|Jackson and Martha Davis-Tidwell|
One of my first success stories in genetic geneaology was on my Tidwell side. Neoma Tidwell my dad's mother died in his infancy. My dad doesn't have any recollection of her because she died before he formed a memory. Neoma married my grandfather Roosevelt Bass Sr. at a young age. Her father Millard Tidwell also died young he was working at the Bradley Sawmill in Warren, Arkansas when his heart failed. When I first performed 23 and me I had a cousin match to Aubrey G. 23 and me predicted our relationship to be 4th cousins 3rd to Distant. After communicating with Aubrey I learned that he also had Tidwell in his list of matches, he told me:
Aubrey: "My grandfather's name was Steven Jones, and his mother's name was Ocie Tidwell, and his father's name was Johnnie Jones. Ocie Tidwell's father was Jackson Tidwell...
Jackson Tidwell is Aubrey G.'s great great grandfather! I reviewed my family tree. My great grandfather Millard Tidwell lived in the household of his father Andrew Tidwell and Eveline Bragg Faulkner in 1880 with their children:
Sarah A. (Sallie) Tidwell F 14
William Tidwell M 12
July Ann Tidwell F 10
Jackson Tidwell M 9
Edgar Tidwell M 8
Marsellar Tidwell F 4
Millard Tidwell M 2
Columbus Tidwell M 6mos
Excited, I wrote Aubrey back: Your great grandmother Ocie Tidwell was the neice of my great grandfather! My great grandfather Millard was the brother of your great great grandfather Jackson Tidwell, their parents were our shared ancestors Andrew J. Tidwell and Evaline Bragg Faulkner-Tidwell! Andrew J. Tidwell was Aubrey's great great great grandfather Andrew Tidwell was my great great grandfather making us 3rd cousins!
Then there are the times when you KNOW that you KNOW you are cousins but you have limited information to go on just gut feeling, like with my cousin Lee. I met Leona Meadows-Walker on the message in-box of Ancestry.com in July 2003. She was researching Hollands and so was I at the time, Holland is my maternal lineage, my mother's mother was Alma Holland. Lee was also researching her maternal lineage her mother's name was Louvenia Holland. Louvenia Holland was the daughter of John Holland and Annie Owens. Alma Holland and John Holland were brother and sister. The children of Lewis Holland and Clarissy Owens.
Leona sent me an invite to her tree on 07/07/07 and JACKPOT! We have been in communication ever since. Excited! I told my family about it who didn't necessarily respond as graciously as I had hoped. Some were skeptical of our relationship based on documentation alone. They said, they doubted that John Holland even had children! Then, right before my Aunt Helen passed away she blessed me with a wealth of obituaries including Uncle John Hollands.
|Funeral Services for John Holland 16 Apr 1977|
Then, when I talked Leona into taking the DNA test last year
C O N F I R M A T I O N!!!! Leona and I match as seconds cousins should! That shut up the naysayers! Woot woot!
|Family Inheritance Chromosome Tool 23 and me|