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Brent Smith (#47320430)
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Bio Photo I have been researching my family tree since 2009 when I decided to answer that long lingering question: "Where do I come from?" I have made significant progress in answering that question. Most of my family is centered in North Central Indiana in Adams, Tippecanoe, Clinton, and Warren counties. Like that great adage, "Go West Young Man, Go West", my family has done just that. I have been able to trace my family from New Jersey, where most fought in the Revolutionary War, to Virginia/West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and California. As the country grew, my family moved westward. Some of the family surnames that I am related to are: Burdge/Burdg, Pharo, Negus, Virgin, Troxel/Troxell, Bellangee, Ludlam, Grant, Irons, Stine, etc.

I have been able to trace my surname to Long Island/New Jersey mid-1600s. This is very exciting unto itself. Through my paternal 7th great-grandmother, Mary Allen Smith, I have been able to link my lineage to the Plymouth Colony and the Mayflower. I am descended through Henry Howland, whose brother John Howland was a Mayflower Pilgrim. Henry Howland was my 9th Great-Grandfather.

Genealogy has become a passion of mine that I like to share. I have come to believe that Find-A-Grave along with Ancestry and are probably the greatest repositories of genealogical research available. I try to share my research with other contributors to make the current memorials more accurate and also placing memorials on here as I uncover burial locations for my family members or other individuals that I stumble upon during my research. I also contribute by walking cemeteries in my local area ensuring that others might be able to find their missing relatives and complete their goal of figuring out who they are.

I dont mind sharing my pictures with other contributors. Please feel free to use them as you see fit. I look forward to sharing information and also continuing to expand my family tree. I have started putting together a book documenting the genealogical history of my family. I am not sure when it will be done but at some point I will call my research done thus completing it.
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I have added photo's to the following memorials in Oak Lawn Cemetery: Zachary Jr, Sarah Alice, Susan G, Zachary 1847-1932
Added by Debbie on Nov 13, 2015 9:53 AM
Myra IV 💕
RE: Limestone Cemetery Jackson County, WV
Hi Brent,
Charity McGowen's obit indicates she was from Wiseburg, which is in Jackson County, WV. It also states she does in PA and was brought back to Limestone Hill for burial. That she was from Wiseburg, the Limestone Hill in Jackson County was the closest Limestone Cemetery to her hometown. I so not know if it is abandoned. Sorry I can't be of more assistance. Until you wrote I did not realize Charity was the first and only Interment there.

Added by Myra IV 💕 on Sep 29, 2015 10:25 PM
Sylvia Sine Whittaker
RE: Lydia Wright Headly (# 142664368)
Your correct, I found her death certificate on and it says Fairview, When I looked for a cemetery named Fairview, I seen Fairview now named Claughton Cemetery. I have removed my entry for her. Thanks for the correction.
Have a great day.
Added by Sylvia Sine Whittaker on Sep 06, 2015 8:07 PM
Sheila Black
RE: Possible Distant Cousin
My connection with Paul Edgar Wright is through his wife, Margaret Black Wright. It seems so funny to me in this "gene" chasing that history repeats itself. I was a Wright and married a Black.

Margaret and my husband William Black are cousins. Margaret's father (Frank Black) and my husband's grandfather (David Harry Black) were brothers, born in Clarion Co, PA. The Black Brothers (eight in all) were in the oil/gas drilling business in the late 1800's and early 1900's in Greene County, PA.

My Wright connection is Nathan and Elinor Little Wright from Monongalia Co., WV, late 1700's to early 1800's. My Headley connection is Richard Headlee pre-Revolutionary war. My grandparents George Franklin and Sarah Conner Headley lived in the Brock, Greene County, PA area.1870's to 1937, when my grandmother died.

It was so good to hear from you and I posted Edgar Wright's parents on his Find A Grave site. Thanks for researching.
Added by Sheila Black on Aug 11, 2015 7:21 AM
Doug Cromer
RE: Howard & Eleanor Cromer
To the best of my knowledge she did not remarry after Howard passed away. The only thing that comes to my mind is Howard was buried in a military cemetery. Perhaps she didn't want to be buried there
or she waited too long to decide, after his passing, the spots on both sides were filled.

Hope this helps,
Doug Cromer
Added by Doug Cromer on Jul 27, 2015 5:11 PM
M. Richards
Levi & Charlma YOUNG
They are listed in Old Apostolic Cemetery records at Iroquois County. Would you mind stating your source? I do want to get this correct.
Thanks for letting me know of possible error at the county level.
Mary Richards
Added by M. Richards on Jul 04, 2015 12:22 PM
RE: Robert Sheets
Thank you for making the changes and working on our ancestery. I have inherited my mother's family bible (Betty June Sheets) who was Robert's "baby" sister. She passed in September 2013. I have been trying to add middle names and actual birth dates as I can. She also kept the obituary for each of her immediate family. In going back, have you seen that the name Sheets might have been Shuetz originally when they immigrated to the states. I just found a Jacob Shuetz that immigrated from Germany in the 1700s that might be part of their lineage. Haven't figured out if there is a connection yet though. My grandmother (Sally Josina Sheets) was a Warren and they have some interesting history as well supposedly going back to the Warren who was on the Mayflower. This info was from my cousin, Peggy Bailey, who has been working on geneology for several years. I haven't made the connection myself yet. So much reading, so little time.
Added by Cheryl on Jun 30, 2015 2:01 PM
Joan Kobernik Hoeft
RE: Kermit Warden
Sorry, I am not related. I got the photo from a 1926 Lolomi - Yakima High School yearbook that I have.
Added by Joan Kobernik Hoeft on Jun 22, 2015 11:50 PM
E. R. Bailey
RE: hello Dawson Cousin
Hello Brent, my Dawson lineage goes like this: Chesafy Dawson, my great-grandmother was a daughter of Elijah Dawson (1824-1877)this Elijah was a brother of your Honor Dawson. Chesafy married Wallace Bailey, my grandfather Perry O. Bailey was one of their children. I would be happy to share information with you. Eleanor Bailey- I live close to Warren County.
Added by E. R. Bailey on Apr 16, 2015 4:54 AM
Gary Margerum
Burdg / Burdge Family
Hi Brent,
Anthony Burdg 1774 - 1835 & Saah Vail Burdg 1777 - 1867 are my 4 th Great Grandparents. They had 11 children and Caroline was not one of them. If Anthony was married before I don't know. Anthony Tunis 1820 - 1905 was one of Anthony's sons. I have added a picture of him on his Memorial 135495770. Also I have added a picture of Sarah Vail Burdg on the Memorial 70079811. I can go back to my 6 th Great Grandparents Joseph Burdge 1721 - 1782 & Mary Harbour Burdge. I hope this helps out anybody.
Gary Margerum
Added by Gary Margerum on Mar 21, 2015 4:02 PM
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