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Ron Chard (#47105174)
 member for 5 years, 4 months, 28 days
Bracken Franzen @ Steele City
Hi Ron,
The good news is that I finished photographing the Steele City Cemetery last weekend, so if you are interested in any more photos feel free to ask.

Now for the confusing news: I don't there is an actual person named Bracken Franzen, and I do not find any other Franzens in the directory or any Brackens at all.
On the requests I just filled you will see that there is a large family surname stone with Bracken * Franzen on it. It is in the lot that Carl & Jeanette are in which is row 23, Lot NR23, and the lot is owned by F.M. Lambert per the directory. Anna & Onke Franzen are buried in the row and lot directly east of them, row 24, Lot NR24, which is owned by G.W. Lambert.

To add to the confusion, there is a lot in row 22 NR62 owned by C.R. Bracken, but no Bracken burials found in the directory. I checked the one funeral home book that I have and it does show that there was a Verna Nellie Bracken aged 19y, died 5 Sept 1914 buried at Steele City, but she isn't in the directory and I didn't find a stone for her near the others.

Do you know if Jeannette was a Bracken? I don't have marriage records here but may check at the library and possibly the obits and see if I can find out why there is a stone with both surnames on it.

Sorry if this is confusing!


Added by kjvaughn on Aug 09, 2013 5:40 AM

RE: Elsie M. Bolyard Hoffman-Gepfert
Thanks Ron!

Added by NLColes on Jul 03, 2013 8:02 AM

Cheri Rupert Mattox
RE: Re:John Archer
I want to make sure that I understand correctly. Were John and Hannah first cousins? Cheri

Added by Cheri Rupert Mattox on Jun 12, 2013 11:13 AM

Cheri Rupert Mattox
RE: Re:John Archer
Thank you for verifying John Archer's parents for me. I found his siblings as Ira and Caroline. John (Jr.) children as Hannah, Ceylon, Laura, and Grace. Are there any additions that you are aware of? Thank you for your help. Cheri

Added by Cheri Rupert Mattox on Jun 12, 2013 8:14 AM

Cheri Rupert Mattox
Re:John Archer
I saw where you had added John Archer to the Jamestown Cemetery. Do you know if he had a son named John born about 1841 who served in the 100th Indiana Infantry, Company B from Steuben Co. Indiana? Thank you for any help you can give me.

Added by Cheri Rupert Mattox on Jan 01, 2013 3:25 PM

A Horan
RE: re: James Knauss
You're very welcome for the photos. Thank you for your message.

Added by A Horan on Aug 26, 2012 3:15 AM

Karyn R
RE: Thomas L. Cooper
Sure, will do. Does she have a memorial set up? There is another stone near by, that just says Cooper, but it's half-buried under ground. I did not dig it up to try to get a name. I did, however, have to clean Thomas and Charity's stone, with water and a little scrubby in order to get a half-way decent picture. (I was supposed to ask your permission before cleaning the stone, hope that's okay!) There are some dates on there, but they didn't show up well at all, as they are not carved very deeply into the stone. I was thinking I might be able to get a pencil rubbing of the dates - I may try to do that yet.

Added by Karyn R on Aug 21, 2012 6:14 AM

Daniel Brothers
RE: Fred E. Shank
You are most welcome, let me know if I can do more. Dan Brothers

Added by Daniel Brothers on Aug 19, 2012 6:15 PM

Carl Catherman
John & Elizabeth Spade
Ron, thank you very much for adding information to their memorials. Thanks also for responding so quickly.

Added by Carl Catherman on Mar 12, 2012 6:56 AM

Paul E Twist
RE: Wright McKay Duncan

Glad to take the photo. I have set up a memorial for Ida Duncan Tucker and husband C. Sheldon. Both are at the same lot as Wright. Do you want the memorials transfered to you. I am not sure Ida is related to Wright.

Paul T

Added by Paul E Twist on Sep 09, 2011 5:09 PM

Jeff Whitehead
RE: Hoyt Family in Knauss Cemetery
You are welcome. I also wanted to let you know that I created pages for two other Hoyt's in the same plot and posted pictures for both. Right across the drive from these headstones are some very old Hoyt family stones. I did try and take pictures but you can't make them out. My wife and I were able to make out that they are Hoyt stones and parts of the first names. If you would like I can look at the cemetery records and get the full names and dates, send you the pictures and let you try and match them up with what infromation can still be read.
Good luck,

Added by Jeff Whitehead on Jul 29, 2011 9:40 AM

Sally Enbody-Hodshire
RE: Mott and Hoyt Headstones
You are welcome Ron!!
Have a good weekend....Sally

Added by Sally Enbody-Hodshire on Jul 23, 2011 7:38 AM

I hate to be picky, but that says "Edward" not Edwin...?? Is that the same man?

Edward...Edwin...Solomon... = Same man??? Yes?


Gotta Love it!

Added by Jeannieology on Jul 07, 2011 1:44 PM

Our Marriage Seal

On the inside of the front cover is written:

She born 1878

He born 1860

The marriage certificate reads:

This is to Certify
That Edwin S. Billmeyer of Onsted
State of Mich and Georgia Gander
of Cambridge State of Michigan
We by me united in
Holy Matrimony
according to the ordinance of
God and the Laws of the State of _________
at Onsted on the Seventh
day of December A.D. 1910

In presence of

Martha Baughman)
Lelia Baughman)

R. W. Frees ~~his signature~~

Added by Jeannieology on Jul 07, 2011 11:39 AM

You are welcome for the photos. I always take unrequested photos of additional family members while I am there!

We are trying to figure out if Edwin S. and Solomon are one and the same.

Do you know?


Added by Jeannieology on Jul 07, 2011 11:39 AM

RE: Raymond Skourn
You are very welcome!

Added by Foxhunt on Jun 22, 2011 10:44 AM

Dave V
Raymond J. Skourn
Somedays I just hate my automatic filler in...i got so hurried that I completely missed that...I am sorry and the error has been corrected! Happy taphophiling

Added by Dave V on Jun 17, 2011 2:14 PM

Joseph Dodds
RE: Emmett Fink
Sorry about the confusion, Ron. I added 3 photos each for Milton & Cordelia & 2 for their infant son. Hope this helps.

Added by Joseph Dodds on May 29, 2011 8:47 AM

Ron Maeder
RE: Isaac Dick
Sorry, the back side of the stone is blank


Added by Ron Maeder on Apr 21, 2011 2:54 PM

Ken Buttry
Lowry & Violet Benson Buttry
I discovered your name on messages on Find A Grave to G Liles thanking him for posting for Lowry and Violet. They were my uncle and aunt. Are we related?

Added by Ken Buttry on Feb 14, 2011 8:13 AM

RE: Mary J. Sorgen

Wanted to let you know that our problem child volunteer here in Orange County started his tricks again yesterday. The good news is that as of this afternoon Find A Grave has re-loaded a bunch of the requests from January that were deleted by this individual. I have re-claimed your original request and will take off my original and then repost it to Mary's memorial.

It's too bad they haven't gone back to December as there were at least 5 requests at H.S. that got deleted.

We do know that two of the "volunteers" have been deleted from the system, but we are concerned that they will just sign up again under another name.

Hope all is well and have a great weekend.

Take care,


Added by Margi on Feb 05, 2011 1:15 AM

RE: Mary J. Sorgen

I have just posted the photos for Mary. I have also created a memorial for Roy F. Sorgen, added the photos and will be transferring the memorial over to you. I didn't link them yet.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Take care,


Added by Margi on Jan 13, 2011 5:47 PM

Mary J. Sorgen

I just claimed your photo request for Holy Sepulcher. I wanted to let you know that we have recently been having trouble with Orange County photo requests disappearing from the system.

I have your information and if you happen to receive a message from a volunteer that there is a problem, i.e., no headstone please forward that information on to Find A Grave.

I have been in contact with other volunteers who have claimed requests, only to have them disappear from the system. We have also heard from people requesting the photos. I have one lady who has had 7 requests disappear. We are thinking that it is a "two legged" issue vs. a computer issue.

If you have any questions just let me know.

Take care,


Added by Margi on Jan 12, 2011 2:37 PM

RE: Paul & Effie Barney
You are very welcome.


Added by Reflections on Jan 10, 2011 9:14 AM

Ken Buttry
Lowry & Violet Buttry
I assume that you are from the Benson side. Lowry was my uncle. Ken Buttry

Added by Ken Buttry on Nov 30, 2010 2:55 PM


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