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M F Whiting
headstone pictures
When the dates are added for Vida I will take a new picture and add to site.

M Whiting
Added by M F Whiting on Jun 25, 2015 8:43 PM
Al Dawson
Charlotte TUPPER Ridenour
She was my great-great-grandmother (Al Dawson,
Added by Al Dawson on Jun 02, 2015 7:51 AM
Elisabeth Spicer
RE: Elijah Henderson Saffels
Yes, George Anderson Saffels was my grandfather, and he was the son of Lawrence Lorando Saffels. L.L. Saffels moved the family from Monroe Co., in East Tennessee to DeKalb Co., AL when my grandfather was 13 years old. L.L. Saffels became a prosperous landowner in the timber business on Sand Mountain in DeKalb Co., AL. My great grandmother, Margaret Emma Moses Saffels, died fairly young from cancer, and L.L. Saffels remarried a young woman after several years. His second wife, Lucy, and youngest daughter, Grace, got all of the inheritance when L.L. Saffels died. He did not leave a will, and none of his sons or daughters from his first marriage received anything. His youngest daughter, Grace Saffels Coleman, was not much older than my dad, and fortunately Grace and my dad became good friends as the years went by. George Anderson Saffels died before I was born (I'm the youngest child), but my father was excellent at relating the family tales to me, and I always begged for more! My father was the youngest son (of 5 sons!) of George Anderson Saffels, and his name was George Aaron "Pete" Saffels. The only people who called my dad "Pete" were his brothers, cousins, and other relatives and friends who knew him in his youth. His mom and my mom called him Aaron. In the military in WW II and in college he had to go by his first name of George. After he was established as an adult and as a school principal/teacher and church deacon, he was known as "G.A." I could always tell where someone knew him from by what they called him. :-) I am interested in your connection to the family. I also have a Graves connection. George Anderson Saffels was the husband of Sarah Jane "Jennie" Chandler Saffels. S.J. Chandler Saffels was the granddaughter of Mary Jane Graves Chandler Dobbs (widowed during Civil War & remarried to Dobbs), and great Granddaughter of William Graves, b. 1797 in NC. Is this a connection to your Graves? I have wondered if my dad's name Aaron came from Aaron Graves in the Graves family tree. Sorry, I am rambling... I could talk genealogy forever! Thanks!!

Elisabeth Saffels Spicer
Added by Elisabeth Spicer on May 27, 2015 10:33 AM
Elisabeth Spicer
Elijah Henderson Saffels
Elijah Henderson Saffels is my direct ancestor, and my family spent years working on his life story. My mom uncovered court records years ago that led us to know who his father was (James Saffels).
I have a couple of comments about him. First, for some reason unknown to us, he was known by the nickname of "Dick." My grandfather, who was his grandson, only knew his name as "Dick," and assumed that his legal name might be Richard. That is what he told my parents as they were starting the family history project. My parents chased that rabbit for a while before uncovering records that showed his legal name was Elijah Henderson Saffels. Apparently, this is a family trait because my dad's nickname given by his older brothers was "Pete," which had no relationship to his legal given name of George Aaron Saffels. In a post war survey of a survivor from the Lillard's 3rd TN, he refers to one of his friends as Dick Saffels.
The second comment is that his burial place is unknown. He is not buried at Lebanon Cemetery, where my grandparents are buried. A memorial stone was placed there by my dad. In E.H. Saffels's Confederate Military Service Record, it shows that he was paroled at Vicksburg on 10 July 1863 and that he died 22 July 1863. The family was informed that he died somewhere around Mobile, AL. Many sick and wounded Confederates were sent by boat to the hospital at Point Clear after being paroled at Vicksburg. By process of elimination of other sites and records, I suspect that he might actually be interred at Point Clear Confederate Rest Cemetery in Baldwin Co., AL.

I hope this helps.
Added by Elisabeth Spicer on May 26, 2015 6:38 PM
June Ford
William Willis #25240323
Do you know more about this Willis? My route to this memorial was twisted but I think it might connect to my (to me, at least) mysterious Willis family in MO. Most of the Willises there are known, but mine not so much. Would be interested in exchanging if you are interested - mine came to Clay, Buchanan and Platte from Estill Co KY, possibly by way of TN.
Added by June Ford on May 19, 2015 2:47 PM
RE: Alfred Bishop Parsons # 91467745
Hi Merel!
Thank you, but you're welcome to keep his memorial. He was married to my 2nd cousin twice removed, so I don't know much more about him than that article. Glad it was useful! :)
Added by J M on May 12, 2015 7:50 AM
RE: Harlow Shannon 47406267
you are welcome

Added by Alison on Apr 25, 2015 1:18 AM
RE: Wilbert Stanley Fox 133114651
You are welcome. Let me know if you wish for me to transfer the memorials to you.

Added by Tonya on Apr 19, 2015 3:02 PM
Stephanie Gisseman
RE: Nathan Shugart 92649927
Thanks so much!! It's so exciting to be able to make these connections!
Added by Stephanie Gisseman on Feb 22, 2015 7:33 PM
Stephanie Gisseman
RE: Sarah Shugart
Thank you so much! This is very helpful information!
Added by Stephanie Gisseman on Feb 22, 2015 7:33 PM
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