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  • Nancy Dunwoody Barnett (1793 - 1831)
    Nancy Kerlin Barnett, Married to William Barnett, Febuary 29, 1808. He was born September 27, 1786. He drowned in Ohio River September 24, 1854. William was the great great great grandson of Pocahontas...
  • George 'Chief of All' Sizemore (1750 - 1822)
    Y DNA - Q-M346 - Native American for GEORGE ALL SIZEMORE: [ family lore, no facts to prove or disprove -- mez ] George All Sizemore was an Indian kidnapped by mistake about 1750 and raised by a family ...
  • Dr. Stanley Adair Cain, Assistant Secretary of the Interior (1902 - 1995)
    Stanley Adair Cain (19 June 1902, Deputy, Indiana – 1 April 1995, Santa Cruz, California) was a botanist and pioneer of plant ecology and environmental studies. Biography Cain graduated from Butler Uni...
  • Johnny Cash (1932 - 2003)
    Cash , born J. R. Cash (Later changed name to John R. Cash ), (February 26, 1932 - September 12, 2003) was a Grammy Award-winning American country singer-songwriter. Cash is widely considered to be one...
  • Henry Schorge (1861 - 1937)
    His death is listed in Ogdensburg on the attached 1937 NY State Death Index, which pretty much confirms that he died in the St. Lawrence State Hospital. We're lucky they brought him home to bury him an...

Huff Family, Local Attraction - the Grave in the Middle of the Road

Nancy (Kerlin) Barnett (1793-1831) age 38

Turns out, the Huff family is related to local attraction Nancy (Kerlin) Barnett AND John Rolfe & his wife Pocahontas!

Nancy Kerlin Barnett, Married to William Barnett, February 29, 1808. He was born September 27, 1786. He drowned in Ohio River September 24, 1854. William was the great great-great grandson of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. Daniel G. Doty, 1846 - 1934. protected his grandmother's grave by staying at her graveside with his gun, while the county relocated this Cemetery to build the road. A concrete slab was placed over the grave to protect the marker, August 8, 1912.

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First Cousin, Thrice Removed ~ Actor

Thomas Lemuel Avery Brower, Actor (1878-1937) Age 59

Acted in The Lawless Nineties (1936) with John Wayne!

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Second Cousin, Twice Removed

Dr. Stanley Adair Cain, Assistant Secretary of the Interior (1902-1995) Age 92

Stanley Adair Cain was a botanist and pioneer of plant ecology and environmental studies. From 1965 to 1968 Cain was on leave of absence so that he could serve as Assistant Secretary of the Interior in the Johnson Administration. He was the author or co-author of over 100 articles in scientific journals, including Botanical Gazette, Ecological Monographs, American Midland Naturalist, Ecology, The Bryologist, Castanea, and American Journal of Botany.

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Seventh Cousin, Once Removed

Johnny Cash (1932-2003) Age 71

Johnny Cash, born J. R. Cash (later changed name to John R. Cash) was a Grammy Award-winning American country singer-songwriter. Cash is widely considered to be one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century.

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First Cousin, Six Times Removed ~ Founder and Pastor of the Gilead Baptist Church in Hardin County, Kentucky in 1824

The name of Warren Cash is found through the early history of the Kentucky Baptist Church. In 1817, the Salem Association numbered 31 churches with 1809 members, spread throughout a 15-county area. Warren began to preach in the Vertrees Creek Settlement and in 1808 a church called Union was constituted there. The same year the Goshen Church in Breckinridge County was formed through the efforts of Elder Cash. On March 17, 1824 Reverend Warren Cash organized and became pastor of Gilead Baptist Church in Hardin County.

Warren Cash was also a Revolutionary War Patriot! (DAR #A020411)

Warren Cash (1760-1850) Age 90

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Fifth Great Uncle, buried in Allen County (Ft. Wayne)

Johnny Appleseed (1774-1845) ~ John Chapman ~ Age 71

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Sixth Great Aunt ~ Heroine of the Miller’s Blockhouse Raid

Ann Hupp, Defender of Miller's Blockhouse (1757-1826) age 66

“Ann Hupp, upon hearing the shots that killed her husband and Jacob Miller, Sr., took charge of the defense of the blockhouse. Inspiring the other women and old Mr. Ault with her sublime courage, ran from one port hole to another, pointing her rifle at the Indians, which gave them the impression that the place was defended by a large number of persons.”

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14th cousin once removed ~ James O. Linn Children's Center is named after him

Private (1911-2006)

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Second cousin five times removed ~ Linn Grove, IN named after him

John Linn (1818-1886) Age 68

John Linn, an old resident near Linn Grove (INDIANA) died on Tuesday, very suddenly. Mr. Linn, after whom the little village is named, moved from Darke County, Ohio about 1840, and resided on his farm near that place ever since. He was a highly respected citizen and quite wealthy. ~ Decatur Journal

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Fourth Great Grandfather, Stowaway

Charles M. Moore (1770-1824) Age 54

"Charles Moore was smuggled aboard a vessel in a box, for reasons given below. His wife and daughter Elizabeth came about a year later. The cause of this peculiar separation was that Charles was in one of the "popular" uprisings [in Ireland] about that time and was in hiding. At one time the soldiers prodded a feather bed to detect his presence but did not find him."

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Eighth Cousin, Four Times Removed, Train Robber, Lynched, buried in Seymour, Indiana

Franklin Reno (1837-1868) Age 31

"The Reno Gang, also known as the Reno Brothers Gang and The Jackson Thieves, were a group of criminals that operated in the Midwestern United States during and just after the American Civil War. Though short-lived, they carried out the first three peacetime train robberies in U.S. history. Most of the stolen money was never recovered."

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Second Great Uncle, St. Lawrence State Hospital

Henry Schorge (1861-1937) age 75

His death is listed in Ogdensburg on the attached 1937 NY State Death Index, which pretty much confirms that he died in the St. Lawrence State Hospital. We're lucky they brought him home to bury him and he wasn't just a number in the onsite graveyard!

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Huff Family, Sixth Great-Grandfather

George 'Chief of All' Sizemore (1750-1822) age 72

George Sizemore is said to be the earliest Sizemore in Southeastern Kentucky, and the father of all our line - hence the name 'Of All’. There are many legends about him. The most famous story is that he was the half-breed son (born about 1750) of a white woman and a Cherokee Indian Chief, and that George's wife, Aggie Shepherd, was a full-blooded Cherokee who had been taken accidentally from her village when a white raiding party, intending to rescue a white girl who had been kidnapped by the Indians, mistook Aggie for white and 'rescued' her as well. He is buried in Napier-Sizemore-Begley Cemetery, Dryhill, Leslie County, Kentucky.

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Uncle through Aunt Florence Moore, Indianapolis Police Department Class of 1949

Officer Oren Commodore Sowers, IPD (1918-1999) Age 81

"A city policeman on leave critically wounded an 18-year-old youth attempting a theft from a car last night at Strickland Motors, Inc., used car lot, 1320 North Meridian Street."

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