Wednesday, May 21, 2008

In Memory of Three Lives lost a Year ago Today!

Today we honor the life of Shannon Vautier Weaver who gave his life for our Freedom.

The following was read at his funeral by Capt. Matthew Johnson Company Commander of Alpha Company. Shannon's grandparents wanted me to share it with everyone.

Today we gather to honor the lives of not one but three American Heroes killed in Action on May 21st, 2007--Staff Sergeant Shannon Weaver, Sergeant Brian Ardron, and Corporal Michael Davis. On that evening, just as the Baghhad sun disappeared, 1st Platoon was conducting a route clearance mission in order to maintain mobility for their brother Cavalry, a task they had completed many times before. Riding in the safest vehicle - the Buffalo, SSG Weaver, SGT ARDron, CPL Davis, SPC Tauriainen, and PFC Brookshire stopped to interrogate a canal crossing for explosives or command wire. Just as Shannon came over the radio, a cowardly insurgent detonated a deep buried improvised explosive devise directly underneath their vehicle, resulting in the heartbreaking loss of three phenomenal Sappers, and wounding two others, one of who is still fighting for his life and the other paralyzed.

Staff Sergeant Weaver was no stranger to armed Conflict. He deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Again answered his call to duty, and for the last seven months has served as a squad leader and primary operator of the Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance Vehicle, one of the most important tools in our inventory to find and locate roadside bombs. Shannon's niche was maintenance. He could fix anything, sometimes given absolutely nothing to fix it with. He took all the platoon's vehicles under his arms, and kept their equipment running smoothly since he received it in late October. As a commander, I relied on Shannon for his insight, guidance and advice on how to complete our complex mission. I am personally indebted to him for what he gave to the company. Physically, mentally, and spiritually strong, Shanon's true strength was in the Lord. Before every single patrol he led the platoon in prayer - a testament of his genuine devotion to God. A certain phrase from his prayer always comes to mind when I think of Shannon, "Lord protect those who are going, protect those who are staying, and protect those who are already out there."

True warriors, our fallen comrades would have wanted us to continue our combat mission, no matter what the circumstances, for they are true combat engineers -- they are Sappers.

Staff Sergeant Shannon Vautier Weaver, Sergeant Brian Daniel Ardron, and Corporal Michael Warner Davis have SP'd the eternal line of departure, and they continue to clear a route for the rest of us Sappers to someplace safer and more peaceful. I am proud to have served with such remarkable men. You will forever be in out thoughts and prayers.

Please click on the following link to see a video of SSGT Shannon Weaver......

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Frank Hadley Snell, Jr.

Do you recognize this baby picture of
Frank Hadley Snell, Jr?

He was born 9 Dec. 1893, in
Newark, New Jersey. Son of Amy and Frank Hadley Snell.

I know this picture of was taken in East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey on 26 May 1894. I know he signed up for the World War I draft on June 30, 1917 in East Orange, Essex County, New Jersey. I have little other details of his family information.

I retrieved this photograph well over 100 years old from the wet ground at a yard sale. The owner said he was not family related, but just a antique treasure of her mother-in-law who had recently passed.

I have posted this photograph of Frank Hadley Snell, Jr in many places on the web ( and in hopes to return this family treasure to the rightful family.

If anyone knows the descendants of Frank Hadley Snell, Jr please contact me so I may return this photo to the rightful family.

Please help me to find the family or descendants of Frank Hadley Snell, Jr!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Unknown Young Lady

Do you recognize this young lady?

It may have been taken in the 80's. She was pregnant at this time as.

The submitter has requested to remain Anonymous until a later date. If you know her or where this picture was taken please contact me..

Thanks and have a good night!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Robert Lee Cemetery

On Sunday, May 11, 2008, I posted a partial survey with photos for Robert Lee Cemetery in Coke County, Texas..

I have an emotional tie to Robert Lee since my Grandfather, Jackie Dale Thomason, is buried there with his father and other family members..

I am working hard to get more information added to the site daily. If you have anything you would like to share or add please email me and I will get it posted ASAP. Please be sure to include the County in the "Subject Line"..

Have a good night!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Welcome To Hidden Ancestors!

I will use this blog as a means of letting everyone know what is new on . There are many counties already actively up and running..
Haralson County, Georgia
Wilkes County, Georgia
Andrews County, Texas
Archer County, Texas
Callahan County, Texas
Coke County, Texas
Martin County, Texas
Midland County, Texas
Mitchell County, Texas
Parmer County, Texas
Titus County Texas

I know there are a few broken links at this point from the move to a private server that need to be corrected and I will work hard to get those corrected.

I am currently a Member of TXGenWeb and GAGenWeb, but there are some counties on this site that are independent sites. There are part of my own personal genealogy research.

If you have anything you would like to share, please let me know. Also if you have a county that you would like me to link to yours as there will be no way to possible for me to have research for all Counties in the US.

I greatly appreciate everyone for visiting my site and if there is anything I can do to help or something you would like to see please let me know..

Happy Mother's Day!