German,French,Irish,Scotch,Cherokee Indian, Vietnam Veteran, Family Historian.
I usually have some biographical information on most, (not all) of the pictures I've submitted for my memorials. Just click the photo's for more information. I have also added over 350 photos to other memorials that I do not manage. Visit my Virtual Cemeteries to see many memorials for area military veterans, Rheem/Ruud co-workers, Spiro school teachers and others.
If you find any mistakes on my entries, let me know and I'll correct them.
I have been researching family history for 30 years that include the following names: Stephens, Parks, Standifer, Hite, Bowman, Hickman, Ainsworth, Pruitt, Collins, Ross, Hahn, Morrison, Schrimsher, Allen, Wilson, Foreman, Springston, Drumgoole, Doublehead.
My 6th great grandparents, Jost Hite and Peter Stephens were German immigrants who were the first pioneers to settle west of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in the years 1731-32.
Their descendants ventured further west to settle in the states of Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee. Later, my great great grandfather, Samuel Brooken Stephens migrated to Arkansas, where he became the first Sheriff of Sebastian Co., Ark. in 1851-52. Three years later, on the 28th of July 1855, he was killed by a runaway Creek Negro slave near where Smith Chevrolet Co. is located in Fort Smith, Ark.
My Parks and Standifer families were pioneers of Tennessee and Arkansas.
My Stephens, Hite and Bowman relatives were Virginia and Kentucky pioneers. John, Isaac, Joseph and Abraham Bowman were all Officers in the Revolutionary War. Wikipedia has lots of information on these four brothers. Most interesting history on these four uncles, their sister Mary Bowman being my 5th great grandmother.
My Ross, Ainsworth, Pruitt and Hickman ancestors were from So. Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Indian Territory. The Morrison, Schrimsher and Allen families were Texas pioneers.
My Cherokee ancestors were the Wilson, Foreman, Springston, Drumgoole and Doublehead families from Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. The George Wilson-Ruth Drumgoole family were Old Settler Cherokees. Foreman, Springston and Drumgoole families came over the "Trail of Tears" in 1838-39. My 1st cousins, 4 times removed, were James Foreman, Bird Doublehead, Isaac and Anderson Springston, who were implicated as the assassians of Major Ridge in 1839. John Ridge and Elias Boudinot were assassinated by other groups who supported Chief John Ross.
And last but not least is myself, who proudly served my country in the United States Navy, aboard Aircraft Carriers, Destroyers and other ships.
During my Navy career I served on the following duty stations: l. U.S. Naval Station, Pensacola, Fla. (1957-58) 2. USS Shangri-La CVA-38, (1958-60) 3. USS Kearsarge CVS-33, (1960) 4. U.S. Naval Station, Midway Island (1965-66) 5. USS Point Defiance LSD-31 (1966) 6. USS Mansfield DD-728 (1968-70) 7. USS Roark DE-1053 (1972-73) 8. Naval Reserve Center, Fort Smith, Ark. (1974-86), Retired as Signalman First Class
Aral Russell Sykes is my half 1st cousin. He is the son of James Ervin & Mary Cooper Sykes. James is my father's half brother. I never met Russell and only vaguely remember uncle James from his visits when I was very young. Actually, I knew very little about that side of the family until I started doing family research in 2001.
I am the son of William Boyd and Olar A. Rollans Sykes, both are buried at El Reno Cemetery in El Reno, Okla.
My brother was a retired Navy Pilot, he was at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola about the time you were, he received his aviator wings in Feb. 1957. I was a Army paratrooper in the mid-sixties era of Vietnam.
Thanks for saying hello, it's always nice to hear from others with a family link.