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Sharon Welch (#47009998)
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Bio Photo Hello To All...Finding our ancestors has become a passion in our lives and we truely enjoy it. It all started a few yrs ago when my husband and I realized we hardly knew anything about our family history. We were soon on a conquest....

We also soon found out how important it is to have people out there who can help us find our families stones that we ourselves are unable to go visit and see. Thank all of you for what you do! Becoming a photo voluteer is our way of helping others as much as they have helped us.
My husband and I, along with our beloved little dog Sassy, truely enjoy galavanting around the countrysides visiting cemeteries and finding stones of our loved ones and adding to this wonderful site.

We try and do the best we can to fullfill all and any photo requests for Mahaska County, Iowa and have a great time doing it! At the same time we have tried to make sure that there are pictures and maps of all listed cemeteries for Mahaska County along with others we visit in other counties. We have recently relocated to the Marion County area so visiting the cemeteries in the new county will be our mission.

Our closest immediate family lines are Welch, Knupp, Knedler, Barnett, Rains, Saylor, Eakins, Brown, DeWitt and Ellis. We do most of our exploring in Southeastern Iowa and Northern Missouri.

We do add "non" family names from time to time that have not already been posted, so that people can more easily find their relatives.
I am more than willing to add any personal info or link relatives for these memorials if they are not your "DIRECT" relative within the 4 generations per the find a grave guidelines. I firmly believe in following the rules set by find a grave (due to some very unpleasant prior circumstances in the past)so I do my best to comply to them for transferring memorials.
So...duplicating an entry to add your own information or adding biographical information in the flower sections (which is a no-no!) will not be necessary.
Please see the Find A Grave guidelines for this type of activity!!!

I have found that requesting to manage a memorial is "NOT" the important issue here in Find A Grave....its getting information put on our family memorials that is important!

If you want multiple monuments photographed, please take the time to request a photo for each person rather than attach a message to one request asking for multiple photos or "everyone else in that cemetery with the same surname." Its easier "not to miss" names by printing a list and saves on gas by not having to go back because you missed someone!

I also give permission for any of my pictures to be used for geneology purposes. Not for recreating and duplicating memorials.
Good Luck To All Of You!
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Mary Escher
Margaret Duncan Richmond. I noticed you created the Find A Grave for Margaret. Can you tell me are you related to her?

Mary Escher
Added by Mary Escher on Aug 31, 2016 1:16 PM
Linda Linn
RE: Stephans DeKock
Thanks, Sharon. I will delete my memorial. Sorry to make extra work for you when there was already one on Find A Grave. Sure wish Find A Grave had a fuzzy search!
Added by Linda Linn on Jul 15, 2016 8:15 PM
Linda Linn
Stephans DeKock
Find A Grave Memorial# 166984342 is his wife. Would you mind adding your photo to it also? Thanks.
Added by Linda Linn on Jul 14, 2016 8:34 PM
Graveyard Dog
RE: Rains
My pleasure! I am truly enjoying my new hobby :)
Added by Graveyard Dog on Jul 08, 2016 12:56 PM
Memorials# 46707261 & 88850134
Thank you for the update and for all your work here at Find a Grave. It is a lasting gift to so many people. Best wishes to you.
Added by RoseOfThePlains on Jul 04, 2016 5:18 AM
Karen Brewer
Ray Cunningham
Sharon, I sent you a transfer request and please ignore. You have added the same information that I have. Thank you for everything you do on Find A Grave!
Added by Karen Brewer on May 31, 2016 11:46 AM
Carol Western
Barnett in Washington Cemet
Hi Sharon I have posted some info on Find a Grave but not sure how to do this. Ora William Barnett is my husband's grandfather, who was a child of William T. and Amanda Barnett, we go up every year and decorate some. Ora had 1 brother who lived to be an adult and I wondered how to get him listed as a child of W.T & Amanda. The brother was Isaac Francis Barnett born 27 Jan. 1895 died in May of 1952 in Waterloo, Iowa, they also had three children who didn't not live long I have names and dated the family provided over the years. I wonder if they aren't also buried in Washington but have no way to find that out. There are no markers for them just FYI Lillie Francis 8 Aug. 1884 - 12 Sept. 1884, Ira L. 22 April 1886 - 19 March 1887, Violet M. 11 May 1889 - 27 Jan. 1895. Wouldn't it be wonderful to find all of these missing relatives. Thanks for posting
Added by Carol Western on Mar 21, 2016 11:28 AM
RE: Clara Christopher
You are so very welcome. My pleasure.
Added by Kat on Mar 06, 2016 12:30 PM
RE: Keziah Hayes Combs
Yes, there is a photo of Keziah's tombstone (Monroe, IA). I thought it was on Findagrave but I didn't find it just now. I guess I got it from another Ancestry tree. It says Chandler Walker added it on 6 Feb, 2014. The stone is broken and not readable from his photo but I guess he could read it or found it on a cemetery map.

Thanks for what you do. I live in Oregon and all my ancestors are in Ill, In, Ky, or NE.

Sue Alperin
Added by Anonymous on Feb 14, 2016 4:45 PM
Daniel Dominique Watts
Thanks Sharon for uploading pic of stone I made for John B. Watts, my 3rd gr. grandfather
Yes this is my 3rd Gr. Grandfathers grave & data. I made this stone in 1980 with my father Willard E. Watts. J.B.Watts' offspring (children of David R. Watts) decided not to be buried @ Fiedler Cemetery since they lived in Ottumwa & not on their family farm just east of Miller's Chapel (where Stephen Wilkins buried @ Fiedler Cemetery also who is related to us "marked" in training with his 15th IA regt in the field still @ Millers Chapel). They are buried at Shaul Cemetery in Ottumwa, IA on southside of town.John Francis Watts & wife, son Willie Francis "Swede" Watts & wife (my grandparents) & at their left is his father&wife & to their right is grandmothers parents John Maple & Estelena (BEST) ROSS.

Yes, r.e. data shown on this site next to gravestone pic is John B. Watts' brother of many (about 10 or 11 siblings total)was Thomas Murray Watts as shown. His parents are as shown. His children are buried near him & some of the unfortunate grandchildren who died young. Ezekial Wilkins & wife Rebecca OWENS Wilkins are also buried @ Fiedler Cemetery.Their other son, George Wilkins (brother of Stephen Wilkins)& his descendants are also buried at Fiedler (behind & side of him. Stephen Wilkins & wife Margaret BUCHANAN Wilkins are there. Her parents are buried @ Ottumwa Cemetery on northside of town. Her father's gravestone is enormous grey& black granite stone. He was married 2 times. He was originally buried at Mars Hill Church south of Ottumwa near Fiedler Cemetery, where his 1st wife is buried. Our family (my 3 gr. aunts & grandfather) were caretakers & board members of the Mars Hill Church during their lifetime since our ancestor helped build the church and was a founding member there. My father took care of it for a few yrs. During the 1980s sadly the original church was over 75% destroyed by arson from horribly rude/badly raised kids from our high school who held satanic rituals there & burned star in floor which ended up burning the majority of building. FORTUNATELY, a few years ago the local Amish were hired to re-build the church to its glory based on the original remains in place (back right side & right rear wall) & foundation & steps. They got it PERFECT! Even the original boards above the entry are exact. Great job by them all. Many thanks for preserving the OLDEST LOG CABIN CHURCH WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER! my if you need additional family data history.
Added by Daniel Dominique Watts on Feb 09, 2016 5:11 PM
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