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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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George S. Ellington
Pauline Eason Wright
I am sorry if I offended you! I thought you may want the obit for Further info,Pauline mother and my father were related and! It would not let me send it as an edit because it was too long!
Added by George S. Ellington on Jun 22, 2016 11:43 AM
Tonya ( Ingram ) Fleenor
I transferred him to you, but if you have been on this site for 14 years, then you should learn the ropes. Please click on the edit button for edits and transfers. Please.
Well I thank you and im sorry for your time for your few min it took for you to transfer him to me. And yes I have been on this site for 14 years But I also WORK I work 10- 12 hour days so I don't have time to sit and do genealogy all day and the ropes is to be nice when people say please and that you! God Bless & Have a good day 😊
Added by Tonya ( Ingram ) Fleenor on Jun 22, 2016 9:29 AM
George S. Ellington
Are you related to Pauline Eason Wright?

Pauline Eason Wright, age 97, of Shady Dale, died Sunday, July 12, 2015, at The Retreat Nursing Home.

Pauline Wright was born in Bowden, Georgia, to the late Melvin Eason and Ruth Kilgore Eason. She lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for a number of years before moving to Shady Dale in 2002.

Before retirement, Pauline was the secretary to the Commander of the Fort McPherson Base Hospital. She received sixteen outstanding performance awards during her employment.

While raising her children, she encouraged and helped them achieve to pursue their passions. She loved to read, and listen to Kenneth and Rusty play and sing to her.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Richard Barry Wright; and sister, Amonell Jones.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Lynn Wright of Shady Dale; and daughter, Janet Allen of Colorado Springs, Colorado; grandchildren, Phyllis and Rick Kennedy, Jim and Carrie Allen, Rusty Wright, and Kenny and Ashley Wright; great grandchildren, Blake Rankin, Josh Allen, and Evan Allen; and step-great grandchild, Megan Clark.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 18, 2015, at College Park Cemetery in College Park. Rev. Danny Sorrells will officiate.

Jordan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Added by George S. Ellington on Jun 21, 2016 8:44 PM
Tonya ( Ingram ) Fleenor
Find A Grave Memorial# 89319810
Added by Tonya ( Ingram ) Fleenor on Jun 21, 2016 12:59 PM
Mary Ann Dunwoody
RE: Stephen Ring #116477285
Hi Rhonda,
Thanks for your email address. You're right about this being a tricky & weird situation. I'll email you if I come up with any sort of "brilliant" idea. Ha, ha!
Added by Mary Ann Dunwoody on Jun 18, 2016 11:01 PM
Gail (Smith) Dobbs Bullock
Thomas Conor Burch
I posted a photo of his tombstone, and it has the date of birth as 3 Aug 2000 (instead of "unknown"), and I thought you might like to edit it.

Added by Gail (Smith) Dobbs Bullo... on Jun 18, 2016 12:48 PM
Mary Ann Dunwoody
Stephen Ring #116477285
I am also descended from Stephen Ring through his son, John Thomas Ring (I only had his name as Thomas Ring), then to his son, Gabriel, then to Gabriel's son, Platt Preston (my grandfather), to my mother, Alene.

Are you aware there is another Find A Grave memorial for Stephen added by Genealogy Corner(contributor #46976683) on 14 Mar 2008? That is memorial #25257372. There are some differences in some details, but I'm sure we are talking about the same ancestor. Do you think these should be combined?

I'm not sure how to proceed with that (I'm not the creator of either one, of course), but I'd be happy to discuss with you as well as to compare any and all other notes and information we could share regarding Stephen. The story of his military service & death have intrigued me since I learned of it.

My contributor number is #48075883. Feel free to contact me via Find A Grave or directly at my email:

I would love to hear from you,
Added by Mary Ann Dunwoody on Jun 18, 2016 10:25 AM
L Ferree
H. J. Hendrick Memorial# 40774375
I think you posted a photo in error on this memorial. You posted one that says "unknown" (and posted the correct one as well.)
Added by L Ferree on Jun 08, 2016 7:55 PM
larry carter
Margaret Burge
I sent you the wrong information for this Memorial. sorry about that
best regards
Added by larry carter on Jun 08, 2016 9:42 AM
s brennan
Nellie Roy Crawford Memorial# 35855632
I just received this email. What information conflicts with yours?

This is an automated email letting you know that your recent edit for the Nellie Roy Crawford (1915 - 2000) Find A Grave memorial has been declined.
General reason: Not accurate - Their data conflicts with my data.

I got the information from Nellie Roy Crawford's daughter.

Thank you for any clarification you can add.

Added by s brennan on Jun 06, 2016 2:25 PM
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