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Joy Steele (#47692968)
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Bio Photo We live in western Rowan County, with easy access to cemeteries within a 15-20 mile radius located in Rowan, Iredell, and Davie Counties.
I try to be smart with my trips out to these areas. Unfortunately, some requests are guesses causing wasted fuel and time for area volunteers. I've learned to double check requests before claiming them by either working with a cemetery administrator or church or using county cemetery records at our great Rowan County Library History room. In the process I've accumulated several lists to use at home.

Family names being researched for my husband's paternal side are Steele, Chambers, Graham, Knox, Brandon, Cowan, Wilson, Luckey, Locke, among others; his maternal side includes Walker, King, Quarterman, Smith, Jones, Way, Winn, Reade, among others & mostly in south Georgia before 1800's.

My paternal side includes Hutcheson, Launius/Lanius, Durham, Chaffin, Dudley, Johnson, Carleton, Chiles/Childs, Smith, and Johnson- to name a few and mostly of colonial Virginia, Georgia, and South Carolina and currently; the maternal side is Ellis, Reynolds, and Potts, predominantly of colonial Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, and a bit of North Carolina.

Even after several years of working on family trees for both sides in order to digitize the information from the paper and books left to us, I always have more data to add as the genealogy world digitizes more data for our research. I am very grateful for this.

Memorials will be happily transferred unless they are our family. Ask for them through the Edit tab on the memorial, and you are welcome to use my memorial photos for genealogical purposes. Just give me credit.
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Eliz Davis Hanebury
RE: BRANDON Elizabeth Patton Lock
I spend a lot of time at Ancestry _smile_ and I noticed you lived in the area and I thought how lucky you are!

I will go play at your tree - but I know that Davy Crockett's daughter married a Patton and I wondered (feeling fairly sure) if he was one of "ours". Do you know who he was?

The Ann Locke buried at Thyatira seems to be of the wrong generation to be the mother of John Lockes children. Maybe she is the second wife, but I only have these people thanks to your work and I maybe just too deep in the weeds!

If I can ever get those straight I can maybe ask some coherent questions
Added by Eliz Davis Hanebury on Sep 29, 2016 10:58 AM
Eliz Davis Hanebury
RE: BRANDON Elizabeth Patton Lock
When they insist on using the same few names time after time after time it is hard! I am going thru Thyatria cemetery and having trouble sorting the generations for this reason.

No one know where her parents are buried - we presume in Marlborough twp Chester Co. but at a church or on their Plantation an't begin to know.
Added by Eliz Davis Hanebury on Sep 28, 2016 3:07 PM
Lipe & McNeely Pictures.
Joy Steele -

That was such a quick response to getting the pictures taken. I appreciate the effort. It helps to put a picture with a name, even if it's only a headstone. This shows they lived, much warmer then a cold fact.

Thank you.

Warren Smith

Added by Eden1415 on Sep 28, 2016 2:48 PM
Eliz Davis Hanebury
RE: BRANDON Elizabeth Patton Lock
So right, genealogy takes us all sorts of places and I bet you have lots of cousins and connecting lines that only connect thru you and your family!
Added by Eliz Davis Hanebury on Sep 28, 2016 12:53 PM
Eliz Davis Hanebury
BRANDON Elizabeth Patton Lock
Clever work around!!! Thanks - I have been working from part of the Patton Compendium and while I descend from Robert/William I really am thrilled to find the Brandons!!
Added by Eliz Davis Hanebury on Sep 28, 2016 12:52 PM
Eliz Davis Hanebury
BRANDON Elizabeth Patton Lock
First thank you so very much for doing this memorial at Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery, I have been looking for her in Chester Co., Pa where "I" last saw her named in her fathers will (and because it is where I lived).

I entered her maiden name in an edit because, well, it seems right. But she was first married to a Locke who didn't make it to America. I think having the Lock name is good and so useful in connecting her to her children. Anyway I leave it in your hands _smile_

Added by Eliz Davis Hanebury on Sep 28, 2016 10:36 AM
Moses Locke
Thank you for the information.
Added by Anquestor on Sep 14, 2016 7:41 AM
J. Bean
Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Thank you SO much for adding the photo for Henry Feimester. I REALLY appreciate your time and effort on my behalf!
Added by J. Bean on Sep 02, 2016 9:03 AM
Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Cemetery
Thank you for the info on the Caldwells from Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Cemetery. I made a note on the memorial. Maybe there is another Mount Zion in the area but I am not familiar with the area other then the research. I also had her sister as buried there Laura Belle Cherry Ellis. I added a memorial for the Ginola you mentioned that you found, but have found limited info on her. Thanks for all your help!
Added by Lanie on Aug 28, 2016 11:06 AM
Carol Jutte
Melvin & Margaret Shook
Thank you again for the photos. I am working on this line for possible Rev War Patriot so the gravestone photos are a big help.
Added by Carol Jutte on Aug 24, 2016 5:47 PM
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