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Dennis Bell (#46924338)
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Bio Photo Dennis has been doing geneology work for nearly 40 years. He is retired but never idle. Would love to answer questions if he has the ability to do so.
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Brenda Todd
RE: William Shelley
Hi Dennis - hope all is well with you - have not heard from you in awhile. Just wondering if you've been able to find out anything new on William Shelly? Thanks.

- Brenda
Added by Brenda Todd on Feb 02, 2015 7:46 PM
Roger Conn
Gail Conn Bell
Dear Dennis,
Gail was my cousin and I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. Her father (Uncle Jonny)and my dad (Dewey or Uncle Dink as the called him ) were brothers any information you could send me on Gail would be greatly appretiated since we were not that close ie; how she passed away and how many children she had and any living siblings of hers. I believe the last we saw of you folks was up in Montana at my oldest sisters house some time ago.My dad is still living (84 yrs old) not doing all that great but sad to see them all leaving us.Thank you in advance for any information you can pass along. My email address is

Thanks Roger Conn....
Added by Roger Conn on Oct 09, 2014 2:28 PM
Brenda Todd
RE: William Shelley
No - Not a member of the LDS church, but I have been to the local LDS library here. I have access to the website through our local public library.

Thank you for all the time and effort you are giving this. It can be so frustrating but can be so fun at the same time.
Added by Brenda Todd on Sep 16, 2014 11:44 AM
Brenda Todd
RE: William Shelley
I have access to Ancestry at our local library. At home I use the LDS website.I have found some stuff through the Henry County website.
What information have you found? Is it Shelley family or McDowells? I was able to trace the Mcdowell side back pretty far but I cannot find William Shelleys parents, or his siblings. At first I was convinced he was the son of Richard Shelley - but now I think he must be the son of one of Richards brothers?
WEll, you certainly have me interested in what you have found.
You can e mail me directly if you wish.
- Brenda
Added by Brenda Todd on Aug 27, 2014 7:50 PM
Brenda Todd
RE: William Shelley
Dennis - thank you so much for responding.
No, I did not know about the Shelley reunion - 84th that's amazing!
Have I given you enough info on William Shelley? I do have the census from the years he lived in Henry Co. If the census is correct it list his birthdate as 1826. Do you suspect this is incorrect? I do hope to solve this mystery!
Thanks for taking an interest. We live in Virginia Beach, VA. but I was born in Indiana.
- Brenda
Added by Brenda Todd on Aug 22, 2014 7:13 PM
Brenda Todd
William Shelley
Dear Dennis,
I am researching my family history, and came across your book "Richard Shelley Family History". I cannot locate my ancestor, William Shelley. I am almost positive that he is related to the Richard Shelley family as he was born in Iredell county, NC. and moved to Henry County, IN. and is buried there. I can't seem to connect the dots regarding Williams connection. I cannot figure how he is related, so hope you can help me. Here is all I know about William:

I believe his middle initial is B. William B Shelley b.May 1, 1826 in Iredell county, NC. and died in Henry County, IN.March 3, 1890.
William was married to Elizabeth Moss Shelley also born in NC. in 1826 and died in Henry County, IN. Aug 23, 1904.

I have found both of their obits, does not mention who his parent are, only that he moved with is parents to Ohio at the age of two, and then to Henry County at the age of ten.
William and Elizabeths daughter, Martha Jane Shelley b. 1851 in Henry County, and married Wm Andrew Mcdowell ( another early Henry County family)Martha Jane Shelley and Wm. Andrew Mcdowell are my gr gr grandparents.

I appreciate any info you can send me thanks.

- Brenda Todd
Added by Brenda Todd on Aug 05, 2014 6:32 AM
christopher elder
since the brethren church in maxwell disbanded abt 5 years ago due to loss in congregation you might want to try and contact some of the beal famil as far as i knw they are still the caretakers of the cemetery, my gg grandfather henry troup started the brethren church in the are and was at one time according to the national brethren church in illinois was listed as the biggest congregation in the brethren church between the east and west borders of iowa having abt 400 members thank you for keeping the history alive thru this page
Added by christopher elder on Jul 14, 2014 2:53 PM
Kristie Moore
RE: Jesse Bowen
That would be awesome! My email address is Thank you!
Added by Kristie Moore on Apr 30, 2014 11:16 AM
RE: Just Checking In

I'm so sorry I haven't been on much help lately and have taken so long to get back to you. I am getting by, thank you. Everything has just been a whirl wind the last few months. My half sister Micaela sadly took her life in October, and I think it has really taken affect on myself and my family. I hope all is well with you? Oh, and feel free to use any photos I have taken; I generally ask people cite me as the photographer, so when used for research, it gives the work a citation to point to.
Added by Carolyn on Dec 09, 2013 8:38 PM
Lois Harriman
Peter & Sarah Oman Photo Request
Hi Dennis,

Peter & Sarah Oman are not buried in Schoolcraft Township Cemetery in Vicksburg, MI. They are buried in Schoolcraft Township Cemetery in Schoolcraft, MI. This is a case of duplicate memorials and confusion over the different cemeteries under the administration of Schoolcraft Township. Both creators appear to be inactive too. Their memorials (#45836249 �)include photos. If you need confirmation about which cemetery is the correct one go to "" and do a search of Oman. They have pictures of the stones there too.

Added by Lois Harriman on Nov 14, 2013 9:35 AM
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