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Melissa West Reeves (#47350722)
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Bio Photo I love to learn about my family, I have been researching for 8 years now. I try to find out as much as I can about mine and my husbands families. For some reason I really like cemeteries. They make me feel more connected to the people who have come before me. I'm respectful of the graves and hate to see them unkept and neglected.

I know how hard it is to research when the person you are researching is not local to you, so I'm willing to help anyone with research in my area. I live in Gilbert, Louisiana but most of my family is from Caldwell Parish, Louisiana.
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Helen McDonald
Reba Mcdonald
Thanks for posting the photo of her memorial.

Thanks Helen Mcdonald
Added by Helen McDonald on Apr 13, 2016 6:22 PM
David Roach
RE: Cumpton family in Holly Grove Cemetery, Franklin Parish, LA

I think you're correct that Florine had a twin brother, William. The name "Cumpton" is also spelled "Compton" in the same family. I believe that the original spelling was "Cumpton". That family is from the Rayville area. Florine's mother, Callie was a Batey, the daughter of Walter Bone Batey and Mary Jane "Mollie" Trahern. Mollie was the daughter of Dr. Samuel C. Trahern and Adelaide Weeks. I think all of these people are buried in the Holly Grove Cemetery, but Adelaide no longer has a visible gravestone. BTW, Florine's brother, Allen Compton, from Winnsboro plans to place a gravestone for her soon.

My paternal grandmother was also a Batey (Mary Frances Batey Roach, Callie's sister)and is buried in Holly Grove.

Thanks again, David Roach.
Added by David Roach on Apr 13, 2016 3:47 PM
David Roach
Thanks for taking this picture. We appreciate it.
Added by David Roach on Apr 13, 2016 3:19 PM
David Roach
Thanks for taking this picture. We appreciate it.
Added by David Roach on Apr 13, 2016 3:16 PM
Ron Manley
Thank You!

Much thanks for providing a photograph of Mary Thigpen May's grave marker. Doug McBroom and I has a minor dispute over the dates on her grave marker. I appreciate you settling the issue decisively.

Ron Manley
Added by Ron Manley on Jun 15, 2015 4:47 PM
Jim Foreman
Caroline Foreman/Gwynn/presnall
Hello Melissa. Caroline Foreman was the sister of my G Grandfather, James Thomas Foreman. I have information on other siblings, John & Sarah, as well as info on parents Larkin Foreman & Caroline Robinson. I have copies of the wills of Larkin Foreman and Caroline's father, William Robinson. You can contact me at or face book.
Added by Jim Foreman on Apr 03, 2015 12:17 PM
RE: Watsons at GreenOaks Memorial Park
you are very welcome, i came across them while searching for another request
Added by Bobby on Dec 04, 2014 4:00 PM
DM Coston
John Coston grave
Thank you for taking and uploading the photo of the tombstone for John Coston. I am STILL trying to find his grandfather, Phillip James Coston and wife Roberta (Bertie) Coston if you come across it in that cemetery. His death certificate states he was buried there but I haven't been able to find it. His son was Woodard Coston. Thanks again!
Added by DM Coston on Oct 21, 2014 9:47 AM
Ron Manley
Ouida Duckett Keenan memorial
Hi Melissa,

Please add the grave marker photo you posted at to Ouida Duckett Keenan's new memorial: # 136021212.

Thank you!

Ron Manley
Added by Ron Manley on Sep 18, 2014 6:51 AM
Ron Manley
Donnie & Katherine Ellerbe

Please add the grave photo you posted to Donnie Ellerbe's memorial (# 7834703) to his wife Katherine's new memorial as well. They are linked.

Thank you!

Added by Ron Manley on Jan 18, 2014 11:14 PM
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