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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: Robert Little
Finally got a chance to add Robert Little's bio. Check and see if it's correct. Thanks
Added by Nancy on Oct 21, 2014 10:09 AM
Debby Gillespie
RE: Stewart Family
It was great to hear from you, too. I have the copy of TENNESSEE ROOTS:CATHERINE STEWART. That is how my visit to the cemeteries really began. I have always been interested in my roots. I have never done any formal research myself..I have been so fortunate to be the recipient of others' hard, loving work.

Quickly, here is my decendency

Alfred Merrill Stewart & Catherine Richardson
William Robinson Stewart & Margaret S Bailey
Mary Clementine Stewart & John Washington Freeman
Fairy Elizabeth Freeman & Garth Cloar Wilkerson
Barbara Ann Wilkerson & Edwin Louis Lowry
Nancy Debra "Debby" Lowry & Louis J Gillespie, Jr.

As a side note,the Wilkersons were from up around Troy and Union City, TN. The Lowrys are from Neshoba County, TN.

Fairy, my grandmother, was born in Reagan. She and my grandfather lived in Atlanta for a while where my mother was born. They then moved to Memphis at sometime, where my mother was raised. There are four of us kids, all raised in Memphis. I left there in 2001 when my husband retired from the police department. I know live in Arkansas about an hour west of Memphis.

His mother has relatives buried at Shiloh Cemetery at the old Shiloh church. We take her every year to put flowers on her parents graves. When I found how close Union Hill, Mt Moriah and Preslar Cemeteries were to Savannah, I made them a side trip this year.

I know nothing of Catherine's trip, but like you, can only imagine the hardships, strength and determination it must have taken.

I was very interested in reading your story about John Stewart. I have a Lowry relative that was killed in the Civil War. I have gotten a copy of a few of his pay records but that is about all I know. I have an actual letter w/envelope that he wrote to his sister from Harpers Ferry. How that has survived all these years is nothing short of a miracle.

Would you have any idea who might have left flowers on Catherine's marker? They had to have been left recently because they were not faded at all!

This is fun and I look forward to keeping in touch.
Added by Debby Gillespie on Oct 20, 2014 9:37 PM
Debby Gillespie
Stewart Family
I just found this site a few minutes ago while trying to find information on Union Hill Cemetery in Reagan, Tn. I was just there yesterday taking pictures of my ancestors' headstones. William Robinson Stewart was my great, great grandfather. I was left speechless when I read the story of John, his history and how you were able to honor his memory and service. I also took pictures of Catherine Stewart and other family members in the Preslar Cemetery. Someone had recently put flowers at her headstone. I am so excited to have found this site and look forward to sharing information with you!
Added by Debby Gillespie on Oct 20, 2014 11:53 AM
Alyssa King
RE: Sweetlips and Roby Cemeteries
You're welcome. I enjoy taking photos of the graves and finding them. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo of the area or the plaque. I thought about it, but decided not to. I didn't find Arzo's grave, but I could have just overlooked it. The cemetery isn't very big, and I looked all over, but it's possible. There was another plaque beside Coma's but it was completely unreadable. That very well could have been his. There were unmarked graves near the Rainey graves also. All of the Rainey graves were at the front of the cemetery. If I ever go back I will certainly take a photo. :)

- Alyssa
Added by Alyssa King on Oct 19, 2014 5:46 PM
Virginia Paredes-Tijerina
RE: Arlege Preslar Grave Marker, Oakland Cemetery
Good morning Ms. Milford, you are quite welcome. It was my pleasure to look for and find your photo request. Yes, the homemade markers are the best and please share the picture with your family.
Added by Virginia Paredes-Tijerina on Oct 18, 2014 8:06 AM
Bethany Sellers Pollardo
RE: Linda Rhodes Gardner Grave Photo
You're so welcome! :)
Added by Bethany Sellers Pollardo on Oct 17, 2014 11:31 PM
Robert Little
Got your information on Robert. I will add it to his memorial...give me a few days. Got your message when I was out of town. Trying to play catch up now.
Added by Nancy on Oct 14, 2014 8:13 PM
Mary Jo
RE: Findley/Finley in Milledgeville
Have you used this site?

It is a good site if you don't have a full death date or location regarding Tennessee individuals.

Will leave the Finley/Findley as is until I heard otherwise from you later.
Mary Jo
Added by Mary Jo on Oct 14, 2014 4:29 PM
Mary Jo
Finley message
Sorry about the typos, I've been up since 3 o'clock. It has stormed here all night!
Added by Mary Jo on Oct 14, 2014 6:26 AM
Mary Jo
Ref Findley/Finley in Milledgeville
I appears that members of this family have used both spellings.
I got me spelling of the name from the Milledgeville Cemetery listing on TNGenWebCemeteryDatabase.

The father, Josephus S. (Joe) has his name spelled "Finley"
The wife, M.L. (Mary Liza Holland) has her name spelled Findley.

Three of the children listed, Leonard, Joel and Dewey have the names spelled "Findley"

Two daughters, Anne (Mildred) Scott and Dovie Hanna have their maiden names spelled "Finley" in the obits.

Also on the TN Death Listing the father is listed as Josephus S. Finley.

I have come across this in families before where members have different spellings. I personally have not seen the actual headstones.
What do you suggest?
Added by Mary Jo on Oct 14, 2014 6:25 AM
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