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Debra (#47324320)
 member for 3 years, 8 months, 25 days
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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)
85th ILL Infantry Co C (86)
85th ILL Infantry Co E (50)
85th ILL Infantry Co A (81)
85th ILL Infantry Co B (71)
85th ILL Infantry Co F (53)
85th ILL Infantry Co G (62)
85th ILL Infantry Co H (74)
85th ILL Infantry Co I (47)
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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
Elizabeth Van Horn Johnson
Thanks for your note. Fine with me and no need to transfer. Your work in findagrave is appreciated.
Added by SJP on Mar 30, 2014 7:10 PM
RE: Rebecca Palmer
Debra, Thanks So Very Much for the Lovely Note :) You are Always So Wonderful to Hear from ! I Always Appreciate You & when I am out searching, if I happen to come across one of Your '85th' - I will Definitely pass them along to You ! Hugs, Skeety
Added by Skeety on Mar 29, 2014 5:45 PM
Ruth Komanetsky Welch
Saint Frdericks transfers
Thanks for posting the memorials for the O'Keef(f)es, & McEnroes. They are my husbands g, gg, & ggg grandparents. Can you transfer to me so I can update with info? Thank you!
Ruth Komanetsky Welch
Added by Ruth Komanetsky Welch on Mar 29, 2014 10:01 AM
Thanks for transfer of memorial
Wow, Debra, thanks so much for transferring the memorial for Charles Newton Ruble to me so quickly! BTW, your work on Find A Grave is outstanding!

Have a blessed day!
Added by cowfordlady on Mar 24, 2014 3:26 PM
Memorial Transfer Requests
16 March 2014 Dear Debra, I am very impressed with your work here on Findagrave. Hopefully, I will someday be half as good as you. I respectfully request the transfers of #119030525 (Clara E. Crafton McCuaig) and #1190300148 (Irene Crafton). Both of these ladies are my Great-Aunts. Thank you. Barbara Kaiser
Added by Kaiser on Mar 16, 2014 4:28 PM
Walter Cleer
Raymond G. Cleer
Ms. Debra Thank you so much for posting the picture of my grandfather and also the clipping. This is one picture of him that young I have not seen. Also I have been looking for the info in the clipoing for several yrs.. Thanks again. Walter Cleer
Added by Walter Cleer on Mar 11, 2014 7:57 AM
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