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Mike Gourley (#47400716)
 member for 4 years, 7 months, 10 days
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Bio Photo Do you ever wonder why some folks are on this site? Is it ego, boredom, or a desire to be helpful? Some folks create memorials, some like taking pictures and some do both. For some folks it is all about genealogy. As for me, I started posting at the request of a member on a hiking site. You see, my thing is hiking. My area of particular interest is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A few years ago I became intrigued with cemeteries of the National Park. As you can tell from my profile picture I seek out old home places of those that once settled in what became the national park. I continue to venture into places long forgotten by most visitors to the park. Many of the cemeteries in the national park are lost or very rarely receive any attention. Some of those cemeteries I have created and posted pictures on findagrave. It saddened me to know that some of these hard working people would someday be forgotten and their memories just dust in the wind. Some of them already are. So I do the best I can to visit these places and share what I do know with others. I write blogs that I hope leave a blueprint for future generations. Someday the settlements of the smokies will be buried beneath the dirt and leaf litter. The chimneys fall and graves stones crumble. One day they will be nothing more than a memory. A friend of mine told me about a couple graves he found on a ridge above an old home place. If not for the Boxwoods that had been planted behind the stones one would not even think them to be burials. The headstones are now enclosed by the boxwoods. The two footstones indicate that these were adults. It is off trail and a hard hike to find them. I am not even sure the Park service knows they are there. I only know because of the blood and sweat of a friend who found them and knew I would be interested. I just did the hike myself and can attest to the blood and sweat as you fight the rhododendron and feel the bite of the briers to reach this place. So why am I on here? Because I do not want those mountain people to be forgotten. Much is left to speculation about these places. Everything is subject to revision. So if I have made any errors on this site be rest assured none were made in malice. My only reason for creating a memorial is because of my belief that no one should be forgotten. My hope has always been that someone would request a transfer of management. I want and desire them to be managed by family members. My life situation today is one in which I do not really have time for upkeep so please feel free to request transfer.
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Dave Art, Whaley
Messages left for Mike Gourley (180)[Leave Message]
Payne Town Cemty
Thank You very much for your work. Without persons like you indeed the small, "out of the way" family cemeteries would be lost forever.
My husband is a descendent of Green B Payne and Abigail. I'm working on documenting all the family members in this cemetery and trying to "link" them on Find A Grave, to help others understand the family ties. We've not been able to travel there ourselves, yet because of persons like you we are able to "visit" and "pay our respects".
Thank You, Again, For All You Do !!
Added by Sherry on Jul 20, 2015 7:06 PM
Pam Warwick
Ownby cemetery
Thank you so much.
Added by Pam Warwick on Jul 17, 2015 8:08 PM
Pam Warwick
Ownby Cemetery
Can you tell me if you have to hike to this cemetery? I think my great, great grandfather may be buried here. Thank you.
Added by Pam Warwick on Jul 17, 2015 1:23 PM
RE: Requests
Not a problem, thank you.
Added by J.G.B. on Jun 17, 2015 5:48 PM
Caleb Teffeteller
Wondering if you would transfer #64015186 (John David Pace) at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blount Co. TN to me?
Added by Caleb Teffeteller on May 04, 2015 12:19 AM
Gay Hobt Morton
Civil War soldier
The Union County Cemetery Association would like permission to use your Find a Grave photo of the stone of George Cassady, a Civil War soldier buried in Union Co. We are trying to provide a link to the stones of CW soldiers on our website and to feature the photo and what we know about the soldier on our Facebook page. You would be given full credit. We hope you will help us in this way.
Added by Gay Hobt Morton on Apr 10, 2015 2:26 PM
Toni Marie
Thank you!
Thank you so much for adding my family's memorials to the site. Also, thank you for maintaining them for all of this time. I appreciate you transferring them my way as I start to create a digital family tree for my nephew. Thank you, again. Take care!
Added by Toni Marie on Mar 23, 2015 6:13 PM
Troy Lee Conner
Conner Family Cemetery # 1 and #2
Connor Family Cemetery
Swain County Are these listed in another way I can not find them on line?
Added by Troy Lee Conner on Jan 12, 2015 5:26 AM
Troy Lee Conner
Jacob Conner
Mike I am trying to find where
Woolworth hunting Lodge use to be and connor cove. Maybe you be able to help me. Trying to find where Jacob Connor is buried I do know he died in Jackson County County. I be glad to take any conner memorial you do not wont. I am always trying to link all of the conner and connor which is the same

Birth: 1776
Lincoln County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 7, 1862
Jackson County
North Carolina, USA [Edit Dates]

Jacob Conner is beleive to be buried in the same Home Cemetery as his son Rev William Henry Conner. His grave would be unmarked and still in question that he is buried here ?
Another source say he was born in 1783 and born in Rowan County

Another source states that Jacob was more than 80 years old and moved to Jackson County to a farm on highway # 10 (portion of which is now occupied by the new Woolworth hunting Lodge) which in the old days was known as Conner's Cove,after Massey Swearingen Conner died in Buncombe County.
Added by Troy Lee Conner on Jan 12, 2015 4:54 AM
Penny Alexander
Badgett family
I see you have taken pictures of the headstone of the Badgett family in Magnolia Cemetery. Would you mind if I use the photos on my family tree on They are ancestors of mine.

Penny Alexander
Added by Penny Alexander on Jan 08, 2015 4:33 PM
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