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Tony Jeffries (#47471669)
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Bio Photo Tony A. Jeffries,
aka (Tony Allen Hill)
Born in Franklin, IN. Grew up in Fort Pierce, Florida. Returned to Indiana in 1978.

I originally focused on Law Enforcement as a career. I was in Police cadet program in Fort Pierce, FL. I decided I did not enjoy running after people. Corrections would work, they could only run so far... Smiles. Moved to Indiana and switched over to working EMS in early 80's, then Fire-Rescue into 90's. Business owner-operator many years then opted for a slower paced, quality of life type job.

Started working for a Security Company and part-time as a Private Investigator. Currently Township Deputy & Township Investigator for Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana. (Former Township Board Member from 1991-2010.)

During the 70s I was shown a cemetery without any stones. Just bases. The family surname was known but nothing more. I feel at least some type of marker should note these sites. Too often stones are removed or damaged.

In Indiana, Township Government is responsible for the care of abandoned cemeteries. One of the first problems we ran into was that we had to find them first. Many were considered "lost". People would remember when there "was" a cemetery located at some forgotten location. The cemeteries were not lost, people just forgot where they were located.

[Clear Creek Township was the first Township in the Indiana to use GPS Data and post our findings on the Internet.]

I enjoy looking for the "lost" ones. The WPA in 1937-1939 recorded most all of the cemeteries in our county and I am sure many others. All I had to do is connect the dots. The WPA workers did not have GPS and some of the descriptions of the cemetery locations do not match landscape. That is when it is fun to really look at the terrain. Look for the old paths, image wagons trails, look at the tree lines, look at the section lines. Sometimes if you imagine what it was like back in the 1800' - 1930's you can put the pieces together and locate the "lost" ones.

Once you find a "lost" cemetery and help out the family members searching for relatives, your hooked.

I find that compliments our township's information to help visitors with more details to aid in their search for family members.

CONCERNING USE OF THE PHOTOS I POSTED. ANYONE may use any information or photos that I post for ANYTHING but commercial use. Any commercial use I feel must be approved by next of kin or a direct family member.
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Peggy Craig
Danny Collins
Dear Tony, found the photo that you left for my dear cousin Danny Collins(more like my oldest brother).He lived with my family here in Indiana. We saw him off to Viet Nam and by the grace of god..He returned. Thanks for the misty eyed memories this morning..also in EMS in Lawrence county...20 years. small world.
Added by Peggy Craig on Dec 15, 2013 8:24 AM
Tricia the Spirit Chaser🌺
Tony Pondant
Thanks for the interesting information on Father Pondant. I will add it to the memorial for sure.
Happy Hunting :) Tricia
Added by Tricia the Spirit Chaser&... on Feb 28, 2013 6:39 AM
Cynthia Fisher
RE: Kinsers, Deckards, Eads
Would you be able to help us find a Alvis Ellis Purtlebaugh? we were told he was buriied in Elkinsville Cemetery and he was in the military I found him on familysearch. org but doesnt give death date or military information. Just birth Marriage and Divorce.
Added by Cynthia Fisher on Dec 14, 2012 1:40 PM
Cynthia Fisher
kinser, deckard
I have been adding a lot of pictures I have from Kinser cemetery and deckard cemetery. I added one for Eli sowders since I seen you had ??? for death date. :) I am orignally from bloomington and I am related to a lot of deckards, eads, and my madien name is purtlebaugh
Added by Cynthia Fisher on Dec 03, 2012 7:20 PM
Shirley Gragg
Thanks for the reply; it's appreciated.
Added by Shirley Gragg on Nov 04, 2012 3:46 AM
Shirley Gragg
Thank you!
... for posting the information on James Benjamin Wright. I am a WRIGHT researcher - all the way back to Richard Wright, Sr., father of Benjamin Wright. My 3rd GGF, Richard, Jr. was Benjamin's brother.

Thanks, again. Are you related to him?
Added by Shirley Gragg on Nov 03, 2012 4:44 PM
Taylors @ Pickle
Boy, that was quick! Thanks so much Tony!
Added by Generations on Mar 11, 2012 6:42 AM
Taylors @ Pickle
Tony - Thanks so much for the information you added to my Taylor ancestors at Pickle/Smallwood cemetery. It opened many more connections. You're a jewel in the Find-a-Grave crown !!
Linda Taylor
Added by Generations on Mar 08, 2012 5:17 AM
Grave Memorial #67558856
Thanks for all the work you do!
The parents of Irvin Taylor, who died as an infant, are not John A. Taylor and Susanah Taylor. The parents are Robert Taylor (Grave Memorial #84819656) and Sarah Grimes Taylor (Grave Memorial #84934612). I hope you can make the change.
Thanks so much.
Added by CTH on Feb 21, 2012 10:22 AM
Randall Tatum
Lowe family cemetery
I'm related to the Seth Tatum buried in the Lowe family cemetery. I have tried a number of times to locate the cemetery but no luck. Can you help me pin point it's location?


Randall Tatum
Added by Randall Tatum on Dec 29, 2011 2:42 PM
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