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Laura J. Stewart (#47412616)
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Bio Photo "Remember me in my family tree; my name, my days, my strife; and I shall ride upon the wings of time, and live an endless life."

Gone But Not Forgotten....


ALSO WHEN YOU TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF A FIND A GRAVE MEMORIAL, PLEASE INCLUDE THE CONTRIBUTOR'S NAME! I have seen so many posted on with the contributor left off & "courtesy of findagrave". Remember findagrave did not do the research, the contributor did, please give them credit!!

From "How Green Was My Valley" by Richard Llewellyn:

" I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me those who are to come, I looked back and saw my father, and his father, and all our fathers, and in front to see my son, and his son, and the sons upon sons beyond. And their eyes were my eyes. As I felt, so they had felt, and were to feel, as then, so now, as tomorrow and forever. Then I was not afraid, for I was in a long line that had no beginning and no end, and the hand of his father grasped my father's hand and his hand was in mine, and my unborn son took my right hand, and all, up and down the line that stretched from Time That Was to Time That Is, and is Not Yet, raised their hands to show the link, and we found that we were one, born of Woman, Son of Man, made in the Image, fashioned in the Womb by the Will of God, the Eternal Father."

A little about me...
Glasgow High School graduate
Western Kentucky University:
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Masters - Folklore
I have always enjoyed oral history at an early age. Wish I had asked more questions now... In 1994 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer, went through surgery and chemo, I was given 3-6 years to live. So after I recovered from the treatments, in 1996 I decided to sell my home of 20 years and go on the road to research my family 1st-hand that were in my family files. I became a "fulltimeRVer" for six years; following the paths of my ancestors was a memorable experience and very humbling at times. I visited so many places I would never have visited otherwise... courthouses, libraries, cemeteries, meeting family and getting to actually stand on family land that my ancestors owned. Well, I am still here, I guess I still have ancestors to find and their stories to tell..... the oral history is out there, I just have to find the descendant that it was passed down to..

In addition to my family lines, I research Barren, Butler, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe and Warren Counties in KY.

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Pat Ellingson
Shank family
Hi Laura,

Are you related to the Shank family of Barren County? I just added information on the memorial you created for Catherine Cruson Best Shank, daughter of Elias Best and Nancy Archbold.

My email, if you are, is
Added by Pat Ellingson on Jan 25, 2015 8:38 PM
Donna Rich
Thank you for the transfers and all your research and hard work that helps us all!!
Added by Donna Rich on Jan 20, 2015 5:30 AM
Michael V Drachman
RE: The Sinking of the Leopoldville
My pleasure Laura,, the epitaph is now up on the page..

Added by Michael V Drachman on Jan 11, 2015 2:44 PM
Harold Steenbergen
RE: Joseph Higgins Steenbergen 1813-1901
My Father did not know the month his GGF Joseph died or that he left a will. Joseph's Father was Robert Pendleton Steenbergen and his Mother was a McGary. Robert was buried at the Old Concord Church in Barren County.
Joseph spent his life on the farm at Tracy near where his parents lived. My Father (Julian G. Steenbergen, 1915-) and I would like to solve this puzzle. My Father's Grand father was William McGary Steenbergen and he is buried at the Glasgow Cem. His farm was nearby.

I hope this helps. I am trying to find the Bill of Sale for Joseph's property and which son it went to, but I believe it was Marcus Steenbergen.
This would be the brother of William.
Added by Harold Steenbergen on Jan 06, 2015 7:09 PM
Harold Steenbergen
Joseph Higgins Steenbergen 1813-9001
I seen your contributions to the William McGary Steenbergen site. Thank you. He was my Great Grandfather. Is it possible to find the gravesite of his father and mother? Joseph Higgins Steenbergen (1813-1901) and Rachael Pinkley, (181-1880). It is believed he was buried on his farm at Tracy. It was noted in his sale of his property to his son.

If anyone might find it, please let me know.

Harold Steenbergen
Added by Harold Steenbergen on Jan 06, 2015 12:30 AM
RE: James Lee & Frankie Martin
You're welcome my friend. Glad to help.
Added by Cheryl on Jan 03, 2015 11:24 AM
Wishing You A...

Merry Christmas, Laura! I'm dreaming of Kentucky Snow:)

Added by dhb on Dec 24, 2014 1:24 PM
Cathy Sowders-Fern
# 113416841
Thank you so much!

Added by Cathy Sowders-Fern on Dec 18, 2014 11:35 AM
Steve Seim
Barren Co Farm Cemeteries
Do you have GPS coordinates for these cemeteries as well?
Added by Steve Seim on Dec 08, 2014 9:14 AM
Barbara Melson
The Speake Family
Hello Laura--
Are you in any way related to the Speake Family?
My ancestors were the Speake Family of Carlisle ,Indiana.

B. Melson
Added by Barbara Melson on Nov 19, 2014 1:37 PM
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