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John L. Mathis (#47090215)
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Bio Photo the son of John Baxter Mathis & Minnie Olivia Ertzberger Mathis & Grandson to William Thomas Mathis & Sarah Miller Mathis and Great grandson of William Wesley Mathis an Martha Terry Mathis. My Dad and Grandparents are from Jackson Co. NC.
on my Mother side i am the grandson of Brannon B. and Sara Garner Ertzberger and great grandson of Walker Jefferson Ertzberger and Dicey Smith Ertberger. I was Born in Gastonia,NC. moved to the Swain and Jackson Co. area in 1981 and me and my wife love it here in the Great Smoky Mountains, I enjoy doing Genealogy and visiting Different Cemeteries and taking photo's and when i can . if anyone needs me to add anything to a name, just leave me a message and i will be glad to add or change, the dates are whats on the headstones or what i can figure out, if I duplicate graves i will delete it just let me know. if you want me to transfer i will or do request, Thank you John.

No Person is truly dead until the last person forgets to remember them.
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Death Leaves a heartache no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no one can Steal.
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Mathis, William Wesley Birth : APR 1837 NC
Gender: Male
Spouse: Terry, Martha Bn : 15 SEP 1842 NC
Death : 10 JUL 1929 Waynesville, Haywood Co., NC
Gender: Female

Mathis, William Thomas
Mathis, James Washington
Mathis, Elbert
Birth : ABT 1870 NC
Gender: Male
Mathis, Dillard Andrew
Mathis, John E.
Mathis, Sarah B.
Birth : ABT 1876 NC
Gender: Female
Mathis, George W.
Mathis, Joel McDuff
Mathis, Rufus Edgar

My GrandFather
Mathis, William Thomas
Birth : 30 APR 1864 Jackson Co., NC
Death : 27 JAN 1929 Scotts Creek, Jackson Co., NC
Gender: Male
Father: Mathis, William
Mother: Terry, Martha

Marriage: 06 APR 1884 in Jackson Co., NC
Miller, Sarah Elvira
Birth : 09 MAY 1866 Jackson Co., NC
Death : 03 FEB 1936 Scotts Creek, Jackson Co., NC
Gender: Female
Father: Miller, William L.
Mother: Clayton, Martha Ann

Mathis, William G.
Birth : MAR 1886 Haywood Co., NC
Gender: Male

Mathis, Anderson B.
Birth : JUL 1887 Haywood Co., NC
Gender: Male

Mathis, Benjamin H.
Birth : MAY 1891 NC
Gender: Male

Mathis, Elbert Clingman
Birth : 02 OCT 1893 Addie Jackson Co., NC
Death : 17 OCT 1918 Scotts Creek, Jackson Co., NC
Gender: Male

Mathis, Thomas C.
Birth : JAN 1893 Haywood Co., NC
Gender: Male

Mathis, Arty
Birth : SEP 1894 Haywood Co., NC
Gender: Female

Mathis, Samuel Houston

Mathis, Nancy E.
Birth : APR 1897
Gender: Female

Mathis, Sarah Emmaline
Birth : 27 MAR 1898 Jackson Co., NC
Death : 30 NOV 1966 High Point, Guilford Co., NC
Gender: Female

Mathis, John Baxter
Birth: 18 July 1902
Death: 14 Feb 1994

Mathis, Nettie Ann
Birth: Apr. 14, 1905
Death: Dec. 22, 1996
Sylva, Jackson County
North Carolina, USA
W/o Samuel Elsie Cogdill B.3-21-1901 D.5-5-1972

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Talmadge Coggins
Duplicate Memorials
Good Morning
Mr. Mathis I have discovered you have the following memorials listed For Barkers Creek Cemetery, Jackson County, NC

Willian Ham Wykle #72719408
Jane Beasley Wykle #72719424

Their is another two memorials listed under Moody Cemetery, Jackson County, NC by another contributor.

William Ham Wykle #64280113
Jane Beasley Wykle #64280031

I do believe Barkers Creek Cemetery was once called Moody Cemetery and and considered the same.

The links for children are linked to the memorial for Moody and the headstone photo are displayed under the Barkers Creek Memorial.

William Ham Wykle was my Great Great Grandfather and I am curently working on that area of my Family Tree.

I am not sure of the best way to sort this out so the links to children/spouse will come out correctly. Thanks you in advance for your assistance. Have a Great Day
Added by Talmadge Coggins on Aug 14, 2015 9:40 AM
Moody Ancestor
Harvey Moody # 37179987
Hello John could you please transfer maintenance on my great grandfather Harvey Moody # 37179987 to me Moody Ancestor #48568092 Thank you :-)
Added by Moody Ancestor on Jun 09, 2015 12:07 PM
73930616 Elizabeth Brooks Gunter Messer
Hello John

Thank you for making a memorial form my great grandmother Laura Elizabeth Brooks Gunter Messer.
May I offer the following information to be added to the information you have provided?

While some people have her first husband's name as Thomas Kimber, my grandmother (their daughter) said it was Thomas Kimberly. (You have Kimbal)

Her mother went by her middle name, Caroline, so it would be good for people looking for her if you included her full name Martha Caroline Buchanan.
Also, I had trouble finding this monument because I was looking for Laura (I know that she used a version of her middle name, Lizzie) - would it be easier to find her if you added Laura to the title of the monument? Or does that just make it more confusing?

She remarried James Vance (Jimmy) Messer, not Thomas.

Here is a list of the children of Thomas and Lizzie:
Ellis J 1896-1950
Marion Alonzo 1897-1924
Frank Houston 1899-1984
Eliza 1901-1917 (married name Isoard)
Della Birdell 1903-1998 (married Wikle)
Flonnie Carolyn 1907-1965 (married Messer)
Bonnie Geneva 1909-2001 (married Gunter)
Annie 1912-1914
Ruby Letha 1914-2002 (married Parker)
Thomas Jefferson 1917-1991
Ambrose Gardner 1919-2000
I listed the girls' married names in case you want to find and link them to their graves.

Thank you again. Please email me at if you would have questions or would like my permanent email to exchange genealogy information.

Troy Thiessen - grandson of Ruby Gunter

Added by Troy on May 27, 2015 12:27 PM
Moody Ancestor
Harvey L. Moody # 37179987
Hello John could you please transfer maintenance on my great grandfather to me Moody Ancestor # 48568092 Thank you again for your great help :-)
Added by Moody Ancestor on May 26, 2015 11:12 AM
Kimberley Ashe
Hi John, My moma Gwendolyn Ashe did genealogy for over 13 yrs b4 she passed..I'm just now getting interested in it..I'm also helping my cousin wit her family roots..her dad is Clarence Alexander 36707791...I sent u a couple of edits, I would love to adopt this from u, if that's okay! I'm trying to connect his family wit him for his daughter Debbie...also if ur on Facebook, send me a friend request..I've started a page for ppl to share info and photo's and there is Mathis on there, both my parents where from Jackson Co, and a lot of the page members are alos from there!
Added by Kimberley Ashe on May 04, 2015 11:54 AM
Moody Ancestor
Harvey L. Moody # 37179987
Hello John could you please transfer maintenance on Harvey L. Moody # 37179987 to me Moody Ancestor #48568092 Thank you :-)
Added by Moody Ancestor on Apr 28, 2015 12:04 PM
Nancy Charlton
mendora Anthony Kirkland Garrett
I was so excited to see that someone knew where Mendora's first husband was buried. I always wondered.
Added by Nancy Charlton on Apr 09, 2015 11:31 AM
Aileen Dobson Speegle
Ennis W. Ashe, Sr.
Hi John,
First, I want to say thank you for all that you do for Find A Grave! Now, I would like to take a little work off your hands. Could you please transfer the management of Ennis W Ashe (Memorial# 35504636) to me? I added and manage 2 of his children. Ennis W. Ashe Sr. is the great-grandfather of my son-in-law. Take care, Aileen (Speegle)
Added by Aileen Dobson Speegle on Apr 08, 2015 9:47 AM
mathis family
John...I don't suppose any of your Mathis family moved into Georgia and on into the Walker County, Alabama area by chance did they? From there they would have gone to Le Flore County, Oklahoma. James Joseph Mathis marrying Elizabeth Phillips in Walker County. Their son George Grover Cleveland Mathis was my grandfather.

Ring any bells? They were a mysterious family albeit for a good reason I am told. :)

Added by sukiyhtaky on Mar 14, 2015 12:37 PM
Hello from Austria !
Thank you so much for all the gravestone photos you have added to my Memorials in NC.
With best regards to you and your Family !
Added by Charlotte on Mar 12, 2015 8:00 AM
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