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Gene Bryant (#47986115)
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Bio Photo I'm a resident of Nashville (since 1971), but I'm a native of Cocke County, Tenn., attended English Creek Elementary School and Cosby High School (later taught there). My parents are buried in the Bryant-Sisk Cemetery in the Lower English Creek Community.

My closest relatives carry the surnames--in addition to Bryant and Clevenger (my mother's name)--of Kyker, Finchum, Gray, Allen and Sisk. These are the names and family histories I've been researching.

I stumbled on the Find A Grave (FAG) website while searching for mailing addresses to assist my mother in compiling her 2011 Christmas card list. Soon thereafter, Mom suffered a disabling stroke. I spent the next 10 months at her bedside caring for her before she died Nov. 19, 2012. During this time, I spent many hours with my laptop researching genealogy. FAG was a great resource.

With family links and bios, FAG has become more navigable and useful in tracing family history. This has become my primary FAG interest, completing these links. When I find gaps, I try to fill them.

My primary sphere of interest is with the Cocke County family names listed above. Their descendants and relatives, however, are nationwide with concentrations in Texas and Missouri. I'm willing to share any data I have accumulated.

My greatest find has not been online, but with discovery of the long-forgotten and neglected Free-Clevenger Cemetery. Here I've found many missing links in my Clevenger lineage. And here, much to my elation, I've found the Civil War memorial stone for my Great-great-grandfather Sgt. Alex Clevenger, who was among the very few Cocke Countains to serve in the Union Army.

Years ago (1969-71), I was principal of Edgemont School in the Carson Springs Community of Cocke County where I met many Clevenger children and families. "Moose" Clevenger was basketball coach. Hulda Mae (Clevenger) Gray was cafeteria manager. I felt that we were of the same Clevenger lineage, but none of us knew how we were related. I've spent several months researching these ties. The big picture is coming together, but there are still missing links.

I invite you to begin your FAG expedition with my parents: James A. Bryant and Mary Florence (Clevenger) Bryant.
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Maria Gareau
RE: Cousins I think
Hi Gene do you have any knowledge of how long our family goes back in the u.s.I see you went back to about 1745.Again thank you so much for all your hard work putting this together.
Added by Maria Gareau on Jul 28, 2014 7:03 PM
Maria Gareau
Cousins I think
Hi Gene I want to thank you for all your hard work putting this all together this is info I have been trying to find out for along time. My grandparents were A.L. Taylor and Farrie Allen Taylor. So we are cousins I think.
Added by Maria Gareau on Jul 28, 2014 4:09 PM
Katina "Tina" West
Clevenger Family
Hi Gene I want to thank you for all your time invested in making family information available. I am also "family" or "kin" :-D

My grandmother and grandfather was:
Edward and Carrie (Clevenger) Hilton from Missouri.
Their youngest daughter "Edna "Edie" (Hilton) Stevens was my mother.
We have family here in California - I am in San Jose. Nice to meet you and any other family!

Katina "Tina" Y. West

Added by Katina "Tina" West on Jun 20, 2014 11:38 PM
Donna McPherson
RE: Clevenger
Yes you can it is something new Findagrave has started.
Added by Donna McPherson on May 26, 2014 5:37 AM
Donna McPherson
Please go on each memorial under edit to send all the info you sent. It is a lot faster and more accurate.
Added by Donna McPherson on May 26, 2014 5:05 AM
Nina Thomas
Linda McMahan links to parents
Gene, thank you for the request, the parents of Linda McMahan are now linked to her. Again thanks, Nina
Added by Nina Thomas on Feb 11, 2014 7:57 AM
Charles Eli Clevenger
Dear Sir,
I do need to catch up on my family's Find A Grave memorials.I would like to know how we fit into the Clevenger family I'm Charles Eli Clevenger's grandson and the son of Scottie Clevenger.We may have some connections of interest.I would like to compare notes.Thank you for contacting me.
Have A Wonderful Day,
Roger Delayne Cannon
Added by Delayne on Feb 07, 2014 7:50 PM
Lynda (Colbaugh) Raitala
Austin Bryant
Change made to Edna Bryant as mother. Sorry for the mistake!
Added by Lynda (Colbaugh) Raitala on Jan 27, 2014 6:51 AM
Rebecca May Huff
Thank you, for her parents links!
Added by Mississippi76 on Jan 23, 2014 5:37 AM
Genealogy Lover
David and Martha Clevenger
I just noticed that Martha's death certificate shows death in 1936. The 1930 census for David shows just him and daughter Rhoda, and David is listed as widowed.


Added by Genealogy Lover on Jan 10, 2014 7:42 AM
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