Retirement from federal service in 1984 allowed Jim full time attention to his passion: genealogy. He was a member of the Cleveland County Genealogical Society, the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Sons of the American Revolution and the National Genealogical Society.
Research at the National Archives in Philadelphia, and exploration in Tennessee, led him to publish a book on a family branch, Lamb and Allied Families of the Sequatchie Valley that gained the National Genealogical Society’s 1997 Award of Excellence. While searching other Mohon links, he met another Mohon family from the same Kentucky region as his own ancestors.
After attending several of their annual Kentucky reunions, the possibility of links to Jim’s family led him to search their ancestry. This was the basis of his second book, published in 2001, John Mohon of Lunenburg County and his Descendants. While this research was unable to reveal a direct connection between the two families, Jim considered the book a labor of love; published in hopes of providing Mohon descendants and collateral families with possible missing links.
Jim’s family has been a member of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church since its early years. As church historian for at least a decade, he helped write a brief church history for a major church anniversary celebration.
A memorial service will take place 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Stephen’s UMC, 1801 W. Brooks St. (N.W. corner of Brooks and McGee) in Norman. Suggested memorial gift sites: The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), online at lbda.org (or mailed to 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047); or the Cleveland County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 6176, Norman, OK 73070.
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