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The Maybury Family Research Fund

The Maybury Family Research Fund was established in 1995 to provide for continuing research on various branches of the Maybury (Mayberry, Maberry, Mabry, etc.) family. Contributions to the fund are welcome and may be sent to Don Collins, 3377 Mill Vista Road, Apt. 3207, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80129.

Current research projects

  • The Maybury/Mayberry families of Pennsylvania One of our most challenging research problems centers around several Maybury and Mayberry families who appeared in Pennsylvania beginning about 1716. A generation or two later members of these families were living in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Ohio. We believed at first that all these families descended from Thomas Maybury "ironmaster", who first appeared in Newton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1716. But additional research and DNA evidence shows that while most of the Maybury/Mayberry families found in Pennsylvania were closely related, they do not all descend from Thomas Maybury.

    Many of these early Mayburys made their living in the iron business. The DNA evidence suggests that most of them do descend from Thomas Maybury "ironmaster". But there are others, most of whom used the Mayberry spelling, that sppear to be descended from Mayberrys who came from Londonderry and Antrim in northern Ireland.

    We are now in the process of gathering information on very early Pennsylvania Mayburys/Mayberrys who moved to:
    • Western Pennsylvania
    • New Jersey
    • Cecil County Maryland
  • The English origins of the Maybury Family -- We have long assumed that Francis Maybury, who came to Virginia from sometime before October 1679, came from England. This ongoing project continues to examine English records in the hope of finding a more definitive answer about Francis Maybury's origin and parents. But our research is by no means limited to this single individual. We are exploring all early Maybury lines in England and Ireland in order to gain a perspective on the origin and movements of the family there. More on our English origins
  • William Maybury in County Kerry, Ireland about 1670 -- The Mayburys of County Kerry, Ireland are an important link in our discovery of the common ancestor of most Mayburys. Bill and Doris Maybury of Herefordshire, England have done exhaustive research on Bill's ancestor, William Maybury, who was a part of Sir William Petty's plantation of English immigrants in County Kerry about 1670. Our DNA project has shown that William Maybury shared a common ancestor with Francis Maybury who came to Virginia about 1679 and with Thomas Maybury "ironmaster" who came to Pennsylvania shortly after 1700. More about William Maybury in County Kerry
  • The ancestors of Elizabeth Gilliam -- We know that Francis Maybury's wife, Elizabeth Gilliam was the daughter of John Gilliam and his wife, Margery. However, very little is known about earlier generations of the Gilliam familiy. Researcers in Virginia and England are looking for additional information.

    We have seen speculative evidence which suggests that the Gilliams were originally from France where the name was Guillaume. This may or may not be true. It appears that the Gilliams lived for some time in London before coming to Virginia in 1635. We have also learned the exact location where the Gilliams lived just above the mouth of the Appomattox River. Elizabeth Gilliam's father, John Gilliam, named their home "Monte Alto", after what may have been his old neighborhood in London. Other names reflecting the same London neighborhood are still present in the area where the Gilliams lived, including the names of at least two islands in the Appomattox River. Our researcher in England has not been successful in locating records of the Gilliams while they lived in London. More on our Gilliam research.

Earlier research projects and findings

  • Ancestors of Seth Mayberry of Jackson County, Tennessee -- This project includes the Mabrys of Knox County, Tennessee, Francis Maybury of Hawkins County, Tennessee, and the Mabrys of Henry and Patrick Counties in Virginia.

    This is an ongoing project which began several years ago. Researchers in four states have turned up hundreds of records which support our belief that Francis Maybury, an early trader and land speculator in what became Tennessee, was the ancestor of of the Mayberrys (various spellings) of Jackson County, Tennessee. While the records we have found are extensive, we still have only scant evidence concerning the family of Francis Maybury. We continue to hope that more concrete evidence will be found. More on Francis Maybury, trader and land speculator

  • The Mabrys of Abbeville County, South Carolina -- Delilah Mabry lived in Edgefield and Abbeville Counties. She was head of her household in Edgefield County in 1800. She had previously lived in Newberry County where, in September 1788, a grand jury wrote:
    We present Delila Maberry a woman of this county a Nuisance by reason of her leading a Very disorderly life for some time passed. Ordered that the County Attorney Prosecute the S'd Delila accordingly.
    This record leads us to speculate that Delilah Mabry may not have been married. But it is possible her story may be more complicated. We have done a DNA test on a descendant of one of her sons, James Eaton Mabry. This test did not match the known DNA signature of the Maybury family. However, that does not necessarily mean that Delilah Mabry was unmarried. The test could also reflect a "paternal event" (adoption or out-of-wedlock birth) anywhere along the direct male line between James Eaton Mabry (Delilah's son) and the gentleman whose DNA was tested several generations later. Therefore, we need to test a descendant of Delilah Mabry's other two sons. If one or both of those lines turns out to match the Maybury DNA signature, then it would be much more likely that Delilah Mabry was the widow of a man named Mabry.

    In 1793, Delilah Mabry bought 150 acres on Halfway Swamp in Edgefield County and apparently lived on it until 1806 when she moved to Abbeville County. No record of her has been found after the 1810 census of Abbeville County. Her sons, Bartholomew and James Eaton moved to Mississippi. Later James Eaton moved to Alabama and Bartholomew went to Arkansas.

    Our researchers in South Carolina and elsewhere are still looking for any other records of Delilah Mabry that might help us to identify her husband. More about Delilah Mabry and her sons
  • The Mabrys of Union and Spartanburg Counties in South Carolina -- For many years we were uncertain about the identify of the extensive Mabry family of Union and Spartanburg Counties. Our researcher there finally found the answer. They all descend from James3 Mabry, son of George Mabry, who died in 1770 in Rowan County, North Carolina. In 1774 James moved to Union County where he bought 250 acres on the Pacolet River. His sons, James, Jr. and Jesse are the progenitors of the Mabrys of Union and Spartanburg Counties.
  • Thomas Mayberry of Charleston County, South Carolina -- We have yet to identify Thomas Mayberry who died in March 1819 in Charleston, South Carolina. His death notice described him as a "founder" which leads us to believe that he may be connected with the "ironmaster" Mayburys of Pennsylvania and Virginia.
  • The Mayburys of Tidewater Virginia -- This ongoing research seeks additional information on Francis Maybury and Elizabeth Gilliam of Surry County, Virginia and their children in several counties along the James River in tidewater Virginia.

    Our cousin, Marian Hicklin Beam, has sifted through early Virginia records and has found some few interesting new details about Francis Maybury and Elizabeth Gilliam. For example, we have found the approximate place where they lived on Jones Swamp when they moved to Surry County about 1700. More on the Mabrys of Tidewater Virginia

  • William Mabry of Roane and Meigs Counties in Tennessee -- This William Mabry remains an elusive figure. We believe he may have been a son of George3 Mabry (George2, Francis1), who died in Knox County, Tennessee in 1801. He may be the William Mabry who lived in Buncombe County, North Carolina before moving about 1830 to Roane County, Tennessee. Our researchere in North Carolina and Tennessee have found numerous records but the documentation we need to prove the names of his parents still eludes us. More about William Mabry of Roane and Meigs Counties
  • Joel Mabry of Washington County, Indiana -- Little is known about Joel Mabry who came to Washington County, Indiana by 1830 and died there about 1842. Our research has developed a growing list of his descendants but no proof about the names of his parents. Nevertheless, we believe that he was a a son of Stephen4 Mabry (Joshua3, Hinchia, Francis. Our researcher in Indiana has found that Joel Mabry married Sarah McKinzie (d/o Roberick Makinzie) on 15 Feb 1820 in Harrison County, Indiana shortly before he settled in Washington County. More about Joel Mabry of Washington County, Indiana
  • William Pierce Mabry (1825-1885) -- For many years descendants of William Pierce Mabry (1825-1885) were uncertain about his Mabry line. We thought for a time that he was a descendant of Adam Poole4 Mabry.

    Our research has finally come to the conclusion that William Pierce Mabry and two other previously unidentified Mabrys were all sons of Thomas W.5 Mabry (born about 1788) of Elbert County, Georgia and that this Thomas W.5 Mabry was a son of Joel4 Mabry (Ephraim3, Hinchia2, Francis1). The three newly identified brothers are:

    1. Joel B.6 Mabry born about 1810; m1 9 Apr 1834 Mary Ann Frances Brown; m2 ca 1855 Martha A. Bailey; lived in Newton Co GA.
    2. Thomas W.6 Mabry b ca 1815; m 1833 Mary Ann Booth Elbert Co GA
    3. William Pierce6 Mabry b 13 Aug 1825; m 3 Sep 1847 Catherine Cook (d/o Thomas Cook); later lived in LA.
    More about William Pierce Mabry
  • The Mabrys of Halifax County, North Carolina -- George2 Mabry, son of Francis Maybury and Elizabeth Gilliam, moved from Brunwick County, Virginia to Edgecombe County, North Carolina in 1747. His land on the Roanoke River later fell into Halifax County when it was established in 1754. The Mabrys lived along the line between Halifax and Warren Counties and their records have often been confused with those of their Warren County cousins.

    We have been especially concerned to identify Matthew, Delk, Benjamin, Moreland and Darling Mabry, all of whom left records in Halifax, Warren and other nearby counties. With the help of a very experienced professional researcher, we have finally able to identify these as sons of John3 Mabry, almost certainly the oldest son of George2 Mabry. John3 Mabry married Mary Delk and had at least the following children:

    1. John Mabry, Jr. -- probably the John Mabry who moved to South Carolina and fought there in the Revolutionary War. He later lived briefly in Lincoln County, North Carolina and then, about 1804, moved to Rutherford County, Tennessee.
    2. [Female] Mabry -- married William Myrick, son of Moses Myrick.
    3. Matthew Mabry -- born ca 1759 in Halifax County, North Carolina. On 23 October 1783 he married Mrs. Sarah Long (nee Green) in Warren County, North Carolina. Sarah was the widow of Drury Long.
    4. Delk Mabry -- born ca 1745 probably in Brunswick County, Virginia; died after 1804 with issue.
    5. Moreland Mabry -- married Mary _____; died about June or July 1785 in Warren County, where his estate was administered by Moses Myrick.
    6. Darling Mabry -- born before 1763; apparently made his living as a wheelwright; he died about 1821.
    7. Mary Mabry -- married Benjamin Bradley.
    8. (Male) Mabry -- We believe that John3 Mabry and Mary Delk had another son who married a woman named Abigail (Abby, Aby, Abi) and by her had a son named John Dudley Mabry. The father of John Dudley Mabry died, probably before 1788. Abby then married a second time to James Bradley, whose brother, Benjamin Bradley was the husband of Mary4 Mabry, daughter of John and Mary Delk Mabry.
    9. Benjamin Mabry, of Sumner County Tennessee, was born in 1755 in Virginia. He later lived in Warren County, North Carolina and served as a Revolutionary Soldier in North Carolilna. About 1800 or a few years later he moved to Sumner County, Tennessee. Benjamin seems to be another son of John3 Mabry and Mary Delk. However, his name is not mentioned when slaves belonging to her estate were distributed among her children.

April 2009