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Jayanna Dotson (#47783588)
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Bio Photo I am in Roanoke Alabama and am tracing my familys history. I am tracing Caldwell, Floyd, Young, Waller, Benefield, Stone, Ussery and a few others. All of my family is from Georgia and Alabama. I spend quite a bit of time going through old newspapers and if I run across an obituary I check find a grave for a memorial. If I find a memorial, I will send a copy of the obituary to the contributor for the memorial. I know what it's like to be searching for any little tidbit of information and not being able to find anything. I am searching for information on my Great Great Great Granddaddy Samuel Young. He was married to Louisa Benefield and had a child Thomas Jefferson Young. Granddaddy Samuel died in the Civil War and I have no idea where his remains are at and this tugs at my heart everyday. Harvey Hester is to be commended for raising Thomas J as his own after he and Louisa married. If you have any information on Granddaddy Samuel born approx 1837 please get in touch with me. From everything I have ever heard and read the people I descend from were good, hardworking christian people and I am honored to help put together accurate information on the sweet past days of these precious, generous, kind people.

Whatever information I post here or on ancestry please feel free to use it. Information on our ancestors is meant to be shared :)

If you find an error please let me know by using the "edit" tab on the memorial and I'll correct it.

Words of Wisdom from the past:


A matter of more than ordinary importance to the writer, concerning an old manuscript, may prove of some interest to some of our readers. At the risk of being criticized for the personal feature of it, we will here refer to it. One night recently, while removing the contents of the drawer of an old table that had been in our home since our earliest recollections, we found, among other trinkets, an old but well preserved manuscript of odd size and color. It was marked "Stevenson Genealogy" and was in the handwriting of this editor's father, the late Rev. John B. Stevenson. It was dated December 1858.

The paper spoke interestingly of the times and characters of the Revolutionary period. The scene was North Carolina. Among other things the manuscript states, "The entire ancestry of my parents were all Whigs during the Revolutionary War; and many of them fought, bled and some died in the service. William Payne (the author's mother's father) was under the command of Charles Washington James Stevenson (his other grandfather) volunteered at the age of 16 years under Capt. Hall and was several years in the service, sometimes subduing the tories and sometimes meeting the trained legions of the King."

As the moral of this, we wish to suggest that parents would do well to write a brief history of themselves and their ancestry to hand down to their children. In this way an interesting and accurate genealogical table could be kept and future generations would have a more intelligent idea of who they are and whence they came. Act on this suggestion and your children will bless you.

O.H. Stevenson


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If I sent you an old obituary, maiden name, birthday, etc... please update the memorial. If you don't have time to update the memorial please consider transfering the memorial to me. There are a considerable number of folks doing research and this site is an AWESOME tool and memorials need to be as accurate as possible. If the memorial was your loved one you would want it correct, right? Some of the late 1880's and early 1900 obituaries even give a cause of death along with other pertinant information. What may not be important to you may very well be important to that persons loved one. Remember the Golden Rule and leave the ego at the door.

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28295189 Mason Gregg
I would like to connect my GGGrandparents and uncles/aunts to their parents. Would you consider transferring this memorial to me so that I can add some information?

Thanks for all the wonderful work you do!

Linda Gregg
Added by Linda on Jan 02, 2015 1:18 PM
Janet Fowler Holder
Zora Dock Johnson
Find A Grave Memorial# 106850341

This is my G Grandfather. He is buried in Old Shiloh Cemetery, aka Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery & Johnson Cemetery, Randolph, Alabama

I have pictures of his grave.
His wife Almeda Cole Johnson was buried in Bethlehem Campground United Methodist Church Cemetery, Randolph, Alabama
I have yet to visit this cemetery to take pictures. But Almeda was buried here with her Coles.
I can only assume her family buried her here because of the nature of Dock Johnson. There was plenty of room for a gave beside him.

Thank you
Janet Fowler Holder
Added by Janet Fowler Holder on Nov 26, 2014 8:43 AM
Jayanna, I want to thank you for taking photos of the Longshore graves in the Cedarwood Cemetery there in Roanoake. They are my kinfolk, and I am unable to travel back to Alabama. My mohter is a Longshore. I thought I'd never see the stones of any of her kinfolk, but you graciously provided them without being asked.

Thank you so much,

Sherry Thompson, New Mexico
Added by Kelticqueen on Nov 25, 2014 8:13 AM
Dear Jayanna Dotson Timothy Johnson # 89971941 is My GGGGGrandfather can you please transfer management to me.

Or Can You Please Link him to his Father and his Father is Timothy Johnson # 27559840.

Thank You for on behalf of my family.

MY F A G # is 47916397

Added by Bradley on Nov 20, 2014 6:36 PM
Melanie Atkins
William A. Waller
Jayanna, I descend from William A. Waller and Samantha Sanders his wife through their daughter Lena J. Waller who married Hiram Fairfield Coleman. If you are interested, I would love to share some info with you via private Email. I am at if you would like to contact me. (Be sure you use the underscore in my Email address.)

Melanie Atkins
Dalton, GA
Added by Melanie Atkins on Nov 10, 2014 7:11 PM
Ussery Questions
Hey Jayanna,

I'm upodating my Ussery records and realize I have some mistakes in my file. You've helped me in the past and hope you can do so again.

There are three memorials that I'm "wrestling with" to make sense of. Two are yours and one is managed by another. The two you manage are 107619928, Martha Ussery Sparks (1838-1917), and 103775516, Martha Susan Ussery Veal (1839-1896). Both show links to parents Calvin, Sr. and Nancy Faulkner.

The third memorial is 31527239 for Mary Ussery Sparks (1854-1917). It also has parental links to Calvin, Sr. and Nancy Faulkner, and a grave marker photograph listing the deceased as Mary Sparks.

In the Calvin, Sr. household there is a Martha age 12 in 1850 and a Mary age 6 in 1860.

It appears 107619928 and 31527239 are memorials for the same person, with her name likely Mary. If you agree, then I think I have things straight. :-)


Added by WNS on Nov 08, 2014 12:20 PM
Paula Avery
William Andrew Young
Hi, Jayanna.
I am the gg granddaughter of W A Young. My ggrandmother was his daughter, Jennie (Virgina Drucilla Young). I am interested in any information you have on him and his wife. Some records show her as Nancy R Taylor, but two of her daughters death certificates (Jennie and Reva) show her as Nannie Lee.
Added by Paula Avery on Aug 29, 2014 2:03 PM
Darrell McGraw
Samuel Young
Hi: Will you reply to me at concerning the family of Samuel Young [Find A Grave Memorial# 106933750]. I may have a connection and would like your input.

Darrell McGraw
Added by Darrell McGraw on Jul 05, 2014 9:05 PM
Susie K
Waller Family
Hi, I am researching my Waller Family roots and would love any info or pictures you have. Thanks so much.
Added by Susie K on Jun 07, 2014 7:36 PM
Family Project
Hi Jayanna,
I was wondering if you have a record that shows that William Thomas Ussery was born in England. The trees I see on have him listed as being born in Virginia. Also, I was wondering about Sarah Bayes his wife having the same death date as he does on their memorials. Just wondering. Thanks so much!!!
Added by Family Project on May 24, 2014 2:07 AM
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