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rhondajo (#47044794)
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Bio Photo My name is Rhonda. I am a 64 year old mother of five and grandmother of five. I work in the airline industry and genealogy is my hobby. These are some of my family lines:

Causey, Cowart, Wells, Joiner, Humphries, Clary, Ring, Redman, Gentry, Ward, Kegans, Cannon, Combs, Nickell, Brady, Smallwood, the Wolfe family and the Groseclose families of Lancaster Co PA, Philpot, James, Freeman, Coleman. I know there are many Freemans. My line can be proven to go back to William M. Freeman and wife Elizabeth Redman who were in the 1860 Fannin Co. Ga. census. I believe he was the son of Bailey M. Freeman, who died in 1852 in Carroll Co. GA. Bailey mined gold in the Villa Rica Gold mines. His son mined copper in Fannin Co Ga, and TN. Did you know that one of the reasons that the north won the Civil War is because the gold miners out west who were Union, shipped their gold east to the Union camps? If you have any Confederate or Union soldiers and would like to put them in my virtual cemeteries let me know.

When I first began volunteering for Findagrave I began noticing many death dates that were in the early 1900s. Sometimes I would come across an entire family, and each family member had died between 1911 and 1919 or 1920. I found this so often that it suddenly dawned on me one day that something must have happened during these years to have killed so many people. I finally looked it up on line and found the Spanish Influenza. It began in the early 1900s and killed more and more people each year until it peaked in 1918. From that year it began tapering off until the early 1920s. One of the biggest groups of people who died from it were the soldiers who were living in close quarters. Also, all of the Civil War soldiers who survived to the 1900s died of it also. Very sad.

To anyone who has transferred a memorial to me of my family, THANK YOU!! If I have any of your relatives besides Rev War soldiers, and you would like a transfer, please contact me via the "edit" button on the memorial, and leave your FAG number, it makes a transfer so much easier!!! Remember, you don't have to "own" a memorial to place info in the bio. I answer all edits in a day, 2 at the most. If you would like to use any of my photos for your family genealogy, please ask. The reason I want you to ask, is because I need you to give me credit with my real name. Why? Because one day down the road, I hope that my descendants will come across one of my photos and will see my name and know how hard I worked for this great site and for family history.

Our early pioneers who were born in the 1700s and early 1800s deserve more than an empty bio, please try to put something about them on their memorials. Also, remembering how our early pioneer's children went west to settle America, I feel privileged to be able to unite them all here on Findagrave!

My next genealogical dead end is Sarah/Sallie Nickell, and her husband, Samuel Combs. She was born ca 1830, possibly in VA. and was Cherokee. A Samuel Combs b 1807 married a Sarah/Sallie Nickell in Morgan Co KY, and they had at least 7 children. Samuel Combs married Sarah NICKELL perf by W W GRAY per the Marriage Records of Morgan County, Kentucky, 1821-1859. They are next found in Rowan Co KY (Used to be Morgan) in 1860. We can't find them in 1850:

HH 59
Samuel COMBS 53 farmer Ky
Sally 32 housewife
Minerva 16
Jeremiah 10
John 9
Samuel 7
Leonard 4
James E. 2

Later a daughter named Mary was born. She married a Richardson, and then Sally, son Samuel, James and Mary went west, traveling pretty much along the trail of tears, arriving in Oklahoma Territory. We don't know what happened to father Samuel.

Thanks to my sister, Kim, for all of the information that she has contributed to our family memorials.

If I have made any errors in transcribing or typing, please let me know! I love adding middle names and maiden names and relationship links, so don't hesitate to let me know of any that need to be filled in!

If you are led to, please leave a flower on my Mother's page, Lin Mae Freeman Brady ...thx...

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RE: Sara Joiner
More than likely we are. I'm somewhat new to the geaneology field so ill have to look into it. Also, it's been told that the joiners are somehow connected to the picketts (as in the general george Edward pickett- the civil war general who led the suicide mission during the war). I've been searching for MONTHS and can't seem to find much. My grandfather claims we are related to him through his mother, sara.
Added by Rj_spoonriver on Apr 01, 2015 7:53 PM
Dianna B.
Thomas Rooke
I am sorry but I have no information on his possible military service.
Added by Dianna B. on Mar 30, 2015 4:30 AM
Janie Light
RE: Antioch
Thanks for being so understanding and for all you do for find-a-grave.
Added by Janie Light on Mar 29, 2015 7:29 AM
Judy M
Rhoads and Susie Akers
I have noticed that you have created memorials for people that are related to my husband. Are you related to these people and how? Thanks!
Added by Judy M on Mar 29, 2015 6:55 AM
Janie Light
RE: Antioch
Thanks. This really helps. I would ask find-a-grave to merge the duplicate memorials, but it's been my experience that they will merge them but whoever created one first will remain the owner, even though they had them in the wrong cemetery and I always tell them that. That would mean you would lose your memorials.
Added by Janie Light on Mar 28, 2015 5:47 PM
Mary Standridge
Rhonda it was my pleasure to leave a flower for Lin, when I came across her Find A Grave page her beautiful picture made me stop and read her Find A Grave page. Thanks for the prayer for me finding info for my Grandmother (Dollie Coffer/Cofer Apple). I hope there is someone out there with info and one day it will be added on her site.
Added by Mary Standridge on Mar 28, 2015 8:54 AM
Kelly Hess
RE: Oops! wrong parents listed
Still searching for his parents!
Added by Kelly Hess on Mar 24, 2015 4:47 PM
Kelly Hess
Oops! wrong parents listed
I love coming to findagrave for information, so I appreciate all you contribute to it.
I have a correction for something that was written on the page for Martin Luther Rice b. Oct 1830 in Pennsylvania and d. Sep 1913 in California.

The two wives listed in the bio are correct, however the parents named are wrong. Daniel Rice and Lucy Earhart were born in 1821 (only 9 years before this Martin was born.) They did have a son named Martin Luther, however he was born in 1850 - a totally different person. There are several Martin Luther Rice's that keep getting mixed up! Daniel and Lucy belong to the one that died in Idaho in 1831. Below are my sources.

Daniel Rice in the U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 on shows marriage to Lucy in 1843.

Martin Luther Rice in the Idaho, Death Index, 1890-1962 on Ancestry shows his father as Dan Rice. And a death date of 11 May 1931

Martin L Rice in the 1870 United States Federal Census in Kapioma, Atchison, Kansas he is 20 years old and living with parents Daniel and Lucy.

Martin L Rice in the 1870 United States Federal Census in Trenton, Henry, Iowa is 39 years old and living with his wife Elizabeth and 5 kids (the ones listed on the findagrave page in question.

Martin L Rice in the 1900 United States Federal Census in Colusa, Colusa, California is now 69, born Oct 1830, married to 2nd wife Josephine. Two children from his marriage to Elizabeth are living with him - Thomas and Amon U.

If you would please take Daniel and Lucy off of this bio and connect them to the correct one.

Thanks so much!
Added by Kelly Hess on Mar 22, 2015 5:36 PM
Audrey Russell
Thanks it is really appreciated
Added by Audrey Russell on Mar 22, 2015 4:16 PM
RE: Mary Freeman
No I don't... still looking. :)

Added by Julane on Mar 17, 2015 5:48 PM
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