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William Harrison (#47153789)
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Bio Photo In honor of my mother, Marjorie Valentine (Sims) Harrison, I am submitting her photo with my profile.
I have been working regularly (as in daily) on my family history information since 1993, beginning with the info that she had entered into my baby book!

I have compiled detailed enumerations for 8 1/5 cemeteries here in Coles Co, IL and have posted most of what I have on 5 of those here on Find A Grave at this time. The names of the cemeteries that I have compiled records for are: Stoner, Adkins/Woodson, Brown's (Unity) Chapel, Mt Tabor, McKenzie, Hurricane, Miller-Coartney, Fudge & Grant.
I've worked some on Kickapoo (Mt Zion), Whetstone, and a few other Cemeteries. I've added links and photos to memorials for all known burials at Mt Tabor, Miller-Coartney, Grant and Fudge.
I'm adding family & requested memorials & photos for Mound/Roselawn Cem in Charleston, Bethel and Rest Haven Cems in Lafayette Twp, as well as a numerous others.

NOTE: I just recently obtained a plot map for the Bethel Cem, accompanied by names of lot owners and/or occupants, plus a partial down the row enumeration done by James Heidlebaugh in 1981.

I recently did a detailed work up for the Grant Cem, Hutton Twp, Coles Co, IL. I have photographed all legible grave markers and have posted memorials for each of them with marker photos plus other names which were included in an enumeration done by the Coles Co Genealogical Society.
When I began this new project, there were nine memorials posted on FAG and three marker photos.
As of today (8-1-2015), there are now 83 memorials with marker photos on 80 of them (some memorials have multiple photos).
There are several foot stones with initials only that cannot definitely be linked to a specific person. I have photos, but have not posted them yet.

I also have over 100 Williams family kin in Harmony Cem in Cumberland Co, IL, including 3 generations of direct Williams family ancestors, as well as having made other submissions on memorials in several other cemeteries in IA, IL, IN, OH, WV, and WA.

As a photo volunteer, I actively visit several more cemeteries in this area to search for and photograph markers.

I have purchased bound copies of the enumerations that James Heidlebaugh compiled for Janesville (or New Gordon), Thomas Lincoln (or Old Gordon or Shiloh), and Beals Cemeteries. They are down the row readings and are VERY helpful in locating markers!

I am part of a small group working on cleanup of the Cossell Cem, located NW of Charleston. We are slowly making progress! I was informed that a local Boy Scout Troop had been working on the cleanup, but I spoke with the Scout Master and he indicated that due to his pending retirement and a reduction in the number of available Scouts, he did not believe they would be returning to Cossell Cem.
During the summer of 2015, several work days accomplished nearly complete removal of downed trees, all underbrush, removal of several unwanted trees, and removal of broken down barbed wire fencing. More work remains to be done, but ALL visible markers can now be easily accessed. A future task will be probing for markers which have fallen & possibly covered by sod. Hopefully broken markers can be restored.

I am primarily researching: Harrison, Sims, Williams, Reynolds, Malcom(b), Stotts, McCreery, Stoner, Schnorf, Adkins, Pettit. But of course, there are many MANY more names which I have found to be members of my extended family!

I am also researching my Hardin and Dean family members, who are related to my Stoner family.

I attend the annual Sims Family Reunion at Fox Ridge State Park in Coles Co, IL. I am the local Sims family genealogist.

In 2014, I began searching for information on my wife's ancestry. Names include: Thomas, Elder, Brooks, Blake, Johnson, Pilkington, Miller, Offill, Richards, Elliott, Norman, Davis, Wright, Wallace, Beaman, Dage, Perkins, Clark, Brockway, Cooley, Durfey, Skinner, Goodwin, Hull, Fickle, Slaymaker, Voetgling, Beck, and Tatman. (so far). We usually attend the annual Miller-Elliott Reunion in Dieterich, Effingham Co, IL. She was pleasantly surprised when I informed her that she was directly descended from King Edward I (1239-1307). He is her 22nd g gf!

I firmly believe that anyone capable of finding, reviewing and posting information on FAG does not need specific directives from other volunteer contributors about how to manage the memorials they have spent their time to research and posted. If errors or omissions in content are observed, then a suggestion to the contributor through the Edit process INCLUDING corrections or additional information about names, dates and/or family links should definitely be appropriate.
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RE: Margaret E. Welton
Thank you, Bill. I wonder if Ms. Rhoads' info is for the daughter, Marguerite Eva/Eva Marguerite born in 1918/1919 and shown on the 1920 & 1930 census records? I do have detail on the son, James Lewis, but not the burial: born 7 Dec 1908 in Seven Hickory and died 19 Dec 1988 in Mattoon. Spouse: Helen Holze born 9 Dec 1906 in IL, died June 1985 in Mattoon.

While also confirming the Welton records, the main/missing piece I was trying to resolve is death & burial for Mary Jane's biological parents (Sarah Green & Jacob?? Vandeventer). Of specific interest is #45577832. Maiden name: Sarah Green. Married Masaic/Marion Larrison 20 Jul 1871. I already know that Mary Jane's brother, Noah, is buried in Champaign.

Will send you an email. Between the 3 of us, maybe we can resolve some missing family and burial detail. Thanks!
Added by INDIANATURTLE on Jan 18, 2017 6:19 AM
Donna Moore Rhoads
Margaret Welton
that is wrong for her I was talking about Marguerite Virginia Childress Welton not Margaret E. Welton sorry I told you wrong name
Added by Donna Moore Rhoads on Jan 17, 2017 7:29 PM
William Harrison "Willie" Dews
I can't read the date, unfortunately I took that photo with my old camera which didn't give clear sharp images. I'll make a note to drive through the cemetery the next time I go to town & try to get a new picture, or at least check the date. Since Karen added the plot to the memorial, I should be able to spot the stone. Bev
Added by Quietude on Jan 05, 2017 1:20 AM
Tom Skirvin

The KYDC is the abbreviation for the death certificate. Thanks for the additional info. Happy New Year!

Added by Quietude on Jan 03, 2017 2:12 PM
Clarinda Harrison
Hi, William,
Thanks for the kind words. Clarinda is a sister-in-law to a cousin of mine. Best wishes.
Added by SimonH on Dec 10, 2016 5:23 PM
Furry Family
Thank you so much for your time and effort to find and photograph their grave markers. I really appreciate it!
Best regards,
Added by SLFergus on Dec 08, 2016 4:12 PM
Rev. Dale Sims
Thanks for the information for John Furry.
Added by Rev. Dale Sims on Dec 08, 2016 5:46 AM
Great point!
Dear William,

I love the point on your profile that others on Find A Grave don't have a right to dictate what genealogical research we get to post on our ancestors memorials. This is our opportunity to connect with our living family and share resources and information to honor our ancestors and benefit the living and those who come after.

Thanks for your many years of research and sharing it on line. I especially appreciate Find-a-Grave because it is available to all, even those who cannot afford paid subscriptions to everything.


Descendant of
Harriett Isobel Fickle
Civil War Widow who lived until 1917

I have her photo on Find A Grave. :-)
Added by JM on Nov 10, 2016 4:30 PM
THANK YOU, William!
Wow, thank you for including all the meticulous details on the memorials for my ancestors including #93020668. Your work is worth it and MUCH appreciated.
Added by JM on Nov 10, 2016 4:24 PM
John Blakemore Sellers
John Stoner
I believe that all is in order now thanks to your attention to detail.
Added by John Blakemore Sellers on Nov 05, 2016 7:47 PM
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