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Carolyn.Complete (#46945853)
 member for 6 years, 9 months, 7 days
Mary Elizabeth Gore Baker
Where did you get the wonderful portrait of Mary Elizabeth Gore Baker that is on the Findagrave page?
She is my great-great-grandmother and I have a portrait taken when she was in her 80s, but I have never seen this one.

Added by JANICE PATTERSON on Mar 14, 2013 1:03 PM

Ron Chapin
RE: Charles Gay
Glad you found him easily.
Yes, I know what you mean about not wanting to be found.
I have 8 or 10 back in that area that refuse to found. I know they are there, I just can't find them.
I'm trying to determine who was the first one to be buried there. Have one death date of 1820 which is the oldest so far.
I know the first recorded death in Henderson county was Caroline Wood,1844.
I have 1426 names in a data base for the old part of the cemetery.

Added by Ron Chapin on Mar 12, 2012 4:33 AM

Ron Chapin
RE: Re: A Nice Surprise #80799991
That is so cool !!
I did have the right guy, I tracked Chalmer out west,but just was not sure if he was related or not.
If you drive into the main entrance and head east as far as you can go, turn left,then left again when the road turns,two plots to the left is where he is located.
There is a big Ives stone on the right side of the road.
Thank you for sharing his story,I often wonder about things like this,

Added by Ron Chapin on Mar 06, 2012 4:34 AM

Ron Chapin
RE: A Nice Surprise #80799991
Charles is buried in the west half of plot 350.
Plot was purchased by james Gay.
I stumbeld over the stone looking for Pershin and noticed that his name wasn't in the Ross/Evans book, so I put it on here.
I tried to find out who he was, but was unsucessful, about all I found was a telegraph operator.
I will transfer it to you if you wnat,

Added by Ron Chapin on Feb 28, 2012 4:19 AM


Added by M on Jan 17, 2011 8:50 AM

C.L. Panagopulos
RE: Happy New Year, Caroline!
Happy New Year to you too! :D

Added by C.L. Panagopulos on Jan 03, 2011 4:21 PM

thank you dearly for the little memorial marker on my precious beloved white poodle toto chandler rexroat. he was so special and precious and died very suddenly and it was heart breaking to let him go,. i had got him as a 5 month old baby he died at age 9 of flea collar had poisned his system. he was very pretty and smart and sweet and thank you for little dogie to keep him company. love melissa. toto's mommy (human) and caretaker. forever loved.

Added by M on Sep 18, 2010 1:22 PM

Ryan Curtis
Re: Great Job!
Thank you for your kind words. I deeply appreciate it.


Added by Ryan Curtis on Sep 02, 2010 5:28 PM

thank you
for you kind and thoughtful words. i do try hard and i resarch my memorials. and i love letting people know about others and to keep their memory alive. such as my dad oris e rexroat amd my beloved grandparents loren and flossie foley and john rexroat and mary rexroat huckaby and step grandpa willie huckaby and great grandfathers such as harlan rexroat and logan ross foley and so many others. I want memories to last and to remember people i add and people i have known in my 43 yrs of life and heard of and take time to remember them dearly i try daily to add flowers or gifts to other peoples memorials and my own daily if i can. sincerly and in god's love. melissa, god bless you dearly

Added by M on Jul 22, 2010 12:19 PM

Mary Wiese
Thank you
I very much appreciate you taking the time to leave a token for my daughter, Kara. It is greatly appreciated.

Added by Mary Wiese on Jul 18, 2010 9:33 PM

Oris E Rexroat
thank you so much for the marker on my beloved daddy.. He really was a hero and a angel. and I can't say enough about his 84 yrs of life. and the 34 yrs i was a part of his or visa versa. he died when i was 34 and He was 50 yrs old when I was born. I could have been his grandchild. isntead I was his only daughter. he had my brother at age 28. By the same wife that was my mom she was done 40 yrs old when I came along. she is now 83 ina nursing facilty as a invalid due to a blood clot. But Daddy went beyond his daddy hood. He truly was the only friend I had besides my mother at one time. I had a complex growing up like some kids do, do to my large nose, i had trouble socializing and making friends as a young teen, my parents became my only friends besides my pets. My parents adored me and I adored them both., they saw past my ugly duckling looks and appearance. and we did everything as a family together. I miss those times. My mother and I traveled together right up till 2005. in 06 she went to a nursing home because she was getting foregetful early stage dementia but was doing great and taking care of her own self in the nursing home. even her caretakers said they didn't have to hardly do anything for her. she took care of herself. and one day a nasty blood clot traveled up her thigh to her brain and left unable to do anything for herself. soemthing i will never get over. she never saw me get married, 3 weeks after her embolism as she lay in a coma. i walked down the isle in marriage for the first time at age 40 yrs of age. I felt her right there with me and my beloved daddy also. thank you for the kind precious words. about my beloved daddy. god bless you always and forever. melissa FAQ member

Added by M on Jul 18, 2010 11:20 AM
Re: Support
Thank you for the support you have sent to me it is nice to hear from someone once in a while in that manner. Let me know how to start the other blog and I will seriously consider it.

Thanks again.

Added by on Jul 07, 2010 6:53 AM

k. outzen
RE: Renovation
Thanks for keeping me up to date. Let me know who owns the cemetery & whatever else you are able to find out.

I wish I were closer, I'd try to do it myself.

Thanks for all the work you are doing.


Added by k. outzen on Jul 02, 2010 6:50 AM

k. outzen
The Pioneer/Cost Cemetery
I'm guessing the latitude & longitude left on the google map is an approximate "address" based lat/long where someone would drive to before they walked around to find it???...or is it the exact spot of the cemetery itself?

Added by k. outzen on Jun 28, 2010 5:24 AM

k. outzen
The Pioneer/Cost Cemetery
Thank you for all the information & work you have done getting to the cemetery & documenting it. I wish I were closer or knew a few Boy Scouts willing to take on restoring the cemetery for an Eagle Scout project.

I think that if you go to the cemetery again, if it is so hard to find, if you take a GPS w/you that will show you the exact latitude & longitude, then you can post that for anyone who may wish to venture there.

I appreciate the blog. I am sending the information on to my father (born a Buzzard ;-).

Thanks again.
k. outzen

Added by k. outzen on Jun 28, 2010 5:16 AM

Hi, Carolyn,
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Added by Mary on Dec 19, 2009 6:37 PM

Richard S. Clark
RE: Phelps again
I found a bit more on Frank C. Button and his mother Phebe Eliza Phelps Button. Both were with the school at Morehead, KY from October 1887 until 1892. In that year, Phebe moved to Boston for her health, and later died at her half-sister's home in Oquawka. Her obit was carried on the top of the front page of the Burlington Hawk Eye, possibly a sign that the family was still well connected to the publishers, as you mentioned in her father's biography.

In regards to Robert and Adeline T. (Phelps) Hodson, there are a number of photos on the Internet of Hodson Hall at Morehead college, which was named in their honor. They were specifically mentioned in a history of the school posted to the Internet, but their relationship of sister and brother-in-law of co-founder Phebe Eliza Phelps Button was never mentioned. I don't believe the building is still standing. Perhaps you could add a note about this to their memorials. I didn't do a Google search for Hodson Hall specifically - it might be interesting to do.

Oquawka newspapers noted Frank was called back from Lexington, KY in 1886 by the sudden illness of his mother, a year prior to their founding the school at Morehead. I have yet to find what he was doing in Lexington at that time, age 23; attending school, or already working under the church, perhaps. Frank took the position of Rural Superintendent of schools with the KY state department of education at Lexington the same year his mother died, over-seeing the rural schools of the state. He rejoined the school at Morehead several years later, and oversaw it's expansion as it changed hands from one organization to another within the Christian church. He then went back to the state position until the school at Morehead became publicly chartered in 1922, serving as first president for 7 years, but at the same time, remained an assistant superintendant of schools for the state. I'd bet his connections with the state government lead to the school's state charter. There are a number of photos of him on the Internet. He (and two unnamed associates) even made the May 1930 issue of "Popular Science" magazine, for curing lab rats of the bone disease "rickets" (also suffered by humans) by feeding them ice cream exposed to UV light from a mercury vapor lamp. I thought that was pretty neat.

I read that early students of the school paid as little as $5 for tuition, and earned the rest by making brooms that were sold by the college.

I also received a reply to my message board posting - Frank was buried at Lee cemetery in Morehead. I linked a memorial to his parents, wife, and several children.

If you do make it to the Oquawka cemetery someday and add the photos for the Button family, I would very much appreciate it. I have never been there, and would probably have to do quite a bit of wandering around to find them.

Added by Richard S. Clark on Nov 27, 2009 7:50 PM

Richard S. Clark
RE: More Phelps . . .
I saw the death certificate for Frank on also, and that of his wife's. Both just say burial in Morehead. The Rowan county website has a listing of about 4,000 burials, but their's isn't listed. I posted a query on the Rowan county boards, hoping someone might find where they were buried. At least Frank escaped the death his parents, uncle, and probably grandmother faced at an early age - "consumption".

Francis Christopher Button was my 2nd cousin 3 times removed. It was one of those odd coincidences that lead me to find they lived in our area. Someone posted a request for a photo of Whitfield and Eliza Button's markers at Abingdon cemetery. I was driving by there everyday for several weeks a couple of summers ago, while on my way to and from work at one of the schools. I saw that there was a long lists of requests for Abingdon cemetery, and that the library in Monmouth had a book of readings to help find every one. Their entries were posted by someone other than who requested the photos, and I don't know now who it was, since their contact information is erased as soon as the request is filled.

Anyway, after I posted Whitfield and Eliza's photos, I thought it would be nice if I could find Eliza's maiden name and add it as a note to the photo. That's when I discovered she was already in my family tree program - the sister of my ggg-grandmother. I had read what my gg-grandfather wrote about them in 1905, when he was in his 90's. He stated that Whitfield and Eliza had 3 sons, all dead, and that they moved to Illinois somewhere. Only one son died in Kentucky; the other two died of consumption after graduating from Abingdon college. They were members of the first graduating class of 5, 3 of whom died of consumption. It was a thrill to connect to what my gg-grandfather wrote about his aunt, uncle, and cousins over 100 years ago.

There is quite a bit posted about Frank C. Button. Founder and president of Morehead University, and also head of Kentucky's department of education at one time. His story is about as interesting as that of his first cousin's, Marion Godfrey Scheitlin. I know where Marion died, but haven't found where he was buried, either. I believe you added the Scheitlin photos at Abindgon, too.

Added by Richard S. Clark on Nov 23, 2009 5:55 AM

Richard S. Clark
Phelps family of Oquawka
I wanted to let you know that I have linked Phebe Phelps Button, buried at Oquawka cemetery, to the memorials you posted for her parents, Stephen and Salome Patterson Phelps. I really enjoyed your memorial to Stephen Phelps.

I don't know if you're interested, but I wanted to point out a couple of items. Back when naming traditions were popular, the first born daughter of a second wife was named for the late first wife. In this case that holds true; Salome's first daughter was named for Phebe Chase.

Phebe Phelps Button (Phebe in early records, and later Phoebe) died at the home of her half-sister Adeline in 1892. Prior to that, Phebe was credited as founding Morehead Christian School at Morehead, Kentucky, on behalf of the United Christian Missionary Society of St. Louis in 1887. Although no mention was made of the relationship, Robert and Adeline Phelps Hodson of Oquawka, Illinois were listed as generous supporters of the school, now known as Morehead State University. Ironically, Phebe's father-in-law left Kentucky to help establish a Christian Missionary school in Abingdon, Illinois, which later merged with Eureka College.

Added by Richard S. Clark on Nov 21, 2009 10:49 AM

RE: Isaac Fugate, McDonough Co., IL
I was hoping to transfer ownership over to you, I thought you might be a relative.

Added by Deebie on Sep 03, 2009 7:20 PM

LaDon Brennan
Carolyn, thanks for the excellent photos for this Stoneking family. I especially appreciated seeing the view that shows the gravestone in context of the surrounding area, it looks like a lovely final resting place for this family.

Added by LaDon Brennan on Aug 25, 2009 11:20 AM

Oakwood Cemetery
Thank you so much for the headstone photos of my family members interred at Oakwood Cemetery.


Added by Oldguard1968 on Aug 25, 2009 8:35 AM

LaDon Brennan
I'm so glad you found Walter, thanks so much for the family information. I have submitted photo requests, thank you for filling them.

Added by LaDon Brennan on Aug 24, 2009 11:38 PM

Jeff Jahn
Thanks again :)
Thanks for the 4 tombstone photos :) Hope you had a wonderful summer.

Added by Jeff Jahn on Aug 24, 2009 9:11 PM

James David Miller
Francis Venard and Family
You left flowers for Francis Venard in Deerfield Cemetery a couple of years ago. You signed "Carolyn Venard Cooper". I believe this Francis Venard was born in Loudon County, Virginia about 1728 and died in Warren County Ohio about 1831. Children were Sarah, John, Francis Jr, Stephen, Martha Margaret, Thomas, William, and James. I am descended from Martha who married Christopher Stark. Does this info jibe with your research?

Regards, Dave Miller

Added by James David Miller on Jun 25, 2009 11:39 AM


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