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Eric Watson (#46962583)
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I am an amateur genealogist and have found one of the best ways for me to collect hints on my family is to walk cemeteries. I currently live in California but many of the cemeteries I have walked are in Alabama. I take pictures of all the markers in cemeteries where I find ancestors. It is simply quicker than trying to write details down in the cemetery. If you have a Biography for one of the entries I would be happy to post it as well. I am not a typist and hopefully have not made tooooo many typos but if you see one please let me know so I can fix it
I am not related to many of the people I have added; entries are posted in the interest of genealogy and history, and the hope that someone will add my lost ancestors.

I will no longer do mass transfers of everyone with a specific surname in a cemetery. I will continue to add cemetery surveys as time allows.

Please use the "Suggest a change" link on the edit tab of a memorial to suggest changes or request transfers.
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Don Cox
M A Cox Grove Hill AL
M A Cox had error on date on marker, marker replaced with new marker, trying to get photo of new marker, requested photo never claimed.

Don Cox

Added by Don Cox on Sep 19, 2014 5:45 PM
Chanté Whittle
Gladys Webb
Can you please transfer my great grandmother? Find A Grave Memorial# 25333455
I would love to write about her on her page, should one of her other family members that don't know her will know what she was like :)
Added by Chanté Whittle on Sep 14, 2014 5:51 PM
Chanté Whittle
Hello, I have submitted some edits for Gladys Ruth Drinkard Webb. I sent the names of her parents and her maiden name is Bradford, she was married twice. She is my great grandmother. Thank you so much for making a memorial for her!!
Added by Chanté Whittle on Sep 14, 2014 5:47 PM
Carolyn (Smith) Szafran
Sacramento County Cemetery
Eric, thank you for the information, I really appreciate your help.
Added by Carolyn (Smith) Szafran on Sep 11, 2014 8:51 PM
Carolyn (Smith) Szafran
Sacramento County Cemetery
Eric, I am hoping you can help me with this cemetery. I notice the names of people buried there are all on one stone with no personal information. Can you tell me more about this cemetery and the people buried there? Is this for people with no family or identity? Is it for people with no money to bury their family? The person I am looking for is from Illinois and if it is him in this cemetery, I am wondering why he was in California. Thanks for your help.
Added by Carolyn (Smith) Szafran on Sep 03, 2014 9:34 AM
Kathleen Hill
Jacob Mayer
Thank you for posting the Bio of Jacob Mayer.
Kathleen Hill
Added by Kathleen Hill on Aug 24, 2014 3:36 AM
Kathleen Hill
David Hicks, Cassandra and Aradna Hicks Mayer
Thank you for your prompt response to my Edit Requests to Link David and his sisters to their parents, and the ladies to their husband.
Kathleen Hill
Added by Kathleen Hill on Aug 23, 2014 10:08 PM
mike reeves
RE: Ft. Williams Military Cemetery
Appreciate the additional info! The Talladega County Revenue Commission has a website to identify land parcels & owners:
Once it loads, click "I Agree" on disclaimer, click to put yellow dot on area of interest & magnify ("+" and "-" bar on left side of screen) to pinpoint. Then click on "Search Tools" drop-list and select "Identify" for name and address of owner. It takes some trial & error, but you do learn rudiments of site navigation.

I've used it to identify owners of a couple rural burial plots where there weren't any nearby residences with whom to knock & inquire.

Curiosity as to the seemingly contradictory source reports on the cemetery motivated my research and inquiries.
Added by mike reeves on Aug 12, 2014 2:22 PM
mike reeves
RE: Ft. Williams Military Cemetery
Hey Eric,

Appreciate the quick response! The War of 1812 link I mentioned before;, reported Lay Dam was constructed in 1914 and the ruins of the fort were still visible until after 1928, when undermining of the bank caused it to "fall" into the river. The VA stones and monument were said to have been placed at the original cemetery site, which was on higher ground, in 1933. The memorial for Pvt. Abbot has a copy of the VA "Application For Headstone", which was shipped 12/31/32.

Insufficient research to resolve that troubling contradiction of sources. As a side note, the War of 1812 memorial here at Oak Hill Cemetery lists 19 soldiers, but there were only 10 skeletons recovered from the original burial site in September of 1900.

Again, I appreciate your information on Ft. Williams !
Added by mike reeves on Aug 12, 2014 11:47 AM
mike reeves
Ft. Williams Military Cemetery
I was researching memorials for the 19 Tennessee Volunteers whose remains were exhumed at Talladega in 1900 and placed under the DAR War of 1812 monument at Oak Hill Cemetery when I encountered Fort Williams Military Memorial Park. I saw a 2003 photo of the original site you posted to your memorial for Pvt. James Boaz. The Alabama Trails War of 1812 website reflects although the monument and VA stones were relocated from this burial site in 2006, there was no documentation of the remains being relocated as well. The site was said to have been developed into a riverbend community, and review of the parcels on the Talladega Revenue Commission website does reflect the area is now lakeside lots, some with houses.

Do you know any details of this activity ?
Added by mike reeves on Aug 12, 2014 8:37 AM
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