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Shirley Stewart Milford (#47645504)
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Bio Photo I live in Memphis, TN. Both my parents were born in the area around the very small town of Finger in McNairy County in West Tennessee. I became interested in my ancestors in January 2010, when a church friend sent me an old family photo which was taken about 1892. Her great grandmother was in the picture and she thought one of the younger brothers in the photo might be my grandfather. He was!

The photo was my great-grandparents and their 10 children (before the 11th was born) and all the names had been written on that old photo! That photo really got my attention and I wanted to find more about each one of my grandfather's siblings. Sadly, I did not get to visit with my grandparents very often and I am the only OLD person left in my family : ) so there is no one to remember, no one left to ask questions. So I started researching. I am so thankful someone had the wisdom to write all the names on that old photo. Without those names I would have had no place to start.

It is so important to write names and dates on your photos!! I have tried to do this through the years – regretfully I have missed many and have had to estimate or guess about them. I am in the process of scanning all my pictures to make a ‘family photo journal' CD so each of my children and grandchildren can have a copy. Now I will add our family genealogy records so they will know about their ancestors.

I was excited to learn about Findagrave where I can make lasting memorials to my ancestors so they will not be lost and forever forgotten to the ages. I am thankful for Findagrave and Family Search especially, and all their wonderful volunteers who have helped so much in my research.
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Shirley Farrell
RE: Hello
Shirley, the only Elam I found in the book was a reference to an E. A. Elam was part of a group of men who held meetings at what was then called the New Testament Church, and later became known as the Walnut Street Church of Christ. He and several other men, spoke to the church periodically before 1911. You might get in touch with someone at the church and see where you can find out the history of the church. He was one of the early members. The church was started around 1880. Do not know if this will help. I will keep looking.
Added by Shirley Farrell on Jan 30, 2015 5:15 AM
RE: Obits
Not a problem, give me a few days. I love sleuthing in that library anyway! Helen
Added by Helen on Jan 29, 2015 5:08 PM
Hi Shirley, how do you want me to get the Tidwell obits to you? I was able to find a few things today but will go back one day next week and finish it up. Do you have an e-mail you want them sent to or just mail them to you?
Added by Helen on Jan 29, 2015 4:09 PM
RE: your Alvin and Pearl Tidwell
It will take me a few days to locate the information, depending on whether the cemetery office can steer me the right direction on the place of death and full dates. Helen
Added by Helen on Jan 28, 2015 2:50 PM
RE: your Alvin and Pearl Tidwell
Hi Shirley, you are so very welcome! I almost overlooked their headstone while walking through that section, so was glad to find it for you. Let me know if you need any more from the area and I will be happy to help find them also. And if you don't have their newspaper obituaries, let me know and I can look them up in the local paper(s). Stay warm, Helen
Added by Helen on Jan 27, 2015 7:07 AM
Shirley Farrell
I wanted to know if you are related to the Tidwell's buried in the Union Cemetery in Dickson, Tennessee. I also have a book titled THE HERITAGE OF DICKSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE 1803-2006. I would be happy to look up and see if any ancestors are in it. There are many Tidwell's and hundreds of other surnames. Great photos and much info is included. My email is and I am also on facebook user name Shirley Grant Farrell. If I can help I will be glad to. Just let me know.
Added by Shirley Farrell on Jan 27, 2015 4:41 AM
Valerie Ogborn
Beaty and Kirby Families of McNairy

I noticed that you had added comments on some memorials for the Beaty and Kirby (Kerby) families in McNairy.

My mother's maiden name is Beaty and we have traced our family back to William Beaty #70884730. William is my 4th great grandfather. William had 4 children that we are aware of:
1. Mary Beaty b. 1804 married Zachariah Roten
2. Elizabeth Betsey Beaty b. 1810
3. John Beaty b. 1812 m. Adaline Hightower
4. Sarah Sallie Beaty b. 1817 m. John Jack Kirby

Our line is through John. But there are other Kirbys in our tree. John's daughter Mary Ann Beaty b. 1840 married James Kirby b. 1845. Also, John's son John Rufus Beaty married the daughter of John Rankin and Mary Kirby.

All of the Kirbys in our line go back to Francis Kerby and Nancy Sparks.

Do you have any information on the Beaty line? We have been searching for William's parents for many years.

Valerie Ogborn
Added by Valerie Ogborn on Jan 25, 2015 10:54 PM
Sandy Cantrell Lindeman
RE: H Margaret Mills Morgan
Shirley, I was happy to be able to do that for you.
Added by Sandy Cantrell Lindeman on Jan 22, 2015 6:08 AM
Kevin C Evans
I accepted your edits on the Elams. If you are a relative, I'll transfer management.
Added by Kevin C Evans on Jan 21, 2015 4:36 PM
RE: Mary and Leonard Finley
Glad you liked them ... we took photos of the entire cemetery .. will load them as fast as I can... Hope you have a good week, Sue
Added by Sueღ on Jan 18, 2015 10:15 PM
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