Thank you, Brandon, for the update on your family.I had taken your line as far as Uncle Austin had it, which was to your grandfather.I appreciate the extra information.I added it to my database and found that you and I are fifth cousins once removed.In case you wondered, you and my Uncle Austin are third cousins three times removed.
I agree, he did a magnificent job.I know that he corresponded (the hard way, with stamps and everything!)with hundreds of family members to get much of his information, and he and my grandaunts traveled all over Tennessee and North Carolina during the summers, going to courthouses and examining original records.It was truly a labor of love for them.Though he and my grandfather were brothers, I saw Uncle Austin only a few times.My grandfather lived in Georgia and Austin was in Tennessee, and they rarely got together after I was born.He came to my grandparents' fiftieth anniversary, and I (at about age three) remember thinking that he was the tallest person I had ever seen.My cousin tells me that he was at our grandfather's funeral in 1965, but oddly I have no memory of seeing him then.My brother visited with Aunt Altie (Austin's second wife) in the 1980's and she gave him copies of some invaluable documents from our great-grandparents.My father did take us on a cemetery tour in Tennessee when I was a teenager, but typical of most teens I wasn't aware enough at that time in my life to understand the importance of what I was seeing.Consequently, I need now to make the trip again.Uncle Austin died in 1987 at the age of 102.
My interest in genealogy was sparked early on when I discovered Uncle Austin's books in my grandfather's home.I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what all those numbers meant and how to follow them, and how all those people were related to me!Besides the Smith-Jarratt genealogy, he wrote three other books on our lines.One, the Dickson-McEwen genealogy, was published as a hardcover book, not the mimeographed version that you find the Smith-Jarratt one in.All of the books can be found in the State Library in Tennessee, and in the Library of Congress.
I also contacted Austin, Jr., earlier this year.Unfortunately, he told me that none of his family is really interested in carrying on Uncle Austin's work.It has been my passion over the last four years, however, and I have typed all his information into my FamilyTreeMaker database, as well as adding updated information that I have been able to track down on the internet, and I have corresponded with some great "cousins" who have shared what they know.So if you're interested, I have tons of information I can share with you.My Smith info, as published in FamilyTreeMaker format, is 215 pages long, and the Jarratt info is 379 pages.
I am slightly older than you (48). I have taught 7th grade English for 18 years, and have four children--my daughters are 19, 9, and 8, and my son is 16.I grew up in Alabama, and graduated from Auburn University in 1975.I've lived in the Florida Panhandle since 1977.
Your hotmail address is a problem with getting info to you.I can't send large files via hotmail.Is there some other address I can send to?
It's really good to connect with you!