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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! I love adding middle names and maiden names and relationship links, so don't hesitate to let me know of any that need to be filled in!

If you are led to, please leave a flower on my Mother's page, Lin Mae Freeman Brady 34745331 ...thx...

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Samuel Taylor Geer
Julia nee Frelland Strother
I think you may be looking at the siblings who are Freemans; there are no children linked to her memorial. Her memorial does show her spouse as Thomas Turner Wilhite.

This new listing of siblings on the memorial sometimes throws me off as well.
Added by Samuel Taylor Geer on Jan 26, 2015 9:26 PM
Birx & Anna Williams Combs
Thank you so much for these two FAGs, I am so grateful to you for them. You have, therefore, acquainted me with the Old Happy Cemetery. I was familiar with the Happy Cemetery that Willard Ashworth manages and found many of my family there. I am so grateful to all persons associated with Find-A-Grave. I am a new member and am so delighted with all the information that can be found in a cemetery, on a tombstone! I am aware of the hard work accessing cemeteries and then writing the bios is nothing short of hard work!
Your bio is so interesting.
Added by IRISANA on Jan 26, 2015 10:34 AM
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RE: Thank you Rhondajo
My apologies about the Mrs.Charles Holder. I did not see the Mrs. I try to avoid using that title when possible for that very reason. I went ahead and linked them as requested. It would not allow me to bring up your original edit and approve it after I declined it. You would have to remove it on your end. Sorry for the confusion on my part. I hope PBSAncestry changes the name soon.
Thank you for explaining it to me. All is well here. I hope you are well also.
Added by Grave Whisperer on Jan 23, 2015 4:38 PM
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Thank you Rhondajo
Good morning.

I wanted to thank you for the recent headstone photos you have added to a number of my memorials at Westview Cemetery. I am grateful for your additions. Also, you had submitted an edit to add a spouse to Charles Holder. The spouse name you gave me was Charles Holder. I declined it for obvious reasons. I wondered afterwards if you meant to give me a different memorial number for the spouse or was that supposed to be his father. If you could please check your records and resubmit, I'll be glad to accept your correction.
Thanks for all you do. :)
Added by Grave Whisperer on Jan 23, 2015 6:30 AM
Dona (Carr) Mooring
RE: Jennie Paris
William Oscar Paris
Birth 01 Jul 1885 in Daylight, Warren County, Tennessee, USA
Death 03 Mar 1963 in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Added by Dona (Carr) Mooring on Jan 19, 2015 3:58 PM
Thomas Lamar Farnum Jr
Dr. Thomas Cato Lamar

Dear Rhonda,

Thank you so much for the transfer of my GG-Grandfather. Thank you also for the wonderful work you are doing on Find A Grave!

Added by Thomas Lamar Farnum Jr on Jan 19, 2015 7:53 AM
Whitney Memorials
Albert F. Whitney #63436192
Martha Jane Carmichael Whitney #63436529
H. Julia Whitney #63436185
Julia Whitney #63436209
Rose Whitney #63436215

Visted the cemetery today and after looking at census records and marriage records I think that Rose and Julia (the twin girls) are the daughters of Albert and Martha Jane. They were married in 1894 and remained married. The girls were born in 1895. I think H. Julia Whitney was probably Albert's mother but I have not found the proof of that yet.
Today was a beautiful day to visit the cemetery.

Added by Lieberman on Jan 17, 2015 1:22 AM
Royce Patch Smith
Mary Patch
Oh thank you!!! for transferring her to me. Means a lot.
Added by Royce Patch Smith on Jan 13, 2015 9:44 PM
Royce Patch Smith
# 131946337
Mary E Patch was my great grandmother!!! She was married to Nathaniel Patch, Civil War Veteran.
Added by Royce Patch Smith on Jan 13, 2015 9:10 PM
Patricia Williams Curry
Thanks for the transfer of Guston Law Thomas, husband of my 1st cousin 4x removed. I appreciate your dedication to those who have gone before us. Pat
Added by Patricia Williams Curry on Jan 12, 2015 9:07 PM
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