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Linda & Joe Richards (#47486036)
 member for 3 years, 11 months, 20 days
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I have been working on my family genealogy only since the spring of 2010. I wish I had started decades ago when I would have been able to gain first-hand information from my parents and grandparents. Now I only have bits and pieces of first-hand information to build on. I have discovered more than I ever thought possible.

I am working on my New York paternal side: Wightwick, Collins, Thornton, Dolan, Sweeney, O'Mahoney.

Also my Mississippi maternal side: Barlow, McWilliams, Thompson, Shepherd, O'Neal, Guynes, Quin, Perryman, Beeson/Beason, Dalrymple and BEYOND.

My husband, Joe, is now interested in finding his ancestors, since I have done a lot of research on his side of the family. That side starts with Richards & Ward in Alabama. It includes: West, Ray, Guy, Hart, Daniels, Parker, Jones, Stuart (or Stewart) and others to be discovered.

Joe will now share this site with me, so that we can work together. I have found Houston County in Alabama to be a treasure chest of information. Other researchers there are the most helpful and are probably related, too.

We also enjoy visiting other cemeteries to take pictures and help others with their family search. We live in Douglas County, GA, so if anyone needs assistance nearby, just contact us.

WE HAVE ADDED MEMORIALS THAT ARE NOT RELATED TO US. We visit cemeteries to take volunteer photos and sometimes add other photos and memorials. We do this especially for family names that we are related to. If you find a memorial that is a direct ancestor or a close family member, you may request a transfer to you. We will do this if you make the request through the edit function, suggest a correction, give your contributor #, and tell us how you are related. We will transfer the memorial if we are not also related. We have taken a lot of photos over the last year and a half that we have not yet added. It is time consuming, but we will add more memorials and photos as time permits.

PLEASE NOTE: The McWilliams Family in Clifton Methodist Churchyard in Panthersville, GA. and family members linked to them have NO KNOWN RELATIONSHIP WITH US. Their son, George W. McWilliams IS NOT the George W. McWilliams whom Linda is descended from.

PHOTOS WE TAKE MAY BE USED FOR FAMILY OR GENEALOGY PURPOSES ONLY (NO COMMERCIAL USE.) WE WOULD APPRECIATE JUST SHOWING ON THE PHOTO "COURTESY OF LINDA & JOE RICHARDS." As other photo volunteers know, finding these cemeteries and the graves in them is time-consuming and hard work, as well as the process of adding them to findagrave; therefore, just acknowledge that we provided them. Thank you.
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Donell Mills
Isaac Hart.
I deleted the duplicate memorial, thanks for catching it and letting me know.
Added by Donell Mills on Mar 30, 2015 11:22 AM
Memory Keeper
RE: Photos of memorials
Hello, yes, you may use the photos. I have sent you a private message via email. If you do not mind letting me know, I am curious which you want to use. I always imagine the people of the memorials I took photos of and linking them to a family gives me satisfaction. Thanks!
Added by Memory Keeper on Mar 17, 2015 12:20 PM
Beth Ivie-Allen
memorial for Jonathan Williams #17965907
If you will, please click on the name posted under each photo on Jonathan's memorial and ask the person who posted the photo their permission to add their photos to your family tree.

Most sincerely;
Added by Beth Ivie-Allen on Mar 11, 2015 9:55 PM
Peter Checksfield
RE: Wightwick Memorials in St. Peter & St. Paul Churchyard
It was a pleasure - I discovered a"new" Checksfield grave whilst I was there.
Added by Peter Checksfield on Mar 10, 2015 4:07 PM
Jennie McWilliams
Thanks, it's gone, you did a nice job on it.
Happy Researching, Bud
Added by Bud on Feb 15, 2015 7:10 AM
Judy Samson-Shealy
RE: Tombstone Photos
Thank you for contacting me. You may use any of my photos you come across. Judy
Added by Judy Samson-Shealy on Feb 08, 2015 7:17 PM
Sarah Johnson
From Sarah
Yes, you are welcome to use the photos on the Thompsons. My Thompson ancestors did not live in the Carolinas or Cleburne Co., AL to my knowledge. Good luck on your research.
Added by Sarah Johnson on Jan 12, 2015 12:49 PM
Mary Longley

Hi again

This is what I get for not reading emails.

Got the info you sent about Mary and have updated her listing accordingly. Thanks very much for that.

Added by 1414Jan on Jan 02, 2015 12:59 AM
Wightwick Edits

Hi Linda

Thanks for those - my fault for not finishing the linking process.

As for the edit for Mary Longley - can you please give me more information as I show that she never married.

I'm certain that the information you have on her is more accurate than what I have - so if you can give me all the particulars you have, I will gladly update her listing.

Many thanks
Added by 1414Jan on Jan 02, 2015 12:54 AM
RE: Wightwick Memorials

Hi Linda,

You are most welcome. It is a genuine thrill for me to find connections between photos and families and in the process find relatives.

Humphrey & his brother Charles both married Mercer girls, Ann & Sarah, who were cousins. Their fathers were the sons of Thomas & Mary (surname unknown) Mercer.

Ann was the daughter of John Mercer and Mary Sanders. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Mercer and Elizabeth Grisbrook.

John Mercer & Mary Sanders is my direct line which does indeed mean we are distant cousins.

Thanks for asking and yes, of course, you can copy any photos of mine to your family tree. Credit to 1414Jan.

What is the name of your tree on ancestry? Mine is "Mercer Family Tree" and I'm also "1414 Jan" on ancestry. It would be great to communicate through the ancestry website.

Warmest Regards
and Happy New Year
Added by 1414Jan on Dec 30, 2014 1:59 AM
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