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Heather Cottrell (#47193139)
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Riqui Hess
RE: Helen A. Hiscock
Hello! Bitley Cemetery is actually a very nice little cemetery. It is in a little town called Branchport and is easy to get to, but not exactly easy to locate, if you aren't looking for it. If you use the F.A.G. app, believe it when it tells you the location, as it is just a little side road, marked rather indiscreetly. It is well maintained, but shows its age too. I think that, if you like cemeteries, you'll enjoy it. The grave is very easy to locate and in good shape. If you have any other requests in this area, you are welcome to let me know who and where and I will see what I can find for you before you get here. Any excuse to find a new cemetery is appreciated! :) I hope you have a great visit!

Added by Riqui Hess on Aug 04, 2015 4:12 PM

Kay Stenzel
RE: Jeffries/Cottrell
Hi Heather....first of all, I live near Galveston not doable to meet at the nearest Starbucks to share info!

My ties to the Cottrells are thru my maternal great grandmother. Burton (elbert) Thomas Jeffries b 1876 Mo d 1955 Mo married Cyrilla "Rilla" Cottrell( b 1881 Mo d 1961 Mo). I don't know when they married but had 2 boys: Robert H b 1901 Mo and Samuel B b 1906 Mo d 1977 Mo (he marr Catherine V Nunn)

I think Rilla's parents were Wm S and Sarah Sallie Lemon. In 1910 Mo, Wm Cottrell(b 1843) was living with Rilla and Burt, and the 2 boys. I can follow them thru 1940. Have a copy of Rilla's death cert. (on line copy).

That is all I know. I am not going any further into Rilla's line because I am overloaded! with Jeffries stuff. If I can help with more specific dates etc, let me know. Do you know what happened to the 2 boys? I loose Robert after 1920 and Samuel has wife in the 1940s. One thing I am wondering: in the 1930 census, Samuel B as a Jr shows .....I cannot understand why he is a Jr.

Looking forward to hearing from you

Added by Kay Stenzel on Jun 08, 2015 8:32 AM

Bob Rowe
RE: Esther Drake and William Hessing
I have sent updates to the memorial creator including the plot location for Esther but she hasn't accepted my edits yet. Esther is indeed William's wife. Yes, they are buried next to each other. After William's death Esther married Curtis Obert Drake, Find A Grave Memorial# 121151338, on 6/21/1979 in Rice County, MN. Curtis is buried with his first wife Blanche. However, after Esther died, Curtis married a third time to Helen Marion Rowberg on 4/20/1985 in Hennepin County.
I hope this clears thing up for you. bob

Added by Bob Rowe on Apr 09, 2015 8:03 AM

Wm Grant
I think you are correct Wm is NOT AT THE BOTTOM the stone. I will have to go back and study it more carefully.

I will take the picture down on Find a Grave.

I recently probed for more stones and had no luck in the Grant or McDaniel section. They are just one row apart in the back center of the cemetery. There are obviously unmarked graves on either side of Phoebe McDaniel and in the line with Susan Grant and the Birgs.


Added by Susan on Mar 24, 2015 10:16 AM

RE: Joseph Franklin Ogden
He is also my great great great grandfather.

Joseph Franklin Ogden
James A Ogden
Almedia Ogden Shipman
Margaret Elmira Shipman Timberlake
LaVerne Timberlake Shannon
Jan (me)

Added by Jan on Dec 24, 2014 10:25 PM

Jack Miller
RE: Elgin R. Jennings
If I remember right Elgin was cremated. His ashes are under the marker. I remember him. One of the Frankford "Jennings Clan" Funny guy, but one not to be messed with if you made an enemy of him. Kinda small in stature, wirey. Good man, but his smoking put him where he is now. My mother's sister married into the Jennings family when she married Ivan Dewey Jennings. He ran the Opry in Frankford for many years. He lives with Aunt Edna in Nashville, TN. now. He is in poor health as well; diabetes is doing him in.

Added by Jack Miller on Nov 14, 2014 12:39 PM

Owen Ruch
Hi Heather - can you tell me if Owen had a son, Nick Lemke? Thank you

Added by Lawsonail on Nov 06, 2014 4:51 PM

RE: Jennings/Friday

I'll take whatever you send me. Oh, I have a picture of Sarah Margaret (it is either her or her mom).

What I can I send you?

Added by KateH on Mar 03, 2014 8:30 PM

Robert Champlin
RE: Avis L. Conner
Avis was born in Illinois on Feb 1, 1912 and died there on August 7, 1981.

She was enumerated with her parents at Banner (Fulton County) Illinois in the 1920 Census.

She married Roy Carlos Conner son of Charles Monroe Conner & Charlise Olive Hodson. Roy was born Feb 17, 1908 and died July 3, 1978.

They had children: Gerald (c1931), Charlotte (c1933) and Rodney (c1936).

In the 1930 Census, Roy (22 Ill) was enumerated at Joshua (Fulton County) Illinois with wife Avis L. (18 Ill), father Monroe C. (57 Ill), mother C. Olive (47 Ill), brother Sheldon S. (15 Ill) and brother Gordon M. (14 Ill).

In 1935, Roy, Avis and Gerald were living at Keithburg, Illinois.

In the 1940 Census,. Roy Connor (32 Ill) was a blacksmith enumerated at 352 Cass Place, Canton (Fulton County) Ohio with wife Avis (28 Ill) and their three children.

Avis' Champlin lineage was: Jeffrey (1), William (2-3), Joshua (4-5), Thomas (6), Clark (7), Mahlon (8), Hermis (9), Frederick (10), Avis (11).

Added by Robert Champlin on Feb 07, 2014 11:56 AM

Lynne Tutor
RE: Woollen
Two Harbors is 26 miles East of Duluth. It is a lovely town. I work for the CN railroad that services both the Two Harbors Docks and the Duluth Docks, as well as the mines in Northern MN.

Old New London is just to the west of the on- ramp to HWY 19 from Hwy 61. There is a grove of trees just off the ramp with the power lines, DOT right of way, cable TV, telephone, and whatever else buried right through it. When they made the right of way for the power, they bulldozed the stones out of the way and laid them in the fence row. Some are visible from the on ramp, but you have to go slow and know where to look. It is disgraceful. I'll let you know how the campaign goes.

You must live near the Southern WI border?


Added by Lynne Tutor on Feb 24, 2013 6:43 PM

Gary L. Maize
RE: Nelsons
Go north out of Hannibal to Clear Creek Road and turn right(north) go about 2 miles.
I drove right up close. Would depend on whether it was wet or dry.

Added by Gary L. Maize on Feb 18, 2013 4:30 AM

Julie Keeven Nunn
Charles Brooksher
Yes- I would be happy to post the full obituary. It would be no problem & may mean a lot to the family.

It's been nice to collaborate with you. :)

Added by Julie Keeven Nunn on Feb 13, 2013 9:55 PM

Major M.
RE: 1st Lt. Leigh Slates
My pleasure. Glad you and the family enjoy them. I sent additional photos of LT Slates to your email.
Believe me when I say that he was an American hero. He earned 7 Air Medals....almost unheard of!
Would love to see you update his bio with more info about him.
Take care,

Added by Major M. on Nov 25, 2012 12:08 AM

RE: Shawanna Gayle Nelson
Well, I could cry, Heather...I, too, was fixated on finding this baby, but didn't think I would...guess God was guiding. We don't live any where around there, but were traveling cross-country. If you look at the map on the main page of Mount Olivet Cemetery on FindAGrave, you can make out that it's northern-most roads kinda form the shape of a camel. There are sections inside the camel's head and on both sides of it. Shawanna is inside the camel's head near the back of its can also see some other markers east of her in the cross shot...Toalson is one. Also, this section is mostly regular adult graves, but that back-of-the-camel's-head where Shawanna is is babies.

Added by CryptoGram on Oct 06, 2012 7:51 PM

Christine Masterson
RE: Effie Swafford Winters
I was driving on HWY 61 South out of Muscatine at Wapello I turned onto Townsend Ave which turns into CR-G62 and drove about 3 or 4 miles. I turned left on to M Ave. and drove about 4 miles and when I crossed 50th street it was about .02 mile. It is out in the country and looked nice. There are many more graves than what is listed on line and many old old stones. We went to several cemeteries in the country that day and I used my GPS to find them all.

Added by Christine Masterson on Sep 21, 2012 6:31 AM

Scott Parkey
RE: John Hodgson 56980110

I'm not certain where Naomi is buried, although it must be in North Carolina, probably Guilford County, considering that all her children were born there, as were most of John's children with his second wife, Sarah. John and Sarah probably moved to Ohio around 1807. Checking records of the Quaker meetings in Guilford County would be a good place to start to find Naomi.

Added by Scott Parkey on Mar 30, 2011 12:15 PM

Scott Parkey
RE: John Hodgson 56980110
From what I have read on the Internet, the Clear Creek MM where John Hodgson is buried was a log cabin in Ohio on the Clinton County/Highland County border. I doubt it would be worth visiting nowadays, there is probably nothing visible there anymore. But you mention the Carolinas; I think it would be really interesting to visit New Garden MM, where John Hodgson was born, Elizabeth Mills is buried, and Thomas Mills was disowned. Its first congregations had plenty of Hodgsons and Millses.

It's great that both One-Eyed John Hodgson and his sister Anna (Hodgson) Cook have extant markers. It looks like Anna has the Quaker style of marker as well, with the dates entirely in numbers rather than mentioning months by names.

Added by Scott Parkey on Dec 09, 2010 2:48 PM

Scott Parkey
RE: John Hodgson 56980110
Information on the Hodson/Hodgson family is not particularly difficult to find on the Internet because they have a lot of descendants, although I will caution you that if you find any family trees that trace the family line back farther than George Hodgson (ca. 1701-ca. 1774), they are probably not accurate. My personal family tree includes John here although I got the information from mixed sources, and you should only use my tree as a guide.

As for John himself, I don't know a lot about him besides what I put into his biography on his memorial. I still don't know the exact original location of the Clear Creek Monthly Meeting where he is buried; it moved after he died to Samantha and became Samantha Monthly Meeting. His grave is probably unmarked anyway.

If you are descended from John, then you are also descended from his grandfather Thomas Mills, whose memorial I also made and I see you have already found. Thomas Mills wasn't exactly our most illustrious ancestor, I'm afraid.

If you follow the family links at the bottom of each memorial starting with John, you can see my Hodgson/Hodson family line: John Hodgson (1759-1823), One-Eyed John Hodgson (1787-1870), Zachariah Hodson (1830-1899), Jonas Elmer Hodson (1885-1973), Alice Alma (Hodson) Kelley (1913-2001).

Added by Scott Parkey on Dec 08, 2010 2:09 PM

Cindy Wills
RE: Elizabeth Mcpheeters
7) Benjamin was born 4 April 1883 and was a barber. He died 29 October 1933 in Slater, Saline County, Missouri. He married Lucy R. Wead in Saline County on 7 May 1913.
(8) James Elbert (1888-1950) married Elizabeth Vogel and lived in Chicago where he was a shoe salesman. He died in 1950 in Du Page County, Illinois.

(3) William died of consumption 28 Nov 1895, when he was 21 and was buried in the Cottrell Cemetery. Obit copied from Lewis Co Historical soc

Added by Cindy Wills on Oct 07, 2010 9:13 AM

Patti Bowen/McClelland
Sometimes...when the death certificate states "Bush" or "Busch" in some cases it could be in Pike County in Peno Township or Busch, MO. Try checking Busch or Bush Mo. There is a connection of the "Wheeler" family in the census for 1920 census. (I get a hunch soemtimes). At times folks are burried on family farms too.

Added by Patti Bowen/McClelland on Sep 06, 2010 7:41 PM

Patti Bowen/McClelland
RE: Rush/Bush Cemeteries
Hi, Palmyra has a library "Palmyra Bicentennial Public Library" Ask for Carol. They sometimes have lists of cemetery records. (You just need to send a donation.) I have been in contact with them and they are most helpful! I have seen Bush cemetery on the maps; however I have never been there. Nelson is a very old family name in the Marion County area. Palmyra court house has records as well. You are allowed to go into the recorder of deeds vault and sift through their books dating back to the late 1700s or early 1800s. It is a wonderful way to spend the day! I live about 3 hours south of Hannibal and I do not get there as often as I would like. If they do not have a list available at the library; let me know and I have a friend who probably can get one for you. I am happy to help in any way. Hang in there! Don't give up!

Added by Patti Bowen/McClelland on Sep 06, 2010 7:05 PM

Janet de la Peņa
Charles Porter Pendleton
Heather, thought I would let you know that Charles' mother, Nancy, was the daughter of Moses James of Monroe Co., MO.

Added by Janet de la Peņa on Jul 03, 2010 6:07 PM

Andrena's Daughter
David W Roberts
Hi Heather,

Since there is no mention of where or when David passed away; its going to be hard to track down where he could be buried?

There are three searches you can do: (1) you can go to in hopes of finding an obituary for him in the Newspaper Results section; (2) Also at you will see a tab to search the Social Security Death Index and (3) if you are a member, you can also do searches on

You might also want to contact because their search records for newspapers go back to 4/1/2005.

I hope David W Roberts is not such a common name that you will end up with so many results that it will be hard to track down the right one.

Let me know if you can find a date or location; I will try to do some searches to help you too.


Added by Andrena's Daughter on May 31, 2010 8:32 AM

Sue Schwendemann
RE: Freeman Cemetery Howard County IN
Hi, Heather, thank you so much for writing, but I cannot answer your question. A very nice lady named Rosemary saw on that I had Wright and Anna on my family tree so she wrote to me. There was a cemetery close to them that had been taken over by brush and weeds and was about to be lost forever. Her son's Eagle Scout Troop as their project for the year, cleaned up the cemtery, had the broken stones fixed and then they had a ceremony and I sent her some money to buy flowers for all the graves. And she sent me the pictures. So I really have no idea whether you could get to it easily or not and I don't think I still have her email address. Sorry, Sue

Added by Sue Schwendemann on Apr 14, 2010 3:00 PM

Bonnie Huish
Ethel Dickson Laird
Here is her obit for your information.

CANTON -- Ethel L. Laird, 79, formerly of 151 W. Olive St. died at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 1994, at Graham Hospital.

Born Feb. 17, 1915, in Waterford Township, Fulton County, to Willis and Edna Eveland Dickson, she married Samuel B. Laird on Sept. 16, 1940, in Mexico, Ill. He died March 18, 1985, in Canton. One brother also preceded her in death.

Surviving is one niece, Edna Pratt of Bath.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home. The Rev. Delmar Smith will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery in Fiatt.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

The Peoria Journal Star, September 12, 1994, Page B5

Added by Bonnie Huish on Mar 06, 2010 2:25 PM


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