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Epictetus (#47920451)
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Bio Photo "In all of us, there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from.

Without this enriching knowledge, we are left with a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, without the sure knowledge of our provenance, this yearning yields to an emptiness, a vacuum and the most disquieting loneliness."

- Alex Haley, author of "Roots"
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Deborah Threlkeld Smith
RE: Stephens
Thank you so much for your quick and thorough response!
Added by Deborah Threlkeld Smith on Oct 09, 2016 10:35 AM
Deborah Threlkeld Smith
Stephens Family - Can you help me?
My gg grandmother, Sarah Isabella Stephens Allison, was a sister of John R. Stephens. They were two of Benson Stephens' children. I am trying to prove that Benson was a son of Samuel and Mary Powell Stevens/Stephens for DAR membership. Do you have a copy of John R. Stephens' memoir? I've also heard about a family history written by Edward Besaw Stephens. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks and best regards, Deborah
Added by Deborah Threlkeld Smith on Oct 08, 2016 9:04 PM
Sgt Nathan Powell's relation
I am responding to this:

If you are a male descendant of SGT Nathan Powell, pls contact:

I am a decendant of Sgt Nathan Powell. I have 3 sons and a daughter that are decendants also. I am Harris Nathan Powell's daughter Connie Powell. His dad was Nathan Levi Powell and his dad was Solomon Ambrose Powell which was Sgt Nathan Powell's son.

You can contact me at or 817-350-5525.
Connie Powell
Added by cpowell on Sep 20, 2016 3:45 PM
Ed Hightower
Charles McDuffie Martin
I am contacting you regarding Charles McDuffie Martin son of Stephen Martin and Sarah Touchstone.

I was recently contacted by another Findagrave volunteer who is questioning whether Charles as a first name should be associated with McDuffie Martin son of Stephen and Sarah and who married Emily A. Davis.

Thus far I have not been able to find in my records why I included Charles as a part of this man's name. Please give me your opinion on the use of Charles with the McDuffie Martin in question and if at all possible a reference for that usage.

I appreciate this very much.

Ed Hightower
Added by Ed Hightower on Sep 12, 2016 11:39 AM
Debbie Sunday
RE: Flowers left for Allen Parker
Yes, I am related to them. They have a daughter Dicey Parker who married Alexander Edge. They had a son Alexander who married Lucinda Graham. Alexander and Lucinda had a daughter named Martha who married Benjamin Jones. Martha and Benjamin had a son, who is my great grandfather James Reason Jones, born in Pope county, Arkansas. James married Lonnie Belle Warren and had a son Chester L jones who is my grandfather.
Added by Debbie Sunday on Aug 13, 2016 1:22 PM
Ellen Hamby
RE: A Quick Hello
Thank you, John, for checking in and for your prayers and good wishes. My oncologist won't use the word "cure" until I've been cancer-free for five years, but it's coming up on two years and the quarterly CT-scans have all been negative.

Thanks again, and I hope that all's well with you.
Added by Ellen Hamby on Jul 11, 2016 3:44 PM
Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
RE: James Martin
Thanks. In the meantime, what would you like me to add to the accounts of the Martins on Find a Grave?
Added by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly on Jul 02, 2016 9:28 AM
Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
RE: James Martin

Sorry for the delay. Been busy grading my summer class.

John Wise is a Strickland-Martin descendant. While he was alive and for a long time after his death, he had up an incredible web site with copies of primary source material. Ultimately, some time after his death, his web site was removed. You might check out the book From Beautiful Zion to Red Bird Creek by Buddy Sullivan, published in 2000. Sullivan incorporates a lot of references to John Wise.

As for Native American heritage in the Strickland-Martin line (also my ancestry), I’ve had one DNA test come back with a small amount of Native American heritage and another showing none. An important point about American Indian (Native American) DNA ancestry should be made. Anthropologist Mary Helms created the term “colonial Indian tribes” in the 1960s to refer to societies which originated as recognizable entities only as a direct result of colonial policies. Colonial tribes are often a racially mixed people that over time became socially identified more with their Indian ancestry rather than their African or white ancestry. These groups are culturally Indian while ultimately having little, if any, Indian DNA. Descendants who ended up with more Old World genes (in this case, European and/or African) than New World genes (American Indian) had a better chance of surviving diseases brought in from overseas. Colonial tribes include groups as diverse as the Miskito Indians of eastern Nicaragua (whom Helms studied); various Amazon tribes in Brazil; the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina; the Black Seminoles of Oklahoma, Mexico, and the Bahamas; and many others. The term colonial tribe attempts to get at the idea that someone can be culturally something (American Indian, for example) without being biologically something. So, it should not be surprising that someone with, for example, a Lumbee Indian ancestor would not necessarily test as having significant American Indian DNA.

If you have further questions, please let me know. Thanks.
Added by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly on Jul 01, 2016 1:02 PM
Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
RE: James Martin
I referred to the incredible array of primary source material the late John Wise collected at his web site. How would you like me to rewrite the account of James Martin's birth?
Added by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly on Jun 28, 2016 8:41 AM
Valdosta, Ga
Hey John, I am planning to visit Valdosta soon, and am wondering if you could possible lead me on what and where I should look..
I know I will visit the cemeteries, and possibly try to tour the old house, which is now a private residence.. but are there any records at the court house I should look for?
Do you think that old bible you spoke about is perhaps located there... Do you know of any still living relatives?
Was going to go on the Fourth of July, but have changed my mind, it's too hot for visiting graves now.
Since I don't know anything about Valdosta, thought maybe you might suggest a few things?

Added by BKM on Jun 24, 2016 1:21 PM
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