Searching for Mary Jane Update: Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds- January 2016

Photo Above: Front Doors of Hickory Springs Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Bradley County, Arkansas

It’s time for another installment of Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds! As I mentioned in a previous post, Searching for Mary Jane, her husband Major Brown Garison was my second great grandfather.  On a recent trip to Bradley County, Arkansas, I had three goals. Continue reading “Searching for Mary Jane Update: Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds- January 2016”

Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds- October 2015: The Holleys

A few months ago, I completed a DNA test that put me in a DNA circle with descendants of Thomas L. Holley (1803-1845).  Initially, I thought this was on my mother’s line.  Her first name is Holley, which is a family name from her maternal grandmother’s family of which I have done some limited research.  I didn’t really look at this DNA circle right away, as I have been working on some other lines. This weekend I took a closer look and discovered this Thomas L. Holley is on my father’s line! Curious as to whether there was a connection between the two Holley lines, I started my research!

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Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds-August 2015: Between the Pages

My Mema Jean grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Mae Jean Holley and James Lloyd Igou. An obituary I found among her things revealed that James Lloyd had a successful career as newspaper salesman at The Commercial Appeal, which I vaguely remember Mema mentioning at various times growing up. Oral family tradition claimed that they were French, perhaps Huguenots. Until recently, that is about all I knew about my Igou lineage.

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Searching for Mary Jane: Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds-July 2015

A distant cousin, who also happens to be a historian/archivist in South Carolina, once told me, “some ancestors won’t let you find them until they are ready to be found.” After five years or more of looking, my 2nd great grandmother, Mary Jane Simril, was finally ready to reveal herself and her family this week. Continue reading “Searching for Mary Jane: Crestleaf’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds-July 2015”

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