T E M P L E R F A M I L Y
Touched by the past...searching for the future
"TO UNDERSTAND TODAY, YOU HAVE TO SEARCH YESTERDAY"
By Pearl Buck
(est. June, 1998)
This site is dedicated to the TEMPLER family for their use. It was created, and is being maintained, by the family genealogist/researcher Charles E. Templer, the webmaster Joe L. Templer, Jr and the editor of our family newsletter, Becky Templer Breazeale. Click here to see these three amigos.
We have records of up to 12 generations for some lines of descendants from our progenitors (James and Martha Huff Templer) during the 250 plus years since their birth; yet, by design the history on these pages reflects details on only the first 6 generations with the seventh generation added in names only. Details on the later generations are recorded in private files off the internet. You are welcome to browse these pages looking for your ancestors. If you recognize yours, sign our Guestbook and tell us.
The Templer family of this home page traces their roots to James Templer of early Virginia. A recent finding of a family Bible, published in 1803, that appears to have been the Bible of James Templer has allowed us to learn much new information about this family. We now know that James was born 26 July 1751 in Virginia although we still don't know exactly where. Records in the Bible tell us he died on 7 November 1847 and we know from other records that he lived in Loudoun County, Virginia at that time.
Early family history tells the story that James' ancestors are believed to have arrived from England in the late 1680's, settling in the areas of present day Loudoun and Prince William counties, became planters and raised their families. James first appears in the 1775 and 1787 tithables lists and later in census records of the Loudoun County area. The last record of him is in a deed to Joshua Pusey in June of 1846, just over a year prior to his death.
We are aware that our James Templer served in the Revolutionary War from Loudoun County, VA, enlisting on 7 October 1777 in the Third Virginia Regiment of Col. Thomas Marshall. James is listed on settlement records obtained from the National Archives which indicate he served with that unit while they were at Valley Forge during the long winter with George Washington at that location. James Templer is now recognized in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) organization as an accepted Patriot Ancestor.
James Templer married Martha Huff on 31 August 1775 in Loudoun County, Virginia. While the marriage record shows her name as Huff, it is possible that she belongs to the Hough family of the area. We continue to research that possibility as we attempt to determine who her parents were. The Templer family Bible mentioned above shows that Martha Huff was born on 10 October 1755 and died on 6 July 1837; however, we have yet to discover where either James or Martha are buried.
Loudoun County can be located, in the upper right area Northwest of Washington, DC because Leesburg is the county seat of Loudoun County.
Nothing is known at this time about the parents of these two people who are the progenitors of our family. An old family history, published in 1894, includes the story that the family name was Temple and that the 'r' was added about 1750. A later writing in 1939 added the story that the 'r' was added because of a dispute in the family.
We have located a Temple family genealogy file that lists a James Temple, born about 1755 in Virginia - approximately the same time frame that we know our James Templer was born. That file shows neither a marriage nor descendants or death for this person. Nonetheless, we would be interested in talking to anyone in a Temple or Templer family who has information that might make a connection to the parents of James Templer. And we would certainly like to talk to any Huff or Hough researchers who might assist us in making connections to Martha's family as well.
JAMES TEMPLER AND MARTHA HUFF---
A FAMILY HISTORY
In 2006 Charles E. Templer, the great-g-g-g-grandson of James and Martha Templer,
published the most comprehesive, known history of the descendants of James and
Martha. It contains information on over 5,000 family members and is the result
of exhaustive research of data contributed by the many Templer cousins.
It contains data, material, photographs and documents.
In 2011 Charles prepared an Addendum to the 2006 book that includes preliminary information on the two youngest daughters, Elizabeth and Ann Templer and their families. That has now been expanded further due to new findings and the 2011 Addendum is now available on these two lines. This and other research now expands our knowledge of the Templer family to over 9,000 family members.
In 2013 Charles donated a copy of the 2006 publication and the 2011 addendum to the United States Library of Congress. Both have been given the Library of Congress control number (LCCN) 2012515416.
For more information on this extensive publication contact Charles Templer.
THE 10 CHILDREN OF JAMES TEMPLER
Click on any of the above children to read about that branch of the family
and on the Photo tag to see pictures of their descendants.
Do a search to see if your kin is amongst those in these Templer families
If you suspect/know you are a member of this Templer family, but don't know what branch you might be a descendant of, you can search our site by entering the name of your relative in one the search boxes below or email our family reseacher your name along with that of your parents and grandparents. He will attempt to find your grandparents, parents or yourself and advise you by return email which branch to explore.
If you want an idea of the various components available on this website simply click on the link entitled "site map".
NOTE: No Identification of children under the age of 18 are kept on these files
You ought to consider using quotation marks before and after the full name you are searching for in order to exclude other folks whose name might contain one or two of the words keyed.
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We now have contact with living descendants of nine of the ten children of
James Templer and Martha Huff/Hough. We don't have leads at all on one of the daughters mentioned in the Templer Family Bible (Sarah who is listed above). Perhaps we can solve that in the future as we continue to research these lines.
Charles E. & Colleen Templer continue to be the primary contact on researching all of these lines at the present time. We welcome any others who wish to be of assistance in researching our ancestors, James and Martha Huff Templer from 1751!!!!
We are aware of other Templer researchers with whom we have had contact. To date, we have not been able to make connections with those folks. We would be happy to put anyone in contact with those other researchers even if you do not think you fit with any of the above information. We look forward to your contact and hope we can add to both your research and ours with each contact.
Anyone knowing of descendants presently researching these lines are invited to contact us at the e-mail addresses provided below.
Please contact one of the two following family researchers to make inquiries, share information or make contact with another family member.
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Charles E. & Colleen Templer
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Joe L. & Sandra Templer, Jr.
TEMPLER FAMILY ASSOCIATION
We have formed the Templer Family Association to assist in the various aspects of maintaining family communications, arranging family reunions, and other family related activities. If you would like to learn more about the association, click here.
Family Reunions are special, whether small or large, and for whatever reasons in the eyes of each beholder.
The 2012 family reunion in San Antonio, TX during the Labor Day weekend was a small one with 53 members. There was a lot of getting reacquainting and a lot of meeting new cousins. One of the things that made this reunion special was that there were descendants and family from four branches of the Templer family. These branches go back to four brothers..William (1775), Stacy (1782), Thomas (1787) and James (1795). There were 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th cousins who have to go back to 1775 to find a common set of grandparents!!!
The next reunion is tentatively schedule for 2015 in Branson, MO. More information will be forthcoming.
Click on Reunion Photos to view photos taken at previous reunions.
STILL LOOKING FOR FAMILY MEMBERS?
If you are a member of the Templer family, but can not find a link to your
family on this website or it is known that your family has ties to
the United Kingdom you are invited to visit the excellent website of the Templer Family
from Somerset, Devon & Dorset. We have been unable to find a link between
the Templers in that website and our family, but who knows? Perhaps they are our cousins.
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