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Steph T (#47490241)
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Bio Photo I'm glad this site is here to help preserve the history which is rapidly disappearing. I enjoy helping someone out who may not be able to make it to beautiful Southern Illinois themself. Happy hunting to everyone! Steph
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Paul Hoyt
Theodore Dudenbostel
Hi Steph - thanks for the kind words. I also hated to add a memorial to this cemetery, since it was 100% photographed. I found his obit in some old newspapers we had stored for other articles. I really figured his grave was unmarked, since he wasn't in FindAGrave. Thank you for taking the trouble to photograph his marker. It's certainly easy to miss one, especially if you can't finish the whole cemetery on the same day. If you're connected to Theodore, I'll transfer his memorial to you.

Check out the Jones Cemetery - you used to ride the school bus by this one every day.

Best wishes.
Added by Paul Hoyt on Sep 19, 2014 1:20 PM
Rebecca Wright
Louis Kane
Dear Steph,

Thank you very much for the nice clear photos of Louis' grave markers. I really appreciate your time and effort.

Best regards,

Rebecca Wright
Added by Rebecca Wright on Sep 02, 2014 2:16 PM
Vera McCullough
Copy Photo?
May I copy the headstone photos for Peter and Sarah Wisely for my personal files? They are my 3g grandparents. #111701570 and 111701412. Thank you for photographing these and helping to preserve history. Do you happen to know what the verses say on the bottom? If not, that's ok, I will just have an excuse for a road trip. Vera Kirkpatrick McCullough
Added by Vera McCullough on Aug 26, 2014 3:16 PM
Mary Kammlade
RE: Mathew Sproul
Steph -

My what a story! I could see this all evolving for you. I had to chuckle at "people not understanding". I always wanted to be an archeologist until I almost flunked chemistry in high school. You have to have Chemistry to be an archeologist. I didn't want to work with dead bodies tho! It was the people and their lives that interested me. I am trying to find new information from other members of the Sproul family, who are all on the Matthew and Harriet's side. I would very much like to meet you and talk. Maybe we can walk the Coulterville cemetery together. I hope I reach you? May email is I live in Marion, Illinois. Thank you again for you kindness in writing to me and your willingness to help me. I promised Mathew that I would find him before I died and put a stone on his grave, if he didn't have one.
Added by Mary Kammlade on Aug 25, 2014 7:25 PM
Mary Kammlade
RE: Mathew Sproul
Thank you for writing. I am so bitterly disappointed. The family story was that he was buried without a marker 'cause he was an ornery old Scot!! Could some of these graves have sunken markers? Is it hopeless? How do we know Mathew is buried there at all? Is there a record with his name on it but not the location?

I told all of my family and the extended Sproul's from the other brothers that I had found him. OOPS!

I admire your hard work and dedication to it. You must be a very special carring woman. If I come to Coulterville in the future I would like to meet you. Maybe we could have coffee or a coke together and talk.

Thanks again for writing,
Added by Mary Kammlade on Aug 25, 2014 3:56 PM
Nancy Swanwick
Swanwick family cemetery photos
I am delighted to see that you added photos of grave markers and the area of the Swanwick family cemetery. These people were my husband's 3X greatgrandparents and siblings of his 2X greatgrandfather. We have been in that area, but don't know where this cemetery is, and don't know whom to ask. My husband's aunt had been there, but she is now deceased.
Please, if you would, respond back to me at and give me directions to this cemetery. We live in southeast Kansas, but I know we'll make the trip back to see these markers. We were in Chester last spring, seeing more Swanwick, Conn, and Morrison graves at the cemetery there.
Added by Nancy Swanwick on Aug 12, 2014 6:53 PM
Megan Heyl
Walter Carroll
THANKS! Added the info to his bio.
Have a great summer girl!

Added by Megan Heyl on Jul 29, 2014 4:27 PM
Karen Schneider Childs
Emma R. Brown
Thank you for the update on her. I will research this information a bit more. Thanks K
Added by Karen Schneider Childs on Jul 26, 2014 2:30 PM
RE: Louis Wells #111300260
THanks for the up date. I'm thankful for anyone who still have their job, with the way our country is headed. Take care & God bless.
Kathy in WA State
Added by Kathy on Jul 18, 2014 10:21 AM
Robert L Law
Thomas Alexander
Close but no cigar. The stone you found could be a part of the family of the guy I a looking for but I don't think its my guy.

As far as his military service this is what I know: 2nd Lt. Thomas Alexander Co I Unit 11 ILL US INF Civil war officer.

So if the stone does say 80 Ill then it isn't the correct male.

Thanks for your work. But apparently the mystery continues.
Added by Robert L Law on Jul 17, 2014 7:27 PM
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