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Mark Lawson (#47268319)
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Bio Photo Although an Asheville native, my genealogical bases are Yancey, Mitchell and Iredell Counties. Surnames closely related to me are Vickery, Morrison, Bradshaw, Stevenson, Gibson and Bagwell.

I will never create a grave for anyone about whom I know nothing; if I do not have any information other than two dates I leave creation of the memorial to someone who hopefully does have it. These people deserve more on their memorials than just dates, no matter how large the cemetery!

Those who transcribe whole cemeteries without even bothering to use dates, just to boost their numbers, should be banned from the site, in my opinion. With the resources of the Internet now available, there is no excuse for such.

However, I am happy to transfer graves of any persons who are not related to me, to anyone who is related to the deceased. That said, please do not abuse this. Thanks.

PLEASE NOTE: We can NOT link parents to children! That is, we have to link children UP to parents, not link parents DOWN to children. It's just the way the site works. Please do not contact me about adding children to the parents' graves. I can't. Instead - contact the creators of the chidren's graves and ask them to link the kids UP to the parents - it is the only way to do this.

Kindly refrain from post death certs on my memorials. Photos are great, however.
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Richard McMurtry
Watts Family of Iredell Co NC
HI Mark,
I am trying to find the family historian that has the most complete descendancy charts for the family William Watts and his second wife Jane Reid of Rowan/Iredell Co NC. One of their daughters Sarah married Jesse Todd and went west about 1809. I am trying to prove that the Jesse Todd who came to Rutherford Co TN about 1810 was the same Jesse Todd who married Sarah Watts. To do so, I would need a 5th generation descendant of either Thomas Watts md Margaret Locke or Eleanor Reid Watts or one of their siblings.

Male DNA testing shows that there were at least two unrelated Todd families in Rowan Co - one on Swearing Creek and nearby creeks, one on Grants Creek and Dutchman Creek, and possibly a third on 4th Creek in what became Iredell Co.

There is much confusion in the early years of these families due to well intentioned guessing by family historians in the 1960s and 1970s. DNA could help us sort our the divisions and connections between these families.

Could you direct me to someone who could help me find such a descendant?

Richard McMurtry

Added by Richard McMurtry on Jul 23, 2017 11:50 PM
Lorenzo Frye
Thank you for doing this! Lorenzo Frye was my grandfather, I am his youngest grandaughter. I never met him because he died when my mom was 7 from tuberculosis. He was a traveling preacher who went all of the mountains of NC, SC, TN, and who knows where else, mostly on foot.
Added by Melissa on Jul 10, 2017 7:35 AM
Fred Laughren
Hello I am writing to you in reference to a Fred Laughren, he was my uncle by marriage he had married my aunt Betty Sweeney. it seems that his father was a Rev Sam Laughren

Birth: Nov. 6, 1884
Mitchell County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Feb. 14, 1953

Family links:
William Durant Laughrun (1853 - 1930)
Ellen Joyce Laughrun (1858 - 1948)

Sallie Wright Laughren (1888 - 1977)*

Hermon Laughren (1909 - 1988)*
Littie May Laughren Barnett (1912 - 1941)*

Maggie Laughrun Webb (1874 - 1955)**
Laura Laughrun Wilson (1884 - 1961)*
Sam Laughren (1884 - 1953)

*Calculated relationship

Bennett-Barnett Cemetery
Whiteoak Flats
Yancey County

I have listed that Fred Was born about March 12, 1920 in NC and he died July 12, 2001 in erwin tennessee his wife my aunt died in 1997 if you would like his information is on my clinton/sweeney family tree site but thought id let you know he was sam and sallie wrights son.

Added by tyia on Jun 26, 2017 9:03 PM
Robert Dodd
RE: Emery Jones
William C Jones Memorial# 55879193
Added by Robert Dodd on Apr 29, 2017 8:21 AM
Sandy Lamb
Question about father
in the Memorial# 87733065, for Elijah Hobart Owens, it is stated that his mother was Ida Stout. In the death certificate of Elijah Owens, it states that his father was John Owens, not James Ester Owens. I wonder if whomever connected the Elijah and James might have considered that his father was John Owens, brother of James? Is there anyway of knowing who put the connection in Find A Grave?
Added by Sandy Lamb on Apr 27, 2017 8:50 AM
Carl Catherman
Clarence Greene
On Jan. 15 I used the Edit option to send a short bio to be added to his memorial. Did you receive it?
Added by Carl Catherman on Feb 15, 2017 7:57 AM
Memorial# 88639745
Dora M Blackburn/Ledford

She remarried to Benjamin Harrison Greene and died Mar 8 1979 in Virginia. There is a death certificate on for her.


LaDonna Bailey
Added by justlooking on Feb 07, 2017 8:47 AM
Jimmie Primo
Nathaniel Mosley
18052918 and Eliza Wilson 18052904
Added by Jimmie Primo on Jan 14, 2017 7:22 PM
Carolyn Crabtree
Jacob Hefner
Jacob Hefner is a direct ancestor of mine and I have been researching that family for over 40 years. I have his name as Jacob Wilhyde Hefner and have never seen Iziah before his name before. Where did you get that information?
Added by Carolyn Crabtree on Nov 25, 2016 7:59 AM
Alan Fradkin
Sallie Belle Watt Deal

I left you a few emails and a few too many messages (sorry) but the above is not William Tillet Watt's daughter, could you please remove. Sallie's father was William Thomas Watt as you have control of that Find A Grave and that is where she needs to be attached too.

Thank You
Added by Alan Fradkin on Oct 22, 2016 11:22 PM
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