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James Parker (#47165812)
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Bio Photo I have researched my ancestry for 50 years. The surnames in my direct lineage include Parker, Currence, Legg, Mooney, Wilbanks, Thomas, Holbrook, Thayer, Wright, Rooker, McCallum, Hawkins, Maret, Isbell, Keese, Strain, Bandy, Cleckler, Goodson, Whisenant, Head, and Suggs.
Having grown up in Rome, GA, I attended the Rome City Schools and graduated from West Rome High School in 1961. I attended Shorter College and graduated in 1965 with a B. A. degree, major in Biology. Upon attending graduate school at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, I received the Ph. D. degree in 1971 with a specialty in Zoology. After post-doctoral studies in Medical Parasitolgy and an instructor's position at the Medical College of Virginia (Microbiology Dept.), I taught biology at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC for a few years before going to North Georgia College and State University (now University of North Georgia).
I am a retired university Professor having taught courses in Human Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Microbiology, Human Histology, Medical Parasitology, and Wildlife Biology. I retired in 2005 from North Georgia College and State University after 37 years of teaching at the college / university level.
I have membership with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, National Society Sons of the American Revolution, Society of Indian Wars of the United States, Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge, and the General Society of Colonial Wars. To date I have 12 Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestors that have been certified by the National Society Sons of the American Revolution: Corp. Joel Legg, Pvt. John Currence, Pvt. Micajah Mobley, Pvt. Bolling Wright, Pvt. John Rooker, Lt. William Patrick, Capt. Benjamin Head, Andrew Strain, Pvt. Aaron Legg, Capt. Pendleton Isbell, Sr., John Nicholas Whisenant, Sr., and Pvt. Solomon Wright.
I have recently finished compiling a second edition to my book: "The Strain Family: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Andrew Strain, Sr. of North Carolina" which was originally published in 1985. For a number of years I have been the Historian for the Strain Family Association which meets annually on the third Sunday in July at the Sugar Valley Baptist Church, Sugar Valley, Georgia. The book has been a monster of a project. It consists of 2 volumes and 1,712 pages, with a Name Index of more than 12,500 names.
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Dan Trouble
RE: Jane Hannah Faris
Your records have not been gathered by your own Faris (Faries) or Rooker research into early original documents as mine has.

John Bunyan Rooker was not a son of Joseph Dorris Rooker.

Joseph D.'s son was John Clayton Rooker, born 1831, died 1916. John C.'s brothers were William (died early), Robert (died young), and Moses Faris Rooker (1834-1904).

John Clayton Rooker was living in the home of his guardian William Ferguson (next door to his mother and stepfather Archibald Henderson) in 1850 census, Gaston County, North Carolina.
"Gaston Co., NC, Estates, 1847-1863. Returns To Oct Term 1850. William Furguson Guardian of John Rooker Returns the amount in his hands as being $238.71."

John Clayton and Moses Faris Rooker, Confederate veterans, both died in Texas as did their mother Jane Hannah Faries Rooker Henderson. From there they moved to Arkansas, then to Texas.

Robert Faries's daughter Hannah Faries never married, but lived with her widowed mother in Hardeman County, Tennessee.

Regards, Daniel Troublefield.
Added by Dan Trouble on Jan 02, 2017 11:47 AM
margie beatty
15397347 pendleton isbell
james i just noticed there is another grave site on pendleton by amaand 15475568. i thought you might like to contact them to maybe combine so it won`t be confusing. they show fairplay cem instead of isbell cem. your`s seems more indepth.

Added by margie beatty on Nov 11, 2016 11:56 AM
Betsy Starnes
Currence pictures
One more picture request (well maybe 4). These are already requested on Find A Grave.

I am missing 2 sets of pictures for two of the children of James David Brainard & Frances Currence family. Both show burial at Bethel and thought you might already be working on these.

James Randolph Currence Sr.#38320944
spouse: Ella Lee Brown Currence #38320959

Carrie Campbell Currence Hamel #38358116
spouse: William Alexander Hamel #38358119

I have most of the family linked and plan on sharing with the Sam & Lonnie Smith Family. Hoping to attract some of the younger generation via posting on our Sam Smith family facebook page.
Added by Betsy Starnes on Sep 27, 2016 7:24 AM
Betsy Starnes
RE: Mabel Currence Emory
Currence male....I don't know of anyone. However, I will check with surviving daughter of Lonnie Currence Smith. I'm at a bit of a loss here since this isn't my family. I got sidetracked with the Smiths, Currences, Chambers families and left mine in the dust.
Added by Betsy Starnes on Sep 27, 2016 7:15 AM
Betsy Starnes
RE: Currence, Howard Pressley
Thanks, I suspected that the date might be wrong. Name different enough to not be repeated except for a Jr. and I didn't find any record of that.
Needs one more fix, can you delete the spouse Eula McKee. She is linked to the correct spouse Harry.

Eula McKee #3832044

Added by Betsy Starnes on Sep 27, 2016 7:11 AM
Betsy Starnes
Looking at the book that I borrowed, Currence, 1753-1976, by Mabel Currence Forward she states that she was asked to help with research be Dr. James Conn Parker. Assume this must be you!
This book covers the Peyton Randolph Currence Family to-date (1976).

There is another puzzle, the memorial page for Howard Pressley Currence has the dates 1779-1854, no picture of marker, says he was a deacon of church #38320831. I am looking for Howard Pressley Currence 1898-1971, married to Ruth Nivens and supposedly buried at Bethel.

Also an error, the 1st Howard #38320831 is linked to Eula McKee Currence #3832044 (Not his spouse).
Eula was married to Harry Johnson Currence #38320815 and is also linked to this name.

That's why I refer often to the family web instead of tree.

Added by Betsy Starnes on Sep 26, 2016 5:52 PM
Betsy Starnes
Thanks so much for the pictures for Brainard & Lina Currence. My husband's grandmother was a Currence. She (Lonnie) and spouse Sam Smith are buried at Bethel along with her parents and all siblings except one.
We recently made a trip over to Bethel and Beth-Shiloh. Amazed at all of the graves, esp at Bethel and made a lot of pictures that day. At the time, I did not have a family list and missed several.
Again, I do truly appreciate the work that you have done.
Do you have a list for Bethel? There is one I would like to check. I will have to look up my info.
Added by Betsy Starnes on Sep 26, 2016 7:19 AM
Joseph Stewart
RE: Jerry Scott photo
You are very welcome. Glad I could be of service.
Added by Joseph Stewart on Aug 28, 2016 6:43 AM
I would like to talk with you some time about Parkersburg, and any Roper connection you know of.
Added by raypix813 on Aug 07, 2016 11:47 AM
Jordan M. Scoggins
RE: Info Needed
Hi James,

I'm afraid I don't have any of the information you asked about. I do wish you luck in tracking it down though!

Added by Jordan M. Scoggins on Jan 21, 2016 12:26 PM
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