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Stacey Shaw (#47914361)
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Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. My transfer policy is very liberal and I transfer outside of the 4 generation guideline.

PHOTO REQUESTORS: I enjoy helping families by completing photo requests. Help me to help you. Please take the time to contact the cemetery to get the detailed burial info (Section, Block, Lot, or however it's marked) prior to submitting your request. Whether or not they have a headstone is also extremely helpful.

I love this site but this is one point I find very frustrating. The last few years I've been spending most of my time in Oakridge-Glen Oak cemetery in Hillside, IL. It currently has well over 50,000 burials and 300+ photo requests that contain no plot info for the photo volunteer. How do you expect someone to find and get a pic of your loved one when they don't know where to start looking?

NOTE: Please don't assume that all cemeteries have a public database to look up the info. There are a lot that don't yet. Oakridge doesn't have one and the office staff is not helpful to photo volunteers.


The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons, Dishman and Baird.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.

My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. In March 1852, my Grandmother died. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.

After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams (last name provided by someone else's tree on whose background is a complete mystery. Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with James but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.

I'm also pretty sure that my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From census records, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. Again, my assumption is that he was married to James mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.

My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with James which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.

My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker who furnished the bricks that were used in the construction of the Forts of Quebec. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. James rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby.

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Diana Ness
RE: Buttenbender's in Oakridge Glen Oak cemetery
Thank you so much for the transfers! It is much appreciated. Thanks again for creating memorials for both Charles and Floy.
Added by Diana Ness on Nov 23, 2015 5:51 PM
Peter Hodgson
George & Elsa Paxton - Cook County, IL
A message of thanks for photographing my Great Uncle and Great Aunt's grave at Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois.

George was from Richmond, Yorkshire, England where his family still reside (as do I). He was one of 11 children and the only one to emigrate to USA (in 1908). He met Elsa Engebretson in Chicago and married her in 1911. They had a daughter - Audrey and she married Gordon Hoff. I believe they also had children called Pam and Bill.

If any of my distant US relatives see this.
Please leave a message.

Peter Hodgson, 2015
Added by Peter Hodgson on Nov 20, 2015 9:55 AM
Kevin Baase
Thanks for your note on the photo request for Lawrence Melin (152990674) and wife Gladys. I went there myself and saw the difficulty of getting a good photo because of the bushes and shadow. If you are able to get anything halfway decent, just do the best you can. Thanks!
Added by Kevin Baase on Nov 19, 2015 2:19 PM
Jennifer Schlauder Lin
RE: Lilyan Everett Pic Request
Hi Stacey,

I am sorry but I don't know.

Added by Jennifer Schlauder Lin on Nov 17, 2015 10:34 AM
Christina Dunigan
Ida Viero
Thanks. I'll have to do some more research. The news articles I've found say she was 28 when she died, but sometimes people make a mistake and other people reprint the mistake. If she was 23, not 28, then the 1883 death might be correct.
Added by Christina Dunigan on Nov 13, 2015 8:15 PM
Patty Cook
Hugo George Engmark
Hello Stacey,
thank you for putting Hugo's tombstone on
He is a half brother of my gr-grandfather, Algott H. Engmark. Hugo was born in Moline, Illinois and not in Maine. I have his death certificate posted on my tree at Ancestry and it clearly says he was born in Moline, Illinois. The Engmark family came from Sweden and they went to Illinois.
Thank you very much!
Patty Cook
Added by Patty Cook on Nov 13, 2015 11:39 AM
RE: Thank you very much!!!
You are so correct. I had to check family history. James Montgomery and Richard Montgomery are missing links to our family history. Thank you so much!!! Words cannot express our gratitude fully.
Added by ALABAMAHUNLEY1928 on Nov 12, 2015 7:01 AM
Rickey "Rick" Boult
Thank you so very much for the transfers.

Rick B.
Added by Rickey "Rick" Boult on Nov 12, 2015 6:36 AM
Thank you very much!!!
Thank you so much for taking the photo of Adelle Montgomery's grave. It is appreciated.
Added by ALABAMAHUNLEY1928 on Nov 10, 2015 2:34 PM
Paul Wright
Dunn headstones
Thanks for posting pic of Martha Dunn headstone.
Added by Paul Wright on Nov 09, 2015 2:18 PM
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