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Rita French (#46865303)
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I have just started researching my French/Casteel Family history. This has quickly become one of the most exciting and frustrating things I have done in years. To help in my research I took photos of headstones as a way to remember names and dates. Then, thanks to Frank Irons, Sr., he suggested I do this as well. I use to have a lot of other hobbies: Transferring home videos to DVD, sewing, woodworking, and knitting.
All of those other things have quickly gone to the wayside. This is now an addiction. Somebody HELP!!!
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Clarence J. DILLION
RE: MARTHA VANZANT ENGLAND
ELENDER: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=645763&GRid=85599910&
RITA-----
Actually, that was a bit of work finding the third wife. I saw where great grandfather Elisha had been married to a "Hattie" but no one know much else. My great grandmother, Louisa TYREE Dillion, died young and Elisha remarried Elender Roller. Elender was a step-mother to Elisha & Louisa's four children. Elisha and Elender are buried together in the one of the ROLLER cemeteries off Fairview Road. My great grandmother's (Louisa) memorial #136988621. One of the reason we go to Scott county monthly is to keep my great grandmother Louisa's cemetery clean from overgrowth. My main ROLLER tie is grandmother "Ibbie" ROLLER Dillion, wife of James Monroe Dillion. He is buried in Weiser, ID and she is buried in Gunning Cemetery, Kingsport, TN. We visit her often.

Elender died in 1909 and records show he married "Hattie" Lewis Dillion in 1911, funny thing, he claimed, on the marriage record, to be 60. Math says he was 69, Hettie 51. Hattie is buried with her first husband in Jonesville, VA. Memorial #106556245. We took pictures at her memorial. That was rewarding finding her as info was very sparse. Hope that helps, thanks for asking.
Cousin Joe
Maryville, TN
Added by Clarence J. DILLION on Jan 04, 2016 10:24 AM
Clarence J. DILLION
RE: MARTHA VANZANT ENGLAND
Rita--THANK you so much for your kind reply. Late last night I heard from a cousin in Bristol TN.(we have been working together on cemetery finds) about Martha and he made it very clear that Eula Mae Lyon McNutt (deceased family Sherlock) was clear that Martha had gone to Maryland to live with a daughter. Now, I know! So, of course I have deleted the memorial I made AND tied the Maryland memorial to John Edmond Todd England.
John England and Mary Parsons are my 5x grandparents through the ROLLER connection.I was born in Ontario, OR and raised in Boise. My father is Clarence James Dillion buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weiser.http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=645763&GRid=22203474&

My great grandfather Elisha Fulton Dillion is buried in the Roller cemetery just off route 600 in Fairview.http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=645763&GRid=85599754&

The story goes that Ballard Jackson, upon his return form WWI in Europe decided the proper spelling for the name is DILLON. It seems, there are two factions in a way now. I have a cousin Norma Dillon Surrette in Asheville, NC that grew up in Mabe, VA.

Sorry, this is a bit long, but I wanted to tell you of the project I am working. I have what is turning into a book of almost two hundred of our kin that moved to Idaho and their spouses(Including Ballard). I am trying to stay with just 1st and 2nd generation. Finally check out my virtual cemetery DILLION to see what is there. Like you, someone PLEASE help me with this obsession. LOL
Cousin, Joe
Maryville, TN
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Added by Clarence J. DILLION on Jan 03, 2016 9:33 AM
Clarence J. DILLION
MARTHA VANZANT ENGLAND
MARTHA: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=143570489
Rita, Happy New Year. First, I want to thank you for your edit. Second, I got into F*A*G 1 yr, 3, mos & 4 days ago and the obsession has me so I don't remember what I did as a hobby before. I have a concern as to why Martha would be in Maryland, if I may. Although, I am fairly new to F*A*G, my search for my paternal ancestors has been over 20 years and my wife and I drive from Maryville, TN to Scott county, VA about one weekend a month to do cemeteries, so we know the area pretty well.

Except for the scores of family members that came out of Scott co, VA and settled in Idaho and Oregon (I am a product of those) almost to a person these folks never ventured far from ENGLAND Valley/Hancock co., TN along the Clinch River.

I would LOVE for this to be more info on my ENGLAND/VANZANT kin . . do you have anything more to go on than a name?? Did she remarry and get the heck out of ENGLAND Valley?
Thank you!!
Joe
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Added by Clarence J. DILLION on Jan 02, 2016 9:40 AM
S. L. Casteel
Thanks for all your Casteel work!
Thanks for all the extra information and personal remembrances you've put on the records for your Casteels; they're a real help to me in figuring out how they're connected! (I suspect my Casteels, in Breckinridge and Ohio Counties, are related to this Casteel family but haven't found a definite connection yet.)
Added by S. L. Casteel on Nov 10, 2015 4:02 PM
charli
Charles and Victoria Metzger headstone photo
Rita,
Hi... have a question for you.. You took a photo of a headstone for Charles Metzger , 1843-1915, and his wife, Victoria 1850-1946. Photo is on the listed for Mt Hope Cemetery and was taken in Feb 2013. I was just in Ste Genevieve a couple weeks ago, and took photo of the same headstone in Valle Springs Cemetery there. Same stone, names and dates. Could you have possibly placed this in the incorrect cemetery? There is already a memorial for them for Valle Springs cemetery that I planned to put my photo on but noticed your picked and your memorial listed at Mt Hope and wanted to check.

Thanks,
Charli
Added by charli on Sep 23, 2015 8:23 AM
Susan
Hi!
Hi Rita! I found your post to Trink J.'s page while Googling names of my ancestors. Nicholas and Isham Pearcy are both my 4x great grand uncles also! Their brother Charles (b. 1770) is my 4x great grandfather. It sounds like you may have some information about Isham and Nicholas Pearcy(?) Anyhow, pleased to meet a distant cousin and if you care to share any info you have on the Pearcy's, I will send my email address.
Have a great day!
Added by Susan on Jan 30, 2015 5:02 PM
Virginia Lovell
I AM SO GLAD TO FIND YOU
Thanks Rita I am so glad we found each other and thanks for all your information I love you now that we found each other I am going try to find the grave for g-grandmother and g-grandaddy Adams I went to the cemetry few days go I didn't have time to wait on the man to help me but I am going back when I have more time and get better they have a map I am hoping he can help keep your fingers crossed hugssssssss you cousin
Added by Virginia Lovell on Jan 23, 2015 5:57 AM
Trink J.
Thanks for Find A Grave Correction: Sallie Scott
Hi, Rita! Thanks for your note with Sally Percy's parents. I did know of them, but when I made this entry, I wasn't doing bios (yet). Sally is my gr-gr-grmo. Are you related? I had not heard that Isham's first name was John, and it isn't on his marker; I added his link to Sally. I have some burial information for Ann Obenchain, but don't actually know where's she's buried. Do you know if she's buried in the same cemetery with Isham, i.e. Presbyterian Cem., Lynchburg, VA? Thanks again for taking to time to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you again. Best, Trink
Added by Trink J. on Oct 13, 2014 12:49 PM
kathleen e lovorn
Calvin Hibbs and Elizabeth Cowley
I am looking for further info John Henry Hibbs and Mary Lucinda Viers, descendents of Calvin and Elizabeth. Would love to hear from you.
Added by kathleen e lovorn on Jun 15, 2014 5:32 PM
Juliaom
Joseph Selby Fenwick
Are you related to this Joseph Selby Fenwick. I am descended from mother Mary Bridget Welch Fenwick, she is my great aunt.
Looking for photos of Aunt Bridget, she was one of nine girls of James H. Welch and Mary Isabelle Grant, and we have very few photos of her.
Thanks. Julia Mitchel 46905166
Added by Juliaom on Jun 04, 2014 11:21 AM
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