This website contains all of my research to date, including sources, notes and speculation.
I limit my research to direct ancestors, their siblings and nieces and nephews (and spouses of these relatives), that is to say, first cousins.
I have an extensive collection of census enumerations and have been adding not only links to headstones but some photographs as well. If you don't see census information for the person in whom you are interested be sure to check their spouse. I put census notes on the page of the person to whom I am most closely related.
While I focus on first-cousin relatives (and closer) of direct ancestors, you will frequently find further information about more extended family members by reading my notes.
Please feel free to write if you have questions or concerns. I can't promise to write back quickly but I will write back eventually.
Be sure to read my sources: all speculations are noted.
If you don't know where to start, you might check out Today in Family History.
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Relatively out of the Ordinary Experiences
Every family has those people who either choose to live life a little differently, had an unusual experience, or in the middle of a perfectly normal life had unusual circumstances forced on them.
Here are a few of these not-so-ordinary stories from the thousands of people in these webpages.
Milly Slinker had 4 children out of wedlock and then married a preacher. She gets everyone riled.
Sarah Kennedy, who was murdered by her father.
Ira A. Capps, who built an airplane.
Reuben Jackson had 15 children and was a Saddler during the War of 1812.
Twyla Gilbreath. Family tradition is that she divorced her husband to run off with the circus.
William V. McNeely. Became a preacher after serving in the Civil War. Read his articles of faith.
This website is dedicated to
Experience "Spiddy" Wells Mitchell Cox Pierce,
my 'most wanted'.
Spiddy lived in Greene County, Tennessee all of her adult life and was married to three men: She first married Thomas Mitchell, who died, leaving her a widow with 2 children at 24. She then married Aaron Cox, who she believed abandoned her. After her divorce, she married James Pierce, who survived her.
She had eight children: Andrew and Lorinda J. Mitchell, Claudius Cox, and Newt, Mat, Sarie, Tilda, and Dan Pierce.
It is not known who her parents were, when she died, or where she was buried.
Sites of interest.