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Debra (#47324320)
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Bio Photo 2010, I am in the process of gathering the soldiers of the Civil War 85th ILLinois Infantry Regiment into virtual cemeteries.

Please email me if you know the resting place of any soldier I have not yet found.

Origins of Companies
A,C,D,K---Mason Co.
B---Fulton and Mason Co.
E---Menard Co.
F---Tazewell and Woodford Co.
G---Fulton and Schuyler Co.
H,I---Fulton Co.
September 2013. I have started a virtual cemetery for Mason County IL WWI Veterans.

2012 Virtual Cemetery for victims of the Chatsworth Train Wreck in my list virtual cemeteries.

I generally try to add whatever additional bio I can find when I enter a memorial, military or otherwise. I use , marriage and census records, and other similiar types of search sites.

Please contact me if I enter incorrect info or links.

I enjoy taking and posting photos.

Cemetery walking involves planning, time, gas, bees, flies, gnats, ticks, assorted other bugs, dogs, burrs, briars, weeds, tall grass, snakes, scrapes, cuts, mud, dirt, snow, rain, dust, wind, sun, rutted roads, hills and dales, getting lost, and BUCKETS of sweat.

I had to throw my lunch to a couple wild peacocks headed my way. Seems they have a fondness for egg salad.

I appreciate those folks who list their source when posting my photos to :)

"They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days."
~ Garrison Keillor

Bert Stuart Odle
Please take a look at this little guy's memorial .
I came across his interesting grave while randomly taking pictures in Springdale Cemetery.
Bert Stuart Odle .
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85th IIL Infantry Co D (70)
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85th ILL Infantry Co A (81)
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What do You Think?
Sorry about previous non-message - I have a person at Springdale named Mary Monroe - the same as yours - she was born Dec. 14, 1834 and died Oct. 3, 1897 - just a couple days different from yours - should I put her monument up? Do you think they are the same person?
Added by Shawdau on Aug 29, 2015 6:24 PM
Don Kearfott
RE: Ernst
Yes, George & Theresa Ernst is my wife's Great Grandparents, and Edna is her grandmother.
If it is possible I would like them transfer over to me, let me know what I have to do.
Added by Don Kearfott on Aug 21, 2015 1:48 PM
~Pam Miller~
Birdie Kroeten
Thank you so much for the transfer of Birdie Kroeten's memorial.

Pam Miller
Added by ~Pam Miller~ on Aug 13, 2015 8:39 AM
Thank you Thank you Thank you!!
Hi Debra,

Oh my goodness, your work helped me so much!! I've been looking for my direct relatives of the Garrett family for quite awile - they are my paternal grandma's people. Also for Lucy Thompson whose on my paternal grandpa's side.

Just wanted you to know that I was able to fill in a whole branch of my tree that had previously been almost BARE! And, while filing in the branch, I found a couple of new intersections of the Shields and Thompson families (both Great Grands X3 on my Dad's side) as well as the first intersection of the Mallott and Shields families (my Mom's and my Dad's ancestors).

I also found a living cousin that does huge amount of genealogy research.

Thanks for the help! Your work is making huge contributions to many!
Added by jmtho1501 on Aug 02, 2015 1:10 AM
Dan Ryan
RE: Showalter
I'm in the 1st week of a 2 week shutdown from work & needed to get out of Peoria County for the day, but I'm always happy to help you out in any way I can.
Hope you (& mom) are having a great summer!!!
Dan R.
Added by Dan Ryan on Jul 09, 2015 9:30 PM
Becca Crandell
Thank you for the transfers :)
............. Becca
Added by Becca Crandell on Jun 02, 2015 6:15 PM
Welker Family Transfers
Thank you Debra for the transfers of these siblings. Your work on this site is amazing!
Added by Farmgirl on May 20, 2015 5:21 PM
Randy Jobe
RE: Sarah Lincoln Armstrong
Thank You!
Added by Randy Jobe on May 18, 2015 6:43 AM
Dee E
Frank Mandelbaum
Hi Debra,
Thanks so much for sending me the Frank Mandelbaum obituary! With the information it contained, I was able to locate his sister in the same cemetery and add her maiden name. Dee
Added by Dee E on Apr 29, 2015 4:59 PM
Laura Kessler Hershey
Jacob Hershey
THANK YOU for locating where his burial was!!! I knew it was in Illinois but did not know where!! I appreciate it!!
Take Care, Laura
Added by Laura Kessler Hershey on Apr 24, 2015 10:21 AM
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