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Ron Parsons (#47314678)
 member for 5 years, 3 months, 10 days
Carol Dorward
Hepperly family in Pike Twp Cemetery

I have been tracking the Moyer/Myers family of Tazewell County and, as a result, traced one descendant to the Hepperly family, from Tazewell and Woodford counties. In that process, I’ve just spent about ten hours trying to understand the obituaries and other documents as to how the Hepperly families around Chenoa are connected. Here’s what I now think I know:

At least two brothers, John Alexander and Orin Erastus Hepperly, were born in Groveland Twp., Tazewell Co. to William P. and Margaret O’Brien Hepperly. They both married in Tazewell Co. and later moved to the Pike Twp., Livingston Co., area.

John Alexander Hepperly married Sarah Adeline Small and had at least the following sons, Earl L. Hepperly, George William Hepperly, and Alva D. Hepperly.

Orin Erastus Hepperly married Tarcy Durella Foster and had the following children: Harry William Hepperly, Elsie M. Hepperly, and Myrtle Esther Hepperly.

And, now, where the lines blur and it gets confusing! The obituaries keep referring to brothers and sisters when, in reality, these children may have grown up as siblings because of blood relations, but they weren’t necessarily siblings.

Harry William Hepperly married Celia Belle Murphy and had the following children:
Harley Foster Hepperly, Russell Orin Erastus Hepperly, and Vista Leonne Hepperly.

After Harry William Hepperly died, Celia Belle Murphy married, secondly, the first cousin of her husband, Earl L. Hepperly, and they had the following children: Delmar Leroy Hepperly and Virgil Delos Hepperly.

In the meantime, Earl L. Hepperly had been married previously to Mae Thrane and they had these children: Lawrence Sterling Hepperly, John Thrane Hepperly, and Mary Adeline Hepperly.

The children of Harry William Hepperly and Celia Murphy would be half-siblings as well as second cousins to the children of Earl L. Hepperly and Celia Murphy.

The children of Earl Hepperly and Mae Thrane would be half-siblings to the children of Earl Hepperly and Celia Murphy.

The children of Earl Hepperly and Mae Thrane would, therefore, be second cousins to the children of Harry William Hepperly and Celia Murphy, if I have all of this calculated correctly.

Celia Belle Murphy Hepperly Hepperly did marry, a third time, to John Henry Ogg who had at least five children from a previous marriage (according to census records.)

Furthermore, I know one obituary makes reference to Delmar Hepperly, but that Delmar Leroy Hepperly was deceased and the Delmar referenced was Delmar B. Hepperly of Van Wert, OH who was the son of Alva D. Hepperly. He was about five years younger than Delmar Leroy Hepperly referenced above.

Carol Dorward

Added by Carol Dorward on Oct 04, 2015 8:13 AM

Roger L. Price
Photo obs
I had about 80 to 100 photo obs deleted. Guess you need to re read the rules. NO photo obs. Hate to see you wasting your time on stuff that will get deleted at some point in time.
Have a nice day.

Added by Roger L. Price on Sep 10, 2015 9:36 PM

Shirley Patterson
Owen Patterson
Do you have any info about Owen Patterson's family that I can contact? I think he may have been my grandpa's nephew. Want to check it out. Thanks

Added by Shirley Patterson on Sep 07, 2015 3:33 PM

Angie Woodrum Tudor
Anthony Carl Woodrum
Thank you for posting the obituary. This information about my uncle helps me greatly!

Added by Angie Woodrum Tudor on Sep 02, 2015 5:57 AM

Susan Francis Bott and Bruce E Bott
RE: Ella Thompson - Maple Hill
Thanks Ron!


Added by Susan Francis Bott and Br... on Aug 30, 2015 1:51 PM

Simon Hester 88913221
Thanks again Ron for another fast edit!

Added by Doris on Aug 20, 2015 2:31 PM

Catherine Hester #88913220
Those 3 edits for Catherine was amazingly fast......wish they were all that way!
Thank you very much Ron!
Doris #48048365

Added by Doris on Aug 18, 2015 6:55 PM

Gregory Smith
Duplicate entry for Mae Kivett

I do family research for me and my wife's family and noticed a duplication for one of your entries. You have a Mae Kivett (126115128). There is also in the same cemetery an entry for Ida Mae Lineberry Kivett(36920800). I believe they are the same person, because the obit you have on there states her husband's name Loren Kivett (which is one of my wife's cousin).

The other entry is by knighthawk40. I am sending same messaage to that person to see if they can be merged.

Greg Smith
New Carlisle, IN

Added by Gregory Smith on Aug 15, 2015 4:41 PM

Kathleen Hardin List
RE: Shepherd Sponsorships
Thank you for your message, Ron. Yes, I would be happy to have you transfer the Shepherd memorials to me.

Added by Kathleen Hardin List on Jul 22, 2015 7:46 AM

Debbie Ellison
Memorial Transfer
Thank you kindly for the M McKinley Ellison transfer!

Added by Debbie Ellison on Jul 12, 2015 8:51 AM

James Butzke
Wrong obituary for C.C. Conger
The obituary should be for Laura Ellen (Hooton) Conger of Smith Grove cemetery, Bloomington, Ill.

Added by James Butzke on Jul 11, 2015 3:40 PM

Franklin family in Clayton
Thank you so very much, for posting the obituaries for my Franklin family buried in the Clayton Cemetery.

Thank you! some of the memorials are not able to be updated, and your information has helped me a bunch.

I did find a listing for Alida Johnson Franklin, wife of William Nelson Franklin, in an old transcription book my cousin had. So now, I do know she is also buried at Clayton. Yay!

Thanks again for your helps-


Added by Tami on Jul 10, 2015 12:00 PM

William W. Franklin
Hi Ron -

I noticed today an entry for William W. Franklin (#148512083) buried in Clayton, but now I can't find it. Maybe it is still too new to show up on the cemetery search, but I had written the number down, and find it that way.

I also made a memorial today, for my William Nelson Franklin- born 1866 and died 12 May 1945.

Is there any possibility our two William Franklin's are the same guy? My memorial is # 148518974, in case you have time to take a look.

I would love to hear more about your William Franklin.

Thanks so much-

Edmonds, WA

Added by Tami on Jul 01, 2015 3:41 PM

James W Morgan
Thanks for the transfer. I'll take care of his memorial.

Added by LT on Jun 25, 2015 8:23 PM

Daniel Maxwell
RE: Martha McMillian
Hello, thank you for your response. Those local biographies that her death date comes from are themselves frequently in error, making me unsure of what the correct date actually is. Research for another day.

Added by Daniel Maxwell on May 31, 2015 10:22 AM

Raymond S Feigh
Note of Appreciation :
Thank-you for your quick and courteous response to my transfer requests for the Betty and Charles Oliphant memorials .... Your kindness is exceeded only by your professionalism in helping along your fellow genealogists,
RAINBOLT Family Historian,
R S Feigh

Added by Raymond S Feigh on May 09, 2015 12:55 PM

Gary & Holly Lay Yancey
Lizzie Blair Gipson
Hi Ron. Thank you for your dedication to Find a Grave. I had been looking for my great grandmother's burial information for a long time. I was hoping you would transfer her memorial to me. Her ID is #125249268. Thank you so much!

Added by Gary & Holly Lay Yancey on Apr 19, 2015 10:20 PM

Patricia Shover Gregory
Ruth Hall Shover
Thank you, Ron, for the transfer. Have a great day.

Added by Patricia Shover Gregory on Mar 20, 2015 4:15 PM

Maurice Atkinson 67373301
Please switch the obit you posted on this memorial to the correct Maurice Atkinson. The one you posted on is a child. Thanks !!

Added by KEW on Mar 08, 2015 10:05 AM

re;# 66119158
This notice was Added by: Ron Parsons to Raymond Arnold Thompson Grandfather Arnold Thompson site # 64832261..i have submitted it here as well. If you have a problem with my action please let me know.

Thanks Kat

Added by Kat on Mar 06, 2015 11:48 AM

Tombstone Shadow
Memorial Transfer
Could you please transfer the following memorials?

Great-Grandparents: Herbert (88912872) and Lottie Hall (88912876) and J. Ivan Harris (88913001)

My grandfather--James W. Harris (88913003).

Thank you for all of your hard work!
-Amy (Harris) Macon (46976204)

Added by Tombstone Shadow on Mar 01, 2015 11:12 AM

Sharon R. (Holt) LaPlante (#47905692)
Thank you for the transfer, you have a great day.


Added by Sharon R. (Holt) LaPlante... on Feb 15, 2015 7:03 PM

Sharon R. (Holt) LaPlante (#47905692)
Memorial# 127235602
Would you transfer Rev Vera Oleta Holt Warren to me. I have much info to add and links to make to her family.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Sharon R Holt LaPlante

Added by Sharon R. (Holt) LaPlante... on Feb 14, 2015 11:51 PM

Bud Frohn
Herschel Cummings
Thank you for transferring his memorial to me.
Bud Frohn

Added by Bud Frohn on Feb 11, 2015 7:32 PM

John Hostetler
RE: Lisa Knight

Your memorial number ended in 497 and mine ended in 439, as close as I have ever seen them. We must have been working at the same time.


Added by John Hostetler on Feb 11, 2015 1:35 PM


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