. 6-13-1917.
       1A6. Lucille Helen Whitley, b.9-12-1917, md. John D. Dawes.
       1A7. Robert Edward Lee Whitley, b. 8-22-1921, md. Tiny Lou Perry b. 8-6- 1921
       1A8. Russell Lowell Whitley, b. 9-29-1923, md. Helen Hinson.
       1A9. Joseph Marion Whitley, Jr. b. 7-8-1925, md. 1st. Jimmie Smith, 2nd. Eunice Carlyle,                3rd. Vayria Fields

   1B. Dinah Kearney (Fields), md. John Coley, had 3-4 children. (Buried in the Crocker Cemetery in Pine Level, N.C.)
       1B1. Bennie Coley, b. 4-15-1915-7-13-1984, md. Adell, b. 8-11-1916-5-20-92

    1C. Patience (Pachie) Fields, b 1893, d.1927 md. George Carlyle, b. 1869-1936, son Samuel & Sarah "Sallie" Mozingo Carlyle. Samuel hit by automobile & killed.
       1C1. Eugene Carlyle, b. 8-7-1922, died 8-19-1984, md. Helen Jenkins 4-20- 1948.
       1C2 Eunice Carlyle, b. 8-7-1922, died 7-11-1988, md. 1st. William Jasper Parker, 2nd. Joseph Marion Whitley. Eugene & Eunice were twins.
       1C3 Sudie Emily Carlyle b. 8-8-1914, died 12-4-1997.
       1C4. George Robert Carlyle, b.11-29-1908, died 9-15-1985, never married.
       1C5. L.J. Carlyle, b. 2-12-1928, died 8-24-1950. Never married.
       1C6. Harry Carlyle, b. 1-31-1930, md. Nellie Marie Carter on 4-25-1954.
       1C7. Sally Carlyle, b. 11-14-? , md. 1st. Ernest Melton, Sr., 2nd. Eslie Marshburn.
       1C8. Julian (****) Carlyle, b. 9-16-1924, md. Paulette Melton 11-3-1962.
       1C9 Hazel Caryle b. 1-19-1929, md. William Howell Garner on 9-3-1952.
       1C10 Sammy Lee Carlyle b. 9-4-1917, died 11-11-1991, md. Violet Mae Tew, b. 6-17-1920, dau. of Ray & Gertrude Durham Tew. Ray born 1897- 1967, Gertude b. 1903-1987. Ray's parents, David & Rossie Royal Tew Gertrude's parents, Samuel and Holland Rowe Durham. Sammy Lee and Violet Mae Tew Carlyle had two sons and a daughter.
       1C11 Baby Carlyle died at age 6 months.

   1D. Theophilus Thomas Fields,Jr. b. 1891 (d.1927) md. Ella Coombs.
       1D1. Gladys Naomi Fields, b. 7-19-1918, md. Hubert Tyndall on 11-17-1935.
       1D2. Ester Mae Fields, b. 10-10-1919, md. Joseph Clancard Arnold.
       1D3. Leon Murphy Fields, b. 10-28-1921, md. Flonnie Wilderson on 10-24- 1927.
       1D4. Leonard Everett Fields, b. 1-11-1924, md. 1st. Aileen Dunn, 2nd. Elsie Lewis.
       1D5. George Washington Fields, b. 8-18-1925, md. Dolly Spivey.

    1E. Jennie Fields, b.1898, d.1922, md. Jess Holloman from Walstonburg.
    1F. Sudie Fields b.1899, d 1968, md. a Ham from around Goldsboro.
    1G. Nettie Fields, b.1895, disappeared without a trace around the age of 16.????

2 Maria A. (Molly) b. May 19, 1860, md. Josiah Dempsey Lane, b. 1859.
(See Lane Family under separate cover.)

3. Noah Thomas Kearney, b. May 2, 1862, md. 1st. Sarah, 2nd. Ada.
    3A. Sarah. (Dollie Minerva Kearney Turner., b. 1895, md. Mr. E.M.Turner, Sr.
       3A1. Herman Thomas Kearney, b. 1916, (died 1990) md. Annie Louise Baker.
       (Tel. 919 734 0385, 1341 Old Smithfield Rd., Goldsboro, N.C. 27530)           3A1A. H.T. (Tom) Kearney, Jr. (WPTF)
          3A1B. Kathryn Kearney, md. Bentley.
          3A1C. Stephen W. Kearney
       3A2. Paul Kearney
       3A3 Ezekiel "Zeke" Mearmon Turner, Jr., b. 1928, d. 1-4-02, md. Rachel Wadsworth.
       3A3A. Sandra Turner, md. Doug Fisher.
       3A3B. Lynette Turner, md. John Capps.
          3A3B1. Brandon Capps.
          3A3B2. Bradley Capps
       3A4. Blanch Turner Radford.
       3A5. Eva Turner Wooten.
       3A6. Minerva Turner Adams
       3A7. Jeanette Turner Lewis.
       3A8 Naaman Turner
    3B. Henry. (Bud) Kearney b. 1911
    3C. Noah Thomas. Kearney, b. ?, md. Pauline Worrell.
       3C1. Johnny (Bird) Kearney, md. Shelby Davis Kearney
          3C1A Melanie Kearney, md. Robbie Carman Jenkins in Sept. 2001

4. James Miles Jackson Kearney, b. October 16, 1869. Md. Cornelia Goff.(see writeup)
**Note the three names. He had an Uncle named Miles Radford.**
5. William Franklin Kearney, b. June 7, 1876, md. Alice Lynch (see writeup)
6. Sarah (Sally) b. April 25, 1858, md. (No Info)
7. Elizabeth Kearney, (Fannie) b. 1870., Md. John Howell (Son Johnny md. Pattie Barrow) (See Lula Kearney Barrow write up for more details.)
8. Lula Kearney, b. April 29, 1873, md. Taylor Barrow, son of Wiley & Serene Taylor Barrow. (2nd. Husband, Corneilus (Neely) Ginn. (See separate cover.. )

Thomas, Clarky, Clarky's parents, and many of their family are buried in a well kept cemetery known as the Thomas Kearney Cemetery located on the north side of Greene County rd. #1206 (Kearney Cemetery Road) Clarky's father Noah Radford was 96 and her mother Susan was 94 when they died. ***Clarky's will can be found in the Greene County Clerk of Court in Snow Hill, N.C. The will is dated April 24, 1916. There are several documents including marriage records, military records and Bible records available on this family in Greene Co. and Wayne Co.

NOTE: Driving directions to the Homeplace of Thomas and Clarky; Drive west out of Snow Hill, N.C. on Highway #58 for about three miles, turn left (west) on County Road #1058, known as the Saulston Rd.. After about 2 miles turn left (south) on Rd. #1205, drive about one mile to Kearney Cemetery Rd., turn right (west) and the Thomas Kearney Cemetery is on the right. I have been told that the original Kearney home was in the same field as the Cemetery. The house had large vertical columns supporting the front porch. Thomas and Clarky first show up in the Census in 1860. I found that a Noah Radford was living in Lenoir County in 1850.

Something Clarky might have said to Thomas before he went off to war. " Make sure you wear clean underwear. You never know when you might be hurt and in a hospital." Someone must have taught him about stamina. "You will sit there until all that spinach is finished." He was in a northern prison for four years during the war. He had stamina.

NOTE: Look for additional coverage under the topics of individual family member names. NOTE: All members born after 1930 withheld for privacy reasons.

(Stephen & Treacy Cade Stallings Kearney)

Stephen Kearney II, the third son of Stephen I was born July, 1859. His mother was Theresa (Treacy) Cade Stallings, widow of Richard Stallings. She already had children, one being James R.(Jim) Stallings.

Young Stephens's father died before he became a teenager and like many in that situation he worked as a laborer to help support the family. According to the 1880 census at the age of 20 he was living in the home of Patrict Lynch and working as an apprentice. (For those of us who are old enough to remember, the Patrict Lynch home was later occupied by Barry Ginn, then by Woodrow Corbett and wife Hazel, who was Berry Ginn's daughter. The area is now called Corbett Town.) Stephen's oldest son, Clarence married Barry Ginn's daughter , Annie. Stephen spent most of his life employed as a farmer and farm owner. Early in his life he lived on a small farm that is now a part of the Carson Joyner farm, now owned by the Joyner heirs., located about l mile north of the Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church. In 1894 Stephen purchased 60 acres of land from Dempsey and Elmira Wood located about two miles south of Hwy, #13 on west side of Mewborn Church Rd. Parrott Mewborn, a local attorney, lived west of Stephen and traveled a path by the Kearney farm on his way to Snow Hill where most of his business was conducted. . He complained about a barn blocking the view around a corner and ask Stephen to move it. He would not and Parrott Mewborn sued and won. I cannot find a record of the suit. At one time he lived in a two story house about 3/4 of a mile west of Jason on the Parkstown road. He eventually purchased (with middling lent cotton) the farm now owned and occupied by the Richard Herman, Jr. Kearney family, located about midway between Jason and highway #13.

In his early twenties he married Mary Ann (Polly Ann) Radford, born 1862, the daughter of Benjamin and Unity Howell Radford. To them were born two sons, William Clarence and Richard Herman Kearney. Polly Ann had four sisters, Cora, born 187l, Ellen, born 1861, Sudie, born 1868, Dora, born 1880 and one brother, Needham, born 1874. Needham married Agnes Mozingo, dau. of John and Mary Kearney Mozingo, she died at a young age, had one daughter, Josie. Needham then married Unice Howell. Cora, known to us as Aunt Pete, married Hiram Ham, Dora married Joe Peacock. Sudie never married and spent many years living with her nephews, Clarence and Herman.

Stephen II and Mary Ann were both members of the Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church. A stained glass window , in their memory, is on the southside of the Church. Both are buried in the Mewborn Family Cemetery located about l mile east of the Church.

We do not have extensive information on Theresa Cade. It does appear that she had children when she married Stephen I, one of which was James (Jim) Stallings. Mr. Stallings owned the farm next to Stephen 11. Records show that she was the sister of Nathan Cade and one census shows James Stallings living with Nathan and is listed as his nephew. We feel that Theresa and Nathan's father was Hardy (Hootie) Cade because he lived in a house back of the Stallings home. The Cades are believed to be descended from Stephen Cade who was a member of the General Assembly prior to the Revolutionary war. Stephen Cade was sheriff and justice of the peace off and on from 1754 through 1769. He served as a Captain with the Militia and later, relatives, Waddell and Parrott Cade, served their Country. Hardy Cade was a member of the Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church and at one time served as a delegate for the Contentnea Primitive Baptist Association. Hardy was one of the first Deacons ordained at Mewborn PBC. He is buried in the Mewborn Family Cemetery on Greene Co. Rd. #1102.

Things his mother might have taught them." " It is more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help." "Keep laughing and I will give you something to cry about."

Extended family of Stephen II & Mary Ann Kearney & sons, W.C. and R.H. Kearney

1. WILLIAM CLEARNCE KEARNEY, b. 1893, md. Annie Ginn, dau. of Berry and Emmalisa Mitchell Ginn.

1A. Clarence Osmond Kearney, b. 1916, d. 2-16-1995, md. 1st. ?, Rubineal Mason, 2nd. C.O. (sometimes called "Red") was a member of Mount Calvary Methodist Church and attended North Carolina State University. He was past- master of Radiance Lodge #132 for over 50 years, a Shriner of SudanTemple. Civic activities included serving as President of Snow Hill Rotary Club, Snow Hill Town Commissioner, Snow Hill Zoning Board, Advisory Board of First American Saving and Loan, Farmers Home Administration Board and Board of Directors for First Citizens Bank.
    1A1. Polly Ann Kearney , md. Galloway
    1A2. Susan Kearney, md. Robertson.
    1A3. Lola Kearney (Ruby Neil), md. Hines
    1A4. Clarence Osmond Kearney, Jr. md. 1st. ?, Mary Betty Barnes, 2nd.        1A41. Mary Nell Kearney, md. Marty Morris        1A42. Andrew Kearney.
1B. Vera Kearney, md. Jewett
1C. Geraldine Kearney, md. Pully Corbin.
1D. Wilma Kearney, md. Joe Pleasants
1E. Illma Kearney, md. Nobles.

2. RICHARD HERMAN KEARNEY, SR., b. 1896 , md. Sudie Turnage

2A. Richard Herman Kearney, Jr., md. Edna Earl Hill
    2A1. Richard Herman Kearney, III
    2A2. Keith Kearney.
    2A3. Kay Kearney, md. Guy Carraway
    2A4. Kim Kearney
2B. Judson Kearney, md. Alese Newsome, 1st. ? 2nd.
    2B1. Stephen Kearney (1st. wife)
    2B2 Phillip Kearney (1st wife)
    2B3 Daughter (1st. wife)
    2B4 Gregory Kearney (2.nd wife)
    2B5 Brad Kearney (2nd. wife)
    2B6 Chad Kearney (2nd.wife)

JOHN JAMES KEARNEY Stephen Kearney?James Kearney

Motto; Be honest, work hard and always save some time for self improvement

John James Kearney was the only son of J. James and Martha (Patsy) Elmore Kearney. He was born December 17, 1856 in Greene County within one mile of the Kearney-Lane Cemetery. His father died in early 1862, after being injured in the Civil War, leaving a widow and three children. son, John James and daughtrers, Mary, born 1853, and Nancy born in 1862. Without a father life was hard for this family and J. James worked as a farm laborer to help with the family support. At the age of 13 he was hired out, to Bryant Hardy of Jason, for five dollars a month paid to his mother. He soon learned that he could do better and he persuaded his mother to let him pay her five dollars a month and keep the rest. She agreed and it is told he started saving at once to buy some land of his own. At the age of 21 he married Celia Jane Howell, born May 21, 1851, daughter of James William and Jerona Ann Elizabeth Vaughn Howell. (Note; John James always said he was named after his father thus we can assume he was John James, Jr., however, he never used that name. I searched for James' Civil War record under both names, no success.)

Children: 1. Eliza, born April 29, 1878, died April 5, 1929. She was the wife of Frank Pollard. No Children.
2. James Thomas, born October 3, 1881, died October 3, l938. He married Patsy Elmore, born April 21, 1882. Died September 16, 1931. 2nd. Emma Gurganus.
3. Penniny, born 1880, died 1881.
4. William Berry (Barry) born January, 1884, died December 2, 195l., married Betsy Johnson, born November 18, 1887, died April 14, 1965
5. Stephen Lemon, born October 18, 1888, died February 25, 1964. He married Lola Mae Ham, born August 25, 1892, died February 26, 1960. In December 1963 Stephen married Lillie Langdon Coats, born 19l4, died January 4, 1997.
6. Lanie R., born 1887, died 1889.

John James died December 6, 1945, 11 days before his 90th birthday, and he, his wife, daughter Eliza, son's James Thomas and Lanie are buried in the Kearney-Lane Cemetery located on the east side of rd. #1135 near the junction of rd. #1132 about 300 yards up in the field.

J. James was a Deacon in the Mewborn Primitive Baptist Church and Celia was a member in good standing. (Jim) was affectionately called "Grampa" by his family and by many whom were not related because as a older man he would spend many hours sitting around the country stores talking to people or just watching what was going on. I remember when I was a teenager and plowing two mules across the road from his home. He would walk over, stand at the end of the row, and as the mules approached he would take hold of the bridle and stop the mules and talk to me for a few minutes. He had a heavy voice and usually gave me advise on how to handle the team or just compare crops among his family. He did most of the talking, I just said "yes Sir and no Sir." His son Berry became a Primitive Baptist Elder (Preacher) and preached at many churches over eastern North Carolina and frequently "Grampa", his son's Berry and Stephen would get into a Model "A" Ford, all dressed in dark suits, white shirts and wearing large black hats, fire up cigars and head out for a day of preaching, singing and fellowship. All could read music.

After he became a little feeble he would go to church and sit in a large rocking chair near the pulpit so he could hear. At times he would get a little drowsy and fall asleep, snore, waking himself and then clear his throat and his heavy voice could be heard all over the church. He was an honorable and respected man and as many do, when they get over 75 years of age, he talked about old times. He told of seeing Union soldiers, one taking a hat he was wearing that once belonged to his father and the soldier gave him his Union cap, which he refused to wear. There was a time when he talked of his dear departed wife with pride and say, "she was the only woman I ever knew."

After Celia died he devoted his life to his family and church. He acquired enough farm land by 1925 to arrange a financial agreement with his children that enabled him to retire and help his children purchase their own farms. His first tract of land was located on what is now Green Co. Rd. #1145.(Named the Preacher Kearney Rd. in 1999) There was a cabin with one large room and a small lean to. It had a large fireplace and a "sod" floor. Celia hung sheets and blankets to partition off areas for privacy. (This information was told by Annie Kearney Ginn, the oldest of his granddaughters, repeating what she had been told.) He soon purchased land adjacent on the east side and built a house. It still stands on the south side of Rd. #1145. His son Berry was the first to marry. They built him a three room house with a kitchen attached by a porch and that house has been moved behind the home of Janet Kearney Jones Hamm and being used for storage. Later Berry moved to what is now referred as his homeplace, then Stephen moved into the tenant house. Uncle Jim was the last to marry, he settled in the house that most come to know as the Homeplace. It is located back of Jimmy and Cora Kearney's house. All provided well for their families.

NOTE; J. James had two sisters, Mary, who married John Mozingo and Nancy who married James P. (Jim) Howell.

Mary 's daughter, Martha, married Charlie Grant, son of Alex and Emma Grant. Their children, John, Walter, Luther, Sidney and Lou Mae. Walter Grant married Suddie Kearney, daughter of James Miles Kearney. Suddie and her baby daughter, Suddie Mae, died 7-5-1923.

Daughter, Agnes, married Needham Radford. She died at a young age and her daughter, Josie, spent her early years living with Charlie and Martha Grant. She married Henry Hill, son of John Hill, Their children; Frances, b. 1926, md. Henry Fields, Lula, b. 1927, md. William Gorden, Sally, b. 1934, md. Johnny Beamon, Joseph H. Hill, b. 1943, md. Linda.

Nancy's children were: Nina, Myrtle, who married Lonnie Jernigan, Celia, who married Johnny Hart, Eugenie, who married Clarence Grady, 1st. then Ben Hembly. William Kirby, who married Eugenie Page, Lily who married Tom Carter.

Things his parents might have taught him. " If you always tell the truth, you won't have to remember what you said and to whom." " The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket." " Never test the depth of the water with both feet."

Update (3-15-2001) on search of family prior to 1817. It has been suggested by contacts on the internet that Stephen I could have been the offspring of ADAM Kearney, son of Shemuel Kearney, ( and his unknown first wife) b. 1734 Nansemond Co. Virginia, died 1808, Franklin Co., N.C. Shemuel's father was Barney Kearney, Virginia.

Shemuel Kearney's will, dated Feb. 27, 1808, Louisburg, N.C. Book C, page 114. Reads " I give unto my son Adam Kerney a Negro man named Lewis, also two horses & a saddle and bridle, being the horses that was carried away by my said son Adam when he left me. Also I give unto my said son Adam ten dollars."

Sources surmise that Shemuel knew where he was (was close by) because he left him money. Also surmised he died young before establishing written civil records. The search continues.

James Miles Jackson KEARNEY
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Lula Kearney BARROW
Lena Kearney LANGSTON
George Stephen KEARNEY
Eliza Kearney POLLARD
William Berry KEARNEY
James Thomas KEARNEY
Stephen Lemon KEARNEY

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