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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.
2015 Update:
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!


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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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They're Never Alone
RE: Fowler Family
You are more than welcome to send whatever info you have for The Fowler Family. I would love to have it added to their memorials. They seem to have made themselves a small place in my heart for some reason. Thank you very much
Added by They're Never Alone on Apr 27, 2015 1:51 AM
Mary Hayward Hanna Frost
Thank you so much for the correction you made.
I wonder if you know if there's a sexton at Chico Basin Cemetery?
Mary is my great-grandmother's sister's daughter and I'd love to know where she died and any other info.
I've entered her birth place...Great Falls, MT. My family gene study was written before her death in 1986 so I don't have that info.
Added by Carol on Apr 26, 2015 3:21 PM
Richard Rieck
RE: Thanks

No, I don't believe we haven't corresponded in the past. I have looked at your other material. We both know how elusive some of these deaths/graves can be. Every little bit of information helps.
Added by Richard Rieck on Apr 26, 2015 2:32 PM
Richard Rieck
Experience Call Jolly
The only information I have on her is found in "History of Mitchell and Worth Counties, Iowa", 1884, Springfield, IL: Union Publishing Co., p.841. It can be viewed at
As you may know, these county histories aren't too much more reliable than old cemetery records.
Added by Richard Rieck on Apr 26, 2015 1:23 PM
Grave Maven
No, thank YOU!
Hi Shirleen,
Yes, that is my granduncle. Small world! I am in touch with my Billis cousins in Utah. There is quite a bit to my grandmother's story, and of course even more speculation, since she died long before I was born. Waaaaay too much to get into on public messages.. Thank you so much for leaving tokens on my memorials. Always, Karen
Added by Grave Maven on Apr 25, 2015 3:36 PM
Richard Rieck
Experience Call Jolly marker
As you are likely aware, Experience Call Jolly died in Omaha, Nebraska while en route to California. Because Omaha is on the Missouri River it is possible that her remains were shipped back to Darlington, Wisconsin. There is also a fairly good chance she was simply buried in Nebraska and the stone in the Fayette Cemetery is, therefore, a cenotaph or memorial marker. Such cases are quite common when overland travel to California was concerned. Do you have any information on whether the photo is of a tombstone or cenotaph?
Added by Richard Rieck on Apr 25, 2015 3:25 PM
Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
RE: snow
Shirleen any request you have send it to me.
I ALWAYS have a list of mine I need to search, I will add yours to mine.
If I have yours with mine, I may actually do mine and not the VP's first, then I wear out and do not actually get to mine.
I have some in the Park and West areas. I am just REALLY DRAWN to the lower section {kick out I and E both of those terrify me and I have been in both this batch booo}. I literally ignored 2 of them yesterday overwhelmed and knowing they would not have stones and I have these current ones to clear before I add another dozen ns [no stone] searches. I stopped by one of my adoptees and had to dig her out. the stone was full buried below 3 inches of dirt. one of my returns is one row East of her.
M-L-S and U will catch me every single time. I can almost go right to them. Almost.
There is a marathon blocking roads around there today. My hubby was called out before he could let me know where but they are usually done by noon and that will be how long it takes me to sort through or TRY to sort through yesterdays no stone, I have to return for 3 Already.
There is a house up there with an Estate Sale. I am thinking I want to stop there. I might get lost there and not accomplish anything else.
As long as I have ONE Claimed, I rarely think of anything but finding that one, so I have to go for that one.

Added by Chesnut/Behunin Descendan... on Apr 18, 2015 9:45 AM
Maureen Farrell
RE: 39647265
You're very welcome..glad the info was of use
Added by Maureen Farrell on Apr 18, 2015 8:54 AM
Messed up Token
Dear Shirleen ~

Wow - thanks for all the info on the "token" caper. I too noticed it on several of my memorials, but wasn't sure which token they replaced.

I hope they don't do this often and I wonder how things will change on this website, which I love so much, that is now owned by

I hope it always remains a free - public forum.

Have a great weekend :)

Added by gwtwqueenie on Apr 17, 2015 6:09 PM
Forget Me Not Flower by F.A.G.
Hi History4sure,

I saw your post on Sgt. Manno's memorial about F.A.G. replacing certain "tokens" with the "forget me not" flower.

This happened to me on certain memorials and I wondered what happened. Your note now explains it to me. Why would they do this?

Added by gwtwqueenie on Apr 16, 2015 6:54 PM
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