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H. Martin Soward, III (#47008825)
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I began researching my family history in 1968 when I was 19. The amount of information, stories, documents, and pictures I have accumulated is remarkable; filling one and one-half rooms of my home. I am willing to share what I have found with anyone interested. I do request that anyone who does use information coming from me to please acknowledge my efforts in any and all works, postings, publications, or other methods of displaying genealogy. I once copied and sent many pages of my work to an individual only to later finding his/her book in a library. The person had used what I had provided but gave me no credit for it. When one spends countless hours and money gathering genealogical data and kindly shares it, it is only common courtesy to acknowledge that researcher. And for the recipient to pass off the work as his/her own is, to put it in the mildest of ways, totally disgusting.

I work on many lines but the ones which consume most of my time are Porter, Soward/Seward/Seaward, Shafer/Shaffer/Shaver/Schaeffer, Collins, Simpson, Fryer, Richardson, Jones (ugh!), Basler, Blackman, Oxley, Smalley, Ainsworth, Mallory, Dunham, Pennoyer, Laird/Lard, Saunders/Sanders, Griffin, Guethle, Hotchkiss, Mead, and Roberts.
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Janet LaMotte
Jones relatives
I found links to your Oscar Jones relatives.
If you send a message to the manager of the memorial, links can be done to your extended family. Use the "edit" option and "other"
Added by Janet LaMotte on Feb 23, 2014 4:03 AM
Randy Henderson
RE: Photo request
You are very welcome!
Added by Randy Henderson on May 26, 2013 11:40 PM
Monte Neece
Oxley Cemetery
Thank you for the work on the Oxley cemetery in Hutto! I have visited there a few times between 1990 and 2005. I even carried a weedeater to clear up some of the brush. I tried to organize some help for larger scale cleaning but wasn't successful. I live in Dallas so it is a three and a half hour drive to get down there but if you give me some advance notice I would be very happy to meet you there to help.

My connection is via Mary Oxley and Calvin Stearns and their son Samuel Stearns and his wife Martha. Samuel and Martha are my gr-gr-grandparents.

Monte Neece
Keller TX
Added by Monte Neece on Mar 11, 2013 1:52 PM
Monte Neece
Martin ... Thank you for correcting the misinformation on Jane Oxley. I, too get very frustrated when I see postings that people have not properly researched. It appears to have been corrected on findagrave. They are very good at correcting errors when you point them out.

I also agree that there is no clear proof that Jane's maiden name was Briley. They gave the name to son as a second name and there was a Briley family in Loudoun VA at the time but sometimes people honored close friends by nameing a child after them. Do you have any idea where the connection came from? I'm not saying that it is or that it isn't the right name but I'd sure like to find more clues.

Monte Neece
Keller Texas
Added by Monte Neece on Mar 11, 2013 12:03 PM
Carole Herndon Weimer
Theresia Basler
I just added Theresia Basler Werner, daughter of Peter and Helena Sellinger. She is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Buchanan County, Missouri.
Added by Carole Herndon Weimer on Feb 10, 2013 8:51 PM
roy rogers
RE: Photo of gravestone of Mary Soward
you are very welcome - god bless you and yours roy
Added by roy rogers on Jan 21, 2013 7:43 PM
Judy Young
RE: Fryer gravestone
I found the second husband and linked her to him. Thx. for the info.
Added by Judy Young on Dec 23, 2012 8:25 AM
Judy Young
RE: Fryer gravestone
East Lawn and Greenlawn are rather large cemeteries in the area. Possible he is in one of them. There are some smaller cemeteries in the area but the Gene Society has read most all of them. You stated some, but not all. I added to a lot of cemeteries from those books, having all 11 volumes. My daughter in law did too. If the father was listed in one of them he would most likely be in findagrave. But many people slip the cracks as not a stone. The area had a lot of troubles in keeping good records. All of the cemeteries I have heard the same the earlier years the records were not very good. I have let at least 4 cemeteries know a person is there, or the corrected spelling of the name. St. Mary's Cemetery had two fires and lost records. They re-created the names on the list by reading the stones in the cemetery. Death cert. can be wrong. But have listed a lot of people they did not have and no way to prove it since they lost their records.
You are welcome for the photo. I was surprised that her re-married name not there as well. Yet it has happened before. Also when the first person goes the spouse will buy a stone and have the name of both put on. But the name is all that is on it. The dates are left blank, or with many the birth date on the stone and the death date to be added when. I know my name on a stone with the birth date and I paid for the adding to the death date. The cemetery has a note to call the monument company in the records. Sometimes as you say the children have the name of the father that bore them on the name of the mother's stone. Not sure how this one did in fact happen. Enjoy the holidays, eat lots of good foods and back on the diet with the new year.
Added by Judy Young on Dec 23, 2012 7:17 AM
Aleia Brown Harbour
My grandmother was a soward and I would like to talk to you, call or email please.

Added by Aleia Brown Harbour on Nov 09, 2012 11:18 AM
Aleia Brown Harbour
Please give me a call 318-366-1972! Looking forward to hearing from you.

Aleia Harbour
Added by Aleia Brown Harbour on Oct 19, 2012 2:09 PM
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