Sorry I have taken forever to write you or reply to anything. Several legitimate factors have played into this, which I can go into later, but they center around health, overwork, and a computer, which if it had a neck I'd strangle it!
This is the first time I've checked the Witcher database since around New Years (I think?!) I'll answer this question fast, then I'm going to bed.
PHOEBE LEATHERS married one of the WITCHER boys who was a brother to our ELIZABETH JANE HEDGES. I think it might have been MARTIN C. WITCHER, but I'll have to check my conventional folders and notes. I believe that PHOEBE was widowed during the Civil War, i believe that she and her family may have been members at either Walnut Grove Baptist Church or Zion (now Old Kingdom) Baptist Church, S/E of Carmi, in White County. And I also believe that PHOEBE ANN LEATHERS WITCHER is buried in Rice Cemetery or possibly in Walnut Grove Baptist Cemetery.
The connections to the other LEATHERS family members i have never had reason to research, but you may have something in your notes stemming from this family connection with the WITCHERS, and thereby assist the young lady inquiring of the LEATHERS family.
We do have much family in common, and I have original photos and pictures dating from the turn of the Century of WILLIAM CHIDSEY HEDGES and ELIZABETH JANE WITCHER HEDGES, FULTON and DILLIE WALLS HEDGES (my grampa CLARENCE HART said he heard his mother say that FULTON's full name was THURMAN FULTON HEDGES, but he disliked the THURMAN name, though he had at least one or maybe two nephews named after him with the THURMAN name. It wasn't as bad as uncle FREDERICK FRESHIT HEDGES! A freshit, as you may know, is a flood, or flooded area, and probably was an obscure spiritual reference to the overflow of the Lord's blessings, but all uncle FRED got out of it was said to be an obviuos diving of his middle name into two distinct - or di-stink! - words. So he just went by REV. FRED HEDGES or F. F. HEDGES.)
I also have photos of all four daughters of FULTON's and DILLIE's, and a baby picture of your father. I also have a quilt made by ELIZABETH JANE in the 1890's, passed down to her daughter LILLIE, my great-gramma. It is a simple patchwork quilt of the good old country-style of simple four-square blocks framed by white sectioning. I'm sure there's some name which has been ascribed to this type of quilt, but I don't know what it is.
LILLIE and HENRY HART lived with my mom and her folks for several years on and off, and were with them when LILLIE died in 1960. LILLIE gave my mom some items directly, including this quilt, which I slept with sometimes when I was a kid, and they gave other stuff to my grandparents, which my gramma HART later gave directly to me, such as a box-ful of old HEDGES family pictures.
I have an excellent scanner at my office at work (Tampa Baptist Academy) which my wife and I donated, but I haven't yet copied any of our family pictures, because most of them are still packed away, including all those precious old cardboard and tintype HEDGES and HART pictures. I have 1890's-1910's pictures of nearly every one of LILLIE HART's siblings, including nearly all of her brothers and their families, and several of her sisters, including the WILLIAMS, AUSTINS, etc.
I hate to tantalize you with that, and then be weeks in getting anything to you, but MARLEEN HEDGES and you deserve to have copies just like anyone else, and I do wish to swap data with you.
My plan is to copy the photos, make good files of them, maybe some hardcopies of them as well, and send the computer disks to you both if you can tell me what format you prefer them in. I am working professionally in Adobe Photoshop 5.0 on an IBM compatible Pentium II, but I think I can convert these files to a variety of formats. I simply haven't gotten that far yet.
As for GEDCOM files, well, my enormous database of my own families got locked up on my old 386 in a lightning strike many months ago. I am still trying to get then off of there and transferred to my new computer (which has also got some scrambling problems of its own). So I have been basically unable to work electronically on much of my family tree, and thus share information conveniently with cousins such as yourself.
I'm so sorry to have seemed to be rudely ignoring your pleas for exchanging correspondence, but I assure you that it was in no way intentional. I have so little time any more to indulge in what is surely my favorite hobby - genealogy - due to other needs which I have simply had to prioritize. So my attention to these websites has been sporadic at best.
Again, Mary, I apologize.
I'll try to keep in touch. Feel free to write or call. Conventional mail is less convenient nowadays, but seem to be more prone to respond because I actually have something in my hand which has drawn my attention. But I'm working on the computer angle - after all, should the Lord tarry much longer, the computer method will be the main thing going.
By the way, do you know Jesus as your personal Savior? I simply want to see all my relatives, friends, and neighbors to know Christ in their hearts. Otherwise, they'll miss out on the greatest Family reunion ever!
Love In Christ,
Rev. Matt & Kara Underwood
13943 Cherry Creek Dr.
Tampa, FL, 33618
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