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ValSG (#46932943)
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Bio Photo Resident of Laurel Hill, Okaloosa FL. Favorite pastimes are my bible, our five furbabies & 1 iridescent shark, cooking, needlework (of all kinds), photography and especially 'working' (volunteer hobbying with lots of overtime?) as a family historian & genealogist. Puzzles of all kinds, entertained me for hours, both as a child & as an adult. Genealogy, grand puzzle of all puzzles, thus being equally entertaining. (Fascinating too.)

*Most* interests in all Northwest Fla with some south Fla, most all of Alabama, Georgia, much of North Carolina, some South Carolina, much of Virginia. For the north - much of Northampton/Bucks/Philadelphia/Luzerne counties of PA & Warren/Hunterdon/Sussex/Morris counties of NJ areas. Also some from both sides in Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Oregon & California, just to name a few.

Just for noting, Almarante Cem & Magnolia Cem, both of Laurel Hill, and with pictures taken by James Woods, are online at, a webpage made by some of the local folks. Check it out.

All information posted by me, is from my own knowledge & research (or from other family or from people I know well, that "I know" that they know what they are talking about or provide, ie., is provable) to aid others in their quests.

Hopefully, I can help some of these that are now gone, be remembered and not forgotten. They may not have been famous... but they were equally important.

*Note - anything I post, photos, information, or biography, may be copied and used for personal use/research/records. All I ask, is that you cite your source, "giving credit to whom credit is due", just as I, personally always do.

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Roy Mark Beasley
Timothy Soles Beasley
I've seen the memorial page before, but don't think I've ever bothered to thank you for the content you put there. I've been doing genealogy for years, and have a huge tree on Ancestry - Roy Mark Beasley Extended Tree - which includes many of the lines you mention on Tim's page.

I actually went to high school at Laurel Hill about 4 decades ago, but haven't been there for a long time. Since before F-A-G came into existence.

So, thanks for creating a memorial for my great-grandfather.

Mark Beasley
(F-A-G #48020410)
Added by Roy Mark Beasley on Apr 30, 2016 12:30 PM
Joanie Ely-Sundelof
RE: Our Mysterious George Drake
Hi Val...Hope you're doing well..I'm almost sure I have finally tracked our George W. Drake with the help of my online friend, Renaldo Browne..Here is what would seem to be the family..Amos H. Drake 1803-1873 married to a Rachel? 1807-1855..Hope Warren, NJ..George W. Drake is one of their children..Father of Amos was Hezekiah Drake 1777-1810 married to Elizabeth Hoagland 1783-1880..Father of Hezekiah Drake was Silas Drake 1737-1812 married to Mercy Swayze 1742-1815.. PS (yes that Swayze is an ancestor of the now gone famous actor Patrick Swayze!) They are buried in the Swayze Cemetery in Hope, Warren, NJ. Father of Silas was Abraham Drake Jr. married to Elizabeth Lindsley 1705-1802. Father of this Abraham was Abraham Drake Sr. 1685-1763 married to Deliverance Wooden 1683-1761..Father of Abraham Sr. was Rev.John Drake 1655-1741 married to Rebecca Trotter (7-7-1677) 1655-1702.. And father of Rev John was Captain Francis Drake 1615-1687 married to Mary Ann Walker 1625-1688..Capt.Francis came from NH and settled in Piscataway (my town) in 1667. He is related as either a nephew or such to the famous Sir Francis Drake of England who never had children..So, I think we have our mystery George solved..If you check these and see anything that night be contrary, please let me know..I hope this is all correct..It seems to be!! Happy Trails, Joanie Ely Sundelof
Added by Joanie Ely-Sundelof on Apr 05, 2016 2:05 PM
Donell Mills
Michael Chambers
I transferred the memorial to you.
Added by Donell Mills on Jan 30, 2016 3:11 PM
Carol & David
Isaac Rasley #152355848
Thank you for the additional information on Isaac's birth date. I have added it to his memorial. I have been trying to find out the information on his wife, Catharine Ayers Rasley to list her with him at Church Hill but have not found any definite record of her death. She has no obituary in our local newspaper from that time period and while I believe she is buried with her husband, my husband and I have found no stone at Church Hill for either of them. We have been working on recording all the burials listed there.

My husband has a Rasley connection through his 2X Great Grandmother, Mary Ann Rasely, who married Aaron Pysher so we follow the Rasley line too.

Added by Carol & David on Dec 27, 2015 6:29 AM
Donell Mills
Rev. William L. McCurley
added information you provided
Added by Donell Mills on Dec 09, 2015 10:06 AM
RE: George Lance
Found this for his father (but no burial location - perhaps you can find an obit that lists it):

Joseph F Lance in the New Jersey, Deaths and Burials Index, 1798-1971
Name: Joseph F Lance
Birth Date: abt 1862
Birth Place: United States
Death Date: 12 Jan 1899
Death Place: Lebanon, Hunterdon, New Jersey
Occupation: Labor
Marital Status: Married
Gender: Male
Father Birth Place: United States
Mother Birth Place: United States
FHL Film Number: 589811

Also his parents are:
William LANCE 1821 1914 and Sarah CONOVER 1821 1906 (burials in Find A Grave) along with all his siblings. I have sent links to link siblings to parents.
Added by janicet on Nov 05, 2015 2:54 PM
I am also a 3rd great granddaughter of
William and Susanna Kern Ayers through Leonard's son Perry Lee Ayers. I have more info if you are interested.
Added by Tammy on Oct 29, 2015 3:17 PM
RS Witwer
RE: Crotsley burials
Thanks for correcting their locations. I appreciate your doing so without a lot of discussion. I think it's in great shape now! Have a nice day. Rhonda
Added by RS Witwer on Sep 16, 2015 4:57 AM
RE: Rebecca Crotsley
by the way - I send you an edit - to add her father - he is listed.
Added by Donna on Jul 02, 2015 6:19 AM
Renaldo Browne
RE: Genealogy
Quite interesting. My mom told me I should contact Jerry Colangelo (Basketball Team owner), and see if they are related. Mom was a Colangelo, her parents were from Aquila Italy.

On my dad's side of the family, my cousin said, because they had African American in their blood, and had very fair skin, they passed themselves off as white.

My Aunt even told me I had an ancestor, who was a Free Slave. I might have found her in the 1870 MO, Census, with her owner.

Dad never told me about this, and also found out I have two cousins I didn't know about. My aunt thought I ignored one of them, because he was black. Went to my high school, same time I did. I wouldn't have ignored him.

My family is kinda like the Bundy's (Al), and the Simpsons (Homer). Only thing I can say is DOHHHHHHHH.

Added by Renaldo Browne on May 28, 2015 10:31 AM
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