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history4sure (#46997739)
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Bio Photo 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.
2014 Update:
Sixty five 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, 58 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 29 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 23 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!

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florida boy 64
Dan & The Doctor
When you can please leave flowers for race driver Dan Wheldon 78554652 buried in the same row a few graves over is Dr. Elizabeth Koscho 43197968 thank you
Added by florida boy 64 on Jul 11, 2014 2:56 AM
Pat Pitcher
RE: husband's memorial
Hi--I will certainly! How fun! I must visit your young husband when I go to Lake Hills. It would not surprise me if there is a Barrett link--my mother in law's side--her maternal line. I find myself amazed and excited almost every day about finding and learning more... Even my mother in law is more interested because I was asking so many questions! grin Pat :)
Added by Pat Pitcher on Jul 10, 2014 3:50 PM
Pat Pitcher
Thank you
Thank you for the lovely flower you placed on my husband's memorial. Pat
Added by Pat Pitcher on Jul 09, 2014 11:18 PM
Memories From The Mist
RE: Illinois filming
Thank you for the link...loved watching the show...very professionally done..especially for college students...

I now have a new show to watch...thanks again!
Added by Memories From The Mist on Jul 02, 2014 1:11 PM
Memories From The Mist
RE: Sexton duties definitely wear many "hats". Is the T. V. show you worked on anywhere on the Internet? It sounds very interesting...
Added by Memories From The Mist on Jul 01, 2014 9:16 AM
J.S. Rohrig
RE: 65961846
It is fine to copy the photo. I haven't had much time lately to do much, so this will help all of us! What you are doing and the many others that are here is a great tool for people either researching or simply trying to find an answer and I'm glad that I found the site.

I have many photos I hope to add here from this area and hope it will help others. Thanks for what you have done!
Added by J.S. Rohrig on Jun 29, 2014 8:10 AM
Memories From The Mist
RE: Photos
Hi there,

You're quite welcome...always glad to help in some small way...

I've always admired sextons of belong to a class of unsung heroes...

May I ask what cemeteries you take care of? Are they in central Illinois somewhere?
Added by Memories From The Mist on Jun 29, 2014 6:44 AM
Lori T
RE: Mud Springs
There are no records that I have to indicate that George James Williams & Elizabeth Ann (Mills, Purnell, Jones) Williams were buried in El Dorado Public. That's not to say that it's not true. Contacting El Dorado County Museum is probably your best bet: (530) 621-5865 I hope that helps. :)
Added by Lori T on Jun 23, 2014 10:42 AM
Jane Brereton Netcher
RE: 83455510
No relation just found missing family for someone else and notice a link could be made. Thank You for your efforts. I was also touched by your bio. My grandmother instilled the love of genealogy in me also.
Added by Jane Brereton Netcher on Jun 23, 2014 12:59 AM
Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
RE: Findagrave down
Shirleen you have an amazing gift. A wide open comforting heart. The people you comfort are grateful for your presence, but they or the old timers, leaving us, do not intend for you to get sick while comforting them. HELP them. Do everything you are doing so well for them.. BUT leave one tiny out to allow that sad energy that is comforted through you, to escape.
While you are hugging them in there grief or you are in your grief, do not imagine, BELIEVE they want you Healthy and through the tip of your pinky finger on your right hand send the sadness right to your creator like a lightening bolt.
Middle of the day never works for me but when I open my eyes or when I try to close them I try to rejuvenate my energy.
Take two minutes, calm comes in through your left hand, through your heart and sends it throughout your system. What is not calm send it out through the tip of your right hand pinky and allow your creator to absorb what you take in helping others.
Added by Chesnut/Behunin Descendan... on Jun 19, 2014 11:30 AM
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