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Kathy Robinson (#47211190)
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Bio Photo I love genealogy and old cemeteries! I am currently working on restoring an old, "abandoned" cemetery near Pleasant Hill in Pike county, Illinois with my father, Lonnie Robinson, and my good friend, Chris Harris. It is a shame to see the final resting places of the pioneers to this area covered in brush, briars and completely neglected. I need volunteers to help keep these cemeteries maintained and mowed.....

Many of the oldest gravestones have toppled or broken and I would like to get them standing proudly again. I'm learning the PROPER way through the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency cemetery preservation workshops. It's a lot of work, but it's definitely worth it.

I welcome any corrections, links, etc. to my memorials and I'm always willing to transfer memorials that aren't my kinfolk to an actual relative. I'm sure I've made many mistakes and I won't be offended if you point them out......:-)

If you appreciate seeing your ancestor's burial location, show your support by donating to that cemetery's maintenance fund. There are a few good folks who volunteer to keep the many old cemeteries in good shape by mowing, trimming trees, clearing brush, etc. and a donation toward their costs is a great way to show your support and appreciation! Without them, all the old cemeteries would disappear......(if you don't know where to send donations, please message me and I will find out for you)



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Lisa Gerald
RE: John Wesley Miller
Wow...will have to look for her earlier. I've never tried to get any Pike Co. divorce records (though I should!).
Added by Lisa Gerald on Feb 27, 2015 12:42 PM
Lisa Gerald
RE: John Wesley Miller
Very interesting! Perhaps Lydia died after his birth. There was a Pike Co. marriage in 1863, I think, that seemed like it could have been JJW Miller - will have to look for that. Maybe the youngest of the first bunch was not Lydia's.
Added by Lisa Gerald on Feb 27, 2015 12:12 PM
Lisa Gerald
John Wesley Miller
Just noticed that age at death would indicate he was 10 years older than the date on the gravestone - which would fit nicely with the first batch of kids. Maybe he was missed in the 1870 census, and left home young?
Added by Lisa Gerald on Feb 27, 2015 11:56 AM
Lisa Gerald
RE: JJW Miller
Great work! I'm definitely interested! Not surprising to find another intermarriage, I guess - seems like everyone is related a half-dozen times over. One of Fidella's daughters married a Callender, but I don't know which one. That's another one of my families. Still not sure what I saw that made me question the maternity of all the kids, but maybe there is some basis for the suspicion.

So maybe he was James John Wesley Miller?
Added by Lisa Gerald on Feb 27, 2015 11:14 AM
Lisa Gerald
RE: JJW Miller
I don't think I have a complete list of children (or possibly even all of his marriages); but others not yet linked include: Viola M. Miller, born Nov 1853, single in 1900; George W. Miller (14 in 1870); Mary Alice (Miller) Foster, born 17 Feb 1858 (by Lydia Waters), died 22 Jan 1928, buried Park Lawn Cemetery; Martha E. Miller (7 in 1870); Reu Miller, born Jan 1897, IL (by Mary Ann Vickroy); Guy Miller, born Feb 1898 (by Mary Ann Vickroy).

It does not appear that there were any children from the marriage to Phidelia. I can't find a marriage record to Lydia, or her death info. Mary's marriage seems to give her father's name as James J. W. Miller; Lavina's obit calls him John. Both could be correct.

Would assume Reu is short for Reuben. I don't seem to have any marriage or death info on him. Guy married Leola M., and had a child Adrian; he was of Phoenix, AZ in 1983.
Added by Lisa Gerald on Feb 27, 2015 10:42 AM
Lisa Gerald
JJW Miller
Thanks so much for adding the photos, and getting the correct death date! I was pretty sure 1907 was wrong, but could not find any documentation.
Added by Lisa Gerald on Feb 27, 2015 9:25 AM
Charlene Kimpler
Johnston and Rose
Thank you for full filling my requests for gravestone photos.
Added by Charlene Kimpler on Feb 26, 2015 7:09 AM
Christin Lauber Congdon
RE: Ellis
That was very kind of you. Thank you for helping preserve the past.
Added by Christin Lauber Congdon on Feb 25, 2015 4:25 PM
Kathy Burr
RE: Harry
could be!!! now if we could find our last daughter!!! Arkansas is not much into Find A Grave...would you please add the info about her to Malinda's BIO so I'll kno who's missing and will keep looking... thanks!! :) k
Added by Kathy Burr on Feb 24, 2015 5:10 PM
Kathy Burr
Harry
BINGO! Found a listing for Graceland Cem, Polk Co, NE and there was Harry!!! no dates... have requested a photo... :) :) k
Added by Kathy Burr on Feb 24, 2015 5:05 PM
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