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Sabrina (#47811077)
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I've been doing genealogy research for about 35 years. I started before you could turn on your computer and do the research from your home. While I enjoy the convenience of using the internet to do research, I still enjoy the more "hands on" approach. I've taken many trips over the years to courthouses, cemeteries, to visit elderly family members, etc. along the way. For me, the online research just doesn't bring the same satisfaction that I feel when I am able to go dig up the information in person. I've enjoyed meeting cousins that I never knew I had, and I've also been able to reconnect with family members that I've lost contact with over the years. This has become a great hobby, and I've enjoyed learning all the interesting stories, both good and bad, about my family history. I hope I have and am playing some small part in getting younger members of my family interested in what came before them.

I'm happy to share whatever information that I have. Feel free to use the grave photos that I've added without contacting me. I've uploaded them for your use. All I ask is that you list where you got the photo along with the cemetery, city, state so others can find the grave if they wish to visit it. I'm happy to take photos of graves in my area for other people and upload them to memorials here. I think of it as a kind of payment for those who have been kind enough to get photos for me. I try to take the kind of photos that I would like to have....well focused, as readable as possible, and a good angle.

As for the more PERSONAL PHOTOS, I'd like to be contacted before anyone adds them to another website or uses them in any other way. I love sharing, but I also like to know where and how my research and/or personal family photos will be used, and I like to know that credit is given to the proper individual(s) if my research or photos are used by others. I feel it's extremely important that future researchers be able to get to original sources of pictures and other documents the same way that I and others did. It's very frustrating to see a supposed photo of someone on the internet, but the person posting the photo doesn't have the original, can't tell you where the original is or any other information about it, and doesn't even know for sure that the photo is correctly identified.

I'm happy to transfer any memorials that don't belong to my family. Just let me know if I am managing a memorial which is of your family member, and I'll get it transferred to you ASAP if I'm not related. I like to see memorials in the hands of family or friends who can add to the memorial and make it the best it can be.
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Sophronia Tucker

Thanks ever so much for posting the newspaper clipping on her

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Added by Pearly Gates on Nov 05, 2014 8:13 PM
C W & Nannie Whetsel
Thank you very much for the photo.
Added by 5chandlers on Sep 26, 2014 10:08 AM
Babs Robinson
Sarah A Winkles
Hi, I am a Winkles descendant and I believe that Sarah A. Winkles buried in Haralson County is my ancestor by her son Thomas. Please contact me at

Added by Babs Robinson on Sep 20, 2014 12:01 PM
RE: Nannie Whetsel Grave
Thanks for offering to photograph Nannie Whetsel's grave. The problem with the existing photo is the guy doesn't want it uploaded to any other site without permission and he is inactive with no way to contact him. I would like a photo I can freely upload to our tree, I always credit the photographer.
Thank You Very Much,
Added by 5chandlers on Sep 10, 2014 4:09 PM
RE: William Mitchell Clay
This is the correct WM Clay who had the relationship with Malinda.

Also, please check out the link to his wife, Rebecca Cecil. I'm sure this has some impact on William's personality. His family was affluent, not super-rich, but well-connected. His wife was from bigger money and connections. The Cecils in England had titles and positions, and Rebecca didn't let her own children forget this, and that they really WERE better than other people. OK, I enjoy the history, but I don't share the opinion, just because that line includes Lord Baltimore. :)

P.S., also to Bev's post under mine...WMC did not marry Malinda. He stayed with his wife till death parted them. Malida's children all remained Diamonds. I'd love to see the book to learn about her. Is it available now? She had such a pretty name...did it reflect her personality? The writer probably couldn't find more info because a lot of people are just stupid about not sharing stories they think are somehow "shameful." I like know what people really did, and how they really lived. If you'd like to read a really honest book about some Clay family members, it's Kentucky Clay, written by a college professor who is not shy about some of these amazing people. She is descended to WMC and Rebeccal through their youngest daughter, Kezia, who must have had somethink like Bipolar Dis. She didn't leave her room for a year, and one turn followed her husband to a visit with his mistress. She promptly set that house afire while they were still in it. She liked to remind people she was Cecil. I am descended from WMC's oldest child who was a true gentlewoman and did not bother to remind everyone she had noble roots. I can see why WMC might have needed some time away from the wife and kids.

My grandfather's sister married one of my grandmother's cousins (I forget how many removes or if he was 2nd, just def. not first) who was descended from WMC's sister Patience Chapman Clay, nothing unusual or problematic in that family except that my aunt & uncle were beautifully kind folks I loved to visit, and he lived into his upper 90s, always enjoying farmwork with his mules. I have a lot of Clays in my extended pedigree from Laurence, Boyd, and nearby.

Finally, I made this memorial and would be honored if anyone who has already made them for the Diamond children would ad him as father in the family links. Since there's not an easy way to link him to her bio, I'll add a note in his...tastefully, of course. :)

JanisCJ, part Cecil ;)
Added by JanisCJ on Aug 24, 2014 10:33 PM
RE: William Mitchell Clay
Yes, indeed, it is true. Laurence Co., KY, had little involvement. The lady involved, Melinda Diamond, had children that were probably all with Grandpa Clay, and it is definitely this William. Melinda lived in Virginia, and the Clays lived in an adjacent county, Giles. A court record from 1806 fined WMC for the care of two Diamond children. These are, by default, her first two children. Her last was born before the Clays moved to Laurence Co, KY, which is the right time frame for all the children to be with WMC. The records I've seen don't show Malinda moving out of Giles. The only Malinda Diamonds in Laurence are too young to be mom Malida, though they could be a daughter or cousin. My autosomal DNA in two different programs has matches through WMC to the Diamond descendents, plus matches to WMC's ancestors. We don't share any other DNA from my pedigree.
Added by JanisCJ on Aug 24, 2014 9:50 PM
Bev Bailey
RE: Diamond Question for you.....
Thanks for correction of death date for John!
The "Malinda Diamond Pioneer Woman" book by Lennie Carter tells a little about William Clay. It seems to be a mystery. Sounds like they were never married. He was ordered to pay the County of Giles towards maintaining two bastard children begotten of the body of Malinda Diamond. Do not know the names of children.
Added by Bev Bailey on Aug 20, 2014 10:25 AM
M.T. researcher
RE: Cemetery Question
Liberty United Methodist and Avondale are two different churches/cemeteries. They are about 4 miles apart. I have visited Liberty many, many times and the photos of the markers and the memorials for those persons that I posted are located at Liberty. The markers that I took pictures of for memorials that were posted on the Liberty site by someone else are also located at Liberty. If there is someone that is listed at both locations, I don't have a answer to that at this time. If you use the same site you sent me and change avon to Liberty you should have a listing that was recorded many years ago and the number of interments at that time are far less that now. Hope this helps. Mike
Added by M.T. researcher on Aug 19, 2014 4:40 PM
RE: Thanks again!
You are very welcome. I am glad they turned out well.
Added by RickC on Jul 18, 2014 6:12 AM
RE: Kenneth and Roy Combs Grave Photos
You are very welcome. I glad to be able to help.
Added by RickC on Jul 18, 2014 6:12 AM
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