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Donaldson, Clayton - Jack, Ila & Fred Harrison
Donaldson, Clayton - Jack, Ila & Fred Harrison
This website represents several family lines that followed the turpentine trails from Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina down through South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. A number of these folks eventually moved on to Mississippi and Texas. We invite you to spend some time looking around and, hopefully, you'll find some things that interest you. Most importantly, help us all by throwing in missing pieces. The primary surnames represented here are Reynolds, Farmer, Stephens, Donaldson, Ward, Wise, Wilson, Mills, Youngblood, Hightower, Smith, Miller, Baker, Veasey, Lansdale, Graves, Ellis, Walker, McCray,and many, many others. New info is being loaded frequently at this early point, so be sure and check back often. And, please be sure to leave a message and let us know what you think would improve the site.
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11 Apr 2012 - On April 22, there will be a dedication for John Donaldson Jr at the Evergreen Cemetery in Elba, Alabama. A marker will be placed in his honor between the graves of his father and mother. His father was John Donaldson and his mother was Elizabeth Beard. The ceremony will be at 2:00 p.m.

03 Jan 2012 - Louie Jackson Reynolds of Opp, AL passed away today. Louie was the first born child of Steven Cornelius Reynolds and Carmen Weedon Stephens Reynolds. Visitation is Friday with the funeral scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. at Wyatt Funeral Home in Opp.

24 Nov 2011 - Added "Farmer Trail - Backtracking from Alabama to South Carolina" under the "Albums" link. This is a paper trail that will allow the researcher to trace the Farmer Family from John Burress Farmer to his first Alabama ancestors and then continue backtracking to the Old Cheraw District or Darlington County South Carolina.

21 Nov 2011 - ...Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: "To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And the temples of his gods? - Lord Macaulay

16 Nov 2011 - "A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered by remote descendants." - MACAULAY

31 Oct 2011 - Ernest Eugene Reynolds, Jr., 91, of Abilene, Texas passed away on October 5th, 2011. He was the grandson of Rev. James Madison Reynolds who struck out for Texas from Georgia in the 1870s. Ernest Eugene Reynolds, Jr. was the first contact the Alabama Reynolds family had with the Texas Reynolds family. Back in 2000 he spoke of how his grandfather was an early settler in Abilene and had initially tried his hand as a cowboy from Abilene, TX to Abilene, KS along the Chisholm Trail. Ernest's life was an inspiration - I encourage you all to read the obituary posted here about a great American who left us all a model to live by.

29 Oct 2011 - Added the Revolutionary War Records for John Mills, Sr. For those of you who descend from the Reynolds-Stephens line, John Mills is one of our direct ancestors who was drafted into service in the NC Continental Line, marched to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Trenton, Princeton and on to West Point, NY, where he helped build Fort Defiance. While there, his post was visited 3 times by General George Washington. Sergeant John Mills even served as a musician at one point in his service. These files are full of genealogical gold. Enjoy!

25 Oct 2011 - "Genealogy begins as an interest, Becomes a hobby, Continues as an avocation, Takes over as an obsession, And in its final stages, is an incurable disease." .