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Tonya Sapp Hames (#46793226)
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Bio Photo My name is Tonya Sapp Hames. I was born & raised in Laurens, SC & lived there for 25 years. I now live in Ladson, SC, with my husband, Stephen, and son, Christian.

I stumbled upon FAG by accident when I Googled my father, Robert E. Sapp, who passed away in 1991 & his name came up on this website. I have always been fascinated by genealogy. I have mostly been researching the following family names: Sapp, Nelson, Moore, Helms, Ball, Story, Belk, Kell, Woody, Fuller, Campbell, Richards, Myers, & Taylor; along with Hames, Crowder, Gregory, Kirkley, & West. However, along the way I have been doing other genealogy work as well. I am a FAG County Keeper emeritus for Dorchester Co., SC.

If you have any information that may help me with my research, please feel free to contact me. Also, when reviewing any of my work, if you see that I have made any error, no matter how large or small, please do not hesitate to contact me & let me know. I will ask, that when contacting me, you please do so in a respectful manner & allow for the corrections to be made. As FAG is NOT my full-time job, I do NOT work on my FAG information everyday, therefore, quick fix items will be taken care of in a more timely manner than other items which may take more research to complete.

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Williams Cemetery 1
Hi Tonya,

I have recently had someone ask me about the location of the Williams Cemetery 1 in Spartanburg, SC, but I haven't been able to locate anything on it, besides what is here on Find A Grave. Saw that you had created some entries for this cemetery. Could you tell me where it was located?

Added by Christen on Feb 23, 2017 7:29 AM
Rachel Hembree Davis
I believe you have find a grave memorial #31733415 Rachel Davis attached to the wrong family the grave stone says Nee meaning she was born Davis. Rachel Hembree daughter of Joel & Hannah Hembree was born 1779 was married to Hugh Davis (proven by will) after his death she married cousin Johnson J. Hembree. A record of Dawes commission those claiming indian blood had applicant Elihu Hembree son of Rachel & Johnson Hembree applying for Cherokee Tribal Membership..This application has the linage of this family and was a tremendous help for Hembree researchers to define this family.
Added by Miranda on Feb 18, 2017 4:05 PM
Linda Garrett
Find A Grave Memorial# 28207351
Hoping you can tell me if there is a typo in the year of birth of Sarah and brother Toliver?

Thank you in advance.
Added by Linda Garrett on Feb 06, 2017 8:34 AM
Johnny Wilson
Cemetery information
Hi Tonya.It gives me a pleasure to say what a interesting job you are doing to take interest in our local cemetery.Tonya I have have some great new for you.My family cemetery is McNeil Chapel in Longs,SC.The cemetery across from my home is Mt.Calvary#1 located Conway,SC and my wife family cemetery is Freemont Missionary Baptist located Longs,SC.I have quite a few pictures of a lot of the deceased,and I'm gonna match pictures with the deceased names and send you a lots of request the next few weeks.So look forward to it.Thank you very much for this vital information.Johnny Wilson.🌹
Added by Johnny Wilson on Jan 31, 2017 8:56 PM
Kathryn Miles
Abraham Willis #28300337

I was wondering if you could provide more information on Abraham Willis, Memorial #28300337.

I believe him to be my 2nd great-grandfather. His first wife was V. Tumbleson and his second wife was Julia A Grimes (my 2nd great-grandmother). Her Find A Grave Memorial is #19842979. I believe his father was Benjamin Godfrey Willis (#37762475) and his mother was Sarah Caroline Risher (#37763913).

The reason why I am seeking confirmation is because of the different middle name variations on Abraham. Julia's headstone reads "Wife of A.W. Willis." His birth name, however, was Abraham Lincoln Willis - which is supported by census records linked to Julia. But the Find A Grave Memorial gives the middle initial of "E." Is it possible the tombstone was not transcribed correctly? If you or anyone else reading this has more information I would greatly appreciate it. Please email at

-Kathryn Willis Miles
Added by Kathryn Miles on Dec 31, 2016 1:24 AM
Burke Archives
Atton Pemberton

Can you look into memorial #48710545 for Atton Pemberton? I believe your memorial has the correct dates and information about the circumstances of Pemberton, but I think that he should be posed in Richmond County, GA, not Richland County, SC.

If this is correct, I'd like to move the photo and other information into one of the other existing memorials of Pemberton, and then delete this one from SC.

Let me know what you think.

Carol Jones
Burke County Archives
Added by Burke Archives on Dec 20, 2016 4:31 PM
Hazelnuts & Bolts
Laurens Relatives
Hi, Tonya. I see you are related to some Nelsons in Laurens, SC and just wondered if perhaps we could be kin. My great great grandmother Amanda Hazle #12192254 was born a Nelson in Laurens. Not sure if that's your line. And on a "we're not related by blood" note, I also see that you have Flossie Crowder Gilbert in your group. After her first husband Jack Pennington died, she married my grandfather Furman Bolt #8242430. Such a small world. Have a great day! :)
Added by Hazelnuts & Bolts on Nov 29, 2016 12:41 PM
cheri booth
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Thank you for posting my sister's gravesite. I was only 4 when she passed, now I know where to find her.
Added by cheri booth on Oct 04, 2016 7:10 PM
Lisa Albanese
RE: Luther Leander Strickland
You're welcome...
Added by Lisa Albanese on Sep 30, 2016 1:17 PM
Rickey "Rick" Boult
Thank you so very much for the transfer of Dorothy BOLT Hellams Robertson.

There are 2 memorials, I submitted to get them merged.

Thanks again,
Rick Boult "BOLT"
Added by Rickey "Rick" Boult on Sep 21, 2016 8:25 PM
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