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Gray Carpenter Church (#47299487)
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P Jones
Skeen family
Hi Gray, As I understand it the "New Ancestor Discoveries" is a new thing with Ancestry DNA. The two Skeens that came up on my page were Stephen Sargent Plunkett Skeen (1788-1870)married to Susannah Kiser (1792-1860, married twice) buried at Skeen Cemetery, Wise County, Virginia;and their grandson Henry Alexander Skeen(s)(1844-1937)and his second wife Alice Adams (1849-1923)buried at Strother Cemetery, Wayne County, WV. Henry's parents are said to be Archibald Skeen and Susannah Hammon of West Virginia. They don't appear to be your line of Skeens from what I can see online. My line of the Morris family lived in Kanawha and Cabell County, WV, but left there between 1815-1820 for Kentucky. Anyway, we may be cousins yet somewhere. Thank you for your consideration!

Added by P Jones on Jul 24, 2016 8:39 PM

P Jones
Skeen/ Carpenter family
Thank you Gray for your quick reply. I am "taking a shot in the dark" looking for a "needle in a haystack." The ancestor connection I am really hoping to find will not be on our family trees, though Ancestry tells me there are Skeens somewhere. When my dad passed away in 1997 a family friend mentioned my dad being adopted, something we didn't know and don't think he did either! A cousin later told me his birth father was his dad's brother, married with two children when my dad was born in 1933. In Missouri we have closed adoption records and I have been told I will never see his original birth certificate. When I came across Mary Carpenter's site I thought I could see myself in her face. I asked about eye and hair color because my dad had blue eyes, brown hair, and some red in his beard when he had one. My sister is a red head, mine is brown, our brother is blonde. I know it is likely a way out there notion that your Aunt Mary could possibly be his mother. My great-uncle did graduate from Walnut Grove High School in 1917, but lived at Dadeville. Born is 1900, I'm sure he at least knew Harry and Mary. Do you know where Mary was around 1932-33? If you have you had your DNA tested with Ancestry I have looked for graychurch on my matches and the answer to my question about Mary would be no. I have just completed the DNA part and not joined Ancestry. I would be thrilled if Mary was my dad's mom, as she was a teacher, beautiful woman, lived a good long life, and it would tell me my dad's early onset Alzheimer's was not hereditary. Look up my dad Allan G Morris and family on my site and see what you think. I think his hairline and other features resemble Ed and Harry's. If you have made it this far, I thank you for reading all of this! Pam Morris Jones

Added by P Jones on Jul 17, 2016 8:39 PM

P Jones
Skeen/ Carpenter family
I recently had my DNA tested with Ancestry. In "New Ancestor Discoveries" I have some matches to the Skeen family. I found your Skeen/Carpenter family with the wonderful pictures! Can you tell me if Mary Carpenter and her dad James had red hair and blue eyes? It's hard to tell in black and white, and I think I see some family resemblance. My dad's side of the family is from Dade County, MO. It is likely our families knew each other, as Walnut Grove is close to Dade, even if our family ties are distant.

Added by P Jones on Jul 12, 2016 7:02 PM

mary hancock
Rev. John C. Carpenter
Have started looking into the family of Rev. Carpenter and found your info on the Carpenter Cemetery page. I have the Bible of Rev. Carpenter and am interested in finding out more about the family. His grandson (Milton C. Graves) was given the Bible by family members and when Milton died, he had left it with my mother and in turn, she left it with me. Really, I am interested in the Carpenter sons who served in the CSA. I have what appears to be a reunion picture of a large group of men and think that 2 of the Carpenters are on the front row (Milton had some photos of some of the family and there is a resemblence to the men in the pictures Milton had). The picture was made in front of a building that says "AMSLER" and has farm implements. Will be happy to share info. My name is Mary Hancock and my email is Thank you.

Added by mary hancock on Mar 16, 2015 10:24 PM

Betty Lynn
RE: Horatio M. Carpenter
No, not related to the Carpenter Cemetery founders, although in walking around that cemetery so many times, I feel like I know them all !!! Both my husband and I have family buried there, and I'm working on getting photos of every stone. If you ever have a question about anyone there, I might have the answer ! Betty Lynn

Added by Betty Lynn on Jul 28, 2014 9:19 PM

RE: Thanks for Photographic Ball Cemetery
Sorry to respond so late. Glad you like the pics. Would like to do more but have time constraints.

Elizabeth Ball, wife of Thomas Rawlings was my 3rd great grandmother. Maybe we cold share some info?

Added by Jayel on Apr 08, 2014 1:07 AM

Betty Lynn
RE: Horatio M. Carpenter
Not related to the Carpenters, but have many, many relatives and friends buried there (and my husband and I have a stone there). Loved my afternoon there yesterday. I'm working on a book of pictures of stones, info on what I know about the person, DCs, funeral folders, etc. So, if ever you have a question about someone there, I might possibly have an answer. Just hope I live long enough to finish my book and get it to the Johnson Co. Historical Society !!! Betty Lynn

Added by Betty Lynn on Oct 10, 2013 8:08 AM

Betty Lynn
Horatio M. Carpenter
Horatio was buried in Carpenter Cemetery, Johnson Co., Missouri. You have him being 18 months old. I was at Carpenter Cemetery today, and can't seem to make out a "1" in front of the "8" -- so really believe he was only 8 months old when he died. Too bad so many of these old stones don't give birth dates. Thought you might want to correct. Thanx !
Betty Lynn

Added by Betty Lynn on Oct 09, 2013 6:26 PM

RE: Thanks for Photographic Ball Cemetery
You are so vey welcome. W W Criswell is my primary connection as related thru' Rawlings.

Added by Jayel on May 05, 2013 6:48 PM

Iris Meshell
RE: Louis Belin Tobin's Parents
Hello, Gray ...

Thanks for processing my S.A.C. so promptly. I'm not related to this family, but I appreciate your offer of management transfer. I don't have any more information pertaining to them. Have a wonderful day.

Added by Iris Meshell on Jan 30, 2013 10:02 AM

Sean Greene
RE: Bradshers transfers...
Well i appreciate that! And again, your VERY WELCOME! The volunteers need to hear from ppl like you, its discouraging sometimes, u walk a cemetery for hours maybe, and dont even get a thanks...God bless..

Added by Sean Greene on Dec 08, 2012 1:42 AM

Lindan S Caldwell
Check the JBH Gray memorial

Added by Lindan S Caldwell on Dec 06, 2012 8:15 AM

Karyn Buckner Garvin
RE: Arrena Bradsher
Thanks !! There's several Bradsher / Bradshers memorials in that same cemetery (Greene County Memorial) that have corresponding memorials in Harvey's Chapel, in addition to Arrena's, if you would like to look at the rest to see what else needs to be deleted you can here (probably the easiest way to see it):

Bradsher / Bradshers in Greene County Memorial (looks like the person who added all of them is inactive):


Bradsher in Harvey's Chapel:

Thanks again,

Added by Karyn Buckner Garvin on Sep 04, 2012 3:42 PM

Sean Greene
Bradshers transfers...
Hello, u asked me for 7 Bradsher transfers, which i have gladly done! It is a shame that some of my headstone pics were not better, but some days, the sun and the headstones just dont mix..But im always glad to transfer to family members, and it was nice to see the photos of the people the memorials were made for...Hope u enjoy! Sean

Added by Sean Greene on Aug 27, 2012 5:53 PM

RE: Thanks!
You are welcome. I think that is because I am related to them too although I did not put the relationship. If you could tell me who since I did quite a few recently, I'll write back with the connection.

Warm Regards,
Sharon Garrison

Added by segarrison on Aug 25, 2012 6:32 PM

Leslie Alderman
RE: Ruth Norman
Thanks for your message. I went out to Oak Hill Cemetary today and was told by the caretaker that Ruth Blakemore Norman was not buried there. I notified the requestor, Lesa. Did you have luck finding the grave?

Added by Leslie Alderman on Aug 12, 2012 7:37 PM

Marilyn Hartnett
Elbridge Mason Ball
The Balls are my ancestors and in tracing the family I found that Elbridge Mason Ball was my Great Great Grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Ball my Great Great Great Grandfather. I would like to visit the Cemetary to get photos....can you tell me if this is possible? Marilyn Hartnett.

Added by Marilyn Hartnett on Jul 27, 2012 6:57 AM

Sean Greene
RE: Harvey's Chapel
Your very welcome...glad i could do it..

Added by Sean Greene on May 12, 2012 9:33 PM

Arrena & William Miller
Hi, I just checked my email and found yours. Susan (Miller) Smith is my great grandmother. It's neat that the name Arrena was passed on down to your great grandmother. Has it passed on down to others in your line. I found out about Arrena's name through Albert Millers son Ernie Miller's wife. I had never heard a name like that until I started working on the family history. My dad new nothing about his family when I started working on the family history, other than he was told he was related to the Millers in Fall River, KS. That's the information I started from. Dad didn't even know who his grandparent were on his Smith side. Probably because he was a change of life baby and his grandparents had died long before he was born. The only one of his brothers that was interested in family history and new alot about the family died before I was interested. Dad knew nothing other than what this brother had told him about being related to the Millers. Take Care Lynn

Added by Lynn on Aug 26, 2010 6:26 AM

David Blackford
RE: Jennie J Ashby, O'Bryant
Ok, I think it was really nice of you to put up the photo.
I am of the Ashby's

Added by David Blackford on Jun 21, 2010 10:14 AM


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