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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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RE: Memorial # 67721764 Emma Plunk Guinn
Thank you Shirley, for under standing, and for the work you also do on Find a Grave. It is kinda odd to see a woman's first name as John. Have a great day.
Added by Bonnie on Mar 20, 2015 7:28 PM
RE: Robbie Wallace at Chapel Hill
It's ok about Robbie Wallace. She could be buried at Chapel Hill. I have come across many young children that never even got a stone. If you find any information where she's buried, let me know and I will try to get her a picture. I am glad I could help where I have. Feel free to use my pictures anywhere you like. :)
Added by tania on Mar 18, 2015 7:42 PM
Memorial # 67721764
Shirley, please remove the death cert. that you placed on the fore mentioned memorial, as I don't think that a D.C is a proper place on a memorial.
I would appreciate you doing this.
Thank you
Added by Bonnie on Mar 18, 2015 2:25 PM
Melissa (Little) Fisher
Charles Wallace #39527075
There is a great picture of my G-G-Grandma and my Grandma Mildred with her siblings. How are you related? I am very new to this site.
Added by Melissa (Little) Fisher on Mar 12, 2015 1:50 PM
palestine cemetery (lex, tn)
I am doing some research on my next cemetery (Palestine) and could not find a "Bedy Petty" Listed. Could she have a different name? My email is :)
Added by tania on Mar 11, 2015 7:58 AM
Old Hepzibah Cemetery
I am sorry I can't get your picture for you. If I hear anything like they are restoring it or making it accessible, I will let you know. :)
Added by tania on Mar 10, 2015 4:19 PM
Brenda Davis
RE: James and Sarah Stewart in Friendship Cemetery
Thank you for your response. I am taking a second look at the James and Sarah buried in the Friendship Cemetery as possibly being great-great-parents. I am trying to figure out EXACTLY where my ancestors lived according to the census records in 1870. These two cemeteries are miles apart and I think that may make a difference. I also need to review how I found out that my James was buried at OLD Shiloh. Who said tracing your genealogy was easy! Thanks again. Brenda Davis
Added by Brenda Davis on Feb 27, 2015 8:05 AM
Brenda Davis
James and Sarah Stewart
James and Sarah Stewart of Gibson Co., TN are my great-great-grandparents. The line goes from them to John Wesley Stewart to Dallas "Dallie" Stewart, to Stella Elinor Stewart Ivie, to me Brenda Ivie Davis. I was excited for information on Stewarts but some of the assumptions do not match information that I have of which I will share with you.

James Stewart and Sarah "Sally" Thornton were married January 1, 1835 in Wilson Co., TN by James Somers, J.P. Their best man was John Stewart. Source: Marriages of Wilson Co., TN published 1981 Edythe Rucker Whitley pgs. 132 and 140.

In 1844 James Stewart was appointed guardian of the minor heirs of Seth Thornton, his father-in-law. Those heirs were Joseph, Ransom, and Houston Thornton. It was recorded Jan. 20, 1844.
Source: Wilson County, TN, Miscellaneous Records 1800-1875
Copyright 1982, Southern Historical Press, p27

1850 Wilson Co., TN Census District 21
image 331 of 486 (
James Steward (incorrect spelling)

Sometime between 1850 and 1860 the family moved from Wilson County to Gibson County.

1860 Gibson Co., TN District 13 (Milan) Census 293-335
Jas Stewart 50 M W Farmer $3,750 $2,325 NC (James)

1870 Gibson Co., TN Census District 13 (Milan) (image 30 of 39 -
James Stewart 60 M W farmer $9000 $500 NC

I have James Stewart born January 14, 1812 and died September 8, 1873. He is buried at the Old Shiloh Burying Ground, Booth Road, Fruitland, Gibson Co., TN. I do not have a burial site for Sarah (Sally) at the present time.

I will be delighted to work with you in any way that will help in finding correct information. There could definitely be a connection that I would like to pursue.

Thanks and I hope to hear from you,
Brenda Davis
Added by Brenda Davis on Feb 19, 2015 11:47 AM
Olive Oyl
Kitsey Pickett Moore
Hi Shirley,

I believe Kitsey Pickett Moore has a marker and that I have a photograph of it; unfortunately, when I pulled it up on my IPAD I couldn't read a word of it, so I am not 100% sure it is even her marker, but it is by George and her brother's markers. I took the photographs in May 2014. I will go back to this cemetery when I have a day off in which the weather is cooperative and I talk someone into going with me.
Added by Olive Oyl on Feb 06, 2015 9:53 AM
Your Tidwell family items
Hi Ms. Shirley, I sent you an email this afternoon with some information regarding your Tidwell family connection. Let me know if the e-mail did not come through or if you are needing more information from the library here. Have a great day and stay warm, Helen
Added by Helen on Feb 04, 2015 3:43 PM
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