May Dennis Jackson

Posted Mar. 19, 2020 As I type this article, our world is surrounded with much uncertainty as we face the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). My sleepless nights are filled with many thoughts, including wondering about great-grandaunt, May Dennis Jackson. May died during the 1918 influenza pandemic (Spanish flu). May was my grandfather's aunt, although he never …

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Nancy and John Bullard: North Carolina to Tennessee

In my search for John Bullard's parents, I came across Nancy and John Bullard who lived in Columbus and Robeson counties in North Carolina and later lived in Cannon and DeKalb counties in Tennessee. Using my grand uncle's Ancestry DNA test, I discovered we are closely related to this couple. I have created a records …

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The Unsolved Mystery of John Isham Bullard

As an amateur genealogist, be prepared to sometimes get things wrong. Bruce Lee said, "Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them." In late 2019, I came to the startling realization that my third-great-grandfather, John Bullard, was not who I thought he was. I studied my grandmother's brother's Ancestry DNA test …

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The Bess Family of Sycamore Mills

Lydia Meador and John Best My search for the parents of Elizabeth Bess, my fourth-great-grandmother, started years ago when I built my first family tree. I had zero to go on. Family trees online were no help either, as none of them listed her parents. I truly started from scratch. Bess is a unique last …

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