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Dana Caruthers Norton (#47391314)
 member for 5 years, 5 months, 28 days
Everett Baranowski
Alabama Faulkner Update Continued
The Oxford Eagle seems to have been the primary newspaper for the city over the years. They published a weekly paper on Thursdays. The chancery court has kept copies of the newspaper since its inception. They have bound the newspapers into books over the years. The newspaper oddly enough was able to contact vital statistics directly and obtain birth and death information on Lafayette County back in the early 1930s. (That type of information can only be released to direct family in today's society, as we all know.) The Eagle was not faithful to report birth AND death information every month. They either reported births or deaths or both or nothing from month to month. There were only 7 months that they bothered to report anything. I forgot to mention in the previous update that the Rowan Oak curator was able to give me Alabama's birth and death dates which I will be submitting to her memorial shortly. Alabama lived from January 11-20 of 1931. The Eagle reported December 1930 death in the 02/20/1931 edition and February 1931 births & deaths in the 04/09/1931 edition, but they did not report anything on January births and deaths in their March editions. ~Everett

Added by Everett Baranowski on Nov 24, 2014 10:46 AM

Everett Baranowski
Alabama Faulkner grave site update
Dana, here's the scoop thus far on the Alabama Faulkner plot. I decided to do some in-depth research on the cemetery in attempts to find the grave site (whether or not it has a tombstone). There is a book on the history of St. Peter's cemetery at the county library (a few blocks from the cemetery) that was written as part of the sesquicentennial celebration of the cemetery in 2007. St. Peter's Episcopal Church still owned the cemetery at that time. Since the writing of the book, the cemetery has been entirely turned the cemetery's ownership over to the public works department of the city of Oxford. The church will be calling me back if they find that they kept records on the older burials and find something on her. The curator at Rowan Oak (the old Faulkner house--now owned by the university) has told me over the phone that Alabama was not cremated and is not buried on the grounds. It was "believed" that Alabama was buried in the Oldham plot (Estelle's family) at St. Peter's because the three Faulkner plots in the cemetery were already spoken for. The Oldham plot is in the front of Section 2 of Old St. Peter's cemetery. (Location: first drive off of 16th Street--plot is closest to Jefferson Street on the immediate right upon entrance). While still on the phone, the curator read off a piece of information from some source saying that William personally walked the casket to the cemetery (that would be a 5-block walk from the church to the cemetery). The curator is gonna do further research to see if he can come up with more information and I will continue to do my best from my end. There is also a tombstone transcriptions book on St. Peter's cemetery in the genealogy room at the library. I've already looked it over and there was no tombstone transcription present for her in that book. Until, next time... ~Everett

Added by Everett Baranowski on Nov 24, 2014 10:30 AM

Sara Stewart
Caruthers sisters in Rural Valley PA cemetery
Hi Dana, we have corresponded before about Rebecca Caruthers who married Dr. William Aiken and who moved from PA to Kansas. Was in Rural Valley recently and recorded some graves that previously had been obscured by trees and underbrush. These may be of interest to you:

- Eliza Schall # 138948121 - possibly a Caruthers?
- Mary Harriet Caruthers # 138949218, identified as daughter of William Findley Caruthers and Margaret Porter on her death certificate.
- Eleanor Anna Martin # 138949671, identified as a daughter of William Findley Caruthers and Margaret Porter on her death certificate. (No photo for this one since it didn't turn out. Eleanor is on same stone as husband William J. Martin.)

The stones are together in a row. If you want to take care of these memorials I will gladly transfer them to you.

Added by Sara Stewart on Nov 18, 2014 7:40 PM

Connie Langvardt
RE: Albert Besgrove
I hope to, but knee slowing me down. Don't like it.


Added by Connie Langvardt on Oct 15, 2014 2:59 PM

Connie Langvardt
Albert Besgrove
There is only one Albert on the cemetery records in McPherson. You cited the U.S. Mortality Schedule and there are 3 listed. Two are duplicates in Dickinson County. The one in McPherson is scratched out with Dickinson written in the margin.

I doubt if this child is buried in McPherson. I can't find him in Dickinson County either, or any cemetery in Kansas.

Connie L.

Added by Connie Langvardt on Oct 08, 2014 6:20 AM

Lillie Riney
Dana Caruthers
Please email me at Thanks.

Added by Lillie Riney on Aug 27, 2014 8:51 AM

Everett Baranowski
RE: Alabama Faulkner
Will keep an eye out... Do you know, by chance, if Alabama is listed in any of the cemetery transcriptions? I haven't gone to the library yet to try to find any transcriptions. Just wondering if you knew off-hand. ~Everett

Added by Everett Baranowski on Jul 21, 2014 10:45 PM

Henry Boore
Mary Jane
I only found 1 Mary Jane in the is a small metal plaque showing "Mary Jane Norton 1862-1929". Could this be the one you are looking for? I did not want to post it until I was sure since the birth year is off by about 20 years. Let me know. :)

Added by Henry Boore on May 28, 2014 8:36 AM

RE: Crawford
Lol! Your welcome cuz... There is a better pic of the headstone with out me in it. I didn't know they would send you that one. Too funny. Love ya girl!

Added by Cor2say on May 23, 2014 8:48 PM

Family Genealogy
Hi Dana.. I am doing family genealogy. I hoping we could share some info if you could e-mail me at
Thank you

Added by Anonymous on Jan 03, 2014 7:34 PM

RE: Valentine & Sarah Meyers
Thank you, Dana! I was in touch with Leon Meyers back in the 1990s about the family genealogy. I supplied him with photographs of Valentine's daughter Martha Meyers Bline's family. He was very nice and seemed quite thorough about researching. Of course things were very different back then. We had to go to courthouses and libraries and cemeteries -- now there is so much on the internet, and these things that are one click away now would have taken years to hunt down. Anyway, thanks again for posting those photos! I definitely appreciate it.

Added by KellyNeumeier on Dec 01, 2013 4:11 PM

Valentine & Sarah Meyers
Hi Dana! I am a descendant of Valentine & Sarah (Crutchfield) Meyers. I am the person who found and typed the obituaries that you added to their pages. Can you please tell me how you have photos of them? The last I heard, one of the Bline descendants (their daughter Martha's family) had photos of them, but that was in the 1970s and I assumed I would never be able to track down the photos. Please let me know how you are related. And thank you very much for posting these!! I didn't think I would ever get to see what they looked like.

Added by KellyNeumeier on Nov 30, 2013 11:38 AM

RE: Garden Grove Cem, Garden Grove Twsp, Decatur Co, Iowa
Are you a descendant of Earl & Hazel?

Added by treerpgmo on Nov 23, 2013 7:21 PM

Garden Grove Cem, Garden Grove Twsp, Decatur Co, Iowa
Dana: Earl V. NORTON (1885-1940) was found buried at the Garden Grove Cemetery. You might want to leave your blue In Memory placard there again because I just deleted the virtual memorial I made for him. The new link is Earl Vernema NORTON [link # 114785250].

Added by treerpgmo on Nov 23, 2013 2:00 PM

Smith Parks, 1749-1852


My name is Jon Doerr and you left a message on Find a grave that you are the 5X Great Grand Daughter of Smith Parks.

I believe (one of the) Smith Parks was the father of Orien Parks, my Great-Great-Grand Father, and I am trying to trace my family tree back from Orien. I did the Ancestry DNA testing and was linked to Christine Finland (who also left a message on your Smith Parks find a grave wall) so I am sure we are related, but just not certain how as of yet. Can we compare some notes?

Please consider contacting me on email at: (my work email which I monitor near constantly) or to call me on my cell phone: (540) 805-0070.

Jon Doerr

Added by Johnny-D on Nov 07, 2013 8:08 AM

RE: Obadiah Robins
Thank you so much & look forward to hearing from you. Have a nice trip.

Added by Chuck on Oct 13, 2013 2:31 PM

Obadiah Robins
Hi. I just put Obadiah Robins headstone up for you & his daughter Lydia Robins Weathman. I saw your last name is Caruthers & figured your probably related to James Caruthers & Lydia Robins, sister to Obadiah. I would love to exchange information with you. I don't have much information on James & Lydia but have over 400 pages of info on the Robins/Robbins family. Here is my e-mail Hope to hear you soon.

Added by Chuck on Oct 13, 2013 10:45 AM

The Bull
RE: Maskell..Hunt...Ewing Family
Glad I was able to get back to the cemetery, it's a 40 minute drive from my home. They were tough to find and I was not leaving until I found them all.

You're welcome,

Added by The Bull on Oct 02, 2013 12:20 PM

Jo Clark
RE: William R. McWilliams, Sr
You are quite welcome!

Added by Jo Clark on Sep 08, 2013 9:51 AM

Nora Leibowitz
John Bowlby request
Morning Dana,
I saw your request for a photo in the Monmouth Cty Sherriffs Memorial and it piqued my interest. Was John Bowlby in law enforcement back then? The reason I ask is that site is on the Police Academy property and no one buried there except a K9 dog named Solo. There is a stone memorial to fallen officers but it doesnt go that far back. Please let me know where information came from and I may be able to trace locally. Be well...

Added by Nora Leibowitz on Aug 18, 2013 8:49 AM

Jenny E.
Thomas Gohen Photo Request
Hi Dana,
I just checked the Spring Grove Burial records and the only Gohen's buried there are David and George (Thomas and Hannah's children) and Emily (George's wife). Their records do NOT show that Thomas or Hannah are buried there.
Jenny E.

Added by Jenny E. on Jul 30, 2013 2:40 PM

Art Hoch
RE: Nancy Patterson Caruthers Hill
Glad to help. I'm sorry there is no marker for her grave.

Added by Art Hoch on Jun 23, 2013 7:08 PM

RE: Brigman and Ivey
You are very welcome!

Added by KesterDV on May 02, 2013 9:12 PM

James Blair
Hi, Dana! Thank you so much for taking the photo of James Blair's grave at Alamance Presbyterian Church Cemetery. I have been looking forever for his grave on FindAGrave. Would it be okay if I used the photo? I will gladly give you credit. Thanks again!

Added by Lisa on Apr 14, 2013 7:27 PM

RE: Uncle Harry Zimmerman
Hi there. I would love to visit also!

Added by Barnard/Hinderlider on Apr 08, 2013 6:36 PM


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