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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.

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 #35280340
Please take a look at this little guy's memorial .
I came across his interesting grave while randomly taking pictures in Springdale Cemetery.
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85th IIL Infantry Co D (63)
85th ILL Field and Staff (22)
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85th ILL Infantry Co A (81)
85th ILL Infantry Co B (71)
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85th ILL Infantry Co I (47)
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Benjamin Wyss at Springdale
WOW - really admiring your memorials! One thing I noticed, looking at pictures of stones from Springdale, Benjamin Wyss's stone says he was born in 1886. That doesn't mean the stone is right.

I can't believe how many victims of the Chatsworth Train Wreck (not Benjamin, but other memorials I've done) are buried at Springdale. There's also one buried at Trivoli Cemetery.
Added by Shawdau on Apr 23, 2014 7:26 PM
Chatsworth Train Wreck
Katharina Ziegler Zimmermann 122032802 was also a victim of the Chatsworth Train Wreck..
Added by Dewey on Apr 23, 2014 10:56 AM
I checked out Baby Bert. I wonder if they take him in and put him to bed at night. He looks pretty good! :-) R

Added by ReconnectNow on Apr 19, 2014 4:54 PM
RE: Silzel
my pleasure!
Added by ReconnectNow on Apr 19, 2014 4:50 PM
Angela Breeden
RE: McCausland
Just found this. I have some facts but not a lot. Always looking though. Yes it would be ok. What is involved? e-mail
Added by Angela Breeden on Apr 17, 2014 10:52 AM
Shirley M. Strickland
RE: Daisy Sophia Heller Deethardt
Thank you Debra. Now if I could just find
what happen to Sophia, her Mother. I guess this is all about searching. Again, thank you. Shirley
Added by Shirley M. Strickland on Apr 16, 2014 11:46 AM
Baxter B. Fite III
William Blundell, 86th Illinois
Just wanted you to know I got your message on William Blundell. If you're home, I hope you had a good trip. If you're not home, I hope you are having a good time and have a safe trip home. I think spring might finally be here, but, I still wouldn't be surprised to see a little snow fly. Take care and thanks for all you have done and for all you are doing. Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Apr 10, 2014 5:07 AM
Holly Swanson
Tuttle Family - Peoria, Illinois
Hello Debra,
I appreciate all that you have done to help me with the Tuttle Family.
When you are starting out and do not know where to go or how to find informtation it is always helpful knowing that someone can assist you in your quest.
The Springdale Cemetery is so beautiful & big.
Thank you so very much,
Added by Holly Swanson on Apr 09, 2014 9:33 AM
Neff Family Historical Society
Charles Lafayette Wilson Neff aka Charles Lafayette Wilson
Thank you for adding the bio for Charles Wilson, for finding and linking his wife Sarah Johnson and the cross index reference to his given surname Neff. Interesting record because of the surname change. We also appreciate your contribution to Find-a-Grave. Bill Neff
Added by Neff Family Historical So... on Apr 07, 2014 3:41 PM
Roanna Dolan Griffin
Ruth Ethel Cleer
Thank you for making those updates to her memorial so quickly. I really appreciate it. Thanks again.
Added by Roanna Dolan Griffin on Mar 31, 2014 9:39 PM
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