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William Harrison (#47153789)
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Bio Photo In honor of my mother, Marjorie Valentine (Sims) Harrison, I am submitting her photo with my profile.
I have been working quite hard on my family history information since 1993.

I have compiled detailed enumerations for 8 1/5 cemeteries here in Coles Co, IL and have posted most of what I have on 5 of those here on Find A Grave at this time. The names of the cemeteries that I have compiled records for are: Stoner, Adkins/Woodson, Brown's (Unity) Chapel, Mt Tabor, McKenzie, Hurricane, Miller-Coartney, Fudge & Grant.
I've worked some on Kickapoo (Mt Zion), Whetstone, and a few other Cemeteries. I've added links and photos to memorials for all known burials at Mt Tabor, Miller-Coartney Grant and Fudge.
I'm adding family & requested memorials & photos for Mound/Roselawn Cem in Charleston, Bethel and Rest Haven Cems in Lafayette Twp, as well as a numerous others.

NOTE: I just recently obtained a plot map for the Bethel Cem, accompanied by names of lot owners and/or occupants, plus a partial down the row enumeration done by James Heidlebaugh in 1981.

I have just begun to do a detailed work up for the Grant Cem, Hutton Twp, Coles Co, IL. I have photographed all legible grave markers and have posted memorials for each of them with marker photos plus other names which were included in an enumeration done by the Coles Co Genealogical Society. You can check back to view the progress as I proceed.
When I began this new project, there were nine memorials posted on FAG and three marker photos.
As of today (8-1-2015), there are now 83 memorials with marker photos on 80 of them (some memorials have multiple photos).
There are several foot stones with initials only that cannot definitely be linked to a specific person. I have photos, but have not posted them yet.

I also have over 100 Williams family kin in Harmony Cem in Cumberland Co, IL, including 3 generations of direct Williams family ancestors, as well as having made other submissions on memorials in several other cemeteries in IA, IL, IN, OH, WV, and WA.

As a photo volunteer, I actively visit several more cemeteries in this area to search for and photograph markers.

I recently purchased bound copies of the enumerations that James Heidlebaugh compiled for Janesville (or New Gordon), Thomas Lincoln (or Old Gordon or Shiloh), and Beals Cemeteries. They are down the row readings and are VERY helpful in locating markers!

I am part of a small group working on cleanup of the Cossell Cem, located NW of Charleston. We are slowly making progress! I was recently informed that a local Boy Scout Troop had been working on the cleanup. More recently, I spoke with the Scout Master and he indicated that due to his pending retirement and a reduction in the number of available Scouts, he did not believe they would be returning to Cossell Cem.
This summer, several work days accomplished nearly complete removal of downed trees, all underbrush, removal of several unwanted trees, and removal of broken down barbed wire fencing. More work remains to be done, but ALL visible markers can now be easily accessed. A future task will be probing for markers which have fallen & possibly covered by sod. Hopefully broken markers can be restored.

I am primarily researching: Harrison, Sims, Williams, Reynolds, Malcom(b), Stotts, McCreery, Stoner, Schnorf, Adkins, Pettit. But of course, there are many MANY more names which I have found to be members of my extended family!

And, for the benefit of Gail Black, I AM researching my Hardin and Dean family members, who are related to my Stoner family.

I attend the annual Sims Family Reunion at Fox Ridge State Park in Coles Co, IL. I am the local Sims family genealogist.

Most recently, I have begun searching for information on my wife's ancestry. Names include: Thomas, Elder, Brooks, Blake, Johnson, Pilkington, Miller, Offill, Richards, Elliott, Norman, Davis, Wright, Wallace, Beaman, Dage, Perkins, Clark, Brockway, Cooley, Durfey, Skinner, Goodwin, Hull, Fickle, Slaymaker, Voetgling, Beck, and Tatman. (so far). We usually attend the annual Miller-Elliott Reunion in Dieterich, Effingham Co, IL. She was pleasantly surprised when I informed her that she was directly descended from King Edward I (1239-1307). He is her 22nd g gf!

I firmly believe that anyone capable of finding, reviewing and posting information on FAG does not need specific directives from other volunteer contributors about how to manage the memorials they have spent their time to research and posted. If errors or omissions in content are observed, then a suggestion to the contributor through the Edit process INCLUDING corrections or additional information about names, dates and/or family links would definitely be appreciated.
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Roberta Moody
Hello Bill...We went out to the SFNC today (Sunday) and still no headstone...Will try again the end of the week. We haven't forgotten him.......Best Wishes...Roberta
Added by Roberta Moody on Nov 22, 2015 4:32 PM
Roberta Moody
RE: Memorial for Max Oakley #154836858
Hello Bill...Max was lucky to have a friend who remembers their time spent together as young men. His headstone is on the list for installation in about a week and then we can get the photograph for his memorial as Rich and I try to do for all the vets memorials we create. Please hold on to the obit info you would like to add and as soon as we can get that photo for him I will be happy to transfer his memorial to your care. I won't forget. Again, thanks for asking. ....Roberta
Added by Roberta Moody on Nov 17, 2015 9:28 AM
RE: Photo of Richard & Katherine Crine's marker
It's been pretty dark rainy the past couple of days and those were my last days in town. Sorry.
Added by oceanmdone on Nov 11, 2015 2:14 PM
RE: Marker photo for Richard & Katherine Crine

Going back to the stone isn't the problem, the problem is that the vegetation there is planted there by someone who cares about these people. It's not removable without digging it up. I tried taking pictures from different angles to get the dates. If you can't make them out, let me know and I'll write them down. I even took the pictures with a flash to account for shadows.
Added by oceanmdone on Nov 09, 2015 5:13 AM
Lynn Fischer
Jacob Den Hollander memorisl
You entered this information on the Jacob Den Hollander record # 55149905

Jacob Den Hollander b. 16 Feb 1856 in Lima Twp, Sheboygan Co, WI, and d. 14 Mar 1913 in KS, and
Jane [--?--] b. 11 Aug 1829 in Westkapelle, Zeeland, The Netherlands, and d. 13 Jul 1887 in Holland, Sheboygan Co, WI.
Provided by contributor William Harrison

I am interested in where you found this information, and let you know it is not correct.
His mother is part of the Vanderbeek family tree and my information indicates her to be Jakobje "Jane" Van Oosten. This is from the paper copy of a family history written in 1947. That record indicates she is buried in the Pella church cemetery, Panama Nebraska.
Please send me your e-mail address so we can communicate directly.
Thanks for all the work you do on find-a-grave,

Lynn Fischer e-mail
Added by Lynn Fischer on Nov 05, 2015 12:43 PM
Peggy Rowe
Martha Alice JONES Jacobs
Thank you for posting a memorial for Andrew Charles Jones: His Daughter Martha Alice JONES Jacobs was my Great Grandma:
If you have any information, any at all about the Jacobs family from Coles County would you please let me know.
The Census records for Hutton 1900 show My great grandpa Jonathan Jacobs - already living with his FUTURE wife, Martha Alice Jones, and her family. But nothing about his parents. I am at a dead end with him.
Thank you again for the memorial
Added by Peggy Rowe on Oct 28, 2015 11:39 AM
Carol Lynn White
Henrietta Huffman White
Thank you for the info on location of Henrietta's burial.I appreciate it. I did make the change.

Carol Lynn White
Added by Carol Lynn White on Oct 23, 2015 10:12 AM
Judie Custer
RE: FAG marker photos
You are very welcome. Sorry for the delay it posting it. Glad I could help.
Added by Judie Custer on Oct 21, 2015 9:15 PM
Mary Hargis
Thank you very much for taking the time to photograph Mary Hargis grave for me. It is verry much appreciated
Added by kstev99 on Sep 29, 2015 6:35 AM
Bland photos
Thanks so much for posting the photos of my Bland relatives in the Nebo Cemetery in Illinois. I very much appreciate it. I'm not in the area often to take them myself, so it's very good to fill in my family tree with the photos.

Thanks again,
Added by AlyciaIN on Sep 22, 2015 10:20 AM
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