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Here is my story and some thoughts……
My name is Matilda Hall or that is what my "original" birth certificate says. I say "original" because I was taken home by an incredible couple at the age of 8 days old and the adoption was final at the end of a year.
When my granddaughter was 3 she had a medical problem and as with most adoptees, I had no family medical history. I had to find who I was and where I came from. So began my search. Thanks to several volunteers in the adoption field, I did find out who I was, the medical history was obtained and my granddaughter is doing great and has made me a great grandmother.
A dear friend of mine who had claim to 25 documented ancestors through the DAR was my mentor the first year of my research in finding out "where I came from". I took to genealogy like a duck to water. Boy what a fantastic ride it has been the last 25+ years.. Most people grow up knowing something about their heritage, I learned mine generation by generation with a ton of hard work, travel and lots of interviews with people. I went from being a "mutt" to a very well rooted American. My Hall and Tarrant families were in Virginia & Maryland 100 years before the Revolutionary War. Yes, I do stand taller and I'm damned proud to be an American.
Any memorials you see listed under my name are my relatives, one way or another. I can honor them by filling in as much information as I have. With the help of this website, I can leave a "trail" for future generations. I can give the brave men & women people who served in the military a special thank you for their service. A relative of mine has served defending our freedoms from before the Revolutionary War through our latest conflict in Iran and Afghanistan.
I don't ask for any memorials I am not related to. There are many kind people who have made memorials for my relatives with headstone photos and then were gracious enough to transfer them to me. To these "angels" saying thank you isn't enough. You really should get a hug for all your hard work in documenting cemeteries that some of us can't visit. If you choose not to transfer a memorial to me, so be it. But I won't add my heritage, which is so valuable to me, or my research into your memorial, it will remain how you made it. If keeping your "memorials made" count high is that important to you, remember your name will always remain as the creator of the memorial. Also keep in mind that ancestry.com has now directly linked FAG memorials to their site. So someone finding a blank memorial will not be very happy or impressed with your management skills. If you are related to a memorial I ask for, please let me know. I am always looking for new "cousins" and I will add additional information.
If you see "no cemetery" listed, most historians will tell you that finding the exact burial places of those in the Civil War and before 1900, well, there are some that are just impossible to find. There were a ton of just plain folks that had family plots at the outside edge of their farms with headstone markers that didn't last. Then we had the Tennessee Valley Authority projects, new roads, residential housing, and shopping centers etc that have eliminated some early burial grounds. So check why there is no cemetery listed. FAG does allow cremations to be added to this site with no exact burial location listed.
My Hall ancestors traveled from VA > SC > GA/AL > TX
My Tarrant ancestors traveled from VA > TN > TX
If anyone has photos of these dear departed, please feel free to add them to the memorial. Individual or wedding photos would be wonderful. If you are unable to, email the image to me with the memorial number and I will gladly add it for you.
Well, that's about it…For the person reading this bio
Howdy, and please call me
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|GLENDA EISENHOUR||RE: Mary Cassady #124123013|
We've been snowed in for a couple days and it's been so cold, I just didn't want to get out and it's a ways from our house to the office. So, I just called. As I thought, there wasn't much on the ledger. Only thing that might help was the daughter's name: Bernadine Aynes.
|GLENDA EISENHOUR||RE: Mary Cassady|
This is Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home, Del City, OK, which was owned by my husband and his brother, Bill. I have access to the ledger books, but the original worksheets with complete names of close relatives, etc., unfortunately were water damaged several years ago and had to be destroyed. The ledger only gives basic information, but I can check it for you if you like and see if there is anything else that might be helpful.
|GLENDA EISENHOUR||Mary Cassady|
My info came from the funeral home ledger.
|Sherry||RE: Re: Ingrid Waldorf Jones|
I have a couple of pictures of John and Nils Waldorf. I can e-mail them to you if I have your address. Let me know what you want me to do.
Added by Sherry on Jan 29, 2015 9:02 PM
Thank you for the transfer! :-)
Added by ProgBase on Jan 16, 2015 8:31 AM
|Sherry||RE: Re: Ingrid Waldorf Jones|
Thank you for the reply. It makes me very happy to see my family growing. One more question please. Did your GM talk about any other siblings that were still in Sweden. Through some research I got 3 names but because of the patronymic naming system that Sweden used until the end of the 19th century there are many children given same names. So confusing. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I wish I could have tasted some of that Swedish cooking. You are very lucky to have known GM Ingrid.
My GF John died before I was born. My Dad never spoke about him. Thank you again.
Added by Sherry on Jan 05, 2015 9:53 AM
|Sherry||Re: Ingrid Waldorf Jones|
I am the granddaughter of John Waldorf who is brother to Ingrid and Nils Nilsson Waldorf. I saw where Ingrid spoke about Nils picking her up at the train station when she arrived in Colorado. Does anyone remember her speaking of John? He emigrated from Sweden around 1889 to Colorado. He later married and moved to Cincinnati,Ohio around 1930. I thank you in advance for any help you may give.
Added by Sherry on Jan 03, 2015 6:20 PM
|Donna Brown||Johnston, Miles Alexander|
Oh hi! No problem to work out. I have added the pics to yours, sent you an edit to link Grace Woods as spouse, & an edit for the garden that he is in, & a request that Jr. be added to his name. After all that, I will be happy to delete mine. I don't know how I didn't catch that he had a memorial already because I always do a search by the name. Sometimes it gets missed due to the way the name is put in, but his name is the same. Anyway, have a happy new year!
|Proudconfederateson||We are related|
Thank you for all of your hard work. I have our family dated back as fas as the 900's. We are originally a mixture of French, Scottish, and English decent. With English royalty. The original surname was hale and changed to Hall just a few generations before Instant. A lot of people hit a road block with John Halls in Virginia because there were 2 Hall families one being from England the other from Ireland. I do not know how far you have gone back but I will be glad to share my info with you. I am a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and I am trying to locate all confederate ancestors. You posts have opened a lot of doors. I also have access to all available confederate records so I can help you with those as well. My dads family for several generations are from Lexington township SC. All I can say is we have a very large family tree.Interesting ancestor names you may want to look for are also, Hallman, and Gunter. It is a pleasure to make you acquaintance.
James H. Hall Jr.
|Appy Lady||Selma Hall (Cumby)|
Cumby is about 10 minutes from me. I'll try to find the grave. I'm disabled but my husband loves to walk so if it's not on the main road through the cemetery it may take a bit to find. But the Cumby cemetery is well cared for and has a great road system for a country cemetery so with any luck we'll find her.
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