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Becky Thames-Simmons (#46954069)
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Bio Photo If you would like to use photographs I've added, such as on sites like, please don't just "lift" them and add them as your own. Give credit where it's due: to the person who provided the photos and did the work in the first place.

Sorry to rant, but this is a huge pet-peeve of mine. I see it happen way too often.
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Carol Braden
RE: Rev. Jesse Thames
Thanks - My mom has been going thru her mom's pictures {Ola Nathey-Thames} to share photos with various Family Trees and/or FindAGrave site(s).
Added by Carol Braden on Feb 23, 2017 4:45 PM
Carol Braden
headstone(s) pictures
How do I get permission to save & share on my family tree sites?

Created by: Becky Thames-Simmons
Record added: Dec 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31926844

Carol -
Added by Carol Braden on Feb 23, 2017 1:17 PM
RE: Hester Plummer Edwards
Yes it was! I really wasn't expecting to find hers! I ended up just photographing all the stones some were legible and others were tough figuring out. lol You are quite welcome. I'm so glad I could help. ;)
Added by MissT on Mar 18, 2016 4:10 PM
Thelma Henderson
RE: Benjamin Henderson
Are you still doing Genealogy on Benjamin Henderson? I have not but plan to now . Thelma Henderson
Added by Thelma Henderson on Oct 10, 2015 10:11 AM
Becky (Garrett) Rowland
Hester Edwards
Do u still need a picture we just found the cemetery today. And I know what row she is supposed to be in went to the local genealogy room today at library. Reason I am asking cause I am going back there in a couple of weeks or earlier to take a picture for another lady. P.s. I don't live that far away from the cemetery.
Added by Becky (Garrett) Rowland on Sep 03, 2015 1:31 PM
Erica Bradley Dananay
RE: Clyde Clements
Thanks Becky! I saw your tree on ancestry - answered some questions for my tree. I enjoyed the pictures you included for our common ancestors. It is cool to find a double cousin. Good luck with your continued research, perhaps one day I can help you with information. :)
Added by Erica Bradley Dananay on Jul 15, 2015 9:29 PM
Erica Bradley Dananay
Clements Family

I wanted to thank you for the information you have shared. Clyde Eures Clements (son of Nancy Jane Edwards and Ward Clements) is my great grandfather. I have been tracing my ancestry on and off for about 17 years - took a long break in between when I had my boys :). My husband and I are bringing the boys down to Pana, IL to visit some cousins next weekend and hopefully we can do a little research while we are there. Thanks again for sharing!

Erica Dananay
Added by Erica Bradley Dananay on Jul 12, 2015 2:15 PM
Georg Peters...
Tried to give it another try w/him. Some slightly better results, maybe you can pick something up I'm missing. Most is definitely in German. Still in good shape.
Added by J.G.B. on May 29, 2015 4:42 PM
Reverend William Thames
Dear Becky,

I grew up in the community in which the Thames family lived, only two hundred years afterwards. This family donated the land on which the first building of our church was located. That church was called Cape Fear Church of Bladen County.
In 1789, the county line was moved south and the church became located in Cumberland County, NC.
In 1796 William Thames became the pastor of this church. Also in that year the name of the church changed to Cape Fear Baptist Church. To the east of the church, backside, was/is the Cape Fear River. To the west was the King's Stagecoach Road. After 1776, that name changed to just the Stagecoach Road. This road connected all of the original 13 colonies.

The Reverend William Thames purchased land in 1792. Cumberland Co., Deed Book 11, page 557. This land became known as the Old Thames Family Cemetery. I believe this land was about 3 miles north of the church. I have sent out an email to a church member who can verify where is cemetery is located. Probably Rev. Thames and family members who remained in Cumberland County were buried within this cemetery.

The church did not have a cemetery for many years because the Sanctuary that was built in 1859 has two fronts. What appears to be the front of the church faces what is now Butler Nursery Road (Old Stagecoach Road). But inside the Sanctuary, the Pulpit faces the the back of the church or river. When it was built, people arrived by the Stagecoach Road and by the river. The old records from the 1700's show people from both sides of the river were members of this church. There was a ferry land behind the church. Due to this, the cemetery is relatively young even though it is such an old church.

The Reverend William Thames grew the membership from about 109 members to 257 at its peak. In 1813 when he died there were 225 members. Cape Fear Baptist is the mother church to a number of the local baptist churches. Here and there, 25 or 30 people would break off and form a new church taking the membership up and down.

I am kin to the Reverend William Thames through my mother and my father. Reverend Wm Thames married a Carver, which is my mother's line. On my father's side of the family, Rev. Thames baptized my gr, gr, great grandmother Martha Beard Marsh during his first year as the Pastor. I know this because it was written in her obituary which was found in a 1859 Baptist Magazine. Even though Rev. Wm Thames died in 1813, he must have still been remembered by many. Martha Beard's mother was a Thames, too.
Hope this helps. I will write and let you know when I hear back about the cemetery. My father researched the history of the church back into the mid 1700's and is where most of this information came.
Added by Cathrine on Mar 28, 2015 3:46 PM
Jason Presley
RE: Susan Flannigan etc
To be perfectly honest, I have no idea where the name came from. I have to assume it was a correction/addition sent to me by email a few years ago as it doesn't appear in the list of processed edits done since the site added the edit suggestion feature. I have no connection to her, so I'll just transfer the listing to you.
Added by Jason Presley on Dec 09, 2014 10:21 AM
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