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Stacey Shaw (#47914361)
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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. My transfer policy is very liberal and I transfer outside of the 4 generation guideline.

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.


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 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.

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Debbie B
Belle and George Owen
Thank you for the transfer and edits. I'll take good care of the Owens family.
Added by Debbie B on Jun 29, 2015 4:37 PM
May M (Ryan) Piepgras
THANK YOU so very much for honoring this memorial with your beautiful photograph.

With my appreciation,
Added by Stardust on Jun 27, 2015 9:56 PM
Debbie B
Addie Owen
Stacey, thanks, as always for the photo. Much appreciated!
Added by Debbie B on Jun 26, 2015 7:07 PM
Rebecca Dunlap
Rachel Matilda Dunlap Kelly
The picture is BEAUTIFUL!

I thank you very much!

Becky Dunlap
Added by Rebecca Dunlap on Jun 26, 2015 12:29 PM
Laura Goodwin
RE: Edward and Anne O'Shea
Thank you very much! I hope you have an enjoyable summer, too. :)
Added by Laura Goodwin on Jun 26, 2015 11:06 AM
RE: Photos
Thanks, I figured out that they are buried in Section 3. That should be right, sorry for all the trouble, thanks!
Added by MyGrandmaAnne on Jun 26, 2015 9:16 AM
RE: Photos
Well, I think there in Section Maple? I will check, and get back to you.
Added by MyGrandmaAnne on Jun 25, 2015 5:57 PM
Laura Goodwin
RE: Edward and Anne O'Shea
I have a memorial for Anne, so you can upload the picture when you get a chance. Thank you so much!
Added by Laura Goodwin on Jun 25, 2015 5:21 PM
Laura Goodwin
RE: Edward O'Shea
Hi, Stacey! Wow! This is my first time using this site and you responded quickly! Edward and Anne are my grandparents and I don't have pictures of their graves and haven't been back to Chicago in a long time, so if you took pictures, I would greatly appreciate you sending them to me. My email address is: Thanks for looking around for those other families. I didn't think there were any others, but it is good to know. Thank you so much for getting back to me!

Added by Laura Goodwin on Jun 25, 2015 5:05 PM
Carl and Lillian Andersen & Ervin S. Andersen
Thank you Stacey for taking the pictures of these Andersen graves in the Elm Lawn Cemetery. I so much appreciate the photos. For the last several months I have been researching my Danish ancestors and their descendants. Carl was originally Karl Oluf Ajstrup Andersen from Hjorring, Denmark. A hint on helped me find that he had moved from Denmark to America where he married and raised a family. I was lucky enough to find information on him and locate his grave. Then I set up a memorial for him and his wife (and other children) on findagrave. Your picture of the grave is another step in the process of preserving the record of these people's lives.

Thanks a bunch,
Dale Bailey
Added by baileydg on Jun 21, 2015 9:36 PM
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