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Karen Burch Jenkins (#47328833)
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Bio Photo In 2007 while visiting my mother's sister in Pensacola, she asked if my sister and I had ever seen a picture of "Grannie" (her & my mother's grandmother). I expected her to go get a photo album so I was stunned when instead she had her husband drag out from under a bed a 26"x30" portrait of Martha Jane (Johnson) Edenfield. I was so intrigued by this young woman who was my ancestor that I started asking my aunt questions and making notes and the next day my sister Paula and I went in search of the Edenfield family cemetery in Altha, FL. Before this I had had no interest at all in my family history (hard to believe now) but there we found our great-grandparents Edenfield AND our great-great-grandparents Edenfield and I was hooked from that day.

Since then, genealogy has become a true passion (some would say obsession--I have a sign in my office that reads "there is a fine line between a hobby and mental illness") and have done extensive research on both my mother's and father's lines. As interesting and fulfilling as that has been, however, even better are the many, many LIVING kinfolk (over 50 now) that I have met either in person, by phone, or online that I never knew existed before. Because my parents left the small towns they grew up in and moved to "the big city", my experience of family growing up was strictly nuclear--parents and siblings--with only the occasional trip to visit grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. My extended family is so precious to me now and it continues to grow.

My mother's family was concentrated in Calhoun County, FL and the surnames include AYERS, EDENFIELD, MUSGROVE, JOHNSON & YON. My father's family lived in Washington County, FL and the Georgia counties of Telfair, Pulaski, Dodge & Laurens and the surnames include BURCH, DUNCAN, HAYS/HAYES, HARGROVE, McCRANIE, RYALS, & HENDLEY.
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Sunny Parsons
Parsons Family Cemetery
Hi Karen, When the Parsons family lived there and established the cemetery the area was called New Castle. There is a plaque in the park near there that gives some information about the area. Originally, I think, the area was part of the Fatio Land grant. The Southern Genealogical Exchange Society could give you more information about the area. They are located at 6215 Sauterne Drive in Jacksonville. Genealogy is a fascinating way to learn the history of an area.
Added by Sunny Parsons on Oct 25, 2014 11:48 AM
Arthur Burch
Burch Ancestry
Hello Karen,
I'm researching my Burch ancestry, and came across your name while researching the family of Reuben (Ruby) Burch and Jessie Goodman.
I'm somewhat confused about what I'm finding on-line regarding the ancestry of Reuben Burch, and wonder if you've possibly researched Reuben's heritage? I have done quite a bit of research on Reuben, and would be more than happy to share info with you. I can be reached at (aburch309 at yahoo dot com.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Art Burch
Added by Arthur Burch on Jun 01, 2014 7:37 AM
Martha Reid 19 UDC
57994180 Newton Yon
There are 3 headstone photos on memorial which you have added 2. We have a photo of Newton Yon but need space to add photo. Would you consider removing one of your photos? Your consideration would be greatly appreciated and if you prefer I can send you his photo with credit info so you could add to his memorial. Thank you!
Added by Martha Reid 19 UDC on Jan 04, 2014 11:29 AM
Shawn Pearson
Yon Family
Karen, I am so glad you contacted me. I have not researched the Yon's extensively but did wonder about Tina and Jincy. Glad to have that information. Please e-mail me at Would love to exchange family information. Shawn
Added by Shawn Pearson on Aug 22, 2013 6:33 PM
Sylvia Gay Scott
John and Annie McCranie
Hello Karen,

John Lovett McCranie and Annie Ryals were my GG Grandparents. I am heading that way (Hopewell) on Aug 19th. I have found that with White Large Kitchen Roll Paper 36 inch size and chalk you can sometimes rub the information off the grave stone enough to get a reading. (Shadowing) I think this is the one with the Orange Stone slab with a larger inscription on it as well. When I get the info will let you know. One of John and Annie's Daughters was Lilla Lee Lancaster. She is buried in the plot behind him. Lilla's daughter Cora Lee was my Grandmother.
Where is Annies Grave? Thanks Sylvia Gay Scott
Added by Sylvia Gay Scott on Aug 09, 2013 10:29 AM
James R Manning
Nora Virginia "Yawn" Bauldree
Karen thanks for all your hard work on these projects.

There is some incorrect info concerning my Great Grandmother Nora Virginia "Yawn" Bauldree's listed info. She was the second wife of my great granddad Charles Dennis Bauldree. He married 1st in Calhoun Co., Fl on Oct. 12, 1892 to a Mrs Agnes A. Thomas and there was one child issue from their union and her name was Elba Bauldree b. 1894. They divorced and it was reported that she and daughter Elba moved to Texas. I have a copy of their marriage certificate report logged into county marriage records.

Also the correct spelling of my great grandmother's maiden name is "Yawn". Her father is Joseph Benjamin Yawn from Dooly Co., Ga. I also have a copy of his marriage certificate and he spelled his surname "Yawn", a completely different line than my "Yon" family. My gr-gr-grandmother from my Charles Dennis Bauldree family line was "Louisanna Vandelia Yon" the oldest child of Levy and Nancy "Dennis" Yon, who married Frederick B. Bauldree in 1859.

Thanks Karen for correcting the info.
Added by James R Manning on Jul 10, 2013 9:13 PM
Rick Henderson
Joseph O Yon #992225671
His middle initial on his headstone is J not O. If you change the initial, I'll upload a photo. I took photos of several of the Yon family graves today at Ochessee Cemetery for photo requests.
Added by Rick Henderson on Mar 28, 2013 5:25 PM
Christy McCranie Bare
Hey there
I was noticing your family names McCranie, Yon, Duncan,and Burch wanna talk about the family tree I would be happy to share. thanks Christy
Added by Christy McCranie Bare on Mar 06, 2013 3:11 PM
Kenneth Gay
Lillie Mae Simpson Hatcher
Hi Karen,
Sorry I hit the submit button before entering my response.
Lillie Mae Simpson Hatcher is my maternal grandmother.
Her parents are George Riley Simpson and Elizabeth Louella Hatcher Simpson (my great grandparents).
I was unable to find them in the 1900 Census, but they were living in Jackson County at that time around Cypress and/or Grand Ridge.
My great grandfather, George Riley Simpson, died when I was a young boy. However, my great grandmother lived until 1965. I had the special benefit of knowing her, visiting with her on numerous occasions. Also, had personal contact with all of their children (my aunts and uncles). I always enjoyed visiting my grandparents (Lillie Mae and Henry Hatcher) and visiting with my mothers siblings in Pensacola.
If you are a subscriber to you will find my family tree listed as THOMAS GAY FAMILY TREE.
I see that you have roots to Jackson County, who knows we might be related in some way or another.

Ken Gay
Added by Kenneth Gay on Dec 27, 2012 6:03 PM
Kenneth Gay
Lillie Mae Simpson Hatcher
Added by Kenneth Gay on Dec 27, 2012 5:52 PM
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