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Johnston Hurst Shannon (#47975890)
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Bio Photo Hello fellow seekers of family history.
I have been tracing the journey of my ancestors across the United States from Virginia and North Carolina to Claiborne and Greene County, Tennessee; Breathitt County, Kentucky; Harrison County, Indiana; Edgar and Clark Counties, Illinois; Woodbury County, Iowa; and Union County, South Dakota. In 1941 my grandmother moved to California with her three daughters.
Family names that I am following are Johnston and Fretz, in Ontario, Canada; and La Croix and Briere in Quebec, Canada; and the Hurst and Shannon family lines that lead back to Virginia and North Carolina. Names connected by marriage to the Hurst and Shannon lines include Boyer, Lindsay, Derr, Dunn, Ward, Small, Smith, McKinney and Keyser.
My interest in Find A Grave began in 2012 with my discovery of memorial pages for my great grandparents created by contributor Chris Mills.
Chris Mills had posted hundreds of thousands of records for burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA. Less than a week after these memorials were created I found my paternal great grandparents through an online search. So I am very grateful to Chris Mills for his extensive work, and he was my first find a grave friend.
Other contributors I have designated as friends have created memorials for ancestors whose grave locations I could not have found easily otherwise, who appear to have ancestors in common, or who have been working in cemeteries or in communities where I am seeking information. Thanks to all who work to shed more light on these family histories.

That's what I think others might want to know, if there is any other question or comment, please leave a message on my page or use the edit link on a memorial I have created to send a private message. -JHS

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
-often attributed to Plato but certainly a quote of Ian MacLaren (Rev. John Watson)

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Thanks for R A Farquharson photo

Just a quick note to say thanks for putting up the photo of grave of R A Farquharson at San Francisco National Cemetery.

Robert Alexander Ferguson was the first husband of my great great grandmother. He graduated as a doctor from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1864 and then joined the British Army as a surgeon before resigning his commission in 1867. He married Marian Ross in 1871 in Bromley, Middlesex, England but soon after she fell pregnant he seems to have skipped off to the States and enlisted in US Army. Turns out he was found dead in his bed one morning from a morphine overdose at the American Camp on San Juan Island, WA. His death is recorded on his father's gravestone in Scotland so that's how I was able to track him down to San Juan Island, WA where is died and was originally buried.

Thanks once again and hope the above notes are interesting.

Added by PeteNorris on Aug 18, 2016 9:45 AM
Lola-Margaret Speak Hall
Pvt Selman Denniest Gilbert
Did you take the shot of Pvt Gilbert's headstone by request? I am desparately trying to find a member of the family or someone who knew Pvt Gilbert or knew some of the family. I have information I think they would like to know and hopefully they have info that can help me. Thanks in advance.
Lola-Margaret Hall
Added by Lola-Margaret Speak Hall on Aug 15, 2016 8:06 AM
Headstone Genealogist
Mount Royal Cemetery Photo Request
Mount Royal Cemetery has 165 acres. The burial plot location must be supplied so a volunteer can go take the photo.

You can get this free information by filling the form here: and in the "Desired Service" field, select "Burial Location (free)" and enter the information.

If the Genealogy page was not helpful then email your request to

The cemetery will email you the location (3-10 working days).

Have the memorial updated with the plot number.

You will have made it possible for the photo to be taken.
Added by Headstone Genealogist on Jun 17, 2016 6:28 PM
Kathy H.
S. A. Gettings
Thank you so much for the photo! Great great great uncle Sam is not forgotten. I will post his headstone photo on his Ancestry page- if you don't want me to- let me know- I will take it off.
Once again, Thank you!
Added by Kathy H. on May 14, 2016 8:03 AM
Judy K. Roberts
RE: Photo of Charles Lee Houser marker.
You are very welcome, I am so happy he finally has a marker!
Added by Judy K. Roberts on Apr 08, 2016 7:36 PM
Bill and Denise
RE: Bert E. Wilcut memorial
You are more than welcome. Thank you for leaving a post on my brother's Find A Grave,
Added by Bill and Denise on Aug 16, 2015 4:03 PM
Susan Powell Rose
Maass in SF Columbarium
Johnston, me again...While I was entering the Helena Maass photos of SF Columbarium, I noticed in the cemetery listing an unknown Maass there in Plot: 2nd Floor, H Column, mem. no. 108009592. I have not been able to find Helen's husband, August Maass, died SF May 1939. Is there a way to see if this would be our missing great-grandfather?
Added by Susan Powell Rose on Jan 26, 2015 4:54 PM
Susan Powell Rose
San Francisco photos
Thank you so very much Johnston Hurst Shannon for taking the great photos of our ancestor, Helena Maass. I have supplied a little more detail for the site and connected to her daughter, Alma Maass. I appreciate the thoughtful extra photos of the Columbarium as well as the crypt and inside elegance of the surrounding space. Your work is greatly appreciated! Susan
Added by Susan Powell Rose on Jan 26, 2015 4:39 PM
Row Walker
Yost Family
Ye gads! How did that happen with the multiple messages below. Thank goodness they're delete-able! Anyway ....... thanks for the effort to locate and photograph Emily's and Thomas' resting place. A difficult task to be sure. Well done.
Added by Row Walker on Jan 26, 2015 6:35 AM
Steve Harrison
Thanks for the Bush niche photo. The columbarium is on my list of place to visit when next in S. F.; looks fascinating and beautiful. Steve
Added by Steve Harrison on Jan 25, 2015 3:30 PM
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