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Debra (#47324320)
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Bio Photo 2010, I am in the process of gathering the soldiers of the Civil War 85th ILLinois Infantry Regiment into virtual cemeteries.

Please email me if you know the resting place of any soldier I have not yet found.

Origins of Companies
A,C,D,K---Mason Co.
B---Fulton and Mason Co.
E---Menard Co.
F---Tazewell and Woodford Co.
G---Fulton and Schuyler Co.
H,I---Fulton Co.
September 2013. I have started a virtual cemetery for Mason County IL WWI Veterans.

2012 Virtual Cemetery for victims of the Chatsworth Train Wreck in my list virtual cemeteries.

I generally try to add whatever additional bio I can find when I enter a memorial, military or otherwise. I use , marriage and census records, and other similiar types of search sites.

Please contact me if I enter incorrect info or links.

I enjoy taking and posting photos.

Cemetery walking involves planning, time, gas, bees, flies, gnats, ticks, assorted other bugs, dogs, burrs, briars, weeds, tall grass, snakes, scrapes, cuts, mud, dirt, snow, rain, dust, wind, sun, rutted roads, hills and dales, getting lost, and BUCKETS of sweat.

I had to throw my lunch to a couple wild peacocks headed my way. Seems they have a fondness for egg salad.

I appreciate those folks who list their source when posting my photos to :)

"They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days."
~ Garrison Keillor

Bert Stuart Odle
Please take a look at this little guy's memorial .
I came across his interesting grave while randomly taking pictures in Springdale Cemetery.
Bert Stuart Odle .
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85th IIL Infantry Co D (69)
85th ILL Field and Staff (22)
85th ILL Infantry Co C (86)
85th ILL Infantry Co E (51)
85th ILL Infantry Co A (81)
85th ILL Infantry Co B (73)
85th ILL Infantry Co F (53)
85th ILL Infantry Co G (67)
85th ILL Infantry Co H (75)
85th ILL Infantry Co I (49)
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Laura Kessler Hershey
Jacob Hershey
THANK YOU for locating where his burial was!!! I knew it was in Illinois but did not know where!! I appreciate it!!
Take Care, Laura
Added by Laura Kessler Hershey on Apr 24, 2015 10:21 AM
Brian Curdy
RE: Re: Sheldons Grove vice Butlersville
My maternal grandma, Mrs Isa Maude Frost (Gegory) Cain (1880-1965), though born in Missouri, was very proud of our connections to the Coons, Carlocks, and other old Illinois families. Her older brother (my granduncle Daniel Dixon Gregory) was a Schuyler County youngster who taught school in Missouri before leaving for West Point as a member of the "Class of 1901". In 1927, following his retirement as an Army Lieutenant Colonel, he (Colonel Gregory) took the family back to West Point to watch their cousin Willard Burton Carlock (1904-1994) graduate. Colonel Carlock is buried in Ohio where he completed a second career as a high school math teacher.... Abraham Carlock (and his sons) would have awed Crockett (who was an East Tennessee Whig) with their military exploits at New Orleans !!
Very happy to meet a cousin with similar interests !
Added by Brian Curdy on Apr 23, 2015 2:03 PM
Brian Curdy
Re: Sheldons Grove vice Butlersville
Thankyou, Debra. I have changed the cemeteries as you indicated. Another (Missouri) Gregory cousin had notified me earlier that the "Butlersville" Cemetery could not be found ... but I was sticking to the available (, etc.) documents.Last time I had the opportunity to visit Illinois was in .... 1975 or 1976 (!!) If I stumble across anything related to the 85th Illinois I will pass that along. Two of my (American) great-grandfathers served in Illinois regiments in the American Civil War. Tennessee-born John Sullivan Irwin (1840-1911) was a private in the 122nd Illinois Infantry, while Alexander Gregory (1843-1923) was a recruit, private, and finally a Corporal (or "acting corporal"?) in the 11th Illinois Cavalry. Alexander Gregory grew up in Schuyler County and was one of the younger children of William and Malinda (Coons) Gregory. Malinda Coons was a Tennessee native, and her mom was born a Carlock (Gerlach) of Spottswood's German colony near Culpepper, Virginia ....
Added by Brian Curdy on Apr 22, 2015 6:03 PM
Sarah Nicholes
Anna Rigby
Hello from Michigan. Does Anna Rigby have a headstone? Also is there a grave site for her husband Aaron? I was there in 2013 and only was able to see the Rigby headstone for 2 of her kids. Thank you for posting that Anna is buried there near some of her kids and her sister.
Added by Sarah Nicholes on Apr 22, 2015 4:43 PM
PrairieWind Girl
Richards grave sites
Hello from North Dakota! I am searching for my greatgreatgrandparents grave sites. Family lore is they are buried in Bader Cemetery near the corner but I don't see them listed. Can you help me locate them? Names are Jacob and Sarah (Maple) Richards. Approximate birth dates are 1831 and 1838. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!

- H. R. Young
Added by PrairieWind Girl on Apr 17, 2015 7:14 PM
Leslie & Don
Thank you for creating the memorials for my grandparents, for photographing headstones and all the other work you have done and continue to do for Find A Grave. I really appreciate all your hard work. And, thanks so much for the transfers of my grandparents. Take care...
Added by Leslie & Don on Apr 16, 2015 5:50 PM
Sue Ann Harfst
RE: Eilert Ernest Louis Harfst
Hi, Debra,

Thank you for the information and picture which you have added. As he and my grandmother and father were estranged, I have nothing like that which I could have added myself. I appreciate it.

Sue Ann
Added by Sue Ann Harfst on Apr 10, 2015 1:46 PM
RE: Stephen Beaty
Hi Debra, Thanks for the transfer. I am sure there will be others I will want to manage so I appreciate the offer. For now, my focus has turned from building a family tree to making sure family members are linked on Find a Grave. As you know, it is a tremendously valuable resource for those researching their families and thankfully, still free. The "sisters" and I sure appreciate all the work you have done creating memorials so we can go out and take photos for them!
Added by cindyleejackson on Apr 10, 2015 10:54 AM
Jeanie Brown
Parry transfers
Debra, thank you for the transfers in the Parry family.
I will see that they are well tended.

Thank you for all your kind labor and work. Much appreciated.
Added by Jeanie Brown on Apr 06, 2015 6:40 PM
Becky Turley
RE: Josephine Kirby
Debra,thanks so much for the quick reply..Thanks for the additional details. We will watch for further info. That is so nice of you to do this and so helpful as it is something we cannot do living so far away. thanks again. Becky
Added by Becky Turley on Mar 24, 2015 7:41 PM
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