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LSP (#46860931)
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Bio Photo I'm doing my best to connect family links (parents and children) to my kin (direct and collateral) and really appreciate all who have kindly added the connections for me. I'm glad to add yours also.

Check out if you're interested in the symbols found on gravestones. Neat informative site. Are you a taphophile or tombstone tourist? I am.

Check out Scotch-Irish Presbyterians From Ulster to Rockbridge, by Angela M. Ruley, 3 October 1993. Angela headed the Rockbridge Area Genealogy Society and wrote several impressive publications on Rockbridge Co. This well written article combines pretty much everything I've found and more.

I welcome all additions, connections, corrections or changes and transfers so please feel free to contact me.

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Rod Smiley
My Smiley line comes through William McClelland Smiley and his wife, Jane McCutchan, Jane's father, William "Elder Billy" McCutchan. The William Smiley on the stone at North Mountain is a brother to Alexander Smiley, an Elder at New Providence Church.Jane McClelland Smiley is buried at Stonwall Jackson cemetery. I do not know where her husband, John Smiley is buried; I have been looking for him for 20 years. Thank you for all that you have done to research the family. If I can help with some information, please let me know. My Family Tree on is "The Rod Smiley Family Tree." My e-mail is

Rod Smiley
Added by Rod Smiley on Nov 23, 2014 3:10 PM
Barbara Crossler
Re: #113988453 Eleanor Fulton McCutchen
Thank you so much for the fantastic information about this family! I'm working with a 90 year old descendant of Eleanor to complete some of her genealogical research. Would it be possible for you to send me links to your references or digital copies of those references? Specifically: Eleanor's baptismal record at the South Mountain Presbyterian Church; Any record of Eleanor's marriage to William McCutchen; her brother, David Fulton's will paying his sister's debt.
My descendant is from Eleanor's son, James (1764-1822). You may contact me at
Added by Barbara Crossler on Nov 21, 2014 7:58 AM
Berry family
I have been trying to research the Berry family. It is my grandmother's family. I never met a single one. Through looking, I found this page and felt such excitement of all of the names I found, all in one cemetery. It is MY family! James William Berry was my 3rd Gr. Grandfather. I am very new at researching. Any information or guidance would be great! Thank you!
Added by Heather on Oct 25, 2014 12:15 AM
Thank you
Thank you so much for the transfer. I will do it the proper justice. Truly appreciated. :) Have a blessed day. (James Henry Jr.) ~~ Rachelle
Added by rlbiggs on Oct 21, 2014 8:27 PM
Jerri Harmon
David A & Adelia (Brown) Strain
You have posted pictures of both David and Adelia on their memorials. I would like to request permission to post these pics on my Ancestry Family tree.
Jerri Harmon
Added by Jerri Harmon on Oct 02, 2014 2:12 PM
Michael Jan Breedlove
memorial # 12941250 Pvt. James Francis Breedlove

I have a question about memorial # 12941250. This memorial is not yours
but you made some comments there that suggested that you might have some info. I am compiling a section of a
genealogy publication on the Breedlove family that focuses on the War for
Southern Independence (aka the Civil War).
and have compiled service records
from Fold3 on all Breedloves that served. I have the following on Private James L. Breedlove.
There is NO James Francis Breedlove either in the service records OR the 1860 Census. According
to the memorial, James Francis was born in Halifax Co. VA and would have been only 11 or 12 years old
in 1860 , whereas James L. is from Craig County (next door to Allegheny) and was age 16 in 1860.
Do you have anything that might shed light on this quandry?
The followin is the service-record info. I have.

James L. Breedlove: Private Co. H, enlisted May 14, 1862 Churchville, VA. Captured Nov. 26, 1862 at Greenbrier Co, VA. Appears on a list of prisoners confined at Military Prison at Wheeling, VA (also known as Atheneum Prison), received Dec. 4, 1862, age 17, height 5' 3, complexion dark, eyes grey, hair dark, occupation none, residence Craig, VA. Sent to Camp Chase, Ohio Dec. 6, 1862 and then to Alton, IL Military Prison Jan. 10, 1863. Sent to City Point, VA and exchanged April 1, 1863. Fold3 Confederate Miscellaneous records show a J.L. Breedlove being granted furlough Apr. 11, 1863. Author's Note: The following portion of the service record is consistent with James L. returning to his unit after his POW exchange and furlough, although he is assigned to a new company and has a new enlistment date. The physical description, occupation and county of residence changes, but the age is consistent and the name is always James or James L. Is this a different James? Enlisted June 1, 1863 in Co. D at New Market. Appears on a list of prisoners of war and deserters, Clarksburg, WV, age 18, height 5' 7.75, complexion fair, eyes grey, hair light, residence Alleghany County, VA, occupation Wagoner, gave himself up Aug. 15, 1864 at Beverly W. VA, took the oath Aug. 18, 1864. Three possible James Breedloves are listed on Find-a-Grave. Find-a-Grave No. 1 lists James Francis Breedlove as serving in the 14th VA Cavalry (Birth Jan., 1849, Halifax County, VA. Death Oct. 12, 1932, Richmond, VA. Buried Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA, Soldiers Section West, Lot 740). However, the service records for name, age and residence more closely match the Find-a-Grave No. 2 record for James L. Breedlove (Birth 1836. Death Feb. 20, 1920. Buried Oakland Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Selma, Alleghany County, VA, Plot: Section 4 #199) as supported by the 1860 Census. Find-a-Grave No. 3. Pvt. James Breedlove. Birth unknown. Death 1898. Buried Bluemont Cemetery, Taylor County, WV.

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Added by Michael Jan Breedlove on Oct 02, 2014 11:05 AM
Stephen Lucas
Adam H. Lucas
Please connect Adam Lucas (Find A Grave Memorial# 64575370) with his parents: Andrew Lucas (Find A Grave Memorial# 32518484) and Mary A. Hanger Lucas (Find A Grave Memorial# 32518566). Thank you!
Added by Stephen Lucas on Sep 25, 2014 6:39 AM
Sara Magana Haley
re: additional daughter to James McCreioght ( -d.1807)?
We are not certain that Jane's maiden name is McCreight. This is why I asked you about your research into James and Jennet McCreight's children.

My grandmother is Find A Grave #80671684 Her married name was Vanderslice. Her obit does not give her maiden name. Death Certificates were not available for 1880 in Illinois.

The only clue I got to Jane's maiden name was from the Vanderslice family history book that I found. I need guidance about researching records in PA. I have seen copies of (Engle?) Egle's History of PA in a local genealogy library here in Kansas City. I did not find records that would help me with this puzzle.
A distant cousin Alfred Andrews published a history of the Andrews family in the 1970s and he mentions Jackson Andrews (who married Mary Ellen Vanderslice, Jane's daughter). Again, no solid documents are mentioned that I could go back to verify the relationship of Mary Ellen's parents. My grandmother knew the names because her mother Stella Andrews told her the names she was told by her grandparents (Jackson and Mary Ellen Andrews).

I was motivated to contact you since you had created memorial pages in Dauphin County for the names that I had been given.

In any of your research, did you encounter info about a daughter Jane for James McCreight and Jennet Strain? Is there a family Bible page that lists all of their children that you have encountered?
Added by Sara Magana Haley on Sep 18, 2014 12:42 PM
Sara Magana Haley
re: Jane McCreight?
I am trying to determine if this family had a daughter Jane who married a John Vanderslice. I found this information in a book by a Howard Vanderslice. Do you have any info from your research about a daughter Jane? My 4th great grandmother was Jane Vanderslice who died in 1880 and is buried in Putnam County, Illinois. Her son Augustus M. Vanderslice had a son named James Mc?Creight Vanderslice. My great-grandmother, Stella Andrews Wells, had asked her parents for family info back in the early 1900s. Stella's daughter was my grandmother, Josephine Wells Walker, and she passed her mother's info onto me. Here is Lawrence, Kansas in the main public Library is a copy of the Vanderslice Family History book published in 1930. I found this book in the 1980s when I was a college student. My grandmother lived in Lawrence until her death in 2003.
Have you ever heard of or seen a copy of this book? Much of the info seems to accurate as I have spent over 20 years verifying the info that relate directly to our line. Jackson Andrews and his wife Mary Ellen Vanderslice are buried in Montgomery County, Kansas. They are Granpa Gus' parents. I have seen the findagrave memorial pages for John Shannon Vanderslice which says his wife Eleanor is buried nearby. Do you know anything about this man? I will be glad to send you all my research and supporting documents.
Added by Sara Magana Haley on Sep 17, 2014 12:46 PM
Dear LSP,

I only want to add names and dates from your Find-a-grave information on Johnston of Rockbridge and Botetourt Counties in Virginia. My datafile is a working file and I update families in the area I'm researching if possible. My link is to the STRICKLAND families. There is a marriage record for a Sarah STRICKLAND to a William JOHNSTON in 1801 and witnessed by John STRICKLAND her father. I think this John STRICKLAND is the one born 1749 and died 1840 in Rockbridge County, Virginia in the home of one of his sons, Joseph STRICKLAND. I plan to order some films and do more researching in these two counties and like to have information of families that might be related to my STRICKLAND line. I keep my datafile on Rootsweb World trees which does not copy and sell the information. I agree with you about keeping research for free. Am real disappointed losing the Genforum message boards since Ancestry bought the company (Ancestry's competition). Ancestry is shutting down these boards and I've helped so many get past a brick wall on those boards.

Thank you.

J.D. Stewart
Added by JuneS. on Sep 12, 2014 7:21 PM
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