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Granville Honors Williamson & Sadler Families at Genealogy Festival

Historic Granville is pleased to announce its upcoming Genealogy Festival on Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Featured this year are two of Granville's earliest pioneer families- the John Sadler and John Williamson families of North Carolina and Virginia.

The Genealogy Festival will begin at 9:00 AM as families who have reserved booth space will set up their booths in the Exhibition Room at the Granville Museum. Activities throughout the day will be of interest to the descendants of the featured families, as well as anyone who has an interest in researching family history.

The schedule for the Genealogy Festival:

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

"Using the Computer and Internet Resources for Genealogical Research" Granville Museum Exhibit Room. Carl D. Cantrell, Presenter. A one-hour session with one-on-one help available.

10:00 AM

"The Williamson Family Connection - Gathering and Stories" will take place at the Granville Presbyterian Church. Ann Turner and James Kenneth Turner will Moderate this event.

11:00 - 11:30 AM

"An Enigma" at Granville United Methodist Church. Steven Denney, Presenter

11:30 - 12:00 PM

“The Sadler Family Connection" - Sharing Research. Granville United Methodist Church. There were many Sadler families in the area. Were they all kin? DNA discoveries may hold the answer. Brenda Cowan Francis, Presenter

1:00 pm

"Sharing of Stories from These Hills" - Granville United Methodist Church. Come prepared to listen to stories and share a story. Liz Bennett, Moderator

Join us as we explore our featured families, how to research your own family history, the community of Enigma and a sharing of stories from our surrounding hills and hollows. This year’s theme “Untold Stories-If These Hills Could Talk” is a perfect opportunity for you to share your own stories. We invite you to bring a written or oral story to the festival. You may also reserve a table to share your family history by contacting us at 931-653-4544. A schedule of the day’s events is available at

April 9th also features the Mayberry Lucy Day, Upper Cumberland Wine Festival, Crafts, eight unique Granville museums, and the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Bluegrass Dinner Show featuring “The Borrowed Mules” bluegrass band and much more. Admission to the festival is $5.00 with Parking $5.00 per car. Separate admission is also charged for the Upper Cumberland Wine Festival. For more information visit or call 931-653-4151.

Picture caption:

Granville honors the Williamson & Sadler families. Pictured from 1872

Are Joseph Mitchell and Martha Ann Williamson with their two sons

William Claudius and James Frank.

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