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www.childers-shepherd.org, 11 Nov 2012
                                    Humphrey Posey Childers
abt 1805 - 1888
   Bunc Co NC?    Swain Co NC

Currently there is one known possibility for his ancestry: Samuel Childers lived in the Asheville area
from about 1800 to 1820 and had children in a range of ages which could have included Humphrey
Posey Childers.

A Namesake? See
Rev. Humphrey Posey.

With the creation of the Qualla Boundary of the Cherokee Reservation, there was a dispute about land.
Land Troubles.

In 1850 (census date 28 September), Humphrey P "Chilvers" and family resided in the Tennesee
Valley, Macon County, NC.

In 1860, Humphrey Childers resided at census house #391, Webster, Jackson Co NC. His occupation
was listed as miller.

In 1880, Humphrey Posey Childers was living with wife Sarah in Birdtown, next to Yo-na-skee-nah  
(trans. "Devil Bear" thanks to Peggy Lambert).
1880 U. S. Census, Oconalufty, Swain County, NC.

Bethabara Church was established 22 Oct 1887 by Elders J. M. Smiley and J. H. Queen, members of
Shoal Creek and Indian Creek churches.
During 1888, H. P. Childers, member of Bethabara, died.

- Elder John S. Smiley, "History of the Tennessee River Baptist Association                                  from Year 1830 to 1892".

Bethabara is the name of the church here in Birdtown, not the present day church but further up the
Oconalufty River on the river bank where Wolf Camp Ground is now located. Birdtown is where the
Childers lived in 1880."

- Peggy Lambert, Swain County Genealogical Society, 21 Nov 2005.
Sources: US Census, 1850, Macon Co NC;
      US Census, 1860, Jackson Co NC;
      Grave markers, Birdtown Cemetery, Cherokee, Swain County, NC;
       US Census, 1880, Swain Co NC;
      Peggy Lambert, Swain County Genealogical Society, 21 Nov 2005.