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C. Wayne Austin (#47030909)
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Bio Photo I am retired and when not busy with
family and church matters I spend
my time on family history and genealogy.
I try to visit old graveyards before
others who tend to focus only on their own
family or short change the survey
due to the effort required.
This has been a favorite pastime
since 2001, before Findagrave or

I am closely related to but a few
folks I add listings and photos for.
Obviously I don't know your family history so if you want it added send it in or request a transfer.
I have and support hundreds of thousands of listings and photos on my site and here.
I welcome anyone needing help on this or any other site I support including these two:

Southern Middle Tennessee:

North Middle Alabama:

My emphasis is cemetery location, or getting the grave listing into the correct cemetery. Please don't guess at it. I see so many errors on this site regarding that. If you are having problems with location feel free to ask me; I know about where every graveyard is located; and the proper cemetery name in northern Alabama and southern middle Tennessee. In other words I have cemetery books on the following counties and use these as my references:
Maury Co. Tennessee - Giles Co. Tennessee -Lincoln County Tennessee - Marshall Co. Tennessee - Bedford Co. Tennessee - Lawrence Co. Tennessee
Madison Co. Alabama Vol 1 & 11 - Limestone Co. Alabama - Bits and peices on Lawrence Co. Al Colbert Co. Alabama and Lauderdale County Al.

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Donnie Stanford
Thanks for taking and posting this picture.

Added by Donnie Stanford on Mar 21, 2015 8:33 AM
Marilyn Eddins Collins
RE: Photo contribution
Thanks so much - I really appreciate your help.
Added by Marilyn Eddins Collins on Mar 16, 2015 3:12 PM
Terry Magyar
East Cyruston Cemetery
Thanks for your informative reply. I really don't know if John Milligan was a slave owner or not. His will listed quite a few household items, most of which were purchased by his children, but it wasn't a huge list.

Sounds like this cemetery isn't maintained and might be overgrown. Visiting these cemeteries just after the Winter snows are gone, but before Spring blossoms, may be best.

Good luck to you. I hope you can find time to stop at this cemetery and take a few photos for sharing at Find A Grave. Thanks again.

Added by Terry Magyar on Mar 11, 2015 7:37 AM
Terry Magyar
dirty, muddy tombstones
informal, free advice, lol

I always photograph tombstones as I find them, but they can be difficult to read. So, I take a two gallon plastic garden sprayer with me and a couple gallons of water in milk jugs. This sprayer doesn't yield any water pressure, but spraying dirty tombstones may make them easier to read. It may simply wash off some dirt.

Simply adding some water makes some stones more reflective in the sun. Spraying water on a black marker will make it easier to read. I don't believe this has ever damaged any tombstones.

For tombstones laying down, I inspect them again after some of the water has evaporated. Water may have puddled in the engraved letters, which results in a more readable tombstone photo.

On hot days I take plenty of water for myself. I use plastic water bottles, which are filled 1/4 to 1/2 with frozen water. I fill the remainder of the bottle with tap water. Keep them in a small cooler or a shady spot at the cemetery and you'll have cool drinking water all day.

Good luck in all your adventures.
Added by Terry Magyar on Mar 09, 2015 12:00 PM
Terry Magyar
East Cyruston Cemetery
I have the only memorial for East Cyruston Cemetery, Lincoln Co., TN, #87984824. I didn't make this cemetery, I simply added one memorial to an empty cemetery. So, I was thinking the name may have changed ?

At this moment, I don't remember my source for this cemetery name, but I didn't make it up. I do know names change, cemeteries have multiple names and sometimes they get lost, lol.

If you have any advice regarding this, I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
Added by Terry Magyar on Mar 09, 2015 11:38 AM
Terry Magyar
Pinkney Lee Pylant
I can hardly believe you found old Pinkney. Thank you so much for taking this photo.

If you ever come across John and Isabella Milliken, please photograph their tombstones. They lived their married life on a farm in Lincoln Co., TN.

See memorial# 87984824

You made my day,

Added by Terry Magyar on Mar 09, 2015 11:28 AM
Marilyn Eddins Collins
Benjamin E. Eddins and Mary Ann Clampett
My name is Marilyn Eddins Collins and this couple is my Great, Great Grandparents. May I have your permission to use the photo of their tombstone in my family history. Thanks for all that you do.
Added by Marilyn Eddins Collins on Mar 07, 2015 9:55 AM
Bomar Abernathy
Thank you for the correct info on Bomar Abernathy. I have changed the year and put in the correct one. Thanks again for your help. Sue
Added by Sue on Feb 18, 2015 7:34 AM
William Abernathy 1742-1832
I'm trying to re-locate William Abernathy's grave in the William Abernathy Cemetery in Giles Co, TN.
About 15 years ago I found it in the weed/bushes on Stovall Rd. Unfortunately I did not make pictures or record the exact location. Recently I've been back twice to find it to no avail. Does anyone know WHERE on Stovall Rd this is located? A GPS would be awesome to have! My memory is that it is about 100 ft from the road and in a curve. Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
Dixie Waters,
Added by Dixie on Feb 08, 2015 10:27 AM
RE: Frances Smith Sandidge
Thanks, I appreciate the Sandidge Cemetery update. I wonder if the surrounding land still belongs to the Stegar family. The area is called Stegar's Bend. Their grocery stood there until about 1970, I think, when a tornado hit it. The moved away but I think I can locate one of the daughters. I'll try to go to Madison Co Courthouse sometime and look up the current ownership record. Then we'd know for sure.
Question: where did you get the photos of the Sandidge stones?
Thanks again.
Added by Grayson on Dec 06, 2014 3:19 PM
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