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rhondajo (#47044794)
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Bio Photo My name is Rhonda. I am a 64 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. His son mined copper in Fannin Co Ga, and TN. 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.

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 1919 or 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. 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:

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 married a Richardson, and then 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.

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!

If you are led to, please leave a flower on my Mother's page, Lin Mae Freeman Brady ...thx...

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L Ferree
RE: Photos
Thanks for the kind words. I have a Nikon Coolpix. It's a pretty simple camera. Nothing fancy.
Added by L Ferree on Jul 07, 2015 8:35 AM
deborah nipe
Cannon family
Hi, Rhonda Jo--I am new to ancestry and am still figuring it all out. I started researching one side of my Dad's family, but then got distracted by his mother's side. His maternal grandmother was Susan Cannon, whose great-grandfather was Rev. Ellis Cannon. I saw the photos of his memorial and the message about whether or not he was buried in Cannon Campground cemetery. I was born in Spartanburg(but left there while still a toddler) and all my life I heard about Cannon's Campground, but never made the connection about that being my family! I am descended through Ellis to James G. to Thomas Huffman Cannon and then to Susan. Do you have any information about other photos of anyone in that family? I saw the photo of Thomas' grave. Still finding my way, but it is so interesting to me. There is no one still living in my immediate family to ask questions of, so I'm getting a late start. I have 5 grandchildren, so I'd like to get as much info for them as I can. Any help is appreciated!
Added by deborah nipe on Jun 26, 2015 3:58 PM
RE: Lin Mae Freeman Brady
Rhonda, it was my pleasure to leave the token for your beloved mother! Long time ... no chat. I hope all is well. Take care friend, and I hope you have a great upcoming weekend!
Added by KATHY on Jun 25, 2015 10:27 PM
RE: James Maddox
So sorry for my poor communication - I meant to ask that you delete the link (only) on your James Maddux memorial in Monticello Methodist Cemetery to that incorrect "James Maddox" grave in Westview, not to delete the whole memorial in Westview that is in error. "Georgia Girl" seems to no longer be with F.A.G. I understand if you cannot remove the link. Thank you for all your work!
Added by Lucy on Jun 25, 2015 3:14 PM
Michelle Ganus Taggart
Nancy E. Foster
Hi, thank you for all that you have done to help others searching their families!

I wondered if I could use the photo of Nancy E. Foster's headstone, memorial #10288785 for my genealogy blog where I tell the stories about my ancestors. It can be found at: I have been writing about Nancy Foster and how she ended up raising her grand daughter when she was older.Of course I will credit you and link to the page on Find A Grave . Thank you for your time. Michelle
Added by Michelle Ganus Taggart on Jun 25, 2015 8:24 AM
RE: Harden Collins
Okay, that will be alright. Transfer and delete Harden Collins and later on I will go back and get pictures of the cemeteries Thank you
Added by SWF on Jun 18, 2015 4:41 PM
Joe Sasnett
John Adams Sasnett

Thank you very much for fulfilling my photo request on Find A Grave. The picture is wonderful. The time and effort is greatly appreciated. It also inspires me to reciprocate in kind when circumstances allow me to be of help to others.
Thanks again, Joe Sasnett
Added by Joe Sasnett on Jun 17, 2015 7:27 PM
B. I. Smith
You have shown a TS of B.I. Smith, Oak Grove Cemetery, Americaus, Sumter Co., Ga. I was unable to read anything on the picture as I am nearly blind. My 2nd great grand father was
Eason Smith, Judge in Americus. HIs family is buried in Oak Grove Cem but for some unknown reason he is buried in Webster probably due to the home and home cemetery in town having been sold and the cemetery was probably disturned also. Could you tell me who B. I. Smith is and if yu have those records is he related to Eason or his family. I would so much appreciate this if this is possible. Thanks. Margie K. Johnson,
Added by Marj on Jun 17, 2015 4:20 PM
William Hollis
Thanks for the DORRIS transfer.

William Hollis
Added by William Hollis on Jun 11, 2015 3:27 PM
Sarah B
RE: Edmondson
Thank you for the help!
Added by Sarah B on Jun 10, 2015 4:35 AM
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