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Jewels Sayer (#47532493)
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Katie May
The James Lloyd O'Brien Family
I know this is a little strange but, here goes. I'm searching the O'Brien family for a possibly inherited disease. It's a form of Ataxia, sometimes mistaken for Huntington's Disease. The theory is that it may be passed down from father to daughter and daughter to son. James L. O'Brien's niece, Gertrude Malinda O'Brien Turpin, was diagnosed with this disease, as was her son Ivan and three of his daughters. There is a possibility that some of James L.'s siblings may have had this also. If you have any information on this subject, I would be very appreciative. Thank you.
Added by Katie May on Jun 20, 2014 1:22 PM
Mark McCrady
Brown County Memorial Park
Hi Jewels, could you tell me where this cemetery is located? The map they have up for it shows it is where Greenlawn is. Are they the same cemetery? Thanks, Mark McCrady
Added by Mark McCrady on May 12, 2014 8:54 PM
Judie Custer
RE: Richard Sayer
The photo was just uploaded. Glad I could help!
Added by Judie Custer on Aug 21, 2013 1:42 PM
Judie Custer
Richard Sayer
Washington Park East searched their files and found no record at this cemetery, however, they told me Mr. Sayer is interred at Memorial Park Cemetery about 1.5 miles away. Both of these cemeteries are owned by the Flanner-Buchanan group. I stopped by Memorial Park this afternoon but their office was closed. I will check again during the coming week and see if I can get more info and a photo.
Added by Judie Custer on Jul 27, 2013 2:41 PM
Frank Merriman
RE: Related?
I think I just have one picture of Margaret but I am not sure. It looks like it was from the newspaper (probably Brown Co. Democrat). Maybe you already have it? I could just post it to her memorial page.

I'll get to the Chitwoods and Neals sometime. As to the Sayers...I just went to the notebook on that family and found something else! One of my relatives, Louisa Featherston, married Charles Sisson in 1880. I forgot about that one. Was Charles a brother to Samuel? The parents are given as William Sisson Sr and Lydia Winifred Barnes. Anyway, I don't have anything on Charles and Louisa's descendants. Charles's second wife, Samantha Vandivier, could also be related to me as there was one or two Merrimans or Hudiburgs who married into that family.

Back to the Sayers... I have that Esther Geraldine Smith married William Elmer Sayer Jr in 1925. Their son was Jim born about 1928 or 1929 in Indianapolis. I have that William and Esther died in Sebring, FL and that Jim may have died in Tampa in 1987. William was a Lieutenant Colonel, WWII. I don't have much else besides the dates.

Does this ring any bells? Esther's great-grandmother was Eliza Jane (Featherston) Green Penrose who was also my great-great-grandmother. Jane's half-brother John W. Featherston lived in Brown Co. in the 1870s and 1880s before moving to Anderson. I am related to a lot of people through this family as Jane was one of 15 children!

Thank you so much for sharing your information. It was fun to read. Did you find a picture of Margaret?
What information can I give to you?
Sayer is my husbands last name. His father lived in Indianapolis and mother was a Ramsey lived in Loogootee, IN.
Added by Frank Merriman on Jan 08, 2012 11:18 PM
Frank Merriman
RE: Related?

Yes it does sound like we are related. Sorry to keep you waiting. I don't get around to genealogy in the summer and fall that much.

Nellie's husband Virgil was my grandpa's first cousin. My grandpa, Clarence Merriman, was always busy working and didn't get around to visiting relatives. Sadly, his parents, Lewis and Frances, were always busy feuding and there was never enough money or food in that family. The couple separated, divorced, remarried and then separated again.

Lewis had four children named Harvey, Edgar, Clarence and Roy. Clarence had 10 ten children but his brothers didn't have any. By trade, Lewis was a farm laborer and a railroad worker. He laid the tracks for the area around Morgantown.

I remember my dad saying that he remembered some of the Sissons from his school days. He said there were a lot of them. Somewhere I have a picture of Margaret. I may have two pictures of her but I'm not sure.

I have some Sayers on my mother's side. One of my 2nd or 3rd cousins married a Sayer. I don't think I ever got around to updating that family. I'll find the names and give them to you sometime.

I've been researching since about 1985. It appears the Merrimans lived in the old part of London near the Barbican and the old churches and cathedrals prior to immigrating. I do not know how long they lived there and I not certain what part of England they lived in before that...I'm still working on that part.

Briefly, the Merrimans lived up and down the James River for a long time before migrating to Tennessee. Our line appears to have lived in VA from 1635 to about 1804. William lived near a village called Ramsey which is just east of Knoxville and near where the French Broad and Holston Rivers become the Tennessee River. In 1828 he migrated to Morgan Co. with a number of Knox Co. families.

William Merriman, 1786-1858, was half French, owing to the fact that his mother's family, the Subletts, came from a French Huguenot village Manakintown, VA. On his father's side William was a mixture of English, Viking/Norman, Welsh and maybe a little French. It is hard to tell about the French names in England. This is because before a certain date all public records in England were recorded in either Latin or French. So, just because someone has a French sounding name doesn't mean that they were French.

But, according to family tradition, the Merrimans were originally of Viking origin and came from Norway or Scandinavia. Oddly, I pulled up a picture of William the Conqueror and my uncle George Virgil "Byrd" Merriman resembles him. Even more oddly, I happened to pull up a picture of the current Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and I look like him to a degree.

I'll get to the Chitwoods in another message. Nice hearing from you. I don't think I ever heard from anyone researching the Sissons before. My email is

Frank Merriman

Added by Frank Merriman on Dec 04, 2011 8:15 PM
Kathy Phelan
Robert/Sarah Gourley & Alice McCoy

I tried sending you a message via Find A Grave, but I ended up with 3 problems. There is no stone on the Grouley grave.

Alice McCoy was my great uncle's 1st wife. She doesn't have a stone either.

I wish.

Kathy Phelan
Added by Kathy Phelan on Oct 23, 2011 5:08 PM
Kathy Phelan
RE: McCoy
I'm sure there is some connection, but this Cornelius was born in 1832 and died in 1910. The strange thing is that my grandmother, Helen McCoy Tuttle, had a picture of that stone in her family pictures. It is a much better picture than what is on Find A Grave. My grandmother's parents were Sam & Malissa Swisher McCoy.

The Mary A. is Mary Ann Weddle. This Cornelius was the son of Lewis and Lucinda McCoy. Lewis lived in and around Monroe Co. and may be buried in Little Union, but no stone or record exists that I know of. There is a stone in Little Union with the name Lucinda. The stone has been mended and the missing part would have identified the spouse. The dates don't match, however.

I'm running out of McCoys to ask anymore. I've a cousin, John McCoy who lives in Gosport. I'll see if he knows anything about Centerton. I've been to Centerton. There is a Slyvester McCoy buried there too.
Added by Kathy Phelan on Oct 03, 2011 7:58 AM
Kathy Phelan
RE: McCoy
One more thing. We can thank them for all these relatives. Most of our family can trace their roots back to Cornelius & Ailcy. One of their sons, John, was my great-great grandfather. John's son, Samuel was my great grandfather. I remember him. I was 9 when he died. He lived with my grandmother. I remember his funeral as if it was yesterday. My mom spent her summers as a kid on the farm with Sam and Malissa. Great grandma died before I was born.

Just a little tidbit.

Added by Kathy Phelan on Aug 20, 2011 7:52 AM
Kathy Phelan
RE: McCoy
Cornelius & Ailcy have not been located. I was told my a cousin that they were buried in McCoy Cemetery - only there is no McCoy Cemetery in the area. I believe they owned some of the land which is around Tunnel Road and what is now the lake so they may be at the bottom of the lake. It is sad that their whereabouts may never be found.

Added by Kathy Phelan on Aug 20, 2011 7:42 AM
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