UPDATE: IN April 2018, I have uploaded a new update to three of the family trees. I've added many more Upshaws and descendants to the database since 2002. A great deal of good information has been put on the Find-a-Grave website by many dedicated volunteers and it is a rich source of information on many Upshaw families. My database now has over 7700 people in it and the online tree of Captain William Upshaw's descendants (link below) has 4399 people in it (the difference being mainly people who are or may be still living). I have omitted the footnoted sources this time, due to privacy issues some of them have expressed in the past, but can share them selectively for particular ancestors. Also see below under Resources for a new massive 2498-page compendium of Upshaw descendants generously provided by Ted Brooke, including the primary and leading secondary sources. Ted has also now made all issues of the Upshaw Family Journal available in PDF format in addition to the print issues available by mail.
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 individuals in my database as of April 2018. Also, due to the large volume of e-mail I receive, I regrettably cannot promise to reply in a timely fashion.
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!
And please join the UPSHAW-L mailing list for ongoing sharing of genealogy information (see below).
Finally, please send any info you have on the Upcher/Upsher/Upshere 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 Upshaws 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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