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Marian Presswood (#47361548)
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Bio Photo I'm a retired educator, the official County Historian & Archivist, Pres. of the 400 member Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society, founder/editor of the PCHGS Quarterly, and the History of Polk County, and 4 day a week volunteer at the little genealogy library I established here in Benton 18 years ago. I'm the former heritage columnist for the local newspaper, the 'Polk County News', and help numerous people to 'find their Grandpa'!

Although I am not related to the majority of families whose memorials, pictures, or bios I post, I do maintain a lot of them on behalf of close family members who do not 'do' Internet. We have fairly large family files, pictures, and obituaries and I love to share those as I have time. And anyone is welcome to use the bio info and pictures, both markers and people, that I add.

My basic family surnames are Ansel and Rutha Tipton Bailey from Buncombe County, North Carolina; Revolutionary War Patriot Col. William Porter who fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain and was in the NC Legislature for many years after the War (wife Mary Gilkey); The Holdens, Garrisons, and Owenbys from NC to Fannin County, Georgia; and John M. and Jane Ann Rogers Griffith, NC to GA.

Hubby James' side of the family is Jonathan Presswood, Esybous Maynor, Womac, Buckner, Clayton, William and Sophia Moore Dennis, and the 'brick wall' we all have, Harrison and Thaney Clayton Hughes. Harrison married 2nd Elmira Silcox in Polk Co. TN then moved to Arkansas by 1880 with his 2nd family, Price, Burt, Lafayette, Byrum and Sis.

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Richard Mayo
Louis C Selvidge
Memorial# 136481958
I added the information you sent me
Thank You
Added by Richard Mayo on Sep 19, 2016 10:38 AM
Jonathan Reeves
Kilpatrick pictures
I saw you have a picture on here of Elias Kilpatrick. I'm descended from his daughter Jane Coleman. I was wondering if you have more pictures of the Kilpatricks and Colemans. Please shoot me a message at if you can. Thanks!
Added by Jonathan Reeves on Sep 05, 2016 5:23 PM
Shirley Burke-Oaks
Alexander Orr 1757-1832
Hi, do you have any info on Maragret Orr, married Josiah Burke and 2nd Smyth/smith? my ggg grandmother was Katherine Kitsey Burke and I believe she may be the child of Maragret Orr and Josiah Burke. thanks for any help, Shirley
Added by Shirley Burke-Oaks on Jul 01, 2016 8:33 AM
Inga McCoy
Porters of Buncombe NC
My name is Inga McCoy and I live in Wyoming. I am researching some of my North Carolina ancestors. My third great grandmother was Mary Porter (born around 1811). She married David Rufus Stroupe (1809-1880). One of their sons was my second great grandfather, Solomon Rufus Stroupe (1853-1922). I am wonder if the Mary Porter in my tree is related to your Porter family? I do not know who Mary Porter's parents were. I also cannot find a marriage certificate for Mary and David. However, I found death certificates for several of their children which lists their mother as being Mary Porter.

I would love to hear from you when you get a chance. My email is

Added by Inga McCoy on Jun 03, 2016 7:47 PM
Jean Boling
Washing P Jeter 78500634
I believe you could be right - calculating his birth from his age puts him at 22 Sep 1848. I added a death notice to his page.
Added by Jean Boling on Jun 01, 2016 12:17 PM
Bev Pritchard
Mary Rebecca Bruce McNabb
Marina, you posted a picture of Mary Rebecca Bruce McNabb FDG#7153067 and her husband Andrew Jackson McNabb. I found that same picture on Ancestry and another lady email me today wanting to know where the picture come from. Are you related to Mary Rebecca or Andrew Jackson? If so do you have the original picture?
Thanks for you help Bev Pritchard.
Added by Bev Pritchard on Apr 11, 2016 1:47 PM
Donna Beem or Donna Marie pethel beem
Thank you!!
Dear Marian, Thanks so much for the picture of Martha Ellen Payne Denton family..I'm kin to her daughter,Alice Adeline Denton Jackson..I discovered that Martha and Moses Denton also had some other children named..Rachel Eliza, Francis J., Elizabeth E., William Nicholas, Jonas Marion, Charity E., Irena Isabella, Moses Walter, John Hamilton Denton! Thanks so much!! Sincerely, donna😂
Added by Donna Beem or Donna Marie... on Apr 03, 2016 9:48 AM
RE: Abraham McKissack marker picture!
Margaret and Abraham are both down. Have no idea how to repair them unless you build a frame around it.
Added by WB33 on Mar 13, 2016 6:41 PM
Thom Joyce
Joseph Tinsley Joyce
Thanks for your help. He was buried as tinsley joyce in old salem cem
Added by Thom Joyce on Mar 08, 2016 1:04 PM
Jerry Alton / Altom
RE: Rymer marker picture
You are very welcome glad I could help. I thing that is what people should do if they can. Jerry
Added by Jerry Alton / Altom on Feb 21, 2016 1:04 PM
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