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Pat Simmons (#46877979)
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Bio Photo I became interested in researching my family tree in about 1987. A very important tool in my research "tool chest" has always been visiting cemeteries and photographing stones of family members. In about 2006 my sister, Mona, and I decided to post our many cemetery pictures with short bios to findagrave. We tag-team, I post the information and she posts the pictures. There are very few of our original memorials that are not our family members. However, there have been instances when I've photographed other stones while in a given cemetery and have gone ahead and posted those. We felt they might help someone looking for that person. I also photographed the entire Walker Cemetery in Mt. View MO one year while there for a family reunion. For those not in my family, I would be glad to transfer management, but only to a family member within the find a grave guidelines. Racking up large numbers of entries are not our bag, but creating well presented memorials for our loved ones is. Our DIRECT family lines (parents thru 2nd great-grandparents) are: Father-Simmons (Chennault, King, Thomas, Coburn, Tiller, James, Johnson); Mother-Stokes (Miller, Vassar, Walker, Thornton, McMurray, Bryson). Plus we're constantly finding other "kin folk" as we work back through the generations.
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Larry Slavens
RE: John V Chenault ID 32243804
Thanks for the info on the family. Maybe one of the kids will have a county history bio or something that speaks of Canzada's family. Sometimes you can go backwards in a line by going forwards! ;-)
Added by Larry Slavens on Sep 20, 2016 10:39 AM
Larry Slavens
John V Chenault ID 32243804
Hi Pat,

I see you left flowers for John Chenault, buried near Ladoga, Indiana. Just wondered if you knew anything about his wife, Canzada Crane. I'm working on determining if/how various Cranes in Montgomery County are related. I know it's a long shot, but it's worth asking. Thanks!

Added by Larry Slavens on Sep 17, 2016 10:55 AM
Marion Laster
RE: Reeves Relatives
Hi Pat,
I don't know if I ever responded to your message or not. If not here goes.

I am aware of Wesley Whitfield Reeves. Yes, we are distantly related. His grandfather, Wesley Reeves is my ggg uncle. His father, Robert Milton Reeves, was born on Sugar Creek in Hickman County, TN. I have visited the area many times and know a little about where they lived on Sugar Creek. My paternal grandmother, Docia Forrester, was also born on Sugar Creek.

Marion Lynn Laster
Added by Marion Laster on Jun 16, 2016 4:26 PM
Valice Raffi
Added by Valice Raffi on Apr 25, 2016 4:19 PM
Valice Raffi
RE: Bedie Thornton
I dug my tree to see how I got Obedience and it looks like it came from other trees. I agree that it makes much sense, especially since she had a deceased brother named Obediah, but like you, I can't find any hard information. I'll reflect that on my tree - thanks for questioning your edits!

So we're related! My 2nd great grandmother was Bedie's half-sister, Susan Harriet Clark.
Added by Valice Raffi on Apr 24, 2016 10:55 AM
RE: Laveta Pearl Nalley
I will send a request for merging to findagrave for it to be corrected. They are the only ones that can merge memorials. Thanks for the alert.
Added by Judie on Mar 28, 2016 9:29 AM
RE: William L. Brown
Thanks for your assistance in linking Minnie to her family.
Added by Judie on Mar 21, 2016 12:30 PM
RE: Telitha Hawkins Emery Thornton
Liking things to match must run in the family! I have updated my family tree (Marshall-to-Michael Grant Family Line)to include your great, great grandfather Walker and was interested to see that he served in the 48th Tennessee Infantry, which is the same regiment in which his brother-in-law, Howell Jackson, served as a Private. In the information attached to H.J. in my ancestry family tree, I found Helton's name (misspelled) in the listing of those who served as Captains when the regiment was reorganized 7 April 1862 following the capture of many of its men at Fort Donelson (16 Feb 1862).

"Captains: ...Heltar R. Walker, Co. 'G', formerly 'D'. Men from Hickman County."

Considering that Civil War units were formed from neighbors & friends in the same locale, I guess this is pretty typical. Still, I enjoyed making the connection.
Added by MKG on Mar 03, 2016 10:02 AM
RE: Telitha Hawkins Emery Thornton
Thanks so much for taking the time to respond. Of course you are correct about H.J. Thornton having been born in Tennessee. The poor sentence structure in my message obscured my attempt to suggest his wife, Telitha, was born in North Carolina, as were her parents according to the 1890, 1900, & 1910 census entries for Telitha. Beyond NC as their state of origin, I have been unable to find any clue as to the identify of her parents. Please know I am grateful for your courthouse work, without which I would not even know Telitha's full name. I will continue to search for information about her parents in order to complete the Potter-Thornton line of my family tree.
On a side note, from Telitha's headstone photo in your FindAGrave entry, it almost appears there is another letter after "T E L". Do you suppose her name could have been spelled with two L's?
Thanks again! Marshall K. Grant
Added by MKG on Mar 03, 2016 7:28 AM
Telitha Hawkins Emery Thornton
I am the great, great grandson of Howell Jackson Thornton and "Telitha (or Tellitha)Hawkins Emery Thornton". I have worked extensively on my five-generation family tree and lack only the identities of Telitha's parents, which I am unable to find through ancestry, family search, or anywhere elese. It appears to me your 2008 entry for Telitha in the Thornton Cemetery, Roosevelt MO, is the only source for Telitha's information appearing on the two sites mentioned above. I know this is a "long shot", but is there any chance you have notes that might suggest how you came up with "Hawkins" and "Emery", since they do not appear on the headstone? Your entry suggests a TN birth, but the 1880, 1900, & 1910 census reports for H. J. Thornton list a NC birth state. Either way, I have hit a dead end and could really use your help. Thanks very much, Marshall K. Grant, Frisco, TX;
Added by MKG on Mar 02, 2016 11:25 AM
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