About Me

Hi, my name is Pamela Pollard and I began my interest in genealogy about two weeks after my mother passed away in 1983. I suddenly realized that I knew very little about my family history and nearly everyone in the family was gone who could tell me anything except my step-grandmother and an aunt. I spent the next year taking family pictures to a nursing home and holding them up for my grandmother to identify and to listen to her tell stories about the family. She passed away a year after my mother. I have had an obsession with genealogy ever since. Being born and raised in Dallas, Texas, I spent hours and hours in the wonderful Dallas Public Library reading microfilm.

I moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1995 where I was transferred by International Paper. I recently retired from International Paper where I worked for 28-1/2 years the last 13 in the Memphis Corporate tax department. I married my wonderful husband, Perry, in 1999. My husband has grown twin daughters and we have five grandchildren. We also have a beautiful, black, part-labador, 'Geordi'and recently acquired another part labador named 'Callie'. Since retiring I have more time on my hands for genealogy and I finally decided to begin the work of putting my family on the internet.

In 2005, through the internet, I connected with a cousin, Jim Williams, who has graciously helped with the Gray and Keith lines, along with several other cousins along the way. Isn't that what genealogy is all about? I resisted putting my family on the internet until seeing the WeRelate website at the Federation of Genealogist in 2009 in Little Rock, AR and I decided to begin my family here. So for a computer savy beginner who knows nothing about a wiki.. here goes. And as Jim always says, if anyone has anything to add, correct, or change, please feel free to contact me.

In May 2014 I was elected to the Board of the Tennessee Genealogical Society and accepted the position of Corresponding Secretary. In addition to answering questions posed through the society, the society has a program for paid research for those with Tennessee Ancestors and I am also in charge of this research. If you need help with your research with Tennessee ancestors, you can go to the website: Tennessee Genealogical Society and read about our program.

Genealogy Societies and Memberships

Daughters of the American Revolution

Daughters of the Republic of Texas

Special Recognition for outstanding contribution and assistance toward the publication of the book: GGT, Lives - Legends - Lore James Butler Bonham Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas 10 January 1992

First Families of Tennessee

  • Settler: Leonard Fite

Dallas Genealogical Society

Tennessee Genealogical Society Certificate of Tennessee Ancestry

  • James B Robinson, 1805
  • Elizabeth Fite, 1805

Family Clusters I Am Working On

Gray, Richey: Alabama and South Carolina

Pollard:South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi

My "Brick Walls"


John Richey's Parents

John Richey, b. 1790/1792, prob. Pendleton SC. Have not been able to determine who his parents are. Wife was Martha M. ------? Moved to Jefferson County Alabama in 1821, sold out and then moved to Texas in 1839. Died in Red River County, Texas in 1840. See Family:John Richey and Unknown (1)

Information Wanted

Spouse of Rufus Summerfield Keith

Spouse of Rufus Summerfield Keith, b. 1814, TN, married Nancy Alice Middleton or Loretta Cross? See Family:Rufus Keith and Nancy Middleton (1) "A recently acquired family pedigree by Paul Richey, a great grand-son of Michael and Polly, states that Polly was also a sister to Loretta Cross, married to Rufus S. Keith and the mother of Loretta Jane Keith, wife of John Alman Gray (see Person: John Gray (125). Facts uncovered to date do not substantiate that statement." We are seeking evidence of a Rufus Keith marriage to a Loretta Cross.

Proof - Barbara Stone's Last Name

Information on the last name of Barbara Stone who m. John W Pollard on 25 March 1822, Greenville South Carolina. Barbara's last name has not been proven. In August 1918, Volume 26, on p 375 of the Confederate Veteran Magazine an ad was found which reads as follows: 'John B. Stone, 2647 Victor Street, Kansas City, Mo, would be glad to hear of or from Wiley Pollard, son of John (Jack) Pollard or any of his relatives. He says Wiley Pollard and his father both enlisted in an Alabama regiment during the war between the States. John Pollard married my father's sister. My Father was John M. Stone, and we lived at Selma, Al during the war;" Information came from Steve Taylor's research.

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