Gigi (Ward) Tanksley

Gigi (Ward) Tanksley

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Gigi J. Tanksley formerly Ward
Born 1960s.
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Sister of [private sister (1950s - unknown)] [half], [private sister (1950s - 2000s)], [private brother (1950s - 2000s)], , [private sister (1960s - unknown)], [private brother (1960s - 1980s)] and [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
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Mother of [private son (1980s - unknown)]
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Profile last modified | Created 31 Jan 2015 | Last significant change: 25 Apr 2019
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Wiki Genealogist April 2019 Club 100 Spring Clean-a-Thon 2019 February 2019 Club 100 DNA Tested December 2018 Club 100 Sourcerer November 2018 Club 100 GEDCOM Equipped US History Project Member October 2018 Club 100 Source-a-Thon 2018 Participant Spring Clean-a-Thon 2018 Source-a-Thon 2017 Participant Source-a-Thon 2016 Winner Profile Improvement Project Member G2G6 Pre-1700 Westward Ho Project Member Southern Colonies Project Member
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DNA test show that: I am 49.9 Irish, Scottish, and welsh the rest is made up of Spanish, Portuguese, Swiss, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian.

Researching the following lines: The Ward family line of John Ward and Isabella Weems from Jackson County, Georgia. The family of William Ward and George Wimms located in 1820 Jackson County, Georgia Census. Out of South Carolina.

The family of John Gilbert and Mourning Barksdale with ties to the Butler, Garrett, and Gilbert families of Hancock and surrounding counties in Georgia late 1700's early 1800. These families moved together into the Mississippi Territory in the very early 1800's. Later, some member of the Gilbert Family moved on westward.

The family of Leonhard Varnedeau/Varnado in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. These descendants moved from South Carolina to Georgia and later into the Mississippi Territory spreading south in Louisiana and westward later in the 1800's. Having been told that this family is French and having DNA with no French traceable leads me to believe that the original family migrated to the Iberian Peninsula and over the generation bred the French out. This also makes it possible that Leonard Vernadeau entered what is now the United States through the Mississippi Territory when held by Spain.

The Family of Miles Bullock/Bulloch in Washington Parish, Louisiana from Georgia. This family may have been located in the Mississippi Territory. I am searching for the exact origins of Miles and his family. I have located Bullock next to Varnado family members on Washington Parish, Louisiana census records.

The Seal Family of Washington Parish, Louisiana. This family is spread into surrounding parishes also in the early days of the Mississippi Territory.

The parents of Nancy Ward Thompson, widow of William Thompson who married Moses Varnado. Her daughter, Rebecca married my Grandfather, Samuel Hastings Varnado. This family was located in Washington/St Tammany, and Tangipahoa area of Louisiana. It is believed that Nancy Ward could possibly be of Native American extraction but my DNA shows no Native American blood.

The Tankersley Family from Georgia to Alabama and into Mississippi where the name changed to Tanksley in the mid-1800's. This family was located in the Winston/ Attala County areas of Mississippi in 1860. Also, in the coastal area of Mississippi then into Texas.

The family of John Fisher and their origin. John Fisher was married and his wife went blind. Later a neighbor sent his daughter, Theodosia Moore to keep house for his wife and care for his children. Once his wife died he married Theodosia and raised another family with her. I would like information on Theodosia's family lines.

The Ellington Family of Georgia, North Carolina, and Mississippi mostly in the areas of Leake, Winston, and Attala Counties in Mississippi.

“The humbling realization that each of us is merely a link in a chain. We may someday be forgotten, but the contribution we make to the chain, however slight, will always be there, and as long as the chain exists, a piece of us will exist, too” by Don Rotenburg

What lessons of the vanity of all human greatness, namely: the power of wealth, the pride of family, the pleasures and gayety of life! All end at last in the grave — all alike blend in one common dust." from The History of Orangeburg, SC

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Gigi is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
Searching history of Abner Barksdale's Family
Searching for Wife of Big Ab Coleman first name was Lucretia late 18th century marriage.
Searching for Father of John Gilbert who died in Marion, Mississippi as well as cause of death for John Gilbert in 1815 MS. Could it have been the War of 1812?
I love my immigrant Pioneers!!
I have deep deep roots in Louisiana.
Born, raised, and will die right here in my beloved Mississippi.
sources and writing bios
Rev Joseph Colston Seal and his ancestors
Seale Family history and stories sought.
Working on South Carolina Sources

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On 25 Apr 2019 at 18:56 GMT Stephanie Ward wrote:

Hi Gigi! So glad you joined our Clean-a-thon team! See you in the tree starting bright and early tomorrow morning!

Go Gulf Coast Hurricanes!

On 14 Feb 2019 at 18:17 GMT Joshua Hanna wrote:

Hi Gigi, I'm sorry it's taken so long for me to respond to you. I'm not on here as much as I once was. If there's a profile I'm in charge of that you would like me to add you to, just let me know! I don't recognize any of the names you listed, so it may very well have been a time where I was adding anything I could see. I also can't seem to find them by searching either. It's always interesting to me to find a connection, especially one so distant! Have a great day!

On 6 Feb 2019 at 14:54 GMT Kathryn Morse wrote:


The source you asked about is for a different Josephine Varnado.

On 29 Jan 2019 at 23:38 GMT Lolo Wagner wrote:

Your proposal to merge the two Abner Bairds is unfounded. Look at the births. One died as an infant, the other is his brother whom the parents chose to name Abner Baird after the first child died.

On 24 Dec 2018 at 23:59 GMT Nancy (Stevens) Page wrote:


in 1850 Susan Blair Doolittle married 2nd Robert Ross. Thereafter she had a child almose every year until her death in 1857.

On 21 Nov 2018 at 22:51 GMT Kathy (Foote) Durham wrote:

Hi Gigi, thank you for proposing the merge of Sarah Jane Word's unsourced and inaccurate profile Word-122 with all the correct information in Word-383! FYI, I tried to get the profile manager to respond to a proposed merge between similar sourced vs unsourced profiles for her older sister Eliza Amelia a year ago. Despite repeated polite communications, I never got a response (you can see my messages on Word-376 and on Alana Morgan's profile). I Clearly it's way past time to take the next step of adding a responsive profile manager for both profiles, and I'm ready to be that person. I have grave photos for both ladies and much more. Suggestions?

Any help you can offer in getting thte attention of WikiTree superpowered people would be much appreciated!!

On 16 Nov 2018 at 05:32 GMT Mary Bonk wrote:

Gigi and Mary are 10th cousins

Gigi (Ward) Tanksley and Mary Bonk are both descendants of Henry Mitchell.

(My mom is a Mitchell :) )

On 14 Nov 2018 at 16:07 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Congratulations on a marvelous interview. Your description of your grandmother was heart warming. Well done, Gigi!

On 14 Nov 2018 at 13:33 GMT Shan (Ward) Dawson wrote:

Hi =) We are straight 11th cousins. I'm a Ward too.

On 14 Nov 2018 at 11:26 GMT Paula J wrote:

I suggest you make a space page, of however many space pages you need for the information from archives. Then I can connect them to protects for you. Yoin can search for the individuals tbrough the search function and add anyone who isn’t already on WIkiTree.

I would be glad to help you with this. We have some ship’s lists on WikiTree already and we can organize the information in the same way if you like.

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