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JoLee Gregory Spears

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Submitted by Paul Shipp

Newcomb, Parthenia.jpg  -- (b. abt 1834 in Charlotte County, Virginia, daughter of Elkanah and Harriet Newcomb) the original sketch is in the possession of Shirley Shipp, wife of John Shipp. Shirley Shipp was the daughter of Lillie Agnes Lacks, daughter of Betty Jane Lacks.  The picture was the property of Lawrence Foster (Son of Lillie Agnes Lacks) who gave it to Shirley Shipp (sister of Lawrence and mother of Paul Shipp, submitter). Lawrence and Shirley said that Grandma (Betty Jane Lacks) always said "that's grandma newcomb!" but nobody knew the actual name of the person until the original picture turned up in the possession of Mary Saunders Duffer Billings in Chase City, VA who said that on the back of the original is written, "wife of John Newcomb, brother of Old William Newcomb and Tilda and Lizzie Newcomb." This sketch was obviously from the original picture. Paul Shipp