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Don Markwell (#47457615)
 member for 5 years, 5 months, 17 days
117144919 Mary P Stevens
I added a headstone photo to her memorial

Added by LyndaB on Aug 02, 2016 3:18 PM

Michael Markwell
Wm. French Markwell house & inn
In 1961, when she shared with me those same 2 exterior photos she'd taken of the house while it was being dismantled 20 years earlier, Mrs. Cummins mentioned that house had "an unusual double stairway." Looking at the photo of it you shared on the Find a Grave website, I've been trying to discern what was considered unique about the stairs. Do you know if there 2 separate stairways on opposite walls, each connecting the 1st floor to only 1 of the upstairs rooms? Or did the stairs simply go halfway up in one direction to a landing & then the rest of the way up in the opposite direction?

She also mentioned that the inn itself had already been demolished when she arrived, but that it had been in a long ell at one end of the house. Have you ever encountered a description of the inn, such as whether or not it was also 2-stories tall & built of brick & whether or not it communicated directly with the family's residence?

Thank you so much for posting the photos online!

Michael Markwell (gt-gt-gt-gt-gt-grandson)

Added by Michael Markwell on May 10, 2016 8:54 PM

J. Marklein
Photo of Erwin Hoag
Thank you so much for posting. Erwin is my uncle and this is a photo of him I had never seen before. Your added memory of him is much appreciated as well.

Added by J. Marklein on Sep 15, 2015 5:32 PM

Barbara James
Markwell Family History
My grandmother (daughter of Sarah Jane Markwell Hopper Fulks) did research in the 1940's including typed copy of wills deeds marriages etc. Included in William French Markwell's will

Added by Barbara James on Jun 26, 2015 8:38 AM

RE: Thanks! and a question!
Sorry, I meant John N. Bloominger's parents are unknown, right? Not Charlotte's father. Sorry!

Added by Erika on May 27, 2015 7:58 PM

RE: Thanks! and a question!
Thank you. I just tried to email you (this messaging back and forth is getting a little long), but it says I need you to unblock me? My email is Charlotte's father is unknown, correct?

Added by Erika on May 27, 2015 7:55 PM

RE: Thanks! and a question!
Unless you know the grandparents for Charlotte Ann Bloominger?

Added by Erika on May 24, 2015 1:58 AM

RE: Thanks! and a question!
I'm good, thank you though! I did find William Cooper's memorial. I feel like I was able to get to know him a little bit through the stories about him. His wife was my 3 times great aunt, so I guess that makes him my uncle! Thanks again!

Added by Erika on May 23, 2015 11:56 PM

RE: Thanks! and a question!
Thank you!

Added by Erika on May 22, 2015 11:37 PM

Thanks! and a question!
Thank you so much for your work! I was working on my Bloominger family line, and found your memorial for Charlotte Ann Bloominger Cooper. The pictures are so nice! And now I know who her parents were! Do you by chance, remember the source where you found out her parents birth place, and parents' parents?

Many thanks,

Added by Erika on May 21, 2015 8:31 AM

Markwell memory headstone
Thank-you for posting the Markwell memory headstone. Plus, the photos are special.

Added by Librarian51 on Feb 14, 2015 1:20 PM

Debbie Markwell
Dr. Markwell
His middle name was not Russell. All we know is he had a middle initial "M." We have no idea what it stood for. He is my great-grandfather. Thanks.

Added by Debbie Markwell on Oct 06, 2014 5:53 AM

Anne S.
Stella Kolik Zimmer
Received your message.
Are you related to Stella?
Anne S

Added by Anne S. on May 05, 2014 5:13 PM

J.S. Bush
RE: William Markwell
Thanks for the info. I had worked on William also. I found the Report that also listed his death at home but the date corresponds with the dates of the battle of Ft Donelson. I was thinking he was wounded and sent home and died there two weeks after. Speculation on my part but was assuming the same as another relative of mine (John C. Bush) in Co H wounded at Shiloh and was sent back and died in hospital several days later. After saving a copy of the roster and remembering back on the many pictures I have taken my next project is to put together a Virtual Cemetery of CO H, 29th ILL Inf. They are scattered in many of those little cemeteries. Ft Donelson and Shiloh were costly battles to that little part of Edgar County.
Thanks again,

Added by J.S. Bush on Nov 25, 2013 5:37 AM

J.S. Bush
RE: William Markwell
What you see in the picture is an America Legion marker placed on veterans graves. This William Markwell was the one in the Civil War (Co H, 29 Ill Inf). He was wounded at the Battle of Ft Donelson in Feb 1862 and died on Feb 27 of those wounds. He was the brother of my g g grandmother's second husband, Abner F. Markwell. She was Margaret Conner Parker Markwell.
William's father is listed as John Markwell, b.1807, and some family trees on Ancestry has John's grandfather listed as the william French Markwell you mention b.1750. If that is true then your William is this William's great Uncle. I did some searching and did not find John either.

Sorry for not being much help but was fun trying.

Added by J.S. Bush on Nov 24, 2013 7:23 PM

Michael Markwell
William French Markwell's stairways
Hello, Don,

Thank you so much for posting that photo of William French Markwell's stairways on the Find A Grave website! 50 years ago Mrs. Gussie Cummins of Decatur, IL gave me copies of the photos she took of the front door and chimney of the house while it was being dismantled in 1941. Much more recently I heard from a Markwell cousin still in that part of Kentucky that there was a photo out there somewhere of the stairs in the house's hallway. I'm so happy to finally see it. Do you know the picture's history or who has the original?

Mrs. Cummins told me that by the time she arrived at the house after hearing it was being demolished the inn which had been in a long el at the other end of the house had already been removed. Have you ever run across any pictures or descriptions of the inn?

Thanks for all your dedicated efforts to find and preserve our history,


Added by Michael Markwell on Nov 20, 2013 4:25 PM

Beth McGlasson
Wards in Elsah Cemetery
I just noticed that you maintain the Find a Grave memorials for the Wards buried in Elsah Cemetery in Jersey County, Ill. I wanted to let you know that we reset William Ward Sr.'s stone yesterday and plan to mortar on the top tomorrow night. Also, once we get a bottom piece made for William Ward Jr.'s stone, we'll reset that stone as well. I'll post photos when we're finished.

Beth McGlasson
Jersey County Historical Society

Added by Beth McGlasson on Sep 23, 2013 7:01 PM

RE: Memorial# 51783429
Don - I have transferred Sylvia to you at your request - we are related as distant cousins to Ralph through the Bear line. I would love to share information if you have any regarding Laura Irene Bear. Please email me at


Added by Patty on Aug 26, 2013 9:35 AM

Rev. Dale Sims
RE: The Ward family
The Ward's are transferred. If there are any more let me know.

Added by Rev. Dale Sims on Aug 24, 2013 7:36 PM

Rachel Goodman
Hello Cousin!
Just stopping by to say hi to one of my favorite cousins! ;)


Added by Rachel Goodman on Jun 28, 2011 4:40 PM


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