Edna Simspon

The Mashburn Family of North Carolina and Georgia

Edna Simpson was a major Mashburn/Sullivan family researcher who wrote a series of reports in the 1960's and 70's concerning the Mashburn family - she concentrated upon the descendants of Elisha Mashburn, a member of the Western North Carolina Branch that later moved to north Georgia.

Her work is very well done -- especially when you consider the fact she did it all the old-fashion way -- before computers and the Internet. I know of no mistakes. It is a shame so many people have ignored her "probably", "it appears that" and "perhaps" and have typed everything she said into their computer program as facts when Edna clearly was speculating.

Edna consolidated her reports into a book, The Mashburn Family of North Carolina and Georgia. She considered the book to be a work-in-progress and the copies in the many libraries and depositories in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee differ from each other depending upon the year she donated the document.

After her death, her genealogical material was in the procession of her niece who then gave them to Allison Sullivan of the Sullivan-Mashburn Reunion. Allison had the book scanned and that scanned copy is available below. It is difficult to know what version this scanned copy is; I do not, however, think it is the final version.

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The Mashburn Family of North Carolina and Georgia
by Edna Simpson

It is an enormous download - please be patient.

The Research Notes

Edna's research notes for the book were preserved in a series of 3-inch thick binders. Allison loaned me the two binders concerning the Rev. John Harvey Mashburn branch.  Although 99 percent of the genealogical data appears in the book, the research notes are interesting because they contain the actual letters of people that she corresponded with and contain glimpses into their lives. At the time, they were contributors, but now they are ancestors.

(Note to Researchers: include your biographical data for future generations in your reports. It is not being egoistical, one day you too will be an ancestor someone will be trying to research.)

Also, we find several cases in the notes of material that was not published in the books because of the sensitivity of the family members still living. For example, my gr-gr-grandmother Mary Cogburn Mashburn and her son were accused of placing rocks in the clothing they sold to the ragman to increase its weight. There was a church trial and Mary was acquitted. Her son, however, lost his church membership. I can see how earlier family members could have been embarrassed by that incident, but I see a family who had lost its breadwinner during the Civil War and was struggling to survive. While I do not condone his actions, I can understand that the boy was just trying to provide money for his family.

The notes were very hard to scan -- some were on 50-year-old onion-skin paper - I did the best I could. I did not scan the many pension papers of Robert Mashburn that were essentially the same report.

Remember, the files below are just her research notes for the line of John Harvey Mashburn. They are large downloads – please be patient.

Book 1 Book 2