Though cousins Ray and John Dove grew up in neighboring counties, they didn’t know of each other’s existence until a mutual interest in genealogy caused them to cross paths.
Ray grew up in Madison County, John in neighboring Elbert County. Though they had already corresponded by phone, the pair met face-to-face Oct. 22, 2009, when they and other relatives reunited at Cannady Dove Hill Cemetery in the Shiloh Community of Madison County to honor the memory of their ancestors, including another John Dove and his wife, Elizabeth Saylors Dove. That day was also the bicentennial of John’s birth.
Since then, the two have worked together and with other family members to trace their ancestors back to their Scots – Irish roots, which remains a work in progress.
Ray said there are at least six Dove family members working on the family’s genealogy.
Recently, he and John collaborated on a biography of their ancestor John Dove, who moved to Madison County from Anderson, S.C., in 1845 and who is a great-grandfather to them both.
Members of the Dove family are shown at the dedication of the Cannady Dove Hill Cemetery in the Shiloh Community in 2009. Cousins Ray Dove (far left) and John Dove (center, with sunglasses) have since written a biography about their great-grandfather John Dove (1810 – 1901), who is buried in this cemetery.
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