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Zerelda Holder Hammer (#47326774)
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Bio Photo I am happy to help and share; all I ask is that you give me credit if you use my photographs on another site.

I am working on my family tree, always a work in progress. I am researching both sides of my family: my father's side of the family, the Holder/Owen and Walker/Smith families, including some of the lines that cross; I am also working on my mother's tree that include the Moorman, Tate, Musselman, Wright, and Mendenhall families, and quite a few of the families connected to them, including my son-in-law's Way family.

I have the Wayne County, Iowa Cemetery Book (but not the supplement), so I would be happy to look up grave locations.

I also have Volumes 1-7 of the Scarborough/Haworth (Some Quaker Families), and I would be willing to look up information for others from those books as well.

When I photograph headstones, I make every effort to make sure the names and dates are legible.

A little about us...

We began our new adventure in July 2011, traveling full time in our RV. Now that I am retired, I hope to spend time sewing, reading, hiking, bicycling, kayaking (when it's warm enough) and (of course) working on my family trees and creating memorials for my family members here. I am happy to help others when I can, and I try to help fulfill requests when I am walking cemeteries where we are staying. My husband has his own hobbies; however, he goes with me and is very helpful when we walk cemeteries, including taking time to clean a headstone so that it can be read more easily.

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Wayne county Newspapers
Just thought of some thing you might be interested in. I now live in Illinois but some times I want to read old newspapers from Iowa. I have my library contact the Iowa State Historical Library in Des Moines and they send these reels of newspapers to my library over here for me to use. To send the reels outside of Iowa, there is a charge of around $5 (sorry but it has been so long since I ordered these that I no longer remember the exact price). You may have to reimburse your library (depending on their policy). Go on the Iowa State Historical Library web site to see the list of newspapers they can furnish.
Added by techwriter777 on Oct 29, 2014 6:09 AM
RE: Sabina Walker Warner
If your cousin has photos, post them!!
I was just doing my family but later decided to do everyone I found information on. I am related to some Walkers who are buried out at Tharp. Believe the connection was with Sarah Kellogg Walker. She ties in as a Kellogg. I went over to the quad cities area and visited Larry Walker and his parents once.
Added by techwriter777 on Oct 08, 2014 7:13 PM
Geo. Swann
RE: Eliz. Tharp
Thank you! And the others too! Did y'all find anything on her James there? He may be unmarked.
Added by Geo. Swann on Sep 11, 2014 5:36 PM
Gene Hays
RE: Hays Headstone
Yes I would love to have that picture. Thanks Zerelda.
Added by Gene Hays on Aug 15, 2014 6:10 PM
Gene Hays
RE: Hays Headstones
Thanks Zerelda!I really appreciate it!
Added by Gene Hays on Aug 14, 2014 5:55 PM
Holly&Jay Hartzok
RE: Jacob's First Wife
In response to your question about Susan; I am afraid that she remains a bit of a puzzle for me and I am still trying to gather information. It has been quite a task.
Susan remarried and became Susan McGowan. She was born Susan Elliott February 22nd, 1834 in Pennsylvania. She married Jacob Musselman in 1855 in Lancaster, Pa. Her daughter (my great grandmother) was her first born child (Anna Elizabeth Musselman aka Annie E. Musselman)who was born in Pennslvania August 1856. Susan died at the age of 88 in Chambersburg,Pa on April 17th, 1922. Her son William is not mentioned in her obit, but Annie is as Anna Ward, Annie is also mentioned in her father Jacob's one Obit as Anna Ward of Pennsylvania. I have Susan's obituary and a picture of her grave which I have not posted on find a grave as yet. I have posted her daughter's grave, Annie Ward, who died in 1926. Annie married Upton Ward and had 12 children.
Now here is what I was told by my late parents and it could be the reason that I have so much trouble finding more information on Susan and Annie. I was told that when my great grandmother was a little girl her mother believed that her husband Jacob died in the war. Susan took her children and married a man named McGowan (first name unknown). After the war, Jacob, who had been a POW, found Susan and his children. He hunted for her and showed up at her door. He didn't trouble her when he found she had remarried. Annie, who's mother had changed her last name to McGowan, changed her name back to Annie Musselman. I do not know how old she was at the time. William, Susan and Jacob's son lived with his father. I don't know the details on how this occurred.
I hope this has helped you and if you have any information that you could give me I would be appreciative.
Added by Holly&Jay Hartzok on Aug 12, 2014 10:21 AM
thanks for your kind words. I am related to the Sager, Faris, Rockwell, Grismore, Gotheridge, and Wycoff families in Wayne County. Hosie would be a distant cousin and the Sager cousins get together thru email and share all the info they can get on the family. I therefore leave anything I find in the cemeteries in which my relatives are buried in: Southlawn, Tharp, Promise City, Corydon, Hazel Dell, and Cross Roads.
Jocelyn Faris
Added by techwriter777 on Jul 31, 2014 10:37 AM
Geo. Swann
RE: Elizabeth Tharp
Thanks a lot!
Added by Geo. Swann on Jul 19, 2014 8:58 AM
Geo. Swann
Elizabeth Tharp
Thanks for adding the picture of Elizabeth's burial site from the Promise City Cemetery. I noticed at the far right of the photo, the little round top stone in the row where she is buried, I could make out the name Elizabeth on it. Is that just someone else with the same name buried in that row? Also could you look to see if you can find anything on her husband James Tharp (118680319) in your book? Thanks for your help.
Added by Geo. Swann on Jul 18, 2014 9:47 AM
Karin Lohr Love
RE: Pics at Hazel Dells Cemetery
Hello Zerelda ~ Thank you for taking the time and effort to take and post these pictures for me. This is a strange story about this family. My maiden name is LOHR, so you might think they are related on my father's side of the family. They could be but I have traced this family from my mother's side starting in West Virginia to PA to OH settling in IA. My father's LOHRs were in Marshall & Jasper counties in IA. I can't get them back from where they came from. So I was hoping these two groups would link up. Not yet, but I'm still working. Thanks again for all your work. ~ Karin Lohr Love
Added by Karin Lohr Love on May 17, 2014 5:35 PM
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