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Joy Russell (#47079078)
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Bio Photo Hello, I am a volunteer with The Madison County Genealogical & Historical Society, and am actively involved in historical and genealogical research for Madison County (and a little bit into surrounding counties). I also work on enumerating Madison County cemeteries for publication. This involves visiting each cemetery and recording the tombstone information. One of my special projects at this time is to obtain GPS coordinates for all of the cemeteries in Madison County, by visiting each cemetery, standing in the center of the cemetery, & using a GPS to obtain the coordinates. Madison County has over 260 known burial sites and/or cemeteries. Many of them are located on remote old homesteads, and we know of several that have already been lost when the land was bulldozed. These GPS coordinates will assure that the location of these burials will be forever recorded, even if the tombstones are lost. Our Society's library has a tremendous amount of research material. Our Society has many of Madison County's cemeteries in book form. Contact me for more information. Please visit our library if you are in this area.

If you have any questions about the graves that I have posted, please feel free to e-mail me. I'm always glad to help if I can
Joy Russell
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John Blakemore Sellers
Lydia Cain Goble
Hi Joy,
I think that I have found Lydia's parents. It makes sense that on their family journey out of South Carolina that Lydia would be born in Tennessee, and more siblings born in Kentucky as the went into Kentucky on their eventual way to Arkansas. # 169187717. In one of the census records in Arkansas, it indicates her mother Nancy (Mary Polly) is living with her, but her husband James is still living. Perplexed.
I hope that I am correct. Looking forward to your advice.
Added by John Blakemore Sellers on Sep 03, 2016 8:00 PM
Nathan Vaughan Marks
Reeves Cemetery
Hi Joy, I'm trying to acquire the GPS coordinates for the Reeves Cemetery that is supposedly in Newton County but sounds like it is in Madison County. You apparently visited in 2015 and photographed the entrance, so I hoped that 1) You could tell me which county it really is in and 2) Where it is exactly. I have followed the directions given online by Rosa and Robert Cline (can be read here: using Google Earth. I pass the Old Bethel Cemetery and continue down the road. But I don't seen an "Old Community Center" to turn at, and I'm finding nothing in the vicinity that resembles the photos of the cemetery I've seen. Could you please plot the coordinates on Google Maps and send them to me? Then either you or I could submit them to Find A Grave too. I would appreciate your help. Thanks!
Added by Nathan Vaughan Marks on Aug 19, 2016 6:03 PM
Sandra Shaw Branz
RE: Denny/Sharp Family
Today I finally got to this branch of the Denny family and started filling in my tree. I simply must thank you again for doing what you did to gain access to this family cemetery. The headstone photos are invaluable and generations of Denny descendants will be so pleased. Sandi
Added by Sandra Shaw Branz on Apr 28, 2016 1:11 PM
Sandra Shaw Branz
Denny/Sharp Family
Thank you for providing memorials for my ancestral family members and now coming full circle by providing their headstone photos. If you have no objection, I would like to add the photos to my tree on Your time and efforts are appreciated. Sandi Branz
Added by Sandra Shaw Branz on Apr 01, 2016 1:37 PM
Raymond Anders
John Edward Reavis

I have located one set of living relatives for John Edward Reavis so far. Cynthia Ray is the great-great granddaughter of John Edward Reavis. Her mother Aileene Joy Minor Mahan was the daughter of Lucille M. Reavis Minor who was the daughter of James Fillmore Reavis who was the son of John Edward Reavis. Mrs. Ray and Her husband, Henderson live in Oklahoma City. Her phone number according to whitepages is 405-720-1267 and her address is 12108 Silver Sun Drive, Oklahoma City, OK, 73162.
Added by Raymond Anders on Mar 18, 2016 1:52 PM
Raymond Anders
John E. Reavis
Do know of there is any Family in in the area that I can get ahold of. I am with the Sons of the Confederate Veterans in Springdale and I like to do a ARKANSAS GUARDIAN ADPOT Program on John E. Reavis grave.
Added by Raymond Anders on Feb 18, 2016 3:10 PM
Linda Gomez
RE: Zeke Gray - Riverside Cemetery
My best guess is that Zeke was born about 1883 or shortly after. And he must have died before the 1900 census. I guess it's possible that Zeke died and was buried, then his older brother William was buried next to him years later. William did not have a headstone when he died. The family bought one and had it set years later.
Added by Linda Gomez on Jan 24, 2016 11:56 AM
Linda Gomez
RE: Zeke Gray - Riverside Cemetery
My father, Norris Gray, told me that his Dad, William Arthur Gray, had a younger brother named Zeke who died as a child. He told me that Zeke was buried at Riverside Cemetery. The other day I talked to my Uncle, William's last living son, and asked if he knew anything about his Dad having a brother who died as a child. He said yes and that the child was buried at Riverside Cemetery in St. Paul. I'm not sure how I would go about locating his grave if it doesn't have a marker.
Added by Linda Gomez on Jan 24, 2016 12:55 AM
S Barger
RE: James Marrs in Riverside Cemetery
Excellent lighting and photo, Joy. Thank you for adding a much better photo to his memorial.

Added by S Barger on Dec 28, 2015 4:38 PM
S Barger
James Marrs in Riverside Cemetery
Find A Grave Memorial# 112500156

Hi Joy,

Thanks for your note about this memorial. Someone else sent the edit and honestly, I couldn't tell from the stone. I'll make the edits that you sent (James Marrs, Born Feb. 29, 1852 Died Apr 6, 1874) and remove the link as his being husband of Celah Marrs. It looks like the links from the children will need to be removed too.

Again, thanks again for help in the correct identity of James Marrs.

Best Regards,
Added by S Barger on Dec 05, 2015 1:33 PM
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