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rhondajo (#47044794)
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Bio Photo My name is Rhonda. I am a 65 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, Donehew, 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. We also believe that he was a Methodist minister. According to records there was a Methodist minister in old Villa Rica named Bailey Freeman. His son mined copper in Fannin Co Ga, and in Ducktown TN, which was right over the border from Fannin Co GA. 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. You will not be giving up ownership.

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 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. The reason I don't transfer Rev War soldiers is because they have hundreds if not thousands of descendants. I get multitudes of requests for their transfers. How can I choose whom to give them to? I don't. Other than that, I have gone beyond Fag guidelines, it depends on the request, the relationship, and your length of time and service to Findagrave. 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 pioneers' 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. After talking to another Combs descendant about Samuel, she says that according to family legend, Samuel Combs who married Nancy Cornett had another family with several children. Is it possible that this Samuel's "other family" was the family with Sarah Nickel? She was at least 20 years his junior, so he had to have had another family somewhere. However I have no proof:

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 was my great grandmother. She married a Richardson, had a baby and he died leaving her an 18 year old widow. Later 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. Perhaps because he had his other family?

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!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has left a flower on my Mom's page. If you are led to, please leave her a flower. Lin Mae Freeman Brady ...thx...

Isaiah 43 1-5

1 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

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T.J. White
Elizabeth Willis White 58318904
Hi ... Sorry! That was my mistake. I had not realized right away that a page for her father already existed (that I created!). He is buried at Hunters Creek Baptist in Franklin County, Ga.

Thanks anyway,

Added by T.J. White on May 23, 2016 5:06 PM
T.J. White
Elizabeth Willis White 58318904
Hi Rhonda,

Could you please link my ancestor Elizabeth Willis White (58318904) to her father, Capt. Joseph Willis Sr. (163075561)?

I was just now presented with a photo of his tombstone, which dates from 1812, by another researcher I had never before heard of! And I never even knew this tombstone even existed! And no other researcher of this large, extended family did, either!

Thanks so much,

Terry White
Added by T.J. White on May 23, 2016 4:57 PM
Clayton Raney
Photo Request
Rhonda, your photo on memorial #43286353 for Ed Littleton applies also to the older memorial #10906247 for Corp Ed ward Littleton. Would you mind posting that gravestone photo on #10906247?

Thanks for your help,
Clayton Raney
Added by Clayton Raney on May 23, 2016 3:48 PM
Thank you for all of the edits on the Horton & Cook family memorials. I appreciate it!
Added by Kay on May 16, 2016 8:53 AM
Dana Jones Hyatt
Nancy Karen Elder Chambers
Dear Rhondajo, I was looking at my great grandmother Martha L Tatum's site and Nancy Karen Elder Chambers is listed as her daughter. She had a daughter named Nancy Elizabeth born March 27, 1879. This is an error and I'm not sure exactly how it got there. I clicked on Nancy Karens name and it has you as the one who added the info. I'm sorry dear but my Granny didn't have a daughter named Nancy Karen.
I would appreciate a correction.
Thank you, Dana Jones Hyatt
Added by Dana Jones Hyatt on May 15, 2016 8:15 PM
Sampson Brashear
Thank you for transferring My GG Grandfathers memorial to me. Thank you for all you do.
Added by Nancy on May 14, 2016 6:42 PM
Martha Blount
Daisy B. Brown
Hi, minor transcription error for burial in Westview Cemetery in Atlanta GA for Daisy B. Brown. Typed transcription is 1878-1987. Engraved on marker is 1878-1907.
Thanks for your work and photographs!
Added by Martha Blount on May 14, 2016 5:16 PM
Dale Kirkland
Mary Elizabeth Dudley Wheatley
I am looking for kin to this Mary Elizabeth Dudley
Wheatley , on the Dudley side.
I Think this is my Great Great Aunt , if so her parents need to be linked to her.
This would be ,father
John Dudley spelled on headstone as Duddley
Find A Grave Memorial# 37939321
Mother ,
Margaret Dudley
Find A Grave Memorial# 37939395
I found her on the 1850 census and they called her Polly.
If you find true please link to parents,
Thanks Dale Kirkland
Added by Dale Kirkland on May 10, 2016 2:47 PM
FAG# 72993977 James Houston
Thank you for creating the memorial for my 5th Great Grandfather James Houston! I did notice you have a slight error on the birth date of his daughter Lucinda. She was born in 1803. Her Find A Grave # is 61509543. Would you please make the correction to your entry? Again, my thanks for creating the memorial.
Find A Grave contributor # 48673781
Added by Melissa on May 10, 2016 1:57 PM
Eve Williams
RE: Obie
Sorry it took me a while to get back to you. Forgot my password. As far as I know his name was Obie. I will ask my mother to be sure and get back to you.
Added by Eve Williams on May 02, 2016 6:05 PM
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