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Mother's Hands (#48205318)
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Bio Photo My interest in genealogy came from my late mother's desire to provide a family history for my children and me. Soon after inheriting and transcribing her extensive research, I began to collect information about my husband's family. Our ancestors came from Virginia and North Carolina to Middle Tennessee and finally settled in the western counties of Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, and Weakley.

My mother found her information in worn family Bibles, dusty courthouse basements, and hot country cemeteries long before computers were common. Data was exchanged in letters bearing three-cent stamps, and copying a picture required a trip to a photography studio in another town. Because I know how much she would have enjoyed using today's technology, I am honored to be "Mother's Hands."

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Michael J. Rea
Hillman Westbrook
I try to follow up on a few other things later to see if we can get a clear answer. You can contact me by e-mail.

Mike Rea
Added by Michael J. Rea on Mar 14, 2016 6:27 AM
Michael J. Rea
Hillman Westbrook

Looks like we have a little mystery. I believe my link for mother is right. I found a few records to compare but dates change on the records. Hillman's SSN has birth date of 23 Aug 1899. His delayed birth record 23 Aug 1901. Also on the record he lists Mary as his mother.

Next thing I look at was his father Joseph Alfred Westbrook. I found marriage record to Mary Gatewood 12 Jan 1887 and marriage to Louvanna Abernathy 19 Aug 1909 both in Weakley County. Could this be Louvanna Ridgeway/Abernathy? I didn't find any records of her being Ridgeway being married to Abernathy first.

Last thing point you think the Brown memorial for Mary Gatewood DOD could be off just a little. I knew the death date and birth for Hilman was close
Added by Michael J. Rea on Mar 14, 2016 6:25 AM
Trish Cox
Sentell headstones
I thank you so much for the photos of Joe & Mable and Daurice & Evon Sentell headstones!! I greatly appreciate your time & effort!!
Hope you have a great week!
Added by Trish Cox on May 03, 2015 8:22 PM
Pamela Thompson
Thanks again!
Thank you for more Alford gravestone photos in Fairview Cemetery. We've got nearly all the Alford graves photographed!
Added by Pamela Thompson on Apr 30, 2015 6:33 PM
Gray Hawk
Kelly &Grace Webb Pictures
Hi Mother's Hands, Thank you so much for your time to find And take the picture.

Have A Blessed Day

Graham S. Webb Jr.
Added by Gray Hawk on Apr 25, 2015 2:33 PM
Linda H Swindell
Tombstone Photos
I want to thank you for posting the tombstone photos of Arthur and Lucille Holt. I appreciate the time you took to go to the cemetery, locate the tombstones, take the photos and post them to Find A Grave. It is really appreciated.

Linda H Swindell
Added by Linda H Swindell on Apr 25, 2015 9:46 AM
Pamela Thompson
Gravestone Photo Permission
I am happy to see that you photographed the gravestone of George W. Alford in Fairview Cemetery, Dyersburg, TN (Memorial# 115898467).

I would like to add this gravestone photo to the (non-profit) Alford American Family Association's collection of South Carolina Obituaries, where his obituary is (or will be) included because he died there. You can see the current collection at

May I have your permission to include your gravestone photos? If so, the photo caption will say:

Photo from [cemetery name, city, county, state]—
Permission granted by the photographer, Mother's Hands [or your name if you prefer]

And thanks so much for your gravestone photo work!

Best regards,
Pamela Alford Thompson (Find A Grave #47195155)
Obituaries Project Manager, Alford American Family Association
Added by Pamela Thompson on Apr 21, 2015 10:35 AM
Rachelle Ashmore Sanders
Clydia Ledford
Thank you for the headstone photo post
Added by Rachelle Ashmore Sanders on Sep 08, 2014 9:44 AM
Ties That Bind
Our Barton family
You are welcome! Working together with you on our family tree is interesting and rewarding!!
Added by Ties That Bind on Aug 23, 2014 6:41 AM
Joyce Hooper
Ozell Landers
Thank you for the headstone photo for Ozell. It is greatly appreciated.
Added by Joyce Hooper on Jul 17, 2014 9:21 AM
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