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rhondajo (#47044794)
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Bio Photo My name is Rhonda. I am a 64 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, 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. His son mined copper in Fannin Co Ga, and TN. 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.

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 1919 or 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. 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 pioneer's 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:

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 married a Richardson, and then 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.

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!

If you are led to, please leave a flower on my Mother's page, Lin Mae Freeman Brady ...thx...

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William Smith
RE: photo request
Again, thanks so much Rhonda. The next time I or my wife visit the Atlanta area, we will certainly visit the gravesite of my 2nd gr. grandfather, Andrew Younce. Thanks to you, this feels like a miracle! FYI, Andrew's line goes back to Sarah Boone, sister of Daniel. We have had the great pleasure of visiting Boone NC and many of the wonderful relatives there...but no one we contacted knew for sure where Andrew was. My grand father came out here to Bandon OR from the Boone area in the early 1900s. You have touched many lives with your dedication. Bill Smith son of Mary Younce Smith
Added by William Smith on May 24, 2015 8:14 PM
William Smith
photo request
I can't believe I have found your findagrave site.
I have been looking for information concerning my 2nd g.grandfather, A.J. Younce (Andrew J. Younce). What do you suggest I do about obtaining a photo of A.J.'s headstone? My mother was Mary Younce. Your dedication to findagrave is unblievable...bless you. William Smith Bandon, Oregon
Added by William Smith on May 24, 2015 8:35 AM
William Hollis
RE: Dorris
OK. I saw where the grave was listed elsewhere as being the grave of his wife (Elizabeth Dorris Davis). The birthdate matches her but not sure about the deathdate. He was born in 1821 so nothing is matching up. Thanks.
Added by William Hollis on May 23, 2015 5:06 PM
Robert Miller
PVT. Frederick L. Giles His Memorial
Good Evening To You:

"First", I truly and I dearly "thank you" for the wonderful transfer of PVT. Frederick L. Giles, his memorial to I-Bob Miller. What A Blessing You Are.

"Thank You" Also for helping other people in their search for a lost family member and ancestor. You Are A Blessing.

May Our Lord Continue To Bless You Always.

Blessings In Christ Always,

Robert Miller
Added by Robert Miller on May 22, 2015 7:09 PM
Judy M
Rhoads and Susie Akers
How did you find out all of the names of their children? Thank you for all your help.
Added by Judy M on May 19, 2015 6:20 AM
Judy M
Thank you
Thank you for all you have done in creating memorials. You have made it so much easier to work on our family trees. Thanks again!!
Added by Judy M on May 18, 2015 10:22 AM
Nannie Combs - Memorial #98188915
I feel like a dummy now. I just realized that someone else has the memorial for Nannie Combs. I assumed that you had both memorials since they are on the same stone together. I didn't pay attention to that when I made the original requests. My apologies!!! But thanks again for transferring Jasper Combs!
Have a great day!!
Added by stumptheump on May 17, 2015 8:14 AM
Nannie Combs - Memorial #98188915
Would you please transfer Nannie Combs memorial to me? This is my grandmother. I had asked for the transfer of both her and Jasper combs (my grandfather). You transferred his memorial, but not hers. I'm thinking you may have overlooked the request for hers, since I had asked for them separately. I went to each memorial and requested the transfers through the "edit" feature on each of their memorials.
Thanks again your for all that you have done in regards to so many memorials, and for all your time and effort in doing them. It is not going unnoticed!
Added by stumptheump on May 17, 2015 6:10 AM
Judy M
I noticed that you created the memorials of the Akers in Defiance Cemetery. Are you related to the them? They are related to my husband.
Added by Judy M on May 17, 2015 5:33 AM
Jasper Combs Memorial
Thank you so much for transferring my grandfather's memorial to me, and so quickly too!
Very much appreciated! Also, Thank you for taking your time to do so many memorials for so many of us to find!!

Have a great day!
Added by stumptheump on May 17, 2015 3:44 AM
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