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Jo (#46927477)
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Bio Photo I've been researching my family history for about twenty years now and have been taking photos of headstones for longer. When I get time I also photo document some of my local cemeteries. I'm willing to take photos in and around Sioux Falls as well as Huron, Woonsocket and Mitchell as needed. If you would like me to transfer your relatives to you go ahead and send me a request. As long as they aren't in my direct line I'm willing to transfer them. I believe that if there's a family member out there who wants to maintain someone's memorial then they should be able to do so.

My family consists of the following names: Pearson, Maurer, Jackson, Farish, Luchsinger, Rascoe, Barton, Percival, Poe, Black, Moore, Norris, Stroud, Bicknell, Stoops, Osterdock, Koso, White & Wood


"The Chosen"

"We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.

Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: "Tell our story". So, we do.

In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us." How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.

It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought, and some died, to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us.

It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are.

So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."

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Jackson (7)
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Poe (2)
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Zona Poe 76175690
Mrs. O.C. (Zona) Poe, 82, of south of Effingham, died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday May 21, 1963 in St. Anthony Memorial hospital , following an illness of five weeks.

She was born in Union township, October 31, 1880 daughter of Noel Stroud and Jane Duckworth. Her husband, O.C. Poe, died three months ago.

Surviving are four sons, Reuben of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., A. V. Poe of Dieterich, Donald of St. Petersbur, Fla. and Cluade of Hobart, Ind.; three daughters, Mrs. Walter (Irene) Percival of route, Altamont, Mrs. Dewey (Nellie) Van Dyke of Hord and Mrs. Everett (Violet) Shipley of East Gary, Ind.; two sisters Mrs. Vandana Poynter of St. Louis, Mo. and Mrs. Daisy Lown of Atlanta; 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Services set for Friday at Bethsaida church with burial in Dieterich cemetery.

Sorry I had to post in public comments but I wanted you to have the obit.


Added by Steve on Jan 30, 2015 9:13 AM
Joan Whitney
Mark Harris 41832975
Hi, thanks for the headstone picture. Is there any way that the moss can be cleaned off the stone so the writing is visable? His mother's maiden name was Loretta Johnson Harris. 41832974 She is the sister to my Emma Johnson who married Wiliam B. Wood. Is this your Wood line? I have a lot of info on it if you are interested. Joan Whitney
Added by Joan Whitney on Dec 19, 2014 6:22 PM
Karen Hansen
Thank you so much for transferring the Hamdorf memorials. I have asked that the extra Hamdorf memorial, 39738182, be deleted. Karen Hansen
Added by Karen Hansen on Sep 04, 2014 4:24 PM
Kayla Herman
ida beck
Doing a family search trying to find out about her and seen you created something on this site was wanting to know if you knew anything about her
Added by Kayla Herman on Aug 14, 2014 9:32 PM
Barb Daniels
RE: Nellie Fulton
Nellie was my grandmother and Clorene was my mother.
Added by Barb Daniels on May 01, 2014 8:14 PM
Barb Daniels
RE: Nellie Fulton
She was my grandmother
Added by Barb Daniels on Apr 29, 2014 7:46 PM
Richard Thayer
RE: Mary Jane Hicks Moore
The Mother of Mary Jane was Elizabeth Copenhaver Hicks. I have a photo which I will send if you give me an email address. I am descended from Abraham Copenhaver (2nd GGFather) who was a brother to Elizabeth.

Richard Thayer
Billings Montana
Added by Richard Thayer on Mar 17, 2014 6:59 PM
Lynne Sherer Sitkiewicz
Hiram I Blanchard
Hiram is located Butler Cemetery and I was wondering if I could use your photo of his headstone on my family tree on Ancestry? I will be sure to give you credit. Also, I left a suggestion to add his parents links. It should be on your bio page under edit tab. If you don't receive, please let me know.
Added by Lynne Sherer Sitkiewicz on Mar 04, 2014 2:55 AM
Kauso Family
How are you descended from Hans Kauso? His sister Henriette "Ette" Kauso-Wegener was my 4th Great-Grandmother. She is buried in Algonquin Cemetery in McHenry County, IL. I live just north of Fairfield, Wayne County, IL.
Added by CADebenport on Feb 22, 2014 11:37 AM
Clarence Miller
Thomas Poe buried in Effingham was my Great, Great Grandfather.

Do you know Eleanor Poe-Bounds a resident of Effingham?

Clarence "Lee" Miller
Williamsville, IL

Added by Clarence Miller on Jan 25, 2014 6:36 PM
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