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Jim Simpson (#47762855)
 member for 4 years, 3 months, 29 days
Kandace Gutierrez
Hi Jim...

Just curious how you are connected to the Robinson family from Tennessee. You have some folks in your virtual cemetery that are in my tree. Just wondering if we could be cousins.


Added by Kandace Gutierrez on Jun 30, 2016 9:43 PM

Walter Guptill
RE: Bud
Thank you very much Jim, I appreciate it.


Walter Guptill

Added by Walter Guptill on Jan 17, 2016 4:44 PM

Ralph Gowen
RE: Hodsdon headstones
Richard was a distant cousin, 6th 3x removed. One of my Gowen ancestors Nicholas (8x g-grandfather married Abigail Hodsdon, our lines split at him - mine through his son William, yours through his daughter Margaret - one of her g-daughters, Sarah Lord married a Hodsdon. So it's quite possible there's a closer relationship somewhere that I haven't uncovered... These old family branches can get tangled...

Thanks for your efforts!

Ralph Gowen

Added by Ralph Gowen on Aug 12, 2015 7:23 AM

Joseph R. Klett
RE: Mary Minor Maxey
You're very welcome. My connection is through the Hammell and Tindall families in NJ, a few generations back in Mary Ellen's pedigree.

Isaac P. and Eliza Minor's daughter Mary E. is documented with them in the 1850 Census (in Union, Fayette Co., PA), then aged 11. Then in 1860 (in Greenville, Bond Co., IL), Mary E. is listed with Isaac and Eliza as aged 21 years. There are two errors in this census record (aside from the surname being listed as "Miner"): Isaac's age is incorrectly shown as 3; and he is grouped with the preceding family in the last line of the page before the page on which his wife and their children are listed (at the top).

The Illinois State Archives online marriage index shows the marriage of John H. Maxey to Mary Ellen Minor on 28 Aug. 1860 in Bond Co., Ill.

Given the age/birth year matching up, the marriage record, the fact that Ellen (Mary Ellen) Maxey is shown in the Isaac P. Minor family portrait in his memorial, and the fact that Isaac and Eliza are also buried in the Maxey Cemetery, the lineage looks pretty clear.

You should contact Wayne and Debbie Bake, who posted the Minor portrait. Looks like you and they might be fairly close cousins.

Mary Ellen's brother John H. Maxey is 16391444. Brother Milton is 77802402. I've asked for them to be linked too. I haven't found any of the others yet.

With best regards,
Joe Klett

Added by Joseph R. Klett on Feb 18, 2015 10:45 AM

Lois Maxey Storm
Maxey Headstone
Hi Jim, thank you so much for the photos of V C and Bessie Maxey's Headstone. I appreciate your time and effort very much.

Added by Lois Maxey Storm on Nov 02, 2014 2:39 PM

( Pam & Teresa ) Pamala Metzger Gammill&T
RE: Fox photos
You are so very welcome, glad we could be of help.

Added by ( Pam & Teresa ) ... on Sep 22, 2014 1:05 PM

Doug Kalahar
ALEX MACGREGOR (# 9985014) . . .
Hi Jim . . . thanks for your note on Alex and Leona (HANLON) MACGREGOR. I have deleted the Masonic Cemetery memorial in Des Moines and requested a link from the Restlawn Cemetery memorial in Dallas for Alex to his wife.

I appreciate your finding this!

Doug Kalahar
Mankato, Minnesota
# 47501142

Added by Doug Kalahar on Oct 29, 2013 1:25 PM

Nancy Walchli
George Simpson
Hi Jim
So very interesting to read the history you have provided for George Simpson and wife Jane MacDonald...are you related? you must be!
And there is the reason for my message: I am about positive that your George Simpson is the brother of our G-G-grandmother, MARGARET SIMPSON, b. 1853 Scotland, d. 1942. She married a William Henderson Cairns, and of their 6 surviving children, 5 immigrated to US..and in fact were living in Iowa for a time before moving to Missouri. child Martha MacIntosh Cairns married Harry Bates in Missouri, they later moved to Utah, then Idaho, where they raised their 2 children, dau. Margaret being my husbands grandmother. Does any of this sound familiar? you know this already? Would love to hear from you, and learn any other family history...And you were raised in Montana? We still visit Idaho every year, and always love spending time in Montana.
Hope to hear from you soon...we are going to Scotland next week, and am anxious to see what I can find!
Thank you for your time,
Nancy (Gillaspie) Walchli in California

Added by Nancy Walchli on Oct 17, 2013 10:38 PM

william maxey
Eakin Maxey
Thanks for the photo!!! I am related to Amanda Elizabeth Maxey Eakin by her father William Maxey 1744-1824. It is good to see the direction they was traveling and where the families ended up after moving from Kentucky.

Added by william maxey on Sep 25, 2013 2:06 PM

RE: Ryan's Crossing Cemetery
Bobby Joe Seales from the Shelby County genweb site got back with me. He did confirm the Ryan cemetery. It was not listed on the web site. There are many cemeteries in Shelby County tht are not listed on the web site. He is going to put it on his list of things to do. I was trying to match to Find A Grave cemeteries in Shelby County against those on the gen web, but until the other cemeteries are on the genweb, it's almost impossible. There are a number of the cemeteries (as with most counties on Find A Grave) that are duplicates. When you see an obituary with a cemetery noted, sometimes you have to guess where to put them in Find A Grave. I would rather see someone in a wrong cemetery rather than not listed at all. I, personally, have no problem with deleting my memorial if someone else posts the same memorial in the correct cemetery. I absolutely LOVE findagrave, but sometimes there is a lot of behind-the-scene clean-up work that needs to be done. I'm glad that you caught the error on this cemetery and notified everyone. Good luck in your endeavors and Thanks!

Added by cfenters on Apr 19, 2013 9:20 AM

Rick & Kat
RE: Deleted
When I first started on Find A Grave, I had all kind of help from the Admins of Find A Grave, they would merge two together and delete those that were duplicates. Now, they will not respond to anything I ask for. No matter how simple it is. We had a local lady who had over 30,000 memorials and deleted them all after Find A Grave would not respond to her. She had told them about her copyright photos and her personal website of cemetery listings, where people were duplicating them and placing them on Find A Grave, clearly copyright protected.. People who had never stepped foot in the state more less in the cemetery. It was all about numbers for them. However, it disappointed me when she deleted hers, because a good deal of them were on my family tree, so there fore I had placed personal photos of their marker and personal photographs of the person on the memorials. She deleted over two thousand I placed photos on. I have walked majority of the cemeteries over again and have placed about five thousand back on but still missing many. Good Luck on getting help with Find A Grave admins. When the lady deleted hers she also deleted the maps of the cemetery locations. I have written Find A Grave many times with the GPS so to place the map back on and they have not done so. This happen way back in 2011. I send GPS of different cemeteries at least once a week. So far they have not put any on. I will not stop trying.

Added by Rick & Kat on Apr 09, 2013 5:10 PM

Connie Edwards Thomilson
RE: Henry Smith
In Smithboro, there is a house that has about 2 or three stones in it's back yard. I am not releated to the Smiths, but, I live just about six miles from Smithboro, and I have seen the place that you discribe.

Added by Connie Edwards Thomilson on Mar 20, 2013 6:06 PM

I have gotten in the habit of putting obituaries into what I think of as "Find A Grave Format"--occasionally people have e-mailed back wanting to know why I didn't add everything they sent, which gets them referred to the FAQs.

Thanks for the thoughts about my Uncle Marvin. He had been ready for the end--well, as ready as any of us can ever be--for several years, and at times had expressed frustration at being "disgustingly healthy", physically, but realizing that he was slipping mentally.

Cool pic yourself of what I assume are you and your father and grandfather. I think I recognize that house as being on South 9th or 10th, not far from where I live on West Babcock--but of course it could be anywhere and have been changed greatly since 1953. I notice, too, your use of initials to keep people straight. My uncle always did that, and it took a bit of getting used to to see my grandparents always referred to as HJM and ELM, but it sure was/is easier than having to be specific about whose father or grandfather is being referred to.

On the old form for adding burials, there wasn't a Burial Unknown choice--but maybe they started getting too many "plops" so decided it was better to have them out in the open than hidden in scattered cemeteries. I noticed recently that someone had several Virtual Cemeteries of Duplicates, so perhaps when I get time I will start a few of BUs.

Added by RobMinteer57 on Dec 28, 2012 7:57 AM

Melinda Albarado
RE: Harmony Cemetery
Dear Jim - Thank you for adding "Harmony Cemetery" to findagrave! I remember what the cemetery looked like before any work was done! And how beautiful it is now! I spent several months researching these African American families and am so glad that the results are being used in some way! Please contact me at, as there is additional information I would like to share with you. Melinda

Added by Melinda Albarado on Jun 12, 2012 6:32 AM


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