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Casey Cluiss Flinn (#46633879)
 member for 9 years, 6 months, 20 days
Jack Gray
Our Smith Genealogy

You are my 4th cousin twice removed. My name is Jack Gray,, and I was wondering if you have any other information than I have on our Smith ancestors. The earliest generation I can seem to get to is Edward Smith, who married Dorothy (Doratha) Hardeman Owen. Their son William Glen Smith is my great great grandfather. Your great grandmother Avis Marie Smith was William Glen Smith's grandniece. Love to hear from you.

Jack Gray

Added by Jack Gray on Jan 27, 2014 10:24 AM

Neoma (Cissy) Beaty Walshaw
Douglas Clinton Beaty
DOUGLAS CLINTON BEATY's parents were Clinton Frank Beaty (1901-1927) and Evie Mae "Sue" Whitaker Beaty Morgan (1907-1984), both of whom were born and reared in Panola County, TX. (Carthage, est 1848, 2010 pop 6700, is the Panola county seat, located approx 40 miles west of Shreveport, LA.)

Clinton Frank Beaty was killed in an automobile accident in August 1927, when DOUGLAS CLINTON BEATY was less than a year old. Clinton and Sue also had a daughter, Vallie Nell Beaty Nixon Clanton (1925-2011). Vallie Nell had one son, born c. 1945 with her Nixon husband (about whom nothing more is known), whom she named Douglas, apparently for her recently deceased, young nephew, DOUGLAS CLINTON BEATY. I believe this male (and only) child of Vallie Nell's died either at birth, or shortly afterward, as I never heard anyone speak of him in any context other than to comment that he was named for his dead (MIA) uncle, DOUGLAS CLINTON BEATY.

DOUGLAS CLINTON BEATY's mother remarried sometime between 1930 and 1935, to a man named Jim Morgan (1892-1949), and she lived out the remainder of her life in Carthage, Panola County, Texas. For reasons never made entirely clear to me, both DOUGLAS CLINTON and his sister, Vallie Nell, remained in my paternal grandparents' home until they were older teen-agers, although DOUGLAS's mother gave her signed permission, in 1943, for DOUGLAS to enlist in the US Navy when he was only 17 years old. By the time I can remember Sue, DOUGLAS CLINTON and Vallie Nell's mother, in the mid-1950's, she suffered with alcoholism - and I always assumed her disease might have had something to do with my paternal grandparents' rearing both DOUGLAS CLINTON and his sister after their father's death in 1927.

Clinton Frank Beaty, DOUGLAS CLINTON BEATY's father, was an older, half-brother to my father, Clisto Leon Beaty (1920-1973). DOUGLAS CLINTON BEATY was my first cousin, although he was lost at sea in December 1944, about a year-and-a-half before I was born.

Clinton Frank and Clisto's father was William "Will" Clinton Beaty (1877-1952), my paternal grandfather. Clinton Frank's mother was Ella Moore "Lula" Roe, Will Beaty's first wife. Lula died in 1906, when Clinton Frank was five years old and his sister, Eula Percy May Beaty Pierce (1898-1976) was eight years old. Will Beaty's second wife (my paternal grandmother) was Amanda Wilson Respess Beaty. Amanda was also widowed young and left with two small children by her Respess husband, and she reared Clinton Frank and his sister, Percy May, after she married their father, Will Beaty, in 1907, when they became a "yours, mine, and ours" blended family.

All of my BEATY relatives named above were born and reared in Panola County, Texas, mostly in the Rehobeth Community, which is an old, early-settled, farm community located 4 miles north of Carthage, TX on (modern-day) US Hwy 59 N. They are all buried at Rehobeth Methodist Cemetery, as is our common ancestor, Elijah Theodore Beaty. DOUGLAS CLINTON BEATY, of course, was lost at sea in December 1944, but there is also a memorial marker for him in our Beaty Family Plot at Rehobeth Methodist Cemetery, Panola County, TX.

Mine and DOUGLAS CLINTON BEATY's mutual, paternal great-grandfather was Elijah Theodore Beaty (b 1853 Anderson District, SC d 1921 Panola County, TX). Elijah's parents left Anderson Western District, SC for Calhoun County, AL, when he was only two years old, where they acquired 80 acres of patent land and farmed successfully for several years. Elijah's father, William Alexander Beatty, 1st Lt, 48 AL Inf, Co K, CSA (b 1827 Anderson District SC KIA 1864 Fussel's Mill Nr Richmond VA) was wounded in the Battles of Cedar Run VA and Gettysburg PA, and killed in action on 16 Aug 1864 in the Battle at Fussel's Mill VA.

It was after William Alexander Beatty arrived in Alabama in 1855 that he first used the Beaty name with only one "t" (on his AL land acquisition records dated 1856 and 1860) although he used the "double t" spelling on his CSA military enlistment records in 1861. There are still Beattys living in the same Anderson County SC locale (around Iva SC) where William Alexander Beatty was born and reared, and some of these modern SC Beattys had Beatty ancestors on their land in pre-Revolutionary War days.

I still haven't established any of these modern Beattys' exact relationships to my William Alexander Beatty, although I am almost 100% certain that his father's name was John Beatty. William Alexander and his new wife, Elizabeth, are recorded living next door to a John Beatty, of the right age to be William Alexander Beatty's father, in the US Census for Anderson Western District, SC, dated 24 Sep 1850. I believe that my presumed great-great-great-grandfather John Beatty was born c 1787 in NC (based on the 1850 US Census for Anderson Western District SC) and that he died c 1854 (based on membership records of Good Hope Presbyterian Church, Iva, SC.)

William Alexander Beatty's middle son, Elijah Theodore Beaty, subsequently left Calhoun County, AL at age 17, in 1870, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, seeking better opportunities in Texas. He left behind in AL his widowed mother, Elizabeth Taylor Beatty (b Anderson District SC 1828 d 1902 Ellis County TX), an older brother, John T Beaty (b 1850-51 Anderson Western District SC d 1830 Lubbock County TX) and a younger brother, Amaziah William Beaty (b 1857 Calhoun Co AL d 1916 Carter Co OK). In early 1871 Elizabeth, then a 42-year-old widow, lost their 80-acre, Calhoun County AL farm to back taxes.

Elijah never saw his mother and two brothers again after he left them in Calhoun Co, AL, and he never knew that they, too, subsequently made their way out to Wise County TX by 1885 - less than 200 miles from his own Panola County TX home! This was not a deliberate family breach/separation; they simply lost contact after Elijah left for Texas at age 17, and, according to my grandfather, Will Beaty, they never reconnected again, much to his father's deep sorrow. Elijah was living in Panola County TX by mid-1872, where he assisted in the construction of Rehobeth Methodist Church, which still maintains an active congregation today on its original site.

On December 24, 1874, Elijah married Frances Amalie Johnson (b 1857 GA d 1877 Panola Co TX) in Panola County TX, and in Feb 1877, their only child, my grandfather, William Clinton "Will" Beaty, was born. Frances Amalie died in childbirth, at age 20, when Will was born. By 1878, Elijah Theodore had acquired title to 120 acres of virgin timberland in Panola County, cleared a good portion of it, erected a home for himself and young Will, and established himself as a cotton farmer. His Panola County, TX homestead fronted on modern-day US Hwy 59 N, one mile south of Rehobeth Methodist Church, and it was here that Elijah Theodore Beaty lived for the rest of his life.

It was on this same Elijah Theodore Beaty homestead farm in Panola County TX that both Clinton Frank Beaty and DOUGLAS CLINTON BEATY were born and reared (as well as my father, his other, older, Beaty half-siblings, his one full brother, and myself.) Today, there are no family members from my Beaty line still residing in Panola County, TX.

Three years ago, I finally located a direct descendant of Amaziah W. Beaty, the younger brother of my paternal great-grandfather, Elijah T. Beaty, and recently I was contacted by a possible descendant of Elijah's older brother, John T. Beaty, although I haven't yet fully documented this relationship.

When I first began to research my Beaty lineage in 1977, I knew nothing more about any of my paternal ancestors except my great-grandfather Elijah Theodore Beaty's full name and his birth and death dates, as shown on his grave marker; I didn't even know then from which state he had emigrated to East Texas or his parents' and brothers' given names.

If any of this information about my own Beaty ancestors sounds in any way familiar to you, please feel free to contact me again.

And if you aren't already familiar with it, you might also want to look into the Beatty Project 2000. Its website is located at:

There are over 400 documented lineages, covering virtually all the variations in spellings, posted at the Beatty Project 2000 website, along with a tremendous amount of other information about the earliest known origins of all of these various lineages, as well as information about how to join the Beatty Family DNA Project.

All the best,

Neoma (Cissy) Beaty Walshaw
Tulsa, OK

Added by Neoma (Cissy) Beaty Walsh... on Nov 25, 2013 1:16 PM

Ida McDaniel
I am the new County Coordinator for Grayson County and am working on the Oakwood Cem @ Whitesboro.
Would you mind if I put Ida and her family's pictures on the page with her tombstone? If so, would you mind sending me a copy of the photograph at

Thank you so much,
Elaine Bay

Added by Elaine on Jun 10, 2013 9:38 AM

Kenneth Keng
I am looking for relatives of Kenneth Keng. Did Kenneth work for Denka Chemical Corporation?

Added by greeneyes on Sep 01, 2012 10:17 AM

Jim Hurst
Re Wanda Morrison Mem # 22841790
I seek your permission to post the dual headstone photo on my tree on Ancestry. If permission is given, I will show it's from F.A.G.,giving you photo credit, show it is copyrighted. Additionally, please know I will never try to profit from your work. One further request, would you please put the ohoto in her husband's Mem # 85203022.

Jim Hurst

Added by Jim Hurst on Feb 19, 2012 8:25 PM

RE: Rees Family
I am a descendant of Fleming Sanders Rees(e) and his wife, Nancy Whittington through their daughter Sarah E. Reese. Sarah was married to George Washington Houchins. George and Sarah Houchins are my third great grandparents going through my paternal grandmother.


Added by mwalcik on Jan 13, 2012 3:55 PM

Karon Murphy Hall
Hey, I have some duplicate Murphy's in the Glenwood Cemetery there in Bee County Tx. I have had them entered for some time only I thought they were in St. Joseph Cemetery until someone filled my request recently. Are you any relation to the Murphy's? Wondering from Arkansas

Added by Karon Murphy Hall on Jan 13, 2012 6:16 AM

Rees family
I have sent you a bunch of corrections. Sorry to bombard you like that. I am actually getting confused by all of the Rees and all the different people who have made memorials. I know that findagraver #46598955 is the Rees family historian and she would like the Rees memorials transfered to her. If we are not careful we are going to end up with duplicates. Too much work to be done to have duplicates! :o)

Added by Kristin on Jun 08, 2011 4:39 PM

Jeannie Murrow Williford
oaklawn cemetery photo
i was wondering if possible if you could take the photos of

Albert Newsome
nancy Newsome
clyde newsome

and any of newsome?

thanks a million

Added by Jeannie Murrow Williford on Mar 01, 2011 9:59 PM

David & Gail Ray
Sinton Cemetery


Thank You for the great photo for Irvin Thacker alone with your time and help.

Do you know of any other Thackers in your area or there abouts? Any help would be appreciated.

Have a great day

David & Gail

Added by David & Gail Ray on Jan 26, 2011 6:37 PM

Bryan Martin (inactive)
RE: I thought I would go out today... boooo!
No problem at all... I am redirecting to Evergreen in Skidmore. I've been wanting to go back there anyway. -Bryan

Added by Bryan Martin (inactive) on Jan 22, 2011 11:22 AM

Bryan Martin (inactive)
I thought I would go out today... boooo!
.... but you have claimed every request in San Patricio County. LOL!!!!!

Added by Bryan Martin (inactive) on Jan 22, 2011 11:06 AM

Judy Mount
Lebanon Cemetery
Casey, I noticed that you have taken some photos in Lebanon Cemetery in Live Oak Co. Tx. can you tell me about that cemetery? How big is it? Approximately how many graves are there? I cannot find a complete survey of this cemetery on the internet. I am looked for Edwards and Adams and Tullis and others. When you go back will you take a few extra photos and make Memorials from them. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you for your help.

Judy Mount

Added by Judy Mount on Sep 30, 2010 11:23 PM

Karon Murphy Hall
RE: Murphy Family-St. Joseph Cemetery, Beeville, Texas
Thank you for your reply. Yes I would love to have photo's posted for those Murphy's you found if you don't mind. I will check to see if the names have been added for those and if not I will enter them. Thank you so much in advance for ALL your help. I pray you do find James Ovid Murphy! I'm for sure he is in that Cemetery due to his daughter giving me the information. When ever you get the time, please help!

Added by Karon Murphy Hall on Jan 16, 2010 4:41 PM

Carla Weide Boehm
need info
Find A Grave Memorial# 26011390

Is there any other Martin's at the Beeville Memorial Park?

Added by Carla Weide Boehm on Sep 18, 2009 11:38 AM

mary curbow
Gerald Woodrow Ham
I would like to ask a favor of you! Would you mind adding that beautiful photo you took of the dbl headstone for Gerald W Ham and wife to the new memorial page I have created for his wife Mozelle Ham? You are a credit to Findagrave! Keep up the wonderful work that so many people appreciate!

Thanking you in advance,
Mary Curbow

Added by mary curbow on Dec 03, 2008 1:12 PM

Glenda Whitaker Subyak
Price photos
Thanks for checking, it is quite possible there are no markers for the graves, (sad) a few years ago, someone told me there was no stones for them, I thought maybe someone may have added stones since then, I guess not.
I have coy Price's stone photo,
Thanks again

Added by Glenda Whitaker Subyak on Dec 01, 2008 8:26 AM

Patti V.
Glenwood Cemetery
Thank you so much for taking the photos for Roy Raymond Vance and Mildred Vance Adams.

Added by Patti V. on Dec 01, 2008 7:45 AM

Karon Murphy Hall
Murphy Photos
Yes, Please add the photos you took of the other Murphy's. I'm very interested in all Murphys. I do know for sure that James Ovid Murphy is buried there. I'm so sorry I don't know the location. I fully understand how hard it is searching in a large cemetery. Any help is very much appreciated. Again I thank you from Arkansas.

Added by Karon Murphy Hall on Dec 01, 2008 7:23 AM

Donna Goble
Hi Casey~~

Thank you for taking the time to photograph the graves of Lula-Calvin Hall and Lillie Stinnett. Would you post the double headstone on Calvin and Lula to Calvins memorial??

Thanks Again~~

Added by Donna Goble on Nov 29, 2008 9:36 AM

Johnie Beauchamp
Thank you so much for the picture of the tombstone. I really appreciate it very much.

Added by maggiegma on Sep 13, 2008 11:13 PM

thank you
i really appreciate the request you filled for me it really helps me with my family tree research if you need anyones pic taken here in mesa az let me know. thanks again.


Added by Momofone on Sep 02, 2008 8:38 AM

Robert DeLong
St Marys Cemetery
Just a note...... My wife's previous husband is buried in St Marys Cemetery, Bay Side, TX.

Added by Robert DeLong on Apr 14, 2008 3:42 AM

Robert DeLong
Hatcher, Ben
Hi Casey,

I don't remember this photo request being filled. I just ran accross it this morning. Thank you very much.

Added by Robert DeLong on Apr 13, 2008 3:54 AM

L Lane
Requests filled
Thank you so much for the photos that I requested from the Mathis Cemetery....these are family members and it so nice to not only know where they are buried but to also have a photo of their final resting place!

I really do appreciate your help!

Linda Lane

Added by L Lane on Mar 25, 2008 1:30 PM


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