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Bonnie Morris Conrad (#46480766)
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Bio Photo I was born in Morgan County, Mo, down the road from Hopewell Cemetery. From the days of my first memory, my grandparents and parents took me to visit the little grave yards in Morgan county. I played among the stones and listened to the remembrances of the family who lay beneath, whose souls soared above. As my parents said, "Now is the time to honor their memories, lest we should neglect to repeat who they were and how much they changed their little corner of the world." As a pebble drops and changes it's place, it also creates it's own space and so have the pioneers who carved out a place and changed the world forever." Morgan County is full of people whose ancestors migrated from the East and became one with the land. They were great pioneers whose ancestors and they themselves fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, The Mexican War, the Indian Wars,the War for Texas Independence, the Civil War on both sides and World Wars l and ll. My goal is to honor as many as I can.

I have lived all over the US and traveled abroad. I have five children,ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

I am a DAR member, Museum Guild member, Bay Area Genealogical Society member, Morgan County Museum Society member,
Cole County Historical Society member and I do cemetery restoration. I also transcribe and take pictures of cemeteries. I am working on a book for Family History.

I have more than one copy of all the pictures I have posted so if I can help anyone by sending them a picture, please let me know? I also have death certificates on many and family information.
I love helping other researchers and posters but if you use my info or pictures from my posts please cite me as the source. It causes researchers to hit blank walls when they don't have original sources and it is also considered plagerism and is an ethics issue. Thank you so much.
I want to add to my bio after all these years a great big thank you to all the researchers and
find a grave volunteers who have helped me and continue to add to the site and the memory of so many in cemeteries all over the US. You are remarkable and I appreciate every one of you.

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J E Clerk
RE: Gill Family in Missouri
I appreciate your response and graciousness in the matter. Wm and Mary Gill are well respected pioneers of this county, and the Gill Township is named for them. We recently had a memorial dedication for them at the Mt Zion Cemetery in their honor. We had a wonderful turnout in our wonderful old pioneer cemetery.
Added by J E Clerk on Aug 07, 2014 7:54 AM
J E Clerk
Duplicate memorial...
Please refer to this site at the MO state archives for the reference location for the graves of Wm and Mary Gill. THey are plainly in Indiana, not Missouri...
Added by J E Clerk on Jul 30, 2014 8:00 AM
Beth M. M.
RE: Murtorff Family
Hello Bonnie,
Sorry it took me so long to reply, I have been busy lately. Thank you for posting the lovely pictures. I have quite a bit of the Mortorff family mapped out. If you need more information or want to share some let me know.
Bethany Mortorff
Added by Beth M. M. on Jul 29, 2014 8:17 AM
J E Clerk
William and Mary Gill
Regarding memorials # 96321000 and 96321504, there has been an error. The picture you see in the Missouri archives is actually located in Mt Zion Cemetery in New Lebanon, Indiana, in Sullivan County, where William and Mary were the first settlers. Some of their children did later move on to Dent County, MO, but William and Mary are not buried in MO, they are buried in Mt Zion Cemetery. But the picture is not from Missouri. It is a Sullivan County, Indiana picture.

As a result, there are duplicate entries. I have cemetery records as my source, as well as the exact stones still standing. I would refer you to their current stones and memorials: 20899864 and 20899893.

I hope we can resolve this quickly.
Added by J E Clerk on Jul 27, 2014 4:01 AM
Michael Kagay
Bright-Brecht documentation
Bonnie -

Greetings and best wishes.

Thanks for your message.

John Bright (Jr. or III) and Harriet Chamberlain Stuter Bright were my great-great-grandparents via their daughter Laura Bright Weist.

Do you also descend from this couple, or from Harriet and her first husband?

I'll see what Bright documentation I can pull together (most is in a plastic tub in the attic).

Do you know about the Bright-Brecht group on the Internet? They've been sharing info for years and have pushed the line way back in Germany.

The Tulpehocken Area Historical Society in Berks County PA named its library after Stephen Brecht, the original immigrant (1726) of this line.

A couple years ago descendants in this area gathered for a celebration and reunion after the Berks County Society for Graveyard Preservation "adopted" and restored the colonial-era Bright-Brecht family cemetery on the old family farm in Bern Twp. (Now Penn Twp) about 7 miles north of Reading PA. That's where the father (Johannes) and grandfather (David) of John Bright (Sr. or II) are buried.

All the best.

Cheers, - Michael Kagay
Princeton, NJ

Added by Michael Kagay on Jul 19, 2014 2:56 PM
RE: John William Self
Hi cousin. I think I was the one who posted his death certificate, correct?
Added by dcvolts on Jul 17, 2014 9:15 PM
RE: John William Self
You wrote: How are you related to John Self? I just posted his obit and a picture. He doesn't have a stone. It would be nice if those related to him added a marker of some kind. It's sad.

He is a 3rd cousin, 2 times removed to me. Thanks for posting the picture and obit. How are you related? Yes, he needs a marker.
Added by dcvolts on Jul 17, 2014 3:34 PM
C. L. Cramer
Mt. Carmel
On the subject of Mt. Carmel, I was there in February (briefly-it was freezing)for the first time to take volunteer photos and then again in late March to photograph all the grave markers when I realized many were not documented. It was before spring, so everything was still brown. I didn't notice any vandalism at that time. I have not been back since, so I can't really comment on it's current upkeep or lack thereof.
Added by C. L. Cramer on Jul 17, 2014 11:06 AM
C. L. Cramer
RE: Lucy B.Merritt
Hello-Bonnie. While it appears Lucy B. is actually a Marriott/Merriott, I can't tell which spelling may be correct by her grave location-the incomplete stone complicates things further. Emily's stone is spelled Marriott and Wm's is spelled Merriott. To confuse matters, Wm's wife, Mollie, applied for his grave marker when he passed. I can only assume William was actually married to the Emily he is laid next to and she was his first wife and then later to Mollie? I did some limited research yesterday and have found a Mollie Marriott/Merriott buried in another cemetery in Morgan County and also a Census, I believe, that shows her as the head of house with a step-son, Willis, living with her. A William Merriott/Marriott did have a son named Willis. Let me know if you are able to discover anything further. I truly enjoy working through Find A Grave to help document this form of history. Sorry I opened up a can of worms-Regards-Cody
Added by C. L. Cramer on Jul 17, 2014 10:35 AM
Virginia Brown
RE: Woodie
That's a great picture of him in his military uniform that you posted on his memorial. He was a very nice looking man.
Added by Virginia Brown on Jul 14, 2014 7:52 PM
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