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Barbara Butcher (#46938122)
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Bio Photo I kept putting this short bio off, but after doing photo requests for people and "meeting them" through their bios, I decided it was time. I am a retired school teacher who loves doing genealogy work and exploring cemeteries. I love the concept of Find A Grave where people in different areas are so willing to help each other with photos. When my husband and I are fulfilling photo requests, we sometimes add more stones to a cemetery. I am always willing to "give these up" to family members who can add more information. Just ask.
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 • 1,120 Memorials Added
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Debbie B
RE: Fowlers in Avoca
Barbara, I can't thank you enough for the time and effort you've put into the Fowlers' memorials. That shaving cream is a neat trick!!! Great photos, and your fast turnaround is much appreciated. Thank you for making time to do all this. --Debbie
Added by Debbie B on Sep 14, 2014 11:38 AM
Debbie B
RE: Fowlers in Avoca
Barbara, I got started in this because a direct descendant contacted me, and she knows more than I. But yes to the Mary Seymour connection--their marriage seem to have broken up within months, but there was a child, Elizabeth. Mary remarried, to William Moore, buried in Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois. Strangely, she's not buried with him. It must have been complicated. :)
Added by Debbie B on Sep 14, 2014 8:46 AM
Debbie B
RE: Fowlers in Avoca
I suspect it is. Did you happen to find cemetery info for Frank or Sophronia? I see that Juno and George have Find A Grave memorials. I'm only related distantly by marriage, but I like these 'tough nuts' and the challenge of getting them a place on Find A Grave, all linked up to family members. :)
Added by Debbie B on Sep 14, 2014 8:28 AM
Debbie B
RE: Fowlers in Avoca
Grateful for your help and sleuthing. Yes, the Illinois fellow is the one we're looking for. It seems that his family decamped for the Dakotas, but it wasn't clear whether it was before or after he died. From what you've found (or rather, not found), he made the trip with the rest. Wishing you success today!
Added by Debbie B on Sep 14, 2014 8:01 AM
Debbie B
RE: Fowlers in Avoca
P. S. Thanks for the dates for the Fowlers, and I don't know about that Manilla Fowler you found--intriguing!
Added by Debbie B on Sep 13, 2014 10:29 PM
Debbie B
RE: Fowlers in Avoca
Barbara, thanks so much! I'll make memorials and put in photo requests now.
Added by Debbie B on Sep 13, 2014 10:17 PM
Debbie B
Fowlers in Avoca
Hi Barbara,
I'm seeking help in finding the burials of members of the Fowler family of Avoca, Iowa, and see that you documented one of them, Margaret Fowler Cool, in Graceland cemetery. Can you give any guidance in finding the final resting places of her parents and (possibly) brother? The people being sought are: Marilla French Fowler (1811-1889 Avoca); Dr. Thomas E. Fowler (1807-1873 Avoca); and Frank Fowler (b. abt. 1850--date and place of death not known).
Any help, hints or clues will be much appreciated. Thanks for all you do for Find A Grave!
Added by Debbie B on Sep 13, 2014 8:52 PM
Jay Wright
Thanks re photos
Hi Barbara. Too often we Find A Grave contributors just have to wonder if the work we're doing is really helping anybody, so I wanted to take time to say how grateful I am for the tombstone photos you added to memorial 41831777 for Joshua Haines. I'm not related to Joshua, but I realized that there were _two_ men named Joshua Haines, both born in Ohio, both born 1842-43, both moved west, both had daughters named Gertie. Separating the one who was a son of Mahlon Haines from the one who was a son of Job Haines proved a challenge. I was thrilled to see your photos with the remarkable "son of Mahlon" tombstone inscription leaving no doubt which Joshua it was for! Having spent about $300 worth of my time doing the Internet sleuthing, I had no problem spending $5 for the "sponsorship" to add extra images of supporting documentation to the memorial. I uploaded them so they would be (at least for the moment) in chronological order starting with the one showing him as age 7 in the 1850 census (to support the SAC I sent this morning to Marty and Harley asking that they change Joshua's date of birth from 1850 back to 1842). I hope they'll move one of your tombstone photos back to the top of the memorial. Also, I sent them a SAC requesting links to Joshua's parents. Together, I think you and I have made this a much more fitting memorial to a Civil War soldier -- just the kind of teamwork that is my favorite part of Find A Grave. Thanks again!
Added by Jay Wright on Sep 13, 2014 1:54 PM
Linda Linn
RE: Joseph Burgett
He could have been in both wars, but I did not find a Joseph Burgett the right age in CW records and the WPA mentions only the Mexican War. I looked for more of an obit, but only found the little one.
Added by Linda Linn on Sep 12, 2014 1:34 PM
Joe Covey
RE: Icarian Cemetery in Adams County Iowa
I do not have any position w/ the Icarian Community &/or Cemetery. My wife and I were simply driving along hwy #2 (?) from the Amtrak station in Osceola and were attracted by the sign for the site.
Unfortunately, I am not finding my photo file from that visit, so can only quote from memory. There are a number of individual headstones, but they are literally all in French, a language 'foreign' to me, esp. as written. The inscriptions are quite simple and convey basic information, insofar as I can tell. The commemorative stone is in English, and I think, more comprehensive/complete than the individual headstones. I do not recall any markers indicating military service for any nation. I thought at the time, that as an experimental agrarian settlement, military service might have been 'frowned upon' by those most respected in the community.
The settlement was (Jan, 2012) and I hope, still is a very pretty site, nearly a quarter mile from the highway, and in its isolation you can easily envision what it may have been like 150 years ago.
Added by Joe Covey on Aug 22, 2014 7:56 AM
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