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Thomas Higgerson (#46778801)
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Bio Photo Find A Grave is a great way to build a family tree as well as find and share information. My brother, Steve Higgerson, has done a great deal of research into the family history, and his findings are the basis of what I have posted here. Over the past 25 years I have taken many pictures of old gravestones, some of which no longer exist, and it is these pictures that I am anxious to share, as well as the information. My intent is to post information at this site that is free from errors. All too often I see dates and facts about family history that are inaccurate, and I want to correct that as best I can. I hold myself to the same standard, so if anything that I have posted at this site is incorrect, you would be doing me a great favor in pointing it out to me. All information I post is the most accurate information that I have at my disposal. Thanks for reading, and be in touch.
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Jan Andreas Knudsen
RE: Waerner info at
Hello again, Thomas!

I hope your genealogy research is proving fruitful. I see that Henrietta Waerner's page has been expanded, is this your effort?

I recently discovered Henrietta's death certificate, don't know if you've seen this:

Best regards,
Added by Jan Andreas Knudsen on Jan 23, 2015 3:24 PM
RE: Thank you
Her husband and daughter are right next to her. I took photos of their headstones and made findagrave memorials for them. Would you like me to transfer control of their memorials to you?
Added by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2015 1:23 PM
RE: Ernest McFarland
I posted the pic on Cora's memorial page.
Added by SusanQ on Dec 05, 2014 7:52 AM
Mike Kimmel
RE: Johnson
Thomas, my wife and I were very happy to make the pictures of the Johnsons. Pictures absolutely make a difference! Have a great day!
Added by Mike Kimmel on Dec 04, 2014 8:29 AM
John Ferguson, Revolutionary Soldier
Your record #48416148
With no location cemetery given, is a duplicate of record
#11925994 which is an earlier record, but it doesn't have all the excellent information yours provides. It would be beneficial if these two records were combined, for the many generations of this gentlemen.

Thanks for your consideration.
Jay Coleman 4th ggrandson of John Ferguson
Marlene Coleman
Added by LibraryLady on Nov 28, 2014 7:56 AM
RE: Thank you
You are very welcome! Glad to help :)
Added by MarileeRD on Nov 02, 2014 8:38 AM
Sheryl Finch
Photo Request
I am referring to your request for a photo of Leslie Upchurch's headstone in the Lucerne Valley Memorial Park. I worked with several others to add pics to findagrave for this Cemetery and I continue to update as new headstones are put in. We indicated on Leslie Upchurch's information that there is no headstone on this grave.

If you think this is incorrect, I will be glad to double check the grave again.

Sheryl Finch
Added by Sheryl Finch on Oct 11, 2014 4:02 PM
Gina Erdman
RE: Marjorie Doyle
You're welcome!
Added by Gina Erdman on Oct 01, 2014 4:44 PM
Donna Gustinis
RE: Barnabus McFarland
Good Morning Tom,

Thank you for your prompt response regarding Barney McFarland.

I am unable to do any editing at this time regarding Barney because there is an edit pending for you in Find A Grave.

As far as our relationship to Barney McFarland, where do I start?

My sister and I have been researching our family genealogy for at least 25 years. We both live in Michigan, although our roots begin in West End, Illinois. Almost every person buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery is somehow related to us. Every summer we travel to southern Illinois to do more research and to connect with our "roots".

We had a 1st cousin 1x removed by the name of Elsie Raley (6-24-1904 - 9-29-2005). She lived across the road from Pleasant Valley almost her whole life. Elsie was a warm, quiet, religious person.

Elsie was the daughter of Effie Anderson. Effie's father was Albert Alves Anderson (11-29-1847 - 7-16-1928), who was my great grandfather. Albert Alves was the son of William Green Anderson, and he was my 2nd great grandfather. William Green Anderson had a daughter by the name of Mary "Polly" Anderson 8-6-1857 - 12-1-1954. She is also buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Please bear with me regarding this information.

On one of our trips to Illinois, we picked up Elsie and took her to Pleasant Valley Cemetery. After returning to her home we began discussing our family. Elsie told us about Mary "Polly" Anderson, whom she had known for years before Polly died. The story was so "scandalous" at the time, that Elsie was actually whispering to us over 100 years later. Elsie said Mary "Polly" Anderson had a daughter whom Polly named Viola Olive "Ollie" Anderson (1880 - 8-14-1961). William Green Anderson, Polly's father said she could not marry the father of her child, who was Barney McFarland. Being the obedient daughter, she did not marry him. In fact, even though she lived to be over 100 years old, she never married, remaining single for the rest of her life.

My preference would have been to send this information to you on your personal email.

I hope I haven't lost you in my ramblings. If you have any questions, please contact me.


Added by Donna Gustinis on Jul 26, 2014 7:29 AM
Donna Gustinis
Barnabus "Barney'" McFarland in Little Springs Cemetery, Hamilton County, Illinois
Hi Tom,

I saw your memorial for Barney McFarland and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth Johnson in Little Springs Cemetery, Hamilton County, Illinois. Barney and Elizabeth are actually buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Saline County, Illinois. Barney McFarland is in our family tree along with his wife. They are found in Cemeteries, Volume 4, Saline County, Illinois, published by the Saline County Genealogical Society, 1993. In addition my sister and I went to Pleasant Valley Cemetery this summer and saw their tombstone. Their tombstone is located between their son Thomas McFarland and my great grandfather Albert Anderson.

I was the person who entered Barney and Elizabeth McFarland in Pleasant Valley Cemetery on 8-1-2010. They have 3 sons, Delmer, Egbert, Thomas McFarland and several grandchildren who are also buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Thank you for the information on the other McFarland memorials you added to Little Springs Cemetery.

Are you related to the McFarland's? Please contact me with an email.

Added by Donna Gustinis on Jul 24, 2014 5:39 PM
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