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rhondajo (#47044794)
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Bio Photo My name is Rhonda. I am a 66 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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charlotte Smith
robert lowrey MD
his parents are William Lowrey and Agnes Strong of Fairfield co So Carolina
Added by charlotte Smith on Oct 19, 2016 2:57 PM
Wm. & Elizabeth Redman Freeman
Hi Rhonda, one of my 2nd cousins just came to see me and would like to know more about our Combs & Freemans, so been on Find a Grave all day, looking at your entries. Good Job!

I noticed you listed Wm. & Eliz., died between 1873-1880. Did you forget that I found them on the 1876 Missouri State Census?
Butler Co, MO., Beaver Dam Twp. So maybe narrow it down to 1878-1880?

FREEMAN, William, 45,
Elizabeth J. 36,
William J. 16,
Lurana L. 11,
Elizabeth I. 09,
David H. 07,
Juliett, 05,
Robert E. 02,
Wm. Sr., E.Jane & Willie could all 3 read & write. No other info on the State Census except property. Jane could of died in child-birth with Robert? Both were still very young.

Hope your well I'm doing pretty good, have a new heart valve, but lousy lungs. So am a bit limited. I have a Care Giver that comes in twice a week, and don't drive anymore. But I am doing well. Love, Darlene
Added by SuzyQ on Oct 15, 2016 7:45 PM
Judy K. Brantley/Wilson
RE: Holland
Really? That is great. I got tired of trying to find Elmer Holland on source I could think of, no WWI draft, no 1880, no 1900. Did find the marriage record. Was going through obits for each year from 1910-1920 - no Elmer. Will have to wait till Monday. Thanks for fixing so quickly.
Added by Judy K. Brantley/Wilson on Oct 15, 2016 5:21 PM
adeana patterson
John Smith
Sorry that is his wife's page where you left the message ,,,
Added by adeana patterson on Oct 09, 2016 11:26 PM
adeana patterson
John Smith was Find A Grave Memorial# 68752993
Added by adeana patterson on Oct 09, 2016 11:25 PM
adeana patterson
John Smith
I just know saw your post on his page,,,Yes he died in the Civil War, I have not looked his info as I am related to his wife and have been tracking down info on their kids, I was told that and have seen when I visited about 10 yrs ago he had a headstone their in Paulding County in the cemetery as does his brother in law Charles Hendrick (he died of illness during war) that only one of the two has a body there but both had headstones,,they could not remember which one it was. I don't know if that's true or not . I tried to ask the church but they were rude and said only members can see records and that they are locked away at the bank, I was not happy and later when I found out that John's mother in law sold them even more land for the cemetery and let them pay it out I was even more
if I can help you with any of the wife's side or the kids let me know,
Added by adeana patterson on Oct 09, 2016 11:24 PM
RE: Glover
No worries. I think I have it sorted out.
Added by pdeneen on Oct 02, 2016 5:14 AM
Jennifer M
Grandmother Maude Cornett Gross
I would like to give you the correct info and more on her family ~ I have photo's also and her children's info and grandchildren's info. Her daughter (my mother) has passed this spring in Apr 2016.
Added by Jennifer M on Oct 01, 2016 1:06 AM
Mary Ann Dunwoody
"virtual cemetery" for F-a-G relatives
Hi Rhonda,
I just came across the message you sent about wishing you could make a virtual cemetery for all the relatives you've met on Find A Grave and it made me think of an idea I've been tossing around in my head.

My idea came as a result of all the wildfires we've had here in California. My aunt has our Simmons family bible in her possession but left it at her ranch in Cambria when she moved to be closer to her daughter, my cousin. Her ranch was in danger from the Chimney fire for a while, but no damage was incurred and my aunt had her step-son, who goes to the ranch every weekend, bring the bible to her.

It made me think about which relatives have which family heirlooms and that all family members should have the information. So my idea is to create a Facebook page/group or whatever for all the relatives to stay connected and list all the family heirlooms in their possession for whenever someone needs information about them. Not sure how to set it up really, but this might be a good way for you to set up a group of all your relatives you've met on Find A Grave. Just a thought.

Later, Mary
Added by Mary Ann Dunwoody on Sep 29, 2016 1:42 AM
Tom Browning
John Albert
Yes, John Albert is my great grandfather. His daughter, Ennis Eloise Browning, is my grandmother.
Added by Tom Browning on Sep 27, 2016 7:24 PM
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