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Audrey DeCamp Hoffman (#46783896)
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Bio Photo I am now a ninety one year old mother, grandmother, gr-grandmother, and recently a gr-gr-grandmother. On my 80th birthday my grandkids were ask to share what they remember about grandma. Because I realized they didn't know much about their ancestors, I decided to write down what I remembered of the stories that were told to me as I was growing up. That lead me to contact the Sequoia Genealogical Society.

Volunteers taught me how to find more than 100 years of local family history from the Tulare City Libraries Genealogical Collection.

One volunteer, a retired school teacher taught me, fourth grade style, how to search the Internet on the computer. That year my daughter and grand children gave me a computer for Christmas, and I was off and flying and now I added Find a Grave to my activities.

I am now a self appointed family historian who has been doing research on my own extended family, and that of my friends,

Seen on another contributor's profile. I couldn't agree more.

We are the chosen. In each family, there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts, but instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the storytellers of the tribe.

When you visit one of my memorials please leave a flower. I appreciate it when you say what relation, if any, to a person.

Because of my age I would like to transfer some of my memorials. For many of them, I am not a direct descendant, and I prefer to transfer to direct descendants. There are a few occasions where I will make an exception. I will not make any transfers unless you leave a flower and a note.

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Mary Ellen Nelle Conn Hall and John Price Hall
Mary Ellen "Nelle" Conn Hall 171106470
John Price Hall 171198245

You have them both buried at Mission Park South cemetery.

They are both buried at Sunset Memorial Park
Added by ESR on Oct 19, 2016 5:30 PM

I picked up the Noonie McNeil photo request. Don't request photos for all those people I listed. I found a couple more that I have to go back and photgraph. There was a Barbara A. Stangel that appears to be Mary Ellen's grand ddaughter and in the same lot someone named Swartout. I don't recall the first name, but it seems that Ruth Ann Hall Mooney was previously married to a Carl Swartout, so there is probably a connection there. I have an Amazon delivery today that I am waiting for, so I may not get down there today, but I will do it in the next couple of days. I am going to create memorials for all the people I mentioned and connect them together no matter what, so save your time, I don't need the requests. Also, it appears Mary Ellen Hall memorial was changed from Sunset to Mission Park South. She is in Sunset, so you might want to change that back.

Bob Young
Added by rwy on Oct 12, 2016 1:33 PM
Olive's Branch
RE: Willis Clayton Tull Jr
Love that link! Thanks for including it! Great bio and photo.
Added by Olive's Branch on Oct 12, 2016 1:23 PM
Olive's Branch
RE: Willis Clayton Tull Jr
Hi Audrey,

Yes, I think you're right. I added an obituary for his brother, and it's the same. Since he's living, I suggest we delete our correspondence on this page. Google generates search data based on our conversation here. There's nothing worse than reading strangers' theories about who you are!

Thanks for adding Milbourne memorials in Asbury Cemetery. They look good!
Added by Olive's Branch on Oct 12, 2016 1:20 PM
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RE: Willis Clayton Tull Sr. #68875611
Yes, I think you're right. I made the link. Good job finding him!

From my research, there were two Willis Clayton Tulls from the Sanford area. Very confusing.

I do think Willis Clayton Tull Jr. was the son of your Willis Clayton Tull Sr. because his bio states he was the grandson of both George Clayton Tull and Gordon E. Milbourne. Willis Jr. is also the source of the genealogy that coincides with the dates of your Willis Tull Sr. Interestingly, I knew Willis' brother Donnie Lee Tull. He married my cousin.

You should be able to connect Willis Sr. to his father George Clayton Tull on Findagrave. George was buried at Downing's Cemetery in Accomack County VA. Unfortunately, I see that all the memorials at Downing's have been deleted by the original contributor. You could create one! George Clayton Tull b. 21 Mar 1868, d. 5 Sep 1947. Check Miles Files. He has the genealogy of this family line and their disposition. The author, M. K. Miles III, is from the Sanford/Saxis area.

Added by Olive's Branch on Oct 11, 2016 4:45 AM
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Willis Clayton Tull Sr. #68875611
You know, Audrey, maybe you're right.

I do see a Willis Tull whose Social Security Death Index that lists DOB 2 Mar 1905, DOD Jun 1983, last residence Johnson City, Tenn. Miles Files
has Willis Clayton Tull b. 2 Mar 1905 in Sanford, Accomack County, VA, married to Agnes Virginia Milbourne 24 Nov 1929 in Marion Station, Somerset, MD. Source is "Willis Clayton Tull, Jr., The Ancestry of Willis Clayton Tull Jr."

I wonder why the newspaper reported his father dead prior to 1967? I can't find his obituary. Do you have further proof?

Added by Olive's Branch on Oct 10, 2016 5:31 PM
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Willis Clayton Tull Sr. #68875611
Hi Audrey,

I received you edit for Agnes Milbourne Tull. This Willis Tull is not the correct Willis Clayton Tull Sr. He died prior to 1967 when his son Willis Tull Jr. was appointed Asst. to the Eastern Shore Library. In the news article, it says, "Tull's father, now deceased, was president of the Bank of Tokyo. A descendant of Thomas Tull who was among the original settlers in Somerset County in 1666, Tull is the grandson of George C. Tull, a Crisfield merchant and of the Hon. Gordon E. Milbourne, both now deceased." Crisfield Times, FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1967, p. 1

I don't know when Willis Clayton Tull Sr. died or when, but it must be before 1967.

Sorry, Valerie
Added by Olive's Branch on Oct 10, 2016 4:05 PM
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David "Owl" Sterling
Audrey, "Owl" was his nickname, not his middle name. My internet went out responding to your edit.
Added by Olive's Branch on Oct 09, 2016 7:09 AM
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Cornelia E. Betts Sterling #115544118
Hi Audrey,

I received your edits, and I don't believe those links are correct. Cornelia's in my family, so I know her line fairly well. She was a Betts and only married once.

Your Ernest Sterling married Addie C. Sterling on 10 Jul 1895 in Somerset County, Maryland. Ernest was 20 years old and Addie was 17 years of age. They had two daughters, Pauline and Bernice.

I can see from the census records that Ada C. 'Addie' Sterling was the daughter of George H. Sterling and Mary E. __ of Crisfield. Let me check. These Sterlings are very confusing!

Okay, here she is: Addie C. Sterling married twice, 1) Ernest Sterling who died in 1925, and 2) Gordon Milbourne. Addie died in 1953. Her obituary was published in the Crisfield Times. It says, "She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. J. Lloyd Truitt and Mrs. Clarence Sessions, two sisters, Mrs. William Howeth and Mrs. Roxy Nelson, and two grandchildren."

It looks like Addie does not have a Find A Grave memorial. Would you like me to make one for her, then you can link her daughter? I probably have a picture of her gravemarker too.

Given this evidence, I must respectfully decline your edits. Could you also remove the link of Mrs. Session from Cornelia Betts Sterling?

Thanks, Valerie
Added by Olive's Branch on Oct 08, 2016 6:24 AM
RE: Oren and Eva Belle Frazier
Thank you Audrey for your assistance.
Added by AFS on Oct 01, 2016 12:32 PM
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