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Marian Presswood (#47361548)
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Bio Photo I'm a retired educator, the official County Historian & Archivist, Pres. of the 400 member Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society, founder/editor of the PCHGS Quarterly, and the History of Polk County, and 4 day a week volunteer at the little genealogy library I established here in Benton 18 years ago. I'm the former heritage columnist for the local newspaper, the 'Polk County News', and help numerous people to 'find their Grandpa'!

Although I am not related to the majority of families whose memorials, pictures, or bios I post, I do maintain a lot of them on behalf of close family members who do not 'do' Internet. We have fairly large family files, pictures, and obituaries and I love to share those as I have time. And anyone is welcome to use the bio info and pictures, both markers and people, that I add.

My basic family surnames are Ansel and Rutha Tipton Bailey from Buncombe County, North Carolina; Revolutionary War Patriot Col. William Porter who fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain and was in the NC Legislature for many years after the War (wife Mary Gilkey); The Holdens, Garrisons, and Owenbys from NC to Fannin County, Georgia; and John M. and Jane Ann Rogers Griffith, NC to GA.

Hubby James' side of the family is Jonathan Presswood, Esybous Maynor, Womac, Buckner, Clayton, William and Sophia Moore Dennis, and the 'brick wall' we all have, Harrison and Thaney Clayton Hughes. Harrison married 2nd Elmira Silcox in Polk Co. TN then moved to Arkansas by 1880 with his 2nd family, Price, Burt, Lafayette, Byrum and Sis.

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Maureen Keillor
RE: Related to Wilger/Fletcher
Added by Maureen Keillor on Feb 14, 2017 8:58 AM
Maureen Keillor
RE: Fletcher/Wilger #27377039
Hi Marian,

I'm sorry to tell you I'm just a cemetery groupie and have friends who live in Cleveland. On a visit they took us there, and I just randomly snapped pictures!
Added by Maureen Keillor on Feb 14, 2017 8:44 AM
Maureen Keillor
Agnes Fletcher in Fort Hill
Hi Marian,

Thanks for the tip - I've made the change. There is a group that has been going around Fort Hill since my visit there, and unfortunately, not always checking to see if a memorial has already been created.
I enjoyed reading your bio - thanks for all your hard working helping folks find Grandpa!
Maureen Keillor
Added by Maureen Keillor on Feb 14, 2017 7:47 AM
Mike Smith
RE: Sarah Henderson marker picture
You are very welcome. Glad I could help.
Added by Mike Smith on Feb 14, 2017 5:33 AM
Robin Cardin
Presswood Cemetery
Through my searching for ancestory I have found that I have some past kin folks buried at Preswood Cemetery but have been unable to locate this Cemetery is it possible to get directions to the graveyard? Thank you.
Added by Robin Cardin on Feb 05, 2017 9:11 AM
Ted R. McDuffee
Joseph Whitson Memorial# 151450980
Hi Marian,

My name is Ted R. McDuffee and somewhere/time we may have crossed paths during my research…
I have researched Joseph and Lucy (?) Whitson, my Gr Gr Grandparents, for several decades with little success. Joseph was the stone mason who laid the stone for the house and buildings on the Michael Hildebrand land… I have walked the Hildebrand house area on two different occasions and never been able to find his headstone. On one occasion the area was so overgrown, this was after the original house was moved, all I really found was the cellar way steps, of which I garnered a stone, with the blessings of Mrs. True. The second time there was cattle present that had almost obliterated anything that might have been there.

I was a subscriber of the “Polk County News” for many years and enjoyed all the Heritage articles of which I contributed a couple of articles several years ago… Also, you should have my book, “From DUFF to McDUFFEE on one leaf” in the library in Polk County…

My question at this time is on the publication about Joseph Whitson posted on ‘Find A Grave’ website, Memorial # 151450980… You have Joseph’s wife being Lucy Absher… I am so grateful to finally see this posted as proof. I have researched Lucy under several surnames and never have found proof of her maiden name… I would be so grateful if you could supply me with your findings on her maiden name.

Thanks for posting this information… Ted…
Added by Ted R. McDuffee on Jan 23, 2017 7:39 AM
Linda Fowler
James M. Newman

I was searching my great grandfather, James M. Newman, in the Hopewell Cemetery, in Cherokee County, North Carolina.

I have lived in Cherokee County my entire life. My father's name is Pearly Newman and he is buried in the same cemetery.

I noticed that you had added a picture of my great grandfather on the site listing him. I happen to have that original picture in my home along with his son's James W. Newman (my grandfather). I know it is the same picture and is obviously a photograph of that same picture as it is a large picture in that very frame, and has the same water distortion in the upper part. I was surprised to see it even though I know some family members have taken a picture of it over the years. Just wanted to thank you for posting it. I guess I will need to get a smaller version of the picture of James W. Newman and post it too. They hang side by side in my home. Were probably taken at the same time.

Just a little extra info:

James M. Newman DOB: 6-10-1835 DOD: 3-31-09
wife: Nancy Elizabeth Welch Newman DOB: 7-20-1835 DOD: 12-7-1898

James W. Newman DOB: 12-12-1868 DOD: 8-12-1944
wife: Ella Morrow Newman DOB: 4-25-1881 DOD: 2-16-1966
Added by Linda Fowler on Jan 16, 2017 10:45 AM
Danny Mashburn
RE: John D. Patterson & Adaline Turner?
Hi, Which daughter? There are a lot of John D. Pattersons but there is a death certificate that seems to fit him which says he died in McMinn County, Tennessee and is buried at the Etowah Cemetery.
Added by Danny Mashburn on Jan 10, 2017 1:33 PM
Charles Rowe
Hey Marian, I was very happy to transfer your friends brother to you! It will be wonderful to have his family links attached. Have a Blessed New Year.
V. Wall
Added by VYWall on Jan 06, 2017 10:23 PM
Linda Christensen
Thank you!
Thank you so much for the Hammons photos. I really appreciate them. Thanks again!
Added by Linda Christensen on Dec 23, 2016 5:43 PM
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