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Sebastian (#46550973)
 member for 12 years, 13 days
LaDonna & Richard McKelvey
RE: James M. Williams

I have sent a bio for Moses and connections to his sons to Osborne but have not heard back.

Added by LaDonna & Richard McKelve... on Sep 08, 2014 5:46 PM

LaDonna & Richard McKelvey
Williams and Collins Cemeteries

Thanks for your comments on the Cemeteries. There does seem to be some confusion regarding these Cemeteries.
The De Soto Parish site here:
Indicates that this is the Williams Cemetery and gives the same description that was used in Mary Collins Landins except that she called it the Moses Collins Jr. Cemetery. And you will note that when I added that cemetery I included the description that Mary used in her book.

The Williams Cemetery at Find a Grave
Gives no description for the location of the Cemetery.

I also thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will do further checking and change the errors.

Added by LaDonna & Richard McKelve... on Sep 07, 2014 10:39 PM

LaDonna & Richard McKelvey
James M Williams 32127710
Thanks Sebastien for your cautiousness
I want to share the notes that I have for James.
I am out of state now and do not have the full transcription of Moses Collins Williams succession which was recorded DeSoto Parish in 1874 and includes the statements that both he and his brothers Weston and Samuel P were living in Washington Co., Texas.
1870 Census Washington Co., Texas Page 239 has James M. Williams age 32 a Farmer with Real Estate valued at $30,000 and Personal property at $3500 born in LA with wife S.A., age 34 born Texas A. E. age 2 Born Texas James M. age 10/12 Born August 1870 in Texas. Also living with them is H.P. Coleman age 35 a farm laborer born in VA

1874 Succession of his father states that he was then a resident of Washington County, Texas

1880 Census Washington Co., Texas has James Williams age 40, a Farmer born in LA with wife Sarah A. a white female age 45 keeping house born in Texas father born Georgia mother born New York; Hoxey a son age 10 born in Texas; Emmin a daughter age 8 born in Texas. Both children are attending school; Mattee P. a daughter age 6 born Texas; Asa M. a son age 2 born Texas: Harriet Williams a black female age 36 a servant cook born in Texas; Reed Lewis a black male 48 born Texas a servant laborer his father and mother were born in La; Alias Henry a black male 25 born Ga a servant his mother & father also born in GA

With regard to the maiden name of Elizabeth, that has been an ongoing family record for years. They were married

Marriage to Elizabeth Woodruff
1833 31 Jan Age: 21
Mississippi Marion Co.

While I have used the research of Mary Collins Landin's, book titled 'The Collins and Travis Families and their Allies' published 1982 I have also completed much of the research myself. I got original documents from the DeSoto County records in Mansfields in about 1997.

Moses Collins Williams was the brother of my 4th great grandfather Henry Lightfoot Williams Birth 7 JUL 1811 in Georgia Death 3 MAY 1892 in Many, Sabine Parish, Louisiana

If you want further documentation, I can provided that when I return home in about 3 weeks.

Thanks again for your safekeeping of this ancestors memorial.
LaDonna, mother Ruby Lee Stutts, grandmother Virginia Lynn Murray, great grandfather Curtis Williams Murray, gg grandmother Julia Ann Williams, ggg grandfather Henry Lightfoot Williams.

Added by LaDonna & Richard McKelve... on Sep 07, 2014 10:00 PM

Koch Cemetery
I transferred ownership of a couple of Koch family members to you. We were just passing through the area and took some photos. You seem to know about the family and would be able to add or change information as needed. I'm sure that there are probably some more memorial pages from that cemetery that I started, if you know anything about those people and would like to add or change information, let me know and I will be happy to transfer them to you, also. Thanks for the correction concerning Louise and Otto. You know what they say about the word assume and one of these days I will learn not to assume that a male and female buried next to each other doesn't mean they are husband and wife. Again, thanks for your input!

Added by MINImax on Sep 07, 2014 8:22 PM

LaDonna & Richard McKelvey
James was the son of Rev Moses Williams Mem # 130774874 and Elizabeth Woodruff mem # 130774462 of Desoto Parish Louisiana.
Moses was an early resident of DeSoto Parish and was a Constable of the first Court. He was a well known Baptist minister in the Parish.
Western District, De Soto, Louisiana
Moses Williams 43 Eliza Williams 38 Franklin J Williams 16 Weston L Williams 14 James M Williams 12 Lucinda Williams 7 Louisa Williams 5 Marion M Williams 1 Seth Woodruff 22 H P C Dulaney 22 Alley Woodruff 20

1860 Age: 48
De Soto, Louisiana, United States
M C Williams 53 Eliza Williams 39 Franklin Williams 25 Weslin L Williams 24 James M Williams 21 Lucinda Williams 16 Louisa Williams 14 Marion M Williams 12 S P Williams 8 Fanny Williams 4

His brother Weston is buried in Brownwood Texas at the Greenleaf Cemetery

If you would add these parents to James it will help complete my attempt to connect all of Moses' children.

Added by LaDonna & Richard McKelve... on Sep 07, 2014 11:44 AM

RE: Eudolie
57451071 is this the number of the great cook you talked about? Check on the wife of Max Jr., I will check also.

Added by Soileau on Aug 31, 2014 9:42 PM

Jeanine Lormand
George Lormand Sr.
Thanks for the transfer of George Lormand Sr. and all the hours of work you put into his memorial. He is my grandfather I never was able to meet.

Added by Jeanine Lormand on Aug 22, 2014 10:02 PM

Husband & Wife❣
In regards to Elizabeth Hollingsworth Edwards I have left the owner of the original memorial a message on their page and sent them another email....I would be happy to forward the email to you if you wish....Please send me your email address if you would like to see....The original email I sent was on July 21st, 2014. I am giving them the full 30 days that Find A Grave allows then I will start my process with Find A Grave to see if they would transfer me the original account.....Just wanted to let you know I have not forgot and I am on top of it.....

God Bless,
Earl and Kristin

Added by Husband & Wife❣ on Aug 11, 2014 2:46 PM

RE: Frederick Cook
Hello and thank you for the reply and the edits. Okay, I hope you will be able to follow this:

Roselie Tamelia 'Cavelier' Cook (1838-1905) was married to Frederick Henry Cook, Sr.

Marie Estelle 'Cavelier' Smith (1846-1926) was married to John Alexander Smith.

Roselie Tamelia Cavelier and Marie Estelle Cavelier are sisters.

Frederick Cook Smith is the son of Marie Estelle 'Cavelier' Smith and John Alexander Smith; and so is named for his uncle (his mother's sister's husband Frederick Henry Cook, Sr.)

(you wrote)

Thank you for your updates. They are much appreciated.

I have a question for you.

Frederick Cook was married to Tamelle Cavalier.

What is his connection Estelle Cavalier married to Alexandre Smith? Their son was Frederick Cook Smith.

Answer me through the edit tab on the following memorial:

Beulah (Smith) Joseph

Beulah was a daughter of Frederick Cook Smith.

Added by MLBushong on Jul 28, 2014 8:21 PM

Jerry Yancey
You seem to be more able and understand things about find a grave than I do. So I am giving you the memorial back. I am better at Genealogy

Added by Jerry Yancey on Jul 27, 2014 8:07 PM

Jerry Yancey
I have a question-was Pierre Trahan married twice.? Because Louisiana marriages indicates Pierre Trahan was married to Emerilia Simon on 29 June 1880.

Added by Jerry Yancey on Jul 27, 2014 7:06 AM

Angelas durio
Bad picture that i used. Look at headstone to the front right, different dates. Please check both cause its very possible i am not reading correctly. Thanks, Sharon

Added by Soileau on Jul 26, 2014 5:49 AM

Jo Aguirre
Aguirre Family Transfers
Thank you for transferring the memorials to me and thank you for all you do to honor the memories of ones who have gone before us.

Added by Jo Aguirre on Jul 15, 2014 6:10 PM

darryl pearson
steinmeyer family cemetery
sebastian, i do not know if you are aware of where the Steinmeyer Family Cemetery is located. i mention it only because while photographing this cemetery[4 graves], i noticed that while researching, i learned that Minna Steinmeyer Dolle is the daughter of the parents buried at this cemetery off Hwy 46. i will create a virtual cemetery[i have been a member for 3 years]. i will put up the photos i took today. the cemetery i was at today was very overgrown, but i trimmed enough weeds and limbs back, to take so me good photos. this cemetery is also a texas historical cemetery. i found it by accident. you can message me back at findagrave, or call my cell at 210-725-5349.
Mr Pearson

Added by darryl pearson on Jun 21, 2014 12:43 AM

Re: Gloria Byrd Mouisset
this woman had a sister as well. her name is dolores m. byrd strickland. she is deceased and interred in greenoaks memorial park in baton rouge louisiana. b. Jul. 18, 1930 d. May 7, 2001. dolores and gloria are the only two children of blossom l. dean (also interred at greenoaks) and louis m. byrd (interred at roselawn memorial park in baton rouge).

i am dolores strickland's daughter, mrs. mouisset's neice, and i HAVE first hand knowledge. please add my mother's name to her list of relatives as "sister".

Added by EC on Jun 18, 2014 2:40 PM

Naomi Whittington Story
I appreciate you taking the time to send the family's memorials numbers. I have linked them & added her maiden name, and just wanted you to know that I appreciate it.

Added by Stone✞Searcher on Jun 02, 2014 9:38 AM

Wayne Cappen
Thomas Sloan Siau
Born 27 Sep 1887 in Jasper, Texas, USA

Died 20 Feb 1920 in Orange, Texas...

s/o William Francis and Lenora Virgie (Matthews) Siau.

Wondering if you know any thing about where he was buried?

Added by Wayne Cappen on Mar 29, 2013 9:20 PM

Thank You
I just wanted to send you a general thank you for everything you've done for the genealogy community. It's amazing how much one person can do and you've done a lot. I truly appreciate the effort. Best wishes.


Added by Steve on Mar 12, 2013 7:49 AM

Jessica Daggett Rysak
Pleased to meet you!
I am a descendant of Francis Lewis & Elizabeth Addison Siau, and I see you have left a flower on her grave. Thank you:)

I see that many people seek information from you, and I apologize that I am going to be much the same. I have run into a dead end with Francis - have found a brief reference to his father as Louis, but no other information. Do you have any information or ideas? I understand not wanting to give away a tree, but I would be thrilled with a hint on where I should look.

If you don't have any more on Francis or Louis, or don't care to share, I appreciate your time!

Thank you. You could message me here, or at


Added by Jessica Daggett Rysak on Feb 11, 2013 8:52 AM


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