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merel (#47267559)
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Elisabeth Spicer
RE: Elijah Henderson Saffels
Yes, George Anderson Saffels was my grandfather, and he was the son of Lawrence Lorando Saffels. L.L. Saffels moved the family from Monroe Co., in East Tennessee to DeKalb Co., AL when my grandfather was 13 years old. L.L. Saffels became a prosperous landowner in the timber business on Sand Mountain in DeKalb Co., AL. My great grandmother, Margaret Emma Moses Saffels, died fairly young from cancer, and L.L. Saffels remarried a young woman after several years. His second wife, Lucy, and youngest daughter, Grace, got all of the inheritance when L.L. Saffels died. He did not leave a will, and none of his sons or daughters from his first marriage received anything. His youngest daughter, Grace Saffels Coleman, was not much older than my dad, and fortunately Grace and my dad became good friends as the years went by. George Anderson Saffels died before I was born (I'm the youngest child), but my father was excellent at relating the family tales to me, and I always begged for more! My father was the youngest son (of 5 sons!) of George Anderson Saffels, and his name was George Aaron "Pete" Saffels. The only people who called my dad "Pete" were his brothers, cousins, and other relatives and friends who knew him in his youth. His mom and my mom called him Aaron. In the military in WW II and in college he had to go by his first name of George. After he was established as an adult and as a school principal/teacher and church deacon, he was known as "G.A." I could always tell where someone knew him from by what they called him. :-) I am interested in your connection to the family. I also have a Graves connection. George Anderson Saffels was the husband of Sarah Jane "Jennie" Chandler Saffels. S.J. Chandler Saffels was the granddaughter of Mary Jane Graves Chandler Dobbs (widowed during Civil War & remarried to Dobbs), and great Granddaughter of William Graves, b. 1797 in NC. Is this a connection to your Graves? I have wondered if my dad's name Aaron came from Aaron Graves in the Graves family tree. Sorry, I am rambling... I could talk genealogy forever! Thanks!!

Elisabeth Saffels Spicer

Added by Elisabeth Spicer on May 27, 2015 10:33 AM

Elisabeth Spicer
Elijah Henderson Saffels
Elijah Henderson Saffels is my direct ancestor, and my family spent years working on his life story. My mom uncovered court records years ago that led us to know who his father was (James Saffels).
I have a couple of comments about him. First, for some reason unknown to us, he was known by the nickname of "Dick." My grandfather, who was his grandson, only knew his name as "Dick," and assumed that his legal name might be Richard. That is what he told my parents as they were starting the family history project. My parents chased that rabbit for a while before uncovering records that showed his legal name was Elijah Henderson Saffels. Apparently, this is a family trait because my dad's nickname given by his older brothers was "Pete," which had no relationship to his legal given name of George Aaron Saffels. In a post war survey of a survivor from the Lillard's 3rd TN, he refers to one of his friends as Dick Saffels.
The second comment is that his burial place is unknown. He is not buried at Lebanon Cemetery, where my grandparents are buried. A memorial stone was placed there by my dad. In E.H. Saffels's Confederate Military Service Record, it shows that he was paroled at Vicksburg on 10 July 1863 and that he died 22 July 1863. The family was informed that he died somewhere around Mobile, AL. Many sick and wounded Confederates were sent by boat to the hospital at Point Clear after being paroled at Vicksburg. By process of elimination of other sites and records, I suspect that he might actually be interred at Point Clear Confederate Rest Cemetery in Baldwin Co., AL.

I hope this helps.

Added by Elisabeth Spicer on May 26, 2015 6:38 PM

June Ford
William Willis #25240323
Do you know more about this Willis? My route to this memorial was twisted but I think it might connect to my (to me, at least) mysterious Willis family in MO. Most of the Willises there are known, but mine not so much. Would be interested in exchanging if you are interested - mine came to Clay, Buchanan and Platte from Estill Co KY, possibly by way of TN.

Added by June Ford on May 19, 2015 2:47 PM

RE: Alfred Bishop Parsons # 91467745
Hi Merel!
Thank you, but you're welcome to keep his memorial. He was married to my 2nd cousin twice removed, so I don't know much more about him than that article. Glad it was useful! :)

Added by J M on May 12, 2015 7:50 AM

RE: Harlow Shannon 47406267
you are welcome

Added by Alison on Apr 25, 2015 1:18 AM

RE: Wilbert Stanley Fox 133114651
You are welcome. Let me know if you wish for me to transfer the memorials to you.


Added by Tonya on Apr 19, 2015 3:02 PM

Stephanie Gisseman
RE: Nathan Shugart 92649927
Thanks so much!! It's so exciting to be able to make these connections!

Added by Stephanie Gisseman on Feb 22, 2015 7:33 PM

Stephanie Gisseman
RE: Sarah Shugart
Thank you so much! This is very helpful information!

Added by Stephanie Gisseman on Feb 22, 2015 7:33 PM

Stephanie Gisseman
RE: Sarah Shugart
Thank you so much for your replies and the information! I was able to access the journal. What a heartbreaking story, and such a hard life. I greatly appreciate your help. I'm continuing to do research on the Shugart line and will be happy to share anything I find with you. Thank you!


Added by Stephanie Gisseman on Feb 22, 2015 7:12 AM

Stephanie Gisseman
Nathan Shugart
One more question for tonight and then I'll stop! You indicate on Nathan Shugart's memorial the names of his possible parents. Can you give me a source for that information? Thank you.

Added by Stephanie Gisseman on Feb 20, 2015 6:17 PM

Stephanie Gisseman
Edom Shugart
I see reference in the messages below that there is a journal for Edom Shugart. Would it be possible for me to get a copy of that? Thank you!

Stephanie Gisseman

Added by Stephanie Gisseman on Feb 20, 2015 6:04 PM

Stephanie Gisseman
Sarah Shugart
Sarah Shugart is my third (or fourth) great-grandmother on my father's side. I see that you have a virtual cemetery for the Shugarts, and that a Kate (Katie?) Lanphear Huffman is included in that virtual cemetery. I came across information tonight while working on some family history research that indicated that Kate (Katie?) Huffman may have been married to Sarah's husband, Emanuel Huffman, after Emanuel died. Do you have any information about a possible marriage/connection between Emanuel and Kate (Katie?)? Thanks.

Stephanie Gisseman

Added by Stephanie Gisseman on Feb 20, 2015 6:01 PM

Pamela Johnson Mortensen
Elizabeth Betty Troxel #124720233
Were you aware that there was already an existing memorial for Betty? Listed as Elizabeth Copes Troxel, it is #121644501. Oops. =) Perhaps you can get with the creator of this duplicate and combine data.

Added by Pamela Johnson Mortensen on Oct 18, 2014 3:17 PM

Pamela Johnson Mortensen
Elizabeth Copes

Added by Pamela Johnson Mortensen on Oct 18, 2014 3:14 PM

Pamela Johnson Mortensen
Edom Shugart's 1852 Diary
Mary, I was able to download and print this riveting (though depressing) diary. So much to do today, yet I sat in rapt fascination through all twelve pages. Thank you so much for calling my attention to this journal! It adds so much to my record of these several Troxel families (most of them offspring of my gr-gr grand uncle John Troxel, who died before 1850. It must be his wife, Sarah (Brown) to whom Edom refers as Mother Troxel, and Joshua was their son. Thanks again!
~ Pam

Added by Pamela Johnson Mortensen on Oct 06, 2014 11:54 AM

Pamela Johnson Mortensen
Joshua Troxel
Mary, thank you so much for this transfer. I would never have expected it, since he is so far back, and I would just assume that some other Troxel descendant would have dibs first. =) My paternal grandmother was a Troxel - Elizabeth Troxel was a niece of her grandfather's (Alexander D. Troxel). I have lots of data on them for three generations or more back on my Ancestry site, still working on it. I am just now beginning to hunt for more burials for Find A Grave. I was wanting to contact you and tell you how much I envied this journal of Edom Shugart's, so I am delighted to hear from you! If I can't access that journal, I'll let you know - I would LOVE to have it! Thanks again! ~ Pam

Added by Pamela Johnson Mortensen on Oct 05, 2014 6:31 PM

RE: Robert E Shannon & family 104418020
You're very welcome. If they're your family & you would like a transfer, just let me know. I have a little more from the records to update and then could transfer. Kim

Added by KsCityKim on Sep 08, 2014 10:51 AM

Shelton Keys Dunning
RE: Nathan Alexander Shugart 10670983
Anytime. I'm so very pleased I was able to help.

Added by Shelton Keys Dunning on Aug 09, 2014 2:28 PM

Cheryl Pascone
Frances and Hjalmer Olson
I never met Frances or Hjalmer Olson but they are my Grandmother's aunt and uncle on her mothers side of the family. I am trying to find anything I can on the Olson's who lived in Brandon, Zumbrote and Moorhead, Mn. If you have anything to offer please contact me through Thank you for your time.

Added by Cheryl Pascone on Aug 04, 2014 6:53 PM

Elaine R S
123017001 Tuttle
Any family connection to Mr. Tuttle? I was hoping to let family know his new location.

Added by Elaine R S on Jun 15, 2014 9:29 AM

Jean Sundborg
Lydia Ann Antrim
If I have my Antrim family tree figured out correctly.....(I only recently obtained a copy from Open Library online(about Harriet Stockton Antrim's 1899 book Early Records of the Antrims in America).

I am a descendant of Lydia's step brother, Benjamin J. Antrim bor 1826 in Indiana, son of Robert Antrim and his first wife, Mary Hinds. After living in Lacon, Marshall County, IL, Benjamin traveled the Oregon Trail in 1849 to the gold fields of California, then returned to Oregon's Willamette Valley to marry Sarah E. Sawyer. Benjamin and Sarah are my great great grandparents.

I truly value the family info about Lydia's descendants that are included in the text with Find a Grave for Martha Harris Antrim. I visited Lacon in 2010 researching Sawyers: Jesse, Mark, Jordan, and their descendants, but at didn't know at the time about Antrims also being in Marshall County.
I live in Seattle but am always looking for excuses and trips to visit the midwest sites in my family tree.
Thanks to all contributors to the Antrim list of graves in Lacon.
Jean Penrose Sundborg

Added by Jean Sundborg on Mar 28, 2014 10:31 PM

Craig K.
Darlene Goldsmith
Thank you for the information. I have updated the memorial.

Added by Craig K. on Feb 08, 2014 8:35 AM

Mr. Badger Hawkeye
RE: Splinter

You're welcome.

Yours Truly,
LeRoy A.

Added by Mr. Badger Hawkeye on Feb 05, 2014 8:05 AM

Michael Young
James W Young
Merel I lost your E mail address if you would send me I will get you James W Young Death Certificate I bought a new one but now my cd dvd isn't working so
rather Than have you wait any longer I'll get it done for another computer Michael Young

Added by Michael Young on Nov 24, 2013 11:42 PM

Michael Young
James W Young
Merel I received James's death Cert. today his middle names is STILL W no indication of what it is Cause of death was Epithelioma of the face, wife signed the certificate Mrs. James W Young and John his dad is listed as born in Vermont and Eliza in Maine. I never heard mention Vermont usually New Hampshire if my E mail was working I'd send a copy.

Thanks Michael Young

Added by Michael Young on Nov 15, 2013 5:47 PM


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