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Jana Thompson #47477910 (#47477910)
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Bio Photo I live in Independence, Missouri, the home town of President Harry S. Truman. I have deep familial roots in the cities of Independence and Lone Jack, along with Jackson County in general. I have family members buried in cemeteries throughout Jackson County and the metropolitan area. This is also the home city of the largest free standing genealogy library in the country and the World Headquarters for the Community of Christ (formerly RLDS).

My husband regenerated my interest in genealogy, and now it has taken over our lives ;) I am amazed at how we are all connected in some way. As of Sept 1, 2014, I have 7214 members on my family tree. I have spent about about two years working on my records. So as a relatively new member to FAG, I am learning new things every day about genealogy, grave hunting, record keeping, and all the resources available for us.

I recently traveled to Kentucky, Tennessee, and the Carolinas to visit the cemeteries of several grandparents, including Henry Rice (6th GGF) and Hannah (Boone) Stewart-Pennington (7th GGM). I learned on that trip that two of my cousins have written books, one about their grandfather Marcellus Moss Rice and His Big Valley Kinsmen, and the other about Henry Rice, mentioned above. Both authors are my 2nd cousins, 4 times removed (they are first cousins). It was a pleasure visiting the Museum of Appalachia, where my cousin John Rice Irwin is the founder, and has kept the spirit of our ancestors alive with his museum and artifacts of the region and his book about Marcellus. Thank you John :)

Through FAG, my 4th cousin, twice removed, contacted me. A few months ago we met for the first time at our wonderful genealogy library here in Independence. Our common ancestors were our 5th Great Grandparents James and Rebecca (Miller) Rice in Lost Creek, Tennessee, son to Henry Rice.

Let me know if there is something I can do for you. That is what family is for.

The pictures I use come from a variety of sources, some are personal photos, some are provided by other family members, some are from publications, and some are from other volunteers like us.

You are encouraged to ask permission before using any photos found here, or anywhere else, but my personal photos I will generally grant permission. Just send me an email if you would like to use a photo.

I believe by sharing the wealth of the ever-growing knowledge, we are rekindling the interests in our heritage. As much as we love technology, there was a lapse of a hundred years or so, where oral history and written records went to the wayside during the industrial revolution. Too many records were lost, as well as the interest of one's heritage. With technology's ease of access and evolving nature, we can reassemble our past, keep the spark burning brightly, and preserve our past for the future.

The family surnames I am most interested in researching are listed below. Most are direct, but some are cousins:

My husband's family surnames are:

Thanks for reading and thank you to all the hardworking volunteers that make this site so a joy.

Jana Johnson Thompson

Updated Sept 1, 2014
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Catherine Page
Hannah Boone Stewart Pennington
After the message I sent you a while ago I realize I should have taken the time to read your post slower since you have wonderful access to everything you need to trace ancestry. Plus living in the middle of Boone/Pennington country where their families lived and died.
I was so excited when I saw Hanna Boone Stewart Pennington's name because she is one of the two sisters we are researching that married into our Pennington line. I'm going to Arizona in a next month or so to assist in researching this line. There is a book called "The Ridge Runners" that I got Pennington information from and I think there may be Boone's in it too.
Added by Catherine Page on Jan 08, 2015 7:36 PM
Catherine Page
Boone Genealogy
If you go to any Mormon Family History library you will have access to computers and Microfilm. They can connect you, for free and NO you do not have to be a member of the church) to get access to films of Census records from 1900 back, you can print out the family information you are looking for or write the names, dates, etc down on your note pads. The names you listed in your letter most likely can be found there for research. I am sure you can find many things there to use like Birth, Marriage, Death, Burial, Immigration, Military, some Social Security info on ancestors... many records of one kind or another are there to view.
I hope we may be able to trade information.
We have 2 Daniel Boone's sisters in our family history that married our Pennington ancestors.
My father, George Murphy Pennington, born in September of 1897 at Pella, Wise county, Texas, married Florence Burton of Mesa, Maricopa county, Arizona. They had 5 children, 1 son and 4 daughters. He was a Barber until he died in 1962. Our mother passed in 1962 also.
Both graves are shown in Find A Grave with a memo on his from a cousin. Some of my sibling names and dates are wrong in the note. I can give the correct spellings and dates if anyone wants them.
I'm thankful for the note because we have very little information on our father's life when he was young. We did see our Uncle Crouch, Aunt Nanny and Uncle John through the years when we were young. Our Uncle Crouch died in California somewhere in the Los Angeles area. If you would like to contact me further you can reach me at
Sincerely, Catherine Gaynelle Pennington-Page
Added by Catherine Page on Jan 08, 2015 4:40 PM
Pam Witherow
RE: Freels
Oh, that happens to all of us. :-) I have been doing some looking to find a connection, but so far I have only found a Freel woman married to a 4th cousin, so I don't think a transfer would be necessary at this time. But you just never know what will come about next. Thanks for asking though!!!
Added by Pam Witherow on Jan 05, 2015 8:47 AM
RE: Memorial# 44139178

Yes, you may copy the headstone photos for personal use only but not to be used for commercial purposes.
If you wish to use them for commercial purposes, please contact me with more info.

Added by LAM on Nov 08, 2014 9:27 PM
Doris Snyder
Frost, John
I don't remember. I am only distantly related. If you are related, I will transfer on request.
Added by Doris Snyder on Oct 27, 2014 10:56 AM
RE: Mary Sutton Grayer
You are very welcome! I recently found the long unknown grave of my 3rd great grandmother so I certainly know the feeling of standing over a headstone that has remaiedelusive for soooo many years! Good luck in your searches and have a great day! :)
Added by Kehbe on Oct 10, 2014 9:27 AM
Levi and Minnie
Sorry I took so long. I had other things going on. Im happy to transfer them to you.
Added by Phyl on Oct 07, 2014 6:28 PM
Tom Denardo
geo and flora bennett
Next to these two are ann bennett taft (1923-97) and
Pebble bennett smith (1910-2003. They have identical stones as geo and flora. I have their pics.
, add their records, req pics if u want them.
Added by Tom Denardo on Sep 13, 2014 8:42 AM
d booth
RE: Cottingham photo
Yes, you may use any of the photos for your tree.
Added by d booth on Aug 30, 2014 7:17 PM
d booth
RE: Cottingham
You're welcome, Jana. It appears that your Uncle Ricardo's grave was intended to include his wife. If she is buried there, the grave marker has not been updated to indicate it. Arlington Cemetery does not cooperate with findagrave members, so I cannot approach them for information. If you want to contact them, they might tell you, as a family member, whether her remains are in the plot adjacent to your uncle or elsewhere. If you find out she is in another location, I can go back and look. Sorry I can't be of any more help than that, but it is the cemetery's policy not to help the volunteers. Debra
Added by d booth on Aug 30, 2014 7:08 PM
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