Hello. My name is Pat McDaniel. I am in the process of researching both of my familial lines simultaneously.
I have researched the skeleton (outline) of my father's paternal line as far back as Harris and Dizzie Goodman (to date) of Jackson, GA. and the skeleton of his maternal line back to John (a slave) and Nancy Jester and Abe and Sarah Ponder of Griffin, GA.
The Goodman/McDaniel reunion have been held in Griffin and Jackson, GA. The Jester reuinons are also held in Griffin.
I have also researched the skeleton of my mother's maternal line as far back as Adam and Harriet Nelson (free slaves)of Eastman, GA and the skeleton of her paternal lines back to Richard and Janie James of Hatley, GA (to date).
The Nelson reunion occurs every year in July. On the even years its held in Dodge, Co. Eastman, GA (the homeplace), but on every odd year it is held in another city/state.
The James reunion occurs in Florida; however, next year the James reunion will be held in Atlanta.
Any information on these families will be appreciated. These families are from the following counties:
Nelson-Andrews-Anderson: Dodge, Co, Eastman, GA
James: Crisp Co., Hatley, GA Wilcox, Co., Pitts, and Cordele, GA
Goodman-McDaniel: Butts, Co, Jackson, GA
Jester-Ponder families from Spalding, Co., Griffin, GA