I just learned of the passing of Era Davis and was certain that the many of you she has helped over the years would want to know. She was ninety-seven years old and died just a few weeks ago. I met her some fifteen years ago when I moved to Greenville, SC to start a new job. I suspected my Morgan ancestors to be descended from Benjamin Morgan of Pickens. I went exploring Pickens one Sunday afternoon and eventually ended up meeting with Era a few weeks later. She was so gracious to meet and share with me. I still remember when she pulled out this piece of paper about two feet wide and two feet tall that had a thousand names written on it.
For years I was convinced my 3ggf William of Etowah, AL was a son of Benjamin, then found this was not right. I believe it was Paul Vance who put forward info that suggested William of Dade County, GA was the better choice.
The irony of all this is that Era contacted me and some of you about six weeks ago and invited us to a Morgan family union to be held on Oct 9. I respond back and said, since I appeared not to be part of this Morgan family, I would not attend. In her always kind and generous way, she said I was welcome to come anyway. I did not attend.
Having retired recently and having more time to do family history work, over the last several weeks I did a very detailed analysis of the Morgans living in Pickens in 1830. It now looks like William of Etowah, AL in fact was the son of Thomas, oldest son of Benjamin Morgan and Sarah Frances Perry.
They say timing is everything. Era, I should have been at that family reunion. We're going to miss your posts, especially the ones where every once in awhile you hit the caps key by mistake. I was honored and blessed to have known you.