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Sarah Johnson (#47287914)
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Bio Photo My name is Sarah Joyce Gibbs Johnson. I am a native of Alabama and a graduate of the University of Alabama. My parents, William Albert Gibbs and Lemma Lee Otwell Gibbs, are now deceased. I have been actively researching my ancestral families for the past fourteen years. My mother was our family genealogist for almost 50 years and she was instrumental in developing my interest in continuing the search for our ancestors.

Paternal Lineage: Bacon, Barry, Barton, Brewer, Brook/Brookes, Calhoun, Clement/Clements, Collier, Cosper, Cullum/Cullen, Earnest, Gibbs, Glass, Hatton, Hyde, Jackson, Kimball, Kincheloe, Kite/Kight, Knapp, Lippincott, Little, McPherson, Nuthall, Phillips, Pottinger, Roberts, Sims/Simms, Small, Smith, Sprigg, Vines, Wade, White, Wickliffe/Wycliffe, and Williams.

Maternal Lineage: Abney/De Albini, Albrecht/Albright, Ashley, Bentley, Berger, Billings, Bird/Byrd, Bobo, Brickhmann, Britt, Bull, Canning, Collier, Collins, Cottrell/Cotrall, Crumpton, Davidson, Dobbs, Ebourne, Elliott, Emory, Farlee/Farley, Garrett, Gaylord, Hawkins, Higginbotham, Hold/Holt, Hollowell, Hungerford, Jordan, Joy, Keller, Kendrick, Kenner, Kilgore/Killgore, Layton, Lewis, Lucas, Mann, Maroney/Meroney, Morgan, Moseley, Myrick, Neydeckh, Otwell, Pollard, Pounds/Pound, Prichard/Pritchard, Puleston, Reid, Rothchild, Scates, Scheible, Smith, Sorrell, Spencer, Spraggins, Thompson, Tippen/Tipping, Treat, Warner, Weems, Willet, Williams, Willoughby, Wise, Wofford, and Wood.

My husband, William Alvin Johnson, passed away on December 27, 2012. Bill was also very interested in genealogy. Most of his ancestors lived in Bucks Co., PA and Gloucester Co., NJ, with his earliest known ancestors arriving from Germany in the early 1700s.

Husband's Lineage: Dunk, French, Gibison,
Graeff, Johnson, Long, McIlvaine, Miller, Rufe, Scholl, Starr, Somers, Sumstone/Zumstein, Walters/Wolterink, and Worman.

I am a member of the DAR, based on the military service of my 4th Great Grandfather, George Earnest of Virginia. My sister was a past Regent of the Palm Beach Chapter of the DAR. I am hoping to work on several supplementals on other ancestors as time allows. Our earliest ancestors came to the Colonies of Maryland and Virginia from England in the 1600s, including David Wickliffe, Zachariah (Zachary) Wade, and Thomas Sprigg of Maryland; and Thomas Ottowell of Jamestown, Virginia. In the 1700s, other ancestors, Michael Hold (1717), Georg Sheible (1717), Johannes Albrecht (1732), and Henrick Gasper (1768), along with their families, arrived from Germany; and Gabriel Baubau (1700) from France.

Thank you to all my Find A Grave friends for leaving tokens on the memorials of my loved ones. I appreciate your thoughtfulness so very much. I am currently offline due to personal reasons. I hope to be back soon!

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Janet Tranum
RE: From Sarah
I don't have a death date yet for our Martin Dobbs. I believe he died between 1860 and 1865, possibly in Alabama. So sorry, I didn't remember that I added the link for William. I will fix it. I will let you know if I get any additional information on our Martin Dobbs.
Added by Janet Tranum on Jun 16, 2015 3:33 PM
Janet Tranum
Martin Dobbs - Rock Island Cemetery
Today I found this Martin Dobbs' age from the 1861 Alabama Civil War Muster Rolls on He was 32 years old, which would mean he was born about 1829. It also stated that he was in Co. F, 19th Alabama Infantry, which proves this is the soldier buried in this grave. So, he is not the Martin Dobbs who was the father of Thomas Dobbs (b. 1829) and William M. Dobbs (b. 1827). Would you please add his birth year this memorial and remove the link to William Dobbs?
Thank you.
Janet Tranum
Added by Janet Tranum on Jun 16, 2015 1:18 PM
Janet W
RE: From Sarah
Thanks. Janet
Added by Janet W on Jun 13, 2015 8:14 PM
Mike O
Annie Longabaugh
Hi Sarah, I read your comments to Janet and want to say that I was not directing any frustrations with you personally. I get frustrated with some of the individuals who use Find A Grave incorrectly and just don't care. By your response to Janet, I realize that you do. I make mistakes as well and we all have created duplicates not meaning to, but we take care of them when known. I still believe that things have changed with the arrival of Ancestry. Take care. Mike
Added by Mike O on Jun 13, 2015 2:50 PM
RE: From Sarah
Your welcome. :) Thank you for your work.
Added by Melody on May 24, 2015 1:15 PM
Sandi Cheatham
Mother's Day Blessings
May this special day be filled with many wonderful memories of all who have influenced your life as a mother figure, and may you be blessed for the many lives that you have touched. Blessings. Proverbs 31:10-31.
Added by Sandi Cheatham on May 10, 2015 12:42 PM
Calvin Clements
RE: From Sarah
Thank you, Sarah, for your response. It seems I'm on the right track after all. My father, James Eli Clements, son of James Biddle Clements, received his middle name "Eli" in honor of his grandfather, Elihue ("Eli) G. Clements.
It may interest you to know this... Elihue's name was pronounced E-LIE'-hue (emphasis on long "i"), and Abihue's ("Bye") name was pronounced A(uh)-BYE'-hue (emphisis on long "i", also).
While verbally reciting our immediate family's history, at the age of 86, which was written down by me, my father stated the two brothers were known by the nicknames "Eli" and "Bye"...and that Bye had, as a young man, owned a waterwheel gristmill in South Carolina....and that Eli had been a slave overseer, for a short time, on a cotton plantation in Georgia, prior to migrating to Benton/Calhoun County, Alabama. On some Clements genealogy sites, Ebihue and Abihue are shown as having been born in the same year, 1826, which leads me to believe the brothers might've been twins.
One of the most interesting stories told by my father during his verbal recitation of our family history was this.... As a young boy of 16, he was walking a railroad track from his home to Portageville, Missouri...three miles distant...when he met an ole, white-haired, black man coming from the other direction. When the two came abreast, he said the old man stopped, squinted at him, and said (here, I will attempt the black dialect used by my father to describe this conversation (no racism, on my part, intended), "Suh, might yo' name be Clements?" When my father replied in the affirmative, the old man said, "An' might yo' grampa's name be Eli?" When my father, again, affirmed his question, the old man laughed and said, "I knowed it. I knowed it. You looks jes like yo' grampa. He was de boss on de plantation I were a slave on in Jawja (Georgia). Dat sho' 'nuff were a fine plantation. De massa (master/owner) were good, and yo' grampa sho' 'nuff were a good ovahseeah (overseer). Nevah brought no harm on, Lawd!" After a few pleasantries, they went their separate ways.
This story has made me feel good over the years...knowing if my great-grandfather was a slave-driver, at least he wasn't a Simon Legree type (cruel slave-master in the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin".)

Thank you, too, Sarah, for pointing out the " e-mail option" on the Find A Grave site.

Have a happy day.

Calvin ("Butch") Clements
Added by Calvin Clements on May 06, 2015 1:53 PM
Calvin Clements
Clements Family
This is my first post on this site, and I've only been searching my family's history for about two weeks. My name is Calvin Lee Clements, I'm 72 years old, and live in northeast Arkansas. I'm one of seven sons and one daughter born to James Eli Clements and Cora Ocie Haynes Clements.
My father, James Eli Clements was born Nov. 3, 1892 in Duck River Bottoms, in Polecat Holler, Humphreys County, Tennessee. His father and mother were James Biddle Clements (born about 1854 in Benton/Calhoun County, Alabama...died 1925 at his home near Portageville, Pemiscot County, Missouri, and is interred in Ellis Cemetery three miles from that town)) and Rebecca Richardson Clements (born 1866 in Benton County, Tennessee and died in 1897 near Lilbourn, New Madrid County, Missouri, buried in Mounds Park Cemetery near Lilbourn, MO.
Children born to James Biddle Clements and Rebecca Richardson Clements are...
James Eli Clements (born Humphreys County, TN...died
Arch Clements
Siner Clements Moss
Effie Belle Clements (died as a child)
Alice Clements Bayne
Emmer (Emma?) Clements Farrines
James Biddle Clements had migrated from Calhoun County, Alabama to Humphreys County, Tennessee where he met and wed Rebecca Richardson and where they had their children. In 1896, James Biddle Clements, along with Rebecca and kids, migrated to Pemiscot County Missouri.
The father and mother of James Biddle Clements were Elihue "Eli" G. Clements (born about 1826 in Greenville District South Carolina...died around 1870 in Morengo County, Alabama)...and Martha Matilda Reynolds Clements (born March 1824 in South Carolina and died around 1900 in Humphreys County, TN.
Children born to Elihue and Rebecca were.....
James Biddle Clements
Sarah E. Clements
Martha A. Clements
Salathiel John Clements
Wilheiem "Will" J. Clements
Winnie J. Clements
Rebecca A. Clements
The father and mother of Elihue "Eli" G. Clements were Salathiel Perry Clements (born 1780 in North Carolina...died Dec. 28, 1863 in Calhoun County, Alabama)...and Ellender Wade Barry Clements (born around 1786 in Fairfax County, Virginia...died Nov. 30, 1864 in Calhoun County, Alabama).
Children born to Salathiel and Ellender Clements...
James H. Clements
Eunicy A. P. Clements
Lydia Barry Clements
George Washington Clements
Ellender Jane Clements
Roxanne C. Clements
Salathiel Perry Clements, Jr.
Elihue "Eli" G. Clements
Abihue "Bye" Clements

This is as far as I've been able to far.

Most of this information came from my father, James Eli Clements' verbal account of our Clements family history that was given when we sat down together when he was 86 years old...and which I recorded in a notebook.

As a beginner in genealogy, I hope I've not taken up too much space on this forum. I plead ignorance when it comes to genealogical etiquette, and beg forgiveness if I've committed any transgressions in this area.

If anyone should have information about my family tree earlier than Salathiel Perry Clements, I would greatly appreciate any information offered.
Added by Calvin Clements on May 06, 2015 4:54 AM
Antonia Demaris Collins
RE: From Sarah
Hi Sarah: The keeper of the other memorial, kathy smith (#47970254), has already deleted that one. Let me know what you find out.

Thank you for looking into this. I just found it very odd that the other memorial did not have a death date and it's where other family members are buried.

Let me know what happens. TONI
Added by Antonia Demaris Collins on Apr 27, 2015 10:20 AM
Cinnamon Girl
RE: From Sarah
Hi Sarah - You are so welcome for my visits to your beloved
husband and sister. I haven't heard from you in a while, so I
hope you are doing good. Will be visiting both again real
soon. God bless you, my friend, and have a wonderful
night. Hugs, Jean Ann
Added by Cinnamon Girl on Apr 21, 2015 11:53 PM
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