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Bonnie (Smith) Wright (#47114651)
 member for 8 years, 5 months, 21 days
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I am the daughter of Verne Leslie Smith, Jr. (b. 1923) and his wife, Clara R. (Nicholson) Smith (1926-2000).

I was married first to Paul Archer Cummings, Sr., son of the late Archer Fownes Cummings and Ethel Alma (Johnson) Cummings. We had two children and one grandchild. I am now married to Wayne A. Wright, son of James Whitman Wright and Dorothy Margaret Jennings Wright.

My Granddad, Verne Leslie Smith, Sr., left notes about our Mayflower heritage. I took his notes over 30 years ago, and found that it was correct, except he had left out one generation! I was hooked, and over the years I have spent thousands of hours researching my heritage. Mom's mother, Granny (Clara Ziebold) Nicholson, also left details about her family, and, happily, I was able to interview her while she was still alive.

After a few years, I began research on my first husband's family, and found that Paul and I were distant relatives (7C1R) with many common ancestors in this country.

Some years later, I later began some family history work for my then boyfriend, Michael Gould, and found that not only was he my 7C1R, he was also a distant cousin to my first husband, again with many shared ancestors.

When I met my present husband, Wayne Alden Wright, we quickly suspected that we had common Mayflower ties. After research, I have found that he, too, is my 7C1R, and is also related to the other two men who were so very important in my life.

After I spend some time researching these people, regardless of whose ancestor they may be, they become my family, and are cherished and respected.

Some of my research can be found online at; my database there, for obvious reasons, is called "Kissing Cousins." Much more of my notes is in my computer database, and some is still in handwritten form. I am in the process of trying to update all of the bios of our more recent family members on Find A Grave, but it is a timely process, and will take a while. Please feel free to help contribute information!

I am living in Salem NH, and would be willing to attempt to do some cemetery photography in the greater Salem area.

"All these people will live, as long as you remember."
~Idgie Threadgoode in Fried Green Tomatoes

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Holly Holbrook-Rice
Charles and Doris Smith
Children of Justin Smith, who was your great Uncle (brother to Verne Smith). Doris married Franklin van Buren and had two daughters, Judith and Susan van Buren. Judith was my mother, so I guess we are cousins :)
If you would like more info, let me know! Btw Doris was called Dolly, and she ended up raising her daughters in Vermont and NYC. my mother was born in Jamaica, NY.
Added by Holly Holbrook-Rice on Mar 23, 2015 7:51 PM
Jennifer Provost
Dolly Nicholson
Hello Bonnie,

Dolly was a close friend of my family in WI. I sang at her funeral. You did a good job describing her. :) I was missing her today, and what you wrote really made me smile. Thank you.
Added by Jennifer Provost on Feb 12, 2014 12:52 PM
Penny Chandonnet
Margaret (Smith) Hunter
Hi Bonnie,

My name is Penny Chandonnet and I stumbled across this website and found some of my family! The first person that I found was my grandmother Margaret (Smith) Hunter. We never knew much of her father, Charles Roland Smith, or his family as he left her mother Ruby (Abercombie) Smith, shortly after she was born. It was nice to discover some additional relatives that we have!
Added by Penny Chandonnet on Feb 05, 2014 8:32 AM
Heberle transfer request
out of guidelines, but will gladly add any additional links and info.
Added by Kat on Oct 23, 2011 6:54 AM
Ella Burns Newcomb Kelley
I'm sorry but until you delete her Memorial I can not connect her to Clarence Jameson, MY greatgrandfather.

(p.s. WHERE did you get the Obituary for her that You quoted on her Memorial??)
Added by _B_ on Oct 05, 2011 2:24 AM
Thank You
And looking forward to your corrections and removal of duplicate Memorial for MY greatgrandmother, Ella Burns Newcomb Kelley so that there isn't duplicate documentation for her.
Added by _B_ on Oct 04, 2011 1:03 PM
Duplicating efforts
Unfortunately the stonemarker could NOT be found but thank you for your efforts. I removed it so that no one else would go and try to find what doesn't exist. I researched MY Jameson family long ago in 2008 and 2009 and have more than you could imagine from Deeds, Wills, Probates, Vital Records and on the list goes. 7 folders full of materials, pictures and so much that was given to me in my venture of knowledge.

Would you kindly change the last name of Alice Lucy Bellevue Jameson to FONTAINE. That was her name upon Death. Also Ella Burns Newcomb Jameson to KELLEY. That was her name upon Death. If you noticed as I mentioned prior, I added her to FindAGrave back in 2009 and would greatly appreciate if you would delete your duplicate entry so there isn't 2 Recorded for her.

Lastly, after viewing the Record of Marriage for Howard Grover Jameson dated October 1, 1906, wouldn't you also have to agree that indeed he had just 1 wife?? If so, would you kindly remove the other entry of "Vivien" off from Howards' profile as I believe indeed he had just 1 wife, Alice Lucy Bellevue. Accuracy is VERY IMPORTANT to me and my research and what I enter online!!
Added by _B_ on Sep 25, 2011 2:32 PM
Pine Grove Cemetery -- Jameson Family
I have had a couple of people from here go to the Cemetery with NO luck in finding her marker but know where she is located because of the paperwork I copied back in 2009 from the Cemetery Office when I was there. More than likely IF there is a stone ,,,, it probably sank into the ground over the years.
Added by _B_ on Sep 24, 2011 5:36 PM
Howard Grover Jameson
was married to Alice dated October 1, 1906 in Windham, Rockingham, NH.
Added by _B_ on Sep 24, 2011 12:00 AM
Would you kindly remove your memorial for Ella Newcomb Kelley. I have had her on FindAGrave since March 28, 2009 and her Memorial #35274152 in which the one you added would be a duplicate. Enclosed in her Memorial also you will find her stonemarker.
Added by _B_ on Sep 23, 2011 5:52 PM
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