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CB (#46937227)
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I add to Find a Grave for the purpose of genealogy - my own or, hopefully, to help someone else find a relative they are looking for - or find one they didn't know existed.

Definition of "ANCESTOR" - One from whom a person is descended and who is usually more remote in the line of descent than a grandparent. As an example, my 3rd cousin 1x removed does not qualify as my ancestor. Family, yes - ancestor, no.

I've been researching my family off and on since 1980. So....not new at this.

Transfers - Most of the time (but not all of the time), I will transfer family outside the "guidelines" as long as they are not in my family lines or connected to my family. Just ask and tell me your relationship. Please be honest about it and, if possible, don't just say "he's my family" or "he's my ancestor". I'm nosey - I'll probably make an attempt to determine your connection - especially if you're vague.

I might not transfer if it looks like someone is a surname collector or a cemetery collector. I would rather real family have the pages if they ever want them. I will not do out-of-guidelines transfers to those contributors who will not do out-of-guidelines transfers.

When I first started adding memorials I added only relatives and a few others with a close association. In March 2009, I started adding non-family to the site. Please look at my virtual cemeteries to determine who is my family and who is not.

Let me know if you find any mistakes no matter how small they seem - but - please check and make sure you're right before asking me to make corrections.

I have found several of my headstone photos on other websites with no mention of the source or who the photographer was (me). While I don't get too bent out of shape over it, it has the potential of causing problems. So...With the exception of re-using or duplicating my photos on Find a Grave, you have my permission to copy any photos I have added (both headstone and family photos) for personal use or non-profit use on another website. I do ask and expect that you credit where you got them from: CB - Find a Grave Contributor (something to that effect). Hopefully, that will avoid any question as to who the original photographer was - or who copied from who.

If you do copy my photos to another website without giving credit, don't be surprised if you find yourself reported.

Almost all the headstone photos found on the memorials I have added were photographed by me. Several were added through photo request and several I used with permission from the photographers. These are not included in the above permission to use my photos. Please read the captions or who the contributor was before using photos from my pages.

Please check my photos for additional information in the captions - especially if the photo was added to a memorial I did not create.

Please be aware that the family links added to my non-family pages were determined by the limited resources on the internet (family trees, census records, marriage records, etc.) and sometimes nothing more than what seems to be the most likely relationships based on the names and ages of people interred together. I have done little (not zero) extensive research on families that weren't my own.

The quality of my headstone photos can be somewhat disappointing. I need a new camera. Too many of the monuments and stones appear to be either leaning, bowed or pinched on one side when they aren't really like that. Some of the lettering doesn't look as good as it does in real life. Haven't figured out my problem with that. You can read most of the markers in my photos by clicking on the photo to see the larger version.

If you copy information to your family tree as I have added it here, you might want to check back from time to time to see if I have made any corrections or added additional information.

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Messages left for CB (231)[Leave Message]
Joy Steele
Steeles at Steele Cemetery, Thompson's Station, TN
Hi CB. First, thank you for creating memorials for the Steeles and Hicks individuals at Thompson's Station, Steele Cemetery, Williamson County. I noticed that there are no photos of the headstones. These are distant relatives of my husband, John I. Steele, Jr., who still lives in Cleveland, NC, Rowan County, where his Steele family originated in the mid-1700's.

Is the cemetery with its headstones visible or was this information taken from a cemetery survey? I would love to request photos of the headstones if they are there and can be seen by a volunteer.

Thanks for your detailed work and the care you take in creating it.

Joy Hutcheson Steele
Added by Joy Steele on Jul 08, 2014 8:18 AM
Ann Berry McNair
RE: Sims Info You Might Want
Thank you so much for the additional information. It helps a lot with Leonard's memorial page, and Leonard Jr. I have added a page for Jr. and linked to his parents. I appreciate your thoughtfulness in looking up this information and sending. Ann
Added by Ann Berry McNair on Jun 26, 2014 9:19 PM
Sheila Hewitt
RE: Tracy Markers
You're welcome. I was attracted to them because they look so much like the marker of one of my ancestors. I have been going out to Mount Olivet every chance I get because I've discovered that so many of the graves have no memorial and so many of the ones that have a memorial don't have a photo. I saw that the Tracy/Wheeler markers had photos but not up close. I saw your note about wanting closer ones, so I took them. It's amazing what quality you can get with smart phones nowadays. A lot of times it's easier to read the marker from the photo than from looking at it in person. Have a great day!—Sheila
Added by Sheila Hewitt on Jun 16, 2014 6:08 AM
LW Tucker
Olin elder
Roy W Elder, #104453252, is a son of Olin Elder, #34693505. Thought you might would like to cross reference.
Added by LW Tucker on May 30, 2014 10:27 PM
Donna E O Williamson
RE: Boyd Sims
Thank you for prompting me to re-examine Joseph's burial records. I was rather puzzled that he would have been buried in an African-American cemetery, but since that was the information given on the original death record I went along, erroneously, with that data.

I have corrected Joseph's memorial to indicate "Unknown" as his burial site with an explanation in his bio of why I chose this designation.

I am in the process of trying to locate the rest of the family of Sarah Ann Ewing and have located Her and Boyd's daughter, Annie Sims McFadden, in the same cemetery as her mother. I hope to be able to get that link accomplished soon.
Added by Donna E O Williamson on May 02, 2014 11:04 AM
Carmen Thompson
RE: Smiley family
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at the Smiley family memorials. If it's any help to you the 1850 census listed Robert Gibson Smiley's birth year as abt 1822. His wife was Rachel Douglas Boyd. She married Robert Smiley on 14 Sep 1846 in Davidson County according to the Tennessee State Marriage records of 1780-2002.
Again, thank you for your volunteer work and the memorials.
Carmen Gibson
Added by Carmen Thompson on Apr 22, 2014 6:23 PM
Kathleen Hill
Photos at Mount Olivet in Nashville
Dear CB,
Do you still take photos at Mount Olivet in Nashville?
In October 2009 you took and posted two photos to the Memorial for Mignon Sharp Wright Find A Grave # 28721042 and her husband Roy W. Wright.

Their tombstone is in the Eddins Family Plot of Mt Olivet. The Wrights are buried with my grandmother, great grandparents and great great grandmother. According to one of your photos they are in Section 13.

I now manage the 8 Memorials of my family in this Plot. I would love to have photos of the other tombstones. I live in California and can't take them myself.

Please email me a to let me know if you can do this and I will give you all the names and their Find A Grave Memorial numbers.

Thank you for your consideration of my request.
Sincerely, Kathleen Hill
Member # 47034318
Added by Kathleen Hill on Apr 13, 2014 5:58 PM
RE: Photos You Added!!!!!!!!
You are Welcome. Glad that they were helpful. As you can tell I'm new to this site (3 days old)and just learning my way around especially with posting. The Hightower stones were pushed to the side in a pile mixed with those without writing. I'm not a photographer so I really appreciate your comments regarding the tombstone clarity. Most of the time it's just pure luck if the sun will stay where it needs to be til you get the photos all taken. Thanks again.
K. Greaves
Brentwood Historic Commission
Added by GreKat on Jan 26, 2014 8:07 PM
Joseph Mann
RE: Hayes photos - Thank You

I tried to get a shot of the marker behind Joel's, but Joel's is permanently mounted, so it was not possible to move it. I do believe it said Duncan Hayes, as best I could make out.

Joel's was so close to the second marker that I was unable to read the letters. Whoever originally mounted the marker should have taken the ability to read the other marker into account.

Added by Joseph Mann on Jan 25, 2014 9:30 AM
Joseph Mann
RE: Hayes photos - Thank You

You're very welcome. I am always glad to help.

The grave on the right is white-washed, while the Hayes site has not been painted. The grave on the left has a marble base. The graves behind the Hayes grave have white stones on top of the seal, giving it a snow appearance.

It was overcast when I took the photos, but I can assure you we did not have snow.

I also included photos on the memorials of Cora Hayes and Zephire Goss, who are also listed as interred at that site. Only Joel Hayes has a name marker.

Added by Joseph Mann on Jan 24, 2014 7:44 PM
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