Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. I don't hoard my memorials and will usually transfer anyone not related to me.
PHOTO REQUESTORS: I enjoy helping families by completing photo requests. Help me to help you. Please take the time to contact the cemetery to get the detailed burial info (Section, Block, Lot, or however it's marked) prior to submitting your request. Whether or not they have a headstone is also extremely helpful.
I love this site but this is one point I find very frustrating. The last few years I've been spending most of my time in Oakridge-Glen Oak cemetery in Hillside, IL. It currently has well over 50,000 burials and 300+ photo requests that contain no plot info for the photo volunteer. How do you expect someone to find and get a pic of your loved one when they don't know where to start looking?
NOTE: Please don't assume that all cemeteries have a public database to look up the info. There are a lot that don't yet. Oakridge doesn't have one and the office staff is not helpful to photo volunteers. They only give info to family members.
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The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons, Dishman and Baird. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.
My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. In March 1852, my Grandmother died. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.
After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams (last name provided by someone else's tree on Ancestry.com) whose background is a complete mystery. Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with James but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.
I'm also pretty sure that my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From census records, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. Again, my assumption is that he was married to James mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.
My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with James which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.
My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker who furnished the bricks that were used in the construction of the Forts of Quebec. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. James rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby. ***************************
Herman and Ottilie Voss Please post whatever photo you have of their headstone. 73777131 and 73777186. I have contacted many family members and we are talking about taking up a collection to inscribe Herman's stone. Would really like to see what it looks like so we can determine how much it would cost to pay someone to go out to cemetery. I think everyone in family was so poor at the time of Herman's death and then years went by and he was forgotten. I really appreciate you taking a photo. We would never have known and his stone would have gone blank forever.
Herman and Ottilie Voss Oh my gosh! Thank you for trying to take a photograph of their headstones. Once my family sees Herman has no inscription, I am sure I can take up a collection and get the inscription put on there. My great grandma was widowed at the time with many children. So she probably couldn't afford it.
Harvey and Emma Thompson Sorry to have sent you on a wild goose chase, Stacey. I really appreciate your looking for these folks.
I just heard from the boys and they don't recognize the names with the other Thompson family you found. But if you took pictures, either of us could post memorials for them - may be others out there looking for their Thompson family members.
I'll let the boys know about the Thompson/Craig/etc burial place. They are much more on top of this part of the family than I am, and so more apt to know family groupings.
We all really appreciate your help! Finding these folks has been quite a whirlwind experience for us. The rest of their family is in NY, and they all came together at the same time as well. Funny how you look and look and look, and then when you stop, it just drops into your lap.