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Russell Kasper (#47146727)
 member for 6 years, 10 months, 27 days
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Bio Photo History buff. Members of the Rantoul Historical Society. Loves photography. Husband and wife team search East Central Illinois for graves of missing loved ones. Air Force Veterans.
Let us help you if we can. Interested in searching out my family in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. KASPER, RIEGNER, ODENBRETT, SCHELL, SACHER, POLZIN, and THIELE. Would be most greatful for family information from Germany/Prussia/Austria. Have lost all family records pre-naturalization to USA.
Wife and I are trying to document all cemeteries in Rantoul, Illinois area. Elmwood Cemetery completed 2009, Ludlow Cemetery completed 2009,
Beekman Cemetery-Fisher completed 2009, Bethlehem Cemetery completed 2009, Bill Huss Chapel Cemetery-St Joseph completed 2009, Collison Cemetery-Collison completed 2009, Dunn/Locust Grove Cemetery-N. Urbana completed 2009, Elliott Cemetery-Elliott completed 2010,
Hall Cemetery-Paxton completed 2009, Harwood Chapel Cemetery completed 2009, Leonard Cemetery-Danville completed 2009, Old Partlow Cemetery-Potomac completed 2009, Oregan Cemetery-Elliott completed 2010, Patton Cemetery-Middlefork Forest Preserve completed 2009, Prospect Cemetery-Paxton completed 2009, revisited and additions made April 2011; Saint Johns Cemetery-Royal completed 2009. Maplewood Cemetery-Rantoul completed 11/7/2010.Eden Park Cemetery, Rantoul, Il completed 11/20/2010. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church Cemetery, Thomasboro, Il completed 3/2/2011. Beckman Cemetery-Flatville, completed 3/2/2011. Meharry Cemetery, Ford Co, Il updated/completed 4/3/11. Farmersville Cemetery, Ford Co., Il updated/completed 4/3/11. Holy Sepulchre Cemetery-Rantoul, completed 5/22/11. As of July 2011: Completed St. Lawrence Cemetery, Penfield, Il Nov. 2012. Willowbrook Cemetery-Fisher, Il, completed 5/15/13. Update all veteran burials at Drummer Township Cemetery, Ford Co., Il, completed October 2013.
I am working on adding obituaries to these cemetery memorials, as I find them at the Rantoul Historical Society: A work in progress, SEE MY VIRTUAL CEMETERIES FOR LIST OF NAMES OF VETERANS BURIED AT EACH CATALOGED CEMETERY. WE THANK THEM FOR THERE SERVICE:).

Jan. 2015: Huge project completed: All Civil War Soldiers buried in Champaign County, Illinois is now on find-a-grave. Documentation on each has been added where available. Check out my virtual cemeteries for more information.
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Steph McGrath
RE: Capt. Samuel Shellenberger
I think that's a very likely spot for him. Maybe it will help find a marker, or if someone knows otherwise they'll correct us.
Added by Steph McGrath on May 19, 2016 4:41 PM
Joseph Mann
RE: Sgt Cyrus Whigham
Russell,

I went back to the cemetery to recheck the location for Cyrus Whigham. The markers for all the confederate soldiers have apparently been removed, likely during the relocation of the burials.

Joe
Added by Joseph Mann on Apr 30, 2016 3:53 PM
Joseph Mann
RE: Sgt Cyrus Whigham
Russell,

You are absolutely correct that the marker did not belong to Cyrus Whigham. I indicated in the comments that it was representative of those buried in unmarked graves. Many of the similar unknown markers are virtually unreadable. Since this was a representative photo only, do you still wish for me to delete it?

I noticed that you established two memorials for Sgt Whigham, one listing his burial site as Chalmette, the other as Greenwood. Greenwood is the correct location. I would recommend, in the name of accuracy, that the Chalmette memorial be removed completely since he is not there, or list it as original burial site.

Joe
Added by Joseph Mann on Apr 24, 2016 12:16 PM
Joseph Mann
Sgt Cyrus Whigham
Russell,

Please change the cemetery and plot for Sgt Cyrus Whigham (# 91357259) to:

Confederate Memorial
Greenwood Cemetery
New Orleans, LA 70131

His remains were interred at Monument Cemetery (now Chalmette National Cemetery, and were later moved to Cypress Grove Cemetery. However, the Confederate Monument (which is where he is buried) is actually at Greenwood Cemetery.

Thanks
Joe
Added by Joseph Mann on Apr 24, 2016 7:32 AM
Jacquelyn Elizabeth Knight Aubrey
RE: Frank A. Knight
Ok, I think I may have figured it out. Andrew Savage Knight (born in 1834) had a cousin, Francis Knight (born in 1835) Francis also went by the name "Frank". Their fathers were brothers and they were both from Maine. Chances are they entered the war together.
Added by Jacquelyn Elizabeth Knigh... on Apr 17, 2016 1:29 PM
Jacquelyn Elizabeth Knight Aubrey
RE: Andrew Savage Knight
Hi Russell, I have searched and I cannot find a Frank Knight, brother of Andrew. Can you please provide more information? I have several siblings of Andrew listed in my family tree, all children of Thomas Noble Knight. I don't know of a brother named Frank, at least not yet.
Added by Jacquelyn Elizabeth Knigh... on Apr 16, 2016 5:51 PM
GreenHills Stones Calling
RE: Charles Lemuel Wells
72155158
Sorry, I have updated this memorial and it is not the individual you seek.

Best wishes,
Susan

Added by GreenHills Stones Calling on Apr 15, 2016 4:51 PM
Record Keeper
Correction for Memorial# 58702790
Hi, Russell. There was a typo in one of the newspaper obituaries. Crystal died April 10, 2016.
Added by Record Keeper on Apr 13, 2016 1:53 AM
Dewey
Lt. Austin Crabbs
# 118255690 is not buried in Gibson City. This is him # 121845352 buried in Colorado
Added by Dewey on Apr 02, 2016 11:45 AM
Jane JS
Maude Mildred Stephenson Varner
Hello, Thank you so very much for all you hard work, time and photo. You have helped me so much by finding Maude her husband and son.

Thank you!!!!
Jane
Added by Jane JS on Mar 31, 2016 7:28 PM
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