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Julie Wheelan Nelson (#46940702)
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Bio Photo I have been happily researching my family and my husband's for over twenty years. I use every means possible including DNA and visiting cemeteries around the country. When I discovered this web site I wanted to add what I could to the data base. This is an excellent site for genealogists, I love it.
I live in Woodstock, Illinois, within walking distance to two large cemeteries. This is a real plus for me.
If I have made any errors or uploaded a picture that you do not want on this site, please let me know.
Please include your contributor ID# and relationship when requesting a transfer. Pictures may be used on FTM if you wish without asking. Enjoy!

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Amanda Miller
Frederick Fehrman
Hi Julie,
I was wondering if you or your husband were related to Frederick Fehrman? If so could I ask you a few questions? Sincerely, his Great great granddaughter
Added by Amanda Miller on Oct 20, 2016 8:30 AM
Roxanne S.
Thank you
You took a picture of my Grandparents headstone, in the cemetery off of Rt. 14, heading out of Crystal Lake. Thank you so much, it's nice to see it on here.
Added by Roxanne S. on Sep 20, 2016 11:53 AM
Diana V
Frank Z Corson

Young Lieutenant Lost His Life in Aviation Service

Frank (Sod) Corson

Woodstock people were terribly shocked on the morning of November 16, 1928, when the sad message was received here of the death of Frank (Sod) Corson, son of Mrs. Dora Taylor of this city. The young man died in the service of his country, being a lieutenant of the second division air corps.

Frank Corson died as a result of falling into Matagorda bay near Galveston, Texas while engaged in aerial machine gun practice. His plane fouled a target tow line and plunged some 1500 feet into the bay.

Private James Smedaker was riding with Corson and he also lost his life. The bodies of the two army aviators were not recovered until November 22. Corson’s body was found some three miles from where the plane plunged into the bay, while Smedaker’s body was found nearby.

Was Commissioned Lieutenant

“Sod” Corson was one of Woodstock’s favorite sons. He graduated from the local high school and later attended the University of Illinois. Following his graduation, he attended aviation school at Dodd Field, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He was commissioned just a short time before his death.

The young army flier was 24 years old when he was killed. He was born Oct. 22, 1904. He was one of the most popular young men of our city and his death in the service he loved so well was a terrible shock to his relatives and legion of friends.

Transcribed from Woodstock Sentinel (commemorative edition), 13 Mar 1937
Added by Diana V on Jul 21, 2016 8:18 AM
Diana V
I found an obit for this gentleman and, even though he isn't an ancestor, it seems that his memorial needs it. He was quite the guy and he deserves to be remembered!

Old Oliver Boy is Laid to Rest

George W Corson

Died at the home of Mrs. Josie Zimpelmann George W Corson, Wednesday, May 8, 1907.

George W. Corson was born in New York City February 26, 1876. His parents died when he was only six years old and he was left alone in the world at that early age to struggle for himself. But brimming over with energy, the West appealed to him and he came to Beloit, Wisconsin, where he spent the better part of his life.

When President McKinley issued the call for volunteers in 1898 George responded and joined the hospital corps. However, after being mustered out, he joined Company D of the Thirtieth Regiment, U.S.V., and served in the Philippines, being honorably discharged with his regiment at Presidio, Cal., April 3, 1901.

In the spring of 1902, he came to Woodstock, where he met and won the heart and hand of Dorothy Zimpelmann, whom he married December 16, 1903.

The became an employee of the Oliver typewriter company and for three years held down right field for the famous Oliver baseball team. When the football season rolled around, no one played a snappier game than George at quarter.

During the season of 1905 he played with the Freeport team of the Wisconsin state league, after which he was employed in the repair department of the Oliver Typewriter company at the Chicago office until he became too ill and was forced to leave the city. The dread disease, consumption, had taken its hold upon him and he became gradually worse. A few months ago he went to Colorado, but the climate seemed to make him worse and he returned home. From that time on he was confined mostly to his bed, but his faith and grit never lacking and he believed that when the warm spring days came he would be as strong as ever and able once more to swing the bat as in days gone by. But such was not to be for on Wednesday morning, May 8, the winged messenger called and he passed peacefully away.

Besides his bereaved wife, he leaves two little boys, Frank, aged two years, and Sidney, six months, to mourn his loss.

Mr. Corson was of a genial and good-natured character. He paid little attention to any but his own affairs and while only a short time here he won a host of friends.

The funeral was held Friday from the home of Mrs. Zimpelmann, Rev. S. C. Hay officiating. The Oliver quartet sang beautiful songs of consolation and masses of flowers spoke highly of the esteem in which his friends and neighbors held him. Escorted to a squad from Co. G and members of the Mystic Workers, his remains were laid to rest in Oakland cemetery, where the bugle notes resounding over his grave, sounded tapes (sic) for the last time.

Transcribed from the Woodstock Sentinel of 16 May 1907. Newspaper accessed through in July of 2016

Added by Diana V on Jul 20, 2016 9:55 AM
Ann Eddington
Info Correction

I have a correction/addition to Sarah M Sherman (#51554787). She's my 4th gr. aunt. Her sister, Harriet Jewett, was my 3rd gr. grandmother.

Her full name is Sarah Maria Jewett. I believe she was born on 12 June 1822, in Pownal, VT.

May I use your photos of her marriage certificate and grave stone?

Thank you,


Added by Ann Eddington on Jul 17, 2016 5:17 PM
Diana V
Harry and Emma Cross
Thank you for transferring Harry and Emma to my care ... I've added some relationship information for Emma. I visited the Oakland Cemetery in April and took some photos at that time. Didn't know Emma was "mine" then! Diana
Added by Diana V on Jul 14, 2016 8:52 AM
Cpl Lawrence Myers
Hi Julie,
Thank you very much.
Added by Tony on Apr 20, 2016 6:45 PM
name change on Sarah Ryder wife of Thomas Ryder
grave referred to above #68990737 in Oakland Cemetery Woodstock McHenry County Illinois identified as Sarah (Townsend) Ryder is actually Sarah McCourt (McCort) Ryder. The death date listed on the site for Sarah Townsend Ryder is 1893 while the tombstone reads 1887. My great Grandfather James H Ryder was a son of Thomas & Sarah Ryder. James H served in Company K 153 Illinois infantry as supported by the civil war pension filed by his window Esther. The Census 1850. 1860 & 1870; death & burial record for Elizabeth (Rider) Ryder Sherman establishes Sarah McCourt as the mother & wife in the referenced Census & also as the Sarah A Ryder buried in Oakwood Cemetery, McHenry, Ill; NOT Sarah Townsend. I have submitted a name change request. Sarah McCourt & Thomas Rider were married Feb 15 1831 in Bath County Virginia court records. The same Bath County records show marriages between 2 different Thomas Riders & 2 Sarah Townsend-but not the one buried in Oakwood cemetery
Added by Dutchy on Apr 12, 2016 4:12 PM
Oakland Cemetery
Hi Julie, I was doing a headstone request for several graves that you have added into find a grave. When you were transcribing Oakland cemetery, did you have access to more then just the headstones in the cemetery? I could not find them and wanted to confirm if you had additional resources for graves that could be unmarked or if I had missed them when walking.

Thanks Kathy
Added by KatAlg on Mar 21, 2016 4:06 PM
Peter Nester
Julie, thank you so much for transfer of my grandfather to me; and I so appreciate your work in entering his memorial.
Added by Private on Mar 06, 2016 7:22 PM
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