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rhondajo (#47044794)
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Bio Photo My name is Rhonda. I am a 66 year old mother of five and grandmother of five. I work in the airline industry and genealogy is my hobby. These are some of my family lines:

Causey, Cowart, Wells, Joiner, Humphries, Clary, Ring, Redman, Gentry, Ward, Kegans, Cannon, Combs, Nickell, Brady, Smallwood, Donehew, the Wolfe family and the Groseclose families of Lancaster Co PA, Philpot, James, Freeman, Coleman. I know there are many Freemans. My line can be proven to go back to William M. Freeman and wife Elizabeth Redman who were in the 1860 Fannin Co. Ga. census. I believe he was the son of Bailey M. Freeman, who died in 1852 in Carroll Co. GA. Bailey mined gold in the Villa Rica Gold mines. We also believe that he was a Methodist minister. According to records there was a Methodist minister in old Villa Rica named Bailey Freeman. His son mined copper in Fannin Co Ga, and in Ducktown TN, which was right over the border from Fannin Co GA. Did you know that one of the reasons that the north won the Civil War is because the gold miners out west who were Union, shipped their gold east to the Union camps? If you have any Confederate or Union soldiers and would like to put them in my virtual cemeteries let me know. You will not be giving up ownership.

When I first began volunteering for Findagrave I began noticing many death dates that were in the early 1900s. Sometimes I would come across an entire family, and each family member had died between 1911 and 1920. I found this so often that it suddenly dawned on me one day that something must have happened during these years to have killed so many people. I finally looked it up on line and found the Spanish Influenza. It began in the early 1900s and killed more and more people each year until it peaked in 1918. From that year it began tapering off until the early 1920s. One of the biggest groups of people who died from it were the soldiers who were living in close quarters. Also, all of the Civil War soldiers who survived to the 1900s died of it also. Very sad.

To anyone who has transferred a memorial to me of my family, THANK YOU!! If I have any of your relatives besides Rev War soldiers, and you would like a transfer, please contact me via the "edit" button on the memorial, and leave your FAG number, it makes a transfer so much easier!!! Remember, you don't have to "own" a memorial to place info in the bio. The reason I don't transfer Rev War soldiers is because they have hundreds if not thousands of descendants. I get multitudes of requests for their transfers. How can I choose whom to give them to? I don't. Other than that, I have gone beyond Fag guidelines, it depends on the request, the relationship, and your length of time and service to Findagrave. I answer all edits in a day, 2 at the most.

If you would like to use any of my photos for your family genealogy, please ask. The reason I want you to ask, is because I need you to give me credit with my real name. Why? Because one day down the road, I hope that my descendants will come across one of my photos and will see my name and know how hard I worked for this great site and for family history.

Our early pioneers who were born in the 1700s and early 1800s deserve more than an empty bio. Please try to put something about them on their memorials. Also, remembering how our early pioneers' children went west to settle America, I feel privileged to be able to unite them all here on Findagrave!

My next genealogical dead end is Sarah/Sallie Nickell, and her husband, Samuel Combs. She was born ca 1830, possibly in VA. and was Cherokee. A Samuel Combs b 1807 married a Sarah/Sallie Nickell in Morgan Co KY, and they had at least 7 children. Samuel Combs married Sarah NICKELL perf by W W GRAY per the Marriage Records of Morgan County, Kentucky, 1821-1859. They are next found in Rowan Co KY (Used to be Morgan) in 1860. We can't find them in 1850. After talking to another Combs descendant about Samuel, she says that according to family legend, Samuel Combs who married Nancy Cornett had another family with several children. Is it possible that this Samuel's "other family" was the family with Sarah Nickel? She was at least 20 years his junior, so he had to have had another family somewhere. However I have no proof:

HH 59
Samuel COMBS 53 farmer Ky
Sally 32 housewife
Minerva 16
Jeremiah 10
John 9
Samuel 7
Leonard 4
James E. 2

Later a daughter named Mary was born. She was my great grandmother. She married a Richardson, had a baby and he died leaving her an 18 year old widow. Later Sally, son Samuel, James and Mary went west, traveling pretty much along the trail of tears, arriving in Oklahoma Territory. We don't know what happened to father Samuel. Perhaps because he had his other family?

Thanks to my sister, Kim, for all of the information that she has contributed to our family memorials.

If I have made any errors in transcribing or typing, please let me know!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has left a flower on my Mom's page. If you are led to, please leave her a flower. Lin Mae Freeman Brady ...thx...

Isaiah 43 1-5

1 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

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Jamie Taylor
RE: Rebecca Williams
Thank you.
Added by Jamie Taylor on Feb 26, 2017 6:07 AM
Annette Frazier
Anna Castles
Rondajo, did you ever determine who Miss Anna Castles was? She is in a grave by Ollie Carter Girardeau, and I have a piece of paper from her regarding who the 4 graves in the lot in Section 12 were for. Is she actually in one of the four graves belonging to the Girardeau family? Actually the paper brings more questions than I have answers, but could shed some light on who she was, if combined with whatever you may know. Just wondering, trying to put together a bit of information on my husband's father's family for our children and grandchildren. My husband's father was Edward Carlyle, Frazier, Jr., who was the son of Edward Carlyle Frazier, Sr. and Laure, or Laura Carter, who was apparently a sister to Ollie Carter Girardeau, but I have no record of her being listed as a sibling. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.
Added by Annette Frazier on Feb 09, 2017 9:19 PM
Rick Combs
Find A Grave Memorial# 55069785
Hi, I couldn't find an email address to personally respond to your message you sent me regarding Find A Grave Memorial# 162744349 being a duplicate. I am fully aware, the original is incorrect on its death date. I was able to get them to correct the birth and add the bio but the death date was never corrected after repeated attempts. So I added the updated corrected version. I will however surely remove mine when this is corrected. This particular individual has wreaked havoc on many Combs online trees because of the original born/death dates were a generation earlier and there are a lot of stubborn folks out there who refuse to update their trees with the most recent info gained from documents. Thanks for being a diligent member.-Rick
Added by Rick Combs on Feb 08, 2017 7:21 AM
Scuddy Cemetery
Hello and thank you for all your work. I am not sure if you created the Scuddy Cemetery or not. I see you have done a lot of work there. I was wondering why it is listed as being in Fusonia, KY. It should be Scuddy, Perry County, KY. I was born at Scuddy and use to play in that cemetery all the time. LOL. Thank You.
Added by Nancy on Feb 06, 2017 6:16 PM
Louisa Willoughby Nalley
Good morning, Rhondajo! Thank you for the memorial of Louisa Nalley ( nee Willoughby), Find A Grave Memorial# 55182105. Are you related or did you put up this memorial as part of doing memorials for that cemetery?

Either way, many thanks.

Added by ladycatherine on Feb 06, 2017 6:13 AM
Ilene Murray
Buzan family
Hi, Rhonda,
My late husband was your cousin. He descended from William Buzan, born about 1759, died 1 April 1836. William married Phebe LaRue and had a daughter, Phebe LaRue Buzan, who was my husband's 3rd great-grandmother. If you'd like information on that part of your family, please let me know. I have lots to share.
Ilene Murray
Added by Ilene Murray on Feb 01, 2017 4:30 PM
Crutchfield Cemetery Lothair Ky.
I believe that you created this cemetery. Could you please add that the cemetery is also called the Combs Cemetery. For some reason the funeral homes have taken to calling it that sometimes. Thanks Sandra
Added by SWF on Feb 01, 2017 2:04 PM
USCT Cemetery Mgr.
Peter G. Messa is not a black Civil War Veteran
rhondajo...Peter G. Messa served in World War I, not during the Civil War.

Please correct.

I am,

Sincerely yours,

Michael James Morton - USCT Cemetery Mgr. (#49120946)
Added by USCT Cemetery Mgr. on Jan 30, 2017 5:42 PM
Josh Richard
Michael Louviere
Jefferson Parish, LA (WVUE) The funeral arrangements for fallen Westwego Police officer Michael Louviere have been announced. Louviere died Friday, January 20, 2017 after being shot in Marrero.

Visitation will take place Friday, January 27, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at White Dove Fellowship Church located at 3600 Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey. A funeral service and celebration of life will immediately follow. Michael's funeral with full Honors will take place at Westlawn Memorial Park at 1225 Whitney Avenue in Gretna.

His obituary, on the Mothe Funeral Homes website, reads that his family is thankful and humbled by the community's outpouring support. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for a donation in the memory of Michael Louviere to Westwego Police Benevolent Association, 401 4th Street, Westwego, LA 70094.

For more on a GoFundMe account set up for Michael Louviere's children you can go to

These funds are in control of the Westwego Police Benevolent Association. 100% of the funds collected will go to Officer Louviere's wife and kids.
Added by Josh Richard on Jan 27, 2017 12:29 PM
John M. Bowyer
Laurel Point Cem,KY
You have memorials in this cemetery can you please help me locate where in Perry county it is.
John Bowyer
Added by John M. Bowyer on Jan 26, 2017 1:25 PM
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