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Christie Marie Shepherd (#46791473)
 member for 10 years, 5 months, 28 days
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Bio Photo I currently reside in Gurdon, AR. I now suffer from poor health and don't have the stamina to walk around cemeteries too often anymore. But I'm still doing research on my own family and historical events (like the New London disaster) that touched my heart.

I firmly believe that no one, no matter how "minor" he or she may have been, should EVER be forgotten.

Some of my close relatives:
My Father:
Brad Shepherd
My Grandparents:
Nelva Jean Shepherd
Aaron Beene
Frances Beene
My great-grandparents:
W. O. Beene
Ida Beene
Jasper Sheffield
Stella Sheffield
F. L. Shepherd
Helene Shepherd
Edgar Thurston
Opal Thurston

My young friend:
Teresa Walczak

If you have any additional information on any of the people whom I have added, or would like me to take down any of the people whom I do have so you can add that person yourself (no one knows family better than family!) please let me know. I will be happy to comply with your requests.

Thank you to everyone who has left flowers for my family and the others I have added. I appreciate your remembrance of them, and I'm sure they would appreciate it, too.
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Barbara Powell
Pleasant Hill Cemetery Rusk co Tx
Hey Christie Thank you for the work you do. I am asking about the three Smith children, my cousins who were killed in school exploison 1937. Abner Lavelle was the boy- If the graves are not marked how would one know where they are buried? Where would one put a marker with their name- This is the wish of the aging only sibling, a brother born soon after the explosion. Thank you so much. If you have any contact info for the cemetery I will call. I live in MS but have been to the museum in New London.
Added by Barbara Powell on Oct 10, 2015 10:14 AM
Karen Dunbar
Ruby Reed
Thank you for documenting my grandmother's neice's burial and the information you listed. Her name is Ruby Reed and she died in the New London School Explosion in 1937. My grandparents, Charles R. and Allie B. Sory were teaching there that day also. They had taken in Ruby and were raising her at the time of the accident. So very tragic and changed their lives forever.
I'm sorry to hear of your poor health and hope you are better soon. Once again, her family thanks you for your time and concern for those who have passed on. May God bless you!
Karen Dunbar
Added by Karen Dunbar on Jun 25, 2015 8:44 PM
Ron O'Rourke
New London School
By a strange coincidence, this story was being told on Modern Marvels (H2 channel on cable) as I was typing the previous message. Small world.

Ron O'Rourke
Added by Ron O'Rourke on Jan 29, 2015 9:56 PM
Ron O'Rourke
Cye Arthur Thurston
Have found some information about his wife, Lillian. She was born Lillian Hammerton in 1874 in New York, USA.. She died in San Diego County, California on 21 Jan 1933. According to the 1910 Census, both of her parents were born in England.
Hope this helps you fill in a few gaps.

Ron O'Rourke
Added by Ron O'Rourke on Jan 29, 2015 9:54 PM
D & N Kirk
Garrett Kirk Beene #13696277
Thank you for the transfer, I know his son was a blacksmith. His lst cousin, my ancestor, was a blacksmith and they lived close in Marion County, Tenn. This gets another child linked to his parents. Thanks again, Don Kirk
Added by D & N Kirk on Jan 15, 2015 4:17 AM
D & N Kirk
Garrett Kirk Beene #13696277
(Please check your edits.) Thank you for his monument photo and all the work you do. I now have his mother's memorial (she is my ancester Garrett Kirk's sister) and I am trying to link all the children. We have been to Freestone County and visited with our Beene relatives. We have been Kirk- Beene researchers for 50 years. Please transfer to me so I can link and write a bio. Thanks Don Kirk (D & N Kirk)
Added by D & N Kirk on Jan 14, 2015 9:04 AM
New London, Tx school
I can't seem to locate Betty Lou Benson's brother's grave [William Estel Benson]? Do you know what happened with him and where he is buried at?
Added by Angela on Jul 29, 2014 10:29 AM
Mary Watts
Margaret E Box Miles
I am requesting you permission to use the headstone photo of Margaret Miles for my personal family tree.

I loved reading your bio. Your heart is in the right place.

Thank you,
Added by Mary Watts on Feb 02, 2014 11:23 AM
Carolyn Hebbe McLeod
RE: Nellene & Bitsy Bishop
Thank you very much for transferring their memorials to me.

Added by Carolyn Hebbe McLeod on Jan 05, 2014 8:30 AM
Jamaica S.
RE: Zachary & Minnie Sheffield Photo
Hi, Christie,

No apologies - your reply was quite speedy! Great to hear from you, and I appreciate the story about the photo! I did my first round of research back in 2009, and have just recently decided to get busy with it again. I will stay in touch as I learn more about all the connections.

Merry Christmas!
Added by Jamaica S. on Dec 20, 2013 11:30 AM
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