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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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William Hollis
Rev. John McKenzie Dorris
I am researching my father's ancestors and found your F.A.G. memorial for Rev. John McKenzie buried at Sweetwater Baptist Church in Paulding County GA, F.A.G. #57499302.

My g-grandmother was Josephine DAVIS Hollis buried Douglasville City Cemetery. I believe her mother was the same Elizabeth Dorris Davis listed as one of Rev. McKenzie's children. I found Elizabeth and Josephine on the 1870 census living with Elizabeth's father-in-law, James Davis, in Pumpkin Vine, Dallas, GA. Her husband may have been killed in the Civil War or otherwise deceased shortly after they were married.

I am trying to find the graves of Elizabeth Dorris Davis, her husband (unknown at this point) and her Davis in-laws.

You seem to have some knowledge of the family so any help you can provide is appreciated.

My father grew up in Douglasville as did his father.

Thank you.

William Hollis
Added by William Hollis on Apr 24, 2015 8:09 AM
Patrick Ryan & Doris W, O
RE: OSCAR D Riddle
I am not sure what you are saying the she is buried in the same plot..
I am not sure who this is if she was born 1826 and died 1930 she would not be in the census records do you have a death record or some other document that lead you to believe she was the daughter of my Uncle, I can not say 100 percent back that far they could have had a young daughter who died at age 4 years old . With out record I could not know. Thanks for your help.
Added by Patrick Ryan & Doris W, O on Apr 23, 2015 8:40 PM
Patrick Ryan & Doris W, O
OSCAR D Riddle
Hello my name is Patrick O'Shields Oscar Deboyd Riddle is my Uncle I have his memorial listed and you have added another silbling Anne Riddle. as his sister. My mother had only one brother Oscar D Riddle. I know my family very well and I have never heard of a sister. could you please provide me some evidence of your reason for attaching her to the memorial I would very much appreciate it. and thanks Patrick
Added by Patrick Ryan & Doris W, O on Apr 23, 2015 7:48 AM
Janie Light
Antioch and Antioch Baptist Church Cemeteries, Henry County, GA
Just to let you know that I think I have all of the duplicate memorials merged and others moved that were in Antioch and should have been in Antioch Baptist. Thanks again for your help.
Added by Janie Light on Apr 22, 2015 4:14 PM
RE: Daniel Higdon Memorial # 58086640
Ok, thank you. It says the info was from SAR, but it wasn't in there. I'll check the DAR records.
Added by kwatkins on Apr 20, 2015 8:56 PM
Daniel Higdon Memorial # 58086640
Hi Rhonda,
Can you contact me about Daniel Higdon's Memorial? I need more information, and I'd like to know in particular where the information that is written came from, and if there is more to be found. I especially need to know more about the children. I can be contacted at
Thank you.
Added by kwatkins on Apr 20, 2015 7:18 PM
Sophronia Statham # 44109190
In answer to your question about her maiden name, it's Brooks - John Statham and P.S. Brooks married in Terrell County on 1 Sep 1892 (Georgia, Marriage Records from Select Counties, 1828-1978).

In her widow's pension application, she gave her name as Pickett Sophronia.
Added by centavo on Apr 17, 2015 7:36 PM
Linda Dulin-Schmit
RE: Death Date
Hi Rhonda. Thank you for your response. On the death date for Lavenda Pope Crain, Find A Grave Memorial# 38724354, I noticed his death date is different from the death date that is mentioned on the death record that is in the memorial, a little below the death date. I did not know if this was just a typo. I know sometimes the older records can give conflicting dates. Please let me know,
My sincerest thanks, Linda Schmit
Added by Linda Dulin-Schmit on Apr 14, 2015 9:16 AM
Linda Dulin-Schmit
Death Date
Lavenda's death date shows May 24 and June 24, Please let me know which is correct. I thank you.

Sincerely, Linda Schmit
Added by Linda Dulin-Schmit on Apr 13, 2015 6:43 PM
Janet Preston Parker
Permelia Preston
Thanks for the transfer
Added by Janet Preston Parker on Apr 12, 2015 6:26 PM
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