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Donna (VanArsdall) Hoffman (#47278693)
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Bio Photo I was introduced to Find a Grave about 2000 by a cousin. Together we tried to add as many members of our family as we possibly could. It wasn't long before my cousin became the subject of his own memorial page. Eventually, I realized that there was more I could do than just search for my own family. So, I began trying to add photos whenever I could. Recently I became involved in a cemetery project in my area. A friend and I began searching through the hills, bushes and briers for long abandoned cemeteries, adding what we find to Find a Grave.
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Marjorie Trolinger Baskins
Curtis grave stone
Thank you for posting the pix. I appreciate the help. I noticed in the bottom one it is laying face down. Was it fixed before the other pix, or is it lying face down now, or do you know?
Added by Marjorie Trolinger Baskin... on Nov 23, 2015 1:05 PM
Robert Stites
RE: Mary Ellen (Morris) Switzer
It's on the caption I included with the photo:

Mary Ellen Morris Switzer with her two eldest children: Martin Luther Switzer (1879-1923) and Josephine Beatrice Switzer (1877-1912).
Added by Robert Stites on Nov 15, 2015 4:17 PM
Robert Stites
RE: Mary Ellen (Morris) Switzer
Hi Donna,

Mary Ellen (Morris) Switzer is my great-great-grandmother. She and Benjamin Switzer's eldest child, Josephine Beatrice Switzer, is my great-grandmother.

The photo was in a box of New genealogy (Josephine married John New) that my mother (Helen Klipsch Stites) had before her passing. I have the original hard, cardboard-like photograph. On the back it says:

The Blue Grass Photograph and Copying Co.
Main Street
Georgetown, KY
E. H. Boden, Manager

My mother had written the names on the back as well. She also included where Josephine married John New and Luther married Mattie Mitchell.

Hope that helps answer your question. :-)

Bob Stites
Added by Robert Stites on Nov 15, 2015 12:49 PM
Gone Gravin ★
RE: 'Jake' Nooe
No. I just stumbled across it. Thanks for following up on it!
Added by Gone Gravin ★ on Nov 14, 2015 7:53 PM
Gone Gravin ★
RE: 'Jake' Nooe
Hi Donna. Yes I think it says "Our Darling' on top. I believe the rest says:

Jake Bishop
Beloved Son Of
JB & Bell Nooe
July 30, 1866
Mar 22 1886
Added by Gone Gravin ★ on Nov 14, 2015 7:45 PM
Mindy Maines Kannianen
Uwriah Ravenscraft
Hi, Donna. I haven't been able to get back down to Rocky Springs Cemetery to look for this headstone that you photographed. Would you mind if I use the one you posted on F.A.G. on my Ancestry page? I will give you credit for the photo. I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
Added by Mindy Maines Kannianen on Oct 08, 2015 7:15 PM
Diane L. Webb
RE: David F. Mefford
I found a biography on his son Dr. Walter T. Mefford that gave a lot of information.
Diane Webb
Added by Diane L. Webb on Oct 03, 2015 12:55 AM
Diane L. Webb
David F. Mefford
Thank you, Donna for the transfer. I just found
Dr. Walter T. Mefford biography in "Kansas City and Jackson County, Missouri Biographical Record, 1896
s/o David F. Mefford and "Pasty" Martha Samuels.
Diane Webb
Added by Diane L. Webb on Oct 02, 2015 10:24 AM
Kathy Thompson
Cades Cove
I asked Findagrave to remove the photo years ago and they didn't. You are not the first to tell me this. Maybe you can ask them also. I do appreciate you noticing and I wish it were gone from there.Thanks
Added by Kathy Thompson on Sep 11, 2015 1:46 PM
Elaine McNally
Owen and Scott County cemeteries
Hi. I haven't been doing genealogy research for very long, but I am finding myself hooked now that I've started! I don't live in Kentucky, but I noticed that you have provided photos from Owen and Scott County cemeteries, so I thought that you might be close to that area. I would like to know if all of the headstones in certain cemeteries have been recorded. Specifically, I am wondering about Caney Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Long Lick Baptist Church Cemetery, and Southworth Family Cemetery. Also, just in general, in that area, have people found everything that there is to be found yet? Are there still little family cemeteries that are on private property that haven't been recorded in Find A Grave? I am wondering because I am missing death information for quite a few people in my family tree. I can't find death records or burial plots or Find A Grave entries or obituaries or anything! I even bought the book "Gone, Forgotten, Now Remembered: Scott County Cemeteries," but I have had no luck on a few people. It's frustrating. I'd love to hear any information or feedback that you have on this area. Also, I'll throw out a name, just in case you ever see it on a headstone...Carrie Belle Leach Hile(s) is someone that I am looking for. She was born in 1879 and died some time between 1904 and 1909. I have her on the 1900 census, as a young married woman. She was married to Lawrence Hile - - he was from Long Lick. She probably was too. I have a little photo of them when they were married in about 1899 - it was taken in Omega, which was somewhere between Owenton Rd and Sutterville Rd. It had a post office at the time they had the photo taken. I think that Omega is probably on someone's farm or just a little shack along a dirt road now... It's sad to me that I can't find Carrie Belle anywhere and I don't even have a death record on her. Lawrence and her children ended up in Whittier, Ca (along with my great grandmother, who was related to Lawrence). But I don't think that Carrie Belle died in Ca. I think she died in Kentucky.

Anyway, thanks for reading this message, even if you can't help me! I might need to make a trip out there myself some day.

Elaine McNally
Added by Elaine McNally on Sep 07, 2015 1:51 PM
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