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sparks (#47246615)
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I am a Mother of 4, Grandmother of 4, all of whom I love dearly! I enjoy traveling with my daughter across the country to courthouses and libraries doing research.I am a Member of the Lt James Monroe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution with several approved Rev. War Patriots. I am a Retired Teacher of Gifted,Special Ed,Science,and History.I hold a BA in Fine Art, BSEd Social Science, MEd Reading Specialist,Post Graduate EDS Specialist in Gifted and loved teaching.I made sure all my students knew how to do genealogy before I retired.
I am a serious gardener and botanical watercolorist.I have 8 "rescue" cats that give me much joy! I enjoy estate sales and antique collecting. I have been an avid genealogist since the 1960s.I, especially,enjoy helping cousins with genealogy for the DAR and UDC and at family reunions.Sharing is what genealogy is "all about"!
I teach community genealogy classes at the local library once a year and am currently working on 6 family genealogy books.(Which I hope to finish before I am called home) I have contributed articles to major publications. Eastern Cherokee Heritage in North Ga on my Mother's lineage has been published in a book at most libraries.
Primary family blood lines:
Mother's lines: Silver,Smith,Wilson,Arrowood,Allen,Elkins,
Gilstrap,Maxwell,Croom,Griffith,Howard,Duvall,
Bright,Aydelott,Braden,Ledbetter
Father's lines: Sanders,Taylor,Potts,Hudson,Coker,Gary,Brooks,
Billington,Weaver,Putman,Poer,Henderson
Eastern Cherokee:Childress,Duncan,Hubbard,
Brackett,Parker,Raper
Husband: Sparks,Blackwell,Gooch,Grizzle, Joshua Taylor line from Rutherford
Locations:
NC: Anson,Montgomery,Rutherford,Polk,Buncombe,
Henderson,Cleveland,Edgecombe,Northampton,Duplin,Craven,Yancey,Mitchell,Burke,old Dobbs.
Ga: Pickens,Gilmer,Forsyth,Cherokee,Hall,old Milton,Lumpkin,Dawson,Murray.
SC: Spartanburg,Pickens,Old Ninety-six,Old Pendleton,Greenville,Newberry,Laurens
Maryland: Frederick and Anne Arundel
Virginia: Essex, Amelia, Halifax, Fairfax
I have the following direct bloodline Revolutionary War Patriots in my lineage to date: George Silver Jr, Arthur Taylor,Jeremiah Potts,Peter Gilstrap Jr, William Bayley Gary, William Maxwell, James Sanders, Michael Henderson,Michael Hawkins,Orlando Griffith,William Childress,Daniel Durham,Charles Smith, plus many, many Colonial Patriots dating back to the 1680s Va and Maryland.Many of my lines have participated in DNA Projects and matched others of same period and locations.
I try to be as accurate in my data as possible because I know the importance of documented data.I do not have an on line family tree even though I have over 8,000 entries in my personal tree. I never copy on line members trees because I like to prove my own evidence with supporting documents.That is the fun of genealogy!Discovery!!!
However, I have found many cousins on genealogy message boards to share family history. I am always happy to answer any question I can about my genealogy.I work on it daily with constant updates.It is a "Never Ending Story".
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Angie Robinson
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Added by Angie Robinson on Sep 02, 2014 9:39 PM
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Hello My name is Patrick O'Shields It would be nice if you would send the information for this
Memorial to the person who created it. so they can add it as it was supposed to be in the biography section. Because these memorial sites are for the people who have fallen asleep. Not for the living. Thanks for your help.
Added by Patrick Ryan & Doris W, O on May 26, 2014 8:05 PM
Patrick Ryan & Doris W, O
O'Shields
Hello My name is Patrick O'Shields It would be nice if you would send the information for this
Memorial to the person who created it. so they can add it as it was supposed to be in the biography section. Because these memorial sites are for the people who have fallen asleep. Not for the living. Thanks for your help.
Added by Patrick Ryan & Doris W, O on May 26, 2014 8:04 PM
shelia mclendon Matheny
Elvira and James Gooch
I am the GGGG grand daughter of Elvira and James then by Bartow Gooch and then Bessie Gooch Fleming from thomaston GA she was my Beloved GrandMaw. We knew very very little about the Gooch side of the Family and I went looking with what few Clues I had and here I am sooooo thankful for what I have learned and found and am so eager to share with my family herewhat few is left here' I would love love and be so very thankful for any ifo we could find.Thank you so much xoxoxo my email is sgmatheny@yahoo.com God Bless you and the Rest of my New found FAMILY!
Added by shelia mclendon Matheny on Jan 11, 2014 10:58 AM
 

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