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Zella (#46524425)
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Bio Photo I stumbled across this site over ten years ago, made a few entries, and wandered off. I returned after three years and realized it was a wonderful opportunity to do something meaningful, for both the dead and the living.

I am currently working on recording cemeteries in my home area, as well as those in Blair Co, Pa., my area of interest. My particular passion is recording stones that are 'trying hard to soon become unreadable'.

I am always thrilled when I can take an almost unreadable or broken tombstone, and, with a little research, successfully identify the person. Some have taken me years, but the harder the chase, the more satisfying the victory, especially knowing that someone out there may be searching for that elusive ancestor or relative...

I try to put as much application into stranger's graves as I would those of my own family, as I consider this a labor of love.

If anyone is helped by my efforts and wants to say thank-you, considering leaving a flower for my sponsored memorials. All tokens are appreciated.

I am a "no-dispositions-unknown" contributor.


Please note - I try to act on SACs within 72 hours. If I do not respond within a week, feel free to resend; I may have missed it. I will not make links, however, to burial unknowns.

In the past I have been very liberal with transfers, including many out-of-guidelines transfers. I loved turning memorials over to family.

Sadly however, having been 'burned' a number of times recently, I am rethinking that policy. Most of the memorials I have happily transferred over have had not one iota of additional information added by the transferee, aside from links, often times to 'burial unknowns.' When things ARE added, they are frequently cut and paste entries from Ancestry or FamilySearch indices, making the memorial unattractive and about about as personable as a baseball score card. Often too, the transferees get bored and wander away from the site, abandoning their memorials and when I find new info to add they never reply.

If you request an out-of-guidelines transfer, I will review your current memorials to see if you are good stewards of them, and base my decision on that. I am very happy to add additional information to 'flesh-out' existing memorials, and if you work with me on that I may later reconsider a transfer that I did not initially grant.
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Barbara B
RE: Susan Mitchell
You're very welcome for the photo...glad that I could help! Barbara
Added by Barbara B on May 27, 2015 7:52 PM
Malinda Jolley
Hi Zella
I saw that you are the one who submitted a photo of the headstone for Malinda Jolley. I currently live in AZ but am from PA. Malinda was my great, great great grandmother.
I was wondering if you have any other information on Malinda? My sister visited the Geeseytown Cemetery over the weekend and could not find the headstone. Do you know if it is located in the upper portion of the cemetery or the lower portion below the main road?
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Also any information on her father, John S Larison, who is also buried in the Geeseytown Cemetery.
Thank you

Added by Paulette on May 26, 2015 2:00 PM
Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Norris Eugene Smith
Thanks for recent edit & your beautiful photo on my cousin's memorial. I appreciate your time in visiting and photographing his gravesite. Richard
Added by Mayflower Pilgrim 332 on May 22, 2015 7:04 PM
Pamela Parks Costa
thanks for all the updates Zella

Added by Pamela Parks Costa on May 19, 2015 4:27 PM
Tim Edmunds
William John Edmunds
I Zella,

My g uncle William John Edmunds mother was Mary Ann Edmunds and not Anna.

In Welsh if her name was Anne, I am not sure whether it would be pronounced Anna or not.

However, my grandfather said her name was Mary Ann.


Added by Tim Edmunds on May 18, 2015 1:49 PM
RE: Pliny Wilcox
After a bit of digging, it looks like Marie or Mary Wilcox who married an unknown Hall, perhaps S. C. Hall. She shows up in the 1860 and 1870 US Census as Marie or Mary Wilcox living in the Franklin Wilcox household. There is a 1924 Polk Co., Iowa, marriage record for Charles F. Hall, b. 1869, whose parents were listed as Mary M. Wilcox and S. C. Hall. Let me know if you learn more.

Thank you.
Added by pmfrench on May 16, 2015 5:02 PM
RE: Pliny Wilcox
Wilcox, Pliny. Age 20. Residence Burlington, nativity Vermont. Enlisted Aug. 13, 1862. Mustered Aug. 13, 1862. Accidentally killed July 19, 1863, Bloomfield, Mo. Buried in National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, (St. Louis,) Mo. Section 3 8, grave 7.

Source: Roster and REcord of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion, Vol. IV, Des Moines, 1910, p. 196.


There is no assurance that the body wasn't moved at a later date, but...

...while listed in the burial records for Aspen Grove Cemetery as grave 14 in lot 3 of Block 249, he does not appear on the plat map for Block 249 which shows burials only through grave 12.

Also missing from the plat map is Marie W. Hall whose name appears on the grave marker below Pliny's who is listed as grave 15. Do you have any idea who she was?

Added by pmfrench on May 16, 2015 4:36 PM
Photo of Headstone
Could I use your headstone photo of Mary Cullum on my Ancestry tree? Also, I saw that you used a variant spelling of her maiden (double n in Monninger instead of Moninger or Moniger). The double n is usually the Maryland I was wondering if you knew where you located her maiden. Thanks so much for doing this.
Added by MWH on May 14, 2015 11:48 AM
RE: Aaron Tilley > Joel Tilley
Gotcha! Thank you for the quick reply!
Added by HarleyW on May 10, 2015 11:42 AM
Amy Elizabeth
RE: Beck
You can put in the photo requests if you'd like, and that way I can go through the photos I haven't uploaded yet to see if any of your requests are there. Otherwise I am just uploading in the order I took them. My husband helped and we took most of Section 5, but not quite all because we were beat! Regarding East Akron, I don't believe I've ever gone there to take headstone photos.
Added by Amy Elizabeth on May 10, 2015 7:50 AM
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