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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 20+ 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
DAR - Col Gilbert Potter Chapter
Anderson South Carolina Genealogy Society
Georgia Genealogy Society
National Genealogy Society
North Carolina Genealogy Society
Virginia Genealogy Society
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|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.
|Appy Lady||RE: Thank You !!|
You are very welcome. It was serendipity. I didn't know someone was looking for that monument until I uploaded the photo and FindAGrave sent me a note thanking me for fulfilling a request. You're my first!
|Douser||RE: Fairview Cemetery|
Sorry, but I've already put all the info I have on the memorial. With the number of memorials I've made for this cemetery, it would take a couple of years to go back and type it also on the photo page. Another lady and I are still trying to get the last three plats finished. I didn't realize that the gentleman who had been filling requests hadn't been doing it anymore. Starting next week with the time change, it will already be dark when I get off work. Perhaps in the spring, someone will start taking pictures again.
Added by Douser on Oct 28, 2013 11:47 AM
|Paula||RE: 14787696 Memorial Message|
I am aware that my great Aunt "Kat" passed on Tuesday. I removed the previous "flower". I just wanted to let it be known she was still alive, and had not passed, and had no business being on this site. My mother and I found it very disturbing that she was still alive, and on this site. You might want to be more sensitive when sending a message.
Added by Paula on Jul 25, 2013 10:37 PM
|Jan McKee||RE: The Hall Family|
it was my pleasure, I'm glad it helped you.
|Linda O'Chery||Vanns & Halls|
Love your photo of the Halls. Sanders Washington Vann is holding a baby, Vann Hall. I descend from the Vanns & would love to see how these folks are connected. Do you have a tree on Ancestry? I can't find a Jettye or Vann Hall.
Thank you, genealogyjunkie, for all you do for us out here!
Linda Cleere O'Chery
|Martha Ozment||William Burt Hall|
I have just started trying to find information on my family.
My great-great grandfather is William Burt Hall married to Sabra King Hall. My great grandfather was William Jasper Hall, wife Cynthia Green Hall. They had one child, my grand-mother Terah Ann Hall (Ozment)who married my grandfather John T. Ozment. My father was John Paul Ozment and my mother was Sarah Louise Smith (Ozment.They were married on Jan.18, 1941. I am the oldest of their three daughters: Martha Ellen Ozment born Oct.20, 1943; Linda Hope Ozment (Payne) born july 17, 1947 (deceased May 24, 1980); and Connie Lane Ozment (Padgett) born Dec. 21, 1959, married Chris Padgett Oct. 25, 1980. I would appreciate any information that goes further back in our family history. Thanks in advance, Martha E. Ozment
|Skip Farrow||RE: Memorial # 96889038|
Thanks for the correction - it really does take all of us working together. I try to check dates but sometimes they do slip through.
|Edith Blankenship||Carlton Franklin Blankenship|
Thanks for making me aware of the connections.
|Frank Blair||Florried Angle|
Links made to parents. William and Florried do show the family link on each others page.
No I am not related.
I don't own the Memorials for William Y Angle or his second wife Emma. You have to ask David Woody to make the connection to the second wife Emma. The reason William is not buried with Florried is because he is buried with his second wife Emma.
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