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history4sure (#46997739)
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Bio Photo I am willing to transfer any memorials which are not my ancestors or relatives and will try to help anyone with information or research. I think it is important to identify persons, when possible, so we can know who they are and who their families are, for historical and personal reasons.
2015 Update:
Sixty six years ago I started looking for lost graves as Grandma sent me, at age 8, to find "the indention by the pine tree, near great great grandpa's headstone" so she could place flowers where a baby was buried in 1869 with no "marker". From her, I learned to look for that tiny "frosted" spot when the night before had been chilly (the ground is still warmer at a burial site which has no vault, even after 100's of years!)
I first knew grief when Grandma died, 59 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty four years ago the death of my young first husband, at the hands of robbers, nearly caused the loss of my first unborn child. Years later, a miscarriage took another son and now, for the past 30 years, we have also grieved for our youngest son, lost to a freak accident. Brad
Writing personal histories has been a passion for nearly 40 years, since I found my relationship to Mormon Battalion soldiers and an early U.S. President.
Being an unpaid cemetery sexton for the past 24 years has required mapping and recording (handwritten) of over 3,000 birth & death locations and overseeing burials and settings of gravestones for some 750 persons. During this time, the birth and death records from 1854 at one cemetery and from 1869 to date, at another, were located and recorded; exact grave locations had never been written down for 155 years! I'm still hand drawing family lot maps for the latter cemetery for all owners.
For about 30 years, I have composed poetry and short stories about loved ones' passing, both for my own and others.
So, am I a "graver" ?, a "griever", a "genealogist", a "historian", a "sexton", a "poet" or just kind of "nutty"?? (We ALL could have, instead of this, been lounging on "sum beach sum where", ya know!)
Anyway, I feel sad when an unkind remark is posted, or it is stated that Find a Grave was designed for one purpose and that "newcomers", who want to use it for genealogy, or some other reason than it was originally intended, should go elsewhere. I hope it is intended to help us all find burial locations, which should include photos, dates, and family links, if possible for proper identification.
Short bios also help identify specific individuals and search data sources can help us verify the positive location. That is why I believe that a gravestone, with poor or misinterpreted information, should be supplemented with the best historical facts available, if possible. After all, it is Find a Grave, not "Find a Stone". Sometimes, nothing else is available, but that is a sad case; unknown, with unknown dates does not tell us much, especially when there is no stone or it is illegible.
I hope to help & will gladly transfer, edit, delete or correct anything I contribute; I'm slow, but I'm OLD, please have patience!


Suprise! Thanks so much to Renee for the Sponsorship of Our Sweet Rose...what an honor to be cared for by such a dedicated animal lover.

I am grateful AGAIN to Love Always, Renee for the sponsorship of my beloved Daddy - what a generous contributor she is...check out her loving memorials!


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Okie in Oregon
Louis Markes
Thank you for catching this mistake on my part. I check b/4 I enter but I must have forgotten. Thank you again.
Added by Okie in Oregon on Feb 27, 2015 1:38 AM
I just saw the edits you had entered. I went ahead and approved them but now I hope those and the changes that you sent directly merge ok. If there are corrections to make, let me know, I'll gladly make them. If this is your family and you would like to manage any of the memorials, please do let me know, I'll happily transfer over to you. Thanks Shirleen.
Added by Bluebanana on Feb 26, 2015 11:23 PM
RE: Edits
Great info, entered everything you sent . . .I believe. Double check and let me know if there are any corrections I should make! Thanks.
Added by Bluebanana on Feb 26, 2015 10:27 PM
Perri Suzan
RE: Gallagher
Where did you get your information?. I got the information from James Sr military records, over seas births complied by the army.
Added by Perri Suzan on Feb 26, 2015 9:27 PM
Perri Suzan
RE: John Gallagher
Hi, could you tell me about your Gallagher ancestors?. I haven't been able to find his siblings yet. That is assuming I have the right John Gallagher too!.
Susan Gallagher
Added by Perri Suzan on Feb 26, 2015 1:58 PM
Tommy & Marsha Gee
RE: missing Gee
Hi Shirleen,

Tommy's father was the youngest child of Minnie Kennedy Gee and Henry Clay Gee. When Minnie died in 1930, his father was sent to live with his elder sister Myrtle and her husband in El Paso. Henry Clay died of cancer in 1946, before Tommy was born, so Tommy never knew anything about his grandparents, not even their names. He does, however, have some memories of his Uncle Virgil and Aunts Sallie, Myrtle and Edna. The girls were very close and probably shared a great many stories about growing up in Jayton and their family roots, but Uncle Virgil and Dad didn't, so Tommy and I have spent the last five years researching and have discovered quite a bit.

One of the greatest gems we discovered was Sallie's birth certificate in Kent County...Sallie Arlanda Gee. We thought, "What an unusual middle name!" The next day at the Scurry County Courthouse we found the death certificate for Samuel Davis Gee, Henry Clay's older brother, naming his parents as Arlanda Taylor and Benjamin F. Gee. That helped us tremendously with our research, which, of course, I am happy to share with you. Perhaps we could exchange email addresses as this little message board doesn't lend itself to sharing large chunks of information.

Finally, I noticed that Daniel Lee Cartwright and other family members are buried at Restlawn Memorial, which is just across town from us. If the weather clears up, we'll get out there and take photos of the headstones.

Take care,
Added by Tommy & Marsha Gee on Feb 23, 2015 6:33 PM
Peggy Rose
RE: Hi

Are you the one who took care of the cemetery back in 1995? If so, I do remember you. That whole section is my family's section (as our relatives owned the land initially and donated it for the cemetery).

I now live in Willard (for the time being anyway - not sure where we are going to live). I would be happy to have you transfer it to me.


Added by Peggy Rose on Feb 23, 2015 3:21 PM
Sharon Wood VanFleet
RE: You're welcome
I so do appreciate your words of wisdom. Kate has boyfriend who is very good to her & grand daughter. Brian before he died told her to get on with her life & be happy. Shirleen , the friend's name is also named Bryon, which was hard for me @ first, now adjusted . I'm sory for both of your losses please send me your other sons memorial #. Remember you are not alone in your grief & our angels are together in Heaven & with us in spirit til we meet them again!
Regards Sharon ⚓️🇺🇸
Added by Sharon Wood VanFleet on Feb 21, 2015 10:46 AM
Sharon Wood VanFleet
Thanking You for posting on my son's memorial, The days go by & even though it's been almost 3 yrs , I can't help but think of what a great son he was & the love he had for his family & what he went through medically to have a little more time with his wife & little girl. This site has helped me pay it forward to veterans sites as well as those kind enough to post on Bri's site. God Bless You for all your workonthis site. The family genneology I have found through this site is amazing & has helped me with dealing with my grief.
Added by Sharon Wood VanFleet on Feb 20, 2015 7:09 PM
Blue-eyed girl
Ann B. Irion
Thank you for the information for Ann Irion. Can you please tell me where you got the information from? Thank you,

Added by Blue-eyed girl on Feb 17, 2015 10:55 AM
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