About Me

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Hi, my name is Susie Reynolds and I live in Mt. Vernon, Arkansas. 

I’m NOT a professional genealogist. I’m just a girl that likes to drive her family mad by working on the family tree so that I might leave my children and heirs with the knowledge of who they came from, and how it is that we got to where we are now.

Many years ago, as my maternal grandmother was getting ready to go in an assisted living center, I was helping her go through her belongings and sort out what she was going to take with her and what she wanted and didn’t want anymore. To my horror, in her throw away stack, were all of her photo albums, my great grandmother’s bible, and all sorts of memorabilia from her life. I promptly grabbed them up and asked if I could keep them, and she said “Well sure, but I don’t know what you want with my memories.” Well, at that time, I didn’t either. So into the back of my closet they went.

Then, in 2007 when she passed away, one of my father’s cousins came to her funeral. This was the first time I had ever seen her. She came up and hugged my Dad’s neck after the funeral and began to talk to him. Pointing to the road behind the cemetery, she said to my father, “Do you remember the time your mother was taking all us cousins to school and right there on that road, the truck in front of us started losing the barrels off the back and your mother dodged every one of them and just kept on going?” What?! My Memaw, dodged barrels!! My Dad had cousins?!  My Memaw drove them all to school?!  I was so intrigued! I mean, I knew in the back of my mind my Dad had cousins, but I didn’t know them; even though I had met some of them once. Growing up, we lived two hours from my mother and father’s hometown of Texarkana, Arkansas and we only went back occasionally to visit my Memaw and Aunt.

All fired up, I promptly went home and dug those pictures out, determined that piece by piece I was going to know my family, one way or another.  And so, right then and there, my journey started, one day to late to speak with my grandmother about her family, which is my biggest regret.   All is not lost though.  Now I go back to my parent’s hometown often. I have gotten to know all of my Dad’s cousins and some of my Mother’s family.  There have been so many discoveries, some good and some bad, some happy and some sad, but the biggest treasure of it all is that I have gotten to know so many great family members, and I can’t wait to find the next one.

Each day I learn something new and it is both a privilege and a pleasure to share it with others. It is not my goal to become the best blog, to try and get the most “ping backs” (whatever they are!), or links back to my site, although it would be nice.  :)   My goal is simply to share this experience with others, and try to learn from the REAL genealogists out there.

That being said, there are going to be errors in my reports and mistakes made on this site because when I first started this, it was simply to find out who my ancestors were, and find any other cousins out there that I was missing out on.  Now, it has become so much more, and other cousins have contributed so much information to me I can hardly keep up.  So, when you find a mistake, please bear with me, and kindly inform me so that I can make the correction right away.

As for me,  I will be here, hogging the computer (sorry honey!) and diligently working away on telling you about my ancestors and their untold stories.

~Susie Higginbotham Reynolds~

13 comments on “About Me

  1. Susie, What a treasure you are to this whole family. This web site is so wonderful and I am so proud of you! This is only the beginning........... Love you so good!
  2. Hi Susie This is a beautiful blog and you have a lovely writing style. Such a wonderful example of a blog sharing family stories.
  3. Susie, the blessing is ours. Those of us who remember you as an infant never dreamed of our present relationship. You are the VOICE and MEMORY of our family. Your enthusiasm is infectious. You have, and continue, to glean our memories for the interesting trivia that makes our ancestors come alive. If you find train robbers, ax murderers, or just simple folk, it is important because that is the stuff we are made of. Just as no one of us is perfect, no family has a pristine ancestry....just look at the Kennedys or many other national leaders of esteem. In reality they are no greater nor no less that each of us. Keep up the great work. I love it!
  4. I was happy to see the bible of AJ Smith. He is my maternal 3rd Great Grandfather. So we must be related!
  5. Beautiful.... To not only have childhood memories of you, but who and what you grew up to be and inspire, share and bless others with your story . Enjoy and THANK YOU !!! Jen
  6. Did you know that Sanford Higginbotham, private, was in Webb's Battalion Alabama Mounted Militia Infantry, Seal's Company. This was during the Creek Indian War. I found this yesterday in the Alabama Genealogical Quarterly, Special Edition, Volume 2, No. 2&3, page 197. This cought my eye by the name Sanford Higginbotham. I live on the State Line Road near Ardmore, TN/AL. When I was growing up a new family bough a farm in our neighborhood and moved in. The father's name was Sanford Winston Higginbotham. He was born 10 Mar 1876 and died 1 Feb 1946 in Lincoln County, TN. This Sanford was the son of Isaac Robert and Elizabeth Hardyman (Hardiman). I thought that some way, or other, the two Sanfords might be related. A Higginbotham book about the descendants of Moses Higginbotham was written by Earl and Nina Higginbotham who live in Texas. Who were the parents of Sanford and Joseph Higginbotham. I don't remember seeing them in your posts. By the way, I really enjoyed your articles. I am not a blood Higginbotham relative but am through marriage.
  7. Happy New Years, Susie! Found your webpage and I love it! Still researching the Forrest Hooks side, but awaiting info from Salt Lake City, Ut. Will keep you posted!
    • Can't wait to hear your findings Deborah! I wish you a blessed 2013!
  8. Susie, I love your blog and the way you write. I think I could spend all day here, but will have to settle for a subscription to your new entries for now! Keep sharing those stories - for your family and all of us.
  9. Susie, my nephew sent me info he got from you on my grandmother, Osa Alexander Sloan. I had never seen a picture of her and was awestruck to see her as a young girl and as a mother. Like you, I wept when I read the letter she sent to your Aunt during the Depression. In the letter, the little one asking for more food because she was hungry was my mother, Loretta Marie Sloan. Her family always called her by her middle name. I can't tell you how much your research and sharing has meant to my family. I just directed my brother in Iowa to your site and we were both just blown away by seeing our grandparents and great grandparents for the first time. None of us (seven children) ever met our grandparents on my mother's side. These pictures will be treasured. I'd love to tell you more about the significance of that letter in solving a family mystery and hope we can stay in touch. Thank you so very much - this is truly a blessing.
    • Maridell, this is exactly what I was hoping to get out of doing this blog. Find family, and tell their stories and I'm so thrilled that you guys have found us. When Nedra and I first read this letter, we were so shocked. I told Nedra right away, I have to find Osa's descendants! I just had to know the rest of her story! I've never read such a heartrending story. I can’t imagine what Osa went through. All I could think about was, what choice would I make, and could I make the choice to feed myself or my child? Every mother’s worst nightmare! Mark has my number and I would love to talk to you! I would love to hear about the mystery solved and I hope we can get to know one another. I would love to also put you all in touch with Nedra, as she has been there this whole time with me as we unraveled Osa’s story! I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for contacting me, this made my whole day!
  10. I had a teacher at Saint Monica's school in Dallas, Texas back in the 50s named Mrs Higginbotham. She looked a little like you too.
  11. Susie, please forgive me, I forgot to tell you that i have been trying to find some informative source that would help us try to learn of Uncle Harry's real surname and that of any of his forbears and collateral relatives, as well.

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