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rhondajo (#47044794)
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Bio Photo My name is Rhonda. I am a 66 year old mother of five and grandmother of five. I work in the airline industry and genealogy is my hobby. These are some of my family lines:

Causey, Cowart, Wells, Joiner, Humphries, Clary, Ring, Redman, Gentry, Ward, Kegans, Cannon, Combs, Nickell, Brady, Smallwood, Donehew, the Wolfe family and the Groseclose families of Lancaster Co PA, Philpot, James, Freeman, Coleman. I know there are many Freemans. My line can be proven to go back to William M. Freeman and wife Elizabeth Redman who were in the 1860 Fannin Co. Ga. census. I believe he was the son of Bailey M. Freeman, who died in 1852 in Carroll Co. GA. Bailey mined gold in the Villa Rica Gold mines. We also believe that he was a Methodist minister. According to records there was a Methodist minister in old Villa Rica named Bailey Freeman. His son mined copper in Fannin Co Ga, and in Ducktown TN, which was right over the border from Fannin Co GA. Did you know that one of the reasons that the north won the Civil War is because the gold miners out west who were Union, shipped their gold east to the Union camps? If you have any Confederate or Union soldiers and would like to put them in my virtual cemeteries let me know. You will not be giving up ownership.

When I first began volunteering for Findagrave I began noticing many death dates that were in the early 1900s. Sometimes I would come across an entire family, and each family member had died between 1911 and 1920. I found this so often that it suddenly dawned on me one day that something must have happened during these years to have killed so many people. I finally looked it up on line and found the Spanish Influenza. It began in the early 1900s and killed more and more people each year until it peaked in 1918. From that year it began tapering off until the early 1920s. One of the biggest groups of people who died from it were the soldiers who were living in close quarters. Also, all of the Civil War soldiers who survived to the 1900s died of it also. Very sad.

To anyone who has transferred a memorial to me of my family, THANK YOU!! If I have any of your relatives besides Rev War soldiers, and you would like a transfer, please contact me via the "edit" button on the memorial, and leave your FAG number, it makes a transfer so much easier!!! Remember, you don't have to "own" a memorial to place info in the bio. The reason I don't transfer Rev War soldiers is because they have hundreds if not thousands of descendants. I get multitudes of requests for their transfers. How can I choose whom to give them to? I don't. Other than that, I have gone beyond Fag guidelines, it depends on the request, the relationship, and your length of time and service to Findagrave. I answer all edits in a day, 2 at the most.

If you would like to use any of my photos for your family genealogy, please ask. The reason I want you to ask, is because I need you to give me credit with my real name. Why? Because one day down the road, I hope that my descendants will come across one of my photos and will see my name and know how hard I worked for this great site and for family history.

Our early pioneers who were born in the 1700s and early 1800s deserve more than an empty bio. Please try to put something about them on their memorials. Also, remembering how our early pioneers' children went west to settle America, I feel privileged to be able to unite them all here on Findagrave!

My next genealogical dead end is Sarah/Sallie Nickell, and her husband, Samuel Combs. She was born ca 1830, possibly in VA. and was Cherokee. A Samuel Combs b 1807 married a Sarah/Sallie Nickell in Morgan Co KY, and they had at least 7 children. Samuel Combs married Sarah NICKELL perf by W W GRAY per the Marriage Records of Morgan County, Kentucky, 1821-1859. They are next found in Rowan Co KY (Used to be Morgan) in 1860. We can't find them in 1850. After talking to another Combs descendant about Samuel, she says that according to family legend, Samuel Combs who married Nancy Cornett had another family with several children. Is it possible that this Samuel's "other family" was the family with Sarah Nickel? She was at least 20 years his junior, so he had to have had another family somewhere. However I have no proof:

HH 59
Samuel COMBS 53 farmer Ky
Sally 32 housewife
Minerva 16
Jeremiah 10
John 9
Samuel 7
Leonard 4
James E. 2

Later a daughter named Mary was born. She was my great grandmother. She married a Richardson, had a baby and he died leaving her an 18 year old widow. Later Sally, son Samuel, James and Mary went west, traveling pretty much along the trail of tears, arriving in Oklahoma Territory. We don't know what happened to father Samuel. Perhaps because he had his other family?

Thanks to my sister, Kim, for all of the information that she has contributed to our family memorials.

If I have made any errors in transcribing or typing, please let me know!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has left a flower on my Mom's page. If you are led to, please leave her a flower. Lin Mae Freeman Brady ...thx...

Isaiah 43 1-5

1 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

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Jennifer M
Grandmother Maude Cornett Gross
I would like to give you the correct info and more on her family ~ I have photo's also and her children's info and grandchildren's info. Her daughter (my mother) has passed this spring in Apr 2016.
Added by Jennifer M on Oct 01, 2016 1:06 AM
Mary Ann Dunwoody
"virtual cemetery" for F-a-G relatives
Hi Rhonda,
I just came across the message you sent about wishing you could make a virtual cemetery for all the relatives you've met on Find A Grave and it made me think of an idea I've been tossing around in my head.

My idea came as a result of all the wildfires we've had here in California. My aunt has our Simmons family bible in her possession but left it at her ranch in Cambria when she moved to be closer to her daughter, my cousin. Her ranch was in danger from the Chimney fire for a while, but no damage was incurred and my aunt had her step-son, who goes to the ranch every weekend, bring the bible to her.

It made me think about which relatives have which family heirlooms and that all family members should have the information. So my idea is to create a Facebook page/group or whatever for all the relatives to stay connected and list all the family heirlooms in their possession for whenever someone needs information about them. Not sure how to set it up really, but this might be a good way for you to set up a group of all your relatives you've met on Find A Grave. Just a thought.

Later, Mary
Added by Mary Ann Dunwoody on Sep 29, 2016 1:42 AM
Tom Browning
John Albert
Yes, John Albert is my great grandfather. His daughter, Ennis Eloise Browning, is my grandmother.
Added by Tom Browning on Sep 27, 2016 7:24 PM
Tom Browning
Walter C Joiner's Wife
I'm researching my direct line of Humphries and came across your information. Do you know of a possible connection between Sarah Humphries Joiner and John Albert Humphries. I understand it may be her brother. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Tom Browning
Added by Tom Browning on Sep 27, 2016 3:28 PM
Kathy Wray
Artie Bryan
Thank you for the transfer. If someone closer related requests management, I will pass her on. Thank you for your hard work.
Added by Kathy Wray on Sep 25, 2016 7:06 PM
RE: Mrs.J.E Norton memorial
Thank you Rhonda! I'll keep you posted! Tania
Added by Ms.Nana on Sep 23, 2016 8:34 AM
Debra Hale
Liday Elura Fain #154451349
Liday was the son of John Simpson Fain and his 3rd wife Mira Milissa Lee. Jane Addington Fain died in 1861. John married Mira in 1863 in Roane County,Tennessee,they settled in Georgia. Liday was born on 10 June 1874 (according to what he wrote on his WW1 draft registration). Mary Fain who is buried next to Liday, was Mary Garven. Mary and Liday were married in 1894 in Fulton County, Georgia.
I have done a family tree for the many times great grand daughter of John, Myra, Liday and Mary. I would be happy to share the documentation.
Added by Debra Hale on Sep 17, 2016 1:26 PM
Mary Candler Few
You were right, Mary, dau of Wm Candler married Ignatius Few s/o William Few from Kennett, Pa. Wm and family had lived in North Carolina but his son James was murdered there by Tories during the NC Regulator movement. Fews then moved to Wrightsborough Ga. 1776 letter to Georgia Governor Wright lists Benjamin Few (Jame's brother) as one of the non-Quaker land owners in Wrightsborough township. However I think that they were originally Quakers. FYI Jame's sister Elizabeth married Col Greenberry Lee a close relative of Gen Robert E Lee. Jame's brother Colonel William Few, Jr., was the first U. S. Senator from Georgia, a Signer of the Constitution from Georgia, and at one time Mayor of New York City.
Added by Jrigdon on Sep 16, 2016 10:35 PM
Dree Harris
Would appreciate help with error

Thanks for all you've done to record graves, including that of my grandfather. I would very much appreciate one correction though - his mother is listed as his spouse. I don't want this to be confusing to future generations of my family. If you would, please contact me It is a very simple but very important revision that's needed.

Thanks so much, Dree Harris
Added by Dree Harris on Sep 16, 2016 11:40 AM

I read your bio. In it you mentioned Colemans. Do you know anything about Wright R Coleman that moved to Dublin, Georgia in 1815? Don't know when or where he was born but he died onboard a ship (the brig 'Signal') while returning to Savannah in 1822. He was the postmaster, JP and partner in a law firm in Dublin and the census taker for Laurens Co, Ga in 1820.

Added by Jrigdon on Sep 15, 2016 9:49 PM
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