I have been doing genealogy since 1979. I co-authored the Morgan County Cemetery books in the 1980's. I have published a book on my Compton family and my Lynn family. Also several publications for the Morgan County Genealogical Society.
I have been married for 58 years. We have two children and five grandchildren living and one that died at age two years and five great-grandchildren.
I enjoy scrapbooking, cemeteries, photography and antique shopping.
If I have entered incorrect information or you have something to add to a memorial, please let me know via the SAC on the memorial. I will be glad to transfer memorials to a member according to FindAGrave guidelines. Send your requests via the SAC on the memorial you want transferred; otherwise I will not transfer.
I love FindAGrave. It is a great way to honor those that are no longer with us and preserve history for future generations.
Please visit baby Zack's memorial and leave him a flower. I miss him so much.
William J Sparkman #45479386 I have been researching a branch of the Slife family here in Ohio who married into the Sparkman family of Alabama. My specific research question is with regard to WILLIAM LEWIS SPARKMAN and his wife NAOMI SLIFE SPARKMAN. The obituary that was posted on Find A Grave gives their names as WILLIAM J SPARKMAN AND SIOME SLIFE.
In spite of the misspelled names, I am fairly confident that this is the couple I am researching because of the 4 orphaned children mentioned in the obituary who were farmed out to family in OH and in AL. I have found census records for them in 1900 and 1910 living in OH, IN & AL. They were apparently moved around.
My question is this. Did you find any record for Naomi Slife Sparkman's death? Do you know if she died in Dectur, AL? Was there any other information about the family that you found? I checked with the Decatur City Cemetery, and they said they have no record of her burial there. I am guessing that she died within a year or two of her husband William L Sparkman. Hard to imagine she wasn't buried with him.
Any guidance you can give me would be very much appreciated. Thank you for you help, and all the work you obviously have put into the Find A Grave project. Mike
RE: Philpott Cemetery Have you ever been to Philpott Cemetery in Morgan County. I saw GPS coordinates on Find A Grave but I could not see it mentioned in Morgan County, Alabama Cemeteries Vol 1. Says its off Bluff City Road on Find A Grave but I do not know whose land etc.
RE: Jane Dinsmore Find A Grave Memorial# 32897124 Than you so much! The obituary is from a book, the Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons, etc. But I think the guy only did it for a couple of years. It's on Google Books and I just stumbled upon it. I don't have the Southern Advocate obit, but I'd like it. Send me your relative's information and I'll go to the Bham Public Library - they have some issues on microfiche. If you want to email me with the information at work: firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe I can get a clean up project going at the cemetery if I can locate the owner. Thanks again!
Jane Dinsmore Find A Grave Memorial# 32897124 Hi Again! Here's another Morgan County ancestor of mine and a request to please transfer Jane/Jean Dinsmore unless you are kin. This obituary does state that she is buried by her husband James, so you were spot on! I have one other question for you - do you know who owns Providence Cemetery? I'm in the Birmingham Territory Chapter of the DAR and am interested in getting James and Jane Dinsmore's daughter's grave marked. Her name is Margaret Patterson, wife of Malcomb Patterson (where the heck is he? Capt. Andy and Col. Joe should have marked his grave better). It looks like she was one of the first burials there. Anyhow, part of the process is you have to contact the cemetery owner and I wondered if you knew who the owners were. Thanks so much!! Fran Quarles
Thank You! Cap'n Andy is a legend in my family! Thank you for transferring him. I look forward to going to the old home place soon and viewing his grave. Apparently he was quite a raconteur (along with his brother Col. Joe) and I'm sure he reminisced about the War with many. Our family notes say Cap'n Andy called himself "an un-Reconstructed Rebel." There are several other family members of mine in Morgan County that I'll be sending you transfer requests for in the future. Thank you again!! Fran Quarles
Captain Andy Patterson 33457505 Hi again - I would like to take you up on your offer to transfer Captain Andy #33457505 to me. He is my 2x great grandfather. I'd also like his 2nd wife Sarah Louise #33457647 and their two infant daughters Priscilla Patterson 33457687 and Margaret Jane Patterson 33457714. Thank you! Fran Quarles