|Posted By:||J Christiansen|
|Subject:||Re: HOWELL/Stephen/Nancy/Reddick/Ephraim/Bryant/Thomas 1750-1837|
|Post Date:||July 31, 2012 at 06:56:52|
|Forum:||Louisiana Genealogy Forum|
Hi, wow that's a lot of information. You've done an impressive amount of research.
Your query still needs work though, and I hope you'll hear that as a friendly and hopefully constructive comment. I'd hate to see your query answered just because people feel a little overwhelmed by it. If you'll bear with me a bit more maybe we can fine-tune your post, clarifying what your question is, and paring down the information to that which is most relevant.
I myself am still confused about what it is you want. I suggest you pick you a "gap," such as a person you seek, then limit the information you provide to what would be useful in filling that gap.
For example, do you want to find the parents of John S. Howell (blacksmith)? Then it would be good to state John S. Howell's date of birth and place of birth as far as you know them.
Transcribe any census record you have for John S. Howell and post it, showing the approximate birth date and place according to the census.
When you write "The line seems to be the same with Stephen being the father of Reddick according to will records. My grandfathers are John Stephen Howell, Joseph Stephen Howell and Henry Grady Howell. My father William Grady Howell. I have a good lead that John was Reddick's son."
My reaction is: Stephen - who's he? Ephraim? What are the DOBs of those "grandfathers" - are they listed earliest first or most recent first? Confusing. Y
You seem to assume I had understood the information in your first post - but I didn't. My head was swimming; I couldn't even read it. The information was buried in some list full of "spam."
Here's an excerpt from that first post - I saw the "1 NOTE, 2 CONT," etc. and you lost me right there. Howell, Duboise. Who? Horse branch being 1/2 known as Howell's Mill - huh? My quick skim showed me no relationship between these references. What is a horse branch and how can it be halfway named something?
1 NOTE BRYANT HOWELL (bk-K Pg 317, Sumter Co. SC) Bryant sells the
2 CONT right and title to HOWELL's MILL Aug. 17, 1831 to JOEL DUBOSE.
2 CONT THIS IS THE SAME DUBOSE LINE THAT EPHRAIM MARRIED INTO!!
2 CONT MILL was located on HORSE BRANCH being 1/2 known as HOWELL'S MILL
PLEASE accept these comments as RESPECTFUL of you and the expertise you have developed in your genealogy! Sometimes we become so steeped in knowledge of an area that we find it difficult to convey the basic necessary facts to a newbie. Writing a useful, clear query is HARD. It's a job unto itself.
I suggest you write a query now as if you have not posted before. Decide on your question and focus on it. Leave out stuff that is irrelevant to your question (such as your lineage). Include everything you have that is relevant (such as John S. Howell's DOB). Delete the list of "spam." It's putting off your volunteers, they can't hack it.
Honestly I get the impression you copied and pasted some of your notes and did not actually write a query to begin with. I think that was where the problem started. Then you were kinda caught up in that first post. Just start fresh.
Here's a website that I've enjoyed, has some helps for formulating an effective query.