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Johnny (#47728023)
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Bio Photo Greetings, and thank you for visiting my profile page. I would like to sincerely thank all of the contributors who provide so much valuable information for the memorials. We all agree the memorials are a work in progress. Find a Grave works so well because of the fantastic, dedicated contributors such as yourself. I receive a LOT of edits and additonal information. I try hard to handle my edits in a timely fashion. Sometimes I am unable to keep up with thanking each and everyone that provides edits and additonal information. For this I am sorry but I sincerely appreciate your hard work and hopefully together we are helping a lot of people with family searches and honoring our departed loved ones.
May God bless each of you.

I am originally from Hartsville, Darlington, Florence area of
South Carolina. I am related to the Watkins, Williams, Browns, Lloyd, Parnells, Kelleys , Kellys, McDonalds, and many many more. This is a great site for building family history to pass on to our children and grand children. God Bless and have a glorious day!

Revelation 21:4
King James Version (KJV)

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

My Brother: Dantzler W. Watkins

P.S. Please take a moment to visit the memorial for Morgan Thompson . We went to High School together. Morgan had been living in the Boy's Home for a number of years. He haid been talking for a couple of years about joining the Army as soon as he was old enough so he could get out of the Boy's Home. He joined the Army and came by school to show us his uniform. He had a smile from ear to ear! I will never forget how proud he looked in his dress uniform. He had just completed basic training and was on his way to Vietnam. A few short months later we got word that Morgan had been killed in combat. God bless you Morgan. You made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Freedom is not free. Through the sacrifices of many thousands of men and women like Morgan we have freedom. He was only 18! Cherish this freedom and never let it be taken away.
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Shannon Dobbins
Link daughters to father

Thanks for linking the Mitchells for me. I was thinking maybe it would just be easier if you transferred a few relatives over to me. I am diving into that part of my family and would hate to bug you every time I need to make changes. The ones I am interested in are:
Mary Kilgore 99256503
Elsie Wheeler 99256502
Louise Mitchell 141286178
Earl Mitchell 141286159

Thanks for entering these folks into the database. It really helped me out!

Added by Shannon Dobbins on Mar 23, 2017 9:32 AM
Wagnon family
Thank you for making the relationship links and edits!
Added by WingandaPrayer on Mar 21, 2017 10:42 PM
Karen Swedin Davies
Find A Grave Memorial # 114253834
Would you kindly remove the picture of the urn on the memorial page for my mother? I plan to place a more current picture of the niche, which also now includes the remains of my father. Thank you.
Karen Swedin Davies
Added by Karen Swedin Davies on Mar 21, 2017 2:41 PM
Steven Srozinski
Kirby Foster
Hi, I'm retired from the Jacksonville Sheriffs office and I do research on officers that were on the old Jacksonville Police Department. I have two pictures of Officer Kirby Foster and a news paper clipping on him as well. I am seeking further information on him and if anyone can assist please email me at
Thank you in advance.
Added by Steven Srozinski on Mar 18, 2017 3:00 PM
RE: Susan Brown and Susan Campbell
Oh, you are very welcome...I was searching for the maiden name of a Susan in my tree (never found it), and I came across these Susans and saw that I could add some info. Glad I could help.
Added by S.R.F. on Mar 14, 2017 8:43 AM
Beatryce Harding
Ever heard of the Perry surname? I am of the O'Kelley descendants. An DNA test was conducted and registered back to the Perry line. The Perry DNA project connected our descendants to David Kelley b. 1763. They are telling us the results indicate the name Kelley is an adopted name or the name was changed. If you, Johnny, or anyone else can shed some light, it would be greatly appreciated.

From the Perry DNA Project

An O’Kelley/Kelley family genetically related to this Perry genetic signature in the male line has been identified. An adoption or other name change event to O’Kelley occurred not later than 1763. Descendants of the founder of this O’Kelley surname line can be found in Group 2 of the Kelley/Kelly/O’Kelly surname DNA project . More DNA testing and traditional research are needed to pinpoint where/when the surname change took place. This white O’Kelley line subsequently produced an African American O’Kelley line in the 1860s. Research on descendants of James Edward O’Kelley and Ellen Johnson-Matthews can be found at the Black O’Kelley surname DNA project at FTDNA and at the Black O’Kelley website

Because of the genetic link to Group 3 Perrys, this O’Kelley lineage is briefly listed below.

David Kelley, born 1763, South Carolina, died 1838, Darlington County, SC. His son:
John O. Kelley, b. 1799, South Carolina, died 1882, Bedford Co., Florida. Married Leonora Barrett, 1820. She was born 1800, Bishopville, Darlington, SC, died 1860, Stoke Bridges, SC. Their son:
James Edward O’Kelley, b. 1824, Darlington, South Carolina, died 1867. A plantation owner in Woodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi, he fathered two children with a slave, Ellen Johnson-Matthews, born ca. 1843 in MS, died ca. 1920, Greenville, Washington Co., MS:
Daniel Smith O’Kelley, born 1862, Woodville, Wilkinson County, MS, died 1930, Greenville, Washington Co., MS.
Will Dock O’Kelley [257797], born 1867, Woodville, Wilkinson Co. MS, died 1927, Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee.
John Beattie O’Kelley, b. 1832, Darlington, South Carolina, died 1899, Atwood, Tensas, Louisiana.
Added by Beatryce Harding on Mar 13, 2017 3:51 PM
Robert Bryant Jarman, Sr.
Hello Johnny
Thanks for all the work u have done on here, I appreciate all of your hard work.
Added by Robert Bryant Jarman, Sr. on Mar 13, 2017 9:03 AM
Thank You
Thanks for the transfers..
Added by sonofsavannah on Mar 13, 2017 7:50 AM
Jan Thomason
Hi Johnny, Would you add the following relatives to Edward Thomason's page: Father, Lloyd W. Thomason Reference #112826313, Mother, Gladys Wisinger Thomason #112826437 and Brother, Tommie L. Thomason #21907196.
Thanks, Jan Thomason
Added by Jan Thomason on Mar 12, 2017 9:59 AM
Hi, I'd like to have my fathers memorial transferred to me. Memorial # 112669855 Clifford George Norris. My member # 48783317. Thank You.
Added by sonofsavannah on Mar 11, 2017 4:51 AM
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