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I'm not a relative, but am doing some research on this family because I am looking for Rita's mother (Mrs Lawrence Allen), because I have some awesome 1945 plane/pilot pictures of her Aunt Dorothy M. Irish Durrett when she trained to be a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol and there is a Congressional Gold Medal to be awarded to CAP members in 2015. I would like to see her name submitted for the medal, which I can submit anyone's name, but I'm hoping to find a family member first to let them know about this great honor.
     Mrs Lawrence Allen, Rita's mother, was previously Mary Margaret (Swindle) Cawthon. Swindle, her maiden name, Cawthon married name, was married to Bryon O Cawthon on 30 Jan 1964 and they had their daughter, Rita A Cawthon on 07 June 1967. From Anniston Star articles I read, and pictures I have of Mary Margaret and her Aunt Dorothy, they were close. I have their pictures because my mother was good friends with Dorothy and they attended flight school and joined the CAP together. My mother has already been chosen for the gold medal, so now I'm hoping to get Dorothy on the list for the gold medal as well.
     Mary Margaret's grandparents and Dorothy's parents were Thomas M and Juanita C Irish all originally from Knox Co., Tennessee, but lived in Anniston, AL most their lives. From articles I read, Mary Margaret seemed to be raised by her grandparents and her Aunt Dorothy.
      I know your organization doesn't do research for individuals, but if anyone happens to have any knowledge or come across any of these names, I would be grateful if someone would let me know if they come across any information.

Here is some information on the CAP gold medal for anyone with family members who served with the CAP in WWII. To be eligible for this honor CAP members must have served in the Civil Air Patrol during the period of December 7, 1941 to the end of hostilities on September 2, 1945.

Please contact: Tracy Ward


     I have been trying to find where Hezekiah Posey owned land in Benton County, Al, I found this info so I will send what I have and maybe you will have an answer for me.
     Hezekiah Bonaparte Posey was born in Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland.Date of birth, March 20th,1781.  He moved Abbeville, So. Carolina and fought in the Revolutionary War.He did not fight with the regular army but fought with militia & was a minuteman. I have a copy of his information concerning the war ( can send later if wanted)  I have a map of his land in South Carolina.  He married Susanna Harrison in 1779 – 3 children, she died and he married Ruth Miller and has 4 more children. I have names of children.
     From So Car he moved to Blount County, Tennessee – I have some old records that shows he & son Joseph Harrison Posey doing jury duty.
then Hezekiah moved again to Benton County, Alabama in 1817. He died in Oct. 1847, I have copy of his will.  So far I have not been able to locate grave or find the property he had in Benton Co., Al.
     The DAR put a memorial marker for Hezekiah Posey in Nectar,Al in front of a Methodist church. I have picture of that.
     Descendant of Hezekiah Posey, Joseph Harrison Posey, Napoleon B. Posey, Napoleon Colorado Posey ( N.B & N.C are both buried at Sardis Church of the Nazarene on Old Tuscaloosa Road between Jasper & Parrish, Al. my grandmother Susan Cora Posey – Lowrimore, mother Eva Beatrice Lowrimore – O’Rear to me Frances O’Rear Wilson

Submitted by Fran:  on 5/22/2014

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