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Debbie Rangel (#47341018)
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Bio Photo I have been doing family research for 4 years. I love history and doing research. I am searching the surnames of Cox, Wyrick, Lee, Edwards, Elmore, Dotson, Hanson, Warden, Briggs, Smith, Barksdale, Anderson, Nelson, Finstrom, Rundquist and Larson to name a few. My dad has done a lot of our family tree on his side and my mother's side. So have information handed down to me. He was able to talk with some of the older family members that are no longer here. I grew up in Oklahoma and Kansas. I now live in Florida. I have grown children and now have grand children. I am willing to help others in their research. Would like to set up a web site but haven't gotten there yet. I work otherwise would do this all the time.
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Smith DNA
Hi Debbie,

I am researching my Smith line that came to Texas (Hopkins County and Dallas area) from Tennessee before 1850. Has anyone in your family ever taken a DNA test to see what Smith lines are more closely related to you? There is a website of Smith DNA markers and my Smiths are close to some in TN but I haven't found any in Texas that they are closely related to. If you do know of someone in your lineage who has a test kit on the worldwide Smith DNA website can you let me know the kit number so I can check it against our family's DNA sample? Thanks for any help you can give!

Marsha Smith Williams
Added by Marsha on Sep 28, 2014 10:11 PM
Rex Elmore
Just an FYI - I added a headstone photo this evening (the headstone is a bit faded and has quite a bit of lichens/fungi on it).
Added by TeamRiP on Jul 11, 2014 12:43 AM
Mike Casey
RE: Ronald Milton
Corrected, and thanks.
Added by Mike Casey on Jun 19, 2014 9:43 PM
Alice Kraft
Hi Debbie,
I had forgotten that I left a message for you on this site! Thanks for responding. I have always heard about the Barksdale book, but have never put out the effort to find one (out of print?) and purchase it. Do you know where they can be obtained?
Added by Alice Kraft on Jun 11, 2014 1:43 PM
Alice Kraft
Hi Debbie,
My maternal grandmother was a Barksdale, her father was Claiborne Robert Barksdale, son of Beverly II and Nancy Easley Barksdale. Would love to hear from you, how you are related. I am currently trying to hunt down any photographs of the above mentioned people?
Would love to hear from you,
Added by Alice Kraft on Aug 23, 2013 9:43 AM
Betsy Starkey
RE: Carrie Finstrom
It only took me over a year to reply to you. Sorry about that. I do have some pictures of Carrie. There are in storage, but I can get them out and scan them. Again, sorry for not replying. You can contact me on under Elizabeth Starkey, or email me at
Added by Betsy Starkey on Jun 10, 2013 6:55 PM
Laverne Hill
Dotson Family
I am a member of the Dotsom family of Hardee County, Florida, and found you are researching the name. I have a Hiram Dotson in my family. Any information you might have on this family, I would appreciate you getting back to me. My email address is:

Thank you,
Paul Bigbie
Added by Laverne Hill on Jan 25, 2013 8:01 PM
RE: Dotson graves
this is the website for the McMinn Co Historical Sosiety

Added by Rachel on Dec 10, 2012 6:52 AM
Dotson graves
my husband bought the land from Runyons (not sure of the spelling). I don't know who had it before that but I'm sure he knows.
Added by Rachel on Dec 07, 2012 10:44 PM
RE: do you know where they are buried
I posted this in 2008

got home from church, we have a visitor (we don't know him), he is with McMinn Historical Society at Athens Courthouse.

We have a cemetery on our property

the info that he mailed up says this

Copied by Lawrence McConkey, Englewood, Tennessee
Date: June 6, 1939

The Allen Dotson Family Cemetery is 6 miles N.W. of Niota via the Union McMinn Road. Niota is 6 miles W. of Athens via the Lee Highway. It was established circa 1860 by the family of Allen Dotson, following his death, and was discountinued before 1900. There are 4 graves in the cemetery. Allen Dotson married Martha (Patsy), daughter of John and Cloria Rector Arnwine, in (there is a date here but it's marked out). Then 2 married daughters are buried in the cemetery: Nannie who married Frank Wallis and Jane who married Pryor Dobbs. The graveyard is now owned by Bruce Anderson, R.F.D#1, Niota, TN (this is the land that I know own)

Allen Dotson
Born about 1818
Diet about 1860

Martha (Patsy) Arnwine
daughter of John and Claria Rector Arnwine and wife of Allen Dotson
Born about 1820
Diet in 1884

daughter of Allen and Martha (Patsy) Dotson and wife of Frank Willis
Born about 1840
Diet about 1884

daughter of Allen and Martha (Patsy) Dotson and wife of Pryor Dobbs
Born about 1840
Diet about (there is a date here but it is marked out and error written over it)

Family Skethc
Allen Dotson, married Martha (Patsy) Arnwine, daughter of John and Cloria Rector Arnwine in 1838. They were the parents of the following children: Jack, Nannie, Washington, and Jane. Their history follows: Jack married Tennie Lankford. She is buried at Rockwood, Tenn. Nannie married Frank Wallis. They were the parents of Bottie Buttram. Washington, died unmarried. Jane, married Pryor Dobbs. They had no children. Allen Dotson, it seems was not related to the Dodson family, that settled in the county early, and who were related to the Matlock and Arnwine families. There was a Wm. Dotson who was a member of the county court from about 1830 to 1840. He might have been the father of Allen Dotson, although someof the records list him as William Dodson and some as William Dotson. The Arnwine family cemetery and Matlock community cemetery are only a few miles from the Dotson cemetery, and Mrs. Dotson relatives are buried in these cemeteries. There are no actual inscripitons with dates etc. on the rock markers to the four graves in the Allen Dotson cemetery. It is located 6 miles N.W. of Niota, about one mile beyond Union McMinn Baptist Chruch. Niota is 6 miles N. of Athens, via the Lee Highway.

(there is now a brand new marker that was put up this summer by the McMinn Historical Society)
the guy that mailed me this stuff also included some chancery court records of McMinn Co with the Dotson/Dodson name underlines
Added by Rachel on Dec 07, 2012 10:43 PM
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