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John Gwin (#46606577)
 member for 11 years, 4 months, 17 days
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Bio Photo My life started in West Virginia when I was 16 years old. I'd been invited to a church party, and I listened as the main draw, a local football hero who was now the star quarterback at WVU, was telling us what it was like to become a "real Christian". He said it's sort of like driving your truck up and down some backwoods WV county road at night, looking for someplace, and in your headlights you see some farmer up ahead with his thumb out.

So you stop to give the guy a ride, hoping that maybe he can help you get where you're going, too, and it's Jesus. But He doesn't want to just get in and go wherever it is you're going. In fact, He probably won't even get in at all unless you're willing to scoot over and let Him come around and drive your life.

So that night, I prayed and invited Him to come into my life and drive it--make the decisions about where I'd go, what I'd do, and when, and with whom. I thanked Him for paying for my sins so I could go to heaven.
Now everything I do--work, play, do genealogy--is for Him.

Born physically in 1947, I live in New Mexico with my beautiful wife Sharon. We have close to 70 years teaching experience between us. Our three wonderful kids have given us three wonderful kids-in-law and six wonderful grandchildren.

For me, genealogy is a way to meet new family members and help them make sure they, too, are going to heaven when they die. If that sounds like something you'd like to talk about, email me at

But whether or not you agree with me about spiritual issues, if you have questions about genealogy or would just like to sit down and visit for a minute, please drop me an email. Click here for my homepage:
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Old Waco
Luther DeWitt Smith
Hello John,
Thanks for placing the great photo of Robert Isom Smith. I linked his son, Luther DeWitt Smith, today.
I am related to his wife, Mamie R. Howell Smith. If you have photos of them, I hope you will post them.
Bradford Willis
Added by Old Waco on May 21, 2014 9:22 AM
RE: Re: John G. and Emma M. Lane et al
Hi John,

Thanks for your nice reply and for making the updates.

Emma and my husband are first cousins three times removed. I will let you know if I find any other research regarding this family.

Added by DawnN on Jan 27, 2013 7:05 PM
Sandy Littlejohn
Keeney - Witcher Creek
I just noticed the great family pictures you posted for the John S. Keeney family. Would you happen to have any information about Caroline V. Keeney Batton 1846-1886? She married James Overton Batton. Caroline & James are my maternal great great grandparents. James remarried but I can't find where Caroline is buried.
Thank you...
Added by Sandy Littlejohn on Sep 08, 2012 10:18 AM
Phil & Donna Whitaker
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 34696485
Glad to transfer. Please use the Edit button on his memorial to request the transfer. This will give me all the numbers I need to complete the transfer.
Added by Phil & Donna Whitaker on Jun 17, 2012 2:22 PM
RE: Find A Grave Memorial# 67007921
Good afternoon John ,

I pulled up Leona's Texas Death Certificate and confirmed the information provided by her son Jesse. The correct age per the certificate is 79. I use a template when creating memorials from certificates and apparently I failed to update the age category when I added her bio. Sorry for the confusion! I updated her bio to reflect the correct age at time death.

I added the certificate to her memorial. I normally do not attach death certificates, but will leave it on the memorial until you are able to view it.

Good luck in your research. Hopefully you will be able to determine if she is related. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

God Bless,

Added by Melody on Jun 14, 2012 11:04 AM
James Christopher Davis
RE: Thank you!
I don't think so But I belive their are some buried at Eagle creek Cemetery in Dadeville,AL too I'll check the weekend.
Added by James Christopher Davis on May 30, 2012 4:51 PM
Grand View Volunteers
Gwins @ Grand View Memorial Park
Thanks for the inquiries.

We've updated their pages with the limited information we have from records currently available. It's not clear whether there are any markers in place.

If you'd like one of the photo volunteers to look for a headstone and take a photo, please click on the "Request a photo" link on each page of interest. Since we're only open for 4 hours a week, it may take a while, but we'll get them as soon as we can.

Thanks again!

Added by Grand View Volunteers on Sep 13, 2011 10:17 AM
Old Unity
Dear John,

Sorry, I don't have access to any transcriptions for Washington County. --Rick
Added by SixDogTeam on Nov 28, 2008 1:35 PM

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