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Har37x (#47671892)
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Bio Photo I have been researching my family history since 1973. Find A Grave is a great resource. Surnames important to me: Harp, Hoagey, Swavely, Krause, Sheafer, Kline, Keeney, Irvin. Most of our family was in Pennsylvania.

Oakland Cemetery has over 15,000 known interments. The Bureau County Genealogical Society has maps and caretaker records for this cemetery. The BCGS has very good information on all the cemeteries in the county.

I enjoy the search and challenge of finding the graves. Photo requests get my highest priority. When I go out to fulfill a photo request, I photograph all the markers in the family plot. The rules I follow; "Photograph the grave/gravesite "in-situ", or as it appears in that moment in time. The purpose is to show the grave as it is, be it dirty, cluttered, broken, or pristine. It is not your job to clean it, clear it, fix it, or decorate it. The graves are not yours to do as you please. Remember, one person's "good deed" just might be another person's vandalism. Go take lots of photos...but do it like an anthropologist and do not disturb the grave site. -AJ" Mar. 10, 2013

When time permits, if a memorial does not exist I create one. I also search for some records to tie the people together and add a bio. I have a backlog of photos to create memorials. Each trip involves multiple cememteries and normally 300 to 500 photos.

If you would like to use my photos, please ask. I have recently experienced some issues with my photos being used inappropriately. I want to share, but I want to know who, what, where, how? the photos will be used. Transfers and edits, please use the EDIT tab.
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Charlene Kimpler
Frank and Mary Wilamoski
Thank you for full filling my requests for gravestone photos.
Added by Charlene Kimpler on May 23, 2015 8:05 PM
Wilsie West photo
Thanks for getting the photo!
Added by gengramma on May 23, 2015 3:47 PM
deanna french
FAG Photo
Thank you very much fo taking & posting the photo's for Janius Spaulding's memorial page. You are much appreciated!
Added by deanna french on May 23, 2015 6:12 AM
April Goddard
Robert James and Isabella Woodruff graves
I received your message that you had not found their gravestone, but it looks like you have. Was this gravestone on the site I provided, or at another? Thanks! April
Added by April Goddard on May 13, 2015 8:41 AM
J Mo & B Ma
Thanks very much for the photos of the Kaar headstones. That was quick! Thanks again for the fantastic volunteer work you do.
Added by J Mo & B Ma on May 12, 2015 10:52 AM
Infant of CS and LJ Tompkins
That is an infant of Charles S. Tompkins and Lola J Humphreys. They were married in Mineral in 1895 and lived there in 1900. I had noticed a gap in their children's birth years, now I know there wasn't one.

I will go ahead and set up a memorial with links to the baby's parents. Charles was a half brother of my g grandfather. Both were sons of Isaac Tompkins.

That accounts for three of the four sides of the stone. I still think that is where Martin is there, but with no written records I guess we can't prove it.

Thanks for all your work.

Added by gengramma on May 11, 2015 4:01 PM
Harlan Stones
Thanks for the quick response to my request for photographs of their markers!
Added by GrammaL on May 11, 2015 8:46 AM
RE: Susan E. Lee(born 1850)
Data of relationship of Martin Tompkins and Susan E Tompkins-Lee:
1850 Indiantown, Bureau County IL census:
Martin Tompkins 40
Mary Tompkins 32
William Tompkins 19
John C Tompkins 15
Elizabeth O Tompkins 13
Suzan Tompkins 0

1860 Indiantown, Bureau County IL census:
Martin Tompkins 50
Mary Tompkins 41
Susan Tompkins 10
Mary Tompkins 12
Cynthia Tompkins 10

1870 Mineral, Bureau County IL census:
Martin Tompkins 60
Mary Tompkins 52
Susan Tompkins 20
Ephriam Dean 22

1880 Mineral, Bureau County IL census:
Johnathan Lee 32
Susan E. Lee 30
William M. Lee 6
Stella May Lee 4
Ida Pearl Lee 1
Martin Tompkins 70
Claudius L. Tompkins 69

(from the 1880 census on Martin:
Name: Martin Tompkins
Age: 70
Birth Year: abt 1810
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1880: Mineral, Bureau, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Father-in-law

Washington Deaths, 1883-1960
son of Jonathan Lee and Susan E Tompkins:
Name: William Martin Lee
Gender: Male
Birth Date: abt 1873
Death Date: 20 Sep 1951
Age at Death: 78
Death Location: Leavenworth, Chelan, Washington
Father: Jonathon Lee
Mother: Susan Tompkins
Record Source: Washington State Death Records

I cannot locate a death record for Susan. Hope this helps.

Added by gengramma on May 10, 2015 10:59 AM
RE: Tompkins
Jan and I already are and have been for years. Her husband is a Tompkins cousin of mine, related through two other brothers of Martin's. She is a great researcher. She and I have one BIG problem - the distance we both live from Bureau and Henry Counties (in opposite directions).

Hope you enjoyed your time out at the cemeteries yesterday.

BTW, the family surnames I am related to in Bureau/Henry Counties are: Tompkins, Thompson, Carroll, Lee, Riley, Loughrey, Conibear (Thomas and Ann Kingdon-Conibear in Mineral Cemetery are my gg grandparents). I will let Jan tell you who her husband is related to.

Added by gengramma on May 10, 2015 10:31 AM
Elmer Smith
Thank you so much for the photo of Elmer Smith's headstone - it is helping me unravel a mystery.

Laura Beth
Added by LBJ-C on May 10, 2015 7:12 AM
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