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Sharon (#48051787)
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I have been a researcher for nearly 40 years and am interested in many aspects of family histories covering the entire person's life, from birth to death to their final resting place and all parts in between.

Though I do not contribute photos or memorials, whenever I can, I love to fill in the gaps about a person's life.

I am currently working on researching the Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties, the Fox Sunshine Girls, the Christie Girls, and other groundbreaking actresses of the Silent Era in Hollywood films.

I hope to share all my findings on and thank all the memorial owners that allow me to add bios to them.

To check out my research on these gorgeous gals, please go to

Any information you can share on these gorgeous gals is greatly appreciated!

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A.J. Marik
Re: Dorothy Granger
Please email if you'd like to submit a bio. Please be sure to follow the famous bio guidelines as detailed in the FAQs.

Thank you,

Added by A.J. Marik on Feb 26, 2015 8:35 AM
Alatia Plowman # 66848833
Thanks so much for that amazing information you sent. I added it to the page. I always like to add things that make these people seem more "real" and that really does! Sherry
Added by Sherry on Dec 11, 2014 9:06 PM
Dianne Redding Rogers
RE: Catron Cemetery
Sharon, I found this note after I had transferred Catron over to you, so I'm sure you will want to add this info. Sorry I didn't see it sooner.

William Sterling Willis, born April 1829 in Garrard County, KY and died about 1901 in Hiltons, Scott County, VA or Kingsport, Sullivan County, TN

Catherine Hopkins Willis (Sterling's wife) was born May 27 1838 in Garrard County, KY and died January 31, 1892 in Kingsport, Sullivan County, TN.

John C. Marion Willis, born May 5, 1866 in VA and died May 5, 1943 in Fall Branch, Washington County, TN. He is the second child of Sterling and Catherine Willis.

Thomas H Willis, born about 1872 in Scott or Washington County, VA died August 15, 1891 in Scott County, VA.

Mary Jeneva born April 17, 1978 in Scott County, VA and died August 25, 1885 in Scott County, VA.

Added by Dianne Redding Rogers on Dec 20, 2013 12:03 PM
Dianne Redding Rogers
RE: Catron Cemetery
Sharon, sorry for taking so long but I finally have transferred my memorials in the Catron Cemetery over to you. Unfortunately, most of the actual Catron names were entered by someone else. Take care.
Added by Dianne Redding Rogers on Dec 20, 2013 11:57 AM
Kit and Morgan Benson
Jefferson Willis

I am just getting to the email request you sent me to transfer the memorial for Jefferson Willis. Happy to do so. However, for future note, it is considered nice if you include your contributor number in your transfer requests, so that we don't have to look it up. Makes things easier.

Since I found you anyway, please don't worry about sending it to me, as I will go ahead with the transfer.

Best wishes,

Added by Kit and Morgan Benson on Jul 04, 2013 5:29 PM
Dianne Redding Rogers
RE: Catron Cemetery
Sharon, thanks so much. I really appreciate it and I'll get these added. Do you want any of them transferred to you?

Added by Dianne Redding Rogers on Jun 19, 2013 5:03 PM
Donna Brummett
Sharon, I am so happy to transfer these nice folks to you. What a fine looking family. Enjoy.
Added by Donna Brummett on Jun 09, 2013 7:37 AM
Donna Brummett
Mattie G. Heister
No Sharon I am no kin. I will be happy to transfer her to your keeping. I am just transcribing Oak Hill so folk like you can find their kin. Take care
Added by Donna Brummett on Jun 07, 2013 7:25 AM
Steven R. Goff
RE: Bige Willis
I went to the cemetery office and had them check for the name and you were right , they have No one by that name . I told them I have a picture of his headstone in the cemetery . So on the weenend I walked the cemetery till I found his headstone and got the names on the headstones to the right and the left of him .Went back to the office Monday and had then start checking to find the grave number . Then she pulled the Hard copy and found out that his name is not Bige Willis his real name is George H. Green . On the Hard copy it has George H. Green and after his name there is a pincel note that has ( Bige Willis ) . So we are thinking that everyone new and called him Bige Willis and but that name on his headstone but his real name is George H. Green.
I have added what I have found to his listing if you want to check it out . The listing is still under Bige Willis have not changed that yet.
Added by Steven R. Goff on May 07, 2013 8:21 AM
William Sterling Willis
Hey Donna, I tried to add a new for William Sterling Willis with a lot of pertinent information and I'm not sure they're going to let me keep it since it's a duplicate. Could you add the following information to your link? Or would you prefer to turn it over to me? I notice my name is listed as the creator but I didn't create this grave location on

William Sterling Willis and Elizabeth Huffman Willis had two children together in Garrard County, Kentucky before "Sterling" (as he was known) joined the Confederacy.

Living Family members confirm William Sterling Willis was a Circuit Riding Methodist Preacher and that the Willis family were Tenant Farmers in the Hiltons, Scott County, Virginia area. He was known all his life as Sterling.

Sterling, Catherine and three of their children,
Thomas H. (abt 1872-8/15/1891 died of typhoid fever), Mary Jeneva (4/17/1878-8/25/1885 died of "flux") and John C. Marion (5/5/1866-5/5/1943 died of complications of age) are buried on the Couch sisters family farm on Wadlow Gap Road, Hiltons, Scott County, Virginia.

This particular part of the Willis line had detoured from the other branches and left few trails. My cousin Don was able to prove Catherine Hopkins was a Creek Indian, but not where she was from. Don's family lore states that William Sterling went to an Indian reservation and 'chose' a squaw and named her Catherine, supposedly after his first wife that died. (I have found no proof that his first wife Elizabeth Huffman died before he married Catherine or that his first wife was named Catherine.) Most family lore states that Catherine was adopted by the Hopkins family who were childless. The Hopkins couple ministered to the local Indians who were being rounded up for the 'Trail of Tears' living on makeshift reservations. One of the squaws there had several children, including a baby girl that the squaw feared was too fragile to make the trek. The Hopkins adopted this baby and named her Catherine. It is believed that William Sterling would have met her while he was a Methodist Circuit Riding Preacher and might have stayed with the Hopkins family from time to time when he was on his preaching circuit and that the two fell in love. I can't prove either story, nor have I ever found a marriage certificate for them.

William Sterling Willis was with the 7th (Gano's) Cavalry Regiment Kentucky and the 3rd Calvary Regiment Kentucky and was part of Morgan's Raid, also known as the Calico Raid and the Great Raid of 1863. He was supposedly captured during this timeframe and spent most of the Civil War in a Confederate Prison in Ohio. He was captured on July 20, 1863 in Cheshire Ohio and was transfered as a POW to Camp Douglas in Chicago, Illinois on August 24, 1863 and them sent to Camp Chase, page #236, Prisoner #4710. Third Cavalry, N-Z, Third and Seventh (Consolidated) Cavalry, Third Battalion, Mounted Rifles, A-Cl. Seventh Cavalry, Su-Z, Eighth Cavalry, A-Bo. Capt. A.R. Shacklett's description book has Sterling captured at Fort Donnelson. According to other entries he was captured at Cheshire, Ohio on July 20, 1863 and transferred on February 21, 1865 Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865 Image 35546: about Sterling Willis
Name: Sterling Willis
Side: Confederate
Roll: M598_53
Roll Title: Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865

It is believed that his first wife Elizabeth Huffman thought him dead. This is based on her having apparently given the children away before 1870 as they are not with her on this census. Elizabeth is back living with her parents, the Huffman's. I have possibly found both of their children in other households, but no proof that the children I've found are indeed the children of William Sterling and Elizabeth.

William Sterling and Elizabeth Huffman had two children:
Sarah Elizabeth born 8/24/1856 in Garrard County, Kentucky and I have not learned whom she married (it wasn't George Jones that most folks believe or when she died).
James W Willis (probably James William) born 6/22/1858 in Garrard County, Kentucky and died 2/5/1876 from consumption at the age of 17 in Garrard County, Kentucky and is buried there in an unknown location.

William Sterling and Catherine had nine children:

1) John C. Marion (5/5/1866-5/5/1943) born unknown location but died in Fall Branch, Tennessee from complications of old age. He was married to Mary Katherine 'Kate' Fulk (2/16/1872-3/5/1955 died in Blountville, Sullivan County, TN and is buried in the Gunnings Cemetery in Blountville). They were married 8/15/1888 in Sullivan County, TN and had seven children. John is buried next to Sterling at the Catron Family Cemetery in Hiltons, Scott County, VA.

2)William 'Bill' G. Willis (1867 Washington County, Virginia died before 9/19/1901 in Roanoke County, Virginia. He was married to Rebecca E Blessing and they had four children. Rebecca was born 1873 probably in Scott County, VA and died before 9/19/1901, we know both she and Bill died before this date as the three boys were sent to Salem Orphanage and their daughter was adopted. We have been unable to find either of their deaths or to establish where they were buried. Family lore states they were buried "somewhere no one would ever find them after what they did" but to this date, no one seems to know what Bill and Rebecca were supposed to have done or what caused their deaths.

3)Alice J G Willis (about 1870 probably in Scott County, VA died maybe about 1887). She may have died shortly after she married W T Hall (born about 1852 in Virginia, death unknown) and they resided in Lee County, Virginia. The married Nov 8, 1887 in Scott County, VA. He was a 35 year old widower and she was 17. I can find no further information on her.

4) Thomas H Willis born about 1872 probably in Hiltons, Scott County, Virginia and died 8/15/1891 in Hiltons, Scott County, Virginia from Typhoid Fever. He is buried in the Catron Family Cemetery on Wadlow Gap Road, Hiltons, Scott County, Virginia.

5) Edith Matilda "Tilda" Ellen Willis (5/10/1875 probably in Hiltons, Scott County, Virginia died 10/6/1939 in Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee or Bristol, Washington County, Virginia and is buried in Susong Cemetery in Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee or Bristol, Washington County, Virginia (the city lies in the two states). She married Joseph Mann 7/28/1895 in Scott County, Virginia. Joseph was born 5/23/1865 in Hawkins County, Tennessee and died 12/1/1956 in Marion, Smyth County, Virginia. He is buried in the Susong Cemetery with Tilda. They had eight children.

6) Mary Jeneva 'Jenieve' Willis born 4/17/1878 in Scott County or Banner, Wise County, Virginia and died 8/25/1885 in Scott County, Virginia of Flux and is buried at the Catron Family Cemetery beside her brother Thomas (directly below her parents' graves).

7) Abijah J. "A.J." or "Bige" Willis born 5/26/1880 in Estelleville (now known as Gate City), Scott County, Virginia and died unknown though it's possible he died in Oroville, Butte County, California as Bige Willis has a headstone erected in the Memorial Park Cemetery located there even though he is not buried beneath his headstone (George H Green was interned under this headstone in this plot and the cemetery cannot explain this as George H Green died and was buried there in 1851). Bige's son, Grant and Grant's wife Juanita Ford, are buried in the Cherokee Pioneer Cemetery in Oroville, Butte County, Virginia just a few miles from where Bige's headstone is. Bige married Nancy Selma 'Sallie' 'Sadie' Doran on 5/20/1899 in Blountville, Sullivan County, Tennessee and they had seven children, two born in Tennessee, two born in Indiana, and three in Arkansas where they resided most of their lives. It is also proven they lived in Iowa, Missouri and Kansas at different times of their lives. I have been unable to locate either Bige's or Sallie's death certificates or their burial locations. Nancy Selma 'Sallie' 'Sadie' was born 11/30/1878 in Sullivan County, Tennessee. She is the sister of Martha Gertrude 'Mattie' Doran that married Bige's younger brother, Jefferson Sterling Willis.

8) Jefferson Sterling Willis, born 7/5/1885 in Hiltons, Scott County, Virginia and died 6/3/1955 in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana from lung and heart problems. He was married to Martha Gertrude 'Mattie' Doran (born 6/9/1887 in Scott County, Virginia and died 6/181947 in Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee beside her second husband, William Joseph Heister. (The Marriage Certificate says Jeff was born 1883 making him 17 though he was actually 15 and Mattie born in 1885 making her 14 when she was in fact only 12.) Mattie is the sister of Nancy Selma Doran who was married to Jeff's older brother Bige) on 7/17/1899 in Scott County, Virginia and they had six children. Jeff is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Madison County, Indiana next to his "second wife" Betsy Marie 'Bessie' Sullivan. (He was not actually married to Bessie as he faked his own death by "drowning" in the Wabash River in Logansport, Cass County, Indiana when it flooded in March 1913. Mattie had to wait seven years to have him declared legally dead, yet Jeff was fathering three children with Bessie during these seven years. Jeff was not faithful to this 'wife' either (Bessie delivered their first child three days after Jeff drowned) and fathered twin sons with a woman whose husband was in jail and it is believed he is the father of two other children with two other women. So if you have done DNA Testng and found a Willis DNA connection born to a woman in Indiana (Cass, Madison and other surrounding counties), Iowa (Gilmore City area), Little Rock and Black Oak, Arkansas areas, it is possible Jefferson Sterling Willis is someone you should consider.

9) Nancy Katherine 'Nannie' Willis born 5/9/1885 in Estillville (now Gate City), Scott County, Virginia and died 4/20/1959 in Midway, Wasatch County, Utah. She was married twice: Samuel Ellsworth Redmond (whom my father is named after) 4/22/1881 Jasper County, Indiana died 1/24/1919 in Roosevelt, Duchesne County, Utah. They married 11/16/1903 in Cass County, Indiana and had eight children. After his death, Nannie married William Patrick Johnston (born abt 1884 in Missouri died unknown) and they had two children. They married 3/3/1924.
Added by Sharon on Jun 06, 2013 2:23 PM
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