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Debra Smith Grubbs (#47706171)
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Bio Photo I live in Ridgeland, MS and found this site after both of my parents passed away. I think it is a very fitting way to honor those who are no longer with us. The Surnames of my closest relatives include Smith, McCown, Lawson, Harrison, Terry, West, Cox, Bright, Young, Benson, Gay, Willis, Wier, Henry, Patterson, Johnson, Warren. The Surnames of my husband's closest relatives are Grubbs, Rye, Pannell, Duke, Brown, Jeffreys, Dudley and Borden.

I have now learned that I should say the following: Any photos that I have posted to Find A Grave are available for use by others. I do not need credit for the photo. Enjoy!
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Jim Gilmer
RE: John Smith's grave

The transcription of the marker that was on the back side of John Smith's original grave marker, which was present in 1980, but missing in 2000, read:

"The English awarded him in 1756, a league of land in NC for his bravery in the Indian wars. One acre of land reserved when the land was sold for burial plot. This deed recorded in Hillsboro, NC"

Do you have access to the book "Genealogy of the Smith Family of Rockingham County, NC", by J. Fletcher Smith of Cedar Grove, GA, published in 1903?

If I can be of further assistance regarding the Smith family, please e-mail me at
Added by Jim Gilmer on Jun 02, 2016 8:30 AM
Jim Gilmer
RE: John Smith's grave

I've got it in my info at home; On a trip right now, using my laptop. Will get the info to you later this week when I get home.

Added by Jim Gilmer on May 29, 2016 10:24 AM
Jim Gilmer
RE: John Smith's grave

The grey grave stone is the original marker for our John Smith. The white colored marker is an informational stone about John Smith. I took that photo in 1980, Unfortunately, it is no longer there as of my last visit to the Smith Cemetery in 2000. There are five photos when you click on photo to see full size. The transcript for the grey original marker I made in 1980 also.
Added by Jim Gilmer on May 28, 2016 4:12 PM
Julie Hampton
RE: FAG #51905318 John Smith
The photo is John Smiths original marker. It's explained in the memorial bio.
Added by Julie Hampton on May 27, 2016 3:05 PM
John R Terry
John R Terry
Birth 1838 Alabama/
Death MAY 1864 LA
2nd great-grandfather of husband
Think have his site fixed now. I was so surprised and mad for the 1850 census showed him in MS although I was pushing the Rusk CO TX I cannot believe that I did not notice. I have tried to watch carefully for every once in a while a person's info who is not even close will pop up. Don't know if happens to you . I think it might be my internet connection.

Name Jno R Terry
Application Date 12 Jul 1899
Application Place Rusk
Spouse Mrs Martha H Terry
Marriage Date2 Jun 1861
Marriage Place
Terry Death Date May 1864
Pension File Number 03509
Application Type Widow
Household Members Name Age
Mrs Martha H Terry 74
Jno R Terry

John Russell Terry married Martha H Vinson Sample Watters Terry, long one huh, gr gr grandparents of my husband, James Edwin Parr. They had a daughter, Emma Jane Terry who married Robert Henry Parr,his gr grandparents. They had a son Robert Lee Parr who married Vera Poole, his grandparents. Their son was Travis Edwin Parr who married Dorothy Gladys Spain, his parents. I have not found where he is buried yet. According to Martha's widows pension, he was killed in battle during the Civil War about May 1864. He was in Whitson Co, Ochiltree Regiment CO I, 18th Infantry for about two years before he was killed.

Thanks for responding
Cheryl Walters Parr
Added by clparr on May 14, 2016 6:15 PM
RE: Martha H. Terry
Hello, did I answer you about John R Terry. How are you kin? Thanks Cheryl Walters Parr
Added by clparr on May 14, 2016 12:21 PM
Carol Cotton
RE: Milas Wade McCown
Nice to meet you!! My cousin, Ann Elizabeth Conway, has a tree on Ancestry. If you have access, it's the Conway, Griffth, Wright, Hales, McKelvey, McCown. . .tree. We descend from Cyrenna McCown who was married to Jesse Bevis McKelvey. Ann Elizabeth (she's also a Find A Grave contributor) is fairly well versed in what McCown research has been done. I'm her trusty sidekick when we do cemetery work. I believe there's a gentleman in Texas she has corresponded with in regard to the McCown's.
Keep in touch!
Added by Carol Cotton on Feb 12, 2016 5:09 PM
Ron Collins
RE: Correction requested
Hi. I have changed the name for Ruby Scott, as requested. However, I cannot change the info on the sibling request since I am not the owner of that memorial.
Added by Ron Collins on Dec 05, 2015 3:57 AM
Greg Matthews
RE: James Smith FAG# 41442258
You're welcome, glad I could help!
Added by Greg Matthews on Nov 06, 2014 12:55 PM
Greg Matthews
RE: James Smith FAG# 41442258
I took the photo this past spring, in April or May I think. I resurveyed the entire cemetery over the course of a couple of Saturdays. I didn't do anything special to get the photo for this particular marker. I do have methods for bringing out the words on hard to read stones, but I didn't do anything special on this one. It probably looks more legible because the sun wasn't shining directly on it. All of the markers in this cemetery face the rising sun so they're easiest to read either right when the sun comes up or well after noon.
Added by Greg Matthews on Nov 06, 2014 12:50 PM
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