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Vermilion County Saving Graves (#46821631)
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Bio Photo Vermilion County Saving Graves is part of the international Saving Graves project ( The Vermilion County chapter of Saving Graves is dedicated to providing leadership, education and advocacy in preserving and restoring endangered and forgotten cemeteries in Vermilion County and surrounding areas in east central Illinois and west central Indiana.

I've always loved cemeteries; there's something very poignant, yet so very hopeful about them.

I am currently working on uploading the high resolution versions of my photos to Flickr at: You are welcome to use them for personal use.

*Note about transfer requests: please understand that my access to the Internet is now more limited than it was when I was more active on this site. Please allow at least 7 days to allow the transfer to be completed. Your patience and understanding is sincerely appreciated.
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RE: Henry Hayman
Re: Emily Ann Hiestand B. 6 Mar 1825 D. 16 May 1913.

I have an old yellowed hand written piece of paper, written by an unknown ancestor, which lists the family of William McMahan Hiestand (my gg-grandfather), brother of Emily Ann Hiestand. On the piece of paper it states Emily married Rufus Hayman. Emily is also listed in William McMahan Hiestand's obituary as a surviving sister living in Jewell County, Kansas (May 1903). She and Rufus can be found on the 1860 and 1870 Census together in Vermilion Co., IL and then on the 1880 Ionia, Jewell, KS Census. They are also buried together and can be found at Find A Grave memorials #41704764 (Emily Ann) and #41704766 (Rufus Melvin). My source for their marriage was Illinois Marriages to 1850, Dodd, Jordan, IL, database online, Provo, UT, USA; Operations Inc. 1997. It pulled their marriage right up. I also have an elderly cousin who remembers a story about Emily moving to Kansas and insisting on taking a purple rug with her in the move.

I'm in Illinois working for the next year, but at home I have a Hiestand family bible. I can't remember off hand if it has Emily's information in it or not. I will check that when I next go home as it's been a while since I looked at it. It seems to me I had their marriage date before seeing it on If so, it more than likely came from the bible I have.

In researching this family since 1996, I have found their last name to have been slaughtered in some instances. I am confident the Emily Ann who married Rufus Hayman is in fact my Emily Ann Hiestand.

Emily Ann was the daughter of John and Ann Walston Hiestand.

KC Thacker
Added by KC on Mar 02, 2015 6:52 PM
# 14772586 Daniel Biggs
I would like your permission to copy gravestone photos to my Ancestry Family Tree. I will credit you as the source.
Thank you, Pioneersearcher # 47016656
Added by Pioneersearcher on Feb 19, 2015 11:53 AM
tammie wehrle
christopher jones grave
Christopher Shane Jones born June 14th,1989 and died Sept 3rd 1989 was my son. I just wanted to give you some info on him. Me his mother is Tammie Lynn wehrle. My maiden name was smith. His father is J.D. Johnson. Christopher died of SIDS. He has 5 siblings and they are Krystal, Brandon, Kayla, Bryson and Brianna. Didn't know if you wanted to add this info or not but thought I would provide it.
Added by tammie wehrle on Jan 28, 2015 7:21 AM
Memorial# 13104737
Thank you for the update and for all of your work here at Find-a-Grave, especially the saving graves project. I hope the International Saving Graves Project grows and grows. Best wishes to you.
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Aug 22, 2014 11:12 AM
Greg Dietrich
Searching for my Grandmother
I am doing some research for my mother. She is looking for her birth mothers grave. The information I have is:

Name- Constance Fie


Location of Death: Outside Potomac,ILL

My mothers grandfather wrote her a letter and told her that her mom was buried outside of Rankin ILL.
Find a Grave does not list anything for my grandmother in their database. Not sure where else to take this search short of driving up there and walking through each cemetery outside Rankin.
Any help anyone can give me in helping my mom would be great. She wants to visit the grave before she gets to old to travel.

Added by Greg Dietrich on Jun 29, 2014 9:03 PM
Shirley M. Strickland
Thank you so much for the transfer of John, Ann, and the infant son of their son John Alexander.
Added by Shirley M. Strickland on May 28, 2014 3:42 PM
Genealogy Buff
Ann White
Thank you for the transfer. I will continue to attach family members when I find them.
Joan in So Cal
Added by Genealogy Buff on Apr 08, 2014 2:26 PM
G M Rice
Alfred Wilson
Thank you for taking time to look at his page. I wish I had an obit for him but none so far. I would also love to find his twin brother. I have no idea what happened to Albro Wilson. Thanks again for all your work with the Vermilion people!
Added by G M Rice on Mar 03, 2014 7:50 AM
G M Rice
RE: Alfred Wilson
Hi Elizabeth,
When you have time would you have a look at Alfred's site after I updated it. I would love feed back!
Added by G M Rice on Feb 23, 2014 12:12 PM
G M Rice
RE: Alfred Wilson
Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you so much for the transfer. I will update his information and get him linked to his family. It would have required much more research to find him without your help!

Added by G M Rice on Feb 23, 2014 10:10 AM
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