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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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Hi Rhondajo,

I'm going to keep my family memorials but will transfer to those who want the other ones I've made. I know you are interested in College Park and Westview. I have many in those spots. Please see if you want any of them. If they are my family I'll keep those but you are welcome to any others. Just send a list of memorial numbers and the last name and I'll transfer to you.
Thanks and take care,
Grave Whisperer
Added by Grave Whisperer on Jul 20, 2016 6:26 AM
Sharon Anderson
(John) Thomas Ring
I see your memorial for John Thomas Ring and I would like to know your source for that. All documents I have seen show only Thomas Ring and not John Thomas Ring. He is my 4th ggpa.

Thank you.
Added by Sharon Anderson on Jul 18, 2016 11:16 AM
RE: Van Alystyne Cemetery
Thank you very much Rhonda
Added by Nan on Jul 16, 2016 4:21 PM
Van Alystyne Cemetery
I would like to use your beautiful cemetery photo for my ancestors on my family tree - the Dickersons are buried at Van Alystyne. Your profile is great, so I am writing to find your real name so later on your generations will see your real name when they come across the Cemetery name. If you choose, you can email me at Thank you for your dedication and hard work. Nan
Added by Nan on Jul 15, 2016 7:56 PM
Becky Doan
RE: Alexander Cary
I got a kick out of it, anyway! Happy hunting!
Added by Becky Doan on Jul 15, 2016 4:55 PM
Jerry Burch
This is Essie May Blackwell not a Babb her husband was Luther C House their marriage date 4 Oct 1908.

Jerry Burch
Added by Jerry Burch on Jul 11, 2016 11:55 PM
Find A Grave Memorial# 61993276

You added an image to the noted memorial. Unfortunately, it is for his mother, not him. Cam you remove it, please? Much thanks.
Added by EmptyL on Jul 10, 2016 12:47 PM
Kimberly Akers Johnson
Opha Lewis Combs
Thank You very Much For The Transfer.
Added by Kimberly Akers Johnson on Jul 05, 2016 9:30 PM
Kerry Steiner
RE: Gilham
Happy to help!
Added by Kerry Steiner on Jul 02, 2016 5:20 PM
George S. Ellington
Are you related to Pauline Eason Wright?

Pauline Eason Wright, age 97, of Shady Dale, died Sunday, July 12, 2015, at The Retreat Nursing Home.

Pauline Wright was born in Bowden, Georgia, to the late Melvin Eason and Ruth Kilgore Eason. She lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for a number of years before moving to Shady Dale in 2002.

Before retirement, Pauline was the secretary to the Commander of the Fort McPherson Base Hospital. She received sixteen outstanding performance awards during her employment.

While raising her children, she encouraged and helped them achieve to pursue their passions. She loved to read, and listen to Kenneth and Rusty play and sing to her.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Richard Barry Wright; and sister, Amonell Jones.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Lynn Wright of Shady Dale; and daughter, Janet Allen of Colorado Springs, Colorado; grandchildren, Phyllis and Rick Kennedy, Jim and Carrie Allen, Rusty Wright, and Kenny and Ashley Wright; great grandchildren, Blake Rankin, Josh Allen, and Evan Allen; and step-great grandchild, Megan Clark.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 18, 2015, at College Park Cemetery in College Park. Rev. Danny Sorrells will officiate.

Jordan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Added by George S. Ellington on Jun 21, 2016 8:44 PM
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