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Ron Chard (#47105174)
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Bio Photo I have been working on my family genealogy for the past 13 years and have collect hundreds of headstone photos during this time that I plan on adding to Find A Grave. I find talking to dead people sometimes much more rewarding than live ones!
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Rxd Rxxf
Jean Boemier
I recently went in search of Jean's grave to fulfill your photo request, but I believe she may be buried elsewhere. All the individuals buried in St. Mary's Cemetery are nuns and none of the burials precede 1856. I feel quite confident that she is not here, but if you are certain, I can contact the Sisters at St. Mary's in hopes of finding further details.
Added by Rxd Rxxf on Aug 06, 2014 1:58 PM
Bracken Franzen @ Steele City
Hi Ron,
The good news is that I finished photographing the Steele City Cemetery last weekend, so if you are interested in any more photos feel free to ask.

Now for the confusing news: I don't there is an actual person named Bracken Franzen, and I do not find any other Franzens in the directory or any Brackens at all.
On the requests I just filled you will see that there is a large family surname stone with Bracken * Franzen on it. It is in the lot that Carl & Jeanette are in which is row 23, Lot NR23, and the lot is owned by F.M. Lambert per the directory. Anna & Onke Franzen are buried in the row and lot directly east of them, row 24, Lot NR24, which is owned by G.W. Lambert.

To add to the confusion, there is a lot in row 22 NR62 owned by C.R. Bracken, but no Bracken burials found in the directory. I checked the one funeral home book that I have and it does show that there was a Verna Nellie Bracken aged 19y, died 5 Sept 1914 buried at Steele City, but she isn't in the directory and I didn't find a stone for her near the others.

Do you know if Jeannette was a Bracken? I don't have marriage records here but may check at the library and possibly the obits and see if I can find out why there is a stone with both surnames on it.

Sorry if this is confusing!

Added by kjvaughn on Aug 09, 2013 5:40 AM
RE: Elsie M. Bolyard Hoffman-Gepfert
Thanks Ron!
Added by NLColes on Jul 03, 2013 8:02 AM
Cheri Rupert Mattox
RE: Re:John Archer
I want to make sure that I understand correctly. Were John and Hannah first cousins? Cheri
Added by Cheri Rupert Mattox on Jun 12, 2013 11:13 AM
Cheri Rupert Mattox
RE: Re:John Archer
Thank you for verifying John Archer's parents for me. I found his siblings as Ira and Caroline. John (Jr.) children as Hannah, Ceylon, Laura, and Grace. Are there any additions that you are aware of? Thank you for your help. Cheri
Added by Cheri Rupert Mattox on Jun 12, 2013 8:14 AM
Cheri Rupert Mattox
Re:John Archer
I saw where you had added John Archer to the Jamestown Cemetery. Do you know if he had a son named John born about 1841 who served in the 100th Indiana Infantry, Company B from Steuben Co. Indiana? Thank you for any help you can give me.
Added by Cheri Rupert Mattox on Jan 01, 2013 3:25 PM
A Horan
RE: re: James Knauss
You're very welcome for the photos. Thank you for your message.
Added by A Horan on Aug 26, 2012 3:15 AM
Karyn R
RE: Thomas L. Cooper
Sure, will do. Does she have a memorial set up? There is another stone near by, that just says Cooper, but it's half-buried under ground. I did not dig it up to try to get a name. I did, however, have to clean Thomas and Charity's stone, with water and a little scrubby in order to get a half-way decent picture. (I was supposed to ask your permission before cleaning the stone, hope that's okay!) There are some dates on there, but they didn't show up well at all, as they are not carved very deeply into the stone. I was thinking I might be able to get a pencil rubbing of the dates - I may try to do that yet.
Added by Karyn R on Aug 21, 2012 6:14 AM
Daniel Brothers
RE: Fred E. Shank
You are most welcome, let me know if I can do more. Dan Brothers
Added by Daniel Brothers on Aug 19, 2012 6:15 PM
Carl Catherman
John & Elizabeth Spade
Ron, thank you very much for adding information to their memorials. Thanks also for responding so quickly.
Added by Carl Catherman on Mar 12, 2012 6:56 AM
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