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Wes T. (#48190645)
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I am continuing research on a particular bit of the history of McDonald County, Missouri (sometimes called McDonald Territory) and have a page concerning their well-known attempt to secede from the State of Missouri, in 1961. (See the link given below.) Thank you to the then-Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas who graciously offered to accept McDonald County into the State of Arkansas. "After all," he said, "it would offset the "bootheel." Oddly enough, to this day, McDonald County, although in Missouri, remains as a part of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Federal Metropolitan Statistical Area. To me, the incident provided a fascinating story, which tied in to another interest: philately and cover collecting (local posts).

Current number of pending "EDITS": 37 (As of 05 MAR 2015)

Thank you to those who have checked and processed your edits!


9-22-2014 NEW RULE: Due to abuse, I am forced to stop accepting "blind" correction messages. If you have your message function blocked which prevents anyone from contacting you, and don't have an email address or some way to contact you, I will likely delete your message. Also, submitting 'proof' by saying that a previous memorial existing with different spelling, with no photos of the marker to verify, or anything else to say why your source is more accurate than mine - is not a reason for me to delete an entry I made five minutes earlier. I have no reason to doubt the survey/source that I took the research time to locate. If there is a photo in the correct cemetery, that's one thing. Also, keep in mind that simple courtesy and respect go a long way, considering we are all volunteers.
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My name is Donna Busellato Bailey and this Theo Pritchard was my great grandfather. How do you know him? My grandpa was John Wesley Pritchard. I have looked for information about Theo and was never able to find anything until today. Anything you can tell me would be great!!!

Thanks so much,
Added by Pritchard on Feb 26, 2015 4:14 PM
Jennie Miller...
Hello, I was the one who said I would take pic of her grave marking/headstone for you. Is there any way her first real name was Margaret? Like maybe Margaret Jane Miller? Because there is one Margaret J Miller 1840-1905....nothing else is on the grave marker and im looking to contact the office, if there is one....I think the township "takes care of the Cemetery". But I have those, let me know what you think
Added by on Feb 21, 2015 7:16 PM
FLDL & Connections
LINN plot locations in Snider Cemetery
Thank you for the plot location information on the three Linns which you sent me through their "edit" feature. By the way, the message center did not actually forward me an email on your edit request. I actually stumbled onto your Feb 1, 2015 request today by accident.
Added by FLDL & Connections on Feb 18, 2015 10:16 AM
RE: Welcome
Thank you for what you and all the others like you do to honor all of our loved ones around the world. Am hoping to be able to start going around my area soon documenting the different cemeteries.
God Bless You and Yours...Thank You...

Added by a.phelan on Feb 17, 2015 4:53 PM
Dennis Wilson
RE: Stallingsworth, Bertha @ Oglesby
Wes, Thanks for the speedy response. I've found errors on the WPA project when they documented the Indian cemeteries in 1937. I've also found relatives that had the WPA transcript right but the stone was carved wrong. Guess that's why genealogy isn't always easy.

Added by Dennis Wilson on Jan 30, 2015 5:52 PM
Dennis Wilson
RE: Your correction from earlier
Wes, been a while since we talked. I did send a correction to change from B F to J F and yes, the B in the first line is for born. Think we agree on this one, as usual.

Added by Dennis Wilson on Jan 28, 2015 9:17 AM
Sharyn Alexander
You are very welcome!
Added by Sharyn Alexander on Jan 27, 2015 7:08 AM
RE: Twist Cemetery, Adair Co. OK
Hey, Wes, I didn't get your email. Please try again by sending it to


Added by Ed on Jan 24, 2015 11:58 PM
RE: Twist Cemetery, Adair Co. OK
Hello Wes T.
On a light note, at 20 miles you have just begun to look for Twist Cemetery. I truly feel your frustration. Yes, I found Twist Cemetery .... there are actually two of them. One is simply called Twist, while the other (much smaller) has two names (1) Old Cherokee Cemetery (2) Bearpaw Twist cemetery. After driving for over 150 miles over the course of two weekends, I happened to make contact with an old Cherokee that lived very close and knew exactly where in the woods Twist Cemetery was located. While standing in the middle of that cemetery, and after failing to find 2 graves, he stated,"Oh. You might need to go to the Bearpaw Twist Cemetery. It's located over a mile back into the woods and we'll need to take my 4-Wheeler. So we went .... an 85 year old Cherokee driving a 4-Wheeler and me bouncing around on the back (I was 69 at the time, Now I'm 70).
Please realize that I'm absolutely serious when I say I could not possibly give you written directions to either of the Cemeteries. I've been back twice since then and did so without the benefit of a 4-Wheeler.
I would like to go back again now that it's winter and the weeds and brush are without their leaves. Also the ticks, chiggers and snakes are not out. If you are in fair physical condition and up to a walk in the woods, perhaps we could meet just barely west of the Arkansas line on Oklahoma Hwy 100. From there you could follow me several miles until we have to go on foot.
By the way, does the "T" in your name happen to stand for Twist? That would be really cool!!
A note that you might be interested in, there is a slave section to the Twist Cemetery with over 50 stones (unmarked) marking the graves. The Cherokee who walked the Trail of Tears also brought their slaves with them. History makes scant knowledge of that fact.
Wes, please drop me an email ( and put the word Twist in the subject line... Give me your phone number in your email and I'll give you a call so we can make better arrangements. I don't want to leave phone numbers here on the Find A Grave website where everyone can see them.

Added by Ed on Jan 20, 2015 8:42 PM
Ellen Workman
RE: O'Bryant Private Cemetery , Adair County, OK
Oh, yeah, that's it. I live about a mile from it and drive past it every time I go to Stilwell. But there used to be a lot of sand rocks sticking up out of the ground a few inches there too. They were supposed to be grave markers, and they definitely were not natural; we have flint rocks here, not sand rocks. Last time I got in there and looked, I couldn't find but the tops of a few. I don't know if they've sunk or maybe whoever is mowing it might have done something with them.

Added by Ellen Workman on Jan 07, 2015 7:48 PM
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