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Surnames: Ayres, Amory, Emory, Hembree, etal.
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In S.C. both the Embrey and Ayres names are closely intermingled with the Cherokee - a
Mary Moore Ayres was the 'consort' of Thomas Ayres, sent by Oglethorpe to the
Cherokee. After Thomas' death (or perhaps he simply left), she 'married'
English Trader John Amory, and it is known that they had one living son, who was named
John Emory. or 'Old John', who became so notorious, a hunted Torie who fought with
this Cherokee half-brothers and later changed to the 'winning' side, John's
children by his first, mixed blood wife, Martha or Mary Jackson (or Murphy), changed their
names to Hembree. Others of his children used the name Embery, among others.
A very interesting history, as well proven as any of this time and among the Cherokee.
5th great-granddaughter of 'Old John' Emory
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