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Beth in Colorado (#47321605)
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I cannot believe I have to say this, but....
People, I have a life. It is not always pleasant. Life is sometimes just that way. Someone has recently castigated me because I didn't change their family information on their family's memorials within a week. Within that particular week, I did an emergency run to Oklahoma due to a family death (14 hour drive one way). I came roaring back to Colorado to emergencies at work. I don't own a laptop, so I could make no changes while gone. My husband would like my attention periodically, as does the garden, etc. Please, PLEASE respect that we are all volunteers, unpaid folks who do this for the joy and love of family, cemeteries, or a boatload of other reasons. Give me A MONTH to make changes. I know that seems like for forever on your part, but on my part, at times, that's 32 seconds. Blessings, Beth

You have my permission to use my photos of Headstones in your own genealogy. It would be nice if you'd give me a little credit, but, let's get real, how am I to know? "Photo of headstone courtesy of Findagrave Contributor Beth in Colorado (#47321605)" works for me!

I love looking for family, no matter how far removed. It's just flat fun! My main interest, however, are Geer's, Hodge's, Hampton's, Cargo's, Walker's, Simmons', Sala's, Snyder's, and any attachments of said families.

While researching my family on, the never ending story, right?, I found the Chicago Tribune's Obituary section. I've taken to putting entries from there on to Findagrave. Can I say I love the names in Chicago? I also noted burials from church records in Philadelphia that are also on I'm going to go back and start in-putting those records on Findagrave, too.

I became a little hooked on taking pictures out in Union Highland Cemetery in Florence, Colorado back in 2011. I do so love UHC. One day I'll have photos of every Headstone out there up on Findagrave, and will have connected my peeps buried out there to each other. It was the Little Ones who got me hooked. "Where's your Momma, Baby? Where's your Papa?" Drove me nuts, so I started trying to find Momma's and Daddy's. I'm now a lost cause.

All of this with a full-time job that I'm on-call for 24/7, bowling on Thursdays (which I really suck at, but somebody's got to be the Team Handicap), gardening (both flowers & veggies), and riding bikes with my husband, John, in the mountains on my beloved Harley, Pookah.

Enjoy! And I hope I've helped you in your own searching.


So, this is how I get started on tracking and linking the Folks in Union Highland Cemetery.

1. I notice the Vahldick's and Cowperthwaite's are buried in the same Lot. Gee, why is that?

2. There's only one other Vahldick in the Cemetery, Miss Sadie, and, why lookie there!, her grave is right next to Edward & Mary Ann Cowperthwaite waaaay on the other side of the cemetery. Two separate Vahldick's by two separate Cowperthwaite's. Bet that means something.

3. Harold's father was born in Illinois; his mother was born in England. Sadie Vahldick was born in England IF she is a Cowperthwaite.

3. In the 1910, 1920 & 1930 census', Mr. Harold Vahldick is living with Mr. David R. Davis. Harold is David's nephew. Oh, gee! Mr. David R. Davis's Lot is right behind Mr. Harold R. Vahldick's plot. Nephew, huh? That means Mr. David R. Davis is married to Harold's mother's sister.

4. Mr. David R. Davis is married to Miss Joan. I'll bet Miss Joan is a Cowperthwaite, etc. etc.

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Messages left for Beth in Colorad... (488)[Leave Message]
RE: Edna CHARLOTTE Smith Furnas
Thanks for the info on middle name, Charlotte. I didn't have her middle name. I really think it is so neat to be able to connect these families together in virtual cemeteries, parents to child, sibling to sibling and spouse with spouse. Also, thank you for the well wishes!
Added by iamCorey on Jun 19, 2016 6:15 PM
Cris Brown
Re: Benjamin McCormick updates
Thank you for all your efforts!! Much appreciated. Cris Brown
Added by Cris Brown on Jun 19, 2016 4:21 PM
Wow!!! Thank you! :D
I just want to let you know how much I appreciated the time you took to do the obit. lookup! That was so awesome of you! lol Thank you! I really enjoyed it. It was very detailed. Sometimes when I do the obit lookups, the notices can be a short two or three sentences with nothing in particular (information wise) or sometimes you hit the jackpot with a really nice biographical write-up. You never know what you'll find, or if the individual even had an obituary. The information contained in both John's and his wife, Elizabeth's were such nice memorials to them. I think it ties together a lot of lose ends and completes this family. I will work on adding this to his memorial and maybe putting some hyperlinks on the text too. In any event, I wanted to send my thanks for all your efforts. I appreciate it very much and I'm sure that other researchers in future will appreciate it too. You're awesome! lol Best wishes to you in your research and continued transcription projects as well. A million thanks!
Added by iamCorey on Jun 18, 2016 5:25 PM
Carolyn Brinlee
Yes that date will work for me... Thanks Lots for all you do.
Added by Patricia on Jun 18, 2016 7:00 AM
RE: John William Smith

Thanks much. I'd love an obit on John W. 'as time permits'. You asked about Utterback. I only just learned that Mary Elizabeth, her maiden name was Agar. I found it in the 1886 marriage record mentioned in her obit. and the date in obit matches the date of marriage, plus it had C.G. Smith initialed, so I know it's correct. Anyways, I do not know the Agar line that Mary E (Agar) Smith is descended from. However... husband, John W. Smith, he had a paternal gr-aunt who's married name was Utterback. Go to John W.'s grandfather's memorial at memorial # 74943738. That is Joseph D. Smith. See child, Olive S. (Smith) Utterback. Now.. if you are researching Utterback, the one you need to contact is David Hefling. He is the memorial manager for Joseph D. He will definitely know the Utterbacks of Tuscarawas/Harrison Co's., in Ohio and elsewhere. Best wishes, thanks again!
Added by iamCorey on Jun 12, 2016 6:29 PM
RE: John William Smith
Thank you. Yes I am interested. I listed my contributor/member number in the 'suggested other info,' if by chance you might consider transferring them as a couple? I have additional info for both. thanks. It was a wonderful find, been searching for years.
Added by iamCorey on Jun 12, 2016 4:55 PM
Richard Weide
RE: Germany
Glad you enjoyed Germany. We enjoyed it for 20 years ! Fuerth had an American military PX there, which we visited frequently -- they stocked just about everything, which the smaller Px's did not.
Added by Richard Weide on May 31, 2016 10:59 PM
Mike Casey
Resurrection: POTTER
Thanks for your time and diligence toward improving Evon's memorial by linking her parents. It is much appreciated, as are all your efforts.
Added by Mike Casey on May 24, 2016 9:05 PM
Michael Stock
Looking for John & Mary Blankenships
Hi Beth,
My name is Michael Stock; Zora Mae Blankenship was my Dadís (Leland Stock) mother. Sorry if Iíve totally confused you it was just an attempt to identify myself.

In June I hope to be (as itís said) walking in the footsteps of my ancestors. Iíll be in the Florence area and later on to Dade County Missouri to visit the area my Grandmother, Zora Mae, was born.

I especially want to find John and Mary Blankenshipís grave site. I need to pay my respects and thank them for raising my Dad; they probably didnít realize or know just what a fantastic job they did.

If I may ask; do you have the Union Highland Cemeteryís phone number? I would like to speak with someone in charge of the cemetery so, I can find out the hours it is open to the public. I will be in the area on Saturday and Sunday June 4th & 5th and donít know if the gate(s) are locked on the weekends.

Another question, is there any way of determining where Section 5, Lot 59 is located? I ask because I too do volunteer work for Find-a-Grave and I know how difficult it can be in locating grave sites.

Hope to hear from you,
Thank you,
Michael Stock
San Jose, CA
408.723.8961 residence
408.316.4939 cell
Added by Michael Stock on May 24, 2016 12:55 PM
Ginna Sanders
Edward Nathaniel Garberich
He is buried in the same section as his mother Julia L Moore. I plan to purchase headstones for his mother, step-father and uncle. I need to know if he has one or not, to purchase one for him as well. He does have a brother in the same cemetery who does have a headstone. Thank You. I appreciate all the work you've done. I also would like to somehow get a copy of the plat plan for Lakeside Cemetery. If there is one could you please email me a copy at
Added by Ginna Sanders on May 11, 2016 2:06 PM
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