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rhondajo (#47044794)
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Bio Photo My name is Rhonda. I am a 65 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, 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 pioneer's 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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Roots in Texas
James Spencer James

There is no proof that Spencer James's name is James Spencer James. That information came from an old book written by Wingfield called "Pioneer Families of Franklin County, Virginia." In fact, Spencer James had a brother named James James. These two brothers, their wives, their siblings and their spouses are all named in a land transaction related to Spencer James and James James' mother Mildred James in 1803 in Orange county, VA.

Son Catlett James is not named in Mildred James's 1803 land document. However, it is proven that Catlett is her son. However, Catlett predeceased his mother by several years. The land document in which Mildred James names her children involves land she inherited from her son Catlett James.

Wingfield's book had other incorrect information about the James family also.

Please contact me if you want additional information.
Added by Roots in Texas on Nov 29, 2015 6:41 PM
Aneita Garlow
First thank you for your important work. I want to point out the information for Anne Patterson Ribble is different from that on the gravestone. Again thank you
Added by Aneita Garlow on Nov 29, 2015 10:29 AM
Allen Niles
RE: Samuel D. Niles
Yes, Samuel and two brothers (George & Lewis) served in the Confederate army. They were born in NH originally. When their father died his widow placed her 12 children with relatives in MA. Several went south later. Some stayed in Ma. They were mostly lawyers by trade. One, Alanson, a college president. Their mother remarried in 1852 to Charles Ramsey who was about 15 years her junior. She died in ILL.
Added by Allen Niles on Nov 27, 2015 2:08 PM
Clinton G.
RE: Phoebe Byrd James Ashlin
I have a photo that says Robert Williams' little boy. The only Robert Williams I know about is a son of Phoebe Byrd James Ashlin. Does that sound familiar to you?
Added by Clinton G. on Nov 25, 2015 12:47 PM
Clinton G.
Phoebe Byrd James Ashlin
Greetings! BY any chance have you ever seen a photo of Phoebe Byrd James Ashlin or her husband Chesley? If so, it would great to see them. I descend from Phoebe's sister Elizabeth James James 1799-1867.
Added by Clinton G. on Nov 22, 2015 12:44 AM
James Lane
RE: Private James Campbell Woodley
You are very welcome. I was doing research for a 90+ year old retired school teacher.
Jim lane
Added by James Lane on Nov 20, 2015 3:57 PM
Thanks for stopping stop and leaving a token for my friend Tommy
Added by Mary on Nov 20, 2015 5:55 AM
Judy Llamas
Emerald Dillingham - #43098020
Hello RhondaJo,

I'm sorry, but my suggestion edit tab is defective, so I have to contact people this way. Your memorial for Emerald is a dupe. Please see memorial #43098020. And could you move her nice gravestone photos to the old memorial mentioned above? Many, many thanks!
Added by Judy Llamas on Nov 19, 2015 8:12 AM
David Pharr
College Park Cemetery
I have a large number of family buried at College Park. Some of the names are not listed and will try to supply this info when the names come up. Family names in this cemetery are Hudson, Gaston and Daniel on mothers side. On my dad Pharr Rollins and Westbrook.
Added by David Pharr on Nov 12, 2015 12:45 PM
RE: Luther's WWII Squadron
Hi RhondaJo,

Would you or one of your sisters or children please email me at the address at the bottom of the website so we may correspond about your dad's squadron by email? I would love to learn more about the photo you have. Thanks!
Added by Thirsty13th on Nov 09, 2015 6:39 PM
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