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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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RE: 129554273 Catherine Everett Minton
Thank very much for replying. Have a good day.
Added by AllieL on May 17, 2017 7:42 AM
129554273 Catherine Everett Minton
I have some information on this family. Brother to Catherine is Thomas Henry Everett #133950792 that's my 2xGreat grandpa. I have info on their parents who have not been set up in Find A Grave because I can't find a burial. I also have b-days and full names of Catherine and Thomas's siblings. I am new to being actually in Find A Grave instead of just looking. Can you give me some advice..?
Allison Lancaster (AllieL)
Added by AllieL on May 16, 2017 10:21 AM
Find A Grave Memorial# 144261876
Judson Foster. You said you didn't know anything about him. He is my husband's great uncle. His Mother is John Lewis Foster who was a civil war veterin(sp) and a teacher in Little Oak, Alabama. His mother was Martha Rountree Foster, also of Little Oak -- they are buried in the Little Oak Methodist cemetary. Mercedes, his wife, was from Cuba -- he did business there. You can find a lot of this from my family tree in My name is Margaret De Young. Look up my husband, James T. King, Jr. (who's really a third).

I know this is late, but better late than never?

Added by Margaret on May 10, 2017 3:08 PM
S. W.
Sally Whiteley Combs
Hi Rhonda,
Thanks for doing the edits on Sally. I am descendant from her brother, so I am not a direct Combs descendant. Are you in her line? If anyone is interested in any info about who her family was they can contact me. If you don't want to manage her memorial, I would be happy to, but it is not necessary, as I think that those in her direct line might be wanting to do so.
I have spent a lot of time researching her family though, and have enjoyed doing so.
Thanks for all you do on Find A Grave.
Added by S. W. on May 09, 2017 11:44 PM
Gail Davis
RE: John Crockett
Will do Thanks

Added by Gail Davis on May 03, 2017 8:10 AM
Debbie Z*~
Oakland Cem - Atlanta
Hi Rhonda,

Thank you for all the work you have done in this cemetery and so very many others! As you know by now, I have deep roots in this area of GA and your work has greatly helped add to my family tree.

I wanted to let you know that I've completed a bio for William C Sanders, at least for now, and thought you might want to take a look. Many of the pallbearers & escorts mentioned in the obit have been linked back to some of your memorials. William's memorial # is 54912768. His wife, Rebecca Hulsey, is my cousin.

Best regards,
Debbie Hulsey Zouras
Added by Debbie Z*~ on May 03, 2017 6:53 AM
RE: George Foster Eubanks (95326802)
I'll ask her what she'd like to do and let you know.

Added by Swangirl on Apr 29, 2017 6:43 PM
RE: George Foster Eubanks (95326802)
The grandfather worked as a surgeon in a field hospital in Marlborough, England, during WW ll and died there from a stroke in 1944 at age 44. He is buried at the American Cemetery near Cambridge and his remains were never brought back to the U.S. So the green marker at Westview is a cenotaph. He's not actually buried at Westview.


Added by Swangirl on Apr 29, 2017 3:46 PM
kay stafford
Philadelphia Pres Cemetery
hi rhonda ... this is a voice from the past ... Kay Elwyn McLeod Stafford. I just saw Diane Banke's note to you regarding the transfer of memorials to her. I haven't been too well lately and figure it's time to get some things in order: the memorials at Philadelphia being at the top of the list. Diane is taking them over. Altho she lives in North Georgia, she's one of the group that took over management and upkeep of the cemetery.
You're way more experienced than I am, so please tell me: 1. Do I have to do the transfers one by one or is there a way to transfer memorials in mass.
Last time we chatted you were working on some huge overgrown cemetery -- I forget the name -- and being eaten alive by bugs. Good to see you survived. Hope all is well...
Added by kay stafford on Apr 27, 2017 9:23 AM
T.J. White
Find A Grave Memorial# 57974625
Full name, per living family members, was "Major Milton Center." Thanks for making the correction!
Added by T.J. White on Apr 26, 2017 10:47 AM
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