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Lydia Wood James (#46891887)
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Bio Photo I'm an avid amateur genealogist that has been studying and compiling the stories & histories of my family for many years. I have research interests all over the South, but especially in Alabama & South Carolina. I'm always happy to help out other researchers, and love meeting long lost family members! If you think that we may have a family connection, please feel free to email me. I have been adding a lot more listings lately to cemeteries with incomplete transcriptions here on Find A Grave. If I have created a memorial for a family member of yours and the information is inaccurate, please let me know and I would be more than happy to correct it or transfer it to you.
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Bill Arrick
Jacob Arrick
I am curious to know if you have any knowledge of where this individual was born. His birth date matches that of a younger brother (and possible twin) to an ancestor of mine. Also, do you know if he had a spouse named Cordelia Cottle who migrated to California in the 1850's. They could have possibly had a son, Rialto. Thank you, Bill Arrick
Added by Bill Arrick on Aug 27, 2014 4:32 PM
John Rankin 1704-1764
Hi Lydia,

I see that you are John Rankin's 8th great granddaughter. I am his 5th great granddaughter, related through his son, John Rankin 1736-1814 (d. Guilford, North Carolina, USA). I am trying to find where John Jr. was born since I don't think it was Ulster, Ireland and where the Rankin family were from in Ireland. Also John Sr.'s wife's name.

Any ideas?

Added by Suziewilk on Aug 08, 2014 4:45 PM
Ann Bell
Charlotte Keith James Anderson
I have considerable research relating to the family of Richard Oswald Anderson who died in Bath, England while visiting his sister in 1852.

Richard O's father is James Anderson in Winyah Cemetery. Still trying to establish who Eliza Anderson is.

Would be interested in sharing research.

Greetings from the UK.

Added by Ann Bell on Jul 29, 2014 4:08 PM
Rick Lawrence
RE: Mary Darwin Aveilhe
Hi Lydia,

Actually, I did not know she was ever married to Mr Richardson until recently but my brother George Aveilhe did...but he doesn't know why there was this name issue. Personally, I think it was because her kids were all Aveilhe's and as you said, people did not want the stigma of being divorced back then. So it was a practical thing to do. Plus, maybe one of the kids reported her name as Aveilhe and deliberately did not tell the undertaker her name was Richardson. Again, I do not know what really happened. She came from a fairly well-known and respected family and maybe the stigma was too much for her to bear.

Her Darwin line is related to the famous Charles Darwin of evolution fame.

Thanks for the transfer!

Added by Rick Lawrence on Jul 17, 2014 3:05 PM
RE: Mary Darwin Aueilhe
Thank you.

You may wish to consider adding a link to the Findagrave record for her second husband, William I. Richardson. His findagrave record # is 34484074. He's listed as W.J. Richardson which appears to be a misreading of his initials on his first wife's tombstone in Vermont. I've sent a correction for his first name and middle initial.

I question whether he's actually buried there, but can find no information about his death or burial. It appears his name was added to his first wife's marker at the time of her death in 1909 in anticipation that he would be buried next to her when his time came.

The California marriage record for his marriage to Mary Darwin Aveilhe listed his marital status as "divorced", so I suspect there was another marriage sometime between his first wife's death and his marriage to Mary Darwin Aveilhe in 1921 which ended in divorce.

Mary Darwin Aveilhe appears in Aspen Grove Cemetery records under the Aveilhe name rather than the Richardson name. I'm not sure why. I had no inkling of her marriage to William Richardson until someone posted an 1932 obit for her brother which listed her name as Mrs. Mary E. Richardson as a sister who survived him.
Added by pmfrench on Jul 11, 2014 11:53 PM
Richard Boyer
Jeannette and Sanford Evans - Homewood Cemetery
Contact me at and I will send you the lot record for Section 14, Lot 85. Then you can put your additional requests on Find-a-Grave.

Rich Boyer
Added by Richard Boyer on Jul 07, 2014 1:16 PM
Kathryn Wagner
Lula Viola Griffith
That is SO STRANGE. I can't imagine how I got that mixed up and thought that you were managing the memorial. I always send it from the edit button. I see now that whoever managed her memorial is no longer active. I hope that Find A Grave gives her memorial to me. Thank you for letting me know of the mix up. I still can't figure out how it happened. I have also been getting emails saying that I have a message from someone and go to my messages, and there is no message. For days, I look and still no message. It is weird. Thank you, and God bless!
Added by Kathryn Wagner on Jun 12, 2014 9:48 PM
Kathryn Wagner
RE: Lula Viola Griffith
Thank you for changing the spelling of my great grandmother's name and your pleasant message. If you'd like to transfer her memorial, I would love it, but if you would like to keep it, I will surely understand and be comforted in knowing that someone as kind as you has it. I'm new to Find a Grave, and not everyone is so kind. LOL Thank you again for all your hard work. I'm truly touched that someone like you has taken the time to make memorials for many of my family members. God bless you! #48407627
Added by Kathryn Wagner on Jun 03, 2014 10:59 PM
Karen Carter Young
Elizabeth Barron
Thank you very much for the photo of my ancestor. I really appreciate you taking the time to do this for me.
Added by Karen Carter Young on May 24, 2014 8:17 AM
Infant Barron
Thank you so much for taking and adding the headstone photo for this baby boy who died so long ago.
Added by Mairbair57 on May 15, 2014 9:23 PM
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