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Fran (#47031624)
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Bio Photo I was born in MS and after living in CA for 43 years my husband and I have returned to Florence to live. I became interested in my family history during the early 1990's. While searching for ancesters in old cemeteries I was saddened to see the neglect and damage to beautiful old headstones and monuments.

The iron marker in my bio picture is in Greenwood Cemetery, Jackson's oldest cemetery and was made by Pearl River Foundrey owned and operated by a family member in the late 1800's. There are two of these markers in Greenwood Cemetery.

I am happy to photograph headstones and post them to help complete memorials on find a grave. I must give credit and many thanks to my husband, Les and sister, Sue for their help with obtaining burial locations.

My Family names: Parker, Richardson, Winterstein, Switzer, Bell/Beall, Bradley, Dorman. My husbands family names: Davenport, Arnold, Davis, and Stinson.
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Eugene Downes
RE: Stinsons
I had always thought William Stinson was William Carroll but after hearing from another Davis family member today I feel that Karl is correct. Sarah had lived at home with her mom & dad up till her mom died 1905. A short time after her mom died she moved in with her brother James and his wife. James was an animal doctor and helped to deliver Sarah's first born son named Carl Clay born 1910. Carl's father Johnson Clay told Sarah he had to go back to Ashland, Kentucky to see his mom because she was very sick about 2 weeks before Carl was born (he never returned). Your cousins blood line does connect to the famous Statesman Henry Clay born 1777.
Added by Eugene Downes on Mar 18, 2015 9:43 PM
Eugene Downes
William Stinson Memorial #129323235
Sarah's father's name was William (Bill) Karl Stinson & he died Cincinnati? (beyond Fayetteville) Ark. He was a blacksmith & had a brother & they had a combine together or thrash machine. Sarah I's mother was Sara Jane Thompson & she's buried in Cincinnati (out of Durham?) Ark. in the Methodist? Church courtyard in Durham? Ark. Some of this info came from a letter I received from Cleo Penney who knew the family, dated 17 Nov. 1969.
I also got some info from an Oda who wrote that William joined So. Army, only had 3 0r 4 children then. He was in for 1 yr, no one to take care of family (starving) & crops so he left & went home.
Added by Eugene Downes on Mar 18, 2015 3:56 PM
Janet LaMotte
Lt Col Frank Callahan
Thank you for finding and photographing his grave marker. Your help is appreciated.
Added by Janet LaMotte on Mar 16, 2015 6:56 AM
Margaret McCosh photo's
Hello Fran.

I would like to personally thank you for the photo contributions for Margaret McCosh. Margaret was my mother's sister. She had a short life and died at 13 years old. She was born with an enlarged heart and did not have an easy time during her brief life. My mother grieved over the loss her entire life and I made it a special project to create the find a grave memorial for her. Finding her was the difficult part. She and my mother had different fathers so I was searching using Margaret's biological father's surname. The thought that she ha been adopted by my mother's father simply did not occur to me until all usual efforts to find her had been exhausted. Once I found the grave location, and created the memorial, obtaining the gravestone remained as the last item for this effort. Your contribution has completed this effort and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you so much. Margaret now has something so that our family may always remember her. Thank you so much.

Special Regards,

Rob Streander
Added by robstreanderjr on Mar 15, 2015 5:38 PM
3 Risher Photos
thanks so much for taking the time to fulfill my request for my relatives photos. People like you make findagrave such a successful site....thanks a million
Added by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2015 3:44 PM
Beth Austin
Maude Kittrell Downs
Fran, thank you again for this another wonderful marker picture for Maude Downs. You are the greatest!
Added by Beth Austin on Mar 15, 2015 2:29 PM
Beth Austin
Raef Smithson Ramsay
Fran, thank you for this wonderful marker picture for this little angel. I appreciate your time and effort.
Added by Beth Austin on Mar 15, 2015 2:26 PM
Eugene Downes
RE: Sarah Stinson
I would have to find the picture of Sarah and the baby to check the back to be sure but I think the baby could be Evelyn which may have been Sarah and Orval's first baby???? I think I'll use your email address to send more information and pictures. Please feel free to use my email address which is .
Added by Eugene Downes on Feb 24, 2015 8:07 PM
Eugene Downes
RE: Stinson
Hi Fran, Effie was my wife's fathers favorite Aunt. His mother was Effie's sister Sarah Stinson Davis. She married Orval Charles Davis there in California. Orval was not my wife's fathers dad so he chose to use the name of Reeder. Jim Reeder was born 1910 in Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas. Several years ago we interviewed my wife's aunt Margie asking information on the family history, recording her stories. She told us about a trip she made back to Springdale and Fayetteville to find out about the family roots. She talked about an old man she saw setting in front of an old store (maybe Springdale) and ask him if he knew William Stinson. He was the one that told her that Bill could shoe any mule that there was, no matter how mean he was. She told us that she also found out that bill owned and operated several sawmills, small one I thank. She gave us quite a few names and more information but I would have to listen to the tape several more times in order to put it all together.
Added by Eugene Downes on Feb 23, 2015 9:06 PM
Eugene Downes
Davis Stinson Family
Hi Fran, it looks as though your husband and my wife are connected to the same family tree. How much do you know about the William Carroll Stinson Family?? Do you have any information on his sawmills or his horse(Mules)shoeing business? There is a story told that said that if there was a mean mule that needed to be shoed you needed to contact Bill Stinson. I think it was Effie Stinson who first married a man who supplied the rail road some ties and I think died in Oklahoma before Effie moved on out to California where she met and married a Davis. I wondered if Bill Stinson used his mill to cut ties for the rail road.
Added by Eugene Downes on Feb 22, 2015 6:58 PM
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