== Biography ==
Mary "Shan" Ward-Dawson
Born: 1970 in Florida at the Naval base
Tom Ward- (1947- ) U.S. Army Captain, Helicopter Pilot and Combat Veteran of the Vietnam War.
Patricia Smith- (1947-) Stay at home Mom & team mother.
Thomas Ward- (1979-)
Thomas O. Ward Sr.- ( 32 degree Mason with York & Scottish Rite Shriners, Owned 2 Insurance Companies, and former President of Sertoma Intl.
Mary A. Slate- ( Stay at home mother of 6.
Frank J. Smith Sr. (1924-1997) U.S. Navy Veteran, WWII, former shoe designer and fitter to movie stars in Miami as well.
Mary L. Chitty- (1929-2010) Owned an Answering Srvc in Atlanta for over 50 years. Shoe model in Miami for a few years.
Martin Dawson- (1979-) U.S. Army Intel Veteran (disabled 2011)
Marriage year: 2008
My 3 children's father is "Carlyle" a retired US Marine who I was married to for 8 years. Sadly it was not a good marriage, and it ended in divorce, but my children were worth it all. I was married for almost 6 years to a "Smith" 2 years after my divorce. He left me for a woman 12 years his junior. (this was a huge blessing in disguise)
I have had a very interesting life to say the least, and I'll try to give my best account of my life thus far. I wish all our past relatives we research had this much info. That way we could get to truly know them. This will hopefully give you a better understanding of my life thus far.
How I came about:
My dad was in the U.S. Army as a Helicopter Pilot and Captain during the Vietnam War before I was born. My mother was pregnant with me in Texas, and I was to be born on Halloween 1970. My dad was adamant that he would not go to Vietnam until I was born. My mom went back to her family in Florida, and went into labor with me.
I was born at the Naval Hospital. My dad was able to be there for my birth, then headed to Vietnam November 1, 1970. My father was in Vietnam until mid of 1972.
Where I grew up:
I was raised in Florida until age 3, then we moved to Alabama where I went to pre-school and kindergarten. We then moved to Georgia near Dobbins AFB, when I was 5 years old, then north of Atlanta where I lived until I was 19 yrs old.
My dad taught me from a very young age to be hard working, and to never give up.
Some of my early jobs:
Babysitting, yard work, cleaning etc. From age 15 on I held several jobs. (retail jobs, childcare, office work, and as a telephone operator, trainer & switchboard manager. I ran a TY Beanie baby and online craft store for several years as well. Now I sell Arts & Crafts, and work a little online too.
I did cheerleading & also coached elementary age cheerleaders for a few summers. I was involved in gymnastics, ice skating, dance (tap, ballet & jazz), took piano lessons, Choir, USAF JROTC, Softball, studied Spanish for 3yrs, loved to swim, attended church activities growing up, and volunteered on weekends with concessions at a ballpark where my brother played sports.
After High school graduation, I worked for a year to pay for my College tuition. I went to a private College in the North GA mountains. At that time I was still unsure exactly what I wanted to do in life. (Nurse, Military, or stay managing the Communications business). The next year I decided to go back to work full time at my communications job.
3 years of JROTC (USAF) during High School and 1 year College. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at 21yrs old. Not many women can say they went to boot camp at Parris Island SC. I am very proud that I had that adventure, even though it was short lived due to getting hurt. ~Semper Fi~
In 2001, 2 weeks before my marriage to "Smith", I was hit in a MVA while I was driving with my children to a visitation pickup. I am a Traumatic Brain and Spine Injury Survivor. I'm considered 100% disabled, but am not wheelchair bound. (I have long/short term memory loss, seizures, and other medical issues). I'm very grateful no matter what, that I'm where I am today. It's been hard work, but I'm so much better than I was.
In July of 2008, I married Marty in Northern Michigan. We both feel so grateful to have found one another, and after 12+ years of marriage he is still is my best friend. He is Artistic & very intelligent. We are enjoying our life together more than ever, and love to Garden, take walks, and travel. Although my husband has a very hard time due to being a Veteran with severe PTSD, he tries to travel and push his limits. We sadly have no biological children together, as I had 2 miscarriages.
I belong to several Military/Veterans groups where I try and give back and help those with PTSD, and also those in military families.
My Family Tree Research:
I am a part of several Ancestry/Genealogy sites where I research both sides of my family. I LOVE researching, and have done a good bit on other sites. It is my hope to transfer all of that knowledge over to wikitree. So please bare with any flaws I may make. The format is very different than the others, but as you can tell, I like my profiles to have life to them. That way when future generations read them, they can know as much about everyone as possible. =)
I am especially hoping to find my Grandfathers "Smith" (Schmidt) and "Holahan" (O'Houlihan/Hoolihan,Houlihan) side of the family. I would really like to know who my Great Great grandparents were on that side of the family.
My Grandfathers side of the family are from Brooklyn/Bronx/Newburgh, New York and New Jersey as well.
Update 2017.. (I am told my 2xs great grandparents names are possibly Patrick Hollahan and Mary Barlow, and the others are Joseph Smith and Jeanette "Jennie" Bogart)
The info I know on him so far is the following:
Frank J. Smith- 1924 Brooklyn, NY.
He was in the US Navy during WWII.
He married my Grandma 'Mary L (Chitty) Smith'. His parents as far as I can find are:
Marie Agnes "Aggie" Holahan and Frank Grant Smith. Sisters: Ruth T (smith) Laxton, Marie C Smith, Francis Genevieve (Jeannie) Smith, Rita Smith Edic and Helen A (Smith) Embler.
I am also researching my entire family tree which include names like: Stuart, Stewart, Ward, Smith, Holahan, MacDonald Moore, Chitty, Cardin/Carden, Scott, Vaden, Slate, Richardson, King, Byrd, Simmons, Wilson, Campbell, Barlow, Freeman, Fortner, Shaw, Taylor, Watkins, Dean, Winstead, Toole, Holland, DOTY, Hatch, White, Bogart, etc (just msg me for more names).
Alexander Hamilton 10th Cousin 4xs
Signers of the United States Declaration of Independence
of Delaware and Continental Congressman, lawyer and politician, an officer of the Delaware militia during the French and Indian War and American Revolution, and from the Adelmare family in Treviso, Italy)
Magna Carta Baron Sureties (Great Grandfather's and Cousins)
(still need to go through all of them)
Presidents of the United States of America