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Marian Presswood (#47361548)
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Bio Photo I'm a retired educator, the official County Historian & Archivist, Pres. of the 400 member Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society, founder/editor of the PCHGS Quarterly, and the History of Polk County, and 4 day a week volunteer at the little genealogy library I established here in Benton 18 years ago. I'm the former heritage columnist for the local newspaper, the 'Polk County News', and help numerous people to 'find their Grandpa'!

Although I am not related to the majority of families whose memorials, pictures, or bios I post, I do maintain a lot of them on behalf of close family members who do not 'do' Internet. We have fairly large family files, pictures, and obituaries and I love to share those as I have time. And anyone is welcome to use the bio info and pictures, both markers and people, that I add.

My basic family surnames are Ansel and Rutha Tipton Bailey from Buncombe County, North Carolina; Revolutionary War Patriot Col. William Porter who fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain and was in the NC Legislature for many years after the War (wife Mary Gilkey); The Holdens, Garrisons, and Owenbys from NC to Fannin County, Georgia; and John M. and Jane Ann Rogers Griffith, NC to GA.

Hubby James' side of the family is Jonathan Presswood, Esybous Maynor, Womac, Buckner, Clayton, William and Sophia Moore Dennis, and the 'brick wall' we all have, Harrison and Thaney Clayton Hughes. Harrison married 2nd Elmira Silcox in Polk Co. TN then moved to Arkansas by 1880 with his 2nd family, Price, Burt, Lafayette, Byrum and Sis.

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Sherri Moore-Griffin
RE: #34882892 Morgan Bailey
oh my!!! Fixed it fast! Thank you for contacting me :)
Added by Sherri Moore-Griffin on Dec 01, 2016 9:21 AM
Frances Rogers
Re: Stephen Morgan Bailey
Thanks for bringing the error to my attention! I must have been thinking the NC 3rd was Confederate troops instead of checking it out. I've deleted the tribute and added a different one entirely. Looks like I led someone else to post one a Confederate flag, too. I appreciate you taking the time to set me straight because I especially don't like making mistakes on here. Merry Christmas!
Added by Frances Rogers on Nov 30, 2016 9:15 PM
Ron Branch
RE: Yellow Jacket Bailey
HI :) well from the way i have it john had stephin morgan...he had zeb zeb had sam sam had helen and i am her son:) i left you an email about picking your brain.i left a number if your so inclined,you have made my night
Added by Ron Branch on Nov 30, 2016 8:09 PM
Ron Branch
yello jacket Bailey
wanted to thank you for the information on John Yellow Jacket Bailey 4th? great grandfather.
Added by Ron Branch on Nov 30, 2016 7:58 PM
Donna Beem or Donna Marie pethel beem
Thank you!!
Dear Marion..i wanted to thank you so much for putting some of the Denton family on findagrave😁!!
I was so happy and to see a pic of some of my kin!!

Im kin to Martha Payne Denton an her daughter ..Alice Adeline Denton Jackson..she was my gg grandmother!! It was so nice of you have any pic of Alice? Thanks again..God bless!!!

Added by Donna Beem or Donna Marie... on Nov 02, 2016 7:36 PM
Clinton Slayton
Thomas T Russell (# 85714941)
Marian, greetings from Lexington. I never got notice that my article about Hampton Slatton appeared in your Polk Co newsletter, did it ever get in?
The image you supplied for Thomas T Russell at # 85714941 is my son's cousin:
Thomas Theodore Russell and Daniel Bailey Slayton are 1st cousins 3 times removed. Their common ancestor is Sam (Older)/William Samuel "Sampson" Branum.
There were two Sam Branums, one in Knox and one in Bradley, and both mar Elizabeths. Gwendolyn Russell, Thomas T's dau, and I are trying to untangle this mess.
This is from Bailey's mother's side, so there is evidence that Sam Branum and Wm H H Slatton were both b abt 1842 between Campbell Co Tn and Polk/Bradley. Wm H H father moved to GA/N AL, as did some of the Branums, and so all were near Chattanooga in the early 1900s.
Added by Clinton Slayton on Oct 08, 2016 10:38 AM
Richard Mayo
Louis C Selvidge
Memorial# 136481958
I added the information you sent me
Thank You
Added by Richard Mayo on Sep 19, 2016 10:38 AM
Jonathan Reeves
Kilpatrick pictures
I saw you have a picture on here of Elias Kilpatrick. I'm descended from his daughter Jane Coleman. I was wondering if you have more pictures of the Kilpatricks and Colemans. Please shoot me a message at if you can. Thanks!
Added by Jonathan Reeves on Sep 05, 2016 5:23 PM
Shirley Burke-Oaks
Alexander Orr 1757-1832
Hi, do you have any info on Maragret Orr, married Josiah Burke and 2nd Smyth/smith? my ggg grandmother was Katherine Kitsey Burke and I believe she may be the child of Maragret Orr and Josiah Burke. thanks for any help, Shirley
Added by Shirley Burke-Oaks on Jul 01, 2016 8:33 AM
Inga McCoy
Porters of Buncombe NC
My name is Inga McCoy and I live in Wyoming. I am researching some of my North Carolina ancestors. My third great grandmother was Mary Porter (born around 1811). She married David Rufus Stroupe (1809-1880). One of their sons was my second great grandfather, Solomon Rufus Stroupe (1853-1922). I am wonder if the Mary Porter in my tree is related to your Porter family? I do not know who Mary Porter's parents were. I also cannot find a marriage certificate for Mary and David. However, I found death certificates for several of their children which lists their mother as being Mary Porter.

I would love to hear from you when you get a chance. My email is

Added by Inga McCoy on Jun 03, 2016 7:47 PM
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