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Don Toms (#47529406)
 member for 5 years, 1 month, 18 days
Kent R. Ickler
RE: Toms Memorials in Mountain Lawn Cemetery
Don, I have several memorials for Mountain Lawn and Holy Cross. Some of them are duplicates as a result of the Find a Grave volunteer transcription service. I'm going to start going through and remove any duplicates I may have.

I have management on several of the memorials that were not added to Find a Grave prior to my taking photos of the actual stones. Would you, or someone you know that is familiar with Find a Grave and Holy Cross/Mountain Lawn like to have these memorials transferred?

I am familiar with no families or surnames in the area and don't frequent these cemeteries.

Added by Kent R. Ickler on Jul 19, 2016 12:18 PM

Webb Weisenberg, Jr
Can you transfer my grandfather to me.

Added by R.I.P on Apr 30, 2016 9:00 AM

Kent R. Ickler
RE: Toms Memorials in Mountain Lawn Cemetery
Thanks for the information Tom. I think I had taken the trip up there for Mountain & Holy Cross for that reason.

Added by Kent R. Ickler on Mar 15, 2016 2:26 PM

Kent R. Ickler
RE: Toms Memorials in Mountain Lawn Cemetery
Hey Tom.

I photographed the entire cemetery awhile back and relied on FindAGrave transcription volunteers to tag the photos of many of the photos. The transcription feature (at least at the time) didn't check if an existing photo was present, it just tagged the photo accordingly.

I'll run back through Mountain Lawn in the future and remove those that are duplicates.



Added by Kent R. Ickler on Mar 15, 2016 12:30 PM

CJL Glass & JR Glass Jr.
Records & non-records
I have the sense that you are a kindred spirit. I also like to document enough on an individual to properly identify them and link them to their relatives.

I'm hoping to find a few historic documents. Wondered if you could assist? If found, scanned & e-mailed document copies will suffice. If not found, a newspaper article or mortuary report or some other period item relating to each event will have to do.

You've documented an unmarked burial for a Susan J Boyd, Memorial # 72543059. She was a sister of my husband's 2nd great-grandfather's 2nd wife (Tennessee Alabama Dunlap Jenkins).

Looking for information, & hope you can help.

Is there any way to document a death record or obituary or mortuary report for J A Boyd (James A Boyd?), who passed away about March 12, 1874, somewhere around the area of Lead, SD Terr. Haven't found any burial record for him in your area, so I'm especially interested in finding whether he was buried in SD or his remains were shipped back to his family in Mississippi.

Marriage record of Susan Jane (Dunlap) Boyd, a widow, to Charles Alexander Estes. This marriage apparently took place in Deadwood, SD Territory, sometime in 1879 (their first child was born in March 1880). I'd like to find the exact date and location of the marriage, if possible.

Death record and obituary for Susan Jane (Dunlap) Boyd Estes, who died about May 18, 1887, in Pennington county, SD, from heart trouble. Her survivors included the 3 children from her first marriage (Letitia, Rose & William Oscar Boyd), the widower Charles Alexander Estes, and 3 additional children, Agnes Belle, Helen Florence & Roy Charles Estes.

Thank you very much for your assistance. Claudia Glass, Hutchinson KS

Added by CJL Glass & JR Glass Jr. on Mar 12, 2016 3:29 PM

John Toms 111850119
Just a question as I think this is the man my cousin married. You have him linked to his wife Margaret Murphy, but do you know if he married again after her death. I show my Margaret married a John Toms with the same parents, in 1943. She was Margaret "Marjorie" Nicholas (first married to Claude Faull). Her parents are Charles Nicholas and Emma Satterley Nicholas. If this is the same John Toms, do you know where Margaret Nicholas Toms is buried?

Thank you for your time,

Added by SLW on Feb 01, 2016 5:24 PM

May family member gravestone photos
I just noticed you also have a number of the May family members' gravestone photos.
May I have your permission to download/upload these also?
Again, Thank you...

Added by MissKitty on Jan 30, 2016 4:31 PM

Ernest May gravestone photo
May I have your permission to download the photos of the gravestone & portrait of Ernest May (Memorial# 25580932)?
I would like to upload it into my Ancestry Family Tree.
Thank you for your hard work and consideration.
-Ro Fleury

Added by MissKitty on Jan 30, 2016 4:28 PM

RE: William Oates
Yes, I will send those pictures to you! Thank you! William was injured in the Homestake mine also and opened a candy store! I tried to find it, because my Mom was born there. GPS took me to 508 Prospect instead of 108 Prospect, it appears that the mining ate up the four blocks that are no longer there!

Added by RickNorine on Aug 31, 2015 8:43 PM

William Oates
Thank you for your work on the South Lead Cemetery and on my great grandfather's gravesite webpage on Find A Grave, including the information you added. I just visited his grave last week and found the footstone missing and fortunately found it laying on the corner upside down on an unmarked grave just below his. It was paid for by my Grandmother Mabel Oates mentioned in your work and said Father, the only damage was the F on the corner is broken. I dug a hole at the foot of the grave to the best of my ability to replace it. I've attached pictures from my collection of the original grave and recent pictures without and with the stone returned. Did not know who to contact at the cemetery to inform them of the replacement. I also sponsored his grave. My grandmother spoke a lot about her dad who died 100 years ago when she was only 19. She started me on a 40 year adventure in genealogy and was so glad to visit his grave and left a carnation in her memory and his. The flag bandana was from me and my son. I'm afraid several of the pictures posted sideways and not being website savy not sure how to fix that! Once again thank you for your work!
Rick Norine
Helena, MT

Added by RickNorine on Aug 31, 2015 6:52 PM

Thank you
We recently made the trek from Washington State to Lead with intent to see the property that my great grandparents settled on back in the 1890's. My parents still own the land today which is located on the backside of the Grizzly Gultch Mine and called "the Norway Lode". While visiting, we were thrilled to locate my great grandfather Peter Jacob Helgeland's grave in the South Lead Cemetary. I have an old photo of the original grave marker and never would have found his gravesite had it not been for your photos. Thank you for maintaining the cemetary and especially for caring for Peter's grave and the beautiful new headstone. The information posted about his death was appreciated as well...a few more pieces to add to our family history. Our son, age 23, was thrilled to have seen his great great grandfather's resting place. Thanks again for being our link to our Lead, South Dakota heritage.

Added by Linda on Aug 22, 2015 10:16 PM

A Horan
RE: Rice headstone
You're very welcome for the photos. Thank you for your nice message!

Added by A Horan on Mar 03, 2015 1:36 PM

RE: Rantanen
Thank you Don. It would seem from reading about Emil's sister that this family has had great sadness and I am part of that family. Thank you for the pointer and I will look into the transfer of the rest of the family to me. Shannon

Added by shannon on Jan 17, 2015 3:54 PM

Dear Tom, I never publicly thanked you for finding my great grandfather - Emil Rantanen. This finding has brought me so many answers, and therefore, many more questions. Do you happen to know if his parents and sisters were buried near him? As he died before my Grandfather was born, there is just memories which are helpful, but I don't know so much about this part of my family. Thank you, Shannon

Added by shannon on Jan 16, 2015 1:31 PM

Carol Allinson
RE: Allinson family
Hello! Yes, it is confusing! William was married before Margaret and had six children with that wife. She passed away in 1878 and is buried in Iowa. Then he married Margaret and they were in Lead by the 1980 census. I still need to find and verify death information for three of those children, but the remaining three are connected: Thomas Lincoln, William Sidney, and Emma Livinia. The obituary you posted is confusing to me because it lists a son named "Emmett". I'm thinking that must be John Elmer Allinson (also seen as Elmer John) who also lived right there in Lead and worked with William S. in his business for years. Elmer was a stenographer, I have a wonderful photo of him. I have tried for years to find more about him, with no success, but I know he died before Emma Livinia because her obit said all her sibs were gone before her (she passed away in February of 1952).

William and Margaret had five children. Edward Everett was the oldest, and is my grandfather. Robert Answorth, the youngest, passed away when four years old after swallowing a carpet tack. Margory married and stayed in Lead, but the other children moved away from the dakotas and are buried elsewhere.

Added by Carol Allinson on Dec 18, 2014 11:05 AM

Carol Allinson
Margaret Hildebrand Guisinger
Again I thank you for putting information on FindaGrave about one of my ancestors! I don't know if you recall, but I contacted you a few months back about Margory Shekell and her family. You were able to locate her in the South Lead Cemetery for me. She is the daughter of Margaret Guisinger, and I've been looking for Margaret's burial place for eight years. After finally finding a record of burial for her, I saw that she was buried in the South Lead Cemetery, but according to David Akrop, her location is lost through the progress of time. I don't know if she could be anywhere near her husband, William S. Allinson, the father of five of her children. William died nine years before Margaret and was buried with a son and grandson (we put a new headstone on his grave a few years back when we finally found his location). The newspaper articles you have put on Margaret's bio are a godsend for me - I am so appreciative! If it's alright, I'm going to add more photos of Margaret - she was so beautiful. Thanks again - Carol

Added by Carol Allinson on Dec 17, 2014 11:48 PM

FAG Memorial: #72546305
Hi Don....
You note that the above mentioned memorial is "unmarked". As such, I just want to confirm with you that there would be no reason to request a photo?

I just uncovered that John W. Burnside is my 2nd great grandfather on my maternal side. Quite a journey from South Dakota to Atlanta, Georgia!

Thanks in advance and certainly let me know if I can every do anything for you down south!

Added by Searching_bloodlines on Dec 09, 2014 11:51 AM

Karyn Zielasko Weingarden
Patrick Delaney
Well I guess I am just one of so very many that think you are wonderful not only to find a grave but to confirm with an obit. You have made my year. After a trip to Lead, SD during Sturgis MC Run (was great fun) I did extensive search for both Patrick & Mary Delaney and found nothing even though I had an obit & Death Record for Mary!
I had a great time in your city & took many pic but you did what I could not! Thank you so much it makes what I do for others so much more rewarding to see how happy its makes us! I would like to have Patrick Delaney & Albert B Heitler memborial and am a member of FindaGrave contributors so please just let me know how. Dispite many cemeteries I have filled in noone has asked me to transfer so I am clueless as to how. I would also like to place a tombstone on Patrick & Mary graves if I find her and can. Karyn Weingarden El Paso TX

Added by Karyn Zielasko Weingarde... on Nov 19, 2014 4:00 PM

RE: Toms headstone photos
You are welcome

Added by Renee on Nov 16, 2014 10:58 AM

A Martin
RE: Swaim
yes, thank you. This was my older brother. He died before I was born. Thank you for your input to this.

Added by A Martin on Nov 14, 2014 12:32 AM

A Martin
Sofia Kangas
The name of her daughter is Mrs. Ralph SWAIM. I know the actual obit shows Swain but it is incorrect. The correct spelling is with an "M" and I tried to correct it but Find A Grave wouldn't let me do it. Thank you for posting this photograph. I greatly appreciate this. A. Martin, granddaughter of Sofia Kangas.

Added by A Martin on Nov 13, 2014 11:41 AM

A Martin
Sofia Kangas

Added by A Martin on Nov 13, 2014 11:38 AM

Ronald Wellman
Frederick Wellman 83622285
I believe that Frederick Wellman is actually buried in the West Lead Cemetery. There is a stone there with B. Frederick Wellman in that cemetery. The dates are the same. I am related to this family and feel sure that this is the same person.
Ron Wellman

Added by Ronald Wellman on Oct 31, 2014 1:31 PM

Thomas West
RE: Bayliss and Treasure
Hi Don,
Yes we received the info you sent to us! I've already scanned and entered to the Potter Family Tree. We appreciate your time and effort spent helping us with our research. Thanks again, and keep in touch! Thomas and Leigh Potter West

Added by Thomas West on Sep 21, 2014 7:12 AM

Mary Fowler Leek
RE: Joseph Clinton Simpson
Mr. Toms,

It is kind of you to offer to transfer Joseph's memorial to me. I would be honored to take over maintenance but would not ask. Joseph is my husband's gg uncle, so I don't believe the relationship falls within the Find A Grave guidelines. I leave it up as to you what you wish to do.

I would very much like to have his memorial linked to his parents. I thank you so much for taking the photo of his headstone and for creating his memorial.

with warm regards,

Mary Fowler Leek - Find A Grave Contributor(#47354030)

Added by Mary Fowler Leek on Aug 24, 2014 10:55 AM


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