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Jayanna Dotson (#47783588)
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Bio Photo I am in Roanoke Alabama and am tracing my familys history. I am tracing Caldwell, Floyd, Young, Waller, Benefield, Stone, Ussery and a few others. All of my family is from Georgia and Alabama. I spend quite a bit of time going through old newspapers and if I run across an obituary I check find a grave for a memorial. If I find a memorial, I will send a copy of the obituary to the contributor for the memorial. I know what it's like to be searching for any little tidbit of information and not being able to find anything. I am searching for information on my Great Great Great Granddaddy Samuel Young. He was married to Louisa Benefield and had a child Thomas Jefferson Young. Granddaddy Samuel died in the Civil War and I have no idea where his remains are at and this tugs at my heart everyday. Harvey Hester is to be commended for raising Thomas J as his own after he and Louisa married. If you have any information on Granddaddy Samuel born approx 1837 please get in touch with me. From everything I have ever heard and read the people I descend from were good, hardworking christian people and I am honored to help put together accurate information on the sweet past days of these precious, generous, kind people.

Whatever information I post here or on ancestry please feel free to use it. Information on our ancestors is meant to be shared :)

If you find an error please let me know by using the "edit" tab on the memorial and I'll correct it.

Words of Wisdom from the past:


A matter of more than ordinary importance to the writer, concerning an old manuscript, may prove of some interest to some of our readers. At the risk of being criticized for the personal feature of it, we will here refer to it. One night recently, while removing the contents of the drawer of an old table that had been in our home since our earliest recollections, we found, among other trinkets, an old but well preserved manuscript of odd size and color. It was marked "Stevenson Genealogy" and was in the handwriting of this editor's father, the late Rev. John B. Stevenson. It was dated December 1858.

The paper spoke interestingly of the times and characters of the Revolutionary period. The scene was North Carolina. Among other things the manuscript states, "The entire ancestry of my parents were all Whigs during the Revolutionary War; and many of them fought, bled and some died in the service. William Payne (the author's mother's father) was under the command of Charles Washington James Stevenson (his other grandfather) volunteered at the age of 16 years under Capt. Hall and was several years in the service, sometimes subduing the tories and sometimes meeting the trained legions of the King."

As the moral of this, we wish to suggest that parents would do well to write a brief history of themselves and their ancestry to hand down to their children. In this way an interesting and accurate genealogical table could be kept and future generations would have a more intelligent idea of who they are and whence they came. Act on this suggestion and your children will bless you.

O.H. Stevenson


Note to Find A Grave Contributors:

If I sent you an old obituary, maiden name, birthday, etc... please update the memorial. If you don't have time to update the memorial please consider transfering the memorial to me. There are a considerable number of folks doing research and this site is an AWESOME tool and memorials need to be as accurate as possible. If the memorial was your loved one you would want it correct, right? Some of the late 1880's and early 1900 obituaries even give a cause of death along with other pertinant information. What may not be important to you may very well be important to that persons loved one. Remember the Golden Rule and leave the ego at the door.

Thank you
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Messages left for Jayanna Dotson (142)[Leave Message]
Donna Cox Baker
James C. Burson (106868529)
Hi, Jayanna. Thank you for making a memorial in FindaGrave for my great-great-grandfather Jim Burson. If you are not related to him, I would like to take over management of the memorial, if you are willing. My Find A Grave# is 48360473.

If you want to keep it, I'll send you some more information. He had two other wives and other children.

Oh, and can you tell me where you found his birthdate? While I also have the birthdate on my Ancestry record, I can't find a single source that backs it up, and I don't know where I got it. Maybe from this Find A Grave record, but I see that the obituary doesn't give the month and date. Is it, by chance, on the stone? I don't think I've ever seen the stone.

Donna Baker
Added by Donna Cox Baker on Jul 22, 2017 11:14 AM
Lewis Willis
You have Lewis Willis (#89888370)linked to Mildred Warner Washington 1671-701 (#21573). I can find no connection for this Willis to Mildred Warner Washington. There are many Willis' in the Washington family. Beverly
Added by BevR on Jul 14, 2017 12:46 PM
Brenda King
William Thomas Ussry (Jr.)
There are two virtual gravesites for William Thomas Ussery (Jr.) b 1740 England/VA d 10Jun 1811 Montgomery County, NC. Memorial #34791971 & #91346877. This is the same person. What should be done?
Added by Brenda King on Mar 21, 2017 8:57 PM
Karen Winters
Lucinda Stone Benefield #75137394
I have sent in an "edit" request for her date of birth. 1836 is impossible due to the dates her children were born. She married Caleb C Benefield 3 Oct 1831. Most censuses say born 1810 in South Carolina. Regardless what the obit in the newspaper said of her age at death, she could not have been born in 1836. Thanks for the edit in advance.
Added by Karen Winters on Jan 01, 2017 10:28 AM
DOB for Lucinda Stone
Hi, May I ask how you got the year of birth for Lucinda Stone? You also have Lucinda Stone Benefield and Martha Sarah Sanders Benefield BORN the SAME YEAR and DIED the EXACT TIME. AND the SAME OBIT!! (mother and daughter in law)

By your information Lucinda is born after her children? By census records of 1850 AL and 1860 AL, Lucinda is born abt 1810. On the 1850 Caleb Cox Benefield I (my 3rd GGF), Lucinda Stone with Caleb Cox II age 13(my 2nd GGF )all DNA confirmed. Caleb I and family lived next to his brother, Azariah Benefield and his family.

The 1860 Al Census, Caleb C Benefield I and II lived with their families, location beside each other, still in Randolph Co. Azariah Benefield and his family moved also close to a family of my Nelson's. All Randolph Co AL.

I'm DNA confirmed on my Benefield Line to William Benefield 1740. I welcome any feedback, docs or if I can help. I'll be happy to help and share. My mom's Benefield line traces from Randolph Co AL to England. I also have the Book, Benefield, Bennefield, Bedingfield: Footsteps to the past.

Thanks Susan Bailey
Added by whisperit on Dec 13, 2016 10:29 PM
Janet Fowler
Dock Johnson memorial 106850341
Could you please transfer this to me? He is my G Grandfather and I have all the correct information, including his entire name, where he is buried and even the correct name of the son-in-law that shot him. Thank you.
Janet Fowler
Added by Janet Fowler on Sep 08, 2016 7:58 AM
Jeremiah Elisha Stone #89887199
I am tracing this line and greatly need documents proving his lineage from William Benjamin Jeremiah Stone to Jeremiah Stone 1790-1836 to Jeremiah Stone 1742-1827. How do you know his middle name and death date? I have been unable to find a will or place of burial for Jeremiah Stone 1790-1836 or his wife Sarah Johnson. Thanks
Added by JLJ on Jul 25, 2016 9:53 AM
Boots Farrar
Mary Farr
I left suggestions that the daughter of Thomas Farrar and Katherine Perrin was Mary Farrar who married Joseph Watkins

And that the person you have memorialized as Mary Farrar married Robert Melton was actually Mary Farr.
She was born in New Kent County, at a time when Thomas and wife Katherine Perrin was living on "Farrars Island", no Farrars ever lived in New Kent County,

I do hope that you correct this genealogical crime, as it causes problems for future family researchers.

I know you are not responsible but are simply repeating and thus validating a genealogical crime.
In this case morphing Farr into Farrar. A frequent occurence for people with Farris, FErris, Farrow descendants who run into brick walls or seek to claim ancestry to a known James River family
Added by Boots Farrar on Mar 30, 2016 9:52 AM
mary pruitt morris
Young Family
My 1st cousin married Ronnie Young. I'm pretty sure he was from Alabama. His family raised strawberries. He & Betty had a boy & a girl. They divorced. Ronnie raised the kids. If you see anything that sounds familiar I'll try to contact the kids for you.
Added by mary pruitt morris on Mar 15, 2016 11:58 AM
Breonna Richard
Information about One of Your Find a Grave Entries
Hello there. I am a librarian at a Georgia public library and I have a patron's whose grandmother is one of the entries that you have put in back in 2013. Leola Magby is the person's name and all it is is 2 newspaper clippings about her death. Do you remember where you found those clippings? Thank you for all of your hard work :)
Added by Breonna Richard on Mar 14, 2016 7:11 PM
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