I sent out a letter via email to my fellow Godwin researchers who are descended from Elijah Godwin (1801-1884) about our Godwin DNA results. We did a 25-marker test and matched 100% to 6 other Godwin families from NC. (Results) The next step is for our 7 lines to put our heads together and to try to piece together the correct paper trail that accurately maps our lines together. Also we plan to upgrade to a 37 marker test to see just how closely related we are. The statistics for how closely related each tester might be can be found here.
I have not synced my laptop with my external harddrive yet so I didn't have any of my files with me today at work. I pulled out an old thumb drive to see if one of my files was on it and I found pictures that I took at the Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR. I took the pictures in 2006 but somehow misplaced them. Lucky for me, there they were! Which is good because I did not have time to retake all the pictures last time I visited AR in November. I uploaded all of the pictures to FindAGrave and tonight I will enter them into my family tree database. Two families were inventoried at Forest Park Cemetery: Putmans and Lasiters. The Putmans must have been fairly well-off because their family plot was easy to find. There was a giant stone to greet you as you approached the family plot.
|Forest Park Cemetery, Fort Smith, AR, Photo taken by Ginger R. Smith May 5, 2006|
The Putmans must have bought a pretty big plot because my great grandparents, Thelma Louise Benson (1912-1996) and James Putman Lasiter (1908-1974), 2nd great grandparents, James F Lasiter (1876-1968) and Rosalie Putman, and 3rd great-grandparents, Thomas Adolphus Putman (1845-1918) and Martha Ann Ward (1850-1924) were all buried here. Rosalie Putman's 3 sisters and their families were also buried in this plot.