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Combined Genealogies of Virginia & Ed Tinkle

Updated April 2, 2002

Virginia Dunn Tinkle

The families of both Virginia who was born in Louisiana and of Ed who was born in Texas were mostly from the southeastern part of the United States. Virginia's paternal grandmother's Frazees and McFarlands migrated south, as did her mother. That accounts for the research done in the states of New York to Minnesota. These northerners form a small band compared with the rest of Virginia and Ed's families. All of Ed's people ended up in the lower south.

When Virginia and her mother, Ethel, began first writing the history of their families in 1976 they started talking about Ethel's growing up years. She was blessed with a remarkable memory and was known to keep every scrap of paper that crossed her desk. These papers, her accumulation of letters with her dad who lived in St. Paul, and every family document she had ever seen, they gathered together and created the core of the genealogy. Ethel proceeded to write to each family member that she knew of, begging bits of family information. Virginia's research took the form of library and court house visits, and all was done in the various Texas towns in which she and Ed lived.

If Ethel had lived to see the information that Internet could bring, the genealogy would have grown much bigger. She had a knack for the search.

Beginning with Ethel's paternal line, the Scheunemans, and her mother's Bierschenks, and her paternal grandmother's Warnkes, all in St. Paul, then Ethel's move south, first to Tulsa, then further to Lake Charles, Louisiana, and her subsequent marriage, the research widened with each letter responded to. There were no family Bibles or picture albums passed down except in the Scheunemans, so the data takes the form of names and dates and places of birth and death, out of court house registers and old censuses.

Russell Dunn's South Carolina uncles lived side by side in an Atlantic coastal county and did not know each other. Perhaps in the 1800's they did. After discovering that now the descendants of those uncles had no knowledge of each other or of the grandfather's families, Virginia has concentrated on the Dunns presently living in the same area of South Carolina. These are actually second and third cousins of her own people.

The South Carolina families have offered their information and photos, adding theirs to that of Virginia's own line. Theirs is far more complete than her own.

The search to fill in the large gaps in the William Vaught Dunn family beginning in the 1840's in South Carolina, moving into Moultrie, Georgia, with one of William's younger sons, Wm. C. and probably into Duval County, Florida, hunting for ancestors, continues.

With the marriage of Virginia and Ed Tinkle, she began her search into Ed's families. The Goffs of Jackson County, Mississippi is a very large group. Those are his mother's people. The Tinkles have plenty of good researchers working on their history, so there is an enormous amount of information that will be put out on them all.

Virginia and Ed are both very interested in their history, but they are as interested in their present kin as well. They hope you'll contact them with information that you would like to add.

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    Just two of the five sons of Jack and Pearl Tinkle. They're relaxing in their favorite San Antonio attraction.

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