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Hearne Families


Hearne Families genealogy site provides the full descendancy of William T. Hearne's "History of Hearne" plus additional research, the descendancy of Andrew Thompson of Wythe/Bland Virginia, as well as several allied family lines: Thompson, Bruce, Fanning/Fannon, and more.

The History of Hearne

William T. Hearne wrote his book believing that all Hearn(e)s in the United States were related to William Hearne the blanket merchant from England. While some lines cannot be currently connected, there is a large percentage of Hearnes than can be. Since "History of Hearne" was put on in the Internet several years ago, countless people have written with corrections and missing branches. This database extends the structure of Hearne, adds several families, adds research documentation, and adds photos.

Andrew Thompson of Wythe/Bland Virginia

About 1782, Andrew Thompson and his young family settled in the Walker Valley of Bland County, Virginia. For more than three generations, they remained in the valley area of the rugged Southwest Virginia mountains, separate from other Thompsons in nearby regions.

Allied Families

Attempts to isolate families into separate files was almost impossible because so many of these families intermarried in the melting pot of Southwest Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee. Fortunately modern software allows us to treat it as the intertwined blanket of families it really is.

We're working on a more complete and better documented family tree. Let us know of any errors, and please help us with concrete documentation. We're interested in your family histories and stories. Photos are even better -- do you have some in a trunk somewhere you can share?

Contact us with additions, corrections, or content using the Suggest form or the email address to the right. Information on living is not shown to public access, however an ID and password can be obtained for that data.


Dear Hearne extended family and researchers,

Although I am still very actively researching, I am no longer updating this site. I am instead putting all my research into the shared Tree at

When I started this site in 2007, I wanted a place for shared genealogy, images, stories, documents, and strong source citations. There were no good free solutions for that at the time.

In 2013, offered exactly that: a free, comprehensive, shared tree that allows documents, images, and sources to be attached. It is a better option for me because the data is backed up, and is reviewed by other researchers. Even better it is integrated with a huge public records index for sources. It is faster for me to document a family in than in my old database format and post it here.

So, I'm putting all my energies into documenting sources there. I invite you to join me. You'll need a log-in, but it is free.

This site will remain for at least a year, while I move content. The Hearne book site will remain indefinitely, until a better option is found.

Thank you for all your previous interest and help in discovering the Hearne, Thompson, and other allied families. I look forward to working with you in the Tree.



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