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Syd Gardner (#47902230)
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Bio Photo I'm a dedicated & fanatic family historian & have been on THE QUEST since 1955. I can concentrate on my ancestors but get easily side-tracked by in-laws & the cousins of cousins of cousins, if you know what I mean, & if you love family history as much as I do, then you do know!


"As we think well of ourselves, let us remember that we are standing on the shoulders of the generations before, for if they had not come, we would not be here."



"A US military veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America,' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'"


By Thelma Greene Reagan

Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where others cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.

Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.

Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.

Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hollowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.

Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.

Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.

Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.


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Kay Herndon-Foglesong
RE: Sexton #32268685
Thank you,Kay
Added by Kay Herndon-Foglesong on Aug 28, 2015 7:12 PM
Kay Herndon-Foglesong
Sexton #32268685

You left me a message..about Charles Sexton and who his parents you happen to know a number we can link them..
This is my late Uncle Lawrence Spangenberg's you know if he had a wife and her name
I don't have Charles or his parents linked to anybody and I don't have him listed on the family tree..but I do have quite a few other Sextons..
been a while since I worked on his tree..
I totally understand your bio..and love your poem...I too have been a little obsessed for 30 years about my family genealogy..I recently did a DNA test and it is thrilling to know where you came from..every one should do it..

Added by Kay Herndon-Foglesong on Aug 27, 2015 8:03 PM
Edith Schaefer
Transfer of ownership
I was wondering how to go about having the ownership (right word) of my mother's grave transferred to me. Her name is Mary E. Cummens Sawallisch Odehnal. I believe you have her as Mary E. Cummens Odehnal at Chapel Hill Gardens South. How do I go about this? Thanks! Contributor: Edith Schaefer and dau. of Mary E. Sawallisch Odehnal
Added by Edith Schaefer on Aug 19, 2015 7:17 PM
Elizabeth M. Thompson memorial
Thank you once again, Syd!
Added by acybersleuth on Aug 12, 2015 10:42 AM
Chuck Schubert
Nathan Hertzka
Thank you8 for the up date on Nathan Hertzka. I have posted the information. Thank you for the hard work that you do to help people find their relatives.
Added by Chuck Schubert on Aug 11, 2015 5:43 PM
Michael J. Von Gebel
James D. Joplin
Thank you for the info it has been added to his memorial.

Added by Michael J. Von Gebel on Jul 31, 2015 9:38 PM
Linda Robinson
RE: Don't know if you are interested or not, but ~ ~
Thank you for thinking of me. I didn't know these 2 babies were findable. They are my mom's 2 half sisters and the only baby we ever heard of was Mary Ann because she lived the longest (2 weeks) and we know there are at least 2 more. Mary Ann has a headstone also in Lutons. My mom ran away to get married when her mom was having one in 1946. We were told the babies all had a rare blood disorder but I think Anna and Ed's blood didn't mix. They had 2 boys before all the girls and they did fine. One is still living. I would love to have them if you know what to do. I'm not so smart about that. God bless you in all you do and if you find more put them on.
Added by Linda Robinson on Jul 25, 2015 11:06 PM
William Tidwell
RE: My apologies
Hi Syd - Wow - thank you so much for all the work you did today on the family of John Huston Dennis! Amazingly fast and accurate!

Regarding his parents as being Tilmon Dennis and Martha Amos, it is my best hypothesis, since no record 100% identifying his parents yet (everything on ancestry regarding this comes from me). I originally had his parents tentatively as Levi Dennis and Rebecca Lyons of Overton County, until Daisy and Fred submitted information for their delayed birth certificates, listing his birthplace as Georgia. All documents John himself submitted listed his birthplace as TN. Well, Tilmon was in McMinn TN prior to 1840, and in Bradley TN in 1840. He then moved across the boarder into Dade Co, GA, and on 1850 we see a Huston Dennis, the right age of John. John spent his childhood in GA but was born in TN, therefore Fred/Daisy assumed birthplace of GA whereas all other docs list TN. Later, we find who I presume is younger brother Robert living near John in Nashville, also working on Rairoad, as well as older sister and her husband who also worked on RR. Robert and older sis Sarah both later moved to AL, and Tilmon was listed as his and her father on death certificates. So, Tilmon being John's father is not 100% proven, but is most likely with information we have today. (And I have DNA connections at Tilmon)
Added by William Tidwell on Jul 22, 2015 9:11 PM
William Tidwell
RE: My apologies
Thank you very much for your support! Appreciate the level of detail you added and so quickly as well!

Mattie and Edward were my gg grandparents. Their daughter, Grace Roger Bailey married William Johnson Byram and lived to be 102. She is the Mrs. W.J. Byram that was informant on Mattie's death certificate.

By the way, I'm hoping someone can help get John Huston Dennis memorial added. I heard he has a large gravestone in Mt Olivet, but he's not on findagrave. (And I live in Japan). He and Ed G Bailey bought the plot. I should be receiving docs soon regarding the burial, but unfortunately no pic of the marker. He was born 1839 or 40. He was a L&N railroad engineer and died June 14, 1899 in Guthrie Kentucky in a railroad accident. I have the article about the accident. He was buried June 15.

Thank you again!!
Added by William Tidwell on Jul 22, 2015 7:40 AM
charlene hopton
Olive Bailey Hopton
Thank you for your email. Her birthday listed on her death cert. is Dec. 8, 1871. She is also listed in the England & Wales, Free BMD Birth Index, 1837-1915 vol. 6A; page 177.
Thanks again for your email.
Added by charlene hopton on Jul 19, 2015 3:33 PM
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