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Linda Dukes (#46842176)
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Bio Photo Please do not use the "LEAVE A PUBLIC MESSAGE" for Edits, there are Edit tabs for that...PLEASE use the EDIT TABS for each individual memorial-THANK YOU


What does the name findagrave imply to you? To me it implies actually finding the grave...

If I post an unknown burial in 2001, and you research John Smith, and post a memorial in 2015, the correct cemetery with his info, who should keep his memorial? YOU, because I just willy nilly posted a memorial to have his name out there>>>>>


**This is not called**

My main focus has been on Benton County Missouri, because my father's people settled there in 1859, and married into many different families; Carleton, Cook, Delozier, Boring, McMillin, VanHoozer, Chastain, Crouch, Mayhugh etc. They also brought a few different families with them in a wagon train, including; Sellers, Parker, Cate etc. Sometimes I take a few liberties with the OLD burials as to exact date of death, and Cemetery. I KNOW they are in buried Benton County, many of my ancestors were poor farmers, maybe never had a stone, and probably a few of them are at the bottom of the lake, because lets face it, before running water, you needed to live near water. Most of the small Cemeteries near water were "moved" by the Corps of Engineers.
Moved is a loose term, a cousin and friend who we will call Mr Chastain told me in 2009 when he was younger, and still living in Benton Co MO. He watched the Carleton Family Cemetery being "moved" They used a large flat bed truck and a couple guys with shovels, they would lift the headstone onto the back of the truck, and scoop one shovel full of dirt and throw it on the stone, then onto the next. NO bodies were ever moved...I am pretty sure this true for a lot of small family Cemeteries...
Back in the day, headstones were a luxury that few could afford, many field stones were used, but that burial would be lost within a few generations, as people moved away etc.
So if I have added an OLD burial that I cannot PROVE to you, so sorry...

Quality, not quantity...

I try to create memorials that will help family members find there loved ones final resting place, with as much info as I can find.
additions and or corrections always welcome

Believe me...You cannot satisfy all the people all the time, as hard as you try to be as accurate as possible, there will always be "the ones" who want to shoot you down...shoot your research down, just be plain negative...I choose to dust myself off and go about my task, because I know I am doing my best...
Sometimes when trying to link families together, when the graves are pre 1850, it takes a little guess work along with research...
Someone recently wrote me asking me if I saw the persons death certificate to prove burial in a certain Cemetery...The person died in 1839...REALLY???

**I do not respond to negativity**

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Byrd/Buster ancestry
Thanks for all your work on these memorials. Elizabeth Buster (# 134707859) and spouse Rev. Richard Byrd are 4x-great-grandparents (their son James Pleasant was 3x-great-grandfather). We have a question regarding a conjecture in the Byrd/Buster lineage. You have indicated "it is believed that Elizabeth had some American Indian blood through her father", with similar statements on her children's memorials. We are interested in knowing more about any evidence providing a basis to support this belief.

We recognize that Elizabeth Buster Byrd was a maternal great-grandparent of yours. Our genealogical research indicates William John Buster was a first-generation Buster in America - both of his parents were Irish immigrants who settled in Virginia. The same is true of his wife, Jane Woods. No DNA testing in the Byrd family (of which we're aware) has indicated American Indian genetic markers. We feel other descendants would also be interested about tracking this within the bloodline, but your memorial pages are the only place we've found this belief expressed.

So, would you provide us with some guidance on tracking the origin of this supposition? Will you help us in locating any hard evidence which might establish it as either folklore or fact? We look forward to hearing your discussion and direction on this.

Thanks again for all your efforts with these memorials and consideration of our request to pursue historical accuracy.

Added by ray&jay on Jun 30, 2015 7:44 PM
B K Johnson
RE: Pearl Vernon Lake
Linda -
You are absolutely correct. My apologies. Upon doing my own research on Ethel May Vernon Hickman Lake Stephenson - I found that her parents were James Vernon and Rachel (I am thinking Cox was her mother's maiden name).

Thank you for the assistance in finding Claud Montjoy - appears the census for Benton Co, MO was divided into separate sections so I missed Thomas Lake's last two children and Claud.

Barbara Alexander Johnson
Added by B K Johnson on Jun 18, 2015 12:49 PM
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Ruth Lester
Thank you for the info. Memorial has been updated!
Added by Genealogy Lover on Jun 17, 2015 9:38 PM
RE: William Wiggington
You're welcome; I'm glad I could help.
Added by Bernadette on Jun 16, 2015 7:03 PM
Orange Vine Lemon Mann
Thanks I added him.
Added by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2015 7:43 PM
Douglas Pyeatt
RE: General Question
Hi Linda,
I prefer to place a Southeren flag,But I think you'll find the first flag they fought under was the American flag as they were fighting for state rights later they changed to different one because it made it to hard to Id.whos who.
In my opinion it is ok to place the American flag if you wish,I just prefer the Battle flag.
Added by Douglas Pyeatt on Jun 12, 2015 8:50 PM
RE: General Question
I think everyone has the right to leave anything they find that shows respect , I seen the American flag on Confederate soldiers grave's several times never thought much about it. But I guess you could turn it around put a confederate flag on a union soldier's grave don't know if Iv ever seen that. But no I think that lady has to much time on her hands that war ended 150 years ago its over she should let go. Jarrott
Added by JARROTT P. COX on Jun 12, 2015 2:34 PM
George Washington Sargent
George Washington Sargent and two of his brother served in Company F, 27th Iowa. I have quite a bit of information on them, if you are interested.
Added by Elaine on Jun 12, 2015 1:53 PM
Ralph Doak
Robert Doak(e)
Hi Linda
We have - at last - got the y-37 results back from FTDNA ... and they are outrageously inconclusive !
It does seem that Robert was NOT the father of the Augusta Co, VA, Doaks but could have been an uncle or more distant cousin
There is a 'genetic distance' of 4 to myself, a 2nd cousin, and a 2nd half-cousin (!), all of the line from 'Immigrant John' Doak, and 5 and 6 to two probably of the line from David (i) Doak (1710-87)
Best wishes, and we want more testees !
Added by Ralph Doak on Jun 11, 2015 3:48 AM
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(Margaret Lumpkin Cravens) Thank you for the info on her. I did add it to the bio, maybe it will help someone in their research.
Added by WichitaFalls on Jun 08, 2015 9:58 PM
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