We are obviously related in some way. I am the gg granddaughter of George & Susan Payne Donaldson, through their son, Henry Donaldson. Would like to compare genealogy notes. I have a copy of Henry's death certificate. This is how I knew who his parents were and where they were from. Have lots of info on Henry's family. Look forward to hearing from you.
RE: Antioch Cem. location Hi Cecilia, Here's how you can find the location of Antioch Cemetery on the internet. Type in "Antioch Cemetery, Cleburne County, AL" Look for "Cleburne County, AL Cemeteries--Alabama Gazetteer" at alabama.hometownlocator.com Do you have any family members living in that part of Alabama? I've often thought about going back to visit the cemetery and placing a military tombstone there for my great-grandfather, William Torrance. I suppose I could rent a 4WD vehicle and drive in. I think I would probably need a GPS system to locate the cemetery since we had trouble finding it in the 1980's. Larry
RE: related? Hi Cecilia, My brother and I visited Antioch about 20 years ago with my mother's brother. The road was in bad shape but he was able to get through in his pick-up truck. My parents visited the cemetery in the late 70's or early 80's. The road was in good shape then because the timber company had graded the road so they could haul out logs. My dad drove there in his Ford LTD. Our related families lived in the area of Antioch due to the price of land which could be purchased from the government. They would grow food on their farms and try to find other work in the area. My great-grandfather walked from that area down into Borden Springs to work in a coal yard. He did this walking with a stiff left leg caused by a bullet during the Civil War. He's buried in an unmarked grave at Antioch I noticed on the 1900 census for Cleburne County that my maternal grandmother, Julia C. Lorren, was living next door to Lou and Flem Donaldson. Larry
RE: related? Hi Cecilia, We're related. My great-grandfather, William W. Torrance,was the brother of Louise Frances Torrance. My grandfather, Jasper Newton Tarrance, was married to Julia Lorren. Both were born in Cleburne County. They moved to Ashville (St. Clair Co.) about 1914 and are buried at Reeve's Grove Cemetery in St. Clair Co. Here's my line: William Torrance--Jasper Newton Tarrance--Clidie Marie (Tarrance) Hathcock--Larry R. Hathcock I began doing research on William W. Torrance in the early 1980's. I knew he was in the Civil War, had fought at Chattanooga, and received a pension from the State of Alabama. After going to the Alabama Archives I discovered that he had fought in Company "K", Fifth Georgia Infantry. He'd buried in the Antioch Cemetery near Borden Springs. I don't know the exact location since there's no tombstone. I'd be glad to answer any question you may have. Regards, Larry R. Hathcock
RE: Charles Edward Smith Jr I have no idea how they met, never really thought about it! I know he had young children to raise and needed a wife to care for them. Although Grandma Smith, his mother, helped to raise them. Don't even know how long after Sarah died that he remarried! Lots of questions no one knows the answer to, just did not stop to ask while the ones with answers were still alive. If you wanted to add his first spouse, her name was Sarah Elizabeth Hales Smith. Sure anxious to get Macon to check out that gravesite!
RE: Charles Edward Smith Jr Thanks, no I have never seen this picture! Was it with Charlene's pictures? Bet you have some good ones! So glad to see it! Can you add his name and birth to granddaddys site, all his children are listed but him? And yes he is handsome! Do you know anything about his daughter, Bonnie Ruth? We think my brother David favors him!
RE: Anne Ruth Smith Bennett I live in Tifton. 100 miles south of Macon on I75. I looked for the Smiths on Find A Grave and none showed up. Several years ago I went to the Rose Hill website and downloaded a pic of some of the graves. And I have been there many times but not in a long time. Last time I was there was when Uncle Floyd was buried, not sure the year. But I will let you know when I go. My daughter just retired and has offered to go with me, so it is her decision when to go.