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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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Jennifer Robinson Tijsma
W.L. Clifton
Do you have any info you can share by email? my great great grandparents are John T Clifton and Mary Ann(Strickland)Clifton and their son William L. Clifton (who was shot and killed by his son in law) is my great great uncle.

Thank you
Added by Jennifer Robinson Tijsma on Jan 06, 2016 12:01 PM
Margaret Green
Benefield's of South Georgia
I am currently researching my husband's ancestors. My husband is Eugene L. "Gene" Bennefield. He is a native of Ray City, Berrien County, GA, is a son of Benjamin Van Buren Bennefield, a grandson of Enoch Benjamin "Ben" Benefield, and a great-grandson of James "Elijah" Benefield.

From your bio on Find a Grave I see that you have Benefield ancestors. Any research on the Benefield family that you are willing to share will be greatly appreciated.

Margaret Green Bennefield
Ashville, Alabama (alternate email address)
Added by Margaret Green on Sep 20, 2015 8:07 AM
Janet Fowler Holder
Zora ZJ Dock Johsnon
I see I have requested this once below.
Could you please turn this over to me or remove it. It s source of confusion. I have his proper information.
Added by Janet Fowler Holder on Sep 04, 2015 12:33 PM
Janet Fowler Holder
Zora ZJ Dock Johsnon
The correct memorial for Zora ZJ "Dock" Johnson is
Find A Grave Memorial# 143941085

He is my G Grandfather and I have pictures of his grave. Could you either remove yours or turn it over to me? Thanks
Janet Fowler Fowler
Added by Janet Fowler Holder on Sep 04, 2015 12:30 PM
Jim Fletcher
Find A Grave Memorial# 107642327
H. B. Kitchens had a first name of Henry. Will you please add the name Henry in place of the initial H?
Added by Jim Fletcher on Apr 28, 2015 1:58 PM
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
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