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I am willing to transfer any memorials which are not my ancestors or relatives and will try to help anyone with information or research. I think it is important to identify persons, when possible, so we can know who they are and who their families are, for historical and personal reasons.|
Sixty six years ago I started looking for lost graves as Grandma sent me, at age 8, to find "the indention by the pine tree, near great great grandpa's headstone" so she could place flowers where a baby was buried in 1869 with no "marker". From her, I learned to look for that tiny "frosted" spot when the night before had been chilly (the ground is still warmer at a burial site which has no vault, even after 100's of years!)
I first knew grief when Grandma died, 59 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty four years ago the death of my young first husband, at the hands of robbers, nearly caused the loss of my first unborn child. Years later, a miscarriage took another son and now, for the past 30 years, we have also grieved for our youngest son, lost to a freak accident. Brad
Writing personal histories has been a passion for nearly 40 years, since I found my relationship to Mormon Battalion soldiers and an early U.S. President.
Being an unpaid cemetery sexton for the past 24 years has required mapping and recording (handwritten) of over 3,000 birth & death locations and overseeing burials and settings of gravestones for some 750 persons. During this time, the birth and death records from 1854 at one cemetery and from 1869 to date, at another, were located and recorded; exact grave locations had never been written down for 155 years! I'm still hand drawing family lot maps for the latter cemetery for all owners.
For about 30 years, I have composed poetry and short stories about loved ones' passing, both for my own and others.
So, am I a "graver" ?, a "griever", a "genealogist", a "historian", a "sexton", a "poet" or just kind of "nutty"?? (We ALL could have, instead of this, been lounging on "sum beach sum where", ya know!)
Anyway, I feel sad when an unkind remark is posted, or it is stated that Find a Grave was designed for one purpose and that "newcomers", who want to use it for genealogy, or some other reason than it was originally intended, should go elsewhere. I hope it is intended to help us all find burial locations, which should include photos, dates, and family links, if possible for proper identification.
Short bios also help identify specific individuals and search data sources can help us verify the positive location. That is why I believe that a gravestone, with poor or misinterpreted information, should be supplemented with the best historical facts available, if possible. After all, it is Find a Grave, not "Find a Stone". Sometimes, nothing else is available, but that is a sad case; unknown, with unknown dates does not tell us much, especially when there is no stone or it is illegible.
I hope to help & will gladly transfer, edit, delete or correct anything I contribute; I'm slow, but I'm OLD, please have patience!
Suprise! Thanks so much to Renee for the Sponsorship of Our Sweet Rose...what an honor to be cared for by such a dedicated animal lover.
I am grateful AGAIN to Love Always, Renee for the sponsorship of my beloved Daddy - what a generous contributor she is...check out her loving memorials!
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|Pat||Need some information, please|
I am helping a friend with some family history. Her ancestor is Martha Allen (Harris) who married first a Hawley Decker Smith. In your memorial #35286391, you have Hawley listed as Hawley Decker Smith Markham, parents were Sally Smith and Jarmath Asa Markham. There is a lot of conflicting information with my friend's records. It says that Hawley was born to a Smith, and his mother was Rebecca Markham. Do you have records as proof as to who really is Hawley Decker Smith (Markham)parents? I would really appreciate any help you can give me in clearing up this confusion, so we can make sure we have the correct people in her family tree. Thank you so much!
Added by Pat on Aug 04, 2015 1:31 PM
|Angel of Flowers||RE: So Cute|
My daughter was over the other day looking for childhood pictures of herself & friends & I came across a few of Steven. Since she has the smart phone, she took a few of Steven & emailed me a couple to put on his memorial. It's hard to look at them which brings tears. It makes you want to turn the clock back & our beloved children would be here with us.
Have a great day!
|Adra Maxwell-Flowers||John Good|
Thanks so much for catching my mistake. I guess when I received the edit, I just added the info and didn't even pay attention. I usually try and not make silly, simple mistakes like that, but I sure did. Thanks so much for catching it and pointing it out to me.
|Robert Carlson||Maria Loveridge|
Thank you for all your work and efforts. Maria Loveridge Sheen was my 4x Great Grandmother. Thank you, Robert Carlson
|Esther Kinder||Thank You|
Thank you for the flower left for my Son Ray on his Birthday. It means so much
|Legsie11||Brendon Thomas Wright|
Thank you so much for visiting my little Chucklebunny, on the occasion of his birthday, you helped may a difficult day a little easier, for that l'm very grateful.
Added by Legsie11 on Jul 20, 2015 1:18 AM
|Eric Bates||RE: Bates|
Yes we have a connection. My great grandfather John Newell Bates was Laura (Knight) Bates first son. My grandfather was William D. Bates, of Lampasas Texas.
Thank you for remembering my beloved Mother's Birthday today. I miss her so very much and my heart is heavy today. Your kindness and beautiful heart will never be forgotten. Again, your remembrance is deeply appreciated for her lovely Birthday flowers.
Bless you and your family,
|Legsie11||RE: email -|
Added by Legsie11 on Jul 17, 2015 2:07 PM
Thank you for message and for visiting baby Lilly...thank you also for visiting my Chucklebunny on his birthay, you're such a love.
Have checked emails, even junk, but haven't an email from you...it must've got lost somewhere over the Atlantic...haha.
Added by Legsie11 on Jul 17, 2015 11:20 AM
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