UPDATE: In the summer of 2019, Ted Brooke has retired from his work editing the Upshaw Family Journal and has passed all the materials to me, along with his collection of published books related to Upshaw family history. These materials also include the original correspondence of Grace Jared going back to the 1940's. Please join me in thanking Ted for his dedication and hard work over several decades, to make this information available in a useful, indexed format to researchers of the Upshaw and related families. For future preservation, I want to eventually archive this information in one or more libraries or with the LDS.
During 2019, I updated my database with a large number of descendants with different last names (i.e., descendants of female Upshaws) and currently have about 12,300 people in my records. The online web family tree with non-living descendants of Capt. William Upshaw has thus gone from about 4400 to now 9419 people.
I have continued to omit the footnoted sources from the web family tree, due to privacy issues some contacts have expressed in the past, but can share them selectively for particular ancestors. Also see below under Resources for a massive 2498-page compendium of Upshaw descendants generously provided by Ted Brooke, including the primary and leading secondary sources. Ted has also made all issues of the Upshaw Family Journal available in PDF format for download here.
This website is dedicated to the memory of Nancy Morel Carter, who generously provided me with the massive initial family tree database which I have been adding to over the past 20 years. Her dedication in researching all the Upshaws was inspiring. Sadly, Nancy lost her battle with cancer in 2010, and she is always in mind when I turn to working on Upshaw genealogy.
This page is offered as a home base for genealogists researching the Upshaw and related families. I have plenty of room to share if you have related records or pictures to include here. If you have questions about your ancestors, please note that the web family tree (see below) contains all the names and dates for non-living individuals in my database as of December 2019.
More information will be posted at a future date. Please send me any information that I don't have already on individuals in the Upshaw and related families, their siblings, children, ancestors or descendants!
If you are on Facebook, please join the Upshaw Genealogy group for ongoing sharing of genealogy information.
Finally, please send any info you have on the Upcher/Upsher/Upshere/Upshire/Upshaw family in England, which I am collecting in a database in the hope that the overseas link from Essex, England to the Upshaw family of Virginia can eventually be proven.
I have also begun collecting information on the African-American Upshaws (see family tree below), but the information so far is scant and is not connected together well. Progress is slow; any such information you could share on family trees of African-American Upshaw families would also be helpful. The same comments apply to the Native American Upshaws (Cherokee, Navajo, etc. tribes and clans).
Graphic courtesy of Malcolm Felmingham
Praestat opes sapientia
-- Lenora Higinbotham Sweeny, "The Upshaw Family of Essex,"
William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 18, Series 2, 1938, p 64.
Upcher Sheringham Hall, Sheringham, Norfolk, England
(courtesy of Malcolm Felmingham)
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