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Sammy Boyd, Genealogist (#46912507)
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Bio Photo Hi, I was born and grew up in Pikeville, Bledsoe County, TN. Since I began researching my family tree in 2007, I have learned many things about thousands of relatives that I had never known about.

I know there are many people who are, or soon will be, searching for their roots as well. I hope the information that I place on this website will assist them in locating a long-lost relative.

I'm researching the following family lines, as well as MANY OTHER LINES associated with Bledsoe County, Tennessee and MANY OTHER STATES: Allison, Anderson, Bowman, Boyd, Bradford, Campbell, Clifton, Craig, Green, Hale, Hall, Holland, Larcome, Massey, Maxwell, Pendergrass, Pleasants, Russell, Seagraves, Simmons, Skillern, Snow, Stanton, Stipe, Wheeler, and others.

I'm thrilled to report that, after a multi-year effort, I'm now the proud owner of one of the elusive "Skillern Family History and Genealogy" book.

My private database contains in excess of 112,000 individuals, although I have posted only a tiny percentage of my data on Family Tree, Find A Grave, etc.

I recently had my DNA analyzed through and The information contained in these test results continues to be invaluable to me in my quest to learn more about my family history, my health, and where my ancestors lived thousands of years ago.

According to my haplogroup, my Boyd line is believed to have originated in a place now known as Doggerland. You can learn more about it at the following websites: ...This is a short film. ...Another short film.

Update: My wife and I launched the Skillern Family website on 01 Jun 2014. Please join us at

Updated December 16, 2014.

Happy hunting,




Ancestors of so long ago,
I'll search until I find.

Till I can prove and clearly show,
that you are truly mine.

I'll follow behind your trail of tears,
the hidden footprints of time.

Covered and buried throughout the years,
and continue each mountain to climb.

I'll search every faraway seaside shore,
and every valley below.

I'll unlock each and every door,
as my own teardrops flow.

I'll unearth the buried history of you,
and your own ancestral kin,

I'll search for that all important clue,
and open my heart to let you in.


Dear Ancestor,

Your tombstone stands among the rest:
Neglected and alone,

The name and date are chiseled out -
on polished, marbled stone.

It reaches out to all who care,
It is too late to mourn -

You did not know that I exist,
You died and I was born.

Yet, each of us are cells of you:
In flesh, in blood, in bone.

Our blood contracts and beats a pulse -
entirely not our own.

Dear ancestor, the place you filled,
a hundred years ago -

Spreads out among the ones you left,
Who would have loved you so.

I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew -

That some day I would find the spot;
And come and visit you?
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Joan Scott
I am Joan Scott and saw your post on James Rober Scott 1840.
My father (Jimmie E. Scott) and Mother Barbara Ann Hall are in your family tree.
Dad's side follows the Skillern family tree and I have a Skillern family tree book.
I would love the chance to speak with you and share info.
Thank You,
Joan Scott
Added by Joan Scott on Dec 06, 2014 7:57 AM
Terry Tate
RE: Turner and Boyd Families of Nashville
Hello, I had my DNA done through DNA

Terry Tate(GG Grandson of Robert Barnes Turner and Sophronia Love Boyd Turner).
Added by Terry Tate on Dec 05, 2014 10:07 AM
Canzada Hale
I've deleted Canzada Hale's memorial at Hale's Chapel since she's at Crossville City. Thanks for letting me know!
Added by imagal49 on Nov 18, 2014 7:22 AM
Louella (Skillern) Cate
Sammy, would you like this memorial transferred to you?
Added by KLB on Nov 17, 2014 10:46 AM
Sherry Goolsby, Genealogy researcher
#130560088 William Scott
Infor U sent has been added.

Added by Sherry Goolsby, Genealogy... on Oct 25, 2014 10:39 AM
Tara Mckenna
Oak Grove Cemetery
Mr. Boyd, Can you please give me some directions on how to get to Oak Grove Cemetery. I have been told it was off of Lower East Valley Road, but that's all they could remember. Thanks for your help
Added by Tara Mckenna on Oct 19, 2014 7:28 PM
Ravenscroft Cemetery White County, Tennessee
I see you have a photo of the headstone for Bell Zora Simmons-Simmons who is interred at The Ravenscroft Cemetery in White County, Tennessee.
Can you give me directions to the cemetery. I am aware of Ravenscroft and the Glade Creek Cemetery there in the corner of Putnam County but I do not know the location of the Cemetery that your grand aunt is at.
Added by minpar on Oct 19, 2014 8:07 AM
RE: John Wilson Girdley
Hi Sammy,
Yes, John was my father-in-law. I'm married to his son John Ronald. Good to meet family. I've done some genealogy research for the family, but met a few roadblocks. How do you connect in with the Girdley's?
Added by DHathaway-Girdley on Sep 13, 2014 12:15 PM
Jacob Stipe
Not sure why its taken me so long to find your Bio.. but glad I have now!
Jacob Stipe was my husband's adoptive father's Great Great Grandfather, we don't know a lot about he & Rebecca and their life in Tennessee but little by little we are learning more.. does anyone here have any info or stories about them that you could share?? All that we have is the very basics (mostly learned from "green leaf" hints).. nothing of real substance :/
Kind Regards,
Christine Stipe
Added by Christine on Aug 06, 2014 5:04 PM
Terry Tate
RE: Turner and Boyd Families of Nashville
Yes I have had my DNA done through Ancestry as well.

Terry Tate
Added by Terry Tate on Aug 05, 2014 7:29 AM
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