How wonderful to receive your reply.I've tried answering by email but am having trouble with my server.Then I posted a message & the internet disconnected & I lost it---it just hasn't been my day!I was so frustrated because I am so excited about receiving your reply & anxious to connect with you.Even though I've always lived in Batesville, AR which is about 45 mins. from Big Springs, AR where the Avey family lived & lives, I never knew any of them or nothing about them until I began my research.I was the only child of Roy Dale who was the only child of Sterling & Sarah Lou Vada McGee.The "mystery that nobody talks about it is a murder!"When Sterling & Vada got married, her Uncle & 2 neighbors came after her.Sterling's brother Floyd shot & killed her Uncle & another man.All of these families had been neighbors for years so it was a real tragedy for all the families.Sterling & Vada stayed married awhile & my father was born & then they had a very bitter divorce.
I'm afraid to make this message too long in fear that I'll get disconnected again & have to start over.Please send me your address but not by email (send it on this forum) since I don't know when mine will be straightened out.I will mail you all the info I have.I have one picture of STerling & 3 of his sons that was taken after he & Mirle moved west.It was given to one of my great uncles.It is a real treasure of mine.Even though I've never had the AVey name or knew any of them, I know that through blood I am an Avey.It's always been a blank in my life.I will go into more detail by mail.(I'm starting you a letter tonight when I get home & will start gathering info to mail as soon as I get your address.)I also have a copy of the extensive research that has been done on Sterling's mother Martha Belle Freeman.Sterling is buried at Big Springs, AR with a double tombstone with Mirle's name on it.Sterling's parents are also buried there.Many Aveys still live in the area.Big Springs is a small community near Mountain View, AR, in the beautiful hills of Arkansas.Colleen, I want to share all the info I have & would love to know more about Sterling & Mirle's children & their families.But please stress to all of them that are interested:I do NOT want to bring up all bad memories for Mirle or her family.I just want to make contact with you and answer any questions I can.Also, if you know Mirle's parents' names I would be glad to see what I can find there.The Lawrence line is an extensive one in that area.(Asmatter of fact my boss' mother was a Lawrence & I've already done some research for them!).I'm really looking forward to hearing from you.My address is 330 17th St. #16, Batesville, AR 72501, Phone 870-698-1261.You could also fax your address to my office fax 870-793-9248.I wouldn't want to tie the fax up for other things but as soon as I get your address I'll mail the info.Looking forward to hearing from you.